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Borthwick, Farrell, Howley to help Gatland on '17 Lions tour

DUBLIN (AP) Warren Gatland has the staff he wanted as the British and Irish Lions coach for the toughest assignment in world rugby: Beating the world champion All Blacks in New Zealand next year. (MORE)

Historic rugby rivalry moves west for first time

PERTH, Australia (AP) The Wallabies and All Blacks will head to Western Australia state in 2019 for the first Bledisloe Cup match in Perth between the traditional rugby rivals. (MORE)

North at center of another concussion controversy in rugby

NORTHAMPTON, England (AP) Wales winger George North is at the center of another concussion controversy in rugby that is highlighting the limitations of technology available to doctors to assess head injuries. (MORE)

England cap unbeaten year by beating Wallabies 37-21

LONDON (AP) Halftime couldn't come soon enough for England. (MORE)

South Africa beat Fiji 26-14 in Dubai Sevens final

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) South Africa heads to its home rugby sevens event leading the world series after beating Fiji 26-14 in the Dubai final on Saturday. (MORE)

Laporte elected new French rugby federation president

PARIS (AP) Former France coach Bernard Laporte has been elected as the new French rugby federation president. (MORE)

Fiji unbeaten but struggling at Dubai Sevens

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Fiji resumed normal service in sevens rugby and won all three of its pool games in Dubai on Friday, on the first day of the world series. (MORE)

Australia men, Fiji women win Olympics 7s berths

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) The Australian men's and Fiji women's teams claimed places in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Olympics by winning their finals at the Oceania regional qualifying tournament on Sunday. (MORE)

England beat Kiwis 20-14 to win rugby league series

WIGAN, England (AP) England won a rugby league series against top-ranked New Zealand for the first time in eight years when it took an exhilarating third and deciding test 20-14 on Saturday. (MORE)

Samoa, Australia unbeaten at Oceania Olympic 7s

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Australia and Samoa were unbeaten on the first day of the Oceania Olympic rugby sevens qualifying tournament on Saturday and remain headed for a showdown to decide which will claim a place at next year's Rio de Janiero games. (MORE)