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Jones extends England rugby contract until 2021

LONDON (AP) England coach Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday that will keep him in one of rugby's most high-profile jobs until 2021. (MORE)

6 Nations: Top try-scorer in English league gets Wales call

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) The top try-scorer in England's domestic league was one of two uncapped players called up by Wales on Tuesday for the Six Nations rugby tournament starting next month. (MORE)

Toulon captain Bastareaud apologizes after homophobic slur

PARIS (AP) France center Mathieu Bastareaud has apologized after using an anti-gay slur during a Champions Cup match. (MORE)

Women players to be paid for test matches under new deal

SYDNEY (AP) Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for test matches for the first time under a new collective bargaining agreement, while professional sevens players' base pay has been raised to a similar level to their male 15-a-side colleagues. (MORE)

Wales flanker Lydiate out of 6N and season after bicep hurt

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Wales flanker Dan Lydiate will miss the Six Nations and the rest of the rugby season after agreeing he needed surgery on a bicep injury. (MORE)

England prop Marler banned 6 weeks, missing 2 6N games

LONDON (AP) Prop Joe Marler will miss England's first two Six Nations rugby matches after he was issued a six-week ban on Tuesday. (MORE)

Papua New Guinean rugby league player dies at 23

WIDNES, England (AP) Kato Ottio, who played for Papua New Guinea at the Rugby League World Cup last year, has died after falling ill at training. He was 23. (MORE)