Great Britain's men are drawn with World Cup holders New Zealand as the pools are revealed for the first Olympic sevens tournament.
Leinster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions' wing Luke Fitzgerald is forced to retire from rugby on medical grounds aged 28.
England set sights on New Zealand but there is still room for improvement, says head coach Eddie Jones.
Australia prop Greg Holmes will be well suited to English rugby, according to Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter.
Former Ireland Under-20 lock Tadhg Beirne leaves Leinster to join Pro12 rivals Scarlets ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Rugby league's longest-serving full-time referee Richard Silverwood is suspended pending an investigation.
England coach Wayne Bennett says he wants to bring back a mid-season international from 2017 - but it will need Super League clubs to agree.
Huddersfield Giants half-back Danny Brough is banned for one game after admitting to a Grade B high tackle charge.
Team news as Huddersfield Giants host Hull FC in Thursday's Super League fixture at the John Smith's Stadium (20:00 BST).
Wigan will play Super League leaders Hull FC in the Challenge Cup semi-finals, while Warrington will face Wakefield.
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