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Jones replaces Warburton as Wales captain for Six Nations
Jan 17

Jones replaces Warburton as Wales captain for Six Nations

London : Alun Wyn Jones has replaced Sam Warburton as Wales captain for the upcoming Six Nations Championship, the Welsh Rugby Union announced Tuesday. "It’s an honour to select Alun Wyn as captain," said Wales interim head coach Rob Howley as he announced a 36-man squad for the Six...

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New Zealand beat Australia 29-9 to take Bledisloe Cup
Aug 28

New Zealand beat Australia 29-9 to take Bledisloe Cup

Wellington : New Zealand beat Australia 29-9 in their Rugby Championship Test in Wellington on Saturday toretain the Bledisloe Cup for the 14th straight year.  The All Blacks, who led 15-9 at half-time, scored four tries to none as they backed up from winning the first Test in...

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New World Rugby chief Beaumont out to 'repay game'
May 11

New World Rugby chief Beaumont out to 'repay game'

Dublin: Former England captain Bill Beaumont was on Wednesday elected chairman of World Rugby, vowing to "repay the game" that made him a star and address concussion concerns. Beaumont, 64, succeeds Frenchman Bernard Lapasset and will work alongside new vice-chairman Agustin Pichot, the former Argentina...

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Marler misconduct  hearing set for April 5
Mar 29

Marler misconduct hearing set for April 5

London: England's Joe Marler will face a World Rugby misconduct hearing after he called Wales's Samson Lee a "gypsy boy", the global governing body announced Monday. Six Nations officials decided to take no action against Marler for his words to Lee, which they said came "in the heat of the moment" or indeed his...

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Burban out of Six Nations finale
Mar 08

Burban out of Six Nations finale

Back row forward Antoine Burban will miss France's last two Six Nations matches against Scotland and England due to a head injury, the French team said on Monday. The Stade Francias flanker has been replaced by uncapped La Rochelle 26-year-old Kevin Gourdon in an expanded 30-man training squad. Burban, 28, was...

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Ireland great O'Connell calls time on career
Feb 09

Ireland great O'Connell calls time on career

Former Ireland and British and Irish Lions captain Paul O'Connell has been forced to retire with immediate effect due to injury, he announced on Tuesday. "It is with deep regret that I have decided to retire from professional rugby following medical advice," O'Connell, 36, said in a statement published on the Irish...

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Kate to become patron of All England Club
Feb 01

Kate to become patron of All England Club

The Duchess of Cambridge is set to take on a prestigious tennis role as The Queen prepares to hand over two of her most high-profile patronages. Kate Middleton will become patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which hosts the Wimbledon championships - after Her Majesty enjoyed 64 years in the...

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Lomu family touched at global grief for legend
Nov 19

Lomu family touched at global grief for legend

Rugby great Jonah Lomu's family said Friday that a global outpouring of grief after the hulking winger's shock death this week was helping them through "an incredibly difficult time". Lomu, who had chronic kidney disease, died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on Wednesday aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young...

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Rugby Club A team on top in Netball
Nov 04

Rugby Club A team on top in Netball

Defending champions DHL Rugby Club A maintained joint top position after the fifth round of matches in the DHL Bahrain Netball League last night at the British Club premises following a 34-9 defeat of DHL Rugby Club B. Rugby Club A comprising Khulood Sabah (goal shooter), Ruth Daly (goal attack), Sarah...

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Australia 'reveal' World Cup final gameplan
Oct 30

Australia 'reveal' World Cup final gameplan

Australia appeared to reveal their tactics for Saturday's World Cup final against New Zealand when notes carried by coach Michael Cheika and assistant Mario Ledesma were photographed at Twickenham on Friday.  Australian players were told in the notes to "expose" the All Blacks wing duo of Nehe Milner-Skudder and...

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All Blacks aim for place among rugby greats at Australia's expense
Oct 30

All Blacks aim for place among rugby greats at Australia's expense

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter will lead New Zealand's charge for a place among rugby's all-time greats on Saturday when they battle Australia in the World Cup final at Twickenham.  A convincing win over Michael Cheika's reborn Wallabies to become the first country to win two straight world titles --and three in...

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All Blacks primed for battle of the breakdown
Oct 29

All Blacks primed for battle of the breakdown

Richie McCaw has declared New Zealand ready for the battle of the breakdown, as the World Cup final has been billed, when they will front Australia's twin threat of Michael Hooper and David Pocock.  The Wallaby pair, working with the forceful tackling of Scott Fardy, have established Australian dominance at the...

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Matfield to captain Boks at World Cup send-off
Oct 28

Matfield to captain Boks at World Cup send-off

Veteran lock Victor Matfield will captain South Africa in probably his last appearance for the Springboks when they take on Argentina in the World Cup third place play-off on Friday.  The 38-year-old Matfield, making his 127th Test appearance, replaces Fourie du Preez as skipper after the scrum-half suffered a...

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Ashley-Cooper's treble sees Wallabies into World Cup final
Oct 25

Ashley-Cooper's treble sees Wallabies into World Cup final

Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a hat-trick of tries as Australia ended Argentina's hopes of a first World Cup final appearance with a 29-15 win at Twickenham on Sunday.  The Wallabies will now face defending champions New Zealand, 20-18 winners over South Africa on Saturday, in next weekend's final.  Australia...

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Pumas bring back Bosch for World Cup semi-final
Oct 23

Pumas bring back Bosch for World Cup semi-final

Marcelo Bosch makes an immediate return to the Argentina side to face Australia in the World Cup semi-final on Sunday after serving a one match ban for a spear tackle.  Bosch -- who committed the offence minutes after coming on as a replacement in the final pool game against Namibia -- is the only change in...

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Du Plessis to live childhood dream against All Blacks
Oct 22

Du Plessis to live childhood dream against All Blacks

For South Africa hooker Bismarck du Plessis facing champions New Zealand in a World Cup semi-final will be a new chance to make good on a childhood dream.  Saturday's match at Twickenham promises to be another gripping encounter between two of rugby union's fiercest rivals and it did not take du Plessis long to...

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No place for Andrew in England World Cup review
Oct 19

No place for Andrew in England World Cup review

Top England rugby official Rob Andrew was omitted from a five-man panel announced Monday by the Rugby Football Union to review England's wretched World Cup performance.  The former England fly-half, now RFU professional rugby director, has remained in post through the coaching regimes of Andy Robinson, Brian...

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Foley breaks Scots' hearts as Wallabies win thriller
Oct 18

Foley breaks Scots' hearts as Wallabies win thriller

Bernard Foley's penalty a minute from time saw Australia break Scotland hearts as they won a thrilling World Cup quarter-final 35-34 at Twickenham on Sunday.  Fly-half Foley, who missed his first three goal-kicks, held his nerve amidst raucous boos from Scotland fans unhappy with an offside call by South African...

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All Blacks aware New Zealand on edge
Oct 16

All Blacks aware New Zealand on edge

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has done his bit to calm nerves at home as millions of nervous New Zealanders await the outcome of their World Cup quarter-final against France.  The 2007 meltdown against France is still raw in the memory of the rugby-obsessed nation praying there is no repeat in Saturday's...

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Ireland captain O'Connell out of World Cup
Oct 13

Ireland captain O'Connell out of World Cup

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell pulled out of the World Cup and ended his international career on Tuesday because of a hamstring injury suffered against France. Paul O'Connell suffered a significant hamstring injury and will undergo surgery this week. Paul will not play again at Rugby World Cup 2015 and his time out...

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Japan lead World Cup pool party
Oct 12

Japan lead World Cup pool party

  Not that many people, even inside Japan, had heard of Ayumu Goromaru before the World Cup started.  Yet by the end of the pool phase the Japan fullback was a national hero and a name known to rugby fans across the globe.  The 29-year-old 'Goro' burst in on the big boys party on the first weekend of...

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Ireland hit by injuries to Sexton, O'Connell
Oct 11

Ireland hit by injuries to Sexton, O'Connell

Cardiff  Ireland were hit by injuries to key players Jonny Sexton and captain Paul O'Connell in the first-half of their Pool D decider against France on Sunday.  Sexton kicked two early penalties for the Irish, but was on the receiving end of two ferocious tackles. The second by France No 8 Louis Picamoles...

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Mandela inducted into rugby Hall of Fame
Oct 03

Mandela inducted into rugby Hall of Fame

South African icon Nelson Mandela was posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame on Saturday. The image of the then South African president dressed in a Springbok team shirt handing over the 1995 World Cup trophy to white Springbok captain Francois Pienaar is perhaps the most enduring image of the...

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Rugby World Cup 2015: New Zealand 43-10 Georgia
Oct 03

Rugby World Cup 2015: New Zealand 43-10 Georgia

New Zealand qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals with an underwhelming win over a committed Georgia. As expected, the defending champions had too much for Georgia in the first meeting between the sides, scoring seven tries, but errors cost them more. Julian Savea scored a hat-trick, with Waisake Naholo, Dane...

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Grosso rise crowned with first France cap
Sep 29

Grosso rise crowned with first France cap

Croydon  Remy Grosso stepped up his rapid rise from anonymity Tuesday when he was named in the France side to play Canada in their Rugby World Cup Pool D game on Thursday.  The 26-year-old Castres wing, whose squad call-up to replace the injured Yoann Huget surprised even Grosso, wins his first cap against...

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Fiji seek repeat of 2007 glory
Sep 29

Fiji seek repeat of 2007 glory

Cardiff  Akapusi Qera well remembers playing in a fired up Fiji side when they knocked Wales out of the 2007 World Cup and he's demanding a repeat effort on Thursday.  It will be a big day for the Fiji skipper and Montpellier flanker who will become only the third Fijian to play 50 Tests.  But any...

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Tonga eye Argentina 'final' at World Cup
Sep 29

Tonga eye Argentina 'final' at World Cup

Exeter  Tonga moved into second place of Pool C with a 35-21 victory over Namibia, coach Mana Otai saying their must-win game against Argentina on Sunday would be a "final".  The South Sea islanders did themselves no favours by losing their first game 17-10 to Georgia, meaning they face a battle royale...

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Police prepared as 1 million rugby fans descend on London
Sep 18

Police prepared as 1 million rugby fans descend on London

London  Following a year of planning, London police on Friday launched their security operation to deal with hordes of fans in the British capital for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off later in the day.  Scotland Yard would not give details of how many extra officers had been deployed, but said that...

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All Blacks play-down off-field insult war
Sep 16

All Blacks play-down off-field insult war

London The All Blacks refused to be provoked by a mocking haka led by former England scrum-half Matt Dawson, saying Wednesday their focus was on their opening World Cup game against Argentina and not an escalating psychological war off field.  Dawson's "hakarena" ridicules the All Blacks pre-match haka, a...

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'Retired' veteran Johnston handed World Cup farewell
Sep 11

'Retired' veteran Johnston handed World Cup farewell

Toulouse  Census Johnston will get to play in his third World Cup only months after announcing his retirement from Test rugby when he was called up to the Samoan squad on Friday.  The 34-year-old 51-times capped prop -- who called time on his international career in April on the back of signing an...

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England veteran 'perplexed' by Burgess pick
Sep 10

England veteran 'perplexed' by Burgess pick

Hong Kong  Former England lock Simon Shaw said Thursday he was bewildered that inexperienced, code-hopping centre Sam Burgess had made the final cut for coach Stuart Lancaster's World Cup squad.  Shaw, a veteran of three World Cup campaigns, said the rugby league convert looked "scared" when he came on as...

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US judge overturns Brady 'Deflate-gate' suspension
Sep 03

US judge overturns Brady 'Deflate-gate' suspension

New York -- A US federal judge on Thursday overturned a four-game suspension imposed on New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady by the National Football League for his alleged role in the "Deflate-gate" controversy. The ruling was a stunning legal victory for Brady, one of the sport's biggest names, who had...

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Hamilton ends Scotland career after missing cut
Sep 02

Hamilton ends Scotland career after missing cut

London  Saracens lock Jim Hamilton announced his retirement from international rugby on Wednesday, a day after missing out on a place in Scotland's squad for the World Cup.  The 32-year-old, capped 63 times, was not included in the 31-man list unveiled by head coach Vern Cotter on Tuesday and will now...

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There's life in me yet: Tiger Woods
Jul 14

There's life in me yet: Tiger Woods

St Andrews Tiger Woods says that age and injuries have failed to diminish his will to win and that more major titles are still possible as he approaches his 40th birthday. Speaking Tuesday ahead of his fifth British Open at St Andrews, the former world number one spoke of recent hard times and the increasingly...

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RugbyU: Journeymen key to Highlanders win
Jul 05

RugbyU: Journeymen key to Highlanders win

Wellington When the victorious Otago Highlanders signed off the final Super 15 season with a rags-to-riches story, they underscored the lesson that championships must be earned not bought. Two years after buying a raft of All Blacks and finishing second to last, the Highlanders on Saturday fielded a team of mainly...

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