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Rugby

  • Boks take All Blacks to Ellis Park again

    South Africa have again chosen the intimidating atmosphere of Ellis Park as the venue for their marquee home test of 2015 against New Zealand, it was announced yesterday. The Springboks won a cliff-hanger against All Blacks 27-25 at the venue in...

  • Ireland launch ‘irresistible’ bid for 2023 World Cup

    Ireland will bid to host the 2023 rugby World Cup, the Irish and Northern Irish governments said yesterday, formally launching a politically symbolic proposal to win the right to hold the event on their own for the first time. Seeking to replicate...

  • England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

    England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

    England coach Stuart Lancaster can enjoy Christmas knowing his side are growing in confidence and depth ahead of next year’s World Cup and, though there are issues to address, they should be a formidable force on home soil. Defeats by New Zealand...

  • England sink Australia

    England sink Australia

    Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 yesterday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next...

  • McCaw to captain All Blacks for 100th time

    Richie McCaw will become the first player to captain an international team in 100 tests after New Zealand coach Steve Hansen reverted to virtually his first choice selection to face Wales in Cardiff tomorrow. McCaw, who first captained the side...

  • England not in crisis says Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster denies a deteriorating autumn has reached crisis point as pressure mounts following a fifth successive defeat. The third International against Samoa on Saturday is a match England dare not lose after New Zealand...

  • South Africa beat England in thriller

    South Africa beat England in thriller

    South Africa held off a fierce England fightback to triumph 31-28 in a thunderous test at Twickenham yesterday to make it five defeats in a row for Stuart Lancaster’s side 10 months before they host the World Cup. Two tries put South Africa 20-6...

  • Ireland’s Sexton nominated for IRB best player award

    Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton has been nominated for the 2014 International Rugby Board (IRB) world player of the year award. Sexton, who played an instrumental role when Ireland beat South Africa last weekend, is among five nominations...

  • Wembley ‘pristine’ by March

    Wembley ‘pristine’ by March

    Wembley’s managing director has defended the decision to host NFL games at the stadium just six days before an England Euro 2016 qualifier. Roger Maslin admitted the state of the pitch at the national stadium is below its usual standard but that...

  • Malta made to pay by efficient Czechs

    The Malta rugby team suffered their first defeat in the FIRA-AER Division 2A after going down 27-13 to the Czech Republic, in Prague yesterday. As anticipated, the Czechs proved formidable opponents for Malta, scoring four tries to chalk up their...

  • All Blacks beat England

    All Blacks beat England

    New Zealand showed all their class to grind out a 24-21 victory over England at Twickenham yesterday, weathering an early home storm to totally dominate the second half as England ran out of ideas. England, playing their first game since losing to...

  • Errors could be costly against Czechs – Neill

    Errors could be costly against Czechs – Neill

    A tough test awaits the national team this afternoon as Malta play promotion favourites the Czech Republic in a FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier in Prague (kick-off: 2pm). Last week, Damian Neill’s men got their campaign off to a positive start...

  • Sonny Bill to face England, no Carter in NZ squad

    Code-hopping centre Sonny Bill Williams has been given another opportunity to showcase his game-breaking ability after two years in rugby league as All Blacks’ coach Steve Hansen named a virtually full-strength team to face England at Twickenham...

  • Malta hold off Croatia fightback

    Malta hold off Croatia fightback

    Malta 31Croatia 26 Malta kicked off their FIRA-AER Division 2A group on the right footing after overcoming a stubborn Croatia 31-26 at Corradino, yesterday. This was a committed display from the Maltese national team as James O’Brien and Vince...

  • ‘We have to be focused to beat Croatia’ – coach Neill

    ‘We have to be focused to beat Croatia’ – coach Neill

    Malta coach Damian Neill is urging his players to keep their focus sharp as the national team kick off their commitments in the FIRA-AER Division 2A with a home qualifier against Croatia at the Hibs Stadium, this afternoon. Malta and Croatia are...

  • Wallabies back Beale fined for plane row

    Wallabies back Kurtley Beale has been fined A$3,000 (US$2,600) for his in-flight row with former team business manager Di Patston but escaped further sanction in the latest instalment of a scandal that plunged Australian rugby into crisis. Beale,...

  • Neill expects tough start for Malta

    Neill expects tough start for Malta

    The rugby national team are bracing themselves for a tough start to the new FIRA-AER Division 2A campaign as Malta host Croatia at the Hibs Stadium tomorrow (kick-off: 2pm) before playing the Czech Republic away the following weekend. Last season,...

  • Neill names newcomers ahead of double-header

    Malta rugby coach Damian Neill has four new faces in his 30-man squad ahead of the national team’s upcoming double-header against Croatia and the Czech Republic. Malta open their campaign in the FIRA-AER Division 2A on Saturday when they host...

  • Olympic berths up the ante for world series

    With berths at the 2016 Olympics up for grabs, the rugby sevens world series will take on an extra edge when competition gets underway with the opening round on the Gold Coast this weekend. The top four at the end of nine rounds of the series are...

  • Foundations in place for England World Cup win, says Wilkinson

    World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson believes the ground work has been done for England to recapture the Webb Ellis trophy on home soil next year. Wilkinson, whose drop goal won the World Cup for England in 2003, said the foundations have been laid...

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