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  • 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...

  • England underline confidence in coach with 2020 contract

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) underlined its confidence in Stuart Lancaster yesterday by awarding England’s head coach a new contract until 2020. Lancaster’s coaching team – forwards coach Graham Rowntree, backs coach Andy Farrell and attacking...

  • Hertford College gearing up for Malta tour

    Hertford College Rugby Club, from the University of Oxford, will be travelling to Malta on Saturday to play two matches against Overseas and Stompers. The first match will be played on Monday and the second on Friday, September 26, both at Marsa.

  • McCaw try gives All Blacks tense win over Springboks

    McCaw try gives All Blacks tense win over Springboks

    Captain Richie McCaw scored a second-half try to help the All Blacks maintain their five-year unbeaten record in New Zealand with a tense 14-10 victory over a combative Springboks side in the Rugby Championship yesterday. McCaw was the beneficiary...

  • All Blacks back to dark places as championship resumes

    All Blacks back to dark places as championship resumes

    It must be galling for the other three teams in the Rugby Championship when New Zealand roll out of a 51-20 humbling of the world’s third best team with a shrug of the shoulders and a “yeah, it was good, but it could be better”. That, of course,...

  • IRB to become World Rugby

    The International Rugby Board (IRB) will undergo a second name change in 16 years when it becomes formally known as World Rugby in November as part of a rebranding programme. The new brand, including a revised logo, will be launched at the IRB...

  • All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with crushing win

    New Zealand’s forwards responded to criticism of their performance in their opening Rugby Championship clash to set the foundation for a 51-20 victory over Australia at Eden Park yesterday that also ensured the retention of the Bledisloe Cup. All...

  • All Blacks likely to keep on winning, study shows

    All Blacks likely to keep on winning, study shows

    New Zealand may have missed out on setting a new record for consecutive test victories but their domination of the game is unlikely to stop soon, an academic study claims. The study, by former rugby administrator and provincial player Tom Johnson,...

  • Australia stop New Zealand streak in Sydney 12-12 draw

    Australia held New Zealand to a 12-12 draw in their Rugby Championship opener yesterday to prevent the All Blacks from claiming a world record 18th consecutive win. In a gritty encounter played out in a Sydney rainstorm, Australia benefited from...

  • Smith loss no great drama says All Blacks skipper

    All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has brushed off the almost certain loss of centre Conrad Smith for today’s Rugby Championship match against Australia, when the world champions could set a new record for consecutive victories. New Zealand’s final...

  • Twickenham to host European final

    Twickenham to host European final

    Twickenham (picture) has been chosen to host the inaugural final of the European Rugby Champions Cup on May 2, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced. The decision follows a successful bid by the Rugby Football Union in the tender...

  • Malta squad regroup for Czech test

    After the 32-18 loss at home to Greece last month the Maltese rugby league squad travelled to Czech Republic for today’s away leg of the 2014 RLEF European Championship C competition. Malta coach Anthony Micallef named a 20-man squad that includes...

  • MRFU drive to promote sport among girls

    MRFU drive to promote sport among girls

    The Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) is committed towards promoting and improving the standards of women’s rugby in Malta. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports on our islands and, in recent years, more and more women are joining in. “The...

  • Tough Greek challenge awaits Malta

    Malta Rugby League coach Anthony Micallef has finalised his list of players for this evening’s RLEF European Championship C qualifier against Greece at the Melita Ground, Pembroke, (start: 19.00). Both sides announced their squads in midweek with...

  • All Blacks beat England 36-13 to equal the test wins record

    All Blacks beat England 36-13 to equal the test wins record

    Julian Savea scored a hat-trick of tries as New Zealand produced a clinical, high-paced performance to beat England 36-13 and seal a record-equalling 17th successive test victory in Hamilton yesterday. Scrumhalf Aaron Smith scored two tries while...

  • NZ clinch series with 28-27 win

    NZ clinch series with 28-27 win

    New Zealand exploded for three tries in the second half to beat England 28-27 yesterday in their second test at Otago Regional Stadium in Dunedin and clinch their three-match series with a match to play. Fullback Ben Smith, who produced a...

  • England must find another gear – Rowntree

    Graham Rowntree has demanded England scale fresh heights in their quest to level the series against New Zealand at Forsyth Barr Stadium today. The 2015 World Cup hosts were superb in the first Test in Auckland but still succumbed to a 20-15 defeat...

  • Buoyant England prove they are contenders in NZealand series

    Buoyant England prove they are contenders in NZealand series

    England’s Stuart Lancaster will be faced with some headaches this week ahead of the second test against New Zealand, though they are headaches any coach would want to have. Shorn of several first-choice players, his unheralded side frustrated a...

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