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Rugby

  • Coles stars as All Blacks thrash Springboks

    Hooker Dane Coles gave a masterclass in backline playmaking to set up three New Zealand tries as the world champions thrashed South Africa 41-13 to all but secure the Rugby Championship title yesterday. Coles made the final pass for tries to...

  • All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup

    Israel Dagg scored two tries as the All Blacks beat Australia 29-9 in their Rugby Championship clash yesterday, which also ensured they retained the Bledisloe Cup for another year. Beauden Barrett also showcased his growing stature as the starting...

  • Pilots welcome proud rugby player on her way back home

    Pilots welcome proud rugby player on her way back home

    Malta Rugby Sevens player Beverie Sultana proudly shows the Times of Malta article featuring her team as she was greeted by the Air Malta pilot and co-pilot on her way back home from Bosnia. The woman’s team reached the final after winning all...

  • Malta rugby sevens teams get warm welcome

    Malta rugby sevens teams get warm welcome

    The Malta rugby sevens squads flew home to a warm welcome yesterday after their strong performances in the Rugby Europe tournaments last weekend. The men’s selection were the winners of the Conference Cup (2) after ending the competition in...

  • England sweep the series 3-0

    Owen Farrell kicked 24 points as England racked up a record score to beat Australia 44-40 in a rollercoaster of a third test in Sydney yesterday and inflict a first 3-0 home series sweep on the Wallabies since 1971. Tries from prop Dan Cole,...

  • Ruthless England desperate for clean sweep

    Ruthless England desperate for clean sweep

    England are desperate to end their successful trip Down Under with a third win in Sydney today to secure an unprecedented series sweep over Australia, scrum coach Neal Hatley said yesterday. Having made history with a first win in Brisbane two...

  • England must win first test in Australia tour – Jones

    England must win their first match against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, head coach Eddie Jones said, stressing the importance of striking an early blow in the three-test series. Jones’s men, who won a Six Nations grand slam in March, open...

  • Amateur champs say sorry after barbecuing trophy

    French amateur side Cha-malieres have apologised after they were roundly condemned for burning the trophy they received for winning an Auvergne regional title. Chamalieres beat Cisternes 23-6 in last weekend’s final of the 2eme Serie, the region’s...

  • Australia weighing Bledisloe Cup in London, New York

    Australia is weighing London and New York as potential venues for a Bledisloe Cup clash against the world champions All Blacks. Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, a regular host for the blockbuster matches, will undergo a major re-development from 2019 and...

  • Malta end campaign with a win

    Malta end campaign with a win

    Malta 30Israel 9 Malta completed their commitments in the FIRA-AER Division 2A on a positive note after brushing aside bottom-placed Israel yesterday. Damien Neill’s men struggled to produce their trademark quick-passing game but still carried too...

  • Superior Malta dismiss Israel in rugby

    Superior Malta dismiss Israel in rugby

    The Malta rugby national team completed their commitments in the FIRA-AER Division 2A on a high after brushing aside Israel 30-9 at the Hibs Stadium. The hosts started strongly as James Morris kicked in a penalty after two minutes and soon after...

  • Neill wants to end European campaign on winning note

    Neill wants to end European campaign on winning note

    Damien Neill’s rugby national team will play their final match from the 2014-16 European Nations Cup qualifiers this afternoon when they host bottom-placed Israel at the Hibs Stadium (start: 2pm). The home team will be looking to bounce back from...

  • England World Cup failure is with me every day – Lancaster

    England World Cup failure is with me every day – Lancaster

    Not a single day goes by without Stuart Lancaster thinking about the host nation’s embarrassing first-round elimination from last year’s Rugby World Cup, the former England coach said yesterday. England, who went into the World Cup with huge...

  • Malta go down heavily to Switzerland

    Switzerland 29Malta 3 The Maltese national team suffered a heavy 29-3 defeat to Switzerland in another FIRA-AER Division 2A match, in Fribourg, yesterday. As the scoreline clearly indicates, this was a commanding performance from the home side who...

  • Britain opens Rio sevens door to 15-man code

    Players from the 15-man code will be eligible for Britain’s rugby sevens squad at the 2016 Olympics although time is short for any of them to stake a claim, officials said. The news is the latest twist in a long and complex story that began when...

  • Italy name O’Shea as coach

    Italy have named former Ireland full-back Conor O’Shea as their new coach, the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) said yesterday. The 46-year-old has signed a four-year contract starting in June to take charge of the team who finished bottom of this...

  • England secure first grand slam in 13 years

    England secure first grand slam in 13 years

    England ran in three tries to complete their first grand slam triumph since 2003 with a 31-21 Six Nations victory over arch-rivals France at the Stade de France last night. The visitors produced a powerful display but were ill-disciplined at...

  • England’s Care drawing inspiration from former team-mate Vardy

    England’s Care drawing inspiration from former team-mate Vardy

    Danny Care hopes some of the magic of Jamie Vardy’s season at Leicester City rubs off on England in today’s Grand Slam match against France. Care and Vardy spent their early teenage years playing at Sheffield Wednesday’s academy until the former...

  • Care and Vunipola start for England in France

    Danny Care and Mako Vunipola will start for England tomorrow after coach Eddie Jones announced two changes to his side to play France in Paris where a win would secure a Six Nations grand slam in his first season. Scrumhalf Care again swaps places...

  • England end five-year wait as Scotland beat France

    England end five-year wait as Scotland beat France

    England won the Six Nations for the first time since 2011 after Scotland beat France for only the second time in the competition with a 29-18 victory at Murrayfield yesterday. Defeat means France, who were beaten 19-10 by Wales a fortnight ago,...

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