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Rugby

  • Bonus points to reward try-scoring in 2017 Six Nations championship

    Bonus points will be awarded in a radical shake-up of next year’s Six Nations as tournament organisers seek to encourage teams to adopt a more attacking style of play. The new system, which will be introduced initially on a trial basis, will award...

  • Overseas hang on to beat battling Kavallieri

    Overseas hang on to beat battling Kavallieri

    Overseas 17Kavallieri 16 This game heralded the start of the Cisk League second round. In the corresponding first round clash, Overseas had won 36-19 so the interest at Marsa’s Pitch 1 was to see which team had developed their play to another...

  • Fourteen-man England still too strong for Argentina

    England showed great determination, organisation and experience to overcome a fifth-minute red card for Elliot Daly and grind out an impressive 27-14 victory over Argentina yesterday to make it 12 wins in a row under Eddie Jones Wing Daly was sent...

  • Italy beat South Africa for first time

    Italy beat South Africa for first time

    Italy claimed their first-ever victory over South Africa with a nail-biting 20-18 success in Florence, yesterday. South Africa had won the previous 12 games between the two countries and were ahead inside five minutes as the returning Bryan Habana...

  • All teams playing catch-up to NZ – Charteris

    The focus of debate in international rugby is no longer what northern hemisphere teams need to do to match their southern counterparts, but rather how all countries should tackle the All Blacks, Wales lock Luke Charteris said. Ireland sent...

  • Last-gasp Overseas complete comeback

    Last-gasp Overseas complete comeback

    Sliema Stompers 27Swieqi Overseas 31 Last weekend, the two major contenders for the honours this season, Stompers and Overseas, came head-to-head a second time following the new season’s curtain-raiser – the Ray Elliot Cup – which went Stompers’...

  • Fijian Super Rugby franchise plans well advanced – report

    Plans to establish a Super Rugby franchise in Fiji to stop top players leaving the Pacific Islands are well advanced and have over £20 million in backing, the Daily Telegraph  said yesterday. The team would be based in a 20,000-seater stadium...

  • England end South Africa jinx in style

    England end  South Africa  jinx in style

    England ended their 10-year winless streak against South Africa in emphatic style yesterday as they outclassed a desperately limited Springbok side for a 37-21 Twickenham victory that made it 10 wins out of 10 under coach Eddie Jones. Two tries in...

  • Qrendi Falcons beat Kavallieri in lively match

    Qrendi Falcons beat Kavallieri in lively match

    Qrendi Falcons 43Kavallieri 34 In a game, where the scoreline swung from one team to the other, Qrendi Falcons’ energetic ball-in-hand game finally won over a battling Kavallieri side. From the moment referee Lionel da Silva blew his whistle,...

  • Irish joy tinged with sadness as All Blacks finally vanquished

    Irish fans all over the world celebrated the side’s electrifying first-ever victory over the All Blacks, but the historic triumph was tinged with sadness following the recent death at just 42 of former international Anthony “Axel” Foley. “Ireland...

  • Rampant Australia crush Wales 32-8

    Australia scored five tries in an emphatic 32-8 win over Wales in Cardiff yesterday, the Wallabies’ 12th victory in a row over the Welsh. Wales had flyhalf Dan Biggar sent to the sin bin after 16 minutes when the Wallabies were 8-3 up following...

  • Malta crush Cyprus in rugby

    Malta crush Cyprus in rugby

    The Malta rugby national team bagged their second successive victory in the Conference One South when they brushed aside Cyprus 31-3 at the Hibs Stadium. The first half saw the Maltese dominate proceedings but it was Cyprus who broke the stalemate...

  • Neill keen to build on strong start

    Neill keen to build on strong start

    Malta coach Damian Neill has called on his players to build on their strong start to the European Conference One South when they host Cyprus at the Hibs Stadium this afternoon (kick-off 2pm). The Maltese team come into the match in high spirits...

  • No let up for England squad in Portugal camp

    England coach Eddie Jones has said there will be no letting up in the intensity of training as his side prepares for the November internationals with a camp in Portugal. England face South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia in the international...

  • National team kick off campaign in Andorra

    National team kick off campaign in Andorra

    The Maltese national team face Andorra in an international match in La Vella this evening (kick-off: 18.00), as they start their commitments in a revamped European Championship. This will be the first outing for Damien Neill’s men in the...

  • 2019 WCup will help expand sport beyond traditional base – Beaumont

    The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the first in Asia, is an opportunity for the sport to expand beyond its traditional communities, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said yesterday. “With over 75 per cent of the population an hour’s travel time...

  • Tribute planned for Foley as cup tie gets go-ahead

    Tournament organisers have announced that Munster’s European Champions Cup pool game against Glasgow will be played as scheduled in Limerick on Saturday. European Professional Club Rugby said the decision had been made “after close consultation...

  • Overseas fend off Kavallieri challenge

    Overseas fend off Kavallieri challenge

    Overseas 36Kavallieri 19 New Rugby Malta president Steve Busuttil had to roll up his sleeves and referee this Cisk League opener as Overseas were looking for redemption after losing the Ray Elliott Cup to Sliema Stompers the previous week. This...

  • 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...

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