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Rugby

  • Wales in better shape than 2011, says Warburton

    Wales in better shape than 2011, says Warburton

    Wales are in excellent shape for a World Cup campaign that begins with a tough group including England and Australia, according to their captain Sam Warburton. After summer training camps in Switzerland and Qatar, Wales lost 35-21 to Ireland in a...

  • Nonu scores two tries as All Blacks thrash Wallabies

    Nonu scores two tries as All Blacks thrash Wallabies

    Ma’a Nonu grabbed two tries as the All Blacks went up a gear and silenced their critics by scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half to beat Australia 41-13 at Eden Park in Auckland yesterday and retain the Bledisloe Cup. Dane Coles and...

  • Toughest pool ever for England says Johnson

    Martin Johnson insists England’s path through the toughest group in World Cup history is fraught with danger, but believes the rewards will be great if they progress as winners. The enormity of the challenge facing the tournament hosts in Pool A...

  • Australia stun All Blacks

    Australia stun All Blacks

    Scrumhalf Nic White came off the bench to score 10 points in the last 11 minutes and give Australia a 27-19 victory over New Zealand and a first Rugby Championship title yesterday. White’s penalty and converted try settled a lively contest in...

  • Cipriani’s hopes are still alive

    Backup flyhalf Danny Cipriani remains in contention for a place in England’s World Cup squad after he was re-bailed in his drink driving case until after the tournament. The 27-year-old Sale Sharks back was arrested on June 1 after an early...

  • Springboks on track despite Brisbane loss

    Springboks on track despite Brisbane loss

    Coach Heyneke Meyer believes the Springboks are on the right track for the World Cup despite suffering a morale-sapping last-second defeat at the hands of Australia in their Rugby Cham-pionship opener on Saturday. The twice world champions had...

  • Ireland will be the team to watch at World Cup – Thorn

    Ireland will be the team to watch at World Cup – Thorn

    Last week, the Malta Rugby Football Union had 2011 World Cup winner Brad Thorn as distinguished guest at their headquarters in Marsa. The former All Blacks lock met with the national team selectors and players. He also spoke about his future plans...

  • Resilient Malta edge Belgium in friendly

    Resilient Malta edge Belgium in friendly

    Malta achieved a hard-earned 35-34 victory against Belgium at the famous Carnegie Headingley Stadium, in Leeds, on Sunday. In a game of fluctuating fortunes, Malta were always in control but the Belgians fought back despite trailing by no fewer 20...

  • Italy players strike over tournament bonuses

    Italy’s rugby World Cup preparations have been thrown into disarray by a player strike over tournament bonuses. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) claims to have “taken note” of the players’ stance, that includes demanding a match-by-match bonus...

  • Maltese girls gearing up for Croatia challenge

    The Malta Rugby Football Union’s women’s sevens team will participate in the forthcoming European Nations Cup Division B, to be held on June 20 and 21 in Zagreb, Croatia. This tournament is part of the Olympic qualifying campaign since rugby...

  • Overseas policy ‘the right one’ for RFU chief Ian Ritchie

    England bosses are “all in agreement” on refusing to select overseas-based stars despite Toulouse trying to prise Manu Tuilagi away from Leicester, according to RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie. Top 14 giants Toulouse are attempting to offer...

  • Malta squad for Belgium test

    Malta coach Anthony Micallef has named a 35-man squad ahead of the June 21 international against Belgium at Carnegie Headingley Stadium. Micallef declared that the match was quickly turning into another challenging case of player...

  • Determined Galea aiming high

    Determined Galea aiming high

    Rugby prospect Andre Galea is willing to maintain his steady progress and represent Malta at senior level in the future after helping Falcons win the Division Two title. As the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) maintains its drive to further...

  • Woodward in France frame

    Clive Woodward has shown his intention to replace Philippe Saint-Andre as head coach of France, according to reports in the French press. French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Woodward, who led England to World Cup glory in 2003, is on an...

  • Maltese squad steps up training regime

    Malta coach Anthony Micallef has undertaken another development move with the launch of the national squad. Training together since March, the national squad, capped at 10 domestic-based players, follows strict attendance and dress-code...

  • Eligibility rules under the spotlight as WCup looms

    Eligibility rules under the spotlight as WCup looms

    Less than five months before the World Cup kicks off in England and Wales, some of rugby’s best players are still deciding which country to represent. For many, money, rather than national pride, could be the deciding factor. The days have long...

  • Poor start foils Malta

    Poor start foils Malta

    Malta 20Switzerland 23 A shoddy defensive display cost the national team dearly yesterday as Damien Neill’s men succumbed to a 23-20 defeat to Switzerland at the Hibs Stadium. There was an understandable air of disappointment among the home...

  • Rugby: Switzerland beat Malta 23-20

    Rugby: Switzerland beat Malta 23-20

    Malta slumped to their second defeat in Division 2A when they lost to Switzerland 23-20 at the Hibs Stadium. Seconds after kick-off, Malta regaled Switzerland with the first three points when they conceded a penalty and Sebastian Dimitri duly...

  • Discipline is key against Switzerland – Neill

    Damien Neill is demanding a disciplined performance from his players when Malta take on a strong Switzerland side in a FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier at the Hibs Stadium, today. With just two points separating the second-placed Switzerland, on 10...

  • Winning is all that matters for Neill

    Malta coach Damien Neill yesterday urged his players to lift their game and steer the country to its third victory in the FIRA-AER Division 2A group as the rugby national team continue their preparations for Saturday’s international against...

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