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  • 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...

  • 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,...

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