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  • 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...

  • Late Smith try helps NZ to scrappy win

    Late Smith try helps NZ to scrappy win

    A rusty New Zealand needed a late try from Conrad Smith for a 20-15 win in the first test against an understrength England in Auckland yesterday as they struggled to snuff out the challenge of a visiting side reduced to 14 men for most of the...

  • Malta Origin down Stompers in tight clash

    Malta Origin down Stompers in tight clash

    The match was no spectacle but Malta Origin did enough to see off Stompers and secure the first silverware of the rugby league season, the MRL Super Cup. Last year’s champions faced the cup winners in what is quickly becoming a grudge match in the...

  • Police continue unbeaten run in friendly against Malta XIII

    Police continue unbeaten run in friendly against Malta XIII

    The touring West Yorkshire Police Rugby League extended their winning streak abroad to 11 years after beating Malta XIII 86-14 at the Melita ground on Friday. After touring Australia, Jamaica, Latvia, Serbia and the Czech Republic, the Police...

  • Gozo open season with upset over Stompers at Melita ground

    Gozo open season with upset over Stompers at Melita ground

    Jean-Pierre Zarb crossed for a hat-trick of tries as Gozo RL opened their account in the 2014 MRL Championship with a surprise 40-20 victory over Stompers RL at the Melita ground on Wednesday. Stompers turned over the first two restarts of the...

  • Swanage-Wareham make their mark during Malta tour

    The annual rugby fest for touring sides took place at Marsa and, as usual, a lot of enjoyment went along with some sparkling rugby. Two Maltese clubs, Kavallieri and Overseas took on English clubs from Ealing (London), St Ives, Thurston and...

  • WCup winner Wilkinson to retire at end of season

    WCup winner Wilkinson to retire at end of season

    Toulon flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson, whose last-gasp drop goal secured England World Cup glory in 2003, will retire from rugby at the end of the season, he announced yesterday. The 34-year-old will look to end his 17-year senior career on a high when...

  • Cipriani gets England recall

    Cipriani gets England recall

    Danny Cipriani (picture) was named in an England squad for the first time in six years yesterday as coach Stuart Lancaster has decided the mercurial Sale flyhalf is no longer a risk to his team’s esprit de corps. Cipriani won all seven of his caps...

  • MRFU youngsters on tour

    MRFU youngsters on tour

    The Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) have just organised a very first rugby tour for children to play at the annual tournament in Le-brino, Catania. Although this competition has been running for eight years, the Maltese were the first foreign...

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