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  • Efficient Dutch seal promotion

    Efficient Dutch seal promotion

    Malta 10The Netherlands 33 The Netherlands underlined their credentials as the top team in Division 2A as they sealed promotion to Division 1B in style following a commanding 33-10 win over an edgy Malta team in Corradino, yesterday. This was an...

  • Neill’s men look to make their point

    Neill’s men look to make their point

    The Malta rugby national team will be eager to make sure of their Division 2A status for another campaign when they face group leaders The Netherlands at the Hibs Stadium, this afternoon (kick-off: 14.00). Back-to-back victories over Lithuania...

  • Timely boost for MRFU

    Mediterranean Bank have maintained their commitment towards the local sports community by extending their sponsorship deal with the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) for another year. The bank’s partnership with the MRFU began in 2010 with the...

  • England’s Brown voted player of the Six Nations

    England’s Brown voted player of the Six Nations

    England full-back Mike Brown was voted the player of the Six Nations championship after a series of effervescent performances that helped light up England’s backline play. Brown had a superb tournament in defence and attack having finally nailed...

  • Perfect farewell for O’Driscoll as Ireland win the Six Nations

    Perfect farewell for O’Driscoll as Ireland win the Six Nations

    Brian O’Driscoll got the perfect send-off when Ireland won the Six Nations championship with a 22-20 victory against France, their first in Paris since the superstar centre made his championship debut in 2000. Ireland, who clinched only their...

  • Six Nations poised for ‘Super Saturday’ finale

    Six Nations poised for ‘Super Saturday’ finale

    In a scenario that will delight organisers, TV executives and armchair fans, the Six Nations championship is set to be decided in the final minutes of the final fixture of this weekend’s “Super Saturday” triple bill when France face Ireland in...

  • Robshaw says satisfied with the Triple Crown

    Robshaw says satisfied with the Triple Crown

    Chris Robshaw welcomed England’s first Triple Crown since 2003 after Wales were swept aside 29-18 at Twickenham. The Six Nations title remains a target on the final day of the Championship – Ireland and France are also in contention – but Robshaw...

  • England stay in the hunt

    England stay in the hunt

    England gave themselves a great chance of winning only their second Six Nations title in 11 years when they beat double-defending champions Wales 29-18 yesterday, securing their first Triple Crown since 2003 in the process. England avenged their...

  • Rampant Ireland sweep past Italy

    Rampant Ireland sweep past Italy

    Ireland took pole position for their first Six Nations title in five years with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy yesterday as talismanic centre Brian O’Driscoll became the most capped player ever in his final home game. O’Driscoll made decisive...

  • Raw England hope to tame red Lions of Wales

    Raw England hope to tame red Lions of Wales

    An England team with one British and Irish Lion in their ranks take on a Welsh side containing 12 tomorrow with an interest in the Six Nations title, a Triple Crown, revenge for Cardiff and the chance to gain a World Cup edge all at stake. England...

  • Two more wins needed says England coach

    Stuart Lancaster has warned his Six Nations title hopefuls that only victories over Wales and Italy will see them crowned champions. Since losing to France on the opening weekend, the Red Rose have posted impressive wins over Scotland and Ireland...

  • Malta to face Greece and the Czech Republic

    Malta to face Greece and the Czech Republic

    Malta will open their 2014 European Championship C commitments with a match against Greece in June before travelling to Havlichkuv Brod to tackle the Czech Republic, the Rugby Lea-gue European Federation (RLEF) has announced. The announcement was...

  • IRB hopes World Cup will awaken ‘sleeping giant’ Japan

    International Rugby Board (IRB) chief executive Brett Gosper expects the 2019 World Cup to stir “sleeping giant” Japan from its slumber and raise the game’s profile in the host country as the 2002 FIFA World Cup did for soccer. “Soccer wasn’t that...

  • France drop Picamoles for disrespecting referee

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has dropped number eight Louis Picamoles from his squad to face Scotland next month because he showed a lack of respect towards referee Alain Rolland during Friday’s loss to Wales. The Toulouse forward appeared to...

  • England join four-way tie at the top

    A try by scrumhalf Danny Care spurred England to a nerve-jangling 13-10 victory over Ireland at Twickenham yesterday to create a four-way tie at the top of the Six Nations table. Holders Wales, who beat France in Cardiff on Friday, the French,...

  • France down Italy with second-half flourish

    France scored three second-half tries in 10 minutes to beat Italy 30-10 in the Six Nations championship yesterday and maintain their perfect start to the competition. Louis Picamoles, Wesley Fofana and debutant Hugo Bonneval all touched down...

  • Ireland pummel Wales

    Ireland pummel Wales

    Ireland dealt a devastating blow to Welsh dreams of an historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles with a comprehensive 26-3 win at the Aviva stadium yesterday. In the latest sign of a revival under new coach Joe Schmidt, the Irish went 13-0 up in...

  • May ready for more nose woes against Scots today

    May ready for more nose woes against Scots today

    Jonny May accepts breaking his nose for a second game in succession when England play Scotland today is a strong possibility. May will take his place on the left wing of an unchanged starting XV after being given the all-clear to play at...

  • England team unchanged for Scotland match

    England have named an unchanged starting XV and bench for tomorrow’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield. Having announced on Tuesday that he would keep faith with the 23 that slipped to a late 26-24 defeat by France, head coach...

  • Seattle crush Denver to win Super Bowl

    Seattle crush Denver to win Super Bowl

    Seattle Seahawks showed defence still rules in the Super Bowl as they embarrassed the usually high-scoring Denver Broncos 43-8 in New Jersey, on Sunday, to win their first NFL championship in franchise history. The Seattle defence shut down the...

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