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Rugby

  • Malta outsmart Croatia

    Malta produced a very efficient, all-round performance yesterday to see off Croatia and put themselves within touching distance of preserving the team’s place in Division 2A for another qualifying campaign. Facing a must-win scenario against a...

  • Rugby Union: Impressive Malta ease past Croatia

    Malta moved on the brink of retaining their place in Division 2A when they produced a stunning performance to beat Croatia 37-18 at the Hibs Stadium. Malta drew first blood after 10 minutes when from a scrum Toby Quarendon released James Kirk on...

  • Malta needs to show mental toughness in crucial qualifier

    Malta coach Damien Neill is calling on his players to prove they have enough mental strength to overcome the challenge of Croatia in a crucial FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier at the Hibs Stadium today. The dramatic 13-10 win away in Lithuania the...

  • New front row for England against Pumas

    England will have a new front row against Argentina at Twickenham tomorrow with David Wilson given a rare start alongside hooker Dylan Hartley and prop Joe Marler. Wilson has been a virtual fixture on England’s bench over the last four years, with...

  • Croatia clash crucial for our survival hopes, says Sacco

    Buoyed by their dramatic 13-10 win in Lithuania, Malta are heading into Saturday’s showdown with Croatia in high spirits as they look to retain their place in Division 2A. Last weekend, James O’Brien’s stoppage-time penalty lifted Malta to third...

  • Rugby Union: Malta in must-win match against Croatia

    The Malta rugby national team are in high spirits ahead of Saturday’s crucial FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier against Croatia at the Hibs Stadium (kick-off: 2pm). A 13-10 victory over Lithuania in Vilnius last weekend have put Damien Neill’s team...

  • Hardaker out of England World Cup squad

    Leeds centre or full-back Zak Hardaker has pulled out of England's rugby league World Cup squad for personal reasons. The 22-year-old's withdrawal leaves coach Steve McNamara with a squad of 23 for the last group game against Fiji in Hull on...

  • O’Brien kick wins it for Malta

    James O’Brien scored a penalty deep into stoppage time to hand Malta a dramatic 13-10 win over Lithuania in a FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier at the Vilnius Bend Park, yesterday. The Maltese looked to have thrown away a precious victory after...

  • Crucial tie for Neill’s team

    Malta’s hopes of retaining their place in Division 2A rest almost on this afternoon’s match when Damien Neill’s men take on Lithuania in a crucial FIRA-AER Euro Championship qualifier in eastern Europe (kick-off 1pm Malta time). The Maltese are...

  • Gatland reveals Farrell motive

    Warren Gatland took England defence coach Andy Farrell on the British and Irish Lions tour with him so he could get an insight into how Wales’ Six Nations rivals will prepare for the World Cup clash between the sides. Gatland surprised many by...

  • Cane helps All Blacks to remain unbeaten

    Flanker Sam Cane produced an outstanding show to help All Blacks extend their unbeaten run over Australia in New Zealand to 16 games with a 41-33 victory in their third and final Bledisloe Cup clash in Dunedin yesterday. Coach Steve Hansen’s side...

  • Sliema face Origin in today’s cup decider

    Sliema RL clash against Malta Origin RL in the MRL Dove Men+Care Championship Final at the Melita ground today (start: 2pm). Sliema’s Malcolm Attard and Malta Origin’s Joe Paolella will lead their respective teams that are both expected to boast a...

  • England open door for new centres

    The most convoluted chapter of England’s post-2003 World Cup story took another twist yesterday when uncapped centres Joel Tomkins, Luther Burrell and Henry Trinder were included in the squad for the November tests. Injuries have ruled regular...

  • A crucial double header for Maltese national team

    The Malta A squad have just completed a home and away double over Sicily team Sigonella in their build-up to next month’s international matches against Lithuania and Croatia. The national select was again assembled by Malta coach Damian Neill to...

  • New MRFU boss Dalton vows to maintain progress

    Brian Dalton, the new president of the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU), takes over the reins with an important FIRA European Nations Cup Division 2A match against Croatia looming on the horizon on November 9 at Hibs Ground. Dalton was voted into...

  • Malta Origin sign Barron

    Malta Origin RL club have announced the signing of prop forward Gareth Barron for the remainder of the 2013 MRL Dove Men+Care Championship. The 31-year-old started his professional career as a trainee with Gateshead Thunder in 1999 when the team...

  • Sultana to play for the Raptors in US

    Beverie Sultana (picture), one of the most decorated players in the Maltese women’s national rugby champion-ship, will be playing for US Premiership team Glendale Raptors next season. Sultana has accepted to join the Denver-based team who offered...

  • All Blacks see off Wallabies to retain cup

    New Zealand winger Ben Smith (picture) followed up last week’s hat-trick of tries in Sydney with two more as the All Blacks beat Australia 27-16 in their Rugby Championship clash yesterday to retain the Bledisloe Cup. Debutant flyhalf Tom Taylor...

  • McKenzie urges Wallabies to hit back

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie is channelling his own fury and has asked his side to do the same when they attempt to become the first Wallabies side to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand in 12 years tomorrow. Victory at Wellington Regional Stadium...

  • All Blacks to get bigger bonus for retaining WCup

    The All Blacks will each get NZ$150,000 ($119,600) if they retain the rugby World Cup in 2015, a 50 per cent increase on their 2011 bonus, according to a new collective bargaining agreement released yesterday. The agreement also includes a...

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