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Rugby

  • 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...

  • Elite referees get to grips with new trial scrum laws

    The world’s elite referees were given a hands-on scrummaging demonstration by former England hooker Brian Moore on Friday in France at a workshop on the new engagement protocols being trialled globally this season. Moore, an outspoken critic of...

  • Gladiators on the rise in MRFU 10s league

    The Gladiators have taken the MRFU 10s League by storm, beating every opponent and ending the season with a 100 per cent record. The Gladiators’ season started slowly as the team tried to find its feet in a couple of friendly matches where the...

  • Cup dates set for Wilkinson and Toulon

    Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon will begin the defence of their Heineken Cup crown at home to Glasgow Warriors in October. Wilkinson played a key role in the French club landing northern hemisphere club rugby’s biggest prize with victory over Clermont...

  • MRFU to hold talks with MFA

    The Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) are planning to hold talks with their counterparts from the Malta Football Association (MFA) before the end of the month following a decision that stopped rugby teams from training on artificial turf pitches...

  • McKenzie takes over as Australia coach

    Ewen McKenzie was named as new coach of the Wallabies yesterday after the Australian Rugby Union decided to part ways with New Zealander Robbie Deans. The 53-year-old Deans, who had been Australia’s first foreign coach, led the team for 74 tests...

  • Deans gets the sack

    Robbie Deans has been sacked as Australia head coach following the Wallabies’ Test series defeat to the British and Irish Lions, according to reports in the Australian press. Ewen McKenzie, the former Test prop who guided the Queensland Reds to...

  • Lions must make changes says Gatland

    The British and Irish Lions must be allowed adequate preparation time if they are to build on the success of their 2-1 series win over Australia when they travel to face New Zealand in 2017, coach Warren Gatland said yesterday. The dust had barely...

  • Lions end 16 years of failure

    The British and Irish Lions made a blistering start, rode an Australian fightback and ran out record 41-16 winners in the decisive third test yesterday to end a 16-year wait for a test series triumph. After just three points separated the two...

  • Coaches gamble as Lions series goes down to wire

    The British and Irish Lions and Australia go into today’s decisive third test knowing that however titanic the struggle, however brilliant the rugby, history will remember only a series winner and loser. Little has separated the sides in two...

  • Gatland defends O’Driscoll omission

    The controversial omission of Brian O’Driscoll from the British and Irish Lions side for tomorrow’s third and decisive test against Australia in Sydney was done for sound rugby reasons, says coach Warren Gatland. The axing of the Lions great from...

  • Wallaby Smith gets recall for third test

    Flanker George Smith will make a sensational return to test rugby tomorrow after being named to start for Australia in the decisive third test against the British and Irish Lions. Smith bowed out of international rugby in 2009 after making 110...

  • O’Driscoll dropped as Lions make changes

    Brian O’Driscoll has been dropped for the British and Irish Lions third and decisive test against Australia on Saturday, leaving Welsh lock Alun Wyn Jones to captain a powerful and much-changed side. The team features six changes to the starting...

  • Lions captain Warburton major doubt for decider

    British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton stayed in Melbourne to have a scan on his injured hamstring yesterday, making him a grave doubt for next weekend’s third test against Australia. The Wales flanker, who will join up with the rest of the...

  • Wallabies strike late to beat Lions and even series

    Leigh Halfpenny missed a last-minute penalty from halfway to hand Australia a 16-15 victory over the British and Irish Lions in the second test yesterday, sending the series to a mouthwatering decider in Sydney next week. A scrappy match lacking...

  • Lions lock O’Connell out with broken arm

    The British and Irish Lions have suffered a major blow ahead of the second test against Australia, with lock Paul O’Connell ruled out of the rest of the series against Australia due to a fracture in his right forearm. The 33-year-old Irishman, who...

  • Australia captain Horwill cleared of stamping

    Australia captain James Horwill has been cleared of stamping during his side’s loss to the British and Irish Lions in the first test in Brisbane, the Australian Rugby Union said. The 28-year-old lock was cited for allegedly stamping or trampling...

  • Beale slip hands Lions win

    Australia’s Kurtley Beale slipped over and missed a dramatic last-minute penalty to hand the British and Irish Lions a thrilling 23-21 first test victory at Lang Park yesterday. The Lions had led from the 26th minute when winger George North...

  • Deans silent over Dwyer comments

    Australia coach Robbie Deans has refused to provide the British and Irish Lions with any ammunition ahead of Saturday’s series opener by distancing himself from Bob Dwyer’s accusation that the tourists are “cheats”. Dwyer, who masterminded the...

  • Lions call takes Shane Williams by surprise

    Shane Williams has revealed his sense of shock after being summoned from Japan to play for the British and Irish Lions. The 36-year-old former Wales wing, who retired from Test rugby 18 months ago, will line up against the Brumbies in Canberra...

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