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Rugby

  • MRL in a successful bid for RLEF affiliate membership

    MRL in a successful bid for RLEF affiliate membership

    The Malta Rugby League (MRL) have been granted affiliate membership of the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) after applying in early November. The recognition sees the MRL’s membership raised from ‘observer’ to ‘affiliate’ with Malta...

  • No plans for hybrid match

    The Rugby Football League is not planning to participate in a hybrid-code fixture with an Australian rugby union team. Reports said the RFL had agreed a December 2014 date with its Australian 15-a-side counterparts which would pit the Wallabies...

  • English clubs look to Welsh

    Euro competition appears set to disintegrate further with England’s clubs confident the Welsh regions will join them next season. Premiership Rugby has nine vacant weekends to fill for 2014-15 after announcing last week that the 12 Premiership...

  • Coach Neill keen to take Maltese game to next level

    Coach Neill keen to take Maltese game to next level

    Singling out Damien Neill as the major catalyst behind the rise of Rugby Union in Malta would be no understatement. After being named national coach in 2004, the Welshman was influential in turning the fortunes of the national team around. No one...

  • Five unions back Heineken Cup

    European rugby could be on course for civil war after the Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French and Italian unions announced their commitment to existing European club competitions after a meeting in Dublin late Thursday. The unions’ determination to...

  • Six Wallabies banned after drinking session

    Australia have suspended six players for one match and sanctioned another nine for “breaches of internal team protocols” following a drinking session in the days leading up to Saturday’s test against Ireland. “Everyone in our squad is required to...

  • Robshaw eyes Six Nations glory

    Chris Robshaw has reacted to a spirited defeat to New Zealand by declaring England must win an RBS 6 Nations title to provide evidence of genuine progress. The All Blacks avenged last autumn’s Twickenham humiliation with a 30-22 victory in a...

  • All Blacks survive England fightback

    All Blacks survive England fightback

    New Zealand remain on course to complete their perfect year after beating England 30-22 at Twickenham yesterday but they did it the hard way after the hosts fought back from 17-3 down in a thrilling encounter. With Twickenham rocking as England...

  • England coach Lancaster hails All Black dominance

    England coach Lancaster hails All Black dominance

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster regards Richie McCaw’s world champions as the best New Zealand team he has seen – and the most dominant force in any sport. The rivals meet at Twickenham today in an eagerly-awaited climax to the QBE...

  • Malta outsmart Croatia

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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