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Rugby

  • Thrilling Lions thrash the Waratahs

    Leigh Halfpenny hit 30 points as the British and Irish Lions crushed the New South Wales Waratahs 47-17 with some thrilling running rugby to claim a fifth win in five tour matches yesterday. Coach Warren Gatland had said this was not a shadow test...

  • Lions put Country boys to the sword

    A ruthless British and Irish Lions side ran in 10 tries to overwhelm a willing but outgunned semi-professional Combined Country side 64-0 and maintain their unbeaten start to the tour of Australia yesterday. Winger George North confirmed his rich...

  • Horwill skipper, fourth uncapped player in Wallabies squad

    James Horwill was named skipper and Scott Sio became the fourth uncapped player to join the party when Australia coach Robbie Deans finalised his 31-man squad for the British and Irish Lions series. Deans announced the controversial elements of...

  • Young England thrash Argentina

    England ran in four tries, including three in an exciting first-half performance, to crush an error-prone Argentina 32-3 in the first test in Salta on Saturday night. Fly-half Freddie Burns kicked 12 points, punishing Pumas infringements with two...

  • Wilkinson chooses club before Lions

    Jonny Wilkinson has once again put his French club ahead of the British and Irish Lions after the former England flyhalf elected to have a groin operation that will sideline him for several weeks. The 34-year-old, who kicked Toulon to the Heineken...

  • Women’s team sixth in 7s tournament

    The Maltese women’s 7s team were in action at the FIRA European Championship, played in Bratislava, Slovakia, last weekend. Twelve teams took part and Malta, under the charge of coach Damian Neill, was in Pool B along with Turkey, Lithuania,...

  • Lions prop Jones expecting tough test

    The British and Irish Lions will touch down on Australian soil today ready for the challenges that await them in “a massive sports country”. After putting hot and humid business of an appointment with the Barbarians behind them, they kick off nine...

  • Lions crush Barbarians

    Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert scored two tries apiece as the British and Irish Lions kicked off their 125th anniversary tour with a comfortable 59-8 victory over the Barbarians in oppressive humidity in Hong Kong yesterday. Tries from skipper...

  • Wilkinson named Player of the Year

    Jonny Wilkinson has capped a triumphant 2013 Heineken Cup campaign with Toulon by being named European player of the year. Wilkinson captained Toulon to a stag-gering 16-15 victory over Clermont Auv-ergne in Saturday’s Dublin final. The...

  • Stompers make it a Treble after 10s triumph

    Stompers Tens produced a performance which must have left many of the 15s regulars worried about their positions in the elite squad last weekend after beating Overseas 39-7 in the Med. Cup Xs final at Marsa. Matthew Alexander got the scoring under...

  • Stompers at the double

    Stompers 28Overseas 10 Stompers have just been crowned league champions this season so they started this match on Saturday as hot favourites to beat Overseas and make it a double. Stompers lived up to expectations and only took a couple of minutes...

  • Six Nations return for Friday fixtures

    Friday night fixtures will return to the RBS Six Nations championship from next season, tournament organisers have announced. Champions Wales will tackle France at the Millennium Stadium on Friday, February 21 in their third game of the 2014...

  • Dutch overpower Malta in Amsterdam

    Netherlands 48Malta 10 The Netherlands stormed to the top of Division 2A after cruising past Malta in a European qualifier in Amsterdam yesterday. It was a commanding performance from the Dutch who produced a master-class, scoring no fewer than...

  • Neill’s men play away

    Malta coach Damien Neill will be looking for a strong response from his players as they resume their commitments in the FIRA-AER Division 2A with a match against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, today (kick-off: 3pm). The national team, who slipped...

  • Positive Italy experience for Kavallieri ladies

    Last weekend, the Kavallieri women’s team took part in a rugby Sevens tournament in Bologna, Italy. The Kavallieri girls were up against local side Scarlet Imola, San Marino and a young side from Forli. The hosts kicked off the tournament against...

  • Solid Swiss punish erratic Malta

    Malta 10Switzerland 19 A strong kicking performance from Simon Perrod dashed Malta’s hopes of winning yesterday’s crucial Division 2A qualifier as Switzerland coasted home to a 19-10 victory at a packed Hibs Stadium. The match was labelled as...

  • Neill calls for disciplined approach

    The Malta rugby team can lay down a marker in the FIRA-AER Division 2A when they host surprise package Switzerland at the Hibs Stadium this afternoon (kick-off 2pm). Malta and Switzerland are level in second place with five points, just three...

  • Rugby: Swiss punish erratic Malta

    Malta suffered a disappointing 19-10 defeat to Switzerland in a FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier at the Hibs Stadium this afternoon. Swiss Simon Perrod turned out to be the protagonists when he kicked home nine points to lift his team to the...

  • Malta gear up for key Swiss test

    The Malta rugby team’s quest to win promotion from the FIRA-AER Division 2A enters a decisive stage in the next two weeks as, on Saturday, they host Switzerland at the Hibs Stadium before travelling to group leaders the Netherlands the following...

  • Old Trafford to reject World Cup

    Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium is unlikely to be used as a venue for the 2015 rugby World Cup due to club concerns over potential damage to the pitch. Competition organisers had hoped to hold up to three matches at Old Trafford and are...

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