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Rugby

  • Japan snatch shock win

    Japan pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history yesterday, defeating two-time World Cup champions South Africa 34-32 in a ferocious encounter at Brighton Community Stadium. Replacement Karne Hesketh raced in at the corner in...

  • England survive Fiji test to win opener

    England survive Fiji test to win opener

    Hosts England endured an uncomfortable night before overcoming dogged Fiji 35-11 in their Rugby World Cup Pool A opener at Twickenham yesterday. Seeking a second World Cup triumph, England opened up an 18-8 half-time lead through a penalty try and...

  • Fiji offer England tasty starter

    Fiji offer England tasty starter

    Facing the sport’s ninth-best nation would normally be a pivotal Rugby World Cup fixture for a top seed but such is the depth of quality in Pool A that England’s tournament opener against Fiji tonight is a relative hors d’oeuvre. With matches...

  • Referees told to get tough on diving players

    Rugby World Cup officials have been told to sin-bin players who dive or feign injury during matches in a bid to clamp down on a growing football culture in the game. Players appealing to referees to award penalties will also be punished. “There is...

  • World body listening to views on residency rules

    Rugby bosses will know “by the end of the year” whether to alter the three-year residency rule that has handed Scotland the services of Josh Strauss but robbed Fiji of Nathan Hughes. Governing body World Rugby launched a wide-ranging review into...

  • Understated All Blacks leave for England

    Understated All Blacks leave for England

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen continued his theme of attempting to downplay expectations as his side prepared to leave for the World Cup in England yesterday, emphasising the 2015 team were probably less arrogant than previous...

  • England beat Ireland 21-13 in final warm up at Twickenham

    England completed their World Cup preparations with a deserved 21-13 victory over Ireland yesterday, putting them in great heart for the tournament opener against Fiji back at Twickenham in 13 days but leaving Ireland to analyse a second...

  • Maltese national team primed for Ireland test

    Malta will have to be at their best to upset world no.7 Ireland in a friendly international at the Melita ground tonight (start: 21.00). Yesterday, both captains and coaches addressed the media at the Alexandra Hotel where it became clear that the...

  • Former ARU chief fears Japan to be stripped of World Cup

    Former ARU chief fears Japan to be stripped of World Cup

    Former Australian Rugby Union chief John O’Neill fears World Rugby’s “ultimatum” to Japan to submit a new road map for the 2019 World Cup could be a precursor to stripping the tournament from the Asian nation. Japan’s preparations were dealt a...

  • Wales in better shape than 2011, says Warburton

    Wales in better shape than 2011, says Warburton

    Wales are in excellent shape for a World Cup campaign that begins with a tough group including England and Australia, according to their captain Sam Warburton. After summer training camps in Switzerland and Qatar, Wales lost 35-21 to Ireland in a...

  • Nonu scores two tries as All Blacks thrash Wallabies

    Nonu scores two tries as All Blacks thrash Wallabies

    Ma’a Nonu grabbed two tries as the All Blacks went up a gear and silenced their critics by scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half to beat Australia 41-13 at Eden Park in Auckland yesterday and retain the Bledisloe Cup. Dane Coles and...

  • Toughest pool ever for England says Johnson

    Martin Johnson insists England’s path through the toughest group in World Cup history is fraught with danger, but believes the rewards will be great if they progress as winners. The enormity of the challenge facing the tournament hosts in Pool A...

  • Australia stun All Blacks

    Australia stun All Blacks

    Scrumhalf Nic White came off the bench to score 10 points in the last 11 minutes and give Australia a 27-19 victory over New Zealand and a first Rugby Championship title yesterday. White’s penalty and converted try settled a lively contest in...

  • Cipriani’s hopes are still alive

    Backup flyhalf Danny Cipriani remains in contention for a place in England’s World Cup squad after he was re-bailed in his drink driving case until after the tournament. The 27-year-old Sale Sharks back was arrested on June 1 after an early...

  • Springboks on track despite Brisbane loss

    Springboks on track despite Brisbane loss

    Coach Heyneke Meyer believes the Springboks are on the right track for the World Cup despite suffering a morale-sapping last-second defeat at the hands of Australia in their Rugby Cham-pionship opener on Saturday. The twice world champions had...

  • Ireland will be the team to watch at World Cup – Thorn

    Ireland will be the team to watch at World Cup – Thorn

    Last week, the Malta Rugby Football Union had 2011 World Cup winner Brad Thorn as distinguished guest at their headquarters in Marsa. The former All Blacks lock met with the national team selectors and players. He also spoke about his future plans...

  • Resilient Malta edge Belgium in friendly

    Resilient Malta edge Belgium in friendly

    Malta achieved a hard-earned 35-34 victory against Belgium at the famous Carnegie Headingley Stadium, in Leeds, on Sunday. In a game of fluctuating fortunes, Malta were always in control but the Belgians fought back despite trailing by no fewer 20...

  • Italy players strike over tournament bonuses

    Italy’s rugby World Cup preparations have been thrown into disarray by a player strike over tournament bonuses. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) claims to have “taken note” of the players’ stance, that includes demanding a match-by-match bonus...

  • Maltese girls gearing up for Croatia challenge

    The Malta Rugby Football Union’s women’s sevens team will participate in the forthcoming European Nations Cup Division B, to be held on June 20 and 21 in Zagreb, Croatia. This tournament is part of the Olympic qualifying campaign since rugby...

  • Overseas policy ‘the right one’ for RFU chief Ian Ritchie

    England bosses are “all in agreement” on refusing to select overseas-based stars despite Toulouse trying to prise Manu Tuilagi away from Leicester, according to RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie. Top 14 giants Toulouse are attempting to offer...

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