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  • A crucial double header for Maltese national team

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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