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Rugby

  • 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...

  • Malta squad for Belgium test

    Malta coach Anthony Micallef has named a 35-man squad ahead of the June 21 international against Belgium at Carnegie Headingley Stadium. Micallef declared that the match was quickly turning into another challenging case of player...

  • Determined Galea aiming high

    Determined Galea aiming high

    Rugby prospect Andre Galea is willing to maintain his steady progress and represent Malta at senior level in the future after helping Falcons win the Division Two title. As the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) maintains its drive to further...

  • Woodward in France frame

    Clive Woodward has shown his intention to replace Philippe Saint-Andre as head coach of France, according to reports in the French press. French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Woodward, who led England to World Cup glory in 2003, is on an...

  • Maltese squad steps up training regime

    Malta coach Anthony Micallef has undertaken another development move with the launch of the national squad. Training together since March, the national squad, capped at 10 domestic-based players, follows strict attendance and dress-code...

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