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  • Falcons soar high for MIA title

    Falcons soar high for MIA title

    Birkirkara Falcons are the winners of the MIA Women’s Sevens series at Marsa. On Saturday, the Falcons first beat Stompers 36-0 and then followed that up with a 17-7 win over Kavallieri to top the league. At the end of the competition, the...

  • Wales close to success

    Wales close to success

    Wales made history by reaching their first ever HSBC Sevens World Series final before being controversially denied by Fiji at the Hong Kong Sevens, yesterday. Paul John’s men saw off Canada 28-14 and Kenya 19-0 to earn their tilt for a historic...

  • Refs contribute to local game

    Refs contribute to local game

    Malta Rugby Union Football (MRFU) referee Lionel da Silva has been rather busy this season. The Portuguese official was selected to referee an international match between Cyprus and Slovenia and was also tasked to handle matches in France besides...

  • Gaelic members clear way for Irish WCup bid

    Irish rugby’s governing body won the backing of their Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) peers yesterday to use their stadiums, including the 82,300-capacity Croke Park, in a potential bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Buoyed by New Zealand’s...

  • Malta face stern test in Rugby World Cup qualifier

    Malta face stern test in Rugby World Cup qualifier

    Malta’s successful national rugby players, who have been taking Maltese sport to a new level over the last few years, face a stiff test against in-form Switzerland on April 6 at the Hibernians Football Stadium, where over 4,000 local supporters...

  • I felt like a rock star, says Warburton

    I felt like a rock star, says Warburton

    Welsh forward Sam Warburton said he felt like a rock star after his team-mates inflicted a record 30-3 defeat on England in Cardiff to retain their Six Nations championship crown on Saturday. “Walking around the ground with my winners’ medal is...

  • Wales overwhelm England

    Wales overwhelm England

    Alex Cuthbert scored two second-half tries as a rampant Wales overwhelmed England by a record 30-3 scoreline to retain the Six Nations title and deny the visitors a grand slam on a memorable evening at the Millennium Stadium yesterday. Wales began...

  • Title could be World Cup precursor, Lancaster says

    Stuart Lancaster believes England will become serious contenders to win the 2015 World Cup if they can beat Wales today and win the Grand Slam. The Millennium Stadium showdown will be a seismic title decider, with England chasing a first Six...

  • Cool Farrell to lead England in decider

    Cool Farrell to lead England in decider

    Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs, the halfbacks potentially key to England’s assault on the 2015 World Cup, will get a taste of operating under the highest pressure in the Six Nations decider against Wales. Flyhalf Farrell, 21, missed last week’s 18-11...

  • Captain Jones to miss Six Nations showdown

    Wales captain Ryan Jones will miss Saturday’s Six Nations championship finale against England at the Millennium stadium after breaking a shoulder bone during last weekend’s win over Scotland. Loose forward Jones underwent a scan on Monday after...

  • Lancaster warning for sloppy England

    Stuart Lancaster warned England their Grand Slam dreams will be wrecked by Wales next weekend unless they improve on a lacklustre display against Italy. Lancaster was relieved that England came through what forwards coach Graham Rowntree described...

  • Tough test up next for Malta

    Tough test up next for Malta

    The Maltese national team face a stiff test against Switzerland in another World Cup Division 2A qualifying match at the Hibs Stadium, next month. Despite a world ranking high of 40, Damien Neill’s men are bracing themselves for a tough time...

  • Overseas tick the right boxes in cup match

    Kavallieri 24Overseas 31 Overseas got off to a dream start in this election-day cup game when, with just 90 seconds on the clock, Vince Stivala cut through a swathe of Kavallieri players before floating a pass to Mick George who ran in unopposed...

  • England stutter to victory

    England stutter to victory

    England will face Wales in Cardiff next Saturday with the opportunity of winning their first Six Nations Grand Slam in a decade after stuttering to an 18-11 victory over Italy. For that alone head coach Stuart Lancaster will be relieved but...

  • Wales win to keep hopes alive

    Wales win to keep hopes alive

    Six Nations champions Wales ground out a 28-18 win over Scotland at Murrayfield yesterday to keep alive their hopes of retaining the title after losing to Ireland in the opening round. The 2012 grand slam champions became the first Welsh side to...

  • Howley wary of Scottish back row ahead of Murrayfield clash

    Reigning Six Nations champions Wales will arrive at Murrayfield today on the back of five successive victories against Scotland. But Wales boss Rob Howley is braced for a fierce challenge when his team tackle opponents chasing a third win on the...

  • Overseas too strong for Alligators

    Overseas too strong for Alligators

    A depleted Birkirkara Alligators were no match for Overseas in a Cisk League match at the Marsa rugby ground last weekend. Overseas, with a strong wind behind them, took a 19-0 lead at the half-time break and never looked back as they won the...

  • World Cup organisers dismiss venue reports

    Organisers for the 2015 Rugby World Cup have said reports claiming to list the 12 finalised venues for the tournament were “not at all true”. Reports yesterday morning suggested the venues for rugby’s showpiece had already been agreed upon and...

  • Farrell has 50-50 chance to face Italy

    Farrell has 50-50 chance to face Italy

    England coach Stuart Lancaster yesterday rated Owen Farrell 50-50 for the Six Nations clash with Italy at Twickenham on March 10. Farrell limped off with a thigh strain in the second half of last weekend’s 23-13 victory over France and faces a...

  • Malta A beat Swiss Barbarians in final

    Malta A beat Swiss Barbarians in final

    Malta A 21Swiss Barbarians 15 With the men’s national team away in Sicily last weekend, attention shifted to women’s Sevens at Marsa where an international tournament was played involving Norway’s Vikingettes, the Swiss Barbarians and two Maltese...

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