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  • Wallabies strike late to beat Lions and even series

    Wallabies strike late to beat Lions and even series

    Leigh Halfpenny missed a last-minute penalty from halfway to hand Australia a 16-15 victory over the British and Irish Lions in the second test yesterday, sending the series to a mouthwatering decider in Sydney next week. A scrappy match lacking...

  • Lions lock O’Connell out with broken arm

    The British and Irish Lions have suffered a major blow ahead of the second test against Australia, with lock Paul O’Connell ruled out of the rest of the series against Australia due to a fracture in his right forearm. The 33-year-old Irishman, who...

  • Australia captain Horwill cleared of stamping

    Australia captain Horwill cleared of stamping

    Australia captain James Horwill has been cleared of stamping during his side’s loss to the British and Irish Lions in the first test in Brisbane, the Australian Rugby Union said. The 28-year-old lock was cited for allegedly stamping or trampling...

  • Beale slip hands Lions win

    Beale slip hands Lions win

    Australia’s Kurtley Beale slipped over and missed a dramatic last-minute penalty to hand the British and Irish Lions a thrilling 23-21 first test victory at Lang Park yesterday. The Lions had led from the 26th minute when winger George North...

  • Deans silent over Dwyer comments

    Deans silent over Dwyer comments

    Australia coach Robbie Deans has refused to provide the British and Irish Lions with any ammunition ahead of Saturday’s series opener by distancing himself from Bob Dwyer’s accusation that the tourists are “cheats”. Dwyer, who masterminded the...

  • Lions call takes Shane Williams by surprise

    Shane Williams has revealed his sense of shock after being summoned from Japan to play for the British and Irish Lions. The 36-year-old former Wales wing, who retired from Test rugby 18 months ago, will line up against the Brumbies in Canberra...

  • Thrilling Lions thrash the Waratahs

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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 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...

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