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Rugby

  • Former Sale player David Tait dead at 25

    David Tait, a former back-row forward with Sale, has died at the age of 25, the English Premiership side reported yesterday. Tait, whose rugby career was cut short by injury, is understood to have fallen from an apartment block in Hong Kong. “The...

  • Wales bid to host England, Australia 2015 World Cup games in Cardiff

    Australia face the prospect of having to play 2015 World Cup pool matches against England at Twickenham and Wales in Cardiff. Monday’s draw saw 2015 hosts England drawn alongside Wales and Australia in a tough Pool A dubbed the “group of death” by...

  • Stompers underline their title credentials with crushing win

    Sliema Stompers 45Overseas 22 Sliema Stompers underlined their title credentials with an impressive win over Overseas in a Cisk League clash at Marsa during the weekend. Overseas started the game with Vince Stivala positioned at fly-half. Stompers...

  • England, Australia and Wales in the same pool

    England, Wales and Australia were all drawn together in a potential “group of death” when the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England was made yesterday. The trio all found themselves in Pool A at a draw conducted at London’s Tate Modern...

  • Woodward says England team to avoid in draw

    Clive Woodward has said England’s stunning victory over New Zealand has made them the team all other sides will want to avoid in today’s draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Woodward, who coached England’s World Cup-winning side of 2003, also said...

  • All Blacks’ run comes to a halt

    England ended world champions New Zealand’s 20-match unbeaten run with a stunning 38-21 victory at Twickenham yesterday. Tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi helped England, who had been 15-0 up early in the second half, stave...

  • Hull FC recruit Galea wants more youngsters involved

    Playing at the highest level of Rugby League for 14 seasons, Australian-Maltese forward Ben Galea says the one-year deal to play with Hull FC in 2013 will be his last. Galea, 34, was in Malta recently but for no holiday. In spending most of his...

  • Stompers win close match

    Sliema Stompers 20Kavallieri 16 Stompers edged out Kavallieri in a close and exciting encounter. The first score went to Stompers after 10 minutes when Attard kicked a penalty awarded for hands in the ruck. Kavallieri nearly scored four minutes...

  • Marauders for Dubai Sevens

    Malta Marauders, the veterans rugby team, have been invited to play in this year’s Dubai Rugby Sevens Invitation tournament, starting next Friday. The three-day event is held annually and is one of the highlights of the international rugby...

  • Stompers appoint new team skipper

    Sliema Stompers have underlined their faith in younger stars by naming Sam Borg (picture) as the club’s fifth captain in their history. The position became vacant after Malcolm Attard announced he was stepping down from the post after committing...

  • MRFU close in on stadium deal

    The Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) are close to fulfilling their long-awaited dream of having their own stadium after reporting significant progress in their discussions with the government over the construction of a new rugby ground. Martin...

  • Overseas put Kavallieri to the sword

    The opening match of the new season, the Ray Elliot Cup, was played in perfect conditions at Marsa last weekend. It was an entertaining encounter played in good spirits with Overseas beating Kavallieri 52-22. Kavallieri had a strong opening and...

  • Lancaster wary of wounded Wallabies

    England coach Stuart Lancaster is expecting an Australia backlash when his side face the Wallabies at Twickenham this weekend. Australia opened their European autumn campaign with a thumping 33-6 loss to France in Paris on Saturday, just hours...

  • Kavallieri girls geared up for new season

    The Kavallieri women’s rugby squad kicked off their pre-season training ahead of the new campaign, which gets underway this weekend, some six weeks ago. Training was conducted by fitness coaches Roderick Attard and Daryl Psaila as the players...

  • National team up to 41st in IRB list

    Malta’s 34-17 win over Lithuania in a Nations Cup 2014 Division 2A qualifier in Corradino on Saturday saw the national team going seven places up in the world rankings and now the side coached by Damien Neill is at a new high of 41st. The world...

  • Malta outclass Lithuania 34-17

    Malta 34Lithuania 17 Malta put their campaign back on track with a crushing victory over Lithuania at a packed Hibs Stadium yesterday. Damien Neill’s men produced the perfect response to last week’s 20-19 defeat in Croatia as they outclassed the...

  • Neill urging team to hit back

    The rugby national team will be all out to put behind them the upset to Croatia last week with a strong showing in their second FIRA/AER Nations Cup qualifier against Lithuania at the Hibs Stadium today (kick-off: 2.30 p.m.). On Saturday, Damien...

  • O’Brien in doubt for Lithuania clash

    James O’Brien is a major injury doubt for Saturday’s FIRA/AER Division 2A match against Lithuania at the Hibs Stadium, Malta coach Damien Neill told reporters yesterday. The Waterloo winger suffered a knee injury during the 20-19 defeat to Croatia...

  • Croatia edge Malta in Makarska

    Croatia 20Malta 19 A strong second half performance was not enough for the Malta national team to avoid defeat in their opening FIRA/AER Nations Cup qualifier as they went down to Croatia 20-19 in Makarska yesterday. The Maltese put up a strong...

  • Malta open with match in Croatia

    The Malta rugby team kick off their FIRA/AER Nations Cup qualifying campaign today when they take on Croatia in a Division 2A match away in Makarska (kick-off: 2 p.m.). National coach Damien Neill named a 25-man squad that travelled to Cirencester...

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