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  • 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...

  • Scotland punish wasteful Ireland

    Greig Laidlaw put the boot into Ireland as Scotland made the most of meagre possession to win a scrappy match 12-8 at Murrayfield yesterday and record their first back-to-back Six Nations victories since 2001. Laidlaw’s four second-half penalties...

  • England battle past France

    England battle past France

    England withstood the stiffest of examinations from a revitalised France yesterday but, thanks to the goalkicking of Owen Farrell and a try by Manu Tuilagi, emerged 23-13 winners of their Six Nations clash at Twickenham. For an hour France were...

  • Azzurri no one-man team says Brunel

    Italy will go into today’s Six Nations clash against Wales with coach Jacques Brunel insisting the Azzurri are not a one-man team. But it remains to be seen whether or not Italy can overcome the loss of their imperious captain Sergio Parisse. The...

  • Stompers closer to league title

    Sliema Stompers 25Kavallieri 0 This match went a long way towards deciding the outcome of the Cisk League for this season. Leaders Stompers started with a bang from kick-off and, despite being against the wind, spent a long period in their...

  • Kavallieri maul Alligators in Cisk League match

    Kavallieri maul Alligators in Cisk League match

    Kavallieri maintained their challenge for the Cisk League title with a thumping 55-12 win over Birkirkara Alligators at Marsa. This was a match played in true rugby spirit as Kavallieri made the most of the wind behind their backs in the opening...

  • Robshaw keen to build on win

    Robshaw keen to build on win

    England captain Chris Robshaw felt his side delivered a powerful statement of intent with their battling 12-6 victory over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. No English side had won a Six Nations match in Dublin for a decade, since Martin...

  • Halfpenny still on title trail

    Leigh Halfpenny believes Wales are back on the title scent in this season’s Rugby Union Six Nations Championship. The defending champions appeared down and out earlier this month after being beaten at home by Ireland, but a first victory over...

  • Farrell puts boot into Irish as England go clear

    Farrell puts boot into Irish as England go clear

    England won a Six Nations match in Dublin for the first time in 10 years yesterday when Owen Farrell kicked them to a 12-6 victory to become the only team capable of winning a Grand Slam after just two rounds of matches. Ireland, who lost fly-half...

  • MRFU dream closer to reality

    MRFU dream closer to reality

    The Malta Rugby Football Union’s long-time dream of having their own stadium moved a step closer to reality yesterday after Kunsill Malti għall-Isport granted them a stretch of land in Għajn Dwieli where new facilities will be erected. The signing...

  • Rampant Scotland overwhelm Azzurri

    Scotland played with aggression, discipline and attacking ambition to beat Italy 34-10 in the Six Nations yesterday, their first win in this year’s championship. Tries from Tim Visser, Matt Scott, Stuart Hogg and Sean Lamont as well as 14 points...

  • Twelvetrees keeps England starting slot

    Twelvetrees keeps England starting slot

    Centre Billy Twelvetrees has kept his place in England’s starting team to face Ireland in Dublin tomorrow, with Manu Tuilagi named on a strong-looking replacements bench after recovering from an ankle injury. Twelvetrees made an impressive...

  • Ford demands improvement ahead of clash with Azzurri

    Scotland’s browbeaten pack must prepare themselves for another test of their physicality and commitment this weekend, in-coming Scotland hooker Ross Ford has warned. The Dark Blues take on Italy on Saturday in their second Six Nations clash just a...

  • Italy stun France

    Italy stun France

    Italy produced a stunning all-round performance to shock France 23-18 at the Stadio Olimpico yesterday and blast the Six Nations wide open. More usually contenders for the competition’s wooden spoon, Italy proved their victory over the French two...

  • England brush off Scotland 38-18

    England hit the ground running as a performance full of energy, aggression and no little ambition brought tries for Chris Ashton, Billy Twelvetrees, Geoff Parling and Danny Care in a 38-18 Six Nations victory over Scotland at Twickenham...

  • Lancaster aims to follow the All Blacks model

    Two months after defeating New Zealand, Stuart Lancaster will send England into the Six Nations with the challenge of emulating the All Blacks. This time last year, Lancaster took charge with English rugby “in the gutter” following the 2011 Rugby...

  • Maitland to make Scotland debut

    New Zealand-born winger Sean Maitland will make his debut and hooker Dougie Hall his first start for six years as Scotland seek to end their 30-year Twickenham drought when they play England in their opening Six Nations game on...

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