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Rugby

  • 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...

  • Sliema Stompers launch ladies’ team

    Stompers RFC have just formed a women’s team. The Sliema-based club’s group of ladies began training last month under the tutelage of Englishman Adrian Silvester before he accepted a coaching appointment in Brazil. Malcolm Attard, the captain of...

  • Holliday appointed Stompers RFC coach

    Maltese top division rugby club Stompers RFC have just appointed Daniel Holliday as their Community Coach for the new season. ‘Pancho’, as Holliday is affectionately known in local rugby circles, is a Malta national team player and has been...

  • Cerketa and Frendo out of Denmark match

    Malta will be without Dragan Cerketa and Dylan Frendo for the September 29 Dove Men+Care International Series clash against Denmark. The Sliema Stompers RL prop and the Malta Origin fullback were debutants in the last start win over the...

  • All Blacks sneak win over S Africa

    New Zealand flyhalf Aaron Cruden kicked two late penalties as the All Blacks hung on to beat South Africa 21-11 in their Rugby Championship clash at Otago Stadium yesterday. South Africa, who had drawn and lost their previous two games in the...

  • Rugby All-Stars go back-to-back

    London’s Try Tag Rugby All-Stars successfully defended their crown last week when they claimed the Malta International Tag Rugby Festival with a 6-1 win over Birkirkara Falcons U-18 in the final at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Ħamrun. A slight...

  • All Blacks coach asks for more

    Not content with crushing Australia to retain the Bledisloe Cup, New Zealand will be looking to sharpen their attack even further against Argentina this weekend. Having beaten the Wallabies 27-19 and 22-0 to open their Rugby Championship campaign...

  • All Blacks sound warning

    The All Blacks fired an ominous warning to their rivals with a 22-0 weekend demolition of Australia but coach Steve Hansen said the rampant world champions had not yet even hit top gear. While Argentina and South Africa, who make up the new Rugby...

  • Dominant All Blacks punish the Wallabies

    Impregnable New Zealand punished Australia 22-0 at the Eden Park Test yesterday – the first time in 50 years the Wallabies have been kept scoreless by the world champions All Blacks. The one-sided result kept the Kiwis unbeaten after two matches...

  • David Pocock blow for shell-shocked Wallabies

    Australia’s hopes of recovering from a chastening defeat to New Zealand and breaking a 26-year hoodoo have been dealt a potentially savage blow with captain David Pocock an injury doubt. Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, who described Saturday’s 27-19...

  • All Blacks overpower Wallabies

    New Zealand overpowered Australia 27-19 to make a dominant start to the inaugural Rugby Championship yesterday with a string of handling errors gifting the game to the All Blacks. New Zealand led 18-10 at half-time having applied huge pressure to...

  • Deans says Wallabies’time to lift cup

    Wallabies coach Robbie Deans admitted yesterday that it was a tough task to wrench the Bledisloe Cup from the All Blacks’ grip, but said it was time for a change of guard. Australia have not won the Bledisloe Cup since 2002 and Deans wants that to...

  • Hull’s Galea to retire

    Hull KR captain Ben Galea yesterday marked his 34th birthday by confirming he is to retire at the end of the season. The Australian forward of Maltese descent joined the Robins from Wests Tigers in 2008 and has been a pivotal player for them ever...

  • Argentina join the sport’s elite

    A new era for southern hemisphere Rugby Union dawns on Saturday when Australia meet New Zealand in Sydney and South Africa face Argentina in Cape Town as The Rugby Championship kicks off. After 16 seasons of Tri-Nations fare dominated by the All...

  • National team maintain 20th place in world rankings

    The Malta Rugby League national team maintained their international ranking of 20th when the RLIF list was released earlier this week. Australia head the rankings with New Zealand and England in pursuit and Papua New Guinea and France round off...

  • All Blacks coach suspected 2007 WCup match-fixing

    Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry has revealed he suspected possible match-fixing in the All Blacks shock 2007 World Cup loss to France but his plea for an investigation was rejected. Henry’s suspicions are revealed in advance excerpts from his...

  • Wallabies edge Wales in thriller to win series

    A Berrick Barnes penalty five minutes from time gave Australia a 20-19 win for a clean sweep in the three-Test series against Six Nations champions Wales in Sydney yesterday. Only 11 points separated the two teams over a fiercely-fought series...

  • Carter saves All Blacks

    New Zealand snatched a 22-19 victory over Ireland with a desperate 79th-minute goal by Dan Carter as a bruising rugby Test reached a nail-biting finish in Christchurch yesterday. The All Blacks were reduced to 14 men in the closing 10 minutes and...

  • Wallabies win with last kick

    Replacement Mike Harris kicked a penalty goal after the full-time siren to give Australia a thrilling 25-23 win over Six Nations ­champions Wales to claim the three-Test series in Melbourne yesterday. Wales outscored Australia two tries to one...

  • Stompers beat Malta Origin

    Sliema Stompers completed a clean sweep of the Maltese domestic competition with a 46-24 victory over Malta Origin at the Balzan Youths ground this week to clinch the 2012 MRL Dove Men+Care Champion-ship in their debut season. Missing...

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