Rugby

7:52 PM BST South Africa won the battle but lost the war following their 38-21 victory against Argentina at a sold out King’s Park in Durban on Saturday, a result that handed the 2022 Rugby Championship title to New Zealand. The All Blacks top the standings with 19 points from their six games, one more
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4:27 AM BST Determined to challenge the All Blacks before and after the first whistle, the Wallabies insist their response to the haka is designed to respect, not antagonise, their opponents. The Wallabies have arrived at their house of horrors, Eden Park, for Saturday night’s Test with New Zealand with the Rugby Championship on the
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10:49 AM BST Wasps have announced their intention to appoint administrators in order to “protect” their interests, a statement from the club’s holding company said on Wednesday. The decision puts the former Premiership and European champions on the brink of relegation, with Rugby Football Union (RFU) regulations stating a club placed in administration once the
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Sep 22, 2022 Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has brought back promising No. 8 Harry Wilson for this weekend’s Rugby Championship finale against the All Blacks, while Bernard Foley has retained his spot at No. 10 for the Eden Park clash. Wilson joins Cadeyrn Neville in the forward pack as the only two changes to an
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12:10 AM BST Australia’s Darcy Swain has been suspended for six weeks for the Bledisloe Cup incident that left New Zealand’s Quinn Tupaea with a bad knee injury. Tupaea suffered a ruptured medial cruciate ligament (MCL) and a partial anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in his left knee after Swain entered a ruck and made
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Sep 22, 2022 Liam Napier Consistently inconsistent, convincingly unconvincing, remains the theme of this All Blacks season. There have been times in this year’s four-win, four-loss, campaign where the All Blacks broke from their turbulent shackles to regain the conviction long associated with their legacy. In those periods they produce the all-court rugby only they
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1:35 AM BST All Blacks skipper Sam Cane will miss the Rugby Championship decider against Australia, with Sam Whitelock leading New Zealand as they chase the title. Coach Ian Foster has made five changes to the team that pocketed the Bledisloe Cup for another year with their 39-37 triumph in Melbourne last Thursday. Cane, who
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1:08 PM BST Women’s World Cup favourites England have included Loughborough Lightning’s 20-year-old forwards Sadia Kabeya and Morwenna Talling in a 32-player squad which also contains six players who helped lift the trophy in 2014. Kabeya, a destructive tackler with four caps to her name, got the nod ahead of established back-rowers Vicky Fleetwood and
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6:57 AM BST The Wallabies say they have taken onboard the lessons of Thursday night’s dramatic Bledisloe Cup loss to the All Blacks, insisting they will be better prepared for similar situations should they arise in the future. As the fallout from French referee Mathieu Raynal’s controversial time-wasting call continues, Australia have done their best
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5:13 AM BST Wallabies fly-half Bernard Foley is still trying to process what transpired at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night, revealing there was a fair bit of confusion among his teammates before French referee Mathieu Raynal made the call that will go down in Bledisloe Cup history. Foley fronted the media in Melbourne on Friday
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Sep 15, 2022 Hamish McLennan believes progress is being made on repairing the trans-Tasman relationship, but the Rugby Australia chairman insists that a domestic only competition remains an option and that Australia won’t play “second fiddle” to New Zealand Rugby. McLennan shook things up earlier this year when he declared that Australia was prepared to
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8:42 AM BST England continued their preparations for the women’s Rugby World Cup by thrashing Wales 73-7 on Wednesday to become the first international side to win 25 matches in a row. England, led by captain Sarah Hunter, are unbeaten since July 2019 and head into the Oct. 8-Nov. 12 World Cup in New Zealand
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1:33 AM BST Describing him as the benchmark Test winger, Will Jordan knows he will have his hands full trying to contain Wallabies game-breaker Marika Koroibete in Thursday’s Bledisloe Cup encounter. The All Blacks winger will be in Koroibete’s firing line at Marvel Stadium with the Fijian flyer being up front this week about what
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9:52 PM BST After a weekend off, the Rugby Championship resumes on Thursday night with the Wallabies hosting the All Blacks in a Test that also opens the Bledisloe Cup series. Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium is the scene for a rare midweek clash between the two trans-Tasman rivals, with the last such Test played nearly 30
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