Rugby

Nov 15, 2018 Ryan Crotty replaces an injured Sonny Bill Williams in the only change to the All Blacks team to meet Ireland in their clash of the world’s top-ranked teams in Dublin. Veteran inside centre Williams damaged a shoulder during last week’s 16-15 win over England at Twickenham and may yet recover for the
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3:22 AM GMT The Melbourne Rebels believe a season out of Super Rugby has been a good thing for their star recruit Quade Cooper. Unwanted at the Reds for the past 12 months, Cooper will start training in Melbourne on Monday in an attempt to re-ignite his Wallabies career ahead of next year’s Rugby World
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12:26 AM GMT Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed 18-year-old rookie Jordan Petaia to successfully make the transition to Test rugby. The Queensland Reds flyer has been named on the wing for Saturday’s (0100 Sunday AEDT) clash with Italy in Padua – one of six changes to the side that lost 9-6 in Cardiff to
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2:00 PM GMT Ireland bolstered their lineout and defence under the high ball by bringing lock Devin Toner and fit-again Rob Kearney back into their side to face New Zealand in Saturday’s clash of the world’s top two sides. Kearney, one of the game’s best defenders under a high ball, returns at full-back in place
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2:48 PM GMT ESPN staff Duane Vermeulen will start at No 8 in a re-jigged back-row after Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus made six cganges to his starting side to face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Vermeulen replaces Warren Whiteley, with the Lions eight man struggling with a calf injury that has also ruled him out
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10:46 AM GMT NSW Waratahs halfback Jake Gordon and Queensland Reds flyer Jordan Petaia will make their Wallabies debuts against Italy in Padova on Saturday (Sunday 0100 AEDT). In an effort to shake up his struggling attack following last week’s dismal 9-6 defeat in Cardiff, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has opted to select the free-running
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2:58 AM GMT Tana Umaga has been demoted to an assistant role at the Blues Super Rugby team, with Leon MacDonald taking charge as head coach. MacDonald has agreed to a three-year contract in the top job following a post-season review after Umaga failed to steer the Blues to the play-offs for a third successive
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1:17 PM GMT Glasgow lock Jonny Gray has been recalled to the Scotland team for their game against South Africa this weekend as head coach Gregor Townsend attempts to beef up his pack for the visit of the Springboks. Gray, 24, is one of six changes to the side that thrashed Fiji 54-17 on Saturday,
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10:59 AM GMT England head coach Eddie Jones is planning to boycott future referees’ meetings after labelling them as a “waste of time”. Jones’ side were controversially deprived of a famous victory over New Zealand on Saturday as Sam Underhill’s late try was ruled out following an intervention from TMO Marius Jonker. The marginal call,
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4:00 PM GMT A rugby player’s value to his or her team is best measured by the impact of their absence. Franco Mostert is one such player. The lock is one of the Springboks’ more understated players, a guy who goes through a Test match relatively unnoticed, but he is someone who shines in absence
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2:56 PM GMT South Africa have released first choice scrumhalf Faf de Klerk to play for his club Sale Sharks this weekend, allowing him to miss Saturday’s test against Scotland at Murrayfield, officials confirmed on Tuesday. De Klerk started in the No. 9 jersey against France in Paris last weekend as the Springboks won 29-26,
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10:18 AM GMT Exeter Chiefs have announced the signing of Scotland international Stuart Hogg from Glasgow Warriors. The British & Irish Lions fullback has signed a two-year deal at Sandy Park and will officially join the Gallagher Premiership club next summer after the Rugby World Cup in Japan. During his nine-year stint at Glasgow, Hogg
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3:45 PM GMT South Africa will have Eben Etzebeth back in contention for Saturday’s November international against Scotland at Murrayfield, but could be without number eight Warren Whiteley. Etzebeth missed the 29-26 victory over France in Paris at the weekend with a foot injury, but will return to full training as the Springboks seek back-to-back
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2:04 PM GMT Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw have been ruled out of the rest of Ireland’s November internationals, the Irish Rugby Federation announced on Monday. Murray has not played since June because of a neck injury and although the IRFU said he was “accelerating through his recovery”, the scrum-half will not join up with
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10:29 AM GMT Gary Graham, an unused member of England’s 2018 Six Nations squad, has been called up by Scotland for their two remaining November international fixtures. The Newcastle Falcons back-row was born in Stirling and represented Scotland at under-20 level, but was drafted into England’s Six Nations squad on residency grounds earlier this year.
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1:57 AM GMT All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams’ cursed run of injuries is continuing after he was ruled out of this week’s blockbuster Test against Ireland in Dublin. Inside centre Williams suffered a shoulder joint blow just before halftime in Saturday’s 16-15 win over England at Twickenham and was replaced by Ryan Crotty. New
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10:28 AM GMT PARIS: French hopes of posting a morale-boosting win in the build-up to next year’s World Cup were dashed in a dramatic finish to Saturday’s test against South Africa, much to the bitter disappointment of both their coach and captain. “It’s a cruel scenario,” coach Jacques Brunel told reporters after France squandered a
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