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Sunwolves shrug off pressure on eve of Super Rugby opener

The Sunwolves go into Saturday’s Super Rugby opener knowing they are missing some key players and that they are taking on the defending champions. But for coach Filo Tiatia and captain Ed Quirk, that only makes the occasion all the more exciting. “There’s no pressure on us,” Quirk said Friday ...

Feb 16, 2017

Sunwolves coach Tiatia announces squad for warm-up match

New Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia named his first match-day squad Thursday as his side gear up for the 2017 Super Rugby season. The Sunwolves take on a Top League All-Star XV on Saturday in their only warm-up game before they open their campaign ...

France edges Scotland for hard-fought Six Nations victory

Feb 13, 2017

France edges Scotland for hard-fought Six Nations victory

France needed two late penalties from flyhalf Camille Lopez to beat Scotland 22-16 in a hard-fought Six Nations match on Sunday, after the Scots had clawed back to draw level heading into the last 10 minutes. Scotland won its opening game last weekend against ...

Feb 12, 2017

Former All Blacks player Lauaki dies at 35

New Zealand rugby officials said Sunday that former All Blacks backrower Sione Lauaki has died of apparent kidney failure. He was 35. The New Zealand and Waikato Rugby Unions confirmed the death of Tonga-born Lauaki, who played 17 tests for the All Blacks, including ...

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Feb 12, 2017

Crusaders end Panasonic's run in Brisbane

The Panasonic Wild Knights’ run at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens came to an end in the quarterfinals Sunday with a 12-7 loss to the Crusaders, who went on to finish second. On another sweltering day at Suncorp Stadium, the Wild Knights found out ...

Feb 9, 2017

Man denies bugging All Blacks' hotel

The Australian security consultant charged by police after the discovery of a listening device at the All Blacks’ hotel in Sydney has angrily denied any involvement in its placement. Adrian Gard, a 51-year-old director of the security company Bodyguards International, is due to appear ...

Feb 8, 2017

Australia coach Cheika not expecting apology from New Zealand

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he is not expecting an apology from the New Zealand Rugby Union amid the on-going controversy over the bugging of the All Blacks’ hotel room in Sydney last year. Cheika said he was surprised to hear an All Blacks ...

Feb 7, 2017

Arrest made in bugging of All Blacks' hotel

Australian police have arrested and charged a 51-year-old man with public mischief after an investigation into the discovery of a listening device at the All Blacks hotel in Sydney ahead of their Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies last year. The world champions notified ...

Springboks legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies at 45

Feb 6, 2017

Springboks legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies at 45

Joost van der Westhuizen, who won the 1995 Rugby World Cup with South Africa as Nelson Mandela looked on, has died after a six-year-battle with motor neuron disease. He was 45. South Africa Rugby announced the death Monday. The scrumhalf distinguished himself in the ...

Wales starts slow, rolls to victory against Italy

Feb 6, 2017

Wales starts slow, rolls to victory against Italy

Wales overcame a sluggish start for a 33-7 win over Italy in a rainy Six Nations match on Sunday, narrowly missing out on a bonus point. Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North scored tries after the hour mark and Leigh Halfpenny kicked for ...

Feb 5, 2017

England beats France in Six Nations opener

Replacement Ben Te’o’s last-gasp try scrambled defending champion England to a 19-16 Six Nations win over arch-rival France on a thrilling opening day in the tournament. Stuart Hogg was Scotland’s two-try hero as it surged to a 21-5 lead over Ireland before going 21-22 ...