Makeshift All Blacks team holds on to beat Argentina

Rugby Jul 21, 2019

Makeshift All Blacks team holds on to beat Argentina

New Zealand began the on-field buildup to its defense of the World Cup with a scratch combination and a scratchy 20-16 win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday. Missing regular captains Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock, New Zealand lacked leadership, focus and discipline ...

Injured Crusaders Ryan Crotty, Scott Barrett to miss Super Rugby final

Rugby Jul 2, 2019

Injured Crusaders Ryan Crotty, Scott Barrett to miss Super Rugby final

The Canterbury Crusaders have suffered a double blow ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby final against Argentina's Jaguares, with Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett both suffering injuries that will also end their Rugby Championship hopes. The Crusaders said on Monday veteran centre Crotty suffered a broken ...

Rugby Jun 21, 2019

Fiji, Japan could be added to expanded Rugby Championship

Fiji, Japan and even the United States could join an expanded Rugby Championship now that World Rugby's proposed global league has collapsed. Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle revealed Friday that governing body SANZAAR had been working on new models for the Southern Hemisphere competition in ...

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

Rugby Mar 8, 2019

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

by Rich Freeman

A World Rugby news release late Wednesday night from Dublin may have appeased some parties concerned by plans for a new worldwide league, but many questions remain as to how Japan will be affected. The sport's governing body was attacked from all sides last week ...

All Blacks win Rugby Championship

Rugby Sep 30, 2018

All Blacks win Rugby Championship

Winger Rieko Ioane scored two tries as New Zealand rebounded from a shock loss against South Africa to beat Argentina 35-17 Saturday to win the Rugby Championship for the sixth time in seven years. The All Blacks' title win was delayed when they were beaten ...

Springboks stun All Blacks in Rugby Championship encounter

Rugby Sep 15, 2018

Springboks stun All Blacks in Rugby Championship encounter

South Africa pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Rugby Championship on Saturday, holding on under enormous pressure to beat New Zealand 36-34. Given almost no chance of winning after losing their last two championship matches — and 11 of ...

More Sports / Rugby 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 police ...

All Blacks deliver clinic in rout of Springboks

More Sports / Rugby Oct 9, 2016

All Blacks deliver clinic in rout of Springboks

New Zealand swept aside the Aaron Smith scandal, and South Africa, to equal the top-tier record for consecutive test victories with a 57-15 hammering of its old rival in the final round of the Rugby Championship on Saturday. The masterful All Blacks scored a record ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 15, 2016

Savea awaits first All Blacks start

Rookie loose forward Ardie Savea has been named to make his first test start for the All Blacks against South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday. Savea, who has played five tests off the bench since making his debut against Wales in June, ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 7, 2016

All Blacks ready to face Pumas

New Zealand is planning to confound Argentina's best efforts in their Rugby Championship clash this weekend and maintain the high tempo that has taken its game to new heights this season. The world champions will look to extend their latest winning streak to 14 tests ...

All Blacks whip Australia in Rugby Championship clash

More Sports / Rugby Aug 27, 2016

All Blacks whip Australia in Rugby Championship clash

Israel Dagg scored two tries as the All Blacks beat Australia 29-9 in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday, which also ensured they retained the Bledisloe Cup for another year. Flyhalf Beauden Barrett also showcased his growing stature as the starting flyhalf with nine points ...

More Sports / Rugby Nov 10, 2015

Lapasset lauds rugby's 'global vision'

Bernard Lapasset, the chairman of World Rugby, said Monday that he supports the inclusion of Japan in the Southern Hemisphere's Rugby Championship alongside New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina. In Tokyo for planning ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which will be hosted ...