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South Africa have beaten New Zealand 17-14 in an emotional final of the Port Elizabeth round of the rugby sevens world series to claim their first title on home soil.
England face the alarming prospect of entering the 2015 Rugby World Cup without players battle-hardened by European competition after their clubs announced they would be missing from next season’s Heineken Cup.
President Obama used the phrase used after the death of Abraham Lincoln to sum up Nelson Mandela’s superb life eloquently and succinctly: ‘He is now for the ages.’
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World No.3 Australia has been snubbed by the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) with no Wallabies being named in the World XV.
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With the end of the 2013 rugby season, it’s time for a review of where the Wallabies have been and where they’re going.
All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read capped a stellar year on Thursday when he won the New Zealand rugby player of the year award, two days after receiving the same award from the International Rugby Board.
Brilliant No.8 Kieran Read has served a reminder to the All Blacks about the chasing pack after they swept the International Rugby Board awards – including his own player of the year honour.
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Wales coach Warren Gatland says that he would be interested in coaching the British and Irish Lions for a second time when they tour his native New Zealand in 2017.
Queensland Rugby CEO Jim Carmichael plans to meet soon with playmaker Quade Cooper to discuss the budding boxer’s pre-season plans.
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says there’s no point making excuses for the toughest draw in the Rugby Championship, with the double-header opener against the All Blacks here to stay.
The Australian Rugby Union has become one of the first major sporting bodies in the world to display a gay cup in their trophy cabinet.
Wallabies centre Christian Lealiifano will have surgery on his ankle next week with a date for his return to Super Rugby uncertain.
Not one to pull punches, new Queensland Reds coaching boss Richard Graham says he has no problem with Quade Cooper stepping into the ring again despite the injury risk it poses to his stellar rugby career.
James Horwill is still the best man to captain the Reds, says Queensland coach Richard Graham who baulks at suggestions the lock’s game benefited from being stripped of the Wallabies leadership.
The Wallabies will once again open their Rugby Championship campaign with the heavy task of taking down the All Blacks.
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In what could be an unprecedented spectacle, reports have emerged of an international between the Wallabies and the Great Britain rugby league side on December 6, 2014. This spectacle, to be held at Wembley, should prove a sell out.
With the year drawing to a close comes the raft of awards – IRB Player Of The Year as well as IRB Team Of The Year.
The first day of competition is over in the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens with today the last day of the competition.
The New Zealand rugby year wrapped up on Thursday night with the annual Steinlager rugby awards.
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Quade Cooper. The mention of that name alone ignites passionate debate between rugby fans in Australia, New Zealand and around the globe.
Bill Pulver – aka ARU Santa Claus – has delivered a full Christmas stocking to the ARU faithful.
Though it may seem easy to name a World XXIII for rugby in 2013 – any 23 New Zealanders – I have selected a team based on my criteria, which will be rational, yet arbitrary and somewhat idiosyncratic.
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This Saturday, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre will host UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot, and Queensland Reds star Saia Fainga’a – a big fan of the sport – will be live at the fight, showing his support for a relative in the octagon.
Not content with stuffing the trophy cabinet with every ornament available to them, the New Zealand All Blacks have gone to work on the biscuit cupboard by clinching the inaugural 10 Nations championship Iced VoVos.
Australia beat Wales last weekend in an exciting clash that showcased a marked improvement in execution and decision-making in a year that has been difficult for the Wallabies – to say the least.
The Wallabies have sent a warning. After completing their Spring Tour, they have shown a lot of improvement – perhaps even enough to compete with the big guns.
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English rugby referee Wayne Barnes may still be the Wallabies’ favourite whistle-blower after that breathtaking win against Wales in Cardiff, but how different it would have been had his late sin-binning of playmaker Quade Cooper brought Australia undone.
Dear Santa, hope you had a good year and are rested up for all the things people will be asking for in the next 30 days.
Wales against Australia has always been an excellent game whether played in Cardiff or in Sydney. Tonight’s game at the Millennium Stadium was certainly no different.
7/10. That’s my score for Ewen McKenzie in his first year as coach of the Wallabies.
Australia’s final match of the Spring Tour isn’t quite a quest for an All Blacks-style perfect year, but the Wallabies will be keen to continue the Welsh misery at the hands of men in gold. Join us for live scores and banter as the Wallabies take on the Welsh.
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