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Stephen Moore’s Brumbies rode roughshod over the hopelessly under-equipped Sunwolves 66-5 to join the Waratahs at the top of the Australian Conference table on 34 points, but take the lead on for and against difference.
There are nine uncapped players in Allister Coetzee’s Spingboks squad, named to take on Ireland in a three-Test series in June.
There are six new faces in the All Blacks squad named this morning for New Zealand’s upcoming June series against Wales.
The Australian women’s sevens rugby team have clinched the country’s first-ever world series title after a win over Spain.
Mike Harris’ return to the Wallabies fold appears over before it even begins after he suffered a hamstring tear in the Melbourne Rebels’ Super Rugby win over the Western Force.
Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury this month, has reached an agreement on a switch to French club Toulon from the Queensland Reds, Japanese media reported on Sunday.
In front of 8,823 people the Rebels have defeated the Force 27-22 in Melbourne.
David Pocock will join the Panasonic Wild Knights – the three-time reigning champions of the Japan National Rugby Union competition, Top League – on a three year-deal, beginning in December 2016 after the Wallabies’ spring tour.
Eddie Jones believes England’s lack of success since claiming the 2003 World Cup is a result of successive regimes allowing the team to develop a soft underbelly.
The Crusaders’ David Havili and Hitoshi Ono from the Sunwolves have been cited for foul play in Super Rugby matches on Saturday.
Coach Stephen Larkham believes the Brumbies have put themselves in the position to end a 12-year drought and win a Super Rugby title.
Holders Saracens became the first English club to do the European/domestic double since Wasps in 2004 when they withstood a battling second-half Exeter fightback to win the Premiership final 28-20 at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Lions romped to a 36-point victory at Loftus Versfeld, in an incredible effort that re-wrote the history books. They blew the Bulls off their own turf with a complete performance. They no doubt shocked most people with that performance, notably missing Elton Jantjies.
The Stormers moved back into playoff contention in the South African conference after beating the Cheetahs 31-24 in an ill-tempered clash at Newlands with two fortunate tries proving the difference.
The Brumbies have moved to the top of the Australian Conference with a massive win over the Sunwolves, defeating the Japanese franchise 66-5.
The Crusaders have moved back to the top of Super Rugby, overcoming some valiant defence by the Blues before prevailing 26-21 in Auckland.
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Match result: The Melbourne Rebels secured a 5-point win over the Western Force on Sunday afternoon, though it came at the cost of a hamstring injury to Mike Harris.
After the Wallabies’ preliminary 39-man squad for the England series was announced, large sections of the media focussed on the possibility of Karmichael Hunt donning a gold jersey.
Match result: The Lions took a significant win in Round 14, defeating the Bulls by a comprehensive margin of 26 points to stake their claim as the top team in Africa.
Match result: A seven-point win over the Cheetahs at Newlands put the Stormers back in with a chance at the Super Rugby finals early on Sunday morning (AEST).
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Match result: The Brumbies recorded a massive win over the Sunwolves on Saturday night, defeated the Japanese side by an emormous 61 points, and in doing so moved into top spot in the Australian Conference.
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Match result: The Crusaders took a five-point win over the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday afternoon, finishing the match with a 26-21 scoreline.
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What a difference a week makes. After their meek capitulation to the Crusaders last Friday the Waratahs came out of the sheds breathing fire to smoke the Chiefs in Sydney last night.
Match result: The Kings have claimed some revenge for their humiliating loss to the Jaguares earlier in the season, defeating the expansion side by seven points at home.
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The Waratahs and Chiefs will duke it out in a top of the conferences battle tonight, with the Tahs’ finals hopes on the line. Follow all the thrilling live highlights and action from 7:40pm (AEST) on The Roar.
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The final round before the June Test window kicks off with a rematch of last season’s Super Rugby final, the Hurricanes welcoming the Highlanders to Wellington. Join The Roar for what will surely be an entertaining game of rugby, with live updates and action from 5:20pm (AEST).
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The announcement that Jarryd Hayne would be throwing his hat in the ring for the Fijian rugby sevens team drew a lot of opinions from commentators from around the world.
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Rugby players Ben Daley and Nick Phipps have both criticised Jarryd Hayne’s decision to seek out an Olympic spot for Fiji so close to the event.
Michael Cheika has announced the 39 man ‘training’ squad for the England Test series with Sekope Kepu, James Horwill returning from overseas as well as Taqele Naiyaravoro and former Reds No 8 Leroy Houston.
Joe Schmidt has announced his 32-man Ireland squad to tour South Africa in a three-Test series this June.
The potential Wallabies for the upcoming three-Test series against England have been announced, with Michael Cheika continuing the infuriating habit of selecting a squad.
These days I am becoming more and more irritated by the sports commentators behind the microphones. What are they there to do? What is their function?
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