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Brumbies fans pay tribute to 'Warrior of a man' Leali'ifano After it was announced that Brumbies captain Christian Leali'ifano would be leaving Australia for Japan at the end of the year, fans have paid tribute to one of rugby's most inspiring careers. This comes after Leali'ifano led the Brumbies to the Australian Conference in Super Rugby, and a quarter-final berth against the Sharks next week.
Australia face crisis as the country's best first-fives and halfbacks exit Super Rugby Australia is facing a halves crisis following this year's World Cup in Japan, with a raft of Wallaby halfbacks and first-fives set to ply their trade overseas next year.
Analysis: Six blunders that may cost Quade Cooper a spot in the Wallabies In the early stages of Super Rugby, a recall to the Wallabies squad was beckoning for maverick playmaker Quade Cooper. Things have since gone downhill for the first five, however, culminating in a horror showing against the Chiefs this past weekend.
Smith back in boost for Highlanders All Blacks fullback Ben Smith will start for the Otago Highlanders in their Supe…
France drop Bastareaud from World Cup squad Mathieu Bastareaud has arrived in New York, but it looks like he won't be flying to Tokyo this fall. The superstar center touched down in the Big Apple this past week to formally sign his contract with Rugby United New York for the 2020 Major League Rugby season.
Ben Smith returns for Highlanders ahead of quarter-final clash Highlanders legend Ben Smith will get to play at least one more match for his beloved franchise before departing to Pau at the end of the year. The 33-year-old fullback has been named to start for the Dunedin side in their biggest fixture of the year, an away quarter-final clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Alf Daniels departs Utah Warriors The Major League Rugby off-season has claimed its latest Head Coach victim. Alf Daniels was today confirmed to be departing the Utah Warriors after two seasons in charge. He is the third coach relieved of duty following the in-season change at Houston and Glendale's axing of Dave Williams.
McCarthy backs Cork side who trounced Limerick as Rebels name team for Munster decider with Kerry All 15 players from Cork’s semi-final win retain their places, but only six of the starting lineup remain from last year’s hammering by Kerry.
Ireland international keen on Pompey stay despite 'couple of rumours' of interest from other clubs The 23-year-old impressed on his debut season for Pompey after joining from Derry City.
Hurricanes continue their signing spree and lure in Scott Scrafton from the Blues The Hurricanes have strengthened the depth of their forward pack after signing imposing lock Scott Scrafton on a two-year deal from 2020. The 26-year-old will join the Hurricanes from the Blues until at least the end of the 2021 Investec Super Rugby season.
Thomas should be fit to defend Tour de France after avoiding serious injury A crash at the Tour de Suisse does not appear set to rule Geraint Thomas out of the Tour de France following scans on Tuesday.
Brazil legend Marta breaks Klose's World Cup record as three teams progress from Group C The 33-year-old scored her 17th World Cup goal as Brazil beat Italy, who still topped the group.
Ray Moylette to launch comeback in intriguing all-Irish clash in Boston Sugar Ray’ will face ‘Lethal Larry’ Fryers in Beantown next month.
'Plans have changed' - Samu Manoa makes shock international retirement Samu Manoa has made a shock decision to retire from from international rugby just months before the start of the Rugby World Cup, in a major blow for the USA. Known for his physicality and big hits, Manoa made his debut for the Eagles in 2010 against Georgia.
Transfer News: Ex-Harlequin Luke Wallace has a new club… The 28-year-old was named in a 16-player strong list, published on May 3, to be leaving The Stoop this summer. "I am really looking forward to joining Coventry and linking up with the team next week," he said.
Youth Weeks Day 2 - LSEN & Under-18 Girls There was some stunning rugby delivered at Jeppe High School for Boys in the opening day of the Under-18 Girls Week, with a number of teams showing good skills and intent. The rest day tomorrow will be well received after some bruising encounters, while the Under-16 Girls Week continues at Jeppe.
Former Limerick youngster joins Bradford on permanent deal from Leeds Paudie O’Connor, 21, earned the captain’s armband at Bradford towards the end of last season, and he has returned to Valley Parade.
Ulster's Peter Nelson named in Canada's PNC squad Kingsley Jones has named his training squad for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup and Rugby World Cup, and there are a couple surprises. It's an expanded group of 43, three more than expected, with the most notable addition that of Ulster veteran Peter Nelson.
International management is Mourinho's preference as he reveals future plans After winning trophies in four different European countries, the former Man United boss hasn’t ruled out trying a fifth.
Donn McClean: Lots of Irish chances still to come as Royal Ascot starts at full speed You don’t ease your way in at Royal Ascot, writes Donn McClean. You don’t have the chance.
France coach explains big-name World Cup omissions REACTION: France are looking to make big changes to the way they play ahead of this year's World Cup in Japan.
Rugby World Cup squads: All teams and announcement dates for Japan THE countdown is on with the Rugby World Cup just three months away. Teams have already began submitting their squads with Wales looking to build on their Six Nations Grand Slam and England to boun…
Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are Erik Howard winced as he felt the familiar spasms in his lower back on the physio's table. The worse they were, the better he had played. It was a ready-made barometer of performance, although he knew the pain would not leave him in his life after football.
Chris Froome set to leave intensive care The Briton fell in training last Wednesday and suffered multiple serious injuries.
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