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Kolbe injured after tackle from Fijian giant Nadolo CHAMPIONS CUP NEWS: South African wing Cheslin Kolbe, who played a major role in the Springboks' World Cup triumph, suffered a rib injury in Toulouse's European Champions Cup win against Montpellier on Saturday. "He has hurt his ribs and he is going to have it for a little while," said Toulouse coach Ugo Mola after the game.
'He's not the coach a lot of people thought he was 10 years ago' New All Black coach Ian Foster deserves more respect than he's getting according to his old boss. Departed coach Steve Hansen has called on All Black supporters to back Foster and his new team.
Mixed results on Day Two for Americas women in Cape Town Both Canada and the USA will play in the Cup Quarter Finals of the women's bracket at the Cape Town Sevens, but neither side would be entirely pleased with their efforts on a difficult Day Two. Brazil were poor against France but showed improvement in their second match of the day against Spain.
Israel Folau facing further repercussions: 'Folau is about to cop a dose of third-degree Burns' Israel Folau's legal battles may not be over just yet after the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW accepted a complaint from a gay rights activist who has accused the former rugby star of "homosexuality vilification".
MLR Off-Season Update - Toronto Arrows It's back to business for Canada's only professional rugby team as the Toronto Arrows have begun their preseason training. The internationals will start to trickle in over the next couple weeks with those locally-based already stretching their legs.
Incoming NZ Rugby CEO expects changes on a global scale - including in the Rugby Championship Incoming New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson says the door is not closed on expanding the Rugby Championship, emphasising the need to grow the global game. The tournament would have seen two new teams join it as early as 2022 has World Rugby's Nations Championship gone ahead; however the proposal was axed due to lack of support.
Houston confirm seven returning Forwards The Houston SaberCats have confirmed the names of seven returning forwards for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. Props Jamie Dever and Charlie Connolly, hooker Gabe Romero, flankers Luke Beauchamp and Cecil Garber, and second row trio Charlie Hewitt, Victor Comptat, and Diego Magno.
Shane Lowry crowned RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year Rhys McClenaghan, meanwhile, was named RTÉ Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year for the second year running.
Ayrshire 30-8 Stirling: Bulls secure bonus-point win Not even a localised power cut could deny the Bulls back-to-back victories over County. However, after last week's arm wrestle at Bridgehaugh, the Bulls grabbed a bonus-point win at Millbrae, scoring their fourth try deep in time added-on.
Gavin and his 5-in-a-row Dubs scoop RTÉ Manager and Team of the Year awards The former manager and his history-making charges took individual and team honours at a ceremony on Saturday night.
Heriot’s 22-16 Southern Knights: Adventurous rugby gets its reward Heriot's secured back-to-back FOSROC Super6 wins over Southern Knights with a solid performance that featured two outstanding second half tries. The home side played the more adventurous rugby and over the piece committed fewer errors than their opponents.
Atletico close gap on Barca with first La Liga victory in over a month Osasuna’s Sergio Herrera was in magnificent form at the Wanda Metropolitano before Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez sealed an Atletico win.
Stade Francais 16-18 Bristol: Bears on verge of European Challenge Cup knockout stage Bristol Bears are all but guaranteed a place in the European Challenge Cup knockout stage after a late win against Stade Francais in Paris.
'We could get ourselves in trouble if we deliver that again' - Cullen critical of Leinster's big win Leinster head coach Leo Cullen had mixed feelings about his side's seven-try performance despite a comprehensive 50-21 bonus point victory over Northampton in the Heineken Cup.
South African trio headed for Rugby ATL Rugby ATL will have a strong South African flavor to it with three more professionals heading across the Atlantic to take up residence for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. Two have Super Rugby experience.
Scotland to play New Zealand in quarter-finals of Cape Town Sevens Scotland will play New Zealand in the main draw quarter-finals of the Cape Town leg of the HSBC World Sevens series - as they survived a scare in their final pool match against Spain.
Saracens may report Munster DOCTOR over claim he sparked brawl with weight jibe SARACENS could report the DOCTOR of Munster after he allegedly sparked a brawl. It is claimed Jamie Kearns mocked Sarries hooker Jamie George’s weight in a foul-mouthed tirade — before insulting a…
West Ham ease pressure on Pellegrini with win at Southampton The Hammers are now four points clear of the drop zone.
Leinster leap into last eight on dramatic Saturday in Europe Following last weekend’s strong display from the 12 Guinness PRO14 teams competing on the continent, the final bout of European action before Christmas.
Who is Alun Wyn Jones' wife Anwen and when did the Wales Rugby star marry her? ALUN WYN JONES is looking to become the first rugby player to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award since Jonny Wilkinson in 2003. The Welsh skipper is among the six nominees in the runn…
Larmour lifts Leinster to new heights under watchful Farrell eye Jordan Larmour is laying a serious claim to Ireland's No.15 jersey for next year's Guinness Six Nations after another stunning showing for Leinster on.
Dramatic finish sees ROG's La Rochelle leave Glasgow on the brink of elimination In Connacht’s pool, Toulouse overcame Montpellier while in Leinster’s, Benneton saw off Lyon.
'I have had a look and there is clearly forearm to the throat' - Fend gone wrong costs Glasgow victory Glasgow coach Dave Rennie felt his players deserved to win their Champions Cup tie with La Rochelle rather than suffer a narrow defeat. The Warriors lost 12-7 and now face a tough task to qualify for the knockout stages.
La Rochelle dent Glasgow's quarterfinal hopes MATCH REPORT: Glasgow Warriors' chances of reaching the Champions Cup quarter-finals are hanging by a thread after they suffered a 7-12 defeat to La Rochelle in grizzly conditions at Scotstoun.
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