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Marcell Coetzee: Ulster's South African back row ruled out of World Cup Ulster forward Marcell Coetzee is out of South Africa's squad for the Rugby World Cup after suffering an ankle injury and blow to the head.
'It's very early for us' - Lampard pleads for patience after slow Chelsea start The Londoners were held 1-1 against Leicester having suffered a heavy defeat to Man United a week before.
Argentina World Cup Roster Named With Surprises Argentina Head Coach Mario Ledesma has named his World Cup roster and it comes with major surprises. As a player Ledesma competed in RWCs 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011. After retirement he turned to coaching which saw him at RWC 2015 as Australia's forwards coach.
Wes Hoolahan donates €18,700 to Temple Street children's hospital following Norwich testimonial The money will be put towards ‘vital lifesaving equipment’ for the hospital’s young patients.
O'Shea names Italy squad for World Cup Two fly-halves are named - Benetton's Tommaso Allan and Zebre's Carlo Canna. Tommaso Benvenuti, Michele Campagnaro and Luca Morisi are included as centres and O'Shea completes his group with back-three options of Mattia Bellini, Giulio Bisegni, Jayden Hayward, Matteo Minozzi and Edoardo Padovani.
Dunne, Duff, McHale - 11 famous players sent off in All-Ireland finals Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan joins an unfortunate group of players who have been dismissed on the big day.
International Caps: The 10 Current Players With the Most Games Here's a list of 10 current international players with the most appearances under their belts.
Inter close to taking Man United misfit Sanchez on loan The Chilean forward could be joining Romelu Lukaku at the Serie A club very soon.
France lock Paul Gabrillagues cited for tackle on Scotland's John Barclay France second-row forward Paul Gabrillagues has been cited for his tackle on Scotland flanker John Barclay during the World Cup warm-up Test in Nice on Saturday.
Kearnan Myall: ‘Several England players I know dread training camp’ The former Wasps lock Kearnan Myall tells Robert Kitson of the intolerable pressure and scrutiny that took him to the brink of suicide.
Wales end All Blacks' 10-year stay at top of the rankings Wales have climbed to number one in the World Rugby Rankings for the first time since they were introduced in October 2003 after their win over England ended New Zealand's 509 consecutive weeks on top.
Gatland's Wales dethrone All Blacks on top of the latest world rankings The Grand Slam winners become just the fourth nation to occupy top spot.
Pacific Island player poaching reaches 'boiling point' WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT: Seilala Mapusua, the former London Irish and Samoa centre, has warned World Rugby that frustration over the constant loss of talent from the Pacific Islands nations is reaching "boiling point".
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WORLD RANKINGS: Wales on top, Boks overtake England IN THE SPOTLIGHT: After nearly 10 years at the top, New Zealand's reign as the number one team in the World Rugby Rankings is over.
Vunipola hands England a well-timed Rugby World Cup boost England prop Mako Vunipola is hoping to make his England comeback against Ireland on Saturday after three months on the sidelines. Vunipola injured his hamstring back in May as Saracens defeated Leinster in the Champions Cup Final. "Mako did a bit of extra work at the end of training on Friday, a bit of contact work.
Brumbies sign David Pocock replacement from Waratahs The Brumbies have announced that Will Miller will join the club from the Waratahs having signed a two-year contract with the franchise. The back-rower, who has played 34 Super Rugby matches and has claimed six tries, featured in a dozen matches for the Waratahs last season putting in some dynamic and eye-catching displays.
'I think he's making a huge mistake' - Northern Ireland midfielder retires from international football at 28 Sheffield United’s Oliver Norwood earned 57 international caps but wants to concentrate on his club career.
Amateur champion Sugrue among Irish trio in Walker Cup team Conor Purcell and Caolan Rafferty are also named in the GB and Ireland team to face USA next month.
Rankings Update: Wales on top of the world for first time After nearly 10 years at the top, New Zealand's reign as the number one team in the World Rugby Rankings is over. With Wales' rating now increasing to 89.43 rating points, three-hundredths of a point separates the Six Nations Grand Slam winners from New Zealand.
Parisse set for record-equalling World Cup as O'Shea names Italy squad Ian McKinley misses out on a place in the Azzurri’s squad for Japan.
Mad dash for play-offs CURRIE CUP SPOTLIGHT: Strap yourself in. The seventh and final round of league action is going to be manic! The only team guaranteed of a place in the semifinals is Griquas, who secured their first appearance in the play-offs in a decade with their hard-earned 27-23 win over Western Province in Kimberley at the weekend.
Wales make history to reach world summit for first time For the first time since records began, Wales find themselves top of the pile in international rugby.
England fans have change Pascal Gaüzère's Wikipedia - and it's BRILLIANT Gauzere let Dan Biggar take a quick tap penalty that led to North claiming the crucial score as Warren Gatland's men avenged their defeat at Twickenham six days earlier through a 13-6 victory in Cardiff.
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