Rugby

The absence of eight Crusaders players could weaken New Zealand for their Rugby Championship opener in Argentina but the replacements have a golden opportunity to stake their claim for a permanent place, All Blacks hooker Dane Coles said on Monday. The Crusaders beat Argentine side Jaguares to claim a 10th Super Rugby title earlier this
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2:11 PM BST ESPN staff South Africa have been dealt a blow ahead of their Rugby Championship opener against Australia at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, with Aphiwe Dyantyi having been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Dyatyi sustained the injury during training on Friday. The Springboks star, who won the World Rugby
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Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani will undergo extra fitness work away from England’s second World Cup training camp. Cipriani will do specialised strength and conditioning work off site, along with flanker Sam Underhill and fullback Anthony Watson. Head coach Eddie Jones has called up 40 players for the training camp in Bristol, including Mike Brown, Alec
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Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou has suffered minor cuts to his arm after having his phone snatched in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tupou was walking back to the team hotel in upmarket Sandton with eight other Wallabies front-rowers about 9.15 p.m. (local time) on Saturday after a group dinner nearby when a man grabbed his phone. He
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Bernard Foley has quit Super Rugby after 119 games in the NSW Waratahs’ Sky Blue to pursue opportunities overseas. Foley confirmed the news prior to the Wallabies’ trip to South Africa for their opening Rugby Championship fixture, speaking with NSW Rugby Union about his decision. “It’s not been an easy decision and one that took
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Former European player of the year Steffon Armitage has signed with the San Diego Legion for next season, becoming the latest established player in Europe to head for Major League Rugby. Armitage, who made five appearances for England and played more than 300 professional matches in England and France, winning three European Cup championships, will
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