Rugby

United Rugby Championship Round 3 Games Of The Week: Ulster, Leinster Clash

There’s already a lot to like about the trajectory the United Rugby Championship is on this season. With each round in the massive, 16-team competition, the tension only rises, and the hunt for getting ahead in terms of playoff qualification, European competition and shield play only amps up in pressure. Even in an 18-game regular …

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Wallabies vs Springboks, Taniela Tupou contract, Super Rugby, Queensland Reds, analysis, video

In the early stages of this year’s Super Rugby tournament, Taniela Tupou brazenly said “show me the money”. At that point, it appeared almost certain that Rugby Australia would oblige the desires of the “Tongan Thor” and make the Queensland Reds prop the next $1m Wallaby. By doing so, he would take over the mantle …

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‘It’s stopping me sleeping’: Wayne Smith frets over selecting Black Ferns’ Rugby World Cup squad

O’Reilly Cup series: Australia vs Black Ferns. Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. When: Saturday, August 27, 2:45pm (NZ time). Live coverage: Sky Sport 1, live updates on Stuff. Referee: Amber McLachlan (Australia). Wayne Smith is having sleepless nights as whittling down the Black Ferns squad for the Rugby World Cup gets closer. Saturday’s test against a …

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Rugby star’s fatal ‘heart attack’ in Italian hotel room was ‘possibly drug-related’, inquest hears

A British rugby league star who was found ‘unresponsive’ on the floor of his Italian hotel room is thought to have died of a drug-related heart attack, an inquest heard. Ex-sportsman Ricky Bibey, 40, was discovered by Italian authorities in the early hours of July 16 at the Hotel Continentale in Florence. He had traveled …

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Two Munster Rugby players named in Ireland Women’s team to face Japan

IRELAND Women head coach Greg McWilliams has named his team for Saturday’s second Test against Japan at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo. Six uncapped players impressed during last weekend’s win in Shizuoka, and with a number of players unavailable this week through injury, McWilliams and the Ireland coaching team have another opportunity to test …

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Wallabies team to play Springboks, Reece Hodge picked at fullback

Wallabies Mr Fix-It Reece Hodge has reclaimed the fullback jersey to play South Africa as the selection merry-go-round at the key position continues. Hodge replaces Tom Wright in the No.15 jersey after Australia was brutally exposed by Argentina’s accurate kick-and-chase tactics in a record 48-17 loss in San Juan. Rebels utility Hodge last started at …

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