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Bulls deny Sharks once again

The Vodacom Bulls extended their undefeated streak against the Sharks to nine matches after claiming a 19-16 win in Durban on Saturday. CRAIG LEWIS reports. For large parts of this contest, it looked as if the Sharks may finally have had the beating of the Bulls. They last claimed a…

Crusaders coach opens up about France role at World Cup

NEWS: Crusaders assistant coach and Ireland flyhalf Ronan O’Gara has ruled himself out of helping under-fire France coach Jacques Brunel at this year’s Rugby World Cup. “There were one or two approaches from an agent, that’s as far we’ve got,” O’Gara said when asked on Radio Sport New Zealand about…

Classy Cooper helps Rebels sink Reds

Quade Cooper made a victorious return to Brisbane as the Rebels beat the Reds 32-13 on Saturday. SIMON BORCHARDT reports. Cooper spent 11 seasons at the Reds, but was frozen out by coach Brad Thorn last year, promoting his move to Melbourne. He and former Reds halfback partner Will Genia…

Blues punish sloppy Stormers

The Blues downed a woefully inaccurate Stormers side 24-9 in Auckland on Saturday. JON CARDINELLI reports. Both sides, desperate for any sort of win following an inconsistent start to the 2019 season, showed plenty of grunt and attacking intent. The execution and the discipline, however, rarely matched that intent, and…

Crusaders sweating on Kieran Read injury

The Crusaders‘ 32-8 Super Rugby triumph over the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday was soured by an injury to All Blacks captain Kieran Read. Read sustained a leg injury midway through the first half but continued to play before being replaced by Jordan Taufua at half-time. “Technically, he has got…

Skelton gives up his World Cup dream

NEWS:  Wallaby lock Will Skelton has ended speculation about his future by signing a new two-year deal with Saracens that rules him out of the World Cup in Japan unless Australian rugby chiefs relax their current stance. Skelton joined Saracens in April 2017, on a two-year contract with the lock…

Sunwolves, Masirewa stun Waratahs

The Sunwolves claimed a first-ever win in Australia as they overcame the Waratahs 31-29 in Newcastle on Friday. CRAIG LEWIS reports. Last weekend, the Waratahs ended the Crusaders’ 19-match winning streak with an impressive 20-12 victory. A week later, and they have suffered a shock home loss to the Sunwolves.…

Fans berate ‘pitiful’ Hurricanes

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Hurricanes fans have shown their outrage on Twitter at their team’s performance after they were comfortably dispatched 8-32 by the Crusaders at the Westpac Stadium on Friday. Going into the game, both teams were standing at the top end of the Super Rugby table, but the champions…

Nations Championship in jeopardy

World Rugby has reportedly extended its Nations Championship deadline to 5 April in a bid to keep the proposed tournament alive. Friday was the original deadline by which all 12 nations had to commit to the competition. According to The Australian newspaper, that deadline was extended after it was determined…

Director of Rugby Johnson ready to ‘disagree’ with Cheika

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Australia’s new Director of Rugby Scott Johnson Friday said there was no reason why the Wallabies can’t win the World Cup despite coming off their worst season in decades. Johnson was recruited to the newly-created role from a similar position with Scotland after mounting criticism of under-seige…

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