Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi is likely to miss England’s autumn internationals with a continuing groin problem that is expected to keep him out of action for at least six to eight weeks, his club said on Sunday.
Defending champions Racing 92 once again failed to get past Top 14 rivals Castres, falling to a 31-23 defeat Saturday while Toulouse edged traditional fellow heavyweights Stade Francais 23-18.
Sam Warburton has been confirmed as Wales captain for their November internationals against Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa, interim head coach Robert Howley said on Friday.
Winger Sefa Naivalu and hooker Tolu Latu were Thursday called into Australia’s squad for their Rugby Championship clashes against South Africa and Argentina next month.
Bruising loose forward Jerome Kaino will miss the All Blacks’ Rugby Championship test against Argentina on Oct. 1 due to a shoulder injury but will link up with the team for their final game against South Africa the following week.
The All Blacks’ ability to seal the Rugby Championship with two rounds remaining highlighted the burgeoning gap between the world champions and the rest of the sides, though the team were not prepared to let their final games become footnotes.
South Africa coach Allister Coetzee could only cast a wistful eye at his All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen on Saturday after a striking demonstration of the way their respective teams have developed since last year’s World Cup.
Hooker Dane Coles gave a masterclass in backline playmaking to set up three New Zealand tries as the world champions thrashed South Africa 41-13 to all but secure the Rugby Championship title on Saturday.
Australia stunned Argentina with three tries in the opening 12 minutes but were forced to defend their lead for much of the remainder of the Rugby Championship test before running out 36-20 winners at Perth Oval on Saturday.
South Africa captain Adriaan Strauss had no excuses for his side’s poor run of form this season as they face their toughest challenge so far against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.
After nearly a century of intense rivalry on the rugby field, the All Blacks are having nothing of suggestions the Springboks are ripe for a rout in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday, according to captain Kieran Read.
Argentina plan to target playmakers Bernard Foley and Quade Cooper as they gear up for an ambush win over the Wallabies in their Rugby Championship Test in Perth on Saturday.
New Zealand captain Kieran Read has hammered home the message he does not want a repeat of last week’s start against Argentina when they play South Africa in Christchurch on Saturday.
Rookie loose forward Ardie Savea has been given his opportunity in the All Blacks number seven jersey and for the multitude of his fans who have raised him to cult status, he must now show he is more than just an explosive cameo off the bench.
Kingswood College cruised to a comfortable 21 points to 05 win over Isipathana College in the final of the Milo Under 18 inter-schools rugby tournament played at Longdon Place yesterday to emerge the Cup champions.
Triple schools-rugby title-winning Isipathana College may finally have a ground of their own, if an initiative led by Minister of Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Development Harin Fernando proves successful.
Flanker Jerome Kaino said the All Blacks would never take South Africa lightly and are expecting a tight test match when the traditional southern hemisphere heavyweights meet in the Rugby Championship this weekend.
All Blacks loose forward Sam Cane has been ruled out of the side for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, with Matt Todd brought into the squad as cover, coach Steve Hansen said on Sunday.
Of all the positives All Blacks coach Steve Hansen could take from their 57-22 victory over Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, one of the biggest was the bustling performance of winger Julian Savea.
There was relief all round for Michael Cheika and his Wallabies after they secured their first win in seven test matches with a sometimes nervous victory over South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.