Troubled Wallabies back Kurtley Beale will miss next week’s Test against the All Blacks amid fresh allegations over “deeply offensive” text messages dating back to June, the Australian Rugby Union said Thursday.
Australia have recalled flyhalf Quade Cooper to their squad for next week’s third Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand in place of the banned Kurtley Beale.
Sonny Bill Williams will make his second return to rugby union from the bench after being named among the replacements on Tuesday for Counties Manukau’s provincial clash against Auckland in New Zealand’s ITM Cup on Wednesday.
The All Blacks will seek a new scrumhalf for the northern hemisphere tour after Tawera Kerr-Barlow was ruled out for at least six months with a serious knee injury.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said that the late penalty awarded to South Africa which cost his team a 22-match unbeaten record was a fair decision.
Argentina defeated Australia 21-17 after trailing by 14 points during the first half to achieve a first Rugby Championship win on Saturday.
A 55-metre Patrick Lambie penalty gave South Africa a thrilling 27-25 Rugby Championship victory over New Zealand Saturday, condemning the world champions to a first defeat in almost two years.
Sri Lanka rugby sevens players narrowly missed out on an opportunity of grabbing a Bronze Medal for the very first time at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea yesterday.
Utility back Kurtley Beale has been dumped for the Wallabies’ final Rugby Championship match against Argentina after an in-flight row with a member of team management that triggered an internal investigation.
Lock Brodie Retallick and loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett lost their race to be fit in time for the All Blacks’ final Rugby Championship clash against South Africa on Saturday.
Sri Lanka, after being beaten by South Korea (12-21) in their last group encounter, went on to beat China (24-19) in the quarterfinals at the 17th Asian Games rugby tournament at the Namdong Rugby Stadium Incheon, South Korea today, to seal a semi-final berth against defending Asian Games Gold Medalists Japan at 1.10 pm (Sri Lanka Time) tomorrow.
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made one change to his starting line-up to face New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Johannesburg on Saturday but he may yet be forced into making another.
Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has revealed he still hopes to coach his native New Zealand, saying his overseas experience would help him with the All Blacks.
South Africa have injury concerns to key players ahead of their final Rugby Championship match against already crowned champions New Zealand in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Australia’s hopes of salvaging an underwhelming Rugby Championship campaign were shattered in 10 catastrophic minutes in Cape Town and the frustration has continued in Argentina, where their luggage failed to arrive after a long-haul flight.
A head injury to lock Brodie Retallick was the main concern for New Zealand coach Steve Hansen on Sunday after the All Blacks clinched a third consecutive Rugby Championship title.
All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter Sunday launched his latest comeback aimed at making next year’s World Cup, playing 40 minutes in a provincial match in New Zealand.
South Africa scored three late tries to defeat Australia 28-10 Saturday in a Rugby Championship Test at Newlands stadium in Cape Town.
New Zealand defeated Argentina 34-13 in La Plata Saturday to clinch a third consecutive Rugby Championship title.
South Africa must make better use of possession and territory when they face Australia in their penultimate Rugby Championship match at Newlands on Saturday, captain Jean de Villiers said.
Code swapper Sonny Bill Williams says he leaves Australia’s National Rugby League with no regrets but won’t rule out a possible return to the Sydney Roosters before his playing career is over.
South Africa and Australia both need victory in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash at Newlands, probably with a bonus point, if they are keep the heat on table-topping New Zealand which should ensure an entertaining contest.
Rookie hooker Nathan Harris is expected to make his test debut for the All Blacks when they face Argentina in the fifth round of the Rugby Championship in La Plata on Saturday after being named on the replacements’ bench on Thursday.
Australia fullback Israel Folau expects a more open game than in their previous encounter when the Wallabies take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship at Newlands on Saturday.
The emergence of Jan Serfontein in an unfamiliar position has been one of the plus points for South Africa in a Rugby Championship campaign that has otherwise proven disappointing to date.
All Black pivot Aaron Cruden has been suspended for two Rugby Championship matches after going out drinking and missing the New Zealanders’ flight to Argentina, coach Steve Hansen said Monday.
Sri Lanka juniors went down in a closely contested game of the Singer ARFU JWRT Asian Qualifier rugby tournament against South Korea played at the Race course ground in Reid Avenue by just three points with the match ending in a close 31 points to 28 win for the Korean lads.
Host Sri Lanka along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Chinese Taipei will lock horns in the U20 Junior Rugby Asiad tournament from tomorrow at the Race Course ground in Colombo to earn a slot for the forthcoming Junior World Cup rugby tournament due to be held in Portugal.
Former World Rugby Player of the Year Schalk Burger was recalled to South Africa’s squad for the Rugby Championship tests against Australia and New Zealand in place of injured Francois Louw, the South African Rugby Union said on Wednesday.
World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has committed the ultimate sin in rugby-mad New Zealand, suggesting it would not hurt the All Blacks if they lose a game before they defend the Webb Ellis trophy next year in England.