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All Blacks coach defends 'overused' haka

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has rejected suggestions from former players that the team's famous pre-match haka has been devalued by overuse. The world champions perform the traditional Maori challenge before every test match but former New Zealand prop Kees Meeuws told British author Peter Bills the foot-stomping, chest-thumping ritual… Read

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Forget World Cup, I want Bledisloe, says Genia

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Australian scrumhalf Will Genia would never turn down a World Cup win if one came along but the Wallabies playmaker believes wresting the Bledisloe Cup away from New Zealand would be an even greater prize. Twice World Cup winners Australia have not held the annual trophy contested between the trans-Tasman… Read

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Underdogs Argentina hope new boys bring change of fortunes

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A decision to ease restrictions on European-based players could be the impetus that Argentina need to reverse a long slump and finally begin to compete with the traditional powers of the southern hemisphere. Argentina have used only home-based players in the Rugby Championship since 2015 when they reached the World… Read

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Japan crowned wheelchair rugby world champions

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With just over two years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games take place, Japan have claimed their first major title following a 62-61 defeat of hosts Australia in the Wheelchair Rugby World Championship final in Sydney. Australia, the defending world and Paralympic champions, were bidding to become the… Read

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Wallabies skipper Hooper fit to face All Blacks

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Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was Sunday included in a trimmed-down squad for the opening Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks after being cleared to play following a hamstring injury. Hooper, who signed a five-year contract with Rugby Australia Friday, had been racing to be fit for Saturday's clash in… Read

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Kenya crush Tunisia to set up Namibia clash for World Cup spot

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Kenya ran in eleven tries to crush Tunisia 67-0 in their penultimate game of the 2019 World Cup qualifying tournament on Saturday, setting up a winner-takes-all showdown against Namibia next weekend. Debutant Willy Ambaka made a perfect transition from sevens to the traditional form of the game when he put… Read

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Cheika expects to see Barrett start for All Blacks

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Australia coach Michael Cheika is among the growing list of Richie Mo'unga's admirers but he expects to see Beauden Barrett start at flyhalf for the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship opener next week. Mo'unga outplayed Barrett and Springboks flyhalf Elton Jantjies in the final two weeks of Super Rugby… Read

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Bollywood star welcomes Webb Ellis Cup to Mumbai

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Rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, visited one of India’s oldest rugby clubs - Bombay Gymkhana - this week as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour aiming to engage and excite new and existing rugby fans and players.  Bringing some Bollywood sparkle to the event, Sidharth… Read

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All Blacks lock reveals role in ref injury

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Former All Blacks lock Chris Jack says he was likely responsible for dislocating a referee's shoulder during a bizarre incident at a test match 16 years ago that saw an irate, pitch-invading South Africa fan charged with assault. South Africa fan Pieter van Zyl, incensed by the decision to award… Read

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Wallabies sign captain Hooper until 2023 World Cup

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Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has signed a five-year contract with Rugby Australia that will keep him in the country until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. The 26-year-old flanker has already amassed 82 test caps since making his debut in 2012 and local media reported the contract was… Read

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