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Rugby Australia to decide on Cheika's future by Christmas

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A decision on the future of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika should be "wrapped up" by Christmas after he presented his end-of-year review at a Rugby Australia (RA) board meeting on Monday, according to chairman Cameron Clyne. The 51-year-old Cheika's future was clouded after a tumultuous year for the Wallabies, who… Read

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South Africa to play only two home tests before World Cup

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South Africa will play only two home tests next year during a curtailed build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with Johannesburg and Pretoria set to host the matches. There will be no June international window in World Cup year and the Rugby Championship has been cut to… Read

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England's Itoje expected to be fit for Six Nations start

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Maro Itoje is expected to be fit for the start of the Six Nations in February after Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall said the England forward does not need surgery to repair a knee injury. The 24-year-old was injured at England's training camp in Portugal before the start of… Read

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Fiji wins Cape Town rugby sevens title

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Fiji ran out convincing winners of the Cape Town leg of the World Rugby Sevens series after beating the United States 29-15 in the final on Sunday. Fiji turned the tables in emphatic fashion after they were beaten by the Americans in the quarterfinals of the first leg of the… Read

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Guinness takes Six Nations title sponsorship

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Guinness will become the title sponsor of the Six Nations rugby tournament from 2019 after a six-year deal was announced. The Diageo-owned Irish brewer replaces NatWest, which had a one-year agreement for 2018 following the termination of a 14-year sponsorship by parent Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). No financial details… Read

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Japan Rugby Top League results

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Results of Japan Rugby Top League games played on Sunday. Munakata Sanix Blues beat Toyota Industries Shuttles 32-31, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes topped Kintetsu Liners 20-6, Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars downed Kurita Water Gush 24-7, while Honda Heat defeated Canon Eagles 40-14. Read

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Drama as NZ scrapes into quarters at Cape Town Sevens

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New Zealand scored in the left corner more than a minute after the fulltime hooter to beat host South Africa 26-21 Saturday and scrape through to the quarterfinals at the Cape Town World Rugby Sevens. The early series leader was in danger of missing the cup quarterfinals for the first… Read

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Japan Rugby Top League results

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Results of Japan Rugby Top League semifinals played on Saturday. Suntory Sungoliath beat Yamaha Jubilo 28-25 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Kobe Kobelco Steelers defeated Toyota Verblitz 31-19 at Hanazono Rugby Stadium. Final to be played at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Dec 15. Read

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Fukuoka looks to leave lasting impact with Rugby World Cup

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For Fukuoka, hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup is the perfect opportunity to build a reputation as one of the most attractive sporting cities in Asia. Although the city has a rich rugby-playing tradition, organizers are resorting to some creative ways to get locals out to watch games, including incorporating… Read

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Garces and Gardner to ref biggest 6 Nations matches

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Jerome Garces and Angus Gardner will referee the most anticipated Six Nations matches after being involved in two of the biggest calls during the November rugby internationals. Garces will take charge of Ireland-England at Lansdowne Road on Feb 2 during the championship's opening weekend. The French ref last month made… Read

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