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Deans names star-studded World XV to take on Japan

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The World XV squad to take on Japan on Oct 26 was finalized Sunday by coaches Robbie Deans and Scott Robertson following results over the weekend in New Zealand and South Africa. Former All Black and current co-captain of Kobe Kobelco Steelers Andy Ellis leads a side that contains 1,537… Read

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Utility back Hodge out of Wallaby tour with broken ankle

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Utility back Reece Hodge has been ruled out of Australia's four season-ending rugby tests after breaking his ankle in training. Coach Michael Cheika made the announcement when the Wallabies arrived in Japan on Sunday ahead of next Saturday's third Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand in Yokohama. The All Blacks… Read

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Springboks recall Vermeulen for Europe tour

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Japan-based No. 8 Duane Vermeulen has been recalled by South Africa for tests in England, France, Scotland and Wales during November, the national rugby union said Sunday. After starring in a 2-1 series victory over England last June, the former Toulon forward joined Kubota Spears and was unavailable for the… Read

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Rugby Australia backs Cheika for World Cup

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Michael Cheika has the full backing of Rugby Australia through to the World Cup next year, chairman Cameron Clyne said, easing pressure on the beleaguered Wallabies coach. Calls had been mounting for Cheika to be axed after six losses in eight matches ahead of their trip to Argentina earlier this… Read

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Kumamoto looks forward to fulfilling dream of hosting Rugby World Cup

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Hideomi Ryu played a central role in getting his native city of Kumamoto elected to host games for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, even when naysayers thought it was no more than a pipedream in a community dominated by baseball. The 75-year-old chairman of the Kumamoto Rugby Union had worked… Read

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Passport control: Fiji and South African stars not French yet

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Fiji winger Alivereti Raka and South African lock Paul Willemse were thwarted in their attempts to be included in France's November test squad after they were told they need to wait until they have their French passports in their hands. Raka, 25, has been on Clermont's books for three years… Read

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England can be All Blacks' main World Cup threat: Fitzpatrick

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England can be the team to stop the All Blacks winning a third successive Rugby World Cup, but pressure could weigh them down if they do not get positive results in the autumn internationals. That is the view of former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick, who says that while England… Read

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Jones names Farrell and Dylan as co-captains of England rugby team

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Eddie Jones hopes Owen Farrell and Dylan Hartley can follow the example of Australia greats George Gregan and John Eales after naming the pair as England's co-captains for the November internationals at Twickenham. New Zealand-born hooker Hartley has been Jones' first-choice as skipper when available since the experienced Australian coach… Read

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Australian coach Cheika backs staff; says no need for change

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Australian coach Michael Cheika has dismissed the notion of making changes to his coaching staff to rejuvenate the ailing Wallabies a year out from the World Cup. The Wallabies managed just two wins in the recent Rugby Championship and have lost eight of their past 11 tests, putting Cheika and… Read

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Uncapped Holloway, Gordon in Wallabies squad for All Blacks test

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Australia coach Michael Cheika has included New South Wales Waratahs lock Jed Holloway among three uncapped players in a 31-man squad released on Thursday for the third and final Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand in Yokohama. Scrumhalf Jake Gordon and loose forward Angus Cottrell, an unused squad member for… Read

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