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England keen to keep retired Wilkinson involved 

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ALTHOUGH he won't pull on the white shirt and red rose again, Jonny Wilkinson could still be a force for the England rugby team. The World Cup-winning flyhalf has decided against chasing the three appearances...

England to name interim coach for Six Nations 

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ENGLAND will defend the Six Nations title with a temporary coach while its officials embark on a global search for Martin Johnson's successor in an overhaul of English rugby after the dismal World Cup campaign. ...

Player's father tries to punch rival during derby game 

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PARENTS often cheer their children on from the sidelines at sporting events but Biarritz No. 8 Imanol Harinordoquy's father took his enthusiasm a little too far on Tuesday when he tried to punch a Bayonne player during...

Tindall back in England squad 

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MIKE Tindall was restored to England's "Elite Player Squad" on Monday after appealing against his punishment for an infamous night out during the Rugby World Cup. The 33-year-old center also had a fine reduced...

More scandal as leaked report shames England 

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MONEY was more on some England players' minds than the matches in a Rugby World Cup campaign that began to rot before the team left for New Zealand. Documents compiled by England's Rugby Football Union, Rugby...

Manager told to pay 100 pigs as fine 

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THE manager of Samoa's rugby team has reportedly been fined 100 pigs for disgracing his village and discrediting his chiefly title at the World Cup last month. Television New Zealand's Pacific correspondent Barbara...

O'Sullivan steps down as US coach 

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EDDIE O'Sullivan ended his ties to the United States rugby team for a second time when he decided not to reapply for the coaching job on Wednesday. After resigning as Ireland coach in 2008, O'Sullivan took over...

Johnson quits after shambolic WCup 

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MARTIN Johnson reportedly quit as England manager yesterday in the wake of a shambolic Rugby World Cup campaign that was overshadowed by indiscretions on and off the pitch. A series of lurid headlines followed...

Guildford is sorry for drunken rampage 

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ALL Black Zac Guildford has issued a public apology after media reports alleged the winger had assaulted two men in a naked, drunken rampage at a bar in the Cook Islands last week. The New Zealand Rugby Union has...

Wilkinson contemplated retirement 

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JONNY Wilkinson was so upset with criticism of his performances for England that he contemplated retiring from international rugby a year before the World Cup. The flyhalf said he met with manager Martin Johnson...

Henry stands down as All Blacks coach 

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GRAHAM Henry stood down as coach of the All Blacks yesterday, nine days after securing his legacy as one of rugby's coaching greats by guiding New Zealand to a second World Cup triumph on home soil. The 65-year-old,...

France players chose to ignore 'lost' Lievremont 

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FRENCH players took their Rugby World Cup campaign into their own hands and largely overlooked "lost" coach Marc Lievremont to reach the final, Imanol Harinordoquy said. France got off to a stuttering start in...

Lievremont signs off as France coach 

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FRANCE coach Marc Lievremont signed off from his role yesterday, having one final jibe at the media after a tempestuous battle throughout the rugby World Cup. Lievremont's side lost the final to New Zealand 7-8...

Moody Quits England After World Cup Exit 

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LEWIS Moody announced his retirement from international rugby on Sunday, ending a 10-year England career that finished on a disappointing note when he captained the team to a limp quarterfinal exit at the World Cup. ...

All Blacks claim second World Cup 

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HOST New Zealand just about held its collective nerve to edge France 8-7 and win the Rugby World Cup for the second time after a gap of 24 years at Eden Park, Auckland, yesterday. This was not the coronation that...

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