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Marconnet axed

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PROPS Sylvain Marconnet and Thomas Domingo were omitted from France's 30-man squad for the rugby World Cup next month as ruthless coach Marc Lievremont ignored sentiment and took a slight risk with players' fitness....

Horwill named as Wallabies captain

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JAMES Horwill replaced Rocky Elsom as Australia captain in an unexpected selection as Robbie Deans announced his 30-man squad yesterday for the rugby World Cup. The 26-year-old Horwill will become Australia's...

McAlister in contract dispute

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ALL Blacks flyhalf Luke McAlister must buy his way out of his current contract if he wants an early release to join the French club Toulouse, the New Zealand Rugby Union said. McAlister, who missed selection on...

Blues do the job

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THE Auckland Blues comfortably sealed a Super 15 rugby playoff berth with a 33-16 victory over the Otago Highlanders in their final match of the regular season at Eden Park in Auckland yesterday. Tries from Stephen...

Hurricanes beat Western Force

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ALL Blacks fullback Cory Jane scored a bonus-point try five minutes from fulltime to give the Wellington Hurricanes a 34-28 win over the Western Force in Super 15 rugby in Palmerston North, New Zealand, yesterday. ...

Keats banned

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WELLINGTON Hurricanes scrumhalf Tyson Keats was banned for four weeks for dangerous play yesterday in an ongoing crackdown on spear-tackling in Super 15 rugby. Spear or tip tackling, where a player lifts an opponent...

Canterbury, Otago get thumping wins

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WINGER Sean Maitland scored his eighth try of the season to remain the tournament's top try scorer as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Waikato Chiefs 34-16 in Super 15 rugby yesterday. The Crusaders top the table...

Player sacked

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RYAN Tandy, the Australian rugby league player at the center of a police spot-fixing probe, was sacked by his club yesterday for refusing to disclose whether he made a bet on a National Rugby League game. Tandy already...

Dog photo row

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AUSTRALIA'S rugby league bosses have told the Canberra Raiders they expected "appropriate" action to be taken against Joel Monaghan after a photograph of the player simulating a sex act with a dog was posted on the...

Stewart acquitted

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AUSTRALIAN rugby league player Brett Stewart was acquitted of a sexual assault charge against a 17-year-old girl yesterday. Stewart, fullback in the National Rugby League's Manly Sea Eagles and a former international,...

Super 15 changes

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NEW Zealand will allow its five Super 15 rugby clubs to field two overseas players next season, ending a 15-year restriction which stopped teams from choosing players not eligible for the national team. The New Zealand...

Soccer City rugby

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SOUTH Africa's Tri-nations rugby test against New Zealand's All Blacks on August 21 will be played at Soccer City, the venue for the soccer World Cup soccer final. "SARU (South African Rugby Union) will make an exciting...

NZ Maori staves off Ireland rally

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REPLACEMENT flyhalf Willie Ripia slotted a late penalty to help New Zealand Maori register a tight 31-28 victory over Ireland in their international rugby match in Rotorua, New Zealand, yesterday. Ireland flyhalf...

Carter milestone

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DANIEL Carter became the first New Zealand player to surpass 1,000 rugby test points in a 66-28 thrashing of 14-man Ireland in New Plymouth yesterday. Carter slotted 17 points on seven conversions and a penalty to...

Wallabies win

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AUSTRALIA beat England 27-17 in the first of two rugby tests yesterday with two tries from flyhalf Quade Cooper. Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom and Cooper scored tries as Australia took a 14-0 lead to halftime in Perth....

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