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Argentina dump rugby captain Matera over 'xenophobic' posts

Sydney - Argentina rugby skipper Pablo Matera was stripped of the captaincy and suspended over "discriminatory and xenophobic" tweets on Tuesday.

Meet Oliver Engelhart of the New England Free Jacks rugby team Special

Oliver Engelhart chatted with Digital Journal about being a part of the New England Free Jacks as part of North America's premier professional rugby league.

Mbanda jumps from the back row to the coronavirus front line

Rome - Italian international Maxime Mbanda has leapt from the back row on the rugby pitch to the front line in the fight against the coronavirus, becoming a volunteer ambulance driver in Parma, and bears witness to a frightening reality on the pandemic.

Argentine rallies demand justice for youth's rugby-club killers

Buenos Aires - Thousands of people rallied outside Argentina's Congress on Tuesday to demand justice for the killers of an 18-year-old month after he was savagely beaten to death by a group of young rugby players.

Soweto's rugby women look to Springboks for inspiration

Soweto - Khanyisile Makumbana knew she couldn't miss the Springboks' victorious parade through Soweto after their Rugby World Cup triumph in Japan.

Japan rescuers still scrambling as typhoon toll nears 70

Apo - Rescuers in Japan were working around the clock Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a powerful weekend typhoon that killed nearly 70 people and caused widespread destruction.

Japan searches for survivors as Typhoon Hagibis death toll hits 56

Apo - Tens of thousands of rescuers worked into the night Monday to find survivors of a powerful typhoon in Japan that killed at least 56 people, as fresh rain threatened to hamper their efforts.

Japan super typhoon at weekend could hit Rugby World Cup, Grand Prix

Apo - A super typhoon among the most powerful in decades was set to hit Japan this holiday weekend, weather officials warned Wednesday, and could severely disrupt both the Rugby World Cup and Formula One Grand Prix.

'Chance of a lifetime': fans cheer Japan rugby win

Apo - Rugby fans from long-time supporters to newly minted enthusiasts crammed into bars and viewing zones in Tokyo on Friday to cheer as Japan kicked off the World Cup with a win in the opener against Russia."I have been so looking forward to the World Cup....

Venezuelan inmates see rugby as a road to redemption

Caracas - In a lush valley west of Caracas, two teams of burly rugby players bolt onto a field like colts, cheers rising from a small crowd of onlookers.

Facial recognition adopted for Rugby World Cup

NEC facial recognition is to be adopted for the ninth Rugby World Cup, which takes place from 20 September to 2 November 2019 in Japan.

Fiji blow away Kiwis to stake Olympic claim

Hong Kong - Reigning world series champions Fiji fired a clear Olympic warning as they blitzed rivals New Zealand 21-7 to win the Hong Kong Sevens in convincing fashion on Sunday.

Pro rugby coming to Northern California; games to begin in April

Sacramento - A privately owned soccer field at the California state fairgrounds in Sacramento was chosen last week as the first of six venues for a new professional rugby league beginning play next year.

Rugby legend Jonah Lomu dies at 40

The sport's first global superstar, an athlete of immense prowess who displayed an awe-inspiring combination of speed, strength and stamina on the field of play, passed away in Auckland on Wednesday following years of poor health.

Sri Lanka's ex-leader defends son over murder claim

Colombo - Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday denied his son was involved in the controversial death of a national rugby player as a magistrate ordered a fresh investigation.

French rugby internationalists hospitalized after machete attack

Millau - Three French international rugby stars were hospitalized after being set upon by a group of men armed with sabres and machetes in a southern French town.

Irish rugby players have exceptional guts

Various reports have indicated that exercise and diet impact gut microbial diversity. A new study of Irish rugby players shows that the gut bacteria of athletes are more diverse than other people, and that athletes have a healthier metabolism.

Vulnerable France looking for direction as World Cup nears

More than two years since Philippe Saint-Andre took charge, France do not seem to know where they are heading as the 2015 World Cup approaches, having used nearly a dozen halfback pairings an...

Tuilagi named in England squad to face Italy

England have named center Manu Tuilagi in their squad for the Six Nations game against Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Mealamu's calf causes All Black and Blues problems

Auckland Blues hooker Keven Mealamu has been forced to return home early from South Africa with a calf injury that is likely to cause Steve Hansen some concern as the All Blacks coach finalizes his planning for the 2015 World Cup...

2013 Rugby League World Cup: Semi-finals fixture

The Rugby League World Cup is drawing to a close for another four years. This year’s semi-finalists will do battle on 23 November at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Vigil for Chelsea Manning held at Wales–USA World Cup rugby match

A vigil is being held in North Wales in the United Kingdom today for Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, the imprisoned solder who passed classified documents to WikiLeaks.

British rugby player ruptures testicle but keeps on playing

A British rugby player ended up rupturing his testicle during a match, but instead of getting help right away he decided to keep on playing.

Rugby: Canada defeats Russia en route to Churchill Cup final

Esher - The Canadian rugby team has continued to prove their critics wrong after booking a place in their second successive Churchill Cup final.

Rugby player Terry Newton found dead at home

Wigan - Former Great Britain rugby league player Terry Newton was found dead at his home in the UK on Sunday afternoon. It is being reported that he was hanged.

Most UK soccer fans say gay players should come out of the closet

A survey shows that more than 90 percent of British soccer fans would support gay players if they came out of the closet.

Ugly tackle and head-butt starts all out Rugby brawl

Sydney - New South Wales forward Luke O'Donnell started a big brawl between rivals on the field after an ugly tackle, a few punches and an intentional headbutt. He won a three-match suspension and will be out of the 2010 third State of Origin Rugby match.

UK Rugby: Leeds keep Super League challenge

Leeds - Leeds kept the defence of their Super League title on a high last night after defeating Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Hedingley.

Gay rugby referee dismisses Twitter slur

A gay rugby referee in Wales has dismissed comments by a Welsh international on Twitter about his sexuality as “just banter.”

Golf And Rugby Added to 2016 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is adding the sports of golf and rugby to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. reports that both sports were nominated in August.
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DREAMS: Bonney Field in Sacramento  Calif.  has signed up to be home field for the local entry in a ...
DREAMS: Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif., has signed up to be home field for the local entry in a new professional rugby league expected to begin play in April 2016.
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The famous Blue Bulls rugby team pose for a team photo.
The famous Blue Bulls rugby team pose for a team photo.
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An all-in brawl began after a brutal tackle and headbutt cleared the benches of both teams and fists...
An all-in brawl began after a brutal tackle and headbutt cleared the benches of both teams and fists began to fly in this tense battle between rival teams.
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Luke O Donnell handed three-match ban for dangerous tackle at 2019 Origin II Rugby match.
Luke O'Donnell handed three-match ban for dangerous tackle at 2019 Origin II Rugby match.
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