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Folau cashes in as Christian group takes up fundraiser

Sydney - A Christian group crowdfunded more than Aus$l.0 million ($700,000) in a single day Tuesday for former Australian rugby star Israel Folau's legal battle to appeal against his sacking over homophobic comments.

Crusaders to keep name, despite backlash after NZ mosque attacks

Wellington - New Zealand rugby bosses have confirmed the Canterbury Crusaders will keep their name for at least another year, despite a backlash following the mosque attacks in the team's hometown of Christchurch in March.

'Deeply saddened' Wallabies star Folau sacked over anti-gay comments

Sydney - Wallabies star Israel Folau said he was "deeply saddened" and considering his options Friday after being sacked for homophobic comments in a case that looks to have ended his glittering career in Australia.

Folau guilty of 'high-level' code of conduct breach

Sydney - Homophobic comments by Israel Folau amounted to a "high-level" breach of rugby's code of conduct, a tribunal ruled Tuesday, leaving the Wallabies star's glittering career hanging in the balance.

Beer fear: Japan urged to stock up for Rugby World Cup

Apo - When hosting an international rugby tournament and welcoming thirsty fans from around the world, the last thing you want to do is run out of beer.

Cheika gives evidence at Folau 'anti-gay' hearing

Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika gave evidence Saturday at a high-stakes code of conduct hearing as Israel Folau challenged Rugby Australia's intention to tear up his lucrative contract over homophobic comments.

Heroin killed British rugby players in Sri Lanka: court

Colombo - Two English amateur rugby players had taken heroin just before their deaths while in Sri Lanka, a court was told Friday as it ordered the arrest of those responsible for selling the narcotics.

Heroin killed British rugby players in Sri Lanka: court

Colombo - Two English amateur rugby players had taken heroin just before their deaths while in Sri Lanka, a court was told Friday as it ordered the arrest of those responsible for selling the narcotics.

British and Irish Lions captain Warburton retires

Cardiff - British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29, the Welsh Rugby Union and his club Cardiff Blues said.

Snow grounds UK flights and Ireland rugby party

London - A second day of icy weather led London's Heathrow Airport to cancel more than 100 flights on Sunday and disrupted the homecoming celebrations of Ireland's all-conquering rugby team.

Six jailed for machete attack on French rugby stars

Rodez - Six men who attacked a group of French rugby stars with knives and machetes outside a nightclub were Wednesday sentenced to between one and four years in prison.

Fearless Irish ready for All Blacks — Best

Chicago - Ireland captain Rory Best says his team will not fear New Zealand as they chase an elusive first ever victory over the world champions in Chicago Saturday.

Bugging device found in All Blacks hotel before Wallabies Test

Sydney - Australian police Saturday said they were examining a listening device found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel ahead of their clash against the Wallabies, as Australian rugby reportedly rejected as "ludicrous" the idea they had bugged the New Zealanders....

Bugging device found in All Blacks hotel before Wallabies Test

Sydney - Australian police Saturday said they were examining a listening device found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel ahead of their clash against the Wallabies, as Australian rugby reportedly rejected as "ludicrous" the idea they had bugged the New Zealanders....

Bugging device found in All Blacks hotel before Wallabies Test

Sydney - Australian police Saturday said they were examining a listening device found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel ahead of their clash against the Wallabies, as Australian rugby reportedly rejected as "ludicrous" the idea they had bugged the New Zealanders....

Prince Charles delights All Blacks with Aussie jibe

Wellington - Britain's Prince Charles scrapped his New Zealand tour schedule Friday to congratulate the All Blacks on their Rugby World Cup win, delighting locals with a joke about losing finalists Australia.

All Blacks win sees Qantas crew wear Kiwi jerseys

Sydney - Australian airline Qantas escaped having to paint a plane black, but the crew on a trans-Tasman flight donned New Zealand jerseys Monday after losing a bet on the outcome of the rugby World Cup.

Clermont, Toulon turn focus on undecided Top 14

Clermont-ferrand - Clermont and Toulon return from European Cup heroics to the week-in, week-out travails of the topsy-turvy Top 14 this weekend.

French Top 14 dogfight set for thrilling climax

Paris - The dogfight to book Top 14 play-off spots and also avoid relegation is set for a thrilling climax, with just three games of the regular season to play and only eight points separating the top eight teams.

All Black Weepu suffers stroke

Wellington - All Blacks scrum-half Piri Weepu has suffered a minor stroke and will be sidelined for at least four weeks, medical staff said Thursday.

All Blacks coach alarmed at sleeping pill abuse

Wellington - Sleeping pill abuse is emerging as a major problem among elite athletes and rugby union cannot afford to ignore the issue, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen warned on Monday.Hansen was speaking after the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) revealed last week th...

Irish crown O'Driscoll's farewell in style

Paris - Ireland won the Six Nations title on Saturday with a thrilling 22-20 victory over France to give iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll the perfect end to his stellar international career.Ireland scored three tries -- Jonathan Sexton getting two -- to France's...

England rout Italy in Six Nations to put pressure on Ireland

Rome - Full-back Mike Brown scored two tries and Owen Farrell added 22 points to secure a 52-11 rout of Italy at the Stadio Olimpico and put England within sight of the Six Nations title on SaturdayEngland's fourth win of the series put them top of the table ...

Lancaster hopes French resistance can bolster England

London - Stuart Lancaster was left looking for a favour from France after his side's 29-18 win over Wales set-up a three-way fight for the Six Nations Championship.England secured a first Triple Crown since their World Cup-winning year of 2003 with a commanding...

Rugby World Cup shadow looms over Anglo-Welsh clash

London - Every England-Wales match 'matters' and with the series all square at 56 wins apiece, Sunday's Six Nations clash at Twickenham won't lack a sense of occasion.For one thing both two-time defending champions Wales and England, bidding for the Triple Crow...

France late show stuns Scotland

Edinburgh - France kept their Six Nations titles hopes alive with a last gasp 19-17 win away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.The Scots were on the brink of winning their first Test in eight matches against France when New Zealand referee Chris Pollock award...

England wary of Wales in 'open' Six Nations

London - Stuart Lancaster turned his attention to Wales after England's 13-10 win over Ireland at Twickenham created a four-way tie at the top of the Six Nations table.Saturday's success saw England hold their nerve and match a powerful Irish pack as they came ...

England deny Ireland's O'Driscoll landmark rugby win

London - England fought back to spoil Ireland great Brian O'Driscoll's record-equalling Test appearance with a 13-10 Six Nations victory at Twickenham on Saturday.Ireland's loss, their fourth in a row to England, dashed dreams of a Grand Slam for O'Driscoll, wh...

Gatland glad to see Wales back in title hunt after win over France

Cardiff - Warren Gatland got exactly the reaction he wanted from his Welsh side as they thrust themselves back into the Six Nations title race with their biggest win over France in 64 years.The Wales coach issued a stern ultimatum to his players after the 26-3 d...

Wales overwhelm France 27-6

Cardiff - Wales dominated a one-sided Six Nations Championship affair and ran out 27-6 winners over France in the Millennium Stadium on Friday night.Most of the damage was done in the first half, as the Welsh racked up a 20-6 lead by half-time with full back Lei...
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