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Springboks celebrate victory at legendary Mandela site

Cape Town - South Africa's rugby stars on Monday hoisted the World Cup before thousands of ecstatic fans at Cape Town's City Hall, where Nelson Mandela made his first speech after his release from prison.

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.

South Africans hope Rugby World Cup win will unite the nation

Johanesburg - South Africans white and black celebrated wildly on Saturday and expressed hopes that the Springboks' Rugby World Cup win, inspired by black captain Siya Kolisi, would bring the nation together.

England, South Africa clash in Rugby World Cup final for the ages

Kitakata - England and South Africa will collide in a Rugby World Cup final between the two most powerful teams around on Saturday as they bid to become the first side to lift the Webb Ellis Cup in Asia.

Air New Zealand offers 'safety tips' to Irish rugby fans

Wellington - Air New Zealand has offered Irish rugby fans some tongue-in-cheek "safety tips" before the countries face off in the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday.

FIFA president 'disappointed' by empty stands at Koreas qualifier

Seoul - FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he was "disappointed" after attending a historic but bizarre World Cup qualifier between North and South Korea that had empty stands and no live broadcast.

Saudi to play Palestine in landmark West Bank game

Ramallah - Saudi Arabia's football team will play Palestine in the occupied West Bank for the first time Tuesday, having previously refused to enter the territory as part of its boycott of Israel.

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.

Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan

Apo - Japan's military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding after powerful Typhoon Hagibis ripped across the country, killing at least 11 people and leaving more than a dozen missing.

One dead as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Apo - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than 1.6 million people.

Japan braces for powerful Typhoon Hagibis

Apo - Japan braced on Friday for a powerful typhoon barrelling towards Tokyo that has already forced the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches, disrupted the Suzuka Grand Prix and grounded flights.

Iran women freely attend football match for first time in decades

Tehran - Waving flags and snapping selfies, thousands of Iranian women on Thursday attended a football match freely for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial stadium restrictions.

England-France, New Zealand-Italy axed as typhoon threatens World Cup

Apo - Rugby World Cup organisers took the unprecedented step of cancelling games -- England v France, and New Zealand v Italy -- on Thursday as Super Typhoon Hagibis bears down on Japan.

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.

Iran women allowed into football stadium for first time in decades

Tehran - Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.

All Blacks, Springboks clash in Rugby World Cup blockbuster

Apo - Two-time defending champions New Zealand face the toughest of starts to their Rugby World Cup campaign when they play South Africa on a heavyweight day two at the tournament on Saturday.

'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....

Women to get gender-neutral rugby World Cup from 2021

London - The Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 will be the last to bear that title with World Rugby announcing on Wednesday they are adopting a policy of gender neutrality for their tournaments.

Rapinoe, Lavelle score as USA beat Netherlands to retain World Cup

Lyon - The United States retained the women's World Cup on Sunday as a Megan Rapinoe penalty and a superb Rose Lavelle strike gave the holders a 2-0 victory over a battling Netherlands side in the final in Lyon.

Rapinoe, Lavelle score as USA beat Netherlands to retain World Cup

Lyon - The United States retained the women's World Cup on Sunday as a Megan Rapinoe penalty and a superb Rose Lavelle strike gave the holders a 2-0 victory over a battling Netherlands side in Lyon.

Platini released in 2022 World Cup probe, denies wrongdoing

Nterre - The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Hosts France enjoy winning start as women's World Cup kicks off

Paris - Hosts France laid down a marker in the opening game of the women's World Cup as towering defender Wendie Renard scored twice in a convincing 4-0 win over South Korea to kick off the tournament in style in Paris on Friday.

Jamaica, Bob Marley and football: a family love affair

Kingston - In Jamaica, the spirit of Bob Marley is inescapable: it permeates the Caribbean island nation, even its football pitches -- a sign of the reggae legend's passion for the sport.

The 2022 tournament in Qatar will be played with 32 nations

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

FIFA drops plans for 48-team 2022 World Cup

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would 'exacerbate' Gulf tensions

Doha - FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.

Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to present joint 2030 World Cup bid

Santiago - Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay are to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announced on Thursday.

After World Cup, Russians flock to matches

Moscow - Many thought the football craze in Russia would not last and the shiny new stadiums built for the World Cup would rapidly become "white elephants" the country could not afford.

Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers

Doha - Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha complex they have helped build as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup in exactly four years' time.
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