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Henry says All Blacks need reality check

Former coach Sir Graham Henry has delivered a warning to the All Blacks a year to the day from the beginning of the next World Cup. Don’t get too cocky. Henry, who steered New Zealand to victory at the 2011 tournament at home, is concerned...

England RFU criticised for shirts

The Victoria Cross Trust on Wednesday criticised England’s Rugby Football Union for its use of the Victoria Cross emblem on new international team shirts. The Victoria Cross, the British and Commonwealth armed forces’ most prestigious...

Springboks call up Burger from Japan

Japan-based flanker Schalk Burger was on Wednesday called up as replacement for the injured Francois Louw in the South Africa squad for the final two Rugby Championship Tests. Louw is expected to be out for about two months with a neck injury,...

Mickey Arthur sets sights on rugby glory

Former Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur wants at least 30 per cent of players inducted into the Western Force’s new junior academy to go on to play Super Rugby. And talented athletes from rival sports will also be targeted as the...

Hungry Genia not warming up for Bath

Recalled halfback Will Genia won’t sign to play with Sam Burgess at Bath anytime soon and insists he’s as hungry as ever to hit new Wallabies heights. Despite being viewed as a poster boy for English rugby’s raids on Southern...

Wallabies’ shake-up for two-Test tour

Will Genia returns but Will Skelton has been axed as the Wallabies look to restore pride and snare some silverware on their two-match tour of South Africa and Argentina. Three weeks after opposing the All Blacks, Skelton was left out of an...

Wallabies dump super-sized Skelton

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has dispatched Will Skelton back to the NRC to prevent the giant young lock from ballooning way out of Test shape. Skelton was the glaring omission from the Wallabies’ touring squad named on Wednesday for their...

NZ still team to beat at 2015 Rugby WCup

New Zealand remain firm favourites to retain the Rugby World Cup title they won on home soil in 2011, a year out from the 20-team tournament in England. Thursday will mark exactly a year to the day until the first match of rugby union’s...

Skelton axed for Wallabies tour

Rising cult hero Will Skelton has been axed from the Wallabies squad for their tour of South Africa and Argentina. Three weeks after opposing the All Blacks, giant lock Skelton was left out of an injury-hit 28-man squad which will complete the Rugby...

Springbok flanker ruled out for two months

A neck injury will sideline flanker Francois Louw for about two months and deal South Africa another blow ahead of Rugby Championship Tests against Australia and New Zealand. Halfback Ruan Pienaar withdrew injured at the weekend ahead of matches...

Rugby reels from Eden Park mauling

Hit hard by slumping crowds, the Australian Rugby Union has admitted the Wallabies’ Eden Park nightmare has taken the “wind out of our sails”. The All Blacks’ 51-20 demolition of Australia three weeks ago also appears to have...

Palu ruled out of Wallabies tour

The Wallabies must overcome the granite-like Springboks pack without chief enforcer Wycliff Palu due to lingering concussion concerns. In an added difficulty to hopes of taking South Africa’s place at No.2 on the world rankings, Palu...