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Japan, Argentina to get Super Rugby sides

Japan and Argentina will have teams in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016, SANZAR confirmed on Thursday. The inclusion of franchises from Tokyo and Buenos Aires had been mooted for some time, the governing body for Australia, New Zealand...

Aussies’ Fijian connection to face Ireland

They share Fijian roots, a close bond and a room on the spring tour, now Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight will experience Test rugby together for the first time. Speight’s four-year wait to become an Australian Test player will end in Dublin...

All Blacks name Barrett to face Wales

Beauden Barrett will start at five-eighth for the All Blacks against Wales this weekend for one simple reason. It’s his turn. Barrett fought off world-class rivals Aaron Cruden and Dan Carter to earn the hotly contested No.10 jersey for the...

NSW eye back-to-back Super Rugby crowns

The NSW Waratahs are embracing the challenge of trying to remain at the Super Rugby summit – even in the absence of master motivator Michael Cheika. While Cheika, in his new twin role as coach of state and country, is guiding the Wallabies in...

Beale on extended bench, Toomua returns

Matt Toomua gets his chance in the Wallabies’ problem inside centre position against Ireland while Kurtley Beale waits to learn whether he’ll also play. Coming off the 29-26 loss to France, coach Michael Cheika kept his promise to...

Gibson puts hand up for top Waratahs job

Assistant coach Daryl Gibson has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Michael Cheika as the NSW Waratahs’ head coach after the 2015 Super Rugby season. Former All Black Gibson is overseeing the Waratahs’ pre-season training while...

SBW factor weighing on Welsh minds

The Welsh backs aren’t exactly sleeping like babies as they figure out how they will cope with new father Sonny Bill Williams. Williams is poised to be restored at inside centre for the All Blacks in Saturday’s Test at Cardiff, four days...

Wallabies, Ireland vie for inside edge

Michael Cheika’s coaching history in Ireland is adding an element of intrigue to preparations for this weekend’s Test match in Dublin. The Wallabies coach spent half a decade working in the Emerald Isle as head coach of Leinster and a...

All Blacks seek winning vibe in Cardiff

Creating a positive vibe about playing in Cardiff is driving the All Blacks to finish the season on a bright note. The Welsh capital is the scene of their last loss at a Rugby World Cup – the 2007 quarter-final disaster against France –...

England call on Ford for Samoa clash

George Ford is set to make his first Test start after being selected at five-eighth in a revamped England side to play Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday. Ford, all of whose four previous Test appearances have come as a replacement, now finds himself...

Boks make four changes for Italy clash

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made four changes from the side that beat England 31-28 at Twickenham last week for the Test against Italy in Padua on Saturday. Fullback Johan Goosen comes in for Willie le Roux, while in the pack Teboho Mohoje...

SBW skips training to see daughter’s birth

Sonny Bill Williams missed All Blacks training to witness, from afar, the proudest moment of his life. Williams’ wife Alana gave birth to their first child, a daughter, and Williams was able to follow the moment via a computer screen at the...