Leading by example: Captain Tila Mealoi putting his body on the line for the tackle in Dubai.

Sevens team named for Wellington

The Samoa Rugby Union has officially announced the Manu Samoa Sevens team for the HSBC World Series in Wellington next weekend. 

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France's head coach Guy Noves.

France calls up 4 uncapped players for 6 Nations squad

France coach Guy Noves has selected four uncapped players and recalled center Yann David for his Six Nations squad.

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Sale Sharks wing Tom Arscott.

Rugby player accused of leaking to brother on rival team

Family members meeting up on New Year's Eve is routine and unlikely to arouse suspicions — unless you are brothers on rival sports teams playing the next day.

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British and Irish Lions' Sam Warburton, left, and Alun Wyn Jones, right, lift the Tom Richards Cup after their win over Australia in final match of their 3-game rugby union test match series in Sydney, Australia.

Warburton steps down as captain of Wales for Six Nations

Sam Warburton was no longer guaranteed a start for Wales and agreed to give up the captaincy to focus on his form, interim coach Rob Howley said on Tuesday.

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France vs New Zealand All Blacks New Zealand All Blacks Julian Savea and TJ Perenara after the match.

France to play All Blacks, South Africa and Japan

France will host Japan for the first time in 44 years for the final test match of its autumn campaign in November.

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Joe Marler of England. England v Scotland, RBS 6 Nations Rugby Championships, Rugby Union, Twickenham

Marler injury adds to England's woes ahead of Six Nations

England's pack has been hit with another injury setback ahead of the Six Nations after prop Joe Marler was ruled out for at least a month with a broken left leg.

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Declan O'Donnell of New Zealand in tackles Siaosi Asofolau from Samoa during the cup quater final on the second day of the Mens IRB Sevens World Series at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 5th December 2015.

Tietjens and New Zealand

The much anticipated HSBC World Series Wellington is 22 days away and we can hardly wait.  

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Leicester Tigers Manu Tuilagi in action.

Tuilagi out of England's 6 Nations defense with fresh injury

Manu Tuilagi will miss the rest of the rugby season with a knee injury, ruling the injury-plagued center out of the England's Six Nations title defense.

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New Zealand All Blacks Charlie Faumuina

All Black Charlie Faumuina signs with Toulouse

All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina will quit New Zealand rugby to join French club Toulouse from the start of the next European season.

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All Blacks' Owen Franks gets a pass away during the New Zealand All Blacks versus Tonga opening pool A match of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup.

Prop Owen Franks re-signs with NZ Rugby

All Blacks prop Owen Franks has joined a growing group of top players who have re-signed with New Zealand Rugby through the 2019 World Cup.

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All Blacks Kieran Read is tackled by France’s Camille Chat

Kieran Read due to return in April after wrist surgery

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has undergone wrist surgery and will not return to Super Rugby until April, two months before next year's tour by the British and Irish Lions.

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Signage photos during the Hurricanes vs Chiefs Super Rugby Semi Final match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday the 30th of July 2016.

Colin Cooper to coach Chiefs in Super Rugby from 2018

New Zealand Maori coach Colin Cooper will take over from Dave Rennie as coach of the Hamilton-based Chiefs in Super Rugby from the end of the 2017 season.

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French club champion Racing 92 was considering legal action after it was shocked by the retirement of its 24-year-old Springboks back Johan Goosen on Friday Dec. 16, 2016.

Racing shocked by rugby retirement of Johan Goosen at 24

French club champion Racing 92 was considering legal action after it was shocked by the retirement of its 24-year-old Springboks back Johan Goosen on Friday.

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Faalemiga Selesele in action

Selesele and the Samoa Sevens

Internationally renowned Samoan Sevens player, Faalemiga Selesele lead the men in blue to victory in the HSBC World Series leg in Paris last year. 

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Waratahs' Adam Ashley-Cooper is tackled high by the Brumbies' Tevita Kuridrani during their Super Rugby semifinal match in Sydney.

Rugby toughens laws & penalties for contact with the head

Any reckless or accidental contact with the head in matches will no longer be tolerated by World Rugby.

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South Africa players line up before the start of the international rugby union test match against Italy in Florence, Italy, Saturday Nov. 19, 2016.

South African rugby takes first steps on road to change

In a move compared to turkeys voting for Christmas, members of South African rugby's ruling general council decided on Friday to reduce some of their own powers, part of a major shake-up prompted by the dramatic fall from grace of the Springboks.

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SRU: Some of the participants of the workshop.

Super 9’s tournament in the works

Samoa Rugby Union had its first SUPER 9’s tourna-ment workshop with presidents and representatives from its Respective Sub-Unions last Thursday, 1st of December. SUPER 9, is the new tournament that will replace the National Provincial Cup (NPC) tournament held in previous years and it is expected to kick start next year in late March.

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South Africa's Kyle Brown, top left, watches with Philip Snyman as their teammate Branco du Preez wrestles for the ball with Fiji's Setareki Bituniyata, bottom left, during the final of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

South Africa beat Olympic champions to take gold in Dubai

South Africa claimed top prize in Dubai on Saturday after they beat last season's series champions and Olympic gold medallists, Fiji, 26-14.

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Samoa Toloa (Samoa)

Day one wrap up for Manu Sevens in Dubai

After a tough loss,  the Manu Samoa brushed off the loss against England and refocused all their attention on the challenge up ahead, New Zealand.  

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Argentina's Bautista Delguy tries to break through Fiji's defense in round one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Dubai Sevens Rugby Results

Results Friday at the Dubai Sevens: Pool A

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Boxing

Muhammad Ali punches a speed bag at the Folk Art Center in Manila, Philippines, as he prepared for his title fight against Joe Frazier.

Champ's artistic side to be displayed at Muhammad Ali Center

When Muhammad Ali wasn't jabbing or dancing in the ring, he sometimes liked dabbling as an artist.

NFL

Greg Inglis of the Australian Kangaroos gives a speech after winning man of the match during the Rugby League Perth Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the NZ Kiwis from NIB Stadium.

Kangaroos beat New Zealand 26-6 in one-off league test

Australia beat New Zealand 26-6 in a rugby league international on Saturday, boosting the Kangaroos' preparation for the impending Four Nations.

Football

Chelsea's Oscar sits on the pitch during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Chelsea at the Vicarage Road stadium in London.

Chinese Super League curbs spending on foreign stars

The Chinese Super League has shocked the soccer world by spending huge sums to attract star foreign players but new rules introduced for the start of the 2017 season will have a significant impact on the game in China, Asia and perhaps around the world.

Basketball

Kelsall hails from the villages of Fagalii, Letogo, and Vailele

Samoan basketball star ready for Oceania

Samoa enters this year’s F.I.B.A. U18 Oceania Championships aiming to improve on a promising performance in the 2014 tournament, and a lot of their fortunes will be placed on the shoulders of Linda Kelsall 

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