SPEAKING UP FOR PACIFIC RUGBY: Former Manu Samoa captain, Daniel Leo.

Leo’s fight for rugby justice: “The Tier system is holding us back”

Former Manu Samoa captain, Daniel Leo, is on a crusade. He believes it is critical to educate the Pacific Island community about rugby players' welfare.

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TEAM SAMOA: Yesterday morning after breakfast Team with Head Coach Assistant Coach and Head of Delegation.

Learning curve for Samoan team in N.Z.

Samoa’s Under 16 training camp in New Zealand kicked off its campaign with the first of five friendly games in New Zealand. 

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Quilter Cup Rugby Twickenham 27/5/2018 England vs Barbarians Barbarians Danny Cipriani  Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland / www.photosport.nz

England rugby player Cipriani charged over nightclub assault

England rugby union player Danny Cipriani was charged with assault Wednesday over an incident at a nightclub in the English Channel island of Jersey.

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Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks during the Game of 3 Halves, All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 10th August 2018.

Barrett at 10 in All Blacks team for 1st Bledisloe

Beauden Barrett has held off the challenge of rising star Richie Mo'unga and will wear the All Blacks No. 10 jersey in Saturday's first Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship test against Australia in Sydney.

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Australia v Ireland in the second Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series Test Match at AAMI Park, Melbourne, 16 June, 2018.  Australia captain Michael Hooper. Copyright Image: Stuart Walmsley / www.photosport.nz

Michael Hooper signs new 5-year deal with Australian Rugby

Captain Michael Hooper may lead the Wallabies to the next two World Cups after signing a new five-year contract Friday with Rugby Australia.

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Lions Cyle Brink runs in to score his team's first try against the Crusaders during the Super Rugby final in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Marx, Whiteley return to Springboks; also 3 new players

Flyhalf Damian Willemse is one of three uncapped players in South Africa's squad for the Rugby Championship.

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Crusaders Kieran Read and teammate Luke Ramano, left, wave to they crowd as they celebrate after defeating the Lions 38-17 to win Super Rugby final in Christchurch.

No surprises in New Zealand squad for Rugby Championship

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has included two uncapped players but made no selection surprises in his squad for this season's Rugby Championship.

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Reds Jordan Petaia walks from the field dejected after their loss during the Hurricanes vs Reds Super Rugby match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday the 18th of May 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.co.nz

Cheika names 6 uncapped players in Wallabies train-on squad

Australia coach Michael Cheika recalled veteran hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and named six uncapped players Sunday in a 36-man train-on squad for this season's Rugby Championship.

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Crusaders players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Lions 38-17 to win Super Rugby final in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Crusaders outclass Lions 37-18 for 9th Super Rugby title

The Christchurch-based Crusaders outclassed the Johannesburg-based Lions 37-18 to win their record-extending ninth Super Rugby final on Saturday.

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Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock, left, shakes hands with Lions captain Warren Whiteley as they pose for a photo with the Super Rugby trophy on the eve of the Super Rugby Final in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Lions reject underdog tag in Super Rugby final

South Africa's Lions have defiantly rejected their allocated role in the narrative around Saturday's Super Rugby final — as the last, minor obstacle on the Crusaders' road to a ninth championship.

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Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson. Waratahs v Brumbies. 2018 Super Rugby round 19. Allianz Stadium, Sydney Saturday 14 July 2018. Photo Clay Cross / photosport.nz

Daryl Gibson to remain as Waratahs coach

 Former All Black Daryl Gibson will coach the New South Wales Waratahs in the 2019 Super Rugby season after leading the team to this year's semifinals.

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Crusaders Sam Whitelock looks for support as he runs at the Hurricanes defence during their Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Crusaders, Lions make minor changes for Super Rugby final

The defending champion Crusaders and the Lions have made only minor changes to their starting lineups for Saturday's Super Rugby final.

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All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen. All Blacks v France. Rugby Union. Steinlager Series, 2nd test match. Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Saturday 16th June 2018. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz

Hansen: Lions in '2-horse race' in Super Rugby final

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has warned against over-confidence that defending champions the Crusaders will beat South Africa's Lions in Saturday's Super Rugby final.

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 Argentina announced on Wednesday Aug. 1, 2018, they have hired former national-team hooker Mario Ledesma as its new rugby coach on a four-year deal. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina hires ex-hooker Ledesma as new rugby coach

Argentina has hired former national-team hooker Mario Ledesma as its new rugby coach on a four-year deal.

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Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt embrace post game Australia v Barbarians, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia. 28 October 2017. Copyright Image: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

Cooper, Hunt, Slipper to play in Australia's NRC

Wallabies duo Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt will play in Australia's National Rugby Championship from next month after being overlooked for Super Rugby selection this season by the Queensland Reds.

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has been rewarded for winning nine of his 14 games in charge with a new contract that will keep him in place until 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

New contract for Scotland coach Townsend

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has been rewarded for winning nine of his 14 games in charge with a new contract that will keep him in place until 2021.

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Reds' captain James Slipper gives instruction to his team during the Hurricanes vs Reds Super Rugby  match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday the 14th of May 2016. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz

James Slipper to make comeback for Super Rugby XV

Former Australia prop James Slipper will return from a two-months drug suspension to play for an Australian Super Rugby selection against the Wallabies Friday in a warm-up match ahead of the Rugby Championship.

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Lions have Dyantyi, Brink fit for Super Rugby final

Springboks wing Aphiwe Dyantyi and former South Africa under-20 flanker Cyle Brink have been included in the Lions' squad for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in New Zealand.

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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson celebrates after his team's 30-12 win over the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Crusaders, Lions set up repeat of 2017 final

The Crusaders are back in the Super Rugby final seeking a record-extending ninth title. The Lions are back still searching for a first.

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Lions' Elton Jantjies gestures during the Super Rugby semifinal match between Lions and Waratahs at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Crusaders, Lions set up repeat of 2017 final

The Crusaders are back in the Super Rugby final seeking a record-extending ninth title. The Lions are back still searching for a first.

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Boxing

Sergey Kovalev, left, of Russia, goes down for a second time after a punch by Eleider Alvarez, of Colombia.

Alvarez KO's Kovalev to win 175-pound title in AC

Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear.

NFL

UCLA's Josh Rosen, right, gestures next to commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mayfield goes 1st to begin rush to get QBs in NFL draft

The Cleveland Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback has led them to Baker Mayfield — the first of four passers to be drafted in the top 10 Thursday night.

Football

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, center, attends a training session at the Lillekula Stadium, a day ahead of UEFA Super Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo/AP

Post-Ronaldo Real Madrid gets 1st test in UEFA Super Cup

The shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo is still hanging over Real Madrid as the team prepares to face fierce rival Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.

Basketball

The Philippines' Jason William, centre, jumps to hit Australia's Daniel Kickert centre left as others rush to break the brawl during the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Philippine Arena in suburban Bocaue township, Bulacan province n

Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

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