Scotland captain John Barclay will not play rugby until at least the end of the year after surgery on a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Barclay was hurt on Friday while playing for Scarlets, just minutes into the Pro14 semifinals.
Lock Sam Whitelock will captain the All Blacks in the three-test series against France next month in the absence of Keiran Read who is recovering from back surgery.
The long drought for Australian teams against those from New Zealand in Super Rugby was ended emphatically on Saturday. The last-place Sunwolves won back-to-back games for the first time ever. And the Lions returned to winning ways to revive their stuttering title challenge.
Winger Ben Lam scored his 13th and 14th tries to close on the season record of 15 as the Hurricanes beat the Queensland Reds 38-34 in Super Rugby on Friday.
The Lions will attempt to end a three-match losing streak when they host the Brumbies during a crucial round of matches this weekend in Super Rugby's South African conference.
Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga will continue as head coach of the Auckland-based Blues for another year despite his team winning only three of its first 11 matches in Super Rugby this season.
Manu Samoa’s path on its quest to qualify for the Rugby World Cup next year in Japan has become a bit clearer. For instance, we know now that Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua’s team will kick off their campaign at Apia Park on Saturday, 30 June 2018. The opponent will either be Portugal or Germany. This was confirmed by World Rugby in a statement.
The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) is open to the idea of having a combined Pacific Islands rugby team enter Super Rugby. This is the response by the S.R.U. Media Officer, Junior Si’itia, to questions from the Samoa Observer, regarding a “secret plan” exposed yesterday about the creation of a combined team, the Pacific Force, to enter Super Rugby in two years time.
A secret plan to create a combined Pacific Islands rugby team with players from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga has been revealed. According to a report on Newshub, the plan involves the creation of the team, to be called the Pacific Force, with the New Zealand Government funding an NZ$80,000 feasibility study. The following is what was reported by Newshub today:
All Blacks prop Joe Moody has been banned for two matches for striking Wallabies center Kurtley Beale during Saturday's Super Rugby match between the Christchurch-based Crusaders and New South Wales Waratahs.
Leinster won the European Champions Cup for the fourth time by edging Racing 92 15-12 in a dour final at San Mames Stadium on Saturday.
The fortunes of Australia's Super Rugby teams slumped to a new low when the Queensland Reds were humiliated by the last-place Sunwolves 63-28 and the New South Wales Waratahs blew a 29-0 lead in losing to the Crusaders 31-29 on Saturday.
The Wellington-based Hurricanes extended their winning streak in Super Rugby to nine games with a 36-15 win on Friday over the Auckland-based Blues, which had its 16th straight loss to a New Zealand rival.
Flyhalf Danny Cipriani was recalled after three years and flanker Brad Shields picked after New Zealand Rugby released him for England's tour of South Africa next month.
The Sharks picked up just their fourth win in style by hammering the Highlanders 38-12 and hurting the New Zealand side's Super Rugby title chase on Saturday.
Argentina's Jaguares completed a clean sweep of four matches in Australia and New Zealand when they beat the Chiefs 23-19 in Super Rugby on Friday. In the other match, the defending champion and first-place Crusaders ran riot in the second half for a 55-10 win over the Melbourne Rebels.
Tyson Fury will launch his comeback against 39-year-old Albanian Sefer Seferi, his promoter Frank Warren announced Sunday.
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.
FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup.
Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.
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