Hurricanes loose forward Vaea Fifita dives over the ruck to score a try against the British and Irish Lions in Wellington.

New Zealand makes changes for 2nd Lions test

Rugby league convert Ngani Laumape is in line for a test debut from the bench in an All Blacks team containing two player changes and one positional switch for Saturday's second test against the British and Irish Lions.

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United States' Mike Te'o races to score a try during a 2019 Rugby World Cup Qualifier against Canada in Hamilton, Ontario.

Canada, US draw in 1st leg of Rugby World Cup qualifier

Canada and the United States missed late kicks at the goalposts and finished 28-28 in the first leg of their 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

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 All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino, right, upends Lions halfback Conor Murray during the first test match between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park, Auckland.

All Blacks flanker Kaino denies dangerous play

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino has rejected claims he tried to injure British and Irish Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray by diving at his legs during the first rugby test at Eden Park on Saturday.

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British and Irish Lions second rower Iain Henderson runs at the Hurricanes defense in Wellington.

Lions coach Gatland defends Henderson after 31-31 draw

 British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland defended lock Iain Henderson on Tuesday, saying the yellow card against him was too harsh and played a part in his team's collapse at the end of a 31-31 draw against Hurricanes.

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Lions' Rory Best receives a hongi after the match.

Rory Best to captain Lions against Hurricanes

Ireland hooker Rory Best will captain the British and Irish Lions in their final midweek match on Tuesday against Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes.

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All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane scores a try during the first test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand beats British and Irish Lions 30-15 in 1st test

Winger Rieko Ioane scored two tries in his first test start as New Zealand quelled a spirited performance from the British and Irish Lions to win the first test 30-15 Saturday and take a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.

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Ben Volavola.

Fiji beats Scotland 27-22 for first time in 19 years

Fiji beat Scotland for the first time in 19 years by 27-22 in a thrilling rugby test at the National Stadium on Saturday. Flyhalf Ben Volavola kicked over 17 points, from five penalties and converting one of Fiji's two tries as the home side led throughout to hold out Scotland, which was coming off a win over Australia last weekend.

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South Africa's captain Eben Etzebeth‚ center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a try during the international rugby union test match between South Africa and France, at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.

Springboks back: Clinch 3-0 series whitewash over France

South Africa clinched a 3-0 series whitewash over France with a 35-12 win in the final test on Saturday, giving the Springboks a base to work off after the debacle of last season.

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The Llanelli Warriors look fearless before facing the tough Samoan club.

Rugby has no limits

Welsh mixed ability team are embraced by incredible Samoan hospitality 

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Samoan acapella group sing Welsh anthem beautifully.

Welsh praise Samoan singers

Four Samoan men sang the Welsh national anthem better than you could ever have imagined

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In this Oct. 18, 2014 file photo, Australia's Christian Lealiifano, center, runs away from New Zealand's Richie McCaw, left, during the Bledisloe cup rugby match against New Zealand in Brisbane, Australia.

Leali'ifano back on pitch less than year from leukemia fight

Christian Leali'ifano could make a return to Super Rugby in time for the ACT Brumbies' playoff campaign, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukemia.

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TRY TIME: Hooker Maatulimanu Leiataua scores the second of Manu Samoa’s tries against Wales at Apia Park last night.

Wales create history at Apia Park

Two points the difference. Yes it was slightly better but still not good enough with the Manu Samoa losing to Wales, 19-17, at Apia Park last night. And with the critical World Cup qualifying match coming up against Tonga, Samoa will have to get their act together quickly. 

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GOING DOWN: Alafoti Faosiliva attempts a tackle against Wales.

Wales prevail over Manu Samoa

Manu Samoa has been beaten by Wales at Apia Park, 19-17 tonight. Two tries from Alapati Leiua and Manu Leiataua failed to spark the home team in a tough test match in front of a vocal Apia Park crowd. Instead a brace of tries to wing Welsh wing Steffan Evans helped Wales secure the win. 

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READY AND RARING: Shaun Edwards and Captain Jamie Roberts at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel talking up their chances.

Wales chase Samoa history

Wales are raring and ready to go ahead of tonight’s clash at Apia Park. Captain Jamie Roberts told the Samoa Observer his men are as prepared as they can be and now it’s just a matter of getting out there and giving it their best.

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Japan's Ryuji Noguchi dives for a try while being tackled by Ireland's Keith Earls in a test in Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Ireland makes 6 changes for test against Japan

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt made six changes to his starting lineup to face Japan in Saturday's rugby test, the final of the visitor's three-match summer tour.

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Auckland Blues winger Rieko Ioane scores a try against the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland.

Ioane fulfills dream with test start against Lions

Success in international rugby has come quickly to winger Rieko Ioane who will make his first test start for the All Blacks in Saturday's first test against the British and Irish Lions.

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Coach refuses to buy into weakened Wales claims

“They’re a team to be highly respected, they’re very fit, young and energetic. Led well by Jamie Roberts who has been around and knows what it’s like at test level. So I obviously have a lot of respect for the Welshmen. And it’s their last test match so they’ll be looking to finish on a high.”

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The British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, right, and captain Sam Warburton answer questions during a press conference in Auckland.

O'Mahony to captain Lions in 1st test vs. New Zealand

Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first test against New Zealand on Saturday, assuming the leadership from tour captain Sam Warburton who starts on the bench.

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BACK TOGETHER: Former Manu Samoa players embrace the occassion to reunite.

P.M. opens up about running Samoan rugby

“Despite enduring many difficult challenges over the years in my career, I can tell you that almost none have been more challenging or satisfying and frustrating at the time than in my roles as Chairman of Samoa Rugby Union,” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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Wales name their team  to play Manu Samoa.

Wales name their team to play Manu Samoa

Ospreys lock Rory Thornton will make his international debut for Wales in Friday's Test match against Samoa at Apia Park.

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Boxer Jeff Horn speaks to the media in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2.

Horn says he has the plan to beat Manny Pacquiao

While Manny Pacquiao has been out running along the river and attracting attention downtown since arriving on a chartered flight with a huge entourage, Jeff Horn has been preparing for their WBO welterweight world title bout in the quiet, outer suburbs.


Johnathan Thurston tackles Blake FergusonNSW v Qld State of Origin rugby league match at ANZ Stadium, Homebush Sydney Australia.

1st Origin match: Thurston won't play for Queensland vs NSW

Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston has been ruled out of next week's State of Origin rugby league opener against New South Wales due to a shoulder injury.


Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is challenged by New Zealand's Michael Boxall during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal.

Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th international goal helped lift Portugal to an easy 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday and into the Confederations Cup semifinals.


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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