Ryley Jacks of the Storm tackles Kalyn Ponga of the Cowboys in the Downer NRL Auckland Rugby League Nines match, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, February 05, 2017.

Kalyn Ponga set for Queensland debut in State of Origin II

Fullback Kalyn Ponga is set to make his Queensland debut in Sunday's second State of Orgin rugby league clash with New South Wales. The 20-year-old Newcastle star was included Monday in coach Kevin Walters' 18-man squad for the match and is expected to make his first State of Origin appearance off the bench.

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France beats England 33-25 to win 1st U20 world rugby crown

A near-perfect goalkicking effort by Louis Carbonel led France to its first world under-20 rugby championship in beating England 33-25 in the final on Sunday.

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South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira runs with the ball as England's Ben Youngs makes a challenge during the second rugby test match between South Africa and England in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Christiaan Kotze)

Springboks beat England 23-12 and clinch series

South Africa gave a strong indication it has turned a corner after two dark years as it overpowered England 23-12 in the second test to clinch their series with a match to spare on Saturday.

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Fiji beats Georgia 37-15 to win Pacific Nations Cup

Scrumhalf Henry Seniloli scored two first-half tries and his replacement Frank Lomani added two in the second half as Fiji overwhelmed Georgia 37-15 on Saturday to win the Pacific Nations Cup for the fourth consecutive year.

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Tj Ioane on the charge for Manu Samoa against Tonga yesterday

Germany beats Portugal to line up Samoa in RWC qualifying

Germany beat Portugal 16-13 on Saturday to advance in qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to a two-leg playoff with Samoa. The Germans will play Samoa in Apia on June 30 and stage the return leg on July 14. The winner on aggregate will qualify directly into Pool A in Japan next year. The runner-up will go to the repechage tournament in November.

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Ireland's James Ryan, center, attacks during the international rugby match against Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Ireland wins in Australia for 1st time in 39 years

Ireland beat Australia 26-21 on Saturday to end a 39-year winning drought in Australia, defeating the Wallabies for the first time Down Under since 1979. The win leveled the three-match series 1-1 ahead of the deciding match next Saturday in Sydney.

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New Zealand's Reiko Ioane, center, escapes a tackle from France's Anthony Belleau during their rugby test in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Dean Pemberton)

New Zealand beats 14-man France 26-13 in 2nd test

New Zealand overcame a spirited France team reduced to 14 men after only 12 minutes to win the second test 26-13 on Saturday and took an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-test series.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE AND FUN: Lepea Primary School dominated the “Get into Rugby” mini-festival held at the S.R.U. field at Tuana’imato.

Get into Rugby bring the fun to Lepea

Lepea Primary School dominated the “Get into Rugby” mini-festival held at the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) field at Tuana’imato this week. Ten schools competed in tag rugby through six divisions from ages eight-14.  The Under 8 and mixed girls and boys division, Under 12 girls and boys’ only division and the Under 14 girls and boys only division. 

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All Black coach Steve Hansen during an All Blacks training session at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Thursday the 14th of June 2018.

All Blacks tackles under scrutiny in 2nd test vs France

Head coach Steve Hansen says the All Blacks are not dirty but the team's discipline and propensity for making high tackles is likely to come under scrutiny in Saturday's second test against France.

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A week after celebrating Siya Kolisi’s elevation to Springboks captain, prop Tendai Mtawarira will play his 100th rugby test against England in Bloemfontein on Saturday June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Beast reaches 100 for Boks; Shields replaces Robshaw

A week after celebrating Siya Kolisi's elevation to Springboks captain, prop Tendai Mtawarira will play his 100th rugby test against England in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The 32-year-old loosehead was born in Zimbabwe but made his debut for South Africa 10 years ago.

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Semi Radradra of Fiji is tackled by Stedman Gans of South Africa. Fiji v South Africa, Final, London Sevens, Twickenham.

Radradra to make Fiji debut in Pacific Nations Cup

Former league star Semi Radradra will make his rugby union debut for Fiji in its Pacific Nations Cup test against Georgia at Suva on Saturday.

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Kurtley Beale of Australia, center, attacks during the International rugby match between Australia and Ireland in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Australia named unchanged side for 2nd test against Ireland

Australia has named an unchanged 23 for the second rugby test against Ireland after winning the first match 18-9 last weekend in Brisbane.

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Samoa before the game.

Nine changes to Manu Samoa team to face Tonga

Manu Samoa Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, has made nine changes to his starting lineup for their second match of the Pacific Nations Cup this weekend against the Ikale- Tahi Tonga at ANZ Stadium, Suva. Jordan Lay will anchor the front row from the loosehead with Viliamu Afatia joining him from the tighthead side. 

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French team members react during their rugby test against New Zealand in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (AP Photo/David Rowland)

New Zealand unchanged, France make 5 changes for 2nd test

New Zealand named an unchanged lineup for Saturday's second rugby test against France after winning last weekend's first test 52-11, while France coach Jacques Brunel made five changes to his starting 15.

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New Zealand names unchanged team for 2nd test vs. France

New Zealand has named an unchanged lineup for Saturday's second rugby test against France after winning last weekend's first test 52-11. The All Blacks showed some rustiness in the first half of the opening test at Eden Park, trailing 11-8 at halftime, but ran away with the match by scoring seven tries and 44 unanswered points in the second half.

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Samoa before the game. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Basics will win it for Manu Samoa, Latham says

Manu Samoa backline coach Chris Latham is expecting the Manu Samoa to collide with a fiery Tongan outfit when the two teams meet in Suva this Saturday for the Pacific Nations Cup. Both winless after first up losses last weekend, Samoa and Tonga will be desperate to secure their first win.

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Chiefs centre Anton Lienert-Brown looks to beat Highlanders winger Waisake Naholo during the Super 15 Rugby match - Chiefs v Highlanders played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Friday 30 March 2018.

No break for June tests in 2019 Super Rugby season

The absence of June test matches because of next year's World Cup in Japan will see the 2019 Super Rugby season run uninterrupted for 21 weeks between February and July.

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Mulipola out, Lee-Lo doubtful as Manu prepares for Tonga

Manu Samoa will be without hard working prop Logovi’i Mulipola for their next Pacific Nations Cup game against Tonga. Mulipola tore a hamstring during Samoa’s 22-24 loss to Fiji in Suva last Saturday. Team Manager, Vaaelua Aloi Alesana, confirmed that Mulipola would be rested for two weeks, which basically rules him out of the Pacific Nations Cup.

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South Africa celebrates winning the Paris 7s and the 2018 World Series.Final day of the Men's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris on 10th June, 2018. Copyright photo: Panoramic / www.photosport.nz

South Africa retain 7s world series title after Fiji falter

It took until the last match of the last round to decide the rugby sevens world series as South Africa retained the title in a final twist in Paris on Sunday. Fiji, on the back of winning the last four rounds, had to reach only the Paris Sevens final to clinch the series.

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MANU SAMOA TECHNICAL ADVISOR: Former Wallabies player, Chris Latham, is one of the Technical Advisors for the Manu Samoa.

Coaching change explained

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.), Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, has explained the decision not to re-appoint two Manu Samoa Assistant coaches. The explanation follows questions from the rugby community when the Manu Samoa coaching staff was named this year without Muliaga Brian Lima and Soifua John Schuster, who were part of the set up last year

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Boxing

From left, International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees Ronald Wright, Steve Albert, Vitali Klitschko, Jim Gray, and Erik Morales present their Hall of Fame rings to the crowd gathered in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 10, 2018. (John Br

Vitali Klitschko honors brother in his Hall of Fame moment

Vitali Klitschko had a difficult time grasping the moment."It's not reality. It's dream," Klitschko said Sunday during his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. "I never expected I will be in (the Hall of Fame).

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

Sweden's Andreas Granqvist, left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Pa

Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0

Sweden got the break it needed from the video review system, and team captain Andreas Granqvist didn't waste the chance.

Basketball

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry shouts as he carries the Larry O'Brien trophy during the team's NBA championship parade, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oakland again celebrates NBA champion Warriors

For the second straight year, throngs of Golden State Warriors fans turned out for a victory parade to celebrate a team some are calling an NBA dynasty and got a treat when several players got off their buses to mingle with the crowd.

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