The All Blacks' selectors resisted pressure to drop out-of-form center Sonny Bill Williams while England gave winger Chris Ashton his first start in four years for their test on Saturday.
When England recovered within months from a humiliating home Rugby World Cup campaign to Grand Slam the Six Nations in 2016, it clamored to play the double world champion All Blacks.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed a deep respect for England counterpart Eddie Jones by saying they talk "probably every second week."
Coach Warren Gatland was counting positives after his Wales side won its November rugby test opener for the first time in 16 years. One big positive was playing Scotland and not Australia on Saturday.
Center Ngani Laumape grabbed a hat trick and flyhalf Richie Mo'unga scored his first test try among 22 points as a second-string All Blacks team overwhelmed Japan 69-31 Saturday in a one-off rugby test.
Manu Tuilagi was withdrawn by England after a minor groin strain in training and replaced in the reserves by Chris Ashton for the test against South Africa on Saturday at Twickenham.
Co-captain Owen Farrell is the starting flyhalf for England against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, forcing George Ford to the reserves.
Hooker Dane Coles will return to test rugby after a 12-month injury break on Saturday, lending experience to a New Zealand All Blacks squad containing eight uncapped players for the match against Japan in Tokyo.
Japan-based Adam Ashley-Cooper has been added to Australia's squad for tests against Wales, Italy and England next month, two years after his last international appearance.
New Zealand beat Australia 37-20 in the third Bledisloe Cup test in Yokohama on Saturday to sweep the three-match series, but the Wallabies gave some hope to teams which will face defending champion All Blacks in the World Cup in Japan next year.
Less than a year from the Rugby World Cup and at one of its prime venues, the New Zealand All Blacks and the Wallabies will meet in a Bledisloe Cup test which holds more importance than its so-called "dead rubber" status implies.
Damian McKenzie will start at fullback and T.J. Perenara at scrumhalf in a surprising All Blacks backline formation for Saturday's third Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Yokohama.
With the rugby World Cup less than a year away, Italy captain Sergio Parisse knows that the November tests have an added significance for everyone. The Azzurri travel to the United States to play Ireland in Chicago on Nov. 3, before returning to Italy for matches against Georgia, Australia and New Zealand.
Former Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will return to Super Rugby next season on a one-year contract with the Melbourne Rebels, saying he was "forced out" last year by the Queensland Reds.
Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is being targeted by a social media campaign from New Zealand to champion a Pacific Island Super Rugby franchise and ensure the future of the competition. The aim is to get thousands of rugby fans to tag Johnson across social media channels to get him to look at a proposal video set up to argue the case.
The Manu Sina 7’s team held their first trial at the Samoa Rugby Union fields to select a team for the Oceania Sevens in Fiji from November 9-10. Team Manager, Toluiva Keneti Alapati said 20 players have been selected from the local sevens competition this year.
The Mosman Junior Rugby club from Sydney, Australia, love Samoa. They are here for their eighth tour since 2010. Team Manager, Diana Kahui said they bring a different group every year and for this year they’ve only brought a small group.
Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.
He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cristiano Ronaldo denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.
The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa.
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