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England bring in Harrison for injured Haskell

Back-rower Teimana Harrison was the only change in the England team named Thursday for the third and final Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday. The Northampton Saints flanker replaced James Haskell, who suffered a foot injury in the Six Nations champions’ 23-7 series-clinching win over the Wallabies in Melbourne last weekend. Coach Eddie Jones…

British rugby league teenager dies after hurt in game

A youth team player for British rugby league side Huddersfield Giants has died in hospital after being hurt during a match. Ronan Costello had been on a life-support machine since being airlifted to hospital from an under-19s game he was playing against Salford on Saturday. The match was abandoned when the 17-year-old Costello was hurt….

Referee Owens to beat test match record

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will set a new test record on Saturday when he officiates an international match for the 71st time, World Rugby said on Wednesday. The 44-year-old will take charge of the Pacific nations Cup match between hosts Fiji and Tonga in Suva. Owens, who is openly gay, began his international refereeing career…

Thousands greet victorious Fiji, Olympics up next

Fiji’s victorious Sevens World Series team arrived home to a rapturous reception Wednesday but captain Osea Kolinisau said there was little time to savour the win as they prepare to chase Olympic gold. Thousands of supporters lined Suva’s waterfront to congratulate the Flying Fijians after they defended their world series title earlier this month in…

Ellis factor vital for table-topping Crusaders

Super Rugby leaders Canterbury Crusaders are raring to give retiring Andy Ellis a “memorable night” when the popular scrum-half makes his 150th appearance in their trans-Tasman showdown against the NSW Waratahs on Friday. Round 13 sees the cream of New Zealand and Australia square off in Christchurch while South Africa’s headliners, the Coastal Stormers and…

Cult star Goromaru set for Toulon move

Japanese World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru is expected to join French side Toulon next season, reports said on Tuesday, following a low-key stint with the Queensland Reds. The fullback, who is known for his distinctive goal-kicking stance and has a huge following in Japan, will likely play in the French Top 14 from August, the…

Seven-star Farrell leads Saracens past Carter’s Racing

Owen Farrell kicked seven penalties to help Saracens rain on Dan Carter’s parade by beating Racing 21-9 to win the European Champions Cup on Saturday. A teak-tough defence and astute kicking game, aided by Farrell’s trusty boot, were key for what turned out to be a comfortable victory at Lyon’s Grand Stade although the game…

Highlanders beat Crusaders 34-26 in Super Rugby

Winger Waisake Naholo and center Matt Faddes scored two tries each as the Highlanders took a bonus point from a 34-26 win over the Crusaders in Super Rugby on Friday. Faddes was one of the main architects of the victory, repeatedly splitting the Crusaders’ midfield defense to score or create opportunities for Naholo, who has…

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