CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Rugby is trialing new laws banning certain officials from acting as on-field water carriers in a move viewed as a direct response to the contentious tactics of South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa rugby player Elton Jantjies was charged Monday with malicious damage to property and contravening aviation laws after allegedly breaking a TV screen and swearing at fellow passengers and crew members on a flight home from a vacation in Turkey, prosecutors said.
SYDNEY (AP) — Trent Barrett quit as Canterbury’s head coach less than halfway through Australia’s National Rugby League season after the Bulldogs slumped to last place in the standings.
Canterbury issued a brief statement Monday to announce Barrett’s departure three days after a 16-6 loss to Newcastle, the team’s eighth loss in 10 games this season.
A clean sweep by New Zealand teams in the important 13th round of Super Rugby Pacific appears an ill omen for their Australian rivals with the playoffs now only three weeks away.
The round saw the first clashes this season of the top Australian and New Zealand teams and results may have dampened confidence in Australia after their early successes in trans-Tasman matches.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Replacement prop Ollie Norris scored a try in the final minute to give the Chiefs a 33-30 win over the Melbourne Rebels on Sunday and complete a clean sweep of New Zealand teams over Australia rivals in round 13 of Super Rugby Pacific.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Bryce Heem scored two tries as a first-half replacement and winger Caleb Clarke added two more as the Auckland-based Blues beat the Queensland Reds 53-26 on Saturday to stay atop the table in Super Rugby Pacific.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders took advantage of an injury-depleted ACT side to beat the Brumbies 37-26 in a Super Rugby Pacific match on Friday.
It was the 11th straight win by the Crusaders over the Canberra-based Brumbies.
The United States has landed another World Cup.
Before you start celebrating or making travel plans, a couple of caveats:
NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Two Norwich University students have pleaded not guilty to charges related to a hazing investigation involving the women's rugby team at the private military college.
One 22-year-old student pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of simple assault and another student pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment on Thursday, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reported.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The excitement level Down Under of having two Rugby World Cup tournaments tossed their way — the men in 2027 and the women two years later — was sort of lost on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.
Rugby’s biggest tournament is finally heading to the United States.
Now comes the hard part for the sport’s leadership: Generating enough interest and sustainability to secure the sport's place in a crowded U.S.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The marquee meeting of the Crusaders and Brumbies in Super Rugby Pacific on Friday may be a test of the popularity and durability of the tournament as much as the respective strength of two potential champions.
With the full support of the White House, an American bid to stage the men's and women's Rugby World Cups is expected to receive the green light on Thursday as the sport looks to break new ground.
World Rugby, the sport's governing body, will announce the host nations for the men's and women's World Cups for the period 2025-2033, a total of five tournaments.
MONTAUBAN, France (AP) — Samoan rugby player Kelly Meafua has died after falling off a bridge in southwestern France, his club said.
Montauban, a club in France's second division, said in a statement over the weekend that the 31-year-old player died in the early hours of Saturday after a fall in the Tarn river.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The ACT Brumbies again have proved they are the biggest hope of an Australian victory and the largest obstacle to New Zealand success in Super Rugby Pacific this season.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fullback Josh Moorby scored three tries and winger Wes Goosen two as the Wellington-based Hurricanes beat the Fijian Drua 67-5 on Sunday in a match which saw three notable debuts in Super Rugby Pacific.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — The ACT Brumbies enhanced their image as a potential championship-winning team when they beat the Hamilton-based Chiefs 38-21 on Saturday in Super Rugby Pacific.
The Brumbies have now won three straight matches against New Zealand teams but made their loudest statement by becoming only the second Australian team in nine years to beat the Chiefs at home.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Shocked into action after conceding two tries in the first five minutes, the Auckland-based Blues scored 11 tries of their own Friday to overwhelm the Melbourne Rebels 71-28 in Super Rugby Pacific.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Crusaders have grappled for the past week with the causes of a form slump which has damaged their title chances in Super Rugby Pacific.
The 12-time champions began their slide down the standings three weeks ago with a loss to the Auckland-based Blues in a match between the top-ranked teams in New Zealand.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Michael Leitch led Japan to key victories at the last two rugby World Cups. The next World Cup is in 2023 in France, and Leitch has a message: Don't overlook Japan.
In 2015, Japan defeated South Africa in the English seaside town of Brighton, which lives on as the “Brighton Miracle." In 2019, its group-stage wins over Ireland and Scotland carried it to the quarterfinals and brought rugby into the daylight in Japan.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne Rebels center Ray Nu’u is set to miss the rest of the Super Rugby Pacific regular season after receiving his second lengthy suspension for a dangerous tackle.
He was red carded in the 79th minute for a high shot on ex-Australia international Christian Leali’ifano in the Rebels' 26-22 win over tournament newcomer Moana Pasifika on Saturday.
LANGFORD, British Columbia (AP) — Lily Dick finished off a late, long-range attacking raid as Australia rallied to beat New Zealand 21-17 in the final of the World Rugby Sevens Series women’s event in Canada on Sunday and continue its dominance of the season.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will meet in a mid-week Bledisloe Cup test for the first time in almost three decades when the Wallabies host the All Blacks on Sept. 15 in Melbourne.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs produced the biggest shock of the season in Super Rugby Pacific Saturday when they beat the Crusaders 24-21 in Sydney. No-one saw it coming but the Waratahs themselves.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The ACT Brumbies scored three tries from set pieces in a 10-minute spell in the second half Sunday to set up a 42-25 win over the Wellington-based Hurricanes in Super Rugby Pacific.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Dunedin-based Highlanders spoiled the Fijian Drua’s homecoming in Super Rugby Pacific on Saturday, rallying from 21-10 down to win 27-24 in the Drua’s first-ever home match in the capital Suva.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Chiefs held on to pip the Queensland Reds 27-25 for their third win in a row in Super Rugby Pacific on Friday.
It was 13-13 at halftime before tries to Cortez Ratima and Samisoni Taukei’aho put the Chiefs into a commanding position.
MADRID (AP) — The president of the Spanish rugby federation will resign from his job after the national team lost its place at next year's Rugby World Cup for fielding an ineligible player.
Alfonso Feijoo said Friday he would step down when the appeal process is completed.
MADRID (AP) — Spain will not play at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France because it used an ineligible player in qualifying, World Rugby and the Spanish rugby federation said Thursday.
The federation said World Rugby has decided to sanction Spain with a fine and the loss of five points for each match it played with South Africa-born front-rower Gavin van der Berg on the team.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Moana Pasifika faces an uncertain finish to its inaugural season in Super Rugby Pacific after its schedule was disrupted for the fourth time last weekend because of a postponement caused by COVID-19.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand All Blacks head coach Ian Foster expects the flurry of red cards seen in Super Rugby to continue in test matches this season and says his players will have to learn and modify their technique to avoid the sport's maximum on-field sanction.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will host the U.S., Canada and Australia in the Pacific Four series in June as part of preparations for the women’s Rugby World Cup which kicks off in October.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand-based teams again out-performed Australian opponents during the first “Super Weekend” of trans-Tasman matches in Super Rugby Pacific.
The ACT Brumbies beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders 28-17 Sunday to post the only win by an Australian team over a Kiwi rival in five matches over three days at Melbourne’s AAMI Stadium.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Flyhalf Noah Lolesio returned from injury to score a try among a career-best 18 points as the ACT Brumbies beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders 28-17 Sunday to give an Australian team a rare win over a New Zealand rival in Super Rugby.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Winger A.J. Lam scored two tries as the Auckland-based Blues overcame a stern challenge from the Fijian Drua to win 35-18 in the second trans-Tasman match Saturday in Super Rugby Pacific.
HOUSTON (AP) — Pedrie Wannenburg, a former South Africa rugby player, died after his car was struck by a teenage driver who was fleeing from police outside Houston. He was 41.
South Africa Rugby announced Wannenburg's death on Saturday and said he “represented his country with aplomb" during his 20 test matches with the Springboks from 2002-07.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Three Norwich University students are facing criminal charges and others are being ticketed for hazing after an investigation into allegations of branding and waterboarding involving the women's rugby team at the private military college, Northfield police said Friday.
LONDON (AP) — The team which earned promotion to the top division of English rugby will not be able to take up its place because its stadium isn't big enough.
Ealing Trailfinders was told by the Rugby Football Union that because its ground fell below the required capacity of 10,001, the club did not meet the minimum standards to be promoted to the Premiership.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The first match of the season between New Zealand and Australian teams in the Super Rugby Pacific tournament was a convincing win for the Kiwis.
The Chiefs beat the New South Wales Waratahs 51-27 on Friday at Melbourne in the first match of the so-called Super Round when all five matches will be played in the Victorian state capital.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Hamilton-based Chiefs and New South Wales Waratahs meet Friday in the first trans-Tasman match in Super Rugby Pacific, kicking off a new phase of the competition and measuring the relative strength of the Australian and New Zealand franchises.
DUBLIN (AP) — Six Nations champion France will begin its title defense at the 2023 tournament by playing Italy in Rome before facing Ireland the following weekend in Dublin.
The schedule was announced Wednesday and again features the Calcutta Cup in the first round with Scotland visiting Twickenham looking for a third straight victory over England.
VANCOUVER. British Columbia (AP) — Argentina claimed its first title in the World Rugby Seven Series in 14 years Sunday when it beat Olympic champion Fiji 29-10 in the final of the Vancouver Sevens.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Rugby sevens world series leader South Africa again signaled it is the team to beat, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Vancouver Sevens after winning its three pool games on Saturday.
The Auckland-based Blues sit atop the table as Super Rugby Pacific moves into a new phase of matches between Australian and New Zealand teams.
A 27-23 win over the Crusaders on Saturday lifted the Blues ahead of the ACT Brumbies into first place and ended an 18-year losing streak in Christchurch.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Center Alex Nankivell and winger Etene Nanai-Seturo scored two tries each, combining for one brilliant touchdown as the Hamilton-based Chiefs beat Moana Pasifika 45-12 Saturday in Super Rugby Pacific.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues hung on to beat the 14-man Crusaders 27-23 in a match between the top-ranked New Zealand teams in Super Rugby Pacific on Friday, claiming their first win in Christchurch in 18 years.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The rivalry between the ACT Brumbies and Queensland Reds for supremacy among Australian teams in Super Rugby Pacific has been made more intense by competition between the team’s head coaches for the Wallabies head coaching role which will become vacant after next year’s World Cup.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Hurricanes scored eight tries to two to overrun Moana Pasifika 53-12 in a catch-up match in Super Rugby Pacific on Tuesday.
Moana Pasifika had three early matches postponed due to COVID-19 and have twice had to play three matches in eight days to make up.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Wallabies prop James Slipper has celebrated his 150th match for the ACT Brumbies in a 33-17 win over the Fijian Drua in Super Rugby Pacific.
The win was the Brumbies’ seventh in eight matches this season and left them atop the championship table with only one round remaining before cross-border matches begin between Australian and New Zealand teams.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Crusaders clung to a three-point lead for 33 minutes to beat the Hurricanes 24-21 Saturday in a match of seven lead changes in Super Rugby Pacific.
Elsewhere, leaders ACT Brumbies powered past the Fijian Drua 33-12 while the Blues crushed the Chiefs 25-0.