He was born in Italy, is the son of one of Australia's greatest rugby players, and is now set to play on the international stage for England.
Louis Lynagh was one of eight uncapped players called up to an enlarged training squad by England on Tuesday ahead of the team's November test matches against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia regained the Mandela Plate with a 30-17 win over World Cup champion South Africa on Saturday, giving Dave Rennie back-to-back test wins for the first time as Wallabies head coach.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Quade Cooper walked out of the gym in the wake of his man-of-the-match performance in Australia’s upset rugby win over South Africa and discovered hundreds of new messages on his phone with another wave of congratulations.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — After four years in the international rugby wilderness, Quade Cooper had to question himself before he stepped up to take the penalty that secured Australia's upset 28-26 win over World Cup champion South Africa after the full-time siren on Sunday.
GLENDALE, Colorado (AP) — The United States edged Canada in a two-leg Rugby World Cup qualifier by nine points after winning the second test 38-16 on Saturday with a hat trick of tries by flanker Hanco Germishuys.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — No. 8 Duane Vermeulen will return from injury to start for world champion South Africa but wing Cheslin Kolbe is out for the first of two back-to-back tests against Australia in the Rugby Championship on Sunday.
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) — Canada ended a 12-match winless streak against the United States by winning the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifying series 34-21 on Saturday.
The Canadians rallied from a 14-10 halftime deficit with three successive converted tries to lead 34-14 only to concede a late third try to the Americans.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Beauden Barrett will return to the No. 10 jersey in which he twice was voted the world’s best rugby player in the All Blacks team which will play Australia on Sunday in the third Bledisloe Cup test at Perth.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has announced that Ian Foster will remain All Blacks head coach through to the 2023 World Cup.
Foster, previously an All Blacks assistant coach under Steve Hansen, succeeded Hansen as head coach after the 2019 World Cup in Japan and initially was appointed through 2021.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Rugby World Cup winner Toutai Kefu is slowly recovering after he and other members of his family were seriously injured during an armed home invasion.
The 47-year-old Kefu, who won the 1999 Rugby World Cup and played 60 test matches in the forward pack for Australia, has been head coach of Tonga’s national team since 2016.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Rugby World Cup winner Toutai Kefu is recovering in a hospital after surgery for abdominal injuries he sustained during a break-in at his home.
The 47-year-old Kefu, who won the 1999 Rugby World Cup and played 60 test matches for Australia, has been head coach of Tonga’s national team since 2016.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Rugby World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen joined South Africa on Sunday and will be assessed to determine his availability for the decisive final test against the British and Irish Lions next weekend.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tonga struggled to assemble a team but still beat the Cook Islands 54-10 on Saturday in a qualifying match for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
With its Europe-based players unavailable, Tonga used 17 new caps in tests against New Zealand and Samoa this month, then named six more in its lineup to play the Cook Islands in Saturday’s Oceania qualifier at Pukekohe, south of Auckland.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus will continue as their water carrier against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday in the first test.
South Africa assistant coach Mzwandile Stick confirmed the decision on Friday, which was sure to ruffle the Lions.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — After months of uncertainty and misgivings, the business end of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa gets underway with the opening test against the Springboks on Saturday.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi has recovered from COVID-19 and will lead South Africa in the first test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday at Cape Town Stadium.
Pool A: New Zealand, France, Italy, Americas 1, Africa 1
Pool B: South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Asia-Pacific 1, Europe 2
Pool C: Wales, Australia, Fiji, Europe 1, Repechage winner
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa will bring its flair and giant-killing ability to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France after beating Tonga 37-15 on Saturday and sweeping their their two-match qualifying series.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa organized an extra game for its squad to prepare for the British and Irish Lions test series, meaning there will be back-to-back matches at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday in yet another tweak to a tour that's been regularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Eleven members of the Springboks' Rugby World Cup-winning squad have been selected to start for South Africa A against the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town on Wednesday, giving the tour game the feel of a test before the series begins.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Center Henry Taefu scored a try among 20 points as Samoa beat Tonga 42-13 on Saturday in the first match of a two-leg Rugby World Cup qualifying series.
Taefu, who plays for the Perth-based Western Force in Super Rugby Australia, kicked two penalties to give Samoa a 6-3 lead at the end of a physical first half.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — In the dark days of his rehab last year, confined to home with his parents in lockdown, Owen Lane decided he wasn't going to change the way he plays.
His attitude paid off when he was picked by Wales to start on the wing against Argentina on Saturday at Principality Stadium.
LONDON (AP) — No. 8 Alex Dombrandt has impressed England coach Eddie Jones with how far he's come.
Dombrandt was in Jones' training squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, scoring two tries in a non-cap match against the Barbarians, and will finally make a capped England debut on Saturday against Canada at Twickenham.
DUBLIN (AP) — A preview of Ireland's shadow squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup could be on show when it tackles the United States on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.
There's eight uncapped players -- four of them starters -- in a young and powerful lineup that coach Andy Farrell has high hopes for.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — For six days, fit, strong Olympians hurled themselves at each other and at the try line in short, sharp bursts.
Australian gold. A sideline marriage proposal from a venue staffer to a player on the Brazilian team (she said ‘yes’).
LONDON (AP) — England accounted for the United States 43-29 at Twickenham on Sunday with a messy finish after a brilliant start.
England had the expected win in hand after 30 minutes when it led 26-3, but the Eagles, in their first test since the 2019 Rugby World Cup, improved quickly, and outscored the home side 26-17 in an entertaining second half featuring skimpy defense.
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland edged a thrilling back-and-forth match with Japan 39-31 before 3,000 entertained fans at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
The lead changed five times alone in a breathless first half that Ireland finished 19-17 ahead.
LONDON (AP) — England’s new pack has been urged to begin restoring its reputation, starting on Sunday against the United States at Twickenham.
Even with five in the pack making their debut among eight newcomers in the XV and 12 overall in the matchday 23, the forwards have been compelled by coach Eddie Jones to make a statement in England’s first outing since finishing an embarrassing fifth in the Six Nations.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa was predictably slow to get going in its first test in nearly two years before the world champion stretched away in the second half to beat Georgia 40-9 on Friday in a warmup for the British and Irish Lions series.
DUBLIN (AP) — Joey Carbery has been given a chance to re-establish himself as Jonathan Sexton's heir apparent with a start as Ireland's flyhalf against Japan in their test on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales doesn't know much about the Canada team it faces on Saturday at Principality Stadium. It knows a lot about its coaches though.
Canada coach Kingsley Jones and assistant Rob Howley are former Wales teammates and captains.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa will start new caps Rosko Specman and Aphelele Fassi on the wings against Georgia on Friday in the Springboks' first test since winning the Rugby World Cup in November 2019.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Japan has been spouting fighting words before facing the British and Irish Lions for the first time on Saturday at Murrayfield.
Japan was lined up to give the Lions a warmup for their eight-match, three-test tour of South Africa, for which they depart on Sunday.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Morne Steyn may get a second chance to break the hearts of the British and Irish Lions.
South Africa recalled the 36-year-old flyhalf on Saturday to a 46-man initial squad for the Lions series, 12 years after his last-gasp penalty won an epic 2009 contest between the teams.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan will face the British and Irish Lions at Edinburgh next month with a squad including 19 players who helped it to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Head coach Jamie Joseph on Monday announced a 36-man squad to play a warm-up up match against former Super Rugby team the Sunwolves on June 12 before facing the Lions at Murrayfield in Scotland on June 26 and Ireland at Dublin on July 3.
SYDNEY (AP) — Flyhalf James O'Connor has signed a new two-year contract to remain with the Wallabies and the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby.
Rugby Australia said Friday that the 30-year-old O'Connor will remain with the Wallabies until the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia has launched its bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup, aiming to bring the sport's showcase event to the country for the third time.
Australia co-hosted the inaugural World Cup with New Zealand in 1987 and was sole host of the 2003 tournament, when the Wallabies were beaten by England in the final of the event held every four years.
ROME (AP) — Former New Zealand international Kieran Crowley was hired as Italy rugby coach on Wednesday, replacing Franco Smith.
Crowley has been coach at Italian club Benetton since 2016. He coached at international level with Canada from 2008-16.
The final of Japan’s Top League club competition on Sunday will mark the end of one of world rugby’s most distinguished and influential recent playing careers.
Japan winger Kenki Fukuoka will retire after the final between his Panasonic Wild Knights and Suntory Sungoliath, ending his playing career at its zenith to pursue a career as a doctor.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks captain and two-time World Cup winner Kieran Read has announced his retirement from professional rugby aged 35.
Read made the announcement Saturday, before his Toyota Verblitz team was beaten by the Panasonic Wild Knights in the semifinals of Japan’s Top League.
LONDON (AP) — While the cream of Britain's and Ireland's rugby players are in South Africa, their national teammates will have tests of their own in the July window.
England, Wales, and Ireland could have crowds in attendance, while Scotland is going to Romania and Georgia in a schedule forged by World Rugby after the test windows last June and November were canceled.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The Springboks will finally get to play as world champions nearly two years on from winning the Rugby World Cup after announcing on Monday two home tests against Georgia in July to prepare for the series against the British and Irish Lions...
PARIS (AP) — France will play rugby tests in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on a tour of Australia in July, the French Rugby Federation said Thursday.
Seven years after last playing in Australia, Les Tricolores will take on the Wallabies on July 7 at Sydney Cricket Ground; at Melbourne's AAMI Park on July 13 and four days later at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium...
The world’s oldest international rugby championship is set to be modernized in the coming days, with private equity investment potentially propelling the Six Nations into uncharted territory in terms of widespread exposure and broadcasting deals worldwide...
Just when South Africa needs inspiring again, Siya Kolisi is drawing on the sense of national unity that last year's Rugby World Cup triumph was forged on...
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Siya Kolisi grabbed the Webb Ellis Cup, gave it a kiss and hoisted it high as fireworks exploded and his teammates — black and white — rejoiced behind him...
TOKYO (AP) — Britain's Royal Family is getting excited about England's appearance in the Rugby World Cup final — even its most recent arrival...
TOKYO (AP) — Three years into his second stint living in Japan, Peter Musgrave takes his young son to a park in central Tokyo and sees people throwing around a rugby ball.
"It's chalk and cheese to when I first lived here," the 40-year-old Musgrave says.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Two years ago, the Springboks had plunged to one of the lowest points in their proud history and their current coach was working in club rugby in Ireland.
Next weekend, they will be playing in the Rugby World Cup final.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the Rugby World Cup (all times local):
Warren Gatland's last game in charge of Wales will be against his native New Zealand. He started the job with a game against England and wanted to finish off against the same rival — in the Rugby World Cup final.