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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia has named an unchanged 23 for the second rugby test against Ireland after winning the first match 18-9 last weekend in Brisbane.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
Sweden got the break it needed from the video review system, and team captain Andreas Granqvist didn't waste the chance.
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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