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Jones Not Guaranteed Of Keeping Job For World Cup – Cosslett

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England head coach Eddie Jones is not guaranteed to keep his job for next year’s World Cup in Japan despite having the support of the Rugby Football Union, RFU chairman Andy Cosslett has said. Jones, who has been criticised for his management style and a rigid game-plan, oversaw a 25-10 consolation victory in the three-test…

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Australia Bolster Lineout For Third Ireland Test

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SYDNEY- Australia coach Michael Cheika has bolstered his lineout with the selection of Lukhan Tui at blindside flanker for the series-deciding third test against Ireland in Sydney on Saturday. The inclusion of Tui, who has played three of his six tests at lock, sees David Pocock shift from the number six jersey back to number…

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Ireland Beef Up Loose Forward Trio For Series Decider

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SYDNEY- Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has shifted captain Peter O’Mahony from blindside to openside flanker for the series-deciding third test against Australia and made five personnel changes to the starting side that won the second match in Melbourne. O’Mahony’s move to the number seven jersey has allowed Schmidt to bring in Leinster number eight Jack…

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Ireland Team To Play Australia In Second Test

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MELBOURNE- Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named the following side to face Australia in the second match of their three-test series in Melbourne on Saturday: Team: 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Andrew Conway, 13-Garry Ringrose, 12-Robbie Henshaw, 11-Keith Earls, 10-Johnny Sexton, 9-Conor Murray; 8-CJ Stander, 7-Dan Leavy, 6-Peter O’Mahony, 5-James Ryan, 4-Devin Toner, 3-Tadhg Furlong, 2-Niall Scanell, 1-Cian…

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Australia Team To Play Ireland In Second Test

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MELBOURNE- Australia coach Michael Cheika named the following side on Thursday to face Ireland in the second match of their three-test series in Melbourne on Saturday: Team: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Dane Haylett-Petty, 13-Samu Kerevi, 12-Kurtley Beale, 11-Marika Koroibete, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Will Genia, 8-Caleb Timu, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-David Pocock, 5-Adam Coleman, 4-Izack Rodda, 3-Sekope Kepu, 2-Brandon…

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Retallick Out Of France Series With Broken Bone

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WELLINGTON- All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has been ruled out of the test series against France after breaking a bone in his chest, coach Steve Hansen said on Thursday. Retallick had already been ruled out of the first test of the three-match series at Eden Park on Saturday with what was initially thought to be…

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England’s Hales Targets Red-Ball Return Next Year

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England opener Alex Hales has not closed the door on his red-ball career and plans to return to the longer format of the game after next year’s 50-over World Cup. In February, Hales opted to focus on limited-overs cricket for his county side Nottinghamshire, leading England coach Trevor Bayliss to suggest that the current congested…

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Jones Defends England Training Style As Injuries Mount

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England coach Eddie Jones has responded to Bath owner Bruce Craig’s criticism of his training methods by saying that a high-intensity regimen is required to prepare players for international matches. Bath prop Beno Obano suffered ligament and hamstring tendon damage in England’s training camp at Brighton earlier this month, taking the number of players from…

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New Zealand Set To Dump Eden Park For New Auckland Venue

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AUCKLAND – Auckland’s Eden Park may not host another test match with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) pondering the use of a redeveloped Western Springs Stadium as an alternative venue in the country’s most populous city. Hiring the multi-purpose Eden Park posed a serious financial challenge to NZC, which is not considering the stadium for any…

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Saracens’ Vunipola Suffers Fresh Injury Setback

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England and Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola has suffered a fresh injury setback after he pulled up with a hamstring problem during a training session, the Premiership team’s director of rugby Mark McCall has said. Vunipola, who missed England’s Six Nations campaign after missing four months with a broken arm, had only returned to action…

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ARC 2018: First Step For Malaysia Towards 2019 World Cup

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia have the potential to play in the 2019 Rugby World Cup for the first time and the journey begins this Saturday when the national 15-aside squad start their Asian Rugby Championship (ARC) 2018 campaign at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The championship involved three countries namely Malaysia, world no. 22…

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2019 Rugby World Cup Organisers Told To Hasten Preparations

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ORGANISERS of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan have not made sufficient progress in key areas and must pick up the pace of preparations, Tournament Director Alan Gilpin has said. With Asia’s first Rugby World Cup just two years away, Gilpin expressed his concerns after a third round of tournament review meetings this year…

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Exciting Rugby Action In Store For Malaysians

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Cobra Rugby 10s tournament showcasing international teams will be held on Nov 10 and 11 this year to give Malaysians an opportunity to watch spectacular rugby action live at their own backyard. Cobra Rugby Club president Lt. Col (Rtd) Tommy Pereira said top clubs from rugby playing nations have been invited…

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Malaysia Streghten Grip At Top Of 2017 ARC Chart

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IPOH – The national team secured its position at the top of the Division 1 Asian Rugby Championship (ARC) chart after trouncing the Philippines 40-8 at the second match here today. Despite not having the services of its three main players due to serious injuries, the squad under coach Lee Yuk Fah did not allow…

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New Zealand Rugby Legend Jonah Lomu Dies Aged 40

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NEW Zealand rugby great, Jonah Lomu, died on Tuesday at the age of 40, according to multiple reports. Lomu played for the country from 1994 to 2002, but was forced to step away from the game when he was diagnosed with a serious kidney condition, BBC reports. He received a transplant in 2004, but the kidney…

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National Rugby Squad Eyes Bronze Medal At 2014 Asian Games

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KUALA LUMPUR – National rugby player, Muhammad Faridzal Ismail hopes the national squad to at least win the bronze medal at 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, starting on Sept 19. The Merlimau polytechnic student admitted Malaysia would have a tough time to get win the top two spots with the presence of Asian…

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