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  1. Sport - Rugby

    England end 16 years of heartbreak with World Cup victory

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 10:32am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris England crowned world champions England ended a run of three straight final defeats with a 21-9 victory over Canada to be crowned women’s World Cup champions. ... rugby family Emily Scarratt With abbreviated rugby sevens to make its Olympic debut for men and women at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 15-a-side final was perfect publicity for the sport’s world ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1575911/england-end-16-years-heartbreak-world-cup-victory
  2. Sport - Rugby

    Hosea Gear eyes World Cup in return to New Zealand to join the Chiefs

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:05pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Former All Blacks winger Hosea Gear is returning to New Zealand rugby next year with the Waikato Chiefs in an effort to break into Steve Hansen’s World Cup squad. The 30-year-old Gear was a late inclusion in the All Blacks’ 2011 World Cup squad after initially being considered one of the unlucky players to miss out and in his prime was a near certain selection ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1571620/hosea-gear-eyes-world-cup-return-new-zealand-join-chiefs
  3. Sport - Rugby

    Black Ferns eye fifth consecutive World Cup title

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 10:47am by AFP

    ... rugby is gaining popularity. It’s grown two or three times since the last World Cup four years ago IRB CEO Brett Gosper With one eye on the Rio Games, New Zealand’s Black Ferns boasts a number ... Rugby World Cup Sevens title in Moscow last year. Other versatile players include fly-half Kelly Brazier, back-rower Linda Itunu and utility back Selica Winiata, although try-scoring machine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1563273/black-ferns-eye-fifth-consecutive-world-cup-title
  4. Sport - Rugby

    Hong Kong’s World Cup dream shattered by Uruguay

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 09:03am

    ... Uruguay. Ill-discipline and a superior Uruguayan scrum combined to shatter Hong Kong’s World Cup dream with the South Americans advancing to the repechage final with a comfortable 28-3 victory ... play-off for the 2015 World Cup in England. Russia had earlier defeated Zimbabwe 23-15 in Krasnoyask, Siberia. The winner will become the 20th and last team and join pool A alongside Australia, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1565426/hong-kongs-world-cup-dream-shattered-uruguay
  5. Sport - Rugby

    Montevideo playing field a step too far from level

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 06:57pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... It’s a pity the International Rugby Board didn’t see fit to play the first stage of the 2015 World Cup repêchage on a home-and-away basis. It wasn’t a level playing field for either Hong ... was ranked higher and as such Uruguay and Russia – 19th and 20th in the world – laid claim to host status. The IRB must give aspiring teams the best chance of making their dreams come true It would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1567734/montevideo-playing-field-step-too-far-level
  6. Sport - Rugby

    We could beat Uruguay in Hong Kong: Dai Rees

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 09:36am by ALVIN SALLAY

    ... we can beat teams in the top 20." "That dream has died but we will regroup. We now just have to lick our wounds and start to rebuild towards Rugby World Cup 2019. I think our ... will regroup. We now just have to lick our wounds and start to rebuild towards Rugby World Cup 2019. I think our performance shows there is a lot we can build from,” said Rees. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/fifteens/article/1566004/we-could-beat-uruguay-hong-kong-says-dai-rees
  7. Sport - Rugby

    Andy Hall throws hat into ring for permanent coaching role

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 09:07pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... to see more photos from Hong Kong ’ s RWC qualifier against Uruguay. Andy Hall has put his hand up to continue as the national team head coach despite Hong Kong’s 2015 World Cup dream ending ... teams at Uruguay’s level Andy Hall Hong Kong lost 28-3 to Uruguay, ending their hopes of a first-ever appearance at a World Cup. Hall took over as head coach after his predecessor Leigh Jones ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/fifteens/article/1567108/andy-hall-throws-hat-ring-permanent-coaching-role
  8. Sport - Rugby

    Tourists run in six tries to overwhelm former Super Rugby champions

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 12:23am by Reuters

    ... Lancaster he was on the right track to build depth as he prepares for next year’s World Cup with a 38-7 victory over the seven-time Super Rugby champions Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch ... they would put in a performance that would make them proud and I thought they delivered that. “I keep coming back to the bigger picture and what we’re trying to do and get the squad ready for a World ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1535162/tourists-run-six-tries-overwhelm-former-super-rugby-champions

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