Sam Burgess was selected in England’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup on Thursday after playing just one international match since his cross-code switch from rugby league 10 months ago.
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Watch highlights from both days of the Hong Kong leg of the 2015 Asia Rugby U20 Sevens Series which was staged over two weekends at the U20s Johor Sevens in Malaysia (August 15-16) and at King’s Park in Hong Kong (August 21-22).
Australia’s Sekope Kepu reacts after scoring a try against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday during their Rugby Championship test match, which was also the first round of the Bledisloe Cup. The Wallabies beat the All Blacks 27-19 to win the southern hemisphere title and grab bragging rights ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Photo: EPA
Argentina celebrate their first-ever win over South Africa in the final round of the Rugby Championship in Durban on Saturday. The Pumas scored four tries to the Springboks’ three and emerged 37-25 victors. Photo: EPA
Utility back Kurtley Beale of Australia is tackled by New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Photo: EPA
South Africa’s Handre Pollard is tackled from behind by Argentina’s Tomás Cubelli (bottom) and Leonardo Senatore at Kings Park in Durban. Photo: AP
Heinrich Bruessow (left) gets his weight behind Springboks team-mate Schalk Burger as he is tackled by Juan Manuel Leguizamón of Argentina. Photo: EPA
Wallabies wing Adam Ashley-Cooper crosses over to score a try against the All Blacks during their Rugby Championship test match on Saturday. Photo: EPA
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw, playing his world-record equalling 141st test match, ponders how his team can turn things around against the Wallabies. Photo: EPA
Pumas scrum-half Tomás Cubelli distributes quick ball as Argentina close in on their first-ever victory over South Africa’s Springboks. Photo: EPA
New Zealand’s Conrad Smith bleeds for his country as the All Blacks await the trophy presentation following their Rugby Championship match against Australia. Photo: AP
Springboks wing Jesse Kriel is tackled by Argentina’s Lucas González Amorosino (right) and Horacio Agulla at Durban’s Kings Park on Saturday. Photo: AP
Beaten All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (right) congratulates victorious Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore following their Rugby Championship-Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Tomás Lavanini prepares to offload to a Pumas team-mate during the match against South Africa. Photo: AFP