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Rugby Union

England seek to win physical battle over South Africa

England coach Stuart Lancaster has told his side they must win the "breakdown battle" if they are to overcome South Africa at Twickenham today.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 3:06am

All Blacks go to Cardiff knowing Wales will up game

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named his strongest starting line-up for tomorrow's one-off test against Wales, restoring skipper Richie McCaw and star flyhalf Dan Carter to the side.

22 Nov 2012 - 11:43pm

Poor planning cost England, Woodward says

The last thing Stuart Lancaster must have needed as he digested a Twickenham defeat at the hands of Australia was a withering analysis of his coaching approach, but predecessor Clive Woodward was not about to let that hold him back.

19 Nov 2012 - 11:30am

New Zealand up next for Wales after Samoa loss

Wales interim coach Rob Howley insists the prospect of facing world champions New Zealand, made slightly less daunting by the return of Warren Gatland, can lift the gloom hanging over his team after their 26-19 loss to Samoa.

Wales may have won the Six Nations and the grand slam this year but are veering towards cri sis point after Samoa subjected them to a fifth straight defeat.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Special honour for former Hong Kong international

With all the craftiness of a front-rower needling his counterpart under the referee's eye, Dave Lewis lets slip he holds a record no other player in Hong Kong can boast of - never losing an international sevens match.

"I have an unbeaten record at sevens, something which even the best Hong Kong players like Rowan Varty or Keith Robertson cannot claim," says Lewis gleefully.

18 Nov 2012 - 1:50am

Italy defiant ahead of contest with Rugby Union powerhouse All Blacks

New Zealand have made sweeping changes to the side that beat Scotland 51-22 last week, but what some may see as a charitable move has not been designed to give the hosts a fighting chance in Rome.

17 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

Australia coach Robbie Deans gets mixed reviews ahead of England clash

Robbie Deans has been a divisive figure in Australian rugby ever since the New Zealander was appointed to coach the Wallabies four years ago. And heading into today's Cook Cup clash with England at Twickenham, Australia greats David Campese and Michael Lynagh are in deep disagreement about the former All Blacks full-back's merits.

17 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

No divided loyalties for Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper insists he won't have any concerns about divided loyalties when Australia play England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The 21-year-old is set to continue at open-side flanker in the absence of back-row star David Pocock, who has been ruled out of the Cook Cup match with a calf injury.

15 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Frenchman Yannick Nyanga makes teary return to national rugby team

Yannick Nyanga sobbing prior to France's 33-6 demolition of Australia last Saturday reflected how much it meant to the flanker to be playing for France again after a five-year hiatus.

15 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Hong Kong face Rugby World Cup qualifying test run in Dubai

Hong Kong will take on two of the best tier-three nations in the world, Belgium and Zimbabwe, in the Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations next month in Dubai in what is really a test of their ability to win a repechage match and qualify for the 2015 World Cup (15-a-side).

14 Nov 2012 - 1:12am