WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Monday marked the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a public holiday, a moment of silence and an official memorial service.
The South Pacific nation is among 14 outside of the United Kingdom that continue to recognize the British monarch as their symbolic head of state.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa scored five tries in a 38-21 win over a stubborn Argentina that wasn't enough to wrestle the Rugby Championship title away from New Zealand in the final game on Saturday.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand won the Rugby Championship on Saturday when its big win over Australia wasn't matched by South Africa eight hours later.
The All Blacks thumped Australia 40-14 at Eden Park, extending their winning streak at the Auckland stadium into a 29th year and putting a hand on the Rugby Championship trophy.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The winner of the Rugby Championship will be decided Saturday in matches played 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) and nine hours apart in Auckland, New Zealand and Durban, South Africa.
For the Springboks, a shot at the title. For the Pumas, a shot at their own piece of history.
South Africa has a chance of stealing the Rugby Championship in the final game of an ultra-tight tournament against Argentina on Saturday, although it'll likely require way more than just a regulation win for the Boks in Durban.
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe added another fine solo goal to his collection and Olivier Giroud moved closer to France's scoring record as the defending World Cup champions beat Austria 2-0 in the Nations League on Thursday.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Veteran outside backs Matias Moroni and Juan Imhoff will start for Argentina against South Africa in the last match of the Rugby Championship on Saturday.
Moroni came off the bench and scored a late try for the Pumas last weekend in Buenos Aires, where they rallied to trail 22-20 but lost 36-20.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The All Blacks and Wallabies have been forced to reshuffle their lineups for Saturday's return Bledisloe Cup test in Auckland which could decide the outcome of this season's Rugby Championship.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia rugby lock Darcy Swain has been suspended for six weeks for reckless play during an incident which left New Zealand midfielder Quinn Tupaea with a serious knee injury.
Tupaea sustained a ruptured medial cruciate ligament and a partial anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee after Swain entered a ruck and made firm contact with the All Black’s outstretched leg during last week's 39-37 Australia loss to New Zealand at Melbourne.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A military exercise in Fiji involving the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand ends this week as the traditional allies counter China’s growing influence in the region.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A blast from the past will be on the bench for Australia when the World Cup-bound Socceroos take on New Zealand in a friendly on Thursday — former coach Guus Hiddink.
Hiddink will act as head coach Graham Arnold’s assistant for the match in Brisbane in a role reversal of the side’s journey to the final 16 at the World Cup in Germany in 2006, when Australia lost to eventual champions Italy 1-0.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa was forced to select 35-year-old veteran Frans Steyn at flyhalf on Tuesday for the decisive final game of the Rugby Championship against Argentina.
The Springboks were already missing their top two No.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — South Africa emerged from Buenos Aires as New Zealand's main rival for the Rugby Championship after Argentina was beaten by a comfortable-in-the-end 36-20 on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The death of Queen Elizabeth II last week has reignited debate in New Zealand about whether it should continue recognizing Britain's monarch as its symbolic head of state or take the final step toward independence by becoming a republic.
It was a controversial ending to perhaps end debate over all previous controversial endings in a rugby test.
The Rugby Championship game between Australia and New Zealand at Melbourne on Thursday finished with the All Blacks eking out a 39-37 win to secure the Bledisloe Cup for a 20th consecutive year.
Argentina and South Africa don't have a choice on Saturday.
To stay in the Rugby Championship race with New Zealand, the Pumas or Springboks must sweep both of their contests over the next two Saturdays, with the added burden of bonus points.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jordie Barrett's try after the fulltime siren following a contentious refereeing decision gave New Zealand a dramatic 39-37 win over Australia on Thursday and the Bledisloe Cup for a 20th consecutive year.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's lineup to face South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday was closer to the side which beat New Zealand than the one which lost to the All Blacks.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A woman was arrested in South Korea on Thursday on two murder charges from New Zealand, where the bodies of two long-dead children were found last month in abandoned suitcases, authorities said.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Pace bowler Mitchell Starc and allrounders Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis withdrew Wednesday from Australia’s tour to India because of injuries and will instead prepare at home for the Twenty20 World Cup title defense.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For all the woe surrounding New Zealand’s unprecedented losses in 2022, it could take just one win over long-time foe Australia to start turning perceptions of the All Blacks around.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia coach Graham Arnold has drafted in eight fresh players and welcomed Mitch Langerak’s decision to come out of retirement and join fellow goalkeepers Mat Ryan and Andrew Redmayne in a 31-player squad for the Socceroos’ World Cup warmup games against New Zealand.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bernard Foley has been recalled for his first test since the 2019 Rugby World Cup in one of eight changes to Australia’s starting lineup for the opening Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that her government will not pursue any moves to change the country into a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand removed most of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions Monday as the government signaled a return to normalcy for the first time since the pandemic began.
People will no longer be required to wear masks in supermarkets, stores, busses or planes.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Fiji is back on top of the world in rugby sevens.
For New Zealand, it was double despair on the final day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Sunday.
Fiji beat New Zealand 29-12 to claim the men's title in Cape Town, a third World Cup crown for the flying Fijians but their first since 2005.
Jimmy Spithill steered Team USA to its first victory in SailGP’s three seasons by outlasting rivals Peter Burling of New Zealand and Sir Ben Ainslie of Britain in a tense podium race in light air Sunday at the France Sail Grand Prix in St.
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — Aaron Finch guided Australia to a series sweep over top-ranked New Zealand, sealed with a 25-run victory on Sunday, in his farewell to one-day international cricket.
Finch failed with the bat in his last ODI but Steve Smith posted 105 and shared a century stand with Marnus Labuschagne (52) to guide Australia from 16-2 in the sixth over to a competitive total of 267-5 after being sent in to bat.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At least three people are dead after a powerful earthquake hit a remote part of Papua New Guinea Sunday morning, authorities say. Others were injured and infrastructure damaged in the magnitude 7.6 jolt that was felt across the Pacific country.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — New Zealand, Australia and Fiji survived scares to make the semifinals at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Saturday.
Host South Africa didn't and was dumped out in the quarterfinals 24-14 by Ireland in a big upset.
New Zealand skipper Peter Burling threw an aggressive high-speed maneuver at Tom Slingsby of Australia en route to a dominating performance Saturday at the France Sail GP in St. Tropez, leading to some heated words between the rivals who are fighting for the season points lead.
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has been depicted on British banknotes and coins for decades.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Five people died Saturday in New Zealand after the small charter boat they were aboard capsized, authorities say, in what may have been a collision with a whale. Another six people aboard the boat were rescued.
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — Australia captain Aaron Finch says he's retiring from one-day international cricket effective Sunday after the team plays New Zealand in the third and final ODI.
A recent run of poor form has seen the 35-year-old Finch average just 3.7 runs, including three ducks, since scoring 62 runs against Sri Lanka in an ODI in June.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Defending champion New Zealand and world series winner Australia went through safely to the quarterfinals on the opening day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Friday.
Fiji and host South Africa, the other big hitters, also had little trouble in making the last eight as the tournament opened with straight knockout games at Cape Town Stadium.
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — Adam Zampa took his first five-wicket haul in one-day international cricket as Australia clinched the series against New Zealand after a 113-run victory on Thursday.
Australia’s top order struggled and slumped to 54-5 after being sent in, but the home team rallied to post 195-9.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Lawmakers in the Solomon Islands voted Thursday to delay their nation's general election from next year until 2024, a move that opponents say amounts to a power grab and that some fear could lead to further civil unrest.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Kurtley Beale has been recalled to Australia’s extended squad for two Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup tests against New Zealand.
The 31-year-old utility back has been sidelined for several months with a serious hamstring injury and hasn't been in an Australian squad since late 2021.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Give our country $100 billion — or stop lecturing us about making money from fossil fuels.
That was the message East Timor President and Nobel Peace Prize winner José Ramos-Horta had Wednesday for those raising environmental concerns about his nation's proposal to build a new gas-processing plant.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia said Tuesday its navy ships have been given clearance to resume visits to the Solomon Islands, which had last week announced a temporary block on all military vessels during a review of its approval processes.
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — Cameron Green's unbeaten 89 and century partnership with Alex Carey led Australia's recovery from a top-order collapse to beat New Zealand by two wickets in the series-opening one-day international on Tuesday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — During the period that New Zealand rugby fans may remember as the dark days of 2022, head coach Ian Foster’s was a voice crying in the wilderness as he insisted the All Blacks still could win the Rugby Championship.
SYDNEY (AP) — South Africa defeated Australia 24-8 on Saturday to leave the Rugby Championship title wide open after four matches by each team.
The Springboks turned in a flawless display highlighted by a dazzling debut try for 19-year-old winger Canan Moodie, and the title is up for grabs after New Zealand’s 53-3 win over Argentina earlier on Saturday.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Beleaguered head coach Ian Foster finally found some relief and even hope in his home town of Hamilton where the All Blacks snapped a historic losing streak by beating Argentina 53-3 in a Rugby Championship test on Saturday.
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The All Blacks face another challenging Rugby Championship test against Argentina on Saturday, desperate to halt a three-match losing streak at home while fans go through stages of despair over the worst slump in the team’s 119-year history.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand head coach Ian Foster has named an unchanged starting lineup for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against Argentina at Hamilton, despite last week’s 25-18 loss to the Pumas which plunged the All Blacks to three straight home defeats for the first time in their history.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme retired from international cricket on Wednesday after being surprisingly recruited to play for the Adelaide Strikers in Australia’s Big Bash Twenty20 league.
CARSON, California (AP) — New Zealand beat Olympic champion Fiji 28-21 in the final of the Los Angeles rugby sevens tournament Sunday immediately after Australia clinched its first World Series title, a championship decided in the penultimate match of a season which began nine months ago.