SYDNEY (AP) — The Penrith Panthers rallied from two tries down to beat the short-handed South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12 and advance to the National Rugby League grand final against the Parramatta Eels.
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.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — St Helens underlined its status as the most successful rugby league team in the Super League era with a fourth consecutive grand final triumph at Old Trafford 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.
MILAN (AP) — England coach Gareth Southgate is taking inspiration from his rugby counterpart, Eddie Jones, by continuing to pick valued players even if they are not regularly competing at the highest level.
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.
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.
WORCESTER, England (AP) — Burdened by debts totaling around $30 million, a beleaguered top-flight English rugby club has resorted to desperate measures to fulfil a domestic cup fixture.
Included in Worcester Warriors' squad for a Premiership Rugby Cup match with Gloucester on Wednesday was Mat Gilbert, who retired from playing at the end of last season and now runs a pizza shop, and Jonny Goodridge, a 41-year-old academy coach who last played a competitive match in 2013.
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.
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.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Eddie Butler, a former Wales rugby captain who later forged a career as a highly respected commentator and broadcaster, has died. He was 65.
Butler’s death was announced on Thursday by the Welsh Rugby Union and the BBC, for whom he worked.
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.
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.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — South Africa will field an unchanged starting 15 for its Rugby Championship match against Argentina as coach Jacques Nienaber opted for rare continuity on Tuesday having rotated his players for much of the season.
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.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina relocated its Rugby Championship match with South Africa after the field was declared unsuitable on Monday.
Their match on Saturday in Buenos Aires was to be at José Amalfitani Stadium, the home of soccer club Velez Sarsfield.
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.
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.
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.
LONDON (AP) — Several sporting events in Britain were called off as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 on Thursday.
Organizers of the BMW PGA Championship golf event reacted to the announcement of the queen’s death by immediately suspending play, with many players still out on the course at Wentworth.
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.
PARIS (AP) — A cardiac problem that jeopardises Virimi Vakatawa's health when playing elite rugby has forced the France center to end his career.
A day after Vakatawa's club Racing 92 said medical officials were banning him from playing in France, club doctor Sylvain Blanchard told a news conference on Tuesday that a heart defect was evolving and first diagnosed before the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
PARIS (AP) — Test center Virimi Vakatawa has been forced to end his professional career in France, his Racing 92 club said on Monday.
The medical committee of the National Rugby League, which manages the French pro game, told Paris-based Racing it was forbidding Vakatawa from continuing his professional career in the country.
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.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia coach Dave Rennie is asking for some consistency from his Wallabies, and he’s leading by example after naming the same starting 15 players for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against South Africa.
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.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia coach Dave Rennie has named an unchanged starting side from the one which beat South Africa last week in a Rugby Championship match for the return engagement on Saturday in Sydney.
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.
SYDNEY (AP) — South Africa made sweeping changes to its starting 15 on Tuesday — nine in all — after losing to Australia 25-17 left the world champion bottom of the Rugby Championship after three rounds.
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.
CARSON, California (AP) — South Africa's defense of the rugby sevens world series title was in jeopardy after it failed to reach the quarterfinals of the series-ending Los Angeles Sevens on Saturday.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia scored a try in the second minute and withstood a series of South African challenges to beat the World Cup-champion Springboks 25-17 in a Rugby Championship match on Saturday.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Winger Emiliano Boffelli kicked six penalties and the conversion of a try to Juan Martin Gonzalez to propel Argentina to a momentous 25-18 win over New Zealand in a Rugby Championship test on Saturday.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber is under no illusions as his World Cup-champion Springboks attempt to win their first rugby match in Australia in nine years.
Coming off a 35-23 home loss to New Zealand two weeks ago, the Springboks will have a chance to make amends in Saturday’s Rugby Championship afternoon match at Adelaide Oval.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Reece Hodge has been named at fullback for the Wallabies in anticipation of an aerial assault from South Africa in their Rugby Championship match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Rugby Championship test between New Zealand and Argentina at Christchurch on Saturday is supposed to be a “new dawn” for the All Blacks.
Fans know this because New Zealand Rugby told them so.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Head coach Ian Foster has retained the starting lineup that beat the Springboks in Johannesburg two weeks ago for the All Blacks’ Rugby Championship test against Argentina at Christchurch on Saturday.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk returned for the Springboks and Warrick Gelant was given a start on the wing in two team changes Monday for the first of two Rugby Championship tests in Australia.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Ian Foster says the “weight is off” the shoulders of the All Blacks as they head into a Rugby Championship test against Argentina on Saturday with him confirmed as head coach for another year.
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher has been added to the Wallabies coaching staff ahead of its upcoming Rugby Championship matches against world champions South Africa.
Rugby Australia announced the ‘interim assistant’ appointment of Fisher on Sunday and comes two days after defense coach Matt Taylor left his post for 'personal reasons' and less than a week after the Wallabies were mauled by Argentina in a record 47-17 loss.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Bernard Foley has been drafted into Australia’s squad for the first time since the 2019 World Cup, recalled at the expense of James O’Connor for two Rugby Championship tests against South Africa.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Ian Foster is set to remain as All Blacks head coach until his contract expires after next year’s World Cup, saved in part by New Zealand’s Rugby Championship win over South Africa last weekend.