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  • Rugby Roundup: Ireland deny England the Grand Slam with 13-9 Six Nations win -iain-henderson-ireland-rugby-union_3912301(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)   —   Ireland denied England back-to-back Grand Slams with a hard-fought 13-9 win at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. In a fiercely contested game, Ireland lock Iain Henderson scored the only try of the game with Johnny Sexton nailing the conversion and adding two penalties to also deny England a record ...
  • Rugby Roundup: New Zealand coach Steve Hansen salutes England’s record-equalling run rugby-lionstour-lions-in-2017-all-blacks_3855830(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has congratulated Eddie Jones’ England after they equalled the All Blacks’ record of 18 unbeaten Test matches with a comprehensive victory over Scotland on Saturday. England defeated Scotland 61-21 at Twickenham to retain the Six Nations title and register their 18th straight test victory, equalling ...
  • Rugby Roundup: George North gets ‘warning’ ahead of Wales-Ireland in Six Nations rugby-dom-shipperley-rebels-super-rugby_3300526(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)    —-   Shaun Edwards has challenged George North to be “on his mettle” when Wales resume their Six Nations campaign against Ireland on Friday. North was criticised for his defensive work against Scotland last month as Wales shipped 20 unanswered second-half points to slip to their second defeat of the tournament. But defence coach ...
  • Soccer Roundup: Jeremy Ward ready to ignite Sharks’ Super Rugby campaign / World Scores Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, right, runs at France's Guilhem Guirado during the Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Saturday Feb. 25, 2017. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)The Sharks get their Super Rugby campaign underway against the Reds in Brisbane on Friday, and in their matchday squad is one of the rising stars of the South African game. Named on the bench is Jeremy Ward, who captained South Africa in the Under 20 Championship last year, with the Junior Boks making it to ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Sale 34-28 Wasps: Denny Solomona stars in Sharks win denny-solomona-bath_3893896(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)    —-   Denny Solomona’s first-half hat-trick helped Sale edge closer to Aviva Premiership safety with a 34-28 triumph over league-leaders Wasps. Two Jimmy Gopperth penalties to Will Addison’s one had given the visitors an early 6-3 lead, but the Sharks soon took command of the contest thanks to Solomona touching down three times. ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Camille Lopez boots France to Six Nations victory over Scotland six-nations-rbs-6-nations-scotland-france-gael-fickou_3889778(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)   —-   Two late penalties from the boot of fly-half Camille Lopez secure France a 22-16 Six Nations victory over Scotland. A Stuart Hogg try had given Scotland a 17th-minute lead but, after a sustained period of pressure, France replied through Gael Fikou on the half-hour mark. Lopez kicked two penalties and a conversion ...
  • Rugby Roundup – Italy 7-33 Wales: Welsh rally for Six Nations win in Rome Wales' Owen Jenkins, left, runs through a tack of Fiji's Vatemo Ravouvou to score a try during their match at the World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)Wales overturned a half-time deficit to defeat Italy 33-7 in Rome but they fell narrowly short of a bonus-point victory. Edoardo Gori’s 29th-minute try gave Italy a 7-3 advantage at the interval but three Leigh Halfpenny penalties in 10 second-half minutes put Wales in front for the first time. Italy prop Andrea Lovotti was sent to the ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Wales upsets Fiji at Sydney 7s, England top South Africa Wales' Owen Jenkins, left, runs through a tack of Fiji's Vatemo Ravouvou to score a try during their match at the World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY (AP) — Wales ended a 14-match losing streak to Fiji by upsetting the Olympic rugby champion 28-15 in the Sydney Sevens on Saturday. A hat trick of tries by Morgan Williams led Wales to its first win over Fiji since 2013, and ultimately to first qualifier in Pool B. England also topped its pool after beating ...
  • Rugby Roundup – Newport Gwent Dragons 6-18 Newcastle Falcons: Visitors win drenched affair waisake-naholo-new-zealand-rugby-championship_3768497Newcastle grabbed their first Anglo-Welsh Cup victory in three attempts this season at an almost flooded Rodney Parade in Newport. Mark Wilson and wing Belisario Agulla scored Falcons’ tries, with scrum-half Sonatane Takulua converting the first and scoring two penalties either side of half-time. Dragons wing Tom Prydie contributed the Welsh region’s two penalties. Referee John Meredith ...
  • Rugby Roundup – Toulouse 19-10 Connacht: Hosts claim quarter-final spot skysports-arthur-iturria-clermont-auvergne_3804836(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)    —-   Connacht endured a heartbreaking exit from the European Champions Cup as Toulouse claimed a quarter-final spot with a tense 19-10 win at Stade Ernest Wallon. A losing bonus point would have been enough for the Irish province to reach the quarter-finals for the first time, but they could not work a ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Aaron Mauger says Leicester were ’embarrassing’ in Racing 92 defeat skysports-leicester-racing-rugby_3870687(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)   —   Leicester head coach Aaron Mauger branded his team’s display “embarrassing” as they failed to show up in their heavy 34-3 Champions Cup defeat to Racing 92. Mauger took charge of the Tigers following the sacking of Richard Cockerill but saw Leicester thrashed away from home for the third time in Europe ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Harlequins hail Adam Jones as player-coach answers Sale SOS / World Scores Rebels players celebrate a try against Force(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)    —    Harlequins have paid tribute to player-coach Adam Jones after his formidable display in wholly unexpected circumstances on Saturday. The former Wales prop was back in his homeland after being told he would not be needed for Aviva Premiership game against Sale. But when forwards coach Graham Rowntree was unable to make the game, ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Leicester 12-16 Saracens – Farrell leads visitors to victory skysports-richard-cockerill-leicester_3824262(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports –  Rugby Union)   —-   Leicester Tigers have sacked director of rugby Richard Cockerill in the wake of their New Year’s Day defeat by Saracens. Cockerill had been on the coaching staff at Welford Road since 2004 and took on the top job in 2010 after the Tigers had retained their Premiership crown ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Scott Quinnell, Dewi Morris and Nick Easter give their predictions for 2017 rugby-hallam-amos-newport-gwent-dragons_34382292016. What a year for rugby union. New Zealand won 18 games in a row and looked to be unbeatable, until that day in Chicago when Ireland produced a superb performance and beat the All Blacks for the first time in their history. It wasn’t a bad year for England either – unbeaten under Eddie Jones ...
  • Rugby Roundup – Clermont 38-19 Ulster: Home side blow Irishmen away with first-half blitz (PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)  —-   A second-half fightback from Ulster was repelled by Clermont as the Top 14 side recorded a 38-19 win in Pool 5 of the Champion Cup. Tries from Isaia Toeava and Camille Lopez as well as two from Nick Abendanon gave Clermont a 28-0 lead with the third quarter drawing to a close. In ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Beale stars in Wasps in win skysports-kurtley-beale-wasps-rugby-union_3850395(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)   —-    Kurtley Beale showed his class on his Wasps debut as he helped them to a 32-17 win over Connacht in the Champions Cup on Sunday. Australian star Beale scored a try and was sinbinned as Wasps toppled Connacht to go top of their pool. Beale took just seven minutes to open his account as ...
  • Rugby Roundup: England beat Australia 37-21 to complete perfect year Britain Rugby Union - England v Australia - 2016 Old Mutual Wealth Series - Twickenham Stadium, London, England - 3/12/16 England's Ben Youngs celebrates scoring their third try Reuters / Stefan Wermuth Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTSUI0X(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)   —-    England shook off an indifferent first half to beat Australia 37-21 at Twickenham on Saturday and end their year unbeaten with a 14th successive win. The victories – 13 of which have come under Eddie Jones – equalled England’s winning streak recorded by the 2003 World Cup winning team under Sir Clive Woodward. However, ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Devin Toner calls on Ireland to exploit any All Black nerves in Dublin rugby-080716(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)   —-   Devin Toner believes Ireland dispelled the All Blacks’ “mystique” in Chicago, planting doubts in New Zealand minds ahead of Saturday’s Dublin rematch. Ireland claimed their first-ever win over New Zealand in 111 years of trying at Soldier Field on November 5 and lock Toner is hopeful that historic victory carried with it ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Ireland 40-29 New Zealand skysports-ireland-nz-ireland-new-zealand-ireland-all-blacks_3824952Ireland held their nerve to deliver their first victory over New Zealand in 111 years after a 40-29 success in Chicago. As well as sealing their first victory over the All Blacks, the result ended the World Cup winners’ 18-match unbeaten run. In a breathtaking upset, Ireland outscored the New Zealanders by five tries to four and ...
  • Rugby Roundup – Harlequins 36-14 Worcester: Second-half Quins down Warriors at the Stoop rugby-bundee-aki-connacht_3384347(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)    —-    Harlequins produced a strong second-half performance to see off Worcester 36-14 and continue their impressive home form. It was a fifth home win in succession for Quins – a stark contrast to their poor away form which has seen them lose all four matches on the road. It was 7-7 at half-time ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Munster dominate after Thomond Park tribute rugby-dom-shipperley-rebels-super-rugby_3300526(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)    —-    Munster dominate this week after their emotional 38-17 win over Glasgow at Thomond Park on Saturday. The game started with beautiful tributes to Munster head coach Anthony Foley, who died in Paris last weekend hours before the Irish province’s scheduled Champions Cup opener against Racing 92, which was subsequently postponed. Players and fans from both teams ...
  • Rugby Roundup: New Zealand chasing record 18th successive Test win skysports-rugby-colin-meads-new-zealand_3811437New Zealand will break the 59-year-old record of 17 successive tier-one Test victories if they defeat Australia in Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland, live on Sky Sports. Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick hailed the back-to-back World Cup winners as  “the best ever” following their nine-try demolition of South Africa on October 8 and they will write ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Saracens go cold on short-term deal for Eben Etzebeth rugby-tj-perenara-new-zealand_3798911Saracens are unlikely to pursue a deal for South Africa second row Eben Etzebeth, their director of rugby Mark McCall says. The Premiership and European champions were interested in signing the Stormers forward on a short-term basis once the Springboks’ autumn Tests have been played. But McCall is now looking elsewhere for cover after the sudden retirement ...
  • Rugby Roundup: Clermont return to summit of Top 14 after 29-25 win over Toulouse skysports-arthur-iturria-clermont-auvergne_3804836Clermont returned to the top of the Top 14 with a 29-25 victory over Toulouse on Sunday. They had briefly been replaced at the league summit on Saturday when La Rochelle held Toulon to a 17-17 draw. But Clermont opened up a three-point lead as tries from Arthur Iturria and Remi Lamerat, alongside 19 points from the ...
  • Rugby Roundup: New Zealand recall Waisake Naholo for Rugby Championship clash with South Africa waisake-naholo-new-zealand-rugby-championship_3768497(PhatzRadio Sports / SkySports)     —-    Fiji-born winger Waisake Naholo will make his latest injury comeback among four changes to New Zealand’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Durban. Naholo has been sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring strain which continued an injury-hampered start to his international career. He has played only ...

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