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Australia clinches back-to-back test wins over Springboks

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia regained the Mandela Plate with a 30-17 win over World Cup champion South Africa on Saturday, giving Dave Rennie back-to-back test wins for the first time as Walla...

All Blacks beat Argentina, return to top of rugby rankings

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Even with a reshuffled backline and an entirely new forward pack from the previous week, New Zealand had enough firepower to beat Argentina 36-13 to overtake South Africa at...

Kicking goals: Cooper gets his shot at Australian passport

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Quade Cooper walked out of the gym in the wake of his man-of-the-match performance in Australia’s upset rugby win over South Africa and discovered hundreds of new messages o...

Life in a rugby bubble getting tougher for Argentina's Pumas

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The penalty count keeps mounting. Now the losses are, too. The grind of two seasons on the road and the relentless rounds of isolation and quarantine is...

Recalled Cooper kicks Australia to upset win over Springboks

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — After four years in the international rugby wilderness, Quade Cooper had to question himself before he stepped up to take the penalty that secured Australia's upset 28-26 ...

All Blacks beat Argentina 39-0 in Rugby Championship

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Rieko Ioane was a late addition to the New Zealand starting lineup and he was on the scoreboard early against Argentina. Ioane scored in the 10th minute ...

No reprieve for Hooper's Wallabies ahead of Springboks test

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Three thumping losses to the All Blacks have captain Michael Hooper and his Australia lineup in a position where they simply have to start winning to regain any confidence...

Fiji beats Japan to open Olympic rugby sevens title defense

TOKYO (AP) — Defending champion Fiji kicked off the Olympic rugby sevens competition with a 24-19 comeback win over Japan on a humid, cloudy Monday morning at Tokyo Stadium. The high...

Rugby sevens stars on a mission to elevate Fiji, again

TOKYO (AP) — Jerry Tuwai and his Fiji teammates turned up on a Monday in May ready for a five-day training camp to prepare to defend their Olympic rugby sevens title. By Friday of that week, it was cl...

The opposite of distancing; rugby 7s set for kickoff

TOKYO (AP) — They’ll wear their masks and keep their distance in public, until the tackling and rucking starts. This is one sport where COVID-19 restrictions cannot separate 14 human...

Tokyo, Paris, LA, Brisbane -- 2032 Olympics go to Australia

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — How about this for an Olympic-scale list of world cities: Athens, Beijing, London, Rio, Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles and, wait for it, Brisbane. Since the Sum...

Citing anxiety, Cambage pulls out of Aussie Olympic team

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — After weeks of feeling so anxious she could hardly sleep or eat, WNBA star Liz Cambage decided the best way to ensure she maintained her mental and physical health was to pu...

Costly error for France as Australia rallies for late win

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Just out of quarantine, an inexperienced and underprepared France lineup led the series-opening rugby test against Australia from the sixth minute until a blunder in the dyi...

Faster, brighter: Olympics a 'game changer' for rugby sevens

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — For six days, fit, strong Olympians hurled themselves at each other and at the try line in short, sharp bursts. Australian gold. A sideline marriage propo...

Citing misogyny, Aussie swimmer pulls out of Olympic trials

Singer Cody Simpson was dominating attention ahead of Australia’s Olympic swimming trials, until Maddie Groves withdrew from the six-day meet following a series of social media posts condemning “misog...