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High hopes for Blues, Crusaders in Super Rugby Pacific final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby Pacific final between the Auckland-based Blues and Christchurch-based Crusaders on Saturday is the contest many hoped for and may be the one New Zealand ...

Blues select Papalii on bench for Super Rugby Pacific final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues have retained the same starting XV that beat the ACT Brumbies 20-19 in the semifinals for Saturday's Super Rugby Pacific final against the Chris...

Crusaders' Matera cleared to play in Super Rugby final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former Argentina captain Pablo Matera has been cleared to play for the Crusaders against the Blues in the Super Rugby Pacific final on Saturday after a judicial panel ru...

Costa Rica, New Zealand to play off for last World Cup place

Government workers in Costa Rica will be given extra time off for lunch to watch their national team take on New Zealand in a playoff to decide the last team to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. ...

League convert Tuivasa-Sheck among All Blacks newcomers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rugby league convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was among six new caps selected Monday in a 36-man New Zealand All Blacks squad for next month’s three-test home series against ...

Bennett, flyhalf with 'stardust in his boots,' dies at 73

Phil Bennett, the Wales flyhalf “with stardust in his boots” who started the move which led to one of rugby's greatest tries, has died. He was 73. His death was confirmed Sunday by h...

Crusaders beat Chiefs 20-7 to reach 16th Super Rugby final

The Christchurch-based Crusaders will play in a Super Rugby final for the 16th time in 26 years after a magnificent defensive effort Friday in a 20-7 semifinal win over the Hamilton-based Chiefs. ...

Brumbies, Chiefs hopes high for Super Rugby semifinals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — From the middle of the season in Super Rugby Pacific it seemed the Auckland-based Blues and Christchurch-based Crusaders were on course to meet in the final. ...

Ex-All Black Tamanivalu in Fiji team for Pacific Nations Cup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks winger Seta Tamanivalu has been included in Fiji's squad for the Pacific Nations Cup, becoming the first Fijian player to repatriate under new World Ru...

ACT Brumbies fly Australian flag in Super Rugby semifinals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The ACT Brumbies prevented a Kiwi sweep of the Super Pacific quarterfinals with a come-from-behind win over the Wellington-based Hurricanes and now face the toughest tas...

Brumbies join Chiefs, Blues, Crusaders in Super Rugby semis

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby Pacific semifinals are set with the ACT Brumbies advancing after a 35-25 comeback win over the Wellington-based Hurricanes on Saturday. ...

New Zealand Rugby to sign commercial deal with Silver Lake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has been given approval to sign a ground-breaking deal with California-based private equity firm Silver Lake which will bring a cash windfall but which...

Element of uncertainty in Super Rugby Pacific playoffs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The competitiveness of Australian teams has added an element of uncertainty to Super Rugby Pacific quarterfinals. Only two of Australia’s five franchis...

Robbie Deans predicts 2023 will be best Rugby World Cup ever

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former Wallabies and All Blacks coach Robbie Deans believes the Rugby World Cup in France next year will be the best ever. There'll be more teams capab...

Wild Knights beat Sungoliath in Japan League One final

Australian-born center Dylan Riley scored a decisive try in the 73rd minute Sunday as the Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights beat Suntory Sungoliath 18-12 in the inaugural final of Japan Rugby League One ...