Giteau has broken ankle, out for rest of Rugby Championship

SYDNEY (AP) Australian utility back Matt Giteau has a broken left ankle which could end his 103-test career. Giteau lasted just 10 minutes of Australia's 42-8 loss to New Zealand on Saturday and the team said Sunday that he will play no further part in the Rugby Championship campaign. Turning 34 next month, Giteau returned from Toulon in French rugby in an attempt to secure a place...
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August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Matt Giteau back in Wallaby frame for Rugby Championship

SYDNEY (AP) Veteran playmaker Matt Giteau and four uncapped players have been named in a 36-man Australia squad for the Rugby Championship against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina. Giteau's status had been in doubt because of his commitments to French club Toulon, but the 102-test veteran was named Friday in the squad along with three other overseas-based backs in Will...
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July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Read to succeed McCaw as All Blacks captain

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Head coach Steve Hansen has confirmed backrower Kieran Read will take over as All Blacks captain after the retirement of Richie McCaw. The 30-year-old Read has already led New Zealand in nine of his 84 tests. He was the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2013, although he has recently sustained multiple concussions. Hansen said Friday All Blacks coaches...
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February 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Rugby player facing 12-week ban for testicle-grabbing

Rugby player Ryan Wilson faces a minimum 12-week suspension for allegedly grabbing the testicles of another player, according to BBC. Wilson, who plays for Glasgow, is accused of reaching for opponent Lee Dickson’s baby-makers during the 25th minute of Glasgow’s match against the Northampton Saints on Sunday. He will be disciplined at a hearing Wednesday, with any suspension...
Via The Comeback
January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Richie McCaw receives New Zealand's highest honor

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Recently retired All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been awarded New Zealand's highest civil honor in recognition of his record-breaking international rugby career. McCaw, who received the honor on his 35th birthday Thursday, has been appointed to the Order of New Zealand, an honor restricted to 20 living New Zealanders at any time. He twice previously...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

McCullum trumps McCaw in clash of captain's racehorses

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) In an unusual clash of sporting codes Saturday, a racehorse owned by New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum beat another owned by All Blacks rugby captain Richie McCaw into second place in a race at the Te Rapa course near Hamilton. McCullum's Passing Shot, at 4-1, beat McCaw's previously unbeaten Snapshot, the favorite at 3-1, by two lengths...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Reaction to All Blacks captain Richie McCaw's retirement

Some reaction to the retirement from rugby of New Zealand captain Richie McCaw: --- ''In my opinion, he will go down not only as the greatest All Black of all time, but the greatest captain we have ever had, and possibly the greatest player to have ever played the game in the modern era. To play 148 tests is something to be marveled at on its own, particularly with the physical...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

All Blacks captain McCaw confirms his retirement from rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks captain Richie McCaw made it official: He's retiring from all rugby after a record 148 test matches across a 15-year international career capped with back-to-back World Cup titles. McCaw used a news conference broadcast live in New Zealand on Thursday to confirm his retirement, but the anticipated decision was partly overshadowed by the...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Richie McCaw by the numbers

148 tests (1st all-time), 131 wins (1st all-time), 110 as captain (1st all-time), 97 wins as captain (1st all-time) Test debut: W Ireland 40-29, Dublin, Nov. 17, 2001 Last test: W Australia 34-17, London, Oct. 31, 2015 (Rugby World Cup final) 61 tests in New Zealand, won 59 27 test tries (13th for New Zealand, 2nd all-time for forward) Has most wins by an individual against...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

South Africa rugby star Habana aiming to play at Olympics

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) South African rugby player Bryan Habana is in contention to play at the Olympics after being included in the national sevens squad for the 2015-16 season. Rugby sevens is making its debut at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Habana, who has made 117 test appearances for South Africa's 15-a-side team and is its record try-scorer, last played international...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Richie McCaw earns a rest after 2nd Rugby World Cup title

New Zealand has done its best to lavish honors on Richie McCaw in recognition of one of the greatest All Blacks careers, a contribution which likely ended with New Zealand's victory over Australia in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday. But it's a measure of McCaw's standing that he has been able to turn down the richest blandishments New Zealand civil society has offered without...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Milestones in the Rugby World Cup final

LONDON (AP) New Zealand became the first team to win three Rugby World Cups. New Zealand became the first team to successfully defend the RWC. New Zealand extended its tournament record to 14 straight RWC wins. Fourteen All Blacks won the RWC for a second time: Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Victor Vito...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

McCaw will accept Springboks scar if NZ wins RWC semifinal

LONDON (AP) The tougher the match, the more Richie McCaw loves it. And no matches are tougher for New Zealand than the ones with its greatest foe, South Africa. McCaw has the scars to prove it. ''One or two,'' the New Zealand captain said with a smile on Friday. ''That sums up the intensity of test matches between the Springboks and All Blacks. Tomorrow will be another step up,...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Springbok's Burger getting back to his best at World Cup

GUILDFORD, England (AP) For young Springboks teammates and even for older coaches, it's hard to reconcile the Schalk Burger who is so chilled out on the sidelines with the wrecking ball of a backrower he morphs into on the field. The 32-year-old South African flanker, easily distinguishable for his flowing blonde hair - albeit thinner now than in his 20s - and constant proximity...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Habana tribute to South African teacher killed by gang

GUILDFORD, England (AP) The murder of a Johannesburg school teacher who was an avid Springboks supporter is giving South Africa added motivation to win their Rugby World Cup semifinal this weekend. Star winger Bryan Habana opened a news conference Tuesday by saying he wanted to honor the memory of Zukisa Kela and play for all South Africans when he takes on New Zealand on Saturday...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Matfield out, Pietersen returns for Springboks for quarters

LONDON (AP) Victor Matfield made it easy in the end for South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer. Whether Matfield played or not was the biggest question regarding the team announcement on Wednesday for South Africa's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Wales. But Matfield made it moot when the Springboks great, who came out of retirement last year to play in his fourth World Cup, withdrew...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Inspired by the great Lomu, Habana equals his RWC record

LONDON (AP) Bryan Habana had never played rugby before the 1995 World Cup, a tournament he remembers vividly for the way blockbusting All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu carved up England's defense and for the way Nelson Mandela presented the winning trophy to the Springboks. He'd traveled with his father to the opening game, where the Springboks were playing the defending champion Australians...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Sergio Parisse a doubt for Rugby World Cup with bruised leg

ROME (AP) The Rugby World Cup status of Italy captain Sergio Parisse is uncertain after the No. 8 had fluid drained from his bruised left leg. The Italian Rugby Federation says Parisse underwent the surgery on Monday in Paris. Recovery details will be announced over the next few days. Parisse was injured in a 23-19 loss at Wales on Saturday in the Azzurri's final pre-tournament...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: New Zealand Crowd Shows All-Blacks Legend Richie McCaw As He Subs Out From Record Setting 142nd Test

If you have watched the New Zealand All-Blacks play rugby anytime over the last decade or so than you have seen one of the greatest players in the game work his magic on the pitch--Richie McCaw. When he took the pitch Saturday to defend the Bledisloe Cup for the 12th consecutive year he solidified his status as an absolute beast. How so? It was his 142nd test (match)--a new world...
Via FatManWriting
August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Richie McCaw Scores Late Try to Give New Zealand Win Over South Africa

Whenever the All Blacks and Springboks meet on the pitch there is one thing that can be counted on--it is going to be a tremendous match. From the highlights and write-ups online it appears that fans in attendance got just that including a tremendous finish to the game courtesy of New Zealand's Richie McCaw.The veteran of 140 matches showed why he is one of the best in the business...
Via FatManWriting
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Calls for Rugby player’s arrest after punching opponent in the face

Welsh rugby player Ben Flower was been kicked out of the game after punching, and then punching again, an unconscious opponent, St Helens’ Lance Hohaia. Many are even calling for the Flower’s arrest… Per the Sydney Morning Herald: “Wigan’s prop forward Ben Flower became the first man to be sent off in a Super League Grand Final after punching St Helens five-eighth Lance...
Via Low Brow Sports
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

GRAPHIC: Rugby star suffers gruesome hand injury

Nobody ever accused rugby players of being soft, but after Chev Walker suffered a nasty gash to his hand during a match Sunday, The Bradford Bulls star might be labeled tender — tender as in a piece of steak.That's because Walker's hand looked like a slab of raw filet mignon after posting the gruesome image of the nasty cut on his official Twitter account.For the faint of heart...
Via The Other Paper
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rugby star Richard Haughton suffers gruesome cut to forehead

European rugby star Richard Haughton needed thirteen stitches across his forehead after he collided with his own team-mate during a Heineken Cup match Saturday.The 33-year-old Perpignan winger did not fare too well after smashing into Sebastien Vahaamahina during the 18-17 defeat to Munster.It's only fitting that he now looks like Herman Munster.And you still want to scrum?
Via The Other Paper
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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