Black Caps won`t top All Blacks, says Brendon McCullum
Black Caps won`t top All Blacks, says Brendon McCullum

New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum accepted even the rare achievement of beating England in a Test match was unlikely to see his side supplant the mighty All Blacks in the nation`s sporting affections.

Prince Harry talks rugby, presses noses in New Zealand

Britain's Prince Harry arrived in New Zealand on Saturday for a weeklong visit and was soon talking about the country's prowess in rugby, pressing noses with indigenous Maori leaders, and laughing off marriage proposals.

It may not be all white on the night for England

England may be forced to launch their home rugby World Cup bid at Twickenham deprived of the chance of playing in their time-honoured white kit.

New Zealand's World Cup showing has brought masses back to cricket: Geoff Allott
New Zealand's World Cup showing has brought masses back to cricket: Geoff Allott

Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott says the national team's performance in the World Cup has brought the "lost fans" back to the game, reinforcing cricket as the number one summer sport in the country.

RugbyU: Frenzied Six Nations sends out World Cup warning

The frenzied finale to the Six Nations that saw Ireland defend their title on an unprecedented day of 27 tries in three games comes as a timely reminder to the southern hemisphere giants ahead of this year`s Rugby World Cup.

McGregor thrilled by dominant Dragons

Paul McGregor can`t wait for the domestic season to start after his St George Illawarra Dragons saw off the challenge of Warrington Wolves in the World Club Series opener.

Match-fixing scrutiny for All Black Tests
Match-fixing scrutiny for All Black Tests

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said Thursday it had contracted a specialist monitoring service to ensure match-fixing does not taint All Blacks, Super 15 or domestic rugby matches.

England fight back to beat Wales in Six Nations thriller
England fight back to beat Wales in Six Nations thriller

England bagged early World Cup bragging rights by clawing back a 10-point deficit to claim a thrilling 21-16 victory over Wales in the opening match of the Six Nations on Friday.
 

England`s Lawes to miss Six Nations openers - club

 England lock Courtney Lawes is set to miss the first few weeks of the upcoming Six Nations Championship because of an ankle injury, the Northampton second row`s club coach Jim Mallinder said Sunday.

All Black Ali Williams announces retirement
All Black Ali Williams announces retirement

All Black legend Ali Williams vowed to spend his time fishing and hunting after announcing his retirement from rugby on Thursday.

French sport honours victims of Paris attacks
French sport honours victims of Paris attacks

A minute's silence will be observed ahead of all French football, rugby and basketball matches this weekend as the world of sport moved to honour the 12 victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack on Thursday.

RugbyU: Italy v Argentina rescheduled for Friday, says official
RugbyU: Italy v Argentina rescheduled for Friday, says official

Heavy rains in recent days in the flood-hit city of Genoa have forced the rescheduling of Saturday`s rugby Test between Italy and Argentina, the Italian rugby federation (FIR) confirmed Thursday.

McCaw eyes matching Meads, All Blacks eye Rugby Championship title
McCaw eyes matching Meads, All Blacks eye Rugby Championship title

Skipper Richie McCaw will equal a 43-year record Saturday when New Zealand seek a bonus-point win over Argentina in La Plata to retain the Rugby Championship title.

Sloppy Toulon slump at home, Clermont compound Toulouse woes

Champions Toulon slumped to a 28-24 defeat at home to Stade Francais on Saturday in a match where they paid a heavy price for squandering 20 points with the boot.

Champions Toulon start post-Jonny Wilkinson era with victory

Defending champions Toulon began life after Jonny Wilkinson with a battling 29-15 victory at Bayonne on Friday on the opening day of the new Top 14 season.

Hosea Gear returns to New Zealand rugby

Former All Blacks wing Hosea Gear announced Monday he was returning to Super 15 rugby with the Waikato Chiefs, making him eligible to join New Zealand`s World Cup defence in England next year.

De Allende out, Boshoff in for Springboks

Injured wing-cum-centre Damian de Allende withdrew Monday from the Springboks squad preparing for four June internationals.

Wilkinson swansong overshadows revenge Top 14 final

Jonny Wilkinson will step onto the field as a professional rugby player for the last time on Saturday in an event that will overshadow the Top 14 final between his club Toulon and champions Castres.

German firm behind goal-line technology looks beyond World Cup

With two weeks to go to the finals of the soccer World Cup in Brazil, small German start-up company GoalControl has the technology ready make the calls cheered and challenged around the globe: goal or no goal.

Rea quits battered Broncos

Super League strugglers London Broncos announced Monday that Tony Rea will leave his role as head coach with immediate effect to be replaced by Joe Grima.