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.

South Africa sport still racially divided: study

South African sport remains divided by race 20 years after the end of apartheid, with the target of black-white equality in cricket and rugby still a long way off, according to a study released today.

Ex-All Black Reihana retires

Former All Blacks full-back Bruce Reihana announced his retirement on Thursday after the 38-year-old revealed that his contract with French side Bordeaux Begles was not being renewed.

In-form Michalak targets 2015 World Cup

Toulon playmaker Frederic Michalak`s recent run of impressive form has left the former prodigy of French rugby eyeing an outing for France in the 2015 World Cup.

NRL player McKinnon diagnosed a quadriplegic

Australian National Rugby League player Alex McKinnon, who broke his neck in a tackle last week, has been diagnosed as a quadriplegic, reports said Monday.

Rugby ace Keith Mason quits sport in quest to become next `James Bond`

London: The Super League player Keith Mason has quit rugby in his quest to become the next James Bond and is currently concentrating on making it in the Hollywood.

Australia open to hosting Maori side

Cricket Australia has said it is open to a Maori team joining their annual Imparja Cup festival for indigenous sides at a future date as steps towards a revival of a representative team gathers pace in New Zealand.

CA joins Oz football, rugby codes to sign anti-homophobia policy

Cricket Australia (CA) has reportedly joined the four major football and rugby codes of the country in signing a letter agreeing to incorporate anti-homophobia policy in matches.

Sevens Olympic green light for Brazil

Brazil reacted with delight Thursday after the International Rugby Board handed automatic Rio 2016 Games slots to their men`s and women`s Rugby Sevens teams.

France call up Trinh-Duc for England clash

Experienced fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc was on Saturday called into the France squad for next weekend`s Six Nations opener against England after Remi Tales was forced to withdraw with an arm injury.

UEFA chief wants yellow cards replaced by sin-bins

UEFA President Michel Platini has reportedly proposed that yellow cards should be replaced by sin-bins, like rugby, by making the offender out of the game for 10 or 15 minutes as penalty.

`Football fan` Pope Francis hails rugby as metaphor for life

Pope Francis, who is a self-confessed football fanatic, has expressed his admiration for rugby, saying that although it is hard to watch the rugby `scrums` play sometimes.

Beyonce lends voice for a cause

Singer-songwriter Beyonce has lent her voice for womens empowerment.