Typhoon may bring 31 inches of rain, strong winds to Tokyo

Asia & Pacific 10/11/19, 06:19

A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring up to 80 centimeters (31 inches) of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area and Japan's Pacific coast this weekend, and the government is warning residents to stockpile necessities and leave high-risk places before it's too dangerous. Rugby World Cup matches and other ...

Super typhoon on track to drench Japan’s main island

Asia & Pacific 10/10/19, 01:41

Japan is bracing for a super typhoon on track to hit central and eastern regions over the three-day weekend with potential damage from torrential rains and strong winds. Typhoon Hagibis has already caused cancellations of two Rugby World Cup matches that were to be played Saturday. Organizers canceled the England-France match ...

Fates in the balance as Super Rugby heads toward playoffs

Africa 05/29/19, 20:42

The fate of several teams vying for places in the Super Rugby playoffs is likely to be sealed in this weekend's 16th round.If the Chiefs can't beat the Crusaders in Fiji, if the Waratahs can't beat the Rebels in Australia, and if the Stormers can't beat the Lions in South ...

Former Springboks coach de Villiers fired by Zimbabwe

Sports 05/28/19, 14:06

Former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers has been fired by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union for unauthorized absence from work.De Villiers was fired last month, according to internal ZRU documents, but has indicated he will appeal his dismissal in a labor court.The documents spell out how De Villiers, who was South ...

South African conference teams taking command in Super Rugby

Africa 05/26/19, 21:45

Teams from the South African conference teams have taken command in the late race for playoffs positions in Super Rugby, exposing the limitations of their Australian and New Zealand opponents.Meanwhile, Argentina's conference-leading Jaguares are being criticized from fielding what is in effect the national team.With three rounds remaining in the ...

Crusaders, Jaguares, Brumbies lead Super Rugby conferences

Sports 05/25/19, 13:37

Defending champions the Crusaders likely sealed first place in the New Zealand conference, the Jaguares took a surprise lead in the South African conference, and ACT Brumbies are top in Australia on Saturday with just three rounds of Super Rugby's regular season remaining.The Christchurch-based Crusaders, the two-time defending champions, cemented ...

Rugby Australia terminates Folau’s contract

Sports 05/17/19, 00:24

Rugby Australia has terminated star fullback Israel Folau's contract after he was found guilty of a high-level breach of the players' code of conduct for a social media post that condemned gay people and other "sinners" to eternal damnation.The 30-year-old Folau was found guilty on May 7 after a hearing ...

Pressure increases as playoffs get closer in Super Rugby

Africa 05/15/19, 22:04

Still a month out from the playoffs, Super Rugby will begin to take on knockout significance for some teams from this weekend's 14th round.With four or five matches remaining, depending on byes, some teams perched on the edge of the playoffs race must win or risk tumbling out of contention ...

Israel Folau’s code of conduct hearing begins in Sydney

Sports 05/03/19, 21:27

A code of conduct hearing to determine the playing future of Wallabies star Israel Folau began on Saturday at the headquarters of Rugby Australia.The 30-year-old outside back is appearing before the hearing to fight Rugby Australia's decision to terminate his contract after he posted in mid-April on social media that ...

Crusaders face Lions in reunion of former finalists

Africa 04/24/19, 20:16

The Christchurch-based Crusaders' rematch Friday with a former Super Rugby finals opponent is likely to emphasize how far ahead of the field they are in this season's title race.The Crusaders will take on the Johannesburg-based Lions, who they met in the 2017 and 2018 finals, winning the first encounter in ...

Highlanders beat Blues 24-12 in Super Rugby

Africa 04/20/19, 04:47

A second-half penalty try helped lift the Highlanders to a 24-12 win over the Blues in Super Rugby on Saturday which avenged the Blues' win in the first meeting of the teams a month ago.The Blues' 33-26 win over the Highlanders in round six was, and remains, their first and ...

Hurricanes escape Sunwolves surprise in Super Rugby

Africa 04/19/19, 11:32

The Hurricanes avoided a surprise loss at the Sunwolves by scoring 22 unanswered points in the second half to keep in touch with the Super Rugby leaders on Friday.The Hurricanes came back from 23-7 down at halftime in Tokyo to win 29-23 and close the gap on New Zealand conference ...

England warns Vunipola for defending Folau’s anti-gay post

Sports 04/16/19, 07:03

England has issued a formal warning to Billy Vunipola for defending an anti-gay Instagram post by Australia rugby player Israel Folau, and said the No. 8 regretted his comments. Following a meeting with the player, the Rugby Football Union said Vunipola's conduct was "prejudicial to the interests of the game" and ...

Folau’s anti-gay post condemned as ‘unacceptable’

Sports 04/10/19, 20:33

The governing body of Australian rugby has condemned an anti-gay post by Wallabies fullback Israel Folau on social media, saying it is "unacceptable" and "disrespectful." Folau, one of the sport's top players, published a message on his Instagram account that said "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell awaits ...

South African teams experience highs, lows in Super Rugby

Africa 04/07/19, 21:04

The Sharks' 42-5 win over the Lions in the weekend's eighth round of Super Rugby threw light on a South African conference in which switchback changes of form have been the norm this season.The Lions started the round atop the conference table, with the Sharks in third place. But after ...

Jaguares get 1st win in Pretoria, Folau breaks try record

Africa 04/06/19, 13:22

Domingo Miotti's electrifying impact off the bench and first tries in Super Rugby delivered a memorable win for Argentina's Jaguares against the Bulls on Saturday, while Israel Folau's 60th try gave him the competition's all-time record.Miotti changed the game after coming on to spur the Jaguares to a come-from-behind 22-20 ...

Lions lock in coach ahead of South African Super Rugby derby

Africa 04/03/19, 19:21

Having secured an important part of their long-term future, the Johannesburg-based Lions can focus on a more immediate challenge when they face the Durban-based Sharks in Super Rugby on Friday.The Lions this week announced they have re-signed head coach Swys de Bruin for the next two seasons.Initially as an assistant ...

Cheika: Wallabies will be ready when it counts at World Cup

Sports 04/03/19, 01:48

Australia coach Michael Cheika has predicted the Wallabies will rebound from their worst season in six decades to be a force at the Rugby World Cup.Australia lost nine of its 13 test matches in 2018 and its provincial teams under-performed in Super Rugby, but Cheika is growing in confidence six ...

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