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1 November 2017 5:35 AM Samoa vs Tonga match preview: Battle of the big fellas

As we enter Week 2 of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, one game in particular jumps out at me as the obvious gem among this week’s contests. This match promises to be both an entertaining and brutal affair. And if history is anything to go by, it will go down to the wire. Based on form and results in the previous round, Tonga will go into this one as deserved 42

31 October 2017 9:33 PM Super Rugby squads: Famous name back in the Crusaders

Tasman loosie Ethan Blackadder, son of former Crusaders coach Todd, has been included in the Super Rugby champion's 2018 squad. The other debutants include Canterbury openside Billy Harmon and halfback Jack Stratton. Braydon Ennor and Will Jordan both debuted in the Mitre 10 Cup this season, for Canterbury and Tasman respectively, and have been named 10

31 October 2017 8:09 AM Chiefs announce highly experienced coaching group for 2018

On the eve of the Gallagher Chiefs squad announcement, head coach Colin Cooper has named a highly experienced coaching team to prepare his men for their 2018 Investec Super Rugby title hunt. Cooper will be joined by returning coaches Neil Barnes, Andrew Strawbridge and Carl Hoeft, with the exciting addition of Tabai Matson completing a quintet that features 7

30 October 2017 5:39 PM Kiwis make up half Barbarian side

Thirteen New Zealanders, past or present All Blacks, have been named in the 26-man Barbarians squad for matches against NZ and Tonga. Two more New Zealanders have been added to the Barbarians squad to meet the All Blacks this weekend, meaning Kiwis now make up half the 26-strong invitation side. Former All Blacks Ben Franks and Steven Luatua were named 7

28 October 2017 4:04 PM Blaming capitalism for policy failure is fake news

“If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure… When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention is required. Has it failed our people in recent times? Yes. How can you claim you’ve been successful 26

28 October 2017 8:03 AM Rugby League World Cup: Live Updates

61mins: Beale is still down. The medicab is now out on the field. It's quite unusual as there wasn't any contact but Beale went down in the backfield. Could be a knee, or an achilles possibly. Teammates look very concerned. 61mins: Players from both teams seem to be suffering from fatigue. Bunty Afoa guilty of taking too long to pack down a the scrum 14

27 October 2017 8:50 AM Wellington Lions vs Bay of Plenty Steamers

What a game of footy. Wellington win a high-scoring affair and secure promotion to next season's Premiership. Bay of Plenty played well, but the Lions were just too good in the end. I feel like I can relate to the players, we all put in a 100 minute effort. 99mins: TRY BAY OF PLENTY: The Steamers have the last say! They may not have won, but they've 12

26 October 2017 6:15 PM Burnley's Vokes, Wood face fitness tests ahead of Newcastle game

(Reuters) – Burnley forwards Sam Vokes and Chris Wood face late fitness tests ahead of their Premier League game against promoted Newcastle United on Monday, manager Sean Dyche said on Thursday. Wales international Vokes missed out with an abdominal injury as Burnley lost 3-0 to Manchester City last week while New Zealand’s Wood is recovering from a tight 7

24 October 2017 10:39 AM Rhys Webb in Wales squad despite the fact he'll be ineligible for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Forwards (20): Rob Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Leon Brown (Dragons)*, Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues), Elliot Dee (Dragons)*, Ken Owens (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys 2

23 October 2017 9:11 AM New Zealand coach Steve Hansen names four uncapped players in 37-man squad ahead of European tour

League convert Matt Duffie and hooker Asafo Aumua have been named among four uncapped players in a 37-man All Blacks squad to play tests in Britain and France next month. Winger Duffie played for the Melbourne Storm in Australia's National Rugby League and had one test for the Kiwis before switching and playing for North Harbour province and Auckland-based 1