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2 November 2017 4:34 PM Barbarians v New Zealand talking points: Julian Savea and Beauden Barrett and more

November is here! And to kick off a month of top-class Test action the Barbarians take on New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action. The Barbarians have produced some vintage performances in the past and up against the double world champions, the quality and excitement of rugby on display is sure to be enthralling. There's a host of talking 32

2 November 2017 4:31 PM Breakers hold off storming 36ers in NBL

The New Zealand Breakers have extended their NBL winning run to five matches with a 92-88 win over the Adelaide 36ers in Auckland. Coming off away wins over Melbourne and Brisbane, the second-placed Breakers had to survive a stubborn last-quarter fightback on Thursday from third-ranked Adelaide at North Shore Events Centre. Down by 14 points in the third 67

2 November 2017 4:08 PM Eddie Jones says World Cup draw is ideal for England

The schedule that launches their quest for a first global title since 2003 begins with a match against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22. It continues 1,000 miles away and only four days later against the United States in Kobe. Once that arduous opening has passed, however, England will negotiate a kind itinerary that continues with pivotal clashes against 95

2 November 2017 1:17 PM Hot Melbourne Utd back on NBL winners list

Melbourne United have reignited their NBL season with a crushing 87-65 home win over Cairns. Looking to bounce back from three-consecutive losses, United's talented backcourt of Casper Ware and Chris Goulding combined on Thursday night for 11 three-pointers and a total of 56 points. Promise to show more assertiveness in attack, Ware led all scorers with 26 points 60

2 November 2017 12:00 PM All Blacks face Springboks in 2019 World Cup opener

Favourites New Zealand will begin their quest for a third successive Rugby World Cup title with a heavyweight clash against South Africa at the 2019 tournament in Japan. The All Blacks are scheduled to face their old southern hemisphere foes in Yokohama on September 21, a day after hosts Japan kick off the competition against European qualifiers, likely 50

2 November 2017 7:30 AM All Blacks to kick off 2019 Rugby World Cup vs Springboks

TOKYO — The New Zealand All Blacks will kick off their Rugby World Cup title defense against South Africa in a contest between two of the sport’s heavyweights. Rugby World Cup organizers announced the match schedule for the Sept. 20-Nov. 2 tournament on Thursday, exactly two years out from the tournament final in Yokohama. The two-time defending champion 47

2 November 2017 7:30 AM 100 Days To Go To Pyeongchang 2018

International Stadium Yokohama will be the heart of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, it emerged today as the match schedules were released. Four pool matches will be held at the Stadium located 40 kilometres outside Japan's capital Tokyo. They will involve matches between New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland and Scotland, England and France, and Japan and Scotland 67

2 November 2017 4:01 AM World champions All Blacks to be captained by Beauden Barrett for the first time at Twickenham

Beauden Barrett will captain a second-string New Zealand side when they take on the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday, live on Sky Sports. Hooker Asafo Aumua, prop Tim Perry and wing Matt Duffie, a former rugby league international, could make their All Blacks debuts from the bench against the Baa-Baas. Steve Hansen's side return to the venue for the first 10

2 November 2017 4:01 AM Beauden Barrett confirmed to captain All Blacks against Barbarians

There's been plenty of hype surrounding Aumua, ever since his barnstorming performances at the Under-20 World Championship earlier this year, but Hansen's trying to keep a lid on expectations for the exciting hooker. "If we're being honest, he's probably overwhelmed by it all. There's a lot that we've got to help him with, and we'll do that nice and slowly 24

2 November 2017 4:01 AM All Blacks team named for match against Barbarians

The All Blacks team has been named to play the Barbarians in the opening match of the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour at Twickenham on Saturday 4 November. First five-eighth Beauden Barrett will captain the All Blacks for the first time, while three new All Blacks, hooker Asafo Aumua, prop Tim Perry and outside back Matt Duffie have been named on the reserves 29