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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 7:30 AM Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand begin title defence against South Africa

Champions New Zealand will begin their quest for a third successive Rugby World Cup title against South Africa in Yokohama. The fixtures for the 2019 World Cup which takes place in Japan, were announced on Thursday. Ireland and Scotland will meet in their opening game in Pool A while Wales begin against Georgia in Pool D. England will play their fixtures 17

1 November 2017 8:17 PM Jacinda named one of the most powerful women in the world

A week into the job and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has already rocketed into the Forbes list of the most powerful women in the political world. She's ranked at 13 in the list of 22 women, ahead of Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at 15 and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at 20. The magazine highlighted Ms Ardern's status as the world's 35

1 November 2017 2:22 AM Tensions rise among Tongan, Samoan league fans

Samoan and Tongan rugby league fans have been caught on camera in a mass brawl that blocked a South Auckland street. Simmering tension between the rival fans has led to Samoan boxing legend David Tua making a public plea for peace ahead of the two countries squaring off in the Rugby League World Cup in Hamilton this Sunday. Video footage has emerged 21

31 October 2017 12:14 PM 'SA counting on member countries'

South Africa’s Sports Minister Thulas Nxesi said while the recommendation by World Rugby that South Africa should host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was not a formality, he expected the member countries of World Rugby to “follow the processes” to confirm South Africa as the host. South Africa was named as the preferred host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup by an independent 26

31 October 2017 12:14 PM South Africa set to host 2023 Rugby World Cup after bid is recommended ahead of rivals France and Ireland

South Africa have taken a giant step towards earning the right to host the 2023 World Cup, after having their bid recommended ahead of rivals France and Ireland. World Rugby will confirm that a painstaking process of auditing the three candidate countries has concluded with a decision to nominate the 'Rainbow Nation' – who last staged the global showpiece 8

28 October 2017 6:27 PM Kiwis seek best of both worlds in RLWC

The Kiwis have talked up an adventurous playing style leading into the Rugby League World Cup, but admit they need plenty of precision and accuracy too. Kiwis assistant coach Brian Smith wants his side to have their cake and eat it too, playing both precise and adventurous rugby league. Smith's troops cruised to a 38-8 win over Toa Samoa in Saturday's 18

28 October 2017 9:37 AM Shaun Johnson sparks New Zealand to 38-8 World Cup win over Samoa

NEW Zealand have kicked off their Rugby League World Cup campaign with a bang, blitzing Samoa in the second half of their Rugby League World Cup clash to win 38-8 in Auckland. Despite an ill-disciplined performance in which they made 17 errors and completed barely 60 per cent of their sets, the Kiwis were too good on Saturday for their Polynesian rivals 25