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  • 'We are 100% still in the race'

    31 October 2017 4:08 PM 87

    IRFU chief executive Philip Browne believes Ireland are "100% still in the race" to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup despite the publication of a review which recommended South Africa for the tournament. A technical review group scored each of the bids from Ireland, South Africa and France on five criteria which consist of; finance and tournament guarantees

  • Canadian sensation Denis Shapovalov confirmed for Auckland's ASB Classic

    31 October 2017 4:03 PM 67

    Teen sensation Denis Shapovalov is the latest big name to commit to January's ASB Classic in Auckland. The 18-year-old Canadian has enjoyed a stellar 2017, highlighted by wins over both Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro during his run to the semi-finals of the Montreal Masters in August. Such results have seen him skyrocket up the ATP rankings

  • Rugby World Cup 2023: South Africa, not Ireland, chosen as preferred bid

    31 October 2017 12:15 PM 70

    Irish hopes of hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023 received a major setback this morning when World Rugby recommended South Africa, ahead of France and Ireland, to stage the tournament. No matter how much Dick Spring, the chairman of Ireland’s bid, tried to sugarcoat the news - and notwithstanding the fact there is a difference between a recommendation

  • 'SA counting on member countries'

    31 October 2017 12:14 PM 93

    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

  • South Africa set to host 2023 Rugby World Cup after bid is recommended ahead of rivals France and Ireland

    31 October 2017 12:14 PM 67

    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

  • Matson joins Chiefs coaching staff

    31 October 2017 8:09 AM 68

    Tabai Matson, who stepped down as head coach of English club Bath for family reasons, is returning to Super Rugby as a Chiefs assistant coach. Former Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson is joining the Chiefs as part of new head coach Colin Cooper's backroom staff for the next two Super Rugby seasons. In September, Matson announced he was stepping

  • Chiefs announce highly experienced coaching group for 2018

    31 October 2017 8:09 AM 80

    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

  • Large number of Kiwis in Barbarians squad

    30 October 2017 7:12 PM 91

    Steven Luatua and Ben Franks are among six former All Blacks and 13 Kiwis in the team coached by Robbie Deans and Scott Robertson. Highlanders' Luke Whitelock, Richard Buckman and Dillon Hunt were included, while other notables additions were fullback George Bridge and Auckland wing Vince Aso. The squad already included five players - Richie Mo'unga

  • Kiwis make up half Barbarian side

    30 October 2017 5:39 PM 76

    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

  • Cricketer Chris Gayle wins masseuse libel case

    30 October 2017 8:41 AM 69

    The West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle has won a defamation case against a large Australian newspaper publisher over a series of articles claiming that he exposed himself to a masseuse during the 2015 World Cup. A jury in New South Wales found that Fairfax Media, the publisher of Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Canberra Times, had failed to establish