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Rugby union-Spencer named as Lions manager for NZ tour

July 30 - John Spencer, who toured with the British and Irish Lions as a player in 1971, has been appointed manager of the Lions' tour to New Zealand in 2017.

Rugby-Australia's Speight ruled out for month by injury

SYDNEY, July 30 - Winger Henry Speight will be sidelined for a month by a hamstring injury and has been replaced in the Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championship by Peter Betham.

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Rugby-All Blacks' Smith to make low-key return from thumb injury

WELLINGTON, July 30 - Injured All Blacks centre Conrad Smith will make his return to the field after recovering from a broken thumb in a rare outing for his provincial side Wellington on Friday.

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Rugby-Waratahs wary of returning winger Nadolo

WELLINGTON, July 30 - Nemani Nadolo's thick Australian accent is just one tell-tale sign the New South Wales Waratahs' decision to let the rampaging winger slip through their fingers could come back to haunt them on Saturday.

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INTERVIEW-Rugby-Waratahs have seized their destiny - Cheika

MELBOURNE, July 29 - The New South Wales Waratahs' two-season transformation from Super Rugby lightweights to Australia's major force has been driven by a playing group embracing "ownership" of the club and its culture, coach Michael Cheika told Reuters.

29 Jul 2014

Rugby-Waratahs unchanged for Super Rugby final against Crusaders

MELBOURNE, July 29 - New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has named an unchanged starting side for the Super Rugby final against the Canterbury Crusaders in Sydney on Saturday.

29 Jul 2014

Rugby-Waratahs not dwelling on poor record against Crusaders

SYDNEY, July 29 - The New South Wales Waratahs can look back with pride on a groundbreaking season that has taken them to the brink of the Super Rugby championship, but they have no desire to delve too far into the past as far as their record against the Canterbury Crusaders is concerned.

29 Jul 2014

Rugby-Earthquake effected us more than we realised - Blackadder

WELLINGTON, July 28 - The chaos caused by the deadly Christchurch earthquake in 2011 was a contributing factor in the Canterbury Crusaders' defeat the last time the side reached the Super Rugby final, coach Todd Blackadder has suggested.

28 Jul 2014

Rugby-Skelton key to opening championship door for Waratahs

MELBOURNE, July 28 - New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika's prediction that man mountain Will Skelton could be a match-winner from the bench may have looked like a sop to a player denied a spot in his starting side for their biggest match of the season.

28 Jul 2014

UPDATE 2-Rugby-Sabbatical pays off as Carter returns to NZ squad

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28 Jul 2014

If I unfollowed you, it’s because you tweeted about the World Cup

Social media encourages writers toward conciseness and cleverness, the better to attract a larger audience. But these rules have dissolved during the World Cup interregnum. Ordinarily smart people are typing "Goooooaaaaall!!!!!" into Twitter as if other soccer fans are blind to what they just saw on TV.

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