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Rugby-Former All Blacks winger Jane heads to Japan

WELLINGTON, June 30 Former All Blacks winger Cory Jane has signed a two-year contract with Japan's Toshiba Brave Lupus, though he will return to play for the Wellington Hurricanes next year, his Super Rugby franchise said on Thursday.

Rugby-Australian Perrett to become first female official in Super Rugby

June 29 Australian Amy Perrett is set to become the first woman assistant referee in Super Rugby history when she officiates in the game between Melbourne Rebels and South Africa's Stormers on Saturday.

29 Jun 2016

Rugby-Australia lock Douglas set for return with Reds

SYDNEY, June 29 Australia lock Kane Douglas looks set to play his first match since last year's World Cup final after being named on the Queensland Reds bench for Friday's Super Rugby match against the ACT Brumbies.

29 Jun 2016

Rugby-Cruden to make Chiefs comeback from bench, Donald starts in Fiji

WELLINGTON, June 29 All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden will make his Super Rugby comeback for the Waikato Chiefs from the bench on Friday after suffering an unsettling neck injury during the second test against Wales.

29 Jun 2016

UPDATE 1-Olympics-Fiji face Americas challenge in Rio rugby sevens pool

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 28 Fiji will take on the United States, Argentina and hosts Brazil in the pool stage of the men's rugby sevens at the Rio Games when they begin their quest to land their country's first Olympic medal in August.

Olympics 2012 29 Jun 2016

Rugby-Lions skipper Whiteley to miss rest of Super Rugby campaign

JOHANNESBURG, June 28, Lions captain Warren Whiteley is expected to miss the remainder of the Super Rugby season with a shoulder injury, his club confirmed on Tuesday.

28 Jun 2016

Rugby-Ireland wing Fitzgerald's injury-hit career ends aged 28

DUBLIN, June 28 Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald has been forced to retire from rugby due to injury at the age of 28, the one-time British and Irish Lions winger said on Tuesday, bringing a premature end to a career beset by injury.

28 Jun 2016

Rugby-Super Rugby Fixtures

June 27 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Super Rugby matches FRIDAY, JULY 1 FIXTURES (GMT) Chiefs v Crusaders (0935) Brumbies v Reds (0940) SATURDAY, JULY 2 FIXTURES (GMT) Sunwolves v Waratahs (0515) Hurricanes v Blues (0735) Rebels v Stormers (0940) Cheetahs v Western Force (1300) Southern Kings v Highlanders (1505) Lions v Sharks (1710) Jaguares v Bulls (2140)

27 Jun 2016

FEATURE-Rugby-'Ridiculous' season intensifies calls for global calendar

SYDNEY, June 27 As the northern hemisphere's test rugby warriors embarked on long haul flights back home for their first proper break in a year on Monday, coaches lined up to decry the burden the current international calendar puts on players.

27 Jun 2016

Rugby-All Blacks prop Moody signs with NZ Rugby until 2019

WELLINGTON, June 27 New Zealand's planning for their 2019 Rugby World Cup defence received another boost on Monday when All Blacks prop Joe Moody signed a contract extension until after the tournament in Japan.

Japan 27 Jun 2016

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