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UPDATE 1-Rugby-Australia halfbacks Beale, White benched for Boks

* Former captain Horwill recalled to matchday 23 (Adds details, quotes)

Rugby-Australia halfbacks Beale, White benched for South Africa

MELBOURNE, Sept 2 - Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has run out of patience with misfiring halfbacks Kurtley Beale and Nic White, dumping them to the bench for the Rugby Championship match against South Africa in Perth on Saturday.

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Rugby-Australia team to play South Africa

MELBOURNE, Sept 2 - Australia coach Ewen McKenzie named the following team on Tuesday to play South Africa in a Rugby Championship test in Perth on Saturday.

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Rugby-All Blacks back to the dark places as championship resumes

SYDNEY, Aug 31 - It must be galling for the other three teams in the Rugby Championship when New Zealand roll out of a 51-20 humbling of the world's third best team with a shrug of the shoulders and a "yeah, it was good, but it could be better".

31 Aug 2014

Rugby-O'Connor last chance a potential gift for the Wallabies

SYDNEY, Aug 30 - When a teenage James O'Connor nervelessly kicked a sideline conversion to give Australia that rarest of rugby experiences, a win over the All Blacks, in 2010 it seemed only injury could prevent him from enjoying a 100-cap test career.

30 Aug 2014

Rugby-Welsh union reaches agreement with regions

Aug 29 - The Welsh Rugby Union has agreed a six-year 60 million-pound ($99.6 million) deal with its four regions, ending a dispute that threatened to tear the national game apart and force the country's best players overseas.

29 Aug 2014

Rugby-Reds bank on O'Connor, Hunt for Super Rugby revival

SYDNEY, Aug 29 - The Queensland Reds will bring Wallaby James O'Connor back to Australia and former rugby league international Karmichael Hunt back to the 15-man game for next season, the Super Rugby team said on Friday.

29 Aug 2014

Rugby-Gay World Cup crosses gain line with IRB support

SYDNEY, Aug 29 - Bingham Cup organisers hailed the endorsement of the International Rugby Board (IRB) as an important breakthrough in inclusiveness in sport as the seventh version of the gay World Cup got underway on Friday.

29 Aug 2014

Rugby-Whiteley to replace Alberts on Springboks' Australasia trip

CAPE TOWN, Aug 28 - Loose forward Willem Alberts has been ruled out of South Africa's Rugby Championship tour to Australia and New Zealand and will be replaced by Warren Whiteley after Juan Smith declined the opportunity.

28 Aug 2014

Rugby-IRB ushers in new era with name change to World Rugby

DUBLIN, Aug 28 - The International Rugby Board (IRB) will undergo a second name change in 16 years when it becomes formally known as World Rugby in November as part of a rebranding programme, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.

28 Aug 2014

Pete Rose Jr.`s long long journey

Except for one very brief 28 day stint with the Cincinnati Reds in 1997, Pete Rose, Jr. has been chasing the major league dream for 27 years, playing or coaching over 2,000 games and wearing the uniform of 29 teams – in the US, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.

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