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Rugby-Old grudges add fuel to fire in all-Australian Super semi

SYDNEY, July 25 - For the New South Wales Waratahs, Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies is a chance to firmly establish their place at the top of Australian rugby and another step on the path they hope will take them to their first title.

Rugby-Sharks to stay controlled, not likely to go into frenzy

WELLINGTON, July 25 - The ACT Brumbies have abandoned his conservative game plan but Jake White's Sharks' side won't when they face the Canterbury Crusaders in their Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday.

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Rugby-No turning back for expansive Brumbies in Sydney

SYDNEY, July 25 - There is no question of the ACT Brumbies reverting to a more conservative game when they meet the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday with a place in the Super Rugby final on the line, director of rugby Laurie Fisher said on Friday.

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Rugby-McCaw to test broken ribs against ferocious Sharks

WELLINGTON, July 25 - Captain Richie McCaw entered the annals of New Zealand rugby folklore by playing in the 2011 World Cup with a broken foot but the pain was nothing compared to taking on England last month with fractured ribs.

24 Jul 2014

Games-Commonwealth rugby sevens gives Rio a glimpse of future

GLASGOW, July 24 - Big names and strong teams from most of rugby's leading nations are set to offer Rio 2016 a glimpse of things to come in the Commonwealth Games sevens tournament.

24 Jul 2014

Rugby-Lambie back at flyhalf as Sharks shuffle team

DURBAN, South Africa, July 24 - Pat Lambie has been restored to flyhalf and fellow international Willem Alberts has been shifted to lock as the Sharks made three changes to their starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch.

24 Jul 2014

PREVIEW-Rugby-White's influence writ large on Super Rugby semis

SYDNEY, July 24 - Master schemer Jake White's influence will be writ large on the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend when his Sharks take on the Canterbury Crusaders and the ACT Brumbies meet the New South Wales Waratahs.

24 Jul 2014

Rugby-Brumbies unchanged for Sydney semi against Waratahs

SYDNEY, July 24 - The ACT Brumbies have named an unchanged side for this weekend's all-Australian Super Rugby semi-final against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney.

24 Jul 2014

Rugby-McCaw returns to Crusaders line-up for Sharks semi

WELLINGTON, July 24 - Canterbury Crusaders flanker Richie McCaw has recovered from injury and will start this weekend's Super Rugby semi-final against South Africa's Sharks in Christchurch.

24 Jul 2014

Rugby-Lambie hoping to flex bicep again after injury woes

CAPE TOWN, July 23 - Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie is hoping to continue his comeback with more game time in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the Canterbury Crusaders after months of injury woes.

23 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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