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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.

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.

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

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UPDATE 1-Rugby-Piutau, Cane and Carter back in New Zealand squad

WELLINGTON, July 28 - Exciting utility back Charles Piutau and openside flanker Sam Cane have returned to the New Zealand squad for the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship after overcoming knee injuries, while Dan Carter also returns after a six-month sabbatical.

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Rugby-Piutau, Cane back in New Zealand squad for Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, July 28 - Exciting utility back Charles Piutau and openside flanker Sam Cane have returned to the New Zealand squad for the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship after overcoming knee injuries, while Dan Carter also returns after a six-month sabbatical.

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Rugby-New Zealand squad for Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, July 28 - New Zealand coach Steve Hansen named the following 31-man squad on Monday for the southern hemisphere's annual Rugby Championship against South Africa, Australia and Argentina.

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Games-South Africa shock New Zealand to claim sevens gold

GLASGOW, July 27 - South Africa ended New Zealand's dominance of the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens with a 17-12 victory at Ibrox Stadium on Sunday to win the gold medal.

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Rugby-Crusaders feel the momentum shifting in their favour

WELLINGTON, July 27 - The Canterbury Crusaders were far from convincing for much of the Super Rugby season but on Saturday showed the calibre of performance that will give their supporters hope they can add an eighth title next week against the New South Wales Waratahs.

27 Jul 2014

Rugby-Waratahs' first home final far cry from boos of yesteryear

SYDNEY, July 27 - The New South Wales Waratahs' first home Super Rugby final next Saturday will seem a lifetime away from two years ago when they were booed off the field by dwindling crowds as sponsors questioned their support.

27 Jul 2014

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Waratahs win a Sydney dog fight to reach final

SYDNEY, July 26 - Flyhalf Bernard Foley scored a brilliant late try and kicked 11 points to fire the New South Wales Waratahs to a 26-8 victory over the ACT Brumbies and into their third Super Rugby final on Saturday.

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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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