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Rugby-Hooper free to face All Blacks after one-week slap ban

SYDNEY, July 30 - Australia flanker Michael Hooper has been handed just a one-week ban for slapping Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez in the head in last weekend's Rugby Championship test and will be free to face the All Blacks in back-to-back tests next month.

Rugby-Taulafo try propels Samoa past Canada, to meet Fiji in final

July 29 - Samoa's Sakaria Taulafo dived on the loose ball for a last-minute try to give his side a 21-20 victory over Canada in their Pacific Nations Cup clash in Toronto on Wednesday, setting up a final against Fiji.

30 Jul 2015

Rugby-Top officials to meet 2019 World Cup organisers over arena

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 - World Rugby officials will meet 2019 World Cup organisers on Thursday in the hope of thrashing out a solution after hosts Japan decided to scrap plans for a new stadium that would have hosted the tournament's feature matches.

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Rugby-Wallaby Hooper's foul play hearing adjourned till Thursday

MELBOURNE, July 29 - Australia flanker Michael Hooper will have to wait another day to learn about his fate after a hearing into his alleged foul play in the win against Argentina was adjourned on Wednesday.

29 Jul 2015

UPDATE 1-Olympics-Tokyo Games chief apologises for stadium fiasco

* Construction cost to rise compared to 2013 (updates with IOC saying they will be part of stadium tender)

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Rugby-Former Springbok Grant signs up for Perth move

SYDNEY, July 29 - Former South Africa flyhalf Peter Grant has agreed to join Western Force for the next two seasons and is looking forward to playing a mentoring role with the young backline at the Super Rugby strugglers.

29 Jul 2015

Rugby-South Africa's De Villiers poised for return against Argentina

CAPE TOWN, July 28 - Jean de Villiers is set to make his return for South Africa when they face Argentina in their final Rugby Championship test of the year in Durban on Aug. 8.

28 Jul 2015

Rugby-Pocock savours prospect of McCaw clash

MELBOURNE, July 28 - Australia flanker David Pocock is relishing the prospect of facing All Blacks captain Richie McCaw again after two seasons wiped out by knee injuries.

28 Jul 2015

Rugby-Test Match Uruguay v Argentina Fixture

July 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixture from the Test Match match between Uruguay and Argentina on Monday in Montevideo, Uruguay SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 FIXTURES (GMT) Uruguay v Argentina (1630)

27 Jul 2015

Rugby-Cooper apologises for expletive-laden Twitter rant

July 27 - Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper has apologised for lashing out at media criticism with an expletive-riddled post on his Twitter feed.

27 Jul 2015
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Dhoni: the legacy of a cricket champion

When Dhoni finally hangs up his boots for good in all forms of cricket, he'll be best remembered as a handsome and charismatic leader who inspired India to scale cricket's greatest heights.

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