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Rugby-Crusaders play 'safe card' on injured Read

All Blacks captain Kieran Read missed Saturday's Super Rugby clash for the Canterbury Crusaders against the Stormers with a neck injury but his absence was just a precaution, said coach Scott Robertson.

UPDATE 4-Super League summaries

May 18 (OPTA) - summaries from the Super League matches on Saturday Catalans (8) 33 Tries: McIlorum (19), Mead (47,68), Langi (52), Kasiano (55) Goals: Gigot (7,21,48,50,56,70) Drop Goals: Gigot (60) Wigan (6) 16 Tries: Marshall (37), Gildart (73), Hardaker (79) Goals: Hardaker (37,79) Referee: Ben Thaler Ground: Camp Nou .............................................

UPDATE 3-Super League results

May 18 (OPTA) - results from the Super League matches on Saturday Catalans (8) 33 Wigan (6) 16 London Broncos (26) 42 Wakefield (6) 34 Warrington (6) 12 Hull (18) 19

UPDATE 2-Super Rugby summaries

May 18 (OPTA) - summaries from the Super Rugby matches on Saturday Blues (10) 23 Tries: Plummer (31), Nanai (37), Tuungafasi (59), Cowley-Tuioti (81) Penalties: Plummer (49) Chiefs (8) 8 Tries: Karpik (16) Penalties: McKenzie (34) Referee: Glen Jackson ......................................................................... Reds

UPDATE 2-Super Rugby results

May 18 (OPTA) - results from the Super Rugby matches on Saturday Blues (10) 23 Chiefs (8) 8 Reds (15) 32 NSW Waratahs (14) 40

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Courts beckon as Folau ponders appeal against sacking

Courts beckon as Folau ponders appeal against sacking

SYDNEY (Reuters) - After a statement saying he was deeply saddened by his sacking from Australian rugby and was considering his options on an appeal, Israel Folau's public pronouncements on the matter on Friday were limited to religious posts on social media.

Folau sacked by Rugby Australia over social media post

Folau sacked by Rugby Australia over social media post

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Five weeks after they first committed to sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia finally terminated the Wallabies fullback's contract on Friday on the recommendation of a disciplinary panel that decided he had breached their rules on inclusion.

Factbox - Australian rugby union player Israel Folau

Factbox - Australian rugby union player Israel Folau

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Wallabies fullback Israel Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia on Friday after he was found to have committed a high level breach of the players' code of conduct by sharing a social media post:

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