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Rugby-Ulster sign cancer survivor Lealiifano on five-month deal

Aug 21 Ulster have signed Australian fly-half Christian Lealiifano from ACT Brumbies on a five-month loan deal as he continues his comeback from leukaemia, the PRO14 side announced on Monday.

Rugby-Grey stonewalls calls for Wallabies defensive overhaul

MELBOURNE, Aug 21 Australia assistant coach Nathan Grey has dismissed any need to review the team's defence playbook amid calls for him to be sacked in the wake of their 54-34 thrashing by New Zealand in the Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

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Rugby-Boks call up Vermaak to replace injured Cronje

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Aug 20 South Africa have called up scrumhalf Jano Vermaak to their squad as a replacement for the injured Ross Cronje ahead of the Rugby Championship clash with Argentina in Salta on Saturday.

20 Aug 2017

Rugby-Hourcade laments scrum woes after Argentina's loss to Boks

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Aug 20 Argentina's recent slump continued with a 37-15 defeat to South Africa on Saturday that left coach Daniel Hourcade frustrated with their meekness in the scrums and errors with ball in hand.

20 Aug 2017

Rugby-Thousands protest Western Force cull in Perth

SYDNEY, Aug 20 Several thousand fans gathered at the headquarters of rugby union in Perth on Sunday to protest the axing of Western Force from Super Rugby.

20 Aug 2017

Rugby-Stick with us, Beale pleads to Wallabies fans

SYDNEY, Aug 20 Wallabies playmaker Kurtley Beale has pleaded with Australian rugby fans not to abandon the team after an inept defensive performance in their 54-34 defeat at the hands of New Zealand on Saturday.

20 Aug 2017

UPDATE 3-Rugby-'Pinetree' felled. All Blacks great Meads dies aged 81

* Family says lock 'loved' being an All Black (Recasts, adds quotes)

20 Aug 2017

RPT-FACTBOX-Rugby-All Blacks great Colin Meads

Aug 20 Factbox on former All Blacks lock Colin Meads, who died from pancreatic cancer on Sunday.

20 Aug 2017

RPT-NEWSMAKER-Rugby-Colin 'Piney' Meads, the All Blacks exemplar

WELLINGTON, Aug 20 The contribution of All Blacks great Colin Meads to the game he bestrode as a colossus was never underestimated, but in later life the man known as 'Piney' never looked happier than when talking rugby over a pint of beer.

20 Aug 2017

NEWSMAKER-Rugby-Colin 'Piney' Meads, the All Blacks exemplar

WELLINGTON, The contribution of All Blacks great Colin Meads to the game he bestrode as a colossus was never underestimated, but in later life the man known as 'Piney' never looked happier than when talking rugby over a pint of beer.

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