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Super Rugby Teams of the Decade: The frighteningly stacked Crusaders XV from the last 10 years Our Super Rugby Teams of the Decade series moves to Christchurch as we profile the best players to have played for the back-to-back-to-back reigning champion Crusaders since 2010.
Gabriel Ascárate Among New Argentine Olímpia Players Former Puma Gabriel Ascárate is among new Olímpia players from Argentina. The Paraguayan professional team that will compete in the Súper Liga Americana de Rugby thus far has seven players known. The first two players unveiled for the Olímpia Lions were Manuel Montero, and Renato Cardona.
Ceibos Sign Jaguares XV duo Argentina's second professional rugby team, Ceibos, have signed a duo from Los Jaguares XV. Confirmed in joining captain Tomás Cubilla on the roster for the 2020 Súper Liga are hooker Pablo Dimcheff and second or back row Lucas Santa Cruz.
Americas Champions to Compete in MLR vs SLAR Fixture In a special initiative the Americas will have official club champions in 2020. UAR President Marcelo Rodríguez has today confirmed that there will be a battle of the champions in 2020 between the winners of Major League Rugby and Súper Liga Americana de Rugby.
Rosters confirmed for Cape Town Sevens The World Sevens Series continues in Cape Town this weekend, the three-day event kicking off on Friday. It will be the second stop on the circuit for the men, and the third for the women. It's the second of a record six combined events on this season's schedule.
Fast learner Doris busy delivering on his undoubted potential Former Ireland U-20 captain making a big impression at number eight for Leinster.
Jaguares reveal 2020 playing kits Los Jaguares have revealed their home and away kits for the 2020 Super Rugby season. The home strip features a blue on black pattern, with orange found only on the logo patches. The alternate kit features the traditional orange that fades into navy blue.
Danny Barrett to play in 50th World Sevens Series event Danny Barrett will play his 50th tournament on the World Sevens Series in Cape Town this weekend. The 29-year-old California native headlines an unchanged Eagles squad that will be desperate to finish higher than their 8th-place result in Dubai.
No 'copy and paste' coach: Ian Foster opens up on public backlash after All Blacks appointment It is the passion of the game and it is great that the union had a tough choice but they have decided on me. "I am not going to turn everyone's opinion straight away. I have got to get in there and roll my sleeves up and I want to reassure people that I am here because I love this team and that I feel really good about the plan.
Despite spectacular 11-minute hat-trick from Diogo Jota, Wolves must make do with second place Elsewhere, Rangers booked their place in the knockout stages after a nervy draw with Young Boys.
Manchester United's latest teenage sensation bags a brilliant brace in easy Euro affair Mason Greenwood was the star of the show as Ole Gunnar Solskjaear’s side breezed past AZ to seal Europa League top spot.
FAI board member John Earley resigns 'in the best interests of Irish football' The move comes just under a week after the FAI president announced that he is stepping down.
Graham Henry unconvinced by All Blacks selection process Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry has taken a few swipes at New Zealand Rugby as they enter a new era. Henry was one of five on the panel that selected Ian Foster as the new All Blacks coach, succeeding Steve Hansen.
'Baptism of fire' long behind him as Leavy relishes tough tasks on Sevens circuit Ireland men are in Cape Town after a difficult debut run on the World Series.
16-year-old Karamoko Dembele makes Celtic history but team's unbeaten run ends in Romania Despite a 2-0 loss to Cluj, Neil Lennon’s side still progress as Group E winners.
Late Arsenal rally sees them score twice in three minutes to secure Europa League top spot Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka helped the Gunners fight back to draw 2-2 with Standard Liege.
Nakarawa has cleared out his locker at Racing and decided his short-term future In the interests of preserving the institution of Racing, this decision of rupture was imperative." However, the 2018 European player of the year has not been short of demand and Midi Olympique, the French bi-weekly newspaper, have reported that his short-term future has now been decided.
Dublin appoint Dessie Farrell as new senior football manager The 1995 All-Ireland winner takes over from Jim Gavin.
'People will already be writing us off… that is a motivating point' The defending HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions failed to get out of their pool last weekend in Dubai and are gunning to make amends in Cape Town.
Shortlist for 2019 RTÉ Young Sportsperson of the Year unveiled - who should win? 11 rising stars have been nominated for the award.
'Minamino strikes me as an ideal signing for Liverpool' - what to expect from Salzburg winger at Anfield The 24-year-old is set to arrive at Anfield in January.
France's rising star decides future NEWS: One of France's rising stars, Matthieu Jalibert, has extended his contract with Bordeaux-Begles for two years until 2023, the Top 14 club announced on Thursday. "The adventure continues until 2023," the 21-year-old international flyhalf posted on his Twitter account.
PREVIEW: European Cup, Round Four CHAMPIONS CUP: Toulouse's South African loose forward Rynhardt Elstadt says clinching a place in the European Champions Cup quarterfinals is on the squad's mind ahead of facing Montpellier this weekend as he also looks to ease any lingering disappointment over missing his country's World Cup triumph.
Scott Wisemantel appointed Australia attack coach after leaving England Scott Wisemantel has been appointed attack coach by Australia after leaving England’s backroom team following the World Cup.
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