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Australia v Argentina: Rugby Championship 2018 – live!

Updates on the Wallabies-Pumas clash on the Gold CoastNew Zealand 34-36 South Africa: Springboks stun All BlacksAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 11.15am BST 10:17 There they go! The Wallabies won a line-out, kept possession, went well out …

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Springboks hold on to inflict shock home defeat on the All Blacks

New Zealand 34-36 South AfricaFirst Springboks win in New Zealand since 2009Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two tries as the Springboks upset the form book to record a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Wellington on Satur…

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Ronan O’Gara: ‘There’s no secret to the All Blacks but no one believes that’

Former Ireland fly-half has cut his coaching teeth with Crusaders in New Zealand and says the world champions are undeniably brilliant but still beatableThose who attended this week’s World Rugby Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Rugby, across the roa…

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Wasps’ Dai Young speaks out as pressure builds on Premiership coaches

• Young has sympathy for sacked Leicester coach, Matt O’Connor• Bath’s Todd Blackadder among coaches under early scrutinyAt last month’s Premiership launch the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, remarked on the number of new faces among his conte…

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Billy Vunipola: ‘A lot of people still have injuries and try to hide it’

The England forward reflects on his fitness struggles and rugby’s problem with players masking their own physical painBilly Vunipola has a reputation as one of the most disarmingly honest players around, but even by his standards his latest admission i…

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Charlie Sharples strikes twice as Gloucester rally to sink Bristol

• Gloucester 35-13 Bristol• Newcomers overwhelmed in second-half onslaughtUnbeaten Gloucester clambered to the top of the Premiership after coming from behind to defeat promoted Bristol, who made a point even if they returned home without one.Bristol’s…

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Worcester’s Cornell du Preez unable to talk after throat injury

• Fractured cricoid suffered in collision with Wasps’ Launchbury• Back-row must remain in hospital for about four weeksThe Worcester and Scotland back-row Cornell du Preez has revealed he is unable to talk and must remain in hospital for the next four …

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CVC’s Premiership bid may have been rejected but it could signal change | The Breakdown

The takeover’s threat to club independence and existing regulations may have prompted its failure but it has opened up a debate about how the game can brand and run itself betterThe response of one Premiership club official to the takeover bid of the l…

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Israel Folau to wing it for Wallabies against Argentina

Fullback to play on flank for first time since 2013David Pocock also set for return on Gold CoastIsrael Folau has been named to make his Wallabies return against Argentina – but not in his usual position. Instead, coach Michael Cheika starts Folau on t…

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World Rugby’s Agustín Pichot warns international game is facing ‘ruin’

• Unions and clubs need new blueprint says vice-chairman• Players ‘caught in crossfire’ of competing demandsOne of rugby’s most senior officials has warned that the entire future of the international game is under threat unless the sport takes urgent a…

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Money in European rugby is too good to resist, says Wasps’ Lima Sopoaga

• Sopoaga: More New Zealanders will give up All Black hopes• Brad Shields out for up to five weeks after surgeryThe Wasps fly-half Lima Sopoaga believes the player drain from New Zealand to Europe will increase because the lure of the All Blacks jersey…

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Premiership Rugby agrees selling majority share is ‘not preferred option’

• Private equity firm CVC offered £275m for 51% share• Clubs want to keep control, says chairman, Ian RitchiePremiership Rugby has declined to accept a £275m offer from the private equity firm CVC for a 51% share because the clubs are fearful of handin…

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Rugby union’s English club owners consider future direction of the sport | Robert Kitson

A meeting on Tuesday will consider a £275m offer for a major stake and discuss a few more ideas for progressRarely has professional rugby union scanned the horizon with such mixed emotions. In several parts of the world there is a sense of a sport whic…

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Rugby World Cup could expand to 24 teams in 2023, say organisers

• Rugby World Cup has had 20 teams for two decades• ‘We’re always looking to expand,’ says chief executiveExpanding the Rugby World Cup from 20 to 24 teams is being given serious consideration by the game’s governing body. World Rugby says four more te…

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CVC ownership of F1 should serve as a warning to Premiership Rugby | Giles Richards

On the eve of Premiership Rugby’s decision over the purchase offer from CVC, they may want to consider how the private equity firm’s tenure in charge of Formula One turned outShould Premiership Rugby’s club owners reject the purchase offer from private…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Dylan Hartley makes an impact, Brad Shields suffers injury blow and George Smith’s red card proves costly for BristolGeorge Smith’s red card against Saracens has split opinion. Bristol’s Pat Lamis among those to think a yellow card would have sufficed …

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George Ford defiant over battle with Danny Cipriani to be England No 10

• Ford denies loss of England place was ‘wake-up call’• Leicester fly-half delighted with display against NewcastleGeorge Ford believes he has sharpened his attacking instincts after he was ousted by Danny Cipriani as England’s fly-half, but denied tha…

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Josh Beaumont and AJ MacGinty steer Sale to nervy win over Worcester

• Sale 21-15 Worcester• Sale raise concern over head injury to visitors’ Nick SchonertFor those busily trying to work out how many millions the Premiership might currently be worth, this was not the Super Sunday fixture to dazzle would-be private equit…

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Josh Beaumont and AJ MacGinty steer Sale to nervy win over Worcester

• Sale 21-15 Worcester• Sale raise concern over head injury to visitors’ Nick SchonertFor those busily trying to work out how many millions the Premiership might currently be worth, this was not the Super Sunday fixture to dazzle would-be private equit…

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Australian rugby breathes sigh of relief but problems persist | Bret Harris

With the World Cup in Japan just 12 months away both the Wallabies and the Springboks have a lot to worry aboutThe collective relief was palpable when the full-time whistle sounded in Brisbane on Saturday night. The Wallabies had defeated the Springbok…