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Australian senator Glenn Lazarus (pictured) has threatened to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott, using illegal rugby tactics including grabbing his testicles, if he does not limit coal-seam gas exploration

Australia senator threatens to grab PM's testicles over mining row

AFP News An independent Australian senator Tuesday threatened to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott, using illegal rugby tactics including grabbing his testicles, if he does not limit coal-seam gas exploration. Glenn Lazarus, a former rugby league prop and a senator for the eastern state of Queensland, said he submitted a petition to Abbott calling for health impact assessments, exc…

  • The New Zealand All Blacks rugby union player Dan Carter, right, is welcomed as they arrive in Apia, Samoa, Monday, July 6, 2015. New Zealand and Samoa will play in a rugby test match on Wednesday. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
    Excitement runs high in Samoa ahead of All Blacks test Associated Press - 20 hours ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For New Zealand and Samoa, the long journey to this year's Rugby World Cup in England and Wales starts Wednesday with a one-off rugby … More »Excitement runs high in Samoa ahead of All Blacks test

    The New Zealand All Blacks rugby union player Dan Carter, right, is welcomed as they arrive in Apia, Samoa, Monday, July 6, 2015. New Zealand and Samoa will play in a rugby test match on Wednesday. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For New Zealand and Samoa, the long journey to this year's Rugby World Cup in England and Wales starts Wednesday with a one-off rugby test thousands of miles away — at palm-fringed Apia Park in the Samoan capital.

  • Jean de Villiers (L), captain and inside centre of South Africa's national rugby union team the Springboks, stands with the Springbok's prop Tendai Mtawarira at the unveiling of the team's new jersey in Cape Town on June 4, 2015
    Skipper De Villiers set for Springbok comeback AFP News - Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Skipper Jean de Villiers is set to play for the Springboks on Saturday -- eight months after a knee injury threatened to end his rugby career. The South African Rugby … More »Skipper De Villiers set for Springbok comeback

    Jean de Villiers (L), captain and inside centre of South Africa's national rugby union team the Springboks, stands with the Springbok's prop Tendai Mtawarira at the unveiling of the team's new jersey in Cape Town on June 4, 2015

    Skipper Jean de Villiers is set to play for the Springboks on Saturday -- eight months after a knee injury threatened to end his rugby career. The South African Rugby Union (SARU) said the 34-year-old inside centre would be considered for selection when the team to play a World XV in Cape Town is named on Wednesday. Reports …

  • Toulouse's prop Census Johnston, pictured on September 21, 2013, was called up for Samoa's historic home Test match against New Zealand
    Toulouse 'surprised' by Johnston's Samoa call-up AFP News - Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Toulouse have expressed their "surprise" at the call-up of prop Census Johnston for Samoa's historic home Test match against New Zealand on Wednesday. The 34-year-old, … More »Toulouse 'surprised' by Johnston's Samoa call-up

    Toulouse's prop Census Johnston, pictured on September 21, 2013, was called up for Samoa's historic home Test match against New Zealand

    Toulouse have expressed their "surprise" at the call-up of prop Census Johnston for Samoa's historic home Test match against New Zealand on Wednesday. The 34-year-old, who has played 47 Tests for Samoa since 2005, had announced his international retirement in April but has been training with the Samoa squad in recent weeks …

  • Hapless Micronesia are struggling to stay positive after being thumped 38-0 by Fiji at the Pacific Games, just days after conceding 30 goals to Tahiti
    Micronesia concede 68 goals in two games AFP News - Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Hapless Micronesia are struggling to stay positive after being thumped 38-0 by Fiji at the Pacific Games, just days after conceding 30 goals to Tahiti. In scores more … More »Micronesia concede 68 goals in two games

    Hapless Micronesia are struggling to stay positive after being thumped 38-0 by Fiji at the Pacific Games, just days after conceding 30 goals to Tahiti

    Hapless Micronesia are struggling to stay positive after being thumped 38-0 by Fiji at the Pacific Games, just days after conceding 30 goals to Tahiti. In scores more reminiscent of rugby, the Federated States of Micronesia were 21-0 down at half-time in the game on Sunday and Fiji complained that they should have scored …

  • Star Springbok forward Duane Vermeulen, pictured on June 18, 2015, will have a neck operation Wednesday and then face a race against the clock to be fit for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England
    Vermeulen faces race to be fit for World Cup AFP News - Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Star Springbok forward Duane Vermeulen will have a neck operation Wednesday and then face a race against the clock to be fit for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. … More »Vermeulen faces race to be fit for World Cup

    Star Springbok forward Duane Vermeulen, pictured on June 18, 2015, will have a neck operation Wednesday and then face a race against the clock to be fit for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England

    Star Springbok forward Duane Vermeulen will have a neck operation Wednesday and then face a race against the clock to be fit for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. "Duane will be put on an intensive post-operation rehabilitation programme and we will work tirelessly to get him ready for the World Cup," team doctor Craig …

  • In this photo taken on Saturday, May 23, 2015, Kanyiso Sopitshi, left, with teammates scrum during their league match in Springs east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport that that’s a traditional favorite in their country, but rare in their own neighborhood - rugby.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
    AP PHOTOS: Dreams of victory for South African rugby team Associated Press - Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    KATLEHONG, South Africa (AP) — Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport … More »AP PHOTOS: Dreams of victory for South African rugby team

    In this photo taken on Saturday, May 23, 2015, Kanyiso Sopitshi, left, with teammates scrum during their league match in Springs east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport that that’s a traditional favorite in their country, but rare in their own neighborhood - rugby.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    KATLEHONG, South Africa (AP) — Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport that that's a traditional favorite in their country, but rare in their own neighborhood — rugby.

  • Toulon fly-half Matt Giteau is tackled by a Llanelli Scarlets' player during the European Champions Cup match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southeastern France, on October 19, 2014
    Coach Cheika enthused by Giteau, Mitchell in Wallabies training AFP News - Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    French-based pair Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell didn't look out of place in their first training session back in the Wallabies fold, coach Michael Cheika said on Monday. … More »Coach Cheika enthused by Giteau, Mitchell in Wallabies training

    Toulon fly-half Matt Giteau is tackled by a Llanelli Scarlets' player during the European Champions Cup match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southeastern France, on October 19, 2014

    French-based pair Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell didn't look out of place in their first training session back in the Wallabies fold, coach Michael Cheika said on Monday. The Toulon duo, who are the first beneficiaries of the Australian Rugby Union's relaxed eligibility rules for overseas players, were put through their …

  • Stephen Moore has been reinstated as Wallabies captain following a season-ending injury in his first outing in charge last year
    Moore named Wallabies skipper ahead of Rugby World Cup AFP News - Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Stephen Moore will skipper the Wallabies in this year's international season leading up to the September-October World Cup, replacing Michael Hooper, the Australian Rugby … More »Moore named Wallabies skipper ahead of Rugby World Cup

    Stephen Moore has been reinstated as Wallabies captain following a season-ending injury in his first outing in charge last year

    Stephen Moore will skipper the Wallabies in this year's international season leading up to the September-October World Cup, replacing Michael Hooper, the Australian Rugby Union said on Monday. Moore, Australia's all-time most capped hooker with 92 Tests, has been reinstated as Wallabies captain following a season-ending …

  • Dan Carter (L) during the Super 15 match between the Crusaders of New Zealand and the Cheetahs of South Africa in Christchurch on March 21, 2015
    Samoa declares holiday for historic All Blacks Test AFP News - Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Samoa is expected to come to a standstill on Wednesday when the All Blacks launch their World Cup preparations by playing in the rugby-obsessed island nation for the … More »Samoa declares holiday for historic All Blacks Test

    Dan Carter (L) during the Super 15 match between the Crusaders of New Zealand and the Cheetahs of South Africa in Christchurch on March 21, 2015

    Samoa is expected to come to a standstill on Wednesday when the All Blacks launch their World Cup preparations by playing in the rugby-obsessed island nation for the first time. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'lele Malielegaoi has declared a half-day holiday to mark the historic occasion with a raft of public activities …

  • French coach Philippe Saint-Andre speaks to players during a training session in Marcoussis, south of Paris, on March 17, 2015
    Saint-Andre relishing the real deal in shape of Rugby World Cup AFP News - Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Embattled French coach Philippe Saint-Andre has all but dismissed three woeful Six Nations campaigns telling AFP the reason he had taken the job was now on the horizon … More »Saint-Andre relishing the real deal in shape of Rugby World Cup

    French coach Philippe Saint-Andre speaks to players during a training session in Marcoussis, south of Paris, on March 17, 2015

    Embattled French coach Philippe Saint-Andre has all but dismissed three woeful Six Nations campaigns telling AFP the reason he had taken the job was now on the horizon -- the Rugby World Cup. The 48-year-old former France wing and captain -- who will stand down after the World Cup even if he delivers France their first …

  • People relax in a park in Savile Town, Dewsbury on July 5, 2015
    Suicide bombers force soul-searching in British town AFP News - Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    As Britain marks the anniversary on Tuesday of the attacks which killed 52 people, many in Dewsbury's tight-knit Muslim community blame the Internet for radicalisation, … More »Suicide bombers force soul-searching in British town

    People relax in a park in Savile Town, Dewsbury on July 5, 2015

    As Britain marks the anniversary on Tuesday of the attacks which killed 52 people, many in Dewsbury's tight-knit Muslim community blame the Internet for radicalisation, and eye government anti-extremism projects with suspicion. A recent speech by Prime Minister David Cameron in which he accused some British Muslims of …

  • Andy Ellis scores a try during the SuperXV rugby match between Sharks and Crusaders on April 4, 2015 in Durban, South Africa
    Moala debut, Ellis recall in All Blacks to face Samoa AFP News - Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Winger George Moala will make his Test debut and veteran scrum-half Andy Ellis earns a recall after a four-year absence in the All Blacks team for Wednesday's historic … More »Moala debut, Ellis recall in All Blacks to face Samoa

    Andy Ellis scores a try during the SuperXV rugby match between Sharks and Crusaders on April 4, 2015 in Durban, South Africa

    Winger George Moala will make his Test debut and veteran scrum-half Andy Ellis earns a recall after a four-year absence in the All Blacks team for Wednesday's historic Test against Samoa. Moala and Ellis, whose last Test was the 2011 World Cup final, are among nine players who were added to a 41-man pre-World Cup squad …

  • How These Philippine Volcanoes Do Money
    How These Philippine Volcanoes Do Money iMoney Philippines - Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Rugby may not be the most popular sport in the Philippines, but our national rugby team, the Philippine Volcanoes, is … The post How These Philippine Volcanoes Do Money … More »How These Philippine Volcanoes Do Money

    How These Philippine Volcanoes Do Money

    Rugby may not be the most popular sport in the Philippines, but our national rugby team, the Philippine Volcanoes, is … The post How These Philippine Volcanoes Do Money appeared first on iMoney.ph.

  • Highlanders players celebrate winning the Super 15 rugby union final between the Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on July 4, 2015
    Journeymen key to Highlanders rags-to-riches story AFP News - Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    When the victorious Otago Highlanders signed off the final Super 15 season with a rags-to-riches story, they underscored the lesson that championships must be earned … More »Journeymen key to Highlanders rags-to-riches story

    Highlanders players celebrate winning the Super 15 rugby union final between the Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on July 4, 2015

    When the victorious Otago Highlanders signed off the final Super 15 season with a rags-to-riches story, they underscored the lesson that championships must be earned not bought. Two years after buying a raft of All Blacks and finishing second to last, the Highlanders on Saturday fielded a team of mainly journeymen and …

  • Hurricanes second five-eighth Ma'a Nonu scores a try during the Super Rugby final against the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT
    Coach Joseph leads Highlanders to Super Rugby title Associated Press - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph couldn't help but laugh Saturday at the strange and circuitous route fate had mapped for him to the … More »Coach Joseph leads Highlanders to Super Rugby title

    Hurricanes second five-eighth Ma'a Nonu scores a try during the Super Rugby final against the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph couldn't help but laugh Saturday at the strange and circuitous route fate had mapped for him to the Super Rugby final in which his team beat the Hurricanes 21-14.

  • Hurricanes second five-eighth Ma'a Nonu scores a try during the Super Rugby final against the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT
    Highlanders beat Hurricanes 21-14 in Super Rugby final Associated Press - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Flanker Elliott Dixon scored one try and provided the last pass in another by winger Waisake Naholo as the Highlanders shocked the Hurricanes … More »Highlanders beat Hurricanes 21-14 in Super Rugby final

    Hurricanes second five-eighth Ma'a Nonu scores a try during the Super Rugby final against the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Flanker Elliott Dixon scored one try and provided the last pass in another by winger Waisake Naholo as the Highlanders shocked the Hurricanes 21-14 in Saturday's final to win their first Super Rugby title.

  • In this June 12, 2015, file photo, Nathan Chapman, left, director of  Prokick Australia academy, watches as players practice their kicking in Monbulk, Australia. Experienced Australian rules football players have for many years considered the option of extending their sporting life span after careers in the top flight Australian Football League by turning to punting in the United States. But the young men training with the Prokick Australia academy are forgoing an AFL career for the offer of a college scholarship. (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough, FIle)
    Australian academy prepares punters for US college football Associated Press - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The fog is still lifting off a deserted playing field on the outskirts of this southern Australian city as 10 aspiring college football punters … More »Australian academy prepares punters for US college football

    In this June 12, 2015, file photo, Nathan Chapman, left, director of  Prokick Australia academy, watches as players practice their kicking in Monbulk, Australia. Experienced Australian rules football players have for many years considered the option of extending their sporting life span after careers in the top flight Australian Football League by turning to punting in the United States. But the young men training with the Prokick Australia academy are forgoing an AFL career for the offer of a college scholarship. (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough, FIle)

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The fog is still lifting off a deserted playing field on the outskirts of this southern Australian city as 10 aspiring college football punters begin their morning drills.

  • A decision on which country will stage the 2023 World Cup will be made in May 2017
    Four nations in 2023 Rugby World Cup bid race AFP News - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa have been confirmed as the four nations who will bid for the right to stage the 2023 World Cup, World Rugby -- the sport's global … More »Four nations in 2023 Rugby World Cup bid race

    A decision on which country will stage the 2023 World Cup will be made in May 2017

    France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa have been confirmed as the four nations who will bid for the right to stage the 2023 World Cup, World Rugby -- the sport's global governing body, announced Friday. A decision on which country will stage the 2023 World Cup will be made in May 2017 after a tender deadline in June next …

  • Full-back Mils Muliaina (pictured in 2012), 34, won 100 caps for the All Blacks over a nine-year period
    Ex-All Black Muliaina faces sex charge: report AFP News - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    British police have charged former All Blacks rugby star Mils Muliaina with sexual assault over an incident that took place in Cardiff four months ago, it was reported … More »Ex-All Black Muliaina faces sex charge: report

    Full-back Mils Muliaina (pictured in 2012), 34, won 100 caps for the All Blacks over a nine-year period

    British police have charged former All Blacks rugby star Mils Muliaina with sexual assault over an incident that took place in Cardiff four months ago, it was reported on Friday. The 34-year-old full-back, who won 100 caps for the All Blacks over a nine-year period, was charged after being interviewed by South Wales Police …

  • The Wellington Hurricanes players celebrate win against the Western Stormers during their Super 15 rugby union match, at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, in April 2015
    New Zealand gears up for 'brutal' Super 15 final AFP News - Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Wellington Hurricanes-Otago Highlanders Super 15 final on Saturday "is going to be brutal" and could damage New Zealand's World Cup strength, according to All Blacks … More »New Zealand gears up for 'brutal' Super 15 final

    The Wellington Hurricanes players celebrate win against the Western Stormers during their Super 15 rugby union match, at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, in April 2015

    The Wellington Hurricanes-Otago Highlanders Super 15 final on Saturday "is going to be brutal" and could damage New Zealand's World Cup strength, according to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. The Hurricanes, with 12 current All Blacks in their squad, compared to five with the Highlanders, have been installed as favourites …