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The South African Springbok rugby team poses during the 2015 South Africa Rugby World Cup Squad announcement and press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in Durban, on August 28, 2015

Ex-Bok coach Mallett expects conservative plan

AFP News Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett said Friday he expected South Africa to adopt a conservative game plan during the Rugby World Cup in England next month. Speaking during a television panel discussion after the announcement of the 31-man Springbok squad, Mallett said the team had played with an attacking, ball-in-hand strategy in Rugby Championship matches against New Zealand and Austr…

  • Christian Leali'ifano was left out of two-time champions Australia's final 31-man squad for the World Cup tournament, which takes place in England from September 18-October 21, 2015
    Barbarians Leali'ifano to show Wallabies what they are missing AFP News - 6 hours ago

    Christian Leali'ifano is eager to prove a point to the Australia selectors who left him out of the Wallabies' World Cup squad when he plays for the Barbarians against … More »Barbarians Leali'ifano to show Wallabies what they are missing

    Christian Leali'ifano was left out of two-time champions Australia's final 31-man squad for the World Cup tournament, which takes place in England from September 18-October 21, 2015

    Christian Leali'ifano is eager to prove a point to the Australia selectors who left him out of the Wallabies' World Cup squad when he plays for the Barbarians against Samoa in London on Saturday. The Brumbies star was left out of two-time champions Australia's final 31-man squad for the showpiece tournament, which starts …

  • Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is set to retire from Test rugby after the upcoming World Cup in England to join French giants Toulon
    O'Connell plays down Dublin departure AFP News - 6 hours ago

    Ireland captain Paul O'Connell wants no fuss when he runs out for his final Dublin international in a World Cup warm-up match against Wales at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. … More »O'Connell plays down Dublin departure

    Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is set to retire from Test rugby after the upcoming World Cup in England to join French giants Toulon

    Ireland captain Paul O'Connell wants no fuss when he runs out for his final Dublin international in a World Cup warm-up match against Wales at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. The 35-year-old lock will wear the green jersey for the final time on home soil this weekend, with O'Connell retiring from Test rugby after the upcoming …

  • Rudy Paige is included in the 2015 South Africa Rugby World Cup squad despite being ignored during four warm-up matches
    Uncapped Paige shock inclusion in Bok squad AFP News - 6 hours ago

    Uncapped scrum-half Rudy Paige was a shock inclusion Friday in the South Africa Rugby World Cup squad after being ignored during four warm-up matches. The 26-year-old … More »Uncapped Paige shock inclusion in Bok squad

    Rudy Paige is included in the 2015 South Africa Rugby World Cup squad despite being ignored during four warm-up matches

    Uncapped scrum-half Rudy Paige was a shock inclusion Friday in the South Africa Rugby World Cup squad after being ignored during four warm-up matches. The 26-year-old Northern Bull and 30 other players were named by coach Heyneke Meyer in the Indian Ocean city of Durban for the global rugby showpiece from September 18 …

  • An artist's impression of the now-cancelled design by architect Zaha Hadid for a national stadium in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics
    Japan slashes 2020 Olympic stadium price tag AFP News - 12 hours ago

    Japan said Friday it would slash the cost of Tokyo's new 2020 Olympic stadium by more than 40 percent, after ditching its original plan due to the eye-watering $2 billion … More »Japan slashes 2020 Olympic stadium price tag

    An artist's impression of the now-cancelled design by architect Zaha Hadid for a national stadium in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics

    Japan said Friday it would slash the cost of Tokyo's new 2020 Olympic stadium by more than 40 percent, after ditching its original plan due to the eye-watering $2 billion price tag. The original was on track to become the world's most expensive sports stadium. "We have achieved a considerable reduction in costs," Prime …

  • Despite CM’s green light, Sarawak minister says opposed to Bersih 4
    Despite CM’s green light, Sarawak minister says opposed to Bersih 4 The Malay Mail Online - 13 hours ago

    KUCHING, Aug 28 — His boss in the Sarawak government may have given his nod to tomorrow’s Bersih 4 rally here but senior state minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said today … More »Despite CM’s green light, Sarawak minister says opposed to Bersih 4

    Despite CM’s green light, Sarawak minister says opposed to Bersih 4

    KUCHING, Aug 28 — His boss in the Sarawak government may have given his nod to tomorrow’s Bersih 4 rally here but senior state minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said today he does not agree with the...

  • Japan's rugby coach Eddie Jones who has been the Brave Blossoms' coach since 2012, will step down on November 1
    Outgoing Japan coach says team needs 'new ideas' AFP News - 13 hours ago

    Japan coach Eddie Jones said Friday that the team needs a coach with "new ideas and new energy", several days after announcing plans to quit after the World Cup. The … More »Outgoing Japan coach says team needs 'new ideas'

    Japan's rugby coach Eddie Jones who has been the Brave Blossoms' coach since 2012, will step down on November 1

    Japan coach Eddie Jones said Friday that the team needs a coach with "new ideas and new energy", several days after announcing plans to quit after the World Cup. The 55-year-old Australian, who has been the Brave Blossoms' coach since 2012, will step down on November 1. Jones said he had a "fantastic" tenure in Japan, …

  • Tokyo Gob. Yoichi Masuzoe, center, speaks to reporters following a meeting of Cabinet ministers on a new national stadium construction plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)
    Japan scales back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium plans Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has approved a plan to reduce the seating and slash the construction cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after public … More »Japan scales back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium plans

    Tokyo Gob. Yoichi Masuzoe, center, speaks to reporters following a meeting of Cabinet ministers on a new national stadium construction plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has approved a plan to reduce the seating and slash the construction cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after public opposition to the initial design.

  • Australian Wallabies' David Pocock (R) tries to avoid a tackle by New Zealand's Kieran Read during a Bledisloe Cup rugby union Test match in Sydney, in 2012
    Wallabies boost as Beale, Pocock sign new deals AFP News - 17 hours ago

    The Wallabies on Friday received a pre-World Cup boost with David Pocock and Kurtley Beale renewing contracts to stay in Australian rugby. Pocock has signed for one … More »Wallabies boost as Beale, Pocock sign new deals

    Australian Wallabies' David Pocock (R) tries to avoid a tackle by New Zealand's Kieran Read during a Bledisloe Cup rugby union Test match in Sydney, in 2012

    The Wallabies on Friday received a pre-World Cup boost with David Pocock and Kurtley Beale renewing contracts to stay in Australian rugby. Pocock has signed for one more year to the end of 2016, staying with the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby, while Beale sealed a two-year extension to remain with the NSW Waratahs. The deals …

  • Sarawak has ‘no problem’ with Bersih 4, says chief minister
    Sarawak has ‘no problem’ with Bersih 4, says chief minister The Malay Mail Online - 18 hours ago

    KUCHING, Aug 28 ― While the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in both Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu have thrown up roadblocks ahead of Bersih 4 tomorrow, Sarawak Chief Minister … More »Sarawak has ‘no problem’ with Bersih 4, says chief minister

    Sarawak has ‘no problem’ with Bersih 4, says chief minister

    KUCHING, Aug 28 ― While the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in both Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu have thrown up roadblocks ahead of Bersih 4 tomorrow, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem...

  • Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, pictured in Suva, in 2014
    Fiji PM bullish about rugby World Cup prospects AFP News - 19 hours ago

    Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has warned the Pacific islanders should not be underestimated at the Rugby World Cup, insisting they are capable of winning the … More »Fiji PM bullish about rugby World Cup prospects

    Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, pictured in Suva, in 2014

    Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has warned the Pacific islanders should not be underestimated at the Rugby World Cup, insisting they are capable of winning the entire tournament. The Fijians, ranked ninth in the world, are placed in the so-called pool of death at the September-October event alongside heavyweights …

  • Australian Wallabies' Israel Folau (C) is tackled by Argentina's Juan Imhoff during their Rugby Championship Test match at Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, on July 25, 2015
    Folau wins top Australian player award AFP News - 22 hours ago

    Fullback Israel Folau has been named Australia's best player by his peers, winning the prestigious John Eales Medal for the second year running. The former rugby league … More »Folau wins top Australian player award

    Australian Wallabies' Israel Folau (C) is tackled by Argentina's Juan Imhoff during their Rugby Championship Test match at Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, on July 25, 2015

    Fullback Israel Folau has been named Australia's best player by his peers, winning the prestigious John Eales Medal for the second year running. The former rugby league international was handed the honour at an awards ceremony in Sydney on Thursday evening, outpolling fellow Wallabies David Pocock and Michael Hooper, who …

  • Ireland, Munster and British and Irish Lions captain Paul O'Connell (C up) will finally succumb to the inevitable and call-time on his international career following the World Cup, before joining European champions Toulon
    O'Connell's Dublin departure adds spice to Wales clash AFP News - 22 hours ago

    Paul O’Connell will bid an emotional farewell to Lansdowne Road when he leads Ireland on home soil for the last time against Wales in a World Cup warm-up match on Saturday. … More »O'Connell's Dublin departure adds spice to Wales clash

    Ireland, Munster and British and Irish Lions captain Paul O'Connell (C up) will finally succumb to the inevitable and call-time on his international career following the World Cup, before joining European champions Toulon

    Paul O’Connell will bid an emotional farewell to Lansdowne Road when he leads Ireland on home soil for the last time against Wales in a World Cup warm-up match on Saturday. The Munster and British and Irish Lions captain is already secured of a place alongside the likes of Brian O’Driscoll as a modern-day icon of Irish …

  • England's Owen Farrell (C), Sam Burgess (L) and George Ford attend a training session at the Pennyhill Park training ground on August 26, 2015
    Greenwood urges Burgess calm as Crowe backs his 'gladiator' AFP News - 22 hours ago

    Will Greenwood has told England fans not to get worked up over the inclusion of "fourth choice centre" Sam Burgess in England's World Cup squad -- even though acting … More »Greenwood urges Burgess calm as Crowe backs his 'gladiator'

    England's Owen Farrell (C), Sam Burgess (L) and George Ford attend a training session at the Pennyhill Park training ground on August 26, 2015

    Will Greenwood has told England fans not to get worked up over the inclusion of "fourth choice centre" Sam Burgess in England's World Cup squad -- even though acting star Russell Crowe believes his selection is proof of the tournament hosts' desire to lift the Webb Ellis trophy. Just 10 months ago Burgess won the Clive …

  • Scotland's John Barclay runs with the ball during the Captain's Run training session on September 13, 2011 at the Rugby Park stadium in Invercargill during the 2011 Rugby World Cup
    Scotland flanker Barclay braced for World Cup axe AFP News - Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Scotland flanker John Barclay has said the experience of a spell in the international wilderness will stand him in good stead should he be omitted from Vern Cotter's … More »Scotland flanker Barclay braced for World Cup axe

    Scotland's John Barclay runs with the ball during the Captain's Run training session on September 13, 2011 at the Rugby Park stadium in Invercargill during the 2011 Rugby World Cup

    Scotland flanker John Barclay has said the experience of a spell in the international wilderness will stand him in good stead should he be omitted from Vern Cotter's squad for the World Cup. Barclay, who plays his club rugby for Welsh regional side Scarlets, spent 18 months out of Scotland contention as he was overlooked …

  • England's coach Stuart Lancaster (C) looks on before a Rugby World Cup warm up match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, west of London on August 15, 2015
    Lancaster reveals World Cup 'tears' AFP News - Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    England coach Stuart Lancaster revealed he had shed tears while coming to a decision over the final composition of his 31-man World Cup squad, made public on Thursday. … More »Lancaster reveals World Cup 'tears'

    England's coach Stuart Lancaster (C) looks on before a Rugby World Cup warm up match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, west of London on August 15, 2015

    England coach Stuart Lancaster revealed he had shed tears while coming to a decision over the final composition of his 31-man World Cup squad, made public on Thursday. Lancaster, who made his name as an age-group coach, had known the likes of centre Luther Burrell and back-row Calum Clark since they were promising schoolboy …

  • Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is set to retire from Test rugby after the upcoming World Cup in England to join French giants Toulon
    Ireland rugby captain O'Connell leads side in home farewell AFP News - Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Paul O'Connell will captain Ireland in his final home international before Test retirement after coach Joe Schmidt announced Thursday a strong side for this weekend's … More »Ireland rugby captain O'Connell leads side in home farewell

    Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is set to retire from Test rugby after the upcoming World Cup in England to join French giants Toulon

    Paul O'Connell will captain Ireland in his final home international before Test retirement after coach Joe Schmidt announced Thursday a strong side for this weekend's World Cup warm-up match against Wales at Dublin's Lansdowne Road.

  • England’s rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster looks on during warm up prior to the France vs England rugby friendly match at Stade de France in Saint Denis, north of Paris, France, Saturday Aug. 22, 2015. France is playing England in a series of friendly rugby internationals being held in advance of the upcoming Rugby World Cup that starts in September. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
    Burgess picked in England squad for Rugby World Cup Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Nine months after playing his first game of rugby union, Sam Burgess completed a remarkable rise to England's squad for the Rugby World Cup on Thursday in the most … More »Burgess picked in England squad for Rugby World Cup

    England’s rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster looks on during warm up prior to the France vs England rugby friendly match at Stade de France in Saint Denis, north of Paris, France, Saturday Aug. 22, 2015. France is playing England in a series of friendly rugby internationals being held in advance of the upcoming Rugby World Cup that starts in September. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Nine months after playing his first game of rugby union, Sam Burgess completed a remarkable rise to England's squad for the Rugby World Cup on Thursday in the most divisive selection by coach Stuart Lancaster.

  • Jacques Burger, pictured on September 22, 2011, will skipper outsiders Namibia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England
    Saracen Burger to lead Namibia at World Cup AFP News - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Loose forward Jacques Burger from English Premiership club Saracens will skipper outsiders Namibia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Burger, prop Johnnie Redelinghuys, … More »Saracen Burger to lead Namibia at World Cup

    Jacques Burger, pictured on September 22, 2011, will skipper outsiders Namibia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England

    Loose forward Jacques Burger from English Premiership club Saracens will skipper outsiders Namibia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Burger, prop Johnnie Redelinghuys, loose forward Tinus du Plessis and scrum-half Eugene Jantjies were in the 2007 and 2011 tournaments squads. Nine other players chosen by Wales-born …

  • Wales wing George North, pictured in action on March 15, 2014, is named in the Wales team for their World Cup warm-up match away to Ireland
    North back for Wales in Ireland World Cup warm-up clash AFP News - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    George North is set to make his first appearance for five months after being named Thursday in the Wales team for their World Cup warm-up match away to Ireland in Dublin … More »North back for Wales in Ireland World Cup warm-up clash

    Wales wing George North, pictured in action on March 15, 2014, is named in the Wales team for their World Cup warm-up match away to Ireland

    George North is set to make his first appearance for five months after being named Thursday in the Wales team for their World Cup warm-up match away to Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. Saturday's match will also see Exeter prop Tomas Francis, born in York, northern England but qualified for Wales via a grandparent, make …

  • Sam Burgess is included in England's squad for the World Cup just 10 months after changing codes from rugby league
    Sam Burgess no World Cup 'gamble', says Lancaster AFP News - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Sam Burgess's inclusion in England's final 31-man World Cup squad was no selection "gamble", coach Stuart Lancaster insisted on Thursday after including the centre just … More »Sam Burgess no World Cup 'gamble', says Lancaster

    Sam Burgess is included in England's squad for the World Cup just 10 months after changing codes from rugby league

    Sam Burgess's inclusion in England's final 31-man World Cup squad was no selection "gamble", coach Stuart Lancaster insisted on Thursday after including the centre just 10 months since the dynamic ball-carrier changed codes from rugby league. Burgess, the man-of-the-match in South Sydney Rabbitohs' win in the Australian …