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Danny Cipriani was unhurt in a collision between his Mercedes and a Toyota in the Chelsea area of west London shortly after 5:00am (0400 GMT) on June 1

Cipriani available for Rugby World Cup after re-bail

AFP News Danny Cipriani is set to be available for selection in England's World Cup squad after he was re-bailed until November following his arrest on suspicion of drink-driving. The Sale fly-half was unhurt in a collision between his Mercedes and a Toyota in the Chelsea area of west London shortly after 5:00am (0400 GMT) on June 1. A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said at the time: "Police we…

  • Fiji captain Akapusi Qera pictured during a French Top 14 rugby union match on January 31, 2015 in Montpellier
    Sparkling Fiji claim Pacific Nations Cup as Samoa downed AFP News - 22 hours ago

    Fiji fired a warning shot to Rugby World Cup hosts England with a sparkling attacking performance to down tough-tackling Samoa 39-29 and win the Pacific Nations Cup. … More »Sparkling Fiji claim Pacific Nations Cup as Samoa downed

    Fiji captain Akapusi Qera pictured during a French Top 14 rugby union match on January 31, 2015 in Montpellier

    Fiji fired a warning shot to Rugby World Cup hosts England with a sparkling attacking performance to down tough-tackling Samoa 39-29 and win the Pacific Nations Cup. Just under seven weeks from their opening World Cup fixture against England at Twickenham on September 18, the Fijians served a timely reminder of their potency …

  • Wales wing George North runs in to score a try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and Scotland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on March 15, 2014
    Wales upbeat on North's World Cup progress AFP News - Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Wales wing George North is on course to feature at the World Cup as he battles to recover from his concussion problems, according to his country's skills coach Neil Jenkins. … More »Wales upbeat on North's World Cup progress

    Wales wing George North runs in to score a try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and Scotland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on March 15, 2014

    Wales wing George North is on course to feature at the World Cup as he battles to recover from his concussion problems, according to his country's skills coach Neil Jenkins. North missed the final 10 weeks of last season after being concussed for a third time in five months, raising fears he might not be ready for the …

  • Springbok's South African Jean de Villiers (C) runs with the ball during the rugby clash with the World XV, at Newlands Stadium on July 11, 2015, in Cape Town
    Bok stars De Villiers, Du Preez may face Pumas AFP News - Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    South Africa skipper and centre Jean de Villiers and star scrum-half Fourie du Preez could start against Argentina this weekend after long injury lay-offs, the team doctor … More »Bok stars De Villiers, Du Preez may face Pumas

    Springbok's South African Jean de Villiers (C) runs with the ball during the rugby clash with the World XV, at Newlands Stadium on July 11, 2015, in Cape Town

    South Africa skipper and centre Jean de Villiers and star scrum-half Fourie du Preez could start against Argentina this weekend after long injury lay-offs, the team doctor said Monday. "We will see how Jean and Fourie go in training Tuesday, but they took part in our Monday morning session and came through very well," …

  • Argentina's Los Pumas' coach Daniel Hourcade gestures during the Rugby Championship 2015 test match against Australia at Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, Argentina on July 25, 2015
    Argentina dump eight for Springboks Test AFP News - Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Argentina have dropped eight starters from the recent hammering by Australia for a 2015 Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Durban Saturday. Backs dropped … More »Argentina dump eight for Springboks Test

    Argentina's Los Pumas' coach Daniel Hourcade gestures during the Rugby Championship 2015 test match against Australia at Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, Argentina on July 25, 2015

    Argentina have dropped eight starters from the recent hammering by Australia for a 2015 Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Durban Saturday. Backs dropped by coach Daniel Hourcade include full-back Santiago Cordero, right wing Gonzalo Camacho, outside centre Matias Moroni and fly-half Nicolas Sanchez. The …

  • Wallaby lock and key lineout jumper Rob Simmons will miss Saturday's match in Sydney as well as the Bledisloe Cup showdown against New Zealand in Auckland a week later
    Injured Wallaby Simmons out of All Blacks Test AFP News - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Wallaby lock and key lineout jumper Rob Simmons was Monday ruled out of the Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks with a wrist injury that will need surgery. … More »Injured Wallaby Simmons out of All Blacks Test

    Wallaby lock and key lineout jumper Rob Simmons will miss Saturday's match in Sydney as well as the Bledisloe Cup showdown against New Zealand in Auckland a week later

    Wallaby lock and key lineout jumper Rob Simmons was Monday ruled out of the Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks with a wrist injury that will need surgery. The 52-Test veteran will miss Saturday's match in Sydney as well as the Bledisloe Cup showdown against New Zealand in Auckland a week later. "Obviously …

  • Australian Michael Hooper, pictured on November 14, 2014, has his one-week suspension for a striking offence confirmed
    Hooper one-week ban upheld despite appeals AFP News - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Australian Michael Hooper's one-week suspension for a striking offence was confirmed Sunday, allowing the Wallabies to select the flanker for a crucial showdown against … More »Hooper one-week ban upheld despite appeals

    Australian Michael Hooper, pictured on November 14, 2014, has his one-week suspension for a striking offence confirmed

    Australian Michael Hooper's one-week suspension for a striking offence was confirmed Sunday, allowing the Wallabies to select the flanker for a crucial showdown against New Zealand. The 23-year-old was found last week to have struck Argentinian player Nicolas Sanchez in the 59th minute of a match on July 25 in Mendoza …

  • Aberdeen shook off the fatigue of a long trip to Kazakhstan by starting their Scottish Premiership season with a 1-0 win at Dundee United
    Aberdeen take derby honours AFP News - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Aberdeen shook off the fatigue of a long trip to Kazakhstan by starting their Scottish Premiership season with a 1-0 win at Dundee United on Sunday. More »Aberdeen take derby honours

    Aberdeen shook off the fatigue of a long trip to Kazakhstan by starting their Scottish Premiership season with a 1-0 win at Dundee United

    Aberdeen shook off the fatigue of a long trip to Kazakhstan by starting their Scottish Premiership season with a 1-0 win at Dundee United on Sunday.

  • NBA Team World's US captain Chris Paul (R) of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles the ball during the NBA Africa basketball match between Team Africa and Team World on August 1, 2015, in Johannesburg
    Team World win first NBA match in Africa AFP News - Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Team Africa included NBA players from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Senegal and South Sudan and they made the running against opposition consisting … More »Team World win first NBA match in Africa

    NBA Team World's US captain Chris Paul (R) of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles the ball during the NBA Africa basketball match between Team Africa and Team World on August 1, 2015, in Johannesburg

    Team Africa included NBA players from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Senegal and South Sudan and they made the running against opposition consisting largely of American-born stars. There were surprise, brief second-quarter appearances for Team Africa by retired NBA stars Hakeem Olajuwon of Nigeria and …

  • Veteran Matt Giteau returns after being rested from Australia's bonus-point 34-9 victory over Argentina last weekend having taken a physical battering against the Springboks in Brisbane earlier this month
    Palu, Giteau return for Wallabies against All Blacks AFP News - Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Wycliff Palu and Matt Giteau were Friday recalled to the Wallabies 31-man squad for next week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks, with uncapped prop … More »Palu, Giteau return for Wallabies against All Blacks

    Veteran Matt Giteau returns after being rested from Australia's bonus-point 34-9 victory over Argentina last weekend having taken a physical battering against the Springboks in Brisbane earlier this month

    Wycliff Palu and Matt Giteau were Friday recalled to the Wallabies 31-man squad for next week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks, with uncapped prop Toby Smith also drafted in. Australia and New Zealand are level on nine points ahead of the August 8 Test in Sydney -- effectively a final -- and coach Michael …

  • Australia's race discrimination commissioner has condemned the persistent booing of one of the nation's most high-profile indigenous athletes, warning it has gone beyond sport and become a blight on the country
    Booing of indigenous AFL player 'damaging' Australia society AFP News - Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Australia's race discrimination commissioner has condemned the persistent booing of one of the nation's most high-profile indigenous athletes, warning it has gone beyond … More »Booing of indigenous AFL player 'damaging' Australia society

    Australia's race discrimination commissioner has condemned the persistent booing of one of the nation's most high-profile indigenous athletes, warning it has gone beyond sport and become a blight on the country

    Australia's race discrimination commissioner has condemned the persistent booing of one of the nation's most high-profile indigenous athletes, warning it has gone beyond sport and become a blight on the country. Sydney Swans' Australian Rules football star Adam Goodes, a former Australian of the Year, has been the target …

  • RugbyU: Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain
    RugbyU: Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain AFP Relax - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project's lead researcher said Tuesday. Releasing … More »RugbyU: Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain

    RugbyU: Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain

    A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project's lead researcher said Tuesday. Releasing preliminary findings from the long-term study in New Zealand -- the largest of its type to ever focus on rugby union -- researcher Patria Hume said players …

  • The Japanese government last month cancelled the construction of a design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid because the cost had risen above $2 billion
    Japan official quitting amid Tokyo 2020 stadium row AFP News - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Japanese official heading construction of the 2020 Olympic stadium is quitting his post after Tokyo ordered design plans for the venue to be ditched amid public anger … More »Japan official quitting amid Tokyo 2020 stadium row

    The Japanese government last month cancelled the construction of a design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid because the cost had risen above $2 billion

    A Japanese official heading construction of the 2020 Olympic stadium is quitting his post after Tokyo ordered design plans for the venue to be ditched amid public anger at its $2.0 billion price tag. The resignation of Kimito Kubo, 58, comes as Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid hit out at Japan's claims that her futuristic …

  • FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, Australian of the year AFL player Adam Goodes throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Major League Baseball opening game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket ground in Sydney. Australians tend to laud their champions, so the fact that crowds continue to loudly boo him when he plays for the Sydney Swans in the nation-wide Australian Football League has both concerned and confounded Goodes to the point where he's considering retirement. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
    Booing has Australian footballer Goodes considering quitting Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Few athletes have the credentials to challenge Adam Goodes for the mantle of being THE Australian sportsman, which is why a racism debate is raging Down Under. More »Booing has Australian footballer Goodes considering quitting

    FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, Australian of the year AFL player Adam Goodes throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Major League Baseball opening game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket ground in Sydney. Australians tend to laud their champions, so the fact that crowds continue to loudly boo him when he plays for the Sydney Swans in the nation-wide Australian Football League has both concerned and confounded Goodes to the point where he's considering retirement. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

    Few athletes have the credentials to challenge Adam Goodes for the mantle of being THE Australian sportsman, which is why a racism debate is raging Down Under.

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori, left, along with Tokyo 2020 Olympics CEO Toshiro Muto, talks to media after a presentation to the IOC committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the 128th International Olympic Committee executive board meeting where the vote for the host cities of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games will take place. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
    Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium change Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Japanese organizers apologized to the IOC on Wednesday over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium and delivered assurances … More »Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium change

    Tokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori, left, along with Tokyo 2020 Olympics CEO Toshiro Muto, talks to media after a presentation to the IOC committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the 128th International Olympic Committee executive board meeting where the vote for the host cities of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games will take place. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Japanese organizers apologized to the IOC on Wednesday over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium and delivered assurances that the new venue will be ready in time for the 2020 Games.

  • Jen Welter speaks during a press conference where she was named an intern coach for the Arizona Cardinals on July 28, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona
    Cardinals new coaching intern blazes trail for women AFP News - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Jen Welter, a former rugby and professional gridiron player hired as a coaching intern with the Arizona Cardinals, said she never dared dream she would coach in the NFL. … More »Cardinals new coaching intern blazes trail for women

    Jen Welter speaks during a press conference where she was named an intern coach for the Arizona Cardinals on July 28, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona

    Jen Welter, a former rugby and professional gridiron player hired as a coaching intern with the Arizona Cardinals, said she never dared dream she would coach in the NFL. "I could not have dreamed big enough to imagine this day could ever come," Welter said at her introductory press conference. The Cardinals had announced …

  • Troubled former All Black Zac Guildford says the NSW Waratahs had offered him a contract for next season, handing yet another lifeline to the one-time bad boy of New Zealand rugby
    Former All Black Guildford eyes Waratahs move AFP News - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Troubled former All Black Zac Guildford said Wednesday the NSW Waratahs had offered him a contract for next season, handing yet another lifeline to the one-time bad boy … More »Former All Black Guildford eyes Waratahs move

    Troubled former All Black Zac Guildford says the NSW Waratahs had offered him a contract for next season, handing yet another lifeline to the one-time bad boy of New Zealand rugby

    Troubled former All Black Zac Guildford said Wednesday the NSW Waratahs had offered him a contract for next season, handing yet another lifeline to the one-time bad boy of New Zealand rugby. Since then, the winger -- who scored six tries in 10 Tests for the All Blacks -- has been playing for his home provincial team Hawke's …

  • Arizona Cardinals training camp coach Dr. Jen Welter poses for photographers after being introduced, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the teams' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. Welter is believed to be the first female to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL and will be member of the Cardinals coaching staff throughout training camp and the preseason, working with inside linebackers. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    'Dr. Jen' embraces breakthrough role with Arizona Cardinals Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can't wait to get beyond … More »'Dr. Jen' embraces breakthrough role with Arizona Cardinals

    Arizona Cardinals training camp coach Dr. Jen Welter poses for photographers after being introduced, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the teams' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. Welter is believed to be the first female to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL and will be member of the Cardinals coaching staff throughout training camp and the preseason, working with inside linebackers. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can't wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this weekend.

  • The study was commissioned by World Rugby in 2012 amid growing fears about the potential for long-term brain injuries in high-impact sports
    Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain AFP News - Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project's lead researcher said Tuesday. Releasing … More »Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain

    The study was commissioned by World Rugby in 2012 amid growing fears about the potential for long-term brain injuries in high-impact sports

    A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project's lead researcher said Tuesday. Releasing preliminary findings from the long-term study in New Zealand -- the largest of its type to ever focus on rugby union -- researcher Patria Hume said players …

  • DraftKings, a leading player in the booming fantasy sports business, announced Monday that it raised $300 million from a group of investors that includes Fox Sports and three major sports leagues
    Fantasy sports company DraftKings raises $300 mn AFP News - Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    DraftKings, a leading player in the booming fantasy sports business, announced Monday that it raised $300 million from a group of investors that includes Fox Sports and … More »Fantasy sports company DraftKings raises $300 mn

    DraftKings, a leading player in the booming fantasy sports business, announced Monday that it raised $300 million from a group of investors that includes Fox Sports and three major sports leagues

    DraftKings, a leading player in the booming fantasy sports business, announced Monday that it raised $300 million from a group of investors that includes Fox Sports and three major sports leagues. Winning support from the leagues -- Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer -- "is an incredible …

  • PKR, SUPP set up legal teams to help S4S march organisers facing sedition rap
    PKR, SUPP set up legal teams to help S4S march organisers facing sedition … The Malay Mail Online - Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    KUCHING, July 27 — Two political parties here have set up separate legal teams to provide pro bono legal services to 12 people currently being probed for sedition for … More »PKR, SUPP set up legal teams to help S4S march organisers facing sedition …

    PKR, SUPP set up legal teams to help S4S march organisers facing sedition rap

    KUCHING, July 27 — Two political parties here have set up separate legal teams to provide pro bono legal services to 12 people currently being probed for sedition for organising the Sarawak For...