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NSW Waratahs' Kurtley Beale (C) and Michael Hooper attempt to stop the Sharks' Sibusiso Sithole from scoring a try during their Super 15 rugby union match, in Sydney, on May 16, 2015

Waratahs, Stormers on rise, Hurricanes clinch Super 15 playoffs

AFP News The Waratahs leapfrogged the ACT Brumbies to lead the Australia conference after a bonus-point 32-22 win over Canterbury Crusaders that put the New Zealand club on the brink of missing out on the finals for the first time in 14 years. The Stormers are the new front-runners in the South Africa conference after accounting for Australia's Melbourne Rebels 31-15 in Cape Town.

  • Saracens' English fly-half Owen Farrell (R) kicks a penalty during the European Cup final rugby union match between Toulon and Saracens in Cardiff on May 24, 2014
    Saracens edge past Saints as Bath batter Leicester AFP News - 14 hours ago

    Saracens gained revenge for their defeat by Northampton in last season's Premiership final with a 29-24 semi-final victory away to the Saints on Saturday. A compelling … More »Saracens edge past Saints as Bath batter Leicester

    Saracens' English fly-half Owen Farrell (R) kicks a penalty during the European Cup final rugby union match between Toulon and Saracens in Cardiff on May 24, 2014

    Saracens gained revenge for their defeat by Northampton in last season's Premiership final with a 29-24 semi-final victory away to the Saints on Saturday. A compelling first half between Northampton and Saracens at Franklin's Gardens ended all square at 13-13 and an increasingly bruising battle up front saw the match being …

  • Allan Wells (L) of Great Britain wins the men's 100m final in front of Silvio Leonard (C) from Cuba and Petar Petrov (3rd L) from Bulgaria on July 25, 1980 at the Olympic Games in Moscow
    Olympic champion Wells slams new doping allegations AFP News - 15 hours ago

    Olympic champion Allan Wells has hit out at fresh allegations made by the BBC that he took performance-enhancing drugs. Edinburgh-born Wells, who won gold in the 100 … More »Olympic champion Wells slams new doping allegations

    Allan Wells (L) of Great Britain wins the men's 100m final in front of Silvio Leonard (C) from Cuba and Petar Petrov (3rd L) from Bulgaria on July 25, 1980 at the Olympic Games in Moscow

    Olympic champion Allan Wells has hit out at fresh allegations made by the BBC that he took performance-enhancing drugs. Edinburgh-born Wells, who won gold in the 100 metres at the 1980 Moscow Games, reacted furiously after receiving a letter from BBC Scotland. The letter alleged Wells and six other athletes were supplied …

  • In this photo taken on Saturday, May 16, 2015,  small boat captain John Mostert stands on his boat as his Snoek fish are offloaded in Lambert’s Bay, South Africa.  The boats line up along the jetty, bobbing in the cold south Atlantic waters, bringing in the day’s catch in the early afternoon. The long silver snoek fish is one of South Africa’s traditional foods, and a main source of income for the town of Lambert’s Bay. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
    Bringing in the snoek, one of South Africa's staple fish Associated Press - 19 hours ago

    LAMBERT'S BAY, South Africa (AP) — The boats line up along the jetty, bobbing in the cold south Atlantic waters, to bring in the day's catch in the early afternoon. … More »Bringing in the snoek, one of South Africa's staple fish

    In this photo taken on Saturday, May 16, 2015,  small boat captain John Mostert stands on his boat as his Snoek fish are offloaded in Lambert’s Bay, South Africa.  The boats line up along the jetty, bobbing in the cold south Atlantic waters, bringing in the day’s catch in the early afternoon. The long silver snoek fish is one of South Africa’s traditional foods, and a main source of income for the town of Lambert’s Bay. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    LAMBERT'S BAY, South Africa (AP) — The boats line up along the jetty, bobbing in the cold south Atlantic waters, to bring in the day's catch in the early afternoon. The long, thin silver snoek fish is one of South Africa's traditional foods and a main source of income for the town of Lambert's Bay.

  • Land Rover reveals bespoke Defender to mark the Rugby World Cup
    Land Rover reveals bespoke Defender to mark the Rugby World Cup AFP Relax - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Land Rover has converted its iconic Defender off-roaders into a unique mobile display case for the Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy that will be presented to the winning team … More »Land Rover reveals bespoke Defender to mark the Rugby World Cup

    Land Rover reveals bespoke Defender to mark the Rugby World Cup

    Land Rover has converted its iconic Defender off-roaders into a unique mobile display case for the Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy that will be presented to the winning team at this year's Rugby World Cup. Built by the company's Special Vehicle Operations division, the car is based on a standard Defender 110 station wagon but …

  • Elite athletes' brains 82% faster: study
    Elite athletes' brains 82% faster: study AFP Relax - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Elite athletes are blessed with an area of the brain that performs 82 percent faster than average under intense pressure, a study published on Wednesday claims. A series … More »Elite athletes' brains 82% faster: study

    Elite athletes' brains 82% faster: study

    Elite athletes are blessed with an area of the brain that performs 82 percent faster than average under intense pressure, a study published on Wednesday claims. A series of tests commissioned by Dunlop Tyres in conjunction with University College London (UCL) found that extreme sportsmen and women performed significantly …

  • London sees record number of foreign tourists
    London sees record number of foreign tourists AFP Relax - Thu, May 21, 2015

    London received a record number of foreign visitors in 2014, with 17.4 million tourists flooding into the British capital, according a survey by the national statistics … More »London sees record number of foreign tourists

    London sees record number of foreign tourists

    London received a record number of foreign visitors in 2014, with 17.4 million tourists flooding into the British capital, according a survey by the national statistics office. "The city proved to be one of the world's biggest tourist magnets," the city's promoters, London & Partners, said Wednesday. The MasterCard global …

  • Sharks player Renaldo Bothma (centre) goes to ground during the Super 15 rugby match against Queensland Reds at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on May 22, 2015
    Weary Sharks hang on for gutsy win over Reds AFP News - Fri, May 22, 2015

    The battle-weary Coastal Sharks held on with some help from the Queensland Reds to end their four-match Australasian Super Rugby tour with a 21-14 win in Brisbane on … More »Weary Sharks hang on for gutsy win over Reds

    Sharks player Renaldo Bothma (centre) goes to ground during the Super 15 rugby match against Queensland Reds at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on May 22, 2015

    The battle-weary Coastal Sharks held on with some help from the Queensland Reds to end their four-match Australasian Super Rugby tour with a 21-14 win in Brisbane on Friday. The Sharks, their playing ranks fully stretched by injuries after a sapping tour, looked under pressure when the Reds pulled to within two points …

  • French Tennis Federation (FFT) President Jean Gachassin says he is serving his last term
    Gachassin to stand down in 2017 AFP News - Fri, May 22, 2015

    French Tennis Federation chairman Jean Gachassin said Friday that he would not be seeking a third term when his current mandate runs out in February, 2017. "This will … More »Gachassin to stand down in 2017

    French Tennis Federation (FFT) President Jean Gachassin says he is serving his last term

    French Tennis Federation chairman Jean Gachassin said Friday that he would not be seeking a third term when his current mandate runs out in February, 2017. "This will be my last term," the former French rugby international who first took the job, one of the most powerful in French sports, in 2009 told the Depeche du Midi …

  • Toulon scrum-half Eric Escande (C) clears the ball during a match against Clermont on May 17, 2015 at the Marcel-Michelin stadium in Clermont-Ferrand
    Toulon and Clermont in pole for automatic play-off spots AFP News - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Defending champions Toulon and arch-rivals Clermont are in pole position to secure a bye to the play-off semi-finals in the final round of regulation season matches on … More »Toulon and Clermont in pole for automatic play-off spots

    Toulon scrum-half Eric Escande (C) clears the ball during a match against Clermont on May 17, 2015 at the Marcel-Michelin stadium in Clermont-Ferrand

    Defending champions Toulon and arch-rivals Clermont are in pole position to secure a bye to the play-off semi-finals in the final round of regulation season matches on Saturday. The duo both sit on 71 points and need only to match Stade Francais' result, the Parisians sitting in third spot on 70pts. Clermont visit Montpellier …

  • England’s Ben Stokes (C) and Joe Root run between wickets as New Zealand’s Matt Henry (R) reacts, on the first day of the first Test at Lord's on May 21, 2015
    Root and Stokes revive England in first Test AFP News - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Joe Root and Ben Stokes both fell agonisingly short of a hundred after rescuing England from a dire position on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand … More »Root and Stokes revive England in first Test

    England’s Ben Stokes (C) and Joe Root run between wickets as New Zealand’s Matt Henry (R) reacts, on the first day of the first Test at Lord's on May 21, 2015

    Joe Root and Ben Stokes both fell agonisingly short of a hundred after rescuing England from a dire position on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's on Thursday. At stumps, England -- who had been 30 for four when Stokes came in -- were 354 for seven after losing the toss. "We got into a bit …

  • Ryan Fox of New Zealand hitting a shot during round one of the 2015 SK Telecom Open at the Sky72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course in Seoul, on May 21, 2015
    Ryan Fox in leading quartet at SK Telecom Open AFP News - Thu, May 21, 2015

    Ryan Fox of New Zealand was part of a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard Thursday after the first round of the SK Telecom Open in Incheon, South Korea. More »Ryan Fox in leading quartet at SK Telecom Open

    Ryan Fox of New Zealand hitting a shot during round one of the 2015 SK Telecom Open at the Sky72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course in Seoul, on May 21, 2015

    Ryan Fox of New Zealand was part of a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard Thursday after the first round of the SK Telecom Open in Incheon, South Korea.

  • Canterbury Crusaders' Ryan Crotty (C) makes a break during the Super Rugby match against the Central Cheetahs in Christchurch on March 21, 2015
    Teams jockey for Super Rugby playoff spots behind Hurricanes AFP News - Thu, May 21, 2015

    The lead in the South Africa and Australia conferences is up for grabs this weekend behind tearaway Super Rugby frontrunners Wellington Hurricanes as the Canterbury Crusaders … More »Teams jockey for Super Rugby playoff spots behind Hurricanes

    Canterbury Crusaders' Ryan Crotty (C) makes a break during the Super Rugby match against the Central Cheetahs in Christchurch on March 21, 2015

    The lead in the South Africa and Australia conferences is up for grabs this weekend behind tearaway Super Rugby frontrunners Wellington Hurricanes as the Canterbury Crusaders face a must-win game. The Northern Bulls lead the Western Stormers by just one point in the South Africa conference, but face a big task against …

  • England's fly half George Ford runs in to score England's fourth try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, south west of London, on March 21, 2015
    Bath's Ford named Premiership's top player AFP News - Thu, May 21, 2015

    England and Bath fly-half George Ford was on Wednesday named the English Premiership Player of the Season during an awards ceremony in central London. Ford, 22, has … More »Bath's Ford named Premiership's top player

    England's fly half George Ford runs in to score England's fourth try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, south west of London, on March 21, 2015

    England and Bath fly-half George Ford was on Wednesday named the English Premiership Player of the Season during an awards ceremony in central London. Ford, 22, has established himself as hosts England's first-choice number 10 ahead of this year's World Cup and has also helped Bath reach the Premiership play-offs for the …

  • England's head coach Stuart Lancaster speaks to the media during the Rugby World Cup training squad announcement at Twickenham Stadium, London, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)      UNITED KINGDOM OUT     -    NO SALES    -    NO ARCHIVES
    England ignores France-based stars, calls up Burgess for RWC Associated Press - Wed, May 20, 2015

    The last two players of the year in European club rugby were overlooked when England announced its 50-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday. More »England ignores France-based stars, calls up Burgess for RWC

    England's head coach Stuart Lancaster speaks to the media during the Rugby World Cup training squad announcement at Twickenham Stadium, London, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)      UNITED KINGDOM OUT     -    NO SALES    -    NO ARCHIVES

    The last two players of the year in European club rugby were overlooked when England announced its 50-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday.

  • England's Sam Burgess scores a try during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand at Wembley Stadium in London on November 23, 2013
    Burgess in England World Cup training squad AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Rugby league convert Sam Burgess was named in hosts England's 50-man training squad announced Wednesday for this year's World Cup. Burgess, 26, was included just six … More »Burgess in England World Cup training squad

    England's Sam Burgess scores a try during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand at Wembley Stadium in London on November 23, 2013

    Rugby league convert Sam Burgess was named in hosts England's 50-man training squad announced Wednesday for this year's World Cup. Burgess, 26, was included just six months after switching from rugby league having starred as the South Sydney Rabbitohs won the NRL Grand Final. Burgess would certainly add some physical …

  • Virgin Racing Formula E driver Sam Bird (left) was one of five people who took part in a study of elite athletes
    Elite athletes' brains 82% faster AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Elite athletes are blessed with an area of the brain that performs 82 percent faster than average under intense pressure, a study published on Wednesday claims. A series … More »Elite athletes' brains 82% faster

    Virgin Racing Formula E driver Sam Bird (left) was one of five people who took part in a study of elite athletes

    Elite athletes are blessed with an area of the brain that performs 82 percent faster than average under intense pressure, a study published on Wednesday claims. A series of tests commissioned by Dunlop Tyres in conjunction with University College London (UCL) found that extreme sportsmen and women performed significantly …

  • Players of the rugby union team 'La Drola Rugby', a team exclusively composed of inmates, pose for a photo after a game at the penitentiary “Lorusso e Cutugno”, near Turin
    Italian prisoners take rugby road to rehabilitation AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    It is, according to former Italy international Walter Rista, a sport with respect for the rules written into its DNA. "The very fact that they are in prison means they … More »Italian prisoners take rugby road to rehabilitation

    Players of the rugby union team 'La Drola Rugby', a team exclusively composed of inmates, pose for a photo after a game at the penitentiary “Lorusso e Cutugno”, near Turin

    It is, according to former Italy international Walter Rista, a sport with respect for the rules written into its DNA. "The very fact that they are in prison means they have lost a sense of the rules, somewhere along the way," says Rista, the founding father of La Drola, an inmate XV that performs a "jailbird Haka" before …

  • -French coach Philippe Saint-Andre announces his 36-man squad for the World Cup during a press conference in Paris, on May 19, 2015
    Saint-Andre favours experience as France name World Cup squad AFP News - Tue, May 19, 2015

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said Tuesday he had favoured experience as he named Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc and Toulon veteran Frederic Michalak in … More »Saint-Andre favours experience as France name World Cup squad

    -French coach Philippe Saint-Andre announces his 36-man squad for the World Cup during a press conference in Paris, on May 19, 2015

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said Tuesday he had favoured experience as he named Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc and Toulon veteran Frederic Michalak in his preliminary 36-man squad for the World Cup.

  • Peter Stringer (centre) is Ireland's most-capped scrum-half with 98 international appearances
    Sale sign ex-Ireland scrum-half Stringer AFP News - Tue, May 19, 2015

    Sale announced on Tuesday that they have signed former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer from English Premiership rivals Bath on a one-year contract. Stringer, 37, is … More »Sale sign ex-Ireland scrum-half Stringer

    Peter Stringer (centre) is Ireland's most-capped scrum-half with 98 international appearances

    Sale announced on Tuesday that they have signed former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer from English Premiership rivals Bath on a one-year contract. Stringer, 37, is Ireland's most-capped scrum-half with 98 international appearances and will join Sale in time for the start of the 2015-16 season. "Once I heard that Peter …

  • Auckland Blues' Steven Luatua (L) receives medical help after being injured during the Super 15 match against the Northern Bulls at Eden Park on May 15, 2015
    All Black duo add to Blues injury woes AFP News - Tue, May 19, 2015

    Auckland Blues' All Black duo Steven Luatua and Patrick Tuipulotu will miss the rest of the Super 15 season with injuries, the club said Tuesday. The Blues said Luatua … More »All Black duo add to Blues injury woes

    Auckland Blues' Steven Luatua (L) receives medical help after being injured during the Super 15 match against the Northern Bulls at Eden Park on May 15, 2015

    Auckland Blues' All Black duo Steven Luatua and Patrick Tuipulotu will miss the rest of the Super 15 season with injuries, the club said Tuesday. The Blues said Luatua dislocated his shoulder in a rare win over the Northern Bulls last Friday, while Tuipulotu has a long-term hip injury that has deteriorated. Jerome Kaino …