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RugbyU: 2015-2016 European Cups to start in November

RugbyU: 2015-2016 European Cups to start in November

AFP Relax The Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup, the two European rugby union annual competitions, will kick off mid-November next season due to the World Cup, organisers EPCR announced on Thursday. The first two rounds of both continental competitions will be played on November 12-15, at a time usually devoted to the Autumn tests. The end-of-year internationals between the Northern and Southe…

  • Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar
    Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar AFP Relax - Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    With pools 85 times the size of the nearby pitches where Rugby Calvisano plays, the company Agro Ittica Lombarda is putting this northern Italian town on the map again … More »Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar

    Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar

    With pools 85 times the size of the nearby pitches where Rugby Calvisano plays, the company Agro Ittica Lombarda is putting this northern Italian town on the map again -- as the world's top caviar producer. The world's most prized caviar comes from wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. Agro Ittica was the first sturgeon farmer …

  • Scrum-half Rory Kockott received an automatic one match suspension for accruing three yellow cards and will miss Castres' crucial home game with Bordeaux-Begles on April 11
    Struggling Castres lose Kockott for a match AFP News - 4 hours ago

    Castres' hopes of avoiding relegation from the Top 14 suffered a blow on Wednesday with the news France scrum-half Rory Kockott will miss a crucial home game with … More »Struggling Castres lose Kockott for a match

    Scrum-half Rory Kockott received an automatic one match suspension for accruing three yellow cards and will miss Castres' crucial home game with Bordeaux-Begles on April 11

    Castres' hopes of avoiding relegation from the Top 14 suffered a blow on Wednesday with the news France scrum-half Rory Kockott will miss a crucial home game with Bordeaux-Begles on April 11.

  • NFL: League eyes Germany, Mexico games, more in London
    NFL: League eyes Germany, Mexico games, more in London AFP Relax - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    National Football League officials are looking at staging regular-season games in Germany and Mexico and adding more games in London in a bid to boost global growth. … More »NFL: League eyes Germany, Mexico games, more in London

    NFL: League eyes Germany, Mexico games, more in London

    National Football League officials are looking at staging regular-season games in Germany and Mexico and adding more games in London in a bid to boost global growth. According to a posting on the NFL's website, the league is building the roots of a season-ticket fan base in London with an eye to going from three to four …

  • Charles Piutau of the All Blacks passes during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Toyota Park in Chicago, Illinois on October 30, 2014
    Ulster sign New Zealand back Piutau AFP News - 8 hours ago

    Ulster have signed versatile New Zealand international back Charles Piutau on a two-year deal from July 2016, the Irish province announced on Wednesday. The 23-year-old, … More »Ulster sign New Zealand back Piutau

    Charles Piutau of the All Blacks passes during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Toyota Park in Chicago, Illinois on October 30, 2014

    Ulster have signed versatile New Zealand international back Charles Piutau on a two-year deal from July 2016, the Irish province announced on Wednesday. The 23-year-old, who can play at full-back, wing or centre, has won 14 caps for the All Blacks since making his Test debut against France in June 2013 and arrives from …

  • Italy's centre Luca Morisi tackles Wales' winger George North (right) during their Six Nations international rugby union match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on March 21, 2015
    North to miss Clermont clash after head blow AFP News - 22 hours ago

    Wales wing George North will miss Northampton's European Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont Auvergne this weekend after his latest head injury, coach Jim Mallinder … More »North to miss Clermont clash after head blow

    Italy's centre Luca Morisi tackles Wales' winger George North (right) during their Six Nations international rugby union match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on March 21, 2015

    Wales wing George North will miss Northampton's European Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont Auvergne this weekend after his latest head injury, coach Jim Mallinder revealed on Wednesday. North, 22, has take heavy blows to the head while playing three times in the past two months, most recently during Northampton's …

  • FILE - This is a Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013  file photo of Charles Piutau, right, of the New Zealand All Blacks as he  is tackled by Shota Horie of Japan during their rugby friendly match in Tokyo.  Versatile New Zealand back Charles Piutau has on Wednesday April 1, 2015 signed to play for Irish province Ulster on a two-year deal from July 2016. The 23-year-old Piutua made his test debut against France in June 2013 and has scored four tries in 14 internationals so far. He is expected to be in the All Blacks’ World Cup squad.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
    Piutau to leave New Zealand for Ulster in 2016 Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Versatile New Zealand back Charles Piutau signed to play for Irish province Ulster on Wednesday on a two-year deal from July 2016. More »Piutau to leave New Zealand for Ulster in 2016

    FILE - This is a Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013  file photo of Charles Piutau, right, of the New Zealand All Blacks as he  is tackled by Shota Horie of Japan during their rugby friendly match in Tokyo.  Versatile New Zealand back Charles Piutau has on Wednesday April 1, 2015 signed to play for Irish province Ulster on a two-year deal from July 2016. The 23-year-old Piutua made his test debut against France in June 2013 and has scored four tries in 14 internationals so far. He is expected to be in the All Blacks’ World Cup squad.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Versatile New Zealand back Charles Piutau signed to play for Irish province Ulster on Wednesday on a two-year deal from July 2016.

  • Wales' centre Jamie Roberts (C) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match against France on February 28, 2015 in Saint-Denis, France
    Roberts tries to shunt speculation over future aside AFP News - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Wales rugby great Jamie Roberts admits he is trying to put the uncertainty over his club future to the back of his mind as he prepares for Sunday's European Champions … More »Roberts tries to shunt speculation over future aside

    Wales' centre Jamie Roberts (C) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match against France on February 28, 2015 in Saint-Denis, France

    Wales rugby great Jamie Roberts admits he is trying to put the uncertainty over his club future to the back of his mind as he prepares for Sunday's European Champions Cup home quarter-final between his present side Racing-Metro and last season's finalists Saracens. The 28-year-old centre -- capped 69 times since making …

  • Kevin Sinfield of England (centre) burst trough the tackle from Brett White of Australia (right) and Sam Thaiday of Australia during their Rugby League four nations final at Elland road, Leeds on November 14, 2009
    Leeds' Sinfield set for cross-code switch AFP News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Former England captain Kevin Sinfield is to make a cross-code switch from Leeds to their rugby union sister club Yorkshire Carnegie, the two teams announced on Tuesday. … More »Leeds' Sinfield set for cross-code switch

    Kevin Sinfield of England (centre) burst trough the tackle from Brett White of Australia (right) and Sam Thaiday of Australia during their Rugby League four nations final at Elland road, Leeds on November 14, 2009

    Former England captain Kevin Sinfield is to make a cross-code switch from Leeds to their rugby union sister club Yorkshire Carnegie, the two teams announced on Tuesday. Sinfield, 34, joined Leeds aged 16 and led the club to six Super League title, three World Club Challenge crowns and one Challenge Cup. He has signed …

  • Police stand guard on March 31, 2015 at the scene in a suburb of Uganda's capital Kampala where acting assistant director of public prosecution Joan Kagezi was shot dead
    Uganda bombing trial stalls after top prosecutor assassinated AFP News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead. … More »Uganda bombing trial stalls after top prosecutor assassinated

    Police stand guard on March 31, 2015 at the scene in a suburb of Uganda's capital Kampala where acting assistant director of public prosecution Joan Kagezi was shot dead

    A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead. Police on Tuesday vowed to catch the killers of Joan Kagezi, acting assistant director of public prosecution, who was murdered by men on a motorbike as …

  • Loose forward Jerome Kaino was New Zealand's player of the year and a nominee for world player of the year in 2011
    Kaino to stick with All Blacks AFP News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Loose forward Jerome Kaino re-signed to play in New Zealand for a further three years Tuesday, as the All Blacks look to shore up their stocks post the World Cup this … More »Kaino to stick with All Blacks

    Loose forward Jerome Kaino was New Zealand's player of the year and a nominee for world player of the year in 2011

    Loose forward Jerome Kaino re-signed to play in New Zealand for a further three years Tuesday, as the All Blacks look to shore up their stocks post the World Cup this year. Jerome is one of our leading players and the first to re-sign through to 2018," New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew. "While we will see players …

  • Scotland's left wing Tim Visser runs to score a try during the Six Nations International Rugby Union match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, near Paris on March 16, 2013
    Visser signs on for Harlequins AFP News - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Scotland and Edinburgh winger Tim Visser is to play for Premiership side Harlequins next season after spending the last six years in the Scottish capital. The 27-year-old … More »Visser signs on for Harlequins

    Scotland's left wing Tim Visser runs to score a try during the Six Nations International Rugby Union match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, near Paris on March 16, 2013

    Scotland and Edinburgh winger Tim Visser is to play for Premiership side Harlequins next season after spending the last six years in the Scottish capital. The 27-year-old flyer has scored seven tries in 18 appearances for Scotland and topped the Pro-12's try-scoring charts for the past four seasons. "I am delighted to …

  • Jonathan Anderson: I gave Loewe fashion history
    Jonathan Anderson: I gave Loewe fashion history Cover Media - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Jonathan Anderson had to create a whole fashion history as part of his role at Loewe. More »Jonathan Anderson: I gave Loewe fashion history

    Jonathan Anderson: I gave Loewe fashion history

    Jonathan Anderson had to create a whole fashion history as part of his role at Loewe.

  • 20 Exciting Things To Do On Weekends At 50% Off With The Entertainer App!
    20 Exciting Things To Do On Weekends At 50% Off With The Entertainer A … TheSmartLocal.com - Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Things To Do This Weekend At 50% Off Sometimes looking for something to do for the weekend isn't the problem. We just wish things weren’t so expensive … More »20 Exciting Things To Do On Weekends At 50% Off With The Entertainer A …

    20 Exciting Things To Do On Weekends At 50% Off With The Entertainer App!

    Things To Do This Weekend At 50% Off Sometimes looking for something to do for the weekend isn't the problem. We just wish things weren’t so expensive in Singapore. Thankfully, the Entertainer Singapore App gives you 2-for-1 deals, essentially giving you 50% off various attractions in Singapore.In our …

  • New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum answers questions at a press conference following his teams seven wicket loss to Australia in the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
    New Zealand reacts to World Cup loss: 'You've done us proud … Associated Press - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The front-page headline of New Zealand's largest newspaper reads "You've done us proud," and that seems to sum up the … More »New Zealand reacts to World Cup loss: 'You've done us proud …

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum answers questions at a press conference following his teams seven wicket loss to Australia in the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The front-page headline of New Zealand's largest newspaper reads "You've done us proud," and that seems to sum up the nation's mood after the Black Caps thrilled and inspired during eight straight World Cup victories before losing to Australia in Sunday's final.

  • Argentinian fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scores a try during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulon and Ulster on January 17, 2015 in Toulon
    Sanchez leaves Toulon to prepare for wedding AFP News - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez has left European champions Toulon to get ready for his wedding in May and to prepare for the World Cup, he told AFP on Sunday. He … More »Sanchez leaves Toulon to prepare for wedding

    Argentinian fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scores a try during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulon and Ulster on January 17, 2015 in Toulon

    Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez has left European champions Toulon to get ready for his wedding in May and to prepare for the World Cup, he told AFP on Sunday. He could have continued to turn out for Toulon in the European Rugby Champions Cup -- the champions hosts Wasps in the quarter-finals next weekend -- but he …

  • Fiji's players celebrate after defeating New Zealand in the final match of the rugby sevens tournament in Hong Kong on March 29, 2015
    Fiji beat New Zealand to win Hong Kong Sevens AFP News - Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Fiji won the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens on Sunday, tearing through defending champions New Zealand 33-19 in a powerful display. With the backing of a roaring Hong Kong Stadium … More »Fiji beat New Zealand to win Hong Kong Sevens

    Fiji's players celebrate after defeating New Zealand in the final match of the rugby sevens tournament in Hong Kong on March 29, 2015

    Fiji won the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens on Sunday, tearing through defending champions New Zealand 33-19 in a powerful display. With the backing of a roaring Hong Kong Stadium crowd, Fiji made up for last year's heartbreaking semi-final loss to England, and went one step closer to qualifying for the Summer Olympics in Rio …

  • Brazilian players before a match on the first day of the rugby sevens tournament in Hong Kong, March 27, 2015
    Brazil rugby sevens under pressure as Rio spotlight looms AFP News - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    They are the only rugby sevens team to have secured a place at the Summer Olympics in Rio next year -- but host team Brazil face monumental hurdles to hold their own … More »Brazil rugby sevens under pressure as Rio spotlight looms

    Brazilian players before a match on the first day of the rugby sevens tournament in Hong Kong, March 27, 2015

    They are the only rugby sevens team to have secured a place at the Summer Olympics in Rio next year -- but host team Brazil face monumental hurdles to hold their own in a world-class field. Twelve sides will line up in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016 as sevens makes its Olympic debut. They will include the top four teams …

  • Australia's captain Michael Clarke attends a practice session ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne on March 28, 2015
    New Zealand eye World Cup history against Australia AFP News - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    New Zealand take the field in their maiden World Cup final on Sunday looking to cap an unbeaten streak by defeating co-hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. … More »New Zealand eye World Cup history against Australia

    Australia's captain Michael Clarke attends a practice session ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne on March 28, 2015

    New Zealand take the field in their maiden World Cup final on Sunday looking to cap an unbeaten streak by defeating co-hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Brendon McCullum's Black Caps have won eight matches in a row, including a one-wicket victory over Australia in a low scoring pool stage thriller in Auckland …

  • New Zealand players thank their fans after their victory in the semi-final Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland on March 24, 2015
    New Zealand obsessed by World Cup final AFP News - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key decided not to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral and left behind a bruising byelection defeat to be in Melbourne Sunday as he led his … More »New Zealand obsessed by World Cup final

    New Zealand players thank their fans after their victory in the semi-final Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland on March 24, 2015

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key decided not to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral and left behind a bruising byelection defeat to be in Melbourne Sunday as he led his nation's obsession with the World Cup final. After failing six times in the semi-finals, New Zealand have finally made the ultimate showdown of ODI cricket's …

  • Stade Francais Paris' French flanker Raphael Lakafia (R) tries to escape a tackle by Clermont's French flanker Alexandre Lapandry (L) during the French Top 14 rugby match at Jean Bouin stadium in Paris on March 28, 2015
    Leaders Clermont, Toulon lose as Top 14 heats up AFP News - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Top 14 leaders Toulon and Clermont, both preparing for European Cup quarter-final action next weekend, suffered defeats to Toulouse and Stade Francais on Saturday as … More »Leaders Clermont, Toulon lose as Top 14 heats up

    Stade Francais Paris' French flanker Raphael Lakafia (R) tries to escape a tackle by Clermont's French flanker Alexandre Lapandry (L) during the French Top 14 rugby match at Jean Bouin stadium in Paris on March 28, 2015

    Top 14 leaders Toulon and Clermont, both preparing for European Cup quarter-final action next weekend, suffered defeats to Toulouse and Stade Francais on Saturday as the run-in to the French rugby season heats up. Toulon, sitting top but equal on 61 points with Clermont, missed the chance to pull ahead, falling 34-24 in …