Rugby union

Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
June 30, 2020 - 5:40 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Chad Campbell is the sixth player to test positive for the coronavirus as the PGA Tour enters its fourth week of the restart. Campbell played the first event back at Colonial near his home in Texas. He didn’t play...
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The Sydney Opera House is illuminated in support of Australia and New Zealand's joint bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, in Sydney, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP Image via AP)
June 26, 2020 - 2:51 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Women's World Cup is heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after a concentrated effort by the joint bidders to secure the global soccer event in the southern hemisphere for the first time. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the mother of a 2-year-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, Peta Taufatofua carries a flag of Tonga during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Taufatofua decided to leave his shirt on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 when he led a group of 23 fellow Olympians in a home workout video to help celebrate Olympic Day across 20 time zones. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
June 22, 2020 - 11:20 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Peta Taufatofua decided to leave his shirt on Tuesday when he led a group of 23 fellow Olympians in a home workout video to help celebrate Olympic Day across 20 time zones. There were a few technical glitches when Taufatofua, who caused a stir when he went shirtless while carrying the...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Hurricanes Beauden Barrett, right, runs at Crusaders Luke Romano during the Super Rugby semifinal between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes in Christchurch, New Zealand. The cheers of the crowd will resound in New Zealand sports stadiums for the first time in months with more than 50,000 people expected to attend matches in the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa. More than 18,000 are expected at the first match in the New Zealand professional rugby tournament in Dunedin on Saturday, June 13, 2020 between the Highlanders and the Hamilton-based Chiefs. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,File)
June 12, 2020 - 12:31 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The cheers of the crowd will resound in New Zealand sports stadiums for the first time since March with more than 50,000 people expected to attend two matches this weekend in the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa. More than 18,000 are expected at the first match...
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Crusaders players practice during a training session at Rugby Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa will start on June 13 in a new five-team, 10-week competition. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
June 09, 2020 - 12:57 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Dunedin-based Highlanders are hoping 20,000 fans will attend Saturday’s Super Rugby Aoteroa match against the Chiefs, the first major rugby match to be played in front of fans since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Super Rugby Aotearoa is the first major...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, the US team sing their national anthem ahead of the Rugby World Cup Pool C game at Kobe Misaki Stadium, between England and the United States in Kobe, Japan. Being forced to file for bankruptcy during the coronavirus outbreak has not stopped American rugby leaders from retaining their long-held ambition of hosting an upcoming World Cup. A Rugby World Cup in 2027 would slot right between the soccer World Cup lined up for 2026 in the U.S, Canada and Mexico and the Los Angeles Olympics two years later. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
June 02, 2020 - 5:45 am
With the soccer World Cup lined up for 2026 and the Los Angeles Olympics two years later, the United States will be the focal point for sports later this decade. Another worldwide event could yet be squeezed in the middle. Seeking to get back on its feet after filing for bankruptcy during the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 file photo, South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. The South African government maintained a ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday, May 30, 2020 because of the coronavirus, meaning the country's professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action for now. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 30, 2020 - 7:29 am
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African government maintained a ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday because of the coronavirus, meaning the country's professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action. The announcement by sports minister...
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May 05, 2020 - 7:56 am
England is working on the assumption its Six Nations campaign and quartet of autumn test matches can be played across October and November as the Rugby Football Union seeks to avoid losses of around $150 million during the coronavirus outbreak. No rugby has been played in Britain since the middle...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 file photo, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont speaks beside the Webb Ellis Cup during an interview before the match schedule announcement for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo. Bill Beaumont and Agustin Pichot are vying to become chairman of World Rugby amid trying times for the sport because of the coronavirus outbreak and the growing discussion about a global calendar to unify the international game. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
May 03, 2020 - 3:49 pm
Confronting and managing an unprecedented financial crisis. Uniting the northern and southern hemispheres in one global calendar. Maintaining the growth of the women’s and sevens games. All while not even knowing exactly when rugby can return following the coronavirus outbreak. Bill Beaumont has...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 file photo, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont speaks beside the Webb Ellis Cup during an interview before the match schedule announcement for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo. Bill Beaumont and Agustin Pichot are vying to become chairman of World Rugby amid trying times for the sport because of the coronavirus outbreak and the growing discussion about a global calendar to unify the international game. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
May 02, 2020 - 11:29 am
Former England captain Bill Beaumont will lead World Rugby for another four years after being re-elected on Saturday, beating Agustín Pichot with a first-round majority. The sport’s governing body said the 68-year-old Beaumont won by 28 votes to 23 against Pichot, the former Argentina scrumhalf who...
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