Rugby union

Tonga's James Faiva, top, collides with New Zealand's Jordie Barrett, bottom, during their rugby test match in Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. The All Blacks defeated Tonga 92-7. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)
September 20, 2019 - 5:21 am
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — No matter the score, if Nasi Manu gets on the field for Tonga in the Rugby World Cup game against England on Sunday it'll be a triumph. In many ways it already is. The 31-year-old Manu is on the brink of playing his first game at the World Cup, and first since being diagnosed...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Fiji's Leone Nakarawa, center, catches the ball during an international rugby union test match between Fiji and Japan at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, western France. Teams from the Pacific islands are immensely popular around the world and their appearances at the Rugby World Cup are likely to attract large and admiring crowds. But an appreciative welcome won't disguise the fact that the Pacific nations begin the tournament under a considerable handicap. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
September 18, 2019 - 9:36 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his country further than ever at the World Cup. Olympic rugby players will be contesting the Rugby World...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, Samoa's rugby team players perform during a welcome ceremony for their team in Yamagata, northern Japan, ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional Pacific Islander tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese hosts.(Kyodo News via AP, File)
September 18, 2019 - 2:32 am
YAMAGATA, Japan (AP) — Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese hosts. Samoa captain Jack Lam said team officials consulted an expert on Japanese culture to make sure tattooed...
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Matias Osadczuk of Argentina, center, is tackled by Rhodri Adamson of Jamaica, left, during rugby seven match at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, Friday, July 26, 2019. Argentina won the match 52-0. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
July 26, 2019 - 11:34 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — They call them Cool Runnings on grass and they dream of their own Hollywood Olympic story. Jamaica's rugby sevens team is a fan favorite at the Pan American Games in Lima, where it has drawn comparisons to "Cool Runnings" — the 1993 film based on the true story of Jamaica's first...
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Matias Osadczuk of Argentina, center, is tackled by Rhodri Adamson of Jamaica, left, during rugby seven match at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, Friday, July 26, 2019. Argentina won the match 52-0. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
July 26, 2019 - 11:34 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — They call them Cool Runnings on grass and they dream of their own Hollywood Olympic story. Jamaica's rugby sevens team is a fan favorite at the Pan American Games in Lima, where it has drawn comparisons to "Cool Runnings" — the 1993 film based on the true story of Jamaica's first...
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England's Mark Wood, center, celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson during the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and England in Chester-le-Street, England, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
July 13, 2019 - 6:18 am
LONDON (AP) — New Zealand and England have waited four years for this moment, for this life-changing shot at redemption. For the Kiwis, the Cricket World Cup final at Lord's on Sunday is a chance to avenge their drubbing at the hands of Australia in the 2015 showpiece. It was their first World Cup...
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In this June 25, 2016, photo Australian rugby union player Israel Folau points to the sky after scoring a try against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. Folau, one of the sport's top players, published a message on his Instagram account that said "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell awaits you." (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
April 11, 2019 - 5:09 am
Israel Folau and his anti-gay sentiments appear to have gone too far this time. Rugby Australia said Thursday it plans to terminate the fullback's contract with the national team after he made anti-gay comments on social media for the second year in a row. When Folau made similar remarks on April 5...
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In this Feb. 23, 2019, photo, the Crusader horseman ride around the arena prior to the start of the Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and Hurricanes in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Crusaders announced Wednesday, April 3, 2019, that they will be considering a change to their name and branding following the Christchurch terrorist attacks on March 15 - insisting the status quo is "no longer tenable." (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
April 02, 2019 - 11:46 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Crusaders Super Rugby team has dispensed with the knights on horseback which have been traditional mascots in pre-match entertainment after attacks on two mosques in Christchurch provoked criticism of the name and symbolism. New Zealand Rugby says the branding the...
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A women places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019, where one of the mass shootings occurred yesterday. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 15, 2019 - 10:03 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby match between the Christchurch-based Crusaders and Dunedin-based Highlanders on Saturday has been canceled as a mark of respect to victims of the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques. New Zealand Rugby said the decision to cancel the Dunedin...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, Australia's players celebrate after winning the women's rugby sevens gold medal match against New Zealand at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Led by girls and young women, the ruck-and-maul and rougher-than-rough sport of rugby union is looking to regain its relevance in Australia. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
March 12, 2019 - 1:08 am
Led by girls and young women, the ruck-and-maul and rougher-than-rough sport of rugby union is looking to regain its relevance in Australia. The Wallabies lost nine of their 13 test matches last year — the worst performance in 60 years — and none of the Super Rugby franchises was a serious...
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