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Rebels thrash Reds

Melbourne Melbourne recruit Will Genia has put his love of Queensland aside to steer his new Super Rugby side to a 45-19 demolition of the Reds in their opening match. Much was made during the pre-season about the influx of Western Force talent from the axed club but last night's performance by the test halfback at AAMI Park showed the importance...

NRL cracking down on time wasting and play the ball

Sydney The NRL has moved to reduce time wasting after conversion attempts by putting a shot clock on an opposition team's restarts during the game. In a win for fans, referees will now call time off for 30 seconds after a conversion in a move the governing body claims will add an average of three minutes of real game time. "At the moment,...

Denver test unlikely, Kiwis, Roos Middle East possibility

David Skipwith A proposal for the Kiwis to play a test in Denver looks likely to be shot down but they could play the Kangaroos in Qatar if Australian coach Mal Meninga gets his way. The Kiwis are set to play the Kangaroos in New Zealand at the end of the year in the first trans-Tasman clash on home soil since...

Highlanders comfortable with changes

Dunedin Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger is confident Super Rugby's new scrum and breakdown rules will not hamper his side when they start their 2018 campaign. The Highlanders host the Blues in Dunedin tomorrow night, with SANZAAR ushering in another set of changes for players and fans to come to grips with. "I think it's been pretty easy to adapt to," Mauger said. "We...

Duckworth falls Aussies’ way

Auckland Rain has robbed New Zealand cricket fans of a grandstand Twenty20 tri-series final finish, with the heavens opening over Eden Park last night and handing Australia a 19-run win over New Zealand via the Duckworth-Lewis method. On what was supposed to be a batsman-friendly Eden Park wicket, the Black Caps simply failed to fire, securing a 150 for nine total...

Serena ‘almost died’ having daughter

Florida Serena Williams "almost died" after giving birth to her daughter last September, the former women's world No 1 tennis player said yesterday. Williams had previously revealed some of the complications she had after giving birth but offered more details about an experience that has since inspired her to speak out about the importance of affordable child care. "I almost died after...

Three NZ skiers into halfpipe final

Pyeongchang Jossi Wells is on the sidelines but New Zealand can thank him for their strong showing in the Winter Olympics men's freeski halfpipe. The country will make up a quarter of the halfpipe final, with Wells' brothers Byron and Beau-James and Nico Porteous qualifying in PyeongChang. Byron was fourth in qualification yesterday, one place and 0.4 points ahead of flagbearer Beau-James,...

Black Caps bowlers key in T20 final

Auckland New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says bowling may prove the difference in tonight's Twenty20 tri-series final against Australia. An Eden Park pitch, which can only be described as a batsman's paradise, and the Auckland ground's short straight boundaries made for a record-breaking game the last time the teams played. Batting first, the Black Caps scored six for 243 on Friday, only...

English Roses loom as games threat

Gold Coast Growing up with twin brother and England soccer giant Phil Neville has given English netball coach Tracey Neville a unique insight as she prepares her improved side for a Commonwealth Games raid in April. England will arrive on the Gold Coast as arguably Australia's greatest threat for a fourth title in six Games after three wins against world No...

Injury toll hinders Blues opener

Wellington Tana Umaga has cast aside a hefty early-season injury toll to name a strong Blues side for their opening Super Rugby match against the Highlanders. All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino (ankle) is among 11 players Umaga could not consider for Friday's match in Dunedin. Yet he has still unveiled a starting XV featuring six test players in the starting line-up and...
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