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Foran: Warriors missing link

Sydney Kieran Foran is back in the NRL and already he is promising to be the steadying influence the Warriors have been yearning for. After 307 days on the sidelines, Foran had an immediate impact in his New Zealand Warriors club debut, scoring a decisive try in their 28-22 win over the Gold Coast at Mt Smart Stadium yesterday. With his side down...

McIlroy signs $142m Nike deal

London At the start of the week in which Rory McIlroy hopes to gain immortality, he has earned himself an estimated $US100 million ($NZ142m) by signing an extension to his Nike contract. The deal is for 10 years and, as Nike has stopped making clubs and balls, it lets McIlroy's team to negotiate with equipment companies, which would inevitably mean his...

Smith tops tally for most NRL wins

Melbourne Passing Darren Lockyer to become the most successful player in NRL history, Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith insists he owes the record to his team-mates past and present and coach Craig Bellamy. Smith chalked up his 238th career victory with the Storm's 28-6 win over Penrith at AAMI Park, surpassing the former Bronco. Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk also now sits third...

‘Dream big’ pays off for West Coast Cricket

West Coast Cricket celebrated a big win off the field on Friday when the ANZ Bank dropped off a special delivery of new gear. President Brendan Marshall applied for assistance through the ANZ 'dream big' programme and was rewarded with new gear for players throughout the grades. West Coast Cricket is made up of members who travel far and wide from Runanga to...

Heveldt NZ Marist personality of the year

Viv Logie Greymouth Marist Rugby Club stalwart Gus (Brian) Heveldt has been named New Zealand Marist personality of the year. Heveldt says he is honoured with the award but is adamant he would not have got it without the support of the club's hard working members. "I am not the only one everyone in the club does a hell of a lot...

Crusaders deal to Waratahs

Sydney The NSW Waratahs say there is no time to mope after the Crusaders compounded their woes with a clinical 41-22 Super Rugby win in Sydney. The unbeaten competition leaders resisted a spirited second-half fightback from the Waratahs to consign Daryl Gibson's men to a fourth loss from six outings in 2017. The Waratahs once again paid the price for a sloppy...

Swimmers set sights on world champs

Wellington Motivation will not be in short supply for New Zealand's premier swimmers at the national open championships in Auckland. Qualifying times for the world championships will be in the sights of a handful at the five-day meet starting on Monday, while others will target qualifying for the world para-swimming championships, World University Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. Six of the eight...

Cowboys make it four against Bunnies

Townsville North Queensland's fast start to the NRL season continued in Townsville as a composed Cowboys side accounted for South Sydney 20-6. The battle between the 2014 and 2015 premiers never reached any great heights but North Queensland were by far the better side and improved to 4-1 for the season. The Bunnies went toe-for-toe with the Cowboys early but were unable...

Highlanders too slick for bungling Rebels

Dunedin The Melbourne Rebels' horror super rugby season continues, with a demoralising 51-12 loss to the Highlanders. With Australian conference places in doubt for 2018, the Rebels did themselves no favours in an embarrassing display at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium last night. The capitulation to the last-placed New Zealand team completes a clean sweep of losses against this country's teams, after also...

Force not distracted by unsettling news

Perth Coach Dave Wessels admits his players have been unsettled by rumours of the Western Force's impending demise but he is confident the situation will further galvanise the group. Reports are rife the Force will be the Australian franchise axed if super rugby reverts to a 15-team format. The ARU insists no decision has been made but the rumours do not spell...
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