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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...

Dramatic finish looms in Plunket Shield

Wellington Auckland is threatening to snatch the Plunket Shield from under the nose of leader Canterbury on the final day of the domestic first class season. The competition is tantalisingly poised heading into the fourth and final day of 10th round of matches, with third-placed Northern Districts also an outside chance to claim the silverware. Canterbury will remain top if it completes...

Japan topples Black Sticks

Wellington Japan has claimed first blood at the Festival of Hockey women's tournament in Hastings following an upset 2-1 win over New Zealand. A late goal sank the defending champion Black Sticks, who drop to last place after the first of six rounds following a 1-1 opening draw between Australia and the United States. World No 11 Japan is the lowest-ranked team...

Lachlan may get a chance

Sydney Up-and-coming striker Lachlan Scott looks set for a chance to net another goal against Newcastle when he likely leads Western Sydney's line in the absence of suspended hat-trick hero Brendon Santalab. Scott looks set to start today for the first time since his Asian Champions League exploits last month, replacing Santalab who picked up his eighth yellow card as he...

Walker double stops Roosters’ crowing

Sydney The Sydney Roosters' unbeaten start to the NRL season is over after Dylan Walker bagged a late double to gift Manly an 18-12 victory at Allianz Stadium. Three weeks ago a club in turmoil, the Sea Eagles claimed their third successive scalp last night to announce themselves as a side to watch early in the competition. Walker was also back to...

Canadian pair close in on title

Helsinki A surge of energy coursing through their bodies helped Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir produce an electrifying short dance as the Canadians made a winning comeback with a record score at the world figure skating championships overnight. Back at the global meet for the first time since 2013, the 2010 Olympic champions proved they had lost none of the sultry...

Coast’s Tui Rio-bound

Former Greymouth woman Ruby Tui was last night confirmed in the New Zealand women’s sevens team to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio next month. The 25-year-old, who attended John Paul II High School, has excelled in sport since she was young. Before moving from Greymouth to Christchurch in 2010 to attend university, she played netball for John...

Suburbs bags another league title

A great team performance helped Suburbs stride out to an outstanding 47-6 win over Waro-rakau in the West Coast Rugby League premier grand final yesterday. Both teams had their chances early but ner ves got the better of them early and turnover let the defending team off the hook. Suburbs were just slightly getting the better field position early on, when...
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