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Apr 24, 2015

Rugby-Cheika will consider Giteau, Smith, Mitchell for World Cup

SYDNEY, April 24 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika says he would be “stupid” not to consider Matt Giteau, George Smith and Drew Mitchell for Wallabies selection after the trio, who play their club rugby in France, became eligible this week.

The Australian Rugby Union, which like New Zealand and England had previously considered only home-based players for selection, partially reversed their policy on Wednesday to bring the three back into contention for this year’s World Cup.

Apr 23, 2015

Soccer-Second place showdown highlights final weekend of A-League

SYDNEY, April 23 (Reuters) – With Melbourne Victory all but assured of topping the table heading into the A-League playoffs, the showdown between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix for second place is the highlight of the final weekend of the regular season.

After Perth Glory were banned from the post-season for salary cap breaches, the six teams who will feature in the knockout competition to decide the title have already been determined but exactly how they finish can be crucial.

Apr 22, 2015

Rugby-Smith, Giteau, Mitchell back in Wallabies World Cup frame

SYDNEY, April 22 (Reuters) – In one brief but groundbreaking announcement from the Australian Rugby Union on Wednesday, George Smith, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell were offered the hope of reviving their Wallabies careers in time for this year’s World Cup.

The policy shift to allow foreign-based Australians to play test rugby for the first time was aimed at mitigating the impact of the exodus of talent at the end of the season but also handed Wallabies coach Michael Cheika a potential 266 caps worth of experience.

Apr 22, 2015

Rugby-Australia to allow overseas Wallabies for first time

SYDNEY, April 22 (Reuters) – For the first time experienced Wallabies playing at foreign clubs will be considered for selection for the Australia test team effective immediately, the Australian Rugby Union said on Wednesday.

The players must have won 60 caps and played for seven years in Super Rugby with an Australian team to qualify for the exemption, the ARU said in a statement.

Mar 30, 2015

Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the “most popular ever” and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday’s final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title.

Michael Clarke’s side had the best blend of deep batting, strong fielding and, most importantly, wicket-taking bowlers which made them fitting winners of a tournament where power was king.

Mar 30, 2015

Cricket-Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup

MELBOURNE, March 30 (Reuters) – The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the “most popular ever” and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday’s final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title.

Michael Clarke’s side had the best blend of deep batting, strong fielding and, most importantly, wicket-taking bowlers which made them fitting winners of a tournament where power was king.

Mar 29, 2015

New Zealand ‘cop it sweet’ after Australia humbling

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said sometimes you have to “cop it sweet” and admit you were beaten by a better team after they were hammered by seven wickets in their first World Cup final on Sunday.

The Black Caps were the form team of the tournament going into the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, unbeaten in eight matches with Australia and South Africa among their victims.

Mar 29, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand ‘cop it sweet’ after Australia humbling

MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) – New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said sometimes you have to “cop it sweet” and admit you were beaten by a better team after they were hammered by seven wickets in their first World Cup final on Sunday.

The Black Caps were the form team of the tournament going into the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, unbeaten in eight matches with Australia and South Africa among their victims.

Mar 29, 2015

NZ hold back retirements to allow Australia to bask

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their one-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from one-day internationals on the eve of the seven-wicket victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, which earned his country a fifth world title.

Mar 29, 2015

New Zealand hold back retirements to allow Australia to bask

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their one-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from one-day internationals on the eve of the seven-wicket victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, which earned his country a fifth world title.

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