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Aug 31, 2014

Rugby-All Blacks back to the dark places as championship resumes

SYDNEY, Aug 31 (Reuters) – It must be galling for the other three teams in the Rugby Championship when New Zealand roll out of a 51-20 humbling of the world’s third best team with a shrug of the shoulders and a “yeah, it was good, but it could be better”.

That, of course, is the drive for perfection that has made the All Blacks utterly dominant in world rugby – a dominance that looks unlikely to be challenged when the southern hemisphere championship resumes after a bye week next Saturday.

Aug 30, 2014

Rugby-O’Connor last chance a potential gift for the Wallabies

SYDNEY, Aug 30 (Reuters) – When a teenage James O’Connor nervelessly kicked a sideline conversion to give Australia that rarest of rugby experiences, a win over the All Blacks, in 2010 it seemed only injury could prevent him from enjoying a 100-cap test career.

But while the stocky body with its explosive pace and lightning sidestep has remained intact, the off-field antics of the self-styled “Brand James O’Connor” have seen him exiled from international rugby for more than a year and counting.

Aug 29, 2014

Gay World Cup crosses gain line with IRB support

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Bingham Cup organisers hailed the endorsement of the International Rugby Board (IRB) as an important breakthrough in inclusiveness in sport as the seventh version of the gay World Cup got underway on Friday.

While the rugby is the heart and soul of the tournament for the 30 clubs from 15 countries who have gathered in Sydney this week, the event has been leveraged by organisers to shine a spotlight on the issue of homophobia in sport.

Aug 29, 2014

Rugby-Gay World Cup crosses gain line with IRB support

SYDNEY, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Bingham Cup organisers hailed the endorsement of the International Rugby Board (IRB) as an important breakthrough in inclusiveness in sport as the seventh version of the gay World Cup got underway on Friday.

While the rugby is the heart and soul of the tournament for the 30 clubs from 15 countries who have gathered in Sydney this week, the event has been leveraged by organisers to shine a spotlight on the issue of homophobia in sport.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Wanderers fairytale continues into Asian semis

SYDNEY, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers have achieved many remarkable feats in their first two years of existence but reaching the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League in their maiden campaign must rank as their greatest.

Tony Popovic’s A-League outfit travelled to southern China on Wednesday with a slender 1-0 lead from a first leg and withstood a frenzied onslaught to go through on away goals after holding defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande to a 2-1 win.

Aug 27, 2014

Rugby-Australia dig deep after McCabe, Charles injuries

SYDNEY, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie admitted he was down to bare bones in some departments after losing hooker Nathan Charles to a season-ending injury and back Pat McCabe to a neck fracture that looks like ending his career.

The pair were both injured in the 51-20 Rugby Championship defeat to New Zealand last weekend, forcing McKenzie to name a 30-man squad for next week’s test against South Africa in Perth without them.

Aug 21, 2014

Soccer-Wanderers expect highly charged clash in Guangzhou

SYDNEY, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers manager Tony Popovic has warned his players to expect another highly-charged Asian Champions League encounter with holders Guangzhou Evergrande in their quarter-final, second leg next week.

Wanderers will travel to China with a slim 1-0 advantage from Wednesday’s first leg, which ended in mayhem when Guangzhou coach Marcello Lippi went on the pitch to remonstrate after two of his players were shown red cards in the last few minutes.

Aug 20, 2014

Soccer-Lippi sees red as Guangzhou go down in Western Sydney

SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi exploded in rage after the Asian champions had two players sent off in the dying minutes of their 1-0 first leg loss to Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The World Cup-winning former Italy coach charged on to the pitch to remonstrate with Emirati referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed after midfielder Gao Lin had followed defender Zhang Linpeng in being shown a straight red card.

Aug 20, 2014

Soccer-Guangzhou see red after losing in Western Sydney

SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers beat Guangzhou Evergrande 1-0 in a first leg of the Asian Champions League quarter-finals which ended in chaos on Wednesday after the Asian champions had two players sent off in the last three minutes.

Guangzhou’s Italy coach Marcello Lippi and his staff charged on to the pitch to remonstrate with Emirati referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed after midfielder Gao Lin had followed defender Zhang Linpeng in being dismissed.

Aug 20, 2014

Charles in charge in Wallabies front row

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Nathan Charles knows his chance to play test rugby for Australia came because of injury to others but has no intention of giving up the Wallabies number two jersey any time soon.

Wallaby number 881 will face world champions New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday in his second start for his country at hooker after a solid display in last weekend’s 12-12 draw with the All Blacks in Sydney.

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