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Oct 10, 2014

Australia recall Cooper in place of banned Beale

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia have recalled flyhalf Quade Cooper to their squad for next week’s third Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand in place of the banned Kurtley Beale.

Beale was suspended on Thursday pending a hearing into allegations he was responsible for sending offensive text messages regarding a team official in June.

Oct 10, 2014

Rugby-Australia recall Cooper in place of banned Beale

SYDNEY, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Australia have recalled flyhalf Quade Cooper to their squad for next week’s third Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand in place of the banned Kurtley Beale.

Beale was suspended on Thursday pending a hearing into allegations he was responsible for sending offensive text messages regarding a team official in June.

Oct 9, 2014

Olympic berths up the ante for world sevens series

SYDNEY (Reuters) – With berths at the 2016 Olympics up for grabs, the rugby sevens world series will take on an extra edge when competition gets underway with the opening round on the Gold Coast this weekend.

The top four at the end of nine rounds of the series are guaranteed qualification for the inaugural Olympic sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro in just under two years – a prize that makes this the most important season ever.

Oct 9, 2014

Rugby-Olympic berths up the ante for world sevens series

SYDNEY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – With berths at the 2016 Olympics up for grabs, the rugby sevens world series will take on an extra edge when competition gets underway with the opening round on the Gold Coast this weekend.

The top four at the end of nine rounds of the series are guaranteed qualification for the inaugural Olympic sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro in just under two years – a prize that makes this the most important season ever.

Oct 9, 2014

Rugby-Australia’s Beale suspended over ‘offensive texts’

SYDNEY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Wallabies back Kurtley Beale has been suspended pending a probe into “deeply offensive” text messages about a team official he allegedly sent earlier this year, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Thursday.

Beale was already facing disciplinary charges over a bust-up with a team official on a flight from South Africa to Argentina for a Rugby Championship test last week but that issue was now “a secondary matter”, ARU chief Bill Pulver said.

Oct 9, 2014

Less glamour, more drama for A-League’s 10th season

SYDNEY (Reuters) – David Villa will sprinkle a little stardust on the opening round of the A-League when he turns out for Melbourne City this weekend but Australia’s top flight looks like being more about fierce competition than marquee names this season.

Spanish World Cup winner Villa will suit up for City – the former Melbourne Heart newly rebranded after their purchase by English champions Manchester City – when they take on Sydney FC in the harbour city on Saturday.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Less glamour, more drama for A-League’s 10th season

SYDNEY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – David Villa will sprinkle a little stardust on the opening round of the A-League when he turns out for Melbourne City this weekend but Australia’s top flight looks like being more about fierce competition than marquee names this season.

Spanish World Cup winner Villa will suit up for City – the former Melbourne Heart newly rebranded after their purchase by English champions Manchester City – when they take on Sydney FC in the harbour city on Saturday.

Sep 17, 2014

Skelton’s progress a weighty matter for Wallabies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – When Will Skelton, all 137-kgs of him, rumbled over France flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to score a try in a sparkling test debut in June, it looked like the 22-year-old lock was going to be a Wallabies fixture for some time to come.

For the last two Rugby Championship tests, though, he has failed to even make the bench and that exile continued on Wednesday when he was omitted from the squad for the last two matches of the competition in South Africa and Argentina.

Sep 17, 2014

Rugby-Skelton’s progress a weighty matter for Wallabies

SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – When Will Skelton, all 137-kgs of him, rumbled over France flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to score a try in a sparkling test debut in June, it looked like the 22-year-old lock was going to be a Wallabies fixture for some time to come.

For the last two Rugby Championship tests, though, he has failed to even make the bench and that exile continued on Wednesday when he was omitted from the squad for the last two matches of the competition in South Africa and Argentina.

Sep 14, 2014

Analysis – Tight at the top five months out from World Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday.

With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version of the quadrennial showpiece of 50-overs cricket, which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, looks like being one of the closest ever.

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