Sunwolves vs Reds: Five things we learned

The Reds were flogged by the Sunwolves in Tokyo. Here’s what we learned from the stunning 63-28 result. 1. Reds reading their own press The Reds were lauded for their win over the Lions a fortnight ago – rightfully so. They kept the South African Conference leaders scoreless through the first half and held on long […]

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Reds re-sign Tupou, add another Smith

Taniela Tupou isn’t going anywhere, putting pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at Ballymore until the end of 2020. The boom 133kg prop, who earned his first Test cap against Scotland on the Spring Tour last year, first signed with the Reds as a YouTube sensation in 2014, when the “Tongan […]

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Petaia puts the nation on notice

Schoolboy highlight reels must always be watched with a sceptical eye. There are exceptions to the norm when it is clear you are watching a truly special talent – think Taniela Tupou or Kalyn Ponga – but more often than not the clips are filled with flash, not fire. Jordan Petaia is a different case […]

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Waratahs stunned at Latu's suspension but accept ban

The Waratahs are privately stunned at the hefty six-week suspension dished out to Tolu Latu, particularly as one of their players was injured with a similar crime last year and no charges were laid. NSW grudgingly accepted a six-match suspension for Latu on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to a dangerous charge into a ruck […]

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Perese restores passion for rugby

Having shot back into Wallabies contention with a spectacular performance against the Highlanders, Izaia Perese believes his best is yet to come. It’s been a topsy turvy year for Perese, who appeared set to star from the get go for Queensland before a partial ACL tear derailed his season. He returned with two patchy performances […]

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Must-win derby the perfect focal point for Waratahs: Ashley-Cooper

A must-win derby against Queensland is the perfect way for the Waratahs to shut out the noise of the Israel Folau saga, Adam Ashley-Cooper says. Ashley-Cooper, who will play his 150th Super Rugby match in Saturday’s match, said there was nothing more important to the side than ensuring they closed the gap on the Australian […]

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Real Madrid boss Zidane takes dig at Barcelona over La Liga titles

The Catalan side are well ahead of their rivals in the race for the Spanish league title, but the Frenchman says the capital club are still supreme Zinedine Zidane maintains Real Madrid are still the most prestigious team in La Liga regardless of Barcelona’s imminent title win this season. Madrid have won the title 33 […]

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'I don't go out – apart from football!' – Klopp admits he's become a hermit amid Liverpool title chase

Jurgen Klopp does not leave the house, shutting himself out as Liverpool fans dream of a first league title since 1990. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he is living like a hermit as the Reds close in on a potential drought-ending Premier League title. Klopp’s Liverpool are second and a point behind defending champions Manchester […]

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'Maybe it will be Sunday' – Neymar in line for PSG return

Head coach Thomas Tuchel has said the attacker is desperate to get back on the pitch after his lengthy foot injury Neymar could be in line to make his Paris Saint-Germain return against Monaco on Sunday, claimed head coach Thomas Tuchel. The Brazil superstar has not played competitively since damaging a metatarsal in a Coupe […]

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Eriksen told 'Real Madrid don't come knocking twice' as he stalls on signing new Spurs deal

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes a switch to Spain is likely if the Danish playmaker refuses to pen a contract extension Christian Eriksen has been told that “Real Madrid don’t come knocking twice”, with former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson admitting a move could happen as contract talks in north London drag on. Denmark international […]

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