Emery bullish on Arsenal's top-four chances after passing 'day 26'

After a first away win since November, the Gunners’ head coach feels Champions League qualification remains a distinct possibility for his side Unai Emery accepts Champions League qualification is “difficult” for Arsenal but hailed a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town as getting his side on the right track. Saturday’s victory was Arsenal’s first away from […]

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Nadolo suspended for four weeks

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo will miss three Super Rugby matches after pleading guilty to a dangerous lifting tackle on Brumbies halfback Tomas Cubelli. It’s a huge blow for the Crusaders who are in red-hot form, currently on a seven-game winning streak. Nadolo will miss matches against the Reds, Highlanders and Waratahs, and have managed to […]

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Stirzaker to make first 2016 start

Melbourne Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker will lead his side out for the first time in 2016, as they fight for second spot in the Australian conference. Stirzaker missed the opening three rounds of Super Rugby as he recovered from a shoulder reconstruction and came off the bench the past fortnight, before being given the all […]

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One step forward, two steps back for Rebels

It was one step forwards, two steps back for the Rebels as the Highlanders ‘strangled’ them out of the game on Friday night, coach Tony McGahan said. The Rebels leaked 51 points in Dunedin, though they showed some strong defensive efforts in parts, but it was their lack of attacking potency that caused the most […]

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Stirzaker wants a taste of Wallaby gold

A taste of the Wallabies environment has given Nic Stirzaker an extra source of motivation ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season. Stirzaker, who will captain the Rebels for the second year, was part of the Wallabies fold late last year when in camp with the Wallaby XV during the Spring Tour. “It was awesome […]

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All Black Milner-Skudder up for 2019 World Cup

All Blacks winger Nehe Milner-Skudder signed a three-year contract extension Wednesday, committing himself to New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup defence in 2019. Milner-Skudder missed most of 2016 with a shoulder injury after bursting onto the international scene in 2015, scoring six tries in the All Blacks successful World Cup campaign. The 26-year-old said staying in […]

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Rathbone: The 'Bruz' I know

As an athlete it’s often difficult to acknowledge the fragile nature of a rugby career. Some part of one’s mind is always aware that retirement is never more than one catastrophic injury away. And yet nothing entirely prepares a player for the news that their career is for evermore a part of history. But while […]

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