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07 January 2019 10:19 AM Monfils pulls out, Shapovalov beaten in Auckland

Wellington - Gael Monfils became the third big name to pull out of the ATP Tour's Auckland Classic on Monday sidelined by injury while seventh seed Denis Shapovalov was bundled out in three sets. Monfils, the eighth seed, said he was hampered by a niggling pain in the leg. His withdrawal followed the absence of top seeds Tomas Berdych and Roberto Bautista-Agut 79

29 December 2018 9:32 AM Bittersweet day for Sri Lanka's prolific Mendis

Christchurch - Sri Lanka's young batting maestro Kusal Mendis cemented a stellar year on Saturday by passing 1 000 runs in 2018 but the occasion was tempered by his untimely dismissal in the second Test against New Zealand. The 23-year-old was torn between celebrating being the second player behind India's run machine Virat Kohli to achieve the 1 000 milestone 55

19 December 2018 8:53 AM Ardie Savea signs new Hurricanes deal

Cape Town - All Blacks back-rower Ardie Savea has inked a new two-year deal with New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes, recommitting through until 2021. Savea, 25, said he was truly blessed to have signed with New Zealand Rugby for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. While it was a tough decision to turn down overseas offers, Savea said the chance to continue 65

26 November 2018 4:38 AM Dyantyi scoops Breakthrough Player of the Year award

Cape Town - Springbok and Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyi was named the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in Monaco on Sunday evening. Dyantyi scored six tries in his first eight Tests for the Boks - including two in the famous win against the All Blacks in Wellington - and finished his debut season with 13 caps. Dyantyi beat Ireland wing Jordan 62

15 November 2018 7:34 AM Bordeaux's All Black signing sidelined with back injury

Bordeaux - New Zealand's Seta Tamanivalu has been sidelined for up to two months with a back injury just days after arriving at his new club, Top 14 side Bordeaux. The 26-year-old, who can play at centre and on the wing, only recently joined Bordeaux from Super Rugby side, the Crusaders. But pessimistic reports over the extent of a back injury were confirmed 50

04 November 2018 7:21 AM Taijul claims 6 wickets as Zim all out for 282

Sylhet - Spinner Taijul Islam grabbed four wickets before lunch on Sunday's second day to finish with 6 for 108 as Bangladesh bowled out Zimbabwe for 282 in the first Test. Overnight batsman Peter Moor was left not out 63 with Taijul wreaking havoc at the other end to wrap up the visitors' first innings shortly before the interval at the Sylhet International 48

02 November 2018 8:17 PM All Blacks captain Read to quit Tests after RWC

Wellington - All Blacks captain Kieran Read has indicated he will quit internationals after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 33-year-old Read says he will likely explore opportunities to play overseas after 2019. He says retirement from all rugby is a possibility but he would prefer to continue his career in Europe or Japan. "It probably won't 37

23 October 2018 3:16 PM Boks call up Mapoe as Am cover

Cape Town - Lionel Mapoe will join the Springbok training squad in Stellenbosch as injury cover for Lukhanyo Am, who is unlikely to be fit for the first two Tests of the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour. Am sustained a fractured arm against the All Blacks in Wellington last month and indications are that he will not be ready for the Tests against England 52

11 October 2018 9:29 AM Wallabies to host All Blacks in Perth

Perth - Rugby Australia is moving one of the Bledisloe Cup Tests west to Perth next year, hoping that a change from the traditional venues will bring about a change in the Wallabies' fortunes against a dominant New Zealand in the annual series. The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003 and clinched this year's series with wins in the first 48

08 October 2018 9:58 AM Broken neck: All Blacks expect Cane to play rugby again

Wellington - All Blacks flank Sam Cane broke a vertebra in his neck during New Zealand's dramatic win over South Africa, but is expected to make a full recovery, the team said on Monday. Cane went off in the 35th minute of the 32-30 win in Pretoria on Saturday and All Blacks doctor Tony Page said he fractured a vertebra in the lower right side of the neck but did not suffer 44