World Rugby 26.6.2018 09:08 am

Samoa PM says rugby team ‘have no guts’, must quit if they lose

After a disappointing run of defeats, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi turned up at training.

Samoa's prime minister has fired stinging criticism at the national rugby union team, saying they "have no guts", while also rubbishing Germany ahead of their crunch Rugby World Cup qualifier in Apia on Saturday.

Samoa PM says rugby team ‘have no guts’, must quit if they lose
Samoa PM says rugby team ‘have no guts’, must quit if they lose

Samoa PM says rugby team ‘have no guts’, must quit if they lose

After a disappointing run of defeats, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi turned up at training.

All Blacks say ‘non’ to putting trophy on line against France
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All Blacks say ‘non’ to putting trophy on line against France

When it was put to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen that it would make Saturday’s final Test more interesting to have the silverware at stake, he was not interested.
Beauden bows out but Sonny Bill’s back for All Blacks
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Beauden bows out but Sonny Bill’s back for All Blacks

Assistant coach Ian Foster said the selectors had held a “lively” conversation about the make up of the side for the dead rubber third Test against France.
All Blacks seek fast start against France
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All Blacks seek fast start against France

Although they blitzed France 52-11 in the first Test, the damage was done with 44 unanswered points in the second half.
All Blacks branded cheats after France card row
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All Blacks branded cheats after France card row

Kevin Gourdon’s outburst follows condemnation of World Rugby’s decision not to hand out further punishment over a tackle in which French wing Remy Grosso suffered facial fractures.
Is Eddie Jones losing his touch with England?
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Is Eddie Jones losing his touch with England?

Losing five matches in a row is a worrying sign for a team with ambitions of dethroning the champion All Blacks at next year’s World Cup in Japan.
France’s Grosso head fracture was ‘accident’, not ‘illegal’
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France’s Grosso head fracture was ‘accident’, not ‘illegal’

France backtracked Sunday on claims of “dangerous” and “illegal” play by the All Blacks and accepted the double head fracture was the result of an accident.
All Blacks (eventually) romp to big win over France
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All Blacks (eventually) romp to big win over France

Karl Tu’inukuafe made his immense presence felt with a game-changing introduction to Test rugby as the All Blacks came from behind to record a runaway 52-11 win.
All Blacks son caught in airport conveyor belt
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All Blacks son caught in airport conveyor belt

The one-year-old son of All Black Vaea Fifita was rushed to hospital.
England make multiple changes for Springbok Test
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England make multiple changes for Springbok Test

England coach Eddie Jones named a team for Saturday that includes only seven survivors from a loss to Ireland in their last outing.
‘Arnie was right about Skynet’: Why the Wallabies ban headphones
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‘Arnie was right about Skynet’: Why the Wallabies ban headphones

Australia national rugby coach Michael Cheika is famous for being a strange character but his views on technology make sense … in a pretty hilarious way.
All Blacks not buying ‘fool’s gold’ from France
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All Blacks not buying ‘fool’s gold’ from France

The New Zealanders are defending a 40-match unbeaten run at their Eden Park fortress
Folau’s anti-gay stance won’t divide Wallabies – Pocock
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Folau’s anti-gay stance won’t divide Wallabies – Pocock

But the flanker, a strong advocate of marriage equality, said he fears anti-gay social media posts will reverse steps taken to make sports more inclusive.
Depressed Wallaby Slipper banned for cocaine use
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Depressed Wallaby Slipper banned for cocaine use

The front-rower, who has played 86 Tests and previously captained Australia, failed two tests taken from urine samples between February and May
‘Find another idol’, Cheika says of anti-gay Folau
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‘Find another idol’, Cheika says of anti-gay Folau

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has refused to criticise Israel Folau over his anti-gay sentiments.
Ackers and Gloucester’s very expensive and strange new budget item
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Ackers and Gloucester’s very expensive and strange new budget item

The English club has launched its new official crest and are willing to pay for fans who want to update their tattoos … at some cost.
England recall one of their biggest enigmas for Springboks
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England recall one of their biggest enigmas for Springboks

Wasps flyhalf Danny Cirpriani, regarded as one of the most talented English players of his generation, has not played for England since 2015.
Folau ready to walk away from Australian rugby over beliefs
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Folau ready to walk away from Australian rugby over beliefs

Wallabies superstar Israel Folau says he is ready to walk away from his Rugby Australia contract as his religious faith is “more important to me than my career” after an uproar over anti-gay comments he posted online.
Under-fire Wallabies star Folau says ‘the persecuted are righteous’
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Under-fire Wallabies star Folau says ‘the persecuted are righteous’

Wallabies star Israel Folau has tweeted a bible verse that the “persecuted are righteous” ahead of a showdown with rugby chiefs following a backlash after he said gay people were destined for hell.
Wallaby star Israel Folau is ‘banishing’ gay people again!
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Wallaby star Israel Folau is ‘banishing’ gay people again!

South African rugby fans know him for his silky rugby skills but his ‘ability’ on social media is questionable.
Heyneke Meyer will ‘restore glory’ in new French gig
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Heyneke Meyer will ‘restore glory’ in new French gig

The former Springbok coach was confirmed as Stade Francais’ new director of rugby last week and has pretty high-level backing.
Wales beat France 14-13 to finish second in Six Nations
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Wales beat France 14-13 to finish second in Six Nations

Leigh Halfpenny hit a hat-trick of penalties to help Wales secure second place in the Six Nations after a hard-fought 14-13 victory over France on Saturday.
O’Shea ‘destroyed’ as Scotland condemn Italy to 17th straight loss
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O’Shea ‘destroyed’ as Scotland condemn Italy to 17th straight loss

Italy coach Conor O’Shea conceded he was “destroyed” as Scotland snatched a last-gasp 29-27 win to break Italian hearts in a thrilling Six Nations finale at the Stadio Olympico in Rome on Saturday.
Ireland overpower England to seal Grand Slam
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Ireland overpower England to seal Grand Slam

Ireland sealed just their third Grand Slam of all-time with a 24-15 win against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
‘Angry’ England pack ready for Ireland at Twickenham
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‘Angry’ England pack ready for Ireland at Twickenham

England’s forwards are ready to put their “anger” to good use against grand slam-chasing Ireland at Twickenham, according to scrum coach Neal Hatley.
Schmidt looks to ‘fickle friend’ to stay onside for Grand Slam
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Schmidt looks to ‘fickle friend’ to stay onside for Grand Slam

The confidence accrued by an unbeaten Ireland team will stand them in good stead as they bid to seal a Six Nations Grand Slam, said coach Joe Schmidt.

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