MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bernard Foley has been recalled for his first test since the 2019 Rugby World Cup in one of eight changes to Australia’s starting lineup for the opening Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Fiji is back on top of the world in rugby sevens.
For New Zealand, it was double despair on the final day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Sunday.
Fiji beat New Zealand 29-12 to claim the men's title in Cape Town, a third World Cup crown for the flying Fijians but their first since 2005.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — New Zealand, Australia and Fiji survived scares to make the semifinals at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Saturday.
Host South Africa didn't and was dumped out in the quarterfinals 24-14 by Ireland in a big upset.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Defending champion New Zealand and world series winner Australia went through safely to the quarterfinals on the opening day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Friday.
Fiji and host South Africa, the other big hitters, also had little trouble in making the last eight as the tournament opened with straight knockout games at Cape Town Stadium.
PARIS (AP) — A cardiac problem that jeopardises Virimi Vakatawa's health when playing elite rugby has forced the France center to end his career.
A day after Vakatawa's club Racing 92 said medical officials were banning him from playing in France, club doctor Sylvain Blanchard told a news conference on Tuesday that a heart defect was evolving and first diagnosed before the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
DUBLIN (AP) — With his stock high after masterminding a series win in New Zealand, Andy Farrell signed a contract extension as Ireland rugby coach on Friday that ties him to the position until 2025.
KAWANA WATERS, Australia (AP) — Tonga has advanced to next year's Rugby World Cup in France after a 44-22 win over Hong Kong in the final of an Asia Pacific qualifying tournament on Saturday.
Chile qualified for its first Rugby World Cup after beating the United States 31-29 with a stunning comeback in Colorado on Saturday.
The Chileans didn't lead in the two-match Americas qualifying playoff until there were five minutes left.
French senators said the chaos outside the national stadium that marred the Champions League soccer final was due to a series of mistakes by police and officials — and not the actions of previously blamed Liverpool fans — with “malfunction at every stage” before, during and after the game.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — Namibia qualified for a seventh successive Rugby World Cup in 2023 after beating Kenya 36-0 in the Rugby Africa Cup final at Stade Maurice-David on Sunday.
Namibia advanced as Africa 1 into Pool A with tournament host France, New Zealand, Italy and Uruguay.
JUJUY, Argentina (AP) — Argentina celebrated its first home rugby test in 1,057 days with a win after Scotland was beaten 26-18 at Estadio 23 de Agosto on Saturday.
The Pumas tore up the first half to lead 18-6 but Scotland tied the score in the third quarter.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Italy won in Romania for the first time in 31 years when it beat the Oaks 45-13 at Arcul de Triumf on Friday.
Romania, confirmed this week in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, started strong and led 6-5.
DUBLIN (AP) — Spain's appeal to requalify for the Rugby World Cup next year was thrown out on Monday.
World Rugby said an independent appeal committee upheld the decision in April to disqualify Spain for fielding an ineligible player in two qualifying matches.
PARIS (AP) — Six Nation champion France will host matches against Australia, South Africa and Japan in the Autumn Nations Series.
A year before the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, Fabien Galthié's team will start its campaign at the Stade de France on Nov.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former Wallabies and All Blacks coach Robbie Deans believes the Rugby World Cup in France next year will be the best ever.
There'll be more teams capable of winning the title than at any previous tournament, he said, adding that the standard of rugby being played around the World is higher and more teams are competitive now than ever before.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The excitement level Down Under of having two Rugby World Cup tournaments tossed their way — the men in 2027 and the women two years later — was sort of lost on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Michael Leitch led Japan to key victories at the last two rugby World Cups. The next World Cup is in 2023 in France, and Leitch has a message: Don't overlook Japan.
In 2015, Japan defeated South Africa in the English seaside town of Brighton, which lives on as the “Brighton Miracle." In 2019, its group-stage wins over Ireland and Scotland carried it to the quarterfinals and brought rugby into the daylight in Japan.
MADRID (AP) — The president of the Spanish rugby federation will resign from his job after the national team lost its place at next year's Rugby World Cup for fielding an ineligible player.
Alfonso Feijoo said Friday he would step down when the appeal process is completed.
MADRID (AP) — Spain will not play at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France because it used an ineligible player in qualifying, World Rugby and the Spanish rugby federation said Thursday.
The federation said World Rugby has decided to sanction Spain with a fine and the loss of five points for each match it played with South Africa-born front-rower Gavin van der Berg on the team.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will host the U.S., Canada and Australia in the Pacific Four series in June as part of preparations for the women’s Rugby World Cup which kicks off in October.
DUBLIN (AP) — Spain's place in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France is in doubt while it is being investigated for fielding an ineligible player.
Spain qualified on March 13 for its second Rugby World Cup, and first since 1999.
LONDON (AP) — Eddie Jones has urged England to “have some faith” in his ability to lead the team to a successful Rugby World Cup next year despite presiding over another failed Six Nations campaign.
PARIS (AP) — The French rugby renaissance has reached the next stage: Les Tricolores are the kings of Europe once again.
France won the Six Nations for the first time in 12 years after beating England 25-13 to complete the Grand Slam on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Spain qualified for the Rugby World Cup on Sunday for the first time since 1999.
The Spanish beat Portugal 33-28 at Estadio Nacional Universidad to ensure they finished second to Georgia in the combined 2021 and 2022 Rugby Europe Championship, which also doubled as qualifying for the World Cup in France next year.
DUBLIN (AP) — Georgia qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Thursday after organizers clarified the suspension of Russia and Belarus due to the war in Ukraine.
Russia's remaining three matches in the Rugby Europe Championship — also doubling as World Cup qualifying — were ruled abandoned by the Rugby World Cup board.
SYDNEY (AP) — Kurtley Beale is returning to Australia from French rugby and will be available for the 2022 Wallabies test season and for the 2023 New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby Pacific competition.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When Mario Ledesma stunned the Argentine Rugby Union by resigning as the national coach this week, he was also being as courteous as possible.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will welcome Wales to the republic for the first time since 2014 for a three-test rugby series in July.
LONDON (AP) — The Rugby World Cup appears set to be heading back to Australia for 2027, leaving the United States as the front-runner to host the event in 2031.
Australia was awarded “preferred candidate” status by World Rugby, the sport’s governing body, on Wednesday.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — World Cup-winning Wallaby Stephen Larkham will return from Europe to coach his old club in the expanded Super Rugby Pacific competition on a two-year contract from 2023.
Larkham played for the Canberra-based Brumbies for a decade, winning two Super Rugby titles.
LONDON (AP) — Marcus Smith kicked a penalty with 20 seconds remaining to give England a 27-26 win over world champion South Africa in a Twickenham classic on Saturday that followed a very different script to the teams' last meeting in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Captain Stuart Hogg became Scotland's sole record try-scorer as Japan was held out 29-20 before a thrilled crowd at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Hogg's 25th career touchdown took him clear of Ian Smith from the 1930s and Tony Stanger from the 1990s in a first half they finished a flattering 19-6 ahead.
PARMA, Italy (AP) — Italy has won a rugby test.
After 16 consecutive defeats, more than two years, and through three coaches, the Italians were finally winners again on Saturday.
LONDON (AP) — Courtney Lawes will captain England for the second time in its rugby test against South Africa, the countries' first meeting since the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
Lawes takes over from Owen Farrell, who hurt an ankle in England's 32-15 win over Australia last weekend, and will look to lead the team to a clean sweep in the autumn tests after starting by beating Tonga 69-3.
LONDON (AP) — Captain Owen Farrell and hooker Jamie George have been sidelined by injuries from England's squad to face South Africa this weekend at Twickenham.
Farrell hurt an ankle and George a knee on Saturday while beating Australia 32-15.
One miserable streak will end this weekend.
Italy hosts Argentina in Treviso on Saturday with both teams desperate for an overdue taste of victory.
The Azzurri are on a 15-match losing streak since the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Kurtley Beale, Will Skelton and Rory Arnold have been Wallabies together for at least five years, yet they find themselves on the same team for the first time.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — New Zealand-born flyhalf Gareth Anscombe will make his first appearance for Wales in more than two years in the test match against the All Blacks on Saturday.
Anscombe, who qualifies to play for Wales via his mother, sustained a serious knee injury during a Rugby World Cup warmup game against England in August 2019.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The All Blacks dealt a blow to United States rugby at the moment of its greatest ambition, posting a record 16-try, 104-14 win against an under-strength Eagles team on Saturday.
After two matches in which their attack struggled against the stifling defense of South Africa, the All Blacks were able to thrive again, scoring their first try after 28 seconds in front of more than 40,000 fans at FedExField.
OITA, Japan (AP) — Australia begins its late-season tour with a match Saturday against Japan at the Shona Denko Dome on the southern island of Kyushu — a stadium with recent bad memories for the Wallabies.
GLENDALE, Colorado (AP) — USA Rugby has launched its bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031, aiming to become the first country in North or South America to stage the men's tournament.
The announcement on Wednesday puts USA Rugby in direct competition with Australia for hosting duties in 2027.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup after downing the United States 34-15 on Saturday while Canada will miss the tournament for the first time after an historic loss to Chile.
He was born in Italy, is the son of one of Australia's greatest rugby players, and is now set to play on the international stage for England.
Louis Lynagh was one of eight uncapped players called up to an enlarged training squad by England on Tuesday ahead of the team's November test matches against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.
GLENDALE, Colorado (AP) — The United States edged Canada in a two-leg Rugby World Cup qualifier by nine points after winning the second test 38-16 on Saturday with a hat trick of tries by flanker Hanco Germishuys.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — No. 8 Duane Vermeulen will return from injury to start for world champion South Africa but wing Cheslin Kolbe is out for the first of two back-to-back tests against Australia in the Rugby Championship on Sunday.
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) — Canada ended a 12-match winless streak against the United States by winning the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifying series 34-21 on Saturday.
The Canadians rallied from a 14-10 halftime deficit with three successive converted tries to lead 34-14 only to concede a late third try to the Americans.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Rugby World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen joined South Africa on Sunday and will be assessed to determine his availability for the decisive final test against the British and Irish Lions next weekend.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi has recovered from COVID-19 and will lead South Africa in the first test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday at Cape Town Stadium.
Pool A: New Zealand, France, Italy, Americas 1, Africa 1
Pool B: South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Asia-Pacific 1, Europe 2
Pool C: Wales, Australia, Fiji, Europe 1, Repechage winner
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa organized an extra game for its squad to prepare for the British and Irish Lions test series, meaning there will be back-to-back matches at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday in yet another tweak to a tour that's been regularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.