Rugby

9:22 PM GMT Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has described how he was the victim of a hate crime because of his sexuality. In a video posted on social media, Thomas, appearing with bruising around his left eye and head, described how he was assaulted in Cardiff on Saturday night. Thomas, who revealed he
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8:00 AM GMT Jamie BraidwoodESPN After a first half between Scotland and South Africa that was as open, breathless and free-flowing as you are ever likely to see at the top level of international rugby, the Springboks slammed on the brakes and said enough was enough. The tourists were up by three but it was
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10:30 PM GMT Michael Cheika is hopeful David Pocock will be fit for next week”s clash with England after the talismanic back-rower left the field early in the Wallabies’ win over Italy in Padova. It was thought Pocock had sustained a concussion which due to the HIA protocols would have put him in serious doubt
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6:38 PM GMT England coach Eddie Jones said his team needed a change in attitude to turn around Saturday’s test against Japan. England, completely outplayed for most of the first half, came from 15-10 down at the break to take control and triumph 35-15. Despite trailing at halftime, England found their try-scoring form in the
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5:33 PM GMT Canada remain on course for a ninth successive Rugby World Cup appearance after a 29-10 bonus-point victory over Germany in their repechage qualifier at the Pierre-Delort Stadium on Saturday. The North American side need just a point from their final qualifier against Hong Kong on Friday to seal a berth at the
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7:50 PM GMT Flyhalf Handre Pollard scored 18 points to provide the platform for a narrow 26-20 win for South Africa over hosts Scotland in their test at Murrayfield on Saturday. The two countries traded two tries each in a magnificent, open first half before Pollard’s boot edged the Springboks to victory in a contrastingly
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4:50 PM GMT England overcame a disastrous first half when their experimental side trailed an effervescent Japan 15-10 to turn on the power after the break and run out 35-15 winners at Twickenham on Saturday. The long-shot outsiders had threatened a repeat of their 2015 World Cup upset over South Africa when well-made tries for
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