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Japan qualify for 2015 Rugby World Cup

Japan have qualified for their eighth straight Rugby World Cup with a 49-8 win over Hong Kong in the final of the Asian Five Nations in the last sporting event at Tokyo's National Stadium.

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ACT Brumbies' Tom Staniforth to miss Australia's junior rugby world cup opener

Withdrawn: The Brumbies' Tom Staniforth.

Brumbies rookie Tom Staniforth has been forced to withdraw from the junior rugby World Cup opener.

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John O'Neill quits Rugby World Cup post

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John O'Neill has quit his role as a director of the Rugby World Cup citing personal reasons.

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USA advances to Rugby World Cup

The United States booked a berth in the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a 32-13 victory over Uruguay on Saturday at Kennesaw State University.

Rugby World Cup to draw 85,000 visitors

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Wellington RUGBY UNION Rugby World Cup organisers on track to draw 85,000 international visitors and gross $A201 million in ticket sales for sport's 2011 showpiece.

NZ mulls Rugby World Cup withdrawal

The New Zealand Rugby Union has raised the possibility of not competing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup unless changes are made to the tournament.

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Special guide to the Rugby World Cup

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Don't miss your Rugby World Cup guide in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald. It includes all the latest news from the Wallabies camp, as well as the untold story of how Australia secured coach...

New Zealand win the 2011 Rugby World Cup

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The All Blacks defeat France by one point in a thriller at Eden Park.

Action from the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony at Eden Park

Opening Ceremony

Images from the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup from Eden Park, Auckland. The 48-match festival will be spread over 13 cities with the final being held at Eden Park on October 23.

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Canberra's Louise Burrows adopts the Wallaroos for World Cup campaign

Louise Burrows plays with her two children, Fletcher, 6 and Georgie, 5.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's Louise Burrows is taking time out from her motherly duties to make her Women's Rugby World Cup comeback.

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Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

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Spiro Zavos Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs.

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France rugby stars attacked with machetes

Attacked: French back Aurelien Rougerie was one of three players set upon in France's south.

French rugby is reeling after three Test stars who play for glamour club Clermont were rushed to hospital after being attacked by thugs wielding machetes, knives and swords.

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Rugby club accused of homophobia refutes claim they banished gay player Jay Claydon

Homophobia claims dismissed: Jay Claydon.

A Canterbury rugby club has refuted a reported claim from a gay former player that he was banished from the club because of his sexuality.

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Michael Cheika shrugs off possible star defections as he prepares for finals

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika has shrugged off suggestions NSW stars Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale are vulnerable to offers to defect to the NRL as the Waratahs build towards what looks to be a sold-out semi-final...

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Super Rugby qualifying final tip: ACT Brumbies to win if they play the Rod Macqueen way

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Spiro Zavos They say in sports you have to lose a grand final before you win one. That is the prospect, anyway, facing the ACT Brumbies as they go into a successive Super Rugby finals campaign on Saturday night.

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Century performance ensures Fiji World Cup berth

Fiji thrashed the Cook Islands 108-6 in a 17-try rout Saturday to secure their berth at next year's Rugby World Cup in England.

Kenya, Zimbabwe make winning starts to World Cup qualifiers

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Kenya upset Namibia and Zimbabwe walloped hosts Madagascar on Saturday as the struggle to represent Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup began.

Nick Cummins quits Australian rugby for Japan

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Georgina Robinson Australian rugby has been dealt another blow with Wallabies winger and cult figure Nick Cummins set to play in Japan next year.

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Western Force's Nick Cummins puts family first in move to Japan

Departing: Nick Cummins, known as the Honey Badger, has signed with Japanese club Coca-Cola West Red Sparks.

Georgina Robinson Like a rat up a drain pipe, the Honey Badger was gone.

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John Eales commends gay rugby players as Sydney Convicts create history

Time to talk tactics: The Sydney Convicts during the half-time break against Macquarie University at Allianz Stadium.

Darren Walton Wallabies great John Eales has hailed the courage and spirit of the Sydney Convicts after they became the first gay rugby team to feature at a professional sporting fixture.

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