LONDON (AP) — South Africa defeated England at Twickenham for the first time in eight years in a 27-13 statement by the world champion on Saturday less than a year from the Rugby World Cup.
England, runner-up to South Africa at the last World Cup but struggling to find itself, bulked up its lineout options and predicted it would have an edge in the scrum.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Australia came from 21 points down with 23 minutes left to overhaul Wales 39-34 in an astonishing turnaround in their Cardiff rugby test on Saturday.
After the historic loss to Georgia last weekend, Wales desperately needed the win more than the heavily depleted Wallabies and was delivering in style by rolling to 34-13 with its best rugby of the month.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Doddie Weir, a former Scotland rugby player whose diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease led to a widely praised campaign for more research into ALS, has died at the age of 52.
LONDON (AP) — One intrigue at Twickenham on Saturday is discovering which England shows up against South Africa.
The England that threw caution to the wind and torched New Zealand by 19 points in seven minutes to force a draw?
DUBLIN (AP) — Uruguay winger Juan Manuel Alonso was suspended for five weeks on Thursday for his red card against Tonga last weekend.
Alonso was sent off for tackling a player in the air in the 69th minute of their rugby test in Bucharest.
DUBLIN (AP) — Argentina flanker Marcos Kremer was suspended for four weeks on Wednesday for his red card against Scotland in their rugby test last weekend.
Kremer was sent off on Saturday for hitting the head of Scotland captain Jamie Ritchie with a swinging arm in a ruck in the 23rd minute.
LONDON (AP) — South Africa restored regulars Eben Etzebeth, Jesse Kriel and Makazole Mapimpi to start against England in their year-ending rugby test on Saturday at Twickenham.
No. 8 Evan Roos was picked ahead of Kwagga Smith for his second test start.
Members of Hong Kong Rugby Union interviewed by police over national anthem mix-ups at overseas sports events
Members of the Hong Kong Rugby Union on Monday were interviewed by police, and records of the group's communications seized as part of an investigation into a series of mix-ups at overseas sporting events involving China's national anthem.
MONACO (AP) — Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier and New Zealand flyhalf Ruahei Demant were voted world rugby players of the year on Sunday.
Van der Flier was part of the Irish team that claimed an historic first series win over the All Blacks in New Zealand in July.
TOULOUSE, France (AP) — France completed a calendar year of test rugby with a perfect winning record for the first time after topping a competitive Japan 35-17 on Sunday.
France's 10th win in 10 tests and third defeat of Japan this year never looked in doubt after the opening minutes.
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland survived a stern rugby challenge from a desperate Australia to prevail 13-10 at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
Irish captain Jonathan Sexton withdrew just moments before the match after straining a calf in the warmup but his flyhalf backups were outstanding.
LONDON (AP) — England conjured a remarkable three-try finale to draw with New Zealand 25-25 at Twickenham on Saturday.
The All Blacks were a class above in building a 25-6 lead with 10 minutes to go.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scotland overcame remarkable Argentina resistance in winning their thrilling year-ending rugby test 52-29 at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Argentina was leading 8-7 when flanker Marcos Kremer was sent off with an hour remaining, and played with 12 men for a time in the third quarter.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Australia upheld its domination of the Rugby League World Cup by putting away Samoa 30-10 in the final at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Captain James Tedesco and center Latrell Mitchell each scored two of Australia's six tries to claim a 12th world crown out of a possible 16.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Georgia upset Wales 13-12 for the first time in rugby history on Saturday in Cardiff, only the Lelos' second win against a tier one nation.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Ben Cabango thought back to playing with his brother Theo in their garden.
“Me and him just always used to get at it,” he said. “Looking back now, it’s just good times.”
GENOA, Italy (AP) — A stunning second-half performance propelled South Africa to a 63-21 win over Italy on Saturday and gave the Springboks the first win of their European tour.
There was little sign of what was to come following a fairly balanced first half but two quick-fire tries at the start of the second for Cheslin Kolbe and Kurt-Lee Arendse — his second of the match — helped the Springboks take control.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Samoa's squad is acutely aware of the huge interest it has attracted from reaching its first Rugby League World Cup final.
Fans of Toa Samoa have been blasting car horns and waving every Samoan flag they can find since the team's shocking 27-26 semifinal win over tournament host England last weekend in London.
Portugal have qualified for the Rugby World Cup for the first time with a thrilling 16-16 draw against the USA in Dubai.
Scrum-half Samuel Marques kicked a penalty after the final buzzer to send his side through on points difference.
Hong Kong’s Rugby World Cup journey ends with nail-biting win, and rousing rendition of national anthem
Hong Kong ended their Rugby World Cup final qualifying tournament on a high, with a nail-biting 22-18 win over Kenya in Dubai on Friday night.
Tries from Luke van der Smit and Sean Taylor, plus the reliable kicking of Gregor McNeish had kept Hong Kong in the hunt at 18-17 down despite an error-strewn performance, which included three yellow cards, for Matt Worley, Nathan De Thierry and Bryn Phillips.
France's planning around its three autumn tests in three weeks has been to imagine they are Rugby World Cup playoffs.
France hosts the tournament in less than 10 months.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Portugal has grabbed the last qualifying spot in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in dramatic style.
Samuel Marques' long-range penalty kick after the fulltime hooter earned Portugal a 16-16 draw with the United States on Friday in Dubai and the 20th and final qualifying berth.
Ireland and Australia meet in a rugby test at Lansdowne Road on Saturday heading in different directions.
The Irish have won 11 consecutive tests in Dublin and another win would equal their record home winning streak of 12 from 2016-18.
DUBLIN (AP) — South African official Rassie Erasmus was suspended again by World Rugby on Thursday for his unrelenting hostility toward match officials.
World Rugby suspended South Africa's director of rugby from any involvement in the Springboks' matchday against Italy in Genoa this weekend and against England at Twickenham next week.
DUBLIN (AP) — Samoa midfielder Duncan Paia'aua will miss their last tour match against Romania in Bucharest on Saturday because of his red card against Georgia.
Paia'aua was suspended for four weeks on Thursday and will also miss three games for his Toulon club.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Georgia made two changes to the side facing Wales on Saturday in a rugby test in Cardiff after losing at home to Samoa for the first time.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Hooker Julian Montoya has returned to captain Argentina against Scotland on Saturday in the rugby test at Murrayfield.
A rib injury in the win against England forced him to withdraw late before the 20-13 loss to Wales in Cardiff last weekend.
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland and Australia have reverted to full-strength sides for their rugby test on Saturday at Lansdowne Road after contrasting performances by fringe players last weekend.
The Irish labored to beat Fiji 35-17 and coach Andy Farrell was underwhelmed.
DUBLIN (AP) — France captain Antoine Dupont was suspended for four weeks on Thursday for his red card against South Africa.
Dupont will miss his team's rugby test against Japan on Sunday and three games for his Toulouse club.
DUBLIN (AP) — Lock Richie Gray has been suspended for three weeks and will miss Scotland's rugby test against Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Gray was cited for dangerous play in a ruck or maul after the 31-23 home loss to New Zealand last weekend.
DUBLIN (AP) — Fiji flanker Albert Tuisue has been suspended for four weeks for his red card in the loss to Ireland last weekend in Dublin.
Tuisue was sent off in the second half for a head-high tackle on flyhalf Joey Carbery.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales handed back-row forward Josh Macleod a test debut for Saturday’s match against Georgia, nearly two years after he was denied a first international appearance when he ruptured his Achilles tendon during a practice session four days before the game.
DUBLIN (AP) — France captain Antoine Dupont could receive a second consecutive world player of the year award this weekend while suspended from rugby.
Dupont has been nominated alongside another former winner in Ireland captain Jonathan Sexton, plus South Africa center Lukhanyo Am and Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scotland ruled out injured forwards Hamish Watson and Rory Sutherland on Monday from facing Argentina in a rugby test this weekend.
Both British Lions were hurt in the loss to New Zealand on Sunday at Murrayfield.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Forwards Dan Lydiate and Will Rowlands were withdrawn from Wales' squad on Monday after their injuries in the rugby test win over Argentina at the weekend.
Lydiate broke his left forearm in the first half and Rowlands suffered a left shoulder injury in the second half and neither finished the 20-13 win in Cardiff on Saturday.
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland will have to made do without backs Robbie Henshaw and Joey Carbery against Australia in the rugby test at Lansdowne Road this weekend.
Both were ruled out on Monday after they were injured in the 35-17 win over Fiji on Saturday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean organizers of a regional rugby tournament have apologized for mistakenly playing a song embraced by Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as China’s national anthem, an incident that sparked strong reaction from the city’s government.
Rugby World Cup final qualifying: USA too strong for Hong Kong, set up decider against Portugal for last Paris spot
The USA Eagles and Portugal will battle it out for the final spot at next year's Rugby World Cup after both grabbed convincing victories in the final qualifying tournament in Dubai on Saturday.
Portugal put Kenya to the sword in a 85-0 victory, while the USA beat Hong Kong 49-7 in a bruising encounter in the evening's second game at The Sevens Stadium.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales reacted to humiliation from New Zealand by bringing Argentina to earth in a tense 20-13 rugby victory on Saturday.
The Welsh were criticized for not standing up to the All Blacks' physicality last weekend in a heavy defeat, and responded with a tough, scrappy effort that had just enough golden moments to earn a third win in 10 tests this year.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy ended 49 years of hurt from Australia by upending the Wallabies 28-27 for the first time in test rugby on Saturday.
Wallabies debutant Ben Donaldson could have denied Italy after the fulltime hooter but his attempted conversion of Cadeyrn Neville's last-minute try flew wide.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Portugal and the United States set up their decider for the last berth in the 2023 Rugby World Cup after second wins in the final qualifying tournament on Saturday.
LONDON (AP) — England maintained its 100% record against Japan by scoring seven tries in a 52-13 win at Twickenham on Saturday to bounce back from a lackluster loss to Argentina.
With a potential autumn sweep of losses now off the table, Eddie Jones’ team will go into year-closing tests against New Zealand and South Africa in much greater heart and, in Freddie Steward, a fullback in top form.
LONDON (AP) — Samoa pulled off one of the great sporting comebacks to knock out England from its own Rugby League World Cup on Saturday and earn a final showdown with Australia.
Four weeks after being humiliated 60-6 by England in the tournament opener in Newcastle, the Samoans turned the table in dramatic fashion with a golden point 27-26 semifinal victory at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Replacement winger Ayesha Leti-I’iga scored her second try in the 72nd minute as defending champion New Zealand rallied to beat top-ranked England 34-31 on Saturday in a breathtaking final to the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Speak of the devil.
Finn Russell has overshadowed Scotland's underwhelming autumn rugby campaign without even playing a minute yet.
That changes on Sunday after he was parachuted into the team as the starting flyhalf against New Zealand at sold-out Murrayfield.
LEEDS, England (AP) — Australia reached another Rugby League World Cup final after holding off a valiant New Zealand in a thrilling 16-14 victory at Elland Road on Friday.
The lead changed four times in an action-packed semifinal.
England and New Zealand have a chance to make history in a Women’s Rugby World Cup final on Saturday capping a tournament which has boosted the profile of women’s rugby and is book-ended by sellout crowds at Eden Park.
PARIS (AP) — It's a significant steppingstone on coach Fabien Galthie's quest to confirm France as the best side in world rugby: Victory against world champion South Africa on Saturday.
With South Africa and New Zealand looming, England is under massive pressure to beat Japan at Twickenham on Saturday after the lackluster loss to Argentina.
Following the 30-29 defeat to the Pumas, coach Eddie Jones was upbeat and didn't believe England had “strong problems." A day or two later, he blamed himself and complacency, in that he was thinking of strategy for next year's Rugby World Cup.