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NZR's Tew admits concern over poaching of young talent

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Players as young as 15 were being targeted by European rugby clubs of both codes, which was causing concern for New Zealand Rugby (NZR), the board's chief executive Steve Tew has said.

Motor racing - Force India count the cost of success

LONDON (Reuters) - Force India are enjoying their highest-scoring Formula One season, the team punching above their weight to secure fourth place in the constructors' championship for the second year in a row.

Madrid's young guns shine as Benzema and Ronaldo struggle

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid's high-profile 'BBC' forward line has come in for criticism this season and while some of their team mates have defended the old guard, the club's new generation are doing the heavy lifting for Zinedine Zidane's team.

United's Ibrahimovic strikes twice to win League Cup

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved his hunger for silverware has not diminished with age as the Swede's double earned a 3-2 win over Southampton in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

Man United cannot buy to weaken rivals anymore - Mourinho

(Reuters) - The days of Manchester United weakening their Premier League rivals by poaching their best players are a thing of the past, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Chelsea's Conte not wary of poaching by Chinese clubs

(Reuters) - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is not wary of big-spending Chinese clubs poaching his players amid reports that a lucrative offer from Far East has unsettled Premier League's joint-top scorer Diego Costa.

Boost for Pasifika rugby as Fiji joins Australian competition

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Rugby in the South Pacific received a massive boost on Friday when it was announced that a team from Fiji would join Australia's third tier National Rugby Championship from 2017.

Pacific Islands being bled dry by unlicensed agents - Ryan

(Reuters) - Fiji's Olympic gold medal-winning sevens coach Ben Ryan has urged rugby's governing body to clamp down on unlicensed agents who are stripping the Pacific Islands of their talent.

Argentina will be competitive without Messi, says Crespo

CHENNAI (Reuters) - Argentina will fight for major honours despite Lionel Messi retiring from international soccer after the disappointment of last month's Copa America final shootout loss to Chile, the country's former forward Hernan Crespo has said.

Winner takes all in mega football shirt deals

BERLIN (Reuters) - A battle between Adidas and Nike for dominance of the global football gear market is driving a steep rise in sponsorship payments to elite clubs - and cutting into the two manufacturers' profits.