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OITA, Japan (Reuters) - Australia's thumping loss to England on Saturday not only brought an end to their World Cup campaign, it also brought down the curtain on the careers of Wallaby greats David Pocock and Will Genia. Captain Michael Hooper said not to being able to send the duo into international retirement in a better manner only reinforced his disappointment at the 40-16 quarter-final drubbing.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Light on match practice and heading for retirement, David Pocock nevertheless remains a key player for Australia and is determined to make the most of what will be his third and final World Cup.
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Women's football in Spain is primed for another surge in popularity as Real Madrid make their long-awaited leap into the sport as CD Tacon this season with a 'Clasico' away to historic rivals Barcelona.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The All Blacks are on "high alert" over the threat David Pocock could pose at the breakdown when they meet the Wallabies in Saturday's Rugby Championship opener, according to flanker Sam Cane.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia scrumhalf Will Genia would never turn down a World Cup win if one came along but the Wallabies playmaker believes wresting the Bledisloe Cup away from New Zealand would be an even greater prize.
(Reuters) - New South Wales Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu has earned his starting spot in the Super Rugby semi-final against the Lions with an improved off-field attitude and has the power to nullify the marauding Malcolm Marx, says team mate Sekope Kepu.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Malcolm Marx has made a timely return from injury to hand the Lions a significant boost as the South Africans seek to reach the Super Rugby final for a third successive year when they host the New South Wales Waratahs in Saturday's semi-final.
LISBON (Reuters) - Sporting have overwhelmingly voted to eject president Bruno de Carvalho in a bid to save the Portuguese club after nine players quit in protest at an attack in May by angry fans who had allegedly been spurred by his public rebuke of the team.
KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident he has the perfect mix of youth and experience as his team gear up for their World Cup Group D opener against Nigeria on Saturday.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Eintracht Frankfurt's Luka Jovic scored a 75th minute winner to stun hosts Schalke 04 1-0 on Wednesday and earn his manager Niko Kovac a date with Bayern Munich, the club he will coach from next season, in the German Cup final.