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Crusaders coach Robertson ready for All Blacks - O'Gara

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is far more than the breakdancing, surfer dude that he is portrayed as and is ready to step into the All Blacks role, according to former Ireland flyhalf Ronan O'Gara.

Mentor of World Cup winner Wilkinson joins Queensland Reds

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Kicking coach Dave Alred, who helped hone the skills of World Cup-winning England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson, is joining the Queensland Reds for the 2019 Super Rugby season.

Premiership Rugby poised to seal major investment deal

(Reuters) - England's Premiership Rugby is confident of completing a "landmark" investment deal with a private equity company by the end of the year, according to senior figures within the organisation.

Ireland flyhalf Sexton extends contract until 2021

(Reuters) - Flyhalf Johnny Sexton signed a new deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) on Tuesday that committed him to Ireland and Leinster until the end of 2020-21 season.

Prop Vunipola up for battle to reclaim England place

(Reuters) - Mako Vunipola has vowed to fight his way back into England head coach Eddie Jones' plans ahead of next year's Six Nations and World Cup after the prop spent more than two months out of action with a calf injury.

Rugby - South Africa to play only two home tests before World Cup

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa will play only two home tests next year during a curtailed build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with Johannesburg and Pretoria set to host the matches.

England's Itoje expected to be fit for Six Nations start

(Reuters) - Maro Itoje is expected to be fit for the start of the Six Nations in February after Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall said the England forward does not need surgery to repair a knee injury.

Tokyo 2020 formally propose earlier marathon time

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organisers have formally proposed moving the start time of the marathon races forward to avoid the worst of the Japanese capital's scorching summer heat.

Rugby - Former Springbok Drotske stable after being shot in robbery

PRETORIA (Reuters) - World Cup-winning hooker Naka Drotske is said to be in a stable condition after the former South Africa international was shot three times during an attempted robbery in Pretoria on Thursday.

Wales flanker Jenkins to undergo surgery

LONDON (Reuters) - Wales flanker Ellis Jenkins will have surgery after suffering a serious knee injury in last Saturday's 20-11 win over South Africa, his club Cardiff Blues said on Thursday.