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All Blacks drew 'line in sand' to burst Wallabies bubble - Read

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The All Blacks were determined to draw a "line in the sand" against the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship opener after being impressed by their forwards during the June series against Ireland, captain Kieran Read said.

Naholo, Barrett shine as All Blacks rout Wallabies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Winger Waisake Naholo scored a brace of tries and Beauden Barrett enjoyed a stellar return to form as the All Blacks steamrolled the Wallabies 38-13 in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday.

Rugby - Namibia, Kenya in showdown for World Cup berth

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia assistant coach Jacques Burger is expecting a frenetic spectacle when his side host Kenya in a straight shootout for a place at the 2019 World Cup in Japan in their final Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash in Windhoek on Saturday.

Settled Kolisi ready to lead from the front against Argentina

DURBAN (Reuters) - Siya Kolisi says he has settled into his role as captain of South Africa after his whirlwind appointment in June and is looking for a strong start when the Springboks host Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener at King's Park on Saturday.

Cipriani charged by RFU after assault conviction

(Reuters) - England flyhalf Danny Cipriani was charged by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on Friday for "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game" following his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest.

England's Cipriani 'hugely regrets' nightclub incident

(Reuters) - England flyhalf Danny Cipriani has said he "hugely regrets" his role in an incident at a nightclub on Jersey, which left a female police officer bruised and led to his arrest.

Hooper ticks 'all the boxes' on return from hamstring injury

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia captain Michael Hooper has ticked "all the boxes" in terms of his return from a serious hamstring injury and expects to last the entire 80 minutes against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday.

Boks, Argentina seek to prove potential ahead of World Cup

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa and Argentina are both aiming to put behind them a disappointing few years on the international stage and seek a new beginning in their opening clash of the Rugby Championship at King's Park on Saturday.

Key forwards back to bolster Boks against Argentina

DURBAN (Reuters) - South Africa will have key forwards back from injury for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against Argentina, and is including promising standoff Damian Willemse among the replacements for the first time, coach Rassie Erasmus said on Thursday.

Rugby - Argentina team to play South Africa

DURBAN (Reuters) - Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has named the following side to face South Africa at Kings' Park in the Rugby Championship match on Saturday: