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Rugby: Carter would not let New Zealand down at World Cup - Henry

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - World Cup winner Dan Carter would not be out of place in the All Blacks squad at the global showpiece in Japan later this year if selectors sent him an SOS to fill the gap left by the injured Damian McKenzie, former coach Graham Henry has said.

Saracens power past Munster to reach Champions Cup final

(Reuters) - Saracens produced a powerful second-half surge to reach their third Champions Cup final in four seasons by beating Munster 32-16 at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

Foley leads Waratahs in second-half fightback to beat Rebels

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bernard Foley scored 16 second-half points as the New South Wales Waratahs produced a controlled second 40 minutes to stay in contention for the Australian conference title with a 23-20 win over the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby on Saturday.

Rugby: New Zealand set to face stiff challenge in Cup hat-trick bid - Henry

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand can win their third successive Rugby World Cup later this year in Japan but are set to face more competition than their last triumph four years back, the 2011 winning coach Graham Henry has said.

Folau's comments hurt Waratahs, but ready for Rebels clash: Foley

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Israel Folau's controversial social media posts have hurt the New South Wales Waratahs but the Super Rugby side have managed to refocus ahead of Saturday's clash with the Melbourne Rebels, flyhalf Bernard Foley has said.

Ireland captain Best to retire after World Cup in Japan

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ulster and Ireland captain Rory Best announced on Thursday his retirement from professional rugby after this year's World Cup in Japan.

Folau's comments 'completely wrong' - Genia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Israel Folau's controversial views that have created a furore in Australian rugby have an element of "selfishness" and are "completely wrong", according to Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia.

Rugby - Kitakyushu a home-from-home for Wales as World Cup nears

KITAKYUSHU, Japan (Reuters) - Three school children, trudging away from baseball practice in the southern Japanese city of Kitakyushu, turn and cheer as a local bus drives past.

Australia's Folau asks for code of conduct hearing

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has asked for a code of conduct hearing to be scheduled by Rugby Australia (RA) after the governing body said they intended to terminate his contract for controversial social media posts.

Rugby: Galthie to take over as France coach after World Cup - report

PARIS (Reuters) - Former captain Fabien Galthie will become France coach after this year’s World Cup, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday.