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Rugby - Wallabies can't afford to make big changes for Italy: Toomua

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika may hope to try out new players and give others a rest against Italy on Saturday but the Wallabies can ill-afford sweeping changes as they battle to return to winning form, utility back Matt Toomua has said.

Son of All Blacks great Jones earns sevens contract

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The son of former All Blacks great Michael Jones has earned his first professional rugby contract with his naming in the country's squad for the Sevens World Series.

Calgary 2026 Winter Games bid plebiscite too close to call

(Reuters) - The plebiscite on the troubled Calgary 2026 Winter Olympics bid on Tuesday will be a tight race but if the Canadian city survives the vote it could go on to land the Games, bid CEO Mary Moran said.

Flyhalf Sexton relishing New Zealand barometer for Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland flyhalf Jonny Sexton believes Saturday's home test against New Zealand will be a good gauge of where his side stand under coach Joe Schmidt and the progress they have made in the lead-up to next year's World Cup in Japan.

France winger Penaud pulls out of Argentina test

PARIS (Reuters) - Winger Damian Penaud has pulled out of France’s squad for Saturday’s test against Argentina in Lille due to injury, the French Rugby Federation said on Monday.

Wales' Halfpenny suffers concussion, prop Lee ruled out

(Reuters) - Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny suffered a concussion against Australia on Saturday and is doubtful for their next test against Tonga, assistant coach Neil Jenkins said on Monday.

Hockey team must avoid disaster at World Cup four years ago

KUALA LUMPUR: National hockey coach Roelant Oltmans has set a top 10 target for his side in the World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India, which begins on Nov 28.

Ready for battle: The 18-man Malaysian hockey squad for the World Cup tournament in Bhubaneswar, India, posing after the team were named yesterday. — Bernama

OCM: NSC must explain how they’re going to spend the RM100mil allocation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) want the National Sports Council (NSC) to explain their plans to get the best out of next year’s RM100mil allocation for the Philippines SEA Games.

Etzebeth back for Boks but Whiteley is a concern ahead of Scots tussle

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - South Africa will have steely lock Eben Etzebeth back in contention for Saturday's November international against Scotland at Murrayfield, but could be without number eight Warren Whiteley.

England's Buttler ready to bat at 3 in second Sri Lanka test

(Reuters) - England batsman-wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is ready to bat at number three in the second test against Sri Lanka, saying the team's willingness to embrace a flexible batting order is a sign of strength rather than weakness.

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