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Boks release duo to English clubs ahead of Australia showdown

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa will be without fullback Willie le Roux and loose-forward Francois Louw for the Rugby Championship clash against Australia in Port Elizabeth on Sept. 29 after the pair were released to their English clubs.

WADA votes to reinstate Russia's anti-doping agency - RIA citing source

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Most members of the World Anti-Doping Agency voted to reinstate Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA, Russian news agency RIA reported, citing a source.

Japan World Cup seen as platform for Asia as tournament nears

TOKYO (Reuters) - The great and the good of Japanese rugby joined the chairman of the sport's global governing body, Bill Beaumont, to commemorate the one year countdown until the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off at an event in the capital on Thursday.

London Marathon raises record 63.7 million pounds for charity

(Reuters) - Runners at this year's London Marathon raised 63.7 million pounds for charity, setting a new world record for an annual single day fundraising event for a 12th successive year.

Cipriani out of England squad as Ashton, Tuilagi included

(Reuters) - Gloucester flyhalf Danny Cipriani has been left out of England's training squad for next week's training camp in Bristol, while Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi were included on the 36-player list, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Thursday.

Reluctant bowler Jadhav closing in on India middle-order spot

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kedar Jadhav's part-time spin might be his ticket to next year's World Cup in England but the 33-year-old Indian batsman admits he is reluctant to work too hard on improving as a bowler.

Paine wary of overworking Aussie pace battery against Pakistan

(Reuters) - Australia captain Tim Paine said he will need to use his fast bowlers in short spells in the test series against Pakistan if they are to defy hard, slow pitches and high temperatures in the United Arab Emirates.

Nur Afiqah sets new record in under 90kg snatch event

TAPAH: Selangor weightlifter Nur Afiqah Nadrah Mohammed Borhan has broken the national record for the women's below 90kg snatch event after she lifted 92kg at the Perak Sukma games

Former All Blacks coach Hart appointed to Blues board

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Former All Blacks coach John Hart has been appointed to the board of the Auckland Blues after New Zealand Rugby (NZR) bought back a 40 percent stake in the struggling franchise from their private owners.

World Rugby's big gamble enters final stretch

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nine years after the bold decision to take their showpiece tournament out of the sport's traditional heartlands for the first time, World Rugby are confident Japan will vindicate the gamble by delivering a top class 2019 World Cup.