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Pro12 agree deal to expand next season to include South African sides

The Pro12 has agreed a deal to expand next season to include South African sides Cheetahs and Southern Kings, BBC Scotland understands.

Southern Kings scrum-half Schroeder excited by Pro14 switch

Southern Kings scrum-half Ricky Schroeder is relishing the chance to play in the new Pro14 after a deal was agreed to add two South African sides to the league.

Rugby-Kafer aims to make Australia great again in new ARU role

SYDNEY, July 18 - Former Wallabies back Rod Kafer wants to help make Australian rugby great again after being charged with setting up a National Coaching Advisory Panel, his first official role in the game for more than a decade.

Rugby-Super Rugby quarterfinal Fixtures

July 18 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Super Rugby Quarterfinal matches FRIDAY, JULY 21 FIXTURES (GMT) Brumbies v Hurricanes (0935) SATURDAY, JULY 22 FIXTURES (GMT) Crusaders v Highlanders (0735) Lions v Sharks (1230) Stormers v Chiefs (1500)

Rugby-With leukaemia in remission, Lealiifano returns for Super Rugby playoff

SYDNEY, July 18 (Reuters) - Australia and ACT Brumbies back Christian Lealiifano will make his Super Rugby return in the playoff against the Wellington Hurricanes on Friday, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Meet the South African sides set to join Pro12

South African sides Southern Kings and Cheetahs are expected to join the Pro12 for next season.

Rugby-Beale eager to face All Blacks in indigenous green and gold

SYDNEY, July 17 (Reuters) - Wallabies back Kurtley Beale is hoping to play some part in next month's back-to-back tests against New Zealand at the start of the Rugby Championship even if he is still on the comeback trail after injur...

Rugby-Midfield rock Crotty re-signs for New Zealand

WELLINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty has rejected offers from overseas to sign up for another year in New Zealand with the Canterbury Crusaders, the 28-year-old said on Monday.

Rugby-New Zealand fullback Smith to take sabbatical - report

WELLINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is expected to take a sabbatical and miss eight of the world champions' test matches later this year, according to local media on Sunday.

Rugby-Lions lead the pack but fierce contenders lie in wait

WELLINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - South Africa's Lions may have earned the right to home advantage throughout the Super Rugby playoffs after finishing top of the standings on Saturday but their title credentials will be truly tested over the next three weeks.

Rugby-Lions top Super Rugby standings after away win

DURBAN, South Africa, July 15 (Reuters) - The Lions beat the Sharks 27-10 at King’s Park on Saturday to secure top place in the Super Rugby standings and secure home advantage if they reach next month’s final.

Rugby-Sunwolves stun Blues to record first win against NZ side

July 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Sunwolves left their best until last on Saturday, riding a brilliant second half display in a Tokyo heatwave to crush the three-times champion Auckland Blues 48-21 in their final match of their second Super Rugby season.

Rugby-Super Rugby results and standings

July 15 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the Super Rugby matches on Saturday RESULTS Sunwolves (Japan) 48 Blues (New Zealand) 21 STANDINGS P W D F A B Pts Australasian Group, New Zealand Conference 1. Crusaders (New Zealand) 14 14 0 522 272 7 63 2. Show More Summary

Rugby-Tonga qualify for 2019 World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa

July 15 (Reuters) - Tonga qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan without having to play on Saturday after a hat-trick of tries from scrumhalf Henry Seniloli helped Fiji to a 38-16 win over Samoa in Apia.

Rugby-Cheetahs claw back late to steal win from Kings

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, July 14 (Reuters) - The Southern Kings and the Cheetahs ended their stay in Super Rugby with the latter providing a late rally to secure a 21-20 victory at a festive Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday...

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