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Rugby-Late penalty salvages Lions win over feisty Jaguares

JOHANNESBURG, April 21 (Reuters) - Flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicked the only penalty of the game to help the Lions escape with a 24-21 home win over the Jaguares in a tight Super Rugby match at Ellis Park on Friday.

Rugby-Super Rugby axing provokes contrasting reactions

CAPE TOWN, April 21 (Reuters) - The guillotine hanging over South African Super Rugby franchises, the Cheetahs and Southern Kings, provoked different reactions on Friday as both await their culling from the southern hemisphere competition.

Dragons forward Jackson has neck surgery after 'non rugby' injury

Newport Gwent Dragons forward Ed Jackson is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery for a neck injury.

Lions tours should be reduced to eight games - RFU chief

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie says British and Irish Lions tours should be reduced from 10 to eight matches to help with preparation.

European Challenge Cup: Stade Francais v Bath

Team news as Bath travel to Stade Francais in Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final at Stade Jean Bouin (12:30 BST).

Rugby-Super Rugby results and standings

April 21 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the Super Rugby matches on Friday RESULTS Hurricanes (New Zealand) 56 Brumbies (Australia) 21 Waratahs (Australia) 24 Southern Kings (South Africa) 26 STANDINGS P W D F A B Pts Australasian Group, New Zealand Conference 1. Show More Summary

Laidlaw on bench for Gloucester semi-final

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is on the bench as Gloucester play La Rochelle in Saturday's Challenge Cup semi-final (20:00 BST).

European Champions Cup: Clermont v Leinster (Sun)

Team news as Clermont host Leinster in Sunday's Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Gerland (15:00 BST).

British and Irish Lions 2017: 'Players not selected must train like they're going on tour'

Players who haven't been selected for the British and Irish Lions squad must train as if they are going on the tour, says Alex Corbisiero.

Sarries' Lions picks named for semi-final trip to Munster

Team news as Saracens travel to Munster in Saturday's Champions Cup semi-final in Dublin (15:15 BST).

Jonathan Davies: Lions centre focused on Scarlets' Pro12 bid

Jonathan Davies says his immediate focus will be Scarlets' Pro12 play-off bid rather than this summer's British and Irish Lions tour.

Rugby-Aso scores hat-trick as Hurricanes blow away Brumbies

WELLINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - Centre Vince Aso scored a hat-trick of tries as the Wellington Hurricanes overhauled the ACT Brumbies in their Super Rugby match in Nelson on Friday.

HIGHLIGHTS-Rugby-Super Rugby week nine

April 21 (Reuters) - Highlights from week nine of Super Rugby:

Rugby-European Rugby Challenge Cup semifinal Fixtures

April 21 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the European Rugby Challenge Cup Semifinal matches SATURDAY, APRIL 22 FIXTURES (GMT) La Rochelle v Gloucester Rugby (1900) SUNDAY, APRIL 23 FIXTURES (GMT) Stade Francais v Bath Rugby (1130)

Rugby-European Rugby Champions Cup semifinal Fixtures

April 21 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the European Rugby Champions Cup Semifinal matches SATURDAY, APRIL 22 FIXTURES (GMT) Munster v Saracens (1415) SUNDAY, APRIL 23 FIXTURES (GMT) ASM Clermont Auvergne v Leinster (1400)

Rugby-Super Rugby Fixtures

April 21 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Super Rugby matches FRIDAY, APRIL 21 FIXTURES (GMT) Hurricanes v Brumbies (0735) Waratahs v Southern Kings (0945) Lions v Jaguares (1800) SATURDAY, APRIL 22 FIXTURES (GMT) Highlanders v Sunwolves (0515) Crusaders v Stormers (0735) Western Force v Chiefs (0945) Bulls v Cheetahs (1515) Sharks v Rebels (1730)

Scotland Look Toward Australia, Redux

With only Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour summoned for duty by the British and Irish Lions, Gav Harper re-assesses the Scotland summer tour party, and Gregor Townsend's targets for his first games in charge of the national side. The post Scotland Look Toward Australia, Redux appeared first on Scottish Rugby Blog.

Rugby-Fiji honours Olympic rugby sevens heroes with new currency

April 21 (Reuters) - The government of Fiji will release new 7 Fijian dollar ($3.34) banknotes and 50 cent coins to honour the rugby sevens team that won the gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said on Friday. Show More Summary

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