Sport: Rugby

A veteran of 67 games for Australia including 27 Test matches, Catchpole passed away peacefully on Thursday evening in Sydney.
Wasps never allowed the visitors to develop their attacking game and La Rochelle scored their first and only points when Brock James kicked a penalty on the hour mark.
The French Top 14 side said the 28-year-old would have an MRI scan on Monday to find out how long he will be out of action.
'A number of meetings and reviews are in progress on all national teams after which plans for all teams in 2018 will be confirmed.'
French prop Stephane Clement, 30, will also join from Lyon on a three-year deal at the end of the season, Stade said.
Itoje, 23, sustained a fractured jaw in the 20-19 defeat at Harlequins on December 3 and required surgery in which two plates were inserted in his face.
Siya Kolisi Kolisi was named the 2017 Players’ Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of past rugby legends who received the accolade.
The Kiwis used their possession in a much better manner, and were ruthless on attack compared to the South Africans, who battled to hold on to the ball.
The Blitzboks were down 14-0 and later 21-5 in the first half, and it looked like it was going to turn into a PR disaster for the South African Rugby Union.
The Blitzbokke led 14-7 at halftime. Ruhan Nel opened the scoring after SA battled initially but Willy Ambaka responded almost immediately for Kenya.
The match was virtually over as a contest after five minutes when Senatla showed off his fancy footwork for his second touchdown.
The plucky Japanese won three matches two years ago under current England coach Eddie Jones, including an astonishing 34-32 victory over two-time world champions South Africa.
The Springboks will end 2017 where they started it on the back of their loss to Wales in Cardiff last Saturday.
Springbok Duane Vermeulen has been at Toulon since 2015, but it’s believed that new South African director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is determined for him to make a return to SA
The Blitzboks defeated New Zealand in the final of the Dubai Sevens, claiming 24-12 victory.
In a statement released on Monday, the KRU acknowledged Paarwater’s contribution to Kenyan rugby since he was appointed the coach in 2012.
Marx’s fellow-nominees for SA Rugby Player of the Year are Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Jaco Kriel and Jan Serfontein.
In the playoffs for the third place Tuks beat The Royals 17-15.
Danny Care created all three of Harlequins' tries with a sublime performance, but it was Visser who ended as the hero.
The South Africans outplayed New Zealand 24-12 in a hard-fought final to keep their unbeaten 2017 record in Dubai intact.
The South African team held their nerve in a tense battle that only went their way on the scoreboard when wing Craig Barry struck twice late in the game.
On Saturday fans once again took their frustrations out at the coach following a loss that was highlighted by costly errors.
Wales hold on for a narrow 24-22 victory over Boks.
The Blitzboks beat Uganda 19-10, Kenya 48-5 and Canada 28-0 in a performance that picked up intensity as the side found momentum as the day progressed.
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