Sport: Rugby

Wallabies star Israel Folau made the comment this week to an Instagram follower who asked him what was "God's plan for gay people?"
Adriaan Strauss marked a South African rugby landmark in amazing style and New Zealand sides continued their iron grip over their Australian counterparts.
For the Lions, this was a third loss in four games, and a season that started with such promise appears to remain on a steady decline.
The Sharks led by 19 points at the break, and despite slipping behind after a remarkable fightback from the Blues, Rob du Preez' kicking proved to be the difference.
The Lions will play the Crusaders in the Super Rugby at Emirates Airline Park on Sunday.
The South African Rugby Players Association claims the Border Rugby Union failed to pay players full salaries since December 2017.
A jury of eight men and three women returned its unanimous verdict after deliberating for a total of nearly four hours.
The Blue Bulls rugby player is facing charges after an 18-year-old woman opened a case against him in December last year.
'The operation was without complications and he is recovering well but will, unfortunately, be out of action for six months as a result,' said Dr Pieterse.
The Buenos Aires result completed a disastrous weekend for South African teams on the road in round 6 with Northern Bulls and Coastal Sharks crashing in Australasia.
Victory left Saracens second in the table and on course for a top-four finish that will guarantee a place in title-deciding play-offs with four league games.
The victory margin should have been much wider considering all the possession the Stormers enjoyed and the amount of time they spent in the Reds' 22m area.
The Crusaders made easy work of the Bulls as the New Zealand outfit ran away with the victory at the AMI Stadium.
Bulls coach John Mitchell had a strong message for his team: 'To beat the Crusaders, you need to outwork them'.
Jozi Cats chairperson, Chris Verrijdt, said: “To date, there have been no openly gay rugby players or officials in high-level rugby in the country.
Bulls prop Conraad van Vuuren pleaded guilty to the charge on an illegal tackle against on Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie in the 67th minute.
Steve Hansen's contract with the All Blacks expires after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
The Japanese team were leading 10 minutes from time having played innovative and enterprising rugby, but ultimately fell just short.
Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga added a try and slotted two late penalties for the home side, who moved to the top of the New Zealand conference with their third straight victory.
Bastareaud, who will be winning his 45th cap, steps up following an injury to Guilhem Guirado, but warned that he might not be as vocal as the hooker.
The Chiefs looked shell-shocked in the face of the relentless Bulls' attack and were heavily penalised by referee Shuhei Kubo but stayed in the game.
A video has gone viral on social media showing a couple of male fans beating up a woman at the match.
The draw for the 12 participating teams was held in Hong Kong this week, and South Africa was named in Pool A with Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Mexico.
Meanwhile fullback Rob Kearney is set to be fit as Ireland chase just a third Grand Slam to set alongside their 1948 and 2009 Championship clean sweeps. would like to send you push notifications.
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