Rugby

9:22 AM BST ESPN Staff Michael Hooper has been named Wallabies captain, replacing Stephen Moore after the hooker’s decision to step down from the role immediately ahead of his retirement from international rugby at the end of the 2017 season. Hooper, 25, has experience in the role after he stepped in when Moore was injured
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It is not difficult to see why Celtic Rugby would jump at the chance to breath new life into the rebranded PRO14. Confirmation that South African sides the Cheetahs and Southern Kings will join the regional competition for the upcoming campaign arrived on Tuesday. The PRO12 organisers have confirmed that the competition will expand to
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1:09 AM BST ESPN Staff South African referee Jaco Peyper will control the Super Rugby final between the Lions and Crusaders in Johannesburg this weekend. Peyper has been handed the whistle despite his South African nationality with governing body SANZAAR rewarding his performance across the season in keeping with its “merit-based policy”. Australian Angus Gardner
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