Rugby

The Sharks are heavy underdogs in their Super Rugby quarterfinal at the table-topping Lions on Saturday, in a season where they have shown inconsistent form, following one fine performance with a dismal outing. But that is perhaps the reason why they cannot be ruled out altogether, as the Durban-based side have proven this campaign that
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3:22 AM BST ESPN Staff Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has included 11 new faces in a 38-man training squad for the first two Bledisloe Cup games but there is no room for veteran playmaker Quade Cooper. Cooper has been omitted alongside fellow Wallabies Rob Horne and Scott Higginbotham with Cheika looking to the future in
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The Lions secured top spot on the overall Super Rugby log when they beat the Sharks 27-17 at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday. The Lions had to beat the Sharks to finish top of the standings after the Hurricanes beat the Crusaders earlier in the day. And Johannesburg side manage to do the business
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The Hurricanes have booked a Super Rugby quarter-final date with the Brumbies in Canberra after scoring a 31-22 win over the previously unbeaten Crusaders in Saturday’s Kiwi derby in Wellington. Despite being dominated for large chunks of the match, the Hurricanes were able to peg back a 12-7 half-time deficit and score three second-half tries
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The Brumbies have vowed to move on quickly from a last-round Super Rugby defeat to the Chiefs, as they prepare to host the Hurricanes in Friday’s sudden-death quarter-final. Saturday’s 28-10 loss in Hamilton affected little for the Brumbies, who had already secured a home playoff by wrapping up the Australian conference before the June Test
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