Rugby

The Crusaders have rumbled past another New Zealand Super Rugby opponent with a 34-20 win over the Chiefs to edge closer to defending their title. Authoritative derby wins over the Blues and Hurricanes this month were followed by another muscular performance from the Crusaders’ pack on Saturday in Hamilton. None of their four tries was
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Ireland captain Rory Best will miss Ireland’s tour to Australia with a hamstring injury with Joe Schmidt indicating vice-captains Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony could share the captaincy. Munster’s Niall Scannell will replace the British and Irish Lions hooker in Ireland’s squad. Head coach Joe Schmidt explained that vice captains Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony
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Wing George North will feature at centre and Ellis Jenkins will captain Wales for the first time in Saturday’s Test match against South Africa. It will be 73 times-capped North’s fourth Test start in midfield, where he is partnered by Ospreys’ Owen Watkin. Ospreys-bound North’s previous centre outings for Wales were against France four years
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Pete Samu’s availability for the Wallabies is in the hands of Rugby Australia following an undisclosed proposition made by New Zealand Rugby. The Samu saga took an intriguing twist late on Thursday when NZ Rugby said it would allow Samu to play for Australia in the three-Test series in June if it would agree to
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