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Two draws in France's Top 14 in Round 3 and an away win for Castres in Biarritz are probably the main features of Friday's results. And then Agen stay unbeaten though newly promoted Lyon gave them a hard time. At last Montpellier gained a point, and that far from home in Paris.
Vereniki Goneva scored four tries as Fiji beat a willing Namibian team 49-25 in their opening match at the World Cup at the Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday.
If the opening match of the World Cup is anything to go by, Springbok forwards' coach Gary Gold will be proven right on the money, saying on Saturday that solid scrumming will be very important when South Africa take on Wales on Sunday.
Sonny Bill Williams, Richard Kahui and Israel Dagg won special praise but the All Blacks overall performance failed to inspire the country when they beat Tonga 41-10 in the World Cup opener.
Phew! Scotland will be breathing a huge sigh of relief after their 34-24 Pool B win over Romania on Saturday. What will worry them, however, was the performance of their tight five.
New Zealand-born lock Justin Ives has been forced to leave Japan's World Cup squad in New Zealand after failing to regain full fitness from an injury to his left knee.
Scotland escaped suffering an embarrassing shock on the opening weekend of the World Cup to Romania but only thanks to two late Simon Danielli tries, as the Scots claimed a 34-24 Pool B win over the Oaks.
Defending champions South Africa get their World Cup campaign under way in Wellington on Sunday against a Wales side growing in confidence but with an awful record against the Springboks.
Australian coach Robbie Deans wants the referees' crackdown at the breakdown to remain a priority throughout the World Cup, as the Wallabies shape up to Italy in their opening match at North Harbour on Sunday.
A Maori elder and a descendant of the man who created New Zealand's iconic All Black jersey hopes Argentina can take revenge on England in the teams' World Cup opener in Dunedin on Saturday.
Harlequins went top of the fledgling Aviva Premiership table thanks to another superb kicking performance by Kiwi flyhalf Nick Evans during the 26-13 victory over Northampton Saints.
Simon Zebo grabbed his first try of the new Pro 12 season to help reigning champions Munster continue their perfect start to the campaign with a 23-12 defeat of Glasgow at Firhill.
The Lions kept their winning streak alive with an emphatic 41-25 victory over Griquas in a match that yielded nine tries and three yellow cards in Johannesburg on Friday.
The 2012 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International will kick-off in early February with a repeat of last year's semifinal match-ups.
Blue Bulls rugby player "Bees" Roux walked out of the Pretoria High Court a free man on Friday after being given a suspended sentence on charges of culpable homicide and drunken driving.
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
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Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.