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No foreign teams in NZ's 2021 competition

New Zealand will reprise the domestic Super Rugby Aotearoa competition in 2021, with no Australian or Pacific islands teams involved, but there is the possibility of expansion in 2022, the chairman of the national governing body said on Thursday.

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Five team Super Rugby Aotearoa for 2021

New Zealand will reprise the domestic Super Rugby Aotearoa competition in 2021, with no Australian or Pacific islands teams involved, Brett Impey, the chairman of New Zealand Rugby, said on Thursday.

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Australian sports set guidelines on trans athletes

Eight Australian sports federations, including peak bodies for tennis, rugby union and Australian Rules football, issued guidelines for the participation of transgender athletes in competition on Thursday.

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Kolisi to captain in Springbok Showdown

Siya Kolisi will captain a team in the Springbok Showdown, 10 months after leading South Africa to glory in the Rugby World Cup final.

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Australia-NZ rugby relations at "lowest ebb"

Relations between southern hemisphere rugby powers Australia and New Zealand have plunged to their "lowest ebb" but can be repaired if the nations work together to shape the future of the game, Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said.

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NZ knew about late end to Rugby Championship - reports

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) appears to have known the Rugby Championship would conclude on Dec. 12 despite assertions it had been blindsided by the fixture list, according to reports from leaked minutes of a meeting this month.

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Foster demands fix to RC schedule

All Blacks coach Ian Foster said on Tuesday Rugby Championship organisers needed to move quickly to change the tournament's schedule and allow his team to spend Christmas with family rather than in quarantine in New Zealand.

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Springboks no clearer on Rugby Championship

The Southern Hemisphere competition will be staged in Australia from Nov. 7 to Dec. 12 but the defending champion Springboks face being woefully under-prepared, which Erasmus believes could make participation dangerous for the players.

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All Blacks won't get quarantine leave pass: NZ PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water on the All Blacks' hopes of avoiding Christmas in quarantine after the Rugby Championship, saying the team would be "uncomfortable" with being given special treatment.

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Arnold injury forces Wallabies re-think

The Wallabies will look to Plan B for the Rugby Championship after towering lock Rory Arnold fractured his forearm while playing in France overnight.

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Touring Wallabies players back on full pay

Wallabies squad members will return to full pay for the Rugby Championship, but have put some aside for the remainder of Australia's professionals who will remain on 70 per cent of their normal wage for the rest of the year.

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Springbok Showdown squads named in unique live pick

Springboks, Blitzboks and Junior Boks players have been named in two 25-man squads for the Springbok Showdown to be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Oct. 3.

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Cheika to coach against Wallabies with Pumas

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has joined Argentina's coaching team for the upcoming Rugby Championship, which will be played in Australia from Nov.

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Premiership owners fear clubs will go bankrupt

Gallagher Premiership owners have said clubs could go bust if the U.K. government does not provide financial aid after its U-turn on allowing fans at stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Caslick nervous ahead of NRLW debut

Charlotte Caslick is a household name in rugby circles but it's her own high standards that make her nervous about a transition to NRLW with the Sydney Roosters.

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SA Rugby discussing more teams in PRO14

Andy Marinos, chief executive of SANZAAR, the organisers of Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship, denies the provincial championship "will never look the same again" if more South African teams join the PRO14.