How Jesse Owens embarrassed Hitler

Tribute for Hawke’s Bay rugby league and netball referee Andy Cracknell

Andy Cracknell had refereed rugby league and umpired netball for more than 40 years.

Eddie Jones' gamble doesn't guarantee a better career for young Wallabies

The Wallabies are staring down the barrel of a pool stage exit for the first time in Rugby World Cup history.

'They'll be licking their lips': Wounded Wallabies expect Portugal to smell blood

Fullback Andrew Kellaway expects Portugal to be "licking their lips" about their World Cup clash with the battered Wallabies

Netball: Dame Noeline Taurua takes blame for loss to England B-team, talks future

The Silver Ferns were humbled by an under-strength English team over the weekend.

New theory emerges over Springboks' mindset heading into Ireland clash

As soon as Antoine Dupont's participation in the World Cup quarter-finals was thrown into doubt after fracturing his cheekbone, suggestions that playing a Dupont-less France would be more desirable than playing the All Blacks in the last eight were inevitable.

NZ Rugby boss Mark Robinson says Super Rugby commission announcement is ‘imminent’

Mark Robinson won't let Australian rugby woes dampen his spirit about the future of SR.

Italy make key changes for showdown against New Zealand

Italy have named their team for the upcoming Pool A match against New Zealand at OL Stadium in Lyon on Friday, 29 September.

The golden girl returns

Tayla Bruce has gone from a teenager fan with an NZ fern in her hair to world champion in bowls. Angela Walker tells her remarkable story “A true full circle moment,” is how Tayla Bruce described the surprise celebration that was put on for her at her bowls club in Christchurch. When she arrived at the Burnside Bowling Club, and fellow members were lined up either side of the entrance in her honour, she couldn’t help but feel nostalgic. “It was...

Blackcaps cruise to series-sealing victory over Bangladesh in third ODI

With the World Cup just a week away, New Zealand have closed out their first series win in any format in Bangladesh since 2008.

Kwagga Smith shares his feelings on the infamous 7-1 split

Following South Africa's tense 13-8 Pool B loss to Ireland this past weekend in Paris, flanker Smith has reflected on the match and spoken about the next challenge.

'He said ?how quickly can you get to Nice? and now I?m here'

Uncapped Glasgow front-rower Johnny Matthews revealed he was stunned to get a call out of the blue on Saturday asking him to fly to France to join Scotland’s World Cup squad.

Neesham prepared to step up in Southee's absence as Blackcaps leave for World Cup

The veteran seamer is under an injury cloud after breaking his thumb earlier this month.

Ireland match-winner predicts Springboks rematch in World Cup final

Ireland fly-half Jack Crowley joked about spending his well-earned days off in Disneyland following the fairytale of sealing his country’s statement Rugby World Cup win against South Africa.

Swimming legend Dame Sophie Pascoe announces she's pregnant with first child

New Zealand's most decorated Paralympian and her partner announced their news on social media.

'Dan is a great man, but he has given me a bit of stick about that'

Gareth Anscombe admits there is an element of relief after Wales avoided a fight to the finish in their quest for a Rugby World Cup quarter-final place.

Ex-Wallaby proposes scrapping Australian Super Rugby team

Eternally wounded from his own World Cup horror show, former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles believes less Australian Super Rugby teams is one answer to the country's spectacular fall from grace.

Uruguay captain admits unfortunate truth if they don't beat Namibia

Uruguay captain Andres Vilaseca says that victory is essential against Namibia to confirm his team’s progress at the Rugby World Cup.

Taurua searching for answers after shock Silver Ferns loss

After their embarrassing loss to an under-strength England side the Silver Ferns have now lost their last four Tests and coach Dame Noeline Taurua says she doesn't have a magic bullet.

Alonso explains “throwing me to the lions” radio rant in F1 Japanese GP

Fernando Alonso has explained the angry radio messages to his Aston Martin Formula 1 team during the Japanese Grand Prix and insisted they were taken out of context on TV.

Warriors already plotting return to playoffs - and more - to build on 2023 success

"It's really time that the NRL started to look at New Zealand and putting more content in here.”

Richie and Gemma McCaw experience ‘footgate’ on flight to France for the Rugby World Cup

The family received an unwanted intrusion on their flight to France.

Chaos reigns: The Wallabies must start again from square one

No more pretence, no more stories - accept the rubble around you, and look at the ruins until it hurts.

Schmidt could be All Blacks' secret weapon if QF against Ireland eventuates

The former Ireland head coach could hold all the cards in looking to upset his old side.

Ben White confident with what Scotland have to do to reach the quarter finals

Ben White is adamant Scotland still have full belief they can navigate their way through an increasingly hazardous pathway to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Australia v Wales result: Sonny Bill Williams labels Wallabies performance against Welsh as ‘embarrassing’

The former All Black didn't hold back.

'Let's return to reality - Ireland must exercise caution'

Irish expectation soars as Andy Farrell's team sweeps all in its path, but cool heads are needed if they are to heed mistakes of the past

Taini Jamison Trophy: Silver Ferns outclass England to level series - As it happened

Join us from 7:30pm as the Silver Ferns look to keep the series alive against a second-string England outfit.

Injured France captain Dupont set to return to World Cup with custom protective mask

Antoine Dupont is reportedly meeting with specialists to have a mask manufactured for his facial fracture to allow him to take the field.

'Not the improvement award': Warriors' Webster shouldn't win Dally M, argues Gallen

The former New South Wales captain wants to see Ivan Cleary named coach of the year instead.

Rugby World Cup 2023: All Blacks’ adorable family reunions as they prepare for match against Italy

There were smiles all 'round as the rugby players finally reunited with their loved ones.

Williams: Costly F1 crashes masking Sargeant's "steady improvement"

Williams thinks Logan Sargeant's spate of recent crashes has "masked his steady improvement" but says he risks falling behind on Formula 1 car specifications if they keep happening.

Warren Gatland turns Wales into unlikely World Cup contenders

The celebrated coach has used all his years of experience to resurrect Wales and turn them into a side capable of an upset

Dalton Papali'i confirms 'hot-headed' trainings 'just what the team needed'

The All Blacks appear to have made the most of their bye week on and off the training pitch, reinvigorating the side ahead of their potentially decisive Pool A clash with Italy.

The downfall Riccardo Riccò – the cyclist who nearly died doing his own blood transfusion

Rugby World Cup 2023: Irish impressionist pokes fun at Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has become a parody.

It's official! Broncos pass ruled forward during Warriors' NRL playoff elimination

The refereeing clanger resulted in a try to Kiwi second-rower Jordan Riki in the second half.

Tim Horan reveals what Wallabies players were saying in sheds after Wales loss

Rugby World Cups are brutal and this young Wallabies squad have learnt that the hard way in their second pool stage loss in France.

Italian Motorcycle Racer Filippo Mometto Dead At 24

The young racer demonstrated incredible talent in the Trofeo Aprilia RS 660.

Eddie is not the knight in shining armour for Australian Rugby

The good news though is this result isn't the death of Australian rugby. The Wallabies are one part of a system, the most visible cherry on top, but by no means one-and-all of Australian rugby.

All Blacks in Rugby World Cups: The best tries from New Zealand players ever

Vote for the best of the All Blacks from each World Cup.

Jonah Lomu’s widow Nadene tries to block NZ Film Commission-funded documentary about rugby superstar husband

Nadene Lomu has written cease and desist letters to the NZ Film Commission.

Namibia captain receives lengthy ban after Dupont tackle

Namibia captain Johan Deysel's World Cup is over after the centre received a five week ban for his dangerous tackle on France captain Antoine Dupont last Thursday.

Aston Martin gives Jessica Hawkins first full F1 test outing

Aston Martin ambassador Jessica Hawkins has had her first proper test in a Formula 1 car, having driven the team’s AMR21 at the Hungaroring last week.

Why in ?phenomenal shape? Tom Curry was told to get out the gym

Tom Curry has been pushing himself through a punishing training regime to ensure he is ready to face Samoa in England’s final World Cup group match.

'He's ready': All Blacks rookie in line for World Cup debut

In what is a must-win match for the team, the All Blacks will name a Rugby World Cup debutant to feature in the front row against Italy.

Sad news about wife Michael Schumacher: 'she is a prisoner'

Football Ferns v Chile result: New Zealand go down again

The Football Ferns have been defeated 2-1 by Chile.

The ex Test referee who's revolutionised Fiji's discipline this World Cup

Former international referee Glen Jackson, the Flying Fijians attack and backs coach, has helped the team dramatically improve their discipline at the Rugby World Cup in France - an area of the game that has regularly undermined their cause at Test level.

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal shares heartbreaking health update following injury battles

He's one of the greatest ever players. But the broken star has issued a sad update.