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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Test

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# Retirement
'The anxiety I would get would manifest itself' - Joe Marler reaffirms he never tried to incur an England ban
Marler said that comments he recently made about looking for an “easy way out” of England duty were taken out of context.
# Retirement
'Now is the time to walk away' - England prop Joe Marler retires from international rugby
The Harlequins forward said it was “a very difficult decision” to end his England career at the age of 28.
# rugby championship
Mo'unga in for Barrett as All Blacks make seven changes for Argentina
A much-changed New Zealand line-up will take on Argentina in Nelson on Saturday.
# Going nowhere
Defiant Cheika unimpressed when questioned over Wallabies future
‘If you are naive enough to think that I’m worried about myself here, then you don’t know me at all.’
# Hammering
Hooper retains full belief in Cheika's Wallabies despite All Blacks drubbing
All Blacks captain Kieran Read insisted this morning’s 40-12 win did not come easily.
# Good Neighbours Become...
Cheika rubbishes Hansen's claim of disrespect to 100-cap Whitelock
“To say that we lack respect is a little bit of a stretch from Steve Hansen.”
# Under Pressure
'There's no one hurting more than me when I walk down the tunnel and see my two kids there crying'
Michael Cheika is building up to another crack at the All Blacks.
# rugby championship
'It's really disappointing, isn't it?': Cheika and Hooper frustrated by Australia's slump
The All Blacks pulled clear to record a 38-13 win in Sydney this morning.
# Bledisloe Cup
All Blacks thump Wallabies during breathless Rugby Championship opener in Sydney
New Zealand turned on the style in the second half after Australia had defended superbly to lead at the break.
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# cleared
England cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray after brawl outside nightclub
He has rejoined the squad.
# the rugby championship
Beale backs Hodge to fill Wallabies' centre gap for All Blacks clash
Samu Kerevi, who played 13 through the June series with Ireland, will miss out through injury.
# Test
Quiz: How well do you remember the 2018 World Cup?
Almost a week has passed since the tournament ended.
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# Disciplined
Folau handed one-match ban for aerial challenge on Ireland captain O'Mahony
The Wallabies fullback faced a disciplinary hearing with World Rugby and is now set to miss the Waratahs’ Super Rugby clash against the Rebels.
# all smiles now
Jones: England back on road to being world's best
After ending his worst stretch as coach, Jones believes England are back on track to challenge at the World Cup.
# Great Scots
Scotland run riot in Argentina to end tour with record-breaking win
Daniel Hourcade’s final game in charge of Argentina ended in heavy defeat.
# c'est la vie
France hard done by? I can squeal about that too, says All Blacks boss
Steve Hansen says it’s “pointless” to complain about refereeing decisions ahead of this weekend’s final Test.
# last line of resistencia
Scotland make 8 changes for Pumas Test after defeat to USA
Captain Stuart McInally heads up the tourists as they meet an Argentina side sore after losing to Wales.
# Teamsheets
All Blacks ring the changes as France drop Bastareaud for series finale
After naming the same side for the first two Tests, Steve Hansen has shuffled his deck for Dunedin.
# Pressure drop
Struggling England under scrutiny but Eddie Jones is 'absolutely loving it'
The England head coach is under pressure after a dire run of results, but he sees success on the horizon.
# free fall
Fall's red card rescinded after World Rugby acknowledges 'wrong' decision
“Unlike the referee, we had the benefit of all the video footage, which showed various angles of the incident.”
# leniency
All Blacks coach Hansen suggests rugby report system after Fall red card
Referee Angus Gardner sent the French fullback off in a decision which overshadowed this morning’s second Test.
# losing streak
England still have belief despite bruising South Africa defeat, says captain Farrell
England continue to believe in themselves ahead of their second Test against South Africa, according to their skipper.
# Injustice
'If we do the same thing, we French get punished': Grosso on double skull fracture
The winger was shocked that the referee did not take action against the All Black players who fractured his skull in the first Test.
# fresh face
Tadhg Beirne bringing 'good energy' as he gets set for Ireland debut
The 26-year-old will be covering the second row and blindside flank on Saturday against the Wallabies.
# Test
Quiz: How much do you know about the 2018 World Cup?
The much-anticipated competition in Russia gets underway on Thursday.
# Hooperman
Outstanding Hooper 'stoked' as Wallabies wreak havoc at the breakdown
The Australia captain played a key role in disrupting Irish ball alongside David Pocock.
# eastern promise
Second-half surge sees Japan beat Italy
An excellent second half helped Japan beat Italy in Oita, the Brave Blossoms taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
# Team news
Kiwi forward Shields in line for England debut against South Africa
The 27-year-old has been named on the bench by Eddie Jones, with Joe Launchbury missing out through injury.
# summer tests
Springboks hit with double injury blow before England series
Bismarck du Plessis and Frans Steyn have both been ruled out.
# Bad start
Erasmus: Pressure on the Springboks already after late Wales defeat
South Africa face England in a three-Test series, and Erasmus knows huge improvements will need to be made.
# free the nipple
'We all know where our nipples are': All Blacks coach Hansen welcomes tackle trial
World Rugby’s proposed new law to protect players in the tackle has been endorsed by the All Blacks head coach.
# Jack and the Boks
Young Wasps star ruled out for up to a year after receiving first England call-up
Jack Willis sustained significant multi-ligament knee damage during Saturday’s defeat to Saracens.
# The story of a Hurricane
Kiwi-born Shields ready to 'earn respect' after pledging allegiance to England
Eddie Jones this week named Brad Shields in his squad for the Test series against South Africa next month.
Column: Do we really need mandatory standardised testing in primary schools?
Learning support teachers are more than capable of screening and diagnosing learning difficulties, writes Peter Gunning.
# springback
Former captain Strauss open to Springboks return under Rassie
Adriaan Strauss says he would consider an offer to return to the South Africa national team seriously.
# Blow
Joseph likely to miss England's tour of South Africa
England’s options for the summer are likely to be further restricted, with Jonathan Joseph ruled out for the season.
# Test
Liverpool to face Roma in Champions League semi-final
The first legs of the ties will take place on 24 and 25 April, with the second legs on 1 and 2 May.
# Confident
Plans in place to deliver Springbok success - Erasmus
South Africa’s coaches and players are aware of what they must do in the June internationals, according to Rassie Erasmus.