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# Test

All time
# New Challenge
Ireland will come up against a familiar face when they face Afghanistan in 2018
Phil Simmons will lead the country into Test cricket.
# bad behaviour
England cricket player dropped after pouring drink over teammate's head on night out
‘I’m disappointed. With what we have had to go through already with these problems, it is not acceptable.’
# The Ashes
I was 'stitched up' by Aussies over headbutt incident – Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow reiterated there was no wrongdoing following his coming together with Cameron Bancroft prior to the Ashes.
# tactical procedures
Photos: More than 500 members of Defence Forces take part in major terrorist incident exercise
The Defence Forces practiced various operational and tactical procedures while undertaking the exercise.
# the boks
Coetzee passionately defends his position as Springboks head coach
Coetzee was asked about his future following his side’s defeat to Wales this afternoon.
# gats
Gatland defends Wales' money-making fourth November Test
Wales face South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday a week after the November window ended for most nations.
# Come a gutser
Australia's Kepu lands three-week ban for red card against Scotland
Australia succumbed to a chastening 53-24 loss against Scotland at Murrayfield, with Sekope Kepu’s dismissal proving costly for the visitors.
# Warrenbowl
Gatland: 'At some stage I'll probably be dressed up as a clown again this week'
The New Zealand media were not too favourable of Warren Gatland as Lions coach, but he will not rise to any future jibes.
# Pumas
Pumas finish strongly to see off Italy
This was no work of art in Florence.
# Men At Work
Cheika disrespected referee with England bully claims, insists Eddie Jones
The England head coach does not expect referee Ben O’Keeffe to be influenced by the former Leinster boss’s words.
# sorry ma
Jones apologises for foul-mouthed rant as he's called out by his 93-year-old mother
Eddie Jones’ frustration got the better off him at Twickenham on Saturday.
# yellow
Hansen: Sonny Bill didn't know the rules
The All Blacks star was unaware of the rule that led to his yellow card against France, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.
# Winning Streak
Wallabies' impressive form continues as Gatland's Wales beaten again
Wales have not beaten Australia since 2008 and their miserable run against the Wallabies continued in Cardiff on Saturday.
# November Tests
Farrell and Itoje rested as Hartley captains England for visit of Argentina
Eddie Jones has stuck with Henry Slade and Sam Underhill in his side to face the Pumas, while Elliot Daly has been passed fit.
# Drico
Brian O'Driscoll anticipates 'very confrontational' Springboks
The Springboks struggled for consistency in the Rugby Championship but O’Driscoll knows they remain dangerous opponents for Ireland.
# Apology
Howley accepts Sean O'Brien apology and plans to leave Wales role after World Cup
Coaching in the Premiership or France is on Rob Howley’s bucket list as he plans to leave his position with Wales after the 2019 World Cup.
# Springboks
Four uncapped players included in South Africa squad to face Ireland
Warrick Gelant, Lukhanyo Am, Dan du Preez and Louis Schreuder will hope to make their international debuts.
# In the dock
England trio Hartley, Hughes and Marler facing bans after European citings
Indiscipline at club level could cost Eddie Jones three players for the November internationals.
# Finally
After seven successive defeats Australia claim long-awaited win over All Blacks
New Zealand were denied a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep in Brisbane, where Australia outscored them by three tries to two.
# the bold step
Scotland suspend flanker Hardie, but give no explanation why
Scottish Rugby have offered no details as to why he is unavailable for selection.
# 2 ON 2
Coles relishing one last battle with 'one of the greats' Stephen Moore
The Wallabies hooker is on his final lap of an impressive Test career.
# Chance
Sopoaga earns first All Blacks start in two years as Beauden Barrett is ruled out with concussion
Lima Sopoaga will make his first All Blacks start for over two years in the absence of Beauden Barrett in Brisbane.
# getting organised
Wales have spoken to around 10 candidates to succeed Gatland after the World Cup
Wales have drawn up a shortlist in preparation for life after Gatland.
# saving face
England suffer another injury setback ahead of November internationals
England could be without Jack Nowell during their November internationals due to a fractured cheekbone and eye socket.
# Italian Job
Irish out-half Ian McKinley gets his first call-up for Italy
The former Leinster player had retired from rugby in 2011 after losing the sight in his left eye.
# Done Deal
Rhys Webb signs three-year deal with Toulon, but he'll still be available to play for Wales
The Lions scrum-half last week announced he was leaving Ospreys next season.
# Time to shine
Out-of-favour Cooper will get the chance to impress Cheika when he faces the Wallabies
He’ll captain the Barbarians in Sydney next month.
# hover taxi
Dubai successfully tests pioneering two-seater air taxi service
The prototype can fly for 30 minutes at a maximum speed of 100 kilometres per hour (62mph).
# Kane Is Able
Kane Hames gets his first start as All Blacks make 7 changes for Springboks
New Zealand take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.
# Testing times
Wallabies star Folau 'respects all people' but 'will not support' same-sex marriage
Australia star Israel Folau’s refusal to support gay marriage led to a mixed reaction from the public on social media.
# bouncebackability
'It's not going to stop us' - Cheika defiant despite home hammering against All Blacks
The Wallabies capitulated in today’s first half against New Zealand.
# Kicking himself
Barrett hails Lions wake-up call for All Blacks and brushes off kicking concerns
New Zealand drew with the British and Irish Lions, a result that Beauden Barrett believes was “just what we needed”.
# back for bledisloe?
Sonny Bill appeals suspension in bid to face Australia in Rugby Championship opener
The All Blacks believe their shortened warm-up fixture against Counties Manukau and Taranaki should count in SBW’s ban.
# NO MOORE
Wallabies captain Moore set to retire from international rugby
The 34-year-old came close to a move to Munster in the past.
# holibobs
All Blacks vice-captain Smith to take sabbatical
He will miss the majority of the Rugby Championship after exercising the option to take a career break.
# Tense
Lions draw series after a stunning Test with All Blacks in Auckland
The All Blacks had many chances to put the tourists aways, but Warren Gatland’s men were gritty.
# nugget
'These are the ones you remember' - Aaron Smith is well up for this weekend's Lions decider
The fired-up All Blacks star “could play today”.
# Test
Huge scare in Castlebar but Mayo do just enough to see off gutsy Derry
Stephen Rochford’s side won by 11 points, but only after extra-time.
# a class apart
Rampant Springboks outscore France by four tries to complete whitewash
South Africa won the series 3-0.
# Report
No Ford fiesta as Scotland fail in Fiji a week after Wallabies win
Veteran hooker Ross Ford made history in Suva, becoming Scotland’s most capped player.