Israel Folau case sparks Australian rugby players’ association faith review

Australia’s Rugby Union Players’ Association will convene a faith review to establish clearer guidelines for religious expression in the wake of Israel Folau’s sacking. Former Wallabies full-back Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, had his four-year contract terminated last week for a social media post that said hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others. Rugby Australia’s hard-line stance angered conservative Christians in […]

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Rebels ready for brutal test against raging Bulls

Melbourne Rebels know how to beat the Bulls on Friday night, but it won't be easy. The Rebels and their Pretoria-based visitors are tied on 28 points. They both sit in second, in the Australian and South African conferences respectively. Rebels centre Billy Meakes said his side wouldn’t shirk the Bulls’ ‘‘big boys’’ at AAMI Park tonight.Credit:AAP If neither wins […]

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Neil Francis: 'Jerome Garces howlers gave Saracens the edge but Leinster let this one slip from their grasp'

Early last Sunday morning I met Doddie Weir for breakfast in Gateshead just above the river Tyne. In his presence there was just this breathtaking sense of humanity. A giant in many senses of the word, his ability to calmly articulate his motor neurone disease condition left me feeling ever so slightly inadequate. The prevailing sense of gloom after Leinster’s […]

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