Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering a fracture to his jaw, an injury coach Heyneke Meyer described as a massive blow to the team.
Two Australian rugby league players were in intensive care on Tuesday after being rushed to hospital for taking too many painkillers, their South Sydney Rabbitohs club said.
Japan turned its first matchup with mighty South Africa into the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history on Saturday when the 1,000-1 no-hopers won 34-32.
With their Mad Max-style wheelchairs, tattoos, and aggression-filled faces, Rio de Janeiro's wheelchair rugby players would seem near impossible to stop.
GPS helped the Australian Rugby Union team get to Notre Dame -- and it has nothing to do with the Wallabies having difficulty finding the Golden Dome.
A late Henry Pyrgos try handed Scotland a 16-12 victory over Italy in a World Cup warm-up that will keep both sides guessing as they continue to build toward this fall's showpiece in England.
No team has successfully defended the Rugby World Cup but New Zealand showed its potential to do so Saturday when it battered Australia 41-13 in its last test before the tournament.
Researchers say they have been unable to find any definitive links between rugby and long-term physical and psychological health problems in former players.
The Brisbane Broncos consolidated their lead in Australia's National Rugby League with an eight-try 42-16 win over bottom team Wests Tigers in Brisbane on Sunday.
These are not the kind of Reds the South Africans usually rub shoulders with, making it unlike any opening to a Rugby World Cup season that Springboks skipper Victor Matfield can remember.