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.
It's fast, there's plenty of contact, lots of scoring and games are over in 20 minutes. It's rugby sevens, and it's a bit of a mystery for some attending the Pan Am Games, just as it will be next year in Rio de Janeiro where rugby returns to the Olympics after a 92-year absence.
Players and team officials in the Australian Football League were in shock Friday after Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh was stabbed to death in a domestic dispute at his home. His 26-year-old son was arrested and later charged with murder.
The Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders have become the ugly duckling stories of New Zealand rugby after defying their critics to reach the Super 15 final.
Australia's ACT Brumbies will face runaway league leaders Wellington Hurricanes while defending champions NSW Waratahs have home advantage over the Otago Highlanders in next weekend's Super Rugby semifinals.
South African rugby hard man Bismarck du Plessis cried Saturday after his final Super Rugby appearance for the Coastal Sharks ended in a 34-12 home victory over Western Stormers.
A live Australian television charity arm wrestling competition went horribly wrong when a former rugby league player screamed in agony after having his arm broken.
The New South Wales Waratahs edged ahead of South Africa's Western Stormers in the quest to host a home Super Rugby semifinal with a nine-try spectacular this weekend.