Clermont Auvergne beat defending champion Leinster 15-12 in rugby’s Heineken Cup to end the Irish team’s 17-game unbeaten run in Europe’s elite club competition.
Locally-trained outsider Green Moon won the 152nd running of the A$6.2 million ($6.5 million) Melbourne Cup, upstaging international horses who were favored to take Australia’s richest race.
Wales made one starting change for its Rugby World Cup semifinal against France on Oct. 15, choosing James Hook at fly-half after Rhys Priestland was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Wales coach Warren Gatland named the following team to play Australia in the Rugby World Cup third- place playoff on Oct. 21 at Eden Park, Auckland:
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
New Zealand picked three rookies in a remodeled team for the first of three rugby Tests against Ireland, retaining just seven of the starting lineup from last year’s World Cup final victory.
Following is a list of the 30-man squads selected by the 20 teams for the Sept. 9-Oct. 23 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand:
Wales routed Namibia 81-7 for its biggest Rugby World Cup victory to grab second place in Pool D and move closer to a quarterfinal place.