Toulon opened the defense of its Heineken Cup rugby title with a 51-28 home win against Glasgow Warriors. Racing Metro beat last season’s runner-up Clermont Auvergne 13-9 and Exeter Chiefs defeated Cardiff Blues 44-29.
James Horwill will lead Australia’s bid for an unprecedented third Rugby World Cup title, replacing Rocky Elsom in a surprise move.
Australia will take on New Zealand in this week’s Tri-Nations rugby Test without its two most experienced players after Nathan Sharpe and Matt Giteau were left off the 24-man match squad.
New Zealand beat Australia 23-22 in the final Tri-Nations match to seal an unprecedented clean sweep in the southern hemisphere rugby championship with a record 10th straight win over the Wallabies.
Australia rugby coach Robbie Deans named the following team to play New Zealand in the July 31 Tri- Nations and Bledisloe Cup Test in Melbourne:
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New Zealand picked Joe Rokocoko for a national record 64th appearance on the wing for the July 31 Tri-Nations rugby Test against Australia, which also made two changes for the match in Melbourne.
Australia rugby union selectors named the following team for the Wallabies’ season-opening Test against Samoa on July 17 in Sydney:
Samoa stunned Australia 32-23 to secure what players and coaches said was the Pacific Island team’s greatest rugby victory and signal its potential for further upsets at this year’s World Cup.
Australia made seven changes to its starting lineup for this week’s Tri-Nations rugby opener against South Africa as it tries to rebound from an upset loss to Samoa.