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All Blacks captain Kieran Read to undergo back surgery

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks captain Kieran Read will undergo surgery to repair a prolapsed lumbar disc in his back and will make a delayed return to rugby in the 2018 season. (MORE)

Australia bids for Rugby World Cups, launches women's league

SYDNEY (AP) Rugby Australia announced plans to bid for the women's and men's World Cups on the same day it launched a national women's competition. (MORE)

Wales star Faletau set to miss 6 Nations after knee injury

BATH, England (AP) Wales No. 8 Taulupe Faletau will likely miss the Six Nations after tearing a ligament in his left knee. (MORE)

Raelene Castle appointed as Rugby Australia CEO

SYDNEY (AP) Raelene Castle will take over as chief executive officer at Rugby Australia next month, becoming the first woman to lead one of the major national unions in world rugby. (MORE)

Wales captain Warburton will miss entire rugby season

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Wales captain Sam Warburton will miss the entire northern rugby season following knee surgery. (MORE)

Laporte investigation files handed to French justice

PARIS (AP) French sports minister Laura Flessel has given justice officials the conclusions of an investigation into an alleged conflict of interest involving French rugby federation president Bernard Laporte. (MORE)

Wales edges Springboks 24-22 to likely end Coetzee reign

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) The Springboks came back. Allister Coetzee wants to as well. (MORE)

Australia men, Fiji women win Olympics 7s berths

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) The Australian men's and Fiji women's teams claimed places in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Olympics by winning their finals at the Oceania regional qualifying tournament on Sunday. (MORE)

England beat Kiwis 20-14 to win rugby league series

WIGAN, England (AP) England won a rugby league series against top-ranked New Zealand for the first time in eight years when it took an exhilarating third and deciding test 20-14 on Saturday. (MORE)

Samoa, Australia unbeaten at Oceania Olympic 7s

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Australia and Samoa were unbeaten on the first day of the Oceania Olympic rugby sevens qualifying tournament on Saturday and remain headed for a showdown to decide which will claim a place at next year's Rio de Janiero games. (MORE)