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Leali'ifano back on pitch less than year from leukemia fight

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Christian Leali'ifano could make a return to Super Rugby in time for the ACT Brumbies' playoff campaign, less than a year after being diagnosed with leukemia. (MORE)

Gatland calls on Lions to show boldness, flair in 1st test

(AP) -- British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland may have been laying a false scent when he told the last news conference before the first test against New Zealand on Saturday that he wanted his players to be bold and play with flair. (MORE)

Lions manager shoved, heckled at Auckland restaurant

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) British and Irish Lions assistant coach Rob Howley has confirmed tour manager John Spencer was shoved and verbally abused by a drunken patron at an Auckland restaurant on Thursday but said it was "an isolated incident." (MORE)

Injured Thurston out for NRL season and World Cup

TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) Johnathan Thurston will miss the rest of the National Rugby League season and the World Cup to have surgery on his injured right shoulder. (MORE)

Tebaldi recalled among 3 changes for Italy to play Australia

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Italy coach Conor O'Shea has made three changes to the team which was narrowly beaten by Fiji last weekend, bringing scrumhalf Tito Tebaldi into the starting lineup for the first time in three years for its test match Saturday against Australia. (MORE)

Springboks play down revival talk ahead of final France test

(AP) -- If Springboks coach Allister Coetzee is as relieved as South African rugby fans are, he's hidden it well. (MORE)

Ireland makes 6 changes for test against Japan

TOKYO (AP) Ireland coach Joe Schmidt made six changes to his starting lineup to face Japan in Saturday's rugby test, the final of the visitor's three-match summer tour. (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)