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England rugby defense coach leaves for club job

LONDON (AP) One of the key assistants of England rugby coach Eddie Jones has left his job with the national team to take up a role at club level. (MORE)

All Blacks prop Owen Franks receives 2-match Super Rugby ban

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks prop Owen Franks has been suspended for two matches for striking but will be available for New Zealand's first test against France on June 9. (MORE)

Dragons score late try, stay in 1st in National Rugby League

SYDNEY (AP) A 50-meter try from St. George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty with 10 minutes remaining gave the Dragons a 25-18 win over the Canberra Raiders and a two-point first-place lead in Australia's National Rugby League. (MORE)

Waratahs end Aussie drought and Lions win in Super Rugby

(AP) -- The long drought for Australian Super Rugby teams against New Zealand opposition was ended emphatically on Saturday while the last-place Sunwolves won back-to-back games for the first time ever and the Lions returned to winning ways to revive their stuttering title challenge. (MORE)

Sam Whitelock to lead All Blacks against France

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Lock Sam Whitelock will captain the All Blacks in the three-test series against France next month in the absence of Keiran Read who is recovering from back surgery. (MORE)

Lam double as Hurricanes beat Reds 38-34 in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Winger Ben Lam scored his 13th and 14th tries to close on the season record of 15 as the Hurricanes beat the Queensland Reds 38-34 in Super Rugby on Friday. (MORE)

Rebels release England-bound former captain Nic Stirzaker

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Melbourne Rebels have released former captain Nic Stirzaker, who will leave the Super Rugby team to play in England for Bristol. (MORE)