Southern Hemisphere (rugby)

Merciless McCaw wants wounded Wallaby scalps

Richie McCaw, just about the finest player in the 17-year history of professional rugby union and a World Cup-winning captain to boot, has never been one to get ahead of himself – hence his understandable decision to concentrate body and soul on today's Bledisloe Cup game with Australia rather than cast his mind forward to the task of chasing down those titans from… wait for it… Lithuania.

Bryan Redpath admits John Mitchell appointment leaves him undermined

Bryan Redpath, yet to win a Premiership game as head coach at Sale since making a deeply controversial switch from Gloucester at the end of last season, tacitly admitted yesterday that his role will be diluted if and when John Mitchell, one of the big hitters in world rugby, joins the club on a full-time basis.

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Tearful Cipriani makes early Melbourne exit

Danny Cipriani wept when he informed his Super 15 clubmates in Melbourne that he would be leaving town ahead of schedule and returning to England to start preparing for the resurrection of his international career.