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Rugby news from Sunday, July 15, 2018

- A player collapsed and died at a rugby league match in York on Saturday afternoon (July 14). Max Blakeley, 32, played for the Birkenshaw Bluedogs. They were playing Heworth at their ground on Elmpark Way when the tragedy happened. The game kicked off at 2.30pm. During the half time interval Mr Blakeley collapsed on on the side of the pitch behind the dugout and lost conciousness. Heworth club offi...

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- The Chiefs beat the Hurricanes 28-24 in an epic encounter on Friday night, but one negative was when centre Johnny Fa'auli smashed Hurricanes centre Wes Goosen with a nasty shoulder charge to the head. In what is becoming a recurring event for the Chiefs star, he was once again sent from the field. Fa'auli has developed somewhat of a history when it comes to high head shots. Just last season he p...

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- Wales international Liam Williams is surprised that Saracens team-mate Alex Goode has been constantly overlooked for England selection. The 30-year-old has performed consistently well for the Londoners but has only picked up 21 caps for the Red Rose since making his debut in 2012. And Williams, who has featured 48 times for Warren Gatland’s men, told the BBC that Goode was “the best 15 I have ...

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- Melbourne Rebels'sour end to the Super Rugby season has taken a nasty turn with revelations star player Amanaki Mafi is in New Zealand Police custody and will face charges following an alleged assault on teammate Lopeti Timani. The alleged assault occurred on a night out after the Rebels suffered a heartbreaking 43-37 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday. That defeat — coupled with the...

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- Israel Dagg has ruled himself out of All Blacks contention for the rest of the year after signing a short-term Japan contract. Dagg confirmed he will join the Canon Eagles when his Super Rugby duties finish and return to New Zealand in December. The 66-Test veteran hasn’t played for New Zealand since last September, having been sidelined for long periods by a chronic knee problem. He has made ju...

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- Crusaders full-back Israel Dagg has effectively ruled himself out of All Blacks selection for the rest of the year after agreeing a deal with Japanese side Canon Eagles. Dagg, who has garnered 66 caps for New Zealand, will represent the Eagles when the Crusaders’ Super Rugby season finishes. Canon are currently coached by former South Africa boss Allister Coetzee and their season runs from Augus...

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