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RugbyU: Celtic League table

Celtic League table after Friday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points): Leinster 20 15 1 4 517 319 12 74 Ulster 20 14 0 6 431 280 9 65 Glasgow 19 15 0 4 355 259 4 64 Munster 19 14 0 5 434 285 7 63 Ospreys 19 11 1 7 479 328 10 56 Scarlets 19 9 1 9 361 383 7 45 Edinburgh 18 7 0 11 325 393 7 35 Connacht 19 6 0 13 313 410 10 34

RugbyU: Castres stay on play-off course as Teulet signs off

Defending champions Castres stayed on course for the French Top 14 play-offs Friday with veteran full-back Romain Teulet enjoying an emotional farewell at the Pierre-Antoine stadium which has been his home for 13 years. Castres edged current leaders Montpellier 22-15 to go into fourth place in the standings on the penultimate weekend of the regular season. South African scrum-half Rory Kockott and opposite number Benoit Paillaugue exchanged first-half penalties before Castres scored what turned out to be the only try of the night.

RugbyU: Celtic League results

Celtic League results on Friday: Glasgow 27 Ulster 9 Leinster 62 Benetton Treviso 7 Playing Saturday (1400GMT unless stated) Connacht v Munster Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys (1545GMT) Zebre v Edinburgh Sunday Cardiff Blues v Scarlets (1300GMT) afp

RugbyU: English Premiership result

English Premiership result on Friday: Harlequins 24 Leicester 20 Playing Saturday (1400GMT unless stated) Bath v Worcester Exeter v Sale Wasps v Gloucester (1415GMT) Playing Sunday Newcastle v Saracens Northampton v London Irish (1300GMT) afp

RugbyU: French Top 14 results

French Top 14 results on Friday: Castres 22 Montpellier 15 Saturday Oyonnax v Toulouse, Perpignan v Toulon, Biarritz v Brive, Grenoble v Bayonne, Racing Metro v Clermont, Stade Francais v Bordeaux afp

RugbyU: Wellington Hurricanes 39, Auckland Blues 20

Result of a Super 15 match between the Wellington Hurricanes and Auckland Blues in Wellington on Friday: Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 39 Auckland Blues (NZL) 20 (h-t: 13-17) Scorers Hurricanes - Tries: Alapati Leiua, Julian Savea, TJ Perenara, Conrad Smith, Motu Matu'u. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (4). Penalties: Barrett (2) Blues - Try: George Moala, Penalty try. Conversions: Chris Noakes, Benji Marshall. Penalties: Noakes, Marshall Referee: Nick Briant (NZL) afp

RugbyU: Ex-All Black Reihana retires

Former All Blacks full-back Bruce Reihana announced his retirement on Thursday after the 38-year-old revealed that his contract with French side Bordeaux Begles was not being renewed. The announcement was not a surprise as Reihana, who played two Tests in 2000 before featuring for the New Zealand sevens team, had been sidelined with a serious knee ligament injury since October. "I am stopping because my contract isn't being renewed," Reihana told AFP after meeting with Bordeaux president Laurent Marti.

RugbyU: New Zealander Brett joins Lyon ranks

New Zealand fly-half Stephen Brett will join second division leaders Lyon on a two year deal from Bayonne next season. The 28-year-old, who has been capped by the All Blacks at under-21 level, signed with Bayonne one year ago and has made 20 Top 14 appearances, kicking 15 penalties and a conversion. With Lyon 14 points clear at the top of the second division he is almost certain to be plying his trade in the Top 14 next season.

RugbyU: Champions Castres face make or break Montpellier clash

Champions Castres face a crunch home clash with Top 14 leaders Montpellier on Friday with the defence of their title on the line. Castres hold the sixth and last play-off qualification spot -- also the last guaranteed place in next season's European Cup -- but with just two games remaining they are in the firing line of two teams hoping to deny them the chance to extend their campaign.

RugbyU: Tough Easter derbies for Sharks, Chiefs

The Coastal Sharks and defending champions Waikato Chiefs face testing Easter derbies, while Wallaby ace Israel Folau returns to bolster the NSW Waratahs in this weekend's Super 15 rugby. Jake White's Sharks tackle the Central Cheetahs in Durban on Saturday, while the Chiefs host seven-time Super Rugby champions Canterbury Crusaders in a blockbuster New Zealand derby.
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