Flanker http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30834/all en RugbyU: Halfpenny promises Welsh revival against France http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/rugbyu-halfpenny-promises-welsh-revival-against-france <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leigh Halfpenny has said talk of a Wales "crisis" is misplaced as they attempt to end their losing streak against France in Paris this weekend.</p> <p>Grand Slam champions Wales saw their hopes of a successful title defence punctured by a 30-22 first round defeat by Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday.</p> <p>One consolation is that France lost as well last weekend, going down 23-18 to Italy in Rome.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/rugbyu-halfpenny-promises-welsh-revival-against-france" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Flanker Leigh Halfpenny Rugby union AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:16:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748136 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: All Blacks skipper McCaw faces switch decision http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130623/rugbyu-all-blacks-skipper-mccaw-faces-switch-decision <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Resting All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was confirmed Sunday to have returned to the side for the first Rugby Championship Test against Australia in August, but not necessarily as openside flanker.</p> <p>The 32-year-old sat out the just concluded 3-0 series win against France and all Super 15 rugby so far this year while on a sabbatical aimed at managing his workload through to the 2015 World Cup.</p> <p>But he is now back in training and on track to return to playing in the near future, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130623/rugbyu-all-blacks-skipper-mccaw-faces-switch-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Flanker Richie McCaw Richie McCaw Rugby union AFP Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:04:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5865018 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: Wallabies expect stung French to fight back http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140613/rugbyu-wallabies-expect-stung-french-fight-back <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rookie captain Michael Hooper said Friday the Wallabies were braced for a fiery French rebound in this weekend's pivotal second Test in Melbourne.</p> <p>Les Bleus have made 10 team changes in reaction to their 50-23 trouncing in Brisbane last week and Hooper said he was expecting a much different French performance on Saturday.</p> <p>Hooper, at 22 the fourth-youngest player to skipper the Wallabies following the serious knee injury to Stephen Moore last week, will be lining up against inspirational French captain and rival openside flanker Thierry Dusautoir.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140613/rugbyu-wallabies-expect-stung-french-fight-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Flanker Rugby union Thierry Dusautoir Thierry Dusautoir AFP Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:18:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6175438 at http://www.globalpost.com