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Injured Nonu to miss rest of season

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks center Ma'a Nonu will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken arm during New Zealand's Rugby Championships win over South Africa on Saturday.

Nonu suffered the injury in the first half of the test at Wellington and didn't return after halftime in a match which the All Blacks won 14-10.

The injury means Nonu will miss New Zealand's remaining Rugby Championships matches against Argentina at La Plata on Sept. 27 and South Africa at Johannesburg on Oct. 5. He will also miss New Zealand's November tour to the United States and Britain.


Louw ruled out of Rugby Championship

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) South Africa flanker Francois Louw has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship with a pinched nerve in his neck.

The South African Rugby Union says Louw will be sidelined for two months after seeing a specialist on Tuesday. South Africa hasn't yet called up a replacement for the loose forward, a regular starter for the Springboks for several seasons. (MORE)

All Blacks look to Fekitoa

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Malakai Fekitoa has become the frontrunner to replace Ma'a Nonu in the All Blacks midfield against Argentina in the Rugby Championships after injury delayed the return of Ryan Crotty.

Crotty was expected to be fit for New Zealand's Sept. 27 test against Argentina at La Plata but has not yet recovered from a fractured cheekbone and won't be available until the Oct. 4 test against South Africa at Johannesburg. (MORE)

Injured Palu to miss two matches

SYDNEY (AP) Backrower Wycliff Palu will miss Australia's Rugby Championships matches in Argentina and South Africa because of concussion concerns.

Palu missed the Wallabies' 32-25 win over Argentina on the Gold Coast last weekend after sustaining a head knock in the previous week's 24-23 win over South Africa in Perth. (MORE)

Polota-Nau set to miss rest of season

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Australia front rower Tatafu Polota-Nau will likely miss the rest of the season and may require left ankle surgery after sustaining the injury in Australia's 32-25 Rugby Championship win Saturday over Argentina.

Polata-Nau's return to the Wallabies' lineup after a right knee injury lasted until halftime, with the 50-test hooker appearing to struggle with the ankle injury before being replaced. (MORE)

Wallabies hold off Pumas to win 32-25

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) The Wallabies completed back-to-back wins with nerve-jangling finishes to stay in contention in the Rugby Championship, holding off a storming finish from Argentina on Saturday for a 32-25 victory.

Skipper Michael Hooper crossed for tries at the start of each half and Australia built a 29-13 lead with 20 minutes remaining. But the Pumas rallied with tries from Marcelo Bosch and Joaquin Tuculet and got themselves into a position to draw the match with a last-minute scrum five yards out, under the posts. (MORE)

Pumas looking for elusive victory

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Two new wingers in the side and encouraging recent performances have fostered some optimism in the Argentina camp that the Pumas can claim their first win in the Rugby Championship when they play Australia on Saturday.

Since joining the original Tri-Nations countries, expanding the competition to four teams, Argentina's best result has been a 16-16 draw with South Africa. The Pumas have lost their other 14 matches and been outscored by the opposition by 250 points. (MORE)

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