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All Blacks win Rugby Championship

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LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) Captain Richie McCaw marked his record-equaling 133rd match for the All Blacks by leading them to a 34-13 win over Argentina Saturday which clinched victory in the Rugby Championship for the third consecutive year.

New Zealand scored four tries to one to claim the bonus point that ensured it takes an unassailable six-point lead into next weekend's final round match against South Africa, which had earlier beat Australia 28-10 to briefly stay in contention.

Beauden Barrett, playing for the omitted Aaron Cruden, kicked 14 points to maintain the All Blacks' record as the only team to have won the Rugby Championship in the three years of its existence.

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Stuart Lancaster signs new England deal

LONDON (AP) Coach Stuart Lancaster and his staff will lead England into 2020 after signing six-year contract extensions on Wednesday.

Assistant coaches Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt will also continue to backup Lancaster past the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. (MORE)

Springboks recall hooker Bismarck

JOHANNESBURG (AP) South Africa recalled hooker Bismarck du Plessis to its starting team for the last round of the Rugby Championship against New Zealand and gave No. 8 Duane Vermeulen more time to recover from a rib injury.

Du Plessis' return in Wednesday's team selection in place of Adriaan Strauss is the one definite change to the run-on 15 following the Springboks' 28-10 win over Australia. (MORE)

England prop Corbisiero ruled out

LONDON (AP) England prop Alex Corbisiero will miss the November tests after tearing a ligament in his shoulder, deepening the team's front-row problems ahead of matches against the southern hemisphere powers.

Corbisiero's club, Northampton, says Tuesday that the 26-year-old Corbisiero will be out "until early 2015," meaning he could return for the Six Nations tournament. (MORE)

England and Lions prop Sheridan retires

(AP) -- Former England and British Lions loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan retired from rugby on Tuesday because of a neck injury, his management company said.

Sheridan hurt his neck in action for Toulon, had surgery in February, but hasn't recovered. (MORE)

South Africa beat Australia 28-10

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) South Africa rallied for a 28-10 win over Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday to keep its 22-year winning record against the Wallabies at Newlands intact - and keep alive slim hopes of claiming the title.

The Springboks produced waves of late pressure to score three tries and 20 points in the last 10 minutes, coming from behind to race away for a bonus-point win. (MORE)

Russia beat Uruguay 22-21 in qualifier

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (AP) Russia barely held off Uruguay 22-21 in the fight for the last 2015 Rugby World Cup berth, with the winner unhappy and the loser satisfied on Saturday.

After enduring near-freezing conditions in Siberia, Uruguay was happy to take a one-point deficit home for what should be a much warmer second leg before far more backing in Montevideo on Oct. 11. (MORE)


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