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Fiji reclaim Hong Kong Sevens title

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HONG KONG (AP) Fiji reclaimed the Hong Kong Sevens title when it routed defending champion New Zealand 33-19 in the final on Sunday.

Fiji blasted to a 21-0 lead in the first half, taking the tension out of the 12th final matchup between the tournament's most successful sides.

Each time New Zealand rallied, Fiji had a reply, and even denied New Zealand the last say when Fiji's Vatemo Ravouvou and Apisai Domolailai bundled out Rieko Ioane just shy of the left corner flag.

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34-year-old Sinfield to switch codes

LEEDS, England (AP) Kevin Sinfield, one of Britain's top rugby league players, will switch codes at the end of the season after agreeing to an 18-month deal with an English second-tier club in rugby union.

The 34-year-old Sinfield will end his 19-year association with Leeds Rhinos to play for Yorkshire Carnegie, which shares the same stadium in northern England. (MORE)

Francois Steyn banned for five weeks

SYDNEY (AP) Former Springbok Francois Steyn has been banned for five weeks after SANZAR appealed against the outcome of one of its own disciplinary hearings, which initially cleared Steyn of making a dangerous tackle in Super Rugby.

Steyn was sent off for a tip tackle on All Blacks fylhalf Aaron Cruden in the round-six game between the Sharks and the Chiefs on March 21. (MORE)

North knocked out again in club rugby

(AP) -- Wales winger George North was knocked out for the second time in less than two months while playing for his Northampton club on Friday.

After scoring his second try in a 52-30 win over Wasps in the English Premiership, North's head was hit by the knee of Wasps forward Nathan Hughes, who was sent off. (MORE)

London Welsh relegation confirmed

LONDON (AP) With 18 straight defeats and just one point, London Welsh's relegation from English rugby's top flight was confirmed Sunday as the team remained on course to finish with the lowest points total in the division's 28-year history.

A 29-14 loss to Bath ensured London Welsh's return to the second tier with four rounds still to play in the English Premiership. (MORE)

Bulls top Crusaders 31-19 in Super Rugby

(AP) -- The Bulls halted some of the Crusaders' momentum in Super Rugby with a 31-19 win to wrap up round seven and prevent a clean sweep for New Zealand over South African teams on Saturday.

The Bulls were 12-0 up inside 10 minutes at Loftus Versfeld after tries by wing Francois Hougaard and new center Burger Odendaal, who was a late injury replacement. (MORE)

O'Connell voted player of the tournament

DUBLIN (AP) Paul O'Connell has been named the Six Nations' best player, less than a week after leading Ireland to successive championships.

Tournament organizers announced the award on Friday, in a vote decided by the public and match statistics. (MORE)


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