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Hooper ban 1 week, able to face Kiwis

SYDNEY (AP) Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper will play in Saturday's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks after a Sanzar appeals committee dismissed an attempt to stiffen his recent ban for foul play. (MORE)

Aussie Simmons to miss final vs. NZ

SYDNEY (AP) Wallabies lock Rob Simmons will miss the Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks on Saturday because of a wrist injury which requires surgery. (MORE)

Kerr-Barlow returns to All Blacks squad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow recovered from injury to reclaim a place in the All Blacks squad named Sunday for tests against Australia over the next two weekends. (MORE)

Manly shocks leaders Brisbane

SYDNEY (AP) Manly's players delivered a stinging rebuke to their board of directors only four days after the sacking of head coach Geoff Toovey when they crushed Brisbane 44-14 on Saturday in the 21st round of Australia's National Rugby League. (MORE)

Aussie Giteau on roster to face Kiwis

SYDNEY (AP) Matt Giteau has recovered from a sternum injury and been included in an extended 31-man Australia squad for the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand. (MORE)

Samoa, Fiji reach Pacific Nations final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Samoa will face Fiji in the final of the Pacific Nations Cup after both pulled off narrow victories on Wednesday; Samoa scoring a last-second try to edge Canada 21-20 and Fiji holding out Japan 27-22. (MORE)

Study: Health issues not linked to rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Researchers say they have been unable to find any definitive links between rugby and long-term physical and psychological health problems in former players. (MORE)

Springbok's Smit out of Autumn series

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Captain John Smit will miss South Africa's end-of-season Grand Slam rugby tour to Britain and Ireland after undergoing a back operation. (MORE)

Elsom confident ahead of Hong Kong test

HONG KONG (AP) Australia may have lost 10 straight matches to New Zealand to break a 63-year record, but captain Rocky Elsom still believes the All Blacks can be beaten in their final Bledisloe Cup game of the season next month. (MORE)

Mai out of Samoa's sevens squad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Uale Mai has withdrawn from Samoa's rugby sevens squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to take up a playing contract in Spain. (MORE)

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