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Stormers beat Lions 18-3 in Super Rugby

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) The Stormers snapped a five-match losing streak and lifted themselves off the foot of the Super Rugby table as they breezed to an 18-3 victory over the Lions on Saturday. (MORE)

Leaders Sharks beat Cheetahs 19-8

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) The Sharks consolidated their lead at the top of the Super Rugby table as they beat the Cheetahs 19-8 in a drab South African derby on Saturday. (MORE)

Waratahs beat Bulls 19-12 in Super Rugby

SYDNEY (AP) The New South Wales Waratahs beat the Bulls for the first time in nine years as they held on for a 19-12 result in Super Rugby on Saturday. (MORE)

Crusaders edge Chiefs 18-17

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Flyhalf Colin Slade kicked six goals, taking advantage of a one-sided penalty count, to boost the Crusaders to an 18-17 win over defending champions the Chiefs in Super Rugby on Saturday. (MORE)

Wallabies see tour as World Cup warm-up

SYDNEY (AP) Ewen McKenzie will use the November tour to Europe to fine-tune his Wallabies for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with clashes against group rivals England and Wales highlighting a five-match program. (MORE)

Carter targets World Cup curtain call

LONDON (AP) Dan Carter has unfinished business at the Rugby World Cup. (MORE)

Nucifora given Ireland director role

DUBLIN (AP) Former Australia hooker David Nucifora has been hired as Ireland's new performance director, a wide-ranging role that will see him take responsibility for the country's national game at both domestic and international level. (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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Uale Mai has withdrawn from Samoa's rugby sevens squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to take up a playing contract in Spain.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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