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Beale dropped for Springboks match

PERTH, Australia (AP) Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has abandoned the experiment of using Kurtley Beale at flyhalf and named the New South Wales Waratahs halves pairing of Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against South Africa. (MORE)

Sydney Convicts win Bingham Cup

SYDNEY (AP) The Sydney Convicts beat the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0 Sunday to win the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament that attracted 24 teams from 15 countries and 1,000 players and supporters to Sydney. (MORE)

ARU launch anti-discrimination policy

SYDNEY (AP) World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Friday for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament. (MORE)

McCabe confirms he has retired

SYDNEY (AP) Wallabies utility back Pat McCabe has confirmed he's retiring from rugby after injuring his neck again during last weekend's 52-10 Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand. (MORE)

Polota-Nau named in Wallabies squad

SYDNEY (AP) Australia has announced a 30-man squad for its next two Rugby Championship matches, including the return of New South Wales Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau. (MORE)

Coach says McCabe retires after injury

SYDNEY (AP) ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says 24-test Wallaby back Pat McCabe has been forced to retire from rugby because of a neck injury suffered in last weekend's 52-10 Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand. (MORE)

Matfield fit to tour with Springboks

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) Victor Matfield has been declared fit to tour in a timely boost for a struggling South African forward pack that faces back-to-back Rugby Championship tests in Australia and New Zealand. (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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Uale Mai has withdrawn from Samoa's rugby sevens squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to take up a playing contract in Spain.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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