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Hurricanes beat Sharks 41-0 in Super Rugby quarter

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The Wellington-based Hurricanes booked a place in Super Rugby's semifinals for the second straight year when they crushed South Africa's Sharks 41-0 on Saturday in a quarterfinal played in hurricane-force winds. (MORE)

Canberra Raiders into NRL's top 4 for 1st time in decade

SYDNEY (AP) Canberra moved into the National Rugby League's top four for the first time in more than a decade with a 26-22 extra-time win over the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday. (MORE)

Highlanders advance in Super Rugby with 15-9 win over ACT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Winger Waisake Naholo and No. 8 Liam Squire scored the only tries of the match and the Highlanders defended strongly late in the second half for a 15-9 win over the ACT Brumbies in a Super Rugby quarterfinal Friday. (MORE)

Kiwi teams target clean sweep of Super Rugby quarterfinals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Super Rugby's quarterfinals this weekend contain the scenario for tournament organizers that all four semifinal places could go to New Zealand teams. (MORE)

Crusaders hit by injuries ahead of Super Rugby quarterfinals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The Christchurch-based Crusaders have lost Fiji star Nemani Nadolo and All Blacks prop Joe Moody to injuries ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Lions in Johannesburg. (MORE)

All Blacks flanker Messam ruled out of Super Rugby playoffs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Super Rugby organizers SANZAAR have ruled All Blacks flanker Liam Messam ineligible to play for the Chiefs in the tournament playoffs which start this weekend. (MORE)

Storm moves into 1st place in NRL with win over Newcastle

SYDNEY (AP) Melbourne Storm moved level with Cronulla on points and into first place on score differential in the National Rugby League with a 20-16 win over Newcastle on Sunday, handing the Knights their 11th loss in a row. (MORE)

Australia men, Fiji women win Olympics 7s berths

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) The Australian men's and Fiji women's teams claimed places in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Olympics by winning their finals at the Oceania regional qualifying tournament on Sunday. (MORE)

England beat Kiwis 20-14 to win rugby league series

WIGAN, England (AP) England won a rugby league series against top-ranked New Zealand for the first time in eight years when it took an exhilarating third and deciding test 20-14 on Saturday. (MORE)

Samoa, Australia unbeaten at Oceania Olympic 7s

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Australia and Samoa were unbeaten on the first day of the Oceania Olympic rugby sevens qualifying tournament on Saturday and remain headed for a showdown to decide which will claim a place at next year's Rio de Janiero games. (MORE)