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Injured Cruden likely to miss World Cup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden will likely miss this year's Rugby World Cup after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a Super Rugby match on Friday. (MORE)

Waratahs end Hurricanes unbeaten run

(AP) -- The defending champion New South Wales Waratahs ended the Hurricanes' seven-match unbeaten start to the Super Rugby season on Saturday, winning 29-24 in a thrilling match in which both teams scored four tries. (MORE)

Chiefs beat Crusaders 26-9 to go top

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Backrower Michael Leitch scored one try and created another as the Chiefs beat the Crusaders 26-9 Friday to move atop the table in Super Rugby. (MORE)

Hurricanes host Waratahs in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The New South Wales Waratahs will face the Wellington-based Hurricanes in the 10th round of Super Rugby on Saturday in a match that may measure the gulf between the tournament's defending champions and the leading aspirant to their title. (MORE)

Flyhalf Foley signs new ARU contract

SYDNEY (AP) Wallabies and New South Wales flyhalf Bernard Foley has signed a three-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union that will also allow him to play in Japan. (MORE)

Highlanders beat Crusaders 25-20

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) The Dunedin-based Highlanders scored three tries in a 10-minute spell astride halftime, rallying from 14-3 down on Saturday to beat the Crusaders 25-20 in Super Rugby. (MORE)

Saint-Andre to leave after World Cup

PARIS (AP) The French rugby federation is looking for candidates to replace France coach Philippe Saint-Andre after the World Cup. (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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Uale Mai has withdrawn from Samoa's rugby sevens squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to take up a playing contract in Spain.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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