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Carter to join French club Racing Metro

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter confirmed Thursday he will end his test career after next year's World Cup and join French club Racing Metro on a deal that could make him rugby's highest-paid player. (MORE)

Smith rejoins All Blacks coaching staff

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Former assistant Wayne Smith will rejoin the All Blacks' coaching staff ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup as a defense specialist. (MORE)

Lock Horwill to join Harlequins

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Former Wallaby captain James Horwill will join English club Harlequins after next year's Rugby World Cup. (MORE)

Ireland has 4 warmup tests for World Cup

DUBLIN (AP) Ireland will play four warmup tests for the Rugby World Cup next year, the last against England at Twickenham two weeks before its tournament opener. (MORE)

Wales announce pre-Rugby World Cup plans

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Wales' preparations for next year's Rugby World Cup will involve a double-header against Ireland, an international against Italy and a training camp in the extreme July heat of Qatar. (MORE)

Hansen extends term as All Blacks coach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Steve Hansen's term as All Blacks head coach has been extended by two years, ensuring he will be in charge when the British and Irish Lions tour New Zealand in 2017. (MORE)

SAfrica beat NZ to lead Sevens series

PORT ELIZABTH, South Africa (AP) South Africa retained its home sevens title by edging New Zealand 26-17 in a stirring final and taking the lead in the sevens rugby world series on Sunday. (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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Uale Mai has withdrawn from Samoa's rugby sevens squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to take up a playing contract in Spain.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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