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Super Rugby: Defending champions score early, often at Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) The Hurricanes began its defense of their Super Rugby title in emphatic fashion on Saturday, scoring four tries in the first 13 minutes and seven in the first half in a 13-try, 83-17 win over the Sunwolves at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in central Tokyo. (MORE)

Six Nations mismatch as Italy heads to title-chasing England

(AP) -- There's never been so much debate about the worthiness of Italy's place in the Six Nations, so it's hardly ideal timing for the beleaguered Azzurri to be facing title-chasing England in the competition's ultimate mismatch. (MORE)

6N: Moriarty keeping Faletau from Wales start vs Scotland

(AP) -- Even Taulupe Faletau accepts the obvious. Wales' most reliable rugby player for the last six years isn't playing as well as Ross Moriarty. (MORE)

6N: Sexton's return boosts Ireland for France's visit

DUBLIN (AP) Jonathan Sexton did it once. He can do it twice. (MORE)

England limit changes to 4 for Italy in Six Nations

LONDON (AP) Coach Eddie Jones resisted the temptation for wholesale reform by limiting England's changes to four for the Six Nations match against last-placed Italy on Sunday at Twickenham. (MORE)

Chiefs beat Highlanders in Super Rugby's NZ season opener

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) Winger James Lowe scored two intercept tries in the first half to set the Chiefs on course to a 24-15 win over the Highlanders in a crucial New Zealand derby in the first round of Super Rugby. (MORE)

Best and Sexton return to Ireland rugby team

DUBLIN (AP) Ireland captain Rory Best and flyhalf Jonathan Sexton have returned to the team for the Six Nations match against France in Dublin on Saturday. (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)