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Crusaders, Waratahs advance to Super Rugby semifinals

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) The New South Wales Waratahs scored three tries in seven minutes in a spectacular second-half comeback to beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders 30-23 Saturday and join defending champions the Crusaders and the Wellington-based Hurricanes in Super Rugby's semifinals. (MORE)

No major upsets with new format at Rugby World Cup Sevens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The new knockout format didn't claim any major upset victims during the first day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Friday. (MORE)

Hurricanes beat Chiefs 32-31 to reach Super Rugby semis

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The Wellington-based Hurricanes scored a try in the first minute, then repelled a series of attempted comebacks with two tries to scrumhalf T.J. Perenara to beat the Hamilton-based Chiefs 32-31 Friday to reach the Super Rugby semifinals. (MORE)

New knockout format at RWC 7s will up pressure on big guns

(AP) -- The path to the Rugby World Cup Sevens title is the shortest ever. (MORE)

NRL's Roosters sign winger English winger Ryan Hall

SYDNEY (AP) The Sydney Roosters have signed English test winger Ryan Hall to a two-year National Rugby League contract beginning next season as a replacement for the departing Blake Ferguson. (MORE)

Crusaders start playoffs as big Super Rugby title favorites

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The start of this weekend's Super Rugby playoffs are expected to be the first of three formalities completed before the trophy is presented, again, to the Christchurch-based Crusaders. (MORE)

Former Wales, Lions captain Warburton retires from rugby

(AP) -- Sam Warburton, a former Wales and two-time British and Irish Lions captain, announced his retirement from rugby for health reasons at the age of 29 on Wednesday, ending the career of one of the country's greatest and most popular players. (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)