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All Blacks seal important signatures for post-World Cup WELLINGTON: Flyhalf Beauden Barrett and scrumhalves Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara are the latest All Blacks to commit to New Zealand rugby until after next year's World Cup, New Zealand Rugby Union said on Saturday. Smith, who has cemented himself as the All Blacks' first-choice scrumhalf since his 2012 debut, Perenara, who made his test debut this year, and Barrett have all signed through until the end of 2016, the NZRU said in a statement. Experienced prop Tony Woodcock, who has 110 caps for the All Blacks, has also been signed through until after the global showpiece in England next year. Tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina and utility back Tom Taylor have also signed through until 2015. "It's great news for the All Blacks and New Zealand rugby, especially with a large number of talented, young players re-committing to the country," All Blacks ...

Perera strikes twice to put Sri Lanka in command COLOMBO: Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera struck twice in one over to dent South Africa's hopes of getting close to Sri Lanka's first innings total as the hosts pushed for a series-levelling win in the second test on SaturdaySouth Africa, who resumed on 98 for three, went to third day lunch on 163-5 with captain Hashim Amla holding up one end with a defiant unbeaten 77 and JP Duminy on three. The tourists trailed by 258 at ...

Italy administrator caught up in racism row ROME: Carlo Tavecchio, the favourite to become the next Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president, has been caught up in a racism storm after referring to African players as "banana eaters".The influx of foreign players has been a hot topic since the national team crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage and 71-year-old Tavecchio suggested Italy should replicate England's stringent requirements for non-EU players."In England, they identify the players coming in and, if ...

Centurion Amla resists rampant Sri Lanka attack COLOMBO: Skipper Hashim Amla scored his 22nd test hundred to take South Africa safely past the follow-on mark but Sri Lanka retained control of the second test after capturing two more wickets in Saturday's afternoon session.Amla went to tea on the third day on 119 not out scored off exactly 300 balls (12 fours) with South Africa on 234 for seven wickets, trailing by 187 with three wickets in hand.Dale Steyn was the other not ...

Crusaders rout Sharks to reach Super Rugby final WELLINGTON: The Canterbury Crusaders methodically ground down the Sharks to score four second half tries and canter to a 38-6 victory in Christchurch on Saturday that propelled them to their first Super Rugby final in three years.Crusaders captain Kieran Read, wingers Nemani Nadolo and Johnny McNicholl, scrumhalf Willi Heinz and flanker Matt Todd all scored tries for the home side, who dominated throughout and held the visitors scoreless in the second half.All Blacks flyhalf Dan ...

Lallana injury doubt for Liverpool LONDON: New signing Adam Lallana could miss the start of the season for Liverpool after sustaining a knee injury in training in the United States, the club said on SaturdayThe 26-year-old midfielder, who moved to Anfield from Southampton earlier this month strained a ligament during a session at the Reds' Harvard University training base in Boston.There was no word on how long he would be sidelined for, but such injuries can result in a spell ...

Perera double-strike rocks South Africa COLOMBO: Dilruwan Perera grabbed two wickets in three balls to push South Africa on the backfoot despite an unbeaten 77 by captain Hashim Amla in the second Test against Sri Lanka Saturday.The off-spinner got rid of AB de Villiers for 37 and Quinton de Kock for a duck after South Africa resumed at their overnight 98-3 at the SSC ground in Colombo.At lunch, the visitors were 163-5, trailing Sri Lanka by 258 runs in the ...


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