Poking the Bear
Wallabies coach baits All Blacks ahead of Bledisloe rematch
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie denies he is "poking a bear with a stick" by challenging New Zealand to play at its best in Saturday's Rugby Championships test at Eden Park. Australia drew confidence from last weekend's 12-12 draw with New Zealand in Sydney and McKenzie epitomized their bullish attitude when he baited the All Blacks at a news conference Friday. Full Story.(Photo: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
With a second-place finish at the women's rugby World Cup, Canada showed it deserved a place among the sport's elite teams. Figuring out how to stay there is the next challenge, and it could be a big one. The Canadian women's team received unprecedented exposure during its run to the final of the World Cup, which ended in a tough 21-9 loss to England on Sunday. Full Story.
Emily Scarratt scored 16 points, including a crucial late try, as England defeated Canada 21-9 Sunday in the final of the women's rugby World Cup. It was Canada's first appearance in the World Cup final, while England won its second title. Canadian Magali Harvey was named the IRB women's player of the year after the game. Full Story.