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Southland Accept Two Pre-Season Challenges

Southland Accept Two Pre-Season Challenges

Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - Southland have accepted two Ranfurly Shield challenges ahead of next year's Air NZ Cup rugby competition.

They are to put the shield on the line against Heartland provinces North Otago and Wanganui in Invercargill on July 9 and 23 respectively.

Downcast Bond Stomaches Another Setback

Downcast Bond Stomaches Another Setback

Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - Barely three days after Shane Bond's resurrection as a test cricketer began triumphantly, the blight on the fast bowler's chequered career materialised, seemingly on cue.

Knights To Christen New Venue

Knights To Christen New Venue

The Northern Knights head up State Highway One to take on the Auckland Aces, in round four of the Plunket Shield starting on Thursday. The Knights have been based in Hamilton this week.

Phoenix Accept Muscat's Three-match Ban

Phoenix Accept Muscat's Three-match Ban

Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - A-League soccer club Wellington Phoenix has accepted the three-match ban imposed on defender Manny Muscat.

Crockett Rises Again After San Siro Nightmare

London, Dec 1 NZPA - It was a brutal lesson in test rugby, but All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett is glad he went through it.

Injured Bond Ruled Out Of Pakistan Series

Injured Bond Ruled Out Of Pakistan Series

Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - Shane Bond's test cricket comeback has lasted just one match after New Zealand's premier pace bowler was today ruled out of the remainder of the current series against Pakistan because of an abdominal tear.

Bond Ruled Out Of Test Series With Abdominal Injury

New Zealand Cricket has advised that BLACKCAPS strike bowler Shane Bond will not be available for the second and third Test matches in the current National Bank Series against Pakistan.

IRB Announce Recipients Of The Vernon Pugh Award For Distinguished Service And Development Award

IRB Announce Recipients Of The Vernon Pugh Award For Distinguished Service And Development Award

The International Rugby Board has announced that Noel Murphy has been awarded the Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service and Chia-Seng Lin the IRB Development Award.

Cooper Returning To Taranaki

Cooper Returning To Taranaki

Wellington, Dec 1 NZPA - Colin Cooper has announced he will resume his old role as Taranaki head rugby coach in 2011 when his time at the Hurricanes comes to an end .

O'Brien Cleared For Second Test Availability

O'Brien Cleared For Second Test Availability

BLACKCAPS bowler Iain O'Brien is expected to be available for the second Test against Pakistan, starting in Wellington on Thursday.

O'Brien suffered a dislocation of the middle finger of his right hand during the first Test in Dunedin.