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Parisse Banned For Eight Weeks For Eye Gouging

Wellington, June 28 NZPA - Italian captain Sergio Parisse has been suspended for eight weeks for eye gouging during his team's 6-27 rugby test loss to New Zealand in Christchurch last night.

All Blacks Disappoint In Stuttering Win

All Blacks Disappoint In Stuttering Win

By Daniel Gilhooly of NZPA

Christchurch, June 27 NZPA - The All Blacks stuttered and stalled on the way to an unconvincing 27-6 test rugby win over Italy that failed to ignite chilly Christchurch tonight.

NZ Beat Italy 27-6

NZ Beat Italy 27-6

Christchurch, June 27 NZPA - Result of the rugby test between the All Blacks and Italy at AMI Stadium here tonight:

New Zealand 27 (Joe Rokocoko, Isaac Ross, George Whitelock tries; Luke McAlister 2 pen, 3 con) Italy 6 (Luke McLean 2 pen). Halftime: 13-3.

 

NZ Lead Italy 13-3 At Halftime

NZ Lead Italy 13-3 At Halftime

Christchurch, June 27 NZPA - The All Blacks lead Italy 13-3 at halftime in a rugby test here tonight.

 

Luke Wants To Play Cool Hand In 10

Luke Wants To Play Cool Hand In 10

By Daniel Gilhooly of NZPA

Christchurch, June 27 NZPA - As long as he can sidestep the nerves, Luke McAlister is poised to ignite an All Blacks backline that has spluttered ahead of tonight's rugby test against Italy.

Bond Bowls Back Into The Fold

Bond Bowls Back Into The Fold

Auckland, June 26 NZPA - Former renegade Shane Bond has officially been welcomed back into the fold following the premier fast bowler's inclusion in New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) list of 20 contracted players for the 2009-10 season.

New Zealand Football: Full House For Sixth NZFC

New Zealand Football: Full House For Sixth NZFC

AUCKLAND - All eight existing national league franchises will suit up for the sixth season of the New Zealand Football Championship but the entry of a Phoenix youth/reserve team will have to wait.

Don't Swear Or Spit, Aussie Public Warn Cricketers

NZPA correspondent

Sydney, June 26 NZPA - Australia's cricketers have been sent the message loud and clear by their fans ahead of the Ashes series in England.

Don't sledge, swear or cheat. And, above all, don't spit.

Exiled Bond Officially Back In The Frame

Auckland, June 26 NZPA - Former renegade Shane Bond has officially been welcomed back into the fold following the premier fast bowler's inclusion in New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) list of 20 contracted players for the 2009-10 season.

All Blacks Can't Ease Off

By Daniel Gilhooly of NZPA

Christchurch, June 26 NZPA - Italy represent the easiest test rugby opponents for the All Blacks on this year's calendar but relaxation has been in short supply in Christchurch this week.