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Barbarians Return - The invitational All-Star side, the Barbarians, have reappeared in a three-match series, the first of which was played yesterday when they beat the Classic Wallabies 26-24 in Lismore, Australia. The contest served as a prep match for this Saturday's non-Test game against Australia in Allianz Stadium, Sydney. On November 4, the Barbarians will meet the All Blacks in Twickenham, England to celebrate New Zealand 's 125-years of rugby.
Alan Jones, former Wallaby coach, coaches the side. Nicknamed the Baa-Baas, the team traditionally plays in black and white hoops while players wear socks from their own club. The "Try of the Century" is from the 1999 Baa-Baas match versus the All Blacks, a must view for those who have not yet seen it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwCbG4I0QyA.
Five Inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame - The USA's Phaidra Knight along with four other rugby greats will be inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame in a ceremony in London, November 10. The selected five are Felipe Contepomi (Argentina), Al Charron (Canada), Rob Andrew (England), Fabien Pelous (France) and Knight. She earned 35-caps and played in three Women's World Cups. Congratulations to Phaidra.
New Sevens League for Europe? - World Rugby with IMG as a partner is reviewing possible plans for a European, six-city sevens league similar to the on-the-table USA proposal of Super 7s. The latter was previewed at the Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship a few years ago, consisting of four-quarters of twelve-minutes each to constitute a game. World Rugby would commence this league in August after the end of the HSBC ten-city, Sevens World Series. IMG has a proved history introducing radical changes to traditional sports when it started the Indian Premier League Twenty 20 model, which offered a one-day cricket match.
Rugby League World Cup - The fifteenth Rugby League World Cup began with a first round match between Australia, defending champion, and England in Melbourne. The Kangaroos won 18-4. The Cup is contested by fourteen-nations that include, Australia, England, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Wales, Samoa, Fiji, USA, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Tonga, France, and Lebanon. The first Cup was in 1954. Since then, Australia have won ten titles, Great Britain three, and New Zealand one. This year's host nations are Australia, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand. Canada and the USA will host the 2025 event. Six matches will take place on Saturday and Sunday.