• Bairstow made unbeaten 72 from 44 balls in 85-run win over Ireland• ‘We have an exciting blend but selection is above me,’ he saysJonny Bairstow believes his personal battle to break into England’s one-day side is proof of their Champions Trophy-winn…
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- Latest round provides more miserable results for Australian teams
- New Zealand teams on course for a 25-0 clean sweep this season
All Blacks great Tana Umaga blames Sanzaar’s downsizing saga for the sorry plight of Australian rugby after New Zealand’s utter control of Super Rugby continued with another weekend whitewash.
A 40-33 victory for Umaga’s Blues over the NSW Waratahs in Sydney and the Chiefs’ 46-17 thrashing of the Queensland Reds in New Plymouth extended New Zealand’s collective winning streak over Australian teams in the competition to 23 matches – and 17 this season.
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- Blues beat NSW Waratahs 40-33 at Allianz Stadium
- Lions beat Melbourne Rebels 47-10 at AAMI Park
- Chiefs beat Queensland Reds 46-17 at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
New Zealand’s worst remains a class above Australia’s best after the Blues downed the NSW Waratahs by seven points in their Super Rugby clash in Sydney. A week after keeping Australia’s conference-leading Brumbies tryless in Canberra, the Blues accounted for the Waratahs 40-33 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
Despite sitting last in the cut-throat New Zealand conference, the Blues buried the Waratahs to extend the Kiwi dominance over Australian opposition to 17 wins from as many trans-Tasman encounters in 2017 and dealt their opponents’ finals hopes a potentially fatal blow.
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• Huddersfield 21-26 Castleford
This was a crucial win for Castleford, who extended their lead at the top of Super League and showed they have the squad depth to be genuine title contenders this season.
While their absentee list was not necessarily extensive here, Castleford were shorn of Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker and Mike McMeeken as the England trio prepare for the Test against Samoa in Sydney.
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• Sydney Roosters assistant joins club on two-and-a-half year deal
• Australian Holbrook replaces sacked Keiron Cunningham
St Helens have confirmed the appointment of Justin Holbrook as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half year contract.
The Saints have been looking for a coach since the departure of Keiron Cunningham last month. A three-man coaching team of Derek Traynor, Jamahl Lolesi and the former Great Britain half-back Sean Long had been in temporary charge.
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• Salford winger pleads guilty but disputes severity of the charge
• Charge followed incident in the Challenge Cup tie against Toronto Wolfpack
Salford are to launch an internal investigation after the winger Justin Carney was banned for eight matches after pleading guilty to a charge of racial abuse.
The 28-year-old was involved in an incident in the Challenge Cup tie against Toronto Wolfpack and was issued with a charge of verbal abuse based on race/colour by the Rugby Football League’s disciplinary panel.
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