Brumbies face Waratahs in Sydney

Henry Speight attacks for the Brumbies against Bundee Aki of the Chiefs. Photo: Skysports

Henry Speight attacks for the Brumbies against Bundee Aki of the Chiefs. Photo: Skysports

Wins for the Sharks and Brumbies on Saturday confirmed the lineup for the 2014 Super Rugby semi-finals next weekend in Christchurch and Sydney.

As the lowest ranked side to make the last four, the Brumbies must travel to Sydney to face the Waratahs, who finished first in the standings at the end of the regular season.

The Sharks meanwhile are heading over to New Zealand to face the Crusaders, who finished in second place.

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Pivac backed for Scarlets job

Wayne Pivac coached the Flying Fijians from 2004 to 2007. Photo: Skysports

Wayne Pivac coached the Flying Fijians from 2004 to 2007. Photo: Skysports

Former Flying Fijians coach Wayne Pivac has received a glowing recommendation to take the Scarlets top job in the RaboDirect Pro12 competition by former Wales back Shane Howarth.

Assistant Scarlets coach Pivac is rumoured to be the front-runner to replace the outgoing Simon Easterby, who has left the side to become Ireland’s new forwards coach.

Pivac selected by the Fiji Rugby Union to coach the Flying Fijians from 2004 preparing for the 2007 Rugby World Cup but left the squad in 2007 a few months away from the French championship.

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Samoan PM confirms NZ Test in Apia

Samoa plays against Tonga in a PNC match last month in Apia. Photo: Moller Images

Samoa plays against Tonga in a PNC match last month in Apia. Photo: Moller Images

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao, has confirmed that the All Blacks will face Samoa in Apia on July 8, 2015.

The Samoan leader revealed the news on his weekly radio programme that a letter confirming the fixture had been received from the NZRU.

The fixture, to be played on a Wednesday, will be the first between the two countries ever to be played in Samoa.

Tuilaepa added that renovations would be carried out on Apia Park ahead of next year’s fixture, with help from overseas.

Given the timing of the fixture, it’s likely to be used as a warm-up match before the Rugby Championship begins, in a busy year before the Rugby World Cup in England.

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Japan a no-brainer for Super Rugby: Eddie

Flying Fijian Sireli Bobo runs away from the Japanese in an earlier PNC match. Photo: Zoom Fiji

Flying Fijian Sireli Bobo runs away from the Japanese in an earlier PNC match. Photo: Zoom Fiji

Japan is the only logical choice for Super Rugby’s expansion into Asia in 2016, the country’s head coach Eddie Jones told AFP on Friday.

Super Rugby will expand from 15 teams to 18 in 2016, with the return of the Kings from South Africa’s Eastern Cape and a team based in Argentina already previously confirmed.

Organisers of SANZAR confirmed earlier this week that Japan and Singapore would battle to fill the final team and a decision will be made in September or October.

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BOD wants Pacific Island stop

Brian O'Driscoll on the British Lions tour last year. Photo: Planet Rugby

Brian O’Driscoll on the British Lions tour last year. Photo: Planet Rugby

British and Irish Lions legend Brian O’Driscoll believes the 2017 tourists should play a fixture in the Pacific Islands en route to New Zealand.

O’Driscoll, who was part of four tours, said that the game should be played instead of one such as 2013’s against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

“It’s probably more of a give than take for the Lions [to play in the Pacific Islands] but it would be great for the people there and it would probably take away from that commercial feel that the Lions are this commercial juggernaut,” he told The Times.

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Nadolo in doubt for Rugby World Cup

Contract dilemma may keep Nadolo from representing Fiji in next year's world cup. Photo: Getty Images

A dual contract dillemma may keep Nadolo from representing Fiji in next year’s world cup. Photo: Getty Images

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo is in doubt to don the national jumper at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, according to a story by Bleacher Report.

The report claims that his dual contract with the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Japanese side NEC Green Rockets will complicate matters on his availability next year.

This is the full story by syndicated columnist Tom Sunderland:

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Glint of gold keeps Ryan focused on Rio

Ben Ryan and wife Natalie. Photo: The Rugby Paper

Ben Ryan and wife Natalie. Photo: The Rugby Paper

Stepping down from the England Sevens head coach role after six years in charge last August, Ben Ryan was set to take a year out and work as a consultant for UK Sport with the dream of leading Team GB to the Rio Olympics in 2016.

But a Skype interview in the middle of the night in his Teddington home turned his world upside down.

In the space of a few weeks, he packed his bags, took his wife Natalie with him and travelled to the other side of the world to become Fiji Sevens head coach.

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