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Wallaby prop James Slipper banned for positive cocaine test

SYDNEY (AP) Australia test prop and Queensland Reds captain James Slipper has been suspended for two months for twice testing positive for cocaine. (MORE)

Crusaders, Hurricanes contest 1st place in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Players who were allies during the week will become adversaries again when the Christchurch-based Crusaders and Wellington-based Hurricanes contest first place in Super Rugby in a 15th-round match on Friday. (MORE)

Scotland captain Barclay has op on ruptured Achilles tendon

LLANELLI, Wales (AP) Scotland captain John Barclay will not play rugby until at least the end of the year after surgery on a ruptured left Achilles tendon. (MORE)

England rugby defense coach leaves for club job

LONDON (AP) One of the key assistants of England rugby coach Eddie Jones has left his job with the national team to take up a role at club level. (MORE)

All Blacks prop Owen Franks receives 2-match Super Rugby ban

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks prop Owen Franks has been suspended for two matches for striking but will be available for New Zealand's first test against France on June 9. (MORE)

Dragons score late try, stay in 1st in National Rugby League

SYDNEY (AP) A 50-meter try from St. George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty with 10 minutes remaining gave the Dragons a 25-18 win over the Canberra Raiders and a two-point first-place lead in Australia's National Rugby League. (MORE)

Waratahs end Aussie drought and Lions win in Super Rugby

(AP) -- The long drought for Australian Super Rugby teams against New Zealand opposition was ended emphatically on Saturday while the last-place Sunwolves won back-to-back games for the first time ever and the Lions returned to winning ways to revive their stuttering title challenge. (MORE)

Australia men, Fiji women win Olympics 7s berths

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) The Australian men's and Fiji women's teams claimed places in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Olympics by winning their finals at the Oceania regional qualifying tournament on Sunday. (MORE)

England beat Kiwis 20-14 to win rugby league series

WIGAN, England (AP) England won a rugby league series against top-ranked New Zealand for the first time in eight years when it took an exhilarating third and deciding test 20-14 on Saturday. (MORE)

Samoa, Australia unbeaten at Oceania Olympic 7s

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Australia and Samoa were unbeaten on the first day of the Oceania Olympic rugby sevens qualifying tournament on Saturday and remain headed for a showdown to decide which will claim a place at next year's Rio de Janiero games. (MORE)