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Collins and Corry join Barbarians' line-up
March 16, 2009
The Barbarians' Jerry Collins takes on Australia's Brett Sheehan, Barbarians v Australia, Wembley Stadium, England, December 3, 2008
Former New Zealand international is no stranger to the Barbarians' colours © Getty Images
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  • Former New Zealand enforcer Jerry Collins has been added to the Barbarians squad to face Australia at the Sydney Football Stadium on June 6.

    The 48-Test veteran will line up alongside Toulon team-mate Sonny Bill Williams in a star-studded squad for the clash. Former England captain Martin Corry has also committed to the clash which will kick off the Wallabies' second season under coach Robbie Deans. French international Sebastien Bruno has also been added to the visitors' line-up.

    It has also been confirmed that coach David Young, currently in charge of Cardiff Blues, will be assisted by London Irish player-coach Mike Catt.

  • Ireland have risen to fourth place in the latest IRB World Rankings following their 22-15 victory against Scotland at Murrayfield, their highest position for nearly two years.

    Their latest Six Nations success, that keeps them on course for their first Grand Slam since 1948, saw them climb above both Wales and Argentina. England's emphatic 34-10 victory over France sees them move above Les Bleus into 7th place.

    New Zealand continue to head the world list ahead of South Africa and Australia.

  • The future of Super Rugby remains unclear with SA Rugby reportedly refusing to agree to any change that will de-value the Currie Cup.

    Australia and New Zealand are pushing for a re-vamp that will see a 15-team competition run from March until August. Such a schedule would overlap with the Currie Cup and the New Zealand Cup. A Sanzar working committee is scheduled to get together in South Africa this week to discuss the issue.

    "The reality is that there is going to have to be some compromise on all fronts to make sure it goes forward," SA Rugby's acting managing director Andy Marinos told The Australian. The current broadcast agreement with Newscorp runs through until the end of 2010 with a June 30 deadline looming for a new proposal.

  • The first tickets for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand are set to be given away this week in Wellington.

    Sponsors Heineken are giving away the tickets, for the tournament finale at Eden Park on October 23, 2011, as part of a promotion to ensure the first tickets go to the home fans. Fans simply need to be seated inside the Wellington Regional Stadium on Waterloo Quay by midday Wednesday. Those who show will go in the draw to win the tickets .

    Rugby World Cup 2011 begins in New Zealand on September 9 with hosts the All Blacks taking on Tonga. The on-sale date of public tickets will be early next year.

  • Scotland international centre Rob Dewey has become the latest player to agree a move back home after signing a three-year deal with Magners League side Glasgow Warriors.

    Dewey, who will make the switch from Ulster in the summer, follows in the footsteps of scrum-half Chris Cusiter and lock Scott MacLeod who have sealed moves to Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.

    "Glasgow have been on the up for the last three seasons now and their win over Toulouse in France back in January really shows they are a team to be reckoned with," said Dewey. "It's too good an opportunity to miss out on."


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