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Australia will meet Scotland in the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals after a 15-6 win over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday night.

The Wallabies will meet Pool B runner-up Scotland at Twickenham in a knock-out final eight match next Sunday (Monday 2am AEDT), after clinching their pool with the victory. 

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The Wallabies will be without vice-captain Michael Hooper for its final pool game against Wales, after the flanker pleaded guilty to a Foul Play charge on Tuesday.

Hooper was cited for a 39th minute clean out on England fullback Mike Brown, under Law 10.4, which relates to charging into a ruck or maul without using arms.

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Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said “the day could not have gone any better” after his side beat England, Uganda and Sri Lanka on Day One at the XX Commonwealth Games overnight. Australia will play Wales for a place in the Medal matches at 9.28pm on Sunday evening (AEST) after topping Pool D at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.

Head Coach Geraint John said: “We were really good today and who wouldn’t take three wins out of three on Day One of any tournament? There was a difference in class between us and Sri Lanka and then Uganda but we put out a statement with our intensity and desire when we took on England. 

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The Australian Netball Team celebrated Tegan Caldwell’s international Test debut with a 63-36 victory over Wales in the opening game of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

The 25-year-old goal attack became the third Australian to make her debut at a Commonwealth Games, following Susan Fuhrmann and Susan Pratley in 2006, as coach Lisa Alexander gave all 12 of her players court time in the first win.

The Australians had to overcome a slow start against a plucky Welsh side as the world’s top ranked team was held to a 10-9 advantage at quarter-time at the Scottish Convention & Exhibition Centre (SECC).

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The Springbok Sevens, under the guidance of new coach Neil Powell, on Saturday safely navigated a tricky pool to book their places in the knockout stage of Round 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series at the Gold Coast in Australia.

South Africa registered three impressive victories on the opening day of the two-day event. The Springbok Sevens opened their Pool B fixtures with a 29-5 victory over France and then romped home by 38-7 over Spain. They then won their pool decider 22-14 against England, scoring four tries in the process to book their knockout match against Wales.

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The Junior Springboks suffered the heartbreak of conceding a last-minute try and conversion to be edged out of the Junior World Championships, 18-17, (halftime 6-7) by Wales in Vannes, France, on Tuesday.

The Junior Boks had twice come from behind to hold the lead in the final quarter and looked on course for a place in Sunday’s final and a chance to retain the world crown they won in Cape Town 12 months ago.

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Real Madrid’s history is peppered with superstar purchases, a tradition in the Spanish capital whenever things don’t go their way. So, after a trophy-less season it is only natural that they are being linked with a big money move for a star name and there is none bigger than Gareth Bale at the moment.

And, like another Spanish tradition, Madrid have been using their players, ex-players, directors to constantly drop sound bites about the Tottenham winger. After Sergio Ramos, Zinedine Zidane has now joined the chorus by heaping praise on the Welsh wizard.

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