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Cricket Australia and Lord’s Taverners Australia last night announced a new three-year partnership between the two organisations that will see Lord’s Taverners Australia become the Lead Community Partner of CA.

The partnership will see the realisation of the Sporting Chance Fund, which is a joint initiative that generates revenue through fundraising initiatives undertaken by Lord’s Taverners Australia at the national level and will be supported by Cricket Australia.

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Wallaroos head coach Paul Verrell has made only three changes to his match-day 23 ahead of the side’s second pool game of the 2017 Rugby World Cup against France this Sunday (4.45am AEST Monday), at University College Dublin (UCD) Bowl.

After the Wallaroos’ narrow 19-17 loss to Ireland in their opening match, Verrell has opted for consistency, only making the one change to the starting XV. Australian Defence Force centre Sarah Riordan has been named to start in the centres alongside Sharni Williams, with Kayla Sauavo moving to the reserves.

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The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today resolved to discontinue the Western Force Super Rugby licence. The decision comes after several weeks of consultation with Rugby bodies and stakeholders, including Government and commercial partners.

ARU Chairman, Cameron Clyne said: “The ARU Board has today made the decision to discontinue the Western Force as the Super Rugby competition reverts to fifteen teams for the 2018 season.

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Australia might have entered the game as reigning champion but India proved you should never write off the underdog after booking its place in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final with an emphatic 36-run victory.

India will now play host England on Sunday in front of a sell-out crowd at Lord’s – it’s first ICC Women’s World Cup final appearance since 2005.

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In Mixed Relay’s first event since the announcement to be included as an official Olympic sport for the Tokyo 2020 Programme, Australia put forth a fierce come from behind finish to claim its first-ever World Championship title with a team of Charlotte McShane, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle.

In a fight to finish line, USA scored the silver medal, while the Netherlands crossed over for the bronze for a time-time podium in the woman-man-woman-man relay, which saw each athlete complete a 300-metre swim, 7-kilometre bike and 1.6-kilometre run.

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Australia’s Indoor Cricket National Champions for 2017 have been crowned, and four Australian squads have been selected to compete at the 2017 WICF Indoor Cricket World Cup in Dubai.

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Australia will face India in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup after beating South Africa by 59 runs in their final league game at Taunton to finish second in the eight-team league.

Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton and Ellyse Perry all struck half-centuries for the Southern Stars with Sune Luus taking five wickets as Australia was all out for 269 in 48.3 overs.

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