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World Rugby looking into controversial referee appointment

DUBLIN (AP) World Rugby is looking into the appointment of a Romanian referee for a crucial match between Spain and Belgium that determined whether Romania qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. (MORE)

Spain protests ref after not qualifying for Rugby World Cup

BRUSSELS (AP) Ugly scenes marred the end of Spain's surprising loss to Belgium by 18-10 in Brussels on Sunday as Spain players blamed the Romanian referee for their team's failure to automatically qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. (MORE)

Late Wests try spoils Slater's 300th NRL game for Melbourne

SYDNEY (AP) Luke Brooks scored a late try to lead the Wests Tigers to a 10-8 win over defending champions Melbourne, spoiling Storm fullback Billy Slater's 300th National Rugby League match. (MORE)

Rebels suffer first loss of Super Rugby season

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) South Africa's Lions took over as the new overall leaders of Super Rugby after the Melbourne-based Rebels suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday. (MORE)

6N: Sexton finally gets a Grand Slam after missing 2009

LONDON (AP) Jonathan Sexton did not finish the game. He had done enough to finish off England, though. (MORE)

Crusaders lose to Highlanders, Lions scrape past Sunwolves

JOHANNESBURG (AP) The defending Super Rugby champion Crusaders lost for the second match in a row while the Lions, last season's losing finalists, only just avoided the same fate - and a huge upset - in a tense two-point win over the struggling Sunwolves on Saturday. (MORE)

6N: No massive fixes needed for sliding England, says Jones

LONDON (AP) From defending two-time champion to fifth place, England on Saturday achieved its worst Six Nations finish in 35 years. (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)