Former All Black Jerome Kaino cops ban

Kaino was cited following the incident during the weekend's Heineken Champions Cup game between Bath and Toulouse.

Roberts was briefly knocked out following the 39th-minute incident - Kaino received a yellow card - and took no further part in the Recreation Ground clash that Toulouse won 22-20.

Kaino, who joined Toulouse earlier this year following an 81-cap All Blacks career, appeared before an independent disciplinary committee in Paris after being cited by match citing Commissioner Eugene Ryan. He pleaded not guilty.

Former Samoan head of state banned from village

The matai council of Nofoali'i, a village west of Apia on the way to Faleolo International Airport, imposed the ban this week.

According to TV1 Samoa, the villge mayor confirmed the ban on the former Head of State, also a former Prime Minister.

Tuiatua was a MP under his matai title Tupuola from the village of Nofoali'i when he became Prime Minister in the late 1970s.

The village mayor said the council had tried to intervene in a dispute between Tuiatua and another family in the village, but was rejected.

Chiefs back Johnny Fa'auli banned for six weeks

Fa'auli was red carded for the high tackle which resulted in Goosen leaving the field for a head injury assessment.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted a guilty plea from Fa'auli.

He's been suspended from all forms of the game for 6 weeks, up to and including Friday 31st August 2018.

The incident occurred in the 62nd minute of the match which the Chiefs held on to win.

The two sides meet again in the quarter-final in Wellington on Friday.


Samoa and Marshall companies hit for oil smuggling to North Korea

Reuters reported the two were among 21 shipping companies which the United Nations Security Council had blacklisted over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea.

The United States boosted pressure on Pyongyang by seeking action against the companies - including five based in China - and 15 North Korean ships.

The sanctions were passed on a request from the US as part of a global crackdown on the smuggling of North Korean commodities in violation of UN sanctions resolutions.

They were adopted in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Widespread outcry over 'wrist tape words' ban

NZ Rugby Players Association boss Rob Nichol told Radio Sport Breakfast that the law change came as a surprise, the details ‘buried’ in the latest agreement.

“It came apparently through the participation agreement that the teams signed. But it was buried. We certainly weren’t across it. New Zealand Rugby, I don’t think were across it and the players haven’t been consulted or involved in the decision, from our perspective anyway,” said Nichol.

“We’re just trying to unpack it a bit and work with World Rugby and try and address it.”

Wallabies star handed three-week ban

RNZI reports Pocock grasped the neck of Chiefs number eight Michael Leitch in a maul six minutes from the end of the game, leaving the Japan skipper stricken on the ground, but did not receive any sanction from Australian referee Angus Gardner.