Cruden: 'We'd rather win ugly than lose pretty'

2017-07-23 17:57

Chiefs captain Aaron Cruden has spoken of the value of winning 'ugly' following his side's 17-11 quarter-final victory over the Stormers.


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Currie Cup

Pumas pip the Golden Lions

2017-07-23 16:39

The Pumas began their Currie Cup campaign with a victory over the Golden Lions at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.


Thando Manana living and playing on his own terms

2017-07-23 06:06

The former Bok pulls no punches about his bittersweet experiences in the squad and speaks candidly about the need for transformation.

Super Rugby

Stormers fall to Chiefs in Newlands arm-wrestle

2017-07-22 18:44

The Stormers have been knocked out of Super Rugby 2017 after going down to the Chiefs in the quarter-finals.


Golden Lions win main match at Craven Week

2017-07-22 18:26

The Golden Lions and Blue Bulls took top honours in the Under-18 Craven Week and Academy Weeks.

Super Rugby

Carter hails Larkham legacy

2017-07-22 14:00

Brumbies skipper Sam Carter has paid tribute to head coach Stephen Larkham following their 35-16 quarter-final defeat to the Hurricanes.

Top Stories

As it happened: Crusaders v Highlanders

2017-07-22 09:22

Score update from the Super Rugby quarter-final clash between the Crusades and Highlanders in Christchurch.

Currie Cup

Cheetahs far too strong for Sharks in Currie Cup opener

2017-07-21 22:33

The Cheetahs have thumped the Sharks in the opening game of the Currie Cup season, running out easy winners in Bloemfontein.

Super Rugby

Why Lions and Stormers (yes!) to progress

2017-07-21 13:00

The Sharks to be lone non-progressing outfit among South African teams from the quarter-finals of Super Rugby, says Rob Houwing … though with shaky conviction

Super Rugby

Stormers brace for Test match intensity

2017-07-21 09:03

Stormers prop Oli Kebble says he has taken on a message from former skipper Schalk Burger ahead of Saturday's clash against the Chiefs.


Cape Town Sevens tickets on sale soon

2017-07-21 09:00

Tickets for the highly anticipated Cape Town Sevens tournament will go on sale to the public on Friday, July 28.


World Rugby adds 6 amended laws to global trial

2017-07-20 18:49

World Rugby has approved the addition of six law amendments to the programme of global law trials following positive trials in specific international competitions this year.

Super Rugby

Marais, Elstadt return for Stormers

2017-07-20 14:37

Fullback SP Marais and flank Rynhardt Elstadt return for the Stormers’ Super Rugby quarter-final against the Chiefs at Newlands.


Sexton started final Lions Test with broken wrist

2017-07-20 13:19

Johnny Sexton played the final Test for the Lions against the All Blacks with a broken wrist and sustained another nasty injury in that match.

Super Rugby

Bosch back as Sharks name team for Lions

2017-07-20 12:19

Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named his team for their Super Rugby quarter-final against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Currie Cup

Blue Bulls name 2017 Currie Cup squad

2017-07-20 08:32

Blue Bulls Currie Cup coach Nollis Marais has named an experienced squad of 49 players for their 2017 Currie Cup campaign.


Bok coach motivates U18 Youth Week players

2017-07-19 21:52

U18 Craven Week and Academy Week players were treated to a special motivational talk by the Springbok, Springbok Sevens and the Junior Springbok coaches.


U18 Youth Weeks reach the business end

2017-07-19 18:30

A handful of teams in the U18 Craven Week and Academy Week ensured that they have a chance to stake a claim for a place in the final match of the respective tournaments.


Pollard, Cronjé invited to Bok assessment camp

2017-07-19 13:16

Flyhalves Handré Pollard and Lionel Cronjé are among 14 players invited to a Springbok medical and conditioning assessment camp.

Mark Keohane

Stormers WILL reach Super Rugby semis!

2017-07-19 12:34

Mark Keohane picks the Stormers to beat the Chiefs in Saturday's Super Rugby quarter-final at Newlands.

Super Rugby

Mafi voted Rebels' player of the year

2017-07-19 09:29

Tonga-born Japan international Amanaki Mafi has won the Rebels player of the year award at the Super Rugby club.

Super Rugby

Barrett, Coles back for Hurricanes

2017-07-19 07:08

Beauden Barrett and Dane Coles will return for the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby quarter-final against the Brumbies.


Day of big scores in the U18 Youth Weeks

2017-07-18 19:26

The U18 Craven Week and Academy Week tournaments continued to entertain at St Stithians College in Johannesburg.

Currie Cup

Cheetahs name team for Currie Cup opener

2017-07-18 13:20

Free State Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan has announced his team for Friday night’s Currie Cup opener against the Sharks.

Super Rugby

Lions can win Super Rugby title

2017-07-18 12:26

Former Lions and current Bulls director of Rugby John Mitchell believes the emotional attachment that the Lions have to their current coaching set-up.


Craven Week starts with a bang

2017-07-18 07:23

The U18 Craven Week and Academy Week tournaments started with a bang at St Stithians College in Johannesburg on Monday.

Super Rugby

JJ Engelbrecht heading back to Cape Town?

2017-07-17 21:42

Western Province are reportedly interested in luring back Springbok back JJ Engelbrecht to the Mother City.

Super Rugby

Essential … bin the conference system!

2017-07-17 14:00

Super Rugby needs a major structural overhaul and it must be near-immediate if the competition is to survive in the longer term, says Rob Houwing.

South Africa 2023

WATCH: We are ready for RWC 2023!

2017-07-17 14:51

The Rugby World Cup in 2023 in South Africa would be the stuff of legend and folklore because of the public’s total rugby immersion.

South Africa 2023

How the RWC 2023 voting works

2017-07-17 14:36

South Africa must secure a 19-strong majority from the 37 World Council votes to host Rugby World Cup 2023.

Super Rugby

Bitter sweet ending for Kings

2017-07-17 12:53

It says something for how far the Kings have travelled in a short space of time that there should have been such disappointment after they lost to the Cheetahs.


Beale eyeing Wallabies inside centre role

2017-07-17 09:55

Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale has revealed that he is keen to settle in the inside centre position when he returns to Test action.

Super Rugby

5 talking points: Super Rugby Week 17

2017-07-17 08:07

Herman Mostert highlights FIVE talking points after Round 17 of the 2017 Super Rugby competition.

Super Rugby

Kolisi pleads with players to stay in SA

2017-07-23 12:02

Stormers captain Siya Kolisi has urged South African players to reconsider before taking deals with clubs overseas.

Super Rugby

Lions’ heart-stopper: It was ideal!

2017-07-23 06:00

There may well be blessings in the Lions being shaken to their foundations before advancing to the Super Rugby semi-finals, writes Rob Houwing.

Super Rugby

WRAP: Super Rugby - Quarter-finals

2017-07-23 06:00

Dates, venues, kick-off times and line-ups for the quarter-finals of the 2017 Super Rugby tournament.

Super Rugby

Lions break Sharks' hearts with last-gasp victory

2017-07-22 16:16

The Lions overcome a gallant Sharks side to reach the semi-finals of this year's Super Rugby tournament in Johannesburg.

Super Rugby

Crusaders down Highlanders, march on to semis

2017-07-22 11:21

The Crusaders advanced to the Super Rugby semi-finals with a 17-0 victory over the Highlanders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

Super Rugby

Larkham backs Brumbies to return stronger

2017-07-22 08:32

The Brumbies' 35-16 defeat to the Hurricanes on home soil in the quarter-final was a tough way to end their campaign but outgoing coach Stephen Larkham has forecast a bright future for the Canberra side.

Super Rugby

Fleck welcomes Peyper's breakdown expertise

2017-07-21 14:20

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck says the appointment of Jaco Peyper to referee the game has enabled him to sleep much easier.

Super Rugby

Underdog Sharks have 'nothing to lose'

2017-07-21 11:45

The Sharks have nothing to lose when they take on the much-fancied Lions in Saturday's Super Rugby quarter-final.


Duane: The Boks’ wasted heavyweight?

2017-07-21 07:38

Rob Houwing says it is becoming increasingly hard to see Duane Vermeulen regularly featuring for SA again … if even at all.

Super Rugby

Chiefs change three for Stormers

2017-07-20 21:53

The Chiefs have named a powerful matchday squad to take on the Stormers in their Super Rugby quarter-final at Newlands.


Try festival at U18 Youth Weeks

2017-07-20 18:49

The penultimate day of action the U18 Craven Week and Academy Week tournaments proved to be an attacking festival with 828 points scored on the day.

Currie Cup

Mitchell: Currie Cup important for Super Rugby

2017-07-20 14:29

Bulls coach John Mitchell is looking to use the Currie Cup to prepare for next year's Super Rugby competition.

Currie Cup

Kankowski to lead Golden Lions

2017-07-20 12:59

Ryan Kankowski will lead the Golden Lions when they take on the Pumas in Nelspruit in the Currie Cup on Sunday.

Super Rugby

Ackermann: Why not axe Jaguares and Sunwolves?

2017-07-20 11:10

Lions coach Johan Ackermann feels sorry for the Cheetahs and Southern Kings who were forced out of Super Rugby.

Super Rugby

Crusaders load team with All Blacks

2017-07-20 07:07

The Crusaders and Highlanders have named their respective teams for Saturday's Super Rugby quarter-final.

Currie Cup

Steenkamp named Blue Bulls captain

2017-07-19 20:22

Blue Bulls head coach Nollis Marais has named an experienced squad for the 2017 Currie Cup with Ruan Steenkamp appointed as captain.


Celtic Rugby confirms discussions over Pro14

2017-07-19 16:25

With the Cheetahs and Kings consigned to the Super Rugby scrapheap, discussions are ongoing as to their participation in an expanded Pro12 format.

Super Rugby

Parsons defends under-fire Umaga

2017-07-19 14:45

Blues captain James Parsons has voiced his support for under-fire coach Tana Umaga following the team's disastrous 48-21 loss to the Sunwolves.

Super Rugby

Stormers: Speeding, just pretty near ditch

2017-07-19 12:50

Rob Houwing bravely tries a comparison, in some senses, between the Stormers of incumbent coach Robbie Fleck and predecessor Allister Coetzee.


All Blacks add 5th match to end of year tour

2017-07-19 09:56

The All Blacks' season-ending northern tour has been extended to five matches with a midweek game against a French selection

Currie Cup

Bulls without captain for Currie Cup opener

2017-07-19 08:30

The Blue Bulls are without captain Ruan Steenkamp for their Currie Cup opener against Griquas in Kimberley.

Super Rugby

Kolisi plays like a Kiwi, says All Black Cane

2017-07-19 07:04

Chiefs and All Blacks flank Sam Cane has hailed the form of Stormers counterpart Siya Kolisi ahead of their quarter-final meeting.

Super Rugby

Hard to see Sharks going all way

2017-07-18 16:21

Whilst they can be extremely feisty, Rob Houwing feels the Sharks still lack the kind of ‘knockout punch’ translatable to Super Rugby overall glory.

Herman Mostert

Can Stormers overcome abysmal playoff record?

2017-07-18 13:45

It will take some effort from the Stormers to bring about a reversal in their Super Rugby playoff fortunes, Herman Mostert reckons.

Super Rugby

Ngatai's ankle no good for Stormers clash

2017-07-18 11:00

The Chiefs will be without midfielder Charlie Ngatai for their Super Rugby quarter-final against the Stormers.

Super Rugby

Alexander happy with SA teams’ Super Rugby form

2017-07-18 07:12

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander is happy with the performances of the South African teams in this year's Super Rugby competition.

Super Rugby

Stormers receive timely injury boost

2017-07-17 19:25

With the knock-out stages of Super Rugby happening this weekend, the Stormers have received good news on the injury front.

Super Rugby

'Aquatas' retains Sport24 SuperBru lead

2017-07-17 16:31

"Aquatas", better known as Albert Channon, has retained the lead in the Sport24 SuperBru Super Rugby challenge after Week 17 of this year's competition.

South Africa 2023

6-week tour of SA is stuff of legend

2017-07-17 14:44

Having the Rugby World Cup in South Africa in 2023 would allow the game’s modern players to experience one of the great adventures in the sport.

Super Rugby

Lions installed as joint Super Rugby favourites

2017-07-17 13:14

The Lions have been installed as joint-favourites for the 2017 Super Rugby title.


12 SA teams to play overseas?

2017-07-17 11:25

SA Rugby could in future have as many as 12 teams playing in international competitions, a report indicates.

Super Rugby

Are the Lions missing Whiteley? questions Mallett

2017-07-17 08:31

Nick Mallett wonders whether the Lions are missing Warren Whiteley's leadership ahead of the Super Rugby playoffs.


PIC: Wallabies to wear indigenous-themed jersey

2017-07-17 07:27

The Wallabies will wear an indigenous-themed jersey for the first time when they face NZ later this year to commemorate the role Aborigines have played in rugby.

Super Rugby

Shaun Treeby chats to Sport24

2017-07-21 15:09

Kiwi import SHAUN TREEBY talks about his stint at the Stormers, SA teams embracing skills training and previews the quarter-final at Newlands on Saturday.

Currie Cup

Blue Bulls beat Griquas in high-scoring thriller

2017-07-22 22:07

The Blue Bulls scored seven tries to claim a hard fought victory over Griquas in their opening Currie Cup match in Kimberley.

Currie Cup

WRAP: Currie Cup - Week 1

2017-07-23 16:40

Dates, venues, kick-off times and line-ups for Week 1 of the 2017 Currie Cup tournament.

Super Rugby

As it happened: Lions 23-21 Sharks

2017-07-22 14:15

See how the action unfolded in the Super Rugby quarter-final between the Lions and Sharks in Johannesburg.

Super Rugby

Boyd slams 'sloppy' performance

2017-07-22 10:00

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has bemoaned his side's 'sloppy' performance in the 35-16 quarter-final victory over the Brumbies.

Super Rugby

The Kings and Cheetahs conundrum

2017-07-22 07:14

Oscar Sanders believes the Kings and Cheetahs deserve to remain part of the southern hemisphere's flagship franchise competition.

Super Rugby

Hurricanes beat brave Brumbies, book semi spot

2017-07-21 13:22

The Hurricanes have booked their place in the Super Rugby semi-finals after beating the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.

Super Rugby

Naholo pens new Highlanders deal

2017-07-21 11:22

The Highlanders have announced that All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo has signed a new one-year contract with the Dunedin-based franchise.

Super Rugby

All Black Fekitoa signs with Toulon

2017-07-21 07:21

All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa confirmed on Friday he has signed with French Top 14 club Toulon, bringing an end to his international career after 24 Tests.

Currie Cup

Currie Cup brought to the fore

2017-07-20 20:54

Sixteen weeks of stirring provincial rugby action will be kick-started this weekend when the Currie Cup kicks off in Bloemfontein.

Super Rugby

'Special' Willemse must back his instincts

2017-07-20 16:41

Stormers youngster Damian Willemse has a monumental task against the Chiefs in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final.

Super Rugby

Perenara shirks favourite tag

2017-07-20 14:28

Hurricanes scrumhalf TJ Perenara says the defending champions are not favourites for the quarter-final clash with the Brumbies on Friday.

Super Rugby

Lions unchanged for home quarter-final

2017-07-20 12:44

The Lions have named an unchanged side for their Super Rugby quarter-final against the Sharks in Johannesburg.

Currie Cup

Boom leads Blue Bulls in Kimberley

2017-07-20 11:59

Boom Prinsloo will lead the Blue Bulls when they open their Currie Cup campaign against Griquas.


Sonny Bill available for Championship opener

2017-07-20 07:00

Sonny Bill Williams will have served his red-card ban by next month and be eligible for NZ's Rugby Championship opener against Australia, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has said.


England skipper Hartley pens new Northampton deal

2017-07-19 19:25

England skipper Dylan Hartley has signed a new deal with Premiership side Northampton Saints and has been re-appointed as club captain.


Lions sign deals with 4 Junior Boks

2017-07-19 14:15

Four Junior Springboks - Wandisile Simelane, Jeanluc Cilliers, Reinhard Nothnagel and Len Massyn - have been contracted by the Lions.

Currie Cup

Daniel leads Sharks against Cheetahs

2017-07-19 14:38

Keegan Daniel will captain the Sharks in their Currie Cup opener against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.


Cooper cut from Wallaby squad

2017-07-19 08:48

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says Quade Cooper's form forced his hand, after leaving the pivot out of a 38-man training squad.


Plans to reduce rugby's laws 50%

2017-07-19 07:28

World Rugby has reportedly commissioned a technical group to overhaul its law book, which could see half of the game's laws abolished.

Currie Cup

No Carlos for Loftus - Mitch

2017-07-18 20:14

John Mitchell had no sooner arrived at Loftus to take up his position as Director of Rugby than he moved to squash a few rumours that have reared their heads over the past few weeks.

Super Rugby

Bookies back Sharks, Stormers to lose

2017-07-18 14:00

The Lions will be South Africa's lone remaining side in this year's Super Rugby tournament after the weekend's quarter-finals, according to bookmakers...

Super Rugby

Stormers take defensive tips from British Lions

2017-07-18 12:26

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck says they have taken note of how the British and Irish Lions defended on their recent tour of New Zealand.

Super Rugby

Peyper to ref Stormers v Chiefs at Newlands

2017-07-18 09:58

South Africa’s Jaco Peyper will referee the Super Rugby quarter-final between the Stormers and Chiefs at Newlands.

Super Rugby

Cancer survivor Lealiifano on bench for Brumbies

2017-07-18 07:12

Cancer survivor Christian Lealiifano will make his long-awaited return to Super Rugby for the Brumbies on Friday, nearly a year after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Super Rugby

We lack intensity - Ackermann

2017-07-17 17:28

Lions coach Johan Ackermann received the gift he was hoping for as his side ended top of the Super Rugby log, but laments the lack of intensity in his side.

South Africa 2023

Having RWC 2023 in SA would be 'brilliant'

2017-07-17 14:33

Tsholo Kubheka insists rugby is a vehicle to bringing sport’s biggest global event of 2023 to SA and the benefits would extend the South African rugby landscape.

South Africa 2023

SA focus RWC 2023 bid on 8 stadiums

2017-07-17 14:40

South Africa have focused their 2023 Rugby World Cup bid on eight existing stadia in seven cities.

Super Rugby

'Light at the end of the tunnel' for Sharks

2017-07-17 12:53

Despite their loss to the Lions, Sharks coach Robert du Preez sees light at the end of the tunnel.

Super Rugby

Crotty inks new NZR, Crusaders deal

2017-07-17 11:25

Talented midfielder Ryan Crotty has recommitted to the All Blacks, Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby for another year after inking a deal.

Super Rugby

Muirhead extends Brumbies stay

2017-07-17 08:59

Brumbies wing Andrew Muirhead has signed a one-year deal to play Super Rugby with the Canberra-based outfit for the 2018 season.


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