All Blacks never vulnerable, warns Gatland

2017-11-23 22:22

The All Blacks are never vulnerable, Wales coach Warren Gatland insisted before a one-off Test against the world champions this weekend.

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Springboks

Bok side: Some sense … more ‘nonsense’?

2017-11-23 20:34

‘Last chance’ beckons for more than half the Bok backline, still unconvincing yet defiantly returned unchanged for the Italy Test, says Rob Houwing

 
Springboks

Boks hamstrung by diversity in styles

2017-11-23 18:00

The fact that the Boks will be using their third different back row combination brings into focus one of the main reasons that the SA team has struggled.

 
Springboks

Mbonambi set for first Bok start

2017-11-23 16:05

Bongi Mbonambi will make his first start for the Springboks as Allister Coetzee named his team for the Test against Italy in Padova.

 
Rugby

Henshaw ruled out for Irish, Byrne gets debut

2017-11-23 16:39

An injury to Robbie Henshaw has obliged Ireland coach Joe Schmidt to select an inexperienced centre pairing for their Test against Argentina.

 
Rugby

Wales make 12 changes for All Blacks

2017-11-23 19:45

Coach Warren Gatland has recalled his big guns for the one-off Test against New Zealand in a bid to break a losing streak that dates back to 1953.

 
Springboks

Italy’s record post-Bok win is a shocker!

2017-11-23 12:29

The Italians have been woeful since upsetting the Boks last year and a repeat performance would come as a shock, Herman Mostert reports.

 
Springboks

Pieter-Steph can thrive at lock and flank - coach

2017-11-23 09:06

Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot believes Pieter-Steph du Toit will become an international star irrespective of what position he plays.

 
Springboks

Bok debut beckons for Gelant

2017-11-23 07:00

Fullback Warrick Gelant looks likely to make his Springbok debut off the bench against Italy in Padova.

 
Rugby

Laporte to stand again in 2020

2017-11-22 21:11

French Rugby Federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte confirmed he will stand for re-election in 2020, but that it would be his last candidacy.

 
Rugby

Payne still in pain with headaches

2017-11-22 20:38

Ulster and Ireland utility back Jared Payne is still struggling to overcome headaches he sustained on the British and Irish Lions' tour earlier this year.

 
Rugby

Kiwi Joseph confident in Japan's scope to improve

2017-11-22 18:40

Japan coach Jamie Joseph says he's happy to sacrifice ranking points in order to better prepare the Brave Blossoms to compete at the World Cup.

 
Rugby

Wales back-rower fires back at Ackermann

2017-11-22 14:25

Wales back-rower Ross Moriarty has hit back at Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann after he criticised the player for not involving him in talks over his future.

 
Super Rugby

Ronan O'Gara's Crusaders move confirmed

2017-11-22 13:36

Racing 92 confirmed that they have granted their assistant coach, Ronan O'Gara, an early release from his contract to join the Crusaders.

 
Rugby Championship

All Blacks lose Savea to mumps

2017-11-22 10:37

New Zealand were dealt a blow ahead of Saturday's Test against Wales in Cardiff after Ardie Savea was ruled out of the match due to mumps.

 
Springboks

Louw: Scrummaging more challenging up north

2017-11-22 08:37

Springbok tighthead prop Wilco Louw says it’s more of a challenge to scrum in northern hemisphere conditions.

 
Rugby

England's Hughes out of Samoa match

2017-11-21 22:41

Nathan Hughes has been ruled out of England's concluding November international against Samoa with a knee injury.

 
Rugby

Roberts in line for recall to face All Blacks

2017-11-21 21:37

Veteran centre Jamie Roberts is in contention for a Wales recall against world champions New Zealand in Cardiff.

 
Rugby

Pumas not panicking despite poor results

2017-11-21 18:23

Argentina's form this year suggests they have tumbled a long way from the dizzy heights of the World Cup semi-finals in 2015 but assistant coach Pablo Bouza is unfazed.

 
Rugby

Wales without Williams, Cuthbert for NZ clash

2017-11-21 14:40

Wales' hopes of ending their long losing streak against New Zealand have been dented by a couple of key injuries.

 
Springboks

Italy's South African coach plots Bok demise

2017-11-21 12:21

Italian defence specialist Marius Goosen believes that the Springboks are a better side than they were in Florence last year.

 
Rugby

Broken jaw for groggy Schoeman

2017-11-21 11:09

South African flyhalf Tian Schoeman suffered a triple jaw fracture in Bordeaux's Top 14 victory over Agen and will be out of action for three months.

 
Springboks

‘Issues’ with Steyn’s club, Coetzee admits

2017-11-21 10:04

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee says ‘issues’ with Frans Steyn’s French club have contributed to his ongoing omission.

 
Springboks

Coetzee: Discipline, aerial battle key for Italy

2017-11-21 08:30

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee says that discipline and dealing with contestable kicks will be key against Italy on Saturday.

 
Rugby

World Rugby hits back at 'inaccurate' Samoa claims

2017-11-21 08:05

World Rugby has dismissed as "inaccurate" claims from Samoa's prime minister that the sport is bankrupt in the Pacific nation.

 
Springboks

Marx MRI scan shows no major shoulder damage

2017-11-20 19:42

After news that captain Eben Etzebeth should recover from an injury sustained over the weekend, the Springboks received further good news regarding Malcolm Marx.

 
Springboks

Day 1 as Rassie reports for SA Rugby duty

2017-11-20 14:11

SA Rugby has confirmed that Rassie Erasmus has started in his new position as director of rugby at the union’s headquarters in Cape Town.

 
Springboks

Galthie: Boks, France both 'asleep'

2017-11-20 13:04

Former France scrumhalf and captain Fabien Galthie was not pleased with the quality of rugby on display between his former side and SA.

 
Springboks

Coetzee can be sacked with no ‘golden handshake’

2017-11-20 11:45

National coach Allister Coetzee could be sacked even if the Springboks remain unbeaten for the remainder of their European tour.

 
Lloyd Burnard

Victory doesn't detract from shoddy Bok display

2017-11-20 10:18

The Springboks were made to seem far better than they were by a seriously poor French side, writes Lloyd Burnard.

 
Super Rugby

Verity-Amm heading to Brumbies

2017-11-20 08:52

The Brumbies have announced the signing of Western Force utility back James Verity-Amm on a one-year deal for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

 
Springboks

Boks sweating over Etzebeth, Marx injuries

2017-11-19 20:11

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth and hooker Malcolm Marx have had X-rays to determine the severity of injuries sustained in their win over France.

 
Rugby

Picamoles 'fed up' with French defeats

2017-11-19 21:37

Louis Picamoles admitted France are fed up with losing after suffering a seventh reverse in 10 matches this year.

 
Springboks

Italy: Boks MUST have guts to experiment

2017-11-19 17:04

It will only emphasise Springbok insecurity if they don’t resort to a few currently inactive squad members against modest Italy, argues Rob Houwing

 
Rugby

Cheika escapes punishment after swearing probe

2017-11-23 20:37

Australia coach Michael Cheika has avoided punishment after being investigated over allegations of a foul-mouthed rant at officials.

 
Rugby

Jones eyes World Cup ahead of Samoa clash

2017-11-23 19:47

England coach Eddie Jones believes a Test against Samoa at Twickenham will be a "fantastic dress rehearsal" for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

 
Rugby

Licata set for first Italy start against Boks

2017-11-23 16:52

Flanker Giovanni Licata will make his first start for Italy as Irish coach Conor O'Shea made two changes against South Africa in Padova.

 
PRO14

Blommetjies return gives Cheetahs PRO14 boost

2017-11-23 14:21

The Cheetahs have named their side to take on Edinburgh in Friday night's PRO14 clash in Bloemfontein.

 
Rugby

Rugby league star tests positive for cocaine

2017-11-23 14:00

A high-profile rugby league player has been banned from the sport for two years after testing positive for cocaine.

 
Super Rugby

McCaw backs O'Gara to succeed at Crusaders

2017-11-23 12:32

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw says Ronan O'Gara will succeed as backline coach at New Zealand powerhouse the Crusaders.

 
Mark Keohane

Why Rassie is the man to take Boks forward

2017-11-23 11:01

Rassie Erasmus will have enough time to make the Springboks contenders at the 2019 World Cup, Mark Keohane believes.

 
Super Rugby

Wallaby lock joins Melbourne Rebels

2017-11-23 08:31

The Melbourne Rebels have announced that they have secured the signature of Wallaby lock Adam Coleman.

 
Rugby

North leaves Northampton to return to Wales

2017-11-22 21:13

George North will leave English Premiership side Northampton at the end of the season and return to Wales on a national dual contract.

 
Currie Cup

Stonehouse on his way back to SA?

2017-11-22 19:19

Former Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse is reportedly on his way back to the Mpumalanga union.

 
 
Rugby

Bulls head back to Mauritius to defend title 

2017-11-22 14:07

The Bulls will be looking to flaunt their versatility when they turn out in defence of their Beachcomber World Club 10s title in Mauritius next year.

 
Rugby

All Blacks coach: Read incident not cynical

2017-11-22 12:46

NZ assistant coach Ian Foster does not agree with the notion that skipper Kieran Read acted cynically in their win over Scotland.

 
Sevens

NZ name squad for Dubai Sevens

2017-11-22 10:20

All Blacks Sevens head coach Clark Laidlaw has named his squad for the Dubai leg of the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series.

 
Springboks

Springboks wary of ‘intelligent’ Parisse

2017-11-22 07:18

The Springboks are wary of the threat posed by Italy captain and No 8 Sergio Parisse ahead of the teams’ international in Padova.

 
Rugby

Cheika still sweating on swearing probe

2017-11-21 22:42

Australia coach Michael Cheika was left waiting to find out if he will be punished for his conduct during the Wallabies' 30-6 defeat by England.

 
Rugby

Mumps hit All Black camp, Savea isolated

2017-11-21 20:36

New Zealand back-row forward Ardie Savea has been put into isolation at the All Blacks' training base after contracting mumps.

 
Rugby

Newlands sale: WP tactics queried

2017-11-21 15:06

Aerios, the commercial partner at legal loggerheads with WP Rugby, has questioned statements made by the union’s president, Thelo Wakefield.

 
Springboks

These are the dying embers of Allister

2017-11-21 13:22

Rob Houwing gives six major reasons why Allister Coetzee has - or certainly should have - used up all his survival cards as Springbok coach.

 
Super Rugby

Bulls to take on Sharks in Polokwane

2017-11-21 12:21

The Bulls will again travel to Polokwane for a Super Rugby warm-up match in 2018, this time facing the Sharks at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

 
Super Rugby

Brumbies bolster second row stocks

2017-11-21 11:29

The Brumbies have announced the signing of lock Richie Arnold on a two-year deal that will keep him with the side until the end of 2019.

 
Springboks

Am, Gelant ... if not now, when?

2017-11-21 08:59

If now isn't the time to give game time to the likes of Lukhanyo Am and Warrick Gelant a Springbok crack, then when is?

 
Springboks

Boks v Italy: The survivors from Florence

2017-11-21 08:31

The Boks go into Saturday's clash against Italy with most of the players from last year's loss in Florence not playing.

 
Rugby

Cheika in hot water for swearing

2017-11-20 22:10

Australia coach Michael Cheika's conduct during his side's defeat by England at Twickenham is under investigation after he appeared to mouth an obscenity.

 
Springboks

Coetzee has NO plans to experiment against Italy

2017-11-20 17:37

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has no plans of giving fringe squad members a run against Italy in Padova.

 
Rugby

Major milestone for SA's Ashley Johnson

2017-11-20 13:47

Ashley Johnson brought up a significant milestone while on Wasps duty in the English Premiership over the weekend.

 
Rugby

Priestland not expecting All Black selection

2017-11-20 13:13

Wales pivot Rhys Priestland admitted it would be a "big surprise" for him to be involved in Wales' match against New Zealand this weekend.

 
Rugby Championship

WATCH: All Blacks skipper Read gets away with murder!

2017-11-20 14:03

Watch as All Blacks skipper Kieran Read escaped sanction for a cynical foul in New Zealand's narrow victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

 
Springboks

Coetzee responds to Pollard's kicking woes

2017-11-20 08:52

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee acknowledges that Handre Pollard's goal-kicking was problematic against France on Saturday.

 
Springboks

5 talking points: France v Springboks

2017-11-20 08:30

Herman Mostert highlights FIVE talking points following the Springboks’ 18-17 win over France in Paris.

 
Super Rugby

Rebels bolster squad with key double signing

2017-11-19 22:20

The Melbourne Rebels have bolstered their squad ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season with the inclusion of Jono Lance and Anaru Rangi.

 
Rugby

WRAP: November Tests - Week 2

2017-11-19 07:30

A comprehensive wrap of all the collated matches, kick-off times, results and match reports for all the Week 2 November internationals.

 
Rugby Championship

Read out of All Blacks finale against Wales

2017-11-23 20:30

Captain Kieran Read will miss the All Blacks' final match of the season, a back injury ruling the 108-times capped forward out.

 
Rugby

Moore starts against Scotland in last Test

2017-11-23 17:38

Australia's Stephen Moore will start the 129th and final Test of his impressive career after being named as the Wallabies' hooker against Scotland.

 
Rugby

Noves changes almost entire France backline for Japan

2017-11-23 16:25

France coach Guy Noves has changed six of his seven backs for the clash against Japan.

 
Springboks

Big squeeze on for Bok loosie berths

2017-11-23 14:00

Some 22 months out from the next World Cup, competition is stiffening again to levels of old for Bok loose forward passages to it, says Rob Houwing.

 
Rugby

England bench Hartley for Samoa finale

2017-11-23 12:39

England will have a new Test captain for the first time under coach Eddie Jones after he left Dylan Hartley on the bench for the Test against Samoa.

 
Rugby

Townsend fears talent exodus

2017-11-23 12:32

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend fears that an exodus of top Scottish talent could inflict serious damage on the national side's progress.

 
Rugby

Samoa change 3 for England

2017-11-23 09:56

Samoa head coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua has made three changes to his starting line-up to take on England at Twickenham on Saturday.

 
Rugby

Wales can't afford to switch off against All Blacks

2017-11-22 21:13

Hooker Ken Owens says Wales will need to be "alive for 80 minutes" when they tackle the All Blacks, bidding to end more than 60 years of hurt.

 
Rugby

Scotland could suffer if more players leave - Townsend

2017-11-22 20:37

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend says that the national side could suffer if players continue to move abroad.

 
Rugby

Jones eager to face Wallabies

2017-11-22 19:20

Centre Huw Jones wants to keep up his try-scoring form when Scotland face Australia in the final end-of-year Test at Murrayfield.

 
Rugby

Scotland make 4 changes for Wallabies

2017-11-22 15:10

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made four changes to his starting XV to face Australia on Saturday.

 
Rugby

Rohan pumped for Sale Sharks stint

2017-11-22 13:31

Rohan Janse van Rensburg is happy to be playing in the English Premiership ... perhaps a little too happy from a South African point of view.

 
Rugby

Israel Folau shares wedding pics

2017-11-22 11:02

Star Wallaby fullback Israel Folau and his new wife, New Zealand netballer Maria Tutaia, have shared pictures from their wedding.

 
Springboks

Veteran Italian hooker braces for 'physical' Boks

2017-11-22 10:10

Veteran Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini knows physicality will be the order of the day when they face the Springboks in Padova.

 
Rugby

Stephen Moore to retire from all rugby

2017-11-21 22:03

Australia veteran Stephen Moore is to retire from all competitive rugby union following the Wallabies' tour finale against Scotland this weekend.

 
Super Rugby

Peni on his way to Brumbies

2017-11-22 09:03

The Brumbies have bolstered their backline stocks by signing Force wing Chance Peni on a one-year deal for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

 
Springboks

Proudfoot happy with Springbok forwards’ training intensity

2017-11-21 19:00

Springbok scrum coach Matt Proudfoot said it will be important to meet the physical challenge of the Italian pack when the two sides meet in Padova

 
Rugby

Gatland: All Blacks not vulnerable

2017-11-21 14:54

Ahead of his side's clash with the All Blacks on the weekend, Wales coach Warren Gatland believes New Zealand "still have that X-factor".

 
Super Rugby

Bulls to get more than one captain

2017-11-21 13:22

The Bulls will have a leadership group during next year’s Super Rugby competition, executive of rugby John Mitchell has confirmed.

 
Springboks

Jake: No time for Boks to recover before RWC 2019

2017-11-21 11:13

Former national coach Jake White cannot foresee the Springboks being a force at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

 
Rugby

RFU to make goodwill payment to Samoa

2017-11-21 11:09

The Rugby Football Union will still pay Samoa £75 000 as a goodwill gesture even though the Samoa Rugby Union is not bankrupt

 
Super Rugby

Uelese commits to Rebels

2017-11-21 10:11

Hooker Jordan Uelese has committed to Australian Rugby after being rewarded with a new Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Australia contract.

 
 
Springboks

Van Graan will be missed, says Pollard

2017-11-20 20:40

Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard paid tribute to former assistant coach Johann van Graan as he heads off to Irish club Munster.

 
Springboks

Boks stay 5th in rankings after France win

2017-11-20 16:00

Despite their win over France in Paris, the Springboks remain fifth in the official World Rugby rankings.

 
Springboks

Boks expect Etzebeth to be fit for Italy

2017-11-20 13:26

Skipper Eben Etzebeth has a very good chance of recovering from his leg injury to lead the Springboks in their third end of year tour match against Italy.

 
Rugby Championship

Hansen eyeing big finish against Wales

2017-11-20 13:04

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is expecting more of the same approach Scotland took when his side take on Wales in Cardiff.

 
Rugby

Lambie puts in stellar performance for Racing

2017-11-20 10:43

Pat Lambie put in a stellar performance for Racing 92 on Sunday, kicking 20 points against Toulon in the Top 14.

 
Springboks

Mallett: Boks, France technically poor

2017-11-20 07:14

Former national coach Nick Mallett was not impressed by the quality of rugby dished up in the Test between South Africa and France.

 
Rugby Championship

Ioane blow for All Blacks

2017-11-19 22:04

All Blacks flyer Rieko Ioane has been ruled out of his side's penultimate November international against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

 
Rugby Championship

Wasps confirm Shields signing

2017-11-19 22:00

Wasps have confirmed that back-rower Brad Shields will join them during 2018/19 following his Super Rugby commitments with the Hurricanes.

 
Rugby

Care is England's Sanchez - Jones

2017-11-19 20:27

Eddie Jones has hailed Danny Care as a creative maestro on a par with Arsenal footballer Alexis Sanchez.

 
 

 
 
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