SA Rugby boss: Returning to play 'critical' for industry

2020-04-03 16:23

The South African rugby 'industry' has taken further steps to prepare a long-term strategy to combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SA Rugby conducting online coaching clinics during coronavirus lockdown

2020-04-03 13:36

With world rugby still temporarily shut down as a result of the coronavirus crisis, SA Rugby has started conducting online coaching clinics.


Springbok lock's parents stranded in Japan

2020-04-02 17:38

Springbok lock Jason Jenkins' parents have been left stranded in Japan due to South Africa’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown.


World Rugby to decide on July Tests at 'end-April'

2020-04-02 13:13

World Rugby will not decide on whether Test matches in July will go ahead before the end of April, it has been confirmed.

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Eddie Jones agrees new England contract until 2023 RWC

2020-04-02 10:13

England coach Eddie Jones has agreed a contract extension which will see him continue his role until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.


Advice to Cheslin: Lions above Olympics!

2020-04-01 15:47

Only getting one crack at the Lions in 2021 should tilt Cheslin Kolbe’s clashing-dates quandary away from Olympics participation, an expert tells Rob Houwing.

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Kiwi rugby stars share lockdown tips in new show

2020-04-01 06:55

In a new show, New Zealand's top rugby players will share homemade videos on how they are coping during Covid-19 lockdown.

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The Super Rugby side we (mercifully) won't see again

2020-03-30 14:28

Perhaps appropriately, the Sunwolves are highly likely to have ended already their inglorious participation in Super Rugby, writes Rob Houwing.


PICTURES | Backs with beards - who wore it best?

2020-03-30 09:44

Facial hair is no longer reserved for just the forwards ... backline players are sporting some impressive grooming too!


Gerber played golf with 1981 Springbok legends days before coronavirus test

2020-03-29 10:52

There are fears over the health of several members of the 1981 Springbok team who attending a golf day with former team-mate Danie Gerber.

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Jones tells public to follow 'head coach' Boris Johnson's advice

2020-03-27 20:52

Eddie Jones has sent a video message, calling for a group effort to tackle a coronavirus crisis where Boris Johnson is Britain's "head coach".

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Italy scraps rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

2020-03-27 18:19

Italian rugby chiefs announced that they were definitely scrapping the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Eddie Jones takes pay cut amid coronavirus crisis

2020-03-26 20:34

England coach Eddie Jones is to join other top officials at Twickenham in taking a pay cut of more than 25 percent for up to three months.

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The champagne Sharks game we may be robbed of

2020-03-26 14:00

Sharks v Crusaders: it would have been the stuff of Super Rugby dreams in late May. Sadly it will probably only remain in our dreams, says Rob Houwing.


WATCH | Former France fullback gives South Africans lockdown tips

2020-03-26 08:46

South African-born former France fullback Scott Spedding, currently in lockdown in his adopted country, gives South African tips on how to cope.


Pizza dough, fermented tea: how rugby players keep busy during lockdown

2020-03-25 22:24

From perfecting pizza dough to fermenting tea, rugby players in Europe have found different ways to pass their time during the lockdown forced.

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Lions coach puzzled by score drought just after half-time

2020-03-26 06:30

Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen is puzzled by his team's inability to score points in the 20-minute period after half-time this season.

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Lions, Bulls so much worse off than in 2019!

2020-03-25 14:15

Rob Houwing examines how the four SA sides in Super Rugby looked at the suspension of activity, in relation to their equivalent periods last year.


WATCH | Take a trip down memory lane - 2019 Rugby World Cup final

2020-03-25 10:35

Take a trip down memory lane and watch extended highlights of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England in Yokohama.


SA Rugby | Olympic postponement 'disappointing', but 'necessary'

2020-03-24 16:41

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said the postponement of the 2020 Olympics was disappointing, but the steps taken were necessary.


Irish rugby star McLaughlin in front row of coronavirus battle

2020-04-03 13:59

Ireland rugby international Claire McLaughlin says all the study she did training to be a doctor has not prepared her for the challenges presented by coronavirus.

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'Unfinished project' sees Jones stay with England until 2023 World Cup

2020-04-02 16:26

Eddie Jones said "the project hasn't been finished yet" as it was announced he would remain England's head coach until the 2023 World Cup in France.

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Flip backs Jake to turn Bulls fortunes around

2020-04-02 08:22

Flip van der Merwe, former Springbok and Bulls lock, believes Jake White is the right man to take over the beleaguered Pretoria-franchise.


Walking 'the tip of the iceberg' for Fatialofa after spinal injury

2020-04-01 20:43

Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa says his ability to walk again is "just the tip of the iceberg" as he battles back from a horrific spinal injury suffered.

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Change coming at Loftus, but it's the same old Jake

2020-04-02 07:30

The Bulls can expect significant change when Jake White gets stuck in at Loftus, but in many ways, he has stayed exactly the same. Lloyd Burnard.

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Why Jake has mountain to climb at Loftus

2020-03-31 14:00

Rob Houwing warns that the lack of stellar names on the Bulls’ current books makes Jake White’s task in Pretoria one less than assured of success.


Coronavirus | Springbok stars left stranded in Japan

2020-03-30 08:28

A host of South African rugby stars remain stranded in Japan after their flights back home were cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.


French-based Boks 'will aid RWC 2023 drive'

2020-03-27 16:14

More and more frontline Springboks playing regularly in France will boost SA's chances of RWC retention there in 2023, an expert feels. Rob Houwing reports.

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Coronavirus lockdown will be a huge challenge, admits Am

2020-03-26 18:21

Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am is coming to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, social-distancing and the imminent lockdown, and training on his own.

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WATCH | Bok skipper Siya Kolisi's lockdown message

2020-03-26 10:00

Springbok and Stormers captain Siya Kolisi has a message for the nation as South Africa prepares for a 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus.

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White wants to bring winning culture back at Loftus

2020-03-26 06:00

Former Springbok coach Jake White believes he can create a culture of success to bring the glory days back to Loftus Versfeld.


Kings loosie - This is my biggest fear

2020-03-26 06:50

Kings loose forward Elrigh Louw has revealed what scares him the most and how he’s been handling the coronavirus pandemic.

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John Dobson on how the Stormers will keep fit during lockdown

2020-03-25 11:57

With the country set to go into a 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus, Stormers coach John Dobson has explained how they have prepared for isolation.


WATCH | Take a trip down memory lane - 2007 Rugby World Cup final

2020-03-25 10:35

Take a trip down memory lane and watch extended highlights of the 2007 Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England in Paris.

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Why Sharks will be better still in 2021

2020-04-03 12:58

Their squad-wide youthfulness should ensure that the Sharks remain highly competitive even if Super Rugby 2020 is consigned to history, writes Rob Houwing.

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'Fizzling' Newlands farewell a concern for Stormers

2020-04-03 06:30

Newlands rugby stadium is not getting the farwell that the Stormers had hoped for with global sport still in lockdown.


Ex-Bok Dalton hits back after assault, racism charge

2020-04-02 10:00

Former Springbok hooker James Dalton, who has been accused of assault and racism, believes there's no credible case against him.

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Coronavirus | Doc Jannie ready to help if duty calls

2020-04-01 19:02

Springbok and Lions prop Jannie du Plessis says he will put on his scrubs if his services as a medical doctor are required during the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Zealand Rugby slashes salaries, fears huge losses

2020-04-01 07:26

New Zealand Rugby announced wage cuts for all staff, warning the coronavirus pandemic could cost it up to NZ$100 million.

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Scotland coach Townsend to take 25% pay deferral

2020-03-31 15:18

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is to take a 25 percent pay deferral in response to the coronavirus outbreak, it was announced.


WATCH | Du Preez brothers take keeping fit to a new level

2020-03-31 11:20

With the English rugby season suspended, South Africa's star Sale Sharks trio - the Du Preez brothers - have taken keeping in shape to a whole new level.


Rugby Australia lays off 75% of staff as huge losses loom

2020-03-31 14:42

Three-quarters of Rugby Australia's staff have been laid off until 1 July as the governing body predicted huge financial losses.


SA's rugby leadership working together to retain teams, jobs

2020-03-28 10:21

The South African rugby 'industry' has come together to navigate the retention of teams and jobs in the face of the threat to the business posed by the coronavirus pandemic.


Kolisi attempts Guinness World Record in lockdown

2020-03-27 18:26

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi will be attempting a Guinness World Record during South Africa's 21-day lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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England and Saracens lock Kruis backs 25% pay cut

2020-03-27 13:16

Saracens second-rower George Kruis believes that taking a 25% pay cut is “reasonable” as Premiership clubs look to keep financially afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

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Coronavirus | '2021 Lions tour could save SA rugby'

2020-03-26 14:24

The British & Irish Lions' scheduled tour to South Africa next year could be a saving grace for the local game, a WP board member believes.

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RFU expects £45-50m loss from Covid-19 cancellations

2020-03-25 22:43

England's Rugby Football Union expects to lose up to £50 million over the next 18 months due to economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

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Billy Vunipola commits future to relegated Saracens

2020-03-25 20:00

England star Billy Vunipola has pledged his future to Saracens in a bid to help the disgraced English champions return to the Premiership.


WATCH | Take a trip down memory lane - 1995 Rugby World Cup final

2020-03-25 10:35

Take a trip down memory lane and watch extended highlights of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

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Expert: Elton thriving despite Lions' woes

2020-03-25 06:30

The Lions may have been negotiating choppy waters in Super Rugby, but senior figure Elton Jantjies has still stood tall, a kick guru says. Rob Houwing reports.


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