Franco moving mere speculation, say Cheetahs

2018-01-23 07:22

The Cheetahs say a media report linking their director of rugby Franco Smith with a permanent move to Cape Town is ‘mere speculation’.


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Super Rugby

Highlanders versus Chiefs set for Suva

2018-01-23 08:45

The Highlanders will play a Super Rugby match in Suva, Fiji against New Zealand rivals the Chiefs, the franchise has announced.

Super Rugby

S15: Early tighthead trauma for SA sides

2018-01-22 18:31

Lack of depth at tighthead could place dangerous limitations on the title hopes of several SA sides in Super Rugby 2018, says Rob Houwing.


Northampton confirm Brüssow arrival

2018-01-22 18:16

Northampton have confirmed that new signing Heinrich Brüssow has joined up with the first team squad after touching down in the UK.


Cheetahs coach: Lee one of SA’s best centres

2018-01-22 14:30

Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan was full of praise for centre Nico Lee following their win over the Southern Kings in Bloemfontein.

Super Rugby

Lance leaves Rebels, makes Reds return

2018-01-22 10:38

Flyhalf Jono Lance has been released from his contract with the Melbourne Rebels and will join the Queensland Reds with immediate effect.


Duane to miss Rugby Championship - report

2018-01-22 10:07

Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen may miss the 2018 Rugby Championship due to club commitments in Japan.


Uncertainty remains over Coetzee's Bok post

2018-01-22 07:14

It remains unclear whether Allister Coetzee will stay on as Springbok coach in the 2018 season.

Super Rugby

Stormers demolish SWD Eagles in Super Rugby warm-up

2018-01-20 20:30

The Stormers got their 2018 Super Rugby pre-season warm-up matches off to a winning start when they blanked the SWD Eagles at Outeniqua Park.


Wales and Scotland to contest Doddie Weir Cup

2018-01-20 12:40

Wales and Scotland will launch their end-of-year Test campaign when they meet for the inaugural Doddie Weir Cup in Cardiff.

Six Nations

Priestland adds to Wales' Six Nations injury woes

2018-01-19 20:24

Wales second-choice flyhalf Rhys Priestland is likely to miss the majority of the Six Nations, adding to coach Warren Gatland's headaches.


Oupa leads Cheetahs against Kings

2018-01-19 14:12

Oupa Mohoje will captain the Cheetahs when they host the Southern Kings in a PRO14 encounter in Bloemfontein.


Messam replaces Vermeulen at Toulon

2018-01-19 13:30

All Black loose forward Liam Messam has been named as Duane Vermeulen’s replacement at French Top 14 club Toulon.


Willemse back to lead Kings

2018-01-19 07:47

Michael Willemse has returned to the Southern Kings starting line-up and will captain them in their PRO14 derby against the Cheetahs.

Six Nations

Jones laughs off England's Six Nations injury crisis

2018-01-18 19:11

Eddie Jones joked his England side "might as well not turn up" to the Six Nations after injuries and suspensions.


SBW makes Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca

2018-01-18 11:00

All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams has made a visit to Mecca as part of an Islamic pilgrimage.


Blitzboks drawn alongside England in Sydney

2018-01-18 10:23

The Blitzboks have been drawn in Pool C alongside England, Spain and Papua New Guinea at the Sydney Sevens.


Sage, Gans return for Blitzboks

2018-01-18 10:30

Dylan Sage and Stedman Gans have been recalled to the Blitzboks squad for the next two tournaments in the World Rugby Sevens Series

Super Rugby

CONFIRMED: Vermeulen to leave Toulon, set to join Stormers

2018-01-17 19:05

South Africa No.8 Duane Vermeulen will leave Toulon at the end of the season, club president Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed.

Six Nations

Bastareaud out of France 6N squad after homophobia ban

2018-01-17 17:48

Mathieu Bastareaud was first included and then hours later dropped from France's Six Nations squad after he was banned over a homophobic slur.


Eddie Jones extends England contract

2018-01-17 12:38

England coach Eddie Jones has extended his contract until 2021, but his successor will be named by the end of the 2019/20 season.


Willie: I've had no contact with Boks

2018-01-17 10:25

Willie le Roux is unsure if he’ll represent the Springboks in future but the fullback is not having sleepless nights over the matter.


France coach defends Bastareaud over homophobia

2018-01-16 22:02

France coach Jacques Brunel defended centre Mathieu Bastareaud, who faces a hearing over homophobic insults.

Super Rugby

Stormers v Bulls pre-season LA clash scrapped

2018-01-16 22:01

The pre-season friendly between the Stormers and the Bulls, originally set for Los Angeles, will now take place in South Africa.


Cheetahs address yellow card issue

2018-01-16 14:05

Cheetahs captain Torsten van Jaarsveld has called for better decision making from his players after a string of yellow cards.

Six Nations

Uncapped duo in Wales squad for Six Nations

2018-01-16 14:01

The uncapped duo of Worcester wing Josh Adams and Scarlets flank James Davies were included in a Wales squad for the Six Nations.


Toulon insist Bastareaud 'is not homophobic'

2018-01-15 18:35

Toulon defended their France international centre Mathieu Bastareaud after he used a homophobic insult against a Treviso player.


SA Rugby confirms Steinhoff no longer Blitzboks sponsors

2018-01-15 11:38

SA Rugby has confirmed it has received notification from Steinhoff International that the company was withdrawing from all sponsorship activities.

Super Rugby

ARU boss urges Super Rugby improvement

2018-01-15 11:16

Australian Rugby's new chief executive Raelene Castle believes the country's Super Rugby franchises must improve as a matter of urgency.


Red-card Haskell, injured Vunipola hand England Six Nations headache

2018-01-14 18:30

England were handed a double Six Nations headache after a red card for James Haskell and an injury to Billy Vunipola.

Super Rugby

Bulls to wear Sundowns-inspired away strip

2018-01-13 09:19

The Bulls have revealed their 2018 away Super Rugby kit: blue, white and yellow - a tribute to fellow city sporting giants Mamelodi Sundowns.

Super Rugby

Bulls boss Mitchell explains Paige omission

2018-01-23 08:30

The major surprise in Bulls coach John Mitchell's 38-man Super Rugby squad is the omission of Springbok Rudy Paige.

Super Rugby

Bulls name co-captains for Super Rugby

2018-01-22 17:30

The Bulls have named midfielder Burger Odendaal and loose forward Nic de Jager as co-captains for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

Six Nations

France returnee Parra out with knee injury

2018-01-22 17:55

Having earned a recall to the France squad for the first time in two years, Morgan Parra is now out of the Six Nations opener against Ireland with a knee injury.


Whiteley parts ways with relegated Japanese club

2018-01-23 07:30

Warren Whiteley is one of four South African players who have been released by NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes in Japan.

Super Rugby

Barry returns to Stormers, Mapimpi joins Sharks

2018-01-22 11:29

Wings Craig Barry and Makazole Mapimpi played their final match for the Cheetahs in their PRO14 win over the Southern Kings.

Mark Keohane

No tournament with Sunwolves can be 'best v best'!

2018-01-22 12:02

Mark Keohane feels more teams should be removed from the Super Rugby competition with, in an ideal world, Super 12 returning.

Lloyd Burnard

Coetzee-gate needs an ending ... and soon!

2018-01-22 09:43

The uncertainty surrounding the future of Springbok coach Allister Coetzee is not helping anyone, writes Lloyd Burnard.

Super Rugby

Pocock to miss start of Super Rugby season

2018-01-21 17:17

Brumbies are set to be without David Pocock for the start of the Super Rugby season after the flanker underwent surgery for a knee complaint.

Super Rugby

Vermeulen off to Stormers ... via Japan?

2018-01-20 16:19

There appears to be uncertainly over the exact return date of star Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen to South Africa - and the Stormers in particular.

Six Nations

England's Billy Vunipola out for 12 weeks

2018-01-19 21:49

England No 8 Billy Vunipola faces "approximately 12 weeks" on the sidelines after breaking his arm, according to his club Saracens.


SA Rugby extends condolences to Ncinane family

2018-01-19 15:55

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander on Friday expressed condolences to the family of Zandisile John Ncinane, who will be laid to rest.

Varsity Cup

UJ coach eyes fresh Varsity Cup start

2018-01-19 14:26

University of Johannesburg coach Werner Janse van Rensburg is eyeing a fresh start when his team kick off their Varsity Cup campaign against Maties.

Super Rugby

Lucas makes Reds return

2018-01-19 11:30

The Reds have added further depth to their back stocks with the signing of former Queensland representative Ben Lucas for the 2018 season.

Super Rugby

Muir, Van Straaten’s presence vital for Sharks

2018-01-19 07:05

Sharks coach Robert du Preez has welcomed the addition of Dick Muir and Braam van Straaten as members of their coaching staff.


'Gutted' Saracens in last chance saloon

2018-01-19 07:05

Saracens will be relying on their eight-strong England contingent to drag the title-holders out of a European Champions Cup hole at home to Northampton.

Super Rugby

Sharks without Boks Coenie and Jean-Luc

2018-01-18 16:56

The Sharks will start their Super Rugby campaign without Springboks Coenie Oosthuizen and Jean-Luc du Preez.


Eddie Jones still in line to lead Lions to SA

2018-01-18 10:48

RFU chief executive Steve Brown says Eddie Jones' contract extension would not prevent him from being able to lead the Lions in 2021.


Venter scoops top Cheetahs award

2018-01-18 10:24

Cheetahs captain Francois Venter was named Player of the Year at the union’s annual awards ceremony.

Super Rugby

Key Stormers stars face lengthy injury breaks

2018-01-18 09:30

With their pre-season set to get underway this coming weekend, the Stormers are missing a host of players through injury.

Six Nations

Banned Haskell to miss England's 6N openers

2018-01-17 19:27

England flanker James Haskell will miss the first two matches of the champions' Six Nations title defence after being banned for a dangerous tackle.


No word from Rassie about Bok role - Davids

2018-01-17 15:27

Southern Kings coach Deon Davids says he has not been in talks with SA Rugby regarding a coaching position at the Springboks.

Six Nations

Bastareaud included in France 6N squad

2018-01-17 16:13

Despite being embroiled in a homophobia storm, burly centre Mathieu Bastareaud was included the French Six Nations squad.


Wallaby great arrested in Japan

2018-01-17 10:20

Wallabies great George Smith has been arrested in Japan for refusing to pay a taxi bill and allegedly physically assaulting the driver.

Six Nations

Gatland lays down 6N challenge to uncapped pair

2018-01-16 20:41

Coach Warren Gatland said uncapped pair Josh Adams and James Davies had an "exciting opportunity" to make their mark in the Six Nations.


Wallaby No 9 joining Bordeaux

2018-01-16 16:19

Former Queensland scrumhalf Nick Frisby, who has played four times for Australia, has been signed by Bordeaux-Begles.


All Blacks prop destroys shot put champ in test of strength

2018-01-16 12:01

All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala has used his scrummaging power to destroy world shot put champion Tom Walsh in a test of strength on a Japanese TV show.


Billionaire pays Kings a visit

2018-01-16 08:21

EP Rugby Union president Andre Rademan has shed more light on Stade Francais owner Hans-Peter Wild’s visit to Port Elizabeth.


Doping offences could ‘darken’ NZ rugby image

2018-01-15 14:00

New Zealand Rugby is confident doping is not systemic in the sport but says any future breaches could tarnish the country's image.

Super Rugby

Duane set to quit Toulon for Stormers, Boks

2018-01-15 10:00

Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen is reportedly set to end his stay at French club Toulon and return to South Africa.


Cheetahs claim the honours in PRO14 derby

2018-01-13 18:55

The Cheetahs claimed bragging rights over the Southern Kings by winning the first ever South African PRO14 derby.


Wales set to announce Bok Test in USA

2018-01-12 14:16

Wales are reportedly on the verge of confirming a Test against the Springboks in Washington DC.


Blitzboks aim to improve with ball in hand - Dazel

2018-01-22 20:58

Newly-appointed Springbok Sevens assistant-coach Renfred Dazel is still feeling some nerves and excitement in the build-up to the Sydney Sevens.

Super Rugby

Potgieter leaves Bulls, takes 'sabbatical'

2018-01-22 17:30

The Bulls have confirmed that they have parted ways with loose forward Jacques Potgieter ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season.


Ospreys sack coach Tandy

2018-01-22 18:23

Pro14 club Ospreys have announced they had sacked head coach Steve Tandy after six years in charge of the Welsh region.

Super Rugby

Lions to host Bulls in pre-season friendly

2018-01-22 13:57

The Lions will be hosting the Bulls in a Super Rugby pre-season friendly at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Super Rugby

Donald's deal to Ulster off due to injury

2018-01-22 13:34

Ulster have announced that the proposed signing of former All Black flyhalf Stephen Donald will not be completed due to an injury.


Johan Goosen in shock return from retirement?

2018-01-22 10:21

Former Springbok Johan Goosen has been linked with a return to the game with French outfit Montpellier.


Rassie's Bok ultimatum for Franco

2018-01-22 22:30

Springbok assistant coach Franco Smith faces a tough decision regarding his coaching future.


Cheetahs thrash Kings in Bloemfontein

2018-01-20 19:02

The Cheetahs have thrashed the hapless Kings in their PRO14 clash in Bloemfontein.

Super Rugby

Revamped Super Rugby promises to deliver 'best v best'

2018-01-20 14:15

The 2018 restructured 15-team Super Rugby tournament kicks-off in four weeks time when the Stormers host the Jaguares in Cape Town

Super Rugby

Puma leaves Jaguares to become a Tiger

2018-01-19 21:14

Young Argentina prop Facundo Gigena joined English Premiership side Leicester Tigers.


Excitement ahead of Heyneke's schools festival

2018-01-19 14:06

The 10 South African schools for the World Schools Festival in Paarl have been confirmed.

Super Rugby

Crusaders lose Read for 4 months

2018-01-19 12:51

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has been ruled out of action for four months as he will undergo surgery on a prolapsed lumbar disc in his back.

Six Nations

Haskell rues past indiscretions

2018-01-19 14:01

Wasps flank James Haskell is lamenting the severity of the suspension that will see him miss England's opening two games of the Six Nations.

Six Nations

Jones confident England prop idol search will come good

2018-01-19 09:06

Eddie Jones believes the uncapped pair of Lewis Boyce and Alec Hepburn have what it takes to succeed in the demanding role of an international loosehead prop.

Six Nations

Haskell laments past lapses after England ban

2018-01-18 22:01

James Haskell has been left to rue infringements earlier in his career which he believes contributed to a ban that will rule him out the start of the Six Nations

Varsity Cup

Steinhoff split as sponsors of Maties

2018-01-18 13:27

It’s been confirmed that Steinhoff will no longer sponsor the University of Stellenbosch’s sports teams.

Six Nations

8 uncapped players in England squad for Italy opener

2018-01-18 12:25

England coach Eddie Jones named a squad featuring eight uncapped players for the reigning champions Six Nations opener away to Italy.


Cheetahs sign 2.09m beanpole from Lions

2018-01-18 09:01

The Cheetahs have announced the signing of giant lock JP du Preez from the Lions.

Six Nations

Larmour named in Ireland's 6N squad

2018-01-17 20:12

Jordan Larmour has been handed a first Ireland call-up after the Leinster fullback was named in Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad.

Super Rugby

New Stormers recruits set for George warm-up

2018-01-17 18:36

New Stormers recruits Sergeal Petersen and Raymond Rhule were both named as part of the squad to face SWD Eagles in a pre-season match in George.

Super Rugby

Retrenched quintet takes Bulls to court

2018-01-17 14:00

Five former Blue Bulls employees have taken the union to court over what they feel was unfair dismissal.


Andries Bekker calls it a day

2018-01-17 12:16

Former Springbok lock Andries Bekker has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

Super Rugby

Stormers v Bulls: From LA to Wellington

2018-01-17 07:09

The Stormers are disappointed about missing out on facing the Bulls in Los Angeles but happy that the Boland Stadium can be used as an alternative.

Six Nations

2019 RWC a possibility for Ireland skipper

2018-01-16 20:41

Ireland captain Rory Best has revealed he is keen to sort out his future before the Six Nations, saying that he could continue until 2019.

Super Rugby

Bok No 9 on the mend after groin operation

2018-01-16 15:04

Bulls and Springbok scrumhalf Rudy Paige has undergone groin surgery and is expected to be fit at the end of February.


Flyhalf concern for battling Kings

2018-01-15 23:02

The Southern Kings have suffered a blow with the news that flyhalf Oliver Zono has injured his knee.

Super Rugby

Wasps confirm Sopoaga signature

2018-01-15 14:18

Wasps have confirmed that Lima Sopoaga will be their player from next season following his Super Rugby commitments with the Highlanders.


David Campese says goodbye to South Africa

2018-01-15 11:16

Legendary former Wallabies wing David Campese has said goodbye to South Africa after spending seven years in Durban.


Bastareaud sorry after 'homophobic' slur

2018-01-15 08:08

Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud has issued an apology after appearing to utter a "homophobic" insult at an opponent.

Super Rugby

Stormers set to lose Etzebeth for 10 matches

2018-01-13 09:09

The Stormers are set to start their 2018 Super Rugby campaign without the services of inspirational lock, Eben Etzebeth.


Cheetahs name team for Kings derby

2018-01-12 14:28

Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan has announced his team to take on the Southern Kings in a PRO14 encounter in Port Elizabeth.


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