Replacement fly-half Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias kicked a penalty two minutes from time to give Argentina a 26-24 Rugby Championship victory over South Africa in Salta Saturday.
A rampant New Zealand inflicted further pain on a fired-up Australia with a 29-9 victory to claim the Bledisloe Cup in Wellington on Saturday.
New Zealand say Saturday’s Test in Wellington against Australia is all about securing the Bledisloe Cup for a 14th straight year, downplaying the appearance of the polarising Quade Cooper.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen’s long-term planning will again come into focus on Saturday when they face Australia in the Rugby Championship, with his mantra of ‘raising the bar’ also likely to be tested.
The All Blacks won plaudits for the near perfect first half they played to rout Australia in their Rugby Championship opener last week, though captain Kieran Read has hammered into his team the need to improve even further.
Hammered on the field. Pilloried by fans and local media off it, the woefully out-of-form Wallabies have even been called delusional by one of their former players this week.
New Zealand opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a thumping win over Australia last week but the world champions are bracing for a tough encounter against a wounded Wallabies side determined to salvage their pride on Saturday.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika faces perhaps “the biggest challenge” of his career in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand in Wellington, a week after his side were humiliated by the same opposition in Sydney.
Uncapped winger Rieko Ioane is among five players called into the All Blacks squad for their Rugby Championship clash with Australia on Saturday, after a raft of injuries hit the team in their first clash in Sydney.
Defending French Top 14 champions Racing 92 slipped to a 15-9 defeat at Bordeaux-Begles on the opening day of the new season, while Clermont had to settle for a 30-30 draw at La Rochelle on Saturday.
World champions New Zealand claimed their biggest win over the Wallabies in Australia with a thumping 42-8 win over the defending champions to kick off their Rugby Championship campaign in Sydney on Saturday.
Injured All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has been forced onto his side’s replacement bench for their Rugby Championship opener against Australia on Saturday after Nathan Harris was ruled out with a knee injury.
World champions New Zealand must battle the loss of some of the game’s greats and a desire for revenge from their opponents as they prepare for the start of the Rugby Championship this weekend.
Hong Kong’s Men’s Under 20 Sevens team won the second leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens in Hong Kong at King’s Park beating 2016 series champions Sri Lanka in the Cup final 36-10.
Sri Lanka Under 20 rugby players looked rock solid on day one when they completed their matches in the Asian Youth Rugby Sevens 2016 tournament with a clean sheet in Kowloon, Hong Kong yesterday.
Isipathana College showed supremacy on the field in the schools segment as they managed to end day one with three wins out of three in the second leg of the inaugural Sri Lanka Super Sevens Rugby Tournament worked off at the Racecourse International Rugby Stadium
Fiji sent New Zealand home, Japan continued their fairytale run to the semi-finals and Britain edged Argentina amid the high drama of extra time as the inaugural Olympic sevens tournament got down to the final four on Wednesday.
South Africa have called up versatile Sharks prop Lourens Adriaanse to replace Trevor Nyakane, who is nursing an ankle injury, for their first two matches of the Rugby Championship against Argentina later this month.
Former Vidyartha, Navy SC and CR & FC player Jason Dissnayake has signed up with Kandy Sports Club for the 2016/2017 rugby season. He signed his contract yesterday in Colombo.
The Wellington Hurricanes ended a 20-year nightmare Saturday when Beauden Barrett in scintillating form engineered a 20-3 victory over the Golden Lions on Saturday for their maiden Super Rugby title.