Late tries give Springboks bonus-point win

Published : 12:11 pm  September 28, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  312 reads   |  

South Africa scored three late tries to defeat Australia 28-10 Saturday in a Rugby Championship Test at Newlands stadium in Cape Town.

Four-try New Zealand retain Rugby Championship

Published : 11:48 am  September 28, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  366 reads   |  

New Zealand defeated Argentina 34-13 in La Plata Saturday to clinch a third consecutive Rugby Championship title.

De Villiers wants smarter Boks on the ball

Published : 11:18 am  September 27, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  329 reads   |  

South Africa must make better use of possession and territory when they face Australia in their penultimate Rugby Championship match at Newlands on Saturday, captain Jean de Villiers said.

Williams ends NRL stint to rejoin All Blacks

Published : 10:09 am  September 27, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  438 reads   |  

Code swapper Sonny Bill Williams says he leaves Australia’s National Rugby League with no regrets but won’t rule out a possible return to the Sydney Roosters before his playing career is over.

Boks, Wallabies look to keep heat on All Blacks

Published : 12:32 pm  September 26, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  354 reads   |  

South Africa and Australia both need victory in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash at Newlands, probably with a bonus point, if they are keep the heat on table-topping New Zealand which should ensure an entertaining contest.

Rookie hooker Harris likely to make All Blacks debut

Published : 3:31 pm  September 25, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  209 reads   |  

Rookie hooker Nathan Harris is expected to make his test debut for the All Blacks when they face Argentina in the fifth round of the Rugby Championship in La Plata on Saturday after being named on the replacements’ bench on Thursday.

Folau ready for running game against Springboks

Published : 2:00 pm  September 24, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  297 reads   |  

Australia fullback Israel Folau expects a more open game than in their previous encounter when the Wallabies take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship at Newlands on Saturday.

Springbok Serfontein feeling lucky at 13

Published : 1:58 pm  September 24, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  264 reads   |  

The emergence of Jan Serfontein in an unfamiliar position has been one of the plus points for South Africa in a Rugby Championship campaign that has otherwise proven disappointing to date.

All Black Cruden dropped for drinking, missed flight

Published : 11:04 am  September 23, 2014 |  2 comments  |  Print This Post  |  581 reads   |  

All Black pivot Aaron Cruden has been suspended for two Rugby Championship matches after going out drinking and missing the New Zealanders’ flight to Argentina, coach Steve Hansen said Monday.

Sri Lanka juniors go down fighting

Published : 12:26 pm  September 22, 2014 |  One comment  |  Print This Post  |  2810 reads   |  

Sri Lanka juniors went down in a closely contested game of the Singer ARFU JWRT Asian Qualifier rugby tournament against South Korea played at the Race course ground in Reid Avenue by just three points with the match ending in a close 31 points to 28 win for the Korean lads.

Battle for Junior World Cup slot from tomorrow

Published : 11:03 am  September 20, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  471 reads   |  

Host Sri Lanka along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Chinese Taipei will lock horns in the U20 Junior Rugby Asiad tournament from tomorrow at the Race Course ground in Colombo to earn a slot for the forthcoming Junior World Cup rugby tournament due to be held in Portugal.

South Africa turn to Burger for more bite

Published : 4:00 pm  September 18, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  297 reads   |  

Former World Rugby Player of the Year Schalk Burger was recalled to South Africa’s squad for the Rugby Championship tests against Australia and New Zealand in place of injured Francois Louw, the South African Rugby Union said on Wednesday.

Losing might be good for all-conquering All Blacks – Henry

Published : 2:55 pm  September 18, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  325 reads   |  

World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has committed the ultimate sin in rugby-mad New Zealand, suggesting it would not hurt the All Blacks if they lose a game before they defend the Webb Ellis trophy next year in England.

Losing might be good for all-conquering All Blacks – Henry

Published : 9:22 am  September 18, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  345 reads   |  

World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has committed the ultimate sin in rugby-mad New Zealand, suggesting it would not hurt the All Blacks if they lose a game before they defend the Webb Ellis trophy next year in England.

South Africa’s Louw out of Rugby Championship with neck injury

Published : 12:26 pm  September 17, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  273 reads   |  

South Africa’s Francois Louw has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship having become their second casualty from last Saturday’s test loss in New Zealand, the South African Rugby Union said on Tuesday.

Skelton’s progress a weighty matter for Wallabies

Published : 12:21 pm  September 17, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  253 reads   |  

When Will Skelton, all 137-kgs of him, rumbled over France flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to score a try in a sparkling test debut in June, it looked like the 22-year-old lock was going to be a Wallabies fixture for some time to come.

All Black Carter hopes to be playing in two weeks

Published : 12:19 pm  September 17, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  273 reads   |  

Dan Carter hopes to make his return to provincial rugby on Sept. 28 with an eye to working his way back to fitness in time for New Zealand’s third Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia next month, the flyhalf said on Wednesday.

Whitelock, Kaino set to return for All Blacks

Published : 1:31 pm  September 16, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  303 reads   |  

Four injured All Blacks headed by Jerome Kaino and Sam Whitelock are set to return for their last two Rugby Championship matches away to Argentina and South Africa.

Uncapped Harris named in All Blacks squad

Published : 12:32 pm  September 16, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  280 reads   |  

Uncapped hooker Nathan Harris is almost certain to make his test debut during New Zealand’s final two Rugby Championship matches in Argentina and South Africa after being named in Steve Hansen’s squad on Tuesday.

Palu to miss Wallabies Tests in South Africa, Argentina

Published : 11:47 am  September 15, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  282 reads   |  

The Wallabies will be without experienced No.8 Wycliff Palu for the two Rugby Championship Tests in South Africa and Argentina this month, team officials said Monday.

Springboks take positives from All Blacks loss

Published : 5:05 pm  September 14, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  257 reads   |  

The Springboks put a positive spin on their narrow defeat to the All Blacks in a bruising encounter Saturday, saying they learnt valuable lessons a year out from the World Cup.

Wallabies lose hooker Polota-Nau for the season

Published : 4:56 pm  September 14, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  2725 reads   |  

The Wallabies’ hooker woes intensified Sunday with news that Tatafu Polota-Nau is set to miss the rest of the season and may need ankle surgery.

McCaw try gives All Blacks tense win over Springboks

Published : 10:02 pm  September 13, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  2183 reads   |  

Captain Richie McCaw scored a second-half try to help the All Blacks maintain their five-year unbeaten record in New Zealand with a tense 14-10 victory over a combative Springboks side in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

All Blacks set for bruising Springboks test

Published : 2:29 pm  September 12, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  339 reads   |  

The world’s top two rugby sides, New Zealand and South Africa, acknowledged each other as bitter rivals Friday as they prepare to meet in a crucial fourth-round Rugby Championship clash.

Matfield relishes chance to prove All Blacks are beatable

Published : 2:22 pm  September 12, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1887 reads   |  

A Springboks victory over New Zealand in the fourth round of the Rugby Championship would go a long way towards changing the mindset of both teams with next year’s World Cup fast approaching, according to South Africa lock Victor Matfield.

Wallabies enforcer Higginbotham brooding on the pine

Published : 4:53 pm  September 11, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  2263 reads   |  

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has insisted that all positions in the matchday 23 have a crucial role to play in modern test rugby but it has given little comfort to back-row enforcer Scott Higginbotham.

Cruden returns as Hansen makes three changes to New Zealand side

Published : 8:19 am  September 11, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1959 reads   |  

Flyhalf Aaron Cruden has returned to the All Blacks’ starting side after recovering from a chest injury to face South Africa in the fourth round of the Rugby Championship at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.

Argentina switch wingers for Australia test

Published : 8:16 am  September 11, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  257 reads   |  

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has switched his wingers and replaced suspended lock Tomas Lavanini with Matias Alemanno for the Rugby Championship match against Australia on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Meyer throws rookie flyhalf Pollard into deep end

Published : 8:05 am  September 10, 2014 |  One comment  |  Print This Post  |  2711 reads   |  

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has thrown rookie Handre Pollard to the wolves, naming him starting flyhalf against the All Blacks for their pivotal Rugby Championship clash in Wellington on Saturday.

Australia recall Polota-Nau, snub Higginbotham

Published : 12:42 pm  September 9, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  2330 reads   |  

Australia welcomed hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau back from injury for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against Argentina but there was a snub for Scott Higginbotham when Ben McCalman was named as starting number eight on Tuesday.

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