Matfield relishes chance to prove All Blacks are beatable

Published : 2:22 pm  September 12, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1338 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  |  1597 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  |  1533 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  |  245 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  |  1803 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  |  1730 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.

Carter in doubt for rest of Rugby Championship

Published : 12:40 pm  September 9, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  293 reads   |  

Daniel Carter is in doubt to play any part in the Rugby Championship as the All Blacks flyhalf battles to recover from a broken leg.

Australia suffer double injury blow for Argentina test

Published : 12:01 pm  September 8, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  322 reads   |  

Australia winger Adam Ashley-Cooper and number eight Wycliff Palu will miss the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship clash against Argentina on the Gold Coast on Saturday due to injuries.

Australia squeak past South Africa in Perth

Published : 12:58 pm  September 7, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1929 reads   |  

Rob Horne scored a brilliant converted try two minutes from time to give Australia a 24-23 victory over South Africa in the Rugby Championship at a rain-soaked Subiaco Oval on Saturday.

Savea brace for All Blacks in tight win over Pumas

Published : 8:29 pm  September 6, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1754 reads   |  

Winger Julian Savea scored two tries as New Zealand again struggled to put Argentina away before they eventually ground out a 28-9 win in their tightly contested Rugby Championship clash at McLean Park in Napier on Saturday.

Forwards battle key to Wallabies-Boks Test

Published : 1:53 pm  September 5, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  323 reads   |  

The Wallabies will rely on their maligned forwards to provide a platform if they are to reverse a three-match losing run against South Africa in their Rugby Championship Test in Perth on Saturday.

Wounded Wallabies look to rebound against Springboks

Published : 12:22 am  August 28, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  327 reads   |  

Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie Wednesday demanded far more from his team against South Africa as they look to recover from their mauling at the hands of the All Blacks last weekend.

Wallabies seek ‘mental relaxation’ after Eden Park trauma

Published : 12:57 pm  August 25, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  396 reads   |  

The Wallabies will have plenty of down-time over the next week to “mentally relax” after their humiliation by the All Blacks at Eden Park, captain Michael Hooper has said.

Pumas must learn to win matches, says coach Hourcade

Published : 12:51 pm  August 25, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1898 reads   |  

South Africa were not better or stronger than Argentina, just more streetwise. The Pumas were unable to kill off the Springboks and let them wriggle free.

Proud, but could do better, says Al Blacks coach Hansen

Published : 11:30 am  August 24, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  339 reads   |  

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was quietly satisfied with his side’s 51-20 thrashing of Australia to retain the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday but felt they could have played even better.

Video: All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with crushing win

Published : 8:59 pm  August 23, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  525 reads   |  

New Zealand’s forwards responded to criticism of their performance in their opening Rugby Championship clash to set the foundation for a 51-20 victory over Australia at Eden Park on Saturday that also ensured the retention of the Bledisloe Cup.

All Blacks told to improve or risk losing Bledisloe

Published : 10:40 am  August 22, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  408 reads   |  

New Zealand’s hopes of a world record dissolved in the Sydney rain last week but retaining the Bledisloe Cup remains a major motivating factor for the All Blacks ahead of the return match against Australia on Saturday.

All Blacks told to improve or risk losing Bledisloe

Published : 2:37 pm  August 21, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  469 reads   |  

New Zealand’s hopes of a world record dissolved in the Sydney rain last week but retaining the Bledisloe Cup remains a major motivating factor for the All Blacks ahead of the return match against Australia on Saturday.

Super-sub Crotty thrust into starting role against Wallabies

Published : 11:22 am  August 21, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1509 reads   |  

Ryan Crotty’s elevation to his first test start for the All Blacks on Thursday was hardly a major surprise after Ma’a Nonu was ruled out by injury, even if the 25-year-old centre was not even in the squad a week ago.

Australia unchanged for second test against New Zealand

Published : 8:17 am  August 19, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1603 reads   |  

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has named an unchanged side for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against New Zealand in Auckland.

Midfield dilemma takes centre stage for NZ’s Hansen

Published : 7:29 pm  August 18, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  515 reads   |  

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen could have a slight dilemma in picking his centre combination for their Rugby Championship clash with Australia at Eden Park on Saturday.

South Africa labour to narrow win over Argentina

Published : 7:13 pm  August 17, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1166 reads   |  

South Africa laboured to a 13-6 victory over Argentina on Saturday in a Rugby Championship Test in rain-soaked Pretoria.

Australia stop New Zealand streak in Sydney draw

Published : 9:46 pm  August 16, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1577 reads   |  

Australia prevented New Zealand from claiming a world record 18th consecutive win by holding the world champions to a 12-12 draw in a try-less Rugby Championship opener on Saturday that left both sides disappointed.

Wallabies stand in path of All Blacks record run

Published : 9:10 am  August 15, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  501 reads   |  

Australia have ended lengthy New Zealand winning streaks twice in the last four years and this weekend it is again the Wallabies who stand in the path of what would be the longest the top tier of the game has ever seen.

Argentina restored to near full-strength for Boks

Published : 9:00 am  August 15, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  448 reads   |  

Argentina retained just two players from their last starting line-up when they named a near full-strength side for their opening match of the Rugby Championship against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Smith returns to All Blacks team for Australia opener

Published : 7:40 am  August 14, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1471 reads   |  

New Zealand’s fit-again Conrad Smith has returned at centre while Wyatt Crockett has replaced the injured Tony Woodcock at loosehead prop for their opening Rugby Championship match against Australia on Saturday.

Pollard gets nod ahead of Steyn at flyhalf

Published : 7:37 am  August 14, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1966 reads   |  

Inexperienced flyhalf Handre Pollard was named ahead of long-standing incumbent Morne Steyn in South Africa’s team for their opening match of the Rugby Championship against Argentina in Pretoria on Saturday.

South Africa flanker Smith on brink of fairytale return

Published : 2:52 pm  August 13, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  313 reads   |  

If flanker Juan Smith is named on Wednesday in South Africa’s squad to play Argentina in the Rugby Championship this weekend it will mark a fairytale chance to win a 70th cap after injury forced him to quit 18 months ago.

McKenzie moves Beale to flyhalf for New Zealand clash

Published : 1:00 pm  August 12, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  1468 reads   |  

Coach Ewen McKenzie knows Australia must take risks if they are to bring New Zealand’s 17-game winning streak to an end on Saturday and hopes the surprise selection of Kurtley Beale at flyhalf will provide the spark in their Rugby Championship clash in Sydney.

Wallabies call up hooker Faingaa after Latu breaks arm

Published : 8:11 am  August 12, 2014 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  491 reads   |  

Australia have called up Queensland Reds hooker Saia Faingaa to their squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship after Tolu Latu broke his arm on the weekend to further deplete their options in the middle of the front row.

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