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PARIS  - After two narrow defeats, South Africa were able to reverse their fortunes and snatch a last-gasp victory of their own against France in Paris on Saturday, even if coach Rassie Erasmus felt they had not been at their best. Substitute hooker Bongi Mbonambi rumbled over well after the final hooter to help secure a 29-26 victory that made...
LONDON - Eddie Jones knows that one of the keys to beating New Zealand is to mentally get past their "aura" and, having done an impressive job of that with Australia, he has spent the last week drumming it into his England players. When Jones was in charge of the Wallabies in the early 2000s he led them to five...
CAPE TOWN - Hooker Akker van der Merwe and flank Tyler Paul scored second half tries as the Sharks lifted South Africa's domestic Currie Cup with a 17-12 final victory over holders Western Province at Newlands on Saturday. The match was a repeat of last year’s decider, with the Durban-based Sharks gaining revenge against their more fancied opponents in Cape...
NEWLANDS, Cape Town, October 27 –The Sharks were crowned 2018 Currie Cup champions after defeating hosts Western Province 17-12 in Saturday's final at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. The visiting Sharks outscored WP 2-0 in the try count and scored all 17 match-winning points in the second half after trailing 6-0 at the break. WP lost the first lineout of the match...
YOKOHAMA, Japan - All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored 17 points as New Zealand completed a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep with a 37-20 win over Australia at the venue for the 2019 World Cup final on Saturday. Flanker Liam Squire and captain Kieran Read crossed before the break to put the All Blacks in a commanding position and the world...
PRETORIA, October 26 – The Blue Bulls Company on Friday confirmed the signing of Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen. The big ball carrying loose, who is currently plying his trade in Japan, will arrive in Pretoria in February 2019 and will spend the duration of the season with the Vodacom Bulls. Vermeulen has donned the Green and Gold of the Springboks...
CAPE TOWN - Experienced prop Tendai Mtawarira has been ruled out of South Africa's November internationals, but there will be a likely return for powerful number eight Duane Vermeulen after coach Rassie Erasmus named a training squad for the tour on Sunday. Mtawarira, a veteran of 107 caps, has not been considered after he was injured in the narrow Rugby...
NELSPRUIT, October 13 – The Golden Lions secured a Currie Cup semi-final berth with a comfortable 33-21 win over the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday night.   With the Lions producing a dominant scrum performance, and Courtnall Skosan delivering a dominantly display, the foundation was laid for a bonus-point victory that sees the Johannesburg-based side move into third place on the...
PRETORIA, October 6 - The Springboks were left to rue a squandered opportunity for a rare second successive win over the All Blacks with a 32-30 defeat at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday. The Kiwis led just once – after the final kick of the game by Richie Mo'unga – to claim another win over South Africa despite trailing...
PRETORIA - New Zealand captain Kieran Read says they can no longer just pitch up and expect to win rugby tests after dominating the sport over the last decade. The All Blacks face South Africa at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in the last game in this year’s southern hemisphere Rugby Championship. The encounter is much anticipated after the Springboks pulled off...

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