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Adopt Super 14 laws

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has urged SANZAR to use the new Super 14 laws in the Tri-Nations tournament this year, arguing it is the...

Saffa to be “most missed Aussie”

"You might have to sign two players to get the skills you are getting from one. The solution might be in a package." Writes Rupert...

Brumbies relieved Burger won’t play

"I'm quite glad he's not playing, he just tries to be a nuisance at every breakdown and because he's so good at that, he's...

Hoskins elected to RWC board

South African Rugby Union (Saru) president Oregan Hoskins has been unanimously elected onto the board of Rugby World Cup Ltd. Reports Sports24. Hoskins was voted in...

A decade is a long time for Stormers

Not only will the Stormers will be looking to record their fourth home win on the trot when they host the Brumbies in a...

Wales will chill it for Boks

Wales players are set to be exposed to a week of training at a cryotherapy centre ahead of the Six Nations Grand Slam winners'...

O’Neill asks for off-season window

Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill will meet the country's four Super 14 teams at the end of this year's competition in a bid...

Geldenhuys cleared

Lions prop Ross Geldenhuys has been cleared of kneeing Highlanders prop Jamie Mackintosh. News24 reports that Geldenhuys was cited after Friday's game when it...

Big Joe down with the flu

The Lions will know only shortly before kick-off whether Springbok loose forward Joe van Niekerk will be fit to play against the Highlanders in...

Bulls must force a breakthrough

The Bulls, confident after their performance against the Blues last week, will be out to continue the good work when they play the Western...

Patrick ….. on the New Laws

Most teams are now settling down with the new rules, except perhaps for the Bulls. It is becoming obvious that some of the changes are...

Patrick….on Biffo

There have been quite a few grizzles about foul play with the impression given by some SA sources that they are being penalized more...

Louden lined up to coach Waratahs

The pressure is mounting on Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie, with renewed reports that his assistant Todd Louden is being lined up to replace ......

Bok job won’t hurt Sharks

Dick Muir on Tuesday confirmed that he and Stormers' forward coach Gary Gold had been identified by SA Rugby as possible assistants to Springbok...

Ashton to learn his Eng fate

Brian Ashton's future as coach of the England rugby union team is expected to be clarified on Wednesday when Rob Andrew, the elite rugby...

NZ rugby awaits diagnosis

The sustainability of rugby in New Zealand comes under the microscope at a two-day forum starting in Wellington on Wednesday. Even the most traditional...

Cheetahs scramble for prop cover

The Cheetahs will be without tighthead prop Kobus Calldo for the remainder of their Australasian tour after he succumbed to injury during the Super...

We’re fit enough

Waratahs scrumhalf Brett Sheehan has defended the fitness of his team and said they were looking forward 'to playing some football' in Friday's Super...

Blacks are not getting a look in

Peter de Villiers was quoted this week as saying that he was not happy with how black players (for the purpose of this article...

Late charge seal it for Force

The Western Force moved into third place on the Super 14 standings with a deserved 36-28 win over the Highlanders at the Queenstown Events...

Late charge seal it for Force

The Western Force moved into third place on the Super 14 standings with a deserved 36-28 win over the Highlanders at the Queenstown Events...

Easter Festivals – Thursday’s Results

Maundy Thursday and lots of enthusiastic rugby at the various festivals. We give the results as we have received them. Rugby365 reports that there are...

Law discussion – S14 2008 week 5

There were six matches in Week 5, plenty of action, lots of tries and, ineluctably, law matters to discuss. Rugby365 discusses that for one thing...

Crisis talks as British Lions tour chaos looms

Crisis talks are under way to try to prevent next year's British and Irish Lions rugby union tour to South Africa descending into chaos. Writes...

Sensation! Rugby in deep crisis!

Here are some of the main elements of an official International Rugby Board press release which appeared last week: Writes Stephen Jones as part of...

New rules are being set up to fail

The chances of the IRB introducing the experimental law variations at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand appear increasingly unlikely. Reports The Australian To be...

S14 2008 – Game 16 – Lions vs Force

Lions versus Force. Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Louis Strydom, 9...

It‘s D-Day for SA teams in the Super 14 rugby series

It is D-Day for several leading South African franchise teams taking part in this year‘s Super 14 rugby series. Writes Stan Terblanche for the EP...

Sharks Have Not Forgotten a Thing

Do not be fooled by the Sharks' insistence that their heartbreaking 20-19 defeat against the Bulls in last year's Super 14 final will mean...

Saders aim for SA sweep

Memories of two years ago, and the fact they haven't gone through South Africa unbeaten since 2002, have the Crusaders casting a wary eye...

Vodacom Cup preview

The future and depth of South African rugby will come under scrutiny when the Vodacom Cup kicks off this weekend. A look at the...

Life on the high veldt

As a youngster I imagined a touring rugby journo in South Africa pecked at the typewriter in his hotel room for a few hours...

Angry Stofile feeling left out

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers re-appointed John Smit as national captain on Wednesday, but there could be ramifications as South African Rugby Union Deputy...

Smit – contract problems loom

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and captain John Smit agree that securing his release from the French club Clermont Auvergne where he is now...

Stormers cry foul

The managing director of WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, Rob Wagner, has sent a letter to the chief of SA's referees, Andre Watson, stating that...

Fourie quells exodus fears

Bulls captain Fourie du Preez has moved swiftly to allay fears that he or any other of the Bulls senior players were also considering...

First Cape to splash out R14m on Lions tour

South African wine brand First Cape has been chosen as the first official wine sponsor of the British & Irish Lions. grape.co.za, offlicencenews.co.uk, RuggaWorld. The £1...

Hoskins lauds Boks

South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins has complimented the Springboks on winning the prestigious Laureus team of the year award. Writes Meshack Khotha for...

Battle of the hookers

The scene is set for a titanic battle of the hookers when the Sharks and Stormers clash in a Super14 match in Durban on...

Flynn not missing Matfield

When Corey Flynn lines up his first lineout throw on Saturday morning, he will have the pleasure of knowing Victor Matfield's eyes are not...

ANC applauds the Springboks

The African National Congress (ANC) congratulated the Springboks today for winning the Laureus World Team of the Year award. Reports Sapa "With this prestigious award, they...

Patrick on the Bulls

The fourth game I was going to watch was so colourless that I decided to see how the 2007 Champs.. the Bulls.. fared. I’d...

Henjak could move to Africa, NRL

Wayward Western Force halfback Matt Henjak could join a South African Super 14 team or the NRL if his Australian rugby contract is terminated. Writes...

Patrick on the new rules

I think enough fans left the grounds satisfied that the new rules weren’t too confusing, and could work OK. On the other hand I...

Patrick on the Sharks

A scruffy game that just held the fans attention. Both sides would have left the field with some genuine regrets. At this point in...

Habana: ELVs undermine the very essence of rugby

Bulls wing Bryan Habana has passed a damning judgment on the Experimental Law Variations, echoing sentiments expressed by his captain, Fourie du Preez, after...

Stones denies IRB Grilled Hoskins Over Transformation

SA Rugby MD Jonathan Stones yesterday shot down reports that Oregan Hoskins, South African Rugby Union (Saru) president, had to explain SA's political situation...

Breaking News?: Rugby world cup winner Botha joins Toulon

World Cup winner Bakkies Botha of South Africa is joining Toulon and will arrive at the second division French rugby club on February 26,...

Saffa Reid hopes rehabilitation has wings

When it comes to determination and refusing to give up in the face of overwhelming odds, it is hard to beat Roland Reid’s campaign...

Hoskins under a microscope

The argument that Regan Hoskins should continue as South African Rugby Union president because the Springboks are world champions is as flawed as the...