Castle Rugby Championship

Three warm-ups for Kings

November 6, 2013
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The Southern Kings have confirmed the first round of Super Rugby friendlies early in 2014 before the Super Rugby Season kicks off.
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All Blacks lose Richie McCaw, Cory Jane for Wallaby Test

October 18, 2013
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All Blacks lose Richie McCaw, Cory Jane for Wallaby Test

The All Blacks suffered a double blow on the eve of Saturday’s Test against the Wallabies with captain Richie McCaw and wing Cory Jane ruled out after picking up injuries in training. DateOctober 18, 2013 – 10:29AM Cory Jane on the burst against Australia at Eden Park. Photo: Peter Meecham   “Richie McCaw has been...
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Heyneke Meyer take a bow.

October 7, 2013
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If you were going to tell me that South Africa would rack up 958 running meters against the best team in the world I would have laughed in your face. If you were going to tell me that the pace and power of the South African attack would cause 31 missed tackles by New...
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Boks’ most telling mistakes

October 6, 2013
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The Boks were leading 22-21 in minute 49 – and then all went crooked.
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Aussie end on a High

October 6, 2013
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Aussie end on a High

The Wallabies ended the Rugby Championship with a convincing 54-17 victory over the Pumas in Rosario. Fullback Israel Folau grabbed a hat-trick as the visitors avoided the wooden spoon, leaving Argentina without a single win after their second year in the southern hemisphere competition. The home side scored a try in each half in...
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Springboks 27, All Blacks 38

October 5, 2013
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Springboks 27, All Blacks 38

The Rugby Championship decider between the Springboks and the All Blacks at Ellis Park has been billed as the greatest match of the year, and with good reason. The time is here for the Springboks to make a little bit of history again. The only thing standing in their way is the worlds number...
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Preview: Sprinboks versus All Blacks

October 4, 2013
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Preview: Sprinboks versus All Blacks

Many have said after the yellow card debacle in Auckland that we will all have a show down at Ellis Park on the 11 October when the Springboks will invite the All Blacks into our back yard. Most describe this game as one of the epic battles which these two teams, in their long...
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Preview: Pumas versus Aussies

October 4, 2013
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Preview: Pumas versus Aussies

The possibility of the Pumas breaking their Rugby Championship duck against the Wallabies in Rosario on Saturday adds some spice to the wooden spoon battle. By: Quintin van Jaarsveld With all and sundry eagerly anticipation the Rugby Championship decider between the Springboks and the All Blacks in Johannesburg on Saturday, the match between Argentina...
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Five All Black myths exposed

October 3, 2013
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The All Blacks are the No 1 team in the world, and rightly so. Their consistent play has given them a World Cup and they are deservedly at the top of the rankings at the moment.
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Genia to spark Aussies

October 3, 2013
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Genia to spark Aussies

Australia scrumhalf Will Genia’s yo-yo season took an upward turn when he was recalled for Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test in Argentina. By: Sport24 Genia comes in for Nic White in the only change to the starting line-up from that beaten 28-8 by South Africa in Cape Town last weekend. White drops to the bench...
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Boks up for the challenge

October 3, 2013
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Boks up for the challenge

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has highlighted the colossal challenge his side faced in their attempt to beat the All Blacks in their deciding Rugby Championship Test at Ellis Park on Saturday. By: Sport24 And, if beating the best defensive team was not enough, the Boks were also targetting a four-try bonus point victory over...
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6 reasons Boks will do it!

October 2, 2013
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6 reasons Boks will do it!

Earlier in the week Rob gave us 6 reason why the Springboks will not be able to put four tries against the World Champions on Saturday. He now decided to through in six reason why the Boks should be able to get the four tries they need to win the Castle Rugby Championship. Rob...
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Fifty up for Beast

October 2, 2013
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Fifty up for Beast

Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira will play in his 50th Test for the Springboks when they take on New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, in the final round of the Rugby Championship. By Sport24 The 28-year-old Mtawarira, who made his Test debut on June 14, 2008 against Wales in Pretoria, will become the...
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Pumas tweak backline for Oz

October 2, 2013
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Pumas tweak backline for Oz

Argentina have made two backline changes for a Rugby Championship Test against fellow strugglers Australia in Rosario Saturday. By: Sport24 Horacio Agulla replaces Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino on the right wing and veteran centre Felipe Contepomi comes in for Santiago Fernandez at inside centre. Amorosino and Fernandez drop to the bench for the final-round fixture...
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Meyer hopes ABs are punished

October 2, 2013
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Meyer hopes ABs are punished

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer says he hopes the All Blacks are punished appropriately if they employ negative tactics at Ellis Park on Saturday. By: News24 In order to win the Rugby Championship, South Africa must beat New Zealand with a four-try bonus point and at the same time prevent the Kiwis from getting any...
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Wallaby skipper in pay row

October 1, 2013
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Wallaby skipper in pay row

Australia’s Rugby Championship campaign is being threatened by a pay row involving one of the key players in the team. Sources: FoxSports & RadioLIVE Media reports suggest Ben Mowen is considering walking out over a payment dispute with the Australian Rugby Union – just a fortnight after captaining the team against Argentina. The 28-year-old...
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Boks prepared to gamble

September 30, 2013
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The Springboks will take risks and are prepared to gamble with an expansive attacking game against the All Blacks in the decisive match of the Rugby Championship at the weekend, said coach Heyneke Meyer.
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Argentina 15, New Zeeland 33

September 29, 2013
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Argentina 15, New Zeeland 33

Can the Pumas give the Springboks a present and prevent the All Blacks a bonus point or even better cause a upset? The brain say NO, but the heart will enjoy it. Recent results: 2013: New Zealand won 28-13, Hamilton 2012: New Zealand won 54-15, La Plata 2012: New Zealand won 21-5, Wellington 2011:...
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Springboks 28, Australia 8

September 28, 2013
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Springboks 28, Australia 8

It is Castle Rugby Championship rugby at Newlands in Cape Town. The Springboks will take on the struggling but dangerous Australian team with all too play for still in deciding this years Champions. By: By Michael de Vries McKenzie has come under heavy criticism for his aims in the beginning of the season to...
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Player ratings: Take a bow, Du Preez

September 28, 2013
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Player ratings: Take a bow, Du Preez

Fourie du Preez played a starring role in the Springboks’ emphatic 28-8 victory over the Wallabies at Newlands on Saturday. By: Rugby365 The veteran made his first start for the Boks since the 2011 World Cup against the selfsame Australians and he proved that class is indeed permanent. He dictated the pace of the...
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Preview: South Africa v Australia

September 27, 2013
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Preview: South Africa v Australia

It will be part one of two for the Springboks this weekend when they take on Australia in Cape Town if they want to have any say in the Castle Rugby Championship this year. The Australians have not won at Newlands for 20 years and do come into the game as heavy underdogs. Their...
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NZ braced for Pumas passion

September 27, 2013
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NZ braced for Pumas passion

New Zealand are preparing for a greater test of concentration than last year in the Estadio Unico cauldron on Saturday with Argentina edging ever closer to a first win in the Rugby Championship. By: Sport24 The All Blacks had to recover from a disjointed start to last year’s fixture in La Plata, 60km from...
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Horwill back for Bok clash

September 26, 2013
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Horwill back for Bok clash

Wallabies captain James Horwill makes his return from injury as Australia take on South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday. By: Sport24 The return of Horwill comes at a timely moment for the Wallabies with a victory needed to maintain the Mandela Challenge Plate after the Springboks won the opening Test in Brisbane a...
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Boks play ‘thugby’

September 23, 2013
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Boks play ‘thugby’

Our good friend Spiro Zavos is at it again with his view on Bismarck and the way the Springboks play the game By:Sport24 An Australian rugby writer has criticised Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis after he received two yellow cards in their Test against the All Blacks in Auckland earlier this month. French referee...
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Bismarck feels sorry for Poite

September 20, 2013
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Bismarck feels sorry for Poite

Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis says he bears no grudges against French referee Romain Poite for sending him off against the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland last Saturday. By: Sport24 Poite showed Du Plessis a yellow card in the 16th minute of the Test for a perfectly legal tackle on All Black...
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Bad Boy O’ Conner gets dropped

September 20, 2013
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Bad Boy O’ Conner gets dropped

Qantas Wallabies Head Coach Ewen McKenzie has stood down winger James O’Connor for failing to demonstrate and uphold the behavioural and cultural standards expected within the team. By:Australian Rugby Union Ltd O’Connor will not join his teammates when they assemble in Sydney tomorrow ahead of their two-game tour of South Africa and Argentina. McKenzie...
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Bismarck not starting against Oz?

September 18, 2013
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Bismarck not starting against Oz?

Bismarck du Plessis is not likely to start when the Springboks name their side to face the Wallabies in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship match at Newlands on September 28. By: Brenden Nel – SuperSport According to the supersport.com website, Du Plessis, who has faced a torrid week after being incorrectly red-carded by French...
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McKenzie plots Newlands upset

September 17, 2013
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McKenzie plots Newlands upset

Ewen McKenzie has not had the start he wanted in his first 10 weeks as Australia coach but, rejecting any talk of crisis, the former test prop is busy plotting a first win over South Africa in Cape Town in two decades. By: Sport24 McKenzie’s appointment in the wake of the British and Irish...
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