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Rugby Championship draw for 2015

October 13, 2014
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Rugby Championship draw for 2015

The Southern Hemisphere’s pre-eminent international competition gets underway on Friday 17 July when the three-time winners of The Rugby Championship, the All Blacks, host Argentina in Christchurch while the Wallabies and Springboks lock horns in Brisbane the following night. The condensed three-round championship sees teams face each other once, with a champion to be...
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Pumas fight back to secure win over Aussies

October 5, 2014
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Pumas fight back to secure win over Aussies

Argentina came back from a 14-0 deficit to record their first-ever Rugby Championship victory, 21-17 over Australia in Mendoza.     Tevita Kuridrani and Scott Higginbotham went over early for Australia as they threatened a rout, but Argentina fought back with two tries of their own. Leonardo Senatore and Juan Imhoff crossed either side of...
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Joost to lead out Springboks at Ellis Park

October 4, 2014
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Joost to lead out Springboks at Ellis Park

Former South Africa scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen will lead out South Africa at Ellis Park for Saturday’s Test against New Zealand.  The All Blacks met with the hugely admired former Springbok earlier this week and Sport24 have revealed that he will be play a key role in Johannesburg. Van der Westhuizen suffers from...
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Ruggaworld’s “Live” Match Centre

October 3, 2014
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Ruggaworld’s “Live” Match Centre

The final weekend of the Castle Rugby Championship and the second last round of the ABSA Currie Cup is just some of the rugby fans can look forward too. Springboks 27, All Blacks 25 (Live – 17:00 on SS1) If Saturday’s clash at Ellis Park is even half as good as the spectacle this fixture produced last year,...
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Springboks vs All Blacks, just can not get any better

October 2, 2014
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Springboks vs All Blacks, just can not get any better

Most rugby supporters in South Africa and all over the world is looking forward to witness once again one of the epic battles between the Springboks and All Blacks on Saturday afternoon. With the Rugby Championship done and dusted and the All Blacks again being crown as champions, this much is much more about...
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All Blacks change two for Springbok test

October 2, 2014
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All Blacks change two for Springbok test

New Zealand’ have made just two injury-enforced changes from the team that won the Rugby Championship against Argentina last week. Both are in the forwards: prop Joe Moody will make his first Test start, coming in for Wyatt Crockett, while lock Jeremy Thrush gets his second start against South Africa this year, replacing Brodie Retallick....
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Wallabies change two for Argentina

October 2, 2014
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Wallabies change two for Argentina

The Wallabies have announced two changes to their starting line-up for Saturdaynight’s final Rugby Championship clash against Argentina in Mendoza. Queensland Reds lock Rob Simmons (concussion) has been ruled out of the encounter and will be replaced by provincial teammate James Horwill in the starting XV. The other change sees Melbourne Rebels backrower Scott Higginbotham...
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Bismarck gets start for Springboks

October 1, 2014
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Bismarck gets start for Springboks

Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen will be given as much time as possible to recover from injury while Bismarck du Plessis will start Saturday’s final round Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. This match will be Springbok captain Jean de Villiers’ 50th appearance in the Castle Lager...
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Springbok injury update

September 29, 2014
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Springbok injury update

Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen will be managed this week as he recovers from injury in the build-up to the final Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday. Vermeulen had to leave the field just after the hour mark in the Springboks’ 28-10 victory over Australia...
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The weekend that was

September 28, 2014
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The weekend that was

The ABSA Currie Cup is taking shape and it is becoming more clear who will charge for the semi final spots in the next few weeks. The Rugby Championship is all but over but their is still the little matter next week at Ellis Park, Benedict Chanakira look back at the weekends rugby.  ...
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Jean: ‘We were unstoppable’

September 28, 2014
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Jean: ‘We were unstoppable’

Jean de Villiers believes his charges produced one of the great Springbok attacking performances at Newlands this past Saturday. JON CARDINELLI reports for SArugbymag.co.za The Boks scored 20 points in the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s game. It was during this period where they not only secured the result, but the bonus point for...
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All Blacks secure third Rugby Championship

September 28, 2014
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All Blacks secure third Rugby Championship

The All Blacks won 34-13 over Argentina in La Plata to claim another Rugby Championship title as they did it with a bonus point for four tries. From the start the All Blacks looked just too good for the Pumas and secure two tries in the first half and two in the second half....
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Magic 15 minutes secure Springbok win over Australia

September 27, 2014
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Magic 15 minutes secure Springbok win over Australia

Most properly the best last 10 minutes in the last two decades gave South Africa a brilliant bonus point win of 28-10 over Australia in Cape Town on Saturday. With fifteen minutes to play in the test match the Springboks were still trailing the Australians by 8 point to 10. Patrick Lambie who replaced...
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Contepomi confident Pumas can make it

September 26, 2014
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Contepomi confident Pumas can make it

Argentina legend Felipe Contepomi believes four years of tough Rugby Championship competition will stand the Pumas in good stead going into England 2015. Contepomi, capped 87 times by the Pumas, was a key part of the ground-breaking team that reached the RWC 2007 semi-finals. The Pumas have gone backwards in the IRB World Rankings...
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RuggaWorld’s “Live” Match Centre

September 26, 2014
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RuggaWorld’s “Live” Match Centre

We are in week 8 of this years ABSA Currie Cup and the Castle Rugby Championship continuous after a weeks break.   Saturday 27th September Argentina 13, All Blacks 34 (Live – 00:00 on SS1) New Zealand can seal a third straight Rugby Championship title on Saturday if they claim victory over Argentina at Estadio Único...
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The weekend ahead with Benedict Chanakira

September 25, 2014
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The weekend ahead with Benedict Chanakira

So much is in the balance. Wait, no scratch that. All Blacks grab a bonus point win and they secure the Rugby Championship! The Currie Cup will see the semi-final spots still up for grabs as the top two display their form and ability to win this year’s edition. The much highlighted starting debut...
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Le Roux and Pollard “danger men” – Folau

September 24, 2014
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Le Roux and Pollard “danger men” – Folau

With everybody screaming for Coach Heyneke Meyer and his troops to kick less and run more, Australia danger man Israel Folau has predicted that the Springboks will look at their X- factor, Willie Le Roux to up the tempo. Le Roux and Pollard are widely seen as a new type of players South Africa...
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“Oupa” Mohoje gets start for Springboks

September 24, 2014
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“Oupa” Mohoje gets start for Springboks

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer has announced his Springbok side to face the Wallabies on Saturday at Newlands in Cape Town. Most supporters have voice their support for Springbok coach Meyer to play a more expansive game. It looks like the “Mother Nature” agrees with most, as Saturdays forecast is for clear and sunny skies...
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All eyes on Meyer’s Boks at Newlands

September 21, 2014
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All eyes on Meyer’s Boks at Newlands

This coming weekend we will resume the Rugby Championship and all eyes will be on Heyneke Meyer selection for the clash with Australia.    New Zealand will travel to Buenos Aires to take on a much improved Argentinian side and the Springboks will host the Australia team at Newlands in Cape Town. It is all...
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Argentina announce team for Aussies

September 10, 2014
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Argentina announce team for Aussies

Argentina have named wing duo Juan Imhoff and Manuel Montero in their XV for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with Australia on the Gold Coast The devastating pair replace Horacio Agulla and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino in the side that lost against New Zealand at Mclean Park in Napier. Meanwhile, second-row Matias Alemanno is in for...
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Jean joins club 100

September 10, 2014
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Jean joins club 100

  Springbok captain Jean de Villiers will on Saturday join four other South Africans when he leads the team out in his 100th Test, against New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington (kick-off 09h35 SA time).The Springbok match-23 to face New Zealand shows only one change from last weekend, with Handré Pollard starting...
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Springboks set for Wellington challenge

September 8, 2014
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Springboks set for Wellington challenge

The Springboks arrived in Wellington on Monday morning and have focused their attention to their next match in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, on Saturday against New Zealand in the Kiwi capital. The South Africans travelled overnight from Perth in Western Australia via Auckland to Wellington and were greeted with a beautiful sunny day....
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Australia 24, Springboks 23

September 6, 2014
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Australia 24, Springboks 23

It could just be an intriguing contest and potentially an exciting one if the rain forecast does not dampen the players’ ardour. For both sides their match in Perth is something of a reality check – for Australia to find out if they are really as bad as their last match in the full...
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Final Score:All Blacks 28(13), Argentina 9(6)

September 6, 2014
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Final Score:All Blacks 28(13), Argentina 9(6)

New Zealand are downplaying their heavy favouritism tag for Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against Argentina, pointing to forecasted heavy rain as wiping out any foregone conclusions. By rights, the All Blacks – as the world’s top ranked side – should be far too strong for the 12th ranked Argentineans, who remain winless after 14...
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Argentina announce their team for All Blacks test

September 4, 2014
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Argentina announce their team for All Blacks test

Horacio and Senatore will earn their starts in the Puma shirt on Saturday against New Zeeland. The two players come in for Manuel Montero and Pablo Matera. Their are also three positional changes in the team with Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe move to 6 and 7 due to Senatore arrival...
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Experiment Beale is over

September 3, 2014
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Experiment Beale is over

The Kurtley Beale No10 experiment has been aborted, with Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie naming Super Rugby title-winning halves Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps to take on South Africa in Perth this Saturday by By David Barbeler from the New Zeeland Herald. Beale and Brumbies halfback Nic White have both been benched following the Wallabies’ 51-20...
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Habana fourth Springbok to reach 100 test

September 3, 2014
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Habana fourth Springbok to reach 100 test

Bryan Habana will on Saturday become the fourth Springbok and 33rd player overall to play in 100 Tests when South Africa take on Australia in the third round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at Patersons Stadium in Perth (kickoff 12h05 SA time). The 31-year-old Habana, who made his debut for South Africa against...
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Alberts out, Whiteley in for Springboks’ tour

August 28, 2014
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Alberts out, Whiteley in for Springboks’ tour

Willem Alberts has been ruled out of the Springboks’ Castle Lager Rugby Championship tour to Australia and New Zealand and will be replaced in the 30-man squad by Warren Whiteley. Alberts missed both Test victories against Argentina because of a hamstring injury and he underwent a fitness test on Thursday afternoon. Although his hamstring...
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