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Results from somewhere else in the World

September 21, 2014
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Results from somewhere else in the World

With the ITM Cup in New Zeeland, Top 14 in France, Aviva Premiership in England and the Guinness PRO12 in Scotland, we have a few more rugby games to look at over a weekend Here is some of the results of the weekend and stories behind them: Aviva Premiership Bath 45 – 0 Leicester Leicester boss...
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Toulon boss wants Boks back in France

September 16, 2014
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Toulon boss wants Boks back in France

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has demanded that Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha quit the Springboks’ current Rugby Championship campaign and report for club duty. Toulon recently lost 28-24 to Stade Francais, and currently sit at third on the Top 14 log. Boudjellal is clearly not pleased with his side’s form at present, and has...
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Johnson stars for Wasps in thriller

September 15, 2014
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Johnson stars for Wasps in thriller

SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend’s English Premiership, Celtic Pro12 and French Top 14 matches, which involved SA players.   ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP – Ashley Johnson scored a try as London Wasps withstood a late comeback by current champions the Northampton Saints, to claim a narrow 20-16 victory at Adams Park. – Leicester came from behind to...
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Farrell at flyhalf for England

June 12, 2014
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Farrell at flyhalf for England

Stuart Lancaster has made five changes to his starting line-up, most among the back division, for the second Test against New Zealand. Having welcomed back 15 players from Premiership finalists Northampton Saints and Saracens, Lancaster has resisted the urge to tinker too much with the team that pushed the All Blacks all the way...
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Saffas central to Toulon’s success

June 2, 2014
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Saffas central to Toulon’s success

Toulon’s rise has been built on a South African foundation and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, writes RYAN VREDE from SA Rugby Mag website. In 2008, I sat in Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal’s office and listened as he reeled off the names of the players he would most like to bring to...
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EP: Saints 17(7), Saracens 20(6) (SuperSport HD4)

May 31, 2014
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EP: Saints 17(7), Saracens 20(6) (SuperSport HD4)

Northamption Saints will be gunning for a double when they face beaten European Cup finalists Saracens in the Premiership Final at Twickenham on Saturday.(SuperSport HD4 15:55) Having beaten Bath in the European Challenge Cup Final last week Saints face a tough final hurdle against a Saracens side that topped the Premiership log and will...
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Euro final a closed shop

May 19, 2014
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Euro final a closed shop

The roof of the Millennium Stadium will be closed for next Saturday’s European Cup final between holders, Toulon and Saracens.  While the atmosphere surrounding a European Cup final is inevitably a special one, the sheer sense of occasion generated when the Millennium Stadium roof is shut adds an extra dimension for players and supporters...
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HC: Toulon 24, Munster 16

April 27, 2014
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HC: Toulon 24, Munster 16

Toulon, the reining champions take on Munster – who have tasted European Cup glory themselves twice – in the first semifinal match at the Stade Vélodrome.   The french side are so far unbeaten in the competition and received good news earlier in the week when star flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson, as well as South...
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Sarries blow Clermont away to Final

April 26, 2014
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Sarries blow Clermont away to Final

Saracens will play in their first European Cup final after they blew Clermont Auvergne away in a 46-6 semifinal victory at Twickenham on Saturday. It ws a day of records for the English club as they eclipsed Leicester Tigers and London Wasps’ previous highest score in a semifinal of 37 points and also took...
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HC: Saracens 39, Clermont 6

April 26, 2014
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HC: Saracens 39, Clermont 6

The European Cup draws towards the Final with two French giants battling against the cream of the Irish and English leagues in the semi-finals. Reigning European Cup champions, Toulon, are aiming for a fourth European final in five seasons.   And although they are on the opposite side of the semifinal draw from French...
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Habana helps Toulon to narrow win

April 13, 2014
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Habana helps Toulon to narrow win

Bryan Habana celebrated his return to Toulon after a long injury lay-off by scoring the decisive try for a 22-20 Top 14 win over Bordeaux on Saturday. The Springbok wing, who has been out since December with a damaged hamstring, dotted down after 65 minutes, when Toulon were trailing 20-12, with help from former...
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European Cup quarterfinals

April 4, 2014
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European Cup quarterfinals

Eight elite clubs with 16 European titles among them are counting down to what promises an unforgettable weekend of worldclass rugby. The knockout stage gets underway on Saturday with the heavyweight clash of Munster and Toulouse which marks the first visit of the French four-time champions to Thomond Park. Munster, who will be smarting following...
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Heineken Cup: Sunday Results

January 20, 2014
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Heineken Cup: Sunday Results

Sunday saw round 6 of this year Heineken Cup round-up with Munster and Clermont securing home quarterfinals as they both got confortable wins over Edinburgh and Racing Metro. We look at Sunday’s action! Munster 38-6 Edinburgh Munster produced a five-star performance against Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Sunday to clinch home ground advantage in...
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Pienaar puts Ulster in pound seats(Again)

January 19, 2014
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Pienaar puts Ulster in pound seats(Again)

Ulster edged a huge European Cup encounter with Leicester Tigers to ensure they finished top of Pool Five and secured a home quarterfinal in the process. For the second week in a row “Man of the Match” Ruan Pienaar, was the difference between Ulster and Leicester Tigers to ensure that Ulster secure a home...
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Heineken Cup: Friday Results

January 18, 2014
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Heineken Cup: Friday Results

Leinster secure their spot in the Heineken Cup quarterfinals with their bonus point win over Ospreys. The 36-3 victory over a 14-man Ospreys side in Dublin means that the race is on to clinch the one remaining place in the knock-out phase. Round Five saw Toulon, Toulouse, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Ulster, Leicester Tigers and...
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Heineken Cup Final round matches

January 17, 2014
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Heineken Cup Final round matches

This week sees the teams rounding up the pool matches of the Heineken Cup in the six round of matches, before we move to the second round of the competition. Last week we already saw reigning champions Toulon with Ulster, Toulouse, Clermont, Munster and Leicester Tigers booking their places in the last eight, with...
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Heineken Cup: Sunday Results

January 13, 2014
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Heineken Cup: Sunday Results

Toulouse triumphed 21-11 over Saracens in their key European Cup Pool Three clash at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday to book their place in the quarterfinals.  Earlier, Leinster came back from 0-14 down to secure a 29-22 win over French champions Castres while Northampton Saints saw off Ospreys 29-17 to keep their play-off hopes...
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Heineken Cup: Toulon back on track

January 12, 2014
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Heineken Cup: Toulon back on track

Defending champions Toulon and heavyweight French rivals Clermont both secured places in the quarterfinals of the European Cup on Saturday. The day’s results also ensured Ulster will advance as at least one of the two best runners-up. A Jonny Wilkinson-skippered Toulon side had too much power for Cardiff Blues in Pool Two, running out 43-20...
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Heineken Cup:Pienaar stars in Ulster win

January 11, 2014
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Heineken Cup:Pienaar stars in Ulster win

Ulster beat Montpellier 27-16 on Friday, but failed to grab a crucial fourth try which would have guaranteed them a European Cup quarterfinal place. The Irish province racked up a fifth win in five Pool Five matches to give them a seven-point lead over Leicester Tigers. However, the English giants should close the gap...
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Laporte blasts ‘hopeless’ ref

January 10, 2014
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Laporte blasts ‘hopeless’ ref

Toulon coach Bernard Laporte on Thursday blasted French referee Laurent Cardona as “hopeless” and “completely incompetent” and accused him of “robbing” his team in every match, including last week’s 22-21 loss to Grenoble. Laporte stormed out of his team’s Stade Mayol ground after Saturday’s Top 14 match which had seen the European champions beaten...
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Preview: Euro Cup, Round Five

January 10, 2014
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Preview: Euro Cup, Round Five

It is crunch time in Europe’s premier club tournament, as we enter Round Five of the Euro Cup. The build-up this week may have shone the spotlight on the heavyweight Anglo-French clashes – between Toulouse and Saracens, and Harlequins and ASM Clermont Auvergne – but two other French giants will also be in crucial...
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Kockott: Boks don’t need me

January 9, 2014
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Kockott: Boks don’t need me

South African scrumhalf Rory Kockott believes Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is not interested in his services. The former Sharks and Lions scrumhalf has been a revelation since joining French Top 14 side, Castres, in 2011. Last season, he was a key member in the Castres team that won the French Top 14 for the...
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Saracens take on Cell C Sharks

January 8, 2014
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Saracens take on Cell C Sharks

Saracens will play the Cell C Sharks in The Sanlam Private Investments Shield at Allianz Park on Saturday 25 January, kick off 14h30 in the UK. Daniel Kriel, CEO of Sanlam Private Investments, said: “We are delighted to support this rare clash between the current Premiership leaders and the reigning Currie Cup champions.” It...
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French rugby heading for ditch

January 8, 2014
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French rugby heading for ditch

Toulouse manager Guy Novès voiced his concern about the French Rugby Federation’s new policy concerning international players. Last December, the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) signed an agreement that will limit a 30-man group named before the start of each year’s June international tour to a maximum...
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European Cup: Road to the play-offs

January 7, 2014
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European Cup: Road to the play-offs

 Qualification for the knockout stage of Europe’s premier club tournament is on the line once again as the tension-packed Rounds Five and Six of the European Cup assume centre stage in the coming fortnight. Once the drama and number-crunching conclude, six pool winners and the two best pool runners-up will have booked prized spots...
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Solly graps another “King”

January 5, 2014
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Solly graps another “King”

Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons bolstered his playing ranks by luring another player away from his former team, the Southern Kings. One-time Springbok Andries Strauss will add some much-needed depth to the Edinburgh midfield. He will join fellow former King Cornell Du Preez and several other South Africans – Carl Bezuidenhout (Pumas, the most recent...
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Boudjellal: Toulon are ‘prize idiots’

January 5, 2014
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Boudjellal: Toulon are ‘prize idiots’

An interception try from Fiji wing Alipate Ratini two minutes from full-time, converted by Julien Caminati, handed Grenoble a dramatic 22-21 victory over Toulon in Top 14 action on Saturday. The last-gasp defeat even left Toulon’s outspoken president, Mourad Boudjellal, wondering if coach Bernard Laporte would even be at training on Monday, such was...
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Welsh crisis deepens

January 5, 2014
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Welsh crisis deepens

  Regional Rugby Wales on behalf of the four Welsh regions, the Scarlets, the Ospreys, Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues issues the following statement in order to establish important facts and provide clarity regarding the future of Welsh regional rugby.   •The Rugby Champions Cup will bring the biggest increase of funding into the...
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