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SBW (not) back to face Springboks – Update

Sonny Bill Williams is back at last for the All Blacks.....or not..... Update: Sonny Bill Williams' much anticipated return to Test rugby was put on hold...

Brendan Venter insists Wellington test is not Mission Impossible for Springboks

The Springboks tackle the All Blacks in the 96th meeting between the two nations off the back of four defeats in seven matches. There...

Another crashing defeat looms for Boks in NZ

Any team taking on the All Blacks at this moment has a 30% change in my mind and if you go down the rankings...

SA rugby’s forgotten man and All Black mastermind

The Springboks are in Wellington this week preparing to become the first South African side since 2009 to win a Test match in New Zealand. No Bok coach since Peter...

It’s not exactly clear what Rassie’s main objective is

One scenario from their defeat in Brisbane against Australia that should raise that question was the decision to hook starting No 2 Bongi Mbonambi...

Rassie Erasmus says his job is on the line against All Blacks

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus feels this weekend's Test against New Zealand isn't just about ending a losing streak but claims his job is on...

Mapimpi send home with knee injury

The Springboks will not have Mapimpi for this weekend test against the All Blacks after he suffered an knee injury he picked up against...

All Blacks without Laumape and Retallick for Boks

The All Blacks will start their preparations to face the Springboks this weekend without the service of Brodie Retallick and Ngani Laumape have been ruled...

Nabetragting: One word, Rubbish!

If we can some-up the Springbok performance against Australia then there are actually only one word, rubbish. It is hard not to sound too critical...

Australia down poor Springboks in Brisbane

Australia manage to take the win on Saturday in Brisbane when they beat the Springboks 23-18. It was not very good quality test rugby but...

All Blacks down Argentina

Although the Pumas dominated possession, territory and the breakdown the All Blacks yet again manage to get a bonus point win as they beat...

Breaking: Pocock out of weekend test with neck injury

The Springboks chances on winning may have increase just a little bit with the news this morning that Wallaby N0 8 David Pocock will...

Trying to make sense of it all

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has made a few changes to his starting team and bench for Saturdays test against Australia in Brisbane. As a coach...

Preview – Australia v Springboks (Pocock out of test)

Breaking News: The Wallabies have been dealt a huge blow ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with the Springboks after David Pocock was ruled out. Pocock...

Preview – All Blacks v Argentina

Argentina is coming off a great win over the Springboks as they head to New Zealand this week to face the All Blacks who...

Changes to Springbok side for Aussies test

The Springboks will face the Wallabies on Saturday in Brisbane with a new-look front row, a reshuffled loose trio as well as a different...

Argentina makes four changes for All Blacks

Argentina has made four changes to the team that beat the Springboks a week ago in Argentina for their test against the All Blacks...

Cheika drops Foley for Bok test

Bold move by Aussie coach Cheika as he dropped Bernard Foley for the test this weekend against the Springboks. Kurtley Beale was selected to start his...

Mo’unga get start for New Zealand

Crusaders pivot Richie Mo’unga has been named at fly-half for New Zealand’s Rugby Championship encounter against Argentina on Saturday. Beauden Barrett started the first two games, despite calls for Mo’unga...

Pollard time up?

This weekend the Springboks will try and get back to winning ways as they play Australia in Brisbane Losing against the Pumas in their last...

Brisbane will not break Jantjies

Juandre Joubert, on SportsClub, writes that Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus will start with Elton Jantjies in Brisbane against Australia as confirmation that the Lions flyhalf...

Krige believes Erasmus must pick Van Staanden for Aussie test

There are a lot of suggestion that the Springboks need a true fetcher when taking on a team like Australia. One can also say...

What Rassie had to say before they left for Australia

Rassie Erasmus spoke to the media at OR Tambo International Airport just before they started their tour to play the Aussies and the All...

Kolbe, De Allende added to Bok group

Toulouse utility back Cheslin Kolbe has been added to the Springbok squad for the upcoming Australasian leg of the Rugby Championship. The former Blitzboks and...

Chris Rattue: ‘Give All Blacks the World Cup now’

It's time to jump the gun... By: Chris Rattue Sports writer chris.rattue@nzherald.co.nz They might as well hand over the Webb Ellis Cup now, with the All Blacks looking this...

” It was embarrassing” – Erasmus

Some will not find Rassie Erasmus statements after the test as a positive but you have to know the man to understand that he...
Elma Smit interview with Vermeulen on the Player of the year award.

Rassie send out SOS to Vermeulen according to newspaper

Sunday Newspaper Rapport has reported that Rassie Erasmus has send and SOS to Duane Vermeulen to join the team ahead of the Wellington test...

Carrot Ratings – No colouring in at that performance

Decided to go to bed and sleep on it but it did not help, there is no way anybody can colour paint this dull...

Poor Springboks lost plot in Argentina

Argentina showed some great attitude and class beating the Springboks on Saturday 32-19. https://youtu.be/_DaVv1EqtrQ It was a comprehensive victory as they unsettled the Springboks in the...

Preview – Argentina v Springboks

This week the Springboks have traveled to Mendoza to face the Argentinians. With the first win at home against Argentina the Springbok coach have opted...

One change to Springboks team with Mostert back in starting lineup

The return of Franco Mostert at lock is the only change in the Springbok starting team for the second round Castle Lager Rugby Championship...

Preview – All Black v Australia

It is the second week of Rugby Championship and as expected the All Blacks and South Africans won the first round of test against...

Mark Keohane – Springboks will beat All Blacks at Loftus!

One round into the Rugby Championship and I remain as convinced as I was in June that the Springboks can beat the All Blacks...

Rassie gives his thoughts after the match

Rassie Erasmus and Captain Kolisi gave their thoughts after the test on Saturday against Argentina which they won 34-21. https://youtu.be/1kyGok9ohts

Rassie cut squad by 6 for Argentina tour

Erasmus named his 28-man squad to travel to Argentina for the second test in this years Rugby Championship. They beat Argentina in Durban over the...

Carrot Ratings – Etzebeth shows the way

Playing in the Rugby Championship we need to put the standard a bit higher. The Springboks and All Blacks manage bonus point wins in their...

Nabetragting – Etzebeth stands out for Boks

The Springboks started their 2018 Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign with a bonus point win over Argentina. It was not close to perfect but it...

Bonus point win for Springboks

It was just what the doctor ordered, a win to start the Rugby Championship and a bonus point to make it just that little...

Bonus point win for All Blacks as Aussies fade in second half

Australia led at halftime just to fade away in the second half to give the All Blacks a bonus point win on Saturday. The Aussies...

Brink sustain injury in practise

It was a surprise to have seen that Erasmus did not have a place for Lions Cyle Brink when he named his team for...

Preview – Springboks v Argentina

The feeling out there is that this Championship will be the real test for Erasmus and his team and it all start with Argentina...

Erasmus first test team do not shout out Rugby Champions

Facts are the Springboks under Rassie Erasmus are 2 from 4 test and the talks of a Springbok rival is a bit premature at...

Erasmus leaves out Jantjies for first test

Malcolm Marx, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Louw and Warren Whiteley – have been included in the Springbok team to face Argentina on Saturday, 18 August...

Preview – Australia v New Zealand

The Rugby Championship kicks off in Australia again this year when the Aussies host the All Blacks on Saturday. The Aussies had a better lead-up...

Oom Rugby – Bok tanks rumble in close combat

Talking about Springboks attacking game is almost like talking about rain in the Cape. Oom Rugby is back and look at just that and how...

Erasmus need to get it spot on with trio

Going into the Rugby Championships for the Springboks to be successful they need a few things to be done right with a little bit...

Overseas-based trio may remain with Boks

There has been allot of speculations around the availability of the three overseas base players, Faf De Klerk, Willie Le Roux and Francios Louw. On...

Dan Carter backs Beauden Barrett over Richie Mo’unga

There has been a huge debate going on in New Zealand since coach Steve Hansen named his Rugby Championship squad this week.

Argentina new coach picks six new players in Championship squad

Argentina coach Ledesma has named his squad for this years Rugby Championships with six new faces in his team. The new coach for the Pumas...

Willemse gets nod for Rugby Championship

SA Under-20 flyhalf Damian Willemse is one of three uncapped players included in the Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, with the...