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  1. Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has not given up on sneaking into the play-off spots, despite losing their seventh game of 2015.

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  2. Leastways not as referees… maybe Marius Van Der Westhuizen and Jaco Van Heerden with Marius Jonker as tv ref… but nobody else…

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  3. Wasps have confirmed the signing of George Smith for 15/16 season. Dai Young admits it will aid the transition of Ashley Johnson to hooker.

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  4. I realise that Benedict, I just find it absolutely ridiculous that we are in a situation where one of our key players cannot attend Bok camps.

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  5. Former Lions & Bulls centre Dewey Swartbooi has been appointed head coach of the Boland Cavaliers for the Currie Cup season

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  6. #Baabaas bench – 16 @Dave_Ward2 17 Taumoepeau 18 @mati_diaz93 19 Whitelock 20 G Smith 21 @tcubelli89 22 Pisi 23 @1GioAplon

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  7. #Baabaas team v @IrishRugby 15 Kirchner 14 @acuthbert11 13
    @J_Rokocoko 12 @Wynand_olivier 11 Smith 10 @jimmygopps 9 Pienaar

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  8. #Baabaas team v @IrishRugby 1 Tejerizo 2 @Deonf 3 @adamjones3 4 Ortega 5 Mikautadze 6
    @ShaneJenningsLR (C) 7 @vossie6 8 Holani

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  9. Munster scrum-half Conor Murray will meet with a knee specialist this week after he suffered an injury against the Ospreys on Saturday.

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  10. The Crusaders are set to be without five injured All Blacks for this week’s Super Rugby clash with the high-flying Hurricanes in Nelson.

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  11. Cheetahs have completed the signing of Sharks flyhalf Fred Zeilinga, who will join the union ahead of the Currie Cup season.

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  12. Worcester drew 30-30 with Bristol and won 59-58 on aggregate to advance to the Aviva Premiership. Saffas Schonert and Williams featured.

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  13. Dylan Hartley has now been suspended for a total of 54 weeks, or just over a year, during his playing career

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  14. Ja agree David. To be an all round player. Talk is Jannie and Bizzie thinking of not going to France anymore.

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  15. Jaco Kriel, Elton Jantjes and Ruan Combrinck… THAT is how you get a Bok coach’s attention… I hope…

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  16. There will be no way that Kriel will be picked infront of current trio…unfortunately they will be at best in the group

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  17. Owen Farrell has escaped a ban for his high tackle on Anthony Watson, receiving a citing commissioner warning instead.

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  18. First choice Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett is still under an injury cloud for Friday’s clash with the Highlanders in Napier.

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  19. BC – the bekker bombshell is IMO the biggest scoop/bombshell I’ve seen you unfurl ever on this site

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  20. Well you better start praying because Sharks are set to announce a new signing and they are fightong to get Willie by end of WC.

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  21. Wallabies lock Sam Carter’s chance’s of playing at the World Cup have been dented after suffering a torn medial ligament in his knee.

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  22. New Zealand showed their class with a 68-10 victory over Scotland to go the top of Pool C in emphatic fashion.

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  23. ALL BLACK Jerry Collins, has tragically been killed aged just 34 in a car accident alongside his wife in France.

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  24. Happy Birthday Pierre Spies First Test: 15 Jul ’06 against Australia, Last Test: 22 Jun ’13 against Samoa at Loftus

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  25. The Sharks have confirmed the signing of loose forward Philip van der Walt, who will join up with the side ahead of the upcoming Currie Cup

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  26. Bok flyhalf Morné Steyn was the star of the show yet again, top-scoring with 18 points (three conversions and four penalties) for the winners

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  27. Duane Vermeulen has a bulging disk at C5, can’t believe Stormers want to risk him for playoffs? Rest him & physio him for Worldcup via Rugby 15

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  28. Is the shoutbox like a chat-place ? How do you see who is online ? Hehehe ja OK ek is alweer agter die tyd ……. Ai tog gaan ek OOIT ‘inhaal’ …

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  29. So I see the The Wallabies’ World Cup jersey, with the country’s crest on the chest and the Wallaby emblem on the sleeve. Not everyone is out to get the Boks…

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  30. Piutau refuses to back Kirwan

    Blues boss Sir John Kirwan’s reputation suffered another setback after one of his players failed to endorse his coaching credentials.

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  31. Former England prop Matthew Stevens could be a shock replacement for Carl Hayman at Toulon according to reports in France.

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  32. Yeah the wiki stats for Faf are not correct… his official stats are 170cm/80kg… Rudy 169cm/77kg… Heini 168cm/72kg…

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  33. Ludeke was recalled and told “Admiral Ludeke you will not fail me again.” and choked by Van Graan’s blue force

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  34. The Sharks (Pty) Ltd would like to announce that assistant coach, Brad Macleod-Henderson has resigned from The Sharks.

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  35. The Chiefs have re-signed impressive All Blacks flanker Sam Cane for the next two years in a boost ahead of the play-offs..

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  36. It is expected that Blue Bulls backline coach Pieter Rossouw will be released from his contract earlier than expected.

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  37. Montpellier’s signings now include Jannie & Bismarck Du Plessis, Ben Mowen, Nic White, Jesse Mogg, Jacques du Plessis & Schalk van der Merwe

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  38. So effectively our best team this year are the Stormers and they ended up 6th on log points. Jees Superrugby this year was a mess for us.

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  39. Deon Stegmann has extended his contract with the Bulls for another season while Piet van Zyl and Travis Ismail are also staying put.

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  40. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Deon Stegmann re-sign proves ZeeBulls don’t see evil as being an issue for their recent decline. BC – Will they EVER repent?

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  41. DavidS – You would be very successful should you ever decide to write screenplays for Horror films. Thanks for the nightmares

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  42. Have no shocks here David. From what the coach told me, legendary daughter. Well freaking done!!

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  43. South Africa and Sharks flank Marcell Coetzee will take up a playing stint in Japan after the World Cup, signing a deal at the Honda Heat.

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  44. Quade Cooper’s future will not be with the Queensland Reds, after the Super Rugby franchise ended negotiations on a new deal.

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  45. The Chiefs are set to lose All Blacks stars Liam Messam and Sonny Bill Williams to sevens next season!

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  46. Ruggaworld going great tx guys here is our twitter stats ….‏@RuggaWorld ·Twitter this week: 46 New Followers, 92 Mentions, 238K Mention Reach

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  47. Hahaha David , it is. my point Is its value could be equivalent to that of the Vodacom Cup with players leaving.

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  48. No BC we still have a lot of quality players who will not make the WC squad and will be playing in there teams…I think we will be surprised to see how many of the VC and Varsity Cup stars will be coming through not to mentioned the Junior Boks

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  49. The Waratahs are sweating over the fitness of centre Kurtley Beale ahead of Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Highlanders.

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  50. Bulls fly-half Handré Pollard has been given permission to join Japanese side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes on a short-term contract.

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  51. The Waratahs are sweating over the fitness of star Kurtley Beale ahead of Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Highlanders.

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  52. A SANZAR has found Henry Speight of the Brumbies guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) Speight has been suspended for five weeks up to 25 July

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  53. The new trio of coaches at Castres – Christophe Urios, Frédéric Charrier and Joe el Abd – are settling into their roles at their new club.

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  54. Hurricanes boss Chris Boyd believes back-row duo Victor Vito and Ardie Savea will play key roles in Saturday’s clash with the Brumbies.

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  55. Interesting read this, I have recently had discussions with 2 agents saying exactly what we read in the article.

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  56. Jean de Villiers is set to return to the playing field for the Springboks against the World XV at Newlands on 11 July.

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  57. Wow Amazing recovery by JDV. Testament to modern medicine? Let’s see it on the field vs best in world. Rotting for him just skeptical

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  58. Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd is playing a waiting game over the fitness of Ardie Savea and Nehe Milner-Skudder ahead of Saturday.

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  59. Although no Australian sides are in the Super Rugby Final, Waratahs centre Adam Ashley-Cooper believes the Wallabies will shine in 2015.

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  60. London Irish flanker Ofisa Treviranus will captain Samoa in their historical Test against New Zealand in Apia on July 8.

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  61. I was so sure that boy scored. Followed the game an it was sad to see them lose. Looks like a gem.

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  62. Georgia head coach Milton Haig has named a 41-man training squad for the side’s three-week training camp ahead of the World Cup.

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  63. Maori All Blacks coach Colin Cooper has named his squad for matches against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians next month.

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  64. Sias Ebersohn has signed for the Cheetahs after being released by the Force.

    Was he waiting for Naka to go? Yep I think!

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  65. Former Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says the franchise needs new players to be successful in 2016. Do you agree?

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  66. Racing Metro (Fra) have signed Lions Hooker Armand van der Merwe for the remainder of the 2015 season. Which means just the beginning of the season.

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  67. New Zealand scrum-half Andy Ellis never gave up on his All Black dream despite not featuring for four years.

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  68. Not even an injured eye will prevent Highlanders co-captain Nasi Manu from facing the Hurricanes in Saturday’s final in Wellington.

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  69. Chiefs utility back Andrew Horrell has joined the World XV squad ahead of next weekend’s clash with South Africa.

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  70. Adriaan Carelse kicked a last-gasp penalty as the Boland Cavaliers snatched a 28-28 draw (halftime 22-11).

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  71. Can polls be done on RW site? I’d like one now that S15 is over for BC to ditch the Milner Skudder part & just do BC

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  72. South African Stats XV for SR:
    15. Cheslin Kolbe (Stormers), 14. Ruan Combrinck (Lions), 13. Juan de Jongh (Stormers), 12. Damian de Allende (Stormers), 11. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), 10. Demetri Catrakilis (Stormers), 9. Rudy Paige (Bulls), 8. Warren Whiteley (Lions), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg (Lions), 6. Jaco Kriel (Lions), 5. Francois Uys (Cheetahs), 4. Carl Wegner (Cheetahs), 3. Marcel van der Merwe (Bulls), 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld – he is Namibian?? (Cheetahs), 1. Steven Kitshoff (Stormers).

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  73. I always have been optimistic with bokke but somehow that is lacking this RWC… Hope to be proven wrong.

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  74. Doesn’t work on any of my laptops nor computers… might be all my adblockers? Will have a play…

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  75. Kane Douglas been called into the Wallaby Squad…14 Wallaby caps and playing for Leinster. Special treatment. Bryce how about this…

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  76. @BC:

    Thanks mate… all good now… the links are working… it was because I was running two adblock apps on my computers…

    @BC:

    It most certainly is unless he has ‘suddenly’ decided to sign the required Super contract for next year (think it has to be two)…

    Definitely the most valuable Aus playing OS… and I include Giteau…

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  77. @bryce_in_oz:

    Aha… I see the Reds are trying to beat the Tah’s from getting him back this year…

    Reds most certainly need him more but he has been a Tah right through their junior structures…

    Well that’s the Wallabies sorted for locks for this RWC…

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  78. Wait… The entire year everyone praises Warren Whiteley. Now Burger must start ahead of him at 8? Give me a break….

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  79. Heard Meyer on B&A last week saying he goes more for the guys that have done it before than the new guys….we all knew this…Whiteley will get a change but in WC I suppose he will go with older guys

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  80. The Hurricanes have announced the signing of midfield back Pita Ahki following the departure of Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu and Rey Lee-Lo.

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  81. Breaking news… Bakkies, Flip and JJ will play the first half for the World XV and the second half for the Boks due to injuries and lack of depth!

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  82. Haha… I was hoping Cab was trawling around… was going to add that Juan Smith had been called up too…

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  83. £&%@*! Just saw that Small Smith has opted to leave the Bulls. Was told this more than a month ago but thought it blew over

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  84. Meyer also announced that following a meeting with Jaque Fourie on Tuesday, a mutual decision was taken that he would return to Kobe, his club in Japan, to regain his fitness and to get game time.
    ‘He decided to withdraw from the Springbok squad for now, but we agreed that the door is still open for him to be selected for the World Cup if he is needed,’ said Meyer.

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  85. Argentina tighthead Juan Figallo will miss the World Cup after suffering a knee injury that required an operation.

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  86. Samoa Technical Advisor and Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge is in a critical condition after being taken ill.

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  87. The Crusaders have announced the recruitment of Marty McKenzie, Ben Volavola and Richie Mo’unga for their 2016 campaign.

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  88. World XV coach Robbie Deans has poured cold water on suggestions that he will be taking overas the Stormers’ new coach.

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  89. Juan Martín Hernández was a surprise omission from Argentina’s 28-man squad that will kick off the Rugby Championship

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  90. Ireland wing Andrew Trimble knows he faces a difficult task to be included in his country’s squad for the Rugby World Cup.

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  91. An 11-year-old boy who allegedly punched a referee at an Auckland Under 12s grade rugby game will have his case heard

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  92. If it is Robbie Deans? Nope, he turned them down. These kiwi guys want time. Stormers seem like they want instant success. 3 year deals don’t help many. They also running from the administrators in WPRFU!

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  93. BC
    How long did they give AC…like a decade? Stormers running outta time – they may just punt & give it to ROBBY FLECK

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  94. NewsFlash!
    Former Bok coach Peter De Villiers has been announced as the surprise candidate to take over the Stormers from Alister Coetzee.

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  95. @Americano:

    Well he better lift his defence against this lethal back-line, particularly with the rather dubious DDA and Kriel on his outside…

    DAmn… the game is not being televised here either… will try and find a decent free stream and post it later…

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  96. France have qualified for the Rio Olympics after reaching the semi-final of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix 7s Series in Exeter on Sunday.

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  97. Happy Birthday to Ruggaworld’s Cape Town mob Wentzel with your birthday…..Heads-up because it is your birthday does not mean you can just sit and watch Craven Week we want report…

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  98. Craig Joubert will be incharge of New Zealand vs Argentina match this weekend and Nigel Owens will take charge of Aussie vs Springboks

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  99. Oh Please Aldo. Shame on Hurricanes – You don’t pull out the champagne at a traffic stop. I blame Milner Skudder

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  100. JDP still there and Mahoje STILL there…
    South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
    Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

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  101. With Koch and Malherbe and Kitsoff was JC Janse Van Rensburg a good signing?
    Even for him… did he make a good career move… seems like oversubscription.

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  102. Super Rugby is all about having players that can step in when once get injured…Small coudl not win Supr Rugby now he will buy one or that is how he think I believe

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  103. The Lions have managed to replace Heinke VD Merwe and JC Janse Van Rensburg and retain their replacmenst. The WP is a far more talent rich region.

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  104. In amazing news, Chiefs Assistant Coach and Manu Samoa Technical Advisor Andrew Strawbridge has been moved to a ward and is in a stable condition.

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  105. De Villiers hints that after Matfield’s injury today he could be playing the All Blacks next week & not the Kings. – via EWN Sport

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  106. ” Marcell is okay!!No ligaments got hurt he only had a bad lummy on the quad.
    Nothing to worry about.” via Marcell

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  107. Japan defeated Canada 20-6 in their opening game of the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup in San Jose, California on Saturday

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  108. Veteran USA flanker and captain Todd Clever has been released from the national squad for “multiple conduct violations.”

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  109. The Rebels have announced the signing of former All Blacks back-row Adam Thomson for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

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  110. All Blacks wing Cory Jane is still in contention for a World Cup spot after scans cleared him of serious damage to an ankle injury.

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  111. How put dots above u in Brussouw name?
    I will learn how in honor of his greatness if he slays Puffy Hansen’s men tomorrow AGAIN.

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  112. I think there is an alt button and then a few numbers. I just have Afrikaans vowels in a word doc which I simply C&P when needed.

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  113. Players injured Jannie Du Plessis (MCL) Warren Whiteley & Vincent Koch (ribs) Francois Louw (shoulder) Lood de Jager.

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  114. Australia flanker Michael Hooper has been cited for alleged foul play during Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with Argentina.

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  115. All Black centre Ma’a Nonu suffered a shoulder injury in his side’s 27-20 Rugby Championship victory over the Springboks on Saturday.

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  116. We have now lost 4 of our last 6 internationals. Why do Bok coaches have such a poor record going into world cups?

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  117. New Leicester Tigers head coach Aaron Mauger believes the club can still compete at the top in England and Europe this season.

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  118. Coach Felipe Contepomi has named his Argentina XV team to face Uruguay in a pre-World Cup friendly on Montevideo on Saturday.

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  119. Gloucester have announced that Tom Savage and Charlie Sharples have agreed new long-term contracts at Kingsholm.

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  120. Argentina could face a devastating blow with news that tighthead prop Ramiro Herrera faces surgery on his knee.

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  121. Someone please wake me up when the Boks re-learn how to smash rucks en-masse and at pace, counter-ruck with vigour, pick-n-drive like psychos… oh and win line-outs, set pieces… I have been sleeping since 2011!

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  122. What happened to Americano? Call the CIA, FBI and Special Forces someone, Willie will never survive without him….

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  123. Frans Steyn has been released from the Bok squad due to a bereavement in his family. Prayers with him and the family.

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  124. Pre-Game pre for Steve “Puffy” Hansen is sharpening the Bowie knife he’s gonna gut the poor Wallabies with. Damn you Puff !

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  125. France skipper Thierry Dusautoir has been left out of a 25-man squad for Saturday’s match against England due to injury.

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  126. Ireland have suffered a blow ahead of the Rugby World Cup after flanker Tommy O’Donnell was ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

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  127. Enjoyed the Milner-Skudder videos in sidebar & NOTICED how there has never been Messerschmitt Willie LeRoux videos in that same place. Wow.

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  128. reland have omitted hooker Rob Herring and centre Noel Reid from their squad, as the pair head back to Ulster and Leinster respectively.

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  129. New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster can’t wait for their winner-takes-all Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia in Auckland on Saturday.

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  130. England number eight Ben Morgan is looking to return to top form when he runs out for his first game in seven months after a leg injury.

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  131. All Blacks full-back Ben Smith has turned down the opportunity to play for New Zealand at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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  132. Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has signed a new contract with the Scottish Rugby Union to keep him in charge until 2017.

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  133. Former England captain Martin Johnson has described the Wallabies as “utterly lethal” while previewing the Rugby World Cup.

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  134. Last year’s runners-up Tasman Makos got their ITM Cup campaign underway with a hardfought 35-20 win over Waikato in Hamilton.

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  135. The ‘Bone Collector’ AlbertsThe means business and admits it’s been frustrating having to wait on the sidelines

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  136. I see our centres now run decoy lines so our locks can take the ball. I think 2nd half yesterday was among our worst this year, but we won so dont expect any critique

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  137. Cheika predicted this in 2003 saying the numbers on jerseys would eventually be meaningless because of the universal skills players would require to be competitive.

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  138. why have an explosive dynamic 13 when he only ever sees scraps because every fat arse has to handle the ball first?

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  139. In your world there is a guy who gives the flyhalf the ball, rugby players and a bunch of big fat okes whose purpose is a bit fuzzy.

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  140. England centre Jonathan Joseph has described France duo Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud as “world class players”.

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  141. The EP Kings will be without captain Luke Watson for their clash against the Pumas on Friday after he suffered a leg injury during

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  142. BC-
    Matthew 15:14
    Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.

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  143. Tasman claimed their second win of the ITM Cup season as they beat Bay of Plenty 34-13 in a fractious meeting in Nelson on Friday.

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  144. England centre Luther Burrell has played down the enormity of Saturday’s World Cup warm-up clash with France from a personal perspective.

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  145. Now that is how a pack hunts as a unit… French showed the Boks all the aspects they have lost concentrating on ‘catch-pass’ rugby!

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  146. Poms Eaten alive. I expected French pack to stand tall but this was a tall. stance. Even last week their pack stood tall and was a pack of wolves.

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  147. England flanker James Haskell believes their defeat to France in Paris will act as a wake-up call for the squad ahead of the World Cup.

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  148. Canterbury were made to work hard for their second win of the ITM Cup campaign as they fought off Counties Manukau 20-15 on Sunday.

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  149. WP forwards Oli Kebble and Chris van Zyl could both miss this Friday’s clash against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

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  150. Scotland scrum-half Henry Pyrgos hopes he has done enough to be his country’s first-choice number nine at the World Cup.

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  151. New Zealand U20’s Junior World Cup-winning captain Atunaisa Moli has signed with the Chiefs for the next two years.

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  152. Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny is looking forward to seeing his international team-mate George North back on the field soon.

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  153. Blue Bulls Hanro Liebenberg will be sidelined for six weeks due to stomach surgery, but Arno Botha has been cleared to play this weekend.

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  154. The Golden Lions suffered a setback when it was revealed that their number eight Ruaan Lerm has been sidelined through injury.

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  155. Wales could be without fly-half Gareth Anscombe at the World Cup because of an ankle ligament injury suffered in training.

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  156. I read those reports as well as full squad mentioned, pretty much spot on, except for Kolisi ahead of marcell. But seriously, squad is pretty much spot on.

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  157. Mourad Boudjellal is trying to sign Carl Hayman on a short-term contract as Toulon look to cope without their World Cup stars.

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  158. Lions missing only Elton Jantjes from their SR campaign… rest of pretend Boks are back. Great selection for Lions by Heyneke.

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  159. LOL BC – Perused that lefty blog – guy’s rugby interest prob comes from seeing tackled players as “victims” & of course he has compassionate govt based solutions!

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  160. The Waratahs have confirmed the re-signing of assistant coach Nathan Grey, finalising the coaching structure for the 2016 season.

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  161. The Blue Bulls have opted to grant Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe an early release from his contract.

    Van der Merwe, 30, had earlier in the year signed with French Top 14 side Clermont, but was only due to join them after the completion of this year’s Currie Cup

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  162. Former All Blacks wing Zac Guildford has been banned for four weeks for a lifting tackle in Hawke’s Bay clash with Counties Manukau.

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  163. Clermont have rewarded full-back Nick Abendanon for his excellent form over the 2014/15 season with a three-year contract.

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  164. Ulster had too much firepower for the Ospreys in their PRO12 opener, claiming a convincing 28-6 win at Ravenhill on Friday.

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  165. Hard to see him return there from what I heard, plus with their talent stocks better looking than those of the Sharks i’d say he’d be a better starting option in kzn instead of the bulls.

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  166. Province- No.
    Cheetahs – maybe? Torsten has been good.
    Sharks- open unless Cooper steps up
    Bulls- Strauss
    Lions- No. Coetzee- Marx

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  167. Thank you BC. If this story wasn’t pay-walled – it would definitely be a RW article. I might have to subscribe just to see if he mentions one of the deniers being Gavin Rich.

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  168. BC. My girl is representing Gauteng Gymnastics vs Evil Blue baby cows in Pretoria on Saturday too. Baby Death Star. Eldoraigne Matsport Center.

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  169. SA Sevens defeated host nation Samoa in the semi finals 29-0 to progressed to the final against Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games

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