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Boks make six changes for Scotland clash

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Boks make six changes for Scotland clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Springbok team for Saturday's third Test of the year-end tour against Scotland in Edinburgh shows six changes.

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strong Ireland side to face NZ

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strong Ireland side to face NZ

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Joe Schmidt has not taken any chances as he has named a formidable Ireland team to play New Zealand at Aviva Stadium.

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VIDEO: Rassie's Bulls role revealed

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VIDEO: Rassie's Bulls role revealed

WATCH as Xander Janse van Rensburg, High-Performance Manager at Blue Bulls Company, explains the role of Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus at the Pretoria franchise.

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WPRFU elections: The good, the bad and the ugly

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WPRFU elections: The good, the bad and the ugly

OPINION: Jan de Koning gives some perspective to the nasty and ugly underbelly of the Western Province Rugby Football Union Presidential elections!

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Wow, just another troll, are you?

Van Graan is also lankal met vakansie, hy voel n vet fxx vir al hierdie malarkey.
Jan, don't you and your colleagues think there is a juicy story behind the fall of the mighty Bulls?
I mean, are you guys scared for exposing Van Graan and Xander's mismanagement?
From letting players go in the middle of 2013's Super seasons, our best Super rugby campaign, after 2010 ( Juandre Kruger didn't come back after the June internationals), to cutting senior players' wages because Xander bought every school centre that can catch a ball. Letting Meyer, Van Graan's son, and 4 other personnel go to join the Boks, with no regards for his own union's supporters.
Or what about Van Graan closing the comments section on their official website - all because we were asking the"wrong" questions?
Or what about the fact that nobody worth mentioning wants to work with the current boardroom? No CEO, no Director and no coach for next year....?
Jan, are you guys too scared, or too lazy to write this article?

theres is a Gupta in my kitchen ;)

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Yip, quite so and is very sad. 😐

Well he has already played a number of SA tests so I think he is not eligible. The list of emigre's grows. It sad..this is just a try on for his 365 days a year move..unless Rassie sees the light. He has two things going against him. He's reflective. And he's not from WP.

Lekker JLDup, good for you, maybe you end up playing against your country of birth one-day, wouldn't surprise me.

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The weak link, IMHO, is Best. I know he's played some amazing games for Ireland and Ulster over the years but we are talking 16 years. He must be ripping up trees in training because his recent performances have been very worrying. I'm not even talking about the lineout but let's start there.

If a Lions squad is been selected tomorrow, it is doubtful that more than 2 Irish locks would be picked. Those 2 would be Ryan and Henderson with Irish people crying blue murder that Beirne isn't selected. Toner would not be picked. Yet Toner is the first name on Schmidt's teams. He is the most capped player by Schmidt. This is because Best and Cronin are, at best, average lineout throwers. So, while Whitelock and Retallick are facing Ryan and Toner, we can only have Henderson on the bench because of a dodgy hooker. I think Toner is a fantastic player and is underrated but he doesn't possess the natural talent that the other 3 locks have, he's a tall fella with incredible agility that had to work hard to get to where he is.

I've no issue with the back row.

Marmion is the next best scrummie.

The backs (11-15) are the best we have but not in the same class as their equivalents.

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Wellington game - there you go!

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Wow, just another troll, are you?

Van Graan is also lankal met vakansie, hy voel n vet fxx vir al hierdie malarkey.
Jan, don't you and your colleagues think there is a juicy story behind the fall of the mighty Bulls?
I mean, are you guys scared for exposing Van Graan and Xander's mismanagement?
From letting players go in the middle of 2013's Super seasons, our best Super rugby campaign, after 2010 ( Juandre Kruger didn't come back after the June internationals), to cutting senior players' wages because Xander bought every school centre that can catch a ball. Letting Meyer, Van Graan's son, and 4 other personnel go to join the Boks, with no regards for his own union's supporters.
Or what about Van Graan closing the comments section on their official website - all because we were asking the"wrong" questions?
Or what about the fact that nobody worth mentioning wants to work with the current boardroom? No CEO, no Director and no coach for next year....?
Jan, are you guys too scared, or too lazy to write this article?

theres is a Gupta in my kitchen ;)

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Yip, quite so and is very sad. 😐

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The weak link, IMHO, is Best. I know he's played some amazing games for Ireland and Ulster over the years but we are talking 16 years. He must be ripping up trees in training because his recent performances have been very worrying. I'm not even talking about the lineout but let's start there.

If a Lions squad is been selected tomorrow, it is doubtful that more than 2 Irish locks would be picked. Those 2 would be Ryan and Henderson with Irish people crying blue murder that Beirne isn't selected. Toner would not be picked. Yet Toner is the first name on Schmidt's teams. He is the most capped player by Schmidt. This is because Best and Cronin are, at best, average lineout throwers. So, while Whitelock and Retallick are facing Ryan and Toner, we can only have Henderson on the bench because of a dodgy hooker. I think Toner is a fantastic player and is underrated but he doesn't possess the natural talent that the other 3 locks have, he's a tall fella with incredible agility that had to work hard to get to where he is.

I've no issue with the back row.

Marmion is the next best scrummie.

The backs (11-15) are the best we have but not in the same class as their equivalents.

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Wellington game - there you go!

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I read the Sinckler is going on about how he's gonna smash the Japanese and how Goodhue felt some of his pain on Saturday as he heard his ribs cracking when he tackled him. That guy is the most boastful, easily provoked short fuse there is in rugby today. Between him, Ashton, Farrell, and Eddie back to his whinging ways, even Hartley looks like a good bloke.

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