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France

Galthie brings in replacement for Danty to face Kiwis

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: France coach Fabien Galthie has named his side to face New Zealand in their World Cup opener this weekend at Stade de Francais.

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Ireland

Ireland better than 2015 team reckons O'Connell

SPOTLIGHT: Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell hopes his memories of this World Cup will be happier than his final one as a player in 2015 when Ireland once again failed to get past the quarterfinals.

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Australia

No 'safety net' for next-gen Wallabies

The Wallabies no longer have a golden glow, but scrumhalf great Will Genia believes they can still shine at the World Cup 2023, saying Australia have more upside than other contenders.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Boks will have a 'good plan' to nullify Scottish scrum power

WATCH as veteran Springbok Steven Kitshoff sits down for a one-on-one with @king365ed ahead of their World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday.

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New Zealand

'Fearless' France fancied by an All Black

INTERVIEW: When Sonny Bill Williams retired from the game, after the 2019 World Cup, he brought an end to one of the most glittering careers in the sport.

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World Rugby sends stern warning to online bullies during #RWC2023

NEWS: World Rugby announced that it will implement transformative measures to protect all match-day officials and team squad players from online abuse during the World Cup 2023 in France.

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Argentina

Crunching the numbers: Who has the most 'home-grown' players?

SPOTLIGHT: We decided to 'crunch the numbers' and see which country in World Cup 2023 has the most home-grown players and who the lead.

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Fiji

Big blow for Fiji ahead of World Cup opener

NEWS: Fiji flyhalf Caleb Muntz, who scored 15 points in the historic Test win over England last month, has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury, said coach Simon Raiwalui.

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Australia

Not guessing on the outcome of the World Cup says Eales

NEWS: John Eales knows what it takes to win a World Cup but the former Wallabies skipper says who will take this year's title in France is anyone's guess.

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Stephen Ferris’ surprise prediction for #RWC23

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Former Ireland and Ulster legend Stephen Ferris believes Ireland will go all the way to the final but South Africa will edge them to retain their World Cup title.

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England

England veteran still had a 'little dream' of going to France

NEWS: England scrumhalf Danny Care said he had never given up the "dream" of playing at another World Cup despite the pain of missing out four years ago.

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Australia

Georgia can sting, warns Wallaby lock

NEWS: Australian lock Richie Arnold says Australia will "get stung" if they under-estimate their first World Cup opponents Georgia on Saturday at the Stade de France.

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Wales

Good news for Wales' co-captain ahead of opener

NEWS: Wales co-captain Dewi Lake said on Tuesday he is fit to face Fiji in their opening World Cup game this weekend.

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Argentina

Schalk Brits picks his #RWC23 Champion

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Springbok hooker Schalk Brits has made some bold World Cup 2023 predictions.

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Kitshoff tops URC charts

NEWS: Springbok and Ulster-bound prop Steven Kitshoff has risen to the No.1 spot in the latest update to the United Rugby Championship Top 100.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Butchering Bok names - the lighter side of a French function

WATCH as the French master of ceremonies struggle with the pronunciation of South African names - as they do in most countries.

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Scotland

'We know what’s coming': Scott on Springboks' Bomb squad

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Scotland know exactly what to expect from South Africa in their World Cup 2023 opener on Sunday reveals lock Scott Cummings.

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France

The All Black hardman that 'fears' the French

INTERVIEW: Former New Zealand captain Wayne 'Buck' Shelford, often dubbed 'the hardest man to play the game', knows better than most the highs and lows of playing Les Bleus.

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Webb-Ellis embraced by French as their own

SPOTLIGHT: William Webb-Ellis may or may not have been the creator of rugby but the residents of the French Riviera town of Menton where he is buried have embraced the Englishman as one of their own.

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France

Evolution of haka - from 'jingle bells' to fierce war dance

SPOTLIGHT: Before France takes on New Zealand in the opening game of the World Cup the hosts will have to face the ferocious challenge laid down by the All Blacks in the haka.

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South Africa

Scottish legend's rich praise for 'transformed' Boks

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa was formally welcomed to the World Cup in France at an unrivalled and an extravagant ceremony at La Tour Royale in Toulon on Monday.

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France

France lock: 'I am not a racist'

REACTION: French lock Bastien Chalureau on Monday rejected accusations he is a racist in an affair that has overshadowed hosts France's preparations for the World Cup.

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New Zealand

All Blacks sweat over key player ahead of World Cup opener

NEWS: The All Blacks could be without another key player when they face France in Friday's World Cup opener.

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England

Farrell: 'I made a mistake'

SPOTLIGHT: England captain Owen Farrell said he has accepted the "mistake" that will see him miss the start of the World Cup campaign, but remains excited for the tournament despite his side's dreadful form.

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New Zealand

Dan Carter explains why Pollard is a 'huge loss' for Springboks

SPOTLIGHT: All Black legend Dan Carter believes Handre Pollard's experience will be sorely missed in the Springbok squad during the World Cup.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'Conditioned' Boks ready to turn up the heat in Marseille

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the advantages of the pre-World Cup camp and looks forward towards the opening match against Scotland.

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Scotland

Russell opens up on uphill battle against Boks and Ireland

SPOTLIGHT: Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell says his side face an uphill battle to emerge from a stacked World Cup group that includes holders South Africa and the world's top-ranked side Ireland.

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'Excited to work with Morne Steyn': Lions lure Stormers No.10 to Jozi

TRANSFER NEWS: Promising Stormers flyhalf Kade Wolhuter has agreed to a loan deal with the Lions ahead of the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship season.

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New Zealand

The All Black pipeline missed this Barrett

SPOTLIGHT: A trio of Barrett brothers will play for New Zealand at the World Cup, but according to Beauden Barrett, a fourth sibling had also been on course to wear the famous All Blacks jersey until injury prematurely ended his career.

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Argentina

#RWC23: Five youngsters to watch

SPOTLIGHT: From in-form wings to a generational Georgian talent and a co-captain with just 11 caps to his name.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Why Boks are 'at home' in Toulon

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi explains why they feel 'at home' in the port city of Toulon on the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast.

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Wales great dead at 81

NEWS: Wales great David Watkins - the only man to captain the British Lions in both rugby union and rugby league - has died aged 81, it was announced Sunday.

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South Africa

The 'A-Team' to beat Scotland

OPINION: @king365ed puts his selection hat on and names the team he feels will be good enough to give the defending champions a wincing start at the World Cup.

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Former Welsh star rushed to hospital during Ironman

NEWS: Former Wales loose forward Alix Popham was hospitalized with a suspected concussion while he was competing at the Wales Ironman.

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Japan

Japan ready to climb Everest in World Cup endeavour

SPOTLIGHT: Japan coach Jamie Joseph said that despite "a mass of problems" his team was preparing to scale Everest at the World Cup.

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Boks settle in Toulon to get ready for World Cup kick-off

NEWS: The Springboks arrived at their World Cup base in Toulon on Sunday morning in high spirits after a ten-and-a-half-hour ferry overnight trip from Corsica.

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VIDEO: Watch as Ronan O'Gara gets in a sideline scuffle

NEWS: A bizarre incident in the Top 14 clash between Clermont and La Rochelle has grabbed headlines after former Irish international and La Rochelle head coach Ronan O’Gara was attacked by an opposition player.

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Hansen on 2019 World Cup: 'I have to take the blame'

Former All Black head coach Steve Hansen has opened up on the 2019 semifinal defeat to England which ended hopes of three consecutive World Cup titles.

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Wales

Gatland: 'We will suprise some people'

SPOTLIGHT: Warren Gatland faces a monumental task in his bid to take Wales to a third World Cup semifinal under his watch, but the Kiwi coach insists his team will do "something special" in France.

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South Africa

'We don't really care': Rassie addresses reaction to Boks' bench split

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus says the Springbok camp didn’t pay much attention to all the outside noise around the make-up of their bench against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

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Fiji

Fiji not thinking about rankings says Raiwalui

NEWS: Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui said on Saturday his side's record ranking of seventh has no impact on their preparation for the World Cup.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: All Blacks' World War tribute in France

SPOTLIGHT: For New Zealand forward Tamaiti Williams, a visit to a First World War cemetery ahead of the World Cup in France provided an unexpected and emotional link to his family heritage.

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News

Cheetahs too good for Force...again

REPORT: The Cheetahs made it two wins from two matches in the Challenge Series with a 27-12 win over the Western Force in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

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South Africa

Jake White on Boks' Twickers win: 'I can’t see it happening again'

Bulls Director of Rugby and former Springbok coach Jake White shares his thoughts on South Africa's record win over the All Blacks

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South Africa

'We could have selected 15 robots': Bok players get licence to thrill at RWC

SPOTLIGHT: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber wants his players to express themselves in the best way possible at the World Cup, even if it means going a bit off script.

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South Africa

Gold Cup returns in 'FA Cup' style format

NEWS: The Gold Cup – featuring 32 teams from around South Africa – kicks off in September following a four-year hiatus and will introduce a new and exciting knock-out format, which has never been seen before in the nationwide club competition.

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South Africa

'They are not going to trouble the Boks': Ireland get some much-needed advice

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland need more players to step up as leaders to help talismanic skipper Johnny Sexton and play more expansively if they are to be genuine World Cup contenders, former Irish fullback Hugo MacNeill has told AFP.

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News

Western Force part ways with CEO

NEWS: The Western Force are on the lookout for a new chief executive after parting ways with Tony Lewis.

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England

England desperate to lift gloom ahead of World Cup

SPOTLIGHT: England head into the World Cup arguably at their lowest ebb since the inaugural 1987 edition and with a favourable draw no longer offering much comfort.

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Argentina

Ireland legend on Los Pumas: 'They're a nation built for the World Cup'

SPOTLIGHT: Argentina arrived at their World Cup base on the Brittany coast on Friday where wing Juan Imhoff declared he could feel "the pressure building".

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France

Dupont shares his thoughts on NZ's defeat to Boks

SPOTLIGHT: Less than a week before the World Cup, with expectations rising in the squad and among the home fans, France captain Antoine Dupont says the hosts "have to win" the opener against three-time champions New Zealand.

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France

France rocked by Willemse withdrawal

NEWS: France suffered another big blow to their hopes of winning the World Cup.

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South Africa

Boks wary of De Villiers factor ahead of World Cup opener

SPOTLIGHT: The Springboks will be out to nullify Scotland's dangerous backline in their World Cup opener, but they are also aware that it all starts with the forward battle.

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News

Reds undergo coaching overhaul

NEWS: Queensland Reds coach Les Kiss has followed through on his touted coaching clean-out, replacing all of former mentor Brad Thorn’s assistants ahead of his first Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

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News

RWC 2023: All the action at your fingertips!

The World Cup will soon be upon us and now is the time to plan your viewing pleasure.

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News

Cheetahs v Western Force - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie admitted it is difficult to simulate European conditions in Bloemfontein and Perth, so he will use Saturday's game to give a whole batch of different players some much-needed game time.

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Scotland

Scotland turn to mercurial playmaker for magic as Boks loom

SPOTLIGHT: Scotland need some magic from a reformed Finn Russell if Gregor Townsend's men are to upset the odds just by making it out of a devilishly difficult World Cup pool.

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South Africa

What the WPRFU clubs will vote for: 'Life or death'

OPINION: @king365ed unpacks the key aspects of the crucial vote at a WPRFU General Council meeting next Wednesday, September 6.

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Australia

VIDEO: Eddie - 'South Africans don’t inspire me as much as I admire them'

SPOTLIGHT: Wallaby head coach Eddie Jones applauded South Africa's "bold" use of their replacements against the All Blacks, but he is not using it as a source of inspiration ahead of the World Cup.

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New Zealand

Boks park All Black win: 'The World Cup starts now'

WATCH as Springboks Cobus Reinach and Manie Libbok speak at the team's Corsica training camp ahead of the much-anticipated World Cup.

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Bulls set to reap the rewards after World Cup

INTERVIEW: Marcell Coetzee is confident that the Bulls will reap the rewards of the World Cup experience some of their young stars will gain as they look to the coming season.

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South Africa

Video: Libbok gets huge endorsement from legendary Springbok

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Springbok legend Morne Steyn has no doubt that Manie Libbok is capable of delivering in the Green and Gold No.10 jersey at the World Cup in France.

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Australia

'I never have any regrets': Eddie explains his rant in 'worst press conference'

SPOTLIGHT: Wallaby head coach Eddie Jones addressed his media blow-up in Sydney before his squad boarded the plane to Paris earlier this month.

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Italy

Italy not fazed by brutal World Cup draw

NEWS: Italy have a huge task facing them as Kieran Crowley's talented young team try to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time.

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Georgia

Georgia's rise in rugby steeped in tradition

NEWS: Georgia's presence at their sixth successive World Cup since 2003 is a remarkable achievement given that they only joined the International Rugby Board (now World Rugby) in 1992 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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Japan

Covid legacy in the past as Japan heads to World Cup

SPOTLIGHT: Japan should have been riding a wave of momentum after hosting a successful 2019 World Cup but the Covid-19 pandemic has hampered efforts to build on their success.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'We are comfortable with being champions'

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber addresses the media at the team's training camp on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

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New Zealand

Damning report reveals NZ Rugby is 'not fit for purpose'

NEWS: New Zealand Rugby's governing body was branded "not fit for purpose" in a scathing independent report published Thursday into the country's governing body.

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France

France centre in doubt for World Cup opener

NEWS: France centre Jonathan Danty is a doubt to face New Zealand in next week's World Cup opener due to a hamstring injury, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) said on Wednesday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Pollard exits Bok camp

NEWS: Flyhalf Handre Pollard has officially left the Springbok camp ahead of the World Cup.

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South Africa

Mixed feelings over Boks' controversial bench split

OPINION: The discussion around the Springboks’ seven-one split between forwards and backs on the bench for the Test against New Zealand last week has caused a lot of reaction around the world.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'André The Giant' living up to his moniker

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber speaks about the ever-improving midfielder called André The Giant.

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France

France leave nothing to chance ahead of World Cup

SPOTLIGHT: There used to be a lazily-used cliche about France claiming "you never knew what French team would turn up" but in the build-up to this year's World Cup that remark has been consigned to the past.

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Australia

#RWC2023 - Boks rated third-best to lift trophy

STAT ATTACK: The Springboks are rated third-best to secure the 2023 World Cup in France.

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Argentina

Calling on all fantasy fans

SPOTLIGHT: In an exciting development for enthusiasts around the world, World Rugby unveiled the official World Cup 2023 Fantasy game.

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New Zealand

'A fair hearing': Foster has his say on Barrett verdict

REACTION: All Blacks coach Ian Foster said it was a "great result" that Scott Barrett avoided a World Cup ban after being sent off against South Africa.

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South Africa

REVEALED: The people and details behind the new Stormers equity deal

SPOTLIGHT: @king365ed unearths details of, and the people behind, the new Stormers equity deal on the table of the Western Province Rugby Football Union.

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England

British army player found dead in France

NEWS: A British armed forces player was found dead on Tuesday in France's Brittany region where the World Defence Rugby competition is being held, a prosecutor said.

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VIDEO: 'Jake didn't want me at the Bulls'

WATCH as Springbok and Bulls legend Morne Steyn reveals the real reason why he opted to join the Lions.

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News

Stormers finally confirm equity partner

NEWS: The Western Province Rugby Football Union's General Council will meet on Wednesday, August 30, when a ground-breaking equity deal will be presented to the union's primary club stakeholders.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Boks dabbling with forwards who can play in the backline

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the reasons behind the decision to play with seven forwards and just one back, as well as their future plans for the bench.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: Defeat to Boks could be beneficial for All Backs says Hansen

SPOTLIGHT: Former All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen says that New Zealand will come out ‘sharper’ in two weeks’ time after the 7-35 Twickenham defeat to South Africa.

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Ireland

Irish view on the #BIG bad Boks

REACTION: South Africa’s 35-7 win over New Zealand has put their pool rivals on notice, including Ireland, who will face the Springboks in their third pool match.

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Australia

Jones admits he has 'destabilised the team'

INTERVIEW: Coach Eddie Jones has conceded the Wallabies win-loss record heading into the World Cup isn't good enough but feels they aren't far away from clicking.

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Georgia

Georgia seek more major games

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Georgia coach Levan Maisashvili said he wants more games against leading sides as he named his squad for this year's World Cup.

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New Zealand

Relief for All Blacks as Barrett escapes #RWC ban

DISCIPLINARY NEWS: New Zealand lock Scott Barrett has avoided a ban after being shown a red card in last weekend's record loss to South Africa, World Rugby announced on Monday.

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News

Hawies Fourie reveals his future plans

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Cheetahs received some good news as head coach Hawies Fourie signed a new contract with the Bloemfontein franchise.

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Argentina

Boks on the move in rankings shakeup

UPDATE: Seven of the top 10 teams find themselves in different positions in the World Rugby Rankings after the final round of World Cup warm-up clashes.

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News

Dobson unpacks four key areas for Stormers to improve

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Coach John Dobson has identified four key areas Stormers need to improve in their pursuit to clinch the United Rugby Championship title this season.

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New Zealand

Dark Monday as Barrett cited for shoulder charge on Bok

DISCIPLINARY NEWS: The All Blacks face an anxious wait after Scott Barrett has been cited following his red card against South Africa at Twickenham.

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South Africa

VIDEO: This was not Moodie's first rodeo

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks why playing Canan Moodie at outside centre against Rieko Ioane was not as big a risk as most people felt.

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England

Talking points: Boks bully All Blacks, Fiji stun England

The final warm-up matches for this year's World Cup took place this weekend with holders South Africa hammering New Zealand on Friday and Fiji stunning England among the standout results.

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Ireland

VIDEO: 'I made a mistake in the heat of the moment'

REACTION: Ireland coach Andy Farrell said veteran prop Cian Healy was "devastated" after missing out on the World Cup squad due to injury.

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Australia

Eddie Jones delusional or truly confident?

REACTION: Australia coach Eddie Jones said on Sunday he remained "confident" of his side's chances at the World Cup.

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France

France ready to 'go up a level'

REACTION: Coach Fabien Galthie said France must "go up another level" after breezing past Australia 41-17 in their final World Cup warm-up on Sunday.

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England

England confirms injured Watson's replacement

TEAM UPDATE: England has confirmed that Jonny May has replaced Anthony Watson in their squad for the World Cup.

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Ireland

Injury rocks Irish squad

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Ireland coach Andy Farrell has had his selection hand forced by injury ahead of the World Cup.

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Australia

France adds to Wallaby misery with Paris rout

MATCH REPORT: Eddie Jones' winless return to Australia continued with another horror story in Paris on Sunday, a humbling 17-41 loss to World Cup hosts France.

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Australia

France v Australia RECAP | International

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between France and Australia at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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News

Sharks lure another Bok to Durban

TRANSFER NEWS: The Sharks continued their off-season recruitment by luring another Springbok to Durban.

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Scotland

Townsend's frank assessment of the Boks

REACTION: South Africa and Scotland are set to face off in pivotal pool match in the opening round of the World Cup, in Marseille on September 10.

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Australia

Fiji puts pool rivals on notice

REACTION: A historic win by Fiji over England has reminded Australia and other Pool C rivals that advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals is no guarantee.

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Blade cut into muscle, Foster says it needs to be checked out

NEWS: The All Blacks are holding thumbs that prop Tyrel Lomax will recover in time for the World Cup after sustaining a deep gash on his upper leg in the loss against the Springboks at Twickenham on Friday.

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Namibia

Bulls clinch win over World Cup bound Namibia

MATCH REPORT: The Bulls gave Namibia coach Allister Coetzee food for thought ahead of the World Cup in two weeks after their 43-30 victory over the Welwitschias at the Vegkop Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.

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Argentina

Player ratings: Argentina

Los Pumas player ratings: Argentina put on an impressive display against Spain at the Civitatis Metropolitano in Madrid, leaving their opponents chasing shadows throughout the match played in high temperatures and high pace.

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Argentina

Los Pumas maul Los Leones in nine try feast

MATCH REPORT: Argentina scored nine tries in a 62-3 rout of Spain in a Rugby World Cup warm-up on Saturday.

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Wales star done after World Cup

NEWS: Wales flyhalf Dan Biggar has announced he will retire from international rugby union after the upcoming World Cup in France.

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Ireland

Injury setback as Ireland survive big Samoan scare

MATCH REPORT: Ireland hung on desperately to edge Samoa 17-13 their final World Cup warm-up match in a rainy Bayonne on Saturday.

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Georgia

Scotland warms up for Boks with easy Georgia win

MATCH REPORT: Scotland wrapped up their World Cup warm-up campaign with a 33-6 victory over Georgia at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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Italy

Hat-trick for Ioane seals victory for Italy

MATCH REPORT: Italy convincingly beat Japan 42-21 on Saturday in both teams' final warm-up match before the World Cup in France.

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England

Alarm bells ring, as Fiji expose England's frailties

REACTION: England coach Steve Borthwick lamented his side's poor tackling after a shock 22-30 loss to Fiji.

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England

Player ratings: England

England player ratings live from Twickenham: It was Friday when Steve Borthwick’s assistant, Kevin Sinfield, calmly vouched that "getting better and improving is never a straight line".

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Fiji

Fiji rewrites history books, records biggest upset ever

MATCH REPORT: Fiji has caused one of the greatest upsets in rugby history beating England for the first time ever by 30-22 in a World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham on Saturday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'This win is worth no points in the World Cup'

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber chats to @king365ed after their 35-7 rout of the All Blacks at Twickenham at the weekend.

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England

England v Fiji RECAP| International

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium in London.

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South Africa

BREAKING: The shocking reason for Elton Jantjies' absence

STATEMENT: The real reason for Elton Jantjies' departure from the Springbok team has been revealed.

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Wales

Welsh player facing doping scrutiny

REPORT: Wales and British and Irish Lions player Rhys Webb is facing a potentially career-ending ban.

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New Zealand

Media meltdown after Boks rout All Blacks

REACTION: The All Blacks were blasted as "panicky and rattled" by New Zealand media on Saturday.

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New Zealand

All Blacks heading to the #RWC with second row concerns

REACTION: The All Blacks' already fragile second row stock suffered another major setback during their 7-35 defeat to the Springboks on Friday.

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Australia

France v Australia - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: The Wallabies' second row has a distinctly French flavour as skipper Will Skelton and Richie Arnold line up against many of their club teammates in Paris in their World Cup warm-up.

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New Zealand

Player ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: Finn Morton rates the New Zealand players after their record 7-35 loss to South Africa at Twickenham on Friday.

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New Zealand

Twickenham: Just what the doctor ordered

REACTION: If Auckland was the wake-up call, Twickenham was the remedy for the defending World Cup champions South Africa.

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South Africa

Player ratings: South Africa

OPINION: @king365ed rates the South African players after their record 35-7 win over New Zealand at Twickenham on Friday.

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New Zealand

Boks demolish 14-man All Blacks at Twickenham

MATCH REPORT:  The Springboks made a big statement concluding their World Cup preparations with a resounding 35-7 win over the All Blacks at Twickenham on Friday.

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New Zealand

New Zealand v South Africa RECAP | International

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium in London.

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News

Cheetahs maul willing young Force team

MATCH REPORT: The Cheetahs got their build-up to their new European campaign off to a victorious start.

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Ireland

Samoa v Ireland - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: The world's top-ranked team, Ireland, completes its World Cup warm-up fixtures on Saturday by taking on Samoa in Bayonne.

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Georgia

Scotland v Georgia - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Scotland will be eager to fine-tune their squad when they host Georgia at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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England v Fiji - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: The woes of the England rugby team since they started their preparations for the World Cup could not have been scripted any worse.

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United Rugby Championship

A first for URC on the cards in new season

NEWS: A first for the United Rugby Championship is on the cards for the 2023/24 season when Ospreys play the Sharks in London at the Twickenham Stoop for their Round 3 match-up on November 3.

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Australia

Young Wallabies to tackle France in final warm-up

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Will Skelton will become the 87th Wallabies captain when he leads the side onto Stade de France on Sunday for the side’s final Test before the 2023 World Cup.

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World Rugby's amazing plan to transform the game

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: In another incredible effort to grow the sport, World Rugby has launched rugby’s first-ever global streaming platform RugbyPass TV.

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Former Wales coach off to Japan

NEWS: Former Wales head coach Wayne Pivac will lead Japanese second-division side NEC Green Rockets next season.

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Tonga

Former All Black fails appeal, will miss Tonga's clash with Boks

NEWS: Centre George Moala will miss all but one of Tonga's World Cup pool games after he failed in an appeal to have a five-match ban over-turned, World Rugby announced on Thursday.

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Ireland

All Black gets start for Samoa

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Former New Zealand flyhalf Lima Sopoaga will make his Samoa Test debut in this weekend's World Cup warm-up with Ireland.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: Siya wants an 'ugly, but beautiful' game

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi fronts up to the media ahead of his team's encounter with the All Blacks at Twickenham on Friday.

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News

VIDEO: Moerat to build on Kitsie's legacy

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Despite heading in a new direction, Stormers captain Salmaan Moerat will stay true to the legacy of former skipper Steven Kitshoff.

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New Zealand

South Africa v New Zealand - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: @king365ed brings you the views of both camps ahead of the World Cup warm-up match between arch-rivals South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham on Friday.

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Italy

Italy v Japan - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Head coach Jamie Joseph said Thursday that Japan had "turned the page" ahead of their final World Cup tune-up against Italy after a spate of red cards and injuries.

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England

England suffer another huge setback ahead of World Cup

NEWS: England have suffered a fresh blow ahead of the World Cup.

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Ireland

Farrell rings the changes for Ireland's clash against Samoa

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Head coach Andy Farrell has named his matchday squad to face Samoa in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up fixture at Stade Jean-Dauger in Bayonne.

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England

The Law[es] to lead England in final warm-up

TEAM ANNOUNCMENT: Courtney Lawes will earn his 100th cap as England captain on Saturday as Steve Borthwick’s men take on Fiji at Twickenham Stadium in the last of Nations Series games before the start of the 2023 World Cup in France.

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France

Galthie reveals his playmaker for clash against Wallabies

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Matthieu Jalibert will start at flyhalf in France's final World Cup warm-up match against Australia this weekend, head coach Fabien Galthie announced on Thursday.

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News

'A proven leader': Stormers reveal their new captain

NEWS: Stormers head coach John Dobson has revealed his new squad captain ahead of the 2023/2024 season.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: The 'home ground' advantage the Boks have at Twickenham

WATCH as Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen previews the Twickenham Test against the All Blacks.

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News

Bok lock reveals his future plans

NEWS: Griquas confirmed the arrival of former Springbok lock Franco van der Merwe as the new assistant coach.

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Australia

Australia 'A' v Portugal - Teams

SPOTLIGHT: Australia 'A' Head Coach Jason Gilmore has confirmed his side to face Portugal at Stade Jules-Ladoumègue in Massy, south of Paris, on Saturday.

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England

No escape as England's Billy learns his fate after red card

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: England No.8 Billy Vunipola has not escape punishment for his dangerous tackle during England's defeat to Ireland on Saturday.

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Scotland

Townsend fires warning shots at Boks

SPOTLIGHT: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend wants his team to play their best rugby when they face South Africa in the World Cup.

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Latest News

Fozzy laughs off Hansen's Wallaby link-up

REACTION: All Blacks coach Ian Foster has laughed off the idea there's anything disloyal about his predecessor Steve Hansen's brief link-up with the Wallabies.

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Latest News

Anything less than the World Cup title is a failure says Wallaby

SPOTLIGHT: Lalakai Foketi has boldly declared the Wallabies aren't in France to make up the numbers and won't be satisfied with anything less than winning the World Cup.

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New Zealand

Why All Blacks are going 'full throttle' against Boks

REACTION: South Africa must expect another fierce onslaught from New Zealand in their Word Cup warm-up match at Twickenham on Friday.

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Argentina

Argentina veteran ruled out of World Cup

NEWS: Argentina will be heading to the World Cup without one of their big names.

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News

'Hard work’: Specmagic on his return to the sevens scene

SPOTLIGHT: Two things that immediately struck Rosko Specman as he drove into the South Africa Sevens team’s base at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on Wednesday, were ‘hard work’ and ‘no comfort zones’.

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Top 14

Racing land a big name

TRANSFER NEWS: France prop Demba Bamba will join Racing 92 from Lyon next season, the Paris-based Top 14 club announced on Wednesday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Twickenham tiff will be 'war'

WATCH as Springbok veteran Eben Etzebeth explains why they will leave nothing in the tank in their face-off against the All Blacks at Twickenham on Friday.

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Scotland

Scotland bring out the big guns for Georgia

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Jamie Ritchie will lead Scotland in their final match before the upcoming World Cup.

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Namibia

Namibia v Bulls - Teams

PREVIEW: Namibia will be entering their final preparation stages for the 2023 World Cup and they will face the Bulls in Windhoek on Saturday.

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New Zealand

All Blacks go all out for Boks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: A matchday 23, with over 1000 Tests of international experience, has been given the task of taking on the current world champions South Africa in a match that will complete preparations for the 2023  World Cup in France.

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South Africa

'He treasured the ethos of the game': SA Rugby pays tribute to Stofberg

UPDATE: Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, paid tribute to former Springbok captain Marthinus Theunis Steyn (Theuns) Stofberg, who sadly passed away on Wednesday following a serious car accident outside Stellenbosch on Monday.

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Latest News

Cheetahs v Western Force - teams

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Ruan Pienaar resumes his role at flyhalf for the Cheetahs when they face the Western Force in the opening of four Challenge Series games in Bloemfontein on Friday night.

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Scotland

Duhan: 'I never thought I'd be where I am today'

SPOTLIGHT: Scotland star Duhan van der Merwe admitted that his rise on the international stage in the colours of Scotland was something that he could never envisage a few years ago.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Bok coach's mirthful response to Libbok question

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber responds in mirthful fashion to a question about flyhalf Manie Libbok's declining goalkicking standards.

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Australia

VIDEO: Eddie to spring another surprise

SPOTLIGHT: In another shocking move Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones has hinted that flyhalf  Ben Donaldson could be in line for his first Wallabies appearance when Australia face hosts France in their World Cup warm-up.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Injured Bok stars on RTT & RTP

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber clears up any doubt about the injury status of World Cup winners Handre Pollard and Lukhanyo Am and their possible return to the squad.

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England

The Owen Farrell verdict is out and people won't like it

BREAKING NEWS: The verdict of England captain Owen Farrell's appeal hearing has been released and it is going to upset his critics.

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News

World Rugby reveals refs for RWC pool matches

NEWS: World Rugby has announced the referee appointments for the 40 matches that comprise the pool stage of this year's World Cup in France.

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News

BlitzBoks suffer massive blow

NEWS: The BlitzBoks received some bad news ahead of the Sevens season.

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Australia

VIDEO - 'Like a mate having a beer': Eddie on Hansen's role in Wallabies camp

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: When days are dark, friends are few. However, that is not the case for Australia's head coach Eddie Jones.

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Latest News

Purple People Eaters lose an icon

NEWS: South Africa has lost a huge figure in the coaching fraternity with the sad news that the Griffons’ assistant coach Oersond Gorgonzola has passed away.

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Italy

Star fullback's return headlines Italy World Cup squad

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Ange Capuozzo will travel to the World Cup in France after being selected in the Azzurri squad announced on Tuesday.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: How Boks plan to stop All Black razzle-dazzle

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the key to success for his team against the All Blacks at Twickenham on Friday.

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South Africa

Boks v All Blacks is not a 'warm-up'

SPOTLIGHT: All Black star Ardie Savea says there is no such thing as a "warm-up" for his team as they prepare to face the Springboks at Twickenham Stadium in London.

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Uruguay

French presence in Uruguay World Cup squad

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Bayonne lock Manuel Leindekar and Castres scrumhalf Santiago Arata were both named in Uruguay's 33-man World Cup squad.

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England

Venues for 2025 Women's World Cup

NEWS: The eight venues for the 2025 Women's World Cup in England have been announced, two years out from the start of the showpiece tournament.

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Australia

VIDEO: 'Cancel his citizenship' - NZ shocked by Hansen's Aussie move

REACTION: Veteran All Blacks hooker Dane Coles said he was "gobsmacked" to hear former New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is helping rivals Australia prepare for the World Cup.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Nienaber sets the Siya bar at the hour mark

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains how they will continue to ease captain Siya Kolisi back to full match fitness.

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Ireland

Ireland bring in uncapped hooker

SQUAD UPDATE: Uncapped hooker Diarmuid Barron has joined the Ireland squad ahead of their warm-up clash against Samoa in Bayonne.

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News

'Bunker' review system gets green light for World Cup

NEWS: The 'Bunker' review system and the shot clock will feature at the upcoming World Cup in France, World Rugby announced Monday.

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Namibia

Allister Coetzee reveals Namibia squad for World Cup

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Namibia, beaten in all 22 matches they played at six previous World Cups, named 39-year-old lock PJ van Lill among 31 players on Monday for the 2023 tournament in France.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Nienaber's midfield bolter has been 'on the radar' for some time

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the reasons behind his left-field selection for the World Cup warm-up encounter with the All Blacks.

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France

World Rankings: Boks' new position confirmed

NEWS: South Africa's new position in the Men's Rankings was confirmed by World Rugby on Monday.

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France

Injured star included in France's World Cup squad

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Flank Anthony Jelonch was named in host nation France's World Cup squad by head coach Fabien Galthie on Monday despite suffering from a serious knee injury.

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Latest News

No Folau in Tonga World Cup squad

NEWS: Israel Folau has been left out of Tonga’s World Cup squad announced by coach Toutai Kefu who named 32 players with one more name to be added.

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Latest News

Lions finally manage to snag two new coaches

NEWS: The Lions have nabbed a Bull after being on the hunt for months to fill their coaching positions with the announcement that one of the most prolific kickers in South African rugby will join them as kicking consultant.

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Latest News

Gatland appoints two captains in Wales' World Cup squad

NEWS: Wales coach Warren Gatland has named two captains to lead his side in the World Cup in France in two weeks. 

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New Zealand

Nienaber springs midfield surprise for clash against All Blacks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has revealed his team for their final World Cup warm-up match against the All Blacks in London on Friday.

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England

England's Vunipola to learn fate on Tuesday

NEWS: England’s Billy Vunipola will know his fate on Tuesday following his red card against Ireland when the hearing for the red card offence will take place.

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Australia

Eddie brings in World Cup-winning coach to help Wallabies

NEWS: World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has joined the Wallabies in a short-term advisory role ahead of next month's World Cup.

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New Zealand

All Blacks set to unleash big guns against Boks

SPOTLIGHT: Assistant coach Jason Ryan says the All Blacks will send out their strongest "available" "team for their World Cup warm-up match against the Springboks on Friday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Springbok coach's sage message to misfiring Manie

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber responds to questions around the poor kicking performance of flyhalf Manie Libbok in the last two Tests.

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Namibia

The team that has never won a World Cup game

Which team has competed at the World Cup regularly but has never won a single game? Today we take a look at the team from Namibia, galant competitors but a victory has always eluded them.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Why Siya rates Willie as the 'Bok provider'

WATCH as returning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi sings the praises of veteran fullback Willie le Roux, despite a performance that had the cynics calling for his head.

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Ireland

'Fingers crossed': Ireland to keep a close eye on injured star

REACTION: Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will be hoping that the foot injury Dan Sheehan suffered against England on Saturday is not a serious one.

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Australia

'It's not foreign to me': New Wallaby coach eager to work with Eddie

SPOTLIGHT: Wallabies assistant coach Jason Ryles says his new boss Eddie Jones shares similar coaching philosophies to Craig Bellamy, who he played and worked under at the Melbourne Storm.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The All Blacks won't roll over this easy

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks his team's record win over Wales in Cardiff at the weekend.

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South Africa

Gatland opens up on Bok drubbing

REACTION: Wales head coach Warren Gatland admitted that the Springboks physically dominated his side in all areas of the game in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff.

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England

'I feel the disappointment': England coach calls for rapid end to red card fall-outs

REACTION: England coach Steve Borthwick was left hoping for a rapid finish to rugby's often lengthy disciplinary procedures after Billy Vunipola joined Owen Farrell as a World Cup doubt by being sent off during a 10-29 warm-up loss to Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

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Fiji

World Cup hosts Les Blues the boss of Fiji in warm-up clash

MATCH REPORT: France has beaten Fiji 34-17 in a World Cup warm-up match at Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes on Saturday evening.

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Top 14

Worlds' most capped player gets yellow in French Top 14

NEWS: The world's most capped player Alun Wyn Jones was shown a yellow card just three minutes into his French Top 14 debut as his Toulon side lost 27-15 at Lyon.

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South Africa

Player ratings: South Africa

OPINION: @king365ed rates the South African players after their 52-16 demolition of Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Kolisi - It felt amazing

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi speaks about his first game after knee surgery - a 40-minute outing in a 52-16 rout of Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

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England

VIDEO: Another red card for England as Ireland ease to victory

REPORT: Another one of Steve Borthwick's stars is set to face the music in the coming days.

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England

Player Ratings: England

OPINION: The ambition in Dublin was for Steve Borthwick’s team to live up to their head coach’s promise that they definitely were in the right direction towards Marseille and being pitch-perfect for their World Cup opener versus Argentina.

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Ireland

Player Ratings: Ireland

OPINION: The men in green eventually got out of second gear to see off a disjointed if earnest England side, that refused to go away even after going down to 14 men.

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Georgia

Georgia thump USA in World Cup warm-up

NEWS: Georgia eased past the USA 22-7 on Saturday in their second warm-up for this year's World Cup.

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England

Ireland v England RECAP | International

READERS' FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between Ireland and England at Lansdowne Road in Dublin.

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Wales

Player ratings: Wales

OPINION: Ian Cameron rates the Welsh players after their humbling 16-52 loss to South Africa.

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South Africa

Boks destroy Wales in Cardiff

REPORT: The Springboks will head into their next World Cup warm-up match against the All Blacks with some momentum after they hammered Wales 52-16 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.

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South Africa

Wales v South Africa RECAP | International

READERS' FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

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Japan

Lappies included in final Brave Blossoms World Cup squad

NEWS: Brave Blossoms coach Jamie Joseph has made four changes to the original World Cup squad for Japan that was announced three days ago.

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South Africa

Kolisi on his recovery: 'My foundation was in God'

WATCH as iconic Springbok captain Siya Kolisi explains how he found strength in God to recover from knee surgery and recover in time to be ready for the World Cup.

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England

Farrell's date for World Rugby appeal revealed

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: England captain Owen Farrell has been told when he must appear before an appeal hearing in his labyrinthian and disputatious saga.

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England

'It's not an accident': Nigel Owens has his say on Farrell's tackle

REACTION: Former leading referee Nigel Owens warned Rugby Union is in "big trouble" if Owen Farrell's dangerous tackle against Wales is no longer regarded as worthy of a sending-off.

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South Africa

Wales v South Africa - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: @king365ed unpacks the World Cup warm-up encounter between Wales and South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday and what it means for the Springboks' title defence that starts next month.

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South Africa

Gatland looking past Boks: 'We can do something pretty special at this World Cup'

INTERVIEW: Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted he is planning for some short-term success and the World Cup is his target.

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England

Ireland v England - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: The whole controversy surrounding Owen Farrell this week has taken some of the spotlight away from Saturday's big World Cup warm-up match between Ireland and England in Dublin.

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England

'Just my opinion': Rassie shows support for Farrell

REACTION: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus took to social media to show his support for Ireland's head coach Andy Farrell.

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England

World Rankings: Boks get another shot at top three spot

PREVIEW: There are some intriguing matches in the latest round of the World Cup warm-ups and World Rugby has published the ranking permutations.

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Latest News

Drastic changes for SA Under-18's ahead of England clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The South African Under-18 team to face England in the International series in Paarl on Saturday underwent wholesale changes including new captain JJ Theron.

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Fiji

France v Fiji - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: World Cup hosts France will welcome Fiji to Stade de la Beaujoire for a warm-up match on Saturday evening and there is no doubt that Fabien Galthie's side needs a strong performance against an ever improving Fiji.

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England

Dad Andy talks out about 'Farrell circus'

REACTION: Ireland coach Andy Farrell slammed much of the commentary surrounding son Owen.

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New Zealand

Powerhouse forward joins All Blacks' injury list ahead of World Cup

NEWS: All Black head coach Ian Foster has added another player to his injury list.

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Australia

Another League expert answers Jones' coaching SOS

NEWS: National Rugby League assistant Jason Ryles has answered an SOS from Wallabies coach Eddie Jones and will join the Australian squad as a replacement for attack coach Brad Davis.

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South Africa

Double injury blow for Wales ahead of Bok face-off

BREAKING NEWS: Wales suffered a double injury blow ahead of their final World Cup warm-up match against reigning champions South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Latest News

Suspended prison sentence for Toulouse player for assault

NEWS: France-based New Zealand rugby player George Tilsley has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting his girlfriend.

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England

No Farrell for England as Lawes steps in as captain

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England appointed a new captain for their World Cup warm-up match against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday as a replacement for Owen Farrell, who awaits his fate after World Rugby appealed his disciplinary ruling.

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Ireland

Earls' 100th cap imminent as Ireland announce team

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: James Ryan will captain Ireland in the final home match before the World Cup, while Keith Earls is in line to win his 100th Test cap in green should he feature off the replacements bench.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Why cake-eating Ox don't count calories

WATCH as affable Springbok Ox Nché reveals why he almost missed a second consecutive World Cup and why he prefers cake over salad.

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England

CONFIRMED: World Rugby to appeal Farrell's ruling

World Rugby has lodged an appeal against the decision to overturn Owen Farrell’s red card from Saturday’s match against Wales, placing the England captain’s participation in the World Cup in doubt again.

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France

Alldritt, Willemse, Cross return for France

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: France have recalled captain Gregory Alldritt for their World Cup warm-up clash with Fiji in Nantes on Saturday while Paul Willemse and Francois Cros also return for the tournament hosts.

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Italy

Capuozzo back for Italy after six months

Ange Capuozzo will return to Italy's starting line-up following six months out after being picked on Thursday for this weekend's World Cup warm-up with Romania.

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Australia

VIDEO: Eddie Jones' ugly media spat - stay the pessimists you are

WATCH as Wallaby coach Eddie Jones blow up at the Australian media over their 'negative' questions.

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Australia

Video: Wallabies take another big hit

NEWS: Eddie Jones' second stint as Australia's head coach has not gone as planned. 

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Latest News

Seven World Cup games not to be missed

OPINION: The final spot for the World Cup in France went to Portugal and now the biggest rugby spectacle in the world is just around the corner.

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News

PICTURES: SA's URC teams hitting the pre-season hard

With most of the rugby stars' attention solely focused on the 2023 World Cup, the rest of the stars has been extremely busy with pre-season training.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The Welsh 'banana peel' Boks must avoid

WATCH as Springboks Ox Nche and Cheslin Kolbe talk about the biggest threats they face against Wales in a World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Ireland

Ireland's World Cup squad gradually taking shape

TEAM NEWS: Ireland confirmed that five players have been cut from the 42-man World Cup training squad on Wednesday.

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England

REPORT: England captain could still face World Cup ban

NEWS: It seems like England's concerns are far from over as captain Owen Farrell might still be banned for his tackle during the World Cup warm-up match against Wales at Twickenham.

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Latest News

VIDEO: Hawies on the 2023 Challenge Series as dates confirmed

NEWS: The Cheetahs and the Western Force, will kick off their campaigns in the Challenge Series on Friday, August 25 against each other.

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News

World Cup squad TRACKER

#RWC SQUADS: The men who will fight for the prestigious World Cup trophy from September 8 to October 28.

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Latest News

Nine France-based players in Romania's World Cup squad

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Romania coach Eugen Apjok on Wednesday selected nine players based in France including Stade Francais prop Thomas Cretu in his 33-man squad for next month's World Cup in France.

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Latest News

SA Under-18's need to focus on England now

NEWS: The South African Under-18 team must lift their heads and knuckle down as they start preparing for their second game in the U18 International Series against England on Saturday.

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Australia

VIDEO: New Wallaby skipper - That's not my style of leadership

INTERVIEW: Shock new Wallabies captain Will Skelton is pledging to be his own man while also leaning on teammates for support during Australia's World Cup campaign.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Unpacking the reasons behind starting Kolisi cold

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the reasons behind starting captain Siya Kolisi and scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse against Wales, instead of easing them back into the fray off the bench.

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News

'Arendse will only get better'

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Bulls assistant coach Chris Rossouw believes the Springbok star Kurt-Lee Arendse will only get better after claiming five individual awards at the franchise's annual awards ceremony.

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South Africa

Gatland 'building depth' against Boks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Warren Gatland has named his Wales team to play South Africa in a World Cup warm-up match on Saturday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The aspects of the Bok game that improved since 2019

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains which aspects of the team's game and approach improved since they won the World Cup in 2019.

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Latest News

Six South Africans in Barbarian team to face Samoa

NEWS: Six South Africans have been included in the Barbarian match-23 to face Samoa in Brive on Friday.

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Scotland

Scotland unveil strong #RWC squad

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named his 33-player squad for the upcoming World Cup 2023, to be held in France next month.

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News

Crusaders v Chiefs to kick off Super Rugby Pacific 2024 season

NEWS: The release of the Super Rugby Pacific draw for 2024 has revealed an action-packed schedule headlined by fierce rivalries.

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Latest News

The only World Cup debutant is...

NEWS: Of the 20 teams lining up in France only one is making its first appearance at the World Cup.

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England

Farrell fall-out: 'It is just one bad tackle in 2,000 attempts'

REACTION: Kevin Sinfield has vituperated the critics of England captain Owen Farrell in the wake of the surprise ruling in his disciplinary hearing.

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England

The Ireland injury update that would please Farrell

NEWS: Injured Ireland back row forward Jack Conan is going really well in his recovery from the foot problem which cast doubt on his World Cup participation.

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England

Shock as Owen Farrell's ruling comes out

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE:  Owen Farrell's ruling has been confirmed and it will certainly raise a few eyebrows.

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South Africa

Siya is back!

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has revealed his team for Saturday's World Cup warm-up match against Wales in Cardiff.

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Canada

Tonga too good for Canada...again

REPORT: Hosts Tonga crossed for six tries in a 36-12 romp over Canada on Tuesday to claim a second straight win over the Canucks in tune-ups for the World Cup.

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South Africa

'It is exciting': Boks Women add new face to coaching team

WOMEN SPOTLIGHT: In a boost to the management of the Springbok Women, the experienced Franzel September has been added to the team’s coaching staff, joining Laurian Johannes-Haupt as assistant to interim head coach Louis Koen.

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Australia

'I just can't wait to get to France'

INTERVIEW: Two-Test playmaker Carter Gordon says he's ready for the World Cup pressure-cooker despite being the only specialist flyhalf in the Wallabies squad.

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Australia

Quade Cooper's spectacular fall from grace

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Quade Cooper's spectacular fall from grace is complete with Wallabies coach Eddie Jones overlooking the playmaker for Australia A's team to play Portugal.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Gatland's Wales to take Boks to the 'gutters' again?

SPOTLIGHT: The Springboks are bracing themselves for another tricky encounter against Wales when they meet in a World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Japan

Big omission as Japan reveal their World Cup squad

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has named his World Cup squad With three places in the 33-member squad still to be confirmed.

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South Africa

Wales sweating over captain as Boks loom

INJURY UPDATE: Wales is the latest team sweating over the fitness of key players, just weeks out from the World Cup.

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South Africa

VIDEO: One-on-one with Jonathan Mokuena - raising the bar

WATCH as UJ coach Jonathan Mokuena chats to @king365ed about his graduation from SARU's Elite Coaching Programme and what the future holds for him.

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NEWS

Nyali to lead SA U18 against France

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Xola Nyali has been handed the captaincy as the South African Under-18 team prepare for their U18 International Series opener against France at Stellenberg High School in Durbanville.

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South Africa

No 'fear' in Bok camp as injuries rock rugby world

SPOTLIGHT: There is always the risk of picking up injuries in World Cup warm-up matches and this past weekend's clashes proved that anything could happen from now until the big event in France.

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Argentina

World Rankings: Wales drop as Boks hold onto fourth

NEWS: For the first time since January 2008 Wales are below Fiji in the World Rugby's Rankings.

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France

'We are not invincible': France add another name to growing injury list

INJURY UPDATE: France suffered a double blow less than a month before the hosts open the World Cup against New Zealand with flyhalf Romain Ntamack ruled out with a knee injury and prop Cyril Baille in doubt with a calf problem.

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Canada

Tonga v Canada - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Canada brace themselves for another physical challenge against Tonga at the Teufaiva Stadium on Tuesday.

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England

'It's really bad luck': England scrumhalf ruled out of World Cup

INJURY UPDATE: England scrumhalf Jack nan Poortvliet has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury.

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Scotland

Alarm bells for Boks as Scotland peak

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Scotland are peaking at the right time which is a major alarm bell for their heavyweight World Cup pool stage contenders, Ireland and South Africa.

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England

'He wouldn't do it intentionally': England rally around their captain

SPOTLIGHT: England flyhalf George Ford, a close friend of Owen Farrell since childhood, said England would rally around their skipper as he faces a ban.

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France

BREAKING: Ntamack set to miss World Cup

INJURY NEWS: France's chances of winning the World Cup title have suffered a major blow with reports of Romain Ntamack's injury.

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Namibia

Namibia finds strength in the dunes of Walvis Bay

FEATURE: Walvis Bay is renowned for the abundance of its wildlife. Whales bask offshore while flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns all shelter in the tidal lagoon.

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Latest News

VIDEO: 'If we don’t win, everyone will say this was the k**kest plan'

SPOTLIGHT: It is not easy to tell assistant coaches to continually chop and change teams when they stand to lose 40% of their income when things go awry.

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New Zealand

Ben Smith: All Blacks 'C' team can kill Boks' World Cup dream in London

OPINION: Rugbypass writer Ben Smith shares his views on the World Cup warm-up match between All Blacks and Springboks at Twickenham on August 25.

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England

VIDEO: 'I'll deal with the facts' - Farrell facing World Cup ban

REACTION: England captain Owen Farrell seems set to miss the start of the World Cup after being sent off in a 19-17 warm-up win over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday, although coach Steve Borthwick cautioned against pre-empting the disciplinary process.

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Namibia

Namibia fight back to edge Chile

REPORT: Namibia produced a strong fightback in the final quarter to beat Chile 28-26 in Temuco on Saturday.

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France

Romain and Duhan the big injury concerns after Saint-Etienne clash

SPOTLIGHT: France flyhalf Romain Ntamack left the field with a suspected knee problem and Scotland wing Duhan van der Merwe also suffered an injury as the World Cup hosts won 30-27 in a warm-up match in Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

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Latest News

VIDEO: 'I forgot about my knee' - Kolisi opens up on 'heated' comeback

SPOTLIGHT: Springbok captain Siya Kolisi might very well make his comeback to the playing field in a week and was asked if he felt he was ready to once again lead the team.

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France

Steyn double not enough as France edge Scotland in another thriller

REPORT: A late Thomas Ramos penalty helped France edge Scotland 30-27 in their World Cup warm-up match in Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

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France

Player Ratings: France

OPINION: France didn’t quite reign supreme in the St-Etienne hot-box, a stadium which will host four World Cup games later this year, but there were many flashes of brilliance to admire nonetheless.

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Scotland

Player Ratings: Scotland

OPINION: Scotland sorted out their slow start issues but were unable to deliver the 80-minute performance needed to overcome Les Bleus on home soil.

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France

France v Scotland RECAP | International

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between France and Scotland in Saint-Etienne.

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Second Phase

Player Ratings: Wales

OPINION: England have beaten Wales 19-17 in their international match at Twickenham in what was scrappy and at times chaotic affair in west London.

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Second Phase

Player Ratings: England

OPINION: What a crazy, crazy game.

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Georgia

Georgia give Romania a big reality check

REPORT: Georgia hammered Romania 56-6 in Tbilisi in a warm-up fixture for this year's World Cup on Saturday.

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England

England edge Wales as Farrell sees red at Twickenham

MATCH REPORT:  A late penalty made sure England edged Wales 19-17 at Twickenham on Saturday despite a red card to captain to Owen Farrell.

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England

England v Wales Recap | International

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between England and Wales at Twickenham in London.

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South Africa

PICTURES: Boks bid farewell to South Africa

The Springboks departed South Africa’s shores on Saturday determined to make the country proud.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Nienaber refutes Pollard conspiracy theories

NEWS: Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has refuted any conspiracy theories doing the rounds regarding the composition of his 33-man World Cup squad.

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Australia

'A bit of a shock': Young gun puts studies on hold for Wallabies

SPOTLIGHT: Max Jorgensen has placed his studies on hold in the hope of becoming the youngest Wallaby ever to debut at a World Cup.

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Latest News

Same job, different jersey says new Bok

SPOTLIGHT: Springbok lock Jean Kleyn might be on his way to the World Cup for South Africa on Saturday, but the towering lock is not ready to bid Munster farewell yet.

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South Africa

Moodie reflects on 'crazy' journey to World Cup

INTERVIEW: Still sporting his Springbok blazer, Canan Moodie reflected on the unreal moment he was selected for the World Cup squad.

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Japan

Japan's SA-born star receives ban for dangerous tackle

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: Flank Pieter Labuschagne will miss the start of Japan's World Cup campaign.

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Scotland

France v Scotland - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: France and Scotland will see the return of their captains, Antoine Dupont and Jamie Ritchie, to their starting line-ups for Saturday's World Cup warm-up game in Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

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Australia

Gatland's wry response to Eddie Jones' bullish comments

SPOTLIGHT: Wales coach Warren Gatland has been unable to resist a little dig at Eddie Jones and his initial failures to rejuvenate the Wallabies as the pre-World Cup war of words begins to crank into gear.

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Namibia

Chile v Namibia - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Namibia head coach Allister Coetzee has two changes to his starting line-up to face Chile on Saturday.

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England

England celebrates the Webb Ellis myth ahead of World Cup

FEATURE: There is no actual evidence that William Webb Ellis "picked up the ball and ran" during a game of football at Rugby School but that has not prevented a legend building up around him.

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Latest News

'The chubby kid who can run a bit' is going to the World Cup

SPOTLIGHT: Retshegofaditswe 'Tshego' Nché, better known as Ox, was born a month after South Africa hosted and won the 1995 World Cup.

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England

England v Wales - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: The rivalry between England and Wales will resume this weekend when Steve Borthwick's men tries to bounce back at Twickenham.

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New Zealand

All Blacks bring in young lock for Bok clash

NEWS: The All Blacks have bolstered their lock stocks for their clash against the Springboks in London on August 25.

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News

'A master of the game' takes charge of NZ Sevens

NEWS: Tomasi Cama has been named as head coach of the All Blacks Sevens for the 2024 season.

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South Africa

VIDEO: SARU coaching graduates - where are the women?

WATCH as South African Rugby CEO Rian Oberholzer chats to @king365ed about the lack of female graduates in a recent coaching programme.

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England

England in 'ideal shape' for World Cup

REACTION: Henry Arundell has been told to "trust his instincts" by England coach Steve Borthwick when the 20-year-old rising star faces Wales in a World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham on Saturday.

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England

'We have a group of players that are in the right head-space'

REACTION: Wales coach Warren Gatland is "pretty confident" key back row forward Taulupe Faletau will be fit to take his place in the squad for next month's World Cup in France.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The 'pros and cons' of Nienaber's utility policy

INTERVIEW: Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the 'pros and cons' of his utility policy.

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Canada

Tonga makes World Cup statement with Canadian rout

MATCH REPORT: Tonga sent a powerful message to fellow Pool B competitors at the World Cup with a comprehensive 28-3 win over Canada in Nuku'alofa on Thursday.

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England

Farrell returns to lead England's big guns against Wales

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England head coach Steve Borthwick has made 11 changes to his starting XV for Saturday's second World Cup warm-up match against Wales at Twickenham.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Rotation policy under the spotlight

OPINION: South Africa is not the only team using the rotation system in their build-up to the World Cup and results over the weekend are proof of that.

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France

France bring out the 'A-Team' for Scotland rematch

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: French coach Fabien Galthié wielded a heavy axe for the second of his team's two World Cup warm-up matches.

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France

The spirit of 'Ovalie' to drive France to World Cup glory?

FEATURE: There is a region in south-west France where the walls of bars and bedrooms are adorned not with pictures of Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele but Antoine Dupont, Cyril Baille and Romain Ntamack.

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Australia

Eddie Jones shocks with new Wallaby captain

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia coach Eddie has backed young players to spearhead the Wallabies' campaign to win their third World Cup which kicks off in France next month.

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France

Steyn and Nel to get a shot against France

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made six changes to his starting line-up for this Saturday’s return leg against France in Saint Etienne.

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News

The Highlanders' prodigal son returns

NEWS: They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice, but that is exactly what the Highlanders will be hoping for with the return of one of their most successful coaches.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The Boks' surprising flyhalf alternatives

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber reveals the surprising options he is considering as alternatives at flyhalf.

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Australia

REPORT: Hooper left out of Eddie's World Cup squad

NEWS: Wallaby veteran Michael Hooper has reportedly been left out of Eddie Jones' squad for the upcoming World Cup.

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Wales

Jones and Robertson to join forces for Alun Wyn Jones

NEWS: Wales legend Alun Wyn Jones will get the chance to run out at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium one more time when he plays for the Barbarians against Wales in a tribute match on November 4.

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South Africa

Boks have readymade solution to Am conundrum

ANALYSIS: Ben Smith reveals why the Springboks have a readymade solution for the injury-enforced absence of Lukhanyo Am at the World Cup in France.

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News

'There is a special feeling in the air' as White reveals his Bulls squad

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White is confident his squad will have enough depth to compete on all fronts during the 2023/2024 season.

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News

Kurt-Lee bags five awards

AWARDS: Kurt-Lee Arendse was rewarded for his fine form during the 2022/2023 season.

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England

Wales coach Gatland rings the changes for second England clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Head coach Warren Gatland has revealed his Wales team for their second World Cup warm-up match against England.

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South Africa

The #BIG change yet to happen in the South African game

FEATURE: On a parched pitch in an impoverished South African township, a group of young men do push-ups on the hard ground before kicking off a game of rugby.

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Portugal

The club that put the Portuguese game on World Cup map

FEATURE: Portugal may have snuck into this World Cup through the back door but the future looks bright for a country where the game is steadily building its numbers among the younger generation.

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Canada

Tonga v Canada - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: Tonga will get some valuable World Cup preparations when they face Canada in two 'warm-up' matches in Nuku'alofa on August 10 and 15.

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South Africa

VIDEO: How Libbok fixed his kicking against Los Pumas

The quandary in the Springbok camp is the absence of a pin-point accurate goal kicker with the omission of Handre Pollard from the Springbok World Cup squad.

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Top 14

Kockott's new team revealed after retirement U-turn

NEWS: Former France scrumhalf Rory Kockott has come out of retirement to join Stade Francais as World Cup cover, the Parisian club announced.

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South Africa

The missing links Boks could rue at #RWC

REACTION: The absence of three injured first-choice players will be a massive challenge for South Africa in their World Cup defence.

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Australia

'A 50-50 call': The Hooper conundrum ahead of Eddie's squad announcement

SPOTLIGHT: Tim Horan rates Michael Hooper a 50-50 chance of World Cup selection and hopes Rugby Australia "give him the option" to go out on his terms if the Wallaby champion isn't on the plane to France

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South Africa

VIDEO: Nienaber unpacks Boks' injury status

WATCH Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpack the injury status of those players who missed the World Cup cut.

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Latest News

VIDEO: 'Scared' Kolisi ready to take on Wales

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi speaks about his knee injury, surgery and recovery.

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South Africa

Banned Scotland star could face Boks in World Cup opener

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: Scotland could start their World Cup campaign in France next month without one of their star players.

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South Africa

BREAKING: The four World Cup winners that missed #2023 cut

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: South Africa will head to the World Cup in France without a number of key players.

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Italy

Italy suffer big blow

INJURY UPDATE: Italy's hopes of reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time suffered a significant blow on Tuesday as highly-rated back Tommaso Menoncello was ruled out due to a serious left arm injury.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Boks go into 'knock-out' mode as Scotland opener looms

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber chats to @king365ed about the team's approach ahead of their World Cup opener against Scotland at Stade Vélodrome, in Marseille, on September 10.

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Fiji

Fiji reveal squad for #RWC challenge

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui named his squad Tuesday for next month's World Cup but warned his in-form side they would face a big test of their credentials in warm-up matches against France and England.

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Argentina

Cheika reveals his #RWC squad

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina head coach Michael Cheika has named his 33-man squad for the World Cup in France.

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Australia

Why Wallabies can be World Cup contenders

INTERVIEW: Former World Cup captain Stirling Mortlock is a believer again and says the Wallabies are improving enough to challenge for the Webb Ellis trophy in France.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Loffie's #BIG Bok bolters

EXCLUSIVE: Watch as two-time World Cup-winning Baby Bok coach Loffie Eloff unpacks his Springbok selection for the World Cup.

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Romania

Cotter to join Boks' World Cup pool rivals

NEWS: Former Scotland and Fiji coach Vern Cotter is to be a consultant for Romania during the upcoming World Cup, the national federation said on Monday.

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Italy

Injuries force Azzurri team announcement change

NEWS: Italy's World Cup squad announcement has been pushed back 10 days, after a spate of injuries in last Saturday's Test against Ireland.

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England

Borthwick names England #RWC squad

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England coach Steve Borthwick has confirmed his official 33-player squad for the 2023 World Cup in France next month.

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Argentina

WORLD RANKINGS: Boks fail to break into top 3

SPOTLIGHT: Having scraped home by a point the previous week, the Springboks enjoyed a more convincing 24-13 win the second time around.

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South Africa

Talking points ahead of D-Day for Boks

SPOTLIGHT: There are some major decisions resting on the shoulders of Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber, as he prepares to name his World Cup squad on Tuesday.

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South Africa

Did Moodie punch his ticket to the World Cup?

SPOTLIGHT: Bulls wing Canan Moodie made a huge statement, with a man-of-the-match performance during South Africa's 24-13 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires at the weekend.

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News

Melbourne gets another Super round

NEWS: Super Rugby Pacific’s biggest weekend is locked to go back to Melbourne for the third time in 2024.

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New Zealand

All Blacks to rely on experience as they reveal their World Cup hand

#RWC SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has named his 33-man squad for World Cup 2023 in France.

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Wales

Wales' battle for World Cup spots is heating up says Gatland

REACTION: Warren Gatland is confident his Wales side will be "desperate to perform" at Twickenham next weekend as competition for places in his World Cup squad heats up.

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Scotland

Russell seeks tough test ahead #RWC opener against Boks

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Stand-in Scotland captain Finn Russell is bracing himself to face a full-strength France team in next weekend's return World Cup warm-up game in Saint-Etienne.

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South Africa

Nienaber points out the cracks Boks need to fix

REACTION: South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber admitted there are minor cracks that emerged during the 24-13 win over Argentina on Saturday.

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Argentina

Boks overpower Los Pumas with second-half rout

REPORT: South Africa started their World Cup warm-up campaign with an impressive 24-13 win over Argentina at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

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Samoa

Former All Blacks trio headlines Samoa World Cup squad

#RWC SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: European-based forwards Chris Vui and Michael Alaalatoa were named co-captains as Samoa named three former All Blacks in their World Cup squad on Sunday.

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New Zealand

These All Blacks have taken 'massive steps'

REACTION: Playmakers Aaron Smith and Richie Mo'unga say the All Blacks have taken "massive steps" from their troubles of last year and are ready to challenge for the World Cup.

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South Africa

The tough selection decisions Nienaber must make

REACTION: Coach Jacques Nienaber admitted he has some 'tough decisions' to make before naming South Africa's World Cup squad on Tuesday.

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England

Player ratings: England

OPINION: Liam Heagney rates the England players after their 9-20 loss to Wales in Cardiff!

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Wales

Player ratings: Wales

OPINION: We rate the Welsh players after their 20-9 win over England at the weekend!

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Ireland

Player ratings: Ireland

OPINION: Ian Cameron rates the Ireland players after their 33-17 win over Italy in Dublin on Saturday.

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Argentina

Player ratings: Argentina

OPINION: Frankie Deges rates the Argentinean players after their 13-24 loss to South Africa on Saturday.

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Ireland

Injuries mar Ireland win in Dublin

MATCH REPORT: Caelan Doris scored two tries while Jack Conan suffered an injury scare as Ireland overpowered Italy 33-17 in their opening World Cup warm-up match in Dublin on Saturday.

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South Africa

Player ratings: South Africa

OPINION: South Africa appears to be in good shape heading into the World Cup, based on the performances of some fringe players in the 24-13 warm-up win over Argentina at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

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Argentina

Argentina v South Africa RECAP | International

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between Argentina and South Africa at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires.

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England

Wales v England RECAP | International

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup warm-up match between Wales and England in Cardiff on Saturday.

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England

Wales put down World Cup marker with second-half shut-out of England

REPORT: Wales ended a dour period under Warren Gatland and put down a #BIG World Cup marker with a 20-9 win over a hapless England in Cardiff on Saturday.

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France

Schoeman scores as 14-man Scotland fight back to edge France in thriller

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Scotland

Player Ratings: Scotland

OPINION: Scotland overcame an 18-point half-time deficit to see off a largely second-string France at Murrayfield.

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France

Player Ratings: France

OPINION: Considering this was a second-string France side, you might have expected a drop in standard from the Les Bleus of late, but there was to be no such relief for Gregor Townsend’s Scotland, in the first half at least.

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Australia

All Blacks get a 'great lesson' ahead of World Cup

REACTION: With his best poker face on, Ian Foster insisted he was "stoked" with New Zealand's return Bledisloe Cup performance as his All Blacks side snatched a last-gasp 23-20 win over Australia.

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News

Pumas duo join Bulls on loan

TRANSFER NEWS: The Bulls have bolstered their squad once again ahead of the 2023/2024 season.

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Fiji

Labuschagne sees red as Fiji thump Japan

PACIFIC NATIONS CUP, ROUND THREE WRAP: Fiji beat Japan 35-12 in Tokyo on Saturday for their fifth straight win as they build momentum towards the World Cup.

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Australia

'One hundred percent': Wallabies' chances of World Cup glory

REACTION: Eddie Jones remains confident the Wallabies can win the World Cup despite suffering a fourth straight defeat in his return to the head coaching role.

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Argentina

Bok captain's journey from Bethlehem

SPOTLIGHT: They say the best skill of a great leader is to listen to those around him.

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Second Phase

Player Ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: Ian Foster doesn’t believe in dead rubber matches but his selections for 2023’s second Bledisloe Test offered a very dead rubber-esque lineup; the coach handed out three debuts and named a number of further changes across the park.

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Australia

Wallabies under World Cup injury cloud

REACTION: Samu Kerevi and David Porecki will be assessed for injuries, adding to Wallabies coach Eddie Jones' frustrations after another Bledisloe Cup loss.

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Second Phase

Player Ratings: Australia

OPINION: The Wallabies have fallen painfully short of what would’ve been a drought-breaking win in New Zealand, going down to the All Blacks 23-20 in Dunedin.

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Australia

Late penalty helps All Blacks edge Wallabies

MATCH REPORT: New Zealand dodged a bullet with a spirited second-half comeback to narrowly beat Australia 23-20 in front of a packed Dunedin.

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Australia

New Zealand v Australia RECAP | Bledisloe Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Bledisloe Cup encounter between New Zealand and Australia in Dunedin.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Bok roulette without a gun

WATCH as Jacques Nienaber explains to @king365ed why the warm-up match against Los Pumas in Buenos Aires will not impact his World Cup team selection.

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News

Bulls confirm new coaching staff

NEWS: The Bulls have confirmed the appointments of their new coaches ahead of the 2023/24 season which include former assistant Springbok coach Gary Gold.

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Ireland

Ireland v Italy - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: Andy Farrell will be out to test his squad depth when Ireland host Italy in the World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

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Argentina

World Rankings: Boks to break into top three?

PREVIEW: The World Cup warm-up matches will be coming in thick and fast this weekend and World Rugby has published its latest ranking permutations.

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News

Cape Town SVNS Tickets on Sale NOW!

TICKETS for the revamped and rebranded World Rugby SVNS at the Cape Town Stadium have officially gone on SALE!

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Argentina

Argentina v South Africa - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: @king365ed unpacks the key aspects of the World Cup warm-up match between Argentina and South Africa in Buenos Aires.

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England

Wales v England - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Wales and England kick off their Nations Series schedule with the first of a derby double-header on Saturday.

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News

'We jumped at the opportunity': Stormers coach opens up on Bok signing

TRANSFER: The Stormers confirmed the signing of a Springbok on Friday.

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France

Scotland v France - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: Scotland and France clash in a World Cup warm up at Murrayfield on Saturday and it could be a tough test for the visitors who are joint favourites to win the forthcoming World Cup.

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Australia

New Zealand v Australia - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: All Black head coach Ian Foster doesn't want his team to take their foot off the pedal when they face the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup return leg in Dunedin on Saturday.

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Argentina

Argentina fullback receives ban for challenge on Bok scrumhalf

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: Argentina fullback Juan Cruz Mallia received a ban for his challenge on Springbok scrumhalf Grant Williams in last weekend's Rugby Championship encounter at Ellis Park.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Deon Fourie is not another Schalk Brits

Being selected to represent the Springboks at the 2023 World Cup will be a full-circle moment for Deon Fourie.

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England

England reveals captain for Wales warm-up

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England coach Steve Borthwick has named his matchday 23 to face Wales in a World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Italy

Italy coach brings in new faces for Ireland clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Italy head coach Kieran Crowley has brought in some new faces for his team's World Cup warm-up match against Ireland in Dublin.

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Argentina

Cheika continues his Los Pumas 'rotation' as Boks loom

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina coach Michael Cheika has continued his rotation policy ahead of the World Cup warm-up match against South Africa in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

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News

Five Stormers stars in URC fans' top 10

SPOTLIGHT: It seems United Rugby Championship fans love to watch the Stormers play.

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France

France get Willemse boost

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Fabien Galthie named three new caps in his France team to play Scotland in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match at Murrayfield.

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Italy

Farrell gives Ireland's No.10 jersey to Munster hero

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has revealed his team to face Italy in their World Cup warm-up match in Dublin on Saturday.

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South Africa

Last shot as Moodie embraces World Cup selection pressure

The young Canan Moodie showed no signs of nerves as he gets ready to 'fire a shot' at a Springbok World Cup spot this Saturday.

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South Africa

Jake's advice to those Boks who will miss the RWC cut

OPINION: Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White unpacks the potential Springbok World Cup squad.

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Australia

VIDEO: 'My job is to make sure he doesn't listen to guys like you putting rubbish in his head'

WATCH as the winless Wallaby coach Eddie Jones reacted, in typical insolent, to a suggestion that he got his team selections wrong.

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Fiji

Japan to cut out 'mental lapses' with some SA muscle

PREVIEW: Japan head coach Jamie Joseph on Thursday urged his players to cut out "small mental lapses" when they face Fiji in their final home game before the World Cup.

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South Africa

VIDEO: ‘No stress' - Bok comes to Bomb Squad's defence

SPOTLIGHT: Springbok utility forward Franco Mostert has defended the ‘Bomb Squad’ amid public scrutiny.

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Australia

Wallabies unveil new captain for All Black face-off

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scrumhalf Tate McDermott will skipper the Wallabies for the first time in the second Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in what coach Eddie Jones Thursday called "a new era" for Australia.

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Australia

All Blacks ring the changes for dead rubber

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The All Blacks have made mass changes to their team to face Australia in Dunedin on Saturday, with just three players retained as starters from last week's resounding victory.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The straight-shooting Bok with a 'nice aura'

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the reasons for selecting Bongi Mbonambi as the captain of the team to face Los Pumas in Buenos Aires.

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Top 14

All Blacks prop heads to Toulouse

NEWS: New Zealand great Owen Franks, who has not played for the All Blacks since 2019, has joined Toulouse for the duration of the World Cup, the French champions announced on Wednesday.

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France

France suffer lock blow ahead of World Cup

NEWS: France lock Romain Taofifenua will miss at least three weeks of training due to a hamstring injury, leaving doubts over his fitness for the World Cup.

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Scotland

Scotland to give Springboks a World Cup preview

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scotland will be out to field their strongest side against France over the next two weeks as they gear up for the World Cup.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The most productive 'fishing expedition'

WATCH as Gerhardus Cornelis Steenekamp speaks about his call-up to the Springbok team and his first potential cap!

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Australia

'There's no excuses': Wallabies running out of time

SPOTLIGHT: With the World Cup kicking off in just over a month, assistant coach Neale Hatley has underlined the urgency in the Wallabies finding winning form in Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup clash in Dunedin.

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News

'Zero-tolerance': Six Nations' plan to tackle online abuse

NEWS: Six Nations Rugby takes a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination, and in a bid to tackle hate speech and harmful content within its online community, is using advanced AI technology to filter, block, delete, and if needed, report cases.

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News

England star to boost Crusaders scrumhalf stocks

TRANSFER NEWS: Willi Heinz will take the field for the Crusaders in the 2024 season, continuing his stellar return to Super Rugby.

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England

Plumtree gets bench role for Wales

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wales head coach Warren Gatland has revealed his team to face England in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff.

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Ireland

'It was tight': O'Connell explains Kleyn's omission from Ireland squad

SPOTLIGHT: Forwards coach Paul O'Connell admitted that Jean Kleyn was "very close" to being called up to Ireland's World Cup training squad.

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England

Rugby helped England scrum coach overcome dyslexia

SPOTLIGHT: As a dyslexic, England scrum coach Tom Harrison used to read match programmes and now it is a benefit to his coaching skills. 

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South Africa

VIDEO: Sous is the real 'gravy'

WATCH Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explaining the selection of the 'odd couple' - Deon Fourie and Franco Mostert on the flanks for the Test against Los Pumas in Buenos Aires.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The non-selection of Jaden Hendrikse explained

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the non-selection of star Jaden Hendrikse - just days out from the announcement of the World Cup squad.

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Argentina

BREAKING: Boks switch it up for Buenos Aires Test

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has revealed his team for Saturday's Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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South Africa

Kurt-Lee Arendse could be the next Bryan Habana

SPOTLIGHT: Springbok wing Kurt-Lee Arendse has bobbed and weaved his way into the record books matching Bryan Habana’s record as the fastest player to reach 10 tries for the Springboks, in just eight matches.

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Australia

Wallaby playmaker to step up transition into new role

SPOTLIGHT: James O'Connor will step up his transition into coaching after signing a contract extension with the Queensland Reds that should also see him win a role on the staff of the Junior Wallabies.

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South Africa

The players that are 'on trial' in BA

OPINION: @king365ed looks at the Springbok players most in need of a good performance against Los Pumas in Buenos Aires - those who must bash the door down to World Cup selection.

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Australia

VIDEO: All Black star's monster hit was no fluke

SPOTLIGHT: All Black lock Scott Barrett has been described as a player who "doesn't rest" after he received plaudits for his monster hit on Tate McDermot in Saturday’s Rugby Championship win over Australia.

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Australia

Beale gets bail break in 'sexual assault' case

NEWS: Suspended Wallaby Kurtley Beale has had his bail varied awaiting trial on sexual assault allegations, so he's able to take up an offer to play in France.

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Australia

Bookies give good odds on a Wallaby win

SPOTLIGHT: One Australian betting agency has listed the All Blacks as AU$1.01 certainties to extend the Wallabies' 22 years of pain in New Zealand in Bledisloe Cup game two.

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Argentina

World rankings: All Blacks transcend Les Bleus

UPDATE: We look at the latest movements on the World Rugby rankings after the conclusion of the Rugby Championship.

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Argentina

VIDEO: Michael Cheika swathed in Los Pumas' brotherhood

SPOTLIGHT: Los Pumas coach Michael Cheika has been called the busiest man in rugby, but for now he is revelling in the tight-knit brotherhood of the Argentinians.

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Argentina

VIDEO: Passionate Pumas letter-perfect for Bok build-up

WATCH as Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids talks about how South Africa must cope with the raw passion Argentina will display in their return match in Buenos Aires this coming Saturday.

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Australia

Quade Cooper stepping up as leader for Wallabies

NEWS: With the Wallabies missing two of their leaders, Quade Cooper has stepped up to help his troubled team try to match the might of the All Blacks.

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South Africa

Los Pumas player cited for 'reckless' challenge on Bok

BREAKING: Argentinean fullback Juan Cruz Mallia has been cited for alleged foul play during the 21-22 Rugby Championship loss to South Africa at the weekend.

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Argentina

Stats paint clear picture of Boks' frailties

STATISTICAL SPOTLIGHT: Duane Vermeulen captained the Springboks in what is potentially his final home appearance in the Green and Gold.

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Argentina

Why Libbok had 'mixed emotions' at Ellis Park

REACTION: Rookie Test flyhalf Manie Libbok unpacks the reasons for his mixed emotions at Ellis Park at the weekend.

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Argentina

Player ratings: Argentina

OPINION: Frankie Deges rates the Los Pumas players after their heartbreaking 21-22 loss to the Springbok at Ellis Park.

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Latest News

VIDEO: Nienaber on consistency in team selection

OPINION: The lack of consistency in team selection has been the golden thread in the Springboks’ three Rugby Championship Test matches and coach Jacques Nienaber acknowledged that it put a lot of pressure on the team.

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Australia

VIDEO: Beware, these All Blacks are going to get much better

REACTION: Ian Foster says the All Blacks are still not the finished product despite banking two trophies on a 10-game unbeaten streak in an ominous sign ahead of the World Cup in France.

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Wales

RIP: Rowlands dies at 85

NEWS: Former Wales captain and coach Clive Rowlands has died aged 85, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Sunday.

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Latest News

Los Teros edge Los Cóndores in South American thriller

MATCH REPORT: Uruguay and Chile clashed in Montevideo in the first warm-up match for both countries. The competitive match was won by a single point by the home side by 26-25 giving both Los Teros and Los Cóndores plenty to think about.

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South Africa

Boks leave World Cup 'certainties' at home

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber named a squad of 26 players for the trip to Buenos Aires for their opening World Cup warm-up game next Saturday, August 5.

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Australia

Jones has seven days to turn things around

NEWS: Rocked by the World Cup loss of Allan Alaalatoa, the shattered Wallabies have just seven days to regroup before the second Bledisloe Cup clash in Dunedin.

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South Africa

Player ratings: South Africa

OPINION: @king365ed rates the Springboks after South Africa's nailbiting 22-21 win over Argentina at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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South Africa

Concussed Bok in World Cup race

REACTION: Scrumhalf Grant Williams is in a race to make the cut for the Springboks' World Cup selection.

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Italy

Scotland's Graham at the double against Italy

MATCH REPORT: Darcy Graham marked his return from injury with two tries as an experimental Scotland side beat Italy 25-13 on Saturday in a World Cup warm-up match at Murrayfield.

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Fiji

Fiji fire World Cup warning, Japan see off Tonga

NEWS: Fiji moved to the top of the Pacific Nations Cup standings and fired another World Cup warning shot with a 33-19 Test win over Samoa on Saturday.

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New Zealand

Player ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: The first Bledisloe match of the year has graced our eyes with the All Blacks prevailing in Melbourne in front of 84 000 fans.

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Australia

Player ratings: Australia

OPINION: The Wallabies defended stoutly for large periods but a power game from the All Blacks and equally resistant defence kept them ahead, before blowing them away in the final quarter.

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Argentina

Springboks survive Los Pumas' late comeback

REPORT: South Africa have avoided one of the great Rugby Championship upsets, surviving an incredible Argentina comeback to win 22-21 at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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Argentina

South Africa v Argentina RECAP | Rugby Championship

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Rugby Championship Round Three encounter between South Africa and Argentina at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

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Australia

Disappointed Jones says Wallabies are a 'work in progress'

REACTION: Australian coach Eddie Jones described his team as a 'work in progress', after they crashed 7-38 to New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup Test at the MCG.

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Australia

Wallaby captain's World Cup dream shattered

INJURY UPDATE: Wallaby prop and stand-in captain Allan Alaalatoa has been stretchered off the MCG with a ruptured Achilles - ruling him out of World Cup in France in September.

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Australia

Vintage All Blacks retain Rugby Champs & Bledisloe Cup

MATCH REPORT: The All Blacks retained the Rugby Championship and  Bledisloe Cup trophies with a 38-7 win over the Wallabies at the MCG in Melbourne on Saturday.

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Australia

Australia v New Zealand RECAP | Rugby Championship

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Rugby Championship Round Three encounter between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG in Melbourne.

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News

Currie Cup winner Tinus de Beer joins URC side

TRANSFER NEWS: Cardiff have confirmed the signing of South African flyhalf Tinus de Beer.

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News

VIDEO: An in-depth look at the Bunker review system

WATCH as World Rugby Television Match Official Manager Stuart Berry sheds light on the new Bunker review process.

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News

Loftus gets 'facelift'

NEWS: After 105 years the Loftus Versfeld playing surface is getting a 'facelift'.

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NEWS

SA U18 squad named to face England and France

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The bulk of the South African Schools teams was included in a 26-player SA Under-18 squad for next month's international series against France and England.

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Australia

Australia v New Zealand - Teams and Prediction

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND THREE: The All Blacks are well on their way to retaining the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship title on Saturday.

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News

Another Los Pumas star finds a home in England

TRANSFER NEWS: Powerhouse Argentinian back row Santiago Grondona has joined Bristol Bears, the club confirmed.

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Argentina

South Africa v Argentina - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: @king365ed unpacks the Rugby Championship Round Three face-off between South Africa and Argentina at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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France

France suffer injury blow as World Cup looms

NEWS: Flank Francois Cros will miss next month's World Cup warm-up against Scotland with a groin injury, France's head of performance Thibault Giroud said.

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Argentina

Cheika changes up Los Pumas for Bok face-off

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Michael Cheika has made a number of changes to his team for their final Rugby Championship[ encounter, ahead of the World Cup.

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Japan

Blow for Japan as Leitch cops a ban

PREVIEW: Japan's World Cup preparations suffered a huge setback as Michael Leitch received a three-match ban for a dangerous tackle.

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Argentina

VIDEO: Eben is the Bok 'enforcer' and 'pacifier'

WATCH as Springbok Marvin Orie speaks about the role of lock partner Eben Etzebeth as both an 'enforcer' and a 'pacifier' in the team.

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News

The 'ambitious' pride is growing in the Den

TRANSFER SPOTLIGHT: @king365ed brings you the latest on the Ellis Park rumour mill.

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Italy

Italy coach brings in uncapped duo for Scotland clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Italy head coach Kieran Crowley has revealed his matchday 23 for Saturday's World Cup warm-up clash against Scotland in Edinburgh.

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News

Forgotten Bok joins Stormers

TRANSFER NEWS: The Stormers have managed to secure the services of Springbok wing Courtnall Skosan.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: Wallaby rookie has some 'Butch James' in him

REACTION: Wallaby head coach Eddie Jones is seeing shades of former greats Stephen Larkham and South Africa's Butch James in young playmaker Carter Gordon.

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South Africa

Senior statesmen the most productive Boks

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: @king365ed takes a look at the stats to see who has been South Africa's most productive players in the first two rounds of the Rugby Championship.

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Australia

Desperate Eddie Jones rolls the dice for Bledisloe One

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Under-pressure Wallabies coach Eddie Jones rolled the dice with a new-look "young, vibrant" side to face the All Blacks in Melbourne.

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Australia

All Blacks suffer captaincy blow

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Ardie Savea will captain New Zealand against Australia in Melbourne after regular skipper Sam Cane was ruled out by injury.

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VIDEO: Pumba ready for 'dark arts' in the Den

SPOTLIGHT: Argentina's rugby is forward orientated and they enjoy putting their heads in the dark places where most people don’t really like being.

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Scotland

Steyn gets starting role for Scotland's World Cup warm-up match

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has revealed his team for their first World Cup warm-up match against Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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New Zealand

How Marx caused havoc for All Black hooker

Malcolm Marx has become a name that is well-respected and feared with many shaking in their boots at the thought of going head-to-head with the Springbok hooker.

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South Africa

What if Siya was on OnlyFans

SPOTLIGHT: What would happen if Springbok captain Siya Kolisi was to set up an OnlyFans page?

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Australia

Playmaker shuffle: Wallaby young gun to take over from Cooper?

SPOTLIGHT: In-form playmaker Carter Gordon could link with Tate McDermott in a new Wallaby halfback pairing to face the All Blacks, while Jordan Petaia is eyeing another positional switch in his injury return.

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News

'Five-star' Leinster left red-faced

The United Rugby Championship side Leinster have been left red-faced after a major blunder was spotted on their new jersey for the 2023/24 season.

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Argentina

VIDEO: Jacques' Bok selection in a 'plastic, perfect' world

WATCH Sp[ringbok coach Jacques Nienaber talk about Jessie Kriel and other midfield selections ahead of the World Cup.

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Wales

Alun Wyn Jones: 'I have to gain respect'

SPOTLIGHT: Former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones says he "couldn't turn down" the chance to join Top 14 side Toulon as cover during this year's World Cup.

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Australia

'A very dark place': Wallaby star nearly walked away from rugby

SPOTLIGHT: Fearing his World Cup dream had been wrecked by serious injury, Wallaby prop Taniela Tupou says he contemplated walking away from rugby.

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Argentina

VIDEO: Grant Williams talks about his journey to a starting Bok berth

SPOTLIGHT: Grant Williams says he is finally ready to play his first full Test match after struggling with injuries for years. 

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Top 14

Toulon in need of a scrumhalf after Wallaby's exit

NEWS: Australia scrumhalf Jake Gordon has been forced to leave Top 14 side Toulon weeks after his arrival as cover for the World Cup.

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News

Los Pumas flank to boost Sarries' roster

TRANSFER NEWS: Saracens announced the signing of loose forward Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso.

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News

Cheetahs confirm player movements

SQUAD UPDATE: The Cheetahs have confirmed their player movements ahead of the 2023/2024 season.

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South Africa

BREAKING: Thor to lead new-look Boks against Los Pumas

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok No.8 Duane Vermeulen will lead a new-look Bok team in their final Rugby Championship match against Argentina at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday. 

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Australia

VIDEO: Wallabies seek intensity against All Blacks

A more intense Wallabies outfit can be expected when they face the All Blacks in the final Rugby Championship clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

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