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Springbok World Cup winner dies

NEWS: The fifth member of the 1995 World Cup winning Springboks has died.

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Australia

'I want the absolute proof': Eddie Jones has some explaining to do

SPOTLIGHT: Hamish McLennan intends to finally uncover the truth about Eddie Jones's links to coaching Japan while still the Wallabies' mentor even after being overthrown as Rugby Australia chairman.

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Australia

'A campaign to smear me': McLennan puts spotlight on 'power grab'

REACTION: Claiming to be the victim of a power grab, Hamish McLennan believes his axing as Rugby Australia chairman will only create further division in a code already badly fractured.

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VIDEO: The 'Super Rugby nightmare' that is revisiting SA teams

WATCH as Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White explains why the URC runs the risk of producing the same nightmares that forced South African teams out of Super Rugby.

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Slade sends reminder to England bosses as Exeter down Gloucester

REPORT: Henry Slade landed a 45-metre penalty with the last kick of the match to secure a 25-24 victory and maintain Gloucester’s miserable record at Sandy Park.

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Dragons assistant coach could face charge after heated exchange with ref

NEWS: Dragons recorded their first home win in more than a year, beating Ospreys 20-5 in United Rugby Championship’s Round Five match at Rodney Parade.

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Stormers not far off despite winless run

REACTION: Stormers captain Neethling Fouche said it is heartbreaking knowing you delivered your best performance but still suffered a defeat at the hands of Munster.

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Australia

Rugby Australia settles Chairman dispute

NEWS: The defiant Hamish McLennan has finally resigned as Rugby Australia Chairman following an intense board meeting.

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Struggling Montpellier appoints former FFR president Laporte

NEWS: Controversial former French Rugby Federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte has been appointed director of rugby of struggling Montpellier, the Top 14 club's billionaire owner Mohed Altrad said on Saturday.

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United Rugby Championship

A losing streak like this is new to him says Plumtree

REACTION: Sharks coach John Plumtree is brutally honest about the run of bad luck his side is currently going through. He confirms that he has never lost so many matches in a row in his time as a coach.

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United Rugby Championship

Bonus point the silver lining says Lions' Horn

REACTION: The Lions' No. 8 Francke Horn feels the silver lining from their 17-24 loss to Ulster was the one point they managed to get out of the game. 

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Top 14

Kolisi cheers on Racing as they thump Stade Francais

TOP 14 SATURDAY WRAP: South Africa's two-time World Cup winning captain Siya Kolisi watched from the stands as his new club Racing 92 beat Stade Francais 13-9 on Saturday in the French Top 14 but their local rivals remained in the number one spot.

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VIDEO: Bulls hope 'common sense will prevail' after red card shocker

WATCH as Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White addresses the rash of cards - including a red to captain Marcell Coetzee - and the way forward, after a disappointing finish to their URC tour.

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Premiership

Pollard stars as Tigers end Saints' run of three successive wins

SATURDAY WRAP: World Cup winning Springbok Handre Pollard contributed 16 points with the boot to help Leicester Tigers overcome a stubborn Northampton Saints for their first Premiership home win of the season.

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Glasgow Warriors hand Benetton their first defeat

MATCH REPORT: Glasgow Warriors ran in four tries to earn a 26-12 bonus-point victory over Benetton.

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Leinster blow Scarlets away

MATCH REPORT: Leinster's international-laden team moved to the top of the United Rugby Championship after beating a young Scarlets side 54-5 at the RDS.

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United Rugby Championship

Maiden victory for Dragons as they see off Ospreys

MATCH REPORT: The Dragons recorded their first home win in the United Rugby Championship for more than a year after seeing off 14-man Ospreys 20-5 at Rodney Parade.

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Munster frustrate Stormers in tense Limerick encounter

MATCH REPORT: The Stormers' winless run away from home continued when they went down 3-10 to Munster in tough conditions in Limerick on Saturday.

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Munster v Stormers RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Five match between Munster and the Stormers at Thomond Park in Limerick.

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United Rugby Championship

Sharks lose fifth URC game in a row

MATCH REPORT: So near yet so far as the Sharks slumped to their fifth loss in the United Rugby Championship which saw them lose their first home game against Connacht by 12-13 in Durban on Saturday.

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Sharks v Connacht RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Five match between the Sharks and Connacht at Kings Park in Durban.

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Coetzee sees red as Edinburgh edge Bulls

MATCH REPORT: The Bulls concluded their European tour with a 23-31 defeat to Edinburgh in Round Five of the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship.

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VIDEO: Spicy Ulster welcome for Bok

WATCH as Springbok star Steven Kitshoff lands in Ireland to embark on his new journey at Ulster.

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Australia

Why defiant McLennan is standing his ground

Hamish McLennan has vowed to stay on as Rugby Australia Chairman, despite been given an ultimatum to step down by six state unions.

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Top 14

Final bow for one of rugby's best

NEWS: Wales legend Alun Wyn Jones will bring to an end his illustrious career when he leads out Toulon on Saturday against ASM Clermont Auvergne.

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Van Graan speaks about Bath's great escape

FRIDAY WRAP: Bath Head of Rugby Johann Van Graan admitted he breathed a sigh of relief at his side's narrow 20-19 Premiership victory over neighbours Bristol.

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Zebre salvage late draw against Cardiff

MATCH REPORT: Zebre claimed a converted try five minutes into stoppage time to salvage a 22-22 draw against United Rugby Championship opponents Cardiff in northern Italy.

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Edinburgh v Bulls RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Five match between Edinburgh and the Bulls in Edinburgh.

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Lions fall short in Belfast after strong start

MATCH REPORT: The Lions ended their four-match United Rugby Championship tour with a 17-24 defeat to Ulster in Belfast on Friday.

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Ulster v Lions RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Five match between Ulster and the Lions at Ravenhill Stadium in Belfast.

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URC, Round Five - teams and predictions

PREVIEW: @king365ed looks at Saturday's Round Five URC matches - check out his predictions!

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South Africa

Two suspects apprehended after burglary at SARU offices

NEWS: South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed that two men have been taken in for questioning following the break-in at the South African Rugby Union's headquarters in Cape Town.

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South Africa

Nominees for Players' Player of the Year

NEWS: In the wake of a thrilling 2023 World Cup victory, MyPlayers has announced the nominees for the Players' Player of the Year Awards.

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Australia

Palace revolution Down Under as RA goes into total meltdown

NEWS: Six member unions, including Queensland, the ACT and Western Australia, have called on Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan to quit.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'I was crying' - Kolbe on the moment he thought he let SA down

SPOTLIGHT: Cheslin Kolbe is a man with unwavering faith and it certainly came in handy during those agonising minutes in the closing stages of the World Cup Final at Stade de France in Paris.

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Half-ton and rotations headline Stormers team

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wing Leolin Zas will play his 50th match for the Stormers in the United Rugby Championship encounter with Munster on Saturday.

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Sharks duo get four-week bans, despite 'discounts'

NEWS: The United Rugby Championship disciplinary process has come down hard on two Sharks players - banning both for four weeks.

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VIDEO: Sharks rush Bok back for first home game

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks coach John Plumtree wasted no time in drafting in a World Cup Springbok, as they look to end their winless start to the United Rugby Championship season.

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URC, Round Five - teams and predictions

FRIDAY PREVIEW: Lions and Bulls will be hoping to conclude their European tour on a high in Round Five of the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship.

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France

Paris derby as Racing 92 awaits start of 'superb' Kolisi era

PREVIEW: Two in-form French sides meet in the Top 14 on Saturday as leaders Stade Francais host Racing 92, although South Africa's two-time World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi is not expected to make his debut for another week.

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VIDEO: Springbok's sage advice to struggling Stormers

WATCH as retired former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers shares his insights on how the Stormers can solve some of their problems.

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VIDEO: Plumtree - 'This baby will grow up'

WATCH as Sharks coach John Plumtree unpacks the reasons behind his team's winless start to the URC season.

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VIDEO: Look who is back in the Shark Tank!

SPOTLIGHT: Two familiar faces could be seen during the Sharks' training sessions ahead of their United Rugby Championship Round Five clash against Connacht in Durban on Saturday.

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Coetzee to captain Bulls as White opts for six-two split again

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Bulls are eyeing the scalp of their Round Five host Edinburgh as the South Africans look to complete their European travels with another successful showing in the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship.

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Top 14

Bok speedster decides his playing future

NEWS: Springbok wing Dillyn Leyds has signed on the dotted line for his French club.

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URC and Premiership unite to make B&I Lions tour great again

NEWS: The British & Irish Lions have announced the formation of a historic partnership with the Premiership and the United Rugby Championship for the 2025 Lions Tour to Australia.

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United Rugby Championship

Lions add weight to their arsenal for big Ulster clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Lions coaches have made two changes for their United Rugby Championship clash with Ulster at Ravenhill Stadium in Belfast on Friday.

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Boks' RWC success set to lift other nations

SPOTLIGHT: A second successive Springbok success at the World Cup has an obvious positive spin-off for rugby in the nation the team represents but it could also benefit other countries.

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South Africa

Touching homecomings for Springbok World Cup stars

It was scenes of jubilation and joy as the World Cup stars returned to their hometowns.

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Latest News

Gloucester wing banned for three games

NEWS: England wing Jonny May has been banned for three games after his first game back for Gloucester after the World Cup.

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Australia

VIDEO: 'I understood Eddie's philosophy' - Wallaby legend open to replacing Jones

SPOTLIGHT: One of Australia's greats is open to coaching the Wallabies but says he's had no discussions with Rugby Australia about replacing Eddie Jones.

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Michael Hooper is going for gold in Paris

NEWS: Michael Hooper has joined Australia's Sevens squad in a bid to cap his glittering career with an Olympic gold medal.

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France

Dupont to sit out Six Nations for Olympics preparation

NEWS: France captain Antoine Dupont will sit out this season's Six Nations to prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris less than a year after the disappointment of an early World Cup exit.

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VIDEO: Sharks' World Cup winner out for the season?

WATCH as Sharks coach John Plumtree gives an injury update on his returning World Cup Springboks.

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'Interesting discussions': Leinster to adopt Springboks' famous tactic?

SPOTLIGHT: Former Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber is set to start his new job with Leinster's coaching team next week and his first task will be a big one.

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Latest News

Woman dies after Springbok RWC parade accident

NEWS: SA Rugby has sent their condolences to the family of the student who lost her life a week after the Springbok Trophy Tour in East London.

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Sevens

Westons' remarkable road back to Springbok team

SPOTLIGHT: In 2017 Shona-Leah Westons' rugby career with the Springbok Women took a tumble, literally and figuratively.

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VIDEO: The real cubage and caliber of forwards the Stormers have lost

WATCH as forwards coach Rito Hlungwani chats to @king365ed about the cubage and caliber of forwards the Stormers have lost in recent years and how they are dealing with it

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VIDEO: Why Duhan will be getting 'special attention' from Bulls

SPOTLIGHT: Duhan van der Merwe is not like "every other wing” and that is why the Bulls will be keeping a close eye on him when they face Edinburgh

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South Africa

VIDEO: Webb Ellis Cup safe after burglary at SARU offices

NEWS: The South African Rugby Union confirmed that there was a break-in at the Plattekloof headquarters in Cape Town.

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Wales

WRU apologises for 'toxic' work environment

REACTION: The Welsh Rugby Union has apologised after an independent review found the organisation an "unforgiving, even vindictive" place to work for some employees.

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Second Phase

REVEALED: All-time Boks World Cup XV

OPINION: @king365ed, having returned from South Africa's successful campaign in France, sat down and named an all-time Springbok World Cup XV.

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Leinster get the rest of their World Cup stars back

TEAM UPDATE: While the remainder of the World Cup stars are returning this week, Leinster has a few injury issues to deal with ahead of back-to-back domestic derbies.

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United Rugby Championship

VIDEO: Watch Pieterse talk about bonus points that's like a win

SPOTLIGHT: The Lions' 12th position on the log, despite three out of four losses on tour in the United Rugby Championship, is due to the four bonus points they managed to get in their first three games.

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URC, Round Five - Referee Appointments

SPOTLIGHT: The match officials appointments of the United Rugby Championship Round Five fixtures have been confirmed

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United Rugby Championship

Injury rules Ulster fullback out of Lions clash

NEWS: Ulster will be without the services of fullback Ethan McIlroy for their United Rugby Championship match against the Lions at Ravenhill Stadium in Belfast on Friday.

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Stormers won't 'reinvent the wheel' in Limerick

SPOTLIGHT: The Stormers will not be making drastic changes to their game ahead of their big United Rugby Championship Round Five match against Munster in Limerick on Saturday.

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Munster suffer blow ahead of Stormers showdown

INJURY UPDATE: Munster are set to be without a key player for their crunch United Rugby Championship clash with the Stormers in Limerick on Saturday.

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Latest News

VIDEO: Watch as RA's Phil Waugh explains historic reset

NEWS: Insisting it's no takeover, Phil Waugh is confident of getting the powerhouse Brumbies on side after announcing NSW as the first state union to agree to the strategic reset of Australian rugby.

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Connacht heads to South Africa without World Cup stars

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Connacht management team have named a 29-man travelling squad to South Africa for the United Rugby Championship fixtures against the Sharks and Bulls.

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'Good working environment' keeps new Bull happy

WATCH as Bulls' new recruit Mpilo Gumede revealed he has found his happy place at the Pretoria-based franchise. 

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New Zealand the form team as new SVNS season looms

WRAP: Olympic qualifying was in the headlines, but it was New Zealand who sounded a warning to other teams ahead of the start of the 2023-24 HSBC SVNS season.

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South Africa

VIDEO INTERVIEW: When will Nienaber and Erasmus be reunited?

WATCH as departing coach Jacques Nienaber drops a hint that he might return to the Springbok fold in the not-too-distant future.

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France

Arundell debut hat-trick not enough to save Racing

WEEKEND WRAP: England wing Henry Arundell marked his Top 14 debut with a hat-trick of tries but it was not enough to prevent Racing 92 from slipping to a 31-26 defeat at Toulon on Sunday.

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'It was wild': Zebre's win over Sharks

Zebre Parma ended their 22-match losing run in the United Rugby Championship with a 12-10 win over the Sharks on a night of tears and high emotion at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

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Australia

Eddie Jones has several jobs 'lined up'

NEWS: Former Wallaby boss Eddie Jones expects to be working again by January.

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Saints move back into top four, as Sarries rout Falcons

SUNDAY WRAP: Saracens produced a wonderful display to dismiss Newcastle Falcons and gain a bonus point in a 50-12 Premiership rout at Kingston Park.

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Leinster dispatch 13-man Dragons

MATCH REPORT: Leinster scored five tries in a 33-10 bonus-point win over Dragons in the United Rugby Championship.

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World Cup winners are hot property

TRANSFER NEWS: The market value of South African players have skyrocketed since last month's World Cup victory, with at least two Ireland-based Springboks being courting by teams from France and South Africa.

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VIDEO: Stormers players 'butchered it'

REACTION: Stormers head coach John Dobson admitted that frustration levels reached a new high during his team's United Rugby Championship Round Four clash in Treviso on Saturday.

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Flyhalf Nohamba gets the plaudits as Lions sense momentum shift in URC

REACTION: Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has plenty of praise for Sanele Nohamba after the player produced a man-of-the-match performance against Scarlets in Llanelli on Saturday.

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Top 14

World Cup stars take the spotlight in Top 14

TOP 14 SATURDAY WRAP: Toulouse welcomed back more of their World Cup stars and raced to a huge lead but were made to sweat by last-place Perpignan before winning 43-34 in the Top 14 on Saturday.

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Edinburgh end Connacht's winning start to season with last-gasp drop

MATCH REPORT: A Ben Healy drop-goal with the last kick of the match earned Edinburgh a dramatic 25-22 win over Connacht just as the Irish side appeared to have snatched a late draw.

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Leicester's misery continues despite World Cup stars' return

SATURDAY WRAP: Handre Pollard and Jasper Wiese's return to the Premiership has not gone as planned as their club Leicester Tigers suffers a 25-29 defeat to Harlequins.

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Glasgow fight back to beat Ospreys

MATCH REPORT: An impressive comeback from Glasgow Warriors saw them overturn a 0-10 deficit to win a hard-fought United Rugby Championship encounter 31-23 with Ospreys in Swansea.

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Lions break URC duck with one-point win against Scarlets

MATCH REPORT: The Lions claim their first win of the United Rugby Championship season with a nail-biting 24-23 victory over Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets Llanelli.

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Scarlets v Lions RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Four match between the Scarlets and the Lions at Parc y Scarlets Llanelli.

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Benetton hold off bumbling Stormers

MATCH REPORT: The Stormers suffered their second defeat in a row on tour when they went down 17-20 to Benetton in the United Rugby Championship Round Four match in Treviso.

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Benetton v Stormers RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Four match between Benetton and the Stormers at Stadio Monigo in Treviso.

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VIDEO: Jake White reveals the real value of win in Cardiff

WATCH as Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White reveals the real value of his team's hard-earned URC win over Cardiff at Arms Park at the weekend.

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Disappointed Plumtree bemoans 'poor basic skills' of winless Sharks

REACTION: The Sharks will return home from their four-match European tour still winless and with a solitary bonus-point to show for their month-long venture at the start of the United Rugby Championship.

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England

Tom Curry doubles down on racism claim

REACTION: England flank Tom Curry has doubled down on the claim of racism he levelled against South Africa, just days after Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi labelled England as 'unprofessional'.

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Bok prop scores as Bath comeback floors Gloucester

MATCH REPORT: Bath produced a stunning second-half performance to win a pulsating West Country derby against Gloucester 45-27 at a sold-out Kingsholm.

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Ulster end champions Munster's unbeaten start

MATCH REPORT: Tries in either half from Jacob Stockdale and Nick Timoney allowed Ulster to battle back from 14-3 down to beat Munster 21-14 in the United Rugby Championship.

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Zebre Parma v Sharks RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Four match between Zebre Parma and the Sharks at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

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Cardiff v Bulls RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Four match between Cardiff and the Bulls at Cardiff Arms Park.

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Bulls edge Cardiff in Arms Park thriller

REPORT: The Bulls held on in the face of a late rally to edge Cardiff 18-12 in a thrilling United Rugby Championship encounter at Arm Park on Friday.

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Zebre ends 18-month drought against 14-man Sharks

MATCH REPORT: Italian outfit Zebre won their first match in 18 months when they edged a shockingly poor Sharks team 12-10 in their United Rugby Championship encounter at Stadio Lanfranchi, in Parma, on Friday.

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VIDEO: Stormers' long-term injury list grows

SPOTLIGHT: The Stormers have added another big name to their long-term injury list as they prepare to face Benetton in their United Rugby Championship Round Four clash on Saturday.

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URC, Round Four - Teams and Predictions

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PREVIEW: The Stormers will be looking to get their United Rugby Championship campaign back on track in Italy this weekend.

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Two World Cup-winning Boks straight back into Premiership action

NEWS: Two of South Africa's World Cup-winning Springboks will return to domestic action less than a week after completing a victory tour of their home country.

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VIDEO: 'I think he is keen' - Duane set for Stormers return

SPOTLIGHT: Head coach John Dobson says Duane Vermeulen is keen on joining the Stormers as a coach.

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Stormers get midfield boost for Benetton clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: There are four changes to the Stormers' starting line-up for their United Rugby Championship clash with Benetton Treviso on Saturday.

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VIDEO: Why Jake wants Bulls' World Cup Boks to be challenged

WATCH as Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White talks to @king365ed about the return of his World Cup-winning Springboks.

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BlitzBoks look to salvage trashed reputation

INTERVIEW: He is not the most vocal player in the Springbok Sevens squad, nor does he prefer to be in the limelight, but Ryan Oosthuizen has embraced his role as senior player.

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Nohamba gets playmaker role for Lions

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Lions head coach Ivan Rooyen has made a few big changes to his matchday squad for their United Rugby Championship Round four clash against the Scarlets in Llanelli on Saturday.

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Australia

McLennan wants to keep his RA job, despite Eddie Jones fiasco

REACTION: Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan has defended the decision to appoint Eddie Jones as Wallabies coach, and argued why he should remain at the helm.

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How South Africa can reverse Euro exodus

INTERVIEW: Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White believes South Africa's involvement in the United Rugby Championship will help lure World Cup-winning Springboks back home.

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France

Kolisi as 'excited as a child' about new chapter in France

INTERVIEW: South Africa's double World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi made his first public appearance as a Racing 92 player on Thursday and admitted that it felt like "the first day back at school".

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URC, Round Four - teams and predictions

FRIDAY PREVIEW: There is a changing of the guard in the Welsh game, which adds an element of uncertainty to their United Rugby Championship teams.

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VIDEO: Rassie bug bites Jake White

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White has stepped outside his usual selection box, with a surprise bench for their United Rugby Championship Round Four encounter with Cardiff at Arms Park on Friday.

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England

The 'vile' side of rugby

While rugby has been an effective method to unite the world, especially in the last month, there is also an ugly problem that has made its way to the sports - social media abuse.

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Everitt brings in B&I Lions star

TRANSFER NEWS: Edinburgh confirmed that British & Irish Lion and Scotland scrumhalf Ali Price will join the club on a season-long loan from Glasgow Warriors.

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Sharks reveal list of injured Boks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sharks, looking to end their losing start to the United Rugby Championship, revealed a long list of injuries - including two World Cup-winning Springboks.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Warm welcome for Kolisi at Racing 92

WATCH as double World Cup-winning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi joins his new club Racing 92.

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Latest News

Galthié opens up on scars Boks left on his team

INTERVIEW: Over three weeks since their quarterfinal exit at the hands of South Africa, France coach Fabien Galthié finally opened up about the "scar that will stay with us for life".

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England

Youngs pinpoints where it went wrong for England against Boks

Though South Africa had their share of tough matches on their way to winning the World Cup, winning all three knockout contests by a solitary point, they looked to be in the most perilous position against England in the semifinal.

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Skosan finally finds his band of brothers

Speedster Courtnall Skosan seems to have found his home as he is ready to fly out of the blocks for his new team the Stormers.

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South Africa

'Absolute legend': How SA fans bid farewell to Springbok great

Springbok supporters could not contain their emotions as one of rugby's most decorated stars called time on his career.

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All Blacks star takes 'extended break'

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENTS: All Black hooker Codie Taylor will only play the tail end of the 2024 Super Rugby season, because of an extended post-World Cup break.

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Talks of Club World Cup heating up

NEWS: Rugby could hold a Club World Cup starting from 2028, Dominic McKay, chairman of the EPCR, the organising body for the European cups, suggested on Wednesday.

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Cheetahs trio head to Ospreys in 'game-changer' development

TRANSFER NEWS: Cheetahs and Ospreys have committed to a ground-breaking new player development partnership deal.

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Latest News

VIDEO: Watch as Bulls prop talks touring in the URC, Boks

PROFILE: Bulls and Springbok prop Gerhard Steenekamp admits travelling and playing away from home is not easy while the weather in the Northern Hemisphere is something South Africans can struggle with while playing in the United Rugby Championship.

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All Black captains' heartfelt message on social media

NEWS: Following his heartbreak of captaining the All Blacks in the 11-12 loss to South Africa in the World Cup final in Paris and the red card he received, Sam Cane has penned a heartfelt message to All Blacks fans.

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South Africa

SARU confirms Bok legend's retirement

SPOTLIGHT: Duane Vermeulen was lauded by Mark Alexander, President of the South African Rugby Union, as a “Springbok great” following the decision to retire by the double World Cup-winning No.8 and a former captain of the national team.

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VIDEO: Lions to draw inspiration from Boks

SPOTLIGHT: Forward dominance will be vital for the Lions when they take on Scarlets in Round Four of the United Rugby Championship.

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Wales

Will Gatland be shopping at Loftus soon?

WALES coach Warren Gatland may soon be shopping at Loftus Versfeld to replenish his resources in Cardiff.

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Japan

Frans Ludeke versus Eddie Jones for Japan job?

NEWS: Eddie Jones would "definitely be interested" in coaching Japan but has yet to receive an offer, Japanese media quoted the former England and Australia boss as saying.

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Laws & Referees

They could've looked up the word in dictionary says Bongi

NEWS: Bongi Mbonambi has labelled England as "unprofessional" after the South Africa hooker was cleared of allegations he racially abused Tom Curry during the World Cup semifinals.

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Ferocious France forward dies aged 77

NEWS: Former France international lock forward Alain Esteve has died at the age of 77 "following a long illness", his old club Beziers announced on Tuesday.

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Bok heads home as Stormers pick up the pieces after first defeat

SPOTLIGHT: The Stormers will continue their United Rugby Championship tour without one of their Boks.

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South Africa

Boks' tour bus crashes in Eastern Cape

NEWS: Springboks' open-top tour bus has been involved in an accident.

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News

URC, Round four - referee appointments

NEWS: The match officials appointments of the United Rugby Championship Round Four fixtures have been confirmed.

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News

Lions reveal replacements for double injury blow

SQUAD UPDATE: The Lions have called up JP Smith and Ruhan Straeuli to join the travelling squad in Europe.

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News

South Africa and New Zealand to meet in Dubai

POOL DRAW: World Rugby has revealed the pools and schedule for the opening round of the new Sevens season.

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Latest News

Foster says family threatened with knife at World Cup

NEWS: Former New Zealand coach Ian Foster revealed Tuesday that his wife and daughter were threatened by a man wielding a knife in Paris during the World Cup.

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United Rugby Championship

Bulls fly SA flag in round three of URC

RECAP: The Bulls scored the first win in Europe by a South African franchise in the United Rugby Championship last weekend, moving them up to third spot on the log.

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News

'We cannot wait': SA teams missing their Boks

SPOTLIGHT: After three rounds of the United Rugby Championship campaign, the South African franchises will be eagerly awaiting the return of the World Cup-winning Springboks stars.

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News

Turf Games: Your passage to a Sevens ticket

FITNESS SPOTLIGHT: Calling all fitness fans. Take part in the Turf Games City Series and get FREE entry to the Cape Town leg of the HSBC SVNS series!

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United Rugby Championship

'I am in good company' says Petersen

PROFILE: Sergeal Petersen was just 18 and fresh out of high school when he mesmerised the rugby fraternity playing for the Southern Kings in the newly formed Super Rugby in 2013, scoring two tries and walking away with the man of the match award.

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New Zealand

'He developed an infection': All Black to miss an entire season

NEWS: All Black centre Braydon Ennor will only return to the rugby field in the second half of 2024.

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France

'There is no debate' on Galthie's future

SPOTLIGHT: France coach Fabien Galthie remains the "man for the job" despite the hosts' elimination in the World Cup quarterfinals, flyhalf Romain Ntamack insisted on Monday.

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South Africa

REPORT: Top 14 clubs target World Cup Winners

TRANSFER TALK: Springboks duo Jasper Wiese and Jean Kleyn are reportedly set to ply their trade in the Top 14. 

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South Africa

Bok star to undergo surgery

INJURY UPDATE: One of South Africa's star players is set for another stint on the sidelines.

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South Africa

RECAP: The why behind the Springboks

With the Springboks' World Cup tour fully behind us, one could not forget the magnitude of their historic achievement.

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Latest News

All Black captain learns his fate after World Cup red card

NEWS: New Zealand's Sam Cane has been suspended for three matches (reduced to two matches subject to completion of the Coaching Intervention Programme) following an independent Disciplinary Committee hearing on November 6.

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South Africa

'We witnessed a united nation'

SPOTLIGHT: Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says his squad witnessed a “united nation” in the last few days during their trophy tour.

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Australia

Eddie to reveal his new gig 'very shortly'

Eddie Jones has promised he'll be back in a rugby job "very shortly" as he left the scene of his latest losing coaching role in Cardiff.

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News

Benetton sends lame Lions packing

MATCH REPORT: Italian outfit Benetton moved to within striking distance of the top eight with a desperately dour 15-10 win over a very poor Lions side in Treviso on Sunday.

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United Rugby Championship

Injury concerns for desperate Lions

REACTION: The Lions will hold thumbs that loosehead prop Morgan Naude, who injured his AC joint in his shoulder against Benetton on Sunday, will not have to undergo surgery.

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News

Wales star breaks silence on Crusaders move

SPOTLIGHT: Welsh star Leigh Halfpenny said he relished the chance to play for the Crusaders as the defending Super Rugby champions confirmed that he has signed a one-year deal.

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News

Exeter ascends the summit

MATCH REPORT: Exeter moved to the top of the Premiership table with a bonus-point 29-20 win over Bristol.

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South Africa

Erasmus speculation spreading like wild fire

REACTION: Speculation on the future of South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus on Sunday spread like wildfire - despite no formal confirmation or denial.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Malmesbury Missile - all 28 tackles

WATCH as we bring you five minutes of mayhem by the Malmesbury Missile - Pieter-Steph du Toit.

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United Rugby Championship

White on the challenges of winning away from home

REACTION: Jake White, director of rugby at the Bulls, underlined the big ask for teams to win away from home in the United Rugby Championship after his side was the only away team that managed to pull off a victory after defeating Zebre 54-29.

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News

Benetton v Lions RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Three match match between Benetton and the Lions at Stadio Monigo in Treviso.

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News

VIDEO: Tyrone Green scores incredible try in Premiership

Tyrone Green produced one of the most incredible finishes you will ever see in a rugby match.

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News

Bulls end South African drought in Europe

MATCH REPORT: The Bulls scored the first win in Europe by a South African franchise in the 2023-24 United Rugby Championship season.

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Top 14

SA flyhalf the hero as Racing 92 go top in France

TOP 14 SATURDAY WRAP: Racing 92 grabbed top spot in the Top 14 table after a hard-fought 22-20 win over Lyon on Saturday, dislodging Stade Francais.

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South Africa

'He had zero stress or anxiety': Former teammate gives the lowdown on Duane

SPOTLIGHT: Duane Vermeulen has once again confirmed his status as one of the best loose forwards in the history of the game.

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News

Connacht stage memorable comeback to edge Ulster

MATCH REPORT: Cool-headed Connacht came from 17 points down to beat Ulster 22-20 and avoid their first defeat at the Sportsground since last December.

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News

World Cup stars shine on Saracens return

PREMIERSHIP SATURDAY WRAP: Saracens' collection of England stars shone on their return to club action in a 32-17 win over Leicester on Saturday.

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News

Munster return to winning ways

MATCH REPORT: Munster returned to winning ways in the United Rugby Championship with a 45-14 win over the Dragons at Musgrave Park.

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News

Scarlets see off Cardiff for first win of the season

MATCH REPORT: Scarlets claimed their first victory of the United Rugby Championship season with a nail-biting 31-25 win over Cardiff.

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Wales

Eddie Jones suffers another defeat against Wales

MATCH REPORT: Eddie Jones and his Wallabies have ridden again in the guise of the Barbarians - but, alas, the result was just the same for rugby's favourite pantomime villain.

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News

Leinster holds on against late Edinburgh charge

REPORT: Leinster held on to secure an entertaining 36-27 United Rugby Championship victory over Edinburgh at the RDS Arena on Saturday.

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News

Zebre Parma v Bulls RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Three match match between Zebre Parma and the Bulls at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

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Wales

BaaBaas player charged with sexual assault

NEWS: The Barbarians have been forced to make a change to their line-up for Saturday’s match in Cardiff versus Wales after Api Ratuniyarawa appeared at the local magistrates court charged with sexual assault.

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News

Bath sign SA fullback

TRANSFER NEWS: Bath have bolstered their backline stocks with a South African.

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News

Glasgow Warriors v Stormers RECAP| URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Three match match between Glasgow Warriors and the Stormers at Scotstoun Stadium.

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United Rugby Championship

Loss will not define Stormers says Dobson

REACTION: John Dobson says his team is much better than what they dished up against Glasgow in their 9-20 loss in the United Rugby Championship at Scotstoun on Friday evening.

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United Rugby Championship

Plumtree: 'Sharks have few days to find spark, confidence'

REACTION: The frustration in Sharks coach John Plumtree's voice was evident when he spoke about yet another loss on tour as the Sharks came unstuck against Ospreys on Friday evening. 

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Second Phase

IN STUDIO: Mongolian throat singers and other World Cup stories

PODCAST: Listen as @king365ed visits the @CapeTalk studios for a chat with mid-morning host @clarenceford1 about all things @rugbyworldcup.

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News

URC, Round three - teams and predictions

SATURDAY & SUNDAY PREVIEWS: It may be early in the season still, but two South African teams go on an Italian mission with the sole purpose of not losing any more ground on the pace-setting pack.

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News

Glasgow end Stormers' winning run

MATCH REPORT: The Stormers handed their first defeat of the United Rugby Championship season on Friday.

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United Rugby Championship

Tough outing for Sharks as they succumb to Ospreys

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Ospreys managed a comfortable 19-5 win over the Sharks at the Twickenham Stoop for the first ever London fixture of the United Rugby Championship on Friday evening.

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News

Ospreys v Sharks RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Three match match between the Ospreys and the Sharks at Twickenham Stoop in London.

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South Africa

PICTURES & VIDEOS: Cape Town Trophy tour

WATCH as @rugby365com brings you updates from Day Two of the four-time @rugbyworldcup champion @Springboks' victory pare around South Africa.

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United Rugby Championship

Debut for speedster in the Bulls jersey

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sergeal Petersen has been handed his official Bulls debut in round three of the United Rugby Championship when they face Zebre Parma at Stadio Lanfranchi on Friday.

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South Africa

Rassie and Kiwi journalist in nasty public spat

REACTION: South Africa's Director of Rugby Erasmus has gotten into a public spat with a media entity over negative comments aimed at the four-time World Cup-winning Springboks.

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United Rugby Championship

Lions on the hunt for first win against Benetton

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Former Griqua Harnu Sirgel will step into the boots of Lions flank Ruan Venter when the Jozi team faces Benetton at the Stadio Minigo in Trevis on Sunday.

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Latest News

Sabbatical for Kiwi captain in Japan

NEWS: All Blacks captain Sam Cane will join Japanese club Suntory for the 2024 season, New Zealand Rugby said Friday, but will still be available to play international rugby next year.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Siya's blunt message to President Ramaphosa

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi delivers some sage advice the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during the team's victory parade around the country.

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Wales

Wales v BaaBaas - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: Wales and the Barbarians have named their teams for the post-World Cup 'international' and there will not be a lack of star power in Cardiff on Saturday.

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South Africa

Springboks' trophy tour in full swing

WATCH some incredible scenes as the Springboks get their World Cup 2023 tour underway in Pretoria and Johannesburg. 

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News

URC, Round three - teams and predictions

FRIDAY PREVIEW: History will be made on Friday as the Twickenham Stoop will become the first venue in England to host a United Rugby Championship match.

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News

Dobson changes his team for tour opener

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News

World Cup Final referee calls it a day

NEWS: Wayne Barnes, the referee in the World Cup Final between South Africa and New Zeakand has hung up his whictle.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'This is what we stand for'

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi bursts into song, while other members of the victorious World Cup squad explain what the support of the country means to them.

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United Rugby Championship

Dyantyi gets first start for Sharks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Aphiwe Dyantyi will get his first start for the Sharks when they face Ospreys in an historic first that sees the United Rugby Championship fixture take place at Twickenham in London.

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News

Stormers ready to 'hit the road running'

INTERVIEW: If Munster is about revenge for the Stormers in a fortnight, then Friday's showdown with the Warriors in Glasgow is only about a victory for John Dobson's Capetonians.

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Wales

Wales star to join Crusaders

TRANSFER NEWS: Welsh back Leigh Halfpenny is set to join defending Super Rugby Pacific champion Crusaders for the 2024 season.

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Latest News

Farewell to those who shaped the legacy of All Blacks

SPOTLIGHT: The World Cup often signifies the end of an era, where distinguished players who have left an indelible mark on the sport retire at the end of long and illustrious careers.

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Australia

Australia reveal panel for review into Eddie Jones' World Cup flop

NEWS: Former Australia captain Andrew Slack will lead an external review dissecting the Wallabies' dismal year and early World Cup exit as former coach Eddie Jones said he had no regrets.

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News

VIDEO: URC has duty to 'entertain' at World Cup level

WATCH as Ospreys coach Toby Booth and Sharks counterpart John Plumtree explain to @king365ed why the URC has a duty to entertain on a World Cup level.

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News

VIDEO: Why Leinster is now the envy of all

WATCH as retired Ireland international CJ Stander speaks about the value World Cup-winning Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will add to Leinster.

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Australia

Quade Cooper hits back at criticism from Eddie Jones

REACTION: Quade Cooper took to social media to respond to respond to some criticism from Eddie Jones.

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Ireland

IRFU reveals their new Performance Director

SPOTLIGHT: The IRFU is pleased to announce that former Ireland international David Humphreys has been appointed to the role of Performance Director, succeeding David Nucifora who has made the decision to depart at the end of this season.

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South Africa

Siya Kolisi sheds light on his Bok future

SPOTLIGHT: Captain Siya Kolisi wants to continue playing for the Springboks for as long as he can.

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News

De Beer ready to carve his name in Welsh history

SPOTLIGHT: Having had a wet, windy and winning first taste of a Welsh derby in the URC, new Cardiff flyhalf Tinus de Beer is hoping for different conditions this weekend - but with another triumph against local rivals.

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News

Lions bring in experienced prop for Italian job

SQUAD UPDATE: The Lions confirmed that veteran prop Ruan Smith will join the squad in Europe.

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New Zealand

Cane gets motherly advice to help him deal with RWC Final dismissal

SPOTLIGHT: All Blacks captain Sam Cane said Wednesday that he has been "pleasantly surprised" by support from New Zealand rugby fans following his red card at the World Cup.

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Australia

Eddie Jones' successor: The leading candidates

SPOTLIGHT: Rugby Australia faces the daunting task of finding a new coach for the Wallabies, after their disastrous experiment with Eddie Jones ended abruptly this week.

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News

'I didn't think this day would come': All Black rejoins Crusaders

NEWS: All Black centre Ryan Crotty on Wednesday rejoined Super Rugby champions the Crusaders for the 2024 season, after four years playing in Japan.

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News

Englishman slowly turning into a Capetonian

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Former England Under-20 international Ben Loader is all too happy to learn Afrikaans and win trophies at the Stormers.

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England

England speedster retires from Test rugby

NEWS: England wing Jonny May announced his retirement from Test rugby on Tuesday, just days after winning a bronze medal at the World Cup.

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South Africa

'He is not that kind of person': Kolisi comes to Jordie's defence

REACTION: Springbok captain Siya Kolisi wants the whole world to know that Jordie Barrett did shake President Cyril Ramaphosa's hand after Saturday's World Cup Final in Saint-Denis.

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South Africa

PICTURES AND VIDEOS: Thousands brave cold, rain to welcome Boks

SPOTLIGHT: Thousands of South Africans braved cold, wet weather to greet the World Cup-winning Springboks when they arrived in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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Laws & Referees

URC Round three - referees appointments

NEWS: The match officials appointments of the United Rugby Championship Round Three fixtures have been confirmed.

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Latest News

'It's team trophies you want to win'

REACTION: Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will take the World Cup trophy over any individual accolade after being snubbed for the World Rugby Player of the Year award.

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South Africa

'It’s a bit of that winning mindset': Leinster can't wait for Nienaber's arrival

SPOTLIGHT: Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Jacques Nienaber as the Irish Province are hoping he might be the missing link.

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South Africa

'This victory rightfully calls for a moment of national recognition'

REACTION: South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a public holiday to celebrate the national team's World Cup victory - but not before students will have completed their final exams.

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Australia

Rugby Australia boss: 'It's a decision we have to live with'

SPOTLIGHT: Australian rugby vowed to rebuild on Tuesday after the "bitterly disappointing" reign of Eddie Jones, who has quit as Wallabies coach following their calamitous World Cup campaign.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Kolisi's emotional 'farewell' message to Nienaber

WATCH as two-time World Cup-winning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi gives an emotional farewell speech to departing coach Jacques Nienaber.

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New Zealand

All Blacks drop to third in World Rankings

NEWS: New Zealand’s 11-12 defeat in the final of the World Cup will cost the All Blacks second place in the World Rankings.

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News

Stormers short on centres as they head north

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: A 29-man Stormers touring squad has left Cape Town for a tough four-match United Rugby Championship tour up north.

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United Rugby Championship

Doak boots Ulster to victory over Bulls

MATCH REPORT: The Bulls’ discipline left them down while the accurate boot of Nathan Doak secured Ulster a 26-19 victory in their United Rugby Championship clash in Belfast on Saturday.

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Latest News

New dawn for All Blacks under 'Razor'

SPOTLIGHT: New Zealanders are confronting a new era for their beloved All Blacks after their defeat in the World Cup final.

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Australia

'A potential saviour': Ian Foster to answer Wallabies' SOS?

SPOTLIGHT: Outgoing All Blacks boss Ian Foster is being floated as a potential replacement after Eddie Jones' sensational walkout left Rugby Australia scrambling for a new Wallaby coach.

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Latest News

Bok hooker to miss Japanese club season

NEWS: South Africa hooker Malcolm Marx will miss the upcoming Japanese club rugby season because of an injury that ruled him out of the World Cup, his team Kubota Spears said Monday.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: 'They have learned how to fight in dark places'

REACTION: The trusty boot of a flyhalf and resolute defence again won the day for South Africa in a World Cup Final against All Blacks. 

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Argentina

All Blacks star Savea crowned World Rugby Player of the Year

SPOTLIGHT: New Zealand No.8 Ardie Savea has been named the 2023 World Rugby Player of the Year.

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Argentina

#VIDEO: World Rugby Awards

WATCH as we bring you the World Rugby 2023 awards at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on Sunday, October 29.

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News

Ulster v Bulls RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Two match between Ulster and the Bulls at Ravenhill Stadium in Belfast.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: How the Malmesbury Missile destroyed the All Blacks

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and captain Siya Kolisi speak about the Malmesbury Missile and his Man of the Match performance in the World Cup Final.

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Premiership

Six-try Exeter nil Sale, Leicester and Harlequins prevail

PREMIERSHIP WRAP: Leicester flyhalf Jamie Shillcock returned to haunt former side Bath as he scored the winning penalty with the last kick of the game as the Tigers edged a 25-24 Premiership win to move off the bottom of the table.

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News

Munster salvage draw against Benetton

MATCH REPORT: Tom Ahern’s last-gasp try rescued a draw for Munster as they fought back from 13-3 down to earn a 13-13 draw in their United Rugby Championship clash at Benetton.

122d
0
News

De Beer boots Cardiff to win over Dragons

MATCH REPORT: Cardiff won the first Welsh derby of the season with a hard-fought 16-9 United Rugby Championship victory over Dragons at Rodney Parade.

122d
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Australia

Eddie Jones resigns as Wallabies coach

NEWS: Eddie Jones has reportedly resigned as Wallabies coach following a very controversial second stint.

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New Zealand

'Red card will be with me forever' says Cane

SPOTLIGHT: Distraught New Zealand captain Sam Cane said he "would have to live forever" with the red card he received in the 12-11 defeat to South Africa in Saturday's World Cup final.

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United Rugby Championship

One-point loss heartbreaking says Van Rooyen

NEWS: The Lions arrived in Treviso, Italy in the early hours of Sunday morning after travelling through the night following their 15-16 loss to Edinburgh in the United Rugby Championship on Saturday.

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South Africa

Boks' Trophy Tour dates announced

NEWS: The world champion Springbok rugby team will embark on a four-day Trophy Tour to major regional population centres from Thursday, SA Rugby announced on Sunday.

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New Zealand

To his players Ian Foster was everything

SPOTLIGHT: Ian Foster ended his turbulent four-year reign as New Zealand head coach with a heartbreaking defeat in the World Cup final but while he departs without the Webb Ellis trophy he at least will have "flowers" from his devoted players.

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New Zealand

#WATCH: How to celebrate Webb Ellis No.4

WATCH as the Springboks celebrate their 2023 World Cup title.

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Australia

Hooper sidesteps Eddie Jones' saga

SPOTLIGHT: Michael Hooper has avoided being drawn into a war of words with Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who says he didn't select the long-time former captain for the World Cup as he wasn't a "good role model".

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New Zealand

VIDEO: Siya's Bok legends give hope to battered South Africa

REACTION: South Africa faces many challenges - including loadshedding and a decaying infrastructure.

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South Africa

Player Ratings: South Africa

OPINION: It was another nerve-wracking 80 minutes for the Springboks as they claimed the World Cup 2023 title with a narrow 12-11 win over 14-man All Blacks on Saturday.

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New Zealand

Springboks edge 14-man All Blacks to win fourth World Cup title

MATCH REPORT: The Springboks became the first team to win four World Cup titles after they beat the All Blacks 12-11 in an enthralling Final in Stade de Denis on Saturday.

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New Zealand

Player Ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: Despite plenty of industry and effort, the All Blacks have fallen to a gut-wrenching 11-12 defeat at the hands of the Springboks in the 2023 World Cup final.

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New Zealand

Three key things from the World Cup Final

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa won a record fourth World Cup title on Saturday, beating three-time winners New Zealand 12-11 in a thrilling and gritty encounter at the Stade de France.

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New Zealand

New Zealand v South Africa RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Final between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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News

Edinburgh hold off Lions

MATCH REPORT: The Lions started their United Rugby Championship tour with a 16-17 defeat to Edinburgh in Scotland on Saturday.

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News

Edinburgh v Lions RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Two match between Edinburgh and the Lions in Edinburgh.

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News

Tshituka injury concern as Sharks lose to Leinster

MATCH REPORT: The Sharks continued their challenging Europe tour with another United Rugby Championship defeat in Ireland.

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News

Leinster v Sharks RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round Two match between Leinster and the Sharks at the RDS Arena in Dublin.

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News

Connacht floor Franco Smith's Glasgow

REPORT: Connacht made it two wins from two in the  United Rugby Championship with a 34-26 win over Glasgow Warriors at The Sportsground.

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News

Stormers blow Scarlets away

MATCH REPORT: The Stormers made it two wins from two matches in this season's United Rugby Championship after they thumped Scarlets 52-7 in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

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News

Stormers v Scarlets RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship match between the Stormers and Scarlets at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

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News

Ospreys rally to edge Zebre

MATCH REPORT: Ospreys rallied from 0-12 down to fight back for a 34-31 United Rugby Championship victory over Zebre Parma in Swansea.

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Australia

Jones: Michael Hooper 'not the right role model'

INTERVIEW: Maligned Australia coach Eddie Jones has defended his shock decision to axe Michael Hooper from the Wallabies disastrous World Cup campaign, saying the veteran flank was "not the right role model".

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England

VIDEO: Cheika fumes over Berry refereeing

REACTION: England celebrated a win, but Argentina coach Michael Cheika did not have many kind words for Australian referee Nic Berry.

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New Zealand

AUDIO: Beast - Ox reminds me a lot of myself

EXCLUSIVE: Record-break prop Tendai Mtawarira has put his money on a Springbok win in the World Cup Final.

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England

Player Ratings: England

OPINION: Forty-eight days after a 14-man England comprehensively defeated Argentina 27-10 in the Pool D opener in Marseille, Steve Borthwick’s squad brought the curtain down on their World Cup campaign with a 26-23 bronze final win against the Pumas in front of a 77 674 in Paris.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: Argentina

OPINION: Argentina finished their World Cup how they started - losing to England, this time by a slender margin of three points.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The boys are back in town

WATCH as injured players Malcolm Marx and Makazola Mapimpi rejoin their Springbok teammates at their World Cup base at the Le Domaine des Vanneaux Hôtel and golf spa near the quaint commune of Presles north of Paris.

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Argentina

England hold on against Los Pumas for bronze

MATCH REPORT: England recorded a narrow 26-23 win over Argentina and claimed third place at the World Cup on Friday. 

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Argentina

Argentina v England RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Bronze Final between Argentina and England at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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Ireland

Bundee Aki decides his playing future

NEWS: Bundee Aki, whose performances for Ireland in achieving the Six Nations Grand Slam and at the World Cup have earned him a nomination for World Player of the Year, extended his contract with the IRFU to 2025 on Friday.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: Faf drops surprising scrumhalf hint

WATCH as veteran scrumhalf Faf de Klerk reveals who has really been training as the team's back-up scrumhalf.

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News

URC, Round Two - Teams and Predictions

PREVIEW: The Stormers will be looking to build on their strong start to the third season of the United Rugby Championship when they host Scarlets on Saturday – the only game in South Africa with the Sharks, Lions and Bulls playing abroad.

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News

Injured Stormers captain faces five-month lay-off

SPOTLIGHT: Stormers captain Salmaan Moerat will be out of action for up to five months, head coach John Dobson confirmed on Friday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'Rassie for Bafana Bafana'

FROM THE SIDELINES: South Africa's Minister of Sport Zizi Kodwa has made a very bold request on Rassie Erasmus.

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News

Bulls tweak team for Ulster showdown

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Bulls have made a few changes to their matchday squad that will do duty in Round Two of the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship.

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News

Skosan to make Stormers debut from the bench

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Stormers have named their team for the United Rugby Championship Round Two match against Scarlets.

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News

Sharks bring in Dyantyi and Hougaard for Leinster clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach John Plumtree has revealed his matchday squad for their United Rugby Championship Round Two match against Leinster in Dublin on Saturday.

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Argentina

England v Argentina: 'The chance for revenge'

SPOTLIGHT: England lock Maro Itoje said he believed Argentina would be motivated by revenge at the World Cup's third-place playoff on Friday.

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New Zealand

South Africa v New Zealand - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: @king365ed looks at the esoteric similarities between the last (and only) time South Africa and New Zealand met in a World Cup Final and Saturday's face-off in Paris.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: Why Foster 'loves' the Boks' seven-one bench split

WATCH as All Blacks coach Ian Foster talks about the Springboks' seven-one split on the bench and the impact it may have on the World Cup Final face-off between the two teams.

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New Zealand

All Blacks go with tried and tested for Final

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has named the team to face the Springboks in the final of the World Cup in Paris.

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England

Bongi denies allegations

REACTION: SA Rugby has issued a response following World Rugby's investigation into allegations made by England’s Tom Curry in relation to the use of discriminatory language by Bongi Mbonambi.

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Argentina

Argentina v England - Teams and Prediction

BRONZE FINAL PREVIEW: Argentina and England will be out to finish their tournament on a high note when they take on each other in the World Cup bronze final on Friday.

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24
South Africa

High-powered legal team ended Bongi circus and trial by media

REACTION: It was a high-powered legal team, hired by the Springboks, that helped end the Bongi Mbonambi saga - which turned into a trial-by-media circus.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: 'It does not get bigger than this'

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi speaks about facing the All Blacks in the World Cup Final at Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.

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News

Lions get their speedster back for Edinburgh clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has revealed his matchday squad for their first tour match against Edinburgh in Scotland on Saturday.

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News

URC, Round Two - Referee appointments

NEWS: The match officials appointments of the United Rugby Championship Round Two fixtures have been confirmed

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Ireland

World Rugby Awards: Bok finally nominated for Player of the Year

NEWS: World Rugby has revealed the shortlists for the prestigious World Rugby Awards 2023.

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South Africa

The Bongi circus is over

NEWS: World Rugby have released a statement following their investigation into allegations made by England’s Tom Curry in relation to the use of discriminatory language by South Africa’s Mbongeni Mbonambi.

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New Zealand

Boks make two changes and bring in seven-one bench split for World Cup Final

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has revealed his matchday squad for Saturday's World Cup Final against New Zealand in Saint-Denis.

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Second Phase

BOKS OFFICE: 'We like to have our backs against the wall'

WATCH as the Boks Office team count down the days to the World Cup Final in Paris.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: The wet-weather Final no one wants

WATCH as assistant coaches Scott McLeod (New Zealand) and Felix Jones (South Africa) talk about their respective approaches to the expected wet weather during the World Cup Final on Saturday.

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Argentina

Argentina change three for England showdown

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina head coach Michael Cheika has made three changes to his starting XV from last week’s loss to New Zealand for the World Cup 2023 bronze final against England at Stade de France on Friday.

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England

VIDEO: Boks 'upbeat' despite Bongi saga dragging on

WATCH as Springbok assistant coach Felix Jones talks about the 'mood' in the camp ahead of their World Cup Final face-off with the All Blacks, despite the shadow of the Bongi Mbonambi investigation hanging over the squad.

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Argentina

Eight changes to England side to face Los Pumas for bronze

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England head coach Steve Borthwick has made five changes to his forward pack and three in the backs to his starting XV to face Argentina for the World Cup bronze medal at Stade de France on Friday.

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Wales

'It's with a heavy heart': Wales star to retire from international rugby

NEWS: Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny announced his retirement from Test Rugby on Wednesday, saying it was a difficult decision to step away.

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United Rugby Championship

Bulls squad for URC tour announced

NEWS: The Bulls have confirmed their touring squad for their four-week-long European leg of the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship campaign.

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New Zealand

The values that taught All Black coach Foster to keep the faith

SPOTLIGHT: Ian Foster grew up with faith "an important part of our family" and the New Zealand head coach has had to draw on deep reserves of that with his job at one point in doubt.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Kolisi reveals the true value of Nienaber the coach

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi leaves the media in awe with a three-minute oration of departing coach Jacques Nienaber.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: All Blacks' Easy Company to 'take the gas out' of Boks' Bomb Squad

WATCH as the All Blacks talk about 'taking the gas out' of the Boks' bomb squad in the World Cup Final.

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South Africa

Still no movement on Mbonambi saga

UPDATE: South Africa continues to play a ‘waiting game’ as World Rugby search for evidence of an alleged 'racial slur' used by hooker Bongi Mbonambi against England flank Tom Curry.

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News

World Rugby moves to avoid 2023 'mismatches'

REACTION: World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said holding the draw for the 2027 World Cup in January 2026 was a "compromise", but would be better than the situation for the current competition.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: All Blacks tap into retiring centurions for motivation against Boks

WATCH as forwards coach Jason Ryan talks about the motivation they will get from the retiring All Black legends when they face the Springboks in the World Cup Final on Saturday.

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News

Sharks forward heads home as Mongalo shares Plumtree's big plan

SPOTLIGHT: The Sharks have been forced to tweak their tour squad ahead of their United Rugby Championship Round Two clash against Leinster in Dublin on Saturday.

127d
11
News

RWC 2027 format explained

NEWS: The men’s World Cup in 2027 in Australia will feature 24 teams after the World Rugby Council approved historic reimagination of the competition format, window and timing.

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Argentina

World Rugby confirms new bi-annual competition and expanded RWC

NEWS: The World Rugby Council has approved big changes to the men’s and women’s rugby calendars, which has been described as the most significant overhaul of the international game since the sport went professional.

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United Rugby Championship

4G pitches a huge challenge on tour says Bulls prop

SPOTLIGHT: The Bulls' Wilco Louw says the biggest challenge of their United Rugby Championship tour of four weeks will be getting used to the 4G pitches as soon as possible.

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News

Lions suffer injury blow ahead of URC tour

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has revealed a 28-man squad for his team's four-match United Rugby Championship tour.

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3
New Zealand

All Black star overcomes tragic loss to sparkle

SPOTLIGHT: Mark Tele'a is back in the New Zealand fold after being forgiven by head coach Ian Foster for breaking curfew - but forgiveness is something the wing knows all about, following a family tragedy.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: The South African mentality that most concerns All Blacks

WATCH as All Black defence coach Scott McLeod explains some of the biggest challenges his team will face against the Springboks in the World Cup Final on Saturday.

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England

VIDEO: It is a waiting game as Bongi saga escalates

WATCH as Springbok scrum coach Daan Human fronts up to a group of English media hacks, while the Bongi Mbonambi saga escalates.

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New Zealand

Referees for World Cup finals revealed

NEWS: The most seasoned referee in Test rugby history, Wayne Barnes, has been appointed to take charge of the World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand on Saturday.

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62
New Zealand

VIDEO: All Blacks looking to blitz the Boks again

WATCH as All Black defence coach Scott McLeod chats to @king365ed about the key factors in the World Cup Final face-off with the Springboks.

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126
United Rugby Championship

Stormers captain out for few games

NEWS: Stormers forwards coach Rito Hlungwani confirmed on Monday that captain Salmaan Moerat will be out of action for a few games after picking up an injury against the Lions in their United Rugby Championship opener at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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Latest News

World Rugby formally investigates allegation of Bok's 'racist slur'

SPOTLIGHT: World Rugby confirmed that they have launched a formal investigation into the serious allegation of racism during the semifinal match between South Africa and England.

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England

SARU to investigate allegation of Bok's 'racist slur'

REACTION: The England camp played the 'silent' game, but South Africa has launched an investigation into the serious allegation of a 'racist slur' that was aired against Springbok stand-in captain Bongi Mbonambi.

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Argentina

Los Pumas target medal against England

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It might not be the Grand Final, however, Argentina are not short of motivation for the World Cup third-place game against England.

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12
England

'End of an era': England star retires after World Cup

NEWS: England veteran Courtney Lawes has confirmed that he will retire from Test rugby following the third-place playoff at the World Cup this weekend.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Final selection - the key questions

SPOTLIGHT: Coaches, generally, don't tend to change much ahead of a major Final. @king365ed reports!

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New Zealand

Boks go in search of 'All Black answers'

REACTION: South Africa, after a day of R&R on Sunday, will reset on Monday and start to focus on a World Cup Final face-off with their arch enemies, New Zealand.

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New Zealand

Will Jordan: On the verge of greatness

SPOTLIGHT: Being crowned World Cup 2023 Championship surpasses all personal accolades says Will Jordan after joining the illustrious list of world-class wings.

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20
England

Quotes of the Day: 'As a flyhalf it's what you live for'

SPOTLIGHT: Here is a selection of the best quotes from the weekend's World Cup quaterfinals.

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3
News

Glasgow Warriors power past Leinster

MATCH REPORT: A Glasgow side containing seven members of Scotland’s World Cup squad were pushed all the way by Leinster before eventually securing a bonus-point 43-25 win in round one of the United Rugby Championship.

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5
News

Harlequins see off Exeter for first win of the season

PREMIERSHIP REPORT: The Harlequins recorded their first win of the season with a 22-14 victory over Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday.

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Latest News

NZ media reacts to Fozzie's redemption story

REACTION: New Zealand's incoming prime minister joined his countrymen in heaping praise on an All Blacks side that has exceeded national expectations by reaching the World Cup final.

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2
News

Bulls v Scarlets RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round One match between the Bulls and Scarlets at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

129d
15
News

Bulls run Scarlets ragged in Pretoria

MATCH REPORT: The Bulls produced a powerful display of running rugby on their way to a 63-21 victory over the Scarlets in Round One of the United Rugby Championship on Sunday.

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11
Latest News

WXV 2: Boks women suffer another defeat

WXV WRAP: Italy and Scotland remain neck and neck at the top of the WXV 2 2023 standings following two enthralling matches at Athlone Sports Stadium on Friday.

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0
News

'It's a bad start': Dobson sheds light on Stormers' big injury blows

REACTION: Stormers captain Salmaan Moerat is set for another stint on the sidelines after he suffered a pectoral injury in his team's United Rugby Championship opener against the Lions on Saturday.

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News

Munster v Sharks RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round One match between Munster and the Sharks at Thomond Park in Limerick.

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72
News

CONFIRMED: Frans Steyn gets top job

NEWS: The Cheetahs confirmed the appointment of Springbok legend Frans Steyn as their Director of Rugby.

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England

VIDEO: 'That was a proper Test match'

REACTION: It may put some coaches to sleep, nudge nudge wink wink! @king365ed reports.

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England

VIDEO: Even an ugly win is a good win

REACTION: It was #NOT South Africa's best performance, nor aesthetically the most pleasing display they have produced this year. @king365ed brings you all the #Bok reaction!

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England

#RWC2023 FINAL confirmed

SPOTLIGHT: The final of World Cup 2023 has been confirmed with three-time champions New Zealand to play three-time and defending champions South Africa at Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Saturday, October 28.

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19
South Africa

Pollard boots Boks into the GRAND FINAL

MATCH REPORT: South Africa booked a spot in the World Cup 2023 final with a hard-fought 16-15 win over England at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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England

England v South Africa RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup semifinal between England and South Africa at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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England

Player ratings - South Africa

OPINION: The Springboks managed to sneak into the final of the World Cup thanks again to Handre Pollard but it was certainly ugly.

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England

Player Ratings - England

This was the moment of real truth for Steve Borthwick’s England. He had lived up to his promise that he would have his underwhelming team ready for the tournament start on September 9, Argentina getting squeezed 27-10 despite Tom Curry’s third-minute red card.

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28
News

Benetton edge Cardiff at the death

MATCH REPORT: Jacob Umaga's last-gasp penalty earned Benetton a 23-22 victory over Cardiff in their United Rugby Championship opener.

130d
0
News

Stormers survive Lions fightback at Ellis Park

MATCH REPORT: The Stormers survived a great second-half fightback from the Lions to start their 2023/2024 United Rugby Championship campaign with a thrilling 35-33 win in Johannesburg.

130d
15
News

Munster too good for Sharks in Limerick

MATCH REPORT: The Sharks started their United Rugby Championship campaign with a 21-34 defeat to the defending champions Munster in Limerick on Saturday.

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2
United Rugby Championship

Fightback wins it for Edinburgh

MATCH REPORT: Debutant Ben Healy proved to be the match-winner by kicking 17 points as Edinburgh opened their United Rugby Championship account with a 22-17 comeback victory at Dragons.

130d
0
News

Du Toit scores as Bath beat Saracens

PREMIERSHIP SATURDAY WRAP: Bath made it two wins from two matches in the Premiership with a 25-16 victory over Saracens on Saturday.

130d
0
News

Blade helps Connacht cut down Ospreys

URC MATCH REPORT: Caolin Blade's 22-minute first-half hat-trick catapulted Connacht to an opening 34-26 bonus-point win over the Ospreys in the United Rugby Championship at the Sportsground.

130d
0
News

Lions v Stormers RECAP | URC

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round One match between the Lions and the Stormers at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

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122
News

Ulster survive Zebre in 12-try thriller

URC REPORT: Ulster made a winning start to the new United Rugby Championship season edging Zebre 40-36 at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

130d
0
New Zealand

Young punk's last dance

SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Smith says he is going to enjoy his "last dance" for New Zealand, hoping like fellow legends Dan Carter and Richie McCaw in 2015 that he bows out by lifting the World Cup trophy next Saturday.

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3
United Rugby Championship

URC, Round One - Teams and Predictions

URC, ROUND ONE: The United Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend with all 16 teams set to be in action and the opening match sees two local teams, the Lions up against the Stormers.

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3
Argentina

Cheika concedes to ref calls but some enraged him

REACTION: Michael Cheika, head coach of Argentina, said he had to accept referee Angus Gardners' calls in the semifinal against New Zealand although he did not agree with some of them, especially in the first half.

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39
France

VIDEO: Death threats - 'No place in this game for hooligans'

REACTION: South Africa are comfortable with the security measures already in place, despite death threats this week being issued to scrumhalf Cobus Reinach.

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16
England

South Africa v England - Tale of the Tape

STAT ATTACK: New Zealand has booked their place in the World Cup Final. We now look at the numbers ahead of the second semifinal - South Africa against England to see how they match up.

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38
Argentina

VIDEO: Ian Foster - bring the popcorn

REACTION: New Zealand coach Ian Foster said he would sit down with some popcorn to enjoy seeing who his side will face in the World Cup Final, after they thrashed Argentina on Friday.

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61
Argentina

All Blacks ease past Los Pumas to book spot in World Cup Final

MATCH REPORT: The All Blacks advanced to a record fifth World Cup Final after they beat Argentina 44-6 in their semifinal in Saint-Denis on Friday.

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New Zealand

Player Ratings: New Zealand

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4
Argentina

Player Ratings: Argentina

OPINION: Argentina’s hopes of making their first World Cup final were dashed at the hands of the All Blacks at the Stade de France on Friday, as the three-time champions handsomely won 44-6.

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2
Argentina

Argentina v New Zealand RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup semifinal between Argentina and New Zealand at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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England

South Africa v England - teams and prediction

SEMIFINAL PREVIEW: Can South Africa, after the emotional high of beating France last week, elevate their game to the standard required against the only unbeaten team at the World Cup, England?

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England

World Rugby reveals match official change for England v Boks semifinal

NEWS: World Rugby has confirmed a change to the match official appointments for the World Cup 2023 semifinal between England and South Africa.

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27
England

Itoje: These Boks are beatable

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW: England are adamant the bookmakers and pundits who are listing them as 'underdogs' against South Africa in the World Cup semifinal are way off the mark.

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News

Stormers spring flyhalf surprise for Lions clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Stormers head coach John Dobson has revealed his team to face the Lions in Round One of the United Rugby Championship on Saturday.

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5
News

It's all kicking off in Cape Town: 50 days to go to the HSBC SVNS!

SPOTLIGHT: Sevens rugby is going next level. Totally refreshed, a brand new SVNS is coming to Cape Town Stadium on 9-10 December 2023, bringing together a unique festival of sport, music, food, fitness and immersive experiences. And there’s now just 50 days to go!

131d
0
News

Plumtree gives Cronje a start against Munster

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach John Plumtree has revealed his team to face Munster in their United Rugby Championship opener in Limerick on Saturday.

132d
2
News

Bulls to unleash new recruits against Scarlets

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White has handed debuts to some of his new recruits for their 2023/2024 United Rugby Championship opener against the Scarlets in Pretoria on Sunday.

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19
South Africa

One-on-one with Michael R. Yormark: The 'vision' that became a global icon

INTERVIEW: @king365ed sat down with Michael R. Yormark, President of Roc Nation Sports International, and spoke about Springbok captain Siya Kolisi - the man who ensured the agency took notice of a sport they barely knew existed.

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6
News

Hendrikse gets Lions' No.10 jersey for Stormers clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has revealed his matchday 23 for Saturday's United Rugby Championship Round One clash against the Stormers at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

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6
Argentina

Past World Cup semis count for nothing says Foster

SPOTLIGHT: New Zealand head coach Ian Foster said on Thursday past World Cup semifinals will count for nothing during this weekend's last four game with Argentina.

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France

Boks rocked by 'death threats'

REACTION: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus reacted with contempt to death threats issued to one of his players.

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England

VIDEO: No room for 'entitled' players in this Bok team

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains why there is no room for 'entitled' players in his team.

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South Africa

Nigel Owens gives his verdict on Etzebeth's try-saving intervention

SPOTLIGHT: Former Test referee Nigel Owens reviewed some of the action from last weekend's World Cup quarterfinals.

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News

Get to know the South African URC teams

The Bulls, Stormers, Sharks and Lions will again gear up and battle the North for the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship title.

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Fiji

Strong Fiji centre sidelined for months

NEWS: Racing 92's powerful Fiji centre Josua Tuisova will be sidelined for several months after suffering a knee injury in last weekend's World Cup quarterfinal loss, the French club announced on Thursday.

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England

Freddie returns as England change three for Bok duel

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Freddie Steward was recalled at fullback as England coach Steve Borthwick made three changes to the team to play South Africa in the World Cup semifinal in Paris on Saturday.

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Argentina

Argentina v New Zealand - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: The All Blacks have developed a greater respect for Argentina after the South Americans recorded a couple of victories over them in the last few seasons.

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18
England

Bok coach Nienaber reveals his hand for semifinal against England

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has revealed his team to face England in Saturday's World Cup semifinal.

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England

From second tier to World Cup semi for England lock

SPOTLIGHT: When England impressively beat the then two-time holders New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semifinals, lock forward Ollie Chessum was a teenager watching the game on television.

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8
Argentina

Behind the devil-may-care attitude is a top-class coach

SPOTLIGHT: Were the World Cup to be decided on the personality of the coach, then Argentina's Michael Cheika and his larger than life persona would probably win.

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1
Argentina

No regrets as Los Pumas name team to face All Blacks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina head coach Michael Cheika said he and his players want to "have no regrets" once the final whistle goes on their World Cup semifinal with New Zealand on Friday.

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13
Argentina

Foster makes two changes for semifinal

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: All Blacks coach Ian Foster made two changes to the side that will face Argentina in the semifinal on Friday.

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46
England

VIDEO: Boks expect plenty of '2019 beef' from England

WATCH as South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and flyhalf Handre Pollard speak about the residual beef England will have after the 2019 World Cup Final loss to South Africa.

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60
England

England wise to South African 'curveballs'

INTERVIEW: England defence coach Kevin Sinfield said they are aware of South Africa's potential tactical surprises before this weekend's World Cup semifinal in Paris.

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Argentina

No ordinary Joe plotting demise of Argentina's defence

SPOTLIGHT: Joe Schmidt titled his autobiography "Ordinary Joe" but whether the New Zealand attack coach likes it or not, both on and off the pitch he has extraordinary qualities.

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0
Argentina

The ghost of 2019 haunting All Blacks

Memories of being dumped by England during the World Cup semifinal in Japan four years ago will be a driving force for the All Blacks team that will take on Argentina in Paris this Friday.

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United Rugby Championship

White says Bulls ready to get into fifth gear

SPOTLIGHT: Bulls coach Jake White says he is excited to see what the combination of an injection of new coaching and playing talent as well as the growing maturity of his squad will bring to this new United Rugby Championship season.

134d
0
Australia

Eddie finally opens up about Cooper's RWC omission

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones has finally opted to reveal the real reason for opting for youth and omitting Quade Cooper from Australia's World Cup squad.

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5
England

VIDEO: Rassie reveals why he has taken the seven-one split off the table

WATCH as South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus drops some interesting selection hints ahead of the World Cup semifinal face-off with England.

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England

VIDEO: The England 'pothole' that is threatening to trip up Boks

WATCH as South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus talks about the pitfalls of facing England in the World Cup semifinal.

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England

Sinfield on Boks: 'We have the utmost respect for them'

England defence coach Kevin Sinfield said on Tuesday his side were "in awe" of South Africa's World Cup quarterfinal performance before the teams meet in the last four this weekend.

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Argentina

Cane reveals how All Blacks can claim World Cup crown

New Zealand's defensive display in victory over Ireland was nothing short of outstanding, setting a benchmark of patience and discipline in a game for the ages that moved them one step closer to the World Cup final.

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Latest News

La Vila International Rugby Cup for Spain, USA, Canada, Brazil

In partnership with the Federación Española de Rugby and World Rugby, the Spanish town of Villajoyosa is set to host home nation Spain, North American rugby giants USA and Canada and growing South American power Brazil in La Vila International Rugby Cup from November 11-18 , 2023.

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Laws & Referees

URC, Round One - Referee appointments

NEWS: The match officials appointments of the United Rugby Championship Round One fixtures have been confirmed.

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Latest News

Icon of Irish rugby retires

Keith Earls has confirmed his retirement from rugby with immediate effect, bringing the curtain down on a stellar and inspirational career with Munster and Ireland.

134d
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Fiji

Raiwalui leaves Fiji role after dream World Cup

NEWS: Simon Raiwalui said on Tuesday he will leave the role of Fiji head coach at the end of the year after the Pacific Islanders were beaten by England in the World Cup quarterfinals.

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United Rugby Championship

Lions relish hosting last years' finalists says Tshituka

NEWS: The Lions' Emmanuel Tshituka says facing a team like the Stormers, that played two finals back-to-back, is always a huge challenge but it is one the men from Johannesburg relish.

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Latest News

Euro Cups undergo qualification overhaul

NEWS: In an effort to strengthen to the United Rugby Championship, organisers have introduced a full meritocracy for EPCR qualification starting from this season.

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News

World Rugby confirms the match officials for RWC semifinals

NEWS: World Rugby has announced the Match Officials for the World Cup 2023 semifinals at Stade de France this weekend.

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News

Bulls boss Jake White opts for co-captains

Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White has confirmed Marcell Coetzee and Ruan Nortje as co-captains who will lead the herd for the 2023/24 season.

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France

STAT ATTACK: Some revealing numbers from Le Crunch

ANALYSES: South Africa outscored France by four tries to three on their way to a famous 29-28 World Cup quarterfinal win at Stade de France in Paris this past weekend.

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Australia

Australian government funding for Fiji in Super Rugby continues

NEWS: While Fiji helped dump the floundering Wallabies out of the World Cup, Australia has announced additional funding to support Fiji's teams in Super Rugby competitions.

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Australia

Eddie Jones says he is 'staying put'

NEWS: Australia coach Eddie Jones on Tuesday again denied a rumoured shift to Japan.

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South Africa

Rassie: How Boks won the refs over

INTERVIEW: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has gone from the varmint of World Rugby and seen as an antagonist of referees, to being appreciated for his great relationship with match officials.

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England

England ready for 'one of the best teams ever'

INTERVIEW: England attack coach Richard Wigglesworth threw down the gauntlet to South Africa ahead of their World Cup quarterfinal face-off in Paris on Saturday.

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Second Phase

LIVE FROM PARIS: @king365ed talks Le Crunch

LISTEN as Cape Talk radio presenter Clarence Ford chats to @king365ed and John Goliath about all things Springbok and the World Cup!

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Second Phase

VIDEO: The Beast's take on Bok glory

WATCH as Jim Hamilton chats to Tendai Mtawarira and Paul Willemse about South Africa's epic come-from-behind win over hosts France.

135d
2
News

Dyantyi's 'special ability' to give Sharks an extra edge

SPOTLIGHT: Sharks attack coach Dave Williams is itching to see Aphiwe Dyantyi in action as the Sharks embark on a four-week United Rugby Championship tour.

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Fiji

Fiji coach predicts bright future for his team

The future is bright for Fijian rugby despite the agony of their World Cup quarterfinal exit at the hands of England, according to coach Simon Raiwalui.

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Argentina

Silencing the northern hubris

REVIEW: The bragging rights did not last long, just a short week after four Northern Hemisphere sides topped their World Cup pools with four from four wins.

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France

'He is the right person for the years to come'

SPOTLIGHT: The French Rugby Federation (FFR) said on Monday that head coach Fabien Galthie was the right man to lead the team despite their World Cup quarterfinal defeat on home soil.

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Argentina

World Rankings: Boks on top of the world

NEWS: The Springboks have climbed back up to No.1 in World Rugby's Rankings after their breathtaking 29-28 victory over France on Sunday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Siya reveals the 'real heroes' of Paris win

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi explains to @king365ed about who he regards as the 'real heroes' of their one-point win over France this past Sunday.

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News

Plumtree reveals his Sharks captain for the tour

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Francois Venter will lead an experienced Sharks side on their tour to Europe for the upcoming United Rugby Championship season, which kicks off this weekend.

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France

VIDEO: Dupont - I'm not sure the refereeing was up to the challenge

WATCH as French captain Antoine Dupont spits the dummy about some of referee Ben O’Keeffe's decisions in their one-point loss to South Africa.

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France

VIDEO: The moment that epitomised Bok win

WATCH as coach Jacques Nienaber and captain Siya Kolisi talk about the key plays in South Africa's one-point win over France in Paris on Sunday.

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South Africa

Player Ratings: South Africa

OPINION: The Springboks produced one of their finest performances under Jacques Nienaber to edge France 29-28 in their World Cup quarterfinal in Saint-Denis on Sunday.

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France

Player Ratings: France

OPINION: France are out of the Rugby World Cup. The tournament hosts have crashed out of the event at the quarter-final stage after losing to reigning champions South Africa 28-29 at Stade de France.

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France

Springboks boot World Cup hosts out to secure semi

MATCH REPORT: South Africa has booted France, the hosts of the World Cup, out of the competition by defeating them 29-28 in Saint-Denis on Saturday and secured a place in the semifinal against England next weekend.

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France

France v South Africa RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup quarterfinal between France and South Africa at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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England

Player Ratings: England

OPINION: Steve Borthwick and co insisted in the lead-up to this Rugby World Cup quarter-final they were a much-improved team from the side beaten 22-30 seven weeks ago at Twickenham by Fiji in a Summer Nations Series encounter.

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Fiji

Player Ratings: Fiji

OPINION: Fiji’s World Cup campaign came to a halt on Sunday against England at the Stade Velodrome, although a late surge almost brought them a dramatic victory.

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England

England v Fiji RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup quarterfinal between England and Fiji at Stade de Marseille.

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England

England hold off valiant Fiji in Marseille thriller

MATCH REPORT: England secured their place in this year's World Cup semifinals with a narrow 30-24 win over a spirited Fijian side in Marseille on Sunday.

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Premiership

Sale Sharks off to winning start

MATCH REPORT: Sale Sharks captain Robert du Preez led his side to a narrow but important victory as they downed Northampton Saints 20-15 in the Premiership on Sunday.

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Argentina

Argentina's record points scorer still dreams of World Cup glory

SPOTLIGHT: Nicolas Sanchez may not be the central figure in Argentina's attack that he once was but unlike some other high-profile flyhalves nearing the end, this veteran can still dream of World Cup glory.

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Ireland

Three reasons for Irish rugby to be optimistic

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland's defeat to New Zealand on Saturday is probably the most devastating of their eight Rugby World Cup quarterfinal losses, for this team was rated the best they had ever turned out at the sport's quadrennial showpiece.

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Argentina

'Hopefully people will remember me for being passionate'

REACTION: Dan Biggar ended his stellar career with Wales in a disappointing defeat by Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal, but the Toulon flyhalf believes the future is bright for the Welsh game.

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New Zealand

NZ media react to Paris victory

REACTION: New Zealand's dramatic World Cup quarterfinal win over Ireland was founded on four years of "adversity and hurt", All Blacks said Sunday.

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Ireland

VIDEO: 'Sweetest of victories' for All Blacks

REACTION: New Zealand coach Ian Foster said the 28-24 victory in the World Cup quarterfinal against an Ireland team - who had been heavily tipped for victory - was one of his "sweetest victories".

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Ireland

VIDEO: Sexton's storied career ends with 'gutting' defeat

REACTION: Johnny Sexton's son Luca accompanied his father round a pitch for the final time after his stellar career ended in bitter disappointment with a 24-28 loss to New Zealand in the World Cup quarterfinal.

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France

VIDEO: 'It doesn't get bigger than this'

WATCH Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick previews the World Cup quarterfinal encounter with France in Paris on Sunday.

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Ireland

Player Ratings: Ireland

OPINION: Ireland’s World Cup quarterfinal curse rages on.

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Ireland

All Blacks extend Ireland's World Cup misery

MATCH REPORT: It is certainly a very familiar tale for the Irish and supporters as their wait for a World Cup semifinal berth continues. 

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New Zealand

Player Ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: The All Blacks have defied the odds with a well-deserved 28-24 win over Ireland in Paris to progress through to the World Cup semifinals.

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Ireland

Ireland v New Zealand RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup quarterfinal between Ireland and New Zealand at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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Argentina

Player Ratings - Argentina

Argentina booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals next week with a hard-fought 29-17 over Wales in Marseille on Saturday.

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Argentina

Player Ratings - Wales

OPINION: A weird, wonderful and scrappy match for a number of reasons. Referee Jaco Peyper limped off after just 20 minutes while rating the Welsh efforts became significantly more difficult as their numbers started falling off their backs.

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Argentina

Argentina secures first semifinal spot

MATCH REPORT: An intercept try by Los Pumas legend Nicolas Sanchez secured a semifinal berth for Argentina as his side beat Wales 29-17 in the quarterfinal of the World Cup in Marseilles on Saturday.

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Argentina

Wales v Argentina RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup quarterfinal between Wales and Argentina at Stade de Marseille.

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News

Peyper replaced by English referee in quarterfinal

NEWS: In a very unfortunate incident, world-class referee Jaco Peyper had to be replaced during the World Cup quarterfinal match between Wales and Argentina on Saturday.

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News

Exeter blow Saracens away

PREMIERSHIP WRAP: Exeter Chiefs made an emphatic start to their Premiership campaign with a 65-10 win over Saracens at Sandy Park on Saturday.

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France

Thierry Dusautoir's verdict on Dupont's return for Bok match

SPOTLIGHT: Former France captain Thierry Dusautoir said Antoine Dupont's return from injury brings something different to the team for Sunday's crunch World Cup quarterfinal with holders South Africa.

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Second Phase

The Jake White view: Is this France's Madiba moment?

OPINION: World Cup-winning former Springbok coach Jake White gives his take on the build-up to and possible outcome of the World Cup quarterfinal encounter between hosts France and defending champions South Africa.

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Ireland

New Zealand the underdogs says McCaw

OPINION: Former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw said his former side have to start well against Ireland in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal if they hope to upset the odds.

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England

England v Fiji - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: It's pretty safe to say that Sunday's World Cup quarterfinal against England will be the biggest game of the Fijian players' careers so far and that is why they want to grab the opportunity with both hands.

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Ireland

Foster's #BIG message: 'Don't die wondering'

INTERVIEW: New Zealand coach Ian Foster says he has told his players not to "go into your shell" for Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal with Ireland as "we don't want to die wondering" what might have been.

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France

France v South Africa - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: @king365ed brings you all you need to know about the World Cup quaterfinal face-off between the hosts France and defending champions South AFRICA.

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France

VIDEO: 'Violent' Boks ready to take Les Bleus to a dark place

WATCH as veteran prop Steven Kitshoff talks about how brutal South Africa's World Cup quarterfinal against France could be.

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Latest News

Moment's silence confirmed ahead of quarterfinals

World Rugby and the France 2023 Organising Committee can confirm that a moment’s silence will be observed ahead of the World Cup 2023 quarter-finals this weekend as a mark of solidarity with all those affected by the tragic events in Israel and Gaza.

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England

Hooker on bench for quarterfinal after fathers' death

NEWS: Days after his fathers’ death hooker Sam Matavesi will be on the bench for Fiji in their World Cup quarterfinal against England on Saturday.

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England

'Semi Trailer' at left wing for Fiji quarterfinal

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui has picked Semi Radradra at left wing for the World Cup quarterfinal against England at Stade de Marseille on Sunday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The numbers that count against Pollard and for Libbok

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains the eye-opening selection changes for the World Cup quarterfinal face-off against hosts France in Paris on Sunday.

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England

England drop Ford for Farrell against Fiji

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England head coach Steve Borthwick opted to hand Owen Farrell the flyhalf role against Fiji in the quarterfinals at Stade de Marseille on Sunday.

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France

'I feel good': Dupont ahead of showdown against Springboks

REACTION: France star Antoine Dupont is in perfect shape, the scrumhalf revealed on Friday after being named captain for the hosts' quarterfinal match against South Africa on Sunday.

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Ireland

Ireland v New Zealand - teams and prediction

QUARTERFINAL PREVIEW: Ireland will be desperate to put to bed the notion that they are the ultimate World Cup chokers!

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France

Dupont returns to lead France against the Springboks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: France head coach Fabien Galthié has announced his squad to face South Africa in their World Cup 2023 quarterfinal at the Stade de France on Sunday.

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Argentina

Argentina v Wales - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND SIX: The first World Cup quarterfinal sees Los Pumas up against the Dragons in Marseilles on Saturday with a  semifinal spot up for grabs. 

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Latest News

WXV Preview: Cape Town ready to host thrilling opening round

SPOTLIGHT: WXV is World Rugby's new, three-level, elite women's 15s rugby tournament that aims to supercharge the reach, competitiveness, and value of elite women's rugby.

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France

Experience key as Nienaber announces team to face France

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok flyhalf Manie Libbok will be the pivot when South Africa line-up in their quarterfinal World Cup clash with France at the Stade de France in Paris on Sunday evening.

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News

Ground-breaking equity deal for Boland

NEWS: Boland Rugby Union (BRU) has taken a massive step in the right direction, proudly unveiling an equity partnership with Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) and a consortium led by the Motsepe family.

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France

French not taking the Bok bait

REACTION: South Africa's perspicacious Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus put the bait out.

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Latest News

The real reason behind Mark Telea's omission

REACTION: All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has revealed why his team will take on Ireland with one of his key backline players missing in the starting XV. 

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Ireland

All Blacks' star wing to miss quarterfinal against Ireland

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has selected his team to play Ireland in Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal in Paris.

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Top 14

Shock as promising French flank tests positive for cocaine

NEWS: La Rochelle flank Oscar Jegou, an Under-20 world champion with France, has been suspended as a precautionary measure after testing positive for cocaine, the reigning European champions announced on Thursday.

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France

VIDEO: Boks must win the 'big moments'

WATCH as South Africa's attack coach Felix Jones speaks to @king365ed about the key aspects of their World Cup quarterfinal against France in Paris on Sunday.

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Argentina

Big shoes for Isa to fill as Cheika makes two changes

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina head coach Michael Cheika has called on Facundo Isa to replace the big shoes of the injured Pablo Matera for the quarterfinal against Wales on Saturday in Marseille.

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Australia

Jones expected to quit Wallabies job

SPOTLIGHT: The future of Eddie Jones as Wallabies coach seems to be over as reports intensify that the veteran coach is on his way to Japan.

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Ireland

Sexton reveals why Ireland can break the quarterfinal curse

This Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal match against All Blacks is a chance for Ireland to solidify themselves as the best Irish team in history.

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Argentina

Biggar returns as Gatland reveals strong Wales side

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his side to play Argentina at Stade de Marseille in the first quarterfinal of World Cup 2023.

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News

Rising All Black star commits to Hurricanes

TRANSFER NEWS: The Hurricanes announced that Cam Roigard has signed a three-year extension, which will see him remain at the club and in New Zealand until the end of 2027.

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England

The 'French product' leading Fiji's cause

INTERVIEW: When Fiji take on England in the World Cup quarterfinals in Marseille on Sunday, host country France will be willing them on to win.

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Ireland

Barrett's Gaelic schooling the real threat to Ireland

SPOTLIGHT: Beauden Barrett seeks revenge against the Irish in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal, but the All Blacks star owes a debt of gratitude to Ireland because he learned the basic skills thanks to - Gaelic football.

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France

VIDEO: 'Tactical' Boks put seven-one split back on the table

WATCH as South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus reveals the surprising reason behind their highly unusual step to delay their team announcement till Friday.

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Argentina

RWC quarterfinals: Stats reveal who has the edge

STAT ATTACK: The World Cup 2023 has officials reached its business end with eight teams battling it out in the quarterfinals this weekend.

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France

French bank on Latin temperament to counter Bok brutes

INTERVIEW: The focus has been mostly on talismanic scrumhalf and captain Antoine Dupont this week, but 'physicality' is set to be a big part of the World Cup quarterfinal face-off between host France and defending champions South Africa.

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England

'Very different' England to front Fiji

SPOTLIGHT: Jamie George vowed that a "very different" England would take to the pitch for the World Cup quarterfinal against Fiji on Sunday than the one that edged Samoa in their final pool match.

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South Africa

SARU boss takes swipe at government in WADA saga

REACTION: The World Anti-Doping Agency has acknowledged received the 'notice of appeal' from South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport in the ongoing case of the country's 'non-compliance.

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France

PICTURES: Dupont trains with headguard ahead of Bok match

SPOTLIGHT: France's hopes that captain Antoine Dupont will be fit to face South Africa in the World Cup quarterfinal were boosted on Wednesday when the scrumhalf trained for the second day wearing a headguard.

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News

Reds reveal their stance on RA's centralisation bid

NEWS: The Queensland Reds have backed Rugby Australia's (RA) centralisation bid, provided the alignment doesn't stretch to the Super Rugby club's commercial arm.

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Ireland

Ireland star ruled out of quarterfinal against the All Blacks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named his matchday squad for Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal against the All Blacks in Saint-Denis.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Rassie on the 'four meanings' of his disco lights and why he was kicked off the bench

WATCH as South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus explains the meaning of his disco lights and also why was 'kicked off the Bok bench' at the World Cup.

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Argentina

Los Pumas to keep it simple against Wales

SPOTLIGHT: It is all about simplicity as Argentina prepares to take on the unpredictable Wales.

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Wales

'It's not rocket science': Gatland underlines his coaching credentials...again

SPOTLIGHT: Warren Gatland has again underlined his coaching credentials by leading Wales into a fourth successive World Cup quarterfinal, introducing a much-needed clarity to transform a misfiring team into contenders in a timeframe not thought possible.

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South Africa

Bok Women on WXV 2: 'Massive for our team'

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Springbok Women are embracing the opportunity to expose their brand of rugby as Friday's WXV 2 opening clash against Scotland will be an important step towards gaining wider recognition.

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France

VIDEO: French on notice for bodacious gamesmanship

WATCH as South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus puts the French on notice for their often bodacious gamesmanship.

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France

World Rugby's strict specifications for Dupont's face mask

SPOTLIGHT: French superstar and captain Antoine Dupont has been trying out various forms of facial protection.

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News

Jake White to test new combinations

SPOTLIGHT: The Bulls and the Lions will end their 2023/24 pre-season with an open warm-up match on Wednesday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Boks happy in Green and Gold, as alternative options go out the window

WATCH as South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus reacts to the news that they can wave the country's flag and delivers some other #GREAT news for Springbok fans.

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Ireland

All Blacks get a big boost ahead of Ireland showdown

SQUAD UPDATE: The All Blacks received a big boost ahead of their World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland in Saint-Denis on Saturday.

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Fiji

Vunipola: 'We are public enemy No.1'

SPOTLIGHT: England are more than happy to assume the role of public enemy No.1 when they take on Fiji in the World Cup quarter-inals in Marseille on Sunday, veteran Billy Vunipola said Tuesday.

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Argentina

Argentina reveal Matera's replacement ahead of RWC quarterfinal

SQUAD UPDATE: Argentina have called up lock Lucas Paulos to replace injured loose forward forward Pablo Matera, the Argentine rugby federation announced on Tuesday.

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Ireland

All Black star on Schmidt: 'Be careful what you ask'

SPOTLIGHT: New Zealand attack coach Joe Schmidt is using his famous attention to detail to try to plot the downfall of his former charges ahead of the All Blacks' World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland on Saturday.

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Ireland

Concerns grow over Ireland duo

NEWS: Ireland are set for a tense waiting game after two of their star players were not involved in training on Tuesday ahead of their World Cup quarterfinal against the All Blacks.

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South Africa

BREAKING: Boks can 'fly the flag'

NEWS: The Springboks will be able to fly the South African flag at their World Cup quarterfinal face-off against hosts France in Paris on Sunday.

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England

Fiji sense very little weaknesses in England squad

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Fiji will have to tighten up if they want to continue their dream World Cup campaign says kicking coach Seremaia Bai. 

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