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Do you have the kahunas?

OPINION: AussieBoer, rugby365's well-versed reader, challenges other readers to a game of Super Rugby 'prediction'.

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Team of the Week: Sweet chariot

OPINION: England put down an early Six Nations marker and they are rewarded in rugby365's famous selection!

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Super Rugby: Die vergete era

IN DIE KOLLIG: Jan de Koning neem 'n terugblik in die verlede, na 'n vergete era - toe Super Rugby nog SUPER was!

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Super Rugby: The forgotten era

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jan de Koning glances back into the past, to a forgotten era - when Super Rugby was still SUPER!

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Hawkeye view: Inside the 'Cake Tin'

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, rugby365's specialist Sevens columnist, takes us behind the scenes at Wellington - Round Four of the World Series!

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LIVE match centre

This weekend sees the beginning of the Six Nations with an important game between England and Wales up first!

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A woman's place in the kitchen?

OPINION: Aussieboer, rugby365's well-versed reader, tells us why women's rugby will become the next big thing!

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Of appointments and disappointments

OPINION: rugby365's law guru, Paul Dobson, gives his view of referees who sometimes have an inflated belief in their ability.

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Hawkeye view: And we are back

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, rugby365's specialist Sevens columnist, returns from his mid-season slumber with more great insight!

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Who is best at the back?

OPINION: Aussieboer, rugby365's well-versed reader, puts on his selection hat - as he looks to find an all-time XV ahead of the World Cup.

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Hempies antwoord Aussieboer

IN DIE KOLLIG: rugby365 se rubriekskrywer Aussieboer het 'n paar glasies gaan klink met die voormalige Bok stut Hempies du Toit.

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Why are the best not earning more?

The top 10 richest players were recently unveiled, but are those 10 players the best in the world?

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Jake White: The miracle maker

OPINION: Jan de Koning puts Jake White in the spotlight after the dramatic manner in which he turned around the fortunes of Montpellier.

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Battle of the Giants: SA v NZ, Part 6

FEATURE: It is a rivalry that has been going on for the best part of a century, this is the final part of the Battle of the Giants - the Closest of Enemies.

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Battle of the Giants: SA v NZ, Part 5

It is a rivalry that has been going on for the best part of a century, this is Part Five in the Battle of the Giants - the role of Apartheid.

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Battle of the Giants: SA v NZ, Part 4

FEATURE: It's a rivalry that has been going on for the best part of a century - the battle for the No.1 ranking. This is Part Four in the Battle of the Giants.

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Year in review: Ten of the best

FEATURE: Jan de Koning takes a look at the year 2014 and how the Top 10 teams performed this year!

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Is 2014 a World Cup form guide?

FEATURE: Jan de Koning asks if the world rankings can be used as an accurate yard-stick for the World Cup next year?

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Battle of the Giants: SA v NZ, Part 3

FEATURE: It's a rivalry that has been going on for the best part of a century - the battle for the No.1 ranking. This is Part Three in the Battle of the Giants.

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And the winners are...

OPINION: The year was filled with moments of brilliance and moments of insanity. We name and shame the best and worst of 2014.

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Young guns to watch in 2015

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Michael de Vries takes a look at the young stars he thinks will make the step up to the next level in 2015.

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Battle of the Giants: SA v NZ, Part 2

FEATURE: The battle for the No.1 ranking of the world continues as we look at Part 2 of this century old rivalry.

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Battle of the Giants: SA v NZ, Part 1

FEATURE: It is a rivalry that has been going on for the best part of a century - the battle for the No.1 ranking of the world.

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Rookies of the year

FEATURE: Michael de Vries looks at the young guns that made a big noise this year, as rugby365 continue our review of 2014.

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Socksdown XV

FEATURE: Paul Dobson, at his idiomatic best, looks back at the year in a very differentiable way and names his 'Socksdown XV'.

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Die Doring van Despatch

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Danie Gerber was a player of immense talent whose career was stunted by South Africa's isolation years.

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Year in review: Super shift

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Some SA teams made a major leap in 2014, abandoning the dreaded conservative approach and adopting an expansive style.

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If players were cars

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Tauriq Ebrahim delves into the world of automobiles to find which best describe some of the world's premier players.

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It all starts at the schools

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Darryn Pollock compares the school structures in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

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Moment in time: Gerrie Germishuys

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Nicknamed Mouse, Gerrie Germishuys was anything but a rodent during his playing days with the Springboks.

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Hawkeye view: Take a deep breath

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, rugby365's specialist Sevens columnist, says it is time for everybody to take a deep breath.

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Team of the Year: Tight contest

OPINON: It's taken a while and after much thought, Tauriq Ebrahim has managed to select the 2014 Team of the Year.

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Hawkeye View: Blitzkrieg

Matt Hawkins takes a closer look at the Blitzbokke and the reasons behind their dominance in Dubai last weekend.

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Scrumhalves: Make or break

The most pressing need of all positions in South African rugby is at scrumhalf. Just watch the Springboks play and you know there is a problem.

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Reader blog: Best spot for skipper

In a previous blog about who should be Bok captain, readers started an interesting conversation about what position a captain should play.

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The North will rise again

The recent November Tests showed the rugby community across the globe that the Southern Hemisphere dominance may be starting to crack.

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Hawkeye View: Changing gear

Matt Hawkins says that the second leg of the Sevens World Series in Dubai should see the teams step things up a gear.

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WIN tickets to PE Sevens

COMPETITION TIME: rugby365 and ASICS bring you the chance to win a set of double tickets to the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens on December 13 and 14.

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JK's final whistle: White card

Jonathan Kaplan gives his views on the white card system that will be used in the Varsity Cup next year.

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Do the Boks need a No.13?

The Springboks are likely to head to the World Cup next year without a specialist outside centre, but is that such a problem?

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Reader blog: Goodbye my captain

Jean de Villiers is a fighter and probably still believes he can lead the Boks at the World Cup next year.

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Touchline talk: All Blacks to choke?

With the November tours done and dusted, it makes for some interesting debate looking towards next year's 'holy grail'.

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Team of the month: Honours shared

After an action-packed November our team of the month has a fairly even split between northern and southern hemisphere players.

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LIVE Match Centre

The International window might be over but there are still two mouth-watering matches to look forward to.

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On the Brink: Can the Boks win WC?

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Brink continues the expedition to World Cup 2015, giving us his views on consistent selections and finding a winning momentum.

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Hawkeye view: Age of technology

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, rugby365's specialist Sevens columnist, talks about he regards as the new world of transparency.

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Touchline talk: World XV v Aliens

SELECTION TIME: Aussieboer, a regular rugby365 reader, names his World XV to take on an Alien selection from outer space.

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Kantlyn kaf: Geld of Bok-kapteinskap?

Aussieboer, 'n gereelde rugby365 leser, verduidelik waarom hy meen Duane Vermeulen is tans die No.8 met die beste vorm op die planeet.

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JK's final whistle: Looking forward

Jonathan Kaplan says that the emphasis on decisions being 'clear and obvious' is dangerous as it means that some forward passes are not being called.

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Team of the Week: Puma power

EXCLUSIVE: It was a meeting of much debate and little consensus, but we managed to finally produce rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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LIVE Match Centre

It's the final BIG weekend of Internationals and we bring you five matches live!

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Hawkeye view: The inside on Sevens

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, rugby365's specialist Sevens columnist, turn the spotlight to a new look and revamped IRB World Series.

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On the Brink: My Bok bolters

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Brink continues the expedition to World Cup 2015, giving us his views on what the Springbok loose trio might look like.

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JK's final whistle: Maul problems

rugby365 and Rate the Ref columnist Jonathan Kaplan takes a look at issues referees may face leading up to the World Cup in respect of the maul

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Team of the Week: No Gray areas

It was an interesting weekend on the international stage and rugby365's famous weekly selection reflects the dramatic turnaround from last week.

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Tyd om 'veterane' te rus

TOERPLAN: Jan de Koning kyk in sy glas-bal en vra of Heyneke Meyer dalk nie die week 'n paar hase uit die hoed gaan pluk nie.

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Time to rest the 'veterans'

TOUR SPOTLIGHT: Jan de Koning looks into his crystal ball and asks if Heyneke Meyer will perhaps pull a few proverbial rabbits from the hat this week.

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LIVE Match Centre

We have another exciting weekend of International matches ahead of us.

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On the Brink: London game breakers

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Brink continues the expedition to World Cup 2015, looking at what awaits the Boks at Twickenham and glances back at Dublin.

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Hawkeye view: The inside on Sevens

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, rugby365's specialist Sevens columnist, turn the spotlight back on the teams and their identities.

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Team of the week: Irish eyes smiling

OPINION: It was a weekend of interesting results and that is reflected in @rugby365com's famous  weekly selection!

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JK's final whistle: Common sense

EXCLUSIVE: rugby365 and Rate the Ref columnist Jonathan Kaplan looks at two yellow card decisions this weekend which lacked common sense.

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LIVE Match Centre

We have a bumper weekend of International matches as the Southern Hemisphere looks to dominate their Northern counterparts.

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On the Brink: How to win a World Cup

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Brink, a member of the victorious 1995 Bok World Cup squad, brings us his first contribution since joining the rugby365 team.

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Hawkeye view: The inside on Sevens

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, the former US Eagles player and coach, takes us inside the world of Sevens - looking at the next leg of the IRB World Series.

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rugby365 is on the Brink

COMING SOON: rugby365 will soon add another name to our already impressive list of award-winning contributors.

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Awards: Provincial showpiece

The 2014 instalment of the Currie Cup brought us an exciting and unique showcase of provincial rugby which deserves some recognition.

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Ticking every Bok

OPINION: A year out from the World Cup there are still a few key positions giving Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer headaches.

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LIVE Match Centre

We have two cracking games this weekend as the international teams take centre stage.

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Hawkeye view: The inside on Sevens

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, the former US Eagles player and coach, takes us inside the world of Sevens - exploring the statistics on the game a little more.

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Team of the Tournament: Currie Cup

The Currie Cup has drawn to a close with Western Province victorious, but who were the most impressive players in their position?

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Should Boshoff have been booted?

The recent Currie Cup Final between Province and the Lions was a showpiece of highly skilled rugby but for a certain flyhalf who was off colour.

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Player ratings: The Champions

Western Province have held on against a spirited Golden Lions outfit to lift the trophy 19-16 at Newlands on Saturday.

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Player ratings: One last miss

The Golden Lions came agonizingly close to winning their first Currie Cup since 2011 but they missed a final penalty to succumb to Western Province 19-16.

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LIVE Match Centre

Get ready for the biggest match in provincial rugby: The Currie Cup Final!

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Currie Cup: All-Time XV

OPINION: Acclaimed writer Paul Dobson sits down to pick his best Currie Cupo team of all time. It is a fun thing to do.

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Hawkeye view: The inside on Sevens

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, the former US Eagles player and coach, takes us inside the world of Sevens - looking at how stats give a team its identity!

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Love lost at Newlands?

OPINION: Acclaimed writer and historian Paul Dobson takes a look at the sad decline of the quality of spectators at the iconic Newlands stadium.

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Team of the week: Simply the best

The Lions and WP have been the best teams throughout the Currie Cup and deservedly go through to the Final thanks to their shining stars.

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Pastei en koffie op Nuweland

YSTERS VAN DIE VERLEDE: Dit was die jaar van die rebelle - op en van die veld af. Maar dit was ook 'n jaar van opwindende, liplek-lekker rugby.

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Pie and coffee at Newlands

BLAST FROM THE PAST: It was the year of the rebels - both on and off the field. But it was also a year of exciting, intriguingly good rugby.

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LIVE Match Centre

There's an action-packed weekend to look forward to with the third Bledisloe Cup match and Currie Cup semifinal action.

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Hawkeye view: The inside on Sevens

EXCLUSIVE: The season is officially under way and Matt Hawkins, the former US Eagles player, captain and coach, takes us inside the world of Sevens!

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Team of the week: Final roar

The Golden Lions get rewarded for finishishing the round robin stages of the Currie Cup competition with an emphatic destruction of the Cheetahs.

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One small step for SARU

Whilst SARU have made some good calls recently, there is no doubt that there is still room for improvement in terms of player management.

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Hawkeye view: The inside on Sevens

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hawkins, the former United States Eagles player, captain and coach, takes us inside the world of Sevens!

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LIVE Match Centre

It is the final round of the Currie Cup before the play-offs and there is a number of cracking games in store

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THORmeulen claims blue ribbon prize

Twelve matches, 49 tries, plenty of drama and heaps of entertainment. It is time for rugby365's famous Rugby Championship kudos.

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Team of the Tournament: The best

OPINION: It is that time of the year again, when our selectors sit down to name rugby365's famous Rugby Championship selection.

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Team of the week: Bully beef

Unsurprisingly the Bulls gave the Pumas a bit of a hiding, but more surprisingly the Sharks beat the Lions and as such these teams have the big representation.

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The gentleman's game

OPINION: Darryn Pollock delves into what makes rugby such a special game at the highest level in comparison to other sports.

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Where to for the great White Shark?

OPINION: Jake White's departure from the Sharks resulted in far flung rumours - across the globe - of his next role. Darryn Pollock gives his view!

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Player ratings: Big wobble

OPINION: Jan de Koning rates the Australian players after their shocking 17-21 loss to Argentina.

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Player ratings: Drought broken

OPINION: Jan de Koning rates the Argentinean players after their historic 21-17 win over Australia in Mendoza on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: Finally defeated

The All Blacks record undefeated run has finally come to an end as the Springboks dealt them a 25-27 defeat at Ellis Park.

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Player Ratings: Running rugby

The Springboks managed to topple the mighty All Blacks at Ellis Park with a entertaining 27-25 victory on Saturday.

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LIVE Match Centre

It is the final round of the Rugby Championship and it is set to be a cracker, and don't forget the Currie Cup!

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WIN Test tickets to Ellis Park

rugby365 and ASICS have again combined to give five lucky readers a chance to watch the big Test between the Springboks and All Blacks at Ellis Park.

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Team of the Week: Two-horse race

OPINION: New Zealand and South Africa, who go head-to-head this coming Saturday, are now clearly the two bests teams in the world.

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Team of the week: Bloody waters

In a round with some big results there was bound to be some big representation by a few teams, namely the Sharks, Lions, Bulls and Western Province.

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Die grootste tweestryd

STRYD VAN DIE REUSE: Jan de Koning neem 'n terugblik en beskryf wat 'n Toets tussen Suid-Afrika en Nieu-Seeland so spesiaal maak.

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The greatest rivalry

BATTLE OF THE GIANTS: Jan de Koning takes a look back and speaks about what he feels makes a Test between South Africa and New Zealand so special.

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LIVE Match centre

The Rugby Championship and the Currie Cup should keep all very busy this weeked!

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Team of the week: Predatory bite

The King of the jungle and the Monster of the sea impressed this past weekend and as such, the big representation comes from the Lions and the Sharks.

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International border breakdown

The global village has made citizenship to foreign countries far easier to attain, but the same rules are allowing national coaches to shop around.

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Team of the Week: Come in No.1

OPINION: Some may feel the gap is closing, but New Zealand remain No.1 and it is reflected in rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Team of the week: Jo'burg's Pride

The mighty WP have finally been toppled by an inspired display from the Lions, as such, they make up a massive part of rugby365's team of the week.

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Bok donker wolk het dik silwer rand

KOLLIG: Jan de Koning voel kortsigtige misantrope en pessimiste verlustig hulle te veel daarin om die silwer rand rondom die donker wolk mis te kyk.

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Bok dark cloud has thick silver lining

OPINION: Jan de Koning has a go at the shortsighted, pessimistic misanthropes that revel too much in not finding a silver lining.

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LIVE Match Centre

The Rugby Championship and the Currie Cup should keep all very busy this weeked!

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Team of the Week: Lucky 13

OPINION: They are the best in the world, by some distance and New Zealand's superiority is also reflected in rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Team of the Week: Underdog's day

A weekend of upsets has brought in a far bigger representation from some of the usual strugglers in the competition as they shine in rugby365s team.

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Can Boks break the cycle?

OPINION: The third year of a World Cup cycle is usually testing, and Heyneke Meyer's Springbok team face another uphill battle.

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LIVE Match Centre

Another bumper weekend awaits with Rugby Championship and Currie Cup action!

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Team of the Week: Pumas roar

The Pumas provided the upset of the weekend when they defeated the Sharks and as such have been rewarded handsomely in rugby365's team.

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LIVE Match Centre

The Rugby Championship takes a break but there is still plenty of excitment as the Currie Cup carries on full-steam!

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Team of the Week: Powerful Province

Western Province have laid down the marker as the team to beat after overcoming the Lions - for the Cape boys it means big representation

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Team of the Week: All black

OPINION: Many reputations were destroyed in Auckland and Salta, many others were enhanced. It was a weekend of big statements.

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Surely the character is built?

OPINION: In a weekend of close calls for Springbok and Sharks fans, the demand for explanations has been met with the cliches of 'character building'

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LIVE Match centre

rugby365 EXCLUSIVE: We have another weekend of wall-to-wall action - Rugby Championship and Currie Cup drama!

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Team of the Week: Slim pickings

OPINION: It would seem that selecting from just four teams would make things easy. Not so for the rugby365 selectors, who had a tough Monday.

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Team of the Week: Just reward

With a couple of mighty impressive performances it is unsurprising to see the Lions and Western Province so well represented in rugby365's team of the week.

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Horses for courses

OPNION: After a wet and slushy arm-wrestle against the Argentineans at Loftus this past Saturday, two things - or rather people - stood out.

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Player ratings: Wet work

OPINION: A lot will be said about the weather, but in the end a win is a win and the Springboks will be happy with a victorious start.

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LIVE Match Centre

There is a huge feast of rugby on this weekend with the Currie Cup and Rugby Championship all playing out on Friday and Saturday.

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Team of the Week: It's a wild world

EXCLUSIVE: The first round of the Currie Cup produced an amazing collection of excitement, entertainment and even an upset.

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COMPETITION TIME: rugby365 and Springbok sponsor ASICS give our loyal readers a chance to win Test tickets for free.

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Drie breiers in ons kollig

Met die Suidelike Halfrond se kampioenskap wat eerskomende Saterdag begin, kyk Jan de Koning na die meriete van drie Springbok afrigters.

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Three coaches in the spotlight

With the Southern Hemisphere's championship getting underway this coming Saturday, Jan de Koning looks at the merits of three Springbok coaches.

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LIVE Match Centre

The Currie Cup kicks off  in an extended format this weekend with four big local derbies to get us back into the swing of things.

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Rugby365 SuperBru Pool

It is time for a new tournament and also time for those arm-chair coaches to get out their note-books and start predicting results!

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And the blue ribbon goes to...

We brought you our Team of the Tournament, but we are not done yet with the accolades and dispraise in the wake of the 19th edition of Super Rugby.

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Team of the Tournament: One-pointer

The Waratahs claimed their first Super Rugby crown with a one-point win and that is exactly the margin in rugby365's famous Team of the Tournament.

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On the outside looking in

OPINION: Michael de Vries looks at the players on Springbok contracts that didn't make the Rugby Championship squad.

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LIVE Match Centre

The Super Rugby Final is here and it is set to be a monumental clash as the Waratahs take on the Crusaders in Sydney.

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Team of the Week: Cream of the crop

There were only four teams to choose from, but that doesn't mean the players don't deserve some praise in rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Who do you call on?

Darryn Pollock decided to play selector and looked at what the options are for Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer when he names his team.

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LIVE Match centre

It is semifinals times with the last four standing looking to make it to the Super Rugby 2014 Final.

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Let them play rugby

'Qu'ils mangent de la brioche' - let them eat cake, Marie Antoinette famously said, but it is Brent Russell who says 'let them play rugby - in France'  

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Team of the Week: Running wild

The talent pool was a lot more shallow, but that did not stop us from producing rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Stop hierdie SANZAR boelies

OPINIE: Jan de Koning is van mening dat SARU hulself voor 'n keerpunt in die Superrugby saga bevind. Dit is tyd dat hulle ruggraat wys.

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Stop these SANZAR bullies

OPINION: Jan de Koning feels SARU find themselves at a crossroads in the Super Rugby saga. It is now time that they show some backbone.

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LIVE Match centre

It is play-off time in Super Rugby and rugby365 brings you the preliminary qualifiers LIVE right here!

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Team of the Week: Last Crusade

The Crusaders are beginning to find some impressive form as Super Rugby heads into the home stretch.

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Playing to your strengths

OPINION: The final log positions in the South African Super Rugby conference this year show just how crucial physical dominance is to success.

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LIVE Match centre

It is the final pool round of Super Rugby with plenty of mouth-watering clashes that will determine the fate of multiple teams.

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Team of the Week: Mixed bag

There was a big range of impressive performers this week with only the Bulls and Hurricanes not making it into rugby365's famous Team of the Week.

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Lions serve some humble pie

The Lions have served some humble pie by producing their best-ever season after a year in the Super Rugby wilderness.

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LIVE Match centre

Super Rugby returns in earnest this weekend with a full set of fixtures on the cards!  

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Team of the Month: Superior south

With the June Tests having come and gone, it was time for rugby365's esteemed panel of selectors to put their thinking hats on.

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Team of the Week: Warring Waratahs

The Australasians had full rights to the Super Rugby competition this week, with the South Africans on a bye and busy with Bok duty.

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LIVE Match centre

Super Rugby returns to us after a three week absence, but it will just be the Australasians who take to the field.

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No sense in complete Bok overhaul

The Springbok team to face Scotland in Port Elizabeth will be very different from the one that edged Wales in Nelspruit, by necessity rather than design.

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Team of the Week: It is All Black

New Zealand, who again showed why they are the No.1 team in the world, dominate rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Kaplan: Win a signed copy

rugby365 and Random House Struik are combining to give away five signed copies of retired referee Jonathan Kaplan's book.

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LIVE Match centre

The final full round of internationals takes place with a number of great matches!

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Book Review: Call it like it is

It takes a unique kind of person to become a top referee in SA, which is what Jonathan Kaplan's book 'Call it like it is' illustrates perfectly.

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LIVE: Crusaders v England

England's dirt-trackers will have their chance on tour when they face up to a strong Crusaders team in a midweek match.

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Team of the Week: Green dozen

It may provoke some debate, but South Africa headline rugby365's famous weekly selection, following their demolition of Wales.

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LIVE: Match centre

It's a bumper weekend of rugby. Catch all the Super Rugby, British and Irish Lions and Lions Challenge action LIVE right here.

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Steyn-gate: SARU closer to the truth

OPINION: Jan de Koning continues to delve into the sanctum sanctorum of South African rugby and the cause(s) of Steyn-gate.

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LIVE Match centre

The second round of the June internationals are here, you can follow four big games with us!

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Steyn walk-out: Financial stand-off?

OPINION: Jan de Koning looks into the underlying issues that caused World Cup winner Frans Steyn's gladiatorial walk-out on the Springbok team.

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LIVE: EP Kings v Wales

Wales start their tour of South Africa with a clash against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. Follow it LIVE here.

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Team of the Week: Wallaby whacked

The entertainment of the first weekend of June Tests was provided by the men from Down Under.

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Team of the Week: Tough choices

The Cheetahs may dominate our weekly selection, but that does not reflect the many tough choices we had to make this week.

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Stormers do coach, Cheetahs a favour

The Stormers’ win over the Reds at Newlands at the weekend came at a perfect time for under-fire coach Allister Coetzee and the Cheetahs.

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LIVE: Match centre

Super Rugby continues in full force this weekend with two games on Friday and five matches on Saturday. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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LIVE Match centre

This weekend sees the start of the June international window, you can follow four big games here!

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Team of the Week: Chasing Cheetahs

It may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing performance, but the Cheetahs' win over the Reds earned them top spot in our weekly selection.

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Team of the Week: Lonely Lions

There are just two South African players in the rugby365 Team of the Week, with both of them from the Lions side that downed the Bulls.

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LIVE Match centre

We are into Week 14 of the Super Rugby season and there are some interesting domestic derbies, along with decisive cross-continental fixtures.

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Best of what's left our shores

With the exodus of players from the South to the North is it possible to pick a South African team of substance solely on overseas-based players?

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LIVE Match centre

We are set for another big weekend as Super Rugby hits Round 16, catch it all LIVE right here in our match centre.

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Team of the Week: Fit for Kings

We have plenty of red and blue in the backline, with a number of Kings among the forwards of our famous weekly selection.

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Team of the Week: Hurricane warning

After a weekend of blow-outs rugby365's famous Team of the Week has a few interesting selections.

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Bok captain: Is it a given?

The injury-enforced withdrawal of Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has immediately shifted the spotlight onto who will skipper South Africa in June.

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LIVE: Match Centre

Round 13 of the Super Rugby season features six matches spread evenly over Friday and Saturday. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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LIVE Match centre

We are set for another big weekend as Super Rugby hits Round 15, catch it all LIVE right here in our match centre.

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Team of the Week: Feeling Bullish

It may not be by much, but the Bulls have managed to edge nine other teams to the top in our famous weekly selection.

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Final nail in Sharks’ coffin

The loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin at the weekend effectively put paid to the Sharks’ Super Rugby title hopes.

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Team of the Week: SA smorgasbord

The South Africans have made a big splash in this week's selection after a weekend of upsets

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LIVE: Match Centre

We have a full bill of Super Rugby action on Friday (two matches), Saturday (four games) and a Sunday game. Catch it all LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Tough calls

There is again an interesting spread in our famous weekly selection, with a few heated debates this week.

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LIVE Match Centre

We are set for another big weekend as Super Rugby hits Round 14, catch it all LIVE right here in our match centre.  

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Cheetahs claw closer to history

The Cheetahs cleared a tricky hurdle on their road to a historic Super Rugby play-off in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

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LIVE: Match Centre

This weekend has a full bill of seven Super Rugby matches from Friday to Sunday. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Bullish crusade

There are a few teams who are beginning to pick up some handy momentum as the Super Rugby season heads towards the June break.

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Team of the Week: Winners' circle

We again have a handy spread in our famous weekly selection, after an interesting weekend that produced a few surprises.

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LIVE Match centre

We are into Round 13 of the Super Rugby season and there is plenty to salivate over - including the cracker between the Chiefs and Blues.

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LIVE: Match Centre

The weekend is full of Super Rugby action with two matches on Friday and four derbies on Saturday. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Shades of blue

Teams playing predominantly in blue headlines rugby365's famous weekly Super Rugby selection.

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Team of the Week: Handy spread

There is a handy spread in our famous weekly selection, with no team dominating after a weekend of upsets.

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LIVE Match centre

It is Week Twelve of Super Rugby and we bring you every minute of the action LIVE - right here!

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LIVE: Match Centre

Catch all the weekend’s Super Rugby Round Nine action LIVE right here.

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Bulls have all the numbers

Darryn Pollock says a glance at Super Rugby's Round 11 stats would have you believe that the Bulls are doing everything right.

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Team of the week: Hurricane rages

The Hurricanes continued resurgence sees another large contingent of yellow jerseys in our famous weekly selection.

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Team of the Week: Cheetahs galore

They are on an unprecedented five-match winning streak and the Cheetahs have been duly rewarded for their good form in our famous weekly selection.

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SA Conference shake up

The Cheetahs’ sensational victory over the Stormers has thrown the South African Conference wide open.

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LIVE Match centre

It is Week Eleven of Super Rugby and we bring you every minute of the action LIVE - right here!

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Look back at Super Rugby's Round Eight drama!

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Where does Frans fit?

One of the toughest decisions facing Bok coach Heyneke Meyer this year is where to play the Swiss army knife of SA - Frans Steyn.

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Team of the Week: Hurricane season

The improved form of certain teams has been rewarded in rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Team of the Week: Marching on

The Cheetahs, on the back of their record-equalling fourth consecutive Super Rugby win, have been rewarded in our famous weekly selection.

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LIVE Match centre

It is Week Ten of Super Rugby and we bring you every minute of the action LIVE - right here!

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LIVE: Match Centre

It’s another jam-packed weekend of Super Rugby action. Catch all seven matches right here LIVE!

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Team of the Week: Force field

There is another good spread in our famous weekly Super Rugby selection, but it is the Western Force that steals the spotlight.

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Team of the Week: Three-peat

Three South African teams have three players each in our famous weekly selection, after an intriguing Round Six of Super Rugby.

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LIVE Match centre

It is Week Nine of Super Rugby and we bring you every minute of the action LIVE - right here!

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Team of the Week: Rich pickings

There was plenty of quality options for us to consider when we sat down to name our famous weekly Super Rugby selection.

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Team of the Week: Running wild

Animals are still running wild in our famous weekly selection, with pace and skill being rewarded yet again.

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LIVE Match centre

It is Week Eight of Super Rugby and we bring you every minute of the action LIVE - right here!

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Team of the Week: Sharks feasting

We have another good spread in our famous weekly Super Rugby selection, but a couple of teams do provide the bulk of the teams.

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Team of the Week: Sneaky Cheetahs

It is not surprising that South African teams dominate our famous weekly selection, given their impressive form at the weekend.

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First class travelling

The Cheetahs’ and Bulls’ heroics at the weekend could be a catalyst for a successful year for South African Super Rugby franchises abroad.

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Adongo a foreign 'freebie'

Jan de Koning looks at a widely-used custom and practice that allowed the Kings to field four 'foreigners' against the Sharks at the weekend.

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LIVE Match centre

It is Week Seven of Super Rugby and we bring you every minute of the action LIVE - right here!

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Team of the Week: Roaring success

We have the biggest spread yet in rugby365's famous weekly Super Rugby selection. Ten teams have made our starting XV.

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Team of the Week: All Black & Blue

Our famous weekly selection is literally black and blue - the colours of the Chiefs and Blues.

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Out of the blue

The Blues’ surprisingly dominant start to the season continues the recent rise of Super Rugby dark horses, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.

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LIVE Match centre

It is Week Six of Super Rugby and we bring you every minute of the action LIVE - right here!

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White blowing the winds of change?

Is Jake White's early success at the Sharks threatening the job security of some of his fellow South African Super Rugby coaches?

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Team of the Week: Seven share it

We again have a very interesting spread of teams in rugby365's famous weekly Super Rugby selection.

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Team of the tournament: Good craic

There is even more reason to celebrate on St. Patrick's Day as Six Nations champions Ireland dominate our team of the tournament.

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Team of the Week: Sharks & Kings

It was a weekend of intrigue and surprises. Our famous weekly selection reflects these results.

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Kings for a day

The Southern Kings can continue their Super Rugby stint with pride and confidence after their gutsy maiden victory at the weekend.

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LIVE Match centre

We bring you another big weekend of LIVE drama - the Six Nations' final round and Super Rugby's fifth week.

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Team of the Week: Sexy six

There is a nice spread of teams in our famous weekly selection - with the table-topping Sharks getting the edge in our starting XV.

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Team of the Week: Looking rosy

Although Ireland notched the biggest victory, our Six Nations team is dominated by the Red Rose of England after their victory over Wales at Twickenham.

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Team of the Week: Running wild

There may only have been two matches in Round One, but we are so excited about the new season that we named our 15 best players anyway.

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Are you a proud Kings supporter?

Do you want to be dressed like a King - the Southern Kings variety? Then enter our Kings jersey giveaway.

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Super Bok trials begin

South African players will want to put their best foot forward and impress Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer this weekend.

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'Keep a wary eye on the Bulls'

Serena Boyle is this week’s winner of our Maybru competition with this response to Quintin van Jaarsveld's column 'Time is right for SA Champs'.

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LIVE Match Centre

It is another big weekend with Super Rugby and Six Nations on the go. Catch it all LIVE right here.

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Murray back after wood-chopping gaffe

Euan Murray has joined up with the Scotland squad ahead of Saturday's match against France after missing the opening three Six Nations fixtures with a bizarre injury.  

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Team of the Week: Shades of blue

We have various shades of blue in our famous weekly selection - the Waratahs, Bulls, Blues and Rebels all well represented.

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Time is right for SA champs

With an ace up their sleeve, the Sharks and Stormers will have their greatest chance yet to end their Super Rugby trophy drought this year.

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King of Kings

Qondakele Sompondo has become the first reader to win our Maybru competition with this response to Quintin van Jaarsveld's column 'Kings of controversy'.

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LIVE match centre

Super Rugby takes centre stage this weekend as the Six Nations takes a one-week break. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Bulls in need of a left-field call

OPINION: Jan de Koning delves into the problems that have bedevilled the Bulls this season - resulting in back-to-back defeats.

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How to win a Bulls jersey

The three-time Super Rugby champion Bulls played in a special commemorative jersey at the weekend. You can now win one of those!

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Kings of controversy

When the Southern Kings make their long awaited Super Rugby debut they will do so as the most polarising franchise in the tournament’s history.

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Team of the Week: Beastly selection

There is an interesting collection of players in our famous weekly selection - spread across nine of the 14 teams that featured.

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Team of the Week: Dragons fire

Wales' impressive win against France on Friday saw them claim the most places in our Six Nations Team of the Week after Round Three.

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LIVE match centre

The Super Rugby season is in full swing and the Six Nations returns after a one-week break. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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Six Nations a two-horse race

France and England will battle for Six Nations supremacy when Europe’s finest kick-off the international season this weekend.

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Team of the Week: Shark infested

It was to be expected, given their impressive start to the season, but the Sharks dominate our famous weekly selection.

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Sharks v Bulls: Win with SuperGees

rugby365 and Vodacom SupeRugby combine to give our readers a chance to watch the Sharks versus Bulls in the opening round of the season for free!

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LIVE Match centre

The Super Rugby season kicks off with two South African derbies in Bloemfontein and Durban on Saturday. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Kearney double

The Kearney brothers, Rob and Dave, headline the Irish-dominated team when we sat down to name our famous weekly selection.

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Lions face Challenge head on

The Lions Challenge will be a breath of fresh air when the innovative series gets under way in earnest on Saturday.

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LIVE match centre

The Six Nations rolls on this weekend with Round Two clashes in Dublin and Edinburgh on Saturday and Paris on Sunday. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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Dusting off the crystal ball

The 2013 season promises to be bigger and better than that of 2012 with the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia set to take centre stage.

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Some Springbok mysteries

The history of Springbok players is a rich one and so worth preserving. Some if has been lost in time and so there are some mysteries.

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Team of the Week: Emerald shine

Ireland were the most impressive in the opening round of the Six Nations and they were duly rewarded in our famous weekly selection.

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The next Bok generation

With 2012 now firmly behind us, we take a look at some promising players who could make their Springbok debut in 2013.

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The year that was...

Sandwiched between a World Cup (2011) and the B&I Lions tour (2013) you would have expected 2012 to have been like a flat warm beer.

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Refereeing highs and lows

The season was filled with positives and negatives from a refereeing perspective. Paul Dobson gives his verdict on refereeing in 2012.

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LIVE match centre

The Six Nations season gets underway with two games on Saturday and a Sunday clash to conclude Round One. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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Mitchell: Martyr or misunderstood?

John Mitchell’s latest failed coaching stint at Sale begs the question; is the former All Black boss a martyr or simply misunderstood?

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2012 hints at bright SA future

The 2012 South African season provided a beacon of hope for the country's rugby future as a new wave of promising young stars burst onto the scene.

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When the All Whites beat the Boks

This week marked the centenary of Swansea RFC's famous win over the touring South Africans at St Helens.

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Year of the rookie

Michael de Vries takes a look at a host of talented young players who burst onto the scene.

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Super Rugby Christmas wish list

We take a look at what each of the Super Rugby franchises want most for Christmas ahead of the 2013 season. 

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The referee's Christmas tree

Lots of people celebrate Christmas, amongst them lots of referees, so we thought we should decorate a Christmas tree for referees.

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A game like you've never seen before

It is silly season and even though there is plenty of Northern Hemisphere action, we felt it's a good time to select an alternative XV.

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Coaches: Ranking the 'rookies'

The year 2012 saw five new coaches at international level, all with ambition and expectations of success. Jan de Koning rates the 'rookies'.

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Team of the Year: Leading men

After an action-packed year, we acknowledge the leading players of 2012 in our annual Team of the Year.

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When young and old is 'good enough'

In the wake of the Victor Matfield mania, rugby365 writer Paul Dobson suggests the only criterion should be: is he the best man for the job?

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Awards: Take a bow

The November internationals provided an intriguing conclusion to Test rugby in 2012; we look back at the action and hand out some awards.

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Team of the Month: Long Movember

November saw some interesting facial hair and plenty of quality international rugby; we salute the best of both in our Team of the Month.

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Team of the Week: Irish eyes

Ireland's convincing victory over Argentina caught the eye of our selectors and sees them lead the way in our Team of the Week.

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Back to the future: Home v away

Jan de Koning, following renewed debate over the vexed issue of using overseas-based players, selects home v away Bok XVs.

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The bad boys XV

As 2013 comes to an end, Jan de Koning reflects on some of the game's more ignoble characters.

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Young guns to watch in 2014

Michael de Vries takes a look at five promising young South African players who could set the Super Rugby stage alight in 2014.

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Rookies of the year

Michael de Vries takes a look at the five rookies he felt made the biggest impact in 2013.

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Is the scrum still a factor?

rugby365's esteemed writer and historian Paul Dobson takes a look at the evolution of the scrum down the years.

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The road to 2015

Canada became the first to emerge from the global qualification process to book their place at World Cup 2015.

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One All Black blot

rugby365 looks back at the Springboks' performances in 2013 to see if there has been any progress in year two under coach Heyneke Meyer.

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And the winner is …

The year was full of spectacular moments and performances. We name and shame the best and worst in rugby365's Awards.

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Team of the Week: Joie de vivre

France's convincing victory over Argentina sees them claim the most places in our Team of the Week after another big weekend of Test action in Europe.

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Banded Brothers XV

Rugby historian Paul Dobson looks at brothers who have played Test rugby over the years and picks a few teams.

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Picking the best at the back

Paul Dobson reflects on the tough task of picking the best fullback in the world this year, a position with much competition.

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Team of the Year: All stars

Following a memorable international season, we acknowledge the leading players of 2013 in our annual Team of the Year.

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Team of the Week: Battle stations

No quarter was given when the year-end Tests kicked off on Armistice weekend, which is reflected by the spread of countries in our selection.

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Team of November: Southern stamp

The southern hemisphere giants stamped their authority in Europe in November, and they duly dominate our team of the year-end Tests.  

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LIVE match centre

It is the final round of November Tests, with the traditional Barbarians game thrown in for good measure. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Victory in defeat

Ireland may be struggling to come to terms with their loss to New Zealand, but there is some consolation in our famous weekly selection.

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View from the Couch

View from the Couch continues with Part Three of the comparison between SA and NZ rugby.

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LIVE match centre

The November Tests roll on this weekend with the Springboks drawing the curtain on their season against France on Saturday. Catch the action LIVE.

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View from the couch

View from the Couch continues with Part Two of the comparison between SA and NZ rugby.

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Team of the Week: South's superior

The Southern Hemisphere's giants won three of their four encounters with their Northern Hemisphere rivals at the weekend.

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LIVE match centre

The November Tests are in full swing, with South Africa playing Scotland in a rare Sunday international. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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View from the Couch

View from the Couch this week begins the promised analysis how rugby is run in SA and NZ

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Team of the Week: Different shades

Selecting a team from 10 internationals, some games not so 'international', is always a tough task.

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Hougaard’s Bok future uncertain

Francois Hougaard has become the latest victim of the utility player tag, leaving his Springbok future in jeopardy.

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View from the Couch

View from the Couch this week reminisces on the All Black/Bok rivalry.

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Flouw: Meyer's masterstroke

Although much of the focus has been on the backline, the most important selection Heyneke Meyer has made has been to recall Francois Louw.

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Golden Goose galvanises Boks

An emotional Johan Goosen repaid the faith bestowed in him by Heyneke Meyer and proved that he is the real deal in his run-on debut at the weekend.

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View from the Couch

The View from the Couch this week taps into the sense of unease pervading Bok fans.

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The Loftus factor

The embattled Springboks could not have hoped for a more fitting homecoming venue for Saturday’s clash with the Wallabies than Loftus Versfeld.

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Tweaks that can make Boks winners

Don't expect wholesale changes, but a few 'tweaks' could help Heyneke Meyer turn the Springboks an 'almost' team into real winners.

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Making a big splash

There have been times when the weather has been too bad for rugby - even worse than it was in the Currie Cup match in Durban last Saturday.

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Province’s performance disgraceful

Western Province’s performance against the Sharks was one the most disgraceful displays in Currie Cup history, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.

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Referees to 16 September

The new Rugby Championship holds centre stage. In Sydney we have the finals of the club competition with Steve Walsh to referee the main Finall.. And in South Africa and New Zealand the domestic competitions get tough.

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No quick fix for Boks

The Springboks’ woes are set to continue for the remainder of the year due to the severity of their shortcomings, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.

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Does the Currie Cup still matter?

The Currie Cup is 120 years old this year, the oldest provincial competition in the world. Paul Dobson asks if interest in the Currie Cup is waning?

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Perth clash a matter of pride

Pride will supersede championship points when the Springboks and the Wallabies lock horns in Perth on Saturday, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.

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Meyer's Bok window dressing

The Springboks' flat performance in Mendoza demanded decisive action from Heyneke Meyer, but despite the new faces how much will actually change?

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Boks caught in downward spiral

Desperate times call for desperate measures and there is no denying the Springboks are in dire straits, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.

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Modernisation damning Boks

Quintin van Jaarsveld feels the bonus point system puts the Springboks at a distinct disadvantage in the Rugby Championship.

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Currie Cup kicks on

Quintin van Jaarsveld believes the strength-versus-strength format has breathed new life into the Currie Cup.

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A whole new ball game

The Rugby Championship that kicks off on Saturday signals a fresh start in more ways than one, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.

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FNB Top 20 - 7 August 2012

There is a changing of the guard at the top of the FNB Top 20 this week, following Gim's narrow victory in the Interschools.

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Is SARU an unwilling partner?

EXCLUSIVE: It is critical that the provincial unions and the SARU take responsibility for preparing players for life after rugby.

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Meyer playing it safe

The Springbok squad announced on Saturday shows that Heyneke Meyer is still very much in survival mode, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.

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The vehicle will run out of fuel

EXCLUSIVE: In Part Two of our interview with Ross van Reenen we reveal how few players earn a decent income from the game in South Africa.

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Reality bites for unskilled generation

EXCLUSIVE: Just 30 of SA's vast number of professional players will be able to sustain some sort of a living after they stop playing the game.

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Are Meyer's hands tied?

Although he would have learned a lot in recent weeks, how many changes can we expect to see in Heyneke Meyer's Rugby Championship squad?

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Flyhalf: Who is Mr Consistency?

It has become very clear that all of South Africa's flyhalves have their different strengths and weaknesses.

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Is it time to give Grant a Bash?

The ever reliable Peter Grant has been quietly brilliant for the Stormers this season and surely deserves a shot at the big time with the Boks.

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Stormers to suffer Brumbies' fate?

Everybody knows that defence wins World Cups, just ask Jake White or Allister Coetzee, but does it win Super Rugby titles?

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Flyhalf: Stats continue to tell a story

Some interesting trends have emerged as we continue our stats-based feature of the leading candidates for the Bok No.10 jersey.

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SA Foreign XV

South Africa seems to be losing a lot of players to the overseas rugby market. But just how many of its actual top players is the country losing?

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The Bok flyhalf numbers game

We take a look at how the Springbok flyhalf contenders measured up statistically in Super Rugby this past weekend.

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Banging the Brüssow drum

Timmy Hancox thinks Heinrich Brussow could be the missing link for the Springboks ahead of the upcoming Rugby Championship. What do you think?

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Super Bok trials coming up

The next six weeks of Super Rugby should be particularly intriguing after having had a look at Heyneke Meyer's opening hand against England.

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Team of the Week: It's All Black

The All Blacks are currently the best team in the world with the rest playing catch-up and that is apparent in our latest Team of the Week.

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Test caps or Euros?

The loss of young Bulls talent CJ Stander came as quite a shock to the South African rugby fraternity. But what is his actual motive?

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My big fat Bok wedding

In an unusual turn of events, Frans Steyn will be suiting up to get married instead of donning the No.12 jersey for the Boks on Saturday.

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Team of the Week: Big boys step up

Test rugby returns again for the second week of exciting action and our selectors had a tough job to pick the Team of the Week.

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Trashing the 'trailer'

The 'trailer', or queue, at the back of a ruck or maul has become a common sight in South African rugby, but what exactly is it for and how long will it last?

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Team of the Week: Almost All Black

The first week of test rugby was dominated by the southern hemisphere sides, which is reflected in our Team of the Week.

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Heyneke is his own man

No matter what you think of Heyneke Meyer's Springbok squad one thing is for certain - the coach is tuning up for a verse of Frank Sinatra's I did it my way...

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Introducing the new caps

We put the spotlight on Heyneke Meyer's nine new Springbok caps ahead of the June Test Series against England.

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Pragmatic Meyer plays it safe

Heyneke Meyer may have named nine uncapped players in his first Springbok squad, but closer inspection reveals that he is not interested in taking any risks against England.

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Who deserves to don Green and Gold?

Speculating on selection will never get boring and always sparks some heated debate, so with that in mind we present our top 22 for South Africa.

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The Men in All Black

The World Cup is a thing of the past and it's time to look to the future for the All Blacks now that the international rugby calendar is upon us once again.

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Wallaby depth tested to the full

There is no doubt that injuries have played havoc with Robbie Deans's selection options - even forcing him to name a new captain.

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Which Boks will fire out wide?

As the last line of defence and the men expected to run in the tries the back three play a vital role in any team, we take a look at the options for the Boks.

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The Dangerous All Black back three

The All Blacks are renowned for their exciting outside backs and in the back three their arsenal has some fierce weapons.

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Injuries forcing Wallabies' hand

There is no doubt that the season-ending shoulder injury suffered by Rebels utility back Kurtley Beale will force the Wallabes' hand.

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The Bok midfield conundrum

In the trench warfare of Test match rugby Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will need a creative midfield pairing that also has the physicality to dominate the gainline.

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Tried and trusted for All Black centres

All old cliche goes that "if it 'aint broke don't fix it" and that is the case when it comes to the centre pairing for the All Blacks.

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Midfield minefield Down Under

There is no shortage of talent, but finding the right combination may prove to be the biggest headache facing Wallaby coach Robbie Deans as we look at his midfield options.

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No half measures here

If there are two positions where there is no, or very little, debate about who should start for Australia in the June internationals it is at halfback.

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Who should steer the Bok ship?

If Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are to get the better of their northern rivals in June they will need a composed halfback combination in order to control matters on home soil.

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The All Black playmakers

A good halfback pairing is a crucial component of any side and without them there is little hope for the success of any side, as so much of the vital decision-making is on their shoulders.

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 13

Howie Kahn has gone bold in the Bet.co.za Super Rugby betting challenge this weekend as he tries to catch runaway leader, Schalk Jonker.

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Mad scramble Down Under

There is no doubt the Australian loose forward combination will have a very different look to it in 2012.

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Bok loosie cupboard looking bare

Selecting a potent loose trio can be a fine balancing act, which is why we had some big calls to make when we sifted through the candidates from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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All Black back row is rock solid

The All Blacks loose trio have been a major strength for the World Champions and this season should be no different for the big black machine.

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Who will fire up the Bok engine room?

Our quest to identify the best options available to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand next month continues as we take a look at the different locks in the running for a call-up.

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The Tall Black contenders

The second row is arguably the area that will cause the most concern for All Blacks selectors, with some of the tried and trusted stalwarts too long in the tooth to make an impact.

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Tall timber thin in Aussie jungle

It could be a blessing or a curse, but Australia's tight forward resources remain very limited. As is the case with the front row, the options for Wallaby coach Robbie Deans at are paper thin.

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 12

It's Round 12 in the 2012 Super Rugby competition... Follow rugby365s Howie Kahn's latest exploits in the Bet.co.za betting challenge.

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In the running: All Blacks front row

There is enough beef in All Blacks front row stocks to make them formidable up front again this year, starting with their June Test series against Ireland.

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Playing selector: Aus still thin up front

Australia's front row stock have been threadbare for many years now, with only the occasional world class performance.

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The contenders: Plenty of Bok beef

With the June Test matches rapidly approaching we have taken a closer look at the candidates for selection from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, starting with the big boys in the front row.

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 11

It's Round 11 in the 2012 Super Rugby competition... So where has Howie Kahn put his money in the Bet.co.za betting challenge?

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 10

It's the 10th round of the 2012 Super Rugby tournament and it's a very happy - and victorious - Howie Kahn reporting back from the Bet.co.za betting challenge!

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 9

Technical troubles cost Howie Kahn in last weekend's Bet.co.za betting challenge, but he has gone for some brave picks this week as he looks to finish the second four-week block on a high.

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 7

Where has Howie Kahn put his money this weekend in the Bet.co.za Super Rugby betting challenge?

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Readers' form forum

We are calling on you, the readers, to give us your selections for the form players in each position in each of the conferences, and this week we want to know who the best coach was as well.

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Readers: Your selections

The rugby365.com readers have spoken and we have collated the form players in each position in the different conferences, with a few surprise packages thrown up in each of the teams.

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Five Friday Funnies

The rugby365.com team love to have a laugh or two and we will continue to call on our readers to help us out with captions for five of our favourite pictures from the week.

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 6

Follow rugby365s Howie Kahn in the latest Bet.co.za Super Rugby betting update!

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The top ten rookies

In every Super Rugby season there is a host of new talent on show as the next generation of starlets either sink or swim in the southern hemisphere's brutal competition.

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Readers' form forum

In a bid to identify the form players in their position within each conference, we are asking you, the readers, to have your say by voting for your favourites.

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 5

After skipping last week's Bet.co.za Super Rugby betting update, rugby365s Howie Kahn is back with a fresh amount in his betting balance.

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A coach who can write

rugby365.com founder-turned-rugby-coach John Dobson has turned his hand to writing and we have two copies of his hilarious book, The Year of the Gherkin, to give away.

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 3

Find out from rugby365.com's Howie Kahn as the Bet.co.za 2012 Super Rugby challenge heads into Round Three.

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Bet.co.za betting challenge - Round 2

Howie Kahn has been asked to take part in a Super Rugby betting challenge, in conjunction with Bet.co.za and he made a pretty good start after Week One. He reports back - ahead of Week Two - for rugby365...

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Super refs: Just a thought or two

Paul Dobson takes a look at what can be expected from referees when the Super Rugby season gets underway on Friday.

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Liven up your betting experience

Imagine this: your favourite sports team is losing a match... and, as a result, your pre-match bet is not looking too flash either. Well, leading South African sports betting website, Bet.co.za, could have a solution for you.

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Preview: Australian conference

The Australian Super Rugby conference is, by a long stretch, the easiest of the three. No matter how you spin it, the Rebels and Western Force are soft touches and almost certainly walking bonus points.

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Preview: South African conference

It is Super Rugby time once more and with the South African squads fairly evenly balanced each team will be keen to improve on last season, we take a look at their prospects in the conference.

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Preview: New Zealand conference

There has been plenty of player movement amongst the New Zealand franchises, which should make the conference particularly intriguing this season.

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Saluting the 'Pretty in Purple' winners

We salute the 'Pretty in Purple: Valentine's Day special' winners - who will now each be receiving a new Bulls 'away' jersey.

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SARU painted into a tight corner

South African Rugby and politics have been synonymous in perpetuity - not just through the interference of government, but also the many unhealthy internal boardroom squabbles.

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Pretty in Purple: Valentine's Day special

Puma is offering our readers a unique Valentine's Day special... And two lucky readers could win a new Bulls 'away' jersey.

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Bok captain: All the candidates

One of the biggest decisions that Heyneke Meyer will have to make is who to appoint as Springbok captain. We take a look at the candidates.

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Talking Heyneke on The Bench

Respected rugby writer Craig Ray - the author of Jake's White best-selling book, In Black & White - sat on The Bench, the popular weekly online-based sports and lifestyle show on 2Oceansviberadio, to talk all things Heyneke Meyer.

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Meyer to 'transform' the Boks?

In terms of 'rugby reasons', Heyneke Meyer was the best choice as new Bok coach, but we all know there is more to the job in a unique country like South Africa. So, with that in mind, what are Meyer's 'transformation' credentials?

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The many faces of Meyer

Heyneke Meyer will be the new Springbok coach, after a special general meeting of the South African Rugby Union ratified his proposed appointment in Cape Town on Friday.

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Why Meyer is the right choice...

It has finally happened. The most decorated coach in the country, Bulls supremo Heyneke Meyer, has been unveiled as the latest Springbok coach.

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Meyer's BLUEprint for success

Heyneke Meyer is being heralded as the saviour of Springbok rugby before even being officially announced as coach. But perhaps we should postpone the parade until he has made a few key decisions that could just define his tenure.

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Are we jumping the gun again?

It seems to be the worst-kept secret in South Africa - the fact that Heyneke Meyer is set to be named the new Springbok coach on Friday. But, the big question is: Are we jumping the gun... again?

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Bok coach: Meyer's Dream Team

It is no longer much of a secret. Heyneke Meyer is set to be unveiled as the next Springbok coach on Friday.

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What did Coetzee do wrong?

With exactly one week to go before the announcement of the new Springbok coach, the lunacy seems to be continuing at SARU as the quest for this appointment approaches farcical proportions.

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Five Friday Funnies

The rugby365.com team love to have a laugh or two and we will continue to call on our readers to help us out with captions for five of our favourite pictures from the week.

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Get ready to run the 2012 gauntlet

The overloaded 2012 rugby season is set to put considerable strain on the top players, which means that the management of their physical condition will be vital to surviving the gruelling workload.

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The Boks who went to Wigan

Springboks Ray Mordt and Rob Louw made the tough decision to switch to rugby league in the late 1980s and joined English powerhouse Wigan. Were they simply ahead of their time, or are any 'code-switchers' simply on a hiding to nothing? Timmy Hancox found out more.

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Head versus heart...

Which Super Rugby team do you support? And do you choose with your head... or your heart?

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England need Sarries 'gees'

England's woes in 2011 were more due to a dysfunctional team environment than a lack of talent and if the new coaching team are to turn things around they would do well to try and imitate the spirit - or 'gees' as it is known in South Africa - at Saracens.

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What can we learn from league?

Rugby union has made no secret of poaching some ideas from their rugby league cousins over the past few years, but how much have we really learnt from the 13-man code?

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In a league of their own?

The name Sonny Bill Williams elicits different responses. Some love him... some do not. Some rate him... again, others do not. Many rugby league superstars have made the switch to the 15-man code - but how many have done so successfully? Timmy Hancox delves a bit deeper.

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A rugby team with a difference

Rugby union is quite a unique sport... Different to the well-known American sports - like baseball, basketball and American football - and very different to other ball sports like cricket, tennis or golf. With that in mind, we have done some code-swapping... with a difference.

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Looking into our crystal ball

While 2011 produced drama, controversy and excitement in huge lumps, 2012 will bring a new wave of joy, thrills and its own brand of unpredictability, suspense, fickleness and recreation.

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Shaping up for 2012

It is 2012, which means the southern hemisphere will soon start to emerge from a summer slumber and start preparing for a new rugby year. But how do the players go about preparing for yet another blockbusting season?

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Five Friday Funnies

The rugby365.com team love a laugh or two and want to end off 2011 with a bit of a giggle. So here is your chance to help us out with captions for five of our favourite pictures from the year.

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2011: A year in pictures - Part Two

Another year has passed us by and just before we call in the New Year, the rugby365.com team has compiled a collection of the images that defined the year. Today, we bring you Part Two in this series, as we look at the second half of 2011.

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Bok Father's Day

In celebrating Father’s Day, rugby365 look at fathers and sons who have represented the Springboks.

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LIVE: Match centre

We have another week full of tour and Test matches with the action kicking off on Tuesday. Catch it LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Green tinge

It may not be a totally dominant colour, but there is a bigger tinge of South Africa's Green and Gold in our Team of the Week.

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LIVE: Match centre

We have a bumper week of international, Super Rugby and tour matches with the action kicking off on Wednesday. Catch it LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Three X three

It was an important weekend, with teams making their moves before the break and numerous national teams being named for the June Tests.

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Who will be the Bok bolter?

With the selection of the Springbok side on Saturday, where are the surprises going to come from? Nick Tatham reports.

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LIVE: Match centre

We have another exciting week of tour, friendly and Test matches lined up with the action kicking off on Tuesday. Catch it LIVE right here.

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Team of the week: Pacific power

Two teams from the Pacific region dominate out famous weekly selection, but there are a few interesting calls.

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LIVE: Match Centre

There is plenty of live action this week with the British and Irish Lions tour continuing and Super Rugby back in full swing. Catch it all right here.

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Team of the Week: In the jungle...

The animals, Springboks and Lions, dominate our famous weekly selection after the final weekend of June internationals.

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Team of the Week: On a Crusade

The seven-time champion Crusaders sounded an ominous warning to the other Super Rugby teams at the weekend.

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LIVE: Match centre

It’s the penultimate round of Super Rugby and the British and Irish Lions series decider. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Road to the play-offs: Mad dash

With two rounds of league action remaining, three teams have already booked their places in the Super Rugby play-offs.

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Why IRB interfvention?

James Horwill, captain of Australia, was cited by Freek Burger, the citing commissioner appointed by the IRB, the charge putting a boot to the face of Alun Wyn Jones the B&I lock.

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Team of the Week: Lively debate

It required some lively debate, but we eventually produced our famous weekly selection - an interesting combination.

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Sharks: The Ostrich Animus

The big question is: How and why did the Sharks implode so spectacularly this year? Jan de Koning looks into what caused the big Durban melt down.

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LIVE match centre

With the November Tests in full swing, we are in for a blockbuster Saturday of international rugby. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Easy pickings

We only had two big games to select from, but we still produced an impressive array of talent in our famous weekly selection.

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Book Review: Springbok Glory

The best memories are the good ones, the ones that stay with us even if the edge of their details becomes blurred.

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LIVE match centre

The November internationals commence this weekend with matches in Tokyo and London. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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The underdog fight

It is interesting to see coaches squabbling about who is the underdog, although it is by no means a new phenomenon.

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Bok squad: The King's verdict

Heyneke Meyer named his 32-man squad for South Africa's year-end tour and as always there is plenty to debate.

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Team of the Tournament: Final fling

It required some considerable debate, but our esteemed panel of 'selectors' came up with what we believe to be the best team.

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Two sides of the same coin

On Saturday at Newlands, referee Jonathan Kaplan will take a coin from his pocket in the presence of Deon Fourie and Keegan Daniel.

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LIVE match centre

It is the Currie Cup Final between WP and the Sharks at Newlands, as well as the second leg promotion-relegation game between the Pumas and Griquas.

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Team of the Week: Two-horse race

The selection pool was a bit more shallow than usual, but two teams deservedly dominate our famous weekly selection.

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Win a signed Bok jersey

rugby365 and DHL Express Africa are giving our loyal readers a chance to win a signed Springbok jersey.

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LIVE Match centre

It is Currie Cup semifinal time and we have the third and final Bledisloe Cup Test this weekend. It is all LIVE right here!

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Team of the Week: Who missed out?

Only one team missed out as we sat down to name our famous Weekly selection and it is not surprising it is the side who's season is over.

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LIVE match centre

Play-off places are at stake in the final round of the Currie Cup regular season this weekend. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: On cloud nine

Western Province powered to their first bonus-point win of the season and are duly rewarded in our famous weekly Currie Cup selection.

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Team of the RC: Call it a draw

Although the All Blacks were unbeaten in the Rugby Championship, they are matched by the Springboks in our team of the tournament.  

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LIVE match centre

It’s the final round of the Rugby Championship while the Currie Cup enters Round Nine. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Mix 'n match

Only one team did not make it in our famous weekly Currie Cup selection and nobody is dominating.

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Team of the Week: No wobblies

New Zealand continue to set the pace - on the world rankings, in the Rugby Championships and in our famous weekly selection.

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Be a BokTown VIP at Montecasino

rugby365 and Absa are again combining to give one lucky reader (and nine of his/her friends) the chance to be a VIP for the day.

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LIVE match centre

The Currie Cup enters Round Eight while the Rugby Championship rolls into Round Five this weekend. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Jo'burg and Kimberley ticket giveaway

Do you want to watch this weekend's Absa Currie Cup drama unfold, for free? Here is your chance!

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Team of the week: Five times five

It was a try feast this past weekend, despite the monsoon-like conditions at Newlkands. Those tries are reflected in our famous weekly selection.

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Free Test tickets for the ultimate fan

Are you the ultimate Springbok fan? rugby365 and Castle Lager are giving away two ultimate superfan experiences.

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LIVE match centre

With no Rugby Championship action, the Currie Cup takes centre stage this weekend. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Picture perfect: Win at Ellis Park

rugby365 and Absa again combine to give our loyal readers a chance to win free tickets - to watch the Golden Lions take on the Blue Bulls.

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Braai the beloved country

rugby365 and Castle Lager are giving away 120 tickets to their Braai Nation events that will take place around the country on Tuesday, September 24.  

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Team of the Week: Red mist lifts

Not surprising it took some doing for us to calmly sit down and objectively decide on our famous weekly selection.

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Team of the Week: Even spread

The Currie Cup has been incredibly competitive this year, which is reflected in the even spread of teams represented in our Team of the Week.

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LIVE match centre

The Rugby Championship is into Week Four, while the Currie Cup competition is into Round Six. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Book Review: The Bennie Osler Tour

Hans Saestad is prolific - and thank heavens for it.  He is a boon for South African rugby.

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Team of the Week: WP jou lekka ding

Table-topping Western Province earned themselves some rich reward with their unbeaten run through the first half of the Currie Cup season.

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Team of the Week: A tinge of green

It is all set for the big showdown between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland on Saturday, but the Springboks claimed an early advantage.

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LIVE match centre

The Rugby Championship is into Round Three, while the Currie Cup competition enters Round Five on Saturday. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Shark infested

It was a weekend that produced plenty for the post-match debates, but also saw the Sharks rise to the top of the Currie Cup standings.

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LIVE match centre

The Currie Cup claims the spotlight this weekend with Round Four fixtures in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Lions in the den

It is not often the a Blue Bulls team gets man-handled in such a manner on their home turf, Loftus Versfeld.

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Team of the Week: It is All Black

They may not sit at the top of the standings, but New Zealand completely - and deservedly - dominate our famous weekly selection.

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LIVE match centre

The Rugby Championship is into Week Two, while the Currie Cup competition enters Round Three. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Muir suffer at home

A traditional schoolboy fixture dating back many years took place this weekend between Muir and Graeme. Unfortunately, hosting Muir went down 29-10.

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Team of the week: Stirring the pot

After a weekend in which our focus shifted constantly between Test matches and the Currie Cup, it was to be expected there could be a few strange calls.

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Team of the Week: Dominance

It probably wasn't the most difficult selection we have ever made, given the dominance of two of the teams in the opening round of the Rugby Championship.

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Springbok Factory: Win a free copy

Springbok Factory: What it takes to be a Bok has been described as a 'must-read for any true rugby supporter'. Now you stand a chance to win a free copy.

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LIVE match centre

The Rugby Championship gets underway while the Currie Cup hits Round Two this weekend. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Coed Clash in East London

On Saturday, 17 August, there is an FNB Classic Clash in East London between two coed schools who love rugby and do it well - Cambridge High and Hudson Park High, which takes its name from a city councilor.

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Team of the week: All in

Given the closeness of the opening round of the Currie Cup competition, it was a tough task to select the best 15.

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LIVE Match centre

It is the start of the Currie Cup, South Africa's premier domestic competition and we have all the drama LIVE right here!

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Team of the Tournament: It's here

It required much debate and digging back into the archives, but we finally managed to produce our famous Team of the Tournament.

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Get ready for the Euro-Boks

While the number of top players leaving South Africa for Europe may be alarming, it is not likely to have an impact on the Springboks.

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LIVE: Match centre

It is super Saturday with the Super Rugby Final in Hamilton and decisive promotion-relegation match in Johannesburg. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Final flurry

It is no surprise the two teams in the Super Rugby Final on Saturday, the Chiefs and Brumbies, dominate our famous weekly selection.

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LIVE: Match centre

It is Super Rugby promotion-relegation and semifinal time in Port Elizabeth, Hamilton and Pretoria. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Easy Crusade

We may have had only two games from which to name our famous weekly selection, but that does not mean there are no surprises.

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LIVE: Match centre

It’s the start off the Super Rugby play-offs with crunch clashes in Christchurch and Canberra this weekend. Catch the action LIVE right here.

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Team of the Week: Late rally

The Stormers produced their most emphatic performance of the season in their last league match - a classic tale of too little too late.

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ON THE EDGE

Open letter to SARU

rugby365 reader Thys Kotzé gives us his views on how to cure the ills in South African rugby.

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LIVE: Match centre

It’s the final round of the Super Rugby regular season with plenty to play for. Catch all the action LIVE right here.

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Final dash: All the permutations

The top six in the Super Rugby competition has already been determined. However, the order in which they finish has not.

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