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Italy

Player Ratings: The Italian job

OPINION: The Italy fixture is fast becoming each weekend’s foregone conclusion, but Wayne Pivac named a strong side as they pursue a Six Nations Grand Slam.

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England

The two crucial calls that benefitted England

REFEREE WATCH: Rugbypass contributor Paul Smith takes a closer look at the officiating during the Six Nations Round four clashes. 

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Ireland

VIDEO: Dancing rhino's outrageous two-step move

WATCH as Ireland's giant prop forward Tadhg Furlong steps two opponents like a fleet-footed back!

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Ireland

Player ratings: Pace and brutality

OPINION: The pace and brutality of the game were right up there in what was a bitterly close contest between two desperate sides. Ian Cameron rates the Irish players.

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Ireland

Player ratings: Fine margins

OPINION: Scotland’s winless run against Ireland extended to six matches as the visitors recorded a 27 – 24 win Gavin Harper rates the Scottish players.

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'Attack gets you noticed, defence gets you picked!'

ANALYSES: Each week of the Six Nations, former England Sevens international and broadcaster Rob Vickerman will shed light on a pivotal aspect of the weekend’s matches.

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Aotearoa Team of the Week: Is this the new All Black midfielder?

OPINION: In the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa for 2021, last year’s two most impressive teams flexed their muscles.

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Ireland

Player ratings: At long last

OPINION: The inevitable came to pass in Rome, Ireland getting their expected Six Nations win over Italy.

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England

Player ratings: Petulant performance

OPINION: In what was a game that will be remembered as much for the refereeing decisions as it will for the rugby that was played.

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England

Player ratings: Pivac's power play

OPINION: Few would have called this setup going into Round Three of the Six Nations.

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WHISTLE WATCH: Nigel Owens' biggest mistake

WATCH as retired referee Nigel Owens goes through viewers' questions once again.

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Super Rugby

Best of the best: The Top 10 flanks

OPINION: As the Super Rugby Aotearoa, Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competitions inch closer to kick-off, a panel of RugbyPass writers have taken it upon themselves to rank the best players across New Zealand and Australia in each position.

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Super Rugby AU Round One highlights

WATCH as we bring you the highlights of the opening round of Super Rugby AU 2021.

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VIDEO: What is the Bulls' biggest weakness?

WATCH as the double-champion Bulls' technical analyst John-William Meyer answers fans' questions.

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France

Player Ratings: Ireland paid the price

OPINION: They say forwards win rugby matches but this was maybe a case of Ireland’s backs being unable to capitalise on their pack’s dominance.

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Wales

Player Ratings: Back down to earth

OPINION: Scotland were unable to back up their Calcutta Cup win last weekend as they fell to Wales at Murrayfield.

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Scotland

Player Ratings: Rees lightning

OPINION: You sensed Wales came to Scotland with their tails up but little did they know they would they once again benefit from another red card dismissal.

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England

Player Ratings: Sigh of relief for Eddie

OPINION: After the horrors of the Calcutta Cup a week previous, England and Eddie Jones righted the ship with a solid 41-18 win over Italy at Twickenham.

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When the biggest and quickest are not the best

SPOTLIGHT: World Cup-winning former Springbok coach and Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White gives us an insight into what it takes to make it at the top.

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Newlands: How the fans really feel

OPINION: The facts of the Newlands saga are well documented. However, what do the fans, the broader public, think about it all?

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VIDEO: Bok caught in the ultimate prank

WATCH as the Bulls set up their amiable Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane with the ultimate prank.

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Player Ratings: Moment of madness

OPINION: Ireland opened their Six Nations campaign with a 16-21 defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Liam Heagney rates the Ireland players.

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Ireland

Player ratings: Making a meal of it

OPINION: Wales ended a poor run for coach Wayne Pivac, with a 21-16 win in Cardiff. Ian Cameron rates the Wales players!

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England

Player ratings: Group failure

OPINION: Ian Cameron rates the England players after they lost 6-11 to a motivated Scotland!

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England

Player ratings: The wait was worth it

OPINION: Scotland has waited 38 years to win at Twickenham. Gavin Harper rates the Scotland players!

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Newlands: The post-season posers

OPINION: As the dust settles on a disjointed, yet satisfying, Currie Cup season, Jan de Koning looks at some of the posers facing one of the franchises.

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VIDEO: Try of the round

WATCH as we bring you the nominations for try of the round in Week One of the Six Nations.

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Team of the tournament: Season's supernovas revealed

OPINION: The @rugby365com selectors sat down and debated, long into the night, before we finally named our stars of the season.

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Would Kolisi make a SANZAAR XV?

SPOTLIGHT: Wales midfielder Jamie Roberts and Scotland flank Ryan Wilson have outlined which Springboks could make a potential SANZAAR XV to take on the British and Lions.

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VIDEO: Bulls' Rocket man goes full BEAST mode

WATCH as we bring you a reminder of the strike power the Bulls had in their backline in the Currie Cup season.

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Player Ratings: Bulls show true grit

OPINION: The Player Ratings are in for the Bulls after their dramatic win over the Sharks in the Currie Cup Final.

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Player ratings: Too much talk; too little action

OPINION: The Sharks let a 10-point lead slip to suffer a heart-breaking 19-26 loss to the Bulls in the Currie Cup Final. Jan de Koning rates the Sharks players.

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Are these the GREATEST players of the last decade?

WATCH as we count down 10 of the best players from the last decade.

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VIDEO: Faf the Green Mamba

WATCH as World Cup-winning Springbok scrumhalf Francois de Klerk is compared to the strike power of the venomous green mamba.

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OPINION

Six Nations: Greedy or just short-sighted?

Are the Six Nations greedy or just short-sighted when it comes to the plight of the Pacific Nations?

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News

Team of the Week: Blue and white hoops

READERS' VIEW: The votes have been counted and the readers' Currie Cup Team of the Week for Round Six has been revealed.

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VIDEO: Ulster squad's reaction to Coetzee's Bulls move

REACTION: Flyhalf Ian Madigan revealed the Ulster squad's response when Marcell Coetzee announced that he was heading back to South Africa to play for the Bulls.

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Team of the Week: Get those votes in!

READERS' VIEW: Round Six of the Currie Cup is done and dusted and now it's time for the readers to vote for their team of the week.

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News

Team of the Week: Cheetahs dominate the votes

READERS' VIEW: With all the votes in, players from the Cheetahs dominate the rugby365 readers' Team of the Week for Round Five.

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Team of the Week: It's time to vote!

READERS' VIEW: It is that time of the week again. You get to vote for your team of the week.

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The raw beauty of scrum power

WATCH as we bring you some of the game's biggest and fiercest scrums.

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Team of the Week: Votes are in

READERS' VIEW: The Lions, the form team of the Currie Cup, got an overwhelming vote of confidence from the @rugby365com readers.

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The Alternative Team of the Decade

OPINION: Josh Raisey takes a stab at naming his alternative team of the decade!

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Genius passes and offloads

WATCH as we bring you some of the best genius passes and offloads in the game.

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Team of the Week: Vote Now!

READERS' VIEW: It is that time of the week again. You get to vote for your team of the week.

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Team of the Week: Readers' votes are in

OPINION: The votes are in. You, the readers, have spoken and here is your Team of the Week - after the third week of Currie Cup action.

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CONCUSSION: What happens inside the head

WATCH as a group of doctors explain what happens inside the brain of a player when he/she gets concussed.

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VIDEOS: Weekend highlights

WATCH as we bring you the highlights from the main matches at the weekend-Currie Cup Round Four and European Cup Round Two.

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You have to give him the two points ... just for that

WATCH as New Zealander utility back Baden Kerr from Counties Manukau makes the most incredible kick ever.

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Readers' choice: Team of the Week

VOTE NOW: Round Three of the Currie Cup produced some interesting results, which will make for some interesting selections in the Team of the Week.

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Team of the Week: Readers are rather Bullish

OPINION: The @rugby365com readers wanted to have a vote and got their wish. They were rather Bullish when selecting their Currie Cup Round Two Team of the Week.

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Controversial Tries that will frustrate you

WATCH: There have been some highly controversial tries scored over the years and we thought we'd relive some of them.

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England

B&I Lions XV based on Nations Cup form

OPINION: Josh Raisey names his British and Irish Lions form XV, based on the year-end Nations Cup performances.

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THAT head butt...

WATCH as we relive the head butt from Bakkies Botha on Jimmy Cowan that ended in a 9 week ban for Botha

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Etzebeth throws opponent like a ragdoll

WATCH: World Cup-winner Eben Etzebeth made a 100kg opponent look like a ragdoll while turning out for his French-based club Toulon.

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Ireland

Player Ratings: Savings Farrell's year

OPINION: It was by no means perfect.

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England

Player ratings: In the winners' circle

OPINION: Eddie Jones and his England team wrapped up their Nations Cup campaign with a fortuitous win against France.

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VIDEO: World Rugby awards!

WATCH as we bring you the World Rugby 2020 awards - including the Team of the Decade!

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Readers' team: Vote now!

CURRIE CUP TEAM OF THE WEEK: Following an intriguing Round Two of the Currie Cup, we give you a chance to vote for your favourite player.

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All the weekend highlights

WATCH as we bring you all the drama from the weekend's main international and domestic matches!

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Riotous rugby ... the weirdest events ever seen

WATCH as we bring some of the most amazing, uproarious and skilful scenes ever seen on the field.

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Currie Cup's Week One headliners

READER'S VIEW: The opening round of South Africa's premier domestic competition had it all - intrigue, controversy and most of all an upset.

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England

Player Ratings: Still unbeaten

OPINION: After recording victories over Georgia and Ireland, England wrapped up their pool stage journey at the Nations Cup with a laboured 24-13 win over Wales at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli.

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England

Player Ratings: Good, just not good enough

OPINION: Never had Wales been such heavy underdogs going into a home game against bitter rivals England, and the questions how would they react to the scale of the defensive edifice facing them at the Parc Y Scarlets.

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This week's Form XV

OPINION: The RugbyPass Form XV has plenty of new faces this week - consisting of five French players, four English, and two players each from Argentina, Australia and Wales. 

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Newlands: The crown jewel of SA rugby

WATCH as the late Paul Dobson takes us back to the days of Newlands as a venue of glory and grandeur.

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Argentina

Player ratings: Vamos Los Pumas

OPINION: Alex Shaw has compiled his player ratings for Argentina after their 15-all draw with Australia.

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Argentina

Player ratings: The one that got away

OPINION: Finn Morton  rates the Australian players after their 15-all Tri-Nations Round Four draw with Argentina.

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England

Player Ratings: The solid white wall

OPINION: After comfortably dispatching Georgia in their Nations Cup opener, England recorded their second victory over Ireland in the calendar year with an 18-7 win at Twickenham on Saturday.

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England

Player Ratings: Battered and Bruised

OPINION: This was another sobering fixture for Ireland against England, the fourth in a row – and the second under Andy Farrell – where they just repeatedly ran into a white wall and suffered the frustratingly bruising consequences.

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Wales

PLAYER RATINGS: WALES PREVAIL IN AWFUL CONDITIONS

Wales beat Georgia 18-0 in dour conditions scoring two tries in the process. Here's how RugbyPass rated the indivivual players

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All the weekend highlights

WATCH as we bring you highlights for all the weekend's major matches!

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All Blacks' dramatic slide shows in rankings

SPOTLIGHT: New Zealand's dramatic slide in standard is reflected in their drop on the World Rugby rankings.

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Team of the Week: Two-horse race

SUPER RUGBY UNLOCKED SPOTLIGHT: Reader Sean Bagley entertains us with his weekly view of who the best performing players were.

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Why Boks will remain No.1

SPOTLIGHT: Ian Cameron looks into how South Africa's inactivity will affect the Springboks'No.1 world ranking.

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Players Ratings: Job done for Scots

OPINION: One can only presume that the Italians watched the Pumas upset win over New Zealand earlier in the day, such was the ferocity of their performance in Florance.

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England

Player Ratings: Failed to impress

OPINION: England got their Nations Cup up and running on Saturday afternoon with a comprehensive 40-0 win over Georgia, putting themselves in a strong position to make a run at the title over the coming weeks.

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Reader's choice: Team of the Week

SUPER RUGBY UNLOCKED WEEK FIVE: @rugby365com reader Sean Bagley is back with his weekly contribution to your entertainment.

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Boks 'increase' their gap on All Blacks

WORLD RANKINGS UPDATE: There is some benefit for South Africa sitting on the sidelines.

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England

Nations Cup: Rising stars to watch

OPINION: Nations Cup is finally here and with it, the beginning of the new international season and a fresh crop of youngsters to watch as they forge careers for themselves in the Test arena.

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Australia

Player Ratings: The Bounce back

OPINION: One week is a long time in test rugby.

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New Zealand

Player Ratings: Hoodoo continues

OPINION: After a draw and two solid wins, everyone expected the All Blacks to record another crushing victory over the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.

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Jake White's winning combination

OPINION: Finding the right captain for your team is a unique challenge that faces every coach. Jake White gives us an insight into his thoughts.

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The big movers

WORLD RANKINGS NEWS: There were some significant changes to the world rankings, following the weekend's internationals.

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Australia

Player ratings: Worlds apart

OPINION: Mike Rehu rates the New Zealand players after their record 43-5 win over Australia in Bledisloe Cup Three this weekend.

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England

Player ratings: Champions ... again

OPINION: Liam Heagney rates the England players after their successfull trip to Rome!

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Ireland

Player ratings: A bridge too far

OPINION: Liam Heagney rates the Ireland players after they failed miserably in Paris against a classy French team.

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Australia

Player ratings: What to make of these losers

OPINION: Finn Morton rates the Australian players after their record 5-43 loss to New Zealand in the third Bledisloe Cup Test at the weekend.

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Videos: All the weekend highlights

WATCH as we bring you highlights from the array of international and domestic action at the weekend.

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The sad decline of SA's referees

OPINION: @rugby365 columnist and two-time World Rugby Junior Championship winner Eugene Eloff takes a look at the dramatic decline in refereeing standards in South Africa.

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Handre Pollard on the couch

WATCH as World Cup-winning Springbok Handre Pollard opens up about his life, injury and reports of his 'big' income.

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Super Rugby

Super Rugby Unlocked: Reader's Team of the week

OPINION: It has been three weeks since the Super Rugby Unlocked kicked off and there is some amazing talent on show.

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If you tackle the All Blacks, you will beat them

OPINION: RugbyPass scribe Hamish Bidwell takes a look at how easy - or difficult - it is to beat the All Blacks.

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The statement Cheetahs are making

STAT ATTACK: We are only two games into Super Rugby Unlocked, but the Cheetahs and their players are already making some big statements with their performances on the field.

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South Africa

The record Habana doesn't want

WATCH: In the latest episode of Couch Commentary, Springbok legend Bryan Habana makes a remarkable admission of a record he holds that he doesn't really like.

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Australia

Player Ratings: Wallaby star was 'dreadful'

OPINION: Dave Rennie’s Wallabies were handsomely defeated 7-27 at Eden Park, Auckland by a disciplined All Black outfit who revelled in the mistake-riddled Wallaby performance.

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Australia

Player Ratings: 'This young fella is like a keg of dynamite'

OPINION: The All Blacks were looking for a better performance against the Wallabies after the 16-all draw last weekend in Wellington.

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Krappie stealing the show at Lions

SPOTLIGHT: Yet another South African scrumhalf is making waves with his performances on the field.

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Australia

Dropgoal: Still an unused weapon by the All Blacks

OPINION: Rugbypass columnist Campbell Burnes looks at why All Blacks refused to utilise the drop gaol during the draw against the Wallabies.

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Jake White reveals what he learnt from Doc's wisdom

JAKE'S JUDGMENT: In his first column for TheXV World Cup-winning coach Jake White believes a broken game can be fixed with a return to old-school values.

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The big Damian Willemse debate: Is he, or isn't he good enough?

OPINION: It is not new to South African rugby, but some players just seem to polarise opinion. Damian Willemse is certainly a polarising figure.

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You'll feel these perfectly timed hits

WATCH: There's nothing quite like a perfectly timed tackle to get pumped up for the weekend's plethora of matches.

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Australia

Player ratings: Wallabies are back

OPINION: The Wallabies have announced themselves as a side of the future after working themselves to exhaustion in their 16-all draw with the All Blacks in Wellington. Nick Turnbull rates the Australian players.

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Player ratings: Frustrating day for All Blacks

OPINION: International rugby made a welcome return as the All Blacks took on Australia in Wellington. Mike Rehu rates the New Zealand players!

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This minor's got a strong left hook

WATCH: This video showing a player being sent off in an Under-8 rugby league match is going viral.

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MIRACLE MEN: Win a free copy

COMPETITION TIME: Win one of two copies of Lloyd Burnard's latest book, Miracle Men on How Rassie's Springboks Won The World Cup.

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These defenders got it horribly wrong

WATCH: You have got to feel bad for these defenders who were completely sold by their opponents' dummies.

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Haskell, Marler in war of words

WATCH: Former England teammates James Haskell and Joe Marler are currently going head to head in a war of words to see who will come out on top.

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VIDEO: When aerial collisions go horribly wrong

A 9 minute video of aerial mayhem showing some of the most brutal and dangerous collisions in the air

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Who are the biggest losers in SA's move north?

OPINION: Tom Vinicombe takes a look at the consequences of South Africa's move north - to a European-based competition and away from SANZAAR.

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Bad lip reading: What players really say

WATCH as we bring you a humorous take on the players in the recent Pro14 Final between Leinster and Ulster.

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South Africa

Level 1: A 'cold' goodbye to Newlands

SPOTLIGHT: "Fellow South Africans, the cabinet decided that the country should move to alert Level 1."

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Who is responsible for the Kings' chaos?

OPINION: @rugby365 columnist and two-time World Rugby Junior Championship winner Eugene Eloff takes a look at how officials in the Eastern, Southern and Western Cape let the game down.

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These mauls are simply unstoppable

WATCH: In anticipation of rugby returning to South Africa, we bring you a compilation of some of the most unstoppable mauls that ended in points on the board.

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South Africa

Terrifying video of Etzebeth's mentor

VIDEO: Before Eben Etzebeth there was Bakkies Botha.

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The key battleground in WP saga

OPINION: Jan de Koning takes a look at the next big decision that will pave the way for the future success or failure of Western Province rugby.

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The brutal toll on a professional player's body

WATCH as retired England internationals James Haskell and Dylan Hartley explain the brutal tally the game has taken on their bodies.

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Australia

Wallabies squad: The three biggest losers

OPINION: Dave Rennie has named his first Wallabies squad as head coach, selecting just 16 of the 31 players from last year’s Rugby World Cup in favour of the next wave of talent.

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How can the Kings survive this wreck?

OPINION: Jan de Koning takes a look at the systemic problems facing the Southern Kings and asks if they can rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes from what appears to be their Armageddon.

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Wading through the 'political mire' in WP Rugby

OPINION: The infamous contretemps in rugby circles in the Western Cape is redoubtable for its fractionalizing effect.

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New Zealand

The grim reality of New Zealand's NPC

SPOTLIGHT: RugbyPass reporter Michael Pulman takes a look at the challenges facing New Zealand's National Provincial Championship.

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Who did it best - Spencer or Ramos?

WATCH: Thomas Ramos is all the rage in France after his magical pass started an exceptional Toulouse counter-attack but is this pass better than All Blacks legend Carlos Spencer?

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Why Farrell deserves 'at least a 10-week ban'

OPINION: Former England flyhalf and Rugbypass columnist Andy Goode weighs in on Owen Farrell's latest reckless tackle incident.

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England

England manufacturing their own Pieter-Steph du Toit

OPINION: You would struggle to find too many individual campaigns that top that of the one turned in by Pieter-Steph du Toit last year, as the gifted blindside flank set new standards at his position.

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Rocking an already leaky boat

OPINION: @rugby365 columnist and two-time World Rugby Junior Championship winner Eugene Eloff looks at the latest Sturm und Drang of the game we so dearly love.

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BlitzBok Werner Kok puts on his dancing shoes

VIDEO: BlitzBok stalwart Werner Kok and his Sharks teammates put on their dancing shoes to join in the craze of the Jerusalema Challenge.

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You've got to love these amazing commentators

Commentators make the viewing experience that much better and when they're "in the zone" they can make any game better.

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Why All Blacks' rivals should be worried about this new phenom

STAT ATTACK: It is only a matter of time before Crusaders' young star Will Jordan puts on an All Black jersey.

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Watch: Pink budgie smuggler and a vicious hit

South Africa's Cabous Eloff got hearts racing in Australia compliments of a wardrobe malfunction while Samoa's Melani Nanai's return to the playing field lasted less than 20 minutes.

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Stats prove how good Robert Du Preez really is

STAT ATTACK: Robert du Preez received plenty of criticism when he was playing in South Africa.

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Namibia

Namibian International Lesley Klim shows just how tough rugby players are

The Royal Marines Fitness Test is a gruelling challenge that will push anyone to their breaking points and Namibian International Lesley Klim has posted a video of him taking on the challenge and passing it with flying colours.

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Countries

Trans-Tasman: The worst solution for Super Rugby

OPINION: Tom Vinicombe looks at why a trans-Tasman competition could be another failed venture.

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Super Rugby

The top five performers in Australia

OPINION: Finn Morton looks at the top five performers from Round five of the Super Rugby Australia.

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Could this be the greatest XV of All Time?

Our go-to source for unique video content has come up with an amazing list of the Greatest All-Time XV to have ever graced the international stage.

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New Zealand

Why doubt remains over new All Blacks coach

OPINION: Hamish Bidwell looks at why there is still suspicion over Ian Foster's appointment as All Blacks head coach.

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NZ's top Super Rugby Aotearoa performers

SPOTLIGHT: Alex McLeod looks at the top five performers from Round Seven of Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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South Africa

State of Origin: Coastal versus Inland XV

SPOTLIGHT: With the international calendar still very much in limbo, SA Rugby has entertained the idea of a State of Origin three-match series.

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'Rocketfoot' slots a kick from 80 metres

Wiehan van der Riet, who goes by the name of 'rocketfoot' posted a video onto his social media pages where he slots a placekick from around 80 metres.

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World Cup-winning Boks v Rest of SA

BATTLE OF THE AGES: There have been a couple of ideas going around on how SA Rugby can formulate rugby matches involving the country's best talent later this year.

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OPINION

High-profile doping cases: The ugly reality

SPOTLIGHT: Former Springboks captain Mahlatse 'Chiliboy' Ralepelle's latest eight-year doping ban has again shined a light on the ugly reality of the sporting code.

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Playing politics or maintaining integrity

THE LAW OF CHOICES AND DECISIONS: @rugby365 columnist and two-time World Rugby Junior Championship winner Eugene Eloff gives some sage advice to young players and coaches.

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News

VIDEO: Mo'unga fools opponents with brilliant restart

Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mo’unga produced a moment of magic which helped turn the tide during his team's blockbuster clash against the Blues.

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Law-less rugby is not for the faint-hearted

There is a version of rugby played in Italy where brawls and off-the-ball scuffles are part and parcel of the game.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: Damian McKenzie's incredible schoolboy rugby highlights

Damian McKenzie had it all as a schoolboy rugby player, all of which made him a five-star flyhalf prospect for Christ’s College in Christchurch.

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Premiership's most intriguing signings

OPINION: A look at five of the most intriguing signings made by Premiership clubs in 2020.

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Rugby quiz: Do you know the Rainbow Warrior?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's quizmaster Paul Dobson has returned, by popular demand, with another selection of arresting posers to test your rugby knowledge.

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New Zealand

Kiwi poll reveals Super Rugby's 'worst' referee

SPOTLIGHT: New results from an anonymous poll conducted among current New Zealand Super Rugby stars has revealed who is the worst Super Rugby referee. 

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OPINION

Major reason why Chiefs are winless

OPINION: Many fans believe Chiefs' winless streak is all thanks to Warren Gatland. However, Campbell Burnes looks at the other contributing factors.

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News

No one is getting past the mullet

STAT ATTACK: A strong defensive game is a key addition to any team's arsenal when a mounting serious title challenge.

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OPINION

Beyond the field: Catrakilis

WATCH as @rugby365com contributor Angus Opperman sits down for a chat with renowned flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis.

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South Africa

Singers who butchered South Africa's national anthem

There have been many renditions of the South African National anthem that made supporters gleam with national pride but there have also been some renditions that were simply downright embarrassing.

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Second Phase

Future of rugby: Club model based on social enterprise

OPINION: Erudite Springbok turned pundit Dawie Snyman is back with another of his elucidating and disporting columns.

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Second Phase

VIDEO: Kiwi ref 'happy' with high penalty count

SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA: The high penalty count in the opening weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa was expected.

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Second Phase

Oh how we miss these beautiful national anthems

There is no better sound that hits you in the feelings than a capacity crowd belting out their country's national anthem and because we're missing it, we thought we'd share some insane national anthems from years gone by.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Another tricky test of your knowledge

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s quizmaster Paul Dobson has returned with another tricky test of your rugby knowledge.

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OPINION

PICTURES: Crazy hairdos and all

FRIDAY FEATURE: The Blues' Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign certainly got off a good start with an impressive 30-20 win over Hurricanes.

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Second Phase

Get your funny on with these one-liners

LAUGH A LITTLE: There are numerous classic one-liners that will have your belly aching and we have done our best to provide that for you.

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Second Phase

How these coaches avoided ending up in hospital is anyone's guess

It's not often that the camera is focused on the coach's box during a game but when it is, they never fail to give us great moments. Like these coaches absolutely losing their minds at their players.

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Second Phase

Real value of the Carter-Barrett axis

OPINION: Ryan Grant, a @rugby365com contributor and one-time Blues academy recruit, takes a look at two of the most astute acquisitions and how they will impact on Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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New Zealand

When Bismarck broke Carter

FLASHBACK: We go back to 2013 to revisit a famous tackle on an All Black legend.

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Second Phase

Kolisi voted best captain in the world

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has claimed the title of rugby365 Knockout Fan’s Vote World’s Best Captain, beating Wales' Alun Wyn Jones in the final.

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South Africa

Why Reinach is king and Faf is not

STAT ATTACK: The Springboks are blessed with some great scrumhalves in their prime at the moment.

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Second Phase

Teaser: The documentary we've all been waiting for

It seems that the much-anticipated documentary "Chasing the Sun" - which outlines the Springboks' 2019 World Cup victory in Japan is nearing completion as Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus released some more never-before-seen footage over the past few days.

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Second Phase

Nigel Owens fancies radical scrum law

SPOTLIGHT: Referee Nigel Owens has singled out one particular Law variation that he believes could open up the game.

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Second Phase

These bizarre moments will have you scratching your head

Just when you thought you've seen it all in the game - be it on the field or during interviews - up pops these moments that will have you scratching your head.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Bet you can't get 50 percent

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s quizmaster Paul Dobson has decided the last few were a bit 'too easy' and raised the bar with this one.

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England

The Eddie Jones chirp that has the Internet abuzz

WATCH England coach Eddie Jones at his chirpiest best, including the ultimate put-down of New Zealand rugby.

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Second Phase

World Cup Throwback - Two Thrilling quarterfinals

Back in 1995 at South Africa's first participation and hosting of the World Cup, June 11 marked quarterfinals day as New Zealand took on Scotland and Australia were up against England in what proved to be two high-quality matches.

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Second Phase

Ashley Johnson folds Bryan Habana like a pretzel

Ashley Johnson made this great hit on Bryan Habana back in 2016 that absolutely floored the Springbok legend.

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Second Phase

Watch why Quade Cooper is the viral video king

Quade Cooper has once again displayed why he is the most innovative and skilful player on the planet and quite possibly to have ever stepped onto the field by posting a video that has gathered more than 20000 views on Instagram.

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Second Phase

TEAM OF THE DECADE: 'Almost a Bok' XV

OPINION: @rugby365com contributor Angus Opperman produces another of his dulcet selections - this time spanning from 2010 to 2020.

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Second Phase

The day France almost displayed champagne rugby

On this day 15 years ago, France secured their spot in the 1995 World Cup with a 36-12 victory over Ireland, but coach Pierre Berbizier wasn't entirely satisfied with their performance, claiming "we are capable of playing champagne rugby, but we are still trying to get the cork out."

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Canada

Rugby's injury-plagued XV

SPOTLIGHT: Josh Raisey selects a team consisting of rugby stars who have had the most injury-plagued careers.

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South Africa

The incredible wing South Africa lost

STAT ATTACK: The number of players leaving South Africa for greener pastures has been increasing over the years.

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Second Phase

Why would someone this big require a "weapon"?

He tips the scale at 117kgs and stands 1.93 metres tall, so why would Lopeti Timani resort to "violence with a weapon"?

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Second Phase

Naas Botha has been making bold predictions - and getting them right - for years

Natal defeated Northern Transvaal in the 1990 Currie Cup final but it was the prediction of Naas Botha following that defeat that paved the way for him to make many more bold predictions for years to come.

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Second Phase

South African import Super Rugby XV

SPOTLIGHT: Here is a team of foreign players who laced up for South African franchises.

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Second Phase

Kiwi comebacks: The good, the bad and the ugly

SPOTLIGHT: Alex McLeod takes a look at 10 All Blacks who came back to their homeland following stints abroad.

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Second Phase

These knockouts are not for the faint hearted

There has been numerous tackles and fends, be it legal or illegal, that has led to players immediately dropping like a sack of potatoes. Some manage to walk away from it, albeit gingerly, while others need assistance getting off the field.

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South Africa

Sevens the answer to SA's rugby drought?

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: @rugby365 reader and self-proclaimed "rugby fanatic extraordinaire", Neil Mac Ewan, provides a solution for South Africa's rugby drought.

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Second Phase

MONEYBALL STRATEGY: Best Bok XV

OPINION: @rugby365com contributor Ryan Grant thinks he has found the perfect formula to select the ultimate Springbok XV.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: The 1995 World Cup Final

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's quizmaster Paul Dobson is back with another examination of your knowledge. This time it is the 1995 World Cup Final.

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Second Phase

Itoje - the king of on-field trolling

Maro Itoje has proven to be a thorn in the side of many of his opponents, however, this video proves that he is more of an annoying mosquito.

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Second Phase

Kolisi on the brink of another award

He's already lifted the Webb Ellis trophy and has claimed numerous other awards since leading the Springboks to their third World Cup.

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Second Phase

Proof why Dan Carter may still be the best flyhalf in world - at 38

The Corona Virus may have ended Japan's Top League prematurely but fans the world over has plenty to smile about as one of the greatest flyhalves to have ever played the game makes his Super Rugby comeback.

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Second Phase

Bad joke Friday

LAUGH SOME MORE: With the weekend on our doorstep, we thought we'd give you something to laugh about with some more Friday funnies, although some of these jokes are as bad as the ones told by professional players in the videos at the end of this story.

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News

When Etzebeth sank the Bismarck

FLASHBACK: We go back to 2012 when a giant of the game announced himself to the rugby world.

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Second Phase

An American reacts to the biggest World Cup upset ever

Look away Springbok fans as those old scabs of the 2015 World Cup match against Japan is torn open thanks to Dan Stuart who watches the highlights for the first time and reacts to that dramatic match.

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Second Phase

Captain Vote - Can French Flair prune England's Rose?

We've reached the final head-to-head in the opening sections of our Knockout Fan’s Vote World’s Best Captain competition as we wrap up this round with our final northern hemisphere captains.

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Second Phase

With such exciting action, adding All Blacks will make the Mitre 10 Cup even better

As New Zealand prepares to get their franchise rugby up and running with Super Rugby Aotearoa starting on June 13, their provincial teams will also be looking forward to taking to the field again, with a few All Blacks adding some extra firepower to the Mitre 10 Cup.

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Second Phase

Optimilisation of a model for SA Rugby

OPINION: Erudite Springbok turned pundit Dawie Snyman is back with another of his elucidative and disporting columns.

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Second Phase

Pick your captain - Irish pivot or Welsh Dragon?

The time has come to head to the northern hemisphere for Round Three of our Knockout Fan’s Vote World’s Best Captain competition after we wrapped up the southern hemisphere's semifinalists.

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Second Phase

Farrell: You probably build it up into something that it's not

England international Owen Farrell takes us on a trip down memory lane as he looks back to 2012 when he received the news that he will be making his international debut.

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Second Phase

Sunwolves - The team that won the hearts of many

There were mixed views on the inclusion of a Japan-based team to join Super Rugby back in 2016 but since their participation and remarkable improvement since joining the competition, the Sunwolves have gained many fans the world over.

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Second Phase

Pick your captain - Kolisi vs Matera

We're kicking off our Knockout Fan's Vote World's Best Captain with a pair of southern hemisphere loose forwards who have changed the way their teams are viewed.

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Second Phase

Captain's vote - Wallabies' bad boy vs clean cut Kiwi

We remain in the southern hemisphere for Round Two of our Knockout Fan’s Vote World’s Best Captain competition as we see whether you prefer a Wallaby or an All Black.

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News

Evidence why Frik du Preez is the greatest player ever

FLASHBACK: Frik du Preez is regarded by many South Africans as the greatest player ever.

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Second Phase

You'll run out of superlatives to describe these phenomenal set-pieces

Being on the receiving end of a superbly executed set-piece may knock the stuffing out of you but for the neutral, seeing a defence have no answer to an attacking move is something that will remain a memory for years to come.

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Australia

Analysis: Lessons from Cheika and Coetzee's era

OPINION: Throughout 2016 and 2017, the All Blacks set out on a demolition path, piling up record winning margins over Australia under Michael Cheika and South Africa under Allister Coetzee in The Rugby Championship.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Know your laws ...

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s quizmaster Paul Dobson has responded to a request from a reader and provided us with 10 law questions!

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Australia

That time a Kiwi ref cheated the Boks

FLASHBACK: Refereeing mistakes are a common occurrence in rugby.

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Second Phase

VIDEO: The ultimate 'one-man show'

YESTERDAY'S HEROES: Down the years there have been many occasions when one player had an enormous influence on the outcome of a major Final. Jan de Koning looks at who he regards as the player that had the single biggest influence on a game?

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Second Phase

Hold your horses: This ain't rugby

OPINION: @rugby365 columnist and two-time World Rugby Junior Championship winner Eugene Eloff takes a look at the impact of the proposed law trials.

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Second Phase

The green green grass of Joburg calls Springbok home

With the rugby world frustrated by the continued suspension of the sport globally, the transfer window has been working overtime as players look to secure their futures.

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Second Phase

Have a laugh with some of our Funny Friday jokes

LAUGH A LITTLE: We could all use a little laugh every now and then, so we bring some funny - and some not so funny - jokes about our favourite sports.

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Second Phase

It's incredible to be in the sheds with the Baabaas

The match went down in the books of history as the biggest-ever win for the famous Barbarians, as they went to Twickenham to deliver a hurting on England in May 2018.

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Second Phase

We've found proof that size doesn't matter

What happens when you cross a bodybuilder with rugby? An absolutely hilarious outcome that will prove once and for all that brawn alone holds no water in this beautiful game.

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Second Phase

With tries like these, we're sure the Hurricanes are ready for Super Rugby Aotearoa

As the world gets ready to welcome some live Super Rugby action, we take a look at what can be expected from the Hurricanes when Super Rugby Aotearoa gets underway in June.

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Second Phase

Does World Rugby really want to remove this beauty from the game?

"It's ridiculous, we might as well play touch rugby if that’s what they’re suggesting" - those are words of Blues head coach Leon McDonald, that are being echoed around the world.

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Second Phase

Is this League star a Liverpool kingpin in disguise?

Here at rugby365, we have brought you many lookalikes over the years and we've brought it back after coming across a Salford Red Devils wing who has some resemblance to the 2018 African Footballer of the Year.

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Second Phase

Call the Orthopedic surgeon, we've got broken ankles here

Some of the best players in the world are not immune to having themselves look a bit silly compliments of some of the best side steps the game has ever seen.

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England

How England's 2003 attacking blueprint helped Boks

ANALYSIS: Rugbypass writer Conor Wilson discusses why Clive Woodward's attacking plans from 2003 are vitally important to this new era of defensive dominance.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: The 10-out-of-10 challenge

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s quizmaster Paul Dobson has returned with another great challenge - 10 testing questions!

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Second Phase

On debut: Who did it best - Beast or Marler?

WATCH as we bring you the debuts of two of the game's most recognisable prop forwards - Tendai Mtawarira and Joe Marler.

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Second Phase

The most mirthful Marler interview ever

WATCH as veteran England prop Joe Marler answers a series of quickfire questions - that shows the most amusing side of the burly front row forward.

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Second Phase

Quaranteam talk: One-on-one with Siya Kolisi

WATCH as retired England and British & Irish Lions flyer Ugochukwu Monye chats to World Cup-winning Springbok Siyamthanda Kolisi.

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Second Phase

From player to coach: The ultimate World XV

OPINION: @rugby365com contributor Codi Rinkwest has compiled the ultimate World XV - players who became coaches!

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Second Phase

Not even Thormeulen can come close to this legend and you'll see why

There's no doubt that Duane Vermeulen is one of the best players to have ever donned the No.8 Springbok jersey, but it would seem as though he isn't the greatest.

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Second Phase

VIDEO: Bizarre events behind Ackermann departure

WATCH as The Rugby Pod duo of Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton looks at Johan Ackermann’s surprise exit from Gloucester.

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Second Phase

Re-live new Stormer's hilarious blooper

As the news broke of World Cup winner Warrick Gelant moving back to the Cape after leaving the Bulls, we thought we'd remind you about that time he literally kicked some sense into a teammate.

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Second Phase

We reckon a more recent scrumhalf could topple Joost off his perch

The late Joost van der Westhuizen will always be a favourite in the hearts of many around the world but perhaps Francois de Klerk could be right up there to topple the 89-Test capped.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Multiple choice on World Cups

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's quizmaster Paul Dobson has returned with another multiple choice quiz - this time on World Cups. Surely you can now get 10 out of 10.

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Second Phase

Bok's contract cancellation a masterstroke

OPINION: The Pieter-Steph du Toit contract saga has evoked enormous reaction on both sides of the dialogue.

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Second Phase

Did we just see Naas Botha make a tackle?

As the legend goes, Naas Botha was not one who loved to tackle but we have found rare footage where not only does he do just that, he also saves a try in the process.

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Second Phase

After watching this, you'll see why Pollard is the world's highest paid player

World Cup-winning flyhalf Handre Pollard is comfortably South Africa's highest-paid player in the world and there is little to no doubt about his ability when seeing what he is capable of.

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Super Rugby

Who to benefit from Super Rugby's transfer chaos?

OPINION: Alex Shaw takes a look at who will benefit from the recent Super Rugby transfers in Australia and South Africa.

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Second Phase

Who are the game's real speed kings?

SPOTLIGHT: RugbyPass writer Ian Cameron takes a crack at finding the fastest players and their best times.

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England

The 'evolution' that will see England depose Boks

ANALYSIS: Conor Wilson takes a look at the borrowed tactics that Eddie Jones' England side will employ to help them fight their way back to the top of the world rankings.

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Second Phase

Springbok centres - Tough choices

It's time to move to the midfield as Part Two of the ultimate Springbok series has a look at the men at the centre of it all - the inside and outside centre.

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Second Phase

Who's faster - Quadzilla or Isles?

Rugby Union has had its fair share of flyers down the years and as the cliché goes, there’s no substitute for speed.

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Second Phase

The best Springbok fullbacks: Do you agree?

Part One of this week's series of videos sees us look at five of the best fullbacks to don the number 15 Springbok jersey.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Can you finally get 10 out of 10?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s quizmaster Paul Dobson has produced what must surely be his easiest quiz yet. But can you finally get 10 out of 10?

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Second Phase

Red mist: When players lose control

WATCH as Ciarán Kennedy takes a look at those occasions when normally well-behaved players completely lose control of their sense.

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Second Phase

Bok forwards dominate individual performances XV

STAT ATTACK: When it comes to top performers in the pack, look no further than the South Africans.

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Second Phase

Fassi the new counter-attack king

STAT ATTACK: The Sharks have been a joy to watch in open play this season and young star Aphelele Fassi has played a big role in that resurgence.

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Australia

Some of the finest debuts

FEATURE: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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Second Phase

These refs don't bite their tongues

Every so often players push their luck with the referee a little bit too far, which prompts the referee to make his voice heard.

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Second Phase

'The Beast' headlines Super Rugby's 'Nickname XV'

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: When one is involved in sport, nicknames become the norm.

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Second Phase

Bon voyage Newlands: First Steps of the Baby Nation

SPOTLIGHT: Acclaimed @rugby365com writer Paul Dobson – in the fifth and final episode of his series of great matches at Newlands – takes a look at the opening match of the 1995 World Cup – between South Africa and Australia.

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Second Phase

Celebrations like you've never seen

There may just be something better than getting your name on the try-scorers list - getting to celebrate the try you've scored.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Multiple-choice ... finally

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s quizmaster Paul Dobson has caved in and made it easier for the readers - by finally giving them a multiple-choice quiz!

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Second Phase

The game's biggest thugs: Where are the Boks?

STATS AND FACTS: Jan de Koning takes a look at the facts and fiction surrounding the bad boys of the game!

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Second Phase

When Titans meet

Hard, physical contact is all in a day's work for the enforcers of the game and there is nothing better than seeing them smash into each other.

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News

Laws: What should change and what not

LAW DISCUSSION: @rugby365com law guru Paul Dobson is going to take a look at which laws he feels should be changed and which should remain unchanged.

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Second Phase

How did they do that?

There are times in a game when all you can do is wonder if you genuinely just saw what you think you did.

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Second Phase

The Chase is on

The world of rugby is blessed with an abundance of speedsters and sometimes we are blessed to witness some of the fastest players going at it in a foot race.

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Countries

Analysis: The law changes rugby needs

OPINION: Re-elected World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont and his newly elected board have their work cut out for them.  Rugbypass' writer Nick Turnbull reports. 

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Second Phase

The Premiership brings the funnies

There may not be any Premiership matches taking place but the competition has given us numerous light-hearted moments that will give your abdominals quite a workout.

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New Zealand

ANALYSIS: New All Blacks that can overthrow Boks

OPINION: The All Blacks will be plotting the path to France over the next four years, with a primary goal of arresting back power from the Springboks.

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Second Phase

Beaumont's bold pledge

WATCH as Bill Beaumont makes a bold pledge to change the game in his second term.

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New Zealand

The All Blacks' big selection dilemma

OPINION: With Sam Cane given the captaincy role, Alex McLeod looks at the potential make-up of the All Blacks' back row.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: World Cup fame

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's quizmaster Paul Dobson is back with some great questions about World Cups and other fascinating facts!

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Second Phase

Incredible individual brilliance

Individual brilliance can be a rare moment that would make you look twice and ask yourself "How did he do that?".

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Second Phase

Bon voyage Newlands: Goggie's moment

SPOTLIGHT: The grande dame that is the Newlands stadium may already have hosted her last-ever rugby match. Acclaimed @rugby365com writer Paul Dobson – in the fourth of his series – looks at the Currie Cup Final of 1986 - when Goggie van Heerden stole the limelight.

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South Africa

South Africa's most underrated player

STAT ATTACK: There is one Springbok player who probably should have more Test caps to his name.

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Second Phase

Sneakier than a Snake

Sit back and enjoy this compilation of the most opportunist tries to ever be scored.

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Second Phase

Get out of the way Ref

Every now and then, the referee finds himself - quite literally - in the thick of it all. Whether it's being shoved by a defending player, being pulled into a ruck or being inadvertently tackled.

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Second Phase

Bon voyage Newlands: When the Lions' roar was silenced

SPOTLIGHT: The grande dame that is the Newlands stadium may already have hosted her last-ever rugby match. Acclaimed @rugby365com writer Paul Dobson – in the third of his series – takes a look at five of the greatest occasions at the venue.

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New Zealand

Weight of history on Cane's shoulders

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Here are five of the greatest captains who helped forge the legacy of the All Blacks.

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Second Phase

A trip down Bizarre Lane

There have been times when we witnessed unusual moments that we sat with our mouths wide open, wondering has just happened.

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Second Phase

George Gregan's cruel comeback to referee

LISTEN as retired referee Craig Joubert reminisces about his exchange with Wallaby legend George Gregan, in his first match.

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Second Phase

Let's Get Ready To Rumble

Some of these haymakers - featuring Eben Etsebeth, Bakkies Botha, Manu Tuilagi and Faf de Klerk - will make the likes of Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson proud. 

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Second Phase

The selection you want to 'puke' over

SPOTLIGHT: There have been countless players who have left fans scratching their heads as to why they have not played for their country more. Josh Raisey selected a team of players he felt deserved more Test caps:

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Second Phase

Bon voyage Newlands: Five great occasions - Part One

SPOTLIGHT: The grande dame That is the Newlands stadium may already have hosted its last-ever rugby match. Acclaimed @rugby365com writer Paul Dobson - in the first of a series - takes a look at five of the greatest occasions at the venue.

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News

Breakdown blunders: The real problem with this law

FOCUS ON THE LAWS: Erudite Springbok turned pundit Dawie Snyman is shining the spotlight on referees once again - this time about the capricious manner in which they apply breakdown laws.

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Second Phase

Where have all the players & silverware gone?

OPINION: Former two-time Junior World Cup-winning coach and Director of Elite Sport Mentorship Eugene Eloff is back with another cracking column for @rugby365com's readers.

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Second Phase

Tries that'll make you scream

We're continuing to bring you some of the best tries ever scored, so sit back and enjoy. To make this list, the decibel metre needs to be off the chart.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Crossword-style test

BRAINTEASER: John Gardener, a Rhodes scholar and rugby fanatic, has produced a crossword-style examination of your rugby knowledge.

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South Africa

Is this the future of Bok rugby?

SPOTLIGHT: Alex Shaw takes out his crystal ball and attempts to predict what the future holds for South African rugby.

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Second Phase

Some of the most amazing end-to-end tries

Sit back and watch a collection of some of the greatest tries ever scored - including some amazing end-to-end tries.

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South Africa

The 'short' story of Cheslin and Faf

WATCH  the highlights reel of Springboks duo Cheslin Kolbe and Faf de Klerk shows size does not matter.

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Argentina

Analysis: What makes a perfect fullback?

OPINION: Fresh from looking over the wing position and what makes for the prototype player, Alex Shaw's series attempting to build the perfect rugby player wraps up with an examination of the fullback position.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Can you get a 'royal flush'?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson has come up with some real pearlers in the latest quiz. Can you get the 'royal flush'?

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South Africa

The star who never became a Bok

STAT ATTACK: There are a lot of talented and exciting players that never got the opportunity to play for their national team.

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Second Phase

Six Nations Bloopers

A hilarious look at some of the funniest moments of the 2020 Six Nations campaign.

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Second Phase

The TRUE value of 'experience'

OPINION: There is this trend to muster out the more senior members of the rugby community because they are regarded as 'superfluous'.

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Second Phase

Big Boy Appreciation

Have a look at a compilation of the biggest and heaviest players from around the world.

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Second Phase

Virtual Tri-Nations: You decide the winner

THE high demand for some 'real' rugby during these testing times moved the @rugby365com team to produce an equally amusing alternative - a virtual Tri-Nations tournament!

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Can you finally wear the badge of honour?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson has outdone himself - gifting you a few answers. Can you finally wear the badge of honour?

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Second Phase

Elite rugby players' bench press records

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The bench press continues to occupy a uniquely macho seat in the pantheon of weight training disciplines, and professional rugby players are by no means immune.

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Second Phase

All Time Most Aggressive Players

A compilation of the most aggressive and feared players to have ever played the game. Who else do you think should make this list?

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South Africa

ANALYSIS: What makes the perfect wing?

OPINION: We now come to the penultimate article in Alex Shaw's series attempting to build the perfect rugby player, with an examination of the wing position.

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Second Phase

Classic Max Boyce: A COVID-19 poem

LISTEN as Welsh legend Maxwell Boyce reads this heavenly poem that captures the tone, the space and time in a way only he can.

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OPINION

Then and Now: Hanro Liebenberg

SPOTLIGHT: Some are just born to lead.

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Second Phase

Outrageous Skills

You can never predict what some players will do with ball-in-hand. Here is a collection of some of the most outrageous skills.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: Why Razor would like to coach Kolisi

WATCH as three-times Super Rugby-winning coach Scott Robertson explains why he would like to coach World Cup-winning Springbok captain Siyamthanda Kolisi.

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Second Phase

SA Rugby faces Bok 'feeding frenzy'

OPINION: @rugby365com editor Jan de Koning takes a look at what must be one of the most mind-boggling clauses ever imposed on Springbok players.

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Second Phase

Moments of Respect and Emotion

They've always said that rugby is played by gentlemen and this montage proves why.

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Second Phase

Longest Ever Kicks At Goal

Watch some of the most incredible and jaw-dropping long-range kicks of all time. Make sure you watch until the end to see some schoolboys kicking it long.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Surely you won't even get 50 percent?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson keeps easing up on the adversity of the challenge, but can you actually pass the 50 percent mark?

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Second Phase

Top 10: The World's Best

There are 3 Springboks in this Top 10 players of 2020 compilation. Are they in the correct spots though? Watch to see who else made the list.

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Second Phase

Lack of 'ethics' in the game exposed

OPINION: Retired Springbok Dawie Snyman has penned a perspicacious and enlightening column for @rugby365com, making bodacious suggestions - including 'yellow cards' for match officials.

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England

ANALYSIS: What makes the perfect outside centre?

OPINION: Following on from the examination of the inside centre position in Alex Shaw's series looking at building the perfect rugby player, we now move on to their midfield partners, the outside centre position.

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Second Phase

STATS: Former Stormers centre is still on top

STAT ATTACK: Former Stormers centre Huw Jones produced Super Rugby's best individual performance of the decade.

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Second Phase

The Super solution

OPINION: @rugby365com contributor Angus Opperman believes he has a solution to SANZAAR's Super Rugby conundrum.

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South Africa

Analysis: What makes a perfect inside centre?

OPINION: The latest in Alex Shaw‘s series looking at the make-up of the perfect rugby player shines a spotlight on the inside centre position.

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Second Phase

The World's toughest sport

Just look at the impact on these players' bodies when they are tackled. It's so much fun to see players getting handed off or tackled hard, especially if it's payback.

1455d
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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Is this too easy?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s oracle Paul Dobson has promised to make it easier. This will test your general knowledge.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Testing your Test match knowledge

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s oracle Paul Dobson has decided to test the readers' Test match knowledge.

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Countries

Why Australia need the World Cup

OPINION: It’s been 17 years since Australia last hosted rugby’s blue-ribbon event in the form of the World Cup. 

1456d
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Second Phase

Cheetahs exodus XV

OPINION: The Cheetahs, much like the Southern Kings, can't be blamed for feeling like a proverbial stepchild in South African rugby.

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Second Phase

Bone Crunching Hits

Watch as we bring you some of the biggest tackles and hand-offs from around the world.

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South Africa

Then and Now: Handré Pollard

SPOTLIGHT: Leezil Hendricks takes a look at South Africa's new wunderkind.

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OPINION

Analysis: What makes the perfect flyhalf?

OPINION: The latest in Alex Shaw's series looking at the make-up of the perfect rugby player shines a spotlight on the flyhalf position.

1457d
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Second Phase

Nigel Owens at his best

Nigel Owens is one of the most respected referees in the world. Here's a compilation of some of the reasons why many look forward to seeing and hearing what he comes up with.

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New Zealand

That time World Rugby insulted South Africa

FLASHBACK: In a world without rugby, one has plenty of time for reflection and now we go back to 2009 when a South African stalwart was robbed of the highest accolade.

1457d
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Second Phase

Sunwolves Farewell XV

OPINION: If the COVID-19 outbreak hadn't brought Super Rugby - and every other sporting competition worldwide - to a standstill, the Sunwolves would have got the farewell they deserved.

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Second Phase

World Cup-winning Boks on the frontline

SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: Numerous Springbok stars have joined a campaign in South Africa to show support for frontline workers fighting COVID-19.

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Second Phase

Top 10 Fastest Players Of All Time

Watch as we count down the Top 10 fastest players of all time. It is undeniable that speed is one of the most important aspects of the game and these players have more gas than the average wing!

1458d
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News

Remarkable history of the dead-ball line

SPOTLIGHT: Celebrated @rugby365com writer Paul Dobson takes a look at the remarkable history of lines on the rugby field!

1458d
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Second Phase

ANALYSIS: What makes the perfect scrumhalf?

OPINION: After concluding the forwards, Alex Shaw’s series looking at building the perfect rugby player moves to the backline - starting with an examination of what goes into making the prototype scrumhalf.

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Second Phase

Abdicated Kings XV

OPINION: The Southern Kings are arguably the most changed team in Super Rugby history - during both their formal stints.

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South Africa

Old ghost haunting Springbok women’s side

SPOTLIGHT: While SA Rugby is relentlessly formulating plans to get a domestic season underway, they have to be vigilant not to neglect the women’s game.

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Second Phase

Fight and the Furious

It's almost inevitable that tempers will flare and punches will be thrown on the field. Here we look at some fights and furious moments from 2019/2020.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Easy, but can you get 10/10?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson has decided to 'ease up', after complains that the quizzes were 'too difficult' for the readers.

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Argentina

Biting to Ref abuse: Rugby's Longest bans

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Bans are something that receives a lot of attention these days in rugby, particularly due to how arbitrary and inconsistent they can be.

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England

ANALYSIS: What makes the perfect No.8?

OPINION: We come to the final position in the pack in Alex Shaw's series looking at building the perfect rugby player.

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Second Phase

Bakkies Botha - The Original Enforcer

When thinking about an enforcer on the rugby field, John "Bakkies" Botha is the industry standard. Let's relive some of his wildest moments.

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Second Phase

SA's Super Rugby Team of the Decade

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SANZAAR has selected a South African Super Rugby team of the decade based on statistics.

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Second Phase

Great Intercept Tries

There's nothing quite like picking off a pass and racing away to score for your team. Here are some of the great intercept tries by some of the best players to have played the game.

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South Africa

Divvy's Boks still the best

BOK RANKINGS: The Springboks picked up another World Cup title not too long ago and there has been a lot of debate about where Rassie Erasmus' team is ranked amongst the best in the modern era.

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Second Phase

Then and Now: Selvyn Davids

SPOTLIGHT: A try-scoring machine

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Second Phase

Funny Referee Moments

Watch as we get some entertainment from the men tasked to make key decisions during a match. There's some funny chats and some solid hits on the referees. 

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South Africa

The players Boks must have to beat B&I Lions

OPINION: The players the Springboks simply cannot be without for the British & Irish Lions tour.

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0
Second Phase

Why Rassie's Boks are so hard to beat

ANALYSIS: Conor Wilson takes a closer look at the Springboks' edge defence and the play that cost England in the Final.

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0
Second Phase

Banana Boy finals XV

OPINION: The Sharks, the pace-setting team in the now-suspended SANZAAR showpiece, must rate as the most successful team never to have won Super Rugby.

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Second Phase

Sun Tzu's art of coaching warfare

RUGBY FROM THE BUNKERS: Former two-time Junior World Cup-winning coach and Director of Elite Sport Mentorship Eugene Eloff is back with another jim-dandy column for @rugby365com‘s readers.

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Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Representing two countries

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s oracle Paul Dobson has dug into the representative archives to make it 'easier' for the readers.

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0
Second Phase

Fists fly in Tucuman

Springboks James "Bullet" Dalton and Keith Andrews sit down over a cold one to chat about The Battle of Tucuman. As you will see, there was no such thing as handbags back then.

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OPINION

VIDEO: What made Super12 great?

WATCH as Springbok Gcobani Bobo and a few friends delve into the best Super Rugby format.

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Second Phase

Bulls who broke out the kraal XV

SPOTLIGHT: It was obvious that there would have been - as there is every four years - a massive clean-out (or exodus) of top players after a World Cup year.

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Argentina

Analysis: What makes the perfect blindside flank?

OPINION: The latest in Alex Shaw’s series looking at the make-up of the perfect rugby player shines a spotlight on the blindside flank position.

1464d
0
Second Phase

Beware - Spies incoming

Watch Pierre Spies do what he does best - be destructive. Here are some of his most dangerous carries.

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England

The top England stars facing Eddie's axe?

OPINION: Head coach Eddie Jones has suggested as little as 40 percent of the current crop of England players will be on hand for the World Cup in France in 2023.

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0
Second Phase

Escaped Lions XV

SPOTLIGHT: When the Lions returned to Super Rugby in 2014, they introduced a new group of 'no-name brand' players to the game in South Africa.

1464d
0
Second Phase

Rugby quiz: How good is your World Cup knowledge?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com‘s oracle Paul Dobson has dug into the World archives to make it 'easier' for the readers.

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South Africa

Ultimate thuggery from a Bok captain

WATCH as we go back down memory lane to revisit one of the darkest days of SA Rugby.

1465d
0
Second Phase

The ultimate isolation team

WATCH as one man selects his ultimate "isolation XV" in a very unique way.

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0
Second Phase

ANALYSIS: What makes the perfect openside flank?

OPINION: The latest in Alex Shaw's series looking at the make-up of the perfect rugby player shines a spotlight on the openside flank position.

1466d
0
Second Phase

Forgotten Stormers XV

SPOTLIGHT: No rugby and boredom is a dangerous combo. @rugby365com freelancer Angus Opperman ended up making a forgotten Stormers XV.

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0
Second Phase

Rugby quiz: Is this too tough for you?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson has dug into the archives for some really testing questions.

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0
Second Phase

Analysis: What makes the perfect lock?

SPOTLIGHT: With props and hookers now in the books, Alex Shaw's series now moves on to the locks, arguably the position that has seen the largest evolution of all in the modern era.

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0
Second Phase

The real rankings for 2019 revealed

SPOTLIGHT: World Rugby's hot-button rankings remain a powder keg in the game.

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0
Second Phase

Super Rugby stars who activated beastmode

STAT ATTACK: Across the last decade of Super Rugby action there have been but a handful of players who have carried their team’s workload in both attack and defence.

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0
Second Phase

Kicking it for the win

Cometh the moment, cometh the man. Here are 15 of the most memorable kicks to have been witnessed on the playing field.

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0
Second Phase

Then and Now: Thomas du Toit

'When two lions meet one must die,'

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0
Second Phase

Rugby quiz: How well do you know your stadiums?

BRAINTEASER: @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson has decided to make this a bit easier, so can you at least get 50 percent?

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0
Second Phase

ANALYSIS: What makes the perfect hooker?

SPOTLIGHT: In the second of this new series Alex Shaw examines the prototypes of every position in the modern game and what makes for the perfect player.

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0
Second Phase

Epic Rugby Funnies

Sit back and watch some of the funniest rugby bloopers to have ever happened on a rugby field.

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0
Second Phase

Quade Cooper has lost none of his outrageous skills

WATCH as Quade Santini Cooper puts on display the outrageous skills that made him a legend in Australian rugby.

1470d
0
Second Phase

ANALYSIS: What makes the perfect prop?

SPOTLIGHT: In the first of a new series Alex Shaw examines the prototypes of every position in the modern game and makes for the perfect player.

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0
Second Phase

Biggest brain fades

Sometimes, all it takes is one player to have a rush of blood and it costs his team dearly. Enjoy watching some of the best brain farts over the years.

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0
Second Phase

The ultimate descriptive XV

JUST FOR LAUGHS: The game of rugby is filled with many diverse characters and it would seem that these characters can be - to some extent - placed inside a box per position.

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0
Second Phase

The ultimate rugby quiz: Do you know this player's real name?

BRAINTEASER: Take on @rugby365com‘s oracle Paul Dobson in this mental challenge!

1472d
0
Second Phase

Springbok Tries Against The All Blacks

What's better than watching some great Springbok tries against the old foe?

1472d
0
Second Phase

Springbok Hype Fail

Never forget the moment the Springboks' Impi was remembered for the wrong reasons.

1472d
0
Second Phase

Loffie Eloff's lockdown message

WATCH as two-time former World Rugby Junior Championship winner Eugene Eloff shares his lockdown message with the rugby community and the rest of the world.

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0
OPINION

Impact of Springboks joining Six Nations

OPINION: The Springboks heading North will be great for South Africa.

1473d
0
Second Phase

Kings Park boilovers

WATCH a couple of the biggest upsets the Bulls managed over the Sharks in Durban.

1473d
0
Second Phase

VIDEO: When Kayser embarrassed Fleck

WATCH as we go down memory lane to 2001 to revisit a famous and quite funny tackle.

1474d
0
South Africa

Can Boks remain on top?

OPINION: The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final feels a lifetime ago right now.

1474d
0
Second Phase

Kings-style bailout for SA franchises?

OPINION: Jan de Koning believes he has a solution for the current cash-crunch facing South Africa's franchises.

1474d
0
Second Phase

The ultimate rugby quiz: Who wrote the book 'Beware of the Dog'?

BRAINTEASER: Take on @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson in this mental challenge!

1475d
0
South Africa

Springbok coach's fullback 'problem'

OPINION: Leezil Hendricks takes a look at the selection 'headache' facing new Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber.

1475d
0
News

The runts of South African rugby

OPINION: It's probably safe to say that the Pro14 will never be as popular as Super Rugby for South African fans.

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0
Second Phase

Last-gasp winners

WATCH as we bring you a collection of the most dramatic last-minute winning moments.

1476d
0
News

The day Kings came of age

WATCH as the Southern Kings embarrassed the Waratahs in Sydney in 2017.

1476d
0
Second Phase

Injury Time: The tale about extra time

A SHORT STORY: John Gardener entertains the readers with a tale of fiction (or is there some truth in it) about referee's additional time.

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0
Second Phase

Evolve or become extinct

RUGBY FROM THE BUNKERS: Former two-time Junior World Cup-winning coach Eugene Eloff has dusted off his laptop and produced a lollapalooza for @rugby365com's readers.

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0
Second Phase

Match of the Day: A Bloem classic

WATCH as the Cheetahs and the Hurricanes produced a spectacle of running rugby in Bloemfontein in 2011.

1477d
0
Second Phase

The ultimate rugby quiz: Surely you won't get 10

BRAINTEASER: Take on @rugby365com‘s oracle Paul Dobson in this challenging quiz!

1478d
0
News

Match of the Day: Year of Stormers strike-out

WATCH as the Stormers host the Highlanders in the 1999 Super Rugby semifinal at Newlands.

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0
France

SIX NATIONS: The year of Les Bleus?

OPINION: Leezil Hendricks takes a look at the impact of COVID-19 on the Six Nations tournament.

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0
Second Phase

Worst mistakes in history

WATCH as we bring you a collection of the worst mistakes by players and match officials in the game.

1479d
0
Second Phase

The ultimate rugby quiz: Sunday version

BRAINTEASER: Take on @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson in this challenging quiz!

1479d
0
Second Phase

Match of the day: The first crusade

WATCH as we bring the first win by the most successful team in Super Rugby history - the Crusaders.

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0
England

WATCH: Why everybody loves to hate Owen

VIDEO: Rugby loves its villains and Owen Farrell is no exception.

1480d
0
Second Phase

The ultimate rugby quiz: Saturday version

BRAINTEASER: Take on @rugby365com‘s oracle Paul Dobson in this challenging quiz!

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0
News

Match of the day: Then there were 12

WATCH as we bring the first Final of Super Rugby's professional era - the Auckland Blues hosting the Natal Sharks at Eden Park.

1480d
0
Second Phase

The ultimate rugby quiz: Take Two

BRAINTEASER: Take on @rugby365com‘s oracle Paul Dobson in this challenging quiz!

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0
Second Phase

Match of the day: The FIRST Final

WATCH as we bring you the first-ever Super Rugby Final.

1481d
0
Second Phase

The ultimate quiz: Test your knowledge

TOP BILLING: Take on @rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson in this new quiz!

1482d
0
News

Match of the Day: Sharks v Bulls

VIDEO: In 2007 we probably saw the most dramatic ending to a Super Rugby Final.

1482d
0
Australia

Tri-Nations decider: You be the judge

READERS' FORUM: The @rugby365com team came up with a novel idea of a 'fantasy' tournament to entertain the readers - a Tri-Nations series.

1483d
0
News

Respect the referee

OPINION: Acclaimed @rugby365com writer Paul Dobson takes a look at an ugly, soccer type, attitude that is creeping into Rugby Union.

1483d
0
OPINION

VIDEO: A Springbok workout

#WATCH as several Springboks stars shared what they have been up to during self-isolation.

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0
Second Phase

Match of the Day: Blues v Stormers

VIDEO: It's 2004, the Blues were the defending Super 12 champions and the Stormers travelled to Eden Park to destroy them.

1483d
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Second Phase

Home workout

WATCH as Ben John, coach at Manor London, show youngsters ways to improve their skills and stay on top of their fitness.

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0
Second Phase

Match of the Day: Bulls v Reds

VIDEO: In the first installment of our Match of the Day series we go back to 2007 when the Bulls destroyed the Reds at Loftus Versfeld.

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0
Second Phase

White can give Bulls horns again

OPINION: Love him or hate him, Jake White is good at what he does.

1485d
0
News

Refereeing: Where it all started

FEATURE: Acclaimed @rugby365com writer Paul Dobson takes us back in time to where 'refereeing' was first introduced to the game.

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Second Phase

Predictions 2020: How badly did we get it wrong?

IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR: While #COVID-19 has put the sport in an unexpected hiatus, we decided the lull is a good time to revisit our pre-season predictions.

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Second Phase

Willemse v Bosch: Just a one-horse race?

OPINION: Not long ago Curwin Bosch was the "forgotten flyhalf of South African Rugby". Warren Fortune shines the spotlight on the No.10 race.

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0
Second Phase

Rugby goes to Bollywood

VIDEO: With all the doom and gloom we've experienced the last few weeks, watch as we try to bring you something to smile or maybe laugh about.

1486d
0
New Zealand

All Black team: Who will make Foster's cut?

OPINION: Tom Vinicombe takes a look at which players could make the cut when new All Black coach Ian Foster names his first squad of the year.

1486d
0
News

Sharks the biggest losers?

OPINION: Momentum is everything in Super Rugby and the Sharks just lost it.

1487d
0
News

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round Six

OPINION: Another round of Super Rugby has come and gone and it's time for @rugby365com's famous Team of the Week.

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0
Second Phase

VIDEO: The Biggest Thugs XV

WATCH as we bring a team of truly cringe-worthy thugs - all the baddies in the same team.

1490d
0
New Zealand

#COVID-19: Why NZRU must hit the reset button

OPINION: Covid-19 could be the re-making of rugby in New Zealand. Hamish Bidwell looks at the real issues facing the game!

1491d
0
New Zealand

All Black XV: What NZ's B-Team will look like

OPINION: New Zealand Rugby’s announcement of the All Black XV on Monday brought with it plenty of intrigue nationwide. Alex McLeod plays selector and reveals what the team could look like!

1492d
0
Second Phase

Andy Goode takes pot-shots at Eddie Jones

OPINION: Former England flyhalf Andy Goode and current England coach Eddie Jones are never short of an opinion.

1492d
0
Second Phase

Union v League: The best steppers

WATCH as we compare South African superstar Cheslin Kolbe and Australian counterpart Kalyn Ponga - both incredibly athletic players!

1493d
0
Second Phase

Unusual and bizarre moments

WATCH as we bring you 15 of the most unusual and bizarre moments in the game.

1493d
0
Second Phase

The Breakdown: Inside the Blues camp

WATCH as Leon MacDonald joins The Breakdown panel to give an inside look at the Blues camp in 2020.

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0
New Zealand

Potential ramifications of new 'All Blacks XV'

OPINION: Having a player's eligibility captured will be a big talking point going forward after the unveiling of the new All Blacks XV.

1497d
0
Second Phase

Six Nations Team of the Week: Round Four

OPINION: Despite the game between Ireland and Italy being called off, the fourth round of the Six Nations still offered up a veritable feast of international rugby in its two surviving fixtures.

1497d
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France

Player ratings: Rare success

OPINION: Scotland may have been assisted by a moment of madness from the French, but they will celebrate a rare win over Les Bleus.

1498d
0
France

Player ratings: Shattered dreams

OPINION: France’s Six Nations Grand Slam bid ground to a halt on Sunday, as they fell to a 28-17 loss to a fired-up Scottish side at Murrayfield.

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0
England

Player Ratings: So near, yet so far

OPINION: The conclusion of the 2020 Six Nations tournament might currently be uncertain but the importance of an England versus Wales fixture is never in doubt

1499d
0
England

Player Ratings: Burying demons

OPINION: England wrapped up their Six Nations spring campaign with a 33-30 win over Wales at Twickenham.

1499d
0
Second Phase

The Rugby Pod: Why Marler should be banned

WATCH as Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton unpack all things Joe Marler, after some questionable behaviour in England's powerful display against Wales.

1499d
0
South Africa

The big Bok headache

OPINION: Five rounds into the Super Rugby season and new Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has a few intriguing puzzles to solve.

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0
Second Phase

Doping: Rugby's ever-growing problem

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Being a professional athlete is a challenging journey and can be lonely.

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0
Second Phase

This weekend's highlights

WATCH as we bring you all them highlights from the main matches of the past weekend!

1501d
0
Second Phase

Bulls fans fight ... with commentary

WATCH as a group of 'overzealous' Bulls fans get into a sideline ruck(us) - with some humorous commentary.

1502d
0
Second Phase

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round Five

OPINION: It was a blues Monday in Cape Town. Not only did they lose one of their key forward to injury, but their unbeaten record lay shattered on the Newlands turf.

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0
New Zealand

The Breakdown: Sad state of NZ Rugby

WATCH as The Breakdown team delves deep into the recent McKinsey Review and analyse Super Rugby.

1505d
0
Second Phase

Weekend highlights

WATCH as we bring you all the Super Rugby Round Five highlights!

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0
Second Phase

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round Four

OPINION: After four rounds there is only one unbeaten team left in the tournament.

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Second Phase

Six Nations Team of the Week: Round Three

OPINION: The Six Nations returned from its bye week on Saturday with Round Three of the 2020 campaign, as teams at opposing ends of the table contested games of varying quality.

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Second Phase

WATCH: The most ridiculous finish to a match ... ever

WATCH how an early celebration leads to the most ridiculous finish to a match ever!

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0
Second Phase

The Breakdown: The big Chief

WATCH as the New Zealand panel analyse round four of Super Rugby and the Stormers' prospects.

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England

Player Ratings: Just tactically better

OPINION: England head coach Eddie Jones was rewarded with a fairly emphatic display from his side in their 24-12 win over Ireland at Twickenham on Sunday.

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France

Player ratings: Pure pleasure

OPINION: Les Bleus first away game was always going to be a major litmus test for Fabien Gathie’s young side. Ian Cameron rates the French players!

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0
England

Player Ratings: Shattered hopes

OPINION: As pointed out this week by Russ Petty on Twitter, the team that leads at half-time nearly always wins this fixture, and this game was all but over by the 40-minute mark.

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Wales

Player ratings: Flatter to deceive

OPINION: It was the third thrilling game for the neutral and a nailbiter for fans in a row between these two teams and, finally, France came out on top. Rhiannon Garth Jones rates the Welsh players!

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0
Second Phase

This weekend's highlights

WATCH as we bring you highlights from all the main fixtures this past weekend.

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0
Scotland

Player ratings: The scoreboard don’t lie

OPINION: Gregor Townsend’s men came into the Wooden Spoon decider knowing a win was a must. Ian Cameron rates the Scotland players!

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0
Second Phase

Alternative 'analysis'

WATCH a very different take on the past weekend's Super Rugby action.

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0
Second Phase

Rugby in the '80s was insane

WATCH  a clip from some insane trucks in games from the 1980s.

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0
Second Phase

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round Three

OPINION: The Stormers and the Chiefs are still unbeaten after three rounds of Super Rugby.

1518d
0
Second Phase

The Rugby Pod: Cave in the hot seat

WATCH AS Former Ireland international Darren Cave joins Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton in the studio.

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0
Second Phase

Preview: England v Ireland

WATCH as Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton analyse the Six Nations crunch encounter between Ireland and England.

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0
England

Why Six Nations don't need Springboks

OPINION: It was always going to take something rather significant to get Saracens out of the headlines this season, although few likely expected the prospect of South Africa joining the Six Nations to be the story that would finally do it.

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0
Second Phase

The Breakdown

WATCH as All Black coach Ian Foster fronts up to answer fans' questions in a new segment on The Breakdown!

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0
Super Rugby

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round Two

OPINION: It was a weekend of surprises - the Chiefs, Sharks and Hurricanes all coming away with important wins.

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Second Phase

Six Nations Team of the Week, Round Two

OPINION: The second weekend of the 2020 Six Nations offered a mixed bag of performances.

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France

Player Ratings: Excellent to the farcical

OPINION: France were on a hiding to nothing in this match against a heavily unfancied if developing Italian outfit in Paris.

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England

Player Ratings: Redemption?

OPINION: England head coach Eddie Jones rang the changes following his side’s demoralising loss to France in their tournament opener and it paid off as they emerged 13-6 winners at Murrayfield against Scotland.

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England

Player Ratings: Scrappy affair

OPINION: Dreadful conditions killed this game as a spectacle and it was a hard day to be judged, but yet that is what we must do.

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Ireland

Player Ratings: Wales' Reality check

OPINION: Wayne Pivac described this game as the toughest of his coaching career and it was certainly much more challenging than last week’s assignment against Italy.

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Ireland

Player Ratings: The Farrell factor

OPINION: Following Ireland's 24-14 win over Wales, we can more properly judge the baby steps of this new Andy Farrell era in charge of Ireland.

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Second Phase

All the weekend's video highlights

WATCH as we bring the highlights from the past weekend's main matches - Six Nations and Super Rugby!

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Second Phase

Super Rugby Power Rankings, Round One

OPINION: Tom Vinicombe rates the teams after the opening weekend of Super Rugby.

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News

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round One

OPINION: The Stormers lead the way with three players in our Team of the Week for Round One of Super Rugby 2020.

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Second Phase

Six Nations Team of the Week: Round One

OPINION: The Six Nations is back and the opening round of competition saw an abundance of impressive individual performances from the 138 players involved.

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Second Phase

Andy Goode takes aim at Eddie Jones

OPINION: Former England flyhalf and media pundit Andy Goode has decided to give Eddie Jones some selection advice.

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Second Phase

Rugby Pod: Humble pie

WATCH as Andy Goode eats humble pie after talking up England's chances of a Grand Slam.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: The New era

OPINION: Galthie’s team of athletic, young Frenchman might have been light in experience but they made up for it with attacking accuracy, dynamism and aggression.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: Too Arrogant?

OPINION: Paris played host to the latest edition of ‘Le Crunch’ on Sunday afternoon, with a rejuvenated French side running out 24-17 victors in what is one of the most emotionally-charged rivalries in international rugby.

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Ireland

Player ratings: One-man show

OPINION: Liam Heagney rates the Ireland players after their 19-12 win over Scotland in the opening round of the Six Nations.

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Ireland

Player ratings: Big blunder

OPINION: Ian Cameron rates the Scotland players after the error-filled 12-19 loss to Ireland in their Six Nations opener.

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Italy

Player ratings: One-way traffic

OPINION: Rhiannon Garth Jones rates the Welsh players after their 42-0 Six Nations shut-out of Italy.

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Second Phase

The Rugby Pod: Six Nations & Super Rugby

WATCH AS We gather up a host of familiar faces to discuss the Home Nations' chances in the upcoming Six Nations.

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Second Phase

The Rugby Pod: Goode v Venter

WATCH as Andy Goode and Brendan Venter get into a heated debate over Saracens salary scandal.

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New Zealand

All Blacks star Mo'unga faces career-defining season

OPINION: When Richie Mo’unga helped guide the Crusaders to their third Super Rugby title on the trot in 2019, Mo’unga Mania hit its peak.

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Second Phase

The Rugby Pod: BIG transfer rumours

WATCH as the Rugby Pod gets stuck into the 2020-21 rumour mill.

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Second Phase

Inside the BaaBaas: The documentary

WATCH as we went behind the scenes with one of the most iconic clubs in the world, as they prepared for a clash with Wales in Cardiff.

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News

Brumbies among title contenders in 2020

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The Brumbies are poised to again dominate the Australian conference of Super Rugby and have the potential go at least one step further and make the tournament’s final in 2020.

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Second Phase

Saracens: Goode's verdict on new era

OPINION: Andy Goode gives his view on the latest developments surrounding the Saracens salary-cap saga.

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Second Phase

The Rugby Pod: Wray and Sarries

WATCH as Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton discuss what the future holds for Saracens after Nigel Wrays decision to leave the club.

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Super Rugby

Hurricanes facing impossible odds

OPINION: The Hurricanes finished their 2019 season with another semi-final defeat to the Crusaders, their second straight season-ender in Christchurch.

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Latest News

Dobson's Rugby Wishlist

I have a nightmare that I wish to swap for a dream, a death wish that I want to swap for a wishlist, so that I can exchange my fears for rugby's future with more of the joy and excitement that has filled my life since reaching the age of reason.

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Second Phase

Beauden can't save Blues' blushes

OPINION: Beauden Barrett’s signing with the Blues for 2020 and beyond has been hailed as a huge coup for a franchise that has underperformed for the better part of the last two decades.

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Second Phase

Rugby Pod: Candid calls

LISTEN as Ellis Genge speaks to the Rugby Pod in a brilliantly candid call.

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Second Phase

The real legacy of Nigel Wray

OPINION: Andy Goode takes a look at the REAL legacy of now-retired Saracens boss Nigel Wray!

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Second Phase

The Titled XV

OPINION: It is the time of the year when people look back to the past and pick teams.

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Second Phase

Alex's top 30

OPINION: Alex Shaw’s names his top 30 players of the year. Guess who is at No.1?

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Second Phase

It's been a hell of a decade

SPOTLIGHT: Andy Goode takes a look at the changes to the game over the last 10 years!

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England

Year in review: Faf guides Boks to glory

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Faf de Klerk guided South Africa to World Cup glory in Japan, with the hosts setting the tournament alight with an unexpected run to the quarterfinals.

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Second Phase

Top 10 steppers

WATCH as we bring you some of the fanciest feet that the World Cup had to offer, as we were treated to some spectacular action out wide.

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Second Phase

Euro Team of the Week: Round Four

OPINION: This past weekend brought the final round of Champions Cup action for 2019 and a particularly competitive form XV.

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Australia

What makes an All Black No.10 so different?

OPINION: There are a number of attributes required to become a professional flyhalf.

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OPINION

Chiefs' Conundrum: What to do with the mercurial McKenzie?

OPINION: It’s the news every Chiefs fan has been hoping for: Damian McKenzie will be fit for the opening match of the Super Rugby season.

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News

Euro Team of the Week: Round Three

OPINION: This weekend played host to Round Three of the Champions Cup, the beginning of the vitally important December back-to-back games

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Super Rugby

Hurricanes' big hurdles this season

OPINION: The 2020 Super Rugby season is not shaping up as an easy one for Hurricanes supporters.

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Second Phase

Hartley gives insights on Eddie Jones

WATCH as former England captain Dylan Hartley reveals the roles and responsibilities that he undertook under the watchful eye of Eddie Jones.

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Second Phase

Euro Team of the Week: Round Two

OPINION: It was a weekend of consolidation in the Champions Cup, as a number of teams backed up impressive wins in Round One, with similar results a week later.

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Second Phase

Springbok World Cup finals XV

OPINION: In South Africa, if you want advice, you light a braai fire! If you want criticism, you select a team, especially a Springbok team.

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Second Phase

Best of the Bok pack

WATCH as we bring you some of the most momentous plays by South African forwards at the World Cup.

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