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Season 3

Ross' freedom to Bloom

EXCLUSIVE: England squad member Jono Ross endured a tough time during his time at the Bulls but that all changed when he made the decision to head north to ply his trade in France.

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Season 3

Bismarck misses the mark

EXCLUSIVE: In the aftermath of Rassie Erasmus' Springbok squad announcement, we take a look at who the Late Tackle feels should be the starting pack of forwards.  

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Season 2

Could adaptations assist smaller countries?

EXCLUSIVE: The United States rugby fraternity needs to compete with a few major sporting codes and a few adaptations t the game could assist them to drawing more attention to the sport and bring in numerous revenue streams. 

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Season 1

Video: Sarries trips & Scottish tries from the horses' mouths

WATCH former Springbok and Saracens scrumhalf Neil de Kock sheds some light on those random trips while Scotland international Huw Jones takes us through his spectacular second try.

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Season 2

Tier 2 nations are more valuable

EXCLUSIVE: As the game starts to gain global traction and Tier Two nations undergo their qualification for the 2019 World Cup, it would seem that their involvement in the showpiece event overshadows Tier One nations. 

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Season 2

Steyn's Brive move to fall through?

EXCLUSIVE: Despite having signed a pre-contract agreement to join Brive at the conclusion of the current season, Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn seems to be in the process of changing his mind.

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Season 2

Fit-again Lambie loving Racing

EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Lambie headed to Racing 92 under a cloud of uncertainty due to numerous serious injuries, however, the flyhalf has now revealed that making the move has helped him to break that cycle.

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Season 2

Lambie's World Cup dream alive

EXCLUSIVE: Getting some game time under the belt at Racing 92 was the first step for Pat Lambie to return to the international stage and now that he has accomplished that, he is hopeful of catching Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus' eye.

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Season 2

Stormers pack leaves a sour taste

EXCLUSIVE: The performance of the Stormers' pack will leave a sour taste in the mouths of many of their supporters as they were outplayed by a lesser experienced Bulls pack.

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Season 2

Money meant little to Clever

EXCLUSIVE: In a time when money drives many players to leave their homeland to make a living in the big European leagues, former USA Eagles captain reveals why he turned down a European contract in favour of one with the Lions.

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Season 2

Springbok flyhalf conundrum solved?

EXCLUSIVE: As the June Test series against England draws nearer, many are starting to debate who should don on the number 10 jersey. However, there may just be an alternate option which could solve the debate.

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Season 2

States player welfare a step closer

EXCLUSIVE: The current players in the USA Eagles system can now be at ease with the knowledge that their best interests will be front of mind after the formation of the United States Rugby Players Association.

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Season 2

Powell not afraid to get his hands dirty

EXCLUSIVE: There is no doubt that Neil Powell and his Springbok Sevens management team has a system that breeds success.

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Season 2

Du Preez clan: 'Banana Boy' culture on the rise

EXCLUSIVE: Sharks flyhalf Robert du Preez believes the Sharks are on the right path to return the franchise, and the province, to its glory days.

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Season 2

Team Culture: The forgotten hero

EXCLUSIVE: Sport has evolved over the past twenty years like no other, with the introduction of modern technology and the focus on nutrition paired with health, the traditionally smaller aspects of the sport have now come into focus more than ever

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Season 2

Fleck struggling to weather the storm

EXCLUSIVE: There's a storm brewing in Cape Town and it's not the kind that will bring much needed rain to the drought-stricken city.

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Season 2

CG performance a blip on the radar

EXCLUSIVE: It is easy to heap praise when a team is successful, but when they do not live up to expectations, the questions of doubt begin to creep in. However, this is not the BlitzBoks' case.

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Season 2

Springboks are a step behind

EXCLUSIVE: As the Springboks' June series against England draws closer, one cannot help but wonder if Rassie Erasmus will adapt his game plan to suit the current mauling trend. 

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Season 2

Negri, Bastareaud 'kiss and make up'

EXCLUSIVE: While most players do not take kindly to any form of homophobic slurs aimed at them, Italian loose forward Sebastian Negri chatted to the Late Tackle boys about his incident.

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Season 2

The bigger you are, the harder you work

EXCLUSIVE: In days gone by, the primary duty of the tight five was simple - scrum! However, that has now changed.

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Season 2

Zimbabwe could have been a force

EXCLUSIVE: Many young players are leaving their countries of birth to chase the international dream somewhere else, but what could have been had Zimbabwean-born players remained in the country. 

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Season 2

Putting your best Foote forward

EXCLUSIVE: Rebels defence coach Kevin Foote has no issue with joining the Rebels' training when they are on tour.

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Season 2

Dobbo leads the way

EXCLUSIVE: Rebels head coach Dave Wessels has paid tribute to current Western Province coach John Dobson for the role he played in his coaching career.

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Season 2

A Springbok is always up

EXCLUSIVE: It does not get any more clear than this as to what the Springbok emblem means to Rebels defence coach Kevin Foote.

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Season 2

Where there's a Will, there's ...

EXCLUSIVE: The Rebels burst into the 2018 Super Rugby with renewed vigour and quickly established themselves as one of the front-runners to claim the Australian conference.

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Season 2

You have to love an underdog

EXCLUSIVE: Rebels coach Dave Wessels reveals why gave up the chance to coach Pro14 giants Munster in favour of remaining Super Rugby.

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Season 2

Kriel's brilliant Euro move

EXCLUSIVE: Jaco Kriel's move to Gloucester to join former coach Johan Ackermann is the right decision for his career.

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Season 2

We need Habana in SA

EXCLUSIVE: The greatest Springbok wing may have retired from the game but that does not mean that he needs to be lost to South African rugby.

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Season 2

Sharks legend opens up about retirement

EXCLUSIVE: Keegan Daniel may only be stepping away from the game at the end of the current Super Rugby season, and has already started planning his next step.

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Season 2

Pollard heads the Bok No.10 pecking order

EXCLUSIVE: Based on current form believes Handre Pollard is leading the race for the Springbok flyhalf position.

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Season 2

Daniel's ideal Bok loose trio

EXCLUSIVE: Soon to be retired Sharks stalwart Keegan Daniel looks towards the upcoming series against England and names his ideal loose trio.

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Season 2

Exclusive: Habana's shock revelation

EXCLUSIVE: While some believe that Bryan Habana's retirement announcement came as a result of not being able to regain a spot in Toulon's matchday squad, however, he gave Late Tackle the exclusive insight. 

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Season 2

Worms eats humble Jaguares pie

EXCLUSIVE: Not too long ago, Anton 'Worms' van Zyl questioned the Jaguares' Super Rugby inclusion as they offer little value to the competition and, as recent results would have it, he accepted the backlash.

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Season 2

Habana's Springbok backline

EXCLUSIVE: Springbok legend Bryan Habana has put on his selector hat and picked an interesting Springbok backline for the first Test against England in June.

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Season 2

Murphy leaps to BlitzBok contention

EXCLUSIVE: James Murphy, who came from relative obscurity to be part of the broader BlitzBok squad, speaks about what he feels is a vitally important aspect of the Sevens game.

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PODCAST: Mission impossible

The @rugby365com team welcomes aboard a passionate voice from Christchurch as try to find somebody that is willing to back the Lions against the Crusaders.

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Second Phase

Short Ball: Final we deserve

PODCAST: Scotty Stevenson & Mils Muliaina look back on the Super Rugby season as it draws to a close and discuss the matchups for this weekend’s final in Christchurch.

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Second Phase

Crusaders an unstoppable dynasty again?

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: What distinguishes good teams from great ones is multiple championships, especially in consecutive seasons.

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Season 3

Inconsistent sanctions that boggle the mind

EXCLUSIVE: The sanctions handed down to those who transgressed the laws of the game continue to boggle the mind as Super Rugby's bans have become somewhat of a farce.

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Season 3

Sanctions makes the panel Moody

EXCLUSIVE: The sanction handed to the Crusaders' Joe Moody following a cheap shot on Kurtley Beale has not gone down well with those outside of New Zealand.

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Season 3

Gelant must be Boks' fullback

EXCLUSIVE: Every couch critic has their opinion on who Rassie Erasmus should select as the starting Springbok backline, so we decided to add two more voices to the selection committee.

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Season 3

Delving into the Currie Cup's heart

EXCLUSIVE: After the recent revelation that the prestigious Currie Cup has been reduced to a competition shorter than the Varsity Cup, the question has to be asked about whether there is still a need for it.

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Season 3

The resurgence of a Springbok scrumhalf

EXCLUSIVE: Francois 'Faf' de Klerk is yet another on a long list of South Africans to have resurrected their career after playing in Europe and England squad member Jono Ross believes the scrumhalf deserves a Springbok spot.

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Season 3

A new system to deter foul play

EXCLUSIVE: Being handed a few weeks ban for foul play does not seem to be deterring players from acts of intentional foul play, so hit them where they will feel it - in their pockets.

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Season 3

Stormers have lost their thunder

EXCLUSIVE: The Stormers' defeat to the Sunwolves in Hong Kong seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back as it perfectly sums up the season they have had.

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Season 3

How to beat the English

EXCLUSIVE: Schalk Brits hung up his boots from the professional game after Saracens reclaimed the Premiership title and believes he knows how the Springboks can defeat England during the June international series.

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Season 3

The great captain Kolisi

EXCLUSIVE: History was made when Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus named Siya Kolisi as the country's new captain, an announcement that has got the country upbeat about the upcoming Tests against England.

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Season 3

Pulling a captain from the game

EXCLUSIVE: Making substitutions has become a key component in ensuring a late surge to win a game but there seems to be a trend of replacing a team's captain early in the second half.

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Season 3

Is bigger always better?

EXCLUSIVE: Rassie Erasmus' Springbok squad showcased one thing - he prefers his wings to have some bulk to them.

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Season 3

Are England vulnerable?

EXCLUSIVE: In the lead up to the first Test between the Springboks and England, one can't help but wonder who heads into the series as the favourites.

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Season 3

Wales game was a good exercise

EXCLUSIVE: The money-making exhibition match between the Springboks and Wales proved that South Africa's international level depth is not as deep as initially thought.

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Season 3

Jones has reached his saturation point

EXCLUSIVE: England are now entering their third year under Eddie Jones and it seems as though the standard plateau has occurred after a blistering start to his tenure.

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Season 3

A different view on captain Kolisi

EXCLUSIVE: The moment Siya Kolisi led the Springboks onto Ellis Park will forever be etched in the annals of South African rugby but for those closest to him, it means a lot more.

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Season 3

Ntubeni's Springbok ambition remains

EXCLUSIVE: Skara Ntubeni has been plagued by injury throughout his career but he remains hungry to be able to wear his Springbok blazer.

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Season 3

Goode: It's Eddie's way or the highway

EXCLUSIVE: The Rugby Pod's Andy Goode had the chance to witness an England training session and shares the experience of watching Eddie Jones put those players through their paces.

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Season 3

The greatest Sevens Series comeback?

EXCLUSIVE: The South African Sevens team retained their World Sevens Series title in the unlikeliest way when they claimed the Paris Sevens leg.

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Season 3

Incidents don't always affect outcomes

EXCLUSIVE: An act of foul play or a refereeing error can change the outcome of the game but it seems as though recent incidents would not have changed the end result.

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Season 3

Rassie - The galvanizing coach

EXCLUSIVE: Rassie Erasmus has made an immediate impact since he took over as the Springboks' head coach, an impact that has clearly galvanised the players.

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Season 3

The foundation has been laid

EXCLUSIVE: Two consecutive wins under Rassie Erasmus' coaching has laid the platform for a successful path on the road to the 2019 World Cup.

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Season 3

The Springbok future is bright

EXCLUSIVE: Rassie Erasmus' decision to hand three players their debuts in the opening match of the June Test Series paid immediate dividends as the Springboks have now claimed two consecutive victories over England.

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Season 3

Who can back Faf up?

EXCLUSIVE: Francois 'Faf' de Klerk's return to the Springbok fold has worked wonders for the team's performance, however, it has also raised questions about the depth in the position.

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Season 3

The demise of England

EXCLUSIVE: England are just one defeat away from equalling their longest losing streak and their fall from grace could not have been more dramatic.

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Season 3

Butch on tackle laws

EXCLUSIVE: The new tackle laws which were trialled during the Under-20 World Championships will run the risk of taking away a crucial element of the game.

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Season 3

Resting Springbok players

EXCLUSIVE: The Springboks have just come off a tough series against England and will now head straight back into their Super Rugby franchises, however, some players deserve a break.

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Season 3

The ideal number of games to play

EXCLUSIVE: As the game moves ever closer to becoming a year-long season, managing the number of matches the players are involved in becomes more important than ever.

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Season 3

Walters: Springboks are still a superpower

EXCLUSIVE: Aled Walters' decision to leave Munster and join Rassie Erasmus as part of the Springbok coaching staff was a no-brainer as he holds the team in high regard.

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Season 3

Assessing the whistle blowers

EXCLUSIVE: Super Rugby referee Egon Seconds provides us with unique insight into what happens behind the scenes after each match he and his fellow referees are involved in.

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Season 3

From former player to referee

EXCLUSIVE: Egon Seconds took to refereeing in 2014 but struggled with the transition from player to referee as he found himself joining the players in some of the on-field antics.

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Season 3

Keeping things safe on the field

EXCLUSIVE: Much has been said around the recently trailed height of the tackle, with many suggesting that it will take away from a key component of the game.

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Butch's ideal flyhalf backup

EXCLUSIVE: Former Springbok flyhalf Butch James reveals who he believes should be Rassie Erasmus' backup flyhalf going forward, and it's an interesting selection.

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Season 3

No free Springbok caps

EXCLUSIVE: Now that the dust has settled on what was a successful first outing for Rassie Erasmus, it was pleasing to see that the coach was not tempted to hand out free Springbok caps - especially in the dead rubber Test.

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Staying motivated for Super Rugby

EXCLUSIVE: As the Springbok players disperse across the country to their various Super Rugby teams, they will now face a metal challenge of adjusting to the demands of Super Rugby.

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What the Springboks need

EXCLUSIVE: The Springboks' defeat to England at Newlands has got some people worried about the lack of depth the country has in certain positions.

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Season 3

Standout Springbok players

EXCLUSIVE: There were some solid performances for the Springboks in their series against England and some not-so-solid ones as well.

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Vermeulen's Springbok value

EXCLUSIVE: Duane Vermeulen made a highly successful return to the Springbok fold, a year after a poor showing that saw him lose his spot, proving that he remains one of the best loose forwards in the world.

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Managing players effectively

EXCLUSIVE: Player management is not simply a case of resting players from matches as Springboks Head of High-Performance Aled Walters explains.

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Plotting the Springbok way forward

EXCLUSIVE: Rassie Erasmus made a successful start to his Springbok coaching tenure but all eyes are now on what progress will be made as the Rugby Championships draw nearer.

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What drew Aled to Rassie Erasmus

EXCLUSIVE: Leaving the comforts of home in Wales and shipping your family to South Africa is a daunting prospect in itself, however, the chance to work alongside Rassie Erasmus at international level was an opportunity Aled Walters could not pass up.

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Season 3

Time to put Newlands to bed

EXCLUSIVE: The rumour mill continues to grow stronger each day that Newlands Rugby Stadium will be no more and it seems to be a decision that will be welcomed by former players.

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Season 3

Super Rugby system remains confusing

EXCLUSIVE: The current Super Rugby conference system may have been around for a few years but the format remains confusing to some former players.

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Season 3

An exciting Sevens World Cup awaits

EXCLUSIVE: The BlitzBoks have never won the Sevens World Cup and this year's edition of the competition brings a unique format.

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Season 3

Have the SR teams lost interest?

EXCLUSIVE: The debate around whether or not Super Rugby remains relevant and interesting rages on, as it would seem that the final round robin matches did nothing to enhance the tournament's image.

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Season 3

Another Saffa lost to a European country

EXCLUSIVE: The conveyor belt of South African-born players representing another country may soon have another name added the list.

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Season 3

A case for selecting a second decision maker

EXCLUSIVE: A loyal Late Tackle viewer, Vincent Nortier posed an interesting question around the All Blacks' approach to the 10/12 interchangeability and whether or not that could work for the Springboks.

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Season 3

Adjusting to the Welsh game

EXCLUSIVE: Heading to a foreign country to ply your trade will always be a tough task when you are not accustomed to playing most of your matches in wet weather, especially when joining a new club in the middle of the season.

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Season 3

Dual play-makers stem from League

READER'S OPINION: Dan Jardine responds to a fellow viewer's question regarding the All Blacks approach to interchangeable 10/12, which was posed on Late Tackle's Bulling Around with a Scarlet episode.

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TEAM OF THE WEEK: Spoils shared

OPINION: The Crusaders and the Lions share the spoils in our Super Rugby Team of the Week for the semifinals.

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Second Phase

No away fans 'is a crying shame'

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Renowned New Zealand pundit Scotty Stevenson believes this year's Super Rugby Final will not have the atmosphere it deserves.

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Season 3

Bulling around with a Scarlet

EXCLUSIVE: Soon-to-be Welsh qualified David Bulbring of the Scarlets lets us in on what it is like for a South African-born player trying to make a name for himself in a different country.

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Season 3

A few Seconds with Egon

Super Rugby referee Egon Seconds jumps onto the couch and brings some unique insight into all things refereeing while bringing some humour to the panel.

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Season 3

Conditioning with a Welsh Springbok

EXCLUSIVE: Self-confessed Jesse Kriel look alike Aled Walters, the Springboks' Head of Athletic Performance, brings his Welsh charm and shares some funny stories about his time at Munster and the Springboks.

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Season 3

The International wrap

The conclusion of the June internationals has answered many questions about where the strength of the international game is but now the southern hemisphere weirdly heads back to Super Rugby.

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Season 3

Grooming around with a Lion

EXCLUSIVE: Nic Groom returned to South Africa from the Northampton Saints and shares his views on the Springboks, England and playing alongside one of the "bad boys" of the game.

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Springbok optimism at an all-time high

Having wrapped up their June Test series over England, the general feeling is that the Springboks have renewed the public's belief that they will return to being one of the best teams in the world.

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Season 3

Springbok excitement restored

The Springboks' remarkable come-from-behind 42-39 in the opening Test over England has restored the country's hopes about the revival of the nation's beloved team.

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Season 3

The Goode, the bad and the hooker

The Rugby Pod's Andy Goode makes his Late Tackle debut to chat all things South Africa vs England as we continue to build toward the all-important series.

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Season 3

Why Saffa Expats thrive in Europe

EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Jones' recent England squads announcement features another South African-born player who has thrived in Europe.

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Habana on life after rugby

EXCLUSIVE: Soon to be retired Springbok legend Bryan Habana just can't get enough of Late Tackle as he joins the team to chat all things retirement and drops a Bok bolter or two with the upcoming England Series in mind.

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Recruiting done the Wright way

VIDEO: Gareth Wright, Western Province's kicking coach and recruiter, joins the Late Tackle team on the couch to speak about what goes into recruiting players for the Union.

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Season 2

Rebels with a cause

VIDEO: The Rebels coaching staff of Dave Wessels and Kevin Foote took some time out of their preparations to join the Late Tackle for a catch-up session.

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The light-hearted side of Dobbo ... and more

VIDEO: Back in 2010 when John Dobson was the UCT-Ikeys coach, he was forced to make a decision whether to keep or 'fire' Jake White from his coaching staff.

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Season 2

The magic behind the Blitzboks

WATCH as special guest Blitzbok stalwart Chris Dry opens the Springbok Sevens door and reveals how they manage to consistently be at the top of their game, especially when new players are drafted into the main team.

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Season 2

A Clever look into USA rugby

WATCH as former USA Eagles captain and Sevens representative Todd Clever gives you exclusive access into the state of the game in the United States of America where the XVs players play second fiddle to their Sevens compatriots.

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Season 2

New revelations in 'Spain-gate' saga

WATCH as former Spanish international Guillermo Barcena lifts the lid on how deep Spain's dissatisfaction goes regarding their World Cup qualifier defeat to Belgium.

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Season 2

An Exeter cult hero and Spanish bust up

WATCH as referees are once again thrown into the spotlight following a major incident in Belgium and England loose forward Don Armand speaks about his career and being an Exeter cult hero. 

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Season 2

A Greek and a Scot walk into a bar

WATCH as Harlequins flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis opens up about his comeback from a life-threatening throat injury and The Rugby Pod's Jim Hamilton brings a fresh look at England's current state of affairs.

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EP Kings' skeletons thrown out the closet

WATCH as former Kings player and co-owner of Frankees, Tim Whitehead, provides exclusive access into the administrative chaos that led to the franchise's bankruptcy and the impact it had on his then teammates.

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Late Tackle: Kaplan weighs in on TMOs

WATCH as the #RugbyLateTackle team brings in former international referee Jonathan Kaplan to get a different view on the controversies surrounding Television Match Officials in the modern game.

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LATE TACKLE: Marx & Steyn on Super Rugby

WATCH the #RugbyLateTackle team break down each South African Super Rugby franchise squad and identify players who they feel will make a massive impact this season.

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LATE TACKLE: A glimmer of Springbok hope?

WATCH as the #RugbyLateTackle team looks at what the immediate future holds for the Springboks now that Allister Coetzee has vacated his Head Coach position.

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Late Tackle: Patriotism or Career?

WATCH as the Late Tackle team is joined by Joe Pietersen to pick his brain about why local players head overseas to ply their trade.

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LATE TACKLE: The big Springbok coach debate

WATCH as the #RugbyLateTackle team looks at the current Springbok coaching conundrum and shares their opinions on what role Rassie Erasmus will play.

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Late Tackle: Law changes and Innovation

In the final episode of the year, Anton van Zyl shares his true feelings about the Cape Town Sevens and Currie Cup-winning captain Chris van Zyl joins the team in the hot seat.

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Late Tackle: Sevens Fever

VODCAST: The World Sevens Series makes its way to Cape Town and the Late Tackle team are so excited that they are giving away tickets to watch the fastest form of the game live!

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LATE TACKLE: Introductions

VODCAST: The Late Tackle team of Howie Kahn, Anton van Zyl and Morgan Newman introduce their new panel show for RugbyPass.

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LATE TACKLE: Late starts and banter

VODCAST: Howie Kahn, Anton van Zyl and Morgan Newman bring a South African flavour to the market with a unique style of banter and some interesting points of view on a range of topics.

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Second Phase

Tall tales & fishy stories: The legends

VIDEO: How often do you get two real legends - like the World Rugby Player of the Century and the South African Player of the Century - on the same stage?

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News

Ali Williams' winning formula

Now that we’re approaching the business end of the Super Rugby finals, the question we ask ourselves is how do players and coaches prepare their weekly plan and deal with expectations.

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Second Phase

PODCAST: Why this Welshman is 'mud'

The @rugby365com team welcomes retired Welsh international Haldane Naude Luscombe on board, as they look at early retirements and @SuperRugby #semifinals.

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Second Phase

Can Barrett subdue Mo'unga?

THE SHORT BALL: Do the Hurricanes have a chance? And should the Lions & Waratahs abandon their kicking boots this weekend?

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Second Phase

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Play-off masters

OPINION: The opening round of play-offs produced a number of eye-catching performances in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

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News

Vampires v Real Deal in Final?

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Renowned New Zealand pundit Scotty Stevenson has made his call on who will be in the Final this year.

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PODCAST: TMOs are way out of line

LISTEN as the @rugby365com team - @LoffieEloff & @King365ed - welcomes former Baby Bok and Irish international Richard Strauss to this week's discussion.

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Second Phase

TEAM OF THE WEEK: The Crusade marches on

OPINION: The Crusaders ended the regular season of Super Rugby with another masterful display of rugby against the Blues in Christchurch.

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OPINION

Season Review: Rebels rising from the ruins

The influx of playing personnel from the west saw the Rebels instantly become one of the favourites in the Australian conference this season. Along with rising coach Dave Wessels, this new Force-Rebels outfit immediately looked better on paper.

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News

OPINION: Has TMO taken over referee's job?

@rugby365com law guru Paul Dobson gives us his view on SANZAAR's general report of officiating in Super Rugby.

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Second Phase

PODCAST: Down to the wire

LISTEN as @King365ed & @LoffieEloff look at the final round of @SuperRugby league action, before the play-offs.

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TEAM OF THE WEEK: We have the 'Mini Bus'

OPINION: Ngani Laumape produced the most eye-catching performance in Round 18 of Super Rugby.

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OPINION

The World's best flyhalves

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The flyhalf also known as the 'first five-eighth' in New Zealand and the 'outhalf' in Ireland, is possibly the most pivotal position on the rugby pitch.

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The Short Ball: The fake apology and a rebuttal

Scotty Stevenson and & Mils Muliaina talk about the incident when Blues hooker James Parsons denied a SANZAAR statement that claimed he received an apology from Owen Franks.

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PODCAST: Making sense of the mare's nest

LISTEN as @King365ed, @LoffieEloff, @wynandclaass & @Tauriq365 try to make sense of the hodgepodge of mediocrity that was evident in @SuperRugby this past weekend.

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VIDEO: Top Five highest paid players in 2018

Here is a look at the highest paid players in the 2017/2018 season.

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TEAM OF THE WEEK: A stunning gallop

OPINION: Super Rugby is back after the June international break and so is rugby365's Team of the Week.

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EXPLAINED: Why conference system benefits NZ

OPINION: All Blacks captain Kieran Read maybe propagating the removal of Super Rugby's conference system, but it actually benefits New Zealand rugby.

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PODCAST: When players confronted the Bok coach

LISTEN as the @rugby365com team delves into suggestions @lospumas players threw matches to get rid of their coach and @wynandclaass tells us about the time when players confronted the @Springboks coach.

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Podcast: The Short Ball - Super Rugby returns

This week the Short Ball team brought James McOnie off the bench to join Mils Muliaina in the studio.

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Kaino and the most memorable 'big man' kicks

After Jerome Kaino’s whiffed conversion in his final game at Eden Park this past Friday, we decided to compile a few memorable ‘big man’ kicks, for better or worse.

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It's still a one-horse race

JUNE ANALYSIS: The June internationals have come and gone. Jan de Koning looks for pointers to what we can expect at the World Cup in Japan next year.

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The other Barrett brother has arrived

OPINION: Opposition beware. Scott Barrett has officially arrived and he is here to ruin your night.

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Team of the Month: June's World XV

OPINION: The June international window has come to a dramatic climax, with plenty of controversies and many more highlights.

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Player Ratings: No clean sweep for Boks

OPINION: South Africa failed to complete a clean sweep over England at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: When it's May in June

OPINION: England’s tour of South Africa came to its conclusion, as the visitors salvaged pride with an impressive and disciplined 25-10 win at Newlands in Cape Town.

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France

Player ratings: Ten out of 10

OPINION: The All Blacks capped their series against France with a 49-14 victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

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Player ratings: Close but no cigar

OPINION: Michael Cheika’s Australia side went down to the touring Ireland in heartbreaking fashion last night. Here’s how the players fared individually.

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Player Ratings: The 'Grand' winners

OPINION: Ireland have won their first series in Australia since 1979.

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Key changes that could end losing streak

OPINION: Alex Shaw comes up with five key changes that could help England achieve victory in the final encounter of their three-Test series against South Africa.

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PODCAST: Inconsistency key to refereeing controversies

LISTEN as the @rugby365com team delves into a month of refereeing controversies in Test rugby.

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England

The Goode XV to beat the Boks

OPINION: Former England flyhalf and now media pundit Andrew James Goode names a team he feels will be good enough to beat the Springboks at Newlands.

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France

VIDEO: Evidence NZ teams are treated differently

WATCH as yet another New Zealand player gets away with deliberate foul play!

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Refs need a 'genuine feel for context'

KIWI OPINION: We bring you the view of a New Zealander, as the fallout over the Benjamin Fall against Beauden Barrett incident reverberates around the world.

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PLAYER RATINGS: THORmeulen

OPINION: South Africa managed to ignore the niggle and off-the-ball stuff to take an unassailable two-nil lead in their three-Test series against England.

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PLAYER RATINGS: More frustration

OPINION: England responded to their defeat in Johannesburg with a similarly frustrating performance in Bloemfontein.

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Player Ratings: Average All Blacks?

OPINION: The All Blacks secured a series victory with an unconvincing 26-13 win over France.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Back in it

OPINION: Ieland picked up their first away win over Australia for 39 years with a 26-21 victory in Melbourne to leave their three-Test series evenly poised at one apiece.

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PODCAST: The difference between champions and chokers ...

LISTEN as Neil Powell, coach of the back-to-back @WorldRugby7s champion @BlitzBoks, and his captain Philip Snyman join the @rugby365com team.

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Player ratings: Faf flair does the job

OPINION: It was two of South Africa's European-based players - Francois de Klerk and Duane Vermeulen - had the biggest impact in a narrow 42-39 win over England on Saturday.

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Player ratings: Rollercoaster start

OPNION: England got their summer series off to a rollercoaster start, racing into a 24-3 point lead in Johannesburg, before imploding late in the first half and ultimately succumbing to a 42-39 loss at Ellis Park.

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Player Ratings: Just better with Pocock

OPINION: Australia record an impressive18-9 win over Grand Slam champions Ireland at the Suncorp Stadium.

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Player ratings: Still No.1

OPINION: The back-to-back World Cup winners, New Zealand, asserted their dominance over France with a 52-11 win at Eden Park in their first Test of the year.

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Player ratings: Disappointed start

OPINION: A huge performance from David Pocock saw Australia handing Ireland a first defeat in over a year with an 18-9 victory in the first Test in Brisbane.

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PODCAST: Words of wisdom from a Bok skipper

LISTEN as former Springbok captain Wynand Claassen shares his wisdom with @King365ed & @LoffieEloff - ahead of the June Tests.

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Team of the Week: Making strides

OPINION: The Melbourne Rebels secured a good win in Auckland and now they lead the way in our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 16.

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The Short Ball: You can never count a French team out

Mils and Scotty join you from the rickety podcast studio one last time before The Short Ball gets a shiny new home. This week they’re here to discuss Super Rugby, including the very latest tragedy at the Blues, and back to back losses for the Hurricanes.

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Coming soon: New-look rugby365

CHANGES ARE COMING: The rugby365 evolution continues this week as we tweak the website to give it a fresh new look.

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OPINION: NZ kings of a crumbling castle

With the Waratahs recording a comprehensive win over the Highlanders, New Zealand’s uninterrupted domination of Australia in Super Rugby has finally come to a close.

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Team of the Week: Vamos!

OPINION: After their fantastic win over the Bulls, the Jaguares are well represented in our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 14.

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Sharks crack the Kiwi code?

SUPER RUGBY OPINION: Have the Sharks found a winning recipe against New Zealand sides?

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King Spencer's plan of Beauden

OPINION: The King and All Black great Carlos Spencer has returned to rugby and will join the Hurricanes coaching staff as an assistant in 2019.

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Cipriani will be Gloucester's Jantjies

OPINION: Following his recall to the England team last week, Danny Cipriani has joined Gloucester, with the club announcing his signing on Monday.

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EURO CHAMPIONS CUP: Leinster player ratings

OPINION: Leinster claimed their fourth Champions Cup title with a narrow 15-12 win over Racing at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao.

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PODCAST: Divvy, Loffie and other delectable treats

Is Peter de Villiers making progress in Zimbabwe? The answer to that and many other questions are provided by the @rugby365com team.

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REACTION: Malcolm Marx's replacement

OPINION: Jan de Koning and Tauriq Ebrahim look at a possible replacement for the injured Malcolm Marx in the Springbok team.

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Team of the Week: Merciless Crusade

OPINION: After hammering the Melbourne Rebels in their own backyard, players from the Crusaders dominate our Super Rugby Round 12 Team of the Week.

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READERS' OPINION: Boks in a bind

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: In a new series rugby365 offers readers a chance to air their views in a column. Roy Robertson gets the first crack.

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Team of the Week: Fast and Furious

OPINION: Players from New Zealand make up almost half of our selections for our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 11.

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Unpacking Eddie's potential squad for Bok tests

OPINION: England coach Eddie Jones could find themselves in an uphill battle when his side take on the Springboks in a three-Test Series in June.

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VIDEO: What happens next?

WATCH as a player attempts a penalty kick. The outcome is amazing ...

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Team of the Week: Top of the pops

OPINION: It will be a surprise to some that there are only five New Zealand players in our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 10.

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TEAM OF THE WEEK: Champions Cup

OPINION: It wasn’t quite the classic weekend of European semi-final rugby that we all hoped for, with two one-sided results, but what it has done is create a tantalising final between two clinical and in-form teams.

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Super Rugby Round Table: Mid-season awards

OPINION: A panel of RugbyPass writers have pooled their thoughts and handed out some fictional awards as a way of assessing the 2018 Super Rugby season so far.

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Analysis: How the Reds need to use the Tongan Thor

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: When the 18-year-old Sacred Heart College prop went viral in 2014, it was the sheer fascination of a 130kg front rower tearing a team apart returning kicks that captured everyone’s imagination.

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The gainline: The stat every team should covet

ANALYSIS: England and Saracens performance analyst Ross Hamilton looks at what he believes is still the key statistical battleground and exactly why that is the case.

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Team of the Week: Prime cuts

OPINION: Players from the Bulls and the Jaguares dominate our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round Nine.

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AUDIO: Sharks may have answer to Kiwi conundrum

LISTEN as Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina, from the Short Ball team, described the Sharks are a 'far out' team.

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Team of the Week: Walking Tall

OPINION: This time it is the turn of the South Africans to dominate rugby365's Super Rugby Team of the Week.

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OPINION: Auckland is out of love with rugby

Scotty Stevenson says New Zealand needs its biggest city to be in love with Rugby Union.

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Team of the Week: Kiwis dominate ... again

OPINION: It is not exactly a surprise, but rugby365's famous weekly selection is dominated by New Zealand players.

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Team of the Week: Champions Cup quarterfinals

OPINION: We have our Champions Cup semifinals. Racing 92 will entertain Munster in Bordeaux, whilst the Scarlets will travel to Dublin to take on Leinster in an all-PRO14 affair.

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Did Romanian ref act under orders?

EXCLUSIVE: As Rugby Europe is placed under the microscope following the Belgium-Spain fiasco, former Spanish international Guillermo Barcena reveals information about the organisation that many may not have known.

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Team of the Week: Kiwi flavour

OPINION: There is a large contingent of New Zealand players in rugby365's Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round Six.

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The secret behind Exeter's rise

EXCLUSIVE: Team culture plays an important role in any successful environment but Exeter Chiefs has a loyal, respectful fan base behind them who gets the behind the team regardless of the circumstances.

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An exciting Springbok backline awaits

EXCLUSIVE: There is a sense of excitement brewing in the South African rugby fraternity as a potentially exciting backline, that could match the All Blacks, could take to the field soon.

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What is the real problem with England?

EXCLUSIVE: England slumped to their lowest position since 1983 as they finished a poor Six Nations campaign in fifth position. 

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England

'Small' teams are stepping up

EXCLUSIVE: Recent results have alluded to the improved performances of the so-called small teams as opposed to many believing the big teams are under performing.

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Rugby can't afford negativity

EXCLUSIVE: The controversy surrounding World Rugby's handling of the Spanish complaints in their 2019 World Cup qualifiers has brought unwanted negativity to the sport, something it cannot afford.

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PODCAST: World Rugby admin blunders

World Rugby's administrative blunders are put under the microscope as two incidents occurred within five days of each other, one of which ending in players taking their frustrations out on a referee.

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VIDEO: Six Nations, Round Five Review

WATCH as the 1014 Rugby team review Round Five of Six Nations 2018.

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Team of the Tournament: Irish dominance

OPINION: With a Six Nations trophy and a Grand Slam, it is on surprise that players from Ireland dominate our Six Nations 2018 Team of the Tournament.

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Catrakilis' road to recovery

EXCLUSIVE: Harlequins flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis recently returned to the playing field after recovering from a life-threatening throat injury that occurred during his Premiership debut.

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Team of the Week: The Cape of storms

OPINION: The Stormers were in fine form against the Blues at Newlands and their players dominate our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round Five.

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England's woes are self-imposed

EXCLUSIVE: Former Scotland international Jim Hamilton provides a European view on England's Six Nations struggles and tends to think that their current form is a result of poor management.

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Premiership and Super Rugby are similar

EXCLUSIVE: Having played in the Super Rugby and the French Top 14, Harlequins flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis provides insight on his experiences in all three of those leagues.

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Stormers - a different beast at home

EXCLUSIVE: Despite a horrendous Australasian tour, where they picked up just one point - a losing bonus point - from their three matches, the Stormers now return home as potential favourites against the Blues.

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The Blitzboks' greatest performance

EXCLUSIVE: Finding themselves 0-19 down at half-time of their quarterfinal match against Australia at the Vancouver Sevens, the Blitzboks pulled off a remarkable comeback that will go down in the annals of Sevens history.

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The most unwanted rugby records

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The bitter taste of defeat is familiar to some more than others but no one is more in need of a refreshing palate cleanser than Sergio Parisse.

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Team of the Week: What a comeback

OPINION: The Blues finally got their first win of the season and it was a big one.

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Plumtree has an attacking mindset

EXCLUSIVE: Having a coach who is willing to give you the freedom to express yourself on the field will inevitably allow you to play your best, something Tim Whitehead experienced during his time at the Sharks.

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Team of the Week: Kings of the North

OPINION: Ireland were crowned the 2018 Six Nations champions when they comfortably beat Scotland 28-8 in Dublin in Round Four of the Six Nations.

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VIDEO: Six Nations, Round Four Review

WATCH as the 1014 Rugby team review Round Four of Six Nations 2018. 

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Referees need to get the decision right

EXCLUSIVE: Former Test referee Jonathan Kaplan has called on the current crop to stop trying to be amicable to both teams, instead they should focus on getting their decisions right.

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Whitehead's accidental career

EXCLUSIVE: Former Stormers and Kings centre Tim Whitehead never planned on becoming a professional player but when his talent was spotted by current Stormers coach Robbie Fleck, he opted to give it a go.

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Super Rugby: Just a number

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Esportif Intelligence has compiled and released the average ages of every starting position for New Zealand, Australian and South African Super Rugby sides.

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Kings admin manipulated the players

EXCLUSIVE: The administration of the EP Kings manipulated their inexperienced players to such an extent that Tim Whitehead lost his love for the game.

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Forget England, Ireland v NZ is the Test of 2018

OPINION: The billing of England v All Blacks looked to be the ultimate showdown of the two superpowers of North & South. 

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Technically, Rassie is the man

EXCLUSIVE: Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus' technical knowledge and his unique look at analysing various aspects of the game bodes well for the country to return to its former glory.

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FREE TICKETS: Lions v Blues

WIN with rugby365 and Hisense, as the proud sponsor of the Lions, is giving away two sets of double stand tickets to rugby365 readers for this weekend's game.

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The Short Ball: Bryce Lawrence on the phone

LISTEN as Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina, from the Short Ball team, Scotty and Mils talk to Bryce Lawrence, manager of New Zealand referees about dangerous tackles.

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VIDEO: Teams ranked - according to their jerseys

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The teams have been ranked, from one to 15, according to the appeal of their jerseys. Let us know if you agree!

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Team of the Week: Building momentum

OPINION: After their impressive 45-28 win over the Stormers, the Crusaders dominate out Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round Three.

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VIDEO: Modern Rugby Analysis, Part One

WATCH: In the first of a three part series, the 1014 Rugby team explore the big changes in Rugby Union since the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 

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From Springbok scrumhalf to intern

EXCLUSIVE: Once a player retires from the professional game and heads into everyday life, the transition can be so daunting that some end up in a downward spiral form which they cannot return.

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Dyantyi needs to develop properly

EXCLUSIVE: Aphiwe Dyantyi's sublime Super Rugby performances has numerous people calling for the 23-year-old to become a Springbok sooner rather than later but those calls are premature.

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Team building the Sarries way

EXCLUSIVE: Former Saracens scrumhalf Neil de Kock lifts the lid on how the reigning two-time European Champions have achieved success on the field by investing in their players off the field.

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Fandom versus hooliganism in the modern game

OPINION: After being on the receiving end of alleged physical and verbal abuse whilst travelling back from England’s loss to Scotland in Edinburgh, head coach Eddie Jones has vowed never to use public transport again citing security fears.

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Jones: I didn't fancy taking that ball

EXCLUSIVE: Huw Jones' incredible second try against England in Round Three of the Six Nations, may not have been the pre-planned set-play Scotland wanted but it worked out perfectly for the 24-year-old.

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Analysis: The curious case of Jesse Kriel

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: On the surface, Jesse Kriel looks unstoppable. Ben Smith takes a closer look!

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VIDEO: Review - Six Nations, Week Three

OPINION: The 1014 team, in their unique way, takes a look at Week Three of the Six Nations.

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Team of the Week: Runners and riders

SIX NATIONS ROUND THREE: The Six Nations passed the halfway mark, as the runners and riders positioned themselves for their final push for success in the two rounds still to come.

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TMOs need vast improvements

OPINON: Former international referee Jonathan Kaplan added his voice to the growing concern around the current standards of the television match officials.

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Player Ratings: Invincible aura tainted

OPINION: The 125th edition of the Calcutta Cup played out today and, with little surprise, it duly delivered a fascinating rugby spectacle.

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Player Ratings: History makers

OPINION: Huw Jones scored two tries to help Scotlan produced an historic win over England at the Murrayfield.

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Player Ratings: The Grand Slam route

OPINION: A Jacob Stockdale intercept with the clock in the red wrapped up a 37-27 win for Joe Schmidt’s side, to keep them on track for the Grand Slam.

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Player Ratings: Century gloom

OPINION: Warren Gatland's 100th match in charge of Wales ended on a rather sour note.

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Super Rugby's Coaching Carousel: Nine wise men

OPINION: Super Rugby’s coaching carousel has come to a stop for now, with nine teams – almost two-thirds of the competition – featuring a new man at the helm.

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Team of the Week: Out of the starting blocks

OPINION: There were only two games in Round One of Super Rugby, which means only there were four teams to pick from for our first Team of the Week.

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Super players to watch

OPINION: As we near the start of the highly anticipated Super Rugby season, the #RugbyLateTackle team identifies South African players who they feel will make a big impact for their franchise.

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Solipsistic authorities the downfall of SA rugby

OPINION: The demise of the once astral and luminous Currie Cup races towards us, as selfish union and personal interest seems to condemn this once great tournament to the scrap heap of South African Rugby.

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WIN tickets for the Premiership game between Leicester Tigers and Harlequins

COMPETITION TIME! We're giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the Aviva Premiership game: Leicester Tigers v. Harlequins on Saturday 17th  February courtesy of LeoVegas.

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Team of the Week: Two-horse race

SIX NATIONS ROUND TWO: It was a weekend of high drama, controversy and - most of all - entertaining rugby.

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Players Ratings: A Scottish revival

OPINION: After the embarrassing 7-34 loss to Wales in Cardiff, Scotland reorganised and produced a hard-fought 32-26 win over France.

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VIDEO: Six Nations, Week Two Review

WATCH as the 1014 team review Week Two of the 2018 Six Nations.

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Player Ratings: From fiesty to faded

OPINION: France suffered their second consecutive Six Nations defeat after going down to Scotland at the Murrayfield.

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Player ratings: England dream stays alive

OPINION: After all the entertainment of the pre-match press conferences over the past week, England and Wales finally met on Saturday, with England edging a tense 12-6 win at Twickenham.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Too little, too late

OPINION: Wales became stronger the later the game went on, but still lost 6-12 top England in  a thrilling Six Nations encounter at a rain-swept Twickenham on Saturday.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Irish eyes are smiling

OPINION: Ireland picked up their second win of the Six Nations with a comprehensive 56-19 win over Italy.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Six Nations fodder

OPINION: Italy are on course for the wooden spoon in this year's Six Nations tournament.

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WATCH: Creevy surprises with his top five Test hookers

Argentina captain Agustin Creevy gives us his top five hookers in world rugby. Do you agree?

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VIDEOS: Nine of the most iconic drop-goals ever

Yet another thrilling chapter in the history of the Six Nations Championship was written in Paris last Saturday, when Ireland’s Johnny Sexton landed a dramatic late drop-goal to give his side a 15-13 victory over hosts France.

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VIDEO: Six Nations, Week One Review

Watch as the 1014 team review Week One of the 2018 Six Nations. 

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Team of the Week: Dragons everywhere you look

SIX NATIONS ROUND ONE: It was an interesting weekend, with at least one surprise - the margin of Wales' win over Scotland.

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PLAYER RATINGS: The Italian job

OPINION: England got their 2018 Six Nations campaign underway with a resounding away win in Rome, although they were made to work hard for 60 minutes by an Italian side that was not afraid to play against the reining champions.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Way off the pace

OPINION: Italy showed glimpses of improvement in the first half of their 15-46 loss to England, but they still have a long way to go to be considered a real threat in the Six Nations.

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Habana to hang up the jet shoes?

EXCLUSIVE: Having just returned to training, following surgery in July 2017, Springbok Bryan Habana revealed to the #RugbyLateTackle team that he is contemplating his future as his Toulon contract reaches its end.

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We're on Instagram

Your favourite site has linked with #RugbyLateTackle and the Cape Town 10s, to bring you behind the scenes coverage of the event.

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VIDEO: Six Nations tournament preview

WATCH as the 1014 team looks at the 2018 Six Nations tournament.

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VIDEO: Six Nations - THE DNA

WATCH as the 1014 team explore THE DNA for each Six Nations team. 

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SA Rugby needs central contracts

OPINION: As news surfaced that Duane Vermeulen could return to South Africa in the near future, the #RugbyLateTackle team - more specifically Morgan Newman - makes an argument for central contracting in the country.

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Magic combination: Cipriani and Le Roux

ANALYSIS: Wasps have uncovered a magic combination this year with flyhalf Danny Cipriani and Springbok fullback Willie Le Roux.

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The Short Ball: All Blacks v Super Rugby

VIDEO: Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina reveal the All Blacks' controversial plans during Super Rugby,

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Team of the Week: Champions Cup, Round Six

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The pool stage of the Champions Cup came to a thrilling conclusion this past weekend, as 14 teams bade to join Leinster in the knockout rounds.

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VIDEO: Six Nations MVP

WATCH as the 1014 team explore the MVP (Most Valuable Player) for each Six Nations team.

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Fantasy League: Definitely the best

What better way to start the new year than with a bit of fantasy rugby.

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VIDEO: Is there a Global Season in the making?

WATCH as the 1014 team ask some serious questions about the global game.

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Lealiifano opens up on rugby, life and leukaemia battle

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Australian international Christian Lealiifano certainly has had plenty of challenges in his life.

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Blast from the past: Jonny Wilkinson at No.13 for England

WATCH: England’s Jonny Wilkinson showed his tremendous potential back in 1999 when playing against Scotland in the Six Nations.

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VIDEO: The Toulon cowboy

RUMOUR MILL: Andy Goode and Big Jim Hamilton reveals what Springbok Duane Vermeulen said when asked how things are at Toulon.

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Analysis: How the Exeter Chiefs are revolutionising the wing position

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It is often said that Jonah Lomu changed the game in more ways than one.

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Team of the Week: Contrasting fortunes

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND FIVE: It has been an interesting and intriguing week, to say the least. And one competition's players dominate!

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WATCH: Six Nations - The new kids on the block

In the life of a professional rugby player, there’s still a long way to go before the first weekend in February when the Six Nations commences.

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VIDEO: The 10 best teams in the world

WATCH: As the European Champions Cup reaches a crucial stage and with Super Rugby on the horizon, we bring you the 10 best teams on the planet - as rated by BsporTV !

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Is the NFL threat to Rugby Union real?

OPINION: For a long time now, English rugby has been the king of the castle.

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VIDEO: The stupidity of the 'Run it straight challenge'

WATCH: The 'Run It Straight Challenge' has been around on social media for a while now, originating with Rugby League fans in Australia.

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Team of the Week: Flats' XV

VIDEO: David Flatman is back with his picks for round 13 of the 2017/18 Premiership season.

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Scrap SA's 30 cap rule: An argument for Cheslin Kolbe

OPINION: Currently, the Springboks have a 30-cap ruling for South African-born players who ply their rugby overseas, making anyone with less than 30 Test caps ineligible to become a Bok.

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Highest paid positions in Europe revealed

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Using data collected over the past number of seasons by sports agency Esportif Intelligence, an interesting picture begins to develop on the key positions in Europes three major leagues.

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Analysis: How Beauden Barrett burns opposition halfbacks

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Beauden Barrett is unquestionably the most dangerous 10 in world rugby.

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England will conquer the All Blacks

OPINION: As the new year gets underway former England utility back Andy Goode looks ahead to what the next 12 months might bring, as well as reflect on the past year.

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VIDEO: 'Chop tackle' debate rages on

WATCH: This tackle, that took place in Spain recently, has caused a large amount of debate on social media.

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Five steps to save Exiles from the drop

PREMIERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: It has been a frustrating festive period for London Irish.

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WATCH: Five things to look forward to in 2018

The year 2018 is set to deliver more fantastic rugby action. And while there is no B&I Lions tour or a World Cup to look forward to, it will nonetheless be another enthralling, entertaining and intriguing 12 months.

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RANKINGS: The best sides on the planet in 2017

Rugby analysis website Rugby Vision have released their list of the 58 best 'club' sides in the world for 2017 - according to statistics.

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Super Rugby 2017: Top tries

VIDEO: Here is a compilation of some of the best tries scored in the 2017 Super Rugby Season.

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VIDEO: The longest ever kicks at goal

We see out 2017 with a look at some of the most successful long-range attempts at goal in recent times!

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VIDEO: Evidence that football is for cheats and rugby is for honourable men

WATCH: Football (or soccer) tends to get a lot of complaints hurled at it from rugby fans.

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Breakout XV for 2018

OPINION: It is fair to say that 2017 delivered its fair share of exciting rugby prospects.

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VIDEO: Lineout proves Murray is best No.9 on the planet

WATCH as Conor Murray reached new heights against Leinster - literally.

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REVIEW: How dire is the situation in SA?

THE YEAR THAT WAS: It was not exactly the annus horribilis that 2016 was, but 2017 had its share of apocalyptic events. Jan de Koning shines the spotlight on South African rugby.

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VIDEO: Eva 'K-train' Karpani at her most terrifying best

WATCH this footage, released by the Australian Rugby Union, of one of the most devastating female players in the game.

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Top 30 Players of 2017

With 2017 nearly at its close and 2018 knocking on the door, Alex Shaw takes a look back at a memorable year of rugby by compiling his top 30 players of the last 12 months.

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VIDEO highlights 2017

WATCH AS, With 2017 nearing an end, we look back at some of the highlights & most viewed media clips from the past year.

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VIDEOS: Two disgusting incidents of foul play

There was plenty drama in the an absolutely riveting 1872 Cup match, with Edinburgh prop Simon Berghan sent off for stamping on the head of Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown.

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VIDEO: Funny moments and best fails

WATCH this is a compilation of some of the funniest rugby moments to grace the game in recent times.

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Podcast: The Off Season, Part One

THE SHORT BALL: With Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina going on holiday early, James McOnie, Melodie Robinson and Liam Napier step in to spread the footy cheer with The Off Season.

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Watch: Does Jonathan Sexton need to rethink his tackle technique?

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jonathan Sexton suffered yet another injury against Exeter last weekend which could potentially see him miss his sides upcoming interprovincial clash with Munster.

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Analysis: The English prodigy against the Wallaby

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ulster’s clash with Harlequins last Friday put two flyhalves head-to-head in contrasting stages of their career. Ben Smith analyses their performances.

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Team of the Week: Europe's best

OPINION: The European Champions Cup pools really began to take shape this week, as the 'double header' rounds, perhaps the most tactically interesting two-week slot in the competition, were wrapped up.

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VIDEO: The 1014 Rugby Awards - World XV 2017

WATCH: The 1014 team pick their 2017 World XV and examine three nominations in each position. 

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Video: November Test, the spine review - part two

WATCH as the 1014 team - in Part two - explores how the Six Nations teams developed during the November Tests Series.

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VIDEO: The worst tackling you've ever seen

WATCH: Joe Ravouvou is a big guy, especially for Sevens. Yet 105kg wing had no right to score this try, no matter how big and strong he is.

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That other All Black team that isn't very good

WHAT'S IN A NAME? The All Blacks went 13-1-2 this year. Pretty good right? Not if you’re actually a New Zealander it seems, with questions being asked if the cracks are starting to show in the world champion's armour.

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Rugby's biggest controversies of 2017

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: 2017 will be remembered as a year of controversy for a lot of things, and rugby was no different. Jamie Wall looks at the moments on and off the field that made for an interesting season.

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VIDEO REVIEW: November Test, Wales v South Africa

WATCH as the 1014 Rugby team takes a look at the match between Wales and South Africa in Cardiff.

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VIDEO: November Test, The Spine review - Part one

WATCH as the 1014 team - in Part one - explores how the Southern Hemisphere and some Tier 2 teams developed through the November Tests Series.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Where to now?

OPINION: The Springboks produced another below average performance when they lost 22-24 to Wales on Saturday.

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Player ratings: Never too late

OPINION: Hadleigh Parkes proved that it is never too late to make your international debut.  

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Watchability rankings: November

OPINION: The year-end Internationals dominated headlines in recent weeks, so for this month’s Watchability Rankings, RugbyPass cast their net a little wider.

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PODCAST: Sumo & Mils tackle Wristgate

THE SHORT BALL: This week Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina are joined by All Black and current Blues captain James Parsons.

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VIDEO REVIEW: November, Week Three - Part Two

WATCH as the 1014 team - in Part two - takes a look at more matches from Week Three of the November Internationals.

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World Rugby show where their priorities truly lie

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Forget concussions, financial troubles in Pacific Island rugby and figuring out how to pick a World Cup host without pissing everyone off – World Rugby have shown clearly where their priorities are by apparently banning players writing on the tape on their arms.

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VIDEO: Horrific head kick sends player to hospital

WATCH: This is quite simply one of the worst things you will ever see on a rugby pitch.

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Team of the Week: O Fhlùir na h-Alba

OPINION: The final round of November internationals have come and gone and so we deliver the last our famous weekly selections for the year.

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VIDEO REVIEW: November, Week Three

WATCH as the 1014 team takes a look at Week Three of the November Internationals.

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Watch: All Black 2017 review

Man, that was a long one. The All Blacks played their 15th and last test match of 2017 over the weekend, a 33-18 win over Wales in Cardiff.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Northern conquerors

OPINION: The All Blacks closed out their year in Cardiff with an entertaining 33-18 win over Wales.

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Player ratings: Clean sweep

OPINION: England wrapped up their year-end series with a 48-14 victory over an outclassed Samoa side at Twickenham, securing their third win from as many games in the month of November.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Too classy

OPINION: Jacob Stockdale will get the accolades, but it was clear Ireland had too much class for Argentina in the 28-19 win in their one-off Test at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Pitiful in Padua

OPINION: Italy dominated possession and territory, but still got outplayed by an impressive South African team in Padua on Saturday.

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PLAYER RATINGS: A bitter farewell

OPINION: The Wallabies have ended their November Test series with a heavy 24-53 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Power in Padua

OPINION: South Africa produced their best performance of the year-end tour to score an emphatic 35-6 win over Italy in Padua on Saturday.

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VIDEO PREVIEW: Internationals, Week Three

Watch as the 1014 Rugby team previews Week Three of the November Internationals.

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VIDEO: The All Blacks never a B-Team

THE SHORT BALL: Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina discuss the fact that while you might hear about a Scottish B-Team, or a Welsh B-Team, you’d never hear it spoken of an All Blacks Test side.

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PODCAST: The Gatland-and-Hansen sideshow

OPINION: Scotty Stevenson reunites with a very tanned Mils Muliaina to discuss why Warren Gatland is misunderstood, Michael Cheika is misunderstood, and pretty much every coach is misunderstood.

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VIDEO: How Kiwis keep their big names at home

INTERVIEW: The 1014 team interview Avan Lee the CEO of Hurricanes Rugby in New Zealand.

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VIDEO REVIEW: November Tests, Part Two

OPINION: The 1014 team again does excellent work as they review the past weekend's major international matches.

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INTERVIEW: Head Injury Assessment - the concussion test

VIDEO: Steven Prescott, of the 1014 team, chats with Blues team doctor Steven Kara about what exactly happens when a player leaves the field for an HIA (Head Injury Assessment).

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Team of the Week: Record breakers

OPINION: England recorded their biggest win over Australia, so it comes as no surprise that English players dominate our Team of the Week for Week Two of the November Internationals.

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WATCH: Read's dreadful act of poor sportsmanship

VIDEO: New Zealand already had Crockzilla [Wyatt Crockett] sent to the bin less than a minute earlier for a ridiculously cynical foul, and then this vile act happened.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Class prevails

OPINION: The All Black survived a scare against Scotland at Murrayfield, winning 22-17.

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Player ratings: An inch too short

OPINION: France surprised many by pushing South Africa as far as they did but came up agonisingly short, despite a late surge.

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Player ratings: Payback?

OPINION: The match never set the night alight but the Springboks did enough to ensure they bounced back to secure their first victory in the November international Test window.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Where did it go wrong?

OPINION: The Wallabies' good recent run of form came to an end at a very dreary Twickenham. 

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PLAYER RATINGS: Blowing the cobwebs away

OPINION: England blew the cobwebs and some of their lingering criticisms away with a 30-6 victory over Australia, their fifth over the Wallabies during the Eddie Jones tenure, in a game where the scoreline certainly flattered the home side.

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Professional Rugby: A House of Cards – Part One

OPINION: Traditionally, success in rugby has usually come from good player and coach development at all levels, underpinned by effective governance.

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ANALYSIS: Why Wallabies need Beale at No.12

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: What a difference a few months can make. Ben Smith puts Kurtley Beale on centre stage.

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PODCAST: Did France buy their way to #RWC2023?

OPINION: A very dusty Scotty Stevenson chats with Mils Muliaina about a wide range of topics, from the 2023 RWC hosting decision to Ronan O’Gara to the problems in Pacific Island rugby.

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Who's got the worst union in World Rugby? Part Two - South Africa

OPINION: All is not rosy in rugby right now. Bankruptcy, mismanagement, race issues and the structure of the game itself have created turmoil in some of rugby’s most storied outposts, to the point where the future of the game in those countries is genuinely in doubt.

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Who's got the worst union in World Rugby? Part One - Samoa

OPINION: It is no surprise that on-field success in rugby is in large part driven by the performance of the governing body and structures behind the national team.

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Are Boks the new France?

OPINION: Damn Springboks, you were so close. Everything was going well after the heroic loss to the All Blacks in Cape Town, then you go to Dublin and get hosed by the Irish.

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Analysis: Ireland's killer blow against the Springboks

VIDEO: With just under 10 minutes to play in their Test in Dublin, Ireland held a 17-3 lead over South Africa. What happned next decided the match.

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VIDEO REVIEW: England v Argentina and Wales v Australia

THE ULTIMATE ANALYSIS: The 1014 team reviews Scotland versus Samoa, England versus Argentina and Wales versus Australia.

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VIDEO REVIEW: Ireland v South Africa & France v New Zealand

THE ULTIMATE ANALYSIS: The 1014 team reviews Ireland versus South Africa and France versus New Zealand.

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Team of the week: Emerald gems

OPINION: It has been a weekend of records - especially the Irish, who embarrassed the bumbling Springboks in Dublin.

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Quo vadis Springboks?

OPINION: Is this the worst Springbok team ever? This question, posed after the record loss to Ireland at the weekend, prompted me to do some digging.

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Player ratings: Second half slump

OPINION: New Zealand may have beaten France 38-18 in Paris, but coach Steve Hansen would not be happy with the second-half performance.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Classy Wallabies

OPINION: The Wallabies have begun their European tour with a good 29-21 win over Wales following up their thumping of Japan last week. 

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PLAYER RATINGS: Downward spiral

OPINION: Just when you thought it could not get any worse than a 0-57 defeat to New Zealand, the Springboks managed to prove the nation wrong.

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PLAYER RATINGS: More than Irish Luck

OPINION: The Ireland's magnificent killer blow in the in the last 10 minutes made sure they extend the woeful Springboks winless run to five matches.

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PLAYER RATINGS: Not sensational, but solid

OPINION: England got their November Test Series off to a victorious start at Twickenham earlier today, defeating Argentina, 21-8, in a resilient but rusty performance.

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VIDEO: Ego of French clubs a detriment to national team

PODCAST: Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina discuss the upcoming France versus New Zealand Test, and get a double dose of All Blacks on the phone - Colin Slade calls in from Pau, while Wyatt Crockett pauses his Paris dinner for a chat.

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Ten players to watch in the November Tests

OPINION: The beginning of the year-end internationals proper are now just days away, as the Southern Hemisphere’s elite round off their seasons by taking on the best the Northern Hemisphere has to offer.

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VIDEO: Why England could fail ... again

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019:  Has England gone from joint-favourites to fourth- or fifth-placed favourites overnight?

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Corey Flynn reveals secret to Canterbury success

Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina are back again on the Short Ball and getting emotional while talking to Corey Flynn about his 17-year career and life after rugby.

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Team of the Tournament: Final fling

OPINION: The rugby365 team takes one final stab at identifying the Currie Cup season's nest players.

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Team of the Tournament: The Champs dominate

NPC SPOTLIGHT: After action-packed National Provincial Cup, it comes as no surprise that Canterbury dominate rugby365's team of the tournament selections. Columnist Richard Neal reports.

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Listen: 'England would beat the All Blacks'

RugbyPass’s Jim Hamilton has made a bold claim heading into the November international period, saying that England currently would have the wood on the World Champion All Blacks.

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OPINION: Bosch or Du Preez for Boks?

WHAT THE COACHES SAY: It is a debate that has been raging for weeks and the hysteria will continue well into next month's year-end Tests.

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VIDEO: NPC tougher than Premiership

Here’s why Scotty Stevenson thinks New Zealand's National Provincial Championship is tougher than England's Premiership.

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Handrè Pollard for No.12. Ridiculous or inspired?

OPINION: On Sunday Allister Coetzee wil name his team for the Springboks' year-end tour.  What will be the biggest suprise?

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The surprising importance of lineout steals

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The number of lineout steals is the poor cousin in rugby analytics.

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The alternative Boks

OPINION: Soon Allister Coetzee will name his team for the year-end tour. rugby365 selects an alternative team from players based abroad. Who do you think will win?

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VIDEO FUNNY: When Siri interrupts your meeting

WATCH: Meetings are always an important place for everyone involved to learn and develop. Unless Siri thinks of other ideas...

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Bledisloe Three: The 1014 analysis and player ratings

WATCH THE ULTIMATE REVIEW: The Wallabies beat the All Blacks in a classic Test in Brisbane. The 1014 Rugby team do their video analysis.

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VIDEO: How to win a World Cup

OPINION: The Rugby World Cup is less than two years away and the November Internationals are almost upon us.

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PODCAST: Calls to change New Zealand domestic competitions

WATCH: This week Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina talk to Taranaki assistant coach Paul Tito, who is taking the Bulls to the National Provincial Championship semifinals against Tasman.

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Create and win with adidas and rugby365

Fancy yourself a true creator on the sports field? If so, have some fun with adidas and rugby365 and you could win one of two sets of match tickets to Saturday's Currie Cup semifinal at Newlands.

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Team of the Week: Strong statements

CURRIE CUP ROUND 14: The Golden Lions and Western Province needed to win and did so in emphatic fashion to secure their places in the semifinals.

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Team of the Week: Fast out of the blocks

CHAMPIONS CUP, ROUND ONE: The Champions Cup kicked off this weekend and reminded us all just what we have been missing over the last five months.

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Monstrous Marx: What the numbers say

VIDEO: Malcolm Marx is the man of the moment, but what is the hype all about?

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Is the 1-3-3-1 enough for Bok renaissance?

THE ULTIMATE ANALYSIS: Despite coach Allister Coetzee's best efforts to wipe it from the record books, the annus horribilis that was 2016 happened. However, it appears the Springboks have turned a corner in 2017.

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Watch: Top five craziest red cards ever

VIDEO: The final minutes of this year’s Rugby Championship brought one of its most controversial moments.

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Podcast: The ultimate Rugby Championship review

WATCH as the 1014 looks through the tournament finding patterns in the statistics. It is the ultimate review!

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Marx: Hooker 2.0

PODCAST: Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina gives us a New Zealand view of just how good Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx is.

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Team of the Week: Comeback kings

CURRIE CUP ROUND 13: The Golden Lions and Griquas both produced amazing come-from-behind victories at the weekend.

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Highs and lows of the 2017 Rugby Championship

REVIEW: Jamie Wall reviews the 2017 Rugby Championship, looking at some controversial moments, standout players and one unbelievable try. 

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Player Ratings: Good enough for silver

OPINION: Australia ended their Rugby Championship Campaign with a 37-20 win over an error-strewn Argentina in Mendoza.

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Team of the Tournament: All Blacks rule

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SPOTLIGHT: With six wins from six games, it comes as no surprise that players from New Zealand dominate our 2017 Rugby Championship Team of the tournament.

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Marty & Jamie review the epic All Black/Springbok test

KIWI VIEW: Radio Sport NZ’s Martin Devlin and RugbyPass’s Jamie Wall finally got the All Black versus match they were so desperately looking for, and give it a decent run down.

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Player Ratings: Shaken but not stirred

OPINION: New Zealand escaped with a narrow 25-24 win over a resilient South Africa side in Cape Town on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: Much better Boks

OPINION: The Springboks narrow 24-25 defeat to the All Blacks at Newlands on Saturday has proven that a wounded animal's behavior can be very unpredictable and lethal.

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The Short Ball: Beaver drops in for a chat

PODCAST: Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina talk about the benefits of the All Blacks playing in Cape Town, a bit of NPC and get a surprise call from World Cup hero Stephen Donald.

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The Wild ride in Beunos Aires

RUGBY TAKES A BACK SEAT: From intense football rivalry to playing basketball with All Blacks legend Jeff Wilson and listening to endless repeats of  'Despacito'. Jamie Wall recaps his time in the streets of Buenos Aires.

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Team of the Week: Deep waters

CURRIE CUP ROUND 12: The Sharks continue to dominate South Africa's premier domestic competition and they are once again rewarded in rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Are Gloucester the most frustrating team in sport?

OPINION: From beating the champions on the opening day of the season to equalling their biggest ever Premiership defeat against Sale a few short weeks later, Gloucester must be the most frustrating team in the world to support.

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Team of the week: No contest

OPINION: If the Rugby Championship was a boxing match, it would have been declared a 'no contest' a long time ago.

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Player Ratings: Scrappy but Champs in the end

OPINION: New Zealand bagged another Rugby Championship title with a 36-10 win over a determined Argentina team.

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Player Ratings: Passionate Pumas fall short

OPINION: Despite their passionate performance in Buenos Aires, Argentina's tremendous effort wasn't enough for the clinical All Blacks side.

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Player ratings: Playing for second best

OPINION: Australia will be as disappointed as South Africa with their 27-all draw in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

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Player ratings: Another disappointing stalemate

OPINION: South African and Australia played to another disappointing draw, 27-all in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

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WATCH: Nutty professor gets another mouthful

OPINION: Jonathan Beardmore of the Eggchasers Podcast and the Rugby Dungeon has taken to the YouTube to take Professor Allyson Pollock to task over her frankly dreadful and fundamentally odious campaign to rid age grade rugby of its most fundamental component - tackling.

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The Short Ball: Contenders for RWC 2023

VIDEO: On this week’s episode of The Short Ball, Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina discuss the merits of each of the three Rugby World Cup bids for 2023.

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WATCH: Monstrous NZ schoolboys

VIDEO: If there was ever any doubt if the New Zealand talent factory will dry up soon, have a look at what the future holds.

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Rugby's vital link - the scrumhalf

OPINION: Every good team has a good scrumhalf, and it follows that every great team has a great scrumhalf. Paul Dobson dissects the issue.

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The Short Ball with Scotty & Mils: The Veteran

OPNINION: Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina chat to Derren Witcombe, coach of the Taniwha, about the NPC.

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Team of the Week: Sharing the love

CURRIE CUP ROUND 11: The race to the play-offs is getting more interesting with each passing week and it is reflected in rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Are these the game's best cheating moments?

One of the good parts about the New Zealand's NPC, aside from the often frivolous attempts at defence, is the opportunity for a lot of players to try new things.

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Kiwi view of 2018 draw

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The 2018 Super Rugby schedule was released this week, and here is a New Zealand view of the draw.

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WATCH: Kiwis question Bok selection policy

OPINION: Merit based or race based? Former All Black flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens gave his two cents on The Short Ball this week.

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Ruggamatrix: An Aussie view of the Boks

PODCAST: New Zealand's 57-0 win over South Africa gave Djuro Sen and Ben Kimber plenty to talk about.

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The Rugby Pod: Episode Two

OPINION: Danny Care steps in to fill the void left by Jim Hamilton and discusses touring, Vegas and one-on-one scrummaging with Adam Jones in the hotel bar. The lads are also joined by the King of Bath, Freddie Burns, who calls in mid-road rage!

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The Short Ball with Scotty & Mils: Bok blowout

OPNINION: Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina give an honest review of South Africa’s shocking performance over the weekend.

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Team of the Week: Wild waters

CURRIE CUP ROUND 10: The table-topping Sharks are beginning to put daylight between themselves and the rest and it also shows in rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Weekend review: Can the All Blacks get better than this?

WATCH: After the hiding the All Blacks gave the Springboks on the weekend, Radio Sport NZ's Martin Devlin and RugbyPass's Jamie Wall couldn’t wait till later in the week to talk about it.

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Listen: Talkback Radio - What Kiwis really think of the Springboks

AUDIO: All Black coach Steve Hansen and captain Kieran read were, as always, courteous in their responses. However, what does the Kiwis really think of the Springboks? Listen to what was said on New Zealand Talkback Radio!

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Team of the Week: Just too easy

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Players from New Zealand continue to dominate our selections for Team of the Week after they humiliated the Springboks once again.

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Top Five performances of the week

OPINION: From 'clubbing baby seals, to a 'B-plus' for the All Blacks. But who were Rugby Championship Round Four's best performers?

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Player Ratings: Argentina Stutter Again

OPINION: Argentina went down 20-45,however the visitors led the Wallabies at half-time before stuttering to defeat in the second half.

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Player Ratings: The Fightback

OPINION: The Wallabies defeated Argentina 45-20 in a hard-fought match which saw the home team struggle in the first half but fight back in the second half .

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Player ratings: Back to earth with a bang

OPINION: Reality set in for South African as they ran into a brutally clinical New Zealand at the North Harbour stadium in Albany on Saturday.

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Players ratings: Fifty-seven to nil

OPINION: The scoreline says it all. New Zealand are the No.1 team in the world for good reason and they are that much better than South Africa.

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The Short Ball Podcast: The Taniwha

Scotty Stevenson and Mils Muliaina get back into the groove by gushing over the latest star to come out of New Zealand, Vaea Fifita.

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Ruggamatrix Podcast: Strike Issue of the Week is Beauden Barrett

Strike Issue of the Week is Beauden Barrett. The All Blacks win against Los Pumas but is Barrett still the one? The Wallabies and Springboks draw, but offer few clues on their progress.

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Team of the Week: Cream rising to the top

CURRIE CUP ROUND EIGHT: Western Province is not the most consistent team, but when on form they are a sight to behold.

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Team of the Week: Freakishly good

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SPOTLIGHT: There was certainly a few eye-catching performances during Round Three of this year's Rugby Championship.

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Once there was Lomu; now there is Fifita!

Last year Vaea Fifita hurdled clean over a player in a provincial game. This past Saturday he shook the world with a barnstorming 40-metre run in for a try. Jamie Wall was there to see both.

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Player ratings: Too little, too late

OPINION: South Africa came back from 10 points down and pushed hard for the win, but Australia managed to hold on for a 23-all Rugby Championship draw.

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Player ratings: Midfield menace

OPINION: Australia failed to hold onto a 10-point lead and will be disappointing that they let South Africa come back to secure a 23-all draw.

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Argentina

Player ratings: Falling short ... again

OPINION: Argentina looked to be in to the contest for the first hour, when they were level-pegging at 22-all with New Zealand.

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Player ratings: Rookie rules

OPINION: New Zealand again showed their ability to put teams away in the final quarter of matches, but there is a new star - already shining brightly.

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Team of the Week: Shark-infested waters

CURRIE CUP ROUND EIGHT: Two paraphrase that famous quote by Aristotle: "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

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SA Women's rugby under construction

WOMENS SPOTLIGHT: While countries like England, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada and Spain competed in the Women's Rugby World Rugby 2017, there was no sight of South Africa.

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FREE TICKETS: Western Province v Free State Cheetahs

WIN WITH RUGBY365: You can win FREE tickets to watch Western Province taking on the Free State in a Currie Cup crunch match at Newlands on Saturday.

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Pro14 a big lift-off or damp squib?

OPINION: We are just a day away from the official start of the new Pro14 tournament, but the kick-off may just be a damp squib. Jan de Koning takes a look behind the scenes.

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Team of the Week: The pride of Mbombela

CURRIE CUP ROUNDS SEVEN: The Pumas issued a stern warning to the other teams in the competition with their 51-15 demolition of the Blue Bulls.

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Team of the Week: Marching forward

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SPOTLIGHT: After a valuable bonus-point away victory over Argentina in Salta, players from South Africa dominate rugby365's Rugby Championship Team of the Week for Round Two.

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Player ratings: Red-letter day

OPINION: Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will be a happy man after he enjoyed his first victory on the road, thanks to a 41-23 win over Argentina.

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Argentina

Player ratings: All spark, no fire

OPINION: Argentina was certainly up for the fight and took the game to the Springboks, however, that spark failed to ignite a flame as they succumbed to a 23-41 defeat in Salta.

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Player Ratings: Progress made

OPINION: The Wallabies will be absolutely livid after letting themselves down in the second half to suffer a heartbreaking 29-35 defeat to the All Blacks but progress has certainly been made as they took the game to their more-fancied opposition.

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Player Ratings: Survivors

OPINION: The All Blacks' defensive frailties were exposed by a determined Wallabies outfit and were forced to fight back to secure a nervy 35-29 victory to retain the Bledisloe Cup, as they survived a massive scare.

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Team of the Week: Blue and white hoops everywhere

CURRIE CUP ROUNDS SIX: It is not a major surprise that the high-flying Western Province dominate our famous weekly selection.

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Team of the Week: Masters of attack

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SPOTLIGHT: After a masterful display of attacking rugby, players from the All Blacks dominate our first Team of the Week for this year's Rugby Championship.

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Argentina

Player ratings: Disjointed

OPINION: Argentina were certainly not at the best when they took on the Springboks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

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Argentina

Player Ratings: Fire and brimstone

OPINION: The Springboks got their Rugby Championship off to a winning start with a 37-15 win over Argentina on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: Late to the party

OPINION: The Wallabies were completely blown away in the first half of the 34-54 defeat to the All Blacks on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: Scandalously good

OPINION: An incredible first-half performance laid the platform for the All Blacks' 54-34 victory over the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.

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Team of the Week: WP jou lekka ding

CURRIE CUP ROUNDS FOUR AND FIVE: It was a difficult week, with two full rounds - which included a few upsets and an amazing comeback.

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The rugby365 fantasy league

The Rugby Championship is upon us and in true rugby365 style we have teamed up with RugbyPass to bring our readers a league of their own.

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FREE TICKETS: Western Province v Blue Bulls

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Team of the Week: Shades of blue

CURRIE CUP ROUND THREE: The focus may not have been on the domestic competition, but there was plenty of action for rugby365's famous weekly selection.

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Team of the Tournament: Simply the best

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The 2017 edition of Super Rugby is done and dusted with the Crusaders being crowned champions after their 25-17 win over the Lions in the Final.

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Player Ratings: Bridesmaids again

OPINION: The Lions were unable to give coach Johan Ackermann the perfect send-off as they fell short in the 2017 Super Rugby Final, going down 17-25 to the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: GrEIGHT Lion Tamers

OPINION: The Crusaders' defence and breakdown management was something to behold in their 25-17 victory over the Lions in the 2017 Super Rugby Final on Saturday.

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Team of the Week: Rennie's boys

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Despite their loss to the Crusaders, the Chiefs still lead the way in terms of selection in our Super Rugby Team of the Week for the semifinals.

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Team of the Week: Fast and lethal

CURRIE CUP ROUND TWO: Players from the Golden Lions and the Free State Cheetahs dominate our Currie Cup Team of the Week for Round Two.

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Who will win the Super Rugby Final?

POLL: The 2017 Super Rugby Final is happening this weekend and we would like to know who you think will lift the trophy.

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FREE TICKETS: Lions versus Hurricanes

WIN WITH RUGBY365: You can win FREE tickets to watch the Lions take on the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby semifinal - courtesy of John Nicholas | Analytics.

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Team of the Week: Slightly Bullish

CURRIE CUP ROUND ONE: The first round of the competition went by almost unnoticed. Yet, in between all the Super Rugby drama, we found enough time to select the best players.

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Team of the Week: Hurricanes approaching

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Players from the Hurricanes dominate our Super Rugby Team of the Week for the quarterfinals.

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FREE TICKETS: Super Rugby quarterfinals

WIN WITH RUGBY365: You can win FREE tickets to watch the one of the Super Rugby quarterfinals this weekend!

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FREE TICKETS: Lions versus Sharks

WIN WITH RUGBY365: You can win FREE tickets to watch the Lions take on the Sharks in the Super Rugby quarterfinal - courtesy of John Nicholas | Analytics.

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FREE TICKETS: Stormers v Chiefs

WIN WITH RUGBY365: You can win FREE tickets to watch The Stormers take on the Chiefs in the Super Rugby quarterfinal.

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Team of the Week: Reaching the summit

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: After the final round of the regular season, it is the Lions who edge out the Chiefs with the most players in our selection this week.

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Team of the series: The Black Lions

OPINION: In three hectic weeks, the series between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions was over. Now there is just a feeling of emptiness - bar the nostalgic mopping up.

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Win a ZAR3,000 voucher

COMPETITION TIME: rugby365 and adidas give you a chance to win a ZAR3,000 in the 'Ignites the Boot Game' competition.

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Is Swys the right man for the job?

CAST YOUR VOTE: Is Zacharia Francois de Bruin the right choice as head coach of the Lions?

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Team of the Week: All hail the Kings

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Players from the Southern Kings dominate our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 16.

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Player Ratings: Robbed?

OPINION: The All Blacks probably felt they were robbed of victory in their Third Test against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: Lucky?

OPINION: The British and Irish Lions players played out of their skin in the third Test against the All Blacks to hold on for a 15-15 draw 

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Team of the Week: Hungry Lions

ROUND 15, PART TWO: Only teams from the two Africa conferences were involved this past weekend and there were plenty of tries in the four matches.

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Player ratings: Digging deep

OPINION: The Lions almost ruined a perfect opportunity to shut out the All Blacks when their lack of discipline saw them trailing against 14 men. 

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Player ratings: Seeing red

OPINION: A reckless tackle by New Zealand midfielder Sonny Bill Williams in the 25th minute saw him leave the field due to a red card.

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France

Player ratings: Au Revoir

OPINION: France's lack of creativity and inability to convert pressure into tries contributed to their 12-35 defeat against the Springboks at Ellis Park - their first-ever defeat at the venue.

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Player ratings: Jinx over

OPINION: The Springboks walked away with a series whitewash over France following their 35-12 victory at Ellis Park - ending France's undefeated reign at the venue in the process.

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Player ratings: Very underwhelming

OPINION: They were hailed as the team to finally stop the All Blacks' march. However, the British and Irish Lions were rather underwhelming in their 15-30 loss in Auckland on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: Ruthless black wave

OPINION: New Zealand struck the first blow in the year's most anticipated contest - beating the British and Irish Lions 30-15 in Auckland on Saturday.

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Haka runs deeper than just the All Blacks

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: rugby365 columnist Ethienne Reynecke explains to us what the haka is really about in New Zealand.

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Player ratings: Building nicely

OPINION: The Springboks again put in an all-round team performance with Siyamthanda Kolisi leading the physical onslaught in the second Test. 

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Player ratings: Mixed bag

OPINION: South African were just too good on the day and shut out the French flair with a physical performance to claim a series win. 

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FREE TICKETS: Springboks v Les Bleus

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Player ratings: 'Jittery'

OPINION: France did not have enough firepower to compete with a fired-up Springbok outfit on Saturday.

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Player Ratings: Much better

OPINION: An 80-minute performance by the Springboks proved to be too good for the visiting French side. 

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FREE TICKETS: Springboks v Les Bleus

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Team of the Week: Hotsteppers

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Players from the Chiefs dominate our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 15.

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Boks to get Lions' spine?

OPINION: Has Springbok Allister Coetzee evolved enough to ensure he won't repeat the errors of 2016? Jan de Koning reports.

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Team of the Week: Workhorses and powerhouses

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: There are some familiar faces in our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 14.

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Is Whiteley the new Bok captain?

OPINION: On Tuesday Allister Coetzee will name his squad for the June Test series against France. Jan de Koning looks at some key decisions.

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Team of the Week: Let me entertain you

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Players from the Lions and the Hurricanes dominate our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 13.

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Team of the Week: Proving their worth

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 12 features a number of players who played a big part in their teams' success over the weekend.

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Team of the Week: Just too good

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: All five New Zealand franchises are represented in our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 11.

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Team of the Week: Fun in the South

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: After hammering the Stormers in Dunedin, the Highlanders dominate our selections in our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round 10.

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Team of the Week: New Zealand domination

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Our Super Rugby Team of the Week for Round Nine is dominated by some of New Zealand's best players at the moment.

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