Australia drop Fainga’a, Samu for second Bledisloe Cup test

16 October 2020, 7:27 AM
Australia coach Dave Rennie has dropped number eight Pete Samu in a back row reshuffle for Sunday's second Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand while hooker Folau Fainga'a has also been axed after struggling with his lineout throwing in Wellington.
READ MORE
Wallabies
Super rugby
Australia, New Zealand revive Super Rugby in Trans-Tasman competition 13 May 2021, 12:20 PM

Australia and New Zealand will revive Super Rugby as an international affair when the Trans-Tasman competition kicks off on Friday.

All Blacks wrecking ball Clarke to bid for Tokyo gold 10 May 2021, 12:16 PM

All Blacks winger Caleb Clarke, who lit up international rugby with an eye-catching debut season last year, has put his hand up for selection in New Zealand's Olympic rugby sevens team for the Tokyo Games.

Highlanders
Highlanders lose coach Brown for Trans-Tasman competition 7 May 2021, 7:20 AM

The Otago Highlanders have lost head coach Tony Brown for the entire Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition, with the New Zealander departing to help Japan prepare for the start of their season.

Wales
Wales to begins Six Nations title defence against Ireland in 2022 28 April 2021, 4:36 PM

Six Nations champions Wales will begin their title defence against Ireland in the first round of the 2022 tournament while Scotland host England on the same day, organisers announced on Wednesday.

Wales to host New Zealand, South Africa in autumn internationals 26 April 2021, 2:50 PM

Wales will look to end a 68-year winless run against New Zealand when they host the All Blacks as part of their autumn internationals this year, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) said on Monday.

Ikey Tigers continue winning streak with 59-5 win over Shimlas 22 April 2021, 7:42 PM

The Ikey Tigers remain unbeaten after four matches, they ran eight tries past Shimlas today.

O’Connor leads Reds to home Super Rugby AU final with Brumbies win 10 April 2021, 2:43 PM

Queensland Reds flyhalf James O’Connor kicked a late penalty to secure a 24-22 victory over ACT Brumbies in front of 22 000 fans in Brisbane on Saturday to maintain his side's 100% record this season and secure a home final in Super Rugby AU.

Springbok Fans
Lions tour set for South Africa as UK option ruled out 23 March 2021, 7:08 PM

The 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa will go ahead as planned after officials said on Tuesday that they had dismissed the idea of staging the series in the United Kingdom and were now looking at only one option.

Elliot Daly
Daly at centre for England against Ireland 18 March 2021, 3:05 PM

Elliot Daly will replace the injured Henry Slade at outside centre for England in their final Six Nations game against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday in the only change to the side that beat France last week.

Super Rugby
Western Force sign Wallabies lock Rodda from Lyon 16 March 2021, 4:04 PM

Western Force have signed Wallabies lock Izack Rodda from French Top 14 club Lyon Olympique Universitaire (LOU), the Super Rugby side announced on Tuesday.

Duane Vermeulen, the Bulls shine at SA Rugby Awards 4 March 2021, 7:02 PM

Springbok eighth-man, Duane Vermeulen, has been named SA Rugby Player of the Year.

Peter O'Mahony
Ireland’s O’Mahony signs two-year contract extension 4 March 2021, 2:21 PM

Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony signed a two-year contract extension with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) on Thursday in a deal that will keep him at Munster until 2023.

All systems go for the restart of amateur rugby in SA 25 February 2021, 10:30 PM

Rugby, like all other sport and recreation activities, came to an abrupt halt early in March last year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Carter
All Blacks great Carter announces retirement from professional rugby 20 February 2021, 10:48 AM

New Zealand's World Cup-winning flyhalf Dan Carter announced on Saturday his retirement from professional rugby after an illustrious 19-year career.

Scotland ring the changes for clash in Ireland 3 December 2020, 4:10 PM

Debutant Jaco van der Walt is one of six Scotland changes to face Ireland in the Autumn Nations Cup at the weekend as coach Gregor Townsend rung the changes after their home loss to France last month.

Wales start with Lloyd Williams and keep Botham 26 November 2020, 3:21 PM

Wales handed a rare start to scrumhalf Lloyd Williams and kept flanker James Botham in their lineup as they named their team to face England in the Autumn Nations Cup in Llanelli on Saturday.

Argentina
All Blacks Foster resists making sweeping changes for Pumas rematch 26 November 2020, 5:32 AM

New Zealand coach Ian Foster has made only three changes to the side beaten by Argentina in their previous Tri-Nations game for Saturday's rematch with the Pumas but made it clear he expected significant improvement from that defeat in Sydney.

Abrahams becomes Wales’ first Black head coach, takes over women’s team 18 November 2020, 1:11 PM

Warren Abrahams has been appointed the new Wales women's head coach, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) announced on Wednesday, making him the country's first Black national coach.

Argentina
Argentina beat All Blacks for first time in Sydney stunner 14 November 2020, 12:25 PM

Argentina served up one of the biggest upsets in test rugby history when they stunned New Zealand 25-15 in the Tri-Nations on Saturday, beating the three-times world champions for the first time in 30 attempts going back to 1985.

Stormers make five changes ahead of Griquas Super Rugby clash 5 November 2020, 10:29 PM

The Stormers have made five changes to their team that will face the Griquas in a Super Rugby Unlocked encounter in Kimberley on Saturday.

Ian Foster
Bledisloe Cup sealing win up there as special moment, says Foster 1 November 2020, 9:16 AM

New Zealand coach Ian Foster admitted he would need to sit down and have a proper think about it, but he did recognise that his side's performance in their 43-5 demolition of Australia ranked up there as one of his coaching highlights.

Barbarians
RFU reviewing if England vs Barbarians match can go ahead after COVID-19 protocol breach 22 October 2020, 8:12 PM

The Rugby Football Union on Thursday is reviewing whether England's non-cap match against Barbarians can go ahead as scheduled on Sunday after several Barbarian players breached COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

Andy Farrell
Coach Farrell expects Ireland to be ruthless against Italy 21 October 2020, 8:15 PM

Ireland coach Andy Farrell has challenged his side to produce a ruthless and dynamic performance when they return to action for the first time in seven months to take on Italy in their rescheduled Six Nations tie on Saturday.

Ardie Savea and Beauden Barrett
NZ beat Australia 27-7 in second Bledisloe Cup test 18 October 2020, 7:28 AM

New Zealand responded from a poor first test performance to beat Australia 27-7 in their second Bledisloe Cup match at a near sold-out Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday.

Michael Hooper
Wallabies’ captain Hooper downplays Eden Park factor 17 October 2020, 7:57 AM

Australia captain Michael Hooper has stuck to the party line and attempted to downplay the mystique surrounding Auckland's Eden Park ahead of their second Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand on Sunday.

Springboks
Springboks opt out of Rugby Championship 16 October 2020, 6:26 AM

South Africa will not play in the Ruby Championship this year. SANZAAR, the governing body, has announced a new schedule without the Springboks after SA Rugby decided not to send a team to the bio-bubble in Australia.

Clubs may go bankrupt by Christmas, says Premiership boss Childs 12 October 2020, 6:13 AM

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic could see England's rugby clubs start going bankrupt before Christmas without a government bailout, Premiership Chief Executive Darren Childs said.

Wallabies vs All Blacks
All Blacks and Wallabies draw first Bledisloe Cup test 11 October 2020, 7:24 AM

All Blacks winger Jordie Barrett slotted a 78th-minute penalty to snatch a 16-16 draw against Australia in their first Bledisloe Cup test on Sunday, a rugby match that stretched nine minutes into injury time.

Micheal Hooper
Hooper acknowledges ‘strange’ build-up to 100th test 10 October 2020, 6:16 AM

Compared to his previous 99 rugby test matches, Australia captain Michael Hooper said on Saturday the build-up to his team's first Bledisloe Cup encounter with the All Blacks has been "strange."

Eddie Jones
No ban on England fans singing ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ 9 October 2020, 6:37 AM

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will not ban England fans from singing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" but will educate them on the history of the song and its links with American slavery, the domestic governing body said.