Crusaders beat Highlanders to clinch Super Rugby Aotearoa title

9 August 2020, 8:00 AM
Winger George Bridge scored two tries in the space of three minutes in the second half to help the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Otago Highlanders 32-22 on Sunday and clinch the Super Rugby Aotearoa title with a match to spare.
England vs South Africa
Recreational game in England gets ‘no-contact’ go-ahead 8 August 2020, 4:38 PM

The return of recreational rugby in England has been given the go-ahead by the government after it approved the Rugby Football Union's (RFU) action plan for phased resumption.

Brumbies beat Reds to extend Super Rugby Australia lead 1 August 2020, 5:58 PM

The Brumbies beat the Queensland Reds 22-20 in Canberra to extend their lead at the top of the Super Rugby Australia to seven points.  The Brumbies led 14-3 at half-time.

Crusaders beat Chiefs to put one hand on Super Rugby Aotearoa title 1 August 2020, 12:52 PM

The Canterbury Crusaders bounced back from their first loss of the competition and put one hand on the Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy on Saturday with a 32-19 victory over the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton.

Jamie George
England hooker Jamie George signs new deal with Saracens Rugby Club 11 July 2020, 7:18 AM

England hooker Jamie George has signed a new three-year contract at Saracens, the Premiership club have said.

Former Wallaby McMahon makes Olympic sevens bid 9 December 2019, 7:56 AM

Former Wallabies flanker Sean McMahon is to rejoin the Australia sevens set-up after a gap of five years in a bid to make the squad for next year's Tokyo Olympics, Rugby Australia said on Monday.

Kolisi thanks KwaZulu-Natal, Boks tour reaches Moses Mabhida Stadium 8 November 2019, 2:05 PM

The World Champion Springboks have arrived at the Moses Mabhida Stadium after a procession from Umhlanga to Durban.

Erasmus looks to future as Boks arrive home 6 November 2019, 11:21 AM

Springbok coach, Rassie Erasmus, says he hopes the team's world cup success has a permanent positive effect on South Africa.

South Africans in London gear up for RWC final 1 November 2019, 6:00 PM

With less than 24 hours until the Springboks take on England in the Rugby World Cup final, thousands of South Africans living in London are gearing up to get out and support the Bokke across the city.

Rugby World Cup - Semi Final - England v New Zealand
We need to choose our battles to win the final war, says Underhill 1 November 2019, 12:30 PM

Matching South Africa's physicality has been the byword for the week among the England squad, but flanker Sam Underhill says they will have to pick their moments to engage to prevent the World Cup final turning into a war of attrition.

Shane Williams
Semi-final defeat ‘stings’ but Welsh rugby in good hands: Williams 28 October 2019, 3:25 PM

After suffering their third Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of South Africa on Sunday, Welsh rugby is having to come to terms with another disappointment.

Michael Hooper
 Hooper and Pocock return to Australia after crunching World Cup defeat 22 October 2019, 6:23 AM

Returning to Australia on Tuesday  after a quarter-final loss to England in the Rugby World Cup, both Michael Hooper and David Pocock expressed disappointment over the campaign.

Springboks thump Canada, march into quarterfinals 8 October 2019, 2:30 PM

South Africa have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan with a 66-7 bonus point win over Canada in their final pool match in Kobe.

Referee Jerome Garces talks to Russia's Vasily Artemyev during the match
‘No regrets!’ as Russia’s Artemyev tops the moustache table 4 October 2019, 6:13 AM

While praising captain Vasily Artemyev as a great ambassador for Russian rugby after their brave defeat to Ireland on Thursday, Coach Lyn Jones could not resist a quip about the fullback's most prominent physical feature.

Namibia head coach Phil Davies talks to Namibia assistant coach Dale McItosh during the warm up before the match.
Battered and bruised, Coach Davies hails courageous Namibia 29 September 2019, 7:27 AM

Phil Davies hailed the courage of his Namibia side in the wake of their 57-3 Rugby World Cup Pool B loss to South Africa on Saturday as he steadies for an even bigger challenge against New Zealand on Oct. 6.

Ireland’s victory lap over Japan 26 September 2019, 5:45 PM

Ireland can effectively give themselves three weeks to prepare for a likely Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa with a win over Japan on Saturday.

Kurt Morath
Tonga flyhalf Morath, centre Tuitavake out of World Cup 24 September 2019, 7:17 AM

 Tonga have lost the services of fly half Kurt Morath and centre Nafi Tuitavake for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup after they were injured in their opening 35-3 Pool C defeat to England on Sunday.

Australia weather Fijian storm to win World Cup opener 21 September 2019, 11:55 AM

Twice champions Australia were forced to abandon a wide game plan and resort to controlled possession as they survived an almighty scare in their World Cup Pool D opener against Fiji.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi said this moment has been years in the making and his charges are fully aware of what's at stakes.
Nobody needs to motivate us, we know what we have to do: Kolisi 21 September 2019, 10:50 AM

For the majority of this Springbok squad playing in the green and gold, in a World Cup facing off against the mighty All Blacks in the opening fixture, is a dream come true.

Williams at fullback as Gatland picks strong Wales side for Georgia 21 September 2019, 6:51 AM

Liam Williams has been preferred to Leigh Halfpenny at fullback as Wales named a full-strength team for their Rugby World Cup Pool D opener against Georgia at the City of Toyota Stadium on Monday.

SIya Kolisi
Siya inspires young boys ahead of Rugby World Cup 20 September 2019, 7:31 PM

World Cup fever is in the air in Port Elizabeth as South Africa is set to clash with defending champions New Zealand, in their opening game in Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Saturday.

Japan team and some of the All Blacks players
All Blacks sweat it out in Japan with first training run 10 September 2019, 10:19 AM

Rugby World Cup favourites New Zealand had their first training run in Japan on Tuesday with the players quickly having to adjust from the winter temperatures of back home to the sweltering heat of their Kashiwa base.

Siya Kolisi
Siya Kolisi to captain Springboks in the final warm-up 3 September 2019, 8:11 AM

Siya Kolisi returns to captain the Springbok side that will play Japan in the final warm-up ahead of the World Cup on Friday.

Elton Jantjies and other players
‘Boks have devised “right system” for World Cup’ 19 August 2019, 3:30 PM

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies praised the plans of Coach Rassie Erasmus and said South Africa have developed the right systems to be successful at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

England’s Henry Slade in action with South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen.
Vermeulen completes journey from Japan couch to Springboks leader 27 July 2019, 8:30 AM

Duane Vermeulen was nowhere near South Africa's surprise victory against New Zealand in Wellington last year, sitting in Japan and watching the test on television.

Mourners gather in Johannesburg for James Small’s funeral 18 July 2019, 1:47 PM

Friends and family have gathered at the Wanderers in Johannesburg for the funeral of late Springbok player, James Small.

Eastern Province Rugby Union president Andre Rademan with deputy Bantwini Matika during a press conference.
Rugby union head asks for calm over Matika comments 5 July 2019, 9:50 AM

Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) president Andre Rademan is calling for calm following Deputy President Bantwini Matika's comments.

Malcolm Marx
Malcolm Marx extends contract with Lions and Springboks 14 June 2019, 2:53 PM

Lions hooker Malcolm Marx has extended his contract with the Johannesburg-based team until 2021.

Rugby Union - England v Australia - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - November 24, 2018 Australia's Israel Folau.
Folau takes legal action against Rugby Australia 6 June 2019, 6:07 AM

Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau said, "No Australian of any faith should be fired for practising their religion."

‘Incredible’ defence gives Brumbies victory in South Africa 20 April 2019, 7:34 PM

Magnificent defending for long periods and opportunism on the rare occasions they attacked earned the Brumbies a 19-17 Super Rugby victory over the Stormers in Cape Town on  Saturday.

Chumani Booi
Eastern Province Elephants has a new coach 9 April 2019, 8:45 PM

The Eastern Cape Mighty Elephants rugby team has a new coach for the Supersport Challenge and Currie Cup competition. Southern Kings assistant coach, Chumani Booi, will take the reins.