Mitchell denies leaving England role due to fall out with Jones

9 December 2021, 7:18 AM
John Mitchell said he left his role as England defence coach because he wanted to return to club rugby and due to the difficulties of working under COVID-19 restrictions, not because of a fall out with head coach Eddie Jones.
Eddie Jones
Blitzboks eyeing another World Rugby Sevens title 27 January 2022, 6:09 PM

South African Sevens Rugby team is gearing up to go for yet another HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title. The Blitzboks won the Malaga tournament last week, after winning back-to-back championships in Dubai and are first seeds for the tournament starting in Seville on Friday

Siya Kolisi is the SA Rugby Player of the Year for 2021 27 January 2022, 2:19 PM

The popular Springbok captain garnered the most votes for his performances during a tough season, while the exciting Aphelele Fassi underlined his great potential by winning the Young Player of the Year award. 30-year-old Siya Kolisi edged out strong challenges from his national teammates Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Eben Etzebeth and Makazole Mapimpi to […]

Warriors ask Chiefs fans not to wear Native American headdresses 14 December 2021, 7:49 AM

Glasgow Warriors have called on fans of Champions Cup opponents Exeter Chiefs to avoid wearing Native American headdresses and refrain from their 'Tomahawk Chop' chant on Saturday.

Blitzboks start second Dubai Sevens event with two successive wins 3 December 2021, 3:35 PM

South Africa opened round two of World Rugby's Sevens Series in Dubai on a winning note

Blitzboks want to make it two in a row in Dubai 1 December 2021, 4:20 PM

South Africa's Blitzboks will be looking to go one better this coming weekend and make it two out of two in Dubai Series victories, on the back of a record breaking unbeaten run of 18 matches on the World Rugby Sevens Series last weekend

Nine more from Munster test positive for COVID-19 in South Africa 1 December 2021, 1:42 AM

Munster have nine new COVID-19 cases in their camp in South Africa, the Irish rugby team said on Tuesday, taking the total count to 10.

Springboks end the year as the top ranked rugby nation 22 November 2021, 5:42 PM

The World Champion Springboks will end the year as the top-ranked rugby nation.

Rassie Erasmus
Rassie Erasmus’ presence makes a huge difference for us as a group: Kolisi 19 November 2021, 7:37 PM

The Springboks will miss the presence of Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus for their last match of their end-of-year tour against England at Twickenham on Saturday evening.

Boks wary of England as they aim to finish end-of-year tour unbeaten since 2013 17 November 2021, 9:01 PM

Springbok eighth-man Duane Vermeulen believes his team will be up against a very different England side on Saturday at Twickenham from the one they beat in Tokyo in the World Cup final some two years ago.

Boks make three changes for England test match 16 November 2021, 4:30 PM

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has made three changes to his starting 15 for South Africa's final test of their Outgoing Tour against England at Twickenham on Saturday

Boks hope to end season on a high note when taking on England 15 November 2021, 8:10 PM

The Springboks will be looking to close out the season on a high when they take on England in their final match of their end-of-year tour to the United Kingdom, at Twickenham on Saturday.

Siya Kolisi anticipates Scotland to field one of their strongest teams ever 12 November 2021, 6:31 PM

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi believes that Scotland will field one of their strongest teams ever when they take on South Africa at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon.

Jantjies ready for Scottish threat 10 November 2021, 7:47 PM

His selection will offer the team a fresh attacking impetus and he has the full support of coach Jaques Nienaber and his teammates.

Springbok coach makes four changes to his squad against Wales in Cardiff 2 November 2021, 7:35 PM

Fullback Damian Willemse, Jesse Kriel and Herschel Jantjies will start against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made four changes to his matchday squad that defeated the All Blacks in the last round of the Rugby Championship.

Nienaber names squad for Springbok’s year end UK tour 19 October 2021, 3:54 PM

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has named the squad that will fly the flag for South Africa on next month's end-of-year tour to the United Kingdom. Stormers lock, Salmaan Moerat, earned his first Springbok call-up in the squad of 32 players.

Weary Pumas need rest says Ledesma after Argentina struggle 3 October 2021, 9:11 AM

 Argentina endured a difficult finish to a challenging Rugby Championship on Saturday with defeat at the hands of Australia, but coach Mario Ledesma praised the character shown by his team at the end of an arduous tour.

Springboks eager to bounce back against All Blacks on Saturday 23 September 2021, 1:48 PM

Rectifying the mistakes they made against Australia in defence will be crucial for South Africa when they take on New Zealand in a Rugby Championship match in Townsville, Australia, on Saturday.

Two changes to Boks starting 15 for weekend showdown with All Blacks 21 September 2021, 2:46 PM

Springbok coach, Jacques Nienaber, has made two changes to the starting fifteen for Saturday's 100th test match against New Zealand in Townsville, Australia. Lock, Lood De Jager, has recovered from concussion and will replace Marvin Orie, while Kwagga Smith will take the place of France Mostert at flank.

Boks still digesting what went wrong against Australia as All Blacks loom large 20 September 2021, 5:12 PM

Springbok rugby has done a 180 degree turn in a matter of two test matches. The reigning world champions, fresh from a British and Irish Lions series win, were brought down to earth with a thud after two losses against Australia.

Nienaber slates Springboks ‘poor’ performance in Wallabies loss 19 September 2021, 7:25 AM

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber labelled his side’s Rugby Championship loss at the hands of Australia on Saturday the Springboks’ worst performance in more than three years. Nienaber’s side lost 30-17 in Brisbane to slip to defeat at the hands of the Wallabies for the second weekend in a row and surrender their position as […]

Ruben Dias
Guardiola says defender Dias added to City’s leadership group 18 September 2021, 9:00 AM

Manchester City centre back Ruben Dias will be one of five players sharing the captain's armband this season, manager Pep Guardiola said.

Win only result Boks want against Australia 17 September 2021, 3:17 PM

Victory against Australia, and not their World Rugby ranking, is the main focus of the Springbok rugby team in Brisbane. Second-placed New Zealand is slowly but surely closing in on the Boks at the top of the rankings.

Boks out to break eight year drought against the Wallabies Down Under 10 September 2021, 6:36 PM

Former Springbok captain Victor Matfield anticipates a big battle between South Africa and Australia when the Rugby Championship resumes in Queensland this weekend.

Lukhanyo Am relishing playing in first test against Wallabies 9 September 2021, 3:20 PM

Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am who will make his first Test appearance against Australia in the Rugby Championship this weekend, has warned against underestimating their opponents.

Free State Cheetahs’ players reflect on COVID-19 impact on the game 30 August 2021, 11:32 AM

Free State Cheetahs' players say COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their games in the past. They believe the Currie Cup log could have been different if they were not affected by COVID-19 infections that led to them losing points.

Chris Dry retires from International Sevens rugby 27 August 2021, 5:43 PM

Springbok Sevens rugby stalwart, Chris Dry, has decided to retire from International Sevens rugby and the 33-year-old says he leaves with no regrets and a mountain of great memories.

Sam Whitelock
Baby boom sees key All Blacks miss trip to Australia 26 August 2021, 7:00 AM

Captain Sam Whitelock and first-choice halves Richie Mo'unga and  Aaron Smith have been left out of the All Blacks' travelling squad for next week's Rugby Championship test against Australia in Perth with the players expecting babies.

All Blacks
Confused Mehrtens questions decision to cancel Bledisloe Cup clash 21 August 2021, 10:50 AM

All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens has said he is "disappointed" with the decision by New Zealand Rugby (NZR) to pull out of their test against Australia in Perth next weekend.

Springboks approach Argentina with certainty 20 August 2021, 5:23 PM

SA Rugby has offered to host the rest of the Rugby Championship, after the Springbok's fixture in New Zealand was cancelled, and then the Kiwis also pulled out of this weekend's game in Perth against Australia.

Boks want to make history by winning back to back rugby championship title 12 August 2021, 3:14 PM

The Springboks will want to make history by winning back to back Rugby Championship title for the very first time. The morale should be high in the Boks camp ahead of their opening championship match at home against Argentina in Gqeberha on Saturday.