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.
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.

Wallabies star Israel Folau scores a try.
Folau breaks Super Rugby all-time try record 6 April 2019, 9:59 AM

Wallabies star Israel Folau surpassed Doug Howlett record set during his stints at the Highlanders, Hurricanes, and Blues between 1997-2007.

Pote Human
Bulls Coach Human extends contracts 1 April 2019, 8:42 PM

  Bulls coach Pote Human has signed a one-year extension to his season-long contract with the South African Super Rugby franchise, the club said on Monday.

Pote Human
Bulls welcome Odendaal back ahead of clash against Chiefs 20 March 2019, 5:07 PM

The Bulls have welcomed back centre Burger Odendaal for their Super Rugby match against the Chiefs from New Zealand in Pretoria on Saturday.

Wales hammer Ireland to claim Grand Slam 16 March 2019, 7:15 PM

Wales claimed a record third Six Nations Grand Slam of coach Warren Gatland's reign Saturday as Gareth Anscombe kicked 20 points to help beat an ill-disciplined Ireland 25-7.

France’s Fofana out injured, replaced by Doumayrou against Italy 16 March 2019, 2:48 PM

France centre Wesley Fofana has been ruled out of the final match of the Six Nations on Saturday against Italy in Rome through injury, and will be replaced by Geoffrey Doumayrou, the French Rugby Federation announced.

Former Springbok wing, Cornal Hendricks.
Former Springbok wing to make first appearance since 2015 19 February 2019, 12:00 PM

Former Springbok wing, Cornal Hendricks, will make his first appearance in a Super Rugby match since 2015, when the Bulls take on the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Rugby ball
Rebels, Highlanders win thrillers in Super Rugby openers 15 February 2019, 1:48 PM

A new-look Melbourne Rebels stormed past the ACT Brumbies while a 14-man Otago Highlanders beat the Waikato Chiefs in a thrilling start to the Super Rugby season Friday.