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 Africa's Warren Whiteley
Whiteley back in training after injury woes 17 January 2019, 8:10 PM

Captain Warren Whiteley has returned to training with South African Super Rugby side the Lions after suffering a calf injury with the Springboks in November, coach Swys de Bruin said.

Nehe Milner-Skudder
World Cup winner Milner-Skudder to join French side Toulon 14 December 2018, 6:31 AM

New Zealand's Nehe Milner-Skudder has decided to join French club Toulon at the conclusion of the upcoming Super Rugby season, ruling him out of next year's World Cup in Japan.

Rassie Erasmus in front of Springboks logo
Springboks coaches to work with Super Rugby teams 11 December 2018, 6:07 PM

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and his assistants are to spread out across the country’s four Super Rugby teams to offer support as they look to harmonise preparations for next year’s World Cup in Japan.

Wales' Liam Williams
Williams starts at fullback, Anscombe at flyhalf for Wales against Boks 22 November 2018, 6:02 PM

Liam Williams has been chosen at fullback as Wales coach Warren Gatland restored Gareth Anscombe to the flyhalf berth for their final November international against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg
Scotland’s Hogg available for Pumas despite ankle scare 21 November 2018, 8:12 PM

Stuart Hogg will be available to play for Scotland in their test against Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday, despite being forced off in last weekend’s narrow defeat to South Africa.

Rassie Erasmus
Wales will be tougher test than England, says South Africa coach 20 November 2018, 5:15 PM

Wales will be South Africa’s most difficult opponents on their November tour of Europe, even after losing at Twickenham to England and scrapping narrow wins over France and Scotland, Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus said on Monday.

Isuzu Southern Kings coach Deon Davids
Davids shortlisted for Bulls head coach 20 November 2018, 3:50 PM

The Isuzu Southern Kings might soon have to look for a new coach, after confirming that a process of engagement between the Blue Bulls and Kings Head coach Deon Davids has taken place.

Scotland strengthen for Bok challenge 15 November 2018, 3:32 PM

Scotland strengthened their side on Wednesday as coach Gregor Townsend made six changes to his starting line-up to take on South Africa in their test at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Etzebeth recovers but concerns over Whitely 12 November 2018, 7:14 PM

The Springboks team should be bolstered by the return of steely lock Eben Etzebeth in contention for Saturday's November international against Scotland at Murrayfield, but could be without number eight Warren Whiteley.

Australia's Reece Hodge challenges Willie le Roux.
Erasmus adds experience to South Africa backline 8 November 2018, 7:10 PM

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has added experience in key kicking positions in his backline for the test against France in Paris on Saturday with the inclusion of England-based duo Willie le Roux and Faf de Klerk.

Faf de Klerk
Boks call on scrumhalf De Klerk for France test 5 November 2018, 6:06 PM

Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk has answered an SOS from South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and joined the Springbok squad for their test against France in Paris on Saturday, adding significant experience in a problem position for the side.

All change for All Blacks as fringe players get chance against Japan 1 November 2018, 8:24 PM

New Zealand have made wholesale changes for their clash against Japan on Saturday, opting for an experimental lineup against a Jamie Joseph-coached Brave Blossoms side seeking to avoid another mauling at the hands of the All Blacks.

England’s Brown dropped for South Africa clash 31 October 2018, 5:10 PM

Mike Brown was the most high-profile absentee from a 25-man squad named by England coach Eddie Jones on Tuesday for Saturday’s Twickenham test against South Africa.

All Blacks batter Aussies 37-20 to complete Bledisloe sweep 27 October 2018, 1:16 PM

World champions New Zealand crushed old foes Australia 37-20 in Japan on Saturday to complete a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup series whitewash.

Danny Cipriani
Cipriani misses out for England’s November tests 18 October 2018, 6:05 PM

Danny Cipriani’s World Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread on Thursday after the flyhalf was left out of the England squad for the November internationals despite a stellar start to the season for new club Gloucester.

South Africa's captain Siya Kolisi
Springboks skipper expects All Blacks backlash 5 October 2018, 8:22 PM

South Africa expect an all-out assault from world champions New Zealand when the two countries meet in their Rugby Championship test on Saturday, home captain Siya Kolisi said.

Australia's Pete Samu runs with the ball.
Wallabies hoping Boks will buckle under home fan pressure 25 September 2018, 4:49 PM

Australia are hoping that hosts South Africa will buckle under the pressure from eager home fans in the Rugby Championship on Saturday after the Springboks upset world champions New Zealand away in their last test.

Willie le Roux in action
Boks release duo to English clubs ahead of Australia showdown 20 September 2018, 4:36 PM

South Africa will be without fullback Willie le Roux and loose-forward Francois Louw for the Rugby Championship clash against Australia in Port Elizabeth on September 29 after the pair were released to their English clubs.

Kolisi says World Cup still the goal for Boks as they face All Blacks 14 September 2018, 8:50 PM

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi did little to ease any fears that his side can arrest their slide in the Rugby Championship ahead of their clash with the All Blacks on Saturday.

Springboks desperate to get World Cup buildup on track 13 September 2018, 8:28 PM

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus may have been exaggerating when he said defeat to the All Blacks on Saturday could have him fired but the comments underscored how desperate the Springboks are to be competitive at the World Cup.

Bok wing Mapimpi out of All Blacks clash with knee injury 10 September 2018, 7:08 PM

South Africa wing Makazole Mapimpi has been ruled out of Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with world champions New Zealand in Wellington after sustaining a knee injury in the defeat to Australia this past weekend.

Springboks go down 23-18 to Australia 8 September 2018, 3:29 PM

South Africa's national rugby team have suffered their second successive defeat in the Rugby Championship. The Springboks lost 23-18 to Australia at the Sun Corp Stadium in Brisbane.

Springboks chase more consistency against Wallabies 4 September 2018, 7:50 AM

South Africa is working to improve their consistency and execution after an embarrassing loss to Argentina as they prepare for an intense clash against the Wallabies this weekend.

Springboks in action
Springboks back at World Rugby rankings 27 August 2018, 2:30 PM

South Africa are back at number seven in the World Rugby rankings, for the third time since the rankings system was introduced, back in 2003.

All Blacks team members
New Zealand’s dominance of world rugby to continue on Saturday 24 August 2018, 9:20 PM

New Zealand's dominance of world rugby is set to continue on Saturday when they take on Australia in the Rugby Championship in Auckland.

South Africa lock Mostert returns to face Argentina 23 August 2018, 4:36 PM

Lock Franco Mostert is the only change to South Africa’s team for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against Argentina in Mendoza as coach Rassie Erasmus looks to repeat last weekend’s home win at the start of the southern hemisphere competition.

Rugby players
Forward battle key to Puma-Bok clash, says Whiteley 22 August 2018, 6:29 PM

South Africa number eight Warren Whiteley believes the forward battle will be key when the Springboks meet Argentina in the Rugby Championship in Mendoza on Saturday.

Siya Kolisi in action
Skipper Kolisi warns Boks about discipline against Argentina 21 August 2018, 4:23 PM

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has warned his team mates that discipline must be improved if they are to win a second game in this year’s Rugby Championship at the expense of Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday.

Argentina call up four fresh faces for South Africa clash 20 August 2018, 4:40 PM

Argentina have called four new faces into their squad for next weekend’s Rugby Championship match at home to South Africa.

Rugby Championship kicks off on Saturday 17 August 2018, 3:24 PM

The battle lines for world rugby's top Southern Hemisphere teams have been drawn.