15 Newest Rugby Reports

One more week of tired rugby

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Fit Fiji Sevens Team for Port Elizabeth

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan says his 12-member squad for the Dubai and Port Elizabeth tournaments is much fitter than the winning HSBC Sevens World Series Gold Coast team. Ryan named his final side on Saturday 22 November, whereby he retained nine players from the Gold Coast tournament which includes skipper Osea Kolinisau, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Domolailai, Apisalome Waqatabu, Isake Katonibau, Jasa Veremalua, Savenaca Rawaca, Semi Kunatani, … [Read More...]

Seabelo Senatla

Seabelo Senatla to join Blitzboks

Seabelo Senatla has been released from the Springbok touring squad at the request of the Springbok Sevens and will return to South Africa on Sunday. Senatla will join the Blitzboks as they prepare for the next two tournaments in the HSBC Sevens World Series, in Dubai and Port Elizabeth. "We've got a very good relationship with Neil (Powell) and the Sevens, so we're happy to help," said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. "At this stage we … [Read More...]

Bakkies calls it a day

Gallo Images Springbok lock and Rugby World Cup winner Bakkies Botha has announced his retirement from international rugby.Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images Johannesburg – Springbok lock and Rugby World Cup winner Bakkies Botha has announced his retirement from international rugby. Botha made his Test debut on November 9, 2002 against France in Marseille. His 85th and final appearance for South Africa was last Saturday, when he came on as a … [Read More...]

Bakkies calls it a day

Gallo Images Springbok lock and Rugby World Cup winner Bakkies Botha has announced his retirement from international rugby.Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images Johannesburg – Springbok lock and Rugby World Cup winner Bakkies Botha has announced his retirement from international rugby. Botha made his Test debut on November 9, 2002 against France in Marseille. His 85th and final appearance for South Africa was last Saturday, when he came on as a … [Read More...]

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Varsity Cup gets White Card

The white card, which allows coaches and captains to refer decisions for review to Television Match Officials (TMOs) during games, will be reintroduced in the FNB Varsity Cup next season, the tournament organisers and South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced on Sunday. The white card was first introduced in the inaugural FNB Varsity Cup competition in 2008, but a decision was made to reintroduce the white card next season with the two … [Read More...]

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Third straight defeat for Namibia

Namibia suffered a third straight defeat of their Windhoek Draught Northern Hemisphere tour when they were beaten 29-20 by Portugal at the University of Lisbon in the Portugese capital on Saturday. Namibia held a 13-12 lead at the break. The visitors took the lead 5 minutes into the match when flyhalf Theuns Kotze slotted a penalty from just inside his opponents half after referee Frederico Anselme from Argentina, penalised Portugal for slowing … [Read More...]

Stadio Euganeo

Springboks beat Feisty Italy

http://youtu.be/Q2pBTYiA7PE Jean de Villiers and Heyneke Meyer speak after the Springboks 22-6 win win over Italy at the Stadio Euganeo in Padova, Italy on Saturday 22 November 2014 "I'm very proud of the way in which they came through, especially in the scrums, where Trevor, in his first start, Coenie and Julian were part of a dominant performance against a very good Italian scrum," ~ Heyneke Meyer. "It was always going to be a scrappy … [Read More...]

Carr Botha Redelinghuys

We’ll take the win

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and national captain Jean de Villiers both lauded the performance by South Africa in their 22-6 (8-6 at half-time)victory over Italy in Padova on Saturday afternoon. The Springboks scored three tries to nil, with Coenie Oosthuizen, Cobus Reinach and Bryan Habana crossing the Italians’ try-line. Pat Lambie added a penalty goal to lift him to 100 Test points and Handré Pollard slotted two conversions. It was … [Read More...]

John Philip Bakkies Botha

Bakkies Botha retires from International Rugby

Springbok lock and Rugby World Cup winner John Philip (Bakkies Botha) has announced his retirement from international rugby. Botha, who made his Test debut on 9 November 2002 against France in Marseille, while his 85th and final appearance for South Africa was last Saturday, when he came on as a replacement in the 31-28 victory over England at Twickenham. During a stellar career, the 35-year-old lock won the Rugby World Cup with the … [Read More...]

David Hasselhoff Wales

The Rugby loving Hoff

David Hasselhoff has hailed the spectacular matchday experience at the home of Welsh sport as Wales ended the first half 3-3 against New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday 22 November 2014. Going into the second half Wales looked like ending 61 years losses against the All Blacks when they led 16-15 with only 11 minutes left, but fly-half Beauden Barrett's try double either side of a Kieran Read touchdown gave the All Blacks a remarkable 26th … [Read More...]

Waratahs inspire ball-in-hand Golden Lions for Currie Cup final

Johannesburg (AFP) - Golden Lions will draw inspiration from Super 15 champions New South Wales Waratahs when they face Western Province Saturday in the South African Currie Cup final.The Sydney outfit became southern hemisphere champions for the first time this year through a ball-in-hand approach to a sport where tactical kicking is often the preferred option.Johannesburg-based Lions mirror the style of the Australians, scoring 50 tries in 11 … [Read More...]

Bakkies retires from Test rugby

Cape Town - Springbok lock and Rugby World Cup winner Bakkies Botha announced his retirement from international rugby on Saturday.As it happened: Italy v SpringboksBotha made his Test debut on November 9, 2002 against France in Marseille, while his 85th and final appearance for South Africa was last Saturday, when he came on as a replacement in the 31-28 victory over England at Twickenham.During a stellar career, the 35-year-old lock won the … [Read More...]

Taulupe Felatau (right) and Justin Tipruic

Don’t be a bystander

The Welsh Rugby Union has backed the 'Don't be a bystander' campaign as part of anti-bullying week and has called on the Welsh rugby family to clamp down on abusive language. Wales players Taulupe Faletau and Justin Tipuric have added their names to a pledge which strives to put an end to bullying of all kinds by encouraging people to speak out if they hear bullying or teasing language. It ends with the promise to 'stand up for fairness, … [Read More...]

Stadio Euganeo

Jean de Villiers speaks ahead of the game against Italy

Springbok captain’s media conference in Padova, with comments from Jean de Villiers. "Preparation has been good" "We need to pitch up mentally" "Our reaction times must be better than theirs" "Each guy must make sure he plays his part to-morrow" "Our discipline is important" http://youtu.be/QW8mp5JwQr4 … [Read More...]