De Jager rested for Sunwolves clash

March 9th, 2016|

Springbok lock Lood de Jager has been left out of the Cheetahs squad for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Sunwolves in Singapore. Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has named a 25-man squad but De Jager was not included as part of SA Rugby’s plan to rest top Springboks during the tournament. With De Jager [...]

Du Preez out for 12 weeks

March 8th, 2016|

Stormers fly-half Robert du Preez will be sidelined for 12 weeks as he recovers from his knee injury sustained against the Cheetahs at the weekend. That was the word from Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck who confirmed that the 22-year-old was bitterly disappointed. Du Preez limped off early in the second half of the Stormers' [...]

Payne set to return for Ireland

March 8th, 2016|

Ireland centre Jared Payne is fit and available for selection for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin. That is the word from Ireland's team manager Mick Kearney who said Payne has recovered from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of Ireland's loss to England at Twickenham on February 27. "He is feeling [...]

Wales unchanged for England

March 8th, 2016|

Wales have named an unchanged starting XV to face England at Twickenham on Saturday in the Six Nations. There are three changes on the bench with Paul James, Luke Charteris and Rhys Webb coming into the matchday squad. James replaces Gethin Jenkins who continues to recover from a calf injury but has been re-integrated back [...]

Smith happy with Cheetahs progress

March 8th, 2016|

Cheetahs boss Franco Smith is happy with his side's performance despite losing 20-10 against the Stormers in Bloemfontein. The victory was the visitor's first at this venue since 2012. The yellow card to Springbok lock Lood de Jager did not make matters any easier for the home side, as their lineout turnovers increased.  Lock duo [...]

Haskell wants big screen replays banned

March 8th, 2016|

England flanker James Haskell has called for big screen video replays to be banned as he believes the slow-motion reviews have a distorting effect.  The 30-year-old was sin-binned for a high tackle on Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray in the last match at home - and believes that the slowed-down footage incites crowd reaction, in turn negatively influencing [...]

Carter calls for bonus points in Six Nations

March 8th, 2016|

Dan Carter believes the Six Nations could benefit from the introduction of a bonus point system after criticism over this year's tournament. With no extra points on offer for scoring a certain number of tries or finishing within seven points the emphasis of the Six Nations has been centred solely on winning and losing. Carter, [...]

Herbert: ‘Reds have lost their identity’

March 8th, 2016|

They were Super Rugby champions just five years ago but Queensland Reds head of rugby Daniel Herbert concedes the franchise has lost its identity. The Reds are in disarray following the sacking of coach Richard Graham on Monday, a decision Queensland Rugby Union powerbrokers had no choice but to make after the team's horrendous 22-6 [...]

Sharks character pleases Gold

March 7th, 2016|

Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold is satisfied with his side's 19-15 victory over the Jaguares at Kings Park on Saturday. Against their enterprising visitors the Sharks defence stood tall with an impressive stand at the end of a close contest in Durban to keep the Jaguares out. "I’m really happy with the character shown, [...]

Rosco Speckman – No arms tackle?

March 7th, 2016|

The Blitzbokke lost to Australia 12-14 in the semi-final of the Las Vegas 7s through two penalty tries. Here is the first penalty try against Rosco Speckman. It looks like arms were involved in the attempted tackle but then through the collision they both bounced off each other.     Watch here:

Melbourne Rebels frustrated after loss

March 7th, 2016|

Stand-in Rebels skipper Sean McMahon bemoaned his side's under-par performance as their South African Super Rugby hoodoo continued against the Bulls in Pretoria. The visitors slumped to an 11th straight loss on African soil as the Bulls strolled to a 45-25 victory with Springbok winger Bjorn Basson crossing for a hat-trick of tries. The Bulls [...]

‘Tuilagi not ready for Test rugby’ – Cockerill

March 7th, 2016|

Leicester Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill believes centre Manu Tuilagi is not yet ready to make his comeback for England. Tuilagi, who was recalled to the national squad after being sidelined with injury for 15 months, scored one of Leicester's four tries in their 31-27 Premiership win against Exeter at home on Sunday, but Cockerill believes [...]

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