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July 12, 2019

Rugby: French Police embark on South African tour

A combined French police rugby team will face off against South Africa’s safety and security service in a tour to the Western Cape.

Two of the matches will be played in Paarl, while the Bastille Day match against the SAPS XV will fittingly be played out in Franschhoek.

The rugby teams of the South African Police Services (SAPS), Correctional Services, and National Defence Force (SANDF) will have a rare opportunity to measure themselves against international opposition when the French National Military Championship winners, the France Gendarmerie Rugby XV, tour South Africa for the first time from 14 to 18 July.

The France Gendarmerie Rugby XV, who won the French [...]

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July 1, 2019

Pocock to miss Wallabies’ Rugby Championship opener against Boks

Rugby Australia are taking no risks with veteran flanker David Pocock in a bid to ensure he is fit for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Pocock shelved the Super Rugby season, earlier this year, after aggravating a calf injury during a Wallabies training camp in January 2019.

Michael Cheika will name a 31-man squad for the trip to Ellis Park this week. The Wallabies leave for South Africa at the weekend, a week early, to endure a training camp at altitude prior to the opening week of Rugby Championship action.

Cheika’s side clash with the Springboks in Johannesburg on 21 July in the first clash of a shortened Rugby Championship. That opener is followed by clashes [...]

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June 24, 2019

The Rugby Championship: How the World Cup affects fixtures

The 2019 edition of the Southern hemisphere’s premier international competition, the Rugby Championship, will be a truncated one on account of the World Cup.

The Rugby Championship kicks off with the first of three rounds of action being played out on Saturday 20 July, two weeks after the Super Rugby final.

The Springboks will be able to assemble their squad sooner than the other sides in the competition but will have to play two of their three matches away from home.

The All Blacks likewise will play just one home game in the Rugby Championship, that match being the meeting with the Springboks at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The Springboks earned a shock [...]

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June 13, 2019

John Plumtree hails SA’s black rugby talent

Hurricanes coach John Plumtree has hailed the amount of talented black rugby players South Africa has been able to produce, saying the country’s Super Rugby teams are shaping up to be difficult to beat because of the talent at their disposal.

The former SA Sevens coach has vast knowledge of the local rugby landscape, having spent close to a decade playing for the Sharks before returning in a coaching capacity after a stint in his native New Zealand.

Speaking after masterminding the Hurricanes’ convincing win away to the Lions over the weekend, the 53-year-old touched on the player drain which has affected both the Kiwis and South Africa.

Plumtree complimented the [...]

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