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How Deep Is The Talent Pool?

How Deep Is The Talent Pool? The 2018 Rugby Championships is done and dusted. Rassie Erasmus’s first seven months in charge of the Springboks produced so much more than many had expected. Starting from a below-zero base, he hauled the...

51-Player All Black Squad, Are They Changing Their Game?

51-Player All Black Squad, Are They Changing Their Game.   Steve Hansen has announced a strong 51-player squad for the All Black’s upcoming end-of-year tour to Japan and Europe. First up, Hansen named a 32-man squad of players who go to Yokohama...

Springbok Squad For The Final Two Fixtures of RC 2018

Springbok Squad For The Final Two Fixtures of RC 2018 Rassie Erasmus has announced his Springbok squad for the final two Rugby Championship fixtures against the Wallabies and the All Blacks. The Springboks face the Wallabies next Saturday, 29 September...

Michael Hooper pens new deal with Rugby Australia

Michael Hooper pens new deal with Rugby Australia A While back I wrote of the strange spending habits of Australian Rugby. I mentioned their penchant for pouring money over the top three or four players in the country while spending...

Michael Cheika Reveals His Rugby Championship Squad

Michael Cheika Reveals His Rugby Championship Squad Michael Cheika has recalled hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and added six uncapped rookies to his 36-man Wallabies squad for this month's Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks. Returning from a stint...

Springbok Training Squad Update

Springbok Training Squad Update Eight Sharks have been added to Rassie Erasmus’ Springbok training squad as they continue with their preparations for next month’s Rugby Championships. Two have been sent home, both Stormers. The Sharks group consists of four forwards, namely...

Kuridrani Out, Cheika’s Headache!

Kuridrani Out, Cheika's Headache! Just a week ago the Aussie Roar website were singing the praises of Tevita Kuridrani as they nicknamed him the “K-Train” and spoke of his return to form just in time to solve something of a...

Test Match Preview – Saturday, 2nd June 2018 – South Africa vs Wales

Test Match Preview Saturday, 2nd June 2018 South Africa vs Wales Date: Saturday, June 2nd Venue: Robert F Kennedy Stadium, Washington DC Kick-off: 17h00 local time; 22h00 BST; 21h00 GMT; 23h00 SA Time Referee: Matthew Carley (England) Assistant referees: Alexandre Ruiz (France), Frank Murphy (Ireland) TMO: David Grashoff (England) Nobody knows quite what to...

Wallaby Squad Announcement

Wallaby Squad Announcement Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has named five uncapped players in his 32-man squad to take on Ireland in their three-Test series in Australia in June. Reds back-row Caleb Timu, Brumbies full-back Tom Banks, Melbourne Rebels utility back...

Springbok Squad For Wales.

Springbok Squad For Wales. Rassie Erasmus has named an interesting squad for the once-off Test against Wales this coming weekend. 26 players will travel to the USA in a squad that comprises 16 forwards and 10 backs. The mix of players...

Captain Kolisi!

Captain Kolisi! Siya Kolisi will lead the Springboks against England! Pieter Steph-du Toit will wear the armband against Wales this weekend. Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby, confirmed the two appointments on Monday morning at a media conference at the...

James Slipper Banned For Two Months.

James Slipper Banned For Two Months. Wallabies and Reds front-row and sometime captain, James Slipper has been banned for two months after returning two positive tests for cocaine, between February and May this year. Under Rugby Australia’s Illicit Drugs policy the...

Whiteley Out!

Whiteley Out! Warren Whiteley is not likely to take any part in the June Test series against England. It was confirmed today that Whiteley will not be fit in time to face the Stormers on Saturday and is likely to miss...

All Blacks 2018

All Blacks 2018 I guess the 2018 All Black squad is as interesting for the names that are not in the squad as it is for the names we do find there. Firstly, there are those who were not considered. The...

Quade’s Yesterdays, and Karmichael’s Tomorrows.

Quade’s Yesterdays, and Karmichael’s Tomorrows? The Reds lost to the Waratahs on Saturday. This was no fault of their forwards, who put in a solid day’s graft at the office. But, oy, that back division is poor! They have been...

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