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Tag Archives: 2017 Rugby Championship

All Blacks Vs Springboks: The Three Key Players For Each Side

The All Blacks and Springboks will continue their great rivalry on Saturday at QBE Stadium on Auckland’s North Shore.   This will be the first time these two teams have played at this ground. With a large South African community on the North Shore, the crowd will be a good mix of All Black and Springbok fans. Here are some …

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Key Head To Head Clashes In The Rugby Championship This Weekend

The first set of fixtures are over and done with which means new match-ups and some new faces. Here are a few intriguing head-to-heads that could determine the outcome in the next set of Rugby Championship fixtures. _____ New Zealand Vs Argentina Santiago Cordero Vs Nehe Milner-Skudder This could be a whole lot of fun. Two of the best hot steppers …

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New Zealand 35-29 Australia: Player Ratings

What a game. New Zealand versus Australia on Saturday was an all-time classic packed full of drama, edge and some truly world-class rugby.   Compared to the abysmal performance last week, the Wallabies showed why they are still one of the most dangerous teams on the planet. But, ultimately, the All Blacks’ class shone through. Here’s how the players fared …

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All Blacks Suffer Injury Blow Ahead Of Second Bledisloe Cup Test

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen

The All Blacks have suffered a blow to their original starting lineup, which was named to take on the Wallabies on Saturday.  Owen Franks has been ruled out due to the ongoing Achilles issues that he’s been suffering from all season. The 29-year-old was set to start when the squad was named on Thursday morning (NZ time). A midday announcement, …

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South Africa 37-15 Argentina: Player Ratings From Port Elizabeth

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: Uzair Cassiem of the Springbok Team during the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Argentina at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa look back to their best after beating Argentina soundly 37-15 at Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The Pumas have some serious discipline issues and experienced a frustrating afternoon away from home. Here are how the two teams fared.   South Africa  Tendai Mtawarira- 8 Tackled his heart out today showing he hasn’t lost any of his typical energy and …

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Australia 34-54 New Zealand: Player Ratings

New Zealand's flanker Liam Squire (C) runs with the ball at Australia's scrum-half Will Genia (L) during the Rugby Championship test match between Australia and the New Zealand All Blacks in Sydney on August 19, 2017.

The All Blacks are back to their unstoppable best with a first half performance of frightening quality, defeating the Wallabies 54-34 in Sydney on Saturday. Australia looked completely shell-shocked but managed a decent second half performance by which time the score was already out of reach. Here are how the players fared in another memorable Bledisloe Cup match. _____ Australia …

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Three Key Match Ups In The First Bledisloe Cup Test

Australia's wing Drew Mitchell (R) is tackled by New Zealand's centre Sonny Bill Williams (2R) next to Australia's full-back Kurtley Beale (L) and New Zealand's full-back Ben Smith (R) during the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

Game one of the Rugby Championship sees trans-Tasman rivals Australia host New Zealand in what doubles as a Bledisloe Cup test.  Here are three match ups that will be worth watching on Saturday. Match Up One: The Tall Timber The All Blacks locking duo of Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retalick is one of the most formidable in the modern area …

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The Rugby Championship: Strengths and Weaknesses For Each Team

The Rugby Championship has an odd feel to it this year with so many unfamiliar faces in the squads. This year’s tournament is one of the hardest to predict but here are some potential pointers that could help shed light on the sides as we approach the start of the tournament. New Zealand Strengths  Fans from this side of the …

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Wallabies Hope To Use The Lions Template To Beat The All Blacks

We’re only one week away until the 2017 Rugby Championship kicks off in Sydney where the Wallabies will host the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium. That match takes place on Saturday morning and later that day, the Springboks host Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.  Much of the focus, of course, has been on the Sydney clash, …

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Here’s Our Star Studded Rugby Championship Outcast XV

The talent leaving the Southern Hemisphere makes for depressing reading. So many talented players are losing patience sitting on the bench and are leaving for the money of the Top 14. Here is a composite outcast XV of players who would almost certainly be part of the Rugby Championship squads if they still played in Super Rugby. Juan Figallo – …

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