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Italy Duo Lovotti & Quaglio Receive Ban Following Dangerous Clearout

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Italy duo Andrea Lovotti and Nicola Quaglio have both received a three-game ban following their dangerous clearout on Duane Vermeulen during their loss to South Africa.  Lovotti received a straight red in the 42nd minute of the 49-3 loss following a nasty tip-tackle on Duane Vermeulen when Italy were only five metres from the South African try-line. The prop was …

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“It’s Pretty Obvious” – Hansen Accuses Springboks Of Pressurising Referee

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New Zealand head coach Steven Hansen has accused his South African counterpart Rassie Erasmus of trying to influence referee Jerome Garces ahead of their titanic World Cup battle this weekend.  During a press conference on Wednesday, Erasmus commented that the era in which the All-Blacks benefit from marginal calls because they are the best in the world has ended. The …

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All Blacks & Springboks Fight To 16-16 Draw In Wellington

Springboks left it late to claw their way back into today’s Rugby Championship test showdown against the All Blacks as things ended on a score of 16-16. The South Africans will have every reason to feel encouraged despite sharing the spoils in Wellington on Saturday. From the get-go, it was apparent that the All Blacks still had some tightening up …

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Mo’unga Named At 10 For The All Blacks, Barrett Moved To 15

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The All Blacks have named Crusaders’ out-half, Richie Mo’unga, to start against the Springboks for Saturday’s Rugby Championship encounter.  The decision means that two-time World Player of the Year, Beauden Barrett, will make the switch to full-back for this weekend’s South Africa test. New Zealand scraped over the line in last week’s opening round match with Argentina on a scoreline …

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Pat Lambie Set To Retire Due To Concussions


South African out-half, Pat Lambie, is set to announce his retirement from rugby due to an accumulation of concussions, according to reports.  The Racing 92 star has been out of action for months following a knee injury that he suffered during his side’s Champions Cup final defeat to Leinster in May. However, according to a report in Midi Olympique, the 28-year-old will retire …

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Springboks To Play Hosts Japan In Rugby World Cup Warm-Up

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South Africa will play 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts Japan in Saitama on September 6 in their final warm-up match for the tournament, the national rugby union announced Monday. Japan caused one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history when they stunned South Africa 34-32 at the pool stage in England three years ago. “This is an ideal opportunity …

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Naka Drotske Returns To Intensive Care Following Setback

South Africa armed robbery

Former South African hooker, Naka Drotske, is in intensive care following a setback to his recovery from injuries sustained during an armed robbery last month. The 47-year-old was wounded in the abdomen and arm at the home of his brother near Pretoria when he charged at three intruders, two of whom were armed, tackling them and pushing them out of …

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‘Hero’ Drotske Gives Thumbs-Up After Robbery Horror

South Africa armed robbery

Former Springbok World Cup winner and Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske was pictured Saturday making a thumbs-up sign from his hospital bed after being shot during an armed robbery.   The 47-year-old was wounded in the abdomen and arm late Thursday at the home of his brother near Pretoria when he charged at three intruders, two of whom were armed. …

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South African-Born Willemse Available For France In Six Nations

Montpellier lock forward Paul Willemse will be available to play for France in the Six Nations after announcing on Friday that his French citizenship had been confirmed this week. Pretoria-born Willemse, who won the Under-20 World Cup with the Springboks in 2012, qualifies for French citizenship through residency having left his native South Africa to play for Top 14 side …

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Ex-Springbok Drotske In Critical Condition Following Armed Robbery


Former Springbok hooker Naka Drotske was in critical condition in hospital on Friday after being shot during an armed robbery outside the South African capital Pretoria. The 47-year-old, a member of the 1995 World Cup winning squad, was at his brother’s property in Kameeldrift when three men broke into the house on Thursday evening, police told local media. “There was …

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Angus Gardner Admits He Got Farrell Tackle Decision Wrong


Angus Gardner, the referee who oversaw the November Series clash between England and South Africa, has admitted that he should have awarded a penalty following Owen Farrell’s ‘no-arm’ tackle on Andre Esterhuizen. The shoulder-led tackle came at the end of the game when Rassie Erasmus’ side trailed by 12-11  in Twickenham. A penalty would have won the game for the southern …

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Erasmus: “The Team Was Gutsy And It Feels Much Better”

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South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said that he was impressed by side’s attitude to claim an overtime victory against France one week on from an agonising one-point defeat to England. The Springboks beat the French on Saturday 29-26 thanks to an 85th minute try from hooker Bongi Mbonambi despite trailing by four points going into the final 30 seconds of …

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