Cipriani offers 'heartfelt' apology to police, team
Danny Cipriani has issued an apology to the police after pleading guilty to common assault and resisting arrest.
Why this will be the toughest Rugby Championship in years
Each team has made improvements over the past 12 months, which Craig Dowd believes will make this year's Rugby Championship the toughest in years.
Kolisi now fit enough to lead Boks by example
The Springboks captain is at his best with ball in hand, as he has not only the power to break tackles but also the pace and skill to beat defenders.
Is Tui the foil for Wallabies' 'Pooper' approach?
Michael Cheika has a touch over 12 months to find the right man to complete the Wallabies' back-row trio for the World Cup. Starting a Bledisloe Cup game for the first time, Lukhan Tui has a huge opportunity to push his cause.
Etzebeth hoping to play full 80
Nobody will blame 2.04m powerhouse Eben Etzebeth if he has a few butterflies ahead his first competitive rugby match in eight months when South Africa take on Argentina in Durban on Saturday.
Returning forwards boost Bok pack
Eben Etzebeth will start for the South Africa for the first time this year and Marco van Staden and Damian Willemse could make their debuts off the bench.
Springboks' halfbacks must take charge
KweséESPN looks at aspects of the Springboks' game that will be in the spotlight during the Rugby Championship.
'Just a footballer' Maddocks completes rapid rise
Jack Maddocks looms as the second-half game-breaker to pilot the Wallabies to Bledisloe Cup glory after being handed a dream Test debut against the All Blacks in Sydney.
R1: No Sydney Bledisloe smash-up this time
How do the Wallabies avoid another Sydney disaster? Just how much pressure is Beauden Barrett under? And can the Springboks continue their resurgence under Rassie Erasmus? Your Round 1 preview is here.
Risk, desperation on Cheika's Bledisloe teamsheet
Winning Bledisloe Cup matches requires risk and desperation. There's a bit of both in the flawed line-up Australia has selected for the opening trans-Tasman Test, Greg Growden writes.
Robertson starts for Wallabies with Sio out
Tom Robertson will start at loosehead prop for the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on Saturday night.
Byrne says Wallabies' skills on par with ABs
After years of playing catch up, Australia's rugby stars are now just as skilful as the All Blacks. That's the belief of former New Zealand assistant Mick Byrne, who has spent the last two years working with the Wallabies.
Goodhue gets nod as All Blacks centre
Jack Goodhue has won the contentious outside centre berth in a near-full strength All Blacks team to face the Wallabies in Sydney.
Proudfoot relishing Argentina test for Bok forwards
Argentina's muscular pack will present an excellent test of South Africa's front-row form according to Springbok forwards coach Matt Proudfoot.
Wallabies have responsibility to win Bledisloe
Matt Toomua says the onus is squarely on the Wallabies to win back disillusioned fans and inspire a whole new generation of Australian rugby players.
Rassie Erasmus must use his loaded deck
The Springboks have only 15 Tests left before next year's Rugby World Cup, with six of them coming in the next couple of the months in the Rugby Championship. Rassie Erasmus needs to take advantage of every single one.
Loose-trio balance vital Boks' chances
The absence of Duane Vermeulen leaves a huge hole in the Springboks' back row. Getting the loose-forward balance right will be crucial and is one of Rassie Erasmus' biggest challenges ahead of The Rugby Championship.
Haka here to stay: All Blacks Cane, Smith
The All Blacks insist the haka is as powerful, prestigious and pivotal as ever, claiming Kees Meeuws' thoughts about the pre-game ritual haven't been accurately reported.
Wear Indigenous Test jersey more: Genia
Halfback Will Genia would like to see the Wallabies wear their Indigenous jersey more often, as a nod to all the many different cultures represented in an increasingly cosmopolitan lineup.
Good defending wins games, Ledesma
A decision to ease restrictions on European-based players could be the impetus that Argentina need to reverse a long slump and finally begin to compete with the traditional powers of the southern hemisphere.
All Blacks on Pocock alert
The All Blacks have gone a year without having to worry about David Pocock but they're on high alert for the return of the Wallabies back-row menace in the Bledisloe Cup.
Genia ranks Bledisloe as his top priority
Wallabies halfback Will Genia rates winning a Bledisloe Cup above the World Cup, describing a series victory against the New Zealanders as his "number one priority".
ABs at ease with aerial laws, Folau threat
All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is preparing for a high-flying Bledisloe Cup battle with Israel Folau, the veteran custodian confident in his understanding of rugby's much-debated aerial laws.
Impossible to swallow Hansen's 'Wallabies are favourites' line
If Rugby Australia manages to avoid a record low crowd at ANZ Stadium this week they should thank Steve Hansen, specifically the praise he continues to throw the Wallabies' way. Even more so, that he is doing it with a straight face.
Barrett to play, Milner-Skudder out for NZ
Beauden Barrett is a confirmed starter in a trimmed-down All Blacks team to face the Wallabies in Sydney.
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