Rugby Championship by the numbers
As Season 22 of the Southern Hemisphere competition begins, here is the Rugby Championship (and its Tri-Nations predecessor) in numbers.
Cassiem ready to fill in for Whiteley
New Springbok No 8 Uzair Cassiem is confident that he can fill injured captain Warren Whiteley's boots in Saturday's Rugby Championship match against Argentina.
Coetzee makes three changes for Argentina clash
Uzair Cassiem will start at No 8 for the Springboks in their Rugby Championship opener against Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Boks wary of rested Los Pumas
The Springbok expect Argentina to speed up the play when the two teams meet in their Rugby Championship opener at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Bok attack for the big and the small
Springboks will have to evolve their attack if they are to become one of rugby's superpowers once again
Smith: Elton Jantjies deserves respect
Springbok backline coach Franco Smith is baffled by the continued criticism of Elton Jantjies.
Smith hit with four-week ban for Havili tackle
Lions back-rower Kwagga Smith has been suspended for four weeks following his red card in the Super Rugby final loss to the Crusaders.
All Blacks' Taylor extends contract through 2021
All Blacks and Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor has become the first All Black to sign a long-term contract with New Zealand Rugby, extending his contract through to 2021.
Law changes should provide speedier, simpler rugby - Dowd
World Rugby should be applauded for its looming law changes with the amendments set to simplify and speed up the game, which is a huge positive for referees and fans alike -- Craig Dowd writes.
Fleck says fitter Stormers can handle Chiefs
Coach Robbie Fleck says his Stormers side are far better equipped to handle the threat of the Waikato Chiefs in their Super Rugby quarterfinal at Newlands on Saturday, compared to when they met 12 months ago at the same stage of the competition.
Law amendments set to shake up breakdown contest
The ability of openside 'fetchers' to dominate the breakdown could be a thing of the past, after World Rugby rubberstamped three new amendments as part of an overhaul to the game's laws set to commence next month.
Stormers need to overcome play-off hoodoo against Chiefs
The Stormers' dismal run in Super Rugby play-off matches will face another test this weekend when they host New Zealand's Waikato Chiefs at Newlands in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Inconsistent Sharks need to find belief
The Sharks are heavy underdogs in their Super Rugby quarterfinal at the table-topping Lions on Saturday, in a season where they have shown inconsistent form, following one fine performance with a dismal outing.
Wallabies need help from All Blacks
With the once-loved Bledisloe Cup series causing nothing but dread for Wallabies fans, perhaps New Zealand can lend us a hand again, writes Greg Growden.
Woeful Waratahs proving old habits die hard
Waratahs home crowds have slumped alarmingly in the past two seasons. From Super Rugby title holders three seasons ago, the Waratahs now are mere also rans, playing without purpose or a recognisable game plan.
Davids hails Super Rugby experience for Kings
Southern Kings coach Deon Davids said his team had nothing to prove in their 31-30 Super Rugby victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, arguably the best result in the team's roller-coaster history in the competition.
Stormers coach critical despite thumping win
It is not often that a coach is critical of his side's performance after a 52-15 win, but Stormers coach Robbie Fleck believes his side were nowhere near their peak in their Super Rugby victory over the Sunwolves on Saturday.
Boks trio sign for Stormers
South Africa's Stormers have received a timely boost after three of their Springbok players have signed new two-year contracts with Western Province Rugby.
Stormers release Thomson to Glasgow Warriors
The Stormers have released flyhalf Brandon Thomson to join the Glasgow Warriors, but only once teammate Rob du Preez as recovered from injury, the team announced on Tuesday.
SA win bronze at World Rugby U20 Champs
South Africa's 'Baby Boks' finished with the bronze medal at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia on Sunday as they came back from a halftime deficit to hammer France 37-15.
Force veteran Matt Hodgson retires
Matt Hodgson has announced his retirement from professional rugby, after 12 seasons with Western Force.
Rebels start search for new coach
The Melbourne Rebels have already fielded inquiries from within Australia and abroad to replace coach Tony McGahan, who will leave at the end of the Super Rugby season.
France ring the changes for Durban Test
France head coach Guy Novès has made eight changes to his starting side to face South Africa in the second Test of their June series with captain Guilhem Guirado returning at hooker.
SA to decide Super Rugby teams next month
South African Rugby will decide on July 7 which two sides will be dropped from Super Rugby for the 2018 season.
England book place in U20 final
England Under-20s have reached a fifth successive World Rugby U20 Championship final thanks to a nail-biting 24-22 defeat of the Junior Boks.
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