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World Rugby abandons Nations Championships

World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday.

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SA Rugby announces de-centralised player contracting model

The model also ensures the unions and the Springboks work in partnership to develop "players of national interest", and younger players will be offered "commitment clauses" that will reward them for staying in South Africa.

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South Africa Blitzboks win Singapore Sevens

South Africa produced a remarkable comeback to defeat Fiji in the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens, overcoming a 19-0 halftime deficit to win the Cup final 20-19.

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South African sides can place more trust in back-three - Botha

"I think sometimes we need to trust the players a little bit more," Springboks legend Naas Botha tells ESPN. "Certain guys, certain cultures, prefer the game-plan more than the player. I'm a kind of guy who prefers player to game-plan."

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Rugby Australia considers new comp options

Rugby Australia is working on other options if the mooted world league doesn't go ahead, with a more meaningful Rugby Championship on the SANZAAR agenda.

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The domino effect: Who will take Wallabies beyond 2019?

The biggest year of his coaching career is still to play out, but Michael Cheika's pending replacement at Australia's helm is as much a talking point as the Wallabies' Rugby World Cup fortunes themselves.

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SANZAAR made right call to return to 14-team competition

SANZAAR made the right decision to drop the Sunwolves from Super Rugby and revert back to a 14-team competition, while the introduction of new trial 'laws' could see rugby move back towards traditional rucking, Craig Dowd writes.

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SANZAAR officially axe Sunwolves

SANZAAR have announced they will officially drop the Sunwolves from Super Rugby from 2021 in a statement on Friday.

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SA Rugby to be strict with overseas clubs over players - Erasmus

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has reiterated that South Africa Rugby will rigorously enforce World Rugby Regulation 9 from 2020 in a bid to soften the impact of the growing flood of top players plying their trade abroad.

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Schalk Brits enjoying new lease of life with Bulls in Super Rugby

The veteran hooker has been eased into the side, after sustaining a calf injury, but he was superb in the Round 1 defeat of the Stormers and then was immense in the Bulls' 30-12 victory over the Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

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Super Rugby Round 3 team lists

Three big trans-Tasman clashes headline Round 3 of Super Rugby, including a double-header to get us started on Friday evening. Read on for all of this week's team lists.

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Cheetahs player banned for filthy act

Cheetahs centre Nico Lee will sit out 13 weeks of Pro 14 action after he was suspended for clearing "the contents of his nose" on Connacht's Colby Fainga'a during their clash last weekend.

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Super Rugby Round Two team lists

In Super Rugby round two we see two trans-Tasman clashes as well as a New Zealand derby. Read for all of this week's team lists.

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138dAndy Withers

Super Rugby South Africa conference preview

The Super Rugby season is once again upon us. Here, we analyse the South African conference, and ESPN columnist Greg Growden offers his thoughts on each of the five franchises.

2018 RankingsRugby Championship

  • SA2nd
    TRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 33 Tries Scored
  • SA2nd
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 93 Points Difference