Rugby

There was mixed injury news for England on Tuesday as they prepare for the second test against a resurgent South Africa in Bloemfontein at the weekend. Lock Joe Launchbury sat out another training session having been unable to take part for almost two weeks, and remains a doubt for Saturday’s must-win clash at the Free
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Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says veteran hooker Schalk Brits will be considered for the last two matches of the Test series against England despite announcing his retirement from the game a couple of weeks ago. The 37-year-old Brits played his final game for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership final on 26 May, but arrived at
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Old habits die hard for David Pocock, even down to his choice of headgear. The Wallabies flanker was remarkable in his comeback to international rugby, dominating against world No.2 Ireland in the wake of his 12-month sabbatical spent mainly in Zimbabwe far away from any football fields. He scored the match-sealing try and proved a
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Coach Rassie Erasmus praised the Springboks’ character following their come-from-behind 42-39 in the opening Test three-match series against England at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday. England started with a bang and raced to a 24-3 lead in the opening quarter, thanks to three converted tries and a penalty goal, but SA Rugby’s Director of
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KweséESPN looks at five talking points from the Springboks’ win over England at Ellis Park on Saturday. Spectacular start to Siya Kolisi’s tenure as Springbok captain About 18 minutes into the match it looked like England were going to smash the Springboks and spoil the occasion for South Africa’s first black rugby captain. But Kolisi
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Nov 8, 2017 ESPN staff As teams prepare for next year’s Rugby World Cup, the mid-year international window offers international coaches their last chance to blood new stars and their final opportunity to tinker with their starting line up. Several sides have been hampered by injury, but the June international window offers players a chance
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JOHANNESBURG — It’s hard to believe that Handré Pollard is only 24 years old, especially when he addresses the media with such ease and conviction. But we really shouldn’t be surprised by his maturity, as he made his Springboks debut as a wet-behind-the-ears 20-year-old, contributing 13 points in a victory over Scotland. But over the
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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus says both Frans Steyn and Bismarck du Plessis are keen to play for the Springboks and that there is nothing sinister about their ‘injury-enforced’ withdrawal from the squad. SA Rugby released a statement on Thursday night saying both Steyn and Du Plessis picked up injuries while playing for Montpellier in the
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