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European Rugby Champions CupDouble winners Saracens will meet RC Toulon, Scarlets and Sale Sharks in Pool 3 of the European Rugby Champions Cup following the pool draws for EPCR’s tournaments which took place today (Wednesday, 29 June) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Saracens became only the fourth team to complete a domestic league and European Cup double last season when they beat Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final in Lyon and then overpowered Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham. Mark McCall’s side will lock horns with Toulon, who they dethroned in Lyon last season.

Drawn in Tier 1 with the Top 14 champions, Racing 92, the Guinness PRO12 winners, Connacht Rugby, and Leinster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs, Saracens, who became the first English club to win the top European title since Wasps in 2007, made history last season by becoming the first side to win all nine matches in a season.

The next landmark for them to chase is the 13 match winning streak enjoyed by Munster Rugby between 2005/06 and 2006/07. To break that record they will have to win their first five Pool matches next season.

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Tjiuee Uanivi  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Tjiuee Uanivi (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Glasgow Warriors have signed second-row Tjiuee Uanivi from South African Super Rugby franchise, the Sharks, subject to a visa and medical.

Uanivi, who recently had a short loan spell at the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth, has penned a contract at Scotstoun until at least May 2017.

The 6ft 7in Namibia international, who has 14 caps for his country, joined the Sharks in January following a number of impressive displays at last year’s Rugby World Cup.

He scored his first try for his country against Romania in the World Rugby Nations Cup earlier this month.

Prior to joining the Sharks, the 25-year-old played 10 times for Brive in the Top 14 and European Rugby Challenge Cup.

The versatile Uanivi, who can also play across the back-row, is due to arrive in Glasgow next month.

He is the latest player to join the Warriors ahead of the 2016/17 season, with winger Leonardo Sarto, hooker Corey Flynn and scrum-half Nemia Kenatale, joining fly-half Rory Clegg and props Djustice Sears-Duru and Jarrod Firth at Scotstoun for the new campaign.

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South AfricaIrelandSpringboks (13) 19 / 13 (10) Ireland (Final Score)

The South African Springboks and Ireland did battle in the 2016 June Internationals at

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, at 17:00 SA Time (15:00 GMT, 16:00 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & M-Net on TV in SA.

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AustraliaEnglandWallabies (18) 40 / 44 (17) England (Final Score)

The Australian Wallabies and England did battle in the 2016 June Internationals at

Allianz Stadium, Sydney, at 12:05 SA Time (10:05 GMT, 20:05 AEST, 11:05 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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New ZealandWalesAll Blacks (18) 46 / 6 (6) Wales (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and Wales did battle in the 2016 June Internationals at

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, at 09:35 SA Time (07:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time, 08:35 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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Danny Cipriani in action for England against the Crusaders

Danny Cipriani in action for England against the Crusaders

England rugby star Danny Cipriani has been found guilty of drinking and driving after his Mercedes crashed into a minicab following a night out.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the Wasps fly-half was so drunk his eyes were “glazed” after the smash on Imperial Road, Fulham on 1 June 2015.

The 28-year-old was found to be nearly twice the drink-drive limit.

He was ordered to pay a total of £7,620 in fines and costs and banned from driving for 18 months.

Cipriani had admitted drinking two espresso martinis and a glass of champagne less than an hour before he was arrested, but claimed he was “shocked” when he was told he was over the limit.

His lawyer had tried to get the charge dismissed, claiming there was not “sufficient” evidence as the breathalyser was not working properly.
But Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said he was “satisfied” the machine had given a “correct reading”.

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Head Coach Vern Cotter has made six personnel changes to the Scotland team to face Japan in this Saturday’s second summer Test match at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo (25 June, kick-off 11.20am BST, 7.20pm JST) – live on BBC.

The alterations are split evenly between the backs and forwards, with a positional switch made in each division to accommodate the new faces.

Scrum-half Henry Pyrgos, wing Sean Maitland and centre Peter Horne all come off the bench to start the match, with Pyrgos taking on the captaincy and kicking duties from Greig Laidlaw.

Maitland is promoted in place of Damien Hoyland, with Sean Lamont coming into the squad among the substitutes, while Horne comes into midfield in place of the injured Duncan Taylor (hamstring), prompting a move to outside-centre for Matt Scott to accommodate the Warriors playmaker.

In the pack, Rory Sutherland remains in possession of the loosehead berth he inherited in the third minute of last weekend’s Test win over Japan, when Alasdair Dickinson limped off with a hamstring injury, earning his first start for the national team.

On the other side of the front-row, Moray Low swaps places with try-scorer Willem Nel to start his first Test since the 2014 summer tour win over Canada in Toronto, while Josh Strauss comes in to the back-row for John Hardie, with John Barclay moving to openside to make room for Strauss on the blindside.

Other notable inclusions see prop Gordon Reid (who arrived in Tokyo on Monday) take up a spot among the replacements, with uncapped centre Huw Jones set for an international debut if called upon from the bench.

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Scottish Rugby have released a sneak preview of the new Scotland home and away kit which will be available from the 8th of July. The clip features a few players including former Loeriesfontein strong man WP Nel. The burly tight-head prop, who scored a try early in the second half against Japan last weekend,  can be seen grinning about midway through the clip below.

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England1South AfricaEngland U20  (31) 39 / 17 (3) Junior Springboks U20 (Final Score)

England Under 20 and South Africa’s Junior Springboks Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 (semifinals) at Manchester, at 20:45 SA Time (18:45 GMT, 19:45 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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IrelandArgentinaIreland U20  (21) 37 / 7 (7) Argentina U20 (Final Score)

Ireland Under 20 and Argentina Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 (semifinals) at Manchester, at 18:30 SA Time (16:30 GMT, 17:30 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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New ZealandWalesNew Zealand U20  (35) 71 / 12 (5) Wales U20 (Final Score)

New Zealand Under 20 and Wales Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 (5yh Place Play-off) at Manchester, at 16:15 SA Time (14:15 GMT, 15:15 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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ArgentinaFrancePumas (17) 30 / 19 (10) France (Final Score)

The Argentinian Los Pumas and France did battle in the 2016 June Internationals at

Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán, at 23:10 SA Time (21:10 GMT, 18:10 ARG Time, 23:10 French Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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ScotlandEdinburgh Rugby wing Damien Hoyland is set for his first Scotland, having been named in Vern Cotter’s side to play Japan today at the Toyota City Stadium. (18 June, kick-off 11:20 BST, 12:20 SA Time, 10:20 GMT).The former Boroughmuir flyer – who helped Scotland 7s lift the Cup at Twickenham last month and has scored 8 tries in an impressive season for Edinburgh – joins Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour in the back 3.

Elsewhere, Harlequins-bound Ruaridh Jackson starts at flyhalf for the first time since a replacement appearance against Canada in 2014 while Jonny Gray forms a starting lock-pairing partnership with brother Richie for a 15th time. Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter, said: “The players have adapted well to the conditions and the jet lag since arriving in Japan on Sunday, and have prepared well in a testing environment, in the humidity, rain and heat. We picked a strong squad to travel to Japan, 23 of whom will get the chance to run out this Saturday in a Test match against a Japanese team on a revenge mission, following our win in the Rugby World Cup”.

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South AfricaFranceJunior Springboks (18) 40 / 31 (24) France U20 (Final Score)

South Africa’s Junior Springbok Under 20 and France Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 20:45 SA Time (18:45 GMT, 19:45 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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England1AustraliaEngland U20  (6) 17 / 13 (13) Australia U20 (Final Score)

England Under 20 and Australia Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 20:45 SA Time (18:45 GMT, 19:45 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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GeorgiaIrelandIreland U20  (20) 35 / 7 (7) Georgia U20 (Final Score)

Ireland Under 20 and Georgia Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 18:30 SA Time (16:30 GMT, 17:30 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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New ZealandWalesNew Zealand U20  (10) 18 / 17 (14) Wales U20 (Final Score)

France Under 20 and Japan Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 18:30 SA Time (16:30 GMT, 17:30 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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ItalyScotlandScotland U20  (5) 27 / 19 (7) Italy U20 (Final Score)

Scotland Under 20 and Italy Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 16:30 SA Time (14:30 GMT, 15:30 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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ArgentinaJapan-Rugby-LogoArgentina U20  (15) 39 / 20 (13) Japan U20 (Final Score)

Argentina Under 20 and Japan Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 16:30 SA Time (14:30 GMT, 15:30 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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ArgentinaItalyPumas (17) 30 / 24 (16) Italy (Final Score)

The Argentinian Los Pumas and Italian Azzurri did battle in the 2016 June Internationals at

Brigadier López Stadium, Santa Fe, at 20:45 SA Time (18:45 GMT, 15:45 ARG Time, 20:45 Italian Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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South AfricaArgentinaJunior Springboks (6) 13 / 19 (13) Argentina U20 (Final Score)

South Africa’s Junior Springbok Under 20 and Argentina Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 19:00 SA Time (17:00 GMT, 18:00 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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ScotlandEngland1England U20 (13) 44 / 0 (0) Scotland U20 (Final Score)

England Under 20 and Scotland Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 19:00 SA Time (17:00 GMT, 18:00 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was not broadcast LIVE on TV in SA.

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WalesGeorgiaWales U20 (7) 10 / 9 (6) Georgia U20 (Final Score)

Wales Under 20 and Georgia Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 16:45 SA Time (14:45 GMT, 15:45 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was not broadcast LIVE on TV in SA.

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FranceJapan-Rugby-LogoFrance U20 (17) 46 / 14 (7) Japan U20 (Final Score)

France Under 20 and Japan Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 16:45 SA Time (14:45 GMT, 15:45 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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ItalyAustraliaAustralia U20 (7) 38 / 10 (10) Italy U20 (Final Score)

Australia Under 20 and Italy Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 14:30 SA Time (12:30 GMT, 13:30 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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New ZealandIrelandNew Zealand U20 (14) 24 / 33 (20) Ireland U20 (Final Score)

New Zealand Under 20 and Ireland Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 14:30 SA Time (12:30 GMT, 13:30 UK Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was not broadcast LIVE on TV in SA.

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South AfricaJapanJunior Springboks (14) 59 / 19 (19) Japan U20 (Final Score)

South Africa’s Junior Springbok Under 20 and Japan Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 16:15 SA Time (14:15 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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FranceArgentinaFrance U20 (8) 15 / 24 (6) Argentina U20 (Final Score)

France Under 20 and Argentina Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 16:15 SA Time (14:15 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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WalesIrelandWales U20 (17) 25 / 26 (15) Ireland U20 (Final Score)

Wales Under 20 and Ireland Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 18:30 SA Time (16:30 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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AustraliaScotlandAustralia U20 (7) 10 / 15 (3) Scotland U20 (Final Score)

Australia Under 20 and Scotland Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 18:30 SA Time (16:30 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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EnglandItalyEngland U20 (17) 48 / 10 (3) Italy U20 (Final Score)

England Under 20 and Italy Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Manchester, at 20:45 SA Time (18:45 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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New ZealandGeorgiaNew Zealand U20 (31) 55 / 0 (0) Georgia U20 (Final Score)

New Zealand Under 20 and Georgia Under 20 did battle in the World Rugby Under

20 Championship 2016 at Salford, at 20:45 SA Time (14:15 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 6 on TV in SA.

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Ilhaam Groenewald

South Africa Rugby has welcomed Ilhaam Groenewald as their first female Executive Council member.

Groenewald, along with the returning Monde Tabata as independent member of the Exutive Council, were elected last week and will attend their first meeting of the newly constituted Exco in Cape Town.

Groenewald succeeds Mputumi Damani as one of two independent members of the 12-person Executive Council. Damani was warmly thanked for his contribution since being elected in 2011.

“My passion is sport management and development so when I was asked if I was happy to have my name put forward, I had no hesitation,” said Groenewald.

“You cannot work in sports administration in the Western Cape and not know about rugby so I have very good insight into the work that SA Rugby does. I have also received very positive support from Stellenbosch University management,” she added.

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Pieter-Steph du Toit

Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan says Pieter-Steph du Toit’s injury is a big setback for the team ahead of their three-Test series against Ireland.

Du Toit, who has been plagued with injuries since making his international debut in 2013, suffered a grade two hamstring tear in the Stormers 31-24 win over the Cheetahs last weekend and has been ruled out of action for between two and six weeks.

Van Graan on Tuesday said that although the lock’s injury is “not a long-term one”, Du Toit was still a big part of the team’s plans heading into the first Test against Ireland.

“I believe Pieter-Steph [du Toit] will develop into one of the best locks in the world,” said Van Graan.

“He was pretty unlucky to get injured in 2013 and then again in early in 2015. I think he showed at the World Cup that he will develop into one of the best and in Super Rugby he has been fantastic.

“He is a big loss for the Springboks – he was part of our plans and he is still part of our plans. Luckily it’s not a long term injury.”

Du Toit’s injury opened the door for Lions lock Franco Mostert, who joined the Springboks in Stellenbosch from the SA ‘A’ squad on Tuesday.

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Guinness PRO12 Final, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland 28/5/2016 Connacht vs Leinster Connacht captain John Muldoon lifts the PRO12 trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht captain John Muldoon lifts the PRO12 trophy
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Connacht became the seventh team to claim the Guinness PRO12 title with a magnificent display at BT Murrayfield, beating Leinster 20-10 to complete a dream season

In front of a record crowd for a Guinness PRO12 Final of 34,550, Pat Lam’s team scored three tries on the biggest day in their 131-year history.

While they were nervy in the opening exchanges once they got their hands on the ball, Connacht dominated the opening 40 minutes.

Able to open up Leinster with alarming regularity, they scored two fantastic first-half tries, through Tiernan O’Halloran and Niyi Adeolokun to lead 15-0 at the break.

While Jonathan Sexton cut the deficit with a penalty early in the second half, Matt Healy’s try just before the hour stretched the lead out to 17.

That was cut to ten when Sean Cronin went over to set up a huge last ten minutes but there was to be no comeback as Connacht produced one final effort to see it out.

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SaracensSaracens beat Exeter Chiefs to win the Premiership final and become the first English side to complete a domestic and European double since 2004.

Exeter, in their first play-off final, were blown away by a dominant first half from Sarries, who led 23 / 6 through Duncan Taylor and Chris Wyles scores.

Jack Yeandle and Jack Nowell crossed after the break as a rejuvenated Chiefs reduced the deficit to 3 points.

But Alex Goode’s late try secured the title for the defending champions.

Victory also means Mark McCall’s side, who won the European Champions Cup 2 weeks ago, become the first English club since Wasps 12 years ago to win the top-flight and European titles in the same season.

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Springboks

Allister Coetzee has named a new-look Springbok squad, including 9 uncapped players, for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland, featuring 3 Tests in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

The uncapped players who have forced their way into the Springbok squad are Garth April (Cell C Sharks – flyhalf), Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions – wing), Faf de Klerk (Emirates Lions – scrumhalf), Nic Groom (DHL Stormers – scrumhalf), Steven Kitshoff (Overseas-based – prop), Jaco Kriel (Emirates Lions – flank), Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers – hooker), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers – flank) and Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Stormers – hooker).

Coetzee picked 17 forwards and 14 backs to report for duty on Sunday afternoon for the start of a 2-week long preparation camp in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. The squad will gather in Stellenbosch for the 1st week, before they break for 2 days and then reassemble on Sunday 5 June in Cape Town.

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