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The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd have named New Zealander John Mitchell as the new Executive of Rugby at the franchise.

Mitchell, currently in charge of the United States Eagles, will assume the role in Pretoria in July – following the Eagles’ June Tests and World Cup 2019 qualifying matches.

Nollis Marais will continue a head coach of the Bulls through to the end of the Super Rugby season and will also coach the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup.

The former All Black, Western Force and Emirates Lions coach said he feels “privileged” and will look to implement the same strong team culture he introduced within the Eagles player pool.

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Springbok coach Allister Coetzee on Tuesday named a 31-man squad for a three-Test series against France in June.

Warren Whiteley was named as the 58th Springbok captain and will get his first opportunity to lead the team when a much-changed squad, which includes eight uncapped players, gets together for the series at a training camp in Plettenberg Bay next week.

The national selectors also recalled six experienced players to the squad. They are Rugby World Cup winner Frans Steyn, Jan Serfontein, Francois Hougaard, Duane Vermeulen, Coenie Oosthuizen and Chiliboy Ralepelle. They have more than 200 Test caps of experience between them.

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Josh Bassett scored a try two minutes from time as Wasps reached their first Premiership final in nine years with a thrilling victory over Leicester.

Kurtley Beale helped Wasps build a 10-point lead but Peter Betham’s try saw Tigers three points down at half-time.

Leicester led when Telusa Veainu dived over, and Freddie Burns’ kick had them four points up and defending bravely.

Thomas Young spurned a chance as Wasps pressed but Bassett scored in the corner to set up a final with Exeter.

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Munster will take on Scarlets for the 2016-17 Pro12 title in next Saturday’s final after seeing off Ospreys at Thomond Park.

The win denied the lacklustre visitors an all-Welsh final against their closest rivals in Dublin.

But they could have no complaints on a day when only Munster touched down.

Francis Saili, Simon Zebo and Andrew Conway went over for the clinical hosts while Dan Biggar kicked Ospreys’ sole penalty.

Scarlets had stunned Leinster 27-15 in Dublin a day earlier and will meet Munster at the city’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday 27 May (18:15 BST) in the final.

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Gloucester make three changes to the side that won their European Challenge Cup semi-final at La Rochelle as they face Stade Francais in Friday’s final.

Centre Matt Scott, wing Charlie Sharples and back row Lewis Ludlow come in for Henry Trinder, David Halaifonua and Jacob Rowan respectively.

But they change six from Saturday’s loss to Exeter in their final Premiership game of the season.

Victory would see the Cherry and Whites lift the trophy for the third time.

Success at Murrayfield would also keep Gloucester’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions Cup alive, after their ninth-placed finish in the Premiership ruled out automatic qualification.

An English winner of the Challenge Cup would go forward to May’s Champions Cup play-offs instead of the side seventh in the league, Northampton Saints.

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Super RugbyThis week it is Round 12 of Super Rugby 2017!

There are 2 games on Friday 12 May 2017 and 5 games on Saturday 13 May 2017.

Four teams have BYE weekends this week, the Chiefs, DHL Stormers, Waratahs and Sunwolves.

The action kicks off on Friday with the game between the Blues and Toyota Cheetahs in Auckland, at 09:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 07:35 GMT). After that, the Brumbies play the Emirates Lions in Canberra at 11:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 09:45 GMT).

On Saturday, the action starts with a pearler of a game, at 09:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 07:35 GMT) when the Crusaders host the Hurricanes in Christchurch.

The second game of Saturday morning is when the Melbourne Rebels host the Reds in Melbourne at 11:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 09:45 GMT).We will NOT do this game as a live game on Rugby-Talk.com this time around.

Then a few hours later, on Saturday afternoon, the Vodacom Bulls host the Highlanders in Pretoria at 15:05 SA Time (13:05 GMT, Sunday 01:05 NZ Time). After that, the Southern Kings host the Cell C Sharks in Port Elizabeth at 17:15 SA Time (15:15 GMT).

Later on Sturday evening, the Jaguares host the Western Force in Buenos Aires at 23:40 SA Time (18:40 Arg Time, 21:40 GMT, Sunday 05:40 AWST).

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The Springboks have been drawn alongside the All Blacks in Pool B for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan following Tuesday’s draw in Kyoto.

The Boks will also play against Italy in the pool stages, as well as a yet-to-be-determined Africa 1 team and the Repechage winner.

The final eight teams will only be confirmed following the continental qualification process, which will only be fully completed in November 2018.

It will be the first World Cup hosted by Japan and it will be the first time that the All Blacks and the Boks will meet in the pool stages of a World Cup.

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Head Coach Gregor Townsend named three uncapped players in a 34-man Scotland squad for next month’s three-test summer tour, the first under his stewardship.

The national team will face their opponents on consecutive Saturdays, starting with an historic test match against Italy in Singapore (10 June), followed by Australia in Sydney (17 June) and Fiji in Suva (24 June).

Glasgow Warriors’ centre Nick Grigg, prop D’Arcy Rae and Edinburgh Rugby hooker George Turner are the uncapped men to tour and will look to add international honours to their senior club careers.

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Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus was named Pro12′ Coach of the Season after guiding Munster to the semifinals of the Celtic League.

Erasmus, who is in his first season in charge of the Irish province, also had six of his Munster players named in the Pro12 Dream Team during the Pro12 Awards, which took place in Dublin on Sunday.

Erasmus recently confirmed that he will see out his contract with Munster after rumours circulated earlier this this year that he was going to return to South Africa to link up with the Springboks.

Meanwhile, Fellow South Africans Jaco Taute and Ruan Pienaar were included in the Dream Team.
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England scrum-half Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the Lions tour to New Zealand after the wife of his brother Tom learned that she is terminally ill.

Ben, 27, is a team-mate of hooker and captain Tom, 30, at Leicester Tigers and the pair will play in the remainder of the Premiership season for the club.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw replaces Ben Youngs on the Lions tour.

“We are a very close family and, as I am sure everyone can respect, time is now precious together,” said Ben.

“The most important thing for me at this difficult time is to be able to offer as much support as I can to Tom and his family in the remaining time we all have together.”

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Ulster gave club legend Ruan Pienaar a winning send off at Kingspan with a 17-13 victory over Leinster but it wasn’t enough for them to sneak into the Guinness PRO12 semi-finals.

The home side needed a bonus point victory at least but were unable to get the four-tries against a Leinster side who slipped to second after Munster’s victory.

Roger Wilson, on his 221nd and last Ulster appearance, and Andrew Trimble got the vital scores for Ulster while Leinster responded with a penalty try.

An emotional Pienaar led out the Ulster side with his son Jean Luc at the Kingspan Stadium in what was in final appearance for the club.

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Jaguares (22) 46 / 39 (25) Sunwolves (Final Score)

Los Jaguares and the Sunwolves did battle in Super Rugby 2017 at

Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina at 23:40 SA Time (18:40 Arg Time, 21:40 GMT, Sunday 06:40 Japan 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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Chiefs (20) 46 / 17 (12) Reds (Final Score)

The Chiefs and Reds did battle in Super Rugby 2017 at

Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, New Zealand at 09:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 17:35 AEST, 07:35 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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