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AustraliaArgentinaWallabies (21) 36 / 20 (6) Los Pumas (Final Score)

The Australian Wallabies and Argentinian Los Pumas did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

nib Stadium, Perth, Australia, at 12:05 SA Time (18:05 AWST, 20:05 AEST, 10:05 GMT, 07:05 ARG 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 ZealandSouth AfricaAll Blacks (15) 41 / 13 (10) Springboks (Final Score)

the New Zealand All Blacks and South African Springboks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, at 09:35 SA Time (07:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ 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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Warren Gatland and John Spencer

The 1971 and 1974 Lions were the greatest touring teams that have departed these shores, but the monopoly they appear to have on key positions in the Four Home Unions is now coming under scrutiny. The appointment of John Spencer, the 1971 Lions and England centre, as manager of the 2017 Lions is a case in point.

Spencer’s installation was not greeted with unanimous approval, and the same was true when Tom Grace, the 1974 Lions and Ireland wing, was appointed as Lions chairman.

The 1971 and 1974 Lions have rightfully had a major influence on the future of the touring side, and that has been recognised with luminaries from those sides being awarded the majority of the management, coaching and administrative roles in the intervening 40 plus years.

However, exactly how appointments are made in Lions rugby has always been shrouded in fog.

Four Home Unions appointments have always had a whiff of the clandestine about them, with vested national interests and horse-trading to the fore. As a result, in the professional era they have been a mixed bag.

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AustraliaSouth AfricaWallabies (13) 23 / 17 (14) Springboks (Final Score)

The Australian Wallabies and South African Springboks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, at 12:05 SA Time (10:05 GMT, 20:05 AEST).

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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New ZealandArgentinaAll Blacks (24) 57 / 22 (19) Los Pumas (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and Argentinian Los Pumas did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand, at 09:35 SA Time (07:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time, 04:35 ARG 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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SpringboksSpringbok coach Allister Coetzee has included Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh and Jesse Kriel in a revamped backline for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

In the only change amongst the forwards, tighthead prop Lourens Adriaanse will earn his first start for the Springboks in place of Vincent Koch, while Eben Etzebeth will become the youngest player ever to reach the milestone of 50 Tests for South Africa this weekend.

Coetzee made four changes in total to the back division which featured in the loss to Argentina in Salta two week ago. One of them is because of injury while another is a positional switch.

Hougaard comes into the side as replacement for Ruan Combrinck, who suffered a fractured leg against the Pumas, and he will play on the left wing, meaning the experienced Bryan Habana moves over to the right.

The new centre combination of De Jongh and Jesse Kriel gets a run in the place of Damian de Allende and Lionel Mapoe, who has been included on the replacements bench. De Jongh and Kriel both featured as replacements for South Africa in the first two Tests against Argentina, in Nelspruit and Salta.

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Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland has been named British and Irish Lions coach for the 2nd time and will lead them on the 2017 tour of New Zealand.

The Kiwi will step down from his job with Wales and be replaced on a temporary basis by Rob Howley.

“It’s a huge honour when you get offered probably the biggest job in world rugby against the best opposition in world rugby,” said Gatland.

The Lions have not won a series against New Zealand since 1971.

“When I was offered the position, it was definitely a ‘yes’ straightaway,” added Gatland. “To challenge yourself against the best, there is no bigger challenge.”

Howley took over from Gatland the last time the 52-year-old took on the Lions role in 2013, when they went to Australia and claimed a 2-1 series win.

Gatland intends to travel to New Zealand on Thursday with tour manager and former England captain John Spencer to start planning.

The Lions face 10 games on what will be an extremely challenging trip, which includes 3 Tests against the All Blacks – unbeaten on home soil since 2009.

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ArgentinaSouth AfricaLos Pumas (13) 26 / 24 (3) Springboks (Final Score)

Argentinian Los Pumas and the South African Springboks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina, at 21:40 SA Time (16:40 ARG Time, 19:40 GMT).

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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New ZealandAustraliaAll Blacks (15) 29 / 9 (9) Wallabies (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, at 09:35 SA Time (07:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time, 17:35 AEST).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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

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SpringboksArgentinaSpringboks (10) 30 / 23 (13) Los Pumas (Final Score)

The South African Springboks and Argentinian Los Pumas did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa, at 17:00 SA Time (15:00 GMT, 12:00 ARG 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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AustraliaNew ZealandWallabies (3) 8 / 42 (32) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2016 at

ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, at 12:05 SA Time (10:05 GMT, 20:05 AEST, 22:05 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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

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SpringboksJulian Redelinghuys will earn his 1st start for the Springboks against Argentina in Nelspruit on Saturday, while Bryan Habana, Johan Goosen, Oupa Mohoje and Lood de Jager all return to the side for the 1st Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test at the Mbombela Stadium. Redelinghuys, capped 4 times, comes in at tighthead as replacement for the injured Frans Malherbe, who is struggling with a neck injury.

Lock De Jager has recovered from the calf injury he sustained against Ireland in June and takes over the No 5 jersey from Pieter-Steph du Toit, who will provide cover from the bench.

The 3rd change in the pack sees the return to the starting line-up of Mohoje as replacement for Siya Kolisi, who recently underwent ankle surgery.

In the back division, Springbok record try scorer Bryan Habana will run out in his 118th Test after he was named as left wing, while he was also confirmed as the Springbok vice-captain.

The versatile Goosen, who is equally at home at flyhalf and centre, has been entrusted with the fullback duties, the same position where he played in his previous outing for the Springboks, in 2014 against Italy.

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Former South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Former South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Mr Oregan Hoskins announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down as president of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) after a decade of service and achievement.

Mr Hoskins advised the membership of SA Rugby at a meeting of the General Council in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

“I have enjoyed a remarkable ten and a half years in one of the most high-profile roles in South African sport and have enjoyed some incredible highs,” said Mr Hoskins. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege and I want to thank everyone involved in South African rugby for the fantastic journey we have shared.

“There have also been plenty of challenges to confront but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way – it’s an indication of how much our sport matters in this country.

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Blitzbokke Bronze

South Africa Sevens bronze winning team

 

It is the most gutting of stories, and it could not have happened to a more influential player.

Seabelo Senatla has been the superstar in the Blitzboks set-up since 2013 and a fundamental part of the build-up to Rio 2016.

His finishing and raw pace have combined to make him one of the most feared players on the world circuit.

If South Africa were going to succeed at the Olympics, nobody would have deserved it more than Senatla.

But tragedy struck on Wednesday when, in South Africa’s quarter-final against Australia, he injured his wrist.

Speaking after that match, Senatla was confident that he would be okay to play in Thursday’s semi-final against the Australians.

But those who were there and saw the way he was nursing his right hand had their doubts.

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Australia’s women beat New Zealand 24-17 to win the first ever Olympic rugby sevens gold medal, after Great Britain lost to Canada in the bronze match.

Favourites Australia outscored the Black Ferns four tries to three, with two of those coming while New Zealand’s Portia Woodman was in the sin bin.

Meanwhile, Britain’s women missed out on Olympic medal as they lost 33-10.

Canada – who lost to GB in the pool game between the two – led throughout in the bronze medal match.

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Olympics Rio 2016Great Britain women will face New Zealand in the semi-finals of the Olympic rugby sevens after beating Fiji 26-7 in the last eight at Rio 2016.

GB’s Abbie Brown opened the scoring after just 15 seconds before Fiji’s Litia Naiqato finished off a stunning team move to level.

But Alice Richardson and Joanne Watmore gave Team GB a 19-7 half-time lead, and Brown sealed the win with her second.

Australia and Canada will play in the second semi-final on Monday.

Great Britain earlier beat a strong Canada side 22-0 in their final group game.

And Brown said that Sunday’s improvement came because the team had “settled” after feeling nerves on the first day.

“It is an Olympics, the nerves are going to hit,” she said.

“We have shown everyone today with Canada and Fiji, we have done ourselves justice.”

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EnglandA new eight-year deal worth more than £225m has been agreed between the Rugby Football Union and Premiership clubs – with England getting more flexibility and greater player access in return.

Clubs will earn more for releasing players for international duty, as well as meeting the English-qualified players target and academy standards.

England will get two more training camps a season and larger elite squad.

“This is a true partnership,” said RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie.

“[It is] focused on making English rugby the best in the world for club and country.”

The agreement is worth more than double the previous one, which was signed in 2007, and will give England greater flexibility in selection, with the Elite Player Squad (EPS) expanded from 33 to 45 players, while during core periods 36 players can be selected for camps rather than 33.

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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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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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