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EnglandAustraliaEngland (13) 37 / 21 (16) Wallabies (Final Score)

England and the Australian Wallabies did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Twickenham Stadium, London, England, at 16:30 SA Time (14:30 UK Time & GMT, Sunday 01:30 AEDT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 2 & CSN on TV in SA.

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World Rugby Sevens SeriesThe 1st HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the 2016 – 2017 season is taking place in Dubai on 2 and 3 December 2016.

On Day 1 (2 December 2016) the usual results followed for the big nations, with the expected top 8 qualifying for the Quarters.

On Day 2 (3 December 2016) Fiji, England, Wales and South Africa (Blitzbokke) advanced to the Semi-Finals for the overall title.

South Africa’s Blitzbokke struck a massive blow by beating New Zealand in the Quarters by a mighty 40 / 0, to advance into the Semis were they will face Wales, whereas Fiji and England square up in the remaining Semi-final.

In the 1st Semi-final, Fiji beat England by 31 / 12.

South Africa comfortably beat Wales in the 2nd Semi-final, by 36 / 5.

The South African Blitzbokke won the title in fine style, beating Fiji in the Final by 26 / 14.

All games were televised LIVE in South Africa on SuperSport 1 and M-Net.

 

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FranceNew ZealandFrance (6) 19 / 24 (10) All Blacks (Final Score)

France and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Stade de France, Paris, France, at 22:00 SA Time (21:00 French Time, 20:00 GMT, Sunday 09:00 NZ 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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WalesSouth AfricaWales (12) 27 / 13 (6) Springboks (Final Score)

Wales and the South African Springboks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Principality Stadium (Millennium Stadium), Cardiff, Wales, at 19:30 SA Time (17:30 UK Time & 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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EnglandArgentinaEngland (16) 27 / 14 (7) Los Pumas (Final Score)

England and the Argentinian Los Pumas did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Twickenham Stadium, London, England, at 16:30 SA Time (14:30 UK Time & GMT, 11:30 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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IrelandNew ZealandIreland (6) 9 / 21 (14) All Blacks (Final Score)

Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, at 19:30 SA Time (17:30 GMT & UK Time, Sunday 06:30 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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ItalySouth AfricaItaly (10) 20 / 18 (12) Springboks (Final Score)

The Italian Azzurri and South African Springboks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy, at 16:00 SA Time (14:00 GMT, 15:00 Italian 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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Nemani Nadolo

Nemani Nadolo

Nemani Nadolo has become one of rugby’s biggest cult stars, possibly because he is one of the biggest men in the game. This weekend he will play for Fiji against England at Twickenham in a match reportedly set to net the RFU approximately £10,000,000. Fijian players will receive £400 each, and the Fiji Rugby Union will receive a £75,000 ‘goodwill gesture’. Most fans of the game think this stinks.

However, in a heartfelt letter, Nemani Nadolo says it is not the players complaining about payments:

Over the last 48 hours a number of news reports have suggested the players in the Fijian team have made complaints about the allowance we receive to play for our country and to honour our people this weekend when we face England at Twickenham. I want to tell you all that this is simply not true.

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WalesArgentinaWales (6) 24 / 20 (3) Los Pumas (Final Score)

Wales and the Argentinian Los Pumas did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, at 19:30 SA Time (17:30 UK Time & GMT, 14:30 ARG Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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

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wrwc17logoHolders England will face the USA, Italy and either Scotland or Spain in their opening pool at next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

Scotland will book their spot at next August’s tournament if they beat Spain in this month’s play-off over two legs.

Ireland are joined in Pool C by fellow 2014 semi-finalists France, Australia and either Fiji, Hong Kong or Japan.

Wales face former winners New Zealand and 2014 runners-up Canada and Fiji, Hong Kong or Japan in Pool A.

New Zealand won four successive World Cups between 1998 and 2010 but were knocked out in the pool stage in France two years ago after suffering a surprise defeat by Ireland.

The winners of the Asia/Oceania qualifier between Fiji, Hong Kong and Japan will join 2013 and 2015 Six Nations champions Ireland, plus top seeds France and Australia in Pool C.

The Asia/Oceania runners-up will play in Pool A alongside Canada, New Zealand and Wales.

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ItalyItaly head coach Conor O’Shea has selected a matchday 23 with youth and experience for their clash against the All Blacks in Rome on Saturday.

For his first Test in charge on home soil, O’Shea has handed Treviso’s Giorgio Bronzini an international debut at scrum as part of an untested halfback partnership with Carlo Canna, who has only 12 caps to his name.

Skipper Sergio Parisse will win his 120th cap in the back row, breaking the appearances record he had shared with prop Martin Castrogiovanni.

Zebre’s  player Andries van Schalkwyk has been selected to start alongside Marco Fuser in the second row. This is an interesting selection as the player, who played for many South African unions, normally plays in the back row.

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IrelandAs Rory Best declared in his on-field post-match interview at a rowdy Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s been a long time coming. Just the 111 years, that’s all. But at last, that black stain in Irish rugby has been removed, with a first ever victory over the All Blacks in 29 attempts.

Fully deserved it was too. Soldier Field crackled with atmosphere, vast swathes of the 63,300 bedecked in green watched Ireland dominate vast swathes of the first-half and kept counter-punching in a riotous rollercoaster of a second half, ultimately outscoring the back-to-back world champions and runaway winners of the Rugby Championship by five tries to four, and thus end their world record 18-match sequence of test wins.

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IrelandNew ZealandIreland (25) 40 / 29 (8) All Blacks

Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2016 Internationals at

Soldier Field, Chicago, USA, at 22:00 SA Time (15:00 USA Time, 20:00 GMT, Sunday 06:00 NZ 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 ZealandAustraliaAll Blacks (15) 37 / 10 (7) Wallabies (Final Score)

The New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies did battle in the final Bledisloe Cup Test of the 2016 season at

Eden Park, Auckland, at 08:35 SA Time (06:35 GMT, 19:35 NZ Time, 17:35 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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ArgentinaAustraliaLos Pumas (8) 21 / 33 (18) Wallabies (Final Score)

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

Twickenham Stadium, London, England, at 20:30 SA Time (18:30 GMT, 15:30 ARG Time, Sunday 05:30 AEST).

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 AfricaNew ZealandSpringboks (9) 15 / 57 (12) All Blacks (Final Score)

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

Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban, at 17:05 SA Time (15:05 GMT, Sunday 04:05 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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SpringboksFaf de Klerk and Damian de Allende were included in Springbok starting line-up to face the All Blacks in Durban on Saturday in the final Test of the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

The two personnel changes are both due to injuries – scrumhalf De Klerk comes into the starting team again as a replacement for Rudy Paige, who suffered a concussion in the victory over the Wallabies in Pretoria, while De Allende replaces Jesse Kriel, who was ruled out of action as a result of his groin injury.

In a positional change in midfield, Juan de Jongh moves from inside to outside centre, with De Allende now wearing the No 12 jersey. The two wings, Bryan Habana and Francois Hougaard, will swap jerseys for this Test.

The rest of the match-day squad was kept unchanged from the line-up that defeated the Wallabies by 18-10 last Saturday.

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ArgentinaNew ZealandLos Pumas (3) 17 / 36 (29) All Blacks (Final Score)

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

Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, at 00:10 SA Time (22:10 GMT, 19:10 ARG Time, Sunday 11:10 NZ Time).

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South AfricaAustraliaSpringboks (12) 18 / 10 (10) Wallabies (Final Score)

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

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, at 17:05 SA Time (15:05 GMT, Sunday 01:05 AEST).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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South_Africa_national_rugby_union_team.svgRudy Paige will make his starting debut for the Springboks on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld in the team’s penultimate Castle Lager Rugby Championship fixture of the year.

The inclusion of Paige at scrumhalf is one of three changes made to the Springbok line-up that started the match against the All Blacks two weeks ago in Christchurch.

Paige, who has made four Test appearances from the Bok bench, will partner the experienced Morné Steyn in the halfbacks. They take over from Faf de Klerk and Elton Jantjies respectively, both of whom started in the last six Tests of the year.

The only other change to the starting line-up sees Pat Lambie return to the team for the first time since he suffered concussion in the series opener against Ireland in June. Lambie will play fullback, where he is preferred over Johan Goosen. The Cell C Sharks player, who will earn his 52nd Springbok cap, has already scored 137 Test points in the Green and Gold jersey.

The Springbok forward pack that played against the All Blacks in Christchurch was kept unchanged, with hooker Adriaan Strauss again leading out the team after he suffered a knock to the lower back in New Zealand.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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