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Sydney – Hooker Stephen Moore admits the Wallabies are sweating on South African referee Jonathan Kaplan to give Australia’s oft-maligned scrum a fair go in Saturday’s Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks.

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Pretoria – Glory beckons for Peter de Villiers’s Springbok team, who look more than ready for the away leg of the Tri-Nations. They are well-placed for a first tournament win since 2004 after three successive victories at home.

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Got this article on IOL from Vata Ngobeni

The Leopards will come to Loftus Versfeld on Friday knowing full well that matters can’t get much worse for them, but also that a win against the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup could be worth more than the platinum that drives their sponsorship from the Royal house of Bafokeng. Continue reading

Thu, 20 Aug 2009

So whilst AB is still patiently waiting for me to contact him in respect of getting some real people to make the predictions for us, we will use the plonkers at rugby365 to get us going.

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20 Aug 2009
Paul Dobson

The two teams have slipped behind South Africa on their trips to the Republic and now need as much winning as possible if they are to have a hope of winning the Tri-Nations.

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Gert van der Westhuizen (Rubriek Beeld)

Suid-Afrikaanse rugby-ondersteuners word nie maklik tevrede gestel nie.

Kyk nou maar net hoe kla baie van hulle hier halfpad deur die Drienasies-reeks. Dit boonop, om die ou spreekwoord so effe aan te pas, as’t ware met die Wêreldbeker onder die arm. Continue reading

Although Johann Muller has been cleared to start for the Sharks against Griquas this weekend, fullback Stefan Terblanche will continue to lead the team. Argentinian flyhalf Juan Hernández has not yet recovered from an ankle injury picked up two weeks ago. Continue reading

JJ Harmse

The irony could not escape me when I read that Michael Claassens will lead Bath in the upcoming season. I had a chuckle and most of my friends I shared it with, also had broad grins on their faces.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:54


Western Province officials have dismissed rumours that they are chasing the signatures of the Springbok duo of Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis.

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J.J. Harmse

Pretoria – The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is keen to host the 2013 Sevens World Cup following its recent bidding failures for the 15-man Rugby World Cup tournaments of 2015 and 2019.

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(Apologies for being in Afrikaans but english link for this article gives an error…)


Gio Aplon sê hy is vir eers klaar met sewesrugby en wil hom weer op die vyftienman-kode toespits.

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From rugby365

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:13

Two of the Cheetahs’ most promising youngsters, prop Coenie Oosthuizen and centre Robert Ebersohn have both signed long-term deals with the Free State Rugby Union.

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Stephen Nell

Cape Town – The tug-of-war over Jaque Fourie has taken a new twist, with French club Clermont reportedly considering action against the Springbok centre after he decided against joining them. Continue reading

9:25AM Wednesday Aug 19, 2009
By Mark Geenty

SYDNEY – The Graham Henry “rark-up” of last week has been and gone for the underperforming All Blacks. Now captain Richie McCaw will cast a steely glance at his teammates and hope each takes responsibility for a rare downturn in their rugby fortunes against the Wallabies here on Saturday.

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Met die WP en Rassie Erasmus se agresiewe aanslag om senior spelers te bekom, ontstaan die emosionele vraag onder ondersteuners weereens oor watter provinsie status van ‘n speler aan homself kan toereken. Continue reading

 Desperation, excitement and impatience make for a volatile mix and All Blacks captain Richie McCaw knows his team are going to have to keep a lid on things in the leadup to Saturday’s vital clash with the Wallabies.

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by Dan Retief | 18 August 2009 (18:11)

The portals of blogdom and e-censure have recently been on fire over the methods used by the Springboks to take a stranglehold on the Tri-Nations and here’s something to generate even more heat under the collars of the PC brigade.

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Wellington – Flyhalf Daniel Carter has been rushed into the All Blacks lineup for Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test against Australia in Sydney as the New Zealand coaches make a last ditch effort to arrest their team’s slumping form. Continue reading

‘Wallabies need to be tougher’

2009-08-18 13:03
Sydney – Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has shrugged off the first suggestions his honeymoon period could be coming to an end, as the serious silverware goes on the line for Australia against the All Blacks on Saturday. Continue reading

By Craig Lewis

There is no doubt that the Sharks are at present in the habit of winning, with the team relaxed, confident and acutely aware of what their strengths are.

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Cape Town – The first of an exclusive two-part interview with Springbok forwards coach Gary Gold, conducted by Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing, specifically on captain John Smit’s brave transition from hooker to tighthead prop

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Gavin Rich

Johannesburg – Luke Watson has recovered from his flu and will be back at the helm of Vodacom Western Province in Saturday’s crucial ABSA Currie Cup match against the Xerox Lions at Newlands.

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Rocky Elsom is back in the Wallaby jersey for the first time in 2009, the rugged blindside flanker adding a harder edge to the Australian pack for Saturday night’s Bledisloe test against the All Blacks in Sydney.

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