Rugby

2:11 AM BST ESPN staff Springboks, Blitzboks and Junior Boks players have been named in two 25-man squads for the Springbok Showdown to be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Oct. 3. SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber, the newly appointed Springboks head coach, selected the outfits, which feature 13
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12:15 AM BST Siya Kolisi says his Stormers teammates must each make their own decision as to whether to show support for Black Lives Matter when rugby resumes in the South Africa on Saturday. Kolisi, who led South Africa to Rugby World Cup success in Japan last year, has revealed in-depth discussions within the Stormers
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1:40 PM BST Gallagher Premiership owners have said clubs could go bust and the professional game may cease to exist if the U.K. government does not provide financial aid after its U-turn on allowing fans at stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament that, as part of new restrictions to
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3:17 AM BST South Africa Rugby (SA Rugby) is in negotiations with Guinness PRO14 organisers to add additional teams to the European competition in the coming seasons, the latter confirmed on Wednesday. The Cheetahs and Southern Kings have competed in the competition since 2017, though the latter will be replaced in 2021 after being put
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Sep 23, 2020 Bledisloe Cup Tests will bookend the four-nation 2020 Rugby Championship, which kicks off in Brisbane on Nov. 7 with the schedule released by SANZAAR on Thursday. The tournament, involving Australia, New Zealand, world champions South Africa and Argentina, will be be played as six double-header fixtures, with the last to be played
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9:08 AM BST Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is considering Noah Lolesio for a Test debut at No.10 in New Zealand next month after the Brumbies playmaker’s eye-catching return from injury in Saturday’s Super Rugby AU finale. Rennie has played match-maker in his first Wallabies camp, pairing 20-year-old Lolesio with Queensland Reds No.10 and experienced international
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3:13 AM BST Argentina coach Mario Ledesma is confident his coronavirus-ravaged side will recover in time for the Rugby Championship in Australia although they are likely to be rusty as they return to international rugby. More than a dozen players and staff, including Ledesma, tested positive for COVID-19 over the past few weeks as the
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3:08 PM BST The 2020 women’s Six Nations championship will resume with round four matches on Oct. 25, seven months after the tournament was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced. Both the men’s and women’s competitions were suspended in March, with four matches in the men’s event still to be completed and six
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11:52 AM BST Sale Sharks staged a late comeback to beat Harlequins 27-19 in the re-arranged Premiership Rugby Cup final, lifting their first silverware since 2006. A try and penalty late on from South African brothers Dan du Preez and Robert du Preez put Sale ahead, with back row Faf de Klerk sealing the winner
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3:45 AM BST The South African Rugby Union (SA Rugby) has placed the Southern Kings into voluntary liquidation because of debts of R55 million ($3.37 million) and no chance of generating any income this year. The Kings, based in Port Elizabeth, were withdrawn from all competition last month due to their financial position following a
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7:56 PM BST Holders Saracens stormed into the semifinals of the European Champions Cup after quelling a spirited Leinster comeback to win 25-17 at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday in a keenly-contested rematch of last season’s title clash. Four-time champions Leinster came into the contest as Pool 1 winners after securing six victories from as
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1:48 PM BST Georgian police have arrested the vice president of the country’s rugby union, Merab Beselia, over the shooting of player Ramaz Kharazishvili, who was shot in the leg at the sport’s governing body’s offices in the capital Tbilisi on Wednesday. Kharazishvili, 32, the former captain of the Georgian national Sevens team, underwent surgery
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12:03 AM BST ESPN staff South Africa’s domestic rugby season will finally kick into full gear when a seven-team competition starts on Oct. 10, ending a seven-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. South African Rugby confirmed the move on Wednesday, with matches to be played through the festive season and the final on Jan.
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