Archive for: 2017

Vunipola’s shoulder “popping out during games”

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has admitted that he is preparing to lose between six to ten players to injury throughout the tour. Gatland was addressing the media in Dublin, where the Lions are based this week, after Sunday’s news that Billy Vunipola had withdrawn from the tour. Going off previous Lions…

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Duffie escapes further punishment

Blues winger Matt Duffie escaped further punishment on Monday after being sent off in a weekend Super Rugby match.

Aki undergoes shoulder surgery

Connacht have announced that centre Bundee Aki is set for shoulder surgery, meaning he will miss out on playing for the Barbarians. According to the Irish province, the New Zealand-born influential midfielder is expected to return in time for the start of the 2017/18 season. The Barbarians are set to face England at Twickenham this…

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Scarlets stand by wing Evans

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac says they “will leave no stone unturned” at Steff Evans’ disciplinary hearing following his red card. Evans was sent-off for a tip-tackle against Leinster in their PRO12 semi-final on Friday, which puts his availability for the final in doubt. Pivac revealed that the in-form finisher was massively upset at being…

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Catterick calls it a day

Newcastle Falcons back Tom Catterick has announced his retirement from rugby at just 26 years of age. Catterick represented the club’s senior side on 106 occasions, making his Premiership debut in 2010. The former Barnard Castle School pupil came through the Falcons’ academy system and represented England through the age-groups, going on to play international…

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Mallett offers Etzebeth sage advice

Former Springbok head coach Nick Mallett has advised Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth to not let the opposition get under his skin. Etzebeth was yellow-carded for raising his hand into Blues back-row Akira Ioane’s face during a scuffle. The Blues scored two tries in the 10 minutes the Stormers enforcer was off the field but luckily…

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Roux added to Ireland squad

Ireland have announced that Connacht lock Quinn Roux has been added to the squad that will travel to the USA and Japan for the June Tests. The 26-year-old made his debut for Ireland on the June Tour to South Africa last year, starting in the second Test against the Springboks. The 32-man squad will fly…

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Davids hails kings improvement

The Kings’ breakthrough season has seen four of their players rewarded with call-ups to Springbok coach Allister Coetzee’s training camp. Fly-half Lionel Cronje, wing Makazole Mapimpi, fetcher Chris Cloete and loose forward Andisa Ntsila are taking part in the camp which runs from May 21 to May 23. All four have been vital contributors to…

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Boks to tackle NZ in Cape Town

The Springboks will host New Zealand in Cape Town for the first time since 2008 in the 2017 Rugby Championship, South African Rugby confirmed as they named the Boks’ home venues.

History repeats itself for Welwitschias

The Namibia Welwitschias and the SWD Eagles stand out as the two teams yet to register a win in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

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