Archive for: 2017

Bulls keep continuity for semi

The Vodacom Blue Bulls have returned Jannes Kirsten, but are still waiting on a fitness test to lock Ashton Fortuin before their Currie Cup semifinal against the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Nine-try win for Gloucester

Gloucester bounced back from last week’s defeat to Pau with a comprehensive 61-16 home victory over Agen in the Challenge Cup on Thursday. Scores came from Ben Vellacott (2), Henry Trinder, Ben Morgan, Tom Savage, Henry Purdy, Owen Williams, Richard Hibbard and Jake Polledri. Branden Holder crossed for Agen late on but they were well…

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Australia make one Bledisloe Cup change for New Zealand

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has made one change to his Wallabies team to play New Zealand’s All Blacks in the third and final Bledisloe Cup clash this year to be held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Head coach Cheika has made one forced change to his starting fifteen with Rob Simmons shifting into the…

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Preview: Australia v New Zealand

Australia will be eager to avoid a Bledisloe Cup whitewash when they face New Zealand in the third and final game at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday. In the second Bledisloe Cup Test, the All Blacks bounced back from 17-0 down to beat the Wallabies 35-29 in Dunedin and retain the trophy. The Wallabies…

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Marx back for Lions

The Xerox Golden Lions have packed their team with their Springboks again – including hooker Malcolm Marx – for their semifinal showdown with DHL Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.

Quinnell backs new Welsh 60-cap rule

Former Welsh international and British and Irish Lion Scott Quinnell expects Wales’ new 60-cap rule to boost their local sides. He believes it will arrest the tide of players moving abroad and benefit regional rugby in the country. The new ruling states players outside of Wales can only play for the national team if they…

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Tipuric expects ‘full 80’ from Ospreys

Wales and British & Irish Lions flanker Justin Tipuric wants Ospreys to perform for the full match against Saracens this weekend. Ospreys lost their opening game in the Champions Cup at home to Clermont last week and now go to the defending champions’ home off the back of their 57-13 demolition of Northampton Saints at…

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WP peaking after "ordinary" season

The Western Province leadership is honest enough to admit that the team has probably under-performed so far this season, but they are confident that they are ready to peak in Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal.

Dillyn switched to get more action

Western Province coach John Dobson has produced a minor surprise by including Springbok wing Dillyn Leyds at fullback for Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal against the Golden Lions at Newlands.

Sharks have what it requires

Anyone who doubts the Sharks’ ability to go all the way to Currie Cup glory might have their minds changed by a perusal of the team that coach Robert du Preez has selected.

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