Posts Tagged "Pierre Spies"
The first qualifying final of a blockbuster night of Super Rugby will see the Bulls fly to Christchurch to take on the Crusaders. Join us for live scores and updates from 5.35pm AEST.
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I remember some time ago one of the featured writers naming a team of union players for the 13-man code. It was interesting but it got me to thinking about union players around the world and who would be good league players.
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South Africa have suffered a blow ahead of Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia with forward enforcer Bakkies Botha ruled out through injury.
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The iRB have been very pro-active in their attempts to expand our game to new areas throughout the world and this has mostly been done through the iRB World Sevens Series.
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South Africa made two changes as they seek to bounce back from their shock defeat by Scotland when they face England at Twickenham on Saturday.
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South Africa have made four changes to their starting XV for the Tri-Nations rugby clash with the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday night.
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The All Blacks’ comprehensive win in the first two Tri-Nations tests against the Springboks depended in part on crucial decisions made by the referees before the team that eventually dominated had scored a point.
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One thing has become very clear from the Boks two heavy defeats to the All Blacks – change is needed. The team does not currently have the personnel to effectively implement their “kick-chase” strategy. What has changed since last year? A couple key ingredients:
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I had the head line all ready to go in my head, “The Springbok empire strikes back!” It was not to be though. The outcome was decided by certain external forces; Irish refs.
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The Springboks will beat the All Blacks in Wellington this weekend. But this will be as a result of experienced players rebounding after an embarrassing loss rather than out-playing the opposition with attacking flair.
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Following on from Sam’s excellent article, An International Rugby Team Of The Decade, I thought I’d look at some of the young players right now that could be tomorrow’s superstars.
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The All Blacks’ belief that South Africa will kick the leather off the ball in their Tri-Nations rugby Test on Saturday appears well founded after the tourists announced one change to their team.
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South Africa’s ugly but effective kick-chase game has drawn support from former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who believes it’s no different to Robbie Deans’ traditional playing style.
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Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has warned that players who continue to lack discipline will be dropped and says his team “froze” in the lineouts under pressure from South Africa last weekend.
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First things first: the 2009 Springboks have one of the great packs in rugby history. The pressure they brought on the Wallabies in the rucks, mauls, tackled ball situations and the lineouts in the first 60 minutes of the Test at Newlands, Cape Town, forced a committed and gutsy side to make errors of judgment [...]
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The 28-19 victory to the Springboks over the All Blacks at Blomfontein, a historically large victory in this series of Tests going back to 1921, denied the visitors a bonus point and created the momentum for South African rugby to achieve the Holy Grail trifecta of a Super Rugby title (to the Bulls), a series [...]
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South Africa’s selectors brought tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis into the Tri-Nations squad on Tuesday in the only major change to the squad which defeated the British and Irish Lions 2-1.
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Schalk Burger has recovered from a calf injury to be selected in South Africa’s starting line-up for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday as the Springboks bid to wrap up the series.
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The announcement of the Springboks squad to play the British and Irish Lions gives us a chance to compare it with the Wallaby and All Blacks squads. The first impression is that, on paper at least, the Springboks look to be the strongest of the three squads.
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After scaling a mountain to reach the Super 14 rugby final, the Chiefs will draw breath before assaulting a steep Pretoria summit. The first team to reach a final after losing their first three Super rugby games, the Chiefs’ ultimate assignment is their stiffest – to topple the highly favoured Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on [...]
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