Posts Tagged "Springboks"

Will Rassie Erasmus’ “Pooper” gamble of playing two opensiders with a link man and a classic fetcher on the bench pay off? Will Argentina return to form with the World Cup looming ever closer?

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The Rugby Championship is almost upon us for another year, and it’s no surprise to see New Zealand are primed to take out the competition once again.

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Captain Owen Farrell’s 20 points and a Jonny May try earned England a much-needed consolation victory from their tour of South Africa as the visitors won 25-10 at Newlands.

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Aggression, aggression – and then add a bit more aggression for good measure. It has been the Eddie Jones power-play ever since he took over the reins as England head coach after the 2015 World Cup.

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Eddie Jones had Rassie Erasmus floored, gasping for breath, punch drunk, after twenty minutes of rugby at Ellis Park.

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They say when you hit rock bottom there’s nowhere to go but up. Certainly, the last few seasons of international rugby have seen the Boks hit new lows that fans would never have fathomed.

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You would be forgiven if after the first 25 minutes at Johannesburg you thought the Test match between South Africa and England was done and dusted, with the tourists up 24-3.

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Since the Boer War, savagery has permeated the rugby rivalry between England and South Africa.

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South Africa have scrapped a ban on picking overseas-based players, opening the way for new coach Rassie Erasmus to name a full-strength side to take on England in their three-Test series next month.

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In December 2014, the South African Rugby Union General Council approved a five-year roadmap in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup, called the Strategic Transformation Plan.

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In academia, if one muses about the philosophy of Erasmus, most would assume the subject was Desiderius Erasmus, the great Dutch humanist thinker of the Northern Renaissance in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries.

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South Africa coach Allister Coetzee has been sacked after a tumultuous two years in charge of the Springboks.

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In 1992, the Wallabies toured South Africa, putting their reputation as World Champions at stake.

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Let’s forget the French for the moment – and for that matter, Italy too. The current resurgence enjoyed by the Northern Hemisphere is very clearly concentrated in the Home Unions of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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South Africa have overrun Italy 35-6 with five converted tries, avenging their shock loss to the Azzurri last year and notching their first back-to-back wins since August.

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South Africa have scraped past a lacklustre France 18-17 to make some amends for the horror Test performance against Ireland.

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Coach Allister Coetzee is fired. You’re hired. You have a six-year contract.

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Ireland’s 38-3 win over South Africa on the weekend was their best ever against the Springboks, eclipsing the 2006 scoreline of 32-15.

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South Africa captain Warren Whiteley has been ruled out of their end-of-year tour of Europe after doctors said his groin injury would take two more months to heal.

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With the dust having settled on another All Black-won Rugby Championship, perhaps we have enough space and time to reflect on the most consistently influential performers by position.

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