Category: South Africa Rugby

South Africa Rugby News

Dec 03

Victory over Springboks must not lull Wales into false sense of security | Paul Rees

Liam Williams, George North and Justin Tipuric are among the players who will return for the Six Nations but it is the lack of ball-carrying options that will tax coach Warren Gatland going forwardRelief was quickly followed by reality for Wales. Victo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/03/rugby-union-wales-south-africa-six-nations

Dec 02

Wales scrape win as Leigh Halfpenny penalty halts South Africa fightback

• Wales 24-22 South Africa• Wales escape embarrassment after buckling under to Springboks onslaughtA reasonably entertaining, if insubstantial, frolic ended the autumn series. The difference between two weakened sides was a conversion, Handré Pollard h…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/02/wales-south-africa-autumn-international-match-report

Dec 02

Wales 24-22 South Africa: rugby union international – as it happened

Hadleigh Parkes scored twice on his Wales debut as Warren Gatland’s side dispatched of South Africa 24-22 in CardiffRead Paul Rees’s match report 4.24pm GMT Right, that’s yer lot for 2017. Paul Rees’s match report will be here shortly. Bye! Related: Wa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/dec/02/wales-v-south-africa-rugby-union-international-live

Nov 27

Bath risk being fined after releasing Taulupe Faletau to play for Wales

• Club face disciplinary action over No8’s release this week• Warren Gatland expected Faletau to face South AfricaBath are likely to face disciplinary action after releasing Taulupe Faletau for Wales’s final autumn international against South Africa on…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/27/bath-wales-taulupe-faletau

Nov 27

Autumn Tests prove sharpest cutting edge will lift Six Nations crown | Robert Kitson

All Blacks’ style of skill and pace, a trend enthusiastically embraced by Scotland in autumn internationals, points way forward for England, Ireland and Walesthose who assume this has been just another routine autumn of Test rugby have not been paying …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/27/autumn-tests-internationals-six-nations-new-zealand-scotland-england-ireland-wales-rugby

Nov 12

Jacob Stockdale hints at future beyond World Cup vote for new-look Ireland

• Ulster wing makes impressive home debut in 38-3 defeat of South Africa• World Rugby Council to vote on Wednesday for 2023 tournament hostsIreland remain outsiders to be awarded the 2023 World Cup when the 31 members of the World Rugby Council meet on…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/12/ireland-south-africa-jacob-stockdale-autumn-internationals

Nov 10

Battle to host World Cup spices up Ireland’s clash with South Africa

Ireland and South Africa are bidding to host the 2023 World Cup and meet on the field in Dublin just days before the winner is announcedIreland’s meeting with South Africa in Dublin on Saturday evening is a skirmish before a bigger battle involving the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/10/rugby-world-cup-spices-ireland-clash-south-africa

Nov 09

Ireland v South Africa offers chance to measure tilt in rugby union’s axis | The Breakdown

The Test could to be a highlight of the autumn series, which, All Blacks apart, looks more auspicious for the north than south, with world rankings at playWith autumn comes a fall and a rise. For the first time since the world rankings were introduced …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/09/the-breakdown-rugby-union-ireland-south-africa-tilt-axis

Nov 08

Rugby and the rainbow nation: can 2023 World Cup heal South Africa’s wounds?

The Springboks are not the competitive force they were but as they begin their autumn internationals in Dublin on Saturday there is new hope of resolving the issues that have haunted them since their return to world rugby 25 years agoTwenty-five years …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/08/rugby-rainbow-nation-2023-world-cup-south-africa-springboks

Oct 23

Tom van Vollenhoven obituary

Outstanding rugby league player who scored 392 tries in 409 games for St HelensTom van Vollenhoven, who has died aged 82, was a rugby player of skill, dash and reputation remarkable even for a game that cherishes its great wing three-quarters. He playe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/23/tom-van-vollenhoven-obituary

Oct 11

Exeter’s Jack Nowell could be out until December with fractured eye socket

• England wing may need surgery for injury sustained against Newcastle• Munster confirm Johann van Graan will replace Rassie ErasmusExeter fear Jack Nowell will need an operation after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket against Newcastle on Saturd…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/11/exeter-jack-nowell-fractured-eye-socket-england-rugby-union

Oct 07

New Zealand edge past South Africa in thrilling Rugby Championship clash

• South Africa 24-25 New Zealand• Champions end tournament unbeaten after bruising encounter in Cape TownNew Zealand held off a spirited fight from hosts South Africa to complete their Rugby Championship campaign unbeaten after a 25-24 win in a ferocio…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/07/south-africa-new-zealand-match-report

Sep 19

Two years to Japan’s World Cup and rugby union is in a state of confusion | Robert Kitson

Emtpy stadiums, threats to the 15-a-side game and the decline of the Springboks and Wallabies means that the possibility of only two teams being genuinely in contention come Japan 2019 is very real

Exactly two years from now the next Rugby World Cup will kick off in Japan, and World Rugby are starting to twitch, judging by their public warnings to local organisers about the sluggish pace of preparations. Get your pagoda in order now has been the theme ahead of this week’s two-years-to-go anniversary extravaganza at Shibuya 19 in central Tokyo.

Normally this would be a high-profile story but, right now, there seem to be more serious concerns, not least that Japan is at the heart of global geo-political tension with North Korea given a second missile test fired over the country in the past week. Rugby, meanwhile, has its own worrisome long-term problems to fret about. Those South Africans still shaking their heads at last weekend’s 57-0 thrashing by the All Blacks are not alone: the scoreline sent a shiver down every traditional rugby spine from Bloemfontein to Buenos Aires. The Springboks were supposed to be improving, the men in black still rebuilding. What if this yawning gap widens further between now and 2019? Only the most sand-obsessed ostrich could ignore the possible ramifications.

Related: Damp squib in Philadelphia exposes distance of American rugby dream

Related: Wallabies’ killer instinct eventually emerges in win over Pumas | Bret Harris

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/sep/19/rugby-world-cup-2019-japan-south-africa-decline

Sep 13

England to finally face All Blacks in autumn 2018 after four year wait

• England to face New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Japan
• Eddie Jones says England must bridge gap with All Blacks

England will complete a four-year wait to face New Zealand when they clash with the world champions at Twickenham next year.

The fixture has been confirmed by the Rugby Football Union for 10 November and is the highlight of a mouth-watering 2018 autumn series that also features matches against South Africa, Japan and Australia.

Related: Wales’s Sam Warburton to miss autumn internationals with neck injury

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/13/england-all-blacks-autumn-internationals-2018-rugby-union

Sep 09

Wallabies draw with Springboks in Western Force protest Test

  • The Wallabies surrendered a 20-10 lead in the 47th minute
  • Western Force jerseys dominated and ‘Force’ chants were heard throughout

The Sea of Blue turned out in their droves as the Wallabies fought out an enthralling 23-23 draw with South Africa in Saturday night’s Rugby Championship Test in Perth.

The Wallabies led 20-10 in the 47th minute, courtesy of tries to Kurtley Beale and Tatafu Polota-Nau. But the home side looked destined for another heartbreaking loss when the Springboks produced a powerful second half to take a 23-20 lead. Bernard Foley nailed a clutch 40m penalty with nine minutes to go to level the scores, and the Wallabies smothered an after-the-siren drop-goal attempt from Elton Jantjies to deny South Africa victory.

Related: Western Force may be headed to Asia as Hong Kong backs rebel competition

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/09/wallabies-draw-with-springboks-in-western-force-protest-test

Aug 23

SA Rugby targets European Champions Cup for Cheetahs and Southern Kings

• Pair of South African sides entering Pro 14 not currently eligible for Europe
• ‘Our teams playing in Europe will be a process that will take two or three years’

The South African Rugby Union wants its teams who have joined the Pro 14 to compete in Europe in the coming seasons.

The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings linked up with the three Celtic unions and Italy after losing their places in Super Rugby, with the South African Rugby Union signing them up for an initial six years. If one of them wins the league this season, though, there will be no European Champions Cup place.

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/23/sa-rugby-european-champions-cup-cheetahs-southern-kings