Loose Pass

This week we will mostly be concerning ourselves with the weekend's action, the ghosts of England past, old-fashioned Frenchies and a remarkable front row try. . . The takeaways from the weekend's...

England close in on Springboks

England received a further boost following their victory over Australia as that win sees them close in on South Africa in the latest IRB World Rankings. In reclaiming the Cook Cup with a 20-13 win,...

England v Australia: 5 things we learned

1. All about balance in the back row The talk of England needing a ‘genuine’ openside reached a bit of a crescendo last season, particularly following the Wales defeat, but, just as they did last...

Plan to ambush Boks

Related StoriesCardiff – The Springboks arrived in the Welsh capital on Sunday fully aware of the ambush that awaits them at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday in the form of a Wales team that approximates...

England close on top two in rankings

England close on top two in rankings

England consolidated their third place in the IRB World Rankings by beating Australia 20-13 win at Twickenham on Saturday. In reclaiming the Cook Cup, the home side boosted their rating by more than...

Boks can set the record straight

The Springboks should have arrived in Cardiff on Sunday ahead of the first and possibly toughest match of their end of year tour with a clear mission – wake the United Kingdom up to the fact that the...

Perfect Setting for New Dawn

Perfect Setting for New Dawn

David Kelly – 04 November 2013"You know it's winter," he intoned with breathless meteorological urgency, "when the autumn internationals are around the corner. "For...

'Perfect season' not a factor for All Blacks

A chance to register a first "perfect" season in the professional era is barely causing a ripple among the All Blacks as they seek more small improvements on their season-ending tour. New Zealand's...

Springboks focused on Wales Test

A cold and rainy Cardiff greeted the Springboks on Sunday upon arrival in Wales, where they will kick off their end-of-year tour at the Millennium Stadium next weekend. The Springboks will face Wales,...

Boks not looking past Wales

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said that his team is focused solely on their match against Wales this weekend. A cold and rainy Cardiff greeted the Springboks on Sunday upon arrival in Wales, where...

South Africa go cold on Japan Super Rugby bid - Stuff.co.nz

South Africa go cold on Japan Super Rugby bid - Stuff.co.nz

2 days agoby Stuff.co.nzon Google News

South Africa already had little appetite for the travel and even less at what would effectively be a neutral venue against a travel weary opponent. A string of New Zealand players have shown it is possible to play Super Rugby off the back of a season ...

Rugby Championship: South Africa beat New Zealand in thriller - BBC News

Rugby Championship: South Africa beat New Zealand in thriller - BBC News

2 weeks agoby BBC Newson Google News

South Africa ended world champions New Zealand's 22-match unbeaten run with a thrilling victory in Johannesburg. Patrick Lambie landed a 55m penalty with two minutes remaining to clinch a gripping Rugby Championship Test match. The Springboks led ...

South Africa Springboks end New Zealand All Blacks' 22-match unbeaten run - Sydney Morning Herald

South Africa Springboks end New Zealand All Blacks' 22-match unbeaten run - Sydney Morning Herald

South Africa versus New Zealand ... After a three-year drought against the All Blacks they now truly believe, despite the fact the All Blacks had another Rugby Championship title sewn up before a ball was kicked in Johannesburg. Advertisement.

Japan confirmed as S15 side? - SPORT24

Japan confirmed as S15 side? - SPORT24

2 hours agoby SPORT24on Google News

Although the South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby (SANZAR) has not officially announced which Asian country would host the new team in an expanded competition, it has already been widely reported that Japan has won the bid ahead of ...

Bledisloe Cup: Australia take on New Zealand in Brisbane - SkySports

Bledisloe Cup: Australia take on New Zealand in Brisbane - SkySports

6 days agoby SkySportson Google News

While the All Blacks have already got the Bledisloe Cup safely tucked away in the NZRU trophy cabinet for yet another year, they will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after their 27-25 defeat to South Africa in the Rugby Championship earlier ...

South Africa desperate to dent New Zealand's remarkable record - The Guardian

South Africa desperate to dent New Zealand's remarkable record - The Guardian

3 weeks agoby The Guardianon Google News

Just as Wales manage to find various ways of losing to the major southern hemisphere teams, so South Africa blow games against a New Zealand side that, even when it is playing below its best, manages to produce match-winning plays: Dublin last year was ...

Rugby-Shortened 2015 Rugby Championship fixtures released - Reuters UK

Rugby-Shortened 2015 Rugby Championship fixtures released - Reuters UK

1 week agoby Reuters UKon Google News

2015 Rugby Championship schedule: Round 1: Friday, July 17: New Zealand v Argentina - AMI Stadium, Christchurch Saturday, July 18: Australia v South Africa - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Round 2: Saturday, July 25: South Africa v New Zealand - Venue ...

South Africa vs. New Zealand: Winners and Losers from Rugby Championship ... - Bleacher Report

South Africa vs. New Zealand: Winners and Losers from Rugby Championship ... - Bleacher Report

South Africa ended the Rugby Championship without the silverware but something they craved even more: The All Blacks' scalp is sitting on their mantelpiece after a titanic struggle at Ellis Park. This was the rugby equivalent of Hagler vs. Hearns ...

Australia vs New Zealand: All Blacks leave out Aaron Cruden but Steve Hansen ... - The Independent

Australia vs New Zealand: All Blacks leave out Aaron Cruden but Steve Hansen ... - The Independent

The All Blacks have made five changes to the team that lost to South Africa in the last weekend of the Rugby Championship, ending New Zealand's 22-test unbeaten run. Wyatt Crockett was recalled at prop and Brodie Retallick at lock — both returning ...

Japan bid no longer shoo-in for Super Rugby - Stuff.co.nz

Japan bid no longer shoo-in for Super Rugby - Stuff.co.nz

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The New Zealand Rugby Union said they would reserve comment until the bid process had played out. What has become clear though is that some serious reservations about Japan's bid have surfaced. South African Rugby Union boss Oregon Hoskins said ...

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