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No lazy kicks to Izzy: Springboks coach

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has sent his number one kicking general Morne Steyn an urgent memo: no wayward kicks to Israel Folau. Meyer has parachuted 30-year-old flyhalf Steyn into the starting line up ahead of promising youngster Handre Pollard...

Hodgo skips Noosa wedding for Perth Test

Wallabies backrower Matt Hodgson is meant to be getting ready to jump into a suit for a wedding in Noosa – not a green and gold jersey for a comeback Test against the Springboks in Perth. The six-Test Western Force skipper thought his...

Humbled Boks scrum eyes Wallabies

The Wallabies’ front row is bracing for a South African scrum hellbent on “making them hurt” after the Springbok pack was completely dominated by Argentina. The South Africans’ reputation as world class scrummagers took a...

Tameifuna cops five-week ban for ref shove

Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna has been suspended from all rugby for five weeks for pushing referee Glen Jackson during Waikato’s NPC match against North Harbour in Auckland. The Chiefs front-rower was handed the ban following a three-hour hearing...

Fit Genia set for high-tempo return

Will Genia insists the Wallabies aren’t on his radar but his NRC coach, former Test prop Nick Stiles, says Saturday’s comeback will prove he’s ready for an immediate return. Genia will play his first match in three months when he...

England look to increase women’s rugby

The English Rugby Football Union is introducing a new strategy aimed at increasing the number of women playing regular contact rugby by 10,000 to 25,000 within three years. England’s World Cup triumph last month has raised the profile of the...

Barrett gets start as All Blacks playmaker

Beauden Barrett will start at five eighth for the first time in his 23-Test career when New Zealand plays Argentina in their Rugby Championship clash in Napier on Saturday. The exciting Barrett has made his previous Test appearances from the bench...

Genia set for return in NRC

Sidelined halfback Will Genia and Brumbies flyers Henry Speight and Joe Tomane have been cleared to use the National Rugby Championship as a launching pad for Wallabies selection. The backline trio will make injury comebacks on Saturday in bids to...

Pumas make two changes for All Blacks

Argentina have made two changes to the side that almost upset South Africa to face the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship Test in Napier on Saturday. No.8 Leonardo Senatore will win his 23rd cap after the 30-year-old was selected to replace...

Barrett gets chance as All Blacks’ pivot

Beauden Barrett’s hold on the All Blacks’ five-eighth jersey may last just a week. The 23-year-old Taranaki pivot will start in the No.10 shirt for the first time in Saturday’s Test against Argentina after the selectors opted not...

Boks nervous over ‘brilliant’ Aussie backs

The Wallabies’ backs no longer have to talk themselves up – Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has done it all for them. While Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie admits he’s still looking for his best halves pairing – having dropped...

Boks nervous over “brilliant” Aust backs

The Wallabies’ backs no longer have to talk themselves up – Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has done it all for them. While Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie admits he’s still looking for his best halves pairing – having dropped...