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Nonu out for season with broken arm

Ma’a Nonu is ruled out of rugby for the rest of the year just as a host of All Blacks team-mates get back into their unbeaten Rugby Championship campaign. Veteran second five-eighth Nonu broke his left forearm half an hour into New...

Wallabies lose Polota-Nau for season

Luckless Wallabies front-rower Tatafu Polota-Nau is set to miss the rest of the season and may require ankle surgery after Australia’s painful hooker crisis continued this weekend. Scans have shown Polota-Nau suffered a syndesmosis injury in...

More injury woes for Springboks after loss

The Springboks face a further test of their depth against the Wallabies after injuries to halfback Ruan Pienaar and flanker Francois Louw marred their fifth successive loss to the All Blacks. Coach Heyneke Meyer was proud of his team’s...

All Blacks accuse Boks of time-wasting

The All Blacks say South Africa have returned to their time-wasting antics, at the same ground where they first accused them of feigning injuries eight years ago. Senior New Zealand players voiced their concern at the number of Springboks who sought...

Rugby needs to win back the fans

The Wallabies have vowed to win back the fans after drawing their lowest home Test crowd this century. Only 14,281 patrons turned out at Cbus Super Stadium to watch Australia survive a late Argentine onslaught and win 32-25 on Saturday night. There...

Wallabies hold on against Pumas

Australia’s hooker curse struck again with milestone man Tatafu Polota-Nau injured as the Wallabies’ survived an Argentine comeback for a nerve-wracking 32-25 victory on Saturday night. Polota-Nau, playing his first match in six weeks,...

All Blacks hold out stubborn Springboks

The All Blacks resisted a dogged Springboks challenge to win 14-10 and take a firm grip on a third successive Rugby Championship title. New Zealand dominated possession and territory but couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard, eventually...

All Blacks fitness their big weapon: Boks

The Springboks hope not to be stung late again by an All Blacks side they say are the fittest in world rugby. South African coach Heyneke Meyer is wary of the finishing power of their opponents in Saturday’s Test in Wellington. His men were...

France look to foreign players for RWC

France rugby officials have included Australian pair Brock James and Blair Connor plus Toulon’s English flanker Steffon Armitage in a 74-strong pre-World Cup squad thanks to an Olympic loophole on eligibility. Armitage, the European player of...

Wallabies wary of improving Pumas

Many have been crying for them, but Argentina believe their time has come and a “special day” awaits on the Gold Coast. After three seasons and 15 matches, with only one draw to show for their time in The Rugby Championship, the Pumas...

Wallabies turn to last man sprinting

Henry Speight’s continued pain is pinch-hitting Peter Betham’s gain in the Wallabies wing roundabout. Betham, a reserve for Super Rugby champions NSW just six weeks ago, has continued his happy knack of being the last speedster sprinting...

Springboks split on World Cup implications

The Springboks are at odds over the importance of lowering New Zealand’s flag ahead of next year’s World Cup. Coach Heyneke Meyer says victory on Saturday in Wellington would have little or no psychological value going into the...