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Five talking points in Super Rugby this weekend

Yahoo7 News - 24 minutes ago
The wing has endured a nightmare injury run since his breakthrough season in 2015 when he helped the All Blacks to win the World Cup, scoring six tries in the tournament. A dislocated left shoulder sidelined him for the entire 2016 season. He returned ...and...

Rugby: Hurricanes loose forward Brad Shields breaks silence on tug of war with England

New Zealand Herald - 31 minutes ago
To recap, Shields will join English club Wasps at the end of the Super Rugby season but, well before then, England coach Eddie Jones wants the abrasive loose forward to feature in the three-test June series in South Africa. Quite why the largest union ...and...

Liam Squire's setback opens the door for the raw and versatile Shannon Frizell

Stuff.co.nz - 48 minutes ago
Fourth in the New Zealand conference with a 5-2 record, it's the first of three consecutive games against South African opponents. The Highlanders head to Durban to play the Sharks next week, before returning home to host the Lions. "I think it's a wee...

Smith to start among six Reds changes

ESPN - 1 hour ago
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is adamant that he's always ready to step up for Australia and the Waratahs. (0:39). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Email; comment. 3:00 AM GMT. AAP. Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Pinterest ...and...

Brad Shields doing his best not to lie back and think of England

Stuff.co.nz - 2 hours ago
Shields joins English club Wasps after the Super Rugby season and is available to play for England due to his parentage. He could've sat tight until then, but has instead sought a dispensation from NZR to be selected by England in June. "It's about ...and...

Australian teams seek redemption in Super Rugby

New Zealand Herald - 2 hours ago
The New South Wales Waratahs were beaten 29-0 by the Johannesburg-based Lions, the Queensland Reds lost 36-12 to the Hamilton-based Chiefs, the Melbourne Rebels went down 28-10 to the Bulls in Pretoria and the ACT Brumbers were beaten 25-20 in Canberra ...and...

Shields adamant international future lies with England

Radio New Zealand - 2 hours ago
The Hurricanes captain Brad Shields is adamant his international rugby future lies with England and won't change his mind even if the All Blacks come calling again. The 27 year old Shields, who is moving to English club Wasps at the end of the super ...and...

Saracens chief Mark McCall backs Owen Farrell to be a 'brilliant England captain' if he is picked to lead Eddie ...

Daily Mail - 5 hours ago
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is backing Owen Farrell to prove an outstanding captain if he is asked to lead England's summer tour to South Africa. Eddie Jones indicated after the NatWest 6 Nations that he might rest some of those players who ...and...

Watch: Former star backs Hurricanes' Brad Shields for England captaincy

TVNZ - 6 hours ago
With the flanker currently waiting for clearance from New Zealand Rugby to represent England as soon as June, Greenwood has suggested that Shields has what it takes to lead his new side as soon as he's able to play. "He's outstanding, absolutely ...and...

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Transformation tops Rassie's Boks agenda

Business Day - 44 minutes ago
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus is committed to meeting set targets for racial transformation of the national team by meeting the 45% black player representation threshold this season. Erasmus, 45, who is also the national director of rugby, says that ...and...

I was fit enough to keep playing, insists Bryan Habana

Independent Online - 6 hours ago
TOULON – Springboks star winger Bryan Habana insisted on Wednesday that he felt physically able to keep playing, hinting that retirement has been virtually forced upon him. The 34-year-old, sidelined with a knee injury since April 2017, announced ...and...

The tries that defined Habana

Mail & Guardian - 6 hours ago
Springboks vs England, 2004. After making his Currie Cup debut for the Golden Lions earlier that year, a 21-year-old Habana found himself on the bench at an intimidating Twickenham. With the game in doubt, Jake White threw on the youngster to give him ...and...

Pollard may captain Springboks in Tests against Wales and England

ESPN (press release) (blog) - 7 hours ago
Both those players should be starters in any Springbok team at the moment. "Even if none of those (senior) guys are ready, we might go with a young gun who has played the games and is fit and mature enough to handle it. We can't just sit and wait for ...and...

Blitzboks keen to be measured by Singapore performance

Independent Online - 7 hours ago
SINGAPORE – The Blitzboks strive for - and believe - that consistency is the key to success in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and helped them win the 2016/17 Series. This weekend at the HSBC Singapore Sevens they will be looking for more of the ...and...

Wales wing George North to join Ospreys from next season

Sport360 - 8 hours ago
Habana made his Springbok debut in 2005, aged 21, on one of the grandest stages of all, at Twickenham, and would set the tone for an incredible career by scoring a try with his first touch of the ball in a 32-16 defeat to England. Has gone on to become ...and...

Rassie happy with outcome of Bok camps

Sport24 - 10 hours ago
Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby, said on Wednesday he is very pleased with the outcome of the three Springbok alignment camps used to accelerate preparations for the forthcoming international rugby season. The third and last ...and...

First Matches of Rugby Africa Gold Cup Will Begin June 16

SundiataPost (press release) (blog) - 11 hours ago
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — On June 16, 2018, Rugby Africa looks forward to welcoming the African fans to the first matches of the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup. The defending champion, Namibia, will face Uganda at home while Zimbabwe, led by their new...

Erasmus reveals possible overseas Boks

Sport24 - 12 hours ago
Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus has confirmed which overseas-based players he has spoken to about the possibility of playing for the Springboks in 2018. The new Bok coach has been given license from SA Rugby to select whichever overseas-based players he ...and...

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Caster Semenya's career in jeopardy as IAAF readies new hyperandrogenism rule

ABC Online - 4 hours ago
South African athlete Caster Semenya's long and controversial reign as the queen of middle distance running looks set to be ended this year not by a track rival, but by a new hyperandrogenism rule that will stop her from running 800 and 1,500 metres...

New testosterone rules may end world champion reign of Caster Semenya

Newshub - 5 hours ago
South African Caster Semenya's long and controversial reign as the queen of middle-distance running looks set to end this year - not by a track rival, but by a new hyperandrogenism rule. On Friday (NZ time), the IAAF will publish new rules to prevent ...and...

Test match against South Africa in Washington on June 2 is in serious doubt

Daily Mail - 6 hours ago
Key influencers in the States believe that RIM should have concentrated more on the USA v Scotland match set for June 16 in Texas, rather than a Test involving two other nations that seems to have little benefit to American rugby. RIM was set up as a...

Blame game won't stop hooligans

Mail & Guardian - 6 hours ago
Former defender Jimmy Tau made a combined 238 appearances for the two Soweto giants. Since his retirement in 2013, he has watched as his former sides have failed to retain their dominance in South Africa. In many ways, the semifinal on Saturday was a ...and...

Taming Semenya? New IAAF rule to force South African to use medication or move to longer distances

The Star, Kenya - 7 hours ago
... impact on the South African. She lost to Mariya Savinova at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics. It was only after Savinova was exposed as a drug cheat that Semenya was upgraded to gold in both events. Last month the IAAF council ...and...

Coca-Cola invests in schools sport

Namibian - 7 hours ago
Athletics' sponsorship also covers regional trials that were held, while Coca-Cola will make a further investment to fund Namibia's participation in the Cossasa (Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa) Ball Games which will take...

Semenya faces new hormone regime under IAAF hyperandrogenism rule

Business Day - 10 hours ago
... according to planned new rules. The IAAF‚ the governing body of world athletics‚ is piloting new eligibility regulations for a separate female classification to be known as an Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development (or DSDs)‚ which will ...and...

Caster Semenya's reign to be ended by new IAAF gender rule

Eurosport.com - 12 hours ago
The South African began raising eyebrows when she won the world junior championships in 2008 and the senior world title the following year, with dramatic improvement in her times. The IAAF made Semenya take a sexual verification test, which was ...and...

Popular Cape Town 12 OneRun receives prize boost

Independent Online - 12 hours ago
JOHANNESBURG – The fourth running of the FNB Cape Town 12 OneRun that will be held on Sunday, May 20 will receive a significant prize money boost. Organisers on Wednesday confirmed an additional R50 000 into the event's prize purse to increase the...

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