The high-scoring trend of the 2018 Currie Cup continued in Bloemfontein on Friday evening when the Pumas beat the bottom of the log Free State Cheetahs 42-14. It was the Cheetahs’ last match of the season as they finished their campaign winless and rooted to the bottom of the Currie Cup table. The Pumas’ bonus-point,
Stuart Hogg will miss Scotland’s Autumn Internationals after being ruled out for 10-12 weeks due to an ankle injury. The fullback underwent surgery Thursday in Glasgow after having returned home from the Warriors’ trip to South Africa early. Hogg was absent for his side’s Pro 14 victory over the Cheetahs on Saturday but sustained the
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has turned to Angus Cottrell to help combat a sudden shortage of backrowers for their Rugby Championship tour of South Africa and Argentina. Melbourne Rebels flanker Cottrell has earned a maiden call-up with both Pete Samu and Lukhan Tui set to miss the team’s upcoming fixtures in Port Elizabeth and Salta.
The 2018 Currie Cup will reach a new level of intensity in round six, with six Springbok squad members having been released to play in the domestic competition. Another two Springboks who toured Australia and New Zealand, Marco van Staden and Embrose Papier, will be in action for the Blue Bulls Presidents XV vs. Namibia
The All Blacks will be without a rested captain Kieran Read for their Rugby Championship Test against Argentina next week in Buenos Aires. Coach Steve Hansen said the 32-year-old needed to be carefully managed this year, having recovered from back surgery last December. Classy No.8 Read, who also missed the three Tests against France in
Star winger Rieko Ioane has committed to the All Blacks for four more years in a significant win for New Zealand Rugby. The 21-year-old, who has scored 18 tries from 18 Tests, was the subject of intense offshore club interest but has chosen to remain at his Super Rugby team the Blues. With one year
The Springboks will head into their final two Rugby Championship matches without the services of a number of key players. South Africa still have a mathematical chance of winning the Rugby Championship, but will go into the Test matches against Australia in Port Elizabeth and New Zealand in Pretoria without key operators in the backline.
France international Mathieu Bastareaud has been banned for five weeks after striking an opponent while he lay on the ground. The Toulon captain was sent off in the 70th minute of his side’s 28-27 Top 14 win over Castres on Sept. 9 and will now be unavailable until the French side visit Edinburgh for a
Next September, roughly 400,000 visitors will descend upon Japan as Asia’s first Rugby World Cup kicks off, with the future of the sport’s global appeal in the balance. In exactly a year’s time, World Rugby can say it has grown up. This time next year Japan will turn on one of the great Rugby World
England head coach Eddie Jones says the decision to leave Danny Cipriani out of England’s 36-man training squad was based on the fly-half’s form. Cipriani was arrested during a pre-season night out with his Gloucester teammates in August and was subsequently charged by the RFU for conduct “prejudicial to the interests of the game.” With