Rugby World Cup 2019: All the thrills and spills

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All Blacks laugh off Sonny Bill Williams injury rumours

Social media in New Zealand has been abuzz with reports that Williams was heading home, which would have been the ...

By afp.com

Springboks ready for anything as clash 99 against All Blacks looms

A busy few days of official welcome and World Cup pomp and ceremony could have been a distraction for the Springboks‚ ...

By Craig Ray

Barrett happy to toe All Blacks line at fullback

For a playmaker who claimed back-to-back World Player of the Year awards as flyhalf in 2016-17, Beauden Barrett might ...

By reuters

Russia 'trip' into World Cup ahead of tournament opener

The Bears, ranked 20th in the world, reached the sport's quadrennial showpiece event for a second time after Spain, ...

By afp.com

Pressure was 'horrendous' says World Cup winner Mark Andrews

"We were just out of isolation, Mandela was the new president, it was an opportunity to show the world who we were," ...

By afp.com

Ghost of O'Connell no longer hangs over Ireland captain Best

The 37-year-old hooker succeeded O'Connell when the lock brought the curtain down on his Test career after the Irish ...

By afp.com

Wallabies coach Cheika reveals threats over Folau stance

The deeply Christian player was sacked by Rugby Australia in May for posting on Instagram that "hell awaits" gay people ...

By afp.com

England 'spurred' by 2015 World Cup flop, says Owen Farrell

Farrell, part of the Stuart Lancaster-coached England side that became the first host nation to fail to reach the ...

By afp.com

WATCH | One week to go! Springboks gear up for 2019 Rugby World Cup

SA will be battling it out against New Zealand in their first game on September 21

By Zama Luthuli

Former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers won't support team at Rugby ...

Outspoken former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says he will not back South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in Japan ...

By Reuters

Os du Randt to be inducted into rugby Hall of Fame

Legendary Springbok prop Os du Randt‚ who was part of the 1995 and 2007 World Cup-winning teams‚ will be inducted into ...

By Craig Ray

SA Rugby pledge 'full cooperation' in racial assault probe against Eben ...

South Africa's rugby body, SA Rugby, promised to cooperate fully with investigations after star lock Eben Etzebeth ...

By AFP

Why Victor Matfield believes the Rugby World Cup is wide open

Former Springbok and Bulls lock Victor Matfield believes that the Rugby World Cup is wide open and Ireland could spring ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

Rugby World Cup - the last hurrah for five of the best

The 2019 edition will be no different as a number of great players of the recent past and present take their leave. ...

By afp.com

'No excuses' - All Blacks relish Boks World Cup test

Champions New Zealand underwent a punishing first World Cup training session in Japan on Wednesday before promising to ...

By AFP

Rugby World Cup - Five players to watch

The reigning World Rugby Player of the Year heads to his third World Cup having featured in only one of four of ...

By afp.com

History of the Rugby World Cup - part 2: 2003-2015

In a meeting of the International Rugby Board in 1984, both Scotland and Ireland voted against the idea while the ...

By afp.com

History of the Rugby World Cup - part 1: 1987-1999

In a meeting of the International Rugby Board in 1984, both Scotland and Ireland voted against the idea while the ...

By afp.com

World Rugby rankings out of tune with reality

The musical chairs that have become the world rugby rankings over the last month or so are a little out of tune with ...

By Liam Del Carme

Rugby World Cup: five shock results

AFP Sport looks at five of the biggest shocks in rugby union's four-yearly showpiece tournament:

By afp.com

Georgia out to 'scare a few people' says Rowntree

"We want to scare a few people," the 48-year-old Rowntree told AFP.

By afp.com

Springboks have acclimatisation head start on All Blacks

The Springboks will have a good head start on the All Blacks in terms of acclimatising to the conditions in Japan with ...

By Craig Ray

Schmidt dreams of one final bit of history with Ireland

The 53-year-old New Zealander - who will take his team to the sport's quadrennial showpiece in Japan as the world ...

By afp.com

Nyakane returns to SA but should face All Blacks in Japan

After hobbling off the field during the Test against Japan last Friday‚ Springbok tighthead prop Trevor Nyakane ...

By Craig Ray

Cheika hails Wallabies camaraderie as 'closest he's seen' for World Cup

The two-time World Cup winners fly to Japan on Sunday after a scratchy 34-15 win against Samoa in Sydney featuring a ...

By afp.com

Boks can move on from Brighton disaster as focus turns to RWC 2019

South Africa’s emphatic 41-7 win over Japan just two weeks before the start of Rugby World Cup 2019 in that country has ...

By Craig Ray

Bok World Cup squad shocked by death of Chester

The 2019 Springbok Rugby World Cup squad were left shocked and saddened by the news of former Bok wing Chester ...

By CRAIG RAY

14-try spree as All Blacks blitz Tonga

Coach Steve Hansen wanted to fine-tune his expansive game plan before heading to Tokyo on a quest for a third ...

By afp.com

WATCH | 'No matter the skin colour': Chester Williams's powerful pre-World ...

Springbok winger Chester Williams died on Friday evening, aged 49.

By MultimediaLIVE

Boks batter Japan to slay demons in World Cup warm-up

The last time the teams met, hitherto tournament no-hopers Japan stunned the Springboks 34-32 on the English south ...

By afp.com

All Blacks target Tonga defence in World Cup warm-up

Hansen is expecting opponents in Japan to employ rush defence in a bid to smother the All Blacks' attack and derail the ...

By afp.com

'Mad' Uruguay hoping for a World Cup upset

There awaits the most daunting of groups with potential winners Wales and Australia joined by perennial qualifiers Fiji ...

By afp.com

Flying Fijians add discipline in quest for big scalps

McKee's men have a mountain to climb to make the quarter-finals for the third time in their history, facing Australia ...

By afp.com

Georgia's Lelos eye seat at rugby's top table

"Our global aim is to improve our ability to compete with the best teams in the world," head coach Milton Haig told ...

By afp.com

Wales seek final hurrah for Gatland

Gatland has forged a combative team around no-nonsense stalwart captain Alun Wyn Jones and their rise to the top of the ...

By afp.com

Wallabies seek World Cup salvation after horror year

Rugby Australia's decision to terminate the devout Christian fullback's four-year contract for posting homophobic ...

By afp.com

Underperforming Tonga aim to make history at World Cup

The Pacific islanders have qualified for seven of the eight previous World Cups and been eliminated in the pool stage ...

By afp.com

Soaring Eagles chase elusive World Cup breakthrough

A daunting pool that includes England, France and Argentina suggests the Eagles will be playing mostly for pride when ...

By afp.com

Argentina rely on tried and tested Jaguares for World Cup

Coach Mario Ledesma has picked 26 Jaguares for Japan, with France-based loose forward Facundo Isa the most notable ...

By afp.com

Precise preparation for France after axing old heads

Jacques Brunel replaced the sacked Guy Noves in December 2017 and former Les Bleus captain Fabien Galthie, who takes ...

By afp.com

England head to Japan eyeing World Cup glory

Jones, in charge of his native Australia when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England in Sydney, was recruited by ...

By afp.com

Japan are better than four years ago‚ warns Springboks captain Siya Kolisi

Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi warned that Japan are a much better team now than the one that famously beat South Africa ...

By Craig Ray

Canada struggling to reverse decline at World Cup

Having once been the undisputed powerhouses of North American rugby, Canada's fortunes have been on a downward spiral ...

By afp.com

Welsh coaches help Namibia pursue elusive World Cup victory

Former Wales forward Phil Davies has been in charge of a team known as the Welwitschias - a sturdy desert plant - since ...

By afp.com

Lots to do: Italy still plotting World Cup pool escape

Italy, who have never reached a World Cup quarter-final - the only Six Nations side to have failed to do so, will play ...

By afp.com

Siya Kolisi on historic mission as Boks go from 'dark place to good space'

South Africa and defending champions New Zealand, who clash on September 21 in a blockbuster Pool B opener in Japan, ...

By afp.com

All Blacks' treble quest hinges on solving playmaker puzzle

No one in the current New Zealand squad can match the individual accolades heaped upon Beauden Barrett, a two-time ...

By afp.com

Surprise qualifier Russia hopes for Rugby World Cup breakthrough

With little rugby tradition in Russia, the team trained by Welshman Lyn Jones has faced an uphill battle to gain ...

By afp.com

Samoa get tattoo tips as they bid to leave mark in Japan

The 16th ranked Samoans scraped into the tournament after a poor qualification campaign, eventually overcoming minnows ...

By afp.com

Hot stuff! Japan look to roast World Cup rivals

The host side kick off the tournament against Russia in Tokyo on September 20 before facing Ireland, Samoa and Scotland ...

By afp.com

All Blacks ring changes for Tonga World Cup warm-up

The starting fifteen features six changes from the side that thrashed Australia 36-0 in Auckland last month, with ...

By afp.com

Finn Russell holds key to Scotland's World Cup hopes

The dynamic flyhalf, who turns 27 this month, is the key man as Scotland seek to progress past the quarter-final stage ...

By afp.com

Improved Ireland struggle with World Cup pedigree

The levels of expectation among players and public have risen accordingly although, as the Irish head off to Japan, ...

By afp.com

Austere times sending promising SA rugby players north

The austere financial times South African rugby clubs face has been highlighted in recent weeks with the news of some ...

By Craig Ray

SportsLIVE PODCAST | Aphiwe Dyantyi: Separating fact from conspiracy

Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi tested positive for three banned substances, which was confirmed by his B sample that came ...

Japan name Lappies Labuschagne to face Boks

The Springboks will encounter a familiar face when they meet Japan in Kumagaya on Friday after flank Lappies ...

By Craig Ray

Joseph names strong squad for Japan's 'must-perform' Bok test

Friday’s match in Kumagaya is both team’s final test before the World Cup starts on Sept. 20 and both Joseph and his ...

By Jack Tarrant

Springboks name formidable line-up for Japan clash

The return to the starting line-up of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, now fully recovered from injury, is the only ...

By Herald Correspondent

All Blacks Hansen unruffled by breakdown ‘cheats’ call

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has shrugged off criticism from former England flyhalf turned media pundit Stuart ...

By REUTERS

'Slap in the face' before facing World Cup 'contenders' for Italy: Budd

Kiwi-born Budd, 33, came off the bench to win his 22nd Test as the Azzurri suffered a 47-19 defeat to les Bleus on ...

By afp.com

'Great to be here,' Boks tell Japan

The Springboks had a morning gym workout followed by an afternoon field session in Seki, in cloudy but hot and humid ...

By Herald Correspondent

Brits loving life as the oldest member of the Bok's World Cup-bound group

In 1999 when Springbok coach Johan “Rassie” Erasmus was part of World Cup group as a player‚ Schalk Brits was a ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

SportsLIVE Podcast | Bok squad special: full analysis & big predictions

Sbu Mjikeliso hosts former Bulls lock Mthunzi "Fudge" Mabeta and sports analyst Lunga Kupiso in an unmatched Springbok ...

By Sbu Mjikeliso

Herschel Jantjies still taking it all in

Herschel Jantjies tried his best to hide his broad grin on Monday when it was announced that he would be part of the ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

Dyantyi faces minimum four-year ban if substance is anabolic steroid

Springbok and Lions winger Aphiwe Dyantyi faces the prospect of a minimum four-year ban if the substance in his system ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

Meet your Rugby World Cup 2019 Springbok squad

The Springboks will he hoping to make it a lucky number three when they compete in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, ...

By Herald Reporter

'It would be a massive thing if it was true‚' says Erasmus after ...

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said if the rumours around Eben Etzebeth and the alleged assault case were true‚ the ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

Eben Etzebeth included in the 31-man Springbok World Cup squad

Aphiwe Dyantyi‚ who failed a doping test recently‚ was left out of the squad along with Warren Whiteley and Marcell ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

Aphiwe Dyantyi ‘B’ sample to be tested this week after failed doping test

Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi’s ‘B’ sample following a positive drug’s test will be done on Tuesday and the findings ...

By craig ray

Aphiwe Dyantyi tests positive for banned substance

Springbok and Golden Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for a banned substance following a test during a ...

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | Justin Marshall and Bryan Habana discuss the World Cup

To mark one month before the start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan Land Rover invited former Springbok wing Bryan ...

By STAFF REPORTER

Bok coach Rassie won’t spring Rugby World Cup squad surprises

Rassie Erasmus’s World Cup squad unveiling on Monday is likely to be the least surprising since Jake White named the ...

By Craig Ray

Warren Whiteley gives Springboks captain Siya Kolisi World Cup thumbs up

Warren Whiteley may have resigned himself to missing next month’s Rugby World Cup in Japan‚ but he gave current ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

Erasmus will not be judged on Boks' results at World Cup‚ says SA Rugby ...

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has revealed that Springbok coach Johan “Rassie” Erasmus will not be judged on the ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

We will play for Swys de Bruin‚ says Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies

Springboks flyhalf Elton Jantjies has admitted that the sudden departure of coach Swys de Bruin is a massive loss for ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Willemse to play flyhalf this weekend?

Western Province utility back Damian Willemse trained at flyhalf on Monday for their must-win final Currie Cup pool ...

By Craig Ray

Four dropped from Springboks World Cup training squad

An SA Rugby statement said props Lizo Gqoboka and Thomas du Toit, lock Marvin Orie and centre Andre Esterhuizen would ...

By afp.com

Marcell Coetzee’s World Cup dream over

Marcell Coetzee’s hopes of making the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad disintegrated on Monday after learning he needed ...

By Craig Ray

Injured Springboks likely to miss the World Cup

Several injured Springbok stars remain on the edge of their seats as the World Cup approaches as they are in a ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Bok squad assemble in Bloem for RWC training camp

The group consists of players who were part of the Springboks’ recent successful Castle Lager Rugby Championship ...

By Herald Correspondant

Siya Kolisi is good to go for the World Cup‚ says Springboks coach Rassie ...

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has confirmed that captain Siya Kolisi is ready for the World Cup in Japan next month ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Sbu Nkosi scores two tries as Springboks narrowly edge Argentina

Nkosi, who has been one of the consistent performers of the Rassie Erasmus era, scored a try in each half as the Boks ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Party atmosphere at Loftus as fans bid farewell to the Springboks

It's not often a Springbok Test that's meaningless from a Championship perspective has a celebratory mood.

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

‘Great guy’ Scarra Ntubeni deserves Bok debut, says Schalk Brits

Springbok stand-in captain Schalk Brits says the expected international debut for Scarra Ntubeni is an overdue reward ...

By MAHLATSE MPHAHLELE

Springboks and Pumas poles apart

South Africa and Argentina are poles apart going into a Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Pretoria on Saturday, just one ...

By AFP

‘Oupa’ Schalk Brits relishes childhood dream of captaining Boks

Being named Springbok stand-in captain for the farewell Test match against Argentina at Loftus on Saturday is a classic ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Rumours of Los Pumas’ demise greatly exaggerated‚ warns De la Fuente

The rumours of their demise as a team who can cause a stir at the Rugby World Cup (RWC) due to fatigue are greatly ...

By Liam Del Carme

Schalk Burger praises Boks’ culture and work ethic

Former World Player of the Year‚ Springbok captain and World Cup winner Schalk Burger has praised the team culture in ...

By Craig Ray

Argentina expect tough outing against the Boks

Argentina assistant coach Nicolás Fernández Miranda says the quality of Saturday's Test match against the Springboks ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Why Marcell Coetzee is so grateful to be in the Springbok camp

Springboks loose forward Marcell Coetzee contemplated retirement when persistent injuries began to take a physical and ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Wallabies’ big men look to breach All Blacks’ Eden Park fortress

Recent years have offered few moments where Australia could claim an advantage over the All Blacks in the second row, ...

By Reuters

Hansen insists he's 'loving it' as top All Blacks axed

Hansen showed no mercy after last week's thrashing in Sydney, dumping prop Owen Franks and wings Ben Smith and Rieko ...

By afp.com

Boks coach Erasmus to wait until Sunday before making De Bruin decision

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus says they will start thinking seriously about whether or not to replace attack ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Siya Kolisi returns but will not captain the Springboks against Argentina

Siya Kolisi will make his long-awaited return to the Springboks starting line-up when they face Argentina at Loftus on ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Schalk, Jean see Swys departure as ‘challenge and opportunity’ for Boks

Two former Springbok captains‚ Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger‚ believe that the resignation of current Springbok ...

By Craig Ray

Shock as Lions coach Swys de Bruin quits his role as attack consultant of ...

In a shock development‚ Lions coach Swys de Bruin has quit his role as attack consultant of the Springboks.

By Liam Del Carme

Get Carter: All Blacks legend settles Bledisloe nerves

A shock 47-26 loss to the Wallabies has rattled the All Blacks, calling into question their experimental strategy of ...

By afp.com

Healthy competition in Springbok squad excites Lood de Jager

Springboks lock Lood de Jager is excited by the "healthy competition" among the players as the South Africans intensify ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Scarra Ntubeni likely to make his Bok debut against Argentina

Springbok forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot says Scarra Ntubeni was included in the squad to face Argentina in their ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

All Black Barrett cops three-week ban for shoulder charge red card

Barrett was red carded for his hit on Michael Hooper late in the first half of the 47-26 defeat in Perth and was facing ...

By afp.com

Jones ready for England 'family fall-out' at World Cup

The former rugby league star was the major omission when Jones announced his 31-man party for the September 20-November ...

By afp.com

Willemse could face Griquas in late RWC fitness bid

Springbok fullback Damian Willemse will make a late push for World Cup selection when he plays for Western Province ...

By Craig Ray

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus confirms captain Siya Kolisi's return

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has confirmed that captain Siya Kolisi will make a return to the side from the bench in ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

'Biggest prize' to come, says Gatland after England loss

Had Wales avoided defeat, they would have replaced New Zealand at the top of the world rankings after the world ...

By afp.com

No need for panic, says All Blacks coach Hansen

Sydney — The All Blacks have rarely been at their best in the southern hemisphere championship in World Cup years and ...

By reuters

Why the Boks shook the rugby world

So then. The stage is set. Seemingly from nowhere the Springboks are now the most feared team on the planet going into ...

By Craig Ray

Boks smash Argentina to claim first Rugby Championship title in 10 years

South Africa clinched their first Rugby Championship title in 10 years after a thorough 46-13 dismantling of Argentina ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

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