South Africa’s much vaunted conveyor belt of young, exciting rugby talent has for the first time in history been embraced and mined properly by our new rugby Messiah, Rassie Erasmus. And halfway through the group stages of RWC 2019, the Springboks’ selection puzzle is starting to fall into place. Erasmus took the reins 18 months ago amid the shambles of the headless chicken syndrome that epitomised the Allister Coetzee era, and he has transformed the Boks’ attitude and fortunes from pathetic no-hopers to realistic Cup contenders within a year. He’s re-invigorated the Springboks team’s international standing. It has been a miraculous transformation based on the bed rock of extensive analysis allied to open, honest reflection and communication with players, administrators and the wider rugby community, including the press and public. Cramming all this into only 18 Test matches, he is in the invidious position today to have one of the most balanced and … [Read more...] about The Boks’ RWC selection puzzle
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By Keith Moore Last Updated: 13/08/19 6:53pm On Saturday, the Springboks became Rugby Championship champions for the first time in its current format. Their last southern hemisphere trophy came in the 2009 Tri-Nations under Peter de Villiers, during which the Boks beat New Zealand three times. Post-retirement, Richie McCaw said it was the best team he had ever played against.There was relatively mixed success for the Boks thereafter, but following the 2015 World Cup - during which they lost to Japan - things started to go badly wrong for the men in Green and Gold.South Africa finished third in that World Cup by beating Argentina in the bronze medal match on the back of a two-point loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals. Despite a relatively good showing, Heyneke Meyer stepped down from his role as head coach at the end of the tournament.Allister Coetzee was appointed to replace Meyer in 2016, and started his tenure with a 2-1 series win over Ireland in June. However, following that, … [Read more...] about Springboks: Where did 2019 Rugby Championship title come from?
Last Updated: 12/08/19 1:15pm South Africa sealing the Rugby Championship, Australia beating the All Blacks and England's win over Wales sees them dominate our team of the week... 15. Kurtley Beale (Australia)The full-back continued the impressive form he has shown throughout this year's Rugby Championship with a scintillating display in the Wallabies' 47-26 victory over New Zealand. Kurtley Beale made 112 metres - the most of any player in the Championship across the weekend - on 13 carries, beat six defenders and made three clean breaks, capping the win for the hosts off with their fifth and final try.14. Joe Cokanasiga (England)Joe Cokanasiga was a late addition to the England team that beat Wales 33-19 on Sunday, but put in a try-scoring performance that gets him into our team of the week.The winger used the power of a forward to get over the line from close range but showed throughout the match that his pace remains a threat to opposition defences out wide. 13. James … [Read more...] about Team of the week: Springboks, Wallabies and England dominate
Tune into coverage of Argentina vs South Africa on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action from 8pm By Michael Cantillon Last Updated: 08/08/19 12:05pm Vote for your combined Argentina/South Africa XV ahead of Saturday's final day Rugby Championship Test in Salta. For home side Argentina, talismanic skipper Agustin Creevy returns ahead of their 2019 Rugby Championship closer against the Boks as part of five changes.While the Boks have rotated their entire front row with props Tendai Mtawarira and Trevor Nyakane and hooker Bongi Mbonambi packing down as they seek a first title since 2009. But who would make it into your combined XV from the 30 men that have been selected? Have your say with our position-by-position vote below.Our coverage of the weekend's international rugby begins at 10am on Saturday as we bring you Australia vs New Zealand, live from the Optus Stadium in Perth on Sky Sports Action. … [Read more...] about Who makes your Argentina/South Africa combined team?
Watch the Rugby Championship live and exclusive on Sky Sports By Michael Cantillon Last Updated: 16/07/19 10:56am Australia begin their 2019 Rugby Championship campaign by travelling to face South Africa in Johannesburg on July 20, live on Sky Sports Action. The Wallabies still boast some of the best players in the world but are coming off the back of a very poor 2018.From July 20, we will see what they are made of as they take on the Boks away, before hosting defending champions New Zealand and Argentina in a reduced format of the Rugby Championship ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019. After that, they will travel to play New Zealand in Bledisloe II before all attentions turn to Japan.Below, we take a look at the state of play in Australia... Argentina vs New Zealand … [Read more...] about Rugby Championship state of play 2019: Australia