Tag Archives: Rugby

Rugby – George desperate to show he’s a better starter than fin...

11 November, 2018 8:44 am 8:44 am

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones insists it is only the media that sustains the idea that starting a match is more significant than finishing it but world-record setting sub Jamie George is still delighted to have finally got his hands on the number two shirt when it really matters. George will start … Read More

Rugby – Williams to earn 50th cap, Perenara in at scrumhalf

10 October, 2018 9:00 am 9:00 am

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sonny Bill Williams will earn his 50th cap for New Zealand after being named in the side for their dead rubber Bledisloe Cup test against Australia in Yokohama on Saturday. Williams will be partnered by Ryan Crotty in midfield with Ben Smith moving to right wing to accommodate Damian McKenzie at fullback. … Read More

Wigan give departing coach Wane the perfect send-off

10 October, 2018 10:40 am 10:40 am

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Wigan Warriors gave head coach Shaun Wane the perfect leaving present as they wrapped up their 22nd English title by beating Warrington Wolves 12-4 in an intense Super League Grand Final . Wane, who will now take up a high performance role with the Scottish Rugby Union, watched his side grind out … Read More

Hansen says Springboks clash can lay down World Cup marker

10 October, 2018 8:35 am 8:35 am

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Steve Hansen sees Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against South Africa as a chance to lay down an early marker for when the two rugby superpowers clash at next year’s World Cup. The Springboks host the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria in the last game for both in … Read More

Australia prop Slipper finds a home at the Brumbies …

09 September, 2018 10:18 am 10:18 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Experienced Australia prop James Slipper will play for the ACT Brumbies next season, giving him a chance to revive his career after two failed cocaine tests earlier this year saw him frozen out at the Queensland Reds. The 29-year-old loosehead, who has played 86 times for his country, was suspended for two … Read More

Rugby – Argentina’s local boy Bertranou not resting on his laur...

08 August, 2018 10:11 am 10:11 am

MENDOZA, Argentina (Reuters) – New Argentine scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou knows he can ill afford to rest on his laurels after dislodging one of the country’s most exciting players from the Pumas squad and bringing a 61-test streak to an end. The choice of Bertranou to face South Africa in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash in Mendoza, … Read More

Rugby – Proudfoot relishing Argentina test for Bok forwards

08 August, 2018 6:46 pm 6:46 pm

DURBAN (Reuters) – Argentina’s muscular pack will present an excellent test of South Africa’s front-row form according to Springbok forwards coach Matt Proudfoot as the teams prepare to meet in their Rugby Championship opener at King’s Park on Saturday. The Boks have already stated ahead of the southern hemisphere championship that they will test multiple … Read More

Rugby – Canterbury Crusaders side to face Lions in Super Rugby final

08 August, 2018 8:46 am 8:46 am

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has named the following side to face South Africa’s Lions in the Super Rugby final in Christchurch on Saturday: Crusaders: 15-David Havili, 14-Seta Tamanivalu, 13-Jack Goodhue, 12-Ryan Crotty, 11-George Bridge, 10-Richie Mo’unga, 9-Bryn Hall, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Matt Todd, 6-Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5-Sam Whitelock (captain), 4-Scott Barrett, 3-Owen Franks, … Read More

Rugby: Wasps’ Johnson handed backdated ban for failed drugs test

07 July, 2018 10:06 am 10:06 am

(Reuters) – Wasps hooker Ashley Johnson will be available for the club’s opening Premiership matches after being handed a backdated six-month ban for a failed drugs test in February. The 32-year-old South African, who last played for Wasps in the Premiership on March 4, said he tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide after mistakenly … Read More