Saracens travel to Gloucester on Friday night (9:40 pm kick-off), and although near the top of the English Premiership table, their form has not been that of world beaters. With five of their players in the England squad – hooker Jamie George, locks George Kruis and Maro Itoje, No 8 Nathan Hughes, and flyhalf Alex Lozowski – Saracens’ form may continue to be… Read more →
Captain Pat Lambie says the Sharks will be adopting a zero tolerance approach when it comes to discipline this Super Rugby season.
Racing 92 flyhalf Dan Carter is facing a drunk-driving charge after being questioned by police on Wednesday. French magazine Closer report that the All Black legend was stopped near the Champs-Elysees. His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.98 grams of alcohol per litre of blood, with the permitted rate at 0.5 grams. According to Closer, Carter, who is currently sidelined with a… Read more →
The Sharks have named their 27-man touring squad for the two-match Super Rugby tour of Australia.
The Bulls will face the New Zealand sides in the 2017 Super Rugby season, writes JON CARDINELLI.
CRAIG LEWIS looks at five things that would be good to see emerge from this Super Rugby season. Local scrumhalf to dominate proceedings The untimely passing of Joost van der Westhuizen and the recent retirement of Fourie du Preez have served as poignant reminder of past players who have dominated the world game in the Bok No 9 jersey. However, in… Read more →
The new-look Sharks are setting their sights on finishing top of the South African group, writes CRAIG LEWIS. The Sharks endured a nightmare schedule in 2016, but still managed to progress to the knockout stage of the competition. In a revealing indication of just how the new Super Rugby format has created a patently uneven playing field, a gruelling mid-season draw… Read more →
With a tougher draw, the Stormers look set to drop even further down the log in 2017, writes JON CARDINELLI. The Stormers have fallen at the first Super Rugby playoff hurdle in four of the past six seasons. In 2011 and 2012, the Cape side stumbled at the semi-final stage. In 2015, they went down 39-19 to the Brumbies in a… Read more →
Leolin Zas and Juan de Jongh suffered serious injuries in the Stormers’ pre-season friendly against the Lions in Cape Town on Saturday.
The Lions represent South Africa’s best shot at the Super Rugby title in 2017, writes JON CARDINELLI. In 2016, the Lions defied the odds to come through a tough draw and win the Africa 2 conference. They then went on to beat two former champion teams, the Crusaders and the Highlanders, en route to the grand final. While Johan Ackermann’s side… Read more →