DHL Stormers centre Huw Jones has been ruled out for four to five months after tearing his hamstring while playing for Scotland. Jones will undergo surgery in London, and joins fellow Stormers midfielders Juan de Jongh and Damian de Allende on the sidelines. De Jongh’s grade three medial collateral ligament tear is progressing well and he is expected to be… Read more →
South Africa’s 2023 World Cup bid has been given the government’s full backing. According to the Sunday Times, the 2023 World Cup technical committee that was in South Africa over the past week to begin its assessment of the bid was assured by tourism minister Derek Hanekom that the government is behind it. World Rugby is asking SA Rugby for guarantees of £240-million… Read more →
The Lions will be without flank Cyle Brink when they host the Reds on Saturday, while there is also uncertainty over the availability of prop Dylan Smith. Brink had earned his first start of the season against the Jaguares on Saturday, but he had to leave the field early due to a left shoulder injury. The extent of the injury… Read more →
The Springboks have dropped to seventh in the World Rugby rankings following Wales’ 22-9 win over Ireland on Friday. The result in Cardiff earned Wales enough rankings points to take them to sixth position, above South Africa, who have now reached their lowest-ever ranking. Meanwhile, Scotland remains fifth despite their humiliating 61-21 defeat against England at Twickenham. The two sides… Read more →
Eben Etzebeth will captain the DHL Stormers against the Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Coach Robbie Fleck has decided to rest regular skipper Siya Kolisi. In the front row, props Oli Kebble and Frans Malherbe will earn their first starts of the season in place of JC Janse van Rensburg and Wilco Louw. Nizaam Carr replaces Kolisi, but he… Read more →
PledgeSports are aiming to provide a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: What is the fittest sport? Here they look at the fitness level required for rugby.
The Blitzboks powered their way to a 19-12 win over archrivals Fiji to clinch the USA Sevens title on Monday.
Centre Dan Kriel will start for the DHL Stormers against the Jaguares at Newlands on Saturday. Coach Robbie Fleck made two changes from the side that ousted the Bulls 37-24 last week in Cape Town. In an injury-enforced change, Kriel gets a chance at inside centre in the absence of Damian de Allende. In the pack, Sikhumbuzo Notshe starts at… Read more →
Former France international Clément Poitrenaud will start at fullback for the Sharks against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday. Coach Robert du Preez has opted for continuity ahead of the Sharks’ round two clash, making only two changes to the side that lost to the Reds. In the backline, the 34-year-old Poitrenaud replaces youngster Curwin Bosch at fullback, with the… Read more →
Scotland have replaced South Africa in the top five of the World Rugby rankings, following their 29-13 win over Wales in Edinburgh on Saturday. Scotland’s first victory over Wales in 10 years earned them a 1.28 rankings points increase, elevating them to fifth in rankings, their highest-ever position on the list. The Scots’ three-place jump from eight to fifth relegates… Read more →