All Black coach worries about the Springboks, not England

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is predicting a “mighty clash” in this weekend’s heavyweight World Cup semi-final with England, but insisted they were not New Zealand’s biggest rugby rivals.   The treble-chasing All Blacks have won their last six meetings against England dating back to 2013 and 15 of their last 16. Eddie Jones’s side are riding high after smashing Australia 40-16 in the last eight, but Hansen attempted to play down New Zealand’s rivalry with the English.   It will be a mighty clash, but I think South Africa…

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Brendan Venter slams shocking Jerome Garces

Former Springbok centre and Sharks coach Brendan Venter has hit out at referee Jerome Garces following his performance in Saturday’s clash between the All Blacks and South Africa   Venter, in a column for New Zealand website Stuff.co.nz, said:   As expected, Garces was shocking and is part of the current breed of referees we refer to as an ‘everything goes referee’ and their thinking is that the lower the penalty count, the better the spectacle but they are wrong,” Before the match, I knew the referee would struggle both…

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Scrap the Haka! – Top Irish Rugby Writer says Haka gives New Zealand an unfair advantage

A renowned Irish rugby scribe has suggested that the All Blacks should not be allowed to perform the haka prior to Test matches.   Ewan MacKenna, writing for the Pundit Arena website, said the haka gives New Zealand “an unfair advantage” and “needs to stop”.   In the article he also hits out at World Rugby’s regulation that opposition teams must stand on their own 10m line when facing the haka and why they were not allowed to react as they’d like.   We know this because, in 2011, the…

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All Blacks, Steve Hansen slams trial by Social Media

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen rejected trial by social media on Tuesday amid growing claims that match officials missed alleged foul play by New Zealand in their bruising battle with South Africa.   New Zealand skipper Kieran Read, prop Joe Moody and South African Pieter-Steph du Toit have all come under fire with screen grabs circulated on social media showing apparent cheap shots. The outburst follows claims by the Springboks before last Saturday’s Test – won by New Zealand 23-13 – that referees tended to favour the reigning world champion…

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War of Words Erupt Between Springbok and All Black Coaches

As the tension are mounting for the upcoming clash between the Springboks and the All Blacks on Saturday, a war of words has erupted between Steve Hansen and Rassie Erasmus.   Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said that referees had so much respect for the All Blacks, the three-times world champions, that 50-50 decisions often fell in their favour. His message to the French whistleblower came just two days after his assistant coach Mzwandile Stick appealed for “equal treatment” from Garces, and three days ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Yokohama, the…

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Gareth Thomas, former Wales and Lions Captain reveals he has HIV

Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed that he is HIV positive, declaring via Twitter that he wants to “break the stigma” around the condition.   The ex-British & Irish Lions wing, who was captain for the second and third tests against New Zealand in 2005, also said that he wants to show how people with HIV are misrepresented as “walking around with walking sticks who are close to dying”. He also spoke about the “shame” and “fear” of keeping his condition secret.   In a BBC Wales documentary…

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The Springboks are putting in the hard work on the training field in Japan [WATCH VIDEO]

Rassie said yesterday that the Springboks are now really feeling the World Cup atmosphere in Japan and on the training field the Boks have been putting in the hard work.   Arriving for training     Putting in the hard work       Popular now: – Springbok Stories – The story of inspirational Springbok Captain, Siya Kolisi   Please leave your questions and comments below:    

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Springbok Stories – The story of inspirational Springbok Captain, Siya Kolisi

Growing up in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, Siya Kolisi endured nights where he would go to sleep on an empty stomach. But that didn’t stop the Springbok captain from chasing his dreams and inspiring millions of South Africans.       POPULAR NOW – Former Springbok Coach Peter de Villiers refuses to support the Boks because of Etzebeth racism and assault allegations   Please leave your questions and comments below:  

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Springbok Legend, Os Du Randt to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

Legendary former Springbok prop Os du Randt is set to be inducted in the World Rugby Hall of Fame.   Rugby’s governing body on Friday announced that Du Randt will be one of six legends inducted at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo on November 3 – the day after the World Cup final. It was reported by Sport 24 that Du Randt, alongside New Zealand duo Richie McCaw and Graham Henry, as well as Shiggy Konno (Japan), Peter Fatialofa (Samoa) and Diego Ormaechea (Uruguay) will receive Hall of Fame…

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Former Springbok Coach Peter de Villiers refuses to support the Boks because of Etzebeth racism and assault allegations

In an exclusive interview with Planet Rugby, De Villiers, who coached the two-time world champions from 2008 to 2011, revealed that he finds it difficult to support his former side after allegations of racism were made against Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth shortly before the team’s departure for the global showpiece in Japan.   De Villiers feels the 79-Test second-rower should’ve been suspended by SA Rugby pending an investigation by the organisation into the allegations against him. De Villiers said:   An internal investigation into the matter would have been the…

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