Two Italian props banned for tip tackle on Springbok, Duane Vermeulen

Two Italian props Sunday received three-match bans for a joint tip-tackle on South African Duane Vermeulen that leaves coach Conor O’Shea with a front-row headache for his last Rugby World Cup match.   Prop Andrea Lovotti received a red card on the field for picking Vermeulen up and dumping him on his head, an act branded as “crass stupidity” by O’Shea, who saw his team go on to lose 49-3. Replacement prop Nicola Quaglio escaped on-field sanction but was later cited for his part in the same tackle. He admitted…

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No Second Chances for Springboks – Rassie Erasmus

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus warned there were no second chances as he made three changes to the team that lost to New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup opener for the “do-or-die” Pool B match against Italy on Friday. Prop Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Bongi Mbonambi, and lock Lood de Jager all come in for the Springboks’ must-win game in Shizuoka.   This is a do-or-die game for us,” Erasmus said. “We have to win this to get into the quarter-finals. The players feel it. I’m sitting here feeling butterflies…

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