Injury blows for Springboks, Wales – Kolbe and Williams out

Liam Williams is out of Wales’ Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa in Yokohama on Sunday in what is a hammer blow to Warren Gatland and his team.   The Lions Test full-back is understood to have sustained an ankle injury in training on Wednesday. The injury is so bad Williams is said to be on crutches and it appears his tournament is also over. Earlier it was reported on Sport24 that exciting young wing, S’bu Nkosi, has been drafted into the Springbok starting line-up for Sunday’s gripping Rugby…

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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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RWC2019 statistics top South Africa for Points and Tries scored

South Africa is topping two of the five team statistics for RWC2019 followed closely by New Zealand.  Points Scored: South Africa leads points scored by 211 to New Zealand 203. England scored 159 and Wales trails at 156 points scored so far.     Tries Scored: South Africa has scored 30 tries, the most tries by a team.  Once again, followed by New Zealand with 29 tries. England has scored 21 tries and Wales at 19.     Conversions: On conversions, New Zealand lead with 22 followed by South Africa at…

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Eddie Jones says England was ‘spied on’ during Rugby World Cup training session

Who filmed the England Rugby team during a training session ahead of the semi-final match against New Zealand?   Jones said someone filmed the team from an adjacent apartment block overlooking their training ground in Tokyo.   It might have been a Japanese fan, I don’t care”.   Jones said he had spied on rival teams before, but not since 2001.   You just don’t need to do it anymore. You can watch everyone’s training on YouTube” he said. Everyone knows what everyone does – there are no surprises in…

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More Shocking Statistics: The Springboks have never beaten Wales under Referee Jerome Garces

Once again, the Springboks will have Frenchman Jerome Garces referee the semi-final against Wales in Yokohama, Japan.   Garces was the referee in the RWC2019 game between South Africa and New Zealand on 21 September – The All Blacks beat the Springboks 23 to 14.   With the statistics below, Springboks and Springbokfans could be a bit nervous for the big game on Sunday, 27 October at 11H00 SA Time. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.     Here are the Springbok / Garces statistics:-   Garces…

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JAPAN has RWC2019 Finals dream dashed by South Africa

The hosts of the RWC 2019 Japan have bowed out of the world cup after a defeat to South Africa of 26 – 3 today.   The Host Team, Japan, were undefeated in the run up to the quarter-finals and played with flair thoughout the tournament. The South African scrum-half Faf de Klerk, with defensive awareness, precise box-kicking and opportunism in attack took the Springboks one step closer to the final.   South Africa now meet Wales in the semi-final next week.     Popular now: Police deny that Etzebeth…

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The Springboks are more prepared for ‘Tier 1’ Japan than in 2015 – Lood de Jager

Lock Lood de Jager, who has forced his way into the starting line-up for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Japan in Tokyo, believes that the Springboks are far more prepared for this clash than they were in their 2015 tournament opener against the Brave Blossoms in Brighton.    That shocking 34-32 loss to Japan remains one of rugby’s biggest ever upsets.  De Jager, Tendai Mtawarira and Pieter-Steph du Toit are the only three Boks starting this weekend who also started that match.  Full story here   Popular now: – Rassie…

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Rassie selects Springbok power for RWC clash against Japan

The Springboks have reverted to the starting XV and replacements that recorded a 49-3 victory over Italy a fortnight ago for the do-or-die Rugby World Cup.   We were satisfied with the performance against Italy and want to build on that,” said coach Rassie Erasmus.  We have been improving and building momentum this season and we will be looking for further improvements this weekend. Japan are a well-coached team and have deservedly climbed to seventh in the world rankings. It’ll be a good challenge but we’re definitely up for it.”…

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RWC2019 – England ready for Australia – Ben Youngs

England are not “undercooked” for their World Cup quarter-final with Australia, according to scrum-half Ben Youngs.   The 2003 champions won all three group games to finish top of Pool C, but their final match against France was cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis. It means Argentina, who had 14 men for an hour, are the only tier one side England have played, but Youngs says they are in “exactly the right spot”.   We have things we haven’t had to use yet,” he said. To be honest, we haven’t shown…

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Congratulations to South African rugby referee for reaching his 50’th test

Experienced South African referee, Jaco Peyper, will have a memorable 50th Test appearance with the whistle on Sunday after being appointed to take charge of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Wales and France at the Oita Stadium in Japan.   This feat makes him only the third South African referee to officiate 50 Tests, with Craig Joubert and Jonathan Kaplan being the others.   Story from here     Also read: – Springboks get English ref for Japan game but Garces might ref the RWC final!   Please leave…

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