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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Schalk Brits to Captain the Springboks Against Namibia

Rassie Erasmus  has rotated his squad for Saturday’s must-win with Namibia, making 13 changes to the starting line-up that appeared in the opening Rugby World Cup clash with New Zealand.   Makazole Mapimpi (left wing) and Lukhanyo Am (centre) are the only players from the 23-13 reverse against New Zealand, to make back-to-back starts while nine players are making their first start.   Schalk Brits, who moves to a new role in the back row at No 8. Brits captains the team for the second time having led the Springboks…

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Nigel Owens Yellow Cards a Ball Boy!

As rugby world cup officials are making the news for bad decision, we celebrate everyone’s favourite ref: – Nigel Owens.   Watch his best moments and how he yellow cards a ball boy!       Nigel Owens, MBE (born 18 June 1971) is a Welsh international rugby union referee. He is the current world record holder for most test matches refereed and one of four professional referees at the Welsh Rugby Union, alongside Ben Whitehouse, Craig Evans and Dan Jones.   Owens is also known as a TV personality,…

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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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Join Bryan Habana’s Springbok Army – Rugby World Cup

Bryan Habana joins Elma as they recruit fans for the Springbok army, we take a look at the Tokyo Stadium ahead of Japan vs Russia, Nigel Owens answers your questions and Squidge gives us the lowdown on Tonga.     Get involved, send your photos, memes, gifs and tweets using #RWC2019     Popular now: – Win R25 K  – Springbok Fan of the Year   Please leave your questions and comments below:    

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Chester Williams image to be embedded on Springbok Jersey numbers

According to the Springboks’ official website, Williams’ image has been embedded into the playing number on the team’s jerseys. Current Springbok squad members’ faces will also appear in the numbers, as well as those of fans who sent in selfies.   Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus commented:   Chester didn’t like being the centre of attention. He never bragged about his role or expected anything for it but he would have enjoyed being part of a Springbok/All Black Test match once more, I think.”   Williams represented both Western Province and…

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Willie Le Roux could slot into Flyhalf when necessary

Willie le Roux is happy to perform at first receiver when required.   More than that, the Boks also have no specialist flyhalf cover on the bench so if Handre Pollard was to go down injured or find himself in the sin bin for 10 minutes for whatever reason, then coach Rassie Erasmus may instruct Le Roux to take over the flyhalf duties.  Frans Steyn is the other option, but he is starting on the bench.    “Everybody’s got their jobs to do,” Le Roux told media on Thursday. Sometimes…

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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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Shocking Statistic: – The Springboks have only won 31% of their tests under Jerome Garces

It seems the officials could be a big factor on Saturday. According to a report by Sport24, Saturday’s match will be Garces’ 53rd Test – and the 14th he’s been in charge of the Springboks. In the 13 Tests to date, the Springboks have only won four. That’s a 31% win record for the Springboks when Garces takes the whistle.   Think that’s bad?   Try the Springboks’ current zero wins from five Tests against the All Blacks with Garces in charge.   Think THAT’S bad?   Garces was the…

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