Springboks move to 4th in World Rankings

The Springboks have moved up a spot in the latest World Rugby rankings released on Monday.   South Africa’s 41-7 win over Japan in Saitama, coupled with Wales’ 19-10 defeat to Ireland in Dublin was enough for them to move above the Welsh into fourth spot. Meanwhile, Ireland’s victory saw them reach the summit of the rankings for the first time, with New Zealand dropping to second. Wales, who have now lost back-to-back Tests to Ireland, have dropped from first to No 5 in a matter of weeks.    …

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Sam Warburton Warns: “Rugby Players Could Die Live On TV”

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton believes top level rugby players are at risk of death unless more is done to make the game safer.   Warburton retired aged 29 last year, beaten down by a long list of injuries, including a broken jaw, a plate inserted into his eye socket, a hamstring torn off the bone and damaged knee ligaments. However, he fears even worse could happen unless rules are changed.   If something isn’t done soon, then a professional player will die during a…

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Ireland can now become World No1 in the Rugby rankings

Wales knocked the All Blacks off the top spot in the World Rugby Rankings for the first time in nearly a decade this week – but their reign at the top could be short-lived.   With Warren Gatland’s men not in action this weekend – Ireland can become the number one team in the world if they manage to defeat England at Twickenham by any margin.   A win for Eddie Jones’ England however, would see the top three sides retain their current positions, while the English would reclaim fourth…

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Who is the best Springbok Hooker ever? Meet Uli [The Bully] Schmidt

Uli Schmidt was arguably the greatest hooker to ever represent South Africa. He broke the typical mold and was a mobile player who often acted as an extra loose forward.   He could run like a centre and was exceptionally strong for his size. He scored 74 first class tries, which is uncanny for a hooker.   This is a celebration of a true Springbok legend!       Watch: – Naas Botha, Springbok Rugby Captain and a Match Winning Genius   Please leave your questions and comments below:  …

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Hennie Shields, our lost Springbok

In 1982 Hennie Shields became the first “coloured” player to play Currycup rugby for Western Province but he never received official recognition.   Hennie also played for the Proteas against the British Lions and he played for the first combined South African team that played overseas. Although he was chosen to attend Springbok trial, he was never chosen.     The Shields rugby family   The Shields family from the Strand in the Western Cape needs no introduction in rugby circles. The family of six brothers were all avid rugby…

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“Get Yourself Vaccinated Against Deadly Brain Virus”, Charity Warns Rugby Fans Visiting Japan for RWC 2019

A charity organisation has warned rugby fans about a potentially deadly viral brain infection known as Japanese encephalitis.   People making the trip for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan should consider getting vaccinated against it, if they plan on visiting rural parts of the country, it said.   Over 600,000 international fans are expected to visit Japan, and with just over a month to go until the tournament kicks off, campaigners are trying to raise awareness of the disease which is spread through mosquito bites.   Japanese encephalitis…

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30 Great Springbok tries against the All Blacks

There is no greater prize on the field for a Springbok rugby player than a try against the All Blacks.   The video below shows 30 of the greatest tries the Springboks have scored against their arch rivals…       The rivalry between these two great teams seem destined for a peak at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.   To wet your appetite,  here are the highlights of the 16 all draw in Wellington:     Please leave your questions and comments below:  

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The Story of Pieter-Steph du Toit – Already a Springbok Rugby Legend

Pieter- Steph Du Toit is the grandson of former Springbok prop, Piet “Spiere” du Toit and is the older brother of Johan, also a professional rugby player.   He made his Springbok Test debut versus Wales in Cardiff on 9 November 2013 at age 21 Du Toit has since become a regular for the Springboks and was a part of the South African team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Du Toit managed to come off the bench in the quarter final, where South Africa beat Wales, 23-19, at Twickenham…

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Jake White – Springboks are Rugby World Cup contenders

The Springboks are Rugby World Cup contenders and their opening match against the All Blacks won’t matter when the tournament reaches its conclusion.That’s the view of 2007 World Cup-winning Springboks coach Jake White.   The Boks got a draw in Wellington, which is great, but Rassie’s planning wasn’t about the Rugby Championship, but the psychological gains they could achieve with a view to the World Cup,” White told Times LIVE. Rassie wanted to see if his ‘A’ team was good enough to match New Zealand in Wellington and the answer…

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Best Springbok Rugby Championship tries – You will love the commentary :-)

We look back at the best Springbok tries of the rugby championship tries and the Xhosa commentators give an extra dimension of excitement!       The springboks are currently leading the rugby championship log, and deservedly so, with Rassie Erasmus and his team drawing with the All Blacks on home soil last weekend.   CLICK HERE – Highlights of the All Blacks vs South Africa game   Please leave your questions and comments below:  

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