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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RWC2019 – Strange Negativity around Ireland, Johnny Sexton

According to the Irish Mrirror, Johnny Sexton can’t get his head around the “strange” negativity surrounding the Irish rugby team.    The 19-12 loss to Japan threatened to send Ireland home before the knockout stages, but bonus point victories over Russia and Samoa have set up a last eight tie with the All Blacks.   And Sexton is struggling to understand what he sees as a downbeat reaction to their World Cup campaign.    Apart from that poor 60 minutes against Japan everything else has pretty much gone to plan,”…

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Springboks get English ref for Japan game but Garces might ref the RWC final!

England’s Wayne Barnes will referee South Africa’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against hosts Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.   Kick-off is at 12:15 (SA time)   Fans are looking forward to a cracking game as Japan is on a major roll, they have now moved up to 7th place in the world rankings with the Springboks remaining in 5th place. Barnes was the referee when the Springboks beat Italy 49-3 earlier in the tournament. A scary thought for the Springboks when looking ahead to the final is that they might…

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South Africa goes head to head with Japan in RWC 2019 Quarter Finals – Get to know the National Anthems

Rugby World Cup fever continues as qualifying teams move into the quarter finals. The Springboks take on Japan on Sunday 20 October at local South African time at 12:15 PM. Springbok Fans are you ready? Where will you be watching the game?   Ever wondered what the National Anthem of Japan means in English? Now you can find out… watch the video for the translation.   NATIONAL ANTHEM OF JAPAN – Kimigayo     NATIONAL ANTHEM OF SOUTH AFRICA – Nkosi sikelel iafrika     SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 16:15 JAPAN…

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Japan rise to No 7 in world rugby rankings after Scotland win (VIDEO Highlights) Springboks at No 5

Cape Town – Japan rose to a record high of No 7 in the official World Rugby rankings on Monday.   This follows their 28-21 win over Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday which saw them qualify for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time. The Brave Blossoms climbed one spot above France and currently also sit higher than Scotland and Argentina in the rankings. Japan beat Scotland with a fantastic performance, setting the Rugby World Cup alight.   Watch the highlights below: –       Top 20…

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Blue Bulls takeover by Johann Rupert and Patrice Motsepe

Two of South Africa’s wealthiest businessmen have reportedly made a bid to gain a majority share in the Bulls.   Afrikaans newspaper Rapport indicated over the weekend that Remgro boss Johann Rupert and mining magnate Patrice Motsepe have made a joint offer to gain a majority share in the Blue Bulls Company. Remgro, an investment holding company based in Stellenbosch, already has a 50% share in the Blue Bulls Company and together with Motsepe’s African Rainbow Company it could make the Bulls a financial powerhouse which will allow them to…

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RWC 2019 – Umhlali Preparatory School supports the SPRINGBOKS with Leon Schuster’s Hey-ey Bokke!

The pupils of Umhlali Preparatory School on the North Coast of KZN, South Africa are totally behind the Boks. It’s great to see such patriotism amongst the South African youth – This is Umhlali Preparatory School’s rendition of Leon Schuster’s Hey-ey Bokke!   ENTER ANTHEM IDOLS HERE – SING “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” AND YOU COULD WIN!     Just before the start of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, Leon Schuster released a new song called HEY BOKKE! written by him and Don Clarke, and incorporating an adaption of the…

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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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