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Rugby Championship Michael Cheika cites Collingwood Magpies’ rise as Wallaby defence

Michael Cheika won't be bullied into change as he attempts to revive the spluttering Wallabies before next year's World Cup.Australia slipped to a record low of seventh in the world rankings after last Saturday's loss to Argentina on the...

Currie Cup – Cheetahs rooted to bottom of the table after loss to Pumas

The high-scoring trend of the 2018 Currie Cup continued in Bloemfontein on Friday evening when the Pumas beat the bottom of the log Free State Cheetahs 42-14.It was the Cheetahs' last match of the season as they finished their...

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg out of Autumn Tests after ankle surgery

Stuart Hogg will miss Scotland's Autumn Internationals after being ruled out for 10-12 weeks due to an ankle injury.The fullback underwent surgery Thursday in Glasgow after having returned home from the Warriors' trip to South Africa early.Hogg was absent...

Leicester Tigers Will Spencer banned for dangerous tackle Gallagher Premiership

Leicester Tigers second row Will Spencer has been banned for four weeks after he was sent off for a dangerous tackle against Wasps.The forward was punished for his clash with Tommy Taylor in the 40th minute of the Gallagher...

The Springboks are back after Wellington heroics

Last week not a single Springbok made our team of the week following their defeat at the hands of the Wallabies in Brisbane. This week, however, there are South Africans sprinkled all over the show after their courageous victory...

Rugby Championship Lost Wallabies souls in need of revitalised considered voice

5:33 PM ETGreg GrowdenESPN Rugby CloseAfter more than 30 years with The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media in Australia, Greg Growden now writes exclusively online for ESPN. Never afraid to step on toes, you can expect plenty of...

Springboks beat New Zealand ABdV and Habana lead tributes

South Africa's shock win over New Zealand's All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday, the first at that venue in 20 years, had the likes of former Springboks winger Bryan Habana and former Proteas cricket captain AB de Villiers in...

Gallagher Premiership clubs to discuss CVC takeover bid

The Gallagher Premiership's clubs and London Irish will meet on Tuesday to discuss the multi-million pound takeover offer tabled by a private equity firm.CVC Capital Partners -- the former owners of Formula One -- have offered £275m for a...

Rugby Championship review All Blacks see off determined Pumas, Wallabies edge Springboks

It was a tale of two totally different encounters during Round 3 of the Rugby Championship.In Nelson, the Pumas again demonstrated their improvement under Mario Ledesma in pushing the All Blacks right through to the final minutes of an...

Eddie Jones making England staff learn Japanese ahead of Rugby World Cup

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup a little over a year away, England head coach Eddie Jones has revealed he is making his staff prepare for the tournament by learning Japanese.England's backroom staff have just returned from the country...

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