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12dAndy Withers

Super Rugby South Africa conference preview

The Super Rugby season is once again upon us. Here, we analyse the South African conference, and ESPN columnist Greg Growden offers his thoughts on each of the five franchises.

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20dReuters

R.G. Snyman undergoes ankle surgery

Bulls and South Africa lock R.G. Snyman has undergone ankle surgery and will miss the opening two months of of the season, his Super Rugby franchise has announced .

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25dESPN Staff

Cornal Hendricks returns after retiring with a heart complaint

Cornal Hendricks, a former Cheetahs and Springboks winger, retired in 2015, on medical advice, after he discovered that he had a heart defect. He will step out for the Bulls vs. the Lions in Pretoria on Saturday.

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27dESPN Staff

Cheetahs scrum coach Daan Human to work also for Bulls

The former Stormers, Toulouse and South Africa prop will assist the Bulls two days a week while continuing in a similar role for the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs in their Guinness PRO14 campaign.

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29dReuters

Pat Lambie retires at 28, cites concussions

A fit Lambie would in all likelihood have been part of the Springboks squad at the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year, but he says he is no longer willing to risk his health on the rugby field.

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70dReuters

Boks to play home Tests in Joburg, Pretoria

There is no June international window in Rugby World Cup year and the Rugby Championship has been cut to three fixtures per side, with the Boks to open their campaign against Australia at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on July 20.

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77dSam Bruce

SANZAAR should be thrilled Super Rugby speculation exists

SANZAAR issued another typically vague response to reports Super Rugby may revert to a 14-team competition from 2021. It's not such a bad situation, though, and one the governing body would be wise to embrace, Sam Bruce writes.

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84dJamie Braidwood

Erasmus: Barbarians game 'gold' for World Cup prep

Rassie Erasmus says he is using the Barbarians match against Argentina Saturday as an extra opportunity to prepare for next year's Rugby World Cup.

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85dESPN Staff

What we learned about rugby's top sides this November

New Zealand were beaten, Ireland and Wales were not. England secured important results while Australia looked broken. ESPN looks at the key takeaways from this month.

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88dESPN Staff

Boks name unchanged starting lineup

Springboks' coach Rassie Erasmus has made only one change to his match day squad to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday as Eben Etzebeth returns to the bench.

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88dReuters

Williams at full-back for Wales against Boks

Liam Williams will starts at full-back as Wales coach Warren Gatland restored Gareth Anscombe to the fly-half berth for their final November international against South Africa.

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90dESPN

Wales suffer Halfpenny blow

Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' final autumn international against South Africa after failing to recover from concussion.

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90dESPN

Kolisi escapes sanction for 'headbutt'

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has been cleared to play against Wales this weekend after escaping sanction for an apparent headbutt on Scotland's Peter Horne.

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91dESPN Staff

Matfield leads shortlist for Bulls coach

Springboks and Blue Bulls legend Victor Matfield was announced on a shortlist of candidates for the role of the Bulls Super Rugby head coach on Monday.

2018 RankingsRugby Championship

  • SA2nd
    TRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 33 Tries Scored
    NZL1st
    21
    33
  • SA2nd
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 93 Points Difference
    NZL1st
    6
    93