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6dSam Bruce and Andy Withers

The Rugby Championship: What's to be gained before the World Cup?

How important is momentum ahead of the World Cup? Will we see James O'Connor and Sonny Bill Williams? Who can bolt their way into squad for Japan? We analyse some of the big talking points ahead of the condensed Rugby Championship.

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Crusaders secure record 10th Super Rugby title

The Crusaders clinched their 10th Super Rugby title with a tight 19-3 victory over the Jaguares in chilly conditions at Rugby League Park in Christchurch on Saturday.

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48dSam Bruce

Agustin Creevy: The hooker at the heart of Argentine rugby

Agustin Creevy has been at the forefront of Argentine rugby for the best part of a decade. His story is one of sacrifice, passion and commitment - one worth reading in a week when the Jaguares' Super Rugby existence has been questioned.

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225dSam 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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228dJamie Braidwood

Leguizamon ready for 'weird' Argentina clash

Juan Manuel Leguizamon has played for Argentina 85 times. But on Saturday he'll play against them as he represents the Barbarians at Twickenham.

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233dESPN 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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237dESPN

Scotland's Hogg fit for Argentina

Stuart Hogg has shaken off injury concerns to be named in Scotland's team to face Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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250dSam Bruce

Power rankings: Rugby's best spines this November

Rugby is a team game, yet there are certain positions across the backs and forwards that have great influence over a team's success. We've looked at the spines for each of top 10 nations this November, rating them against their world rankings.

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280dJohn Goliath

Team of the Tournament: All Blacks, Springboks star

There were some magnificent individual performances in the Rugby Championship. But who were the guys who were consistently good throughout the competition? Read on for our Team of the Tournament.

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280dCraig Dowd

All Blacks still Cup kings, but gap has closed

Australia may have disappointed during the Rugby Championship but the performance of South Africa, despite throwing the game away in Pretoria, shows the All Blacks aren't World Cup certainties -- Craig Dowd writes.

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282dBrittany Mitchell and John Goliath

Rebooted: ABs, Wallabies pull off great escape

The Wallabies went from a team of flops to superstars in the span of a 10 minute bollocking from coach Michael Cheika, while the All Blacks managed their own escape act in South Africa. Your R6 review is here.

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282dGreg Growden

RA can't allow comeback win to camouflage frailties

Rugby Australia must not let the Wallabies' Keystone Cops-esque win in Argentina camouflage glaring frailties within the outfit. Nor can the team or management be allowed to get away with any 'we showed the critics' carry-on -- Greg Growden writes.

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284dJohn Goliath, Brittany Mitchell, Andy Withers

TRC Review: Springboks closing gap, Wallabies wobbling

The All Blacks cemented their place at the top of the Rugby Championship with emphatic displays. However, South Africa -- and even Argentina -- showed that the world is catching up, while the Wallabies floundered. Read on for our tournament review.

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Foley recalled for crunch Test

Bernard Foley's three-week benching has given the Wallabies five-eighth a much-needed opportunity to refresh his body and mind, according to coach Michael Cheika.

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285dReuters

All Blacks welcome back Read

The All Blacks have welcomed back captain Kieran read and experienced prop owen Franks to their starting line-up for their final Rugby Championship clash as they look to avenge their Wellington loss to the Springboks.

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286dESPN Staff

World Rugby announce new TMO trial

Following the controversial impact of the TMO throughout Super Rugby and the June Test series, World Rugby have announced a new closed trial throughout the November Tests series that will see a revised scope the TMO can play in a match.

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286dJohn Goliath and Brittany Mitchell

R6: Wallabies battle to avoid wooden spoon

New Zealand have already claimed the Rugby Championship title for a third straight year, but there's still plenty to play for across the weekend.

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288dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Rebooted: Cut-outs a sign of bigger Wallaby problem

The Wallabies' attack is all wrong, but the Springboks' rush defence so right. Meanwhile in Buenos Aires, the All Blacks combined experience and opportunity to deny an overly-excitable Argentina. Your R5 review is here.

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Coach Cheika seeing past wobbly Wallabies

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is digging in despite another Test loss leaving his side on the brink of some unwanted Rugby Championship history.

2018 RankingsRugby Championship

  • ARG3rd
    TRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 33 Tries Scored
    NZL1st
    18
    33
  • ARG3rd
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 93 Points Difference
    NZL1st
    -47
    93