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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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27dReuters

World Rugby abandons Nations Championships

World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday.

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36dESPN

SA Rugby announces de-centralised player contracting model

The model also ensures the unions and the Springboks work in partnership to develop "players of national interest", and younger players will be offered "commitment clauses" that will reward them for staying in South Africa.

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93dESPN

South Africa Blitzboks win Singapore Sevens

South Africa produced a remarkable comeback to defeat Fiji in the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens, overcoming a 19-0 halftime deficit to win the Cup final 20-19.

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99dAndy Withers and Susan Ninan

South African sides can place more trust in back-three - Botha

"I think sometimes we need to trust the players a little bit more," Springboks legend Naas Botha tells ESPN. "Certain guys, certain cultures, prefer the game-plan more than the player. I'm a kind of guy who prefers player to game-plan."

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99dAAP

Rugby Australia considers new comp options

Rugby Australia is working on other options if the mooted world league doesn't go ahead, with a more meaningful Rugby Championship on the SANZAAR agenda.

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105dSam Bruce

Super Rugby resting chaos: Uncertainty, mistakes and subterfuge?

It may not quite be a dirty word like "rotation" was during Mickey Arthur's stint as Australia cricket coach, but Rugby World Cup-aiding "rest weeks" are fast becoming a key factor in this year's Super Rugby competition.

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110dSam Bruce

The domino effect: Who will take Wallabies beyond 2019?

The biggest year of his coaching career is still to play out, but Michael Cheika's pending replacement at Australia's helm is as much a talking point as the Wallabies' Rugby World Cup fortunes themselves.

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112dCraig Dowd

SANZAAR made right call to return to 14-team competition

SANZAAR made the right decision to drop the Sunwolves from Super Rugby and revert back to a 14-team competition, while the introduction of new trial 'laws' could see rugby move back towards traditional rucking, Craig Dowd writes.

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117dESPN

SANZAAR officially axe Sunwolves

SANZAAR have announced they will officially drop the Sunwolves from Super Rugby from 2021 in a statement on Friday.

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