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'Disappointing' to see Springboks out of Rugby Championship (00:48)
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13dESPN staff and Reuters

South Africa withdraw from Championship

The world champion Springboks have officially withdrawn from the Rugby Championship, leaving just Australia, New Zealand and Argentina to challenge for the 2020 title.

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16dReuters

Boks: 48 hours to confirm Rugby Championship

The Springboks are scheduled to play their first Rugby Championship Test against Argentina on Nov. 7, hence time is running out to get the players into Australia and through quarantine.

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16dAAP

Springboks' Rugby Championship ultimatum

SANZAAR has given the world champion Springboks a 48-hour deadline to resolve their internal issues and confirm their participation in the Rugby Championship.

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26dReuters

World Cup 2023 draw to use 2019 rankings

The draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will take place in Paris on Dec. 14 using seedings based on the world rankings taken after last year's tournament, organisers said on Friday.

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28dReuters

NZ deny agreeing to late finish of Rugby Championship

New Zealand Rugby doubled down on Thursday on their insistence they had not agreed to the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship extending into six weeks and leaving the All Blacks stuck in quarantine over the Christmas break.

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2dESPN

Kolisi to captain in Springbok Showdown

Siya Kolisi will captain a team in the Springbok Showdown, 10 months after leading South Africa to glory in the Rugby World Cup final.

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34dESPN Staff

Springbok Showdown squads named in unique live pick

Springboks, Blitzboks and Junior Boks players have been named in two 25-man squads for the Springbok Showdown to be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Oct. 3.

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36dReuters

SA Rugby discussing more teams in PRO14

Andy Marinos, chief executive of SANZAAR, the organisers of Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship, denies the provincial championship "will never look the same again" if more South African teams join the PRO14.

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36dSam Bruce

NZ Rugby 'hasn't agreed' to Rugby Champ schedule

New Zealand Rugby has expressed its "disappointment" at the Rugby Championship schedule released on Thursday morning, confirming it had not agreed to the fixture list approved by SANZAAR.

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43d

De Jager adds to Springboks' injury woes

South Africa second-row Lood de Jager has been ruled out for up to six months with a recurrence of the shoulder injury that forced him out of last year's Rugby World Cup final.

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43dESPN Staff

Springbok Showdown to kickstart South Africa's season

South Africa's domestic rugby season will finally kick into full gear when a seven-team competition starts on Oct. 10, ending a seven-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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45dReuters

Boks star Pollard out of Rugby Championship

South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard faces "several months" on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligaments while playing for French Top14 side Montpellier on Friday.

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51dESPN staff

Australia firming as Rugby Championship host

Speculation is mounting that Australia will host the Rugby Championship hub, rather than New Zealand, in what would prove a double-edged sword for the Wallabies and new coach Dave Rennie.

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60dReuters with ESPN staff

SANZAAR rubbishes Boks report, admits Super Rugby lost its way

SANZAAR has dismissed reports that South Africa are to join an eight-team competition in Europe later this year while chief executive Andy Marinos has also finally conceded Super Rugby's decline.

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64dSam Bruce

Rugby Championship 2020: What we do, and don't, know

The Rugby Championship is the jewel in the southern hemisphere rugby season, but we remain no closer to learning whether the tournament will proceed after already being postponed due to the coronavirus. So where do things stand now?

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72dESPN staff

Lions tour may be postponed - SA Rugby

Fears remain that COVID-19 may yet play a role in restricting international travel to South Africa, and also domestic travel within the country, and SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux says that will in all likelihood see the Lions tour moved to 2022.

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84dReuters

South Africa Rugby hopes to play in September

The South African Government has approved the return-to-play conditions for professional rugby in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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100dESPN Staff

South Africa has rugby options outside SANZAAR - Roux

South African rugby will not be left without high-level provincial and international competition because of coronavirus-related concerns, national union chief executive Jurie Roux says.

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105dESPN Staff

South African rugby group backs Lungi Ngidi

A 49-strong group of South African rugby players and coaches have come out in support of Lungi Ngidi and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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119dReuters

Former Springbok hooker handed eight-year doping ban

Former South Africa player Chiliboy Ralepelle has been handed a career-ending eight-year ban for doping, some 18 months after testing positive for a banned substance, South Africa's Institute for Drug-free Sport said on Wednesday.

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