Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Big hitting Mouritz Botha retires from rugby on medical advice

Former England and Newcastle Falcons second rower Mouritz Botha has been forced to call time onhis rugby career at the age of 35. Botha made the decision following medical advice after failing to recover from a concussion suffered during the 2016-2017 season. MORE »

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Ireland ready to open Women's World Cup 2017 in Dublin

The Women's Rugby World Cup kicks off in Dublin tomorrow afternoon with reigning champions England taking on Spain at the UCD Bowl in the first game of the 2017 tournament. World Rugby have put together a comprehensive video to give you the low-down on the pools, tournament format and who to look out for. MORE »

Compilation of the best tries in Super Rugby 2017

As always, there were some incredible tries scored in this season's Super Rugby tournament. A few in particular stand out, but if you've got 15 minutes to kill, sit back and watch this compilation that features some sensational bits of play from all the Super Rugby sides. MORE »

Notable exclusions in All Blacks squad for Rugby Championship

With the Super Rugby season now in the books, it's time to start getting ready for the 2017 Rugby Championship. The announcement sees a return to the squad for star winger Nehe Milner-Skudder, while prolific winger Julian Savea is left out. MORE »

Monday, August 07, 2017

Kwagga Smith banned for 4 weeks after red card challenge in Super Rugby Final

Lions flanker Kwagga Smith has been suspended for 4 weeks after pleading guilty to contravening Law 10.4(i), after he was red carded for taking out fullback David Havili in the air during Saturday's Super Rugby Final loss to the Crusaders in Johannesburg. MORE »

Crusaders beat Lions to claim eighth Super Rugby title

The Crusaders claimed an unprecedented eighth Super Rugby title, their first since 2008, as they beat the Lions 25-17 in Johannesburg on Saturday. The Lions played half the match with just 14 men, after flanker Kwagga Smith was red carded shortly before halftime. MORE »

Friday, August 04, 2017

Lions v Crusaders Super Rugby Final set to break attendance record

Following a thrilling come from behind Lions victory over the Hurricanes last weekend, Saturday's Super Rugby final in Johannesburg is set to break the all-time attendance record of a 61,823 crowd, set in Sydney at the 2014 Super Rugby Final. MORE »

Thursday, August 03, 2017

#Throwback Thursday: Transvaal dominate with great tries in 1993

Ahead of this coming weekend's Super Rugby final, here is a quick look back at when the Lions (then Transvaal) were in their heyday. They won the inaugural Super 10 title in 1993, and in the same year, won the Currie Cup, playing some stunning rugby along the way. MORE »

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

All eyes on Jaco Peyper after controversial Beauden Barrett yellow card

This weekend's Super Rugby final is set to be a thriller and like any other high profile sporting event, it has already attracted some criticism and controversy. Chief among the criticism is the perceived potential for bias on the part of South African referee, Jaco Peyper. MORE »

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Guinness PRO12 officially expands to PRO14 for upcoming season

Amidst plenty of speculation, the Guinness PRO12 has officially changed names to the Guinness PRO14, with South African teams the Cheetahs and Southern Kings joining the restructured competition. An explanation video and full details can be found below. MORE »

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ardie Savea huge hit on Elton Jantjies raises concerns

Lions playmaker Elton Jantjies was on the receiving end of this massive hit during the final minutes of the Super Rugby Semi-Final match between the Lions and Hurricanes. The menacing Hurricanes forward showed that he had no plans of slowing down before the final whistle. MORE »

Incredible Lions comeback to beat Hurricanes and reach Super Rugby final

The Lions came back from 22-3 down to beat the 2016 champions 49-29 at Ellis Park on Saturday. Momentum shifted to the homeside, and then a yellow card to Beauden Barrett proved costly for the visitors. The Lions will face the Crusaders in the final in Johannesburg next weekend. MORE »

Crusaders through to another Super Rugby final after beating the Chiefs

The Crusaders made their way to a 12th Super Rugby final appearance after they scored four tries and defended manfully to beat the Chiefs27-13 in Christchurch on Saturday. They will face the Lions in Johannesburg next weekend, after they beat the Hurricanes to earn a home final. MORE »

Thursday, July 27, 2017

What happens if the Super Rugby knockouts are tied at fulltime?

The Super Rugby semi finals take place on Saturday, and as they will no doubt be closely contested, there are rules in place should matches be tied at the end of full time. The below outlines in detail each of the stipulations for both the semi finals and final. MORE »

Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore announces impending retirement after stellar career

Wallabies and Queensland Reds hooker Stephen Moore has called time on his career, announcing that he will retire from Test rugby at the end of 2017, and then play a final season of Super Rugby in 2018. MORE »