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South Africa fly-half Pollard to join Leicester

Leicester Tigers have signed South Africa's World Cup-winning fly-half Handre Pollard ahead of the 2022-23 season, the English Premiership leaders said on Tuesday, to replace departing fly-half George Ford.

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SA sport in chaos as new COVID variant threatens multiple events

South African sport faced a shutdown on Friday due to the detection of a new coronavirus variant, with British rugby teams scrambling to leave before travel restrictions are imposed, and the first event of golf's new-look DP World Tour under threat.

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Erasmus withdraws appeal, apologises to officials

South Africa's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has withdrawn his appeal against a two-month ban and apologised to referee Nic Berry for his 62-minute video critique of the match official after the first Test against the British & Irish Lions in July.

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Re-ranking world rugby's top 10 two years out from the World Cup

The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?

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All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

After an enthralling opening weekend of the November Test window, the action goes up a gear with huge clashes in London, Dublin and Edinburgh. Read up on all you need to know here.

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Man who invaded Wales game for £20 banned

A spectator who ran onto the field and disrupted proceedings in South Africa's 23-18 win over Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday has been identified as a registered player who will now be banned from the venue by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

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All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

The November Test window officially begins this weekend, the opening round of matches highlighted by the Springboks' trip to Cardiff and Scotland's Murrayfield clash with the Wallabies. Read up on all you need to know here.

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Willemse given rare start for Wales test

South Africa full-back Damian Willemse has been handed a rare start as one of four changes to the match-day squad for the autumn international series match against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

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What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this November series?

After two years apart, the elite rugby nations of the northern and southern hemispheres will reunite throughout November, providing a valuable marker two years out from the next global showpiece. Here's what you need to know.

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Steyn calls time on international career

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber had earmarked a role for flyhalf Morne Steyn at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France but respects his decision to retire from the international game.

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All Blacks moving forward despite 'Boks loss: Foster

New Zealand coach Ian Foster said he has more immediate concerns than the next Rugby World Cup but believes his All Blacks have learned lessons from the Rugby Championship that can be used in France in 2023.

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Springboks edge All Blacks in Gold Coast thriller

Elton Jantjies kicked a penalty after the final hooter as South Africa snapped a three-match losing streak in dramatic fashion with a 31-29 win over New Zealand in a thrilling final match of the Rugby Championship

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Lienert-Brown returns for final Rugby Championship clash

The All Blacks have made three changes to their starting line-up with Anton Lienert-Brown returning from injury as New Zealand look to close out the Rugby Championship unbeaten on the Gold Coast following a tight tussle with the Springboks last weekend.

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Foster rings in changes ahead of Boks clash

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named one of his strongest sides available in preparation for his team's 100th Test match with the Springboks on Saturday in Townsville.

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Springboks recall Lood De Jager for All Blacks

Lood De Jager returns after missing the Springboks' 30-17 defeat by Australia last weekend as he completed concussion protocols, and his return will boost the team's lineout proficiency and ability from the rolling maul.

2021 RankingsRugby Championship

  • SA3rd
    Tries Scored 1st New Zealand : 28 Tries Scored
  • SA2nd
    Points Difference 1st New Zealand : 114 Points Difference