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France vs. New Zealand to open 2023 World Cup

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will kick off with a mouth-watering Pool A clash between hosts France and three-time champions New Zealand, organisers said on Friday.

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Boks captain Kolisi leaves Stormers for Sharks

The Springboks' World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi has ended his 11-year stay with South Africa's Stormers and is expected to be unveiled by the Durban-based Sharks in the coming week.

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France RA's priority but Boks-Lions looms

Rugby Australia has reaffirmed interest in hosting the Springboks and Lions for a series, but only after the governing body has set in stone the Wallabies' series against France.

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RA boss says Australia can host Boks-Lions series

Rugby Australia [RA] chairman Hamish McLennan continues to push the nation's credibility of staging events during the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting the British & Irish Lions' tour of South Africa could instead be contested Down Under.


UAR chief Rodriguez appointed SANZAAR chairman, Morris CEO

Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) President Marcelo Rodriguez has been appointed SANZAAR chairman for the next 12 months to replace Brent Impey, the southern hemisphere body said on Friday following its first Executive Committee meeting of 2021.

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Erasmus: Boks open to holding Lions tour in UK

South Africa are open to "all options" to play the British & Irish Lions and are willing to travel to the United Kingdom to make sure the series goes ahead, director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said on Monday.

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COVID-19: Lions trip to South Africa in doubt

The British and Irish Lions will discuss this month whether to visit South Africa because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RWC 2023 hosts France draw New Zealand

Rugby World Cup-holders South Africa have been drawn with Ireland for the 2023 competition while New Zealand are paired with France, England are in the same pool as Japan and Argentina.

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England set up WC final rematch vs. South Africa

England will host world champions South Africa at Twickenham during their 2021 Autumn International series, a rematch of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Japan.

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SANZAAR open to hub for Rugby Championship

SANZAAR say they are open to hosting the Rugby Championship in a centralised location again after this year's edition was reduced to three teams and played entirely in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 hits again, SA rugby players warned

South African rugby players and officials have been cautioned to practise strict COVID-compliance measures to minimise the risk of infection, after a third Super Rugby Unlocked fixture was cancelled.

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Springboks commited to Rugby Championship until 2030

The South African Rugby Union has reaffirmed its commitment to the Rugby Championship for the next decade, tournament organisers SANZAAR said on Wednesday.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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