Handre Pollard injury creates Springbok selection conundrum

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The Handre Pollard injury creates a selection conundrum for Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber up to and including the planned British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in July 2021. Handre Pollard injury Pollard ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) on Friday in playing for Montpellier against Racing 92. The early word is that […] READ MORE


Highest paid rugby union players 2020

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Rugby union players can be well paid, and despite the pandemic, there are still plenty of lucrative contracts out there. Looking at various media sources, Last Word has identified the highest-paid rugby union players in the world.  14th. Faf de Klerk – £500,000 The Sale Sharks and World Cup-winning scrum-half is pocketing half a million […] READ MORE


2019 Final is set for England v South Africa

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After this weekend, the 2019 final was set. It will be England v South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, as they stand side-by-side at the zenith of rugby union. As seen in the above image, Siya Kilosi and his Springboks team won a tight game over Wales 19-16. Thus boosting the chances of the […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup Drop-Goals; a Symptom of Pressure

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The World Cup does funny things to players, it makes them abandon their training and do ‘strange things’. Noticing this increase in Rugby World Cup drop-goals appears to be a symptom of this pressure. Five-fold increase in Rugby World Cup Drop-Goals During the 2019 Six Nations, there was only one successful drop-goal attempt across 15 […] READ MORE


Super Rugby Snapshot – All Smiles for Sunwolves and Rebels

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If fans are to take anything away from the opening three rounds of the competition, it must include the classic ‘Super Rugby Snapshot’ of delighted Sunwolves players (after their first-ever win on New Zealand soil). The caption above is a wonderful sporting image. And one of determination from the Japanese Super Rugby franchise. After 20-plus attempts […] READ MORE


Springboks defeat Scotland at Murrayfield: Key Thoughts

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On Saturday, an expectant Scottish crowd saw the Springboks defeat Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Their expectations were not unreasonable. Before Saturday’s encounter, Scotland had lost at home only once. That was against the All Blacks in 2017. In this time, they have racked up home wins against England, Ireland, Wales, France and Australia. Springboks […] READ MORE


Springboks defy the odds, in superb defensive performance over All Blacks

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With some of the lowest odds ever in a New Zealand v South Africa rugby fixture, sports betting agencies will be reeling, after the Springboks defy the odds, in a superb performance over the All Blacks. Their odds of $1.05 for a win was based on history – the Springboks had not won in New […] READ MORE


Springboks Defeat Italy Comfortably in Padova

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A passionate crowd of Azzuri supporters saw the Springboks defeat Italy comfortably in Padova. Padova delivered a very rainy day for this clash, which could easily have turned the game into a mud-wrestling contest between the two packs. Fortunately, this did not turn out to be the case. The quality may not have been fantastic, […] READ MORE


Vodacom Bulls Super Rugby Prospects

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With the 22nd year of Super Rugby fast approaching, we take a look a look at the Vodacom Bulls in Super Rugby 2017. READ MORE