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


Rugby Championship 2020 in New Zealand not a done deal

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The Rugby Championship 2020 is set to go ahead in New Zealand at the back end of the year, between 7 November and 12 December, in an attempt to catch up on a tournament that could not take place during its normal time-slot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand’s appeal New Zealand has successfully […] READ MORE


British and Irish Lions Series Bolters – The Lions

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With the British and Irish Lions Series to South Africa less than a year away, LWOS Rugby takes a look at the potential bolters for the tour. This time, for the Lions. Lions Series Bolters The Forwards Jamie Ritchie (Scotland). 23. 105kg. Flanker. 18 Test Caps. What is there left to say about Jaime Ritchie […] READ MORE


British and Irish Lions series bolters – South Africa

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With the British and Irish Lions Series to South Africa less than a year away, LWOSRugby takes a look at the potential bolters for the tour. First up, it’s the Springboks. The Forwards Jaco Coetzee. 24. 108kg. Back Row. 0 Test caps. Embed from Getty Images The strength and depth that South Africa boasts in […] READ MORE


2021 British and Irish Lions tour endorsed

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The British & Irish Lions and SA Rugby confirmed the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa will go ahead as scheduled. Endorsed by both host and visitor, it confirms the commitment to proceed with the itinerary that sees the eight-game tour kick off on Saturday July 3, 2021 when the Lions play […] READ MORE


New Zealand ‘safe haven’ may host 2020 Rugby Championship series

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With success on home soil over a feared Coronavirus pandemic, SANZAAR will plan to look on New Zealand as a ‘safe haven’ from where to schedule and play the 2020 Rugby Championship. In a media statement that retained the place of SANZAAR in a bereft International rugby market, it stated that ‘Having successfully restarted Super […] READ MORE


2021 British and Irish Lions Squad: Could Itoje oust Jones as captain?

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Just imagine Maro Itoje captaining the 2021 British & Irish Lions against Siya Kolisi’s Springboks? What a statement that would make for next year’s hugely anticipated series. It is unlikely to happen given that Alun Wyn Jones, the overwhelming captaincy favourite is still in regal form. So, now that we have picked a team, we […] READ MORE


South Africa v British & Irish Lions 2021 – Hogg and Tipuric make XV

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Amidst all the doom and gloom of COVID-19, there is a shining rugby light on the horizon. The hugely anticipated British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2021. Players from both sides will be champing at the bit to get out there again. With aching bodies now having the enforced rest period, nobody […] READ MORE


Ellis Park Stadium: Steeped in history

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Ellis Park Stadium, now known as Emirates Airline Park, has a rich history. The crown jewel of events held at the stadium has to be the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final. Ryan Jordan digs into the history of Emirates Airline Park (Ellis Park) as a follow-up article to his piece to the grand old lady […] READ MORE


Springbok rugby players: Alternative routes to success

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Historically, a Springbok rugby players’ journey to the top of the game started at one of the elite rugby schools in South Africa. The original structure Previously, schoolboy players would be selected to represent their provinces in the annual Craven Week competitions. The bulk of players selected would be from what can only be termed […] READ MORE