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Category: South Africa rugby team

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Rugby’s factions must pull together or coronavirus crisis could tear sport apart | Robert Kitson

Clinging to the concept of survival of the fittest could bring the game to its knees, even in areas once thought to be strongestFuture historians will pinpoint the past few days as the moment global rugby union came face to face with stark reality. Lik…

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The Breakdown | Protests, politics and a bus hijack: the rugby tour that gave Mandela hope

Fifty years ago South Africa were battered on and off the pitch in Britain and Ireland as apartheid felt the fury of the peopleThe tour that changed international sport ended 50 years ago. South Africa, No 1 in the world now and vying with New Zealand …

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John Robbie: ‘The apartheid leaders wanted to kill me with a crossbow’

John Robbie made his name playing for Ireland, the Lions and in South Africa, yet his life after rugby has been more dramaticBy Jonathan Drennan for the Guardian Sport NetworkJohn Robbie has lived in South Africa for nearly 40 years but he has not lost…

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South African teams eclipse Australia’s Super Rugby efforts | Bret Harris

Form so far this season indicates a competitive Springboks team could be assembled by just selecting players from domestic franchisesThere have been reports South Africa will leave Sanzaar after the 2023 World Cup to play in an expanded Six Nations tou…

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Six Nations begin investigation into beer bottle incident at Murrayfield

• Neil Craig, an England staff member, was hit before the game• Scottish Rugby Union has issued an apologyThe Six Nations organisers have launched an investigation into the incident before England’s Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland when a member of E…

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Siya Kolisi’s inspiring example wins deserved acclaim from rugby scribes | Robert Kitson

South Africa’s World Cup winning captain is one of six uplifting figures to receive awards from the Rugby Union Writers’ ClubIn central London on Monday night the assembled cast of almost 500 guests was a typically eclectic one. It always is at the ann…

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Japan blossom and Baa-Baas take Brazil in decade of new horizons | Robert Kitson

The old order has shifted during the past 10 years with Exeter among those growing in stature while France fadedThe best way to measure the true impact of the past rugby decade is to count the number of significant moments few could have foreseen. By t…

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Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins’ pictures of the decade

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer picks his favourite images from the thousands he shot during the past 10 yearsThis is a collection of images I have shot during the last decade. I wasn’t selecting them because they were necessarily the bigg…

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Tendai Mtawarira, World Cup-winning ‘Beast’, joins Old Glory DC in MLR

South Africa prop joins expansion team in US pro leagueTells Guardian: ‘They say it’s the land of opportunity’The World Cup-winning South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira has signed for Old Glory DC, the Washington-based team which will enter Major League …

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Warren Gatland ‘thrilled’ with daunting Lions tour schedule in South Africa

• Lions will play two Tests at altitude in 2021 series• Series against Springboks could break attendance recordsWarren Gatland believes the British and Irish Lions will cope with the daunting challenge of playing two Tests at altitude when they tour So…

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Warren Gatland wants Premiership final moved to accommodate Lions in 2021

• Lions set to release schedule for 2021 South Africa tour• Barbarians game at Twickenham hinges on PRL playing ballThe British & Irish Lions are poised to announce the schedule for their eight?match tour to South Africa in 2021 but a proposed warm…

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World Cup winner Faf de Klerk quick to adjust and set new goals at Sale

South Africa’s scrum-half is back in action in the Champions Cup three weeks after triumph in JapanFaf de Klerk’s rugby career has arguably already reached its peak but he is confident there is still much more to come as he returns to club rugby on Sun…

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Japan 2019 might be the moment rugby union glimpsed a more fulfilling future | Robert Kitson

Can-do spirit and a receptive host country look to have opened new markets for what has been a virtually landlocked sportOn stage at the World Rugby awards ceremony on Sunday evening the extraordinary Siya Kolisi was asked what kind of public reaction …

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South Africa defence guru Jacques Nienaber in line to succeed Erasmus

• World Cup-winning coach to return to role as director of rugby• Former physiotherapist Nienaber expected to take overSouth Africa’s defence guru, Jacques Nienaber, is in contention to succeed Rassie Erasmus as the new Springboks coach, with the world…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: the story of the tournament in pictures and quotes

Click on each image for more information.In South Africa pressure is not having a job. It is one of your friends being murdered. Rugby shouldn’t be something that creates pressure. Continue reading…

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Best days lie ahead for this England team despite World Cup final flop

Squad have youth on their side and further room for growth but Eddie Jones may not be at helm for next Rugby World CupIt is the abrupt finality of World Cups that makes them so brutal. As the Springboks danced beneath a shower of golden ticker tape, ce…

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Francois Pienaar hails Springboks’ win as bigger than his team’s 1995 success

• Former captain says final brought the whole nation together• Unifying effect would help South Africa to rebuild, he addsFrancois Pienaar, South Africa’s 1995 World Cup-winning captain, has hailed the Springboks’ latest success as bigger than the one …

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Rugby World Cup final’s TV viewing figures hit 12.8m peak – the best of 2019

• England defeat is most watched sport programme since 2018 • ITV’s broadcast surpasses Line of Duty’s final episode at 12.1mEngland’s Rugby World Cup final defeat was the most watched British TV event of the year so far, with a peak audience of 12.8 m…

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England’s World Cup final defeat to South Africa proves Warren Gatland was right | Nick Evans

Eddie Jones’s team played their ‘final’ against the All Blacks and could not reproduce this level when it mattered mostWarren Gatland was right about England after all. They played their “final” against the All Blacks and what struck me most is that th…

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‘We are a special country’: South Africa hopes World Cup win can bring unity

Desmond Tutu: victory can boost ‘self-doubting nation’President Cyril Ramaphosa says win is ‘historic moment’South Africans continued to celebrate their Rugby World Cup triumph on Sunday, with many in the sometimes fractious and troubled nation echoing…