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Fans back to see Sharks, Lions make statements

The Emirates Lions surged to the top of the South African Shield in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship with a big victory in Cape Town, while the Cell C Sharks’ experienced Test players made a game-changing difference as they beat the Vodacom Bulls in Durban, on the weekend that fans finally returned to provincial rugby after a 20 month wait.

High praise for Blitzboks’ character in Dubai

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell and captain Siviwe Soyizwapi both praised the character of the team after the Blitzboks rallied to beat Australia 10-7 in tightly fought Emirates Dubai 7s final on Saturday evening.

Vodacom #URC: Local is lekker this weekend!

The coast is many people’s destination in December and it’s no different for the Vodacom United Rugby Championship when the competition returns this weekend, albeit in a slightly different guise than what was expected, with two big South African derbies in Durban and Cape Town.

Powell: Blitzboks’ resolve to be tested in Dubai

The Springbok Sevens’ mental and physical resolve will be severely tested this weekend in Dubai, where they are the top seeds for round two of the new HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, according to Blitzboks coach Neil Powell. 

Vodacom URC derbies brought forward to this weekend

Two Vodacom United Rugby Championship derbies originally scheduled for February 2022 have been brought forward and will be played in Durban and Cape Town this weekend. In the wake of the round six and seven matches that were postponed last week due to the emergence of a new variant of COVID-19, it was decided to move two local derbies forward. As...

Du Plessis ruled out of second Dubai event

Springbok Sevens stalwart Muller du Plessis has been ruled out with a leg injury while Ryan Oosthuizen will be given as much time as possible to recover from his ankle niggle as the Blitzboks got their preparations underway for this coming weekend’s second HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Dubai.

Dazzling Blitzboks clinch Dubai crown in style

The Springbok Sevens won a third straight HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament when they dazzled their way to a thrilling 42-7 win over the USA in an exhilarating Emirates Dubai 7s Cup final on Saturday afternoon.

Vodacom URC matches postponed due to COVID variant risk

The Vodacom United Rugby Championship announced on Friday that this weekend’s round six matches in South Africa had been postponed due to the emergence of a new variant of COVID-19 (B.1.1.529). Next week’s round seven matches have also been postponed. In a statement, organisers said that due to the sudden developments that had placed South Africa on the UK and...

Blitzboks ready to kick-off exciting new season in Dubai

The Springboks Sevens kick-off their 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series campaign with a testing encounter against fast-improving Ireland on the first day of the season-opening Dubai Sevens tournament, which starts on Friday.

Nienaber mourns another “last kick” defeat

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said his team will come back stronger in 2022 after ending the year with a “spanner in the engine” of a one-point defeat (27-26) to England in the final match of the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.

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