Bryan Habana


Springboks winger Bryan Habana injured

Champion South African winger Bryan Habana will be sidelined from French rugby for two months after suffering a thigh muscle injury in Toulon's European Cup match against Exeter last weekend, club...


Bryan Habana 'unsure' about hamstring injury absence

Bryan Habana.

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa winger Bryan Habana was unsure how long he might be sidelined after suffering a suspected hamstring injury during a 38-27 loss to New Zealand on Saturday.


Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

Pirate Irwin South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on...


Franco van der Merwe joins growing Springboks injury list

Franco van der Merwe

South Africa lock Franco van der Merwe has been ruled out for six months after undergoing ankle surgery on Monday, adding to a growing list of Springboks likely to miss this year's Rugby Championship.


Boks recall World Cup winners for spring tour

Fourie Du Preez.

South Africa have recalled 2007 World Cup winners Bakkies Botha, Jaque Fourie and JP Pietersen to a 32-man squad for Tests in Wales, Scotland and France next month.


Springboks hand Frans Malherbe Test debut


Prop Frans Malherbe is to make his debut for South Africa against Wales on Saturday, while other injuries have forced coach Heyneke Meyer to pick an experienced backline.

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South Africa smother Wales in war of attrition

Jean de Villiers.

South Africa maintained their winning dominance over Wales on Saturday with a brutal 24-15 victory based on a suffocating blanket defence and an unerring knack of doing the basics well.

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Bakkies Botha returns for South Africa against Scotland

Bakkies Botha

South Africa second row Bakkies Botha is set to play his first Test for the Springboks in more than two years after being named in the team to play Scotland.

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South Africa keep Scotland scoreless in Murrayfield mauling

Duane Vermeulen.

Simon Turnbull South Africa showed their pedigree as the world's number two side despatched Scotland 28-0 with clinical efficiency in a one-sided contest at a rainswept Murrayfield on Sunday.

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Springbok stalwarts return for France Test

Morne Steyn.

South Africa have recalled Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth and Morne Steyn into the starting line-up of the side to take on France in the final match of their European tour in...


Springboks beat error-riddled France

Barnaby Chesterman South Africa cemented their status as the second best team on the planet with a 19-10 win over France in Paris on Saturday.

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Players told only way to World Cup is via Super Rugby

Country comes first: Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, James O’Connor and Drew Mitchell will need to return to an Australian Super Rugby team to be in World Cup contention.

Georgina Robinson Australia's overseas-based rugby players will have to put country over money if they want to play in the 2015 World Cup.

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Mitchell happy to risk Test career on two-year deal with Toulon

drew mitchell

Georgina Robinson Budding Francophile Drew Mitchell says he knew a move offshore would put his future in Test rugby at risk.

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O'Driscoll fires Leinster past Northampton

Brian O'Driscoll.

Pirate Irwin PARIS: Brian O'Driscoll produced a sublime all-round performance to guide three-time European champions Leinster to a superb 40-7 away victory over Northampton on Saturday.


Folau, Cooper in Springboks' sights as de Villiers seeks soft spots

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson The Springboks have the crosshairs trained on Israel Folau and Quade Cooper in the belief they can exploit the soft spots in the Wallabies' most potent attacking threats.

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Folau set to face Lions, Cooper stakes his claim

Two against one: Israel Folau beats the tackles of Stormers' winger Gio Aplon (centre) and flyhalf Gary van Aswegen.

Paul Cully Israel Folau has one arm in a Wallabies jersey after another good showing..


Folau's Wallabies stocks up in leaps and bounds

Paul Cully.

Paul Cully Israel Folau has one arm in a Wallabies jersey.

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Luck of the Rebels

Got a hold on you: Rebel Jason Woodward is tackled by Stormer Andries Bekker at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Stathi Paxinos The odds were that the Melbourne Rebels' luck had to change some time.

Live: Rebels v Stormers

Scott Higginbotham

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Rebels finally finish in front

Jason Woodward of the Rebels

A late penalty try at last gave the Melbourne Rebels something to smile about as they recorded a breakthrough 30-21 win over the Stormers in their Super Rugby clash at AAMI Park on Friday night.