Jean De Villiers

Richie McCaw's try gives All Blacks tense win over Springboks

The All Blacks have a third successive Rugby Championship crown in their sights after beating South Africa 14-10 Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash involving the world's top ranked sides.

All Black Nonu out for rest of season with broken arm

Out for the year: All Blacks inside centre Ma'a Nonu.

Ma'a Nonu has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having a plate inserted into his left forearm, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen told reporters on Sunday.

Springboks recall Handre Pollard for All Blacks Test

Wellington: South Africa have made one change to their team for the Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks on Saturday, recalling Handre Pollard at five-eighth.

Springboks refuse to hang loss to Wallabies on Bryan Habana's controversial yellow card

Bryan Habana

Georgina Robinson The Springboks will seek "clarity" around Bryan Habana's controversial sin-binning but have refused to blame match officials for their one-point loss to the Wallabies in Perth.

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Rugby

Too many Tests decided by referees' blunders

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Paul Cully While the International Rugby Board fiddles around with re-branding, its referees burn us all - coaches, players and supporters.

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Boks replace Willem Alberts ahead of Wallabies

Out: Willem Alberts.

Warren Whiteley has replaced fellow back-rower Willem Alberts in the South Africa squad for Rugby Championship Tests in Australia and New Zealand next month.

South Africa's Morne Steyn is a predictable threat to the Wallabies

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Paul Cully South Africa has gone back to what it knows against the Wallabies on Saturday.

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Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer full of praise for wounded Wallabies

Experienced: South African Victor Matfield.

Georgina Robinson Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has turned to his most experienced players to prevent a Wallabies comeback in Perth this weekend. 

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Michael Hooper defends Wycliff Palu over 'dogging' accusation

Defender: Michael Hooper, left, and Wycliff Palu playing for the Wallabies.

Georgina Robinson Michael Hooper has leapt to the defence of Wallabies team mate Wycliff Palu after the veteran No.8 was accused of "dogging it" against the All Blacks and repeatedly letting down Australia.

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Wallabies v Springboks

Nic White

Stephen Samuelson Australia have a point to prove against the Springboks following their walloping by the All Blacks last time out.

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Springboks to provide Wallabies with a test of a different kind

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Matthew Burke Two games are gone against New Zealand and it's now time to move the attention to South Africa. That is a whole different kettle of fish.

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South Africa fight back to win thriller against Argentina

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South Africa preserved their unbeaten record against Argentina as they turned a 12-point deficit into a 33-31 victory in the last 20 minutes of a Rugby Championship encounter on Saturday.

Damian de Allende chosen to make Springboks debut against Argentina

Returing: Bryan Habana is one of eight changes made to the Springboks side to face Argentina.

Outside centre Damian de Allende will debut for South Africa on Saturday against Argentina in a Rugby Championship first-round match in Pretoria.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer praises youngsters after win over Argentina

Handre Pollard

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer made a point of praising his young players as he looked for positives after a scrappy 13-6 home win over Argentina in their opening Rugby Championship match on...

Early try critical as South Africa edge Argentina 13-6 in Rugby Championship

Desperate measures: South African captain Jean de Villiers is tackled by Argentina's Juan Martin.

Mark Gleeson A first minute try from Ruan Pienaar proved decisive as South Africa beat Argentina 13-6 in Saturday's rain-affected Rugby Championship test at Loftus Versfeld to record a winning start to the annual...

Juan Smith handed new Springboks chance against Pumas

Return: Juan Smith.

Flanker Juan Smith, who had virtually quit rugby after an Achilles tendon injury in 2011, makes a remarkable South Africa comeback by turning out for the Springboks against Argentina on Saturday.

Stormers v Bulls

Newlands, Cape Town, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

Rugby Union

Brumbies JP Smith playing against the Stormers

Brumbies player Jean-Pierre Smith at the club's captain's run on Friday.

Chris Dutton Brumbies rookie Jean-Pierre Smith is preparing to be thrust into battle against some of his childhood heroes.

ACT Brumbies v Western Stormers

Tomane Brumbies

Chris Wilson ACT Brumbies take on the Western Stormers in their round six match at Canberra Stadium on Saturday, from 7.40pm.

Reds v Stormers

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 7.30pm  (AEDT)