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Lions clinch home semi with win over Jaguares

Maverick flyhalf Elton Jantjies was at his mercurial best as South Africa's Lions booked a Super Rugby semi-final berth with a bruising 40-23 victory over the Jaguares from Argentina at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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Top rugby headlines

Foley leads Tahs' Super fightback win

NSW Waratahs captain Bernard Foley has spearheaded a remarkable comeback as his side overturned a 17-point halftime deficit and beat the Highlanders 30-23 in their Super Rugby quarterfinal.

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Waratahs skipper Bernard Foley says his side have work to do at lineout time and at the breakdown, but has every confidence his side has the "belief" to fight back in any situation.

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Highlanders captain Ben Smith says the Waratahs capitalised on their opportunities, and lamented the way his side let themselves down with their execution in the final minutes.

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Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says his side showed "incredible fight" to surge back and defeat the Highlanders.

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Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger had no complaints about yellow card given to Waisake Naholo. Says it was clearly pivotal moment of the match.

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Rugby World Cup Sevens

Review: Day Two

NZ, Fiji and Blitzbok secure semifinal place at RWC7s

New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa have all booked their places in the men's Rugby World Cup Sevens while England secured their place in an extra time epic.

Rosko Specman ready for new challenges

The Springboks Sevens star welcomes the presence of youngsters in the Blitzboks squad as he returns from injury, saying their fearless nature and enthusiasm will give the team an edge at the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Blitzboks looking to rely on Human touch

Dewald Human was pretty much on the fringes of the Springboks Sevens team over the past few years. He wasn't even a bit-part player, because of the host of talented playmakers in the Blitzboks' ranks.

Super Rugby

News & Insights

Nonu hunting final crack at Super Rugby title?

Former All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu appears to be closing in on a return to Super Rugby, with the Chiefs and Blues emerging as the most likely destination.

Rugby Retirements

Life after comes early for Warburton, Horne

Warburton's world has changed, but rugby cannot lose him completely

Sam Warburton's career was far too short, but as he draws a line under a bruising nine-year spell, his legacy in the game rivals any in the northern hemisphere and in the British & Irish Lions' fine history.

Horne details horror injury ahead of testimonial

Former Wallabies centre Rob Horne is still coming to terms with life with a paralysed arm after a tackle ended his career while playing in the UK three months ago.

New Zealand

Dan Carter excited by Kobe move

All Blacks great Dan Carter has signed a two-year deal to play with the Kobe Steelers in Japan.

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Carter keen to face former teammates

Dan Carter is excited to be coming up against his former teammates in the Japan Top League.

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Super Rugby

Round 19 recap

Under-fire SANZAAR to review TMO rules

Following objectionable rulings from the last two months of Super and Test rugby, SANZAAR has committed to reviewing its TMO rules.

R19 Rebooted: Lions need to tighten up their 'D'

There was plenty on the line in the final regular season round yet two Australian teams were unable to perform when it mattered most. The Brumbies did, however, exposing the Waratahs for exactly what they are.

Rugby World Cup

Samoa to join Japan 2019 party

Samoa clinch 2019 World Cup spot

Samoa qualified for next year's Rugby World Cup after beating Germany 42-28 in the second leg of the Oceania/Europe playoff in Heidelberg on Saturday.

Super Rugby

News & Insights

Israel Folau coy on Reds move speculation

Wallabies superstar Israel Folau has not ruled out an off-season switch from the NSW Waratahs to the Queensland Reds.

Folau still yet to decide future

Israel Folau says he will make a decision on his playing future at the end of the season.

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Beale ready to attack the finals

Kurtley Beale says the Waratahs don't need to concern themselves with external pressures ahead of the Super Rugby finals.

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Rugby World Cup Sevens

Africa news and insight

Experienced Blitzboks side for 7s World Cup

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has named a side laden with international experience for their quest to bring the Melrose Cup back to South Africa at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco next weekend.

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Micheal Okorach to captain Uganda Rugby Cranes in Rugby Sevens World Cup

Onyango, a former Kenya international, described Okorach, who will captain Uganda at the Rugby Sevens World Cup, as "good on and off the field as a player and leader".

Sevens World Cup a 'dream come true' for Magomu

Youngster Ivan Magomu was happy to make Uganda's final squad for the 2018 Rugby World CupSevens to take place in San Francisco, USA from 20-22 July.

Rugby Africa Gold Cup

Live on Kwesé Sports

De Villiers defiant despite relegation threat

Zimbabwe's 14-18 loss to Tunisia on Saturday has left them facing the possibility of relegation from the elite Rugby Africa Gold Cup going into the last two rounds.

Facial injury rules Uganda's Odongo out

Uganda Rugby Cranes player Marvin Odongo has been ruled out of the remaining three 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup games after picking a bad face injury in Nairobi last weekend.

Kenya Simbas down arch-rivals Uganda

Kenya Simbas picked up yet another important 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup victory on Saturday at their Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds in Nairobi, beating arch-rivals Uganda Rugby Cranes 38-22 to make it three consecutive wins.

Wales

Pivac to replace Gatland

Pivac to follow Henry, Gatland into Welsh history

Wales have opted for another New Zealand coach in Wyane Pivac to follow on the work of Graham Henry and Warren Gatland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Pivac to succeed Gatland as Wales coach

Scarlets' Wayne Pivac will succeed Warren Gatland as Wales coach following the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union announced today.

All Blacks

News & Insights

Why Pacific team should follow Read's captain's call

Kieran Read was right to come out and declare what we all know about Super Rugby: that the competition is broken. But there is hope for the tournament, we saw that in the Pacific at the weekend -- Craig Dowd writes.

SBW touch and go for Bledisloe I

Sonny Bill Williams is expected to win another fitness race and face the Wallabies in twin Bledisloe Cup Tests in August, despite his shoulder injury being worse than originally suspected.

Australia

Lack of Pocock protection adds to Aussie angst

Hurricanes forward Gareth Evans has escaped with a warning for his neck roll on Brumbies and Wallabies star David Pocock during the Super RUgby clash in Canberra.

Why Castle's confident she can make 'tough decisions'

Should Australia move to a centralised contract system? How can rugby protect its brightest young talents? And how can the game reconnect with grassroots? Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle believes she has the answer, Greg Growden reports.

Rugby Australia's long to-do list

Greg Growden sits down with Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle to discuss the issues facing the game and why she's the right person to bring rugby back to where it belongs.

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NFL

From Rugby to the NFL ...

Scotland-Williamson attempts to make big switch by the book

A tackle seen around the world propelled Christian Scotland-Williamson from rugby towards the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a challenge that even a 6-foot-9 master's graduate is struggling with -- an NFL playbook.

Q&A: Nate Ebner on how rugby and NFL compare

"It requires more than just athletic ability," says the man who has won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots and represented the United States in rugby at the Olympics

How a 6-8, 346-pound rugby league star landed with the Eagles

Jordan Mailata went from knowing "peanuts" about football to an Eagles draft pick after an intense transformation at IMG Academy.

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