Creative Rhule's tackling under the spotlight
Raymond Rhule is a fine rugby player, blessed with plenty of skill and a lot of pace. But his tackling has come under the spotlight in the Springbok jersey.
Boks wary of rested Los Pumas
The Springbok expect Argentina to speed up the play when the two teams meet in their Rugby Championship opener at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Bok attack for the big and the small
Springboks will have to evolve their attack if they are to become one of rugby's superpowers once again
Smith: Elton Jantjies deserves respect
Springbok backline coach Franco Smith is baffled by the continued criticism of Elton Jantjies.
Kaino: All about making sure we keep Bledisloe Cup.
Jerome Kaino and Sam Whitelock look ahead to the All Black's Rugby Championship clash against rivals Australia.
All Blacks unleash McKenzie on Wallabies
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a major surprise ahead of the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against Australia in Sydney, opting for young gun Damian McKenzie at fullback.
All Blacks 'have dealt' with Smith airport incident
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has confirmed champion halfback Aaron Smith will play in Saturday's Bledisloe Cup opener against the Wallabies despite allegations about his airport "toilet tryst" scandal being made public.
Rona to make Wallabies debut, Beale returns
Western Force and former NRL winger Curtis Rona will make his Wallabies debut against the All Blacks in Bledisloe I in Sydney on Saturday night.
Wallabies more dangerous than ever - Dowd
The Wallabies have little expectation for Bledisloe I from anyone other than themselves. But that also makes them extremely dangerous as they have nothing more to lose -- Craig Dowd writes.
Beale wants a starters jersey against All Blacks.
Australia's Kurtley Beale returns to the national team squad after a year playing in England.
Full steam ahead for All Blacks juggernaut
All Blacks veteran Jerome Kaino has watched a lot change in rugby throughout an international career that has spanned 11 years, two World Cups and more than 80 Tests.
Sonny Bill fitter and fired up: All Blacks
A fitter and more fired-up Sonny Bill Williams has returned to Sydney with a point to prove for the All Blacks after serving a four-game suspension.
ARU axe affecting mental health of players
Former Wallaby Matt Hodgson says the mental health of Western Force players has been severely affected by the ARU's decision to axe the Super Rugby franchise.
Rebels keen to approach Wessels for coach
Melbourne Rebels are stepping up the hunt for a new coach, and it's no secret they want to sign Dave Wessels from Western Force should the Perth-based franchise's legal bid to stay in Super Rugby fail at the next hurdle.
Western Force win injunction against ARU axing
RugbyWA have won a court injunction against the ARU, preventing them from sacking or relocating players until the issue is sorted.
Cassiem set to start at No. 8 for Springboks
Siya Kolisi's troublesome ankle could force Springbok coach Allister Coetzee to make radical changes in the back row for Saturday's Rugby Championship opener against Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
All Blacks primed for physical challenge
All Blacks workhorse Sam Whitelock is aware but not alarmed at the threat posed by rising Wallabies locks Adam Coleman and Rory Arnold.
All Blacks comfortable back at bug scene
One year later, the All Blacks have returned to the InterContinental hotel in Sydney's Double Bay, scene of the bug saga that damaged trans-Tasman rugby relations.
All Blacks determined to improve
The All Blacks won't let the loss of hooker Dane Coles stymie their desire to be an improved team in the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney.
Genia joins Rebels as part of new ARU deal
Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia has returned to Australian rugby for the next two seasons, but he will start a new Super Rugby chapter with the Melbourne Rebels.
Lealiifano eager for full Super Rugby return
A grateful Brumbies star Christian Lealiifano says he has set his sights on a full return to Super Rugby.
ARU's CEO search must extend beyond 'old mates'
Australian rugby can again get itself out of this sorry mess, with the platform provided by Bill Pulver's resignation. Here is the chance for the ARU to appoint a convincing leader who will embrace all sectors of the game -- Greg Growden writes.
Twiggy Forrest calls for ARU cleanout
Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest and former Wallaby Matt Hodgson has called for the remaining ARU board members to fall on their swords following their decision to axe the Western Force.
Super axe disappoints top rugby official
Former Western Force and NSW Waratahs chief executive Greg Harris is disappointed an Australian Super Rugby side has been axed but he won't say if he will be a candidate to replace Bill Pulver.
Timeline: ARU axe falls on Force
Following months of speculation, the ARU has confirmed the Western Force will be axed from Super Rugby. But the controversy didn't end there, ESPN recaps the events that led us here.
Cheetahs' winning run halted as Sharks go top
Defending champions the Free State Cheetahs lost their unbeaten start to the new Currie Cup Premier Division season after a surprise 30-25 defeat to Griquas in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Coles out of first Bledisloe Test
All Blacks' hooker Dane Coles is out of the first Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia in the Rugby Championship after a suffering a knock to the head.
Beirne offered new Scarlets deal
Scarlets have offered Tadgh Beirne a new deal as they look to keep the in form Irish lock in South West Wales.
PRO14 breaks new ground for world rugby
The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings will be South Africa's trailblazers in the Northern Hemisphere when the revamped PRO14 tournament kicks off next month.
ARU chief Bill Pulver to step down
Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver will step down from his role once a replacement is found.
ARU scrubs Western Force from Super Rugby
The Australian Rugby Union [ARU] has removed Western Force from Super Rugby, but is adamant Western Australia won't be abandoned by the 15-man game.
ARU cuts Force to improve overall performance.
Chairman of the ARU Cameron Clyne insists that performance of the code's financial stress in Australia is the reason for cutting teams from the league.
Bristol refute £1m Piutau salary
Bristol say they faced "massive competition" before securing the services of New Zealand star Charles Piutau.
Kerevi hails Beale's rugby IQ
Kurtley Beale's rugby brain and X-factor quality have been hailed by fellow Wallaby and potential centre rival Samu Kerevi.
'I must go make a difference somewhere else'
Hours before the Super Rugby final Johan Ackermann was having second thoughts about leaving the Lions for Gloucester.
Lions appoint Matfield as forwards coach
South Africa's Lions have appointed former Springbok legend Victor Matfield as their new forwards coach, the union confirmed on Thursday.
Ackermann joins Gloucester Rugby
Ruan Ackermann has joined Gloucester from Super Rugby finalists Lions.
All Blacks hit by Barrett shoulder injury
Rising All Blacks star Jordie Barrett has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
History lessons for Hooper in crucial 12 months
The passing of the Australian Test rugby captaincy baton isn't always smooth. There have been several uneasy changeovers and while that might not be the case for Michael Hooper, history holds many valuable lessons - Greg Growden writes.
Etzebeth to continue standing in for Whiteley
Experienced lock Eben Etzebeth will captain the Springboks in the injury-enforced absence of Warren Whiteley, SA Rugby confirmed on Wednesday.
Podcast: Will anyone trouble ABs in Rugby Championship?
Andy Withers, Sam Bruce and John Goliath review a wonderful Super Rugby final, and then look ahead to The Rugby Championship where the All Blacks are again favourites.
How South Africa's Super Rugby teams performed
Following the completion of the 2017 Super Rugby tournament, KweséESPN takes a look at how the South African teams performed in the Southern Hemisphere's showpiece tournament.
Kiwi coaches prove success can come quickly - Dowd
It used to be that coaches would come in talking of a three-year plan for success. But New Zealand's modern breed of rugby mentor have shown that if the wider team and environment is right, silverware can come much sooner -- Craig Dowd writes.
Jones takes England staff on Japan recce
England's preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup are already beginning to take shape with coach Eddie Jones taking a number of his backroom staff on a recce to Japan.
Wallaroos pipped by Ireland in Cup opener
Australia have begun their Women's Rugby World Cup campaign with a 19-17 loss to host nation Ireland.
Cheetahs kick off PRO14 in Ulster
South African franchise the Cheetahs will get their first taste of PRO14 action on Friday, Sept. 1 as they take on Ulster at Kingspan Stadium.
Bosch, Du Preez get first taste of Bok culture
Rookies Curwin Bosch and Dan du Preez had their first training session with the Springboks in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday ahead of South Africa's Rugby Championship opener against Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Habana struggles with most frequent Springbok teammate.
Bryan Habana lined up alongside one player 88 times out of his 124 caps for South Africa... but he struggles to remember who that person is.
Ireland ready to seize WRWC opportunity
Hosting the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Wednesday, highlights how far the game has come in Ireland, and it has the potential to grow even further.
England fitter, stronger ahead of WRWC defence
England kick off their Women's Rugby World Cup defence against Spain on Wednesday with a team that has evolved and improved since they lifted the trophy in 2014.
Smith hit with four-week ban for Havili tackle
Lions back-rower Kwagga Smith has been suspended for four weeks following his red card in the Super Rugby final loss to the Crusaders.
Ruan Ackermann to join father Johan - report
Ruan Ackermann could soon link up with his father Johan at Gloucester, according to reports in South Africa.
Robertson's effort 'among best in 22 years'
The Crusaders' triumph over the Lions in the Super Rugby final at Ellis Park is one of the few things that did go right this season in a competition that has lost its way and is in dire need of a dramatic shakeup.
Hundreds welcome home champion Crusaders
The Crusaders have been welcomed home by hundreds of fans at Christchurch Airport late at night after beating the Lions 25-17 to become Super Rugby champions.
Breakdance coach king of the jungle
There is a lot more to Scott Robertson than just meets the eye. He is more than man who likes to breakdance. He is a Super Rugby champion coach.
'Bug-gate' case, verbals just what Bledisloe needs
Twelve months after "bug-gate" rocked the Bledisloe Cup, the scandal seems destined to dominate another build-up to the annual trans-Tasman showdown after the case returned to the courts on Monday. It's just what the game needs -- Sam Bruce writes.
Ruck'n Maul: Tough town to harden soft Wallabies.
Greg Growden and Sam Bruce break down the latest rugby news, congratulating Michael Cheika for taking the Wallabies to Cessnock as they seek a hardened edge ahead of Bledisloe I.
Concussion forces Botha into retirement
Former England lock Mouritz Botha has been forced to retire from playing due to a concussion suffered at the end of last season.
A history of Tuilagi's ill discipline
A look back at Manu Tuilagi's disciplinary history after he was sent home from the England training camp.
Tuilagi, Solomona sent home from England camp
Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona have been sent home from England's preseason training camp following "team culture issues".
Savea dumped as All Blacks look to Bledisloe
Julian Savea is the major omission from the All Blacks' 33-man squad for the Rugby Championship, while Nehe Milner-Skudder has been welcomed back into the Test fold.
Forrest taunts ARU as Force hearing continues
Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest has issued a blunt warning to the ARU - if you want to cut the Force, you are going to have to defeat me first.
Key moments of the Super Rugby final
KweséESPN presents a minute-by-minute run down of the crucial moments that influenced the result at Ellis Park.
Ackermann slams Smith's red card
Lions coach Johan Ackermann slammed the process that led to Kwagga Smith's red card during their 25-17 Super Rugby final defeat at the hands of the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday night.
Crusaders outlast 14-man Lions in SR final
The Crusaders claimed a record eighth Super Rugby title with a deserved 25-17 victory over hosts the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Bosch, Dan Du Preez and Gelant named in Bok squad
Promising young flyhalf Curwin Bosch, No 8 Dan du Preez and fullback Warrick Gelant were on Saturday included in the 34-man Springbok squad for the start of the 2017 Rugby Championship campaign.
Rebels confirm transfer of Super licence
Melbourne have confirmed the transfer of their Super Rugby licence from the club's private owners into the hands of the Victorian Rugby Union, ensuring the Rebels' future in the competition.
Uganda 38-12 Zimbabwe.
Uganda ended the 2017 Rugby Africa Gold Cup with a 38-12 victory over Zimbabwe on Saturday at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.
All Blacks' Taylor extends contract through 2021
All Blacks and Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor has become the first All Black to sign a long-term contract with New Zealand Rugby, extending his contract through to 2021.
Pichot appears to question SBW ruling
World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot has questioned the governing body's decision to reduce Sonny Bill Williams' suspension on appeal.
Michael Hooper named Wallabies captain
Australia coach Michael Cheika says his new captain "always shows on the field how much he loves the gold jersey and that's why he is totally respected among the rugby players in Australia".
Connacht release Marnitz Boshoff
Connacht Rugby have released South African fly-half Marnitz Boshoff from his contract.
PRO12 confirms addition of Cheetahs, Kings
The PRO12 organisers have confirmed that the competition will expand to include two South African sides from the start of this season.
The issues facing expanded PRO14
It is not difficult to see why Celtic Rugby would jump at the chance to breath new life into the rebranded PRO14. But the organisers face issues as they attempt to make the expansion work.
PRO14 expansion explained
Tuesday brought official confirmation that South African sides the Cheetahs and Southern Kings would, as expected, join an expanded PRO14 competition. But what will the new championship look like?
How will law amendments affect rugby?
As the six law amendments approved by World Rugby last week come into effect in the Northern Hemisphere, ESPN has a look at the impact they will have.
Namibia retain Gold Cup title
Namibia turned on the style in the second half to beat Kenya 45-7 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday to retain their Rugby Africa Golf Cup title.
Ghana a rugby nation on the rise
Unlike other African rugby nations on the continent such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia, there isn't a genuine rugby culture in Ghana. But for some reason the game is starting to catch on in that country.
Didier Drogba and Mohamed Salah are the Africans that feature in the ESPN World Fame 100. No guesses for who tops the list ... Cristiano Ronaldo. But who makes up the top 10?