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Five Springboks looking to make their Currie Cup mark

KweséESPN looks at five Springbok fringe players who will want to make their mark this weekend.

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Pumas rout Cheetahs in Bloemfontein

The high-scoring trend of the 2018 Currie Cup continued in Bloemfontein on Friday evening.

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Jake White: Exclusive Interview

Boks' win in NZ boost for World Cup - Jake White

EXCLUSIVE: Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White likes what he's seen from Rassie Erasmus, saying the Springboks coach is ticking the box of "winning games against big nations".

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Snubbed before, Jake White would still consider Wallabies

World Cup-winning coach Jake White would consider any opportunity to coach a top-tier contender such as the Wallabies, but says he can't understand the crisis narrative currently emanating out of Australia.

Rugby World Cup 2019

20 September marks one year to go...

Way-too-early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019

With one year to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, our writers take a look through each of the pools and decide where it will all be won and lost in 2019.

Countdown on: RWC 2019 is rugby's coming of age

In exactly a year's time, World Rugby can say it has grown up. This time next year Japan will turn on one of the great Rugby World Cups, albeit eight years later than it should have, Greg Growden writes.

World Cup predictions: Can the All Blacks be stopped?

A year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup, former stars of the game reveal their predictions for the tournament.


Japan mark one year to go until Rugby World Cup 2019

Japan marked one year to go until the country becomes the first nation to host the Rugby World Cup in Asia.


Will England taste Rugby World Cup glory in 2019?

England are enduring a torrid run of form for the first time under Eddie Jones, but can they turn it around for the World Cup?



News and insight

Tui withdrawn, uncapped duo join squad

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has turned to Angus Cottrell to help combat a sudden shortage of backrowers for their Rugby Championship tour of South Africa and Argentina.

Force prepared to offer O'Connor Aussie lifeline

James O'Connor has a road back to Australian rugby. Just days after the wayward former Wallabies star announced that he was ready to "bleed green and gold", his original Super Rugby club have extended an olive branch.

Hodgson gives O'Connor Aussie hope

Matt Hodgson tells ESPN that the Western Force are open to bringing former Wallaby James O'Connor home for a final World Cup push.


All Blacks

Rugby Championship

Read rested from All Blacks' trip to Argentina

The All Blacks will be without a rested captain Kieran Read for their Rugby Championship Test against Argentina next week in Buenos Aires.

Ioane brothers re-sign with NZ Rugby, Blues

Star winger Rieko Ioane has committed to the All Blacks for four more years in a significant win for New Zealand Rugby while brother Akira has also opted to remain in Auckland.


News and insight

Jones: Cipriani knows what he needs to work on

Eddie Jones says Danny Cipriani has a chance of making the World Cup squad, despite being omitted from the latest England squad.


Cipriani dropped from England squad

Danny Cipriani has been left out of England's 36-man training squad, despite his excellent performances for Gloucester this season.

Will England taste Rugby World Cup glory in 2019?

England are enduring a torrid run of form for the first time under Eddie Jones, but can they turn it around for the World Cup?



Rugby Championship insight

Team of the Week: The Boks make a comeback

Last week not a single Springbok made our team of the week following their defeat at the hands of the Wallabies in Brisbane. This week, however, there are South Africans sprinkled all over after their courageous victory over the All Blacks.

Rebooted: Du Toit's tears epitomised Boks' effort

How did the Springboks manage to beat the All Blacks with just 25 percent possession?

Jantjies and Pollard in the same backline? Yes, please!

John Goliath takes a closer look at the Springboks' half-back situation following their famous win over the All Blacks.


What's next for the Springboks?

John Goliath discusses what Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus' hopes and expectations should be for South Africa's last two tests of the Rugby Championship.


Where should Pieter-Steph du Toit play?

John Goliath wonders whether lock or flank is du Toit's best position and what that could mean for the make up of the Springboks' forward pack going forward.


What does the win mean for Bok rugby?

John Goliath discusses what the Springboks' win over the All Blacks means to the team leading up to next year's World Cup.



Coaching appointments

Rassie Erasmus to coach Barbarians

The Barbarians will be coached by Springbok coach and South Africa's Director of Rugby when they take on Argentina for the Killik Cup at Twickenham on 1 December 2018.

Mitchell leaves Bulls, named England defence coach

England have appointed John Mitchell as their defence coach until the end of 2019 Rugby World Cup. The New Zealander coached the All Blacks to a third place finish at the 2003 World Cup.

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