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 afternoon.Los Pumas have been known to try and keep the play as unstructured as possible when they have taken

WRWC: New Zealand cruise into semis

2:08 PM BSTESPN staffNew Zealand secured a convincing 48-5 win over Canada to secure their place in the semifinals and send the 2014 finalists crashing out.First-half tries from Selica Winiata, Aldora Itunu (2), Stacey Waaka and Kelly Brazier gave the Black Ferns a commanding 29-0 lead at the break.Fiao'o

Coetzee makes three changes for Argentina clash

Uzair Cassiem will start at No 8 for the Springboks in their Rugby Championship opener against Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.The Cheetahs loose forward comes into the starting line-up for only his second Test after making his international debut last November against

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.A Daily Mail Australia report claims Smith may have lied to his All Blacks bosses over the incident

Rona to make Wallabies debut, Beale returns

5:58 AM BSTESPN staffWestern Force and former NRL winger Curtis Rona will make his Wallabies debut against the All Blacks in Bledisloe I in Sydney on Saturday night.The former Bulldogs winger is the only debutant in a new-look Wallabies side that features a midfield pairing of Kurtley Beale and

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.The 22-year-old livewire, who enjoyed a stellar Super Rugby campaign with the Chiefs, is the main beneficiary of a

Blues call in Edwards to bolster defence

9:05 AM BSTESPN staffShaun Edwards will attempt to shore up the Cardiff Blues defence after joining the region in a consultancy role.Wales defence coach Edwards has already started working with the Blues squad, laying on training sessions on a part-time basis while mentoring the region's "key defensive leaders".Only three

Championship made Franks 'stronger'

It took just 308 days for Ben Franks to transform from Rugby World Cup-winning All Black to RFU Championship prop. But, having helped London Irish back into the Aviva Premiership, he has a message for his rivals: "It's made me a stronger player."Franks' 47th and final appearance for New

Hartley: Tuilagi, Solomona must 'work hard now'

Captain Dylan Hartley has tipped Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona to force their way back into the England squad despite being sent home early from a preseason training camp.Hartley admitted Leicester centre Tuilagi and Sale wing Solomona "let us down" in breaking England's code of conduct, a breach understood

Can anyone upset England or NZ at WRWC?

The final day of the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup group stage is almost upon us and it is set to be one filled with drama as six teams battle it out for four much-coveted spots in the semifinals.The three pool winners and the best second-place team will make