Six Nations & South Africa

The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations as it's sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland) is an annual international rugby union competition involving six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. 5.0/5

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Ireland host the Wallabies at Lansdowne Road on Sunday, November 23. The match kicks off at 3.30am AEDT.What: Ireland v Australia When: Sunday, November 23 - 3:30am (AEDT) Where: Lansdowne Road. I can view it on: Fox Sports/Channel 10 What did they do last time? Ireland backed up their 29-15 victory over South Africa a fortnight ago with a 49-7 thumping of that great rugby powerhouse Georgia. The Wallabies suffered their first loss of the spring tour and first under new coach Michael Cheika, going down to France 29-26 in Paris. Things you need to know Ireland have suffered a blow with New Zealand-born centre Jared Payne ruled out with a foot sprain. Gordon D'Arcy starts at 12 with Robbie Henshaw shifting to outside-centre. Rory Best is battling an injury but returns to the starting side in the only change to the pack that beat South Africa. The Six Nations champs have risen to third on the IRB rankings, one spot above Australia, on the back of six straight wins. Their 14-point disposal of the Springboks t ...
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England Press Conference: RBS Six Nations 2014 Chris Robshaw says missing out on the Lions tour to Australia last year 'was a massive disappointment … Being picked by the Lions is the pinnacle of any British or Irish rugby player’s career.' Photograph: Paul Harding/Action Images Chris Robshaw is on such familiar terms with adversity that he can sink back into a seat at Twickenham and smile cheerfully as he remembers the different setbacks that have shaped him over the past two years. "I'm feeling older and wiser," he jokes, "because it's been a bit of a rollercoaster, hasn't it? But once you go through the tough times and come out the other side it makes you stronger. Your shoulders get broader and it's easier to handle the second or third time around." The amiable England captain and flanker might seem less imposing in person than some beasts of the modern game, but few players can match his work rate, tackle count and resilience. When he played junior rugby for Warlingham he was known as the Duracel ...
Six Nations 2014 Preview: England January 29, 2014 Home ground: Twickenham, London Head coach: Stuart Lancaster Strengths England’s great strength in the past year has been their pack. The biggest positive to come out of the Autumn Series was a consolidation of a unit that proved itself to be amongst the best in the world – the only shame is that it didn’t get to test itself against the bona fide best, South Africa. Real strength in depth is starting to appear. Aside from tighthead, scratch the surface and you will find several layers of quality players. In the front row, Lions Mako Vunipola and Tom Youngs could well find themselves starting on the bench, while the youthful hunger of Jamie George and Nathan Catt is starting to knock on the door too. From the front to the back-row, and the combination of Robshaw and Wood on the flanks is beautifully blended, while at number eight Billy Vunipola will wrestle with Ben Morgan for the starting shirt. In fact, the rudder of the scrum is probably most secu ...
England search for Flood replacement 23rd December 2013 11:16 Toby Flood's cross-channel switch next season means England must now decide on who to back up Owen Farrell going into the RWC 2015. Farrell, England's number one, has only missed the Six Nations match against Italy this year since being used as a replacement against South Africa in November 2012. Although criticism remains over his ability to open up England's attack, the Saracen is the clear frontrunner in the position due to lack of clear competition around him. Flood indeed was Farrell's main rival, along with being England's most experience player during the November Tests with his 60 caps. All but confirmed, Flood's move to France - most likely to Toulouse - will render him unavailable for selection from next season such is England's policy with overseas players. The decision to be made by England head coach Stuart Lancaster is whether to use Flood in next year's Six Nations or to start developing a secondary and tertiary fly-half option a ...
Etzebeth up for IRB award Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is one of five players nominated for the 2013 IRB Player of the Year award. The other nominees are Wales and British & Irish Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny, Italy No 8 Sergio Parisse, All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read and All Blacks wing/centre Ben Smith. Read is the favourite to win the award. The nominees were selected by the independent IRB awards panel, chaired by Australia’s 1999 World Cup-winning captain John Eales. The panel, comprising Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphael Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace, has deliberated on every major Test played in 2013, starting with the opening Six Nations match and culminating with the November internationals. The panel will reconvene after the final Test of the year on 30 November, when the IRB Player of the Year will be selected and announced shortly afterwards. The IRB Coach and Team of the Year winners will also be announced. Previous IRB Player of ...
Wales centre Jon Davies to join Clermont November 12, 2013 Jamie No comments davies Clermont Auvergne have confirmed the signing of Scarlets, Wales and Lions centre Jonathan Davies. He will join at the end of the season and has signed a contract for two years, plus an option of one more. Currently in the final year of his contract at the Scarlets, he will join up with his new club in July 2014. Davies suffered a serious pectoral injury in Wales’ loss to South Africa at the weekend, that will see him miss the majority of the rest of the season, including the chance to face his future club in the Heineken Cup double-headers in December. He may also miss Wales’ Six Nations campaign. Jean-Marc Llhermet, the sporting director of Clermont Auvergne, said: “His style of play fits perfectly into the type of game we play and he will bring a lot to us. Despite his young age, he possesses a huge amount of experience of top level matches, and is one of the best players in the world in his position.”
Teichmann: Bulldoze Wales! 2013-11-07 Cape Town - Former Springbok captain Gary Teichmann has given the Springboks advice on how to beat Wales in their Test in Cardiff on Saturday. The Springboks were praised for showing a lot of attacking intent in the recently completed Rugby Championship when they finished second behind the All Blacks. Their last match at Ellis Park was a high-paced encounter and despite the Boks going down 38-27, they scored some spectacular tries and made numerous line-breaks. However, the 46-year-old Teichmann believes South Africa should temper their approach on Saturday and employ their renowned power-game to wear down the Six Nations champions. In an interview with the Wales Online website, Teichmann predicted a Springbok victory but warned that if the Boks try and play an expansive game from the get go, they could find themselves in trouble. He said the Welsh will capitalise on Springbok mistakes and said Heyneke Meyer's charges should "bulldoze Wales" by not playing to their st ...
Test debut for Malherbe as Pietersen, Fourie return to Springbok XV November 06, 2013 Experienced backline stars JP Pietersen and Jaque Fourie are back in the Springbok team for Saturday’s Castle Lager Outgoing Tour opener against Wales in Cardiff, while Frans Malherbe will make his Test debut at the Millennium Stadium. In naming his side for Saturday’s Test against the current Six Nations champions, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to hand Fourie his first Test for South Africa since the Rugby World Cup in 2011, while a combination of injury and non-availability means Pietersen is back for his first taste of international rugby yet this season. “We’re very fortunate to have two world-class players in JP and Jaque available for selection and I wanted to get then into the action as soon as possible,” said Meyer. “They bring a vast amount of experience to the team and it was clear from our training sessions thus far that they are in great form and ready for Test rugby.” In the front r ...
'No reason we can't beat Boks' 2013-11-04 Cape Town - Wales scrumhalf Mike Phillips says there's "no reason" why they can't go out and beat the Springboks in Cardiff on Saturday. The "Red Dragons" have improved markedly in recent years, winning two Grand Slams and three Six Nations titles since Warren Gatland took over as coach in 2008. However, their record against the three Southern Hemisphere powers - South Africa, New Zealand and Australia - remains dismal. They have suffered 22 defeats in 23 matches against the "Big Three" under Gatland with the sole victory coming against the Wallabies in 2008. Their overall record in Tests against South Africa is also poor, with the Boks holding a 24-1 winning record, with one match ending in a draw. However, Phillips is adamant that things will be different this time round, especially since they've come close to notching victories against the Boks in their last four outings. South Africa won 17-16 at the World Cup in New Zealand two years ago and in three Tests in ...
Wales captain loves playing ‘physical’ Boks Sam Warburton says Wales are looking forward to their Test against the Springboks in Cardiff next Saturday. The Six Nations champions have not faced the Boks since their 17-16 pool defeat at the 2011 World Cup. 'We were unlucky to get that result,' Warburton told walesonline.co.uk. 'It is two years now and we are looking forward to playing them again. 'In my experience, South Africa and Samoa are the two most physical sides I have played against. Personally, I really like playing against the Springboks because it’s the physical challenge I look forward to. The morning after you are always feeling battered and bruised.' Wales have a poor record against the Big Three Southern Hemisphere teams, having lost 21 of their 22 matches since Warren Gatland became coach (their sole victory came against the Wallabies in 2008). 'We keep doing well in the Six Nations and that is your bread and butter. But it’s getting to the stage now where we have to perform in the a ...
Be wary of banana peels, Boks! By: Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer 2013-06-05 12:28 Cape Town – South Africa are probably considered red-hot favourites by most observers to win all three home matches in the June Test window ... but they must note that the trio of visiting teams are capable of extraordinary competitiveness at times against top-tier nations. It will come as a surprise, frankly, if the world No 2-ranked Springboks have the luxury of running up any “cricket scores” like their 105-13 victory over Namibia in Cape Town in 2007, the 134-3 destruction of Uruguay in East London (2005) or the 101-0 result against one of the looming opponents, Italy, in Durban in 1999. The Italians, now well established in the Six Nations and immeasurably less naive than they were then, are first up for Heyneke Meyer’s team at Kings Park on Saturday (17:15) in the novel two-Tests-a-day, four-team tournament also featuring Scotland and Samoa. South Africa definitely play Scotland at Mbombela Stadium a week l ...
England Under 20 have named their side for the opening game of the IRB Junior World Championship against France at the Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon, live on Sky Sports HD, kick off 5.45pm (GMT). Harlequins No. 8 Jack Clifford captains the squad and is joined in the back row by David Sisi (Bath Rugby) and debutant Matt Hankin (Saracens). Twenty-one members of the match day squad have previous Under 20 experience with Hankin and Tom Smallbone (London Irish) the two uncapped players. Sam Hill, Henry Slade, Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Alec Hepburn, Nathan Moris (London Wasps), Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie), Sisi and Clifford have previous JWC experience, having played in the 2012 tournament in South Africa. Head Coach Nick Walshe said: "It's a massive challenge playing against France, particularly in France, but it's a challenge that we're relishing. "We obviously played them in the Six Nations and put in a good performance, but this is a different game - we won't be complacent, we'll be ...
Ireland Under-20s Bid To Keep Up Athlone Record (Irish Rugby Football Union) (Source: Irish Rugby Football Union) The Ireland Under-20s have a wonderful record at Dubarry Park over the past six seasons and a new-look squad is bidding to build on the recent highest ever finish in the IRB Junior World Championship that included wins over England and South Africa. Captain Luke McGrath, Stuart Olding and Josh van der Flier are the only survivors from that competition in South Africa last summer. Nevertheless, an inexperienced Ireland again defeated Six Nations champions England 16-15 in a thrilling finish in front of a record crowd at last month's Dubarry Park duel. Mike Ruddock's youngsters showed great resolve and wonderful spirit in that encounter and worked... ~SportsMan
World Sports News Wales include Pretorius for Six Nations Wales named South Africa-born forward Andries Pretorius in a 35-man squad announced on Tuesday for the 2013 Six Nations. The 27-year-old Cardiff Blues back-rower was one of five uncapped players chosen by head coach Rob Howley for the defence of the grand slam champions' Six Nations title. Pretorius, born in Nelspruit, qualifies on residency for Wales and became available for selection last month. The other uncapped players in the squad were Ospreys wing Eli Walker, Pretorius' fellow Cardiff back-row Josh Navidi and locks James King (Ospreys) and Andrew Coombs (Newport Gwent Dragons). Cardiff flanker Sam Warburton retained the Wales captaincy. Wales are currently without several second rows -- Alun-Wyn Jones, Luke Charteris and Bradley Davies due to injury. Meanwhile outside-half Rhys Priestland and prop Aaron Jarvis are also sidelined ahead of the start of Wales's title defence at home to Ireland on February 2. Former Wales scrum-half Howley was a ...
RWC 2015 Focus - Pool A profile Jonny Wilkinson had the final say as England beat Australia to win RWC 2003 The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw last month threw up some mouthwatering matches, so we start by looking at Pool A, which features Australia, hosts England, Wales and the Oceania 1 qualifier and Repechage winner. By Jon Newcombe In each of the last two Rugby World Cups the finalists have come from the same pool: England v South Africa (2007) and New Zealand v France (2011). It is not beyond imagination that the same scenario will happen again in Rugby World Cup 2015 after host nation England were paired with two fellow top 10 sides in Australia and Wales. Throw in Fiji, as the likely Oceania 1 qualifier, and Pool A promises to be the ultimate ‘Pool of Death’. No match in the history of the Six Nations is as eagerly anticipated on both sides of the border than England v Wales, let alone on a World Cup stage. While the two countries do battle on an annual basis in the northern hemisphe ...
Back to AFCON 2013 Question. Glo Premier League has 8 players for Afcon As 16 nations confirm their provisional squads for this month's Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Glo Premier League's player contribution is spread among two countries. The Ghanaian Premier League, among the best on the continent, has a representation of eight players so far as teams prepare towards the finals in South Africa. The eight players from the Glo Premier League have been included in the preliminary squads of Ghana and Burkina Faso for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. The Black Stars has six players from the domestic league while Burkina Faso have included two in their provisional 28-man squad. All six players selected into the Ghana squad have been drawn from five clubs - Asante Kotoko, AshantiGold, Chelsea, Liberty Professionals and Amidaus Professionals. Asante Kotoko and AshantiGold have a player each - Abdoulaye Soulama and Henri Traore in that order - in the camp of Burkina Faso. Selected players from the Glo Premier L ...
Tottenham remain unsure whether striker Emmanuel Adebayor will decide to link up with his country Togo to play in the Africa Cup of Nations. If the 28-year-old plays in the competition in South Africa, which starts on 19 January, he could miss five games for the Premier League side. Adebayor helped Spurs to a 3-1 win against Reading on Tuesday and his absence would be a big blow to Spurs. But boss Andre Villas-Boas said: "If he wants to go, we respect that." Adebayor recently put his international career on hold because of a dispute with the Togolese federation over match bonuses. And it was widely believed that the former Manchester City player would stay at White Hart Lane rather than link up with his countrymen. But Togo manager Didier Six has made a plea for him to change his mind and it now seems there is a chance that could happen. After Tottenham's victory on Tuesday, in which Adebayor scored, Villas-Boas admitted: "It's a vulnerable situation, anything can happen," he said. "I've told you the play ...
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he is pleased with South Africa's 3-1 victory over Malawi in a friendly international at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. Two first half goals from Lehlohonolo Majoro and Siphiwe Tshabalala, and a second half penalty by May Mahlangu handed Igesund his third victory from six games in charge of the national outfit. "Obviously I'm very pleased that we won the game, it's always important to win for the fans," Igesund said after the game. "I got a lot out of today's game. I was able to give May Mahlangu a run, I was able to see (Sifiso) Myeni, I was able to see (Thabo) Matlaba. "We have accomplished what we wanted to achieve today. Well done to the boys, but I must also say well done to Malawi." Igesund added, despite the victory, the team blew hot and cold, allowing their opponents to reduce the deficit in the 48th minute, when Siyabonga Sangweni was adjudged to have brought down Robert Ng'ambi inside the penalty area, despite claims that the Malawi ...
Since the 2007 World Cup the Six Nations teams have lost 31 of the 38 home games they have played against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Nick Mallett also coached the Barbarians against the All Blacks in December 2009 with the 'Baa-Baas' winning 25–18. In 2010 Mallet coached the Barbarians to victory over South Africa. In the 2010 Six Nations he led Italy to a win against Scotland, by 16–12. In the 2011 Six Nations Championship Italy beat France by 22-21 in arguably their best victory to date.
New Zealand’s last defeat at home was on the 12th of September 2009 when they were beaten 32-29 by South Africa. They have lost just three of their last 32 matches at home. • New Zealand’s last defeat against a northern hemisphere side at home was the 27-22 defeat at the hands of France in Dunedin in 2009. • Since their thrilling 15-6 win over Australia in the Rugby World Cup, Ireland have beaten only Russia, Scotland and Italy twice. A 17-17 draw with France in Paris was the highlight of their Six Nations campaign but they have since conceded 72 points in their last two games against England (30-9) and New Zealand (41-10).
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