NZ reaction: All Blacks take ‘physically fearless but mentally fragile’ Boks No.1 ranking. Is their dignity next?

South Africa lost their world No.1 ranking to the All Blacks on Saturday night – this week they could well lose their dignity. Australia’s convincing 30-17 win at Suncorp Stadium, along with the All Blacks defeat of Argentina by a suitable margin, saw New Zealand jump past the Springboks into top spot. Springboks coach Jacques […]

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SA View: ‘Robotic’ and ‘flaccid’ Springboks make Wallabies look like ‘world beaters’

The Springboks were panned by their nation’s media for their worst performance since 2017 against the resurgent Wallabies as unforced errors, missed tackles and ill-discipline scuppered the Boks in back-to-back losses to Dave Rennie’s men. The Springboks’ galling second loss in a week saw them hand back the Nelson Mandela Challenge trophy amid a cacophony […]

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‘Bring back that wild waterboy’: The Boks are ‘sick’ and maybe a return to Rassie is the only cure

All the signs are apparent. The world champion, Lions-taming, No 1 ranked Springboks, a defensive juggernaut, a team it seemed nobody could score two tries on, and sometimes even one try against a suffocating, scrambling, maniacal defence was unlikely; that team is sick. The champion is dethroned. Nobody should call the Boks world champions any […]

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All Blacks regain world No.1 ranking from Boks ahead of their historic 100th match

New Zealand have reclaimed the mantle as the world rugby’s No.1 side, but only after a spirited Argentina fought back in a 36-13 Rugby Championship clash in Brisbane. The All Blacks needed to win by 15 points or more to jump South Africa, who had earlier lost for the second-straight week to Australia to open […]

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‘There’s so many guys OS who could play for Australia’: Kellaway says ‘scrap Giteau Law’

In his press conference ahead of his record-breaking 60th Test match as captain of Australia on Friday, 29-year-old Michael Hooper referred to 25-year-old Andrew Kellaway as “a kid”. Hooper didn’t mean it to belittle the man. It was more that in terms of Test rugby, Kellaway’s six Test matches placed him well into the rookie […]

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Everything Hoops said about ‘noisy’ Nic White, our own Ardie Savea and copping ‘s—‘ over record

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has brushed off his coach’s suggestion that more fans would consider him a “great” if he’d been fortunate enough to play in a more successful team, saying he’s “loved” being the main man in the current crop. On Saturday, Hooper will lead Australia out for the 60th time, going clear of […]

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