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In or out? SARU must end SANZAAR gossip

The Royal Wedding may be the headline act in London this week but a meeting to discuss a union already 20 years old will also take place. It's time SANZAAR puts the heat on South Africa and seeks some clarity around its position in the alliance.

Should South Africa ditch SANZAAR?

KweséESPN's John Goliath looks at some of the pros and the cons if SA Rugby decides to ditch their southern-hemisphere partners for their northern counterparts.

Barbarians-like Sunwolves are Super Rugby's entertainers

Amidst the continual Waratahs bleat over 'we wuz robbed' refereeing decisions, an important Super Rugby moment has been overlooked -- a group of battlers have at last been rewarded for their initiative, writes Greg Growden.

Aviva Premiership

Gloucester make gesture to fans with tattoos

Aviva Premiership side Gloucester launched their re-branded logos earlier this week, but that brought up a rather difficult problem -- what about the fans who had the side's old logo tattooed to their body?

Goneva crowned Premiership POTY

Vereniki Goneva has been named as the Premiership Rugby Player of the Season after a brilliant season in which he helped guide Newcastle Falcons to their first ever playoff appearance.

England call-up influenced Cipriani move

Danny Cipriani has confirmed his decision to turn down lucrative offers from overseas to join Gloucester was based on an England lifeline from Eddie Jones.

Weekend review

European review: Player of the week, flop & more

Rugby union displayed its best side in Bilbao over the weekend, as a 61-point thriller of a Challenge Cup final was followed by a tense, nerve-shredding Champions Cup showpiece.

R13 rebooted: Tahs' gripes only mask capitulation

NSW Waratahs had every right to feel aggrieved over some of the decisions that were, and were not, made in Christchurch. The cold hard fact is, however, that a 29-0 lead should, no matter the opposition, be enough to go on and claim victory.


England must deliver for Jones in South Africa

Eddie Jones has tasked England with solving the issues that blighted their Six Nations campaign as he seeks to find the final 30 percent of his Rugby World Cup squad in South Africa.

England's new faces: Who are they?

England coach Eddie Jones has included seven new faces in his squad for next month's tour of South Africa. ESPN gives you the lowdown on those hoping to impress.

Jones: Cipriani desperate to play for England

Eddie Jones explains his decision to hand Danny Cipriani a place in his England squad to tour South Africa.


All Blacks


All Blacks newbies who could face France

Injuries and form mean All Blacks coach Steve Hansen could potentially blood some new faces against France next month. But who from the Crusaders, Chiefs, Blues, Highlanders and Hurricanes deserves a maiden Test cap?

All Blacks hold onto five key players

New Zealand Rugby has extended the contracts of five key players through to the 2019 World Cup, with Scott Barrett and Ryan Crotty the latest to extend their time with the All Blacks.

Sonny Bill boost for Blues in Super Rugby

The Super Rugby side welcomes back their star All Black in time for pivotal game vs Hurricanes

Super Rugby

Marx injury result of poor player management

South Africa's key rugby players are simply playing too much rugby, because winning seems to outweigh the best interests of the players or building for the future.

Has Super Rugby simply run its course?

SANZAAR may be operating a "clean sheet" as it looks to keep its partners on the same page into the future, but as rumours of a South African exit continue to rumble the bigger question must be asked: has Super Rugby simply run its course?

Super Rugby Rebooted: Australia at risk of falling adrift

Australia's losing streak to their New Zealand counterparts has hit a new low, with Australia's best falling to New Zealand's worse, while the Jaguares and the Sharks found a way to get the win over two New Zealand teams.

Super Rugby

Folau a huge dilemma, says RA boss Castle

Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle admits dealing with Israel Folau and his extreme religious beliefs is a huge conundrum for which she doesn't have an immediate answer to.

Foley warns teammates they can't rely on Folau

The defiant NSW Waratahs are vowing to storm Christchurch and pull off an "unthinkable" win over Super Rugby's defending champion Crusaders on Saturday.

South Africa

Bryan Habana Retires

Habana ranks among rugby's greatest ever players

Bryan Habana will go down as one of South Africa's greatest rugby players before and after unity, and a model professional who was a great role model for kids from all walks of life.

Rugby responds to Habana's retirement

The rugby world pays tribute to Bryan Habana after the Springboks legend announced his retirement from the game.

How '95 Rugby World Cup triumph turned Habana's destiny on its head

Bryan Habana told Tom Hamilton of the moment, when South Africa was oblivious to apartheid, that he decided he wanted to become one of rugby's greats.

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