South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes Argentina are stronger than results suggest ahead of their Rugby Championship final round clash in Salta Saturday.
The Wallabies are seeking confirmation of progress ahead of the World Cup as they attempt to loosen the power-packed All Blacks’ vice-like grip on the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen insisted on Sunday there was no need to “push the panic button” after a heavy loss to the Wallabies, as the team refocuses for the return Bledisloe Cup clash in Auckland this week.
Handre Pollard scored 31 points as South Africa thrashed Argentina 46-13 in Salta on Saturday to win the Rugby Championship for the first time.
Steve Hansen will not be wrapping his players in cotton wool ahead of the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks coach confirming he will give his core group a run against Tonga in their final match ahead of the global showpiece.
Japan thrashed Tonga 41-7 on Saturday before a sell-out crowd, a confidence-boosting straight second win for the Brave Blossoms as they build up to the World Cup on home soil.
Japan face Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup in Osaka on Saturday in a further test of their readiness, both on and off the field, to host the Rugby World Cup for the first time next month. With all eyes on the Sept. 20-Nov. 2 tournament, both teams as well as organisers are viewing Saturday as a key test of their
Sydney: Injury-hit former captain David Pocock was Friday included in the Wallabies squad to face the All Blacks next week in a major boost for Australia as the World Cup looms. The acclaimed flanker struggled with a calf injury all season, restricting him to just 138 minutes for the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby
The Wallabies are “hungry” to snap a 17-year Bledisloe Cup drought, coach Michael Cheika warned Thursday as he savours the chance to inflict back-to-back defeats on the All Blacks. His team stunned the world champions 47-26 in Perth last weekend and head to Auckland needing another win to claim the trans-Tasman