Rugby

Nov 8, 2017 ESPN staff As teams prepare for next year’s Rugby World Cup, the mid-year international window offers international coaches their last chance to blood new stars and their final opportunity to tinker with their starting line up. Several sides have been hampered by injury, but the June international window offers players a chance
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JOHANNESBURG — It’s hard to believe that Handré Pollard is only 24 years old, especially when he addresses the media with such ease and conviction. But we really shouldn’t be surprised by his maturity, as he made his Springboks debut as a wet-behind-the-ears 20-year-old, contributing 13 points in a victory over Scotland. But over the
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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus says both Frans Steyn and Bismarck du Plessis are keen to play for the Springboks and that there is nothing sinister about their ‘injury-enforced’ withdrawal from the squad. SA Rugby released a statement on Thursday night saying both Steyn and Du Plessis picked up injuries while playing for Montpellier in the
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Brodie Retallick’s long absence from the All Blacks will continue after he was ruled out of the three-Test series against France. Scans revealed world class lock Retallick had suffered a fracture in his shoulder area during last week’s Super Rugby match between his Chiefs and the Crusaders. Phil Walter/Getty Images The 27-year-old will be sidelined
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