South Africa haven’t played an international rugby union Test match since lifting the World Cup in Japan. It won’t be long before we are halfway through the latest cycle and the Springboks must mount a defence of their global crown in France in 2023.
The Rainbow Nation’s triumph in the Far East saw them tie with New Zealand as three-time Rugby World Cup winners. South Africa are scheduled to host the touring British and Irish Lions midway through 2021 with subtle changes to the coaching staff made, but more significant ones on the field expected. Continue reading “Boks set for continuity and change as WC cycle moves on”
Here is a look at the pools for the 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
How many teams will be participating at the Womens Rugby World Cup 2021?
12 teams will be participating in the Womens 2021 RWC (divided into three groups of four teams)
Which group are England Women in for Rugby World Cup 2021?
England Rugby Women are in Pool C for RWC 2021 alongside France, South Africa and Fiji
Which group are the Black Ferns (NZ rugby women) in for the 2021 Womens World Cup?
The Black Ferns are in Pool A alongside Australia, Wales and a to be decided qualifier.
Which group are Springbok women in for the 2021 RWC?
South Africa women are in a tough group alongside England, France and Fiji. Their men’s team are the reigning RWC holders, having beaten England 32-12 in the 2019 RWC final.
Asian qualifiers: Japan, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan (one qualifies, runner up goes to repechage tournament)
European qualifiers: Russia, Netherlands, Spain (one qualifies, runner up goes to repechage tournament)
Final Repecharge tournament: Asian runner up, European runner up, Samoa, Winner of Colombia v Kenya
Since 1888 there has been a special rugby union team that is known the world over, and in July 2021, they’ll be making a long-awaited return to South Africa again. The team we’re talking about is the British & Irish Lions, of course, which has developed a rich history and tradition for assembling marvellous groups of Home Nations players, then pitting them against the cream of the Southern Hemisphere international sides.
It promises to be a tasty affair, pitting the Lions against the reigning world champions! With the Boks withdrawing from the 2020 Rugby Championship, it also means that the Lions could be their first major test match following their 2019 RWC triumph in Japan. Continue reading “Looking Ahead to the next Lions Tour of South Africa”
Long suffering Natal Sharks fans have waited ages to win Super Rugby. They would’ve done it in 2007 but for two horrible mistakes from Frans Steyn, and came close several times earlier this decade (most notably the Jake White coached side in 2014), but lost momentum at a crucial stage in their campaign.
The Sharks’ 24-14 win over the Stormers was the last game before Super Rugby was officially suspended in light of the Coronavirus epidemic sweeping the world. By winning the clash, the Sharks have now placed themselves on top of the SR table, and should the competition be cancelled altogether, Sean Everitt might become the club’s first coach to win a Super Rugby title!
Super Rugby 2020 points table at the time of Covid 19 suspension- Sharks first