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  • All Black loosehead prop Hames braced for the Springboks' challenge

    14 September 2017 7:27 AM 2

    All Black loosehead prop Kane Hames is braced for the South African challenge and seemingly has all the motivation he needs to make a statement in Albany on Saturday. An article on stuff.co.nz said Hames wasn't a strong scrummager and the 29-year-old Chiefs loosehead prop took umbrage to the comments. Hames will be appearing in his third Test but will be making

  • Boks bury Durban ghost before All Blacks clash

    14 September 2017 7:27 AM 5

    Auckland - Twelve months after South Africa suffered their worst defeat on home soil, confidence has been restored with coach Allister Coetzee keen to write a new chapter against the All Blacks on Saturday. "The big thing is to make sure you put yourself in a position to get (the result) and we've really worked hard for this one," he said on Thursday

  • Coetzee: Bok defence key for All Blacks

    14 September 2017 6:32 AM 1

    Cape Town - Springbok coach Allister Coetzee was being very cautious on Thursday, refusing to make any statements about where he thought his side had the advantage ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks. The New Zealanders were a class outfit, Coetzee said, and the Boks would have to be accurate all over the park if they were to come away with their

  • NZ: Bullying risk to this Bok backline

    14 September 2017 6:32 AM 2

    Cape Town – In the countdown to Saturday’s Castle Rugby Championship clash in Albany, it is educative to examine the hallmarks of the Springbok backline back in September 2009, the last time they beat the All Blacks on their soil to confirm deserved rights to the old Tri-Nations title that year. Not only did South Africa, en route to a tense 32-29 triumph

  • Springboks prop Kitshoff happy to come off bench against the All Blacks

    14 September 2017 6:32 AM 2

    They've often found ways to live with any deficiencies that creep up and through their scrum guru Mike Cron‚ they've often got over their issues to dominate teams. Kitshoff said they'll have to work hard to get the better of the All Black pack. “We've done a lot of prep this week and done a lot of work on our scrum. "I know I've been out of Super Rugby

  • Boks will run All Blacks close

    14 September 2017 6:32 AM 5

    The Springboks in 2017 have won back respect and I expect them to run the All Blacks very close in Albany on Saturday. Let’s take a moment and celebrate that we can actually entertain the prospect of a Test match on Saturday and not an 80 minute time waste. The Boks will be competitive and after the horror of 2016 that’s already a mountain climbed for Eben Etzebeth’s

  • Coetzee: Coaching Boks 'bloody challenging'

    14 September 2017 6:32 AM 5

    Cape Town - Allister Coetzee is beginning to look far more at home in his role as Springbok coach after a successful 2017 so far, but he still considers this to have been the toughest period of his rugby career. The knives were out after Coetzee and the Boks limped to just four wins from 12 in 2016, but in 2017 they have won five and drawn one and have moved

  • ABs working overtime to prepare new props

    14 September 2017 5:29 AM 2

    The All Blacks, shorn of their first-choice propping stocks, are doing all they can to prepare the likes of Kane Hames and Nepo Laulala for Test-level rugby. All Blacks scrum guru Mike Cron has been compelled to delve deep into his set-piece "box of tricks" to prepare an inexperienced front row for the rigours of this year's Rugby Championship

  • Hames handed surprise All Blacks start against Springboks

    14 September 2017 5:24 AM 3

    Hames has made two previous test appearances, both off the bench, against Australia and replaces Joe Moody who was ruled out for the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder. AUCKLAND - Kane Hames has been given his first All Blacks start as coach Steve Hansen bolstered his side’s pack for their Rugby Championship match against South Africa

  • Adam Blair signs four-year, $2.6 million deal with the Warriors

    14 September 2017 12:11 AM 2

    The Warriors have reportedly secured the services of Broncos prop Adam Blair for the next four seasons. The Courier Mail reports the 31 year-old Kiwis veteran will move to Auckland on a deal worth NZ$2.6million. Blair is keeping his playing future a closely guarded secret as he prepares for tomorrow's sudden-death playoff against the Panthers. The Courier