Rugby

👎No Blitzboks🇿🇦 Make RWC Sevens🌟 Dream Team

No South Africans cracked the nod for the Rugby World Cup Sevens Dream Team named after this past weekend's event in San Francisco.

The Blitzboks finished third after beating Fiji 24-19 in the bronze medal match, having earlier suffered a disappointing 29-7 defeat to England in the semi-finals.

New Zealand …

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Sevens Knockout🚷 Format Under Scrutiny👀 after RWC

World Rugby chiefs have declared the "brutal" knockout format of the Rugby World Cup Sevens a success but coaches have urged officials to think twice before using the same system more widely.

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said the move to straight knockout had been a hit with fans …

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Conroy🙌 Praises Ireland's "Good👍 Mental Attitude"

Ireland winger Jordan Conroy praised his team-mates "good mental attitude" after Saturday's 24-14 Rugby World Cup Sevens Challenge quarter-final win over Kenya.

Ireland bounced back from the 45-7 defeat to South Africa to set up a Challenge semi-final against Wales on Sunday evening, a match which will be shown live …

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Boks Get Fair👍 Officiating Shake for Rugby🏆 Championship

As a country that spends as much time focused on the Springboks’ shortcomings as we do on those of the referees officiating them, the names alone of the officials appointed for South Africa’s Rugby Championship fixtures should leave us with hope of a decent tournament this time round.

Since …

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Waratahs🙌 Head to Johannesbur🤗g with Belief

The Waratahs have plenty of things to fix ahead of their Super Rugby semifinal against the Lions in Johannesburg next weekend.

In an astonishing match, the Waratahs came from 6-23 down at half-time against the Highlanders in their quarterfinal in Sydney to eventually win 30-23.

It was a stunning turnaround …

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Rugby🏉 World Cup Sevens: England Shocked by Ireland😱

England women have been knocked out of the main competition at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, beaten 19-14 by Ireland.

Defeat saw England go into the Challenge competition, where they beat Mexico 59-0 in the quarter-finals, with the winners of that tournament placing ninth overall in San Francisco.

Ireland lost …

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Hurricanes Reach👍 Semis After Win Over👌 The Chiefs

The Hurricanes became the first team to qualify for the Investec Super Rugby semi-finals after they got past the Chiefs 32-31 in an epic quarter-final at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Friday night.

The match hit top gear almost from the opening whistle as the Chiefs swung on to attack, only …

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No🤔 Less Special For🇿🇼 Zim

In New Zealand and South Africa, torchbearers of rugby on the planet, the rather underwhelming pre-tournament mood tells the story.

The New Zealanders go into the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in the US city of San Francisco as defending champions and two-time co-record champions of the 25-year-old competition.

South …

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Eric👀 Eyeballed😏 Harry

For many years the weekly Pirates ‘Log’ that I compile has been sent to former ‘Wallaby’ Eric Tweedale.

Replying to me this week, Eric confirmed that he had heard news concerning the passing of England’s oldest international player, Coventry’s Harry Walker, at the age of 103.

Eric recalled …

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Upset Treu😡 Storms Out of Stormer😱 Meeting

Stormers assistant coach Paul Treu reportedly stormed out of a season review meeting earlier this week.

According to Netwerk24, Treu said he “has had enough of being treated poorly” and was “not going to take it anymore”.

The report added that Treu did not take any further part in the …

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