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13 December 2018 12:13 PM REVEALED: Ireland coach turned down All Blacks role

Cape Town - Ireland coach Joe Schmidt reportedly turned down an offer to work under his New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen last year. NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew told the New Zealand Herald that they approached Schmidt about an assistant coaching position last year. New Zealand asked Schmidt to replace retiring assistant coach Wayne Smith as part of the All Blacks' 19

13 December 2018 9:20 AM Forgotten Bok still harbours RWC ambitions

Cape Town - Loose forward Uzair Cassiem, who boasts eight Tests for the Springboks, says he still harbours hope of earning a recall to the national fold. The 28-year-old played all his Tests during the tumultuous reign of Allister Coetzee and has been out of the Bok fold since Rassie Erasmus took over. Cassiem has since moved to Welsh outfit Scarlets 20

12 December 2018 4:53 AM 'Cheika has to go,' says Wallabies great Burke

Sydney - Wallabies legend Matt Burke has urged Rugby Australia to axe Michael Cheika along with his coaching staff after a review was announced into their positions less than a year before the World Cup. The two-time world champions have won just four Tests this year and slipped to sixth in the world rankings, heaping pressure on Cheika as a sense of turmoil 21

11 December 2018 4:34 PM Boks looking at 'about 40' players for World Cup

Cape Town - Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says he is looking at "around 40" players as possible squad members for next year's World Cup in Japan. There are only four Test matches remaining for the Boks between now and the start of the tournament in September next year, and Erasmus must settle on a squad of 31 that will travel to the first ever World 25

11 December 2018 12:06 PM Bulls president: Pote has proved himself at every level

Pretoria - Blue Bulls president Willem Strauss says head coach Pote Human will be a valuable asset for the union going forward. This comes after the Blue Bulls Company on Tuesday confirmed Human as head coach of their Super Rugby and Currie Cup teams for 2019. Alan Zondagh was also appointed as director of rugby. He will be responsible for overseeing 23

11 December 2018 7:50 AM Forgotten Bok linked with move to Lions

Cape Town - Forgotten Springbok lock Stephan Lewies is reportedly set to join the Lions. Lewies is currently playing for the Kamaishi Seawaves in Japan, but according to SA Rugbymag, the 26-year-old could link up with the Lions ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby competition. Lewies has been on the Sharks’ books since 2012 but his career has been blighted 20

07 December 2018 7:30 PM Garces, Gardner to ref biggest 6 Nations matches

Dublin - Jerome Garces and Angus Gardner will referee the most anticipated Six Nations matches after being involved in two of the biggest calls during the November rugby internationals. Garces will take charge of Ireland-England at Lansdowne Road on February 2 during the opening weekend of the championship. The French ref last month made the final call on England's 57

07 December 2018 6:12 AM Pope Francis to visit UAE in historic trip to the Gulf

Pope Francis will make a historic visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in February to attend an interfaith meeting, the Vatican announced on Thursday. The trip, the latest by the pope to a Muslim nation, will take place from February 3-5. The Vatican said the pope had accepted an invitation from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince 67

06 December 2018 3:36 PM 2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 rescued, 6 missing

Two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early on Thursday, and rescuers found one of the seven crew members in stable condition while searching for the others, officials said. The US Marine Corps said that the 02:00 crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft 24

03 December 2018 9:45 AM Rassie: Kolisi will captain Boks at 2019 RWC

Cape Town - Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has given his backing to the team’s captain Siya Kolisi. After being named the first black Springbok captain, Kolisi led the Boks in 13 of their 14 Tests in 2018. The Boks won seven of the 13 Tests under Kolisi’s leadership and Erasmus has backed the 27-year-old heading into next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan 33