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19 March 2018 2:37 PM Wales scrumhalf Rhys Webb ruled out for rest of season

London - Wales and Ospreys scrumhalf Rhys Webb was Monday ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, meaning he will not play again before his switch to French club Toulon. "Rhys pulled out of Wales's Six Nations campaign and went on to have surgery on an ongoing knee problem," the Ospreys said in a statement. "He will be unavailable for the remainder 18

19 March 2018 1:57 PM Cronje set to miss Jaguares clash

Cape Town - Scrumhalf Ross Cronje is set to miss the Lions' trip to Argentina to face the Jaguares after picking up an injury in their victory over the Sunwolves at the weekend. The Lions confirmed that Cronje (rib injury), Jacobie Adriaanse (sprained ankle) and Andries Ferreira (lower back spasm) will all sit out the trip. They are, however, expected 14

19 March 2018 11:01 AM England to field weakened side for Bok Tests?

Cape Town - England coach Eddie Jones has hinted he will not pick his strongest squad for their three-Test tour against the Springboks in June. Jones was speaking after England’s 24-15 Six Nations loss to Ireland at Twickenham over the weekend. England, the Six Nations champions in both 2016 and 2017, could have regained second spot with a victory, but instead 18

19 March 2018 8:14 AM Swys praises Lions after near Sunwolves flop

Johannesburg - Lions coach Swys de Bruin, perhaps surprisingly, has praised his side following their 40-38 win over the Sunwolves at Ellis Park on Saturday. The Lions were never in control of the match and actually went into the final quarter behind on the scoreboard. Had they lost, it would surely have been one of the greatest upsets in the history 17

18 March 2018 4:22 PM Spain round on referee after rugby World Cup qualifier loss

Brussels - Spain failed to secure automatic qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Sunday, losing to Belgium with their players rounding on the referee who had to be escorted off the pitch. A second guaranteed appearance in the rugby showpiece 20 years after their debut was within Spain's reach as they had routed Belgium at home earlier in the European 19

16 March 2018 7:23 AM England call up Leach to replace injured Crane

London - Mason Crane has been ruled out of England's Test series against New Zealand due to injury with Somerset's Jack Leach called up as his replacement. Leg-spinner Crane, who made his Test debut in the Ashes earlier this year, has suffered a stress fracture to his lower back and was also ruled out for the start of the county season with Hampshire 17

15 March 2018 8:10 PM Confident Blues change 1 for Stormers clash

Cape Town - There is only one injury-forced change to the Blues starting XV for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town. Prop Alex Hodgman has been ruled out with an arm injury which forced his early departure in the win against the Lions last weekend, with his replacement Pauliasi Manu to start against the Stormers 21

14 March 2018 5:57 PM England's Hughes, Lawes to undergo surgery

"Hughes is expected to be out for 12 weeks while Lawes will require 14 weeks of rehabilitation," the RFU statement said. England's final match of the tournament is at Twickenham on Saturday against Ireland, who have already been crowned Six Nations champions. Hughes, who also missed the opening two rounds of the tournament, limped off midway through 23

14 March 2018 8:24 AM Bulls get Japanese ref in New Zealand

Cape Town - Japan’s Shuhei Kubo has been appointed to referee Friday’s Super Rugby encounter between the Chiefs and Bulls in Hamilton (kick-off 08:35 SA time). Kubo will be assisted by New Zealanders Mike Fraser and Richard Kelly, with Shane McDermott the television match official (TMO). There will be three South African teams in action on Saturday 30

12 March 2018 8:18 AM Umaga: Lions win 'right up there'

Johannesburg - Blues coach Tana Umaga says that his side's win over the Lions on Saturday was one of the best in his career. The Blues stunned the 2016 and 2017 runners-up, scoring two tries in the last five minutes of the match to secure a 38-35 win. It was the upset of the weekend, with the Lions having held a comfortable lead for most the match 33