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24 February 2018 5:42 AM Leinster massacre embarrassing Kings

Cape Town - Leinster scored 10 tries as they thrashed the hapless Southern Kings 64-7 at the RDS Arena in Dublin on Friday night. The defeat was the 16th consecutive one for the Kings in their debut PRO14 season which sees them remain rooted to the bottom of Conference B. In perhaps the only good news for the Kings, their overseas commitments are now over and they return 17

23 February 2018 8:40 PM Father who sparked fire that killed son gets prison

New Jersey — A New Jersey father who admitted tossing lit matches in an apartment that sparked a fire which killed his infant son and damaged dozens of buildings is now headed to prison. Eddie Gonzalez Sr. received a five-year sentence on Friday. The 27-year-old Union City man had pleaded guilty last November to reckless manslaughter. Gonzalez and another 19

22 February 2018 10:18 AM Hughes returns for England against Scotland

Bagshot - Nathan Hughes was recalled by England coach Eddie Jones on Thursday in the only change to the Six Nations champions' starting side for this weekend's Calcutta Cup clash away to Scotland. The Wasps No 8, who has been out of Test action since suffering a knee injury while on club duty in December, goes straight into the back row in place of the sidelined 23

21 February 2018 11:52 AM Cheetahs, Ospreys PRO14 match won't be televised

Cape Town - Free State Rugby has announced that the PRO14 match between Ospreys and the Cheetahs on Saturday at 19:35 (SA time) in Swansea will not be broadcast on TV. The reason is that the 2017/18 PRO14 championship was finalised in a short amount of time and that TV broadcasting rights were the cause of some challenges. This match clashes with football 32

21 February 2018 10:45 AM Pollard: 'Canes a force, with or without Barrett

Cape Town - Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard says the Hurricanes remain a dangerous outfit even without All Black flyhalf Beauden Barrett. Barrett looks unlikely to start in Saturday’s game at Loftus Versfeld - largely due to the fact that he did not feature in any of the pre-season warm-up matches and that he arrived late in South Africa after attending 31

21 February 2018 6:41 AM 57 days later Thomson cleared to leave hospital

Cape Town - Former All Blacks and Highlanders forward Adam Thomson is out of hospital and has been cleared to fly home to New Zealand, after overcoming a spinal infection. According to the Stuff website, the 29-cap international spent 57 days in a Tokyo hospital after suffering from lumbar discitis, a painful infection of the spine. But Thomson, 35, who moved 29

20 February 2018 1:29 PM Edinburgh make Murrayfield permanent base

Cape Town - Scottish club Edinburgh will play their home matches at Murrayfield only instead of alternating between there and Myreside as they look to finish the season a high. Edinburgh believe that alternating between venues does not deliver a consistent match-day experience for supporters, nor does it provide consistency for Richard Cockerill’s squad 22

20 February 2018 10:30 AM Stormers ditch targets for tour Down Under

Cape Town - In 2017 the Stormers left for a three-match tour of New Zealand full of hope. The Capetonians had started the season with six straight victories, including a seriously impressive 34-26 win over the Chiefs at Newlands. Defeat to eventual finalists the Lions the week before leaving for New Zealand did not dampen the spirits, and coach Robbie 39

20 February 2018 5:12 AM Div: SA Rugby urged Zimbabwe not to appoint me

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has launched a scathing attack on his former employers at SA Rugby, implying that they blacklisted him and tried to prevent him from getting future employment. De Villiers was earlier this month confirmed as Zimbabwe’s new head coach but on Monday took the opportunity to hit out at the top brass of SA Rugby 27

18 February 2018 9:28 AM Demands of coaching Real Madrid are 'exhausting'

Madrid - Zinedine Zidane has admitted that coaching Real Madrid is draining as he prepares his side for their return to La Liga action on the back of the Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain. "It is exhausting, for sure, even more so at Real Madrid," the Frenchman, who had been under considerable pressure prior to the rousing 3-1 win over PSG in the first 28