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16 August 2018 10:37 AM Cipriani slapped with fine for assault

London - England rugby star Danny Cipriani was fined £2 000 (R37 000) on Thursday after pleading guilty to common assault following an incident at a nightclub on the island of Jersey. The mercurial 30-year-old utility back - who had revived his international career in June with a first start for over a decade against South Africa - also pleaded guilty 23

07 August 2018 5:02 AM Hooper on track for Bledisloe opener

Sydney - Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper says he is confident of being fit to play the opening Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks after coming through his full first training session since tearing a hamstring. Hooper picked up the injury in the final Test against Ireland in June and was unable to play for the Waratahs during their recent Super 28

06 August 2018 7:26 PM Three Burundi soldiers killed in ambush: police

At least three Burundian soldiers were killed and five others injured in an attack outside of the capital Bujumbura at the weekend, police and media sources said on Monday. According to SOS Medias Burundi, a collective of independent journalists, an army truck was ambushed on Sunday night in the town of Gihanga, 15km from the capital. "A truck with about 63

05 August 2018 7:51 AM Polota-Nau returns, new faces in Wallabies squad

Sydney - Wallabies boss Michael Cheika on Sunday named Test veteran Tatafu Polota-Nau and six uncapped players in his extended squad ahead of the opening Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks. Polota-Nau was recalled to the squad after being rested for the Test series against Ireland and will be joined by England-based utility back Matt Toomua 32

18 July 2018 10:50 AM Aussie website picks 3 Saffers in 'team of the season'

Cape Town - Australian website Fox Sports Lab has picked its Super Rugby team of the season with three South Africans making the starting XV. Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff, Lions hooker Malcolm Marx and Bulls lock RG Snyman are the three South Africans included. Of Kitshoff, the publication wrote: “The Springboks loosehead was in fine nick in his seventh 29

14 July 2018 4:56 PM Sharks edge Jaguares, book playoff date with Crusaders

Cape Town - The Sharks got the job done at Kings Park on Saturday, beating the Jaguares 20-10 to book a place in this year's Super Rugby quarter-finals. With the Rebels having lost to the Highlanders in Dunedin earlier on Saturday, the Sharks knew that victory would be enough for them to move into 8th spot on the overall log in what was the final match 24

14 July 2018 9:24 AM Crusaders ominous in destroying Blues

Cape Town - The Crusaders laid down yet another marker that they will be the team to beat in this year's Super Rugby tournament when they dished out a lesson to fellow New Zealand side, the Blues, in Christchurch on Saturday. The Crusaders scored eight tries through centre Jack Goodhue (2), wings George Bridge (3) and Seta Tamanivalu, lock Sam Whitelock 25

06 July 2018 9:46 AM Crusaders seal top spot on Super Rugby standings

Christchurch - The Crusaders sealed top spot on the Super Rugby ladder with a 45-22 (half-time 25-17) win over the Highlanders on Friday. The result means no one can reach the defending champions on the overall leaderboard, guaranteeing them home advantage through the finals series as they chase their ninth title. The Crusaders scored five tries to three 34

03 July 2018 12:20 PM Massive blow to Sharks' Super Rugby hopes

Cape Town - The Sharks have been dealt a massive blow with the news that Springbok flank Jean-Luc du Preez is out of action for Saturday's clash against the Stormers at Newlands. It could be even worse for the Sharks, too, with Du Preez also a major doubt for the final match of regular season against the Jaguares. Du Preez had started this past Saturday's 28

01 July 2018 4:00 AM South Sudan opposition accuses government of breaking ceasefire

South Sudan rebels, led by former vice president Riek Machar, on Saturday accused the army of breaking a ceasefire just hours after it came into force. Rebel spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel said government forces had "launched an attack on Saturday morning on a rebel position at Mboro, near the northwest town of Wau. "The regime's forces in coordination 24