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Shape up, or ship out

Springboks who do not meet the team’s fitness requirements this season will find themselves out of the national side.

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Fourie’s fate in the balance

Bulls scrumhalf Fourie du Preez has a 50% chance of playing against the Cheetahs in Friday night’s Super 14 opener in Bloemfontein.

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Super Scots shock Frogs

Scotland pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Six Nations history when they beat France 20-16 at Murrayfield on Sunday.

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Daylight robbery in Dublin

An appalling display from English referee Dave Pearson let Ireland off the hook against Italy in Dublin on Saturday.

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Boks scrape through

The Boks lost 7-0 to Argentina in the Wellington Sevens but still progressed to the quarter-finals.

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Gurthro’s a goner

Bulls prop Gurthro Steenkamp has been ruled out of the Super 14 and probably the rest of the 2006 season.

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Beware of Bloem

Bloemfontein could be the graveyard for visiting Super 14 teams, according to Cheetahs manager Naka Drotske.

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Smit: SA derbies will be ugly

Bok captain John Smit is expecting blood and thunder when South Africa’s franchises meet during the Super 14 this year.

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