The Rugby Championship

Best of the best

No Wallaby or Puma makes my Rugby Championship ‘Best XV’ after four rounds. What’s your team look like?

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Get real Ewen

Ewen McKenzie sounded more like Walter Mitty in declaring progress had been made with his yellow-belly Wobblies.

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Folau’s fighting talk

Israel Folau says the Springboks physicality in Brisbane shocked and stunned the Wallabies – and said his team had to man up in Cape Town.

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Du Preez will add dimension

Thank goodness Fourie du Preez will be back in the No 9 jersey. The Boks also need a fit Frans Steyn for the November overseas tour. And would you pick French-based Castres scrumhalf Rory Kockott?

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Ref aside, the All Blacks were better

There was grace and calm in the reaction of the Springbok leadership to the defeat against the All Blacks. But there must also be honesty about many aspects of the performance.

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Bissie’s red turns to green

It’s all systems go for the Springbok green machine Bismarck du Plessis. His red card has been removed from his Test playing CV – courtesy of the IRB.

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Red card rage ruins Boks

Shocking officiating robbed the world of a spectacular Test match and the Springboks of a chance to beat the world champion All Blacks.

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