The Rugby Championship

Paul defends Aussie pack

Wallaby hooker Jeremy Paul believes his country’s forward talent is the best he has seen in his nine years as a Test player.

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Giteau to beat the rush

Back in the Wallabies starting side, Matt Giteau plans to step his way through the Springboks’ rush defence in Brisbane on Saturday.

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Mallett questions Bok selections

Nick Mallett feels Jake White’s refusal to play an openside specialist against Australia could limit South Africa’s prospects of a win.

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Joe’s jibe cuts deep

George Smith has warned the Springboks that they stand to lose a few things if he loses another dreadlock in Saturday’s Vodacom Tri Nations test.

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Lote doesn’t scare Ndungane

Springbok new cap Akona Ndungane fronted the Australian media for the first time and made it clear Lote Tuqiri’s just another opponent.

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Pushing the Jumper’s cause

Keo, in his News 24 coulmn, writes that too much emphasis is placed on scrumming when the line-out is the most significant attacking platform.

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Boks face Brazil-like pressure

Jake White believes the expectation on the Springboks before the Vodacom Tri-Nations is similar to what Brazil endured at the soccer World Cup.

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Honiss nears record

New Zealand referee Paul Honiss will become his country’s most experienced match official when he blows the game between Australia and South Africa on Saturday.

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Blake blow to Wobblies

Rodzilla won’t face the Boks on Saturday, but Rattlebones has made a surprisingly quick return to the Australian match 22.

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