World Cup

Matfield laments long season

Victor Matfield says the northern hemisphere sides came into the World Cup with an advantage and pointed to the south’s injury toll as vindication for that view.

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Brüssow’s big moment

While he prefers to view himself as just another cog in a powerful machine, Heinrich Brüssow will need to best David Pocock if the Springboks are going to progress beyond the World Cup quarter-final stage.

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‘Expect the unexpected’

Jean de Villiers says the Springboks will be prepared for whatever the innovative Quade Cooper throws at them in Sunday’s quarter-final in Wellington.

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Samoa’s Sapolu suspended

The IRB has suspended Samoa centre Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono from all rugby because he failed to appear at a judicial hearing.

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Mas returns for France

Prop Nicolas Mas will start against England in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final at Eden Park.

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Boks get Bryce

New Zealand’s Bryce Lawrence will referee South Africa’s World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Wellington on Sunday.

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Smit acknowledges Wallabies’ edge

John Smit says Australia’s dominance of the Springboks in the last two years will benefit them, but he draws confidence from his side’s superior experience in World Cup play-off matches.

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Boks sweat on wingers

Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen are in danger of missing the quarter-final against Australia on Sunday.

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