World Cup

Muir jumps to Dash’s defence

Springbok backline coach Dick Muir conceded Bryan Habana is struggling for form but sought to alleviate some of the pressure on the winger by saying the attacking burden must be shared between the collective.

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Execution focus in Boks’ method

RYAN VREDE writes that Warren Gatland makes a valid but not new point when he says the Springboks ‘don’t play’. The key to their success has and will hinge on the ability to set a platform for and the precise execution of their pragmatic approach.

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Embracing the island style

JON CARDINELLI writes that fanatical support for the Pacific island nations has sparked terrific excitement in the build up to the World Cup opener in Auckland.

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Stage set for Carter

Stage set for Carter

MARK KEOHANE, in his Business Day Sport Monthly column, says Dan Carter will define the All Blacks’ World Cup challenge.

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Brüssow to douse Welsh flame

JON CARDINELLI says the Welsh attack will struggle for quick ball as long as Springbok opensider Heinrich Brüssow is on the park.

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