Backing Burger

Schalk Burger and Johan Goosen will play 40 minutes in this weekend’s Currie Cup semi-finals. is it enough to make the Springboks End of Year touring squad?

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Hansen plays down hype

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said if his team believed their own press they’d lose to Australia in Dunedin.

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Bismarck’s bizarre game time

Somehow I just can’t imagine the Chiefs, Crusaders or All Blacks not playing Bismarck du Plessis for eighty minutes, if the world’s best hooker was a starting option.

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Duane’s da Man

Duane Vermeulen produced a colossal turnover – one of many – in the last minute to deny the Sharks a possible win and a home Currie Cup final.

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Painful end for Blitzbokke

Kyle Brown’s Blitzbokke finished fourth in the Gold Coast IRB World Series Sevens. New Zealand won the first event of the 2013/14 season.

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Corey’s back in black

World Cup-winning wing Corey Jane is back for the All Blacks and Ben Smith will start at outside centre against Australia in Dunedin.

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Toulon torture Scots

Matt Giteau starred for Toulon in their crushing 51-28 Heineken Cup win against Glasgow.

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Bulls bow out

The Cheetahs ended the Bulls Currie Cup season with a comfortable 22-7 win in Bloemfontein.

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Kockott kills off Saints

South African Rory Kockott put the boot into Northampton Saints in Saturday’s Heineken Cup action.

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