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Abuja (AFP) Chelsea’s Victor Moses will miss Nigeria’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier in Algeria and the friendly against Argentina with a hamstring injury, while coach Gernot Rohr recalled in-form youngster Henry Onyekuru. Nigeria had already qualified for next year’s finals in Russia with Moses a key figure, but the 26-year-old suffered the injury in Chelsea’s loss to Crystal Palace two weeks ago. Rohr called up 20-year-old forward Onyekuru, who has scored seven goals this season on loan at Anderlecht from Premier League club Everton and made his international debutRead More
Sydney (AFP) Coach Michael Cheika says he is working on the mental obstacles as the Wallabies chase a rare win over the Springboks on South Africa’s Highveld in the Rugby Championship. The Wallabies left for the republic on Saturday with Cheika aiming to break Australia’s struggles against the Springboks in Tests at high altitude. The Wallabies tackle the Springboks at Bloemfontein on September 30 at the venue where they last won at high altitude seven years ago. Australia have won just three Tests overall on the Highveld in Johannesburg, PretoriaRead More
Salta (Argentina) (AFP) South Africa celebrated wearing a red outfit for the first time by defeating Argentina 41-23 in the Rugby Championship in Salta Saturday and stretching a winning run to five matches. The change from the traditional green and gold or second-choice white was to celebrate 25 years of rugby unity in a country where the sport was run on racial lines during apartheid. All the national flag colours — black, blue, green, red, white and yellow — have been used either in playing or training kit this season.Read More
Salta (Argentina) (AFP) South Africa will wear red for the first time in their 126-year existence when they play in Argentina on Saturday, hoping to extend an encouraging four-victory start to the season. The change from the traditional green and gold or second-choice white is to celebrate 25 years of rugby unity in a country where the sport was run on racial lines during apartheid. All the national flag colours — black, blue, green, red, white and yellow — will have been used either in playing or training kit afterRead More
Buenos Aires (AFP) South Africa have made one injury-enforced change from the team that defeated Argentina last weekend for the Rugby Championship return match in Salta Saturday. An ankle injury rules out scrum-half Ross Cronje and experienced Francois Hougaard comes off the bench to replace him in the starting line-up. Rudy Paige has been promoted to the replacements’ bench as scrum-half cover with the Springboks seeking a fifth consecutive victory this season. “Francois has played a lot of Test rugby, his work ethic is second to none and he hasRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Scrum-half Jano Vermaak replaced the injured Ross Cronje on Sunday when the South Africa squad was named for a Rugby Championship match in Argentina next Saturday. Cronje won a fitness battle to start in a 37-15 opening round triumph over the Pumas this weekend, but was not at his best. The 28-year-old Golden Lion is injury prone, missing the final Test in a 3-0 whitewash of France two months ago. Western Stormer Vermaak debuted for the Springboks in 2013 against Italy in Durban and has been capped threeRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa launch their Rugby Championship campaign at home to Argentina Saturday knowing they have not convinced everyone a new chapter has begun following a horror 2016 season. After a calendar-year record eight defeats in 12 Tests under new coach Allister Coetzee, the 3-0 series whitewash of France two months ago was warmly welcomed. But while Coetzee spoke of “setting the record straight”, sceptics noted that France were average at best and dismal at worst during the tour. Were South Africa good or France awful or was itRead More