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Smiles for miles as Blitzboks get ready for London

All the teams in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series play to their own beat, but few would argue that the broad smiles from the Blitzboks, just before every match kicks off, is one of the most recognised elements of the world showpiece.

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“Every match counts” as Cell C Sharks welcome Emirates Lions

The Cell C Sharks will be trying to reverse their recent disappointing form in Durban when they host the Emirates Lions in a Vodacom Super Rugby derby on Saturday evening, with kick-off at Jonsson Kings Park scheduled for 17h15.

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DHL Stormers have to be wary of fast-starting Highlanders

The DHL Stormers will have to be at their defensive best in the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Highlanders at DHL Newlands, where SA Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit will earn in his 50th cap for the Capetonians.

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Sako Makata keen to continue upward curve

Four tournaments into the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the Blitzboks looked down and out, failing to make the same impact and strong start that saw them winning consecutive World Series titles in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

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All systems go for SA Rugby U16 and U18 Girls Weeks

It will be ladies first as SA Rugby’s annual Youth Weeks series – where close to 3000 players will showcase their skills in six tournaments across four venues around the country – kick off next month with the U16 and U18 Girls Week tournaments in Johannesburg.

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Gritty Emirates Lions beat Highlanders in Joburg try-fest

The Emirates Lions produced a gutsy performance to defeat the Highlanders 38-29 in their Vodacom Super Rugby encounter played in perfect conditions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Buthelezi to lead Junior Boks at World Rugby U20 Champs

Phendulani Buthelezi will lead the Junior Springbok World Rugby U20 Championship squad, which features five players who participated in the tournament last year, for the global showpiece in Argentina from 4 to 22 June.

Vodacom Bulls' pack sets tone for triumph over NSW at Loftus

The Vodacom Bulls halted a fierce fightback from the Waratahs in the second half to score an important 28-21 Vodacom Super Rugby victory at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon.

Resilient DHL Stormers down Rebels in Melbourne

A strong finish by the DHL Stormers saw them clinch a 41-24 win over the Rebels in Melbourne in their Vodacom Super Rugby round nine clash on Friday.

DHL Stormers go down in thrilling Auckland clash

The Blues pulled away in the second half after leading by 10-6 at the break to defeat the DHL Stormers 24-9 in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.