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Ruhan Nel late cover for BlitzBoks

Utility back Ruhan Nel was on Wednesday called up as a replacement for the injured Stephan Dippenaar who returns home with a hamstring injury.

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Piutau crossing hemispheres

Ulster confirmed the signing of New Zealand international, Charles Piutau, on a two-year contract.

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Ferreira gets the nod against Bulls

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his 23-man side to face the Bulls in Saturday’s local Super Rugby derby match.

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Lions' tackle stars top the table

EXCLUSIVE: The Lions' success on their Australasian tour  has been put down to their sound defensive system. Jan de Koning reports.

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Sevens star Akhi back for the Blues

Former All Black Sevens player Pita Ahki will make his season debut for the Blues in their Super Rugby clash against the Chiefs on Saturday.

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Nonu joins 150 club

Hurricanes midfielder Ma'a Nonu will join an elite club of four when he runs on against the Stormers this Friday night.

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Dragons lock wins court case

Wales lock Ian Gough had his conviction for assaulting his glamour model ex-girlfriend overturned by a south London court.

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Sharks eye life after Steyn

INTERVIEW: While the Sharks have been shocked by SANZAR's ruling on Frans Steyn, Fred Zeilinga is trying to look to the future.

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Three weeks for Hughes' knee-strike

Nathan Hughes of the Wasps has been found guilty and charged for striking with George North's head with his knee during the match against Northampton.

Roberts puts club future out of mind

Welsh centre Jamie Roberts admits he is trying to put the uncertainty over his club future to the back of his mind.

SARU exceed profit forecasts

NEWS: SARU made a small operating profit – exceeding forecasts – in a very difficult economic environment, to record a fourth successive year of profit.

Cheetahs make eight changes

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has named his team to take on Australian conference leaders the Brumbies in a Super Rugby clash on Saturday.

Steyn cops five weeks after appeal

Sharks centre Frans Steyn has been slapped with a five-week ban for a tip-tackle incident he was cleared of only a week ago.

Hanekom on the comeback trail

Lions utility back Nicolaas Hanekom is making progress on his knee injury and is expected to be available for selection within the upcoming four weeks.

Habberfield commits to Ospreys

Ospreys have announced that scrumhalf Tom Habberfield has become the latest player to sign a new deal with the region.

Sharks will not face Carter

Dan Carter will not take part in the Crusaders second tour match against the Sharks in Durban this weekend after he flew home on Tuesday.

Warriors bring Blair home

Glasgow Warriors have signed experienced scrumhalf Mike Blair on a two-year contract.

Ashton hungry for WC spot

Chris Ashton says he has warmed up for 'the biggest game this year' by scoring two tries last weekend in preparations for Saracens' quarterfinal.