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Fourie gets 4-week ban, Cooper also suspended

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SOUTH Africa center Jaque Fourie was suspended for four weeks yesterday after being cited for a dangerous tackle during the Tri-Nations test match between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane. Earlier, Australia...

Boks slump to third straight loss

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MATT Giteau kicked five penalties and set up a try as Australia beat South Africa 30-13 in Brisbane yesterday, a third straight loss for the defending Tri-Nations champion. The Wallabies led 23-3 before the Springboks...

Boks coach backtracks

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SOUTH Africa coach Peter de Villiers has attempted to defuse a row over comments he made about referees favoring the All Blacks in the first two Tri-Nations tests for the benefit of next year's World Cup. De...

Springboks coach implies refereeing conspiracy

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SOUTH Africa coach Peter de Villiers has implied that his Springboks could be the victims of a conspiracy designed to bolster the World Cup in New Zealand next year. De Villiers has questioned the interpretations...

Aussies welcome back key trio for Tri-Nations

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AUSTRALIA will go into its Tri-Nations opener against South Africa buoyed by the return of scrumhalf Will Genia, lock Nathan Sharpe and prop Benn Robinson and will start Saturday's test. Genia has recovered from...

Bekker out of Brisbane test

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SOUTH Africa lock Andries Bekker will miss Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby test against Australia due to a back injury. The South African Rugby Union said yesterday that Bekker suffered an acute disc injury towards...

De Villiers suspended for two weeks

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SOUTH African wing Jean de Villiers has been suspended for two weeks for a dangerous tackle during the Springboks' 17-31 loss to New Zealand in their Tri-Nations test in Wellington on Saturday. De Villiers had...

All Blacks outwit Boks again

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NEW Zealand produced another high-tempo, attack-minded performance yesterday to secure its second successive bonus-point win in the 2010 Tri-Nations with a 31-17 victory over South Africa at a sold-out Westpac Stadium...

Cooper has charge dropped

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A BURGLARY charge against Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper has been dropped after police offered no evidence against him during a court hearing in Gold Coast yesterday. Cooper, 22, was arrested last year following...

Boks hope for some lift after first flop

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A SLIGHT lift in intensity should help the Springboks get back into the Tri-Nations title hunt when they face All Blacks in Wellington tomorrow, South African lock Victor Matfield has said. The world champions...

Boks call up van der Merwe for suspended Botha

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SOUTH Africa has added lock Flip van der Merwe to its Tri-Nations squad after the suspension of test veteran Bakkies Botha for head-butting. Van der Merwe, from the Pretoria-based Bulls, will join the squad ahead...

Inspired All Blacks beat Boks

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NEW Zealand invoked memories of past encounters with South Africa to record a 32-12 victory in its opening Tri-Nations clash yesterday. The All Blacks, who had lost their three previous encounters against the...

All Blacks, Boks gear up for Tri-Nations opener

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WORLD rugby's two top-ranked teams, New Zealand and South Africa, meet in the opening match of the Tri-Nations tournament tomorrow at the ground where the World Cup final will be played in 15 months. Both teams...

Henry rings in Tri-Nations changes

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NEW Zealand coach Graham Henry sent a clear message to his top players yesterday with a little more than a year remaining before the next World Cup. Nobody is safe. Henry dropped four players who appeared in...

NZ league convert Hape to make England debut

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FORMER New Zealand rugby league international Shontayne Hape will make his international debut for England against Australia in Perth tomorrow. Hape was named at inside center by England coach Martin Johnson yesterday...

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