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Saracens Women Secure Akina Gondwe, Former Worcester Prop, in Permanent Deal Following Warriors' Withdrawal from PWR Season.

Saracens Women Secure Akina Gondwe, Former Worcester Prop, in Permanent Deal Following Warriors’ Withdrawal from PWR Season.

Saracens Women have secured the signing of former Worcester prop Akina Gondwe on a permanent deal following the Warriors’ withdrawal from the 2023-24 Premiership Women’s Rugby season. Gondwe, who initially joined on loan at the start of the season, celebrated her first start during Saracens’ 48-7 victory against Loughborough Lightning. The move comes amid financial difficulties at Worcester, which led to their self-exclusion from this season’s campaign in October. Gondwe, expressing mixed emotions about the transition, stated, “It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, from losing Worcester to arriving at Saracens. I’m sad to lose a club that’s been home ...

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Antoine Dupont Urges Patience En Route to Paris 2024

Antoine Dupont Urges Patience En Route to Paris 2024

Antoine Dupont, recently honored as the Best Top 14 Player and Best French International Player at the Nuit du Rugby awards, faces an enticing opportunity. Acknowledging questions about his commitment to the France sevens team for the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024, Dupont, disappointed after falling short at Rugby World Cup 2023, aims to participate in the next significant rugby event on home soil. Seeking support from his club, the federation, and France Sevens, Dupont expressed his determination to adapt to the faster-paced sevens format through the new HSBC SVNS Series. However, he acknowledges the challenges of transitioning from 15s ...

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Dénia Rugby Barbarians Marina Alta maintains sixth spot in league with win in Elx.

Dénia Rugby Barbarians Marina Alta maintains sixth spot in league with win in Elx.

Last Saturday witnessed an exhilarating showdown as Dénia Rugby Barbarians Marina Alta clashed with Elx, a pivotal match for the Dianenses following three consecutive defeats. The game began evenly, marked by an intense midfield battle, showcasing no clear dominance. Tension filled the air, both teams displaying fierce resilience. In the 26th minute, Dénia seized the advantage with a try from Daniel Crucieru, courtesy of an excellent three-quarter combination, setting the score at 0-5 without the conversion. Subsequent substitutions on both sides maintained the match’s intensity, with the Barbarians sustaining momentum. Young Othmane added another try, concluding the first half with ...

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World Rugby 2023 Rankings: Springboks Lead, USA and Canada Rise

World Rugby 2023 Rankings: Springboks Lead, USA and Canada Rise

After the conclusion of the last two matches in the La Vila International Rugby Cup last weekend, the international season of 2023 is officially closed. The World Rugby ranking is now finalized until the beginning of the next Six Nations. As Tier 2 teams were involved in the event held in Spain, there are no changes at the top of the rankings. The reigning champion South Africa maintains the lead with a significant advantage over Ireland and New Zealand. Read also: How does the World Rugby ranking work, and how are the scores calculated? France remains just below the podium ...

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Mo’unga Discusses All Blacks Future Amidst Move to Japan

Mo’unga Discusses All Blacks Future Amidst Move to Japan

The Kiwi playmaker, fresh from the Rugby World Cup, where New Zealand narrowly lost to South Africa in the final, has embarked on a new journey in Japan. Having inked a three-year contract with Toshiba Brave Lupus in Japanese Rugby League One (JRLO), Mo’unga is pausing his international endeavors. Despite his storied career with the Crusaders, boasting seven Super Rugby titles, the 29-year-old remains resolute in focusing on his current stint with Toshiba. Dismissing thoughts of a return to the All Blacks, Mo’unga emphasized his dedication to giving his best for Toshiba, envisioning a prolonged tenure until retirement. Fellow All ...

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Mo'unga set to move on from All Blacks following switch to Japan

Mo’unga set to move on from All Blacks following switch to Japan

New Zealand playmaker Richie Mo’unga expressed his commitment to playing in Japan “until I retire,” shifting his focus away from a potential return to the All Blacks. Mo’unga, now with Toshiba Brave Lupus on a three-year deal, cannot participate in All Blacks matches during this period due to eligibility constraints for overseas-based players. Having played a crucial role in New Zealand’s recent World Cup final, Mo’unga emphasized his dedication to Toshiba. “I just want to give all I can to Toshiba,” he told reporters. “I really can see myself playing here as long as I can until I retire.” Mo’unga ...

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Pollard, De Klerk, Mbonambi: Key Players in Springbok Team's Rugby World Cup Final Victory

Pollard, De Klerk, Mbonambi: Key Players in Springbok Team’s Rugby World Cup Final Victory

Mbonambi’s Inclusion in Run-On Team After Racial Slur Allegation Cleared by World Rugby Mbonambi’s place in the starting lineup for the upcoming match was confirmed by World Rugby, who conducted a thorough investigation into allegations that he used a racial slur against England’s Tom Curry in the semi-final. World Rugby issued a statement, saying, “After reviewing all available evidence, including match footage, audio recordings, and statements from both teams, we have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to pursue charges at this time. Therefore, the matter is considered closed unless new evidence emerges.” Siya Kolisi, the captain of the Springboks, ...

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World Rugby Clears Bongi Mbonambi: RFU Expresses Disappointment Over Tom Curry Slur Investigation

World Rugby Clears Bongi Mbonambi: RFU Expresses Disappointment Over Tom Curry Slur Investigation

Bongi Mbonambi Cleared of Alleged Discriminatory Language in Rugby World Cup Semi-Final In a highly debated incident during the Rugby World Cup semi-final between South Africa and England, Bongi Mbonambi, the South African hooker, faced allegations of using discriminatory language against Tom Curry. Curry claimed that Mbonambi had referred to him with a racial slur during the match, leading to a significant controversy. However, World Rugby has officially stated that no charges will be brought against Mbonambi, citing “insufficient evidence.” This decision was made after a thorough review of the allegations, including match footage, audio recordings, and input from both ...

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Master Rugby Fantasy World Cup: Your Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Dominance!

Master Rugby Fantasy World Cup: Your Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Dominance!

This year’s Rugby World Cup introduces a captivating fantasy game, taking rugby fandom to new heights. Here’s a breakdown of how it operates and strategies to outperform your friends: Player Selection: In the official tournament game, you get a budget of 100 credits to build a team of 15 players. The team includes two props, a hooker, two locks, three back-rowers, a scrum-half, a fly-half, two centers, and three outside backs. Each player comes with varying price tags. A designated captain scores double points in any match, and three boosters, including ‘super kicker’ and ‘defensive king,’ add to the excitement. ...

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Handre Pollard Takes Charge at No. 10 in Springboks' World Cup Final Lineup

Handre Pollard Takes Charge at No. 10 in Springboks’ World Cup Final Lineup

South Africa’s Heroic Fly-Half Handre Pollard to Lead in Rugby World Cup Final Against New Zealand South Africa’s semifinal standout, Handre Pollard, is set to take charge as fly-half in the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand. After a dramatic semifinal match against England, where Pollard came off the bench to secure a narrow 16-15 victory with a crucial 48-meter penalty, he is expected to play the full 80 minutes in the final. Pollard’s history in World Cup finals is noteworthy; in the 2019 World Cup final against England, he scored an impressive 22 points in a 32-12 victory. ...

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Argentina vs. England Rugby World Cup 2023 Bronze Final: Preview and Predictions

Argentina vs. England Rugby World Cup 2023 Bronze Final: Preview and Predictions

The two disappointed semi-finalists, Argentina and England, are gearing up for the Rugby World Cup 2023 bronze final after a week of regrouping. Argentina, having fallen to New Zealand, is determined to prove their worth, especially for stalwarts Agustín Creevy and Nicolás Sánchez. Coach Michael Cheika has made strategic changes, aiming for a deserved medal. England, coming close to defeating South Africa, also seeks a final triumph. Head coach Steve Borthwick made several changes, including a revamped front-row and a shift for Tom Curry. Youngs and Farrell reunite in a pivotal half-back partnership. The match promises intense competition and a ...

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Leonard Leads Wallaroos in WXV1 Clash with France: Captain Ready for Challenge

Leonard Leads Wallaroos in WXV1 Clash with France: Captain Ready for Challenge

Wallaroos’ Head Coach Jay Tregonning has implemented significant changes following their recent defeat to England. Sera Naiqama, Desiree Miller, Leilani Nathan, and Melanie Wilks will now be part of the 23-player squad facing France in Dunedin, as they aim to bounce back from their loss. Due to the absence of injured captain Piper Duck, Michaela Leonard has taken on the role of captain in recent matches. Coach Tregonning expressed the team’s commitment to improving their performance, saying, “Our top priority is to respond effectively to the England game and demonstrate strong execution against France.” Tregonning acknowledged the strength of the ...

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Springboks Training Video Sparks Controversy: Owen Farrell Reacts Strongly to Rugby News

Springboks Training Video Sparks Controversy: Owen Farrell Reacts Strongly to Rugby News

A recent video from South Africa’s training session before the World Cup final has sparked outrage. The footage, showing hooker Bongi Mbonambi joking around with teammates, added fuel to the racism allegations made against him by England’s Tom Curry. Curry claims Mbonambi racially abused him during the semi-final, an accusation vehemently denied by the Springboks. In the video, Mbonambi can be seen laughing and practicing lineout throws while a coach repeatedly shouts an Afrikaans term, ‘watter kant’ (which side). This term has been interpreted differently by various parties, further deepening the controversy. Some South Africans argue it’s a defensive calling ...

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Springbok Legend Nick Mallett Predicts Rugby World Cup Final Winner!

Springbok Legend Nick Mallett Predicts Rugby World Cup Final Winner!

In anticipation of the long-awaited Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand, Breakfast with Martin Bester had an insightful conversation with the rugby legend, Nick Mallett. This historic showdown at the Stade de France in Paris will determine the first four-time World Cup champion. During the interview, Nick Mallett shared his thoughts on the match, providing unique perspectives on what promises to be an unforgettable clash. Additionally, Martin Bester also spoke to Robbie, a South African residing in New Zealand, who revealed intriguing insights into the mindset of the local Kiwis and Saffas regarding the upcoming game. ...

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Rugby World Cup Final: All Blacks Prepare Strategic Bench Boost Against Springboks

Rugby World Cup Final: All Blacks Prepare Strategic Bench Boost Against Springboks

In preparation for the Rugby World Cup final showdown against the Springboks, All Blacks head coach Ian Foster is set to enhance his bench strength. This move is a direct response to the late-game prowess of South Africa’s formidable ‘Bomb Squad’. Expected changes include the inclusion of robust front-row players, Samisoni Taukei’aho and Nepo Laulala, to bolster the bench’s size and scrum capabilities. This tactical adjustment anticipates the impact the Bomb Squad will have in the later stages of the decisive match. During the semifinal against England, the South African bench played a pivotal role in rescuing their team from ...

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Rugby World Cup Final: World Rankings Permutations Decided - Winner Takes All!

Rugby World Cup Final: World Rankings Permutations Decided – Winner Takes All!

As the Rugby World Cup approaches its conclusion, only two games remain, with some teams vying for third place and others battling for the coveted title. In the lead-up to the weekend’s matches, Planet Rugby examines the potential impact of these final tests on the World Rankings. Final Match: New Zealand (2) vs. South Africa (1) The scenario is quite straightforward: the winner of the final will emerge as the world’s top-ranked team. Should the All Blacks secure victory, it would mark their return to the summit for the first time since November 2021. A win by a margin of ...

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pinion: Get Ready for an Exciting Weekend of Rugby Action

pinion: Get Ready for an Exciting Weekend of Rugby Action

In a significant move, The Witness proudly welcomes its new sports columnist, Robbie Naidoo, a seasoned journalist with a rich history in sports reporting. With a career spanning over two decades, Naidoo has graced the pages of esteemed publications like Post, Sunday Tribune, and the Mercury, leaving his mark on the sports journalism landscape. Naidoo’s expertise isn’t limited to print; he has also contributed to electronic media giants such as Capital Radio, SABC TV, East Coast Radio, and the BBC. His extensive travels have allowed him to cover a multitude of global sporting events, from the prestigious Wimbledon to the ...

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Argentina vs. England: Rugby World Cup Third-Place Showdown - Deja Vu on the Field

Argentina vs. England: Rugby World Cup Third-Place Showdown – Deja Vu on the Field

Argentina and England will clash in the Rugby World Cup’s third-place playoff on Friday, each recovering from distinct semifinal losses and having already met during the tournament. The Pumas suffered a heavy 44-6 defeat at the hands of a dominant New Zealand team. However, they have an opportunity to match their best-ever tournament finish with a victory at the Stade de France. On the other side, England, under the guidance of Steve Borthwick, valiantly held their own against defending champions South Africa. They were ahead on the scoreboard until Handre Pollard’s 77th-minute kick secured a 16-15 victory for the Springboks. ...

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Why World Rugby Isn't Worried About an Empty Sky Stadium for WXV Opener

Why World Rugby Isn’t Worried About an Empty Sky Stadium for WXV Opener

World Rugby’s WXV competition opened to crowds that fell short of the Rugby World Cup’s heights from the previous year, but the governing body remains optimistic about the inaugural event’s performance. Approximately 8,200 fans attended the two-day event at Sky Stadium over the weekend, although crowd figures for individual matches were not disclosed. The majority of attendees turned out for the Saturday double-header featuring the Black Ferns against France, while the opener between England and Australia on Friday night saw only a few hundred spectators in the stands. Sally Horrox, the Head of Women’s Rugby at World Rugby, anticipates similar ...

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A Journalist's Perspective on Covering the Rugby World Cup

A Journalist’s Perspective on Covering the Rugby World Cup

There’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to the life of reporters covering the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Cheree Kinnear, a contributor for the NZ Herald and Beyond the Game, offers us an exclusive glimpse into her whirlwind tour. Imagine this: It’s 4 a.m., and you’re finally crawling into bed after an intense night covering the All Blacks’ triumphant victory over Namibia in Toulouse. The rest of the world has long retired to their slumber, leaving you to tiptoe to your room with just the faint glow of your iPhone’s torch to guide your way. The ...