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2014 venues and kick-offs confirmed

2014 venues and kick-offs confirmed

After releasing the preliminary schedule in early December, SANZAR can today confirm Argentina's home venues for The Rugby Championship 2014.

De Villiers claims prestigious honour

De Villiers claims prestigious honour

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers became only the sixth player to be named South African Rugby Player of the Year more than once.

Meyer happy with Matfield return

Meyer happy with Matfield return, but offers no guarantee of Springbok jersey

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer welcomed Victor Matfield’s return after it was confirmed that the 110-cap lock would be back on the playing field for the Bulls this season.

Henry Speight eligible for Wallabies

Henry Speight eligible for Wallabies

The IRB Regulations Committee Panel hearing the Henry Speight eligibility case has determined that the player can represent Australia from September 11, 2014.

Francisco Pastrana entre los mejores (release in Spanish)

Francisco Pastrana entre los mejores (release in Spanish)

El comienzo de año es muy intenso para el árbitro árbitro argentino Francisco Pastrana, quien se encuentra participando de reuniones junto a los mejores referees del mundo, antes de participar en dos encuentros del Seis Naciones.

ICBC Pampas XV jugará la Pacific Rugby Cup (release in Spanish)

ICBC Pampas XV jugará la Pacific Rugby Cup (release in Spanish)

La International Rugby Board lanzó la Pacific Rugby Cup, torneo que se disputará entre el 13 de febrero y el 23 de marzo de este año, con la participación del equipo de ICBC Pampas XV.

Argentina joins Pacific Rugby Cup in 2014

Argentina joins Pacific Rugby Cup in 2014

The International Rugby Board has announced that the Argentina Pampas XV will participate in a new-look IRB Pacific Rugby Cup in 2014.

Daniel Hourcade begins 2014 planning (release in Spanish)

Daniel Hourcade begins 2014 planning (release in Spanish)

Las fiestas y el fin de año, junto a las vacaciones de verano marcan una pausa en la agenda del rugby argentino. No hay partidos ni entrenamientos pero si mucho trabajo fuera de la cancha para preparar el 2014 que ya se viene.

FIVE LEADERSHIP questions the TRC nations may ponder in 2014

FIVE LEADERSHIP questions the TRC nations may ponder in 2014

Incumbent Wallabies captain Ben Mowen’s decision to shift to France after this year’s Super Rugby season ensures a there will be a fair amount of mulling by Australian coach Ewen McKenzie – but all four countries that contest The Rugby Championship will have some pressing questions to answer in the next year or two.

Ben Mowen signals his intention to leave Australia after the 2014 season

Ben Mowen signals his intention to leave Australia after the 2014 season

Wallabies and Brumbies captain Ben Mowen has sensationally flagged his intentions to leave Australia at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season to be closer to his family in France.

Argentina to implement new scrum rules into all domestic competitions (release in Spanish)

Argentina to implement new scrum rules into all domestic competitions (release in Spanish)

A partir del 1 de enero de 2014, entrará en vigencia en todos los torneos que se disputen en el país (UAR, Regionales, Provinciales, Clubes, etc), la nueva secuencia de entrada al scrum que consiste en formar con las indicaciones de “cuclillas, tomarse, ya” (“crouch, bind, set”, en inglés).

All Blacks and Read in Halberg award shortlist

All Blacks and Read in Halberg award shortlist

The exceptional performances of New Zealand athletes and teams in 2013 has resulted in 25 finalists being named for six categories at the Halberg Awards - the country's leading event to honour and celebrate sporting excellence.

FLASHBACK: Mendoza once again nearly the scene of Argentine heroics

FLASHBACK: Mendoza once again nearly the scene of Argentine heroics

Our look back at last season's Tests continues, with a look at what was almost one of the greatest week-to-week turnarounds in rugby history, with Los Pumas putting aside their heaviest ever defeat to South Africa to come close to recording their maiden scalp.

FLASHBACK: Wallabies hold on to prevent maiden Pumas victory

FLASHBACK: Wallabies hold on to prevent maiden Pumas victory

Our series of reflections on some of the best matches of 2013 continues, looking at the Wallabies first win of last year's The Rugby Championship, and another nail biting affair where Los Pumas came so close to recording their maiden tournament victory.

FLASHBACK: All Blacks survive the battle of Bismarck

FLASHBACK: All Blacks survive the battle of Bismarck

We reflect on some of the biggest matches of the 2013 season, with a flashback towards the epic clash between the All Blacks and Springboks at Eden Park, a game where Bismarck du Plessis emerged as one of the matches most pivotal figures.

EXCLUSIVE: Evolution will reach frightening levels in The Rugby Championship next season

EXCLUSIVE: Evolution will reach frightening levels in The Rugby Championship next season

The Six Nations serves as an interesting viewing exercise for the fact that it is the first major calendar tournament of 2014, one that coaches in the South candidly admit they observe to track new trends and tactics, before the harshest test begins, The Rugby Championship.

Argentina release 72-player list for 2014 High Performance squads (release in Spanish)

Argentina release 72-player list for 2014 High Performance squads (release in Spanish)

La Gerencia de Rugby confirmó el listado de jugadores Seniors que formarán parte del Plan de Alto Rendimiento de la UAR para la temporada 2014. La lista de seleccionados consta de 72 jugadores, los cuales serán categorizados  dentro de tres vínculos contractuales: contratados, becados e invitados oficiales.

All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies top three, while Hong Kong and Indonesia make rankings impression

All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies top three, while Hong Kong and Indonesia make rankings impression

Hong Kong have claimed the mantle of the final climbers of 2013 in the IRB World Rankings after recording back-to-back victories over Belgium in the last seven days, a series win which lifts them four places to a new high of 25th.

We've already had our Christmas present! End of year top-three nations to SANZAR

We've already had our Christmas present! End of year top-three nations to SANZAR

The All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies will finish 2013 as the top three teams in world rugby, in that order.

Remember all of that? The 2013 rugby season in rough review

Remember all of that? The 2013 rugby season in rough review

The All Blacks kept winning, the Wallabies remained quite possibly the most medically demanding team to support in the game, while the Springboks, not content with merely bashing and smashing, adding more and more layers to their game which only served to make them more terrifying.

Scotland to play Argentina twice, while visiting the Republic and hosting the All Blacks

Scotland to play Argentina twice, while visiting the Republic and hosting the All Blacks

Scotland will play 12 internationals next year, it was confirmed last week, and will face Los Pumas twice, while they will host Argentina and the All Blacks for their 'autumn international' series.

The fans agree! Read is the best in the business

The fans agree! Read is the best in the business

While fans mirrored the players in voting New Zealand’s Kieran Read their “Player of the Year”, they made as many as six changes when it came to their overall XV, most noticeably in the backline, where they pumped for a different halfback, first five-eighth, inside centre and wing.

Argentinean rugby unveils new logo for Los Pumas (release in Spanish)

Argentinean rugby unveils new logo for Los Pumas (release in Spanish)

En una reunión celebrada en las oficinas de la Unión Argentina de Rugby, ubicadas en la localidad de Martínez, ante sponsors, jugadores, periodistas y su staff, la UAR cerró la temporada 2013 y  presentó el rediseño de  su logo que será visible a partir de hoy.

Argentina's Women finish 2013 on a high (release in Spanish)

Argentina's Women finish 2013 on a high (release in Spanish)

El equipo nacional Femenino de Rugby tuvo una inmejorable actuación en el pentagonal que se disputó en Paraná junto a los seleccionados de Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile y Perú durante el último fin de semana.

END OF YEAR REPORT CARD: Los Pumas

END OF YEAR REPORT CARD: Los Pumas

Sanzarrugby.com wraps up each of our competing nations in The Rugby Championship after a bumper 2013 season. We continue our four part series with a look at Argentina’s year.

Wales lock in Warren Gatland until 2019 Rugby World Cup

Wales lock in Warren Gatland until 2019 Rugby World Cup

The Welsh Rugby Union is pleased to announce that Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland is to remain in post for an extra four years until after the conclusion of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Madiba's final poem

Madiba's final poem

Today the world bid farewell to Nelson Mandela for the last time as ten days or mourning ended as one of the greatest voices for freedom and equality was laid to rest in South Africa's Eastern Cape.

Stiff competition for All Blacks in Halberg awards

Stiff competition for All Blacks in Halberg awards

The outstanding success of New Zealand athletes on the world stage in 2013 has resulted in 58 official nominations for the nation's pre-eminent event to honour and celebrating sporting excellence - the Halberg Awards.

END OF YEAR REPORT CARD: All Blacks

END OF YEAR REPORT CARD: All Blacks

Sanzarrugby.com wraps up each of our competing nations in The Rugby Championship after a bumper 2013 season. We kick off with the tournament winners, and world's number one ranked team, the All Blacks.

South African rugby releases their 2013 awards shortlist

South African rugby releases their 2013 awards shortlist

Five key members of the Springbok squad in 2013 will go head-to-head for the annual SA Rugby Player of the Year Award, while the Steval Pumas have been rewarded for their great form this season with nominations in four categories.

Daniel Hourcade confirmed as Los Pumas coach until 2015 (release in Spanish)

Daniel Hourcade confirmed as Los Pumas coach until 2015 (release in Spanish)

La Gerencia de Rugby confirmó la continuidad de Daniel Hourcade como Head Coach de Los Pumas junto a su staff de colaboradores, hasta el Mundial 2015 que se disputará en Inglaterra.

Cummins wins the 2013 RUPA 'Players Player' award for excellence

Cummins wins the 2013 RUPA 'Players Player' award for excellence

Nick Cummins has claimed the 2013 Rugby Union Players’ Association Medal for Excellence, presented by Australian Reliance, after voted Australian Rugby’s Players’ Player for the 2013 combined domestic and international Rugby seasons.

Joubert, Peyper, Pollock and and Walsh selected for Six Nations duty

Joubert, Peyper, Pollock and and Walsh selected for Six Nations duty

The International Rugby Board has announced the match official appointments for the Six Nations 2014, with four leading referees from the Southern Hemisphere among the elite panel.

South African president Jacob Zuma pays tribute to the Madiba

South African president Jacob Zuma pays tribute to the Madiba

South African president Jacob Zuma has spoken at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg overnight, in front of a packed stadium that gathered to remember the great Nelson Mandela.

RIP Luciano Carrara (release in Spanish)

La Unión Argentina de Rugby lamenta profundamente la pérdida de Luciano Carrara. quien falleció el pasado fin de semana en Córdoba, tras un accidente automovilístico. 

Alain Rolland confirms refereeing retirement

Alain Rolland confirms refereeing retirement

Alain Rolland has been included in the Six Nations Elite Panel for 2014 in what will be his last season refereeing at the highest level.

Hibbard named Wales best player by fans

Hibbard named Wales best player by fans

Following a highly physical and extremely gripping autumn series against the Southern Hemisphere elite, the Welsh Rugby Union have confirmed that Richard Hibbard has been voted as the Man of the Series.

Australian schoolboys win first European tour match

Australian schoolboys win first European tour match

The bagpipes played as the Australian Schools team warmed up on a very wet and windy late afternoon for their match against Scotland Under 18s at the Edinburgh ”Watsonians” home ground, winning 29-5 in what is a major development tour for Australian rugby.

EXCLUSIVE: The day one unique man defeated the All Blacks juggernaut

EXCLUSIVE: The day one unique man defeated the All Blacks juggernaut

There would have been many moments when Nelson Mandela would have been left alone with his own thoughts, and for all of his decisions that caused significant ripples throughout history, he would have contemplated his riskiest gambit alone as he began a transition aided by the power of rugby.

Francois Pienaar recalls that special moment

Francois Pienaar recalls that special moment

Former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, who led South Africa to their Rugby World Cup triumph in 1995, has released the following statement on the passing of former President Nelson Mandela.

Deans the writer ready for coaching return?

Deans the writer ready for coaching return?

Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has been avoiding the media spotlight over the last few months, but his first major interview indicates he may be ready to return to the coaching ranks.

Sevens rugby pays special tribute to the Madiba

Sevens rugby pays special tribute to the Madiba

Following the sad news of the passing of Nelson Mandela, this weekend the world of rugby united and paid tribute to the former South African President in the stadium that bears his name.

Ireland to welcome Springboks and Wallabies to Dublin in 2014

Ireland to welcome Springboks and Wallabies to Dublin in 2014

Ireland will take on South Africa, Australia and a leading European Tier 2 nation at the Aviva Stadium during November 2014.

SANZAR Statement: Vale Nelson Mandela

SANZAR Statement: Vale Nelson Mandela

As the world mourns and celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, SANZAR has paid tribute to one of the most inspirational leaders of our time.

TWITTER REACTION: Rugby community remembers Nelson Mandela

TWITTER REACTION: Rugby community remembers Nelson Mandela

The passing of Nelson Mandela at age 95 has resonated throughout the world. Here is some reaction to Madiba's passing from the rugby community.

STATEMENT: South African Rugby Union responds to the passing of Madiba

STATEMENT: South African Rugby Union responds to the passing of Madiba

The South African Rugby Union has paid tribute to the extraordinary life and unselfish contribution to the establishment of a united South Africa, of former President, Nelson Mandela.

The Rugby World - Today in a Tweet!

The Rugby World - Today in a Tweet!

Sanzarrugby.com brings you a quick summary of the world of rugby over the last 24 hours.

RIP Nelson Mandela

RIP Nelson Mandela

It is with the deepest regret that the world has learned of the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – the Madiba. 

All Blacks, Hansen and Read clean up at New Zealand Rugby awards

All Blacks, Hansen and Read clean up at New Zealand Rugby awards

The All Blacks scooped the major honours at last night's Steinlager Awards after becoming the first Tier One nation to notch up a perfect season in the professional era.

Bulked up Adongo ready to create rugby and NFL history

Bulked up Adongo ready to create rugby and NFL history

Daniel Adongo’s second day on American soil was spent in Anderson, Indiana after flying 17 hours from Johannesburg, South Africa. Adongo never had played football, never hit a blocking sled, never been in a pads – let alone a stance – and could hardly catch or throw a football.

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