Defeat can be a powerful motivator and for Akona Npeta, the captain of Cradock High School, he will be doing his utmost to lead his team to victory over Gill College in their FNB Classic Clashes match this Saturday.
Former captain Will Carling insists talented centre Manu Tuilagi is a must for England's 30-man Rugby World Cup squad.
South Africa play Australia in Durban on Saturday in Round Three of the Tri-Nations, and this time we seem to have A Team playing A Team. That means we could have a proper match.
England second row forward Courtney Lawes and mercurial Welsh centre Gavin Henson hope to seal their World Cup places when the two nations clash at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Australia's Wycliff Palu is banking on the credit built up over 36 Tests carrying considerable weight when his World Cup fate is determined.
New Zealand coach Graham Henry is confident his squad will be able to win in South Africa on August 20 despite making many changes.
After the best part of two months holed up in training camps, France will finally lose the tackle bags and begin their World Cup warm-up in earnest when they take on Ireland on Saturday.
Emerging Western Force lock Sam Wykes continues to take significant forward strides in his development and has been handed the captaincy for the team's two-match tour against the Samoan Test team later this month.
Martin Johnson launched a staunch defence of Shontayne Hape after restoring him to England's midfield for the World Cup warm-up with Wales.
New Zealand coach Graham Henry chose to rest many of his top players as he named a 25-man squad Friday to travel to South Africa for the Tri-Nations Test in Port Elizabeth on August 20.
Agen wing Romain Edmond-Samuel has been hospitalised after suffering a head injury in training earlier this week, the French Top 14 club said Thursday.
As if a Springbok-laden Sharks team is not tough enough already, an approaching cold front is set to make it decidedly more unpleasant for Western Province.
Union High scored the only try of their FNB Classic Clash with near-neighbours Volkskool to win 16-6 at Botanics on Saturday, a cool day that became cold.
Courtney Lawes is ready to resume the role of England's enforcer against Wales at tthe Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
As the World Cup comes racing closer, Italy play Japan in a warm-up match, just the fifth time the two countries have met. The match will be played at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena up in North East Italy, at the foot of the Apennines and not far from the Adriatic.