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Wallaby playmaker Matt Giteau looks set to be a controversial omission from Australia's World Cup squad in a bazaar fall from grace for the 92-Test backline ace.
Scotland coach Andy Robinson urged his players to force their way into the World Cup reckoning after making 14 changes to his team to face Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Western Province wasted no time in calling up Springboks Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon for their Currie Cup crunch match with the Golden Lions on Friday, after the two were released from national team duty.
The Queens College 1st XV delivered their worst performance of the season when they struggled to beat a gutsy Cambridge High School in Queenstown this past weekend. The hosts were terrible, to say the least, and did not deserve to win this match as they looked rusty, uninterested and outplayed. The visiting team from East London, on the other hand, were very entertaining and delivered what is likely to be their finest performance in two seasons. The men from Queenstown won 25-20.
Argentina coach Santiago Phelan selected his strongest line-up for the World Cup warm-up match with Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
New Zealand fans have overwhelmingly rejected a campaign urging them to give up sex as a way of supporting the All Blacks during this year's World Cup.
Die Burger's competitions for representative sides in the four south coast provinces is becoming clearer as the qualifying schools emerge.
There were fewer matches but some top ones, involving the top sides, some of them in organised competitions, some playing for the sheer thrill of it, lots of them under pressure.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers believes robust hooker Bismarck du Plessis must be given a chance to stake his claim in the starting XV.
On Kwaggadag in George the home side, Hoërskool Outeniqua, beat visitors, Hoërskool Oudtshoorn, 37-10 in an FNB Classic Clash. The size of the victory was certainly not expected.
Noord-Kaap played host to their townsfolk from Diamantveld in an FNB Classic Clash on Saturday and then beat them 44-7, their biggest victory ever over their Griqua rivals.
Western Province will wait on the news of availability of Springboks Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon before naming their team to face the Lions at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.
For the second week in a row there was a big enthusiastic crowd at Faure Street Stadium in Paarl and for the second week in a row a tense match, also an FNB Classic Clash. Then Paarl Gim won but this time it was New Orleans who beat Klein Nederburg 15-9.
France coach Marc Lievremont has rung the changes for his team's second World Cup warm-up match against Ireland on Saturday, bringing in 13 new faces including Clermont centre Aurelien Rougerie.
Glenwood went over the Berg to Grey College in Bloemfontein and lost a brave encounter 28-6 on Saturday. The change in the second half came when SA Schools centre Jan Serfontein teetered the fray.
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