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The Springboks were drawn with holders New Zealand and Italy at the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Allocation Draw, which took place in Kyoto, Japan on Wednesday.

South Africa is one of five teams in Pool B for the 2019 tournament, which will take place in Japan in two years’ time.

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India thrashed New Zealand 4-0 to finish third in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Saturday.

Defender Rupinder Pal Singh (17th, 27th minutes) slammed home two penalty corners in the second quarter before S.V. Sunil (48th) and Talwinder Singh (60th) scored field goals in the last period to add gloss to India's win.

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Australia U20s Head Coach Simon Cron has made six changes ahead of the trans-tasman clash with New Zealand in the final round of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship on Saturday night at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

Ryan McCauley and Harry Hockings return to the second row while Melbourne Rebels hooker, Jordan Uelese comes into starting side having joined the squad earlier this week. Liam Wright, who played off the bench against Fiji, moves back to flanker to round out an all Queensland backrow alongside Angus Scott-Young and Reece Hewat.

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The BLACKCAPS ICC Champions Trophy hopes have been boosted by the return from injury of Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey Anderson and Adam Milne. The trio were today named by selectors Mike Hesson and Gavin Larsen in the 15-man squad for England following months of rehabilitation, and after demonstrating their fitness with their respective Indian Premier League sides.

McClenaghan has featured for the Mumbai Indians; Milne with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and all-rounder Anderson has returned to the bowling crease with the Delhi Daredevils.

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Rain was the winner on the final day of the Standard Bank Proteas’ international season as an abandoned final day of the third Test against New Zealand meant they finished with a draw at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday.

The result also ensured South Africa won the series 1-0 thanks to their eight-wicket win in the second Test in Wellington, while it ended a dream summer – they won every series – in second place on the ICC rankings, having started it in seventh back in August last year.

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South Africa will need to draw from their blueprint of fight and courage to overcome the tough challenge to save the third Test match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. It has been done before; against Australia in Adelaide in 2012, and against India in Johannesburg in 2013, performances which have given assistant coach, Adrian Birrell, the belief and optimism of a repeat in history.

The Proteas will remain hopeful if captain, Faf du Plessis, remains at the crease. Du Plessis was at the forefront of both batting saves and together with Quinton de Kock -who is the Proteas’ most in-form batsman this series- hold the key of withstanding the 98 overs remaining in the match.

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South Africa will need their dependable lower order to rescue them one final time this summer on the final day of their tour to New Zealand on Wednesday after their top order was badly exposed on the penultimate day of the third Test in Hamilton on Tuesday.

On a day dominated by the hosts, South Africa reached stumps on a woeful 80/5 in reply to the Black Caps’ first-innings 489 – still trailing by 95. This happened despite no obvious alarms in the pitch, with the tourists let down by some poor shot selection and a horrendous run-out.

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