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South African sides suffer back-to-back tour defeats in Guinness PRO14

The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings went down for the second week in a row on their Guinness PRO14 tours with the South African teams suffering defeats against the Scarlets in Wales and Leinster in Ireland respectively.

The Scarlets delivered an effective display against the Toyota Cheetahs in Llanelli on Sunday for a 43-21 victory, while Conference B log-leaders and competition pace-setters, Leinster, outplayed the Isuzu Southern Kings 59-19 in Dublin on Friday.

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Experienced trio back for Boks’ Paris Test

The experienced trio of Willie le Roux, Faf de Klerk and Franco Mostert are back in the Springbok starting team for Saturday’s Test against France at the Stade de France in Paris.

The match in the French capital is South Africa’s second fixture of the 2018 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to the United Kingdom and France and kicks off at 22h05 (SA time).

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Erasmus bemoans wasted opportunities at Twickenham

The Springboks’ failure to finish off their opportunities and some ill-discipline, which resulted in crucial penalties for England, cost them the match at Twickenham on Saturday, according to Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby.

England edged South Africa 12-11 in a tightly fought battle played before a capacity crowd in London. The home side’s flyhalf and co-captain, Owen Farrell, deliverd a flawless goal kicking display and slotted three penalties, while Elliot Daly (fullback) was on target with a long-range penalty.

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Springbok training squad named for Stellenbosch camp

A preliminary Springbok training squad 20 for the forthcoming Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to the United Kingdom and France was announced on Sunday, with Duane Vermeulen, Trevor Nyakane and Lood de Jager making a return to the group, while Tendai Mtawarira was ruled out of the tour due to injury.

The majority of the squad players have already assembled on Sunday for camp, which will last for a week before they depart in two groups to London next Saturday. Overseas-based players and those involved in the 2018 Currie Cup Final, sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis Financial Services, were not considered for the Stellenbosch camp.

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Springbok Sevens claim bronze at Rugby World Cup

The Springbok Sevens team claimed third place and the bronze medal at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens, played at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday. The Blitzboks secured a 24-19 win over Fiji to claim a second medal in two months and cap off another stellar season.

The team won the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in June for a second consecutive year and added bronze to their medal tally. The team finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games – their lowest placing in a major sporting event for the season.

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