2016 pre-season fixtures and results

All the warm-up matches leading up to the expanded 18-team Super Rugby tournament.

Shimlas sink Ikeys

Shimlas scored two second-half tries to beat UCT 23-17 in the opening round of the Varsity Cup, while there were also wins for Pukke, UJ and Maties.

England rise in rankings

England have moved up to seventh place in the World Rugby rankings following their 15-9 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

NZ Sevens score try with eight men

New Zealand had an extra player on the field when they scored a match-levelling try against Australia on day one of the Sydney Sevens.

Seven of the best tries from 2016 Sydney Sevens

Featuring Perry Baker, Mike Fuailefau, Jerry Tuwai, Savenaca Rawaca, Seabelo Santala, Akira Ioane and Greg Jeloudev.

Sharks count injury cost

Sharks flyhalf and captain Pat Lambie is set to miss the start of the Super Rugby season after suffering a shoulder injury in last Friday’s warm-up match against Toulon, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Strong Jaguares for SA trip

The Jaguares have named a powerful 34-man squad for their South African tour, with the Argentine side set to face the Stormers in a Super Rugby friendly this Saturday.

Worcester secure Potgieter

Dewald Potgieter has signed for the Worcester Warriors and will join them immediately for their home Premiership clash against Bath this weekend.

Stander takes Six Nations by storm looks back at the past weekend's English Premiership, Celtic Pro12 and Six Nations matches, involving South African players.

Decent draw for Blitzboks

The Blitzboks have been drawn alongside the USA, Canada and Wales in Pool D for the Las Vegas Sevens in March.

SA rugby must get mojo back

South African rugby is desperately in need of a good-news story, with the general perception of the game’s current state of affairs having dwindled to an undeniably low ebb, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

What we’ve learned

Five lessons from the past weekend's pre-season and Six Nations matches, according to SIMON BORCHARDT.

Halfbacks may hamper Stormers

The success of the Stormers' new approach will hinge on the decision-making of their halfbacks, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Stander stars in stalemate

CJ Stander proved his Test credentials as Ireland and Wales drew 16-16 in Dublin on Sunday. SIMON BORCHARDT reports.

Hougaard moves on

Former Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard will not attempt a comeback three years after retiring from the game.

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