Rugby This Week


Tuesday, 9 March
– Griquas vs Stormers (Kimberley, 4:45pm)
Despite a late comeback attempt from Griquas, the Stormers held out to claim a 38-32 win in their second pre-season match in Kimberley on Tuesday afternoon. CLICK HERE for the match report.

– Pumas vs Bulls (Nelspruit, 7pm)
The Vodacom Bulls scored seven tries to a claim a commanding 48-31 win over the Pumas in Nelspruit on Tuesday. CLICK HERE for the match report.

Wednesday, 10 March
– EP Elephants vs Lions (Gqeberha, 4:45pm)
A young Lions team struggled to a 54-24 win over a 13-man EP Elephants side in a turgid stop-start affair in Gqeberha on Wednesday afternoon. CLICK HERE for the match report.

– Cheetahs vs Sharks (Bloemfontein, 7pm)
Cheetahs centre Frans Steyn kicked a last-minute penalty to clinch a 39-38 shootout against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Wednesday night. CLICK HERE for the match report.


Saturday, 13 March
– Italy vs Wales (Rome, 4:15pm)
Can Italy pull off an upset win to end Wales’ hopes of winning their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2019?


WAL 15 Liam Williams, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones.
Subs: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Callum Sheedy, 23 Uilisi Halaholo.

– England vs France (London, 6:45pm)
In what should be the headline match-up of the rugby world this week, an under-fire England side welcomes unbeaten France in a contest that could go a long way in deciding both teams’ Six Nations fate.

Sunday, 14 March
Scotland vs Ireland (Edinburgh, 5pm)
A win for hosts Scotland will see them end a wretched five-match losing streak in this fixture, but it won’t be easy as they’re up against an Ireland outfit looking to stay in the title race.



Saturday, 13 March
– Crusaders vs Chiefs (Christchurch, 8:05am)
Holders, the Crusaders have started this campaign where they left off last season and are hot favourites to win this weekend while. The lingering question now is whether the Chiefs can cause an upset and claim their first win of the year.

Sunday, 14 March
– Blues vs Highlanders (Auckland, 4:35am)
The Blues will be keen to stay in the winners’ circle when they face the Highlanders in Auckland on Sunday.