Rugby Championship News Round Up

Rugby Championship News Round Up

Huge battle up front and a fast finish? Dissecting of the Springboks and Wallabies line ups


The Springboks and Wallabies face off at Ellis Park for the first time in almost 11 years with the Wallabies going in search of their first win at the iconic stadium since 1963.

Saturday's test will be both sides first test match of the year in the build to the world cup and both head coaches have made some intriguing selections.

"We have to play with the enthusiasm of the people" - Mario Ledesma

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Opportunity knocks for World Cup bolters

With The Rugby Championship starting this weekend, we thought we would take a look at how the Southern Hemisphere teams have fared in the competition during a World Cup year.


The competition is a shortened one this year, so that means each side will only play each other once in a round-robin format.

Click Here to see how the teams have fared in the TRC during a World Cup year

Meet the rookie loosehead and Fijian powerhouse the Wallabies are unleashing on the Springboks

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika sprung a few surprises when naming his first Wallabies 23 of the year with James Slipper and Nic White returning to the test fold.

However, the two debutants he has included are just as interesting with Fijian born looseforward Isi Naisarani getting a start at number 8 and rookie Waratahs loosehead Harry Johnson-Holmes, who joined the squad late this week, being named on the bench.

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Shaun Johnson has confirmed that Australia hasn't given up in their pursuit of Will Skelton 

"There is ongoing discussions with a few players, we're not just talking about for World Cup," Johnson said.

"Will's not unlike some others - Australian players will be discussed often to see what's in the best interest of our Wallabies or pro teams.

"We're trying to pick anyone who we think can contribute to our program that commits to our program, that's what we'll pick."

 
 
Meet the new Springboks
 


Steve Hansen gives an analysis on some of the selections.

Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot talks about the 2019 Rugby Championship opening game against Australia

Michael Cheika on his side to face the Springboks 


Brad Thorn explains why James O'Connor's situation is different from Slipper and Karmichael Hunt

 
 
 
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