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Oct 24, 2015

Rugby-Springboks worried about stopping The Bus

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – How to stop New Zealand winger Julian ‘The Bus’ Savea was foremost in South African fans’ minds as they gathered to acclaim their side’s arrival at Twickenham for their World Cup semi-final on Saturday.

The Springboks’ coach was greeted by cheers as it edged slowly into the stadium confines an hour-and-a-half before the 1500 GMT showdown between the last two winners of the Webb Ellis Trophy.

Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-All Black centres wary of Springbok young guns

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith have rarely been upstaged in their long New Zealand careers but they expect another testing afternoon from South African centres Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel in their World Cup semi-final.

Nonu and Smith have the caps, experience and a partnership that shows no sign of ending soon. De Allende and Kriel have youthful exuberance and a spark that has breathed a new lease of life into the Springboks midfield.

Oct 23, 2015

Habana should get shot at World Cup try record, says Burger

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa winger Bryan Habana has another chance to become the all-time leading Rugby World Cup try-scorer on Saturday and the Springboks hope to create something special for him against New Zealand in their semi-final, flanker Schalk Burger said.

Habana, 32, scored against Samoa, Scotland and a hat-trick against the United States in the pool stage to join New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu on 15 tries.

Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Habana should get shot at World Cup try record, says Burger

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – South Africa winger Bryan Habana has another chance to become the all-time leading Rugby World Cup try-scorer on Saturday and the Springboks hope to create something special for him against New Zealand in their semi-final, flanker Schalk Burger said.

Habana, 32, scored against Samoa, Scotland and a hat-trick against the United States in the pool stage to join New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu on 15 tries.

Oct 23, 2015

Burger relishing one last battle with McCaw

LONDON (Reuters) – When Schalk Burger meets Richie McCaw at the bottom of a ruck in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final it will be a poignant moment in the heat of battle — two of world rugby’s supreme flankers fighting furiously for possession one last time.

With New Zealand captain McCaw expected to retire after the tournament, the South African hopes to seize the chance to secure future bragging rights over a player he said has won more test matches than he has played.

Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Burger relishing one last battle with McCaw

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – When Schalk Burger meets Richie McCaw at the bottom of a ruck in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final it will be a poignant moment in the heat of battle — two of world rugby’s supreme flankers fighting furiously for possession one last time.

With New Zealand captain McCaw expected to retire after the tournament, the South African hopes to seize the chance to secure future bragging rights over a player he said has won more test matches than he has played.

Oct 22, 2015

Fit and firing Moody answers NZ call to get in shape

WEYBRIDGE, Surrey (Reuters) – In less than two weeks New Zealand loosehead prop Joe Moody has gone from forgotten forward with fitness concerns to coach Steve Hansen’s go-to man for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final against South Africa.

Told to get in shape and build his stamina by Hansen after he was left out of the squad, the 27-year-old former wrestler was summoned to replace senior prop Tony Woodcock who was ruled out with a hamstring injury after their final pool stage game.

Oct 22, 2015

Rugby-Fit and firing Moody answers NZ call to get in shape

WEYBRIDGE, Surrey, Oct 22 (Reuters) – In less than two weeks New Zealand loosehead prop Joe Moody has gone from forgotten forward with fitness concerns to coach Steve Hansen’s go-to man for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final against South Africa.

Told to get in shape and build his stamina by Hansen after he was left out of the squad, the 27-year-old former wrestler was summoned to replace senior prop Tony Woodcock who was ruled out with a hamstring injury after their final pool stage game.

Oct 22, 2015

Familiar foes ready to ‘rip heads off’

WEYBRIDGE, England (Reuters) – Amid the platitudes and mutual respect for each other coming out of the New Zealand and South Africa camps this week, both know their World Cup semi-final on Saturday is as cut-throat as it gets on the international stage.

A rivalry stretching back to 1921 has produced many epic encounters down the years, not least the 1995 final won by the Springboks, and their Twickenham showdown has all the ingredients of another classic.

Oct 22, 2015

Rugby-Familiar foes ready to ‘rip heads off’

WEYBRIDGE, England, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Amid the platitudes and mutual respect for each other coming out of the New Zealand and South Africa camps this week, both know their World Cup semi-final on Saturday is as cut-throat as it gets on the international stage.

A rivalry stretching back to 1921 has produced many epic encounters down the years, not least the 1995 final won by the Springboks, and their Twickenham showdown has all the ingredients of another classic.