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Oct 21, 2015

Rugby-Springboks unchanged for NZ, Matfield on bench

GUILDFORD, England, Oct 21 (Reuters) – South Africa have named an unchanged starting lineup for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday, but recalled veteran lock Victor Matfield to the bench in anticipation of a hugely tense last quarter.

The 38-year-old was the only change made by coach Heyneke Meyer to the match-day 23 for the colossal clash at Twickenham.

Oct 20, 2015

Habana hails fellow winger Savea as ‘global superstar’

LONDON (Reuters) – Bryan Habana will go head to head with Julian Savea in the first Rugby World Cup semi-final on Saturday and the South African considers his All Black wing rival to be a “global superstar.”

Savea’s hat-trick of tries against France on Saturday took his tournament tally to eight — equalling the record of Habana (2007) and New Zealander Jonah Lomu (1999), with two games to come.

Oct 20, 2015

Rugby-Habana hails fellow winger Savea as ‘global superstar’

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Bryan Habana will go head to head with Julian Savea in the first Rugby World Cup semi-final on Saturday and the South African considers his All Black wing rival to be a “global superstar.”

Savea’s hat-trick of tries against France on Saturday took his tournament tally to eight — equalling the record of Habana (2007) and New Zealander Jonah Lomu (1999), with two games to come.

Oct 20, 2015

Rugby-South Africa’s Habana pays tribute to murdered teacher

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – South Africa winger Bryan Habana has paid tribute to teacher Zukisa Kela, who died over the weekend after being tied up and thrown into a lake in Johannesburg.

The 25-year-old Kela was a teacher at Westbury Secondary School, where he revived rugby as the sport’s coordinator and was a big Springbok fan, the South African Rugby Union said.

Oct 19, 2015

Rugby-Referee wrong but no plans to alter TMO – sport’s rulers

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Referee Craig Joubert wrongly awarded Australia’s winning penalty in their 35-34 quarter-final defeat of Scotland at the Rugby World Cup but there is no plan to change the TMO system, organisers said on Monday.

Australia flyhalf Bernard Foley converted the penalty in Sunday’s match at Twickenham to send the Wallabies into a semi-final against Argentina next weekend.

Oct 19, 2015

McGeechan and Kay on England’s World Cup review panel

LONDON (Reuters) – Ian McGeechan, Ben Kay and Rugby Football Union CEO Ian Ritchie have been included on a five-man panel that will review England’s performance at the World Cup.

“The panel will review the preparations and performances in the Rugby World Cup, the effectiveness of the coaching, management and support team and consider feedback from all relevant stakeholders,” the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said in a statement on Monday.

Oct 19, 2015

Rugby-McGeechan and Kay on England’s World Cup review panel

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Ian McGeechan, Ben Kay and Rugby Football Union CEO Ian Ritchie have been included on a five-man panel that will review England’s performance at the World Cup.

“The panel will review the preparations and performances in the Rugby World Cup, the effectiveness of the coaching, management and support team and consider feedback from all relevant stakeholders,” the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said in a statement on Monday.

Oct 19, 2015

No plans to change TMO system, say sport’s rulers

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby’s governing body has no plans to review the use of the television match official (TMO), despite a furore after it was not invoked during the controversial finale of Australia’s World Cup quarter-final win over Scotland.

Australia edged the Scots 35-34 at Twickenham with a last minute three-pointer and, while TV replays showed the decisive penalty may have been awarded in error, the referee had not been permitted to consult the TMO due to the nature of the infringement.

Oct 19, 2015

Rugby-No plans to change TMO system, say sport’s rulers

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Rugby’s governing body has no plans to review the use of the television match official (TMO), despite a furore after it was not invoked during the controversial finale of Australia’s World Cup quarter-final win over Scotland.

Australia edged the Scots 35-34 at Twickenham with a last minute three-pointer and, while TV replays showed the decisive penalty may have been awarded in error, the referee had not been permitted to consult the TMO due to the nature of the infringement.

Oct 19, 2015

Quarter-finals again deliver weekend to remember

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby’s World Cup quarter-final weekend is always one of the great occasions of the quadrennial sporting calendar and this year’s games added another layer of memorable drama to the archive.

The four matches squarely pitted the southern hemisphere against the north and the weekend ended with a 4-0 sweep for the Rugby Championship over the Six Nations, with two of the games producing emphatic victories and two nailbiting late escapes.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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