Play-offs Scrapped By South Africa

South Africa has decided to scrap the relegation process for the Super Rugby tournament. This in turn means that the five teams of South Africa who participate in the Super Rugby tournament will be a part of the tournament for the subsequent two seasons as well.

Since the relegation process has been cancelled the Southern Kings (rugby team based in Port Elizabeth) will not be able to regain its place in the Super Rugby 15 until the year 2015. The Southern Kings are not that happy with the decision.

Journey of the Springboks

Popularly known as the Springboks, the South Africa National Rugby Team represents South Africa in the Rugby Union.

With green and gold jerseys and Springboks and Protea as their emblems, the team has been competing in the International rugby since the year 1891. This year on 30th of July the team had played their first match with a British Isles touring team.

South Africa Rugby team

The South Africa rugby team coach Heyneke Meyer has called back Bismarck du Plessis to join the rugby team. He is one of the five changes that have been made to the South Africa rugby team, as they gear up to play for the Australian side at the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate Test, which will be held at the Suncorp Stadium which is located in Brisbane.

ALL CHANGE

England rugby team has undergone many changes indeed since the Elite Player squad was formed. The England coach Stuart Lancaster made six changes to the squad lineup, and Dylan Hartley as well as Chris Ashton are both still in the squad.

There are going to be twenty three matches until the World Cup kicks off in 2015, and the move that Lancaster has employed is that, he has kept most of the players who have helped England get through the last season of the Six Nations.

Bristol sign Wallace from London Wasps

Rugby Football Union Championship side Bristol Rugby has agreed a deal to sign Jack Wallace from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Wasps ahead of the new season of the English domestic rugby as they look to put up a fight for the promotion places.

The 22 year old plays at full back and is considered to be one of the brightest young players in the country and his signing by the RFU Championship side is being seen as a major transfer coup.

Allen wants regular England spot

Anthony Allen is a huge talent and was always considered as one, but having won just two caps for the England national team is something that he is not happy with.

Playing for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers, Allen is showing the sort of form that could earn him a place in the England national team once again and that too, as a regular starter. The two caps that he has for the national team came way back six years ago while he was still with Gloucester Rugby.

Yarde Targets Strong Comeback from London Irish

Marland Yarde of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side the London Irish has vehemently denied that the old English sporting adage that a team is as good as the performance it puts up in its last game is true for The Exiles in the wake of their thrashing at the hands of London rivals Saracens FC on the opening weekend of the new season of the Premiership last Saturday. The Exiles have the chance of putting their horrendous performance against Saracens FC last week to bed when they take on Gloucester Rugby on the second match day of the Premiership.

THE SPRINGBOKS

The national team for rugby in south africa has a very striking nickname Springboks. They represent their country in the rugby union and participate in all well known tournaments like Rugby championships, rugby world cup and many more.

They are the three time winners of the annual Rugby Championship and hold the third position in the world by the IRB for the game of rugby. In 2008, the team was named as the world team of the year and was awarded at Laureus.

SMITH TAKES AN INDEFINITE BREAK

South African flanker Juan Smith has announced he is taking an indefinite break from the game due to ongoing problems with an Achilles injury.

He has announced he will not play rugby again this year. Having injured his Achilles playing for the Cheetas in a Super Rugby game in February last year he has struggled to regain fitness. He missed the Springboks World Cup campaign and has not featured in Super Rugby yet this year. He has undergone four operations on the injury and is understandably unhappy with the way things are going.

2000 PREMIERSHIP GAMES

The birth of the Premiership in the summer of 1997 divided the RFU. Many within it felt a professional league in England could never last and it would be doomed to a spectacular public failure.

When Saracens meet Bath this weekend though, it will mark the 2000th game in the Premiership era and the doubters will have been well and truly proved wrong.

The leagues structure has developed and strengthened, the crowds have swollen and the TV interest has increased drastically, ueliing a growth in Rugby Union betting.