South Africa's Sharks provided a knockout blow to the
Melbourne Rebels' Super Rugby playoff hopes with a 25-21
victory at King's Park.
Wallabies winger Henry Speight scored two tries as the ACT
Brumbies beat South Africa's Bulls 22-16 in a bruising
contest at Canberra Stadium to stay very much in the Super
Rugby playoff mix.
With All Blacks on his inside enduring injury-disrupted
campaigns, Charlie Ngatai's chase for higher honours has made
him the rock of the Chiefs' backline.
He admits it has taken a while to get there - in fact, John
Hardie has spent just about as much time off the field than
on it while bringing up 50 games for the Highlanders.
The path to private investment in the Highlanders continues
at a glacial pace, although negotiations are said to be well
advanced with one group.
With two critical blocks now in place, the New Zealand Rugby
Union will turn their attention to Sam Cane and Beauden
Barrett as the next pieces they need to secure in their quest
to build their All Black team for the 2019 World Cup.
Controversial hooker Dylan Hartley has been dropped from
England's World Cup training squad after his latest
disciplinary misdemeanour, the Rugby Football Union
Beauden Barrett's return can't come quick enough for the
The Otago Rugby Football Union says it is up to rugby to take
a stand in the wake of recent abusive and racist behaviour at
Alex Ainley thought at times it was never going to happen.
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