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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# rugby championship

All time
# wizards of oz
Pumas feel they have what it takes to spring a surprise against the Aussies
After 3 seasons of competing in the southern hemisphere championship, Argentina are still to win a game.
# heated rivalry
All Black captain Richie McCaw expects 'hard day out' against the Springboks on Saturday
A win for either side would put them in control of this year’s championship.
# big calls
Cruden returns for All Blacks as South Africa go for novice out-half
Handre Pollard will win his fourth South African cap at out-half this Saturday.
# Blood Sub
Another day, another All Black showing why they are tougher than granite
Brodie Retallick got a face massage from the boot of Argentina’s Martín Landajo.
# late winner
Rob grabs Springboks by the Horne to secure Aussie victory
Winger Rob Horne’s last gasp try sealed a dramatic win for Australia.
# rugby championship
'Bus' takes All Blacks home against Argentina
Julian Savea starred as the All blacks brushed past the Pumas earlier.
# rugby championship
Matfield back for South Africa while Barrett starts for All Blacks
Aaron Cruden’s injury sees Beauden Barrett start at ten for the Argentina game.
# Reshuffled
Australia drop Beale as Waratahs halfback duo Phipps and Foley start
The Wallabies’ head coach, Ewen McKenzie, has gone for an entirely new playmaking pairing to face South Africa.
# Rugby Legend
Meet Hugo Porta: The Argentine rugby legend who turned down Boca Juniors
Instead of being the next Argentine football star, he wanted to be the first Hugo Porta.
# Drama
Lucky Springboks edge Pumas in Salta thriller
Trailing by 12 points after 56 minutes, the Springboks lifted themselves off the floor.
# Champagne Rugby
Julian Savea finished off this scintillating end-to-end try earlier
The All Blacks were exceptional and so was this try from the winger.
# rugby championship
Dominant New Zealand retain Bledisloe Cup with record victory
The world champions were 51-20 winners over Australia at Eden Park this morning.
# Refs Get Tough
5 talking points ahead of week 2 in the Rugby Championship
Can Argentina finally deliver back-to-back performances?
# honours even
All Blacks' 17-game winning streak ends as Wallabies earn Sydney draw
Weather conditions were far from ideal as all the scoring came from kicks in the 12-12 fixture.
# the rugby championship
Wallabies vow to target Fekitoa as All Blacks chase 18th straight win
Australia take on New Zealand tomorrow and it’s going to be an absolute cracker.
# Bledisloe Cup
All Blacks zero in on record wins against Wallabies
The Kiwis are equal with the 17-Test winning runs of the 1965-69 All Blacks and 1997-98 Springboks. Impressive.
# Comeback
Smith back in Springboks squad 18 months after retiring from rugby
The 33-year-old’s return to the peak of the game has been astonishing.
# Dan the Man
All Black Carter to miss opening games of Rugby Championship
The 32-year-old cracked a calf bone during the Super Rugby final last weekend.
# quality
Ex-Munster centre de Villiers back to lead Boks for Rugby Championship
Heyneke Meyer has named his squad to take on Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
# outsiders
No room for Cummins and Mowen as Australia name Rugby Championship squad
Ewen McKenzie’s 32-man squad will be led by openside Michael Hooper and face New Zealand first-up.
# Epic
VIDEO: The best Rugby Championship montage you'll see this year
Kieran Read, Quade Cooper, Ben Smith, Israel Folau, Willie le Roux and ‘El Mago’ are here to entertain.
# Fixture List
Same again? NZ’s Jo’Burg visit to provide Rugby Championship climax in 2014
The last meeting between the sides made for an all-time classic.
# Decider
All Blacks win Rugby Championship after nine-try classic in Jo'Burg
South Africa gave their rivals a thrilling contest for the southern hemisphere crown.
# Report
All Blacks close in on Rugby Championship after late win over Argentina
Ben Smith’s last-minute try means New Zealand are now five points ahead of South Africa.
# rugby championship
Poor Wallabies no match for 'Boks
However, unable to maximise their advantage, South Africa had to settle for four points.
# Lessons
9 things Ireland can learn from the Rugby Championship
Here are some of the important lessons the new Ireland management can take from the Southern Hemisphere tournament.
# rugby championship
Cruden replaces Carter for the All Blacks
All the team news ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship action.
# no hard feelings
Springbok hooker 'feels sorry' for referee that sent him off
Bismarch du Plessis has come to the defence of Romain Poite after the French ref was slated for giving him his marching orders.
# Trouble
Australia drop James O'Connor following flight allegations
Winger failed to “uphold the behavioural and cultural standards” of the team, coach Ewen McKenzie said.
# Ref Justice
Bismarck du Plessis off the hook as Poite admits yellow card mistake
The Springboks’ hooker had his red card rescinded by Rugby Championship officials today.
# all for one
Romain Poite hung out to dry by IRB over 'late' Dan Carter hit
The French referee should have taken a firmer stance on the Bismarck du Plessis shoulder barge.
# rugby championship
Preview: All Blacks braced for tough Springbok Test
The young hooker has been handed a starting jersey for this Saturday’s clash with the Springboks.
# rugby championship
Read inspires All Blacks to hard-fought win, Springboks down Wallabies
The defending champions remain unbeaten in the competition.
# rugby championship
Leinster's Kirchner in line to face Folau and Cooper
The Wallabies’ star of the Lions tour will start at fullback for the first time this Saturday.
# argie bargy
Biting claims dog Argentina after flanker is cleared of eye gouge
‘Look down, referee Steve Walsh, look down’.
# Bledisloe Cup
VIDEO: Toomua hit in the head, out-half rival Quade Cooper delighted
Duck, mate!
# Bledisloe Cup
Aussie lambs to the slaughter as McCaw scores on All Blacks comeback
The Lions softened the Wallabies up. New Zealand went in for the kill.
# bok to business
Pienaar gets Springbok start but Kirchner surplus to requirements
Willie Le Roux has been selected ahead of the new Leinster signing.
# The Good Doctor
Pumas without Lobbe for Rugby Championship opener
In his absence, 35-year-old Felipe Contepomi will captain the side against South Africa.
# Blow
Dan Carter ruled out of All Blacks' Rugby Championship opener
Carter will miss Saturday’s meeting with Australia with a calf injury.