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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Test

All time
# a class apart
Rampant Springboks outscore France by four tries to complete whitewash
South Africa won the series 3-0.
# Report
No Ford fiesta as Scotland fail in Fiji a week after Wallabies win
Veteran hooker Ross Ford made history in Suva, becoming Scotland’s most capped player.
# tight
Samoa run experimental Wales side close but fall just short
Two second-half scores from Steff Evans in only his second Test ensured Wales head home with two tour wins out of two.
# appetiser
'There's always a minority' - Rob Howley disappointed by Spencer incident with fan on Lions tour
Tour manager John Spencer was confronted at a restaurant.
# Social media strategy
Michael Cheika using angry fan's Facebook rant to motivate his Australia squad
Michael Cheika called an irate fan who was moved to write a lengthy critique of the Wallabies’ pride in the jersey after their loss to Scotland.
# Getting there
Another step in the right direction - Farrell positive after Lions win
He kicked all of the British and Irish Lions’ 12 points in their win over the Crusaders and Owen Farrell sees improvement in the tourists.
# mane man
'A lot of people had written us off, there had been a lot of criticism'
After an unconvincing start to the tour, Warren Gatland was pleased to see the British and Irish Lions improve in defeating the Crusaders.
# Mind Games
Lions schedule criticised by All Blacks coach Hansen
Warren Gatland’s side arrive in New Zealand tomorrow.
# Baa-Baas
Robshaw and Ford to lead inexperienced England side against the Barbarians
Eddie Jones has opted to name the pair as co-captains for Sunday’s clash.
# mumm's the word
Australia second row Dean Mumm announces retirement to focus on charity work
The 33-year-old will retire from all rugby at the end of the year.
# summer tests
Three new caps, but no Duncan Weir in Gregor Townsend's first Scotland squad
John Barclay will captain the squad for a gruelling travelling schedule that will take them through Singapore, Australia and Fiji.
# Trade Surplus
England star's honest assessment of Lions omission: 'Peter O'Mahony played his way in — I failed'
James Haskell was left out of Warren Gatland’s squad for this summer’s New Zealand tour.
# mane man
Warburton learned of Lions honour in supermarket car park
For the second British and Irish Lions tour running, Sam Warburton has been named captain.
# mane men
Wilkinson: Lions leadership group more important than captaincy
Having a leadership group should be paramount for the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand, says Jonny Wilkinson.
# four heads are better
Eddie Jones makes a case for a four-captain Lions' leadership group
England head coach Eddie Jones thinks a captain from each country would suit the Lions in New Zealand.
# watch me nehe
France? Non! Milner-Skudder commits to All Blacks and Hurricanes
The outrageously talented wing will stay in his native country through the 2019 World Cup.
# happy henry
Racing centre Chavancy fills Fofana void in France squad
After scoring in Thomond Park, the centre got a call from Guy Noves.
North Korea is planning to test a new long-range missile in 2017
In his New Year’s speech, Kim Jong-Un added that the country had significantly bolstered its nuclear deterrent in 2016.
# Seeing Red
Hartley set for hearing tomorrow over Sean O'Brien strike
England skipper Dylan Hartley will be informed this week how long he will serve in his latest suspension.
# Whistle blown
Craig Joubert announces retirement from refereeing Test rugby
Joubert will take up a new role at World Rugby in 2017 where he will help to develop new referees.
# Cheik point
ARU boss says Cheika's job is safe despite losing 9 of 15 Tests this year
Bill Pulver is confident the Wallabies can still make progress under the former Leinster head coach.
# On a Roll
Best is yet to come from England after Wallabies win caps undefeated 2016
George Ford insists England were nowhere near their best despite a 16-point defeat of Australia.
# Reaction
Cheika hesitant to label England northern hemisphere's best
England’s gritty style is not one that the Australia coach is keen to replicate.
# aussie schemozzle
South Africa claim their airport jostling incident with journalist was staged
“As far as our security was concerned it was a direct breach of security protocol and he had to act to protect our players.”
# costly victory
Dan Lydiate injury sours dominant Wales win over South Africa
Wales may be more concerned about a knee injury to their flanker than their routine win over a sorry South Africa in Cardiff.
# Twickenham
Elliot Daly red doesn't prove costly as England punish the Pumas
Daly was sent off in the fifth minute but England coped manfully, extending their perfect run thanks to a 27-14 win.
# Accolades
All Blacks dominate World Rugby Player of the Year awards
As the All Blacks were named the World Rugby Team of the Year, Beauden Barrett took the individual prize.
# Boost
Wales see off Pumas to end losing streak
Tries from Liam Williams and Gareth Davies, plus the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, led Wales to a morale-boosting win over Argentina.
# Test
'I couldn't tell you the last time we played five-a-side' - Sturridge on Klopp's tactical sessions
“In football, not may clubs do double sessions during the season but we have the opportunity to do it.”
# All Black-adder
'I think if anyone can challenge the All Blacks it is more likely to be Ireland'
Former All Black Todd Blackadder believes Ireland are capable of toppling the world champions.
# formidable
Savea, Cruden and Fekitoa return for history-chasing All Blacks
Steve Hansen makes three changes for Saturday’s game in Auckland.
# Tribute
'It's hard to believe, to be honest' - Michael Cheika pays tribute to Anthony Foley
The former Leinster coach Michael Cheika reflected on the tragic death of a ‘special person’.
# cutting it fine
Surgery for Warburton after JVDF clash, flanker hopes to return in time for Wales' November Tests
The Wales captain suffered a fractured cheekbone in the loss to Leinster.
# Advice
Eddie Jones tells England prop Vunipola to lose weight
The player was included in the coach’s 37-man training squad for the upcoming Tests
# Centre of attention
Ben Te'o one of seven uncapped players included in England squad
Eddie Jones’ side are preparing for Tests against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia.
# Claim
'England should have at least 15 in Lions squad'
Eddie Jones believes the Lions have a real opportunity to beat the All Blacks and thinks England should be heavily represented in the squad.
# Matt Finish
Matt Giteau admits he may have played his last game for Australia
After breaking his ankle against New Zealand, Giteau could step aside to let the next generation come through.
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# full of praise
Allister Coetzee lauds resilient Springboks after series comeback
The Springboks held off Ireland to claim the three-Test series 2-1 in Port Elizabeth.
# Les Bleus
France ensure tied series with Argentina rout
That’s all you’ll be winning this weekend, lads.