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2007 Tri Nations Fixtures

October 12th, 2006

Sanzar have released the schedule for the 2007 Tri Nations. There will only be six matches played in 2007 so as to give the players a rest before the start of the Rugby World Cup.

The series kicks off on 16 June with South Africa hosting Australia at a venue yet to be confirmed. And finishes on the 21 July with the All Blacks hosting the Wallabies at Eden Park.
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South Africa overpowers Australia

September 10th, 2006

South Africa 24 defeated Australia 16 in the last game of the 2006 Tri Nations.

The game was a scrappy encounter with both sides making numerous errors. However the game was won up front with the Springbok forwards overpowering the Australian scrum. Which provided the South African backs with more space than they received previously.
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Match Preview: South Africa vs Australia

September 8th, 2006

South Africa will take on Australia in the last game of the 2006 Tri Nations at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

As far as the Tri Nations points table goes this match won’t make any difference to the positions of the teams. With New Zealand already assured of first place, Australia secure in second place as even if the Springboks with and get a bonus point they will still be behind Australia.
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Boks make one change

September 7th, 2006

Springbok coach Jake White has made one change for the side to play Australia in the final Tri-Nations match of 2006, in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The team remains largely unchanged from the one that defeat the All Blacks last weekend.

Winger Bryan Habana is unable to play due to mild concussion. So JP Pietersen will come in at fullback to make his test debut. With the back going through a minor reshuffle. Jaque Fourie moves to outside centre and Wynand Olivier to the left wing.

South Africa: JP Pietersen, Akona Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Wynand Olivier, Andre Pretorius, Fourie du Preez, Pedrie Wannenburg, AJ Venter, Pierre Spies, Victor Matfield, Johann Muller, BJ Botha, John Smit, Os du Randt

All Blacks make 10 changes

August 30th, 2006

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has made 10 changes to the All Black line up Saturday’s Tri-Nations test against South Africa.

Flyhalf Daniel Carter, openside flank Richie McCaw, centre Mils Muliaina, wing Sitiveni Sivivatu and lock Ali Williams, are the five who remain unchanged from the starting side who played the Springboks last weekend.
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John Afoa and Marty Holah fly in for the All Blacks

August 28th, 2006

John Afoa and Marty Holah are on there way to South Africa following injuries sustained to four players during the last test match.

Of the four players injured tighthead prop Greg Somerville was the most seriously and will be out for at least six months after snapping his right Achilles tendon when he lost traction in a scrum.

Blindside flanker Reuben Thorne broke his thumb and will be out for about six weeks, Leon MacDonald damaged his hip and needs three weeks rest, while Chris Masoe tore ankle ligaments. The four players will return to New Zealand.

Lock Ali Williams was cleared by the Sanzar judicial hearing and is available for selection for test match this coming weekend.

John Smit and Ali Williams Cited

August 27th, 2006

Springbok captain John Smit and All Blacks lock Ali Williams have been cited following the Tri-Nations Test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Smit and Williams will probably have to attend a disciplinary hearing on Monday, but that has still to be confirmed.

All Blacks dominate Springboks

August 27th, 2006

New Zealand have come back after a shaky start to defeat South Africa by 45 points to 26.

The Boks dominated the opening 10 minutes and opened up an 11-3 lead.
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Match Preview: South Africa vs New Zealand

August 25th, 2006

New Zealand will play South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Saturday August 26. The match is part of the 2006 Tri Nations. However New Zealand already have an unassailable lead in the Tri Nation. So the All Blacks will be looking to win the two match series in South Africa, they haven’t won a test match series against South Africa in South Africa since 1996. While South Africa will be playing for pride.
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Richie McCaw satisfied with Tuqiri’s apology

August 24th, 2006

All Black captain Richie McCaw has accepted Lote Tuqiri’s letter of apology for last Saturday’s spear tackle.

Tuqiri was suspended for five matches by a Sanzar judicial panel , but he will only miss one test - the Wallabies’ final Tri-Nations match against South Africa in Johannesburg on September 9.

Tuqiri’s letter of apology was delivered to the All Blacks’ Auckland hotel before the team departed for South Africa early on Sunday.