Fullback Damian Willemse kicked a pressure penalty after the hooter to secure South Africa a 32-29 victory over ill-disciplined Wales in a see-saw test at a raucous Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
First they lost Quade Cooper in the warm-up, then Tom Banks and Allan Alaalatoa succumbed to injury and concussion respectively, and then came the red card. The Wallabies went on to win anyway.
At last kick-off is upon. Unfortunately for Eddie Jones, the build-up has come without a verbal sparring partner. But there is still plenty to discuss as the Wallabies host England in the first Test in Perth.
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Former Wales and British & Irish Lions fly-half Phil Bennett has died aged 73, his former team Scarlets announced on Sunday.
Winger George North has returned to the Wales squad for the first time since a serious knee injury in April last year as coach Wayne Pivac named a 33-player selection on Wednesday for the three-Test tour to South Africa in July.
Italy ended their 36-game Six Nations losing streak vs. Wales on Saturday, earning their first victory in the competition in seven years.
Alun Wyn Jones will make his 150th international appearance when Wales host Italy in their final Six Nations clash at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.
France duo Romain Taofifenua and Damian Penaud have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing coach Fabien Galthie to make changes from the team who beat Scotland two weeks ago.
Ben Youngs became England most-capped men's player in their 23-19 Six Nations victory against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Reds lost Taniela Tupou before kick-off, Tate McDermott before halftime, had little ball nor territory, but still found a way to scrounge what may prove to be a crucial victory on the road in Sydney.
England centre Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations clash at home to Wales after picking up a hamstring injury in training, the RFU said on Thursday.
Izack Rodda's contract extension was good news for Australian rugby, but the question must still be asked whether the country puts enough importance on the lock position. Meanwhile, is this the year the Waratahs come unstuck in Super W?
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South Africa have committed to SANZAAR through 2025 despite talk of a move to join the Six Nations, as reports of a fresh plan to set up a Nations Championship appear to have increased backing across the globe.
Veteran centre Manu Tuilagi has been included in a 25-player England squad for a five-day training camp in London announced by head coach Eddie Jones on Tuesday.
Dan Biggar's late drop goal proved the difference as Wales edged Scotland 20-17 in their Six Nations clash at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.
Wales captain Dan Biggar will make his 100th test appearance when they face Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday, while centre Jonathan Davies is also in line to get his 100th cap from the bench.
South Africa will host Wales for the first time since 2014 when the teams clash in three Tests, before two home fixtures against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.
Ireland eased past reigning champions Wales 29-7 in the opening game of the Six Nations championship in Dublin on Saturday.
Injury-hit defending champions Wales have handed wing Josh Adams his first international start at outside centre for their Six Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Wales captain Dan Biggar has said the upcoming Six Nations campaign feels like his first as he prepares to lead a squad missing 680 caps to injury, including regular skipper Alun Wyn Jones.
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Wales' Rhys Priestland kicked a penalty after the hooter as the hosts poured more misery on Australia with a 29-28 victory at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.