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Rugby news from Monday 26 June 2017

- The Sharks suffered a blow when their lock Ruan Botha was suspended for three matches following a disciplinary hearing for foul play.This, after he contravened Law 10.4 (h) in the match between South Africa ‘A’ and the French Barbarians at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday evening. Botha was red carded for the incident in the 39th minute of the match, in which he “charged into ruck dangerously,

- Wallabies captain Stephen Moore is concerned that Australia's Super Rugby teams have failed to produce players fit enough for Test rugby. After a routine win over Fiji in their opening June international, they were brought crashing down to earth in a 24-19 loss to Scotland.And on Saturday, they were given an almighty scare by an average Italian side. The Wallabies controlled the first half but fad

- Gary Gold The time is now, two years out from the Rugby World Cup, to draw a line in the sand and say that the players in this country are good enough to play for South Africa.The Springboks have whitewashed France 3-0 and the coaches deserve credit for making some big decisions. They had the foresight not to pick overseas players, but rather to go with those who were playing in South Africa. And

- INJURY UPDATE: South Africans will be breathing a sigh of relief after SA'A' coach Johan Ackermann confirmed that flyhalf Handré Pollard?s late withdrawal from the team which defeated the French Barbarians 48-28 in Soweto was a precautionary matter.