Latest Rugby Championship 2022 scores and updates

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4:03 pm

hymn time

The action is almost ready to begin, but the anthems first, with visitors from New Zealand first.

4:01 pm

Malcolm Marx reaches 50!

There’s a round of applause and applause as Malcolm Marx takes the field for South Africa, with the hooker hitting her 50th game for the Springboks.

3:59 pm

Eddie Jones spotted

England’s Eddie Jones is among the crowd at Mbombela Stadium, exploring his potential opponent at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

3:51 pm

How South Africa is configured today

Back: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk

To forward: 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Jager’s Lood, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutions: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Willie le Roux

3:49 pm

How the All Blacks line up

Back: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith

To forward: 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 George Bower

Substitutions: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Quinn Tupaea

3:43 pm

It’s almost time for South Africa vs New Zealand

It always matters when South Africa meet New Zealand, but this Saturday the two face off in a clash that could have far-reaching ramifications. The noise surrounding Ian Foster and the All Blacks is deafening and there are doubts about the 57-year-old’s ability to take New Zealand to next year’s World Cup.

It’s been bad form for the All Blacks, who have lost four of their last five Test games. Last month they fell apart to a home defeat to Ireland. It was the first since 1994, but it was the way of defeat, with two humiliating defeats after an opening test win. In both defeats, they played second to Ireland, who outperformed them in almost every area of ​​the field. Even more worrisome than the poor performances, there will be real concern that in the last 12 months the All Blacks’ air of invincibility will begin to dissipate. For years it looked like teams were already beaten before kickoff, but now there’s less fear in facing New Zealand, even at home.

Now they face a difficult test at Mbombela Stadium, where they face former enemies of South Africa in the first of a two-game series to open the Rugby Championship. South Africa are still world champions and they got into it after beating Wales in a series of three tests. Against Wales they struggled at times, most notably in the second Test, which they lost by a single point.

The All Blacks’ recent performances are front-page news in a country that prides itself on its rugby. If Foster’s team fights and is defeated by South Africa, it will raise more questions about their suitability for the role. However, if they can pull off an away win in South Africa, that pressure will ease and could reinvigorate the team as it competes in the Rugby Championship and looks forward to next year.

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