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Springboks survive scare in Argentina

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SALTA, Argentina (AP) South Africa survived a huge scare from Argentina to sneak a 33-31 win in the Rugby Championship on Saturday with a penalty by replacement flyhalf Morne Steyn three minutes from the end.

Smashed in the scrums and often outplayed out wide, a shaky South Africa came back from 28-16 down with two late tries and Steyn's clinching kick in a desperate 20 minute spell at the end.

Argentina was rampant at times in the northern city of Salta and came so close to two major pieces of history: Its first win in the southern hemisphere competition and first win ever over the two-time world champion Springboks in 19 tests over 20 years.

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ARU launch anti-discrimination policy

SYDNEY (AP) World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Friday for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the "inclusion policy" ensures "every individual, whether they're players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality." (MORE)

McCabe confirms he has retired

SYDNEY (AP) Wallabies utility back Pat McCabe has confirmed he's retiring from rugby after injuring his neck again during last weekend's 52-10 Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand.

The 26-year-old McCabe took medical advice to quit after fracturing the C1 vertebra during the Auckland match, the third time in his 24-test career he has injured his neck. (MORE)

Polota-Nau named in Wallabies squad

SYDNEY (AP) Australia has announced a 30-man squad for its next two Rugby Championship matches, including the return of New South Wales Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Coach Ewen McKenzie said Wednesday that Polota-Nau will not be considered for selection in Australia's match against South Africa in Perth on Sept. 6. (MORE)

Coach says McCabe retires after injury

SYDNEY (AP) ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says 24-test Wallaby back Pat McCabe has been forced to retire from rugby because of a neck injury suffered in last weekend's 52-10 Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand.

However, the Brumbies played down their head coach's comments, sending out a clarification later Wednesday on Twitter to say "contrary to reports Pat McCabe has not yet retired. Pat has a meeting with (Wallabies doctor) Warren McDonald ... statement coming Thursday, not before." (MORE)

Matfield fit to tour with Springboks

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) Victor Matfield has been declared fit to tour in a timely boost for a struggling South African forward pack that faces back-to-back Rugby Championship tests in Australia and New Zealand.

Matfield - a veteran second-rower and South Africa's most capped player - has recovered from a knee problem that kept him out of the Springboks' narrow home and away wins over Argentina, the South African Rugby Union said. (MORE)

Williams cleared for All Backs return

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand rugby has opened the way for code-hopping star Sonny Bill Williams to return to the All Blacks, ruling he will not have to play a match to be considered for the team's November tour to the United States and Europe.

NZRU rules require a player to take part in a domestic competition - Super Rugby or the National Championships - before being considered for All Blacks selection in the same season. (MORE)


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