Weekend rugby shorts …

Rugby Shorts … A quick wrap of the most interesting rugby news …

The Blitzbokke were unconvincing against the Yanks at the Gold Coast, but at least continued on their winning path, beating Japan in their second match in Australia … More

The Pommy RWC saga just gets worse … The RFU pressured players into paying hush money to a Dunedin chambermaid who was at the centre of one headline-grabbing allegation … More

Several newcomers to the Lions squad, including the halfback twin brothers, Ross and Guy Cronjé from the Sharks and Griquas lock Hendrik Roodt, trained with their new team-mates on Thursday. The Lions’ Springboks – Van der Linde, Bandise Maku, Wikus van Heerden, Elton Jantjies, Butch James and Murray – were also all present at the session … More

The case against the SuperSport presenter, Peter Davies, accused of sexually assaulting a youth at a gym in Randburg, has been postponed until January next year … More

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says centre Adrian Jacobs is welcome to join his squad in their pre-season preparations, but is not offering the little buksie a contract just yet … More

Perhaps getting a little ahead of himself, new Sharks fullback Riaan Viljoen want’s to use his new opportunity at the Sharks as a springboard for a possible Springbok call-up … More

Former Free State captain Helgard Müller has officially been named as Free State’s Vodacom Cup coach for next season … More

All Black skipper Richie McCaw faces a lengthy rehabilitation after undergoing surgery to repair his foot injury … More

And in closing, a picture tribute to Bok legend, Victor Matfield, who leads the Baa Baa’s against the Aussies at Twickenham on Saturday … More