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Erasmus praises predecessor for improved Bok skills

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Rassie Erasmus praised his much-maligned predecessor Allister Coetzee on Monday for the improved skills of the South African side that have seen them clinch a three-match home series against England with a game to spare.

Rugby - New Zealand winger Savea confirms Toulon move

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Julian Savea will leave New Zealand at the end of the Super Rugby season to join French Top 14 club Toulon, the Wellington Hurricanes and All Blacks winger said on his verified Twitter account on Monday.

Jones admits to no magic solution for dire England form

DURBAN (Reuters) - Eddie Jones may be feeling a sense of déjà vu as his tenure as England coach reached a new low on Saturday with a fifth successive test defeat, a run of form similar to the end of his four years in charge of Australia more than a decade ago.

Australia upset with Ireland's 'blocking' of fullback Folau

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia are considering lodging a complaint with match officials against what they consider Ireland's illegal blocking tactics on fullback Israel Folau, according to Wallabies attack coach Stephen Larkham.

Argentine coach Hourcade resigns after loss to Wales

SANTA FE, Argentina (Reuters) - Argentine coach Daniel Hourcade has resigned after a second consecutive defeat by Wales left the team with two wins in 17 games.

Elated Erasmus to assess Bok options in third test

BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) - South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus will make changes for the third test against England in Cape Town on Saturday with the series wrapped up and next year’s World Cup very much on his mind.

England's Vunipola and Genge leave tour of South Africa

BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) - Props Mako Vunipola and Ellis Genge have left England’s tour of South Africa with Exeter Chiefs' Alec Hepburn called up as a replacement, officials said on Sunday.

Rugby - Latest defeat loosens Jones' grip on England job: media

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's unforgiving rugby media have launched into England coach Eddie Jones after his side suffered a fifth successive test loss with a 23-12 series-losing defeat to South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Rugby - Wales record first tour win in Argentina since 1999

SANTA FE, Argentina (Reuters) - Wales completed their first test series victory in Argentina since 1999 on Saturday when they overran the Pumas 30-12 in a one-sided match in Santa Fe.

England loss is 'like a horror movie', says Jones

BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) - Eddie Jones described England's 23-12 loss to South Africa in Saturday’s second test in Bloemfontein as being "like a horror movie" as poor discipline led to a series loss and a fifth straight test defeat.