South Africa

Springboks take fourth from England after All Blacks draw

They're up to fourth place, ahead of England by just three-hundredths of a point and they have Handre Pollard's injury-time conversion to thank for that.

The Springboks looked set to lose a topsy-turvy contest at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, before Herschel Jantjies' try gave the Boks the chance to level which they did. 

The result means the last four tests between the two nations have all been decided by two points or less.

The All Blacks remain atop the standings with Wales and Ireland also in the top four. There were no other changes inside the top 10. 

More than 700 tickets to All Blacks Test cancelled

Ticket seller Ticketek told New Zealand Rugby to void the tickets to the 27 July match at Westpac Stadium.

NZ Rugby chief commercial officer Richard Thomas said cancelling the tickets was a matter of taking a stand against fraud.

"Unfortunately, it is highly likely that some of these tickets will have already been on-sold to unknowing fans on the secondary market and those fans may only discover their tickets are invalid when they present them at the gate at Westpac Stadium.

South Africa through to Netball World Cup semifinals for first time since 1995

South Africa are through to the final four for the first time since 1995 after a strong final quarter got them home against a relatively competitive Uganda.

They join the Silver Ferns, Australia and hosts England as the four confirmed semifinalists.

South Africa v Uganda

Southern Steel star Lenize Potgieter continued her strong tournament by scoring a game-high 46 from 49 as South Africa beat Uganda 67-40 to advance through to the semifinals on Thursday (NZT).

Saving their best for last, South Africa won the final quarter 21-7.

Wallabies prop Tupou robbed near team hotel in Johannesburg

Tupou and the rest of the Wallabies front rowers were walking back to their hotel, the Sandton Sun, at approximately 9:15pm local after a dinner just across the road, when a man walked past and grabbed his phone before running towards a waiting vehicle.

After initially believing it to be one of his teammates, Tupou realised it was a stranger and pursued the man, sustaining some minor cuts to his arm attempting to grab the device out of the car.

Tupou said on Sunday evening (AEST) that he was feeling okay after the incident.

South Africa World Cup hopes over

Pakistan may soon follow Sunday's opponents out of semi-final contention yet they eased to a 49-run victory, their 308-7 never under threat. South Africa finished on 259-9.

Defeats to England, Bangladesh, India and New Zealand put South Africa in a perilous position before this game. They have fixtures against Sri Lanka and Australia to come, but surely cannot get home soon enough now mathematical hopes of advancing from the group stage are over.

Rohit and India overcome Proteas

India, making their tournament bow, started slowly in a seemingly straightforward chase of 228 as Virat Kohli failed to fire, but Rohit moved through the gears to defeat a Proteas attack missing Lungi Ngidi and Dale Steyn.

It was a victory World Cup debutants Jasprit Bumrah (2-35) and Yuzvendra Chahal (4-51) deserved, too, after superb displays at the Rose Bowl restricted their opponents to 227-9.

Bangladesh pile misery on Proteas

The Proteas had come up well short against hosts England in Thursday's opener and a failure to ever really get to grips with the Bangladesh batsmen, playing their first match, cost them here.

Bangladesh's ODI record and the biggest total of the tournament so far - 330-6 - saw Shakib Al Hasan (75) and Mushfiqur Rahim (78) combine for a 142-run third-wicket stand that gave South Africa a mountain to climb.

An opening partnership of 60 was belatedly broken by Andile Phehlukwayo with his second ball to Tamim Iqbal (16), yet there was no slowing the Tigers.

Archer stars as England win opener

A late addition to Eoin Morgan's squad after becoming eligible for England in March, Barbados-born paceman Archer showed why there had been such a clamour for his selection on Thursday, while Ben Stokes also shone and produced an early contender for catch of the tournament.

After the hosts were limited to 311-8 when they looked well set to post a bigger total, Archer swiftly undermined South Africa's reply, taking two wickets in a fine opening spell and forcing Hashim Amla to retire hurt as a vicious bouncer struck the veteran's helmet grille.

CAS dismisses Semenya appeal

South African Semenya, the double defending Olympic champion over 800 metres, and Athletics South Africa had challenged the IAAF's new regulations concerning athletes with differences of sex development (DSD).

The rules in question require athletes with naturally-occurring high levels of testosterone to take medication to reduce those levels, in order to compete in women's track events ranging from 400m to a mile.

South Africa hit by deadly Easter church collapse

Emergency services said that 29 people were rushed to hospital after the collapse in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Local officials have blamed the tragedy on heavy rainfall in the area around eMpangeni on Thursday night.

Most of the victims were reportedly women sleeping in the church.

An 11-year-old girl is thought to be among them.

The wall at the front of the Pentecostal Holiness Church collapsed at the start of what had been planned as a weekend-long service to commemorate the Christian festival of Easter.