Ten fantastic photographs from all the weekend's rugby action across the world


WHAT A weekend of rugby! From Kingston Park to Johannesburg and Dublin to Mendoza, there were notable results across the rugby world – and these photographs capture the best of the weekend’s action.

In the Rugby Championship, South Africa ended New Zealand‘s 22-match unbeaten run with a 27-25 win at Ellis Park. Pat Lambie slotted the winning penalty a couple of minutes from time as the Springboks became the first team to beat the All Blacks since December 2012.

In Mendoza, Argentina secured their first-ever Rugby Championship win, capitalising on the dominance of their own scrum and Australias ill-discipline to beat the Wallabies 21-17.

Newcastle also pulled off a memorable win, beating Exeter 29-24 in their Aviva Premiership game at Kingston Park. It was their first win in the league for nearly a year and ended a run of 20 defeats.

Saracens slipped to third in the table following their 21-11 defeat by Bath while defending champions Northampton lead the way with 20 points from their first five games.

In the Guinness Pro12, Munster claimed a first win over rivals Leinster in Dublin since 2008. They led 28-9 at half-time and despite having four players sin-binned in the second period held on to win 34-23 and move up to fourth in the table.

Glasgow and Ospreys are the only teams with a 100% winning record this season, both overcoming Italian opposition this weekend to keep their places at the top of the table.

Over in league, Bath’s big recruit Sam Burgess signed off his career at South Sydney Rabbitohs with a 30-6 win over Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL Grand Final. Burgess fractured his cheekbone in the first minute but played on for the full 80, although that injury could now delay his union debut.

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