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Cooper cops a huge fine and suspended ban

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Quade Cooper has today been found to be in breach of the ARU Code of Conduct in respect of his social media and media comments between Saturday 22 and Thursday 27 September.

Highlanders 2013 Super Rugby squad

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The Highlanders squad has a number of new faces and this will make for a very exciting season in 2013.

Crusaders 2013 Super Rugby squad

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Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his squad to contest the 2013 Investec Super Rugby competition.  It includes nine new faces and twenty three players returning from the 2012 Crusaders squad.

Blues Super Rugby squad for 2013

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Blues Head Coach Sir John Kirwan announced his 2013 squad at a free breakfast event exclusively for members, sponsors and members of the media this morning.

Chiefs announce 2013 Super Rugby squad

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Super Rugby 2012 Champions, the Chiefs have formally announced their squad for the 2013 campaign.

Sharks goes across borders

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UAE Rugby today announced a ground breaking development with world famous Super XV franchise The Sharks, based in Durban South Africa, to co operate in the management of three High Performance Academy programmes in the UAE commencing in January 2013.

Strauss fit to tour

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The Springboks received a timely boost on Monday with the news that vice-captain Adriaan Strauss is fit to tour with the squad to Europe.

WP Rugby confirms Taute, Jantjies loan deals

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WP Rugby can confirm that Springbok backs Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute will join the DHL Stormers on loan for the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Kaizer Chiefs registers a rugby team

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Yes folks, you heard right, football giant Kaizer Chiefs has registered a rugby team to participate in a tournament in George over December.

Scrap the scrum hit

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Outgoing Australian Rugby Union boss John O’Neill has called for the “hit” to be scrapped in scrums, the experimental law variations to be revisited and a possible three-metre defensive line added to enliven the game.

Law changes will promote attack

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Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes the five laws that are being trialled globally will promote more attacking rugby on the team’s tour of Europe next month.

WP leer SA Rugby ‘n les

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Die internet ensiklopedie Wikipedia het sy eerste verskyning gemaak in daardie jaar.  Die wêreld was geskud toe terroriste in die World Trade Centre ingevlieg wat die torings tot die grond toe neer gebring het en tot gister, was dit die laaste keer wat Westelike Provinsie die Currie-beker omhoog gehou het.

Springbok squad for UK tour

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The Springboks will travel to the Northern Hemisphere next weekend with five uncapped players but without their all-time leading try-scorer and most experienced player, Bryan Habana.

CC Final 2012: Sharks 18, WP 25

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The Sharks will be looking to win the Absa Currie Cup for the third time in five seasons on Saturday when they host DHL Western Province at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban (kick-off 17h00).

Promotion-Relegation match Rnd 2: Kings v Cheetahs

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The Eastern Province Kings face their biggest challenge in many years in Port Elizabeth on Friday night when they host the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in the second leg of their Absa Currie Cup promotion-relegation series.

It’s Sharks all the way

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It is Currie Cup Final time, and early indications are only one team has a real chance of winning the famous Cup.

Mapoe the ‘Mane’ Lion

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union held their annual Players Award Ceremony on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 where the players were acknowledged for their contribution to the Union throughout 2012.

Plum calls on Boks for final

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The Sharks’ match day 22 to take on Western Province in the Absa Currie Cup Final on Saturday at Mr Price KINGS PARK features a mix of those who have done duty all season as well as returning Springboks.

Etzebeth nominated for 3 awards

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The rise of young Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth was confirmed on Wednesday when he was nominated in three categories for the prestigious South African Rugby Union (SARU) Rugby Player of the Year Awards, which take place in Cape Town on Thursday, November 1.

WP makes one change for semi

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s 2012 Absa Currie Cup Final against the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban (17h00).

Morne gets 1 week ban

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Vodacom Blue Bulls player Mornè Steyn has been suspended for one week of rugby after being found guilty by a SARU Judicial Officer on Tuesday.

Spies stays with Bulls

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The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd is happy to announce that Pierre Spies has extended his contract till November 2015.

Peyper to ref CC final

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Jaco Peyper has been rewarded for his outstanding performances in the 2012 season by being named as referee for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final in Durban (kick off 17h00).

Peyper, who made his test debut at Tier 1 international level in 2012, will take charge of the match between The Sharks and DHL Western Province. It is his first Absa Currie Cup final appointment.

“The appointment was made on merit as Jaco has had an outstanding season,” said Andre Watson, SARU GM: Referees. “The decision was based on feedback over the season from provinces and from our own assessments. All appointments for finals are done on merit; this is SARU’s showcase weekend in terms of domestic rugby and we owe it to all stakeholders to provide the best possible service.”

SARU also announced that the Absa Under-21 and Absa Under-19 Cup finals will be refereed by Lourens van der Merwe and Rasta Rashivenge respectively. Craig Joubert will take charge of the second leg of the Absa Currie Cup promotion/relegation decider in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

The full list of appointments is as follows:

Absa Currie Cup Promotion/relegation Friday, Oct 26 (19h10) EP Kings v Toyota Free State Cheetahs Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: C Joubert ARs: Q Immelman & C Wessels TMO: J Meuwesen
Absa Under-19 final Saturday, Oct 27 (12h00) DHL Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls Mr Price Kings Park
Referee: R Rashivenge ARs: A Sehlako & R Rossouw TMO: G Coetzee
Absa Under-21 final Saturday, Oct 27 (14h00) DHL Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls Mr Price Kings Park
Referee: L van der Merwe ARs: S Mayende & S Breytenbach TMO: G Coetzee
Absa Currie Cup Final Saturday, Oct 27 (17h00) The Sharks v DHL Western Province Mr Price Kings Park
Referee: J Peyper Ars: C du Preez & S Breytenbach TMO: J Meuwesen

Steyn, Mellet cited

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Vodacom Blue Bulls players Mornè Steyn and Mornè Mellett have been cited following alleged foul play in their semi-final clash against The Sharks in Durban on Saturday and both will appear before judicial officer Louis Booyse in Pretoria on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 14h00.

Higginbotham gets 2-match ban

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Qantas Wallabies forward, Scott Higginbotham, has this evening accepted a two week suspension on both counts after pleading guilty to two counts of striking All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw, with the knee and the head.

Wat stop ons?

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Wat presies stop Suid-Afrikaanse rugby om leiers te wees eerder as volgelinge?

Wat ‘n naweek van rugby!

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Wat ’n naweek van rugby resultate!

Lions shift focus

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Golden Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann said his side would now start their journey towards reclaiming a Super Rugby berth after they were knocked out of the Currie Cup competition over the weekend.

Waar is die Kings se swartes?

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Die Mol, rubriekskrywer in Rapport, wil stappe doen teen die Kings se verwaarlosing van sy swart spelers.

CC semi 2: Lions 16, WP 21

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Western Province travel to Jo’Burg in a repeat of last year’s semi-final with the hope the result will be different for the Cape side.

CC semi 1: Sharks 20, Blue Bulls 3

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A wet game is predicted which will make this semi-final even more spicy. The Sharks are in form, the Blue Bulls will want to prove many wrong.  Strap yourself in for war.

Australia 18, All Blacks 18

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Rugby365 said Australia needs the perfect game… I reckon they need a miracle as the All Blacks march to the most consecutive test wins record.

Cheetahs 53, Kings 14

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UPDATE: The Kings will have to beat the CheetAhs by 40 points and a bonus try in PE to gain promotion to the CC.

RW chats to Sports Illustrated Radio

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So I got this email from Sports Illustrated’s main man Gareth Rosslee, also known as the ‘Online Guy’, wanting to know if I would chat to them on their radio show, SI-Radio.

Plum resists Bok temptation

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Jean Deysel will win his 50 Absa Currie Cup cap for The Sharks in Saturday’s semi-final when they host the Blue Bulls at Mr Price KINGS PARK for the 4.30pm kick-off.

SA Player of the year finalists named

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The ten finalists for the prestigious SARU Rugby Player of the Year 2012 have been finalised, following a new public consultation process in conjunction with the votes of rugby media.

WP forced to make changes

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup semifinal meeting with the defending champion MTN Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg (19h00).

Blue Bulls unchanged for semi’s

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Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar made no changes to his side that beat the MTN Lions last weekend for their Absa Currie Cup semi-finals clash against The Sharks in Durban.

Dear Oom Harold…

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Dear Oom Harold…

Bryce Lawrence retires (from cheating)

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Bryce Lawrence has pulled the plug on his career after his 200th first-class match in charge.

Elton back for Lions

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced the MTN Golden Lions team to play DHL Western Province on Saturday, 20 October 2012 in the second semi-final match of the 2012 Absa Currie Cup competition, this afternoon.

Desperate Aussies call on experience

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Seasoned Wallabies Adam Ashley-Cooper and Wycliff Palu will return to the injury-depleted Australian side for this weekend’s Test against New Zealand in a boost to under-fire coach Robbie Deans.

Harold defends Cheetahs management

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Free State Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster has hit back at those criticising the union for the manner in which it manages its affairs.

Double blow for WP ahead of semi

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Western Province will have to do without injured Springbok tight forwards Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg in their semi-final against the Lions this weekend.

Blitzbokke claim bronze in Oz

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The Springbok Sevens bounced back from their Cup semi-final loss against Fiji to outplay Kenya 41-7 and claim third place at the Gold Coast Sevens on Sunday morning (SA time). The Fijians successfully defended their tournament title by beating New Zealand 32-14 in the final at Skilled Park.

Lions 29, Blue Bulls 50

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The Blue Bulls go into this weekend’s matches sitting bottom of the log, but amazingly they can still sneak in for a semi-final today.

WP 36, Cheetahs 15

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Both teams can still qualify for the semi’s but both could also face the relegation play-off match which makes this a mouthwatering encounter with all the Boks back.

Blitzbokke impress in Oz

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The Springbok Sevens beat arch rivals New Zealand 31-21 to finish unbeaten and on top of Pool A at the Gold Coast Sevens on Saturday. The Blitzbokke will now face France in the first Cup quarterfinal match on Sunday at Skilled Park, which is scheduled to start at 3:48am (SA time).

1st Division CC Final: Kings v Pumas

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The Eastern Province Kings will face the Ford Pumas in the Absa Currie Cup First Division final on Saturday knowing that, come what may, a third consecutive stalemate this season is not an option for undoubtedly the two best sides in the competition.

Trap die Prop!

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So tussendeur al die kak en hare van die Bokke het iemand op Twitter my wys gemaak van ‘n lekker Afrikaanse rugby ‘tune’.