Archive for December, 2013

Edinburgh lures another SA star

December 31, 2013
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Edinburgh lures another SA star

Carl Bezuidenhout, who helped the Pumas regain their Currie Cup status, has become the latest South African to join Alan Solomons at Edinburgh. The 27-year-old, who began training at Murrayfield on Monday, joins other SA players like Wicus Blaauw (from the Southern Kings), Cornell Du Preez (Kings), Willem (WP) Nel (Cheetahs) and Izak van...
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Happy New Year 2014!!

December 31, 2013
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Happy New Year 2014!!

From all of the us, we wish you a Happy New Year and may 2014 bring you all the love joy and wishes you may have. Looking forward to a “jam” packed rugby season lying ahead for us in the new year. Thank you to everyone for all your support and chats over the...
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70th Straight Win for Clermont

December 30, 2013
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70th Straight Win for Clermont

Clermont racked up a 70th straight home win and extended their lead at the top of the French Top 14 with a 33-19 victory over Oyonnax on Sunday. Fijian born wing Noa Nakaitaci was the architect in the first half, scoring a brilliant 60-yard individual try before making a second break and teeing up...
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Welsh twist in Euro stand-off

December 30, 2013
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Welsh twist in Euro stand-off

The European Cup stand-off has not even taken a break over the festive season, with new reports of ‘cash offers’ to lure clubs to the breakaway group. According to a report in the Sunday Telegraph the four Welsh regions have been offered £4-million each to join the Premiership clubs in their attempt to split...
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Oud-Matie voer UP-Tuks aan

December 29, 2013
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Oud-Matie voer UP-Tuks aan

Die oud-Matie Reniel Hugo is gister aangewys as UP-Tuks se FNB Varsitybeker kaptein vir 2014. Die 23-jarige Hugo, wat vir sy skitterspel vir Maties in die 2013-kompetisie met die Beste Voorspeler-toekenning beloon is, is in 2014 ‘n nagraadse student aan die Universiteit van Pretoria. Die Universiteit van Stellenbosch ken op 12 Desember ‘n BCom-graad...
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Is the scrum still a factor?

December 29, 2013
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Is the scrum still a factor?

There was a time when the scrum was the game. It was won by a goal but the road to the goal was the scrum. Then there was a time when it was regarded as essential to winning the game even if there were other ways of doing it. Now it is a troublesome...
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Rookies of the year

December 28, 2013
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Rookies of the year

The South African rugby conveyer belt continues to produce fine young talent; we look at five newcomers who caught the eye this year. One of the major strengths of South African rugby is the amount of talent constantly coming through the ranks and challenging the established players. We have chosen five players who burst...
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SA Rugby Christmas wish list – Merry Christmas to All!

December 24, 2013
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SA Rugby Christmas wish list – Merry Christmas to All!

It’s been a year of great up’s and downs, many discussions around the great game we love and we will have many more in the year to come. Ruggaworld wants to wish all our bloggers and members a beautiful Christmas. Hope 2014 brings all you hope for. Hope you all have been nice so that...
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Great Rugby Quotes

December 23, 2013
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Great Rugby Quotes

Some great quotes over the years. Let us know of any you have heard. After an All-Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: “The French are predictably unpredictable.” Andrew Mehrtens. After biting Sean Fitzpatrick’s ear: “For an 18-month suspension, I feel I probably should have torn it off. Then...
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Jean to lead cricket Boks

December 23, 2013
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Jean to lead cricket Boks

Jean de Villiers’ captaincy skills will be put to a new test when he leads a Springbok XI in their 20 over match against the Proteas. This match, which will be at Newlands cricket ground on January 3, will be the highlight of the opening day of the Festival of Cricket which also includes...
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Sharks Jersey for 2014

December 20, 2013
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Sharks Jersey for 2014

International Sports Apparel Company BLK on Friday unveiled the Sharks’ home and away replica jerseys ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season, reports Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick. The playing and replica jersey design project commenced immediately following the announcement of a partnership between the Super Rugby franchise and the rapidly expanding BLK brand...
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SBW to be reunited with Chiefs in 2015

December 20, 2013
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SBW to be reunited with Chiefs in 2015

The New Zealand Rugby Union have confirmed that cross-code rugby star Sonny Bill Williams will return to rugby union in 2015. Williams, who will continue in rugby league with the Sydney Roosters in 2014, has signed a two-year deal, meaning he could appear for the All Blacks at the 2015 World Cup. He will...
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Fellow SA refs hail Kaplan

December 19, 2013
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Fellow SA refs hail Kaplan

Fellow South African referees have paid tribute to Jonathan Kaplan, who recently retired from top level refereeing. Kaplan, who was the first referee to take charge of 50 Test matches, enjoyed an illustrious career which featured a series of memorable matches, including taking charge of fixtures at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 IRB Rugby...
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Big boost for Cape Town Tens

December 19, 2013
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Big boost for Cape Town Tens

The Cape Town Tens rugby event on Wednesday announced plans for a ground breaking sponsorship of the 2014 event. Food Lover’s Market has become the exclusive food partner of the event and will be delivering a unique and premium food experience for players and spectators alike – including hot and cold food zones, buffet...
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Stormers pre-season ‘on track’

December 19, 2013
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Stormers pre-season ‘on track’

Western Province Rugby’s contracted players have finished the first phase of their pre-season training programme, with the players now set to take a break over the festive season ahead of the DHL Stormers’ 2014 Super Rugby assault. A big squad of players – including eight of the 2014 WP Rugby Institute intake – have...
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Who is the Best Fullback?

December 18, 2013
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Who is the Best Fullback?

Asked to present my Team of the Year, I eagerly sat down, thinking this was easy. I started at No. 15 and got stuck there. By: Paul Dobson The problem was that there were so many great fullbacks playing international rugby in 2013. Fullback is a changed position. It used to be catch, kick...
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EP Rugby’s player of the year

December 17, 2013
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EP Rugby’s player of the year

Ronnie Cooke has been crowned Eastern Province Rugby’s Player of the Year for 2013, after what has undoubtedly been a very long rugby season. “There can be no doubt that 2013 has been one of the most challenging as well as one of the most exciting years that EP Rugby has been through in...
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Team of the Year: All stars (Rugby365)

December 16, 2013
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Team of the Year: All stars (Rugby365)

Following a memorable international season, we acknowledge the leading players of 2013 in our annual Team of the Year. Rugby365 gives us their teams Although the British and Irish Lions secured their first series win in 16 years when they won the three-Test series against Australia 2-1, Southern Hemisphere sides again ruled the rugby...
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Gatland with Wales until 2019

December 16, 2013
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Gatland with Wales until 2019

New Zealander Warren Gatland has extended his contract as head coach of Wales until after the 2019 World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have announced on Monday. The 50-year-old former Ireland and Wasps coach took up the post in 2007 and has since led Wales to Six Nations Grand Slams in 2008 and...
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Rugby comes second to dodgy refs

December 16, 2013
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New Zealand achievements were rivalled for attention and at times even overshadowed by the TMO and refereeing incompetence that blighted 2013.
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These players made it happen

December 16, 2013
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Dan Retief makes a very interesting choice at tighthead when he selects his World XV.
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Heineken Cup Results

December 15, 2013
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Heineken Cup Results

Ospreys dealt Castres a blow as they claimed the first win of their European Cup campaign, a 21-12 victory, over the French champions on Friday. In Friday’s other fixture, Cardiff Blues produced another improbable success as they held on for a 9-7 win over Glasgow Warriors. Ospreys 21-12 Castres Dan Biggar won the battle...
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Super derbies to get the boot?

December 13, 2013
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Super derbies to get the boot?

SANZAR are hoping to finalise their plans for the restructuring of Super Rugby early in the new year, with local derbies shaping up as a bone of contention. With the current broadcast deal expiring at the end of next season, speculation is rife about the form that Super Rugby will take in 2016 and...
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Vermeulen’s pursuit of perfection

December 13, 2013
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Vermeulen’s pursuit of perfection

Springbok No.8 Duane Vermeulen aims to elevate his game to even greater heights next season following a stellar 2013. Vermeulen missed the June Tests due to a knee injury he sustained in the Stormers’ 15-21 loss to the Waratahs in Sydney in May but returned with a vengeance. His form in the Rugby Championship,...
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Preview: European Cup, Round Four

December 12, 2013
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Preview: European Cup, Round Four

The Irish teams will be looking to back up their clean sweep last week when the second half of the European Cup double-headers get underway this weekend. All four Irish provinces were on the winning side last week, and the challenge now is for them to repeat the feat against the same opposition at...
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Nominations SA Rugby Player

December 12, 2013
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Nominations SA Rugby Player

Five key members of the Springbok squad in 2013 will go head-to-head for the annual SA Rugby Player of the Year Award, while the Steval Pumas have been rewarded for their great form this season with nominations in four categories.  Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, the winner in 2008 who led South Africa to...
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Rugby for Cyprus

December 11, 2013
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Rugby for Cyprus

Most Cypriots are blissfully unaware of it but their national rugby XV has notched up a 21st straight triumph, thanks largely to former expats and foreign soldiers on the football-mad island. A crowd of fewer than 500 turned up at the end of November in the coastal resort of Paphos to watch the team...
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Why Boks can’t beat All Blacks

December 11, 2013
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Why Boks can’t beat All Blacks

Five reasons why the Springboks can’t seem to shake their All Blacks hoodoo. By: Dominic Valentine 1. Discipline The Springboks picked up an astonishing 10 yellow cards in 12 games in 2013. The traditional strength of the Springboks is the physicality of their game and whilst no one expects them to take a step...
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