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Here we go again

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The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has announced that quotas based on race will be used in the Cell C Community Cup club rugby tournament.

This decision was made at SARU’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cape Town on Friday.

Teams will be required to field three black players in match-day squads in 2014, four in 2015 and five in 2016. The original specification was for five black players from 2014.

The Community Cup started last season and replaced the old National Club Championships.

Several rugby clubs in South Africa are affiliated to universities, who play in the annual Varsity Rugby tournaments.

The Community Cup was therefore created for the non-university clubs to run in parallel with Varsity Rugby.

Despatch from Eastern Province won the 2013 edition.

Another Sharks Bok heads to Japan

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Sharks2014The table-topping Sharks are set to lose the services of another Springbok to the lure of the Japanese Yen.

Loose forward Keegan Daniel will depart the Sharks at the conclusion of the Super Rugby tournament to join Kubota in Japan.  He will join fellow Sharks Boks Ryan Kankowski and JP Pietersen, who plays in Japan and then returns for Super Rugby.  However, it is uncertain if Daniel will be back for Super Rugby duty next year.  Having joined the Sharks Academy in 2004, Daniel went on to make his Sharks senior debut in 2006 against the Reds. With 199 first caps to date for the Sharks, 59 of those as captain, he led the team to Currie Cup glory in 2013.
The Sharks said in a statement on Friday that Daniel will always be regarded as an exceptional player who has served the Durban-based franchise with distinction over the years.  He is a regarded as fierce competitor and someone that always boxed above his weight and led by example.v His humble nature and never-say-die attitude are some of his greatest attributes and both the team and administrators alike will miss his steely determination and courage.

Commenting on his departure, The Sharks CEO, John Smit said Daniel has been an “instrumental part” of the Sharks for many years. “His commitment to the jersey and to the franchise could never be questioned,” the World Cup-winning former Bok captain, Smit, said.  “We offered Keegan a long-term contract to stay in Durban, but he has decided that it was time in his career for a new challenge.
“We respect his decision and thank him for ten years of dedication and loyalty. We wish him the very best for this new and exciting chapter in his life.”
Daniel said he was “eternally grateful” to the Sharks for what they have done for his career.  “I have been at the union for 10 years, experienced many highs, and have had the opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and have built lasting friendships along the way,” the loose forward said.  “It is never an easy decision to make when the time comes to move on and ply your trade elsewhere.
“I am sad to leave a place that I have called home and will always respect what the Sharks jersey stands for. It was an honour to captain the team for a couple of seasons and I have enjoyed every single moment of my time here.

“I look forward to contributing to the team’s aspirations during the Super Rugby tournament before I embark on a new journey that seeks to embrace a new culture and style of rugby.”

SR: Brumbies 24 Rebels 32

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The Brumbies, who arrive in Melbourne having beaten Western Force and Hurricanes at home and Waratahs and Stormers in Canberra are on top the Australian conference after six rounds. They were particularly impressive in defeating the Waratahs and the only blot against their name so far is their 17-27 defeat to the Reds in their first match.
Since that win over the Cheetahs, the Rebels were poor and punished appropriately by Western Force in Perth but showed great improvement and impressive fight to go down against the star-studded Crusaders in Melbourne ten days ago. In Sydney they competed manfully for 40 minutes, before three moments of magic from former charge Kurtley Beale saw the ‘Waratahs run away with it.
Recent Results:
2013: Brumbies won 17-39, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 13-30, Melbourne
2012: Brumbies won 19-27, Melbourne
2012: Brumbies won 6-37, Canberra
2011: Brumbies won 17-32, Canberra
2011: Rebels won 25-24, Melbourne
Teams:
 Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White,8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 JP Smith.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva,17 Ruan Smith,18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Christian Lealiifano.
 
Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga’a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Max Lahiff.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Cruze Ah-Nau, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Male Sa’u, 23 Angus Roberts.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

SR: Crusaders 26, Hurricanes 29

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Both teams currently sit within the bottom half of the overall points table and would love to move up on the log. The Crusaders have won 2 lost 2 and would be desperate to keep on the winning ways after the bye last week. The Hurricanes are coming off a loss to the Highlanders – a match that was dominated by penalties in the first half.

With 11 matches remaining and a maximum of 55 points still up for grabs, the Hurricanes are looking to continue where they left off at the end of the Highlanders fixture, and ignite their season with a convincing performance against the Crusaders. Both sides will be looking for greater accuracy on attack. The Crusaders have scored just six tries in four matches and their outside backs have yet to click into gear, while the Hurricanes have run in 16 so far, but have also missed several opportunities.

Recent Results:

2013: Crusaders won 25-17, Christchurch
2013: Hurricanes won 28-29, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 22-23, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 42-14, Wellington
2011: Crusaders won 16-9, Wellington
2010: Crusaders and Hurricanes drew 26-26, Wellington
Teams:
 Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Nemani Nadolo.
Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Marty Banks.
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Watt (New Zealand)