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Ruggaworld’s “Live” Match Centre

October 25, 2014
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Ruggaworld’s “Live” Match Centre

It is final’s Saturday and Champions will be crowned today in New Zeeland and South Africa. ABSA Currie Cup Finals ABSA Currie Cup Final 2014 DHL Western Province 19 Xerox Golden Lions 16 The Absa Currie Cup competition will reach a thrilling conclusion on Saturday as DHL Western Province and the Xerox Golden Lions do...
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Champions of 2014 – Western Province!!

October 25, 2014
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Champions of 2014 – Western Province!!

DHL Western Province become ABSA Currie Cup Champions on Saturday when they beat the Xerox Golden Lions 19-16 at Newlands in Cape Town. It was almost a game of two half’s with Western Province taking an early lead in the 2014 final. The Lions was 13-0 behind going into the break but came out firing in the second...
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DHL WP crowned U19 champions

October 25, 2014
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DHL WP crowned U19 champions

DHL Western Province are the champions of the 2014 Absa Provincial Under-19 competition, after defeating the Blue Bulls Under-19s by 33-26 in an exciting final at DHL Newlands on Saturday.  The DHL WP Under-19s trailed by 23-26 with just eight minutes left on the clock, a long-range Ernst Stapelberg penalty goal drawing the scores...
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Taranaki crowned champions

October 25, 2014
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Taranaki crowned champions

Taranaki have claimed their first New Zealand provincial title, withstanding a late fightback from Tasman Makos in the ITM Cup Premiership final at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. Taranaki and the Makos, first and second in the minor premiership, were both chasing a maiden title, with the visitors having defeated six-time defending champions Canterbury...
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Beale not selected for Australia autumn tests

October 25, 2014
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Beale not selected for Australia autumn tests

Kurtley Beale has not been selected for Australia’s autumn internationals, despite being eligible after breaching their code of conduct. The versatile back was fined £24,600 for sending an offensive picture message to a female ex-team official. He missed two Tests against Argentina and New Zealand while he awaited the outcome of a disciplinary tribunal....
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A “Southern look” on the year so far

October 24, 2014
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A “Southern look” on the year so far

With the ABSA Currie Cup final stage being set for Saturday at Newlands between DHL Western Province and Xerox Golden Lions, Benedict Chanakira takes a look back on the year that was so far and what to look forward to….. Yet another season has gone by and we await the 2015 Rugby World Cup...
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Springboks’ finish training camp in Stellenbosch

October 24, 2014
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Springboks’ finish training camp in Stellenbosch

The Springboks concluded a week of intense training at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on Friday as their preparations for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to Ireland, England, Italy and Wales stepped up a gear. A total of 31 players took part in the training camp after prop Marcel van der Merwe withdrew due...
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Japan get’s Super Rugby spot

October 24, 2014
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Japan get’s Super Rugby spot

Sanzar has confirmed that Japan is the preferred candidate for Super Rugby’s 18th team when the competition expands in 2016. Following a meeting of the SANZAR’s executive committee the organisation’s chief executive Greg Peters confirmed that they have informed the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) about their decision. “This week’s meeting was a significant...
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Newsflash

October 24, 2014
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Newsflash

All the news, all around the world   Beale get off with fine only Wallaby playmaker Kurtley Beale has been fined AUS$45,000 (£24 665) by the Australian Rugby Union following a lengthy disciplinary hearing at ARU headquarters on Friday. The Waratahs back has however avoided suspension and is eligible for selection for the Wallabies, effective...
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Gold and Venter team up for Sharks

October 24, 2014
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Gold and Venter team up for Sharks

The Sharks have confirmed the appointments of Gary Gold as their new director of rugby and Brendan Venter as a technical director. 47-year-old Gold, is a former Springbok assistant coach, who is currently head coach of Japanese Top League club Kobelco Steelers, has signed a three-year contract, spanning 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Sharks...
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Ex Bok Skipper, Malan passes away

October 23, 2014
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Ex Bok Skipper, Malan passes away

Gabriel Frederick (Abie) Malan 1935-2014 The South African Rugby Union has extended its condolences to the family of former Springbok hooker, captain and selector, Abie Malan, who passed away on Thursday from complications following knee replacement surgery. He was one month short of his 79th birthday. Abie Malan was a fiercely competitive hooker who...
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Steroids an Issue in Schools

October 23, 2014
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Steroids an Issue in Schools

Experts revealed yesterday that boys as young as 13 from elite boarding and ordinary middle-class high schools were using illegal substances – often placing themselves at risk of liver damage, life-long infertility and shrunken testicles.   Speaking on the sidelines of a South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport supplement summit yesterday, Dr Glen Hagemann...
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One change for Western Province in final

October 23, 2014
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One change for Western Province in final

Western Province have made one change for there ABSA Currie Cup final clash against the Golden Lions for this Saturday..   DHL Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has kept the changes to a minimum for Saturday’s 2014 Absa Currie Cup Final clash against the Xerox Golden Lions at DHL Newlands (kick-off 17h00). In the...
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Matfield demands lift in standards

October 23, 2014
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Matfield demands lift in standards

Victor Matfield says the Springboks will need to improve at the set pieces if they’re to beat Ireland in two weeks’ time. JON CARDINELLI reports from SARugbymag.co.za Since the great No 5 returned to the international arena in June 2014, the Boks have certainly lifted their standards at the lineout. The scrum has also...
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Michael Rhodes, WP power player

October 23, 2014
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Michael Rhodes, WP power player

When the going got tough this year, DHL Western Province’s Michael Rhodes got going. Take a moment to reflect for a while what the DHL Stormers and Western Province’s season might have been like without Michael Rhodes. Apart from the one Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Bulls at Loftus and his enforced rest...
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Golden Lions name team for final

October 23, 2014
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Golden Lions name team for final

Xerox Golden Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his team to take on DHL Western Province for the 2014 Absa Currie Cup final, taking place in Cape Town this Saturday. Ackermann has once again opted for consistency, making just one change to his match day 22. The only change sees Jacques van Rooyen return...
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Michael Cheika is up for the challenge

October 23, 2014
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Michael Cheika is up for the challenge

The decision of Michael Cheika to accept the Wallabies coaching job was motivated by the chance to force a change for the better rather than “throw eggs” at the game in the wake of the events that led to Ewen McKenzie’s resignation. Cheika, who signed a three-year deal on Wednesday morning that will allow...
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Semesa Rokoduguni makes England squad

October 23, 2014
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Semesa Rokoduguni makes England squad

England have called up Bath winger and British Army soldier Semesa Rokoduguni for the November Tests, with Chris Ashton missing out.   Jonathan Joseph comes in for the injured Manu Tuilagi, while there is also a spot for Calum Clark in the forwards. Danny Cipriani is a high-profile casualty along with Ashton, while Freddie...
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Newsflash (23 Oct)

October 23, 2014
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Newsflash (23 Oct)

All the news, all around the world    One change to Western Province side to play in Final DHL Western Province team changes (Absa Currie Cup Final, v Lions): Taute to start at No.12, Grobler and Vd Spuy on bench. DHL Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has kept the changes to a minimum for...
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Lions a team of happy ‘rejects’

October 22, 2014
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Lions a team of happy ‘rejects’

They may be facing the toughest game of the year this coming weekend when they pack down in the Currie Cup final, but for Johan Ackermann’s band of ‘rejects’, the world is at their feet at the moment. It may be harsh to call them ‘rejects’, a term that is widely joked about in...
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IRB praising Namibia Rugby

October 22, 2014
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IRB praising Namibia Rugby

  The Namibian Rugby Union has received praise from the IRB for the way it is administering rugby in the country. This follows a visit to Namibia earlier this year by the IRB’s regional Manager for Africa, Mr. Jean-Luc Barthez. In a report submitted to the IRB,  Mr. Barthez stated that the Namibian Rugby...
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Newsflash (22 Oct)

October 22, 2014
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Newsflash (22 Oct)

All the news, all around the world   Gary Gold favourite to get Sharks top job The Sharks are expected to name their new Super Rugby coach and successor to Jake White within the next two weeks. White left the Sharks in mysterious circumstances last month with reports indicating there was growing discord between...
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Five uncapped named in Ireland Squad

October 22, 2014
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Five uncapped named in Ireland Squad

Ireland have named five uncapped players in their 37-man squad for the November internationals including New Zealand-born Ulster centre/full-back Jared Payne.   The squad, captained by Paul O’Connell, also features Connacht’s Darragh Leader and Nathan White, Munster’s Dave Foley and Leinster’s Dominic Ryan.29-year-old Payne played for New Zealand at U21 level but gets his...
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Shock as Gatland leaves out Hook, Jones

October 21, 2014
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Shock as Gatland leaves out Hook, Jones

Wales and Lions pair Adam Jones and James Hook are major casualties in Warren Gatland’s squad for the November Tests  Uncapped prop Nicky Smith (Ospreys) is the only potential debutant named in the 34-man group group to face Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa. Other notable absentees from the squad include Rhys Patchell...
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SARU Academy Programme continues to flourish

October 21, 2014
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SARU Academy Programme continues to flourish

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) Academy Programme continued to flourish in its second year of operation with several players making their presence felt in the Absa Under-19 and Under-21 B Division finals last weekend, helping their teams to secure provincial titles.   Four SARU Academies, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund...
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More problems for Sharks off the field

October 21, 2014
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More problems for Sharks off the field

Claims by a former employee that the Sharks have bigger tax headaches than those which led to her dismissal have no basis, according to the chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union, Stephen Saad. The Sunday Tribune reported that Leigh Heard, the Durban-based union’s former chief operations officer, had been fired for a host of...
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De Villiers – Springboks needs much more improvement

October 21, 2014
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De Villiers – Springboks needs much more improvement

Jean de Villiers isn’t assuming that because South Africa defeated New Zealand at Ellis Park that they’re the finished article. The Boks are currently in Stellenbosch for a training camp ahead of the November Tests, when they will face Ireland, England, Italy and Wales in the space of four weeks. De Villiers knows his...
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Larkham says no to Wallabies

October 21, 2014
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Larkham says no to Wallabies

Stephen Larkham has turned down an opportunity to tour with the Wallabies on their upcoming European tour. Despite speculation Larkham would tour as an Assistant Coach, his prior commitment to both the Brumbies and the ACT community will see him remain in Canberra during the next few months. “While I was honoured to be...
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