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Q&A with “2013 Coach of the Year” Jimmy Stonehouse

September 16, 2014
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Q&A with “2013 Coach of the Year” Jimmy Stonehouse

Having had the privilege to play school rugby under the coaching of Jimmy Stonehouse, it was great to catch up with him to ask him a few questions on his success with the Steval Pumas side and his view on South African and Springbok rugby. Jimmy Stonehouse was born on the 30th March 1964...
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Stegmann suspended for a week

September 17, 2014
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Stegmann suspended for a week

Vodacom Blue Bulls flank Deon Stegmann was suspended for one week on Wednesday for striking a player with his elbow in their Absa Currie Cup Premier Division clash against the EP Kings last Friday. His Vodacom Blue Bulls counterpart, hooker Bongi Mbonambi, meanwhile, was cleared of further sanction after receiving a yellow card in...
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Schalla called up for Louw

September 17, 2014
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Schalla called up for Louw

Experienced and versatile loose forward Schalk Burger has been called up to the Springbok squad for the final two Tests in the Rugby Championship for the injured Francois Louw. Burger, capped 71 times for the Springboks, will play for his Japanese club, Suntory, on Friday and join the squad in Cape Town as soon...
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Mtembu admits Sharks are desperate

September 17, 2014
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Mtembu admits Sharks are desperate

Sharks’ captain Tera Mtembu admits that the defending Currie Cup champions have slumped into a “desperate” position in their bid to defend the title. The Durban-based side drew 30-30 with the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last Saturday and must now win all of their four remaining games if they want to have any...
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Ultimate Rugby App for the real fan

September 17, 2014
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Ultimate Rugby App for the real fan

In a world we everything is run from either our phones or tablets or computers, we do rely more and more on the Apps that brings us closer to the action in the world of Rugga’s. One of the best new Apps available on the Android and Apple stores is the new Ultimate Rugby...
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Wallabies squad for Argentina and SA tour

September 17, 2014
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Wallabies squad for Argentina and SA tour

The Qantas Wallabies have announced a 28-man touring squad for the next stage of their 2014 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship campaign in South Africa and Argentina.   The Wallabies will assemble in Sydney on Friday before flying to South Africa on Monday ahead of matches against the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday 27...
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Jimmy Cowan joins the Blues

September 17, 2014
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Jimmy Cowan joins the Blues

The Blues have received a welcome injection of experience to their halves with former All Black Jimmy Cowan signing for the franchise for the 2015 Investec Super Rugby season. Having racked up more than 50 caps for the All Blacks and more than 100 caps for the Highlanders, Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan...
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Francois Louw out !!

September 16, 2014
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Francois Louw out !!

Springbok flank Francois Louw has been ruled out of the remainder of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship with a pinched nerve in his neck. He picked up the injury during last Saturday’s Test against New Zealand in Wellington and the extent of the injury was confirmed after Louw went for scans and saw a...
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Toulon boss wants Boks back in France

September 16, 2014
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Toulon boss wants Boks back in France

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has demanded that Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha quit the Springboks’ current Rugby Championship campaign and report for club duty. Toulon recently lost 28-24 to Stade Francais, and currently sit at third on the Top 14 log. Boudjellal is clearly not pleased with his side’s form at present, and has...
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Kings team announced for Cheetahs clash

September 16, 2014
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Kings team announced for Cheetahs clash

The EP Kings team that will take on the Toyota Free State Cheetahs at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon has seen seven changes to the starting line up as well as three new additions to the bench. EP Kings head coach, Carlos Spencer announced that the team will once again be captained...
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APC Central tournament gets off to exciting start

September 16, 2014
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APC Central tournament gets off to exciting start

The 2014 Central Amateur Provincial Championship got off to an exciting start in Margate with the Sharks Club XV, Griffons, Griquas Central and Free State registering impressive victories to make their presence felt early on. The Sharks Club XV registered the biggest victory of the day on Monday as they thumped Griquas NWK Rural...
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Springbok Sevens to face Kenya, Wales at Gold Coast

September 16, 2014
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Springbok Sevens to face Kenya, Wales at Gold Coast

Commonwealth Games gold medalists South Africa will face African rivals Kenya, Wales and American Samoa in the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series at Australia’s Gold Coast on October 11 and 12, the IRB announced on Tuesday. Defending champions New Zealand will play Samoa, France and Japan on the first day of...
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Kaplan happy with French referee

September 16, 2014
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Kaplan happy with French referee

What a difference a week makes… by Jonathan Kaplan www.ratetheref.co.za  We saw 2 very good test matches, particularly the NZ v Boks game played in the Cake Tin. It was played at tempo for the duration of the match and was superbly refereed by Jerome Garces. Chalk and cheese between what we saw last...
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Will ‘take it on the chin’ – Allister Coetzee

September 16, 2014
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Will ‘take it on the chin’ – Allister Coetzee

DHL Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has vowed to ‘take it on the chin’, after his team suffered their first loss of the 2014 Absa Currie Cup season – against the Golden Lions – on Saturday night. Not only was it DHL WP’s first loss of 2014, as they secured a losing bonus point...
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Pumas want Super Rugby franchise

September 16, 2014
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Pumas want Super Rugby franchise

The Pumas are planning an audacious bid to become one of the six South African Super Rugby franchises. BRENTON CHELIN reports for www.sarugbymag.co.za The side from Nelspruit have been one of the stories of the Currie Cup so far, but their tale doesn’t stop there. With Super Rugby set for yet another expansion in...
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Quota demands are unrealistic

September 16, 2014
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Quota demands are unrealistic

The government should be investing in the development of black players rather than making quota demands that South African rugby sides cannot possibly meet, writes JON CARDINELLI with his view on the matter for www.sarugbymag.co.za The Boks will play the Wallabies in Cape Town next Saturday, and the All Blacks in Johannesburg the week...
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Xerox Lions name their team for Puma clash

September 16, 2014
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Xerox Lions name their team for Puma clash

  Xerox Golden Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his 22-man side to front the Steval Pumas at Ellis Park on Friday. Ackermann has opted for consistency, making just one change to his starting side. In the forwards, Martin Muller will start at lock in place of the injured MB Lusaseni. On the bench,...
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All Blacks squad for Argentina and South Africa

September 16, 2014
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All Blacks squad for Argentina and South Africa

The 30-man squad for the All Blacks Investec Rugby Championship Test matches in Argentina and South Africa has been finalised. The All Blacks squad flies out to Argentina on Saturday to prepare for the Test against Argentina at Estadio Ciudad in La Plata the following Saturday, 27 September. The team then flies to South...
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Aussies 7′s handed a tough assignment

September 16, 2014
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Aussies 7′s handed a tough assignment

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team have been drawn in the same pool as Fiji in what shapes up to be the glamour game of the opening day of the Gold Coast Sevens next month (11-12 October). The IRB today announced Geraint John’s side have been drawn in an awkward-looking Pool C that will...
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Pools drawn for Gold Coast Sevens

September 16, 2014
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Pools drawn for Gold Coast Sevens

Defending champions New Zealand will play Samoa, France and Japan on the first day of the new season, after the pools were drawn for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series on Australia’s Gold Coast on 11-12 October. Having finished runners-up to New Zealand in 2013, Australia will be looking to go one better...
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ABSA Currie Cup Injury Report

September 15, 2014
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ABSA Currie Cup Injury Report

Here is the injury report from the ABSA Currie Cup unions after this weekends matches EP Kings Injury Report: The Eastern Province Kings will be without the services of the dynamic hooker, Edgar Marutlulle, this weekend, following a shoulder injury sustained during the game against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Nelson Mandela Bay on...
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Springboks Sevens switch to higher training gear

September 15, 2014
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Springboks Sevens switch to higher training gear

The Springbok Sevens’ preparation for the upcoming rugby season switched to ahigher gear on Monday when they resumed their training in Stellenbosch following a short break. The players underwent their customary medical check-ups in the morning and were then put through a series of high intensity skills drills in the Paul Roos Markötter indoor...
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Big wins dominate Sub-Union South tournament

September 15, 2014
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Big wins dominate Sub-Union South tournament

The Sub-Union South tournament got off to a thrilling start in Kimberley on Monday with big wins dominating the opening day’s play. SWD defeated Free State 36-23 to kick off the competition, while Boland thumped Border 48-5, Western Province beat Eastern Province 42-24 and defending champions the KwaZulu-Natal Wildebeest registered a 45-28 victory against...
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SARU disciplinary update

September 15, 2014
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SARU disciplinary update

Vodacom Blue Bulls flank Deon Stegmann and hooker Bongi Mbonambi will face SARU disciplinary hearings on Tuesday after being cited following the team’s Absa Currie Cup Premier Division clash against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Stegmann received a red card for striking a player with his elbow at a ruck in...
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Jean de Villiers congratulated by SARU

September 15, 2014
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Jean de Villiers congratulated by SARU

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers was on Monday congratulated by Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on the landmark of a century of Test appearances for his country. He becomes the fifth South African to have achieved the feat, hard on the heels of team-mate Bryan Habana, who reached...
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Johnson stars for Wasps in thriller

September 15, 2014
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Johnson stars for Wasps in thriller

SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend’s English Premiership, Celtic Pro12 and French Top 14 matches, which involved SA players.   ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP – Ashley Johnson scored a try as London Wasps withstood a late comeback by current champions the Northampton Saints, to claim a narrow 20-16 victory at Adams Park. – Leicester came from behind to...
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DHL WP stumble at Ellis Park

September 14, 2014
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DHL WP stumble at Ellis Park

        It was a weekend of upsets in the Absa Currie Cup competition as the Xerox Golden Lions handed DHL Western Province their first defeat of the season, while GWK Griquas toppled the Steval Pumas and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs held the Cell C Sharks to a draw. The only...
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All Blacks spoil Jean 100th

September 14, 2014
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All Blacks spoil Jean 100th

The Springboks took the All Blacks the full eighty minutes to win another epic test match between these two rugby rivals.  Must say it is very satisfying for once that we can actually talk about the players performances after a test match and not any controversial referee decisions. One must give credit to the...
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