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Only ONE change to Lions SR squad from 2016


If continuity is important the Lions ha’ goddit for 2016.


Alwyn Hollenbach retires from rugby


Super Rugby Lions veteran 30 year old Alwayn Hollenbach has announced his immediate retirement.

Most experienced Bok side ever for Japan


Coach Meyer has named the most experienced Bok team ever to play Japan in the RWC opener. Jean De Villiers skippers at 12.


Schalk or Kriel?


Look at the stats and the answer is clear.


So I hear many folks saying that “on form” Schalk Burger certainly deserves a call up to the Bok squad… but why look at “on form”… I mean.. what determines who is “on form” and who not.

So in order to determine who is “on form” let us look at the stats and see if Schalk Burger even features and how he compares with other runners like Warren Whiteley, Warwick Tecklenburg and Boom Prinsloo… new guys who have few or no caps.

Now I know that it is easy to look at overall stats and say that Warren Whiteley is the top tackler with over 200, but he’s also played the season in every game. How about we do some long division (That is wiskunde) and look at stats for average in matches.

If we use the main things expected of the modern day open side flank (being that he needs to be a ball hunter). But one thing our Brendon stole from Heyneke Meyer is the requirement that loose forward players need to be all rounders. Well let’s look at those major stats for loosies. Meters gained, meters run, tackles per match, turnovers won and the opensider’s old nemesis, penalties conceded at breakdowns.

Meters made per match

1. Kriel – 52,7 meters gained per match

2. Duane Vermeulen – 38,39 meters

3. Schalk Burger – 27,06 meters

Players beaten per match

1. Kriel – 3,70*

2. Vermeulen – 1,23

3. Burger – 0,96

Clean breaks per match

1. Kriel – 0,84

2. Burger – 0,37

3. Duane – 0,28

Turnovers won in the series as a whole

1. Liam Gill – 26

2. David Pocock – 23

3. Jaco Kriel – 22**

In the last two seasons Kriel has made 412 tackles missing the sum total of just eleven… for tackles missed percntage of just on 0,25%…

It remains to be seen whether Heyneke Meyer will rely on his Class of Bulls 2007 and jake White veterans… but if one looks at these statistics, selecting Schalk Burger over Jaco Kriel into the Bok side has to be a sentimental rather than rational selection.


* Kriel beat 44 players in the series. This is sixth on the overall log of players beaten. Given he missed a number of matches and was initially a second choice players. This places him ahead of Ben Smith the All Black full back.

** Out of the top ten ball stealers Kriel rates as the lowest for penalties conceded at breakdowns which will be vital in RWC.

# article adapted from an English one on http://www.rugbyworld.com by Russ Petty and using Opta Stats statistics system

Gary Gold has also been told to “find a coach” for the Sharks


The C-Cells’ DOR has apparently been instructed by John Smit to find an SR coach.



Ludeke’s goooonnnnneeee


Under pressure after receiving a double championship team and taking them to an eleventh place finish, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has resigned.






Swys stays in Joburg


Lions backline and attacking coach Swys De Bruin yesterday said is not going to PE

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ARU to sell Rebels


The ARU says it has completed Heads of Agreement with a private company to purchase 100% of shares of the Rebels.



By: Davids





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ARU has announced it has completed an in principle agreement to sell the whole of the Melbourne Rebels to a company called the Imperium Group (ICG).

ARU says the deal has been in discussion for a while and they have noow reached agreement on key terms.

The paperwork now needs to be completed and ARU foresees the share transfer being comppleted by 30 June 2015 this year.

Rebels CEO Jonathan Ling says that the deal will bring stability to the club and iit will be business as usual, whilst saying that many of the young talented players have signed on for an additional two seasons.

So far this is the Rebels’ best season in Super Rugby in terms of numbers of wins.

That said one can understand that with incessant dropping television audience, flagging sponsorships, a poor national side performance dating back to 2003, and unending losses in financials that the ARU must be pretty desperate to do things differently AND get some cash into their systems. This seems like it addresses both. Hopefully this does not end up like the abortive interprovincial championship of a few seasons ago. With New Zealand having opened its SR teams to investors in an effort to stop their losses and in five years not having attracted a single investor it is a pretty big call by ICG to invest thusly. Let’s hope that unlike Vodacom and SAIL in South Africa they do not end up regretting it.





Help a phd out and win a weekend


I got the attached letter from my university. Any sporty type can participate and maybe win a weekend away.

Lions coach stays to end 2016


Johan Ackermann has confirmed he will stay on till October 2016 with the Lions.

Lions get big name sponsorships


Chinese proposed Brumbies sponsor Huawei and former Force Sponsor Emirates have signed on as Lions SR sponsors



Emirates, a global connector of people and their passions, and the Lions, one of South Africa’s top rugby teams, today announced a five-year sponsorship agreement.

The agreement will see Emirates become the title sponsor of the Lions Super Rugby team and have naming rights to the Lions home ground Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The announcement was made at a media conference today by Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Latin America, Southern and Central Africa, and Rudolf Straeuli, the CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union.

Starting from 1 January 2015, the Lions will become known as the Emirates Lions, and the familiar “Fly Emirates” logo will adorn the match and training jerseys of the team for the next five years. Ellis Park, will be named Emirates Airline Park. The agreement also includes in-stadia hospitality as well as a number of other marketing rights and activities.

The five-year sponsorship is a unique one, as the norm is three years for most sponsors, allowing Emirates to invest in the Lions for the long term.

The Lions were without a sponsor for the 2014 Super Rugby series but will also announce on Thursday that Chinese mobile phone company Huawei will become a major sponsor of the team as well.

Huawei are well known for their mobile and 3g devices and are one of the fastest growing Chinese companies in the world at the moment.

The team says no shopping sprees however… they’ll be investing in retention of talent and the present players. However CEO Kevin De Klerk has hinted the side may make “strategic” acquisitions of players.



20 Players for EOYT Bok camp


Prep camps and deals to rest players with provinces. Looks like SARU’s getting something right.









Two changes to Lions for top of table clash in Slaapstad


The Lions moved Warwick Tecklenburg and Willie Britz into the Starting XXII in the only changes for their clash with WP.




New Look Bok jerseys


In keeping with its transformation policy SARU has decided to also change the Bok jersey. What do you think?

New Currie Cup format to save Griquas


The new Currie Cup format will see the premiership expanded to eight sides.









Locals in Japan


Twitterite and RW commentator Sackey has been following our local stars in Japan and gives us a lowdown on what is happening to our boys there.








A WORLD 23… Heck why not…


Columnist Benedict Chanakira indulges in our favorite pastime… naming favorite players. As the best teams in the world shape up for tests this coming weekend… who gets a nod for YOUR 23 best in the world today




The EOYT and what we can expect


Benedict Chanakira gives us his previews on our opponents in the EOYT.




Border Rugby Part 2 – a visit and the future


Benedict Chanakira visits the East London sides and gives his views.


Border Rugby – its future and past Part 1


Our new columnist Benedict Chanakira takes a look at Border’s past with a view to the future.




It’s Pumas and Griquas in the first promotion relegation match


New columnist Benedict Chanakira previews the weekend’s promotion  relegation battle





Preview the semi finals


Rats join me in welcoming a new columnist, Benedict Chanakira to our roster of experts. Today he previews the semis for us.


Horwill escapes the IRB’s attempted Bloody Azizes


Horwill will play despite the British media’s trial.

Blues halves out for Cheetahs clash


Good news for Cheetahs as two key Blues men out.

Argentina squad for TWC named


Nice settled look. Hopefully few injuries this season.

Plumtree unhappy


Duhhh… as if he was going to say Yay I lost my job!

The REAL log is back


After a break for test matches our resident genius has set out the REAL log…

Full strength Cheetahs to test Stormers


Well aside from Johan Goosen of course

Stormers for Cheetahs see Fourie back


Deon Fourie returns to skipper as JDV is gone

Bulls for Kings clash


Weak Bokless Bulls to meet Kings in Pretoria

Lions 35 v Rebels 0


The Lions have named a strong side to avoid the Canberra embarrassment

Aussies and Lions news


Lots of tidbits about – it’s media war.

News from all over


With snarky commentary where required…

Bokke 56, Samoan dirtbags 23


Yes it’s true. I said it. Samoa are scum. They always play dirty against the Bokke and escape. Will today be different?

Scotland 30 v Italy 29


Wooden spooners in a comp that just embarrassed them.

Wallabies 21 v Lions 23


Aus have never beaten the Lions in Brisbane. Can they break a seven match losing streak?

Kiwis 24 v France 9


Can the French overcome bizarre refereeing and score an upset against 16 men?

Lions 33 v Sharks 29(friendly)


A strong Sharks side faces the Lions

Sevens RWC Blitsies named


Bok Seevsn side to go to Moscow for the World Championship

Wallabies have new faces for B&IL


Can this Wallaby side be the first Aussie side to win in Brisbane?

B&IL for first test primarily Welsh


Gatland has stayed with players he knows… even at skipper.

Bok team for Samoa changes three.


Stok stays unfortunately

De Villiers could be out for Samoa


In what could arguably be called good news the Bok skipper could miss the Samoa test.

Heyneke Meyer lashes out at breakdown lottery


Bok coach is very annoyed at Scotland’s brazen cheating and referee inconsistency.

Board backs John Smit in firing Plum


Sharks’ board has strongly stood behind Smit’s decision to fire Plum.

We recognise too that John may not have all the commercial experience yet. We have a Board and a management team to guide him in these areas. Our advice to John was, listen carefully before acting and at all times be honest and transparent. Recent actions may seem to contradict the advice given. However, the actions taken were not malicious and are explained below.

John Plumtree, who has served The Sharks with both loyalty and much success and, not withstanding that he has a contract until the end of 2013, he needed certainty on his future beyond that. He informed The Sharks that he had been approached with other options to consider and personal issues viz schooling that needed addressing.

The easiest decision and the line of least resistance for John Smit to take would have been to say “He needed time”, he could have delayed his call for months until he was entrenched as CEO.

However, consistent with both his own integrity and the Board’s guidance on Honesty and Transparency, he grasped the nettle and did not opt for the expedient approach. This approach was also in part accelerated by comments attributed to Nick Mallet and then taken to end further destructive speculation.

John Smit, has a vision on how he wants to run The Sharks and the Board cannot ask him as CEO to take accountability and then choose his team for him. These are really tough decisions and are never clean cut. John Smit has had the benefit of playing under both coaches and rates them both highly. The intensity of the debate is a positive reflection of the performance of John Plumtree. John Smit is our chosen leader and a man of substance. He has made his choice and I can only ask Shark supporters to get behind him and the team as our season unfolds.

A further issue, I would like to address is the Liquor Board matter.

Contrary to some public opinion, The Sharks are working actively in trying to reach an acceptable conclusion here. We would like things to remain as they were but we need to act responsibly and acknowledge:

We have had a tragic death at our stadium.
Irresponsible abuse of alcohol is a scourge in our society and it will not be encouraged in our stadium.
The Liquor Board has a duty to make sure that the above areas are properly addressed.

We are engaging with the authorities. We sense your frustration, but given the magnitude of the issues, we cannot promise overnight resolution. We can tell you that the authorities to date, have not been obstructive but driven by a sincere desire to find solutions that address both safety and the need for responsible drinking particularly given the family environment that we wish to retain at KINGS PARK.

Change is always traumatic. There is no easy way to deal with change. However, The Sharks are in a new era. We, the Board, are positive that the changes made, will with the passing of time, be shown to build on the solid platform created at The Sharks.

Thank you for all the support, interest and loyalty, you have demonstrated to The Sharks. John and team, through both their performance and conduct, will endeavor to repay this loyalty to you both on and off the field.

Jake’s Brumbies STUN excuse making B&IL


With their usual squealing about any loss, the truth is Jake’s B side beat the UK’s B side 14-12

Baby Boks whacked by Wales


Luck finally ran out for the henceforth ultra lucky Bokkies when they discovered size matters…

Could have been better, could have been worse


Guest writer Mike Bersiks gives an analysis nof the Boks’ performance against Italy.

Congrats Morne and fam with the new twins!


Morne’s family just grew richer by two little boys… join us in congratulating them…

New Bok jersey unveiled


Okay so you all have heard of the new Bok jersey and the marketing schpiel of shirtless fans who would rather wear nothing than anything but the new Bok jersey.