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Old Bok in ICU after hijacking


Former Springbok Hannes Strydom is in the intensive care unit of the Groenkloof hospital in Pretoria after suffering injuries in an attempted hijacking…by Sport24


Strydom’s former team-mate, Hennie le Roux, confirmed that the former lock suffered a cracked skull and a stab wound.

“He managed to fight off six people who attempted the hijacking. He then drove himself to the hospital and was placed in ICU,” Le Roux told Ballz Radio on Tuesday.

Le Roux said Strydom was on his way home from gym in the Pretoria area when the incident occurred.

“Hannes, being the person that he is, tried to protect his assets and in the process (got injured). They were throwing rocks through the windscreen and he cracked his skull through his eye socket down towards his mouth. So he had it full frontal, from the face. Let’s hope and pray that he recovers quickly and appropriately.”

Le Roux said he spoke to Strydom’s wife who said the former lock was in a stable condition.

“He is starting to show improvement, which we’re very pleased about.”

Strydom and Le Roux were both members of the victorious Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup final against the All Blacks at Ellis Park.

Strydom, 49, played 21 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 1997.

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New Zeeland Rugby

Cruden, SBW keep All Blacks places

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Chiefs duo Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams will start at fly-half and inside centre when New Zealand face England at Twickenham on Saturday.

As expected, the All Blacks selectors have made a number of changes after giving less experienced squad members an opportunity against the United States, with 12 of the squad from that matchday 23 boosted by the return of some experienced players….read more here…..

All Blacks new kit goes all black


New Zealand have unveiled their new Test match jersey at an event in London on Tuesday, ahead of facing England this weekend. Ditching the white collar of recent times, adidas have designed two different shirts for forwards and backs.

The new look jersey is the product of a two year design process which saw adidas collaborate with senior All Blacks Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Liam Messam, Aaron Smith, Israel Dagg and Conrad Smith.

Savea plays down Lomu comparisons


Julian Savea is the most dangerous scoring threat in international rugby but he insists he will always be behind Jonah Lomu. The current All Black winger was responding to praise from his coach Steve Hansen, who claimed he was better than Lomu before Saturday’s clash with England at Twickenham.  Everyone has their own opinion.

For Steve [Hansen] to say that I’m better … it was an honour and a privilege to be compared to him [Lomu]. “But to me personally, no one is better than Jonah. He was my idol growing up. I had his haircut. “He changed the game back in his era and inspired a lot of kids as well. No one is ever going to be better than Jonah. He’s one in a million.”

European Rugby

No hiding place against NZ – Robshaw


England captain Chris Robshaw underlined the scale of the challenge facing his side when they play New Zealand in their opening November international at Twickenham on Saturday by saying there was “no hiding place” against the world champions.

There’s no hiding place,” said Robshaw. We’re not going into this game to come out second best. “You can’t stand off these guys for a second. It’s about us putting our game out there. “You have to defend extremely well and take your chances — there is no magic formula to beating them.

Ball keen to prove a point against Australia


Wales lock Jake Ball will hope to prove to Australia that his decision to turn his back on a career that might have led to a ‘Baggy Green’ cap as a fast bowler was the right one when he faces the Wallabies at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Best ruled out of Springboks clash


Ireland have been struck by another injury blow with the news that veteran hooker Rory Best will miss Saturday’s Test against South Africa. The 32-year-old has been unable to train fully this week due to a calf injury that has now ruled the Ulster stalwart out of the clash in Dublin.

In better news for Irish fans, tighthead prop Mike Ross is expected to be available having recovered from a groin injury, which is some relief for coach Joe Schmidt, who has limited options following injuries to Marty Moore and Nathan White. Ireland will announced their team on Thursday.


Quickie from South Africa

  • Former Springbok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen, will attend the match between Saracens and Western Province at Allianz Park, London, on Sunday. The scrumhalf, capped 89 times by South Africa, is raising awareness for Motor Neuron Disease, a condition he has been fighting since 2011.


  • Western Province will wear black armbands in Sunday’s clash against Saracens at London’s Allianz Park in honour of the late Tinus Linee, who passed away on Monday from Motor Neuron Disease. Linee, 45, played 112 matches at centre for Western Province between 1992 and 2001 and will be remembered as a loyal WP player with a no-nonsense approach to defence as displayed by his bone-crunching tackles.


  • Sports medicine experts, school heads and sports administrators are hailing a breakthrough week in their battle against school pupils using steroids and illegal performance enhancing drugs after Parliament discussed key draft amendments that will pave the way for improved testing and sanctions.


  • Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel said on Wednesday his team’s preparations for the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series opener in Dubai on December 4 and 5 were on track as the countdown begins to their debut season.




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European Rugby

New dad Attwood set to return


England will have second-row Dave Attwood back in camp on Thursday after his fiancee successfully gave birth to their first child on Tuesday. An already injury-hit side, without locks Geoff Parling, Joe Launchbury and Ed Slater, were facing the prospect of yet more disruption when Attwood left camp on Tuesday to attend the birth.

Tenth time lucky for Wales?


Wales captain Sam Warburton has urged his side to bring an end to their southern hoodoo when they take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium. Saturday’s game sees the Welsh looking to pick up a first win over the Wallabies since 2008, with Warburton stressing the importance of a victory. “You are not unlucky nine times in a row,” he said.

Australia have obviously been that smidge better than we have been over those nine fixtures. “It’s not a psychological barrier. The first time I came into the squad was on the back of beating them in 2008, so you always have the belief when playing these teams.”

Laidlaw to lead Scotland


Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will lead his country into this Saturday’s international against Argentina at Murrayfield, it’s been announced. The 31-times capped Borderer takes on the mantle from 24-year-old lock Grant Gilchrist, who was ruled out of the series after fracturing his forearm in Edinburgh’s Challenge Cup win over Lyon, just four days after being handed the honour.

England name Rokoduguni in 23


Uncapped Semesa Rokoduguni is among 23 players retained by Stuart Lancaster to prepare for Saturday’s Test with New Zealand at Twickenham.

The Fijian-born tank soldier is one of four Bath backs included after sparkling Aviva Premiership form, with Anthony Watson also being included in a Test match day squad for the first time alongside team-mates Kyle Eastmond and George Ford.

South African Rugby

O’Connell is fantastic – Matfield


South Africa lock Victor Matfield has praised Ireland veteran Paul O’Connell ahead of their mouth-watering battle at the Aviva Stadium this weekend. The experienced duo will collide in Dublin and before kick-off, the 37-year-old South African has paid tribute to the Munster and Ireland legend. “I think Paul O’Connell is a fantastic player, I have said it before, I think he is probably the best player I have played against in my career,” he said.

New Zeeland Rugby

McCaw unsure about retirement date

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Although he knows his retirement is drawing closer All Blacks captain Richie McCaw won’t say when he will finally call it a day.The 33-year-old has already played played 134 Tests for his country but was rested when the All Blacks faced the USA in their end-of-year tour opener in Chicago at the weekend.

McCaw, who made his Test debut against Ireland in 2001, played down talk of retirement when he was asked about his playing future and would not say whether it will happen after the 2015 World Cup in England. “To say I’m going to give it up or carry on playing, I just don’t know,” McCaw told The Guardian ahead of the clash with the USA.

Smith ‘ready to rock and roll’


Ben Smith is back at peak condition ahead of New Zealand’s match with England this weekend at Twickenham after a break. The Rugby Championship record try scorer missed the Bledisloe Cup win over Australia and the trip to Chicago to play the USA due to a bug.

Smith’s performances of late for the All Blacks haven’t quite hit the peak he set last year or earlier in 2014 with the Highlanders in Super Rugby. The 28-year-old though is now in line to return for New Zealand in London, where assistant coach Ian Foster hopes he will add to his record of 16 tries in 35 Tests. “It has been a great break for him … He is ready to rock and roll,” Foster told Stuff.

NZ up security to prevent 2013 repeat

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The All Blacks will step up security at their London hotel in a bid to prevent what happened in 2013 when a journalist entered their team room. The world champions arrived at the same Kensington hotel where a reporter, Oliver Brown, of the Daily Telegraph wrote of what he saw on a white board in the All Blacks’ empty team room.

The motivational message which Brown saw said: “We are the most dominant team in the history of the world” something which he described it as a “chilling mantra”.

Sources: Planet Rugby

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England Rugby

Lancaster plays down injury worries


Stuart Lancaster is refusing to use the number of injured England players as an excuse ahead of Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks. In the latest blow for Lancaster, lock Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of all four end of year Tests at Twickenham, including Saturday’s opener against New Zealand, because of a neck problem. His absence follows that of Geoff Parling, Alex Corbisiero, Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Ed Slater, Tom Croft and Manu Tuilagi, all also ruled out of the entire series.

Barritt relishing Test return


Recalled England centre Brad Barritt believes he is playing some of his best rugby and is relishing his return to the Test arena. The 28-year-old has represented England in 18 Tests but has been battling to overcome a foot injury and last started a Test in March 2013. His recent performances means that he is set to be in England’s run-on side against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

I’ve been in great form,” Barritt told the BBC. “It’s great to be back in the England mix.”

Attwood is England’s latest concern


Having already lost Joe Launchbury for November, England may be without lock Dave Attwood for Saturday’s Test with New Zealand. Attwood and fiancée Bridget are expecting the couple’s first child, with the due date being last Friday.

The Bath second row is seen as a direct replacement for Launchbury in England’s engine room and has been in good form this season.

New Zeeland Rugby

SBW in doubt for England clash

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New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams may miss next week’s game with England after agitating a thigh injury in Chicago. Williams scored two tries in an impressive return against the USA, making an impact in his first Test since 2012.

The cross-code star departed before the 60-minute mark with a corked thigh, but whether 100 percent healthy for England or not Williams doesn’t expect to waltz back into the All Blacks starting XV.


Slade and Parsons added to AB squad


James Parsons and Colin Slade will join up with the All Blacks for their November tour after Nathan Harris and Cory Jane were ruled out. The pair were injured in New Zealand’s 74-6 win over the USA, both coming off in the first half after scoring tries.

As a result Steve Hansen has decided to offer Blues hooker James Parsons a first call-up, with the 27-year-old already in the UK having featured for the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham.


Wales Rugby

Lydiate back to 2012 shape – Edwards


Dan Lydiate is in his best shape since 2012 according to Shaun Edwards ahead of Wales’ first November Test against Australia. The flanker has been the subject of much speculation after featuring just four times for Racing Métro all season.

Last week it was confirmed that he would be leaving the Parisian club after dropping down the pecking order but despite not having played since September, Wales defence coach Edwards believes the Lions flanker is in good enough condition to feature against the Wallabies on Saturday.

Ireland Rugby

Sexton fit but Best now a doubt


Jonny Sexton will be ready to take on the Springboks on Saturday but hooker Rory Best could be missing for Ireland. While Sexton was initially believed to be struggling with a tweaked hamstring, Ireland team manager Michael Kearney was confident he would be fit to play.

Ulster hooker Best is more of a concern however as he tries to overcome a tight calf, although there was better news about prop Mike Ross. Best is currently doing modified work in an attempt to be ready for the weekend, but if he were to miss out either Richardt Strauss or Sean Cronin would come in.

South African Rugby

Coetzee relishing Sarries challenge

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Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is predicting an ‘incredible end to the season’ when his side face Saracens at Allianz Park on Sunday. Coetzee, who guided WP to success in the Currie Cup Final two weeks ago, expects a tough battle.

We have the chance to play against Saracens in London – it’s an incredible end to the season,” he told Saracens’ official website. There is obviously a strong South African flavour at Saracens, from the shareholders through to the players, and everybody can see the progress they have made in the past five-and-a-half years, becoming one of the most consistent and powerful clubs in Europe.”

Their defence is admired, and now copied, around the rugby world, and we are expecting a massive challenge at Allianz Park.”

Murray wary of Boks’ physicality


Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray believes his side will lose if they try to match the Springboks’ physicality in Dublin on Saturday. The Six Nations champions will take on the Boks without injured stalwarts like loosehead prop Cian Healy and back-row Sean O’Brien but Murray believes that the duo’s absence will not alter the men from the Emerald Isle’s game-plan this weekend….read more here….



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RIP Tinus Linee


Tinus Linee passed away on Monday morning after losing his battle with motor neuron disease. Linee was diagnosed with MND in April last year and his deteriorating health resulted in him having financial difficulties. He auctioned off his Springbok and Western Province blazers in an attempt to cover his medical costs, while the WPRFU also helped him to raise funds… more here….


European Rugby

Toulon hammer Grenoble to go top


Toulon were rampant as they put nine tries past visiting Grenoble at the Stade Mayol on Sunday, winning 61-28 in the Top 14. Bernard Laporte actually credited Grenoble’s shock win at the Mayol last season for being the catalyst behind their eventual success in the Top 14 and Europe. Converting the pain of that loss into a positive outcome however wouldn’t have entirely ridden Toulon’s memory of that loss, with revenge on their mind.

Saracens off to winning start


Saracens held on for a 25-20 win over Harlequins at Allianz Park on Sunday, to get their LV= Cup campaign off to a perfect start. Two tries in three minutes set Saracens on the road to victory when centre Duncan Taylor and winger Mike Ellery both found their way over the line.

Taylor had the whereabouts to pounce on a loose clearance to run it back for the score, while Ellery, a former England Sevens player, capitalised on a break from full-back Ben Ransom to beat George Lowe’s tackle for the try.

Te’o out until mid-December


Leinster Rugby have confirmed that as a result of a fractured forearm suffered in the first half of the Pro12 game against Edinburgh, centre Ben Te’o had an operation on Saturday morning. The operation was a success, however Te’o is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks depending on his recovery.

International Rugby

Get Cummins home – Kirwan


Barbarians head coach John Kirwan has backed Nick Cummins for an Australian recall ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Cummins dotted down in Saturday’s hugely entertaining clash at Twickenham, as the Wallabies finished on top 40-36.

Highlighting Cummins’ defensive work as well as his poaching abilities in attack, Kirwan was full of praise for the Coca Cola West Red Sparks winger. “I think he’s a very special character in our game,” said Kirwan.

All Blacks ready for ‘changed’ England

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New Zealand are braced for another stern test from England when the two teams go head-to-head at Twickenham next Saturday. The All Blacks claimed a 3-0 series triumph when the sides met in New Zealand in June but were forced to work hard against an England side that made a significant impression on their hosts.

England’s style of play has changed so much during my time with the All Blacks,” said flanker Jerome Kaino who made his Test debut in 2006.

Esterhuyse, injury blow for Namibia


Namibian lock Nico Esterhuyse has withdrawn from the Welwitchias Windhoek Draught Northern Hemisphere tour due to injury. Esterhuyse tore a calf muscle during the team’s final training session in Windhoek on Saturday. He will be replaced by Stefan Neüstadt. The Welwitchias leave tonight and play there first match Friday evening against Canada at Colwyn Bay, Wales.

Injury blow for England


England have been dealt a massive blow ahead of the November Tests as Joe Launchbury was ruled out with a neck problem. This is not good news for the team looking ahead in playing the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies in the coming weeks…read more here…..

Horwill flourishing under Cheika


Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has breathed new life in to the Test career of Australia’s former captain and lock James Horwill. Almost exactly a year after he lost the Wallabies captaincy, Horwill received praise from Cheika for being the the quickest of all forwards to adapt to the team’s new playing style on their end-of-year tour of Europe.

That is a timely boost for Horwill who was fired as Wallabies captain by former coach Ewen McKenzie and replaced by Ben Mowen.

Jane and Harris head home

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Cory Jane and Nathan Harris are both flying home – their respective tours over following injuries they picked up at Soldier Field. Jane has a minor hamstring strain that will take at least two weeks to heal, but the medics fear he’d be highly likely to damage it again if he were to be available to play against Wales. The decision was made on Sunday morning US time to send Jane to New Zealand rather than take him to London.


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Doppies hang up his boots


Doppies la Grange, who played centre for Griquas in this year’s Currie Cup, has announced his retirement from rugby. The 32-year-old arrived in Kimberley earlier this year after playing for Italian club Benetton Treviso since 2012. He previously represented the Lions between 2003 and 2012.

When asked what his career highlight was, La Grange told Netwerk24: “I’ll never forget winning the Currie Cup with the Lions in 2011.” La Grange also said he had no regrets about calling it a day.

When I returned from Italy earlier (this year) I knew I still wanted to play in Currie Cup matches in South Africa before retiring. I listened to my body, but also decided that I wanted to bow out on my own terms and not because of a lack of form.”

European Rugby

Taofifenua gets three weeks for kicking a player


Toulon second-row forward Romain Taofifenua has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing on Thursday. Taofifenua was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Peter Larter (England), for allegedly kicking Ulster inside centre, Stuart Olding, in the head during the 47th minute of the Pool 3 Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium in contravention of Law 10.4 (c).

The independent Judicial Officer, Christopher Quinlan (England), heard evidence from Taofifenua. “In upholding the citing complaint, the Judicial Officer determined that the offence was reckless and warranted a red card, but that it was at the low end (four weeks) of the IRB sanctions for offences of this nature. As there were no aggravating factors, he reduced the suspension by one week due to the player’s good conduct during the hearing.

Back row, not centre, for Burgess


Cross-code signing Sam Burgess has been tipped to transform England’s midfield, but his Union career could start in the back row. Burgess was pictured at his grand unveiling at The Rec on Thursday in a Bath shirt featuring the ‘Dyson – on a ball’ sponsor logo, worn by the club’s back row players. Starting the 25-year-old off in the forwards would appear to be a more challenging baptism into the sport.

Davies won’t face Wallabies


Wales centre Jonathan Davies will be out for two to three weeks with a shoulder injury and will miss at least next week’s Test against Australia. His club Clermont broke the news on Thursday, with the 26-year-old having sustained the injury during their Champions Cup win over Sale. Davies also misses Clermont’s trip to Bayonne.

“We have good relations with the Welsh and we will keep in touch with them in order to find out when Jonathan can play for us again,” said Clermont manager Franck Azema on Thursday.

White out for sixteen weeks


Connacht tighthead Nathan White has been ruled out of Ireland’s November Test Series after picking up an arm injury during training this week. He suffered a tendon rupture in his arm at Ireland training and will undergo surgery next week, meaning he is out for up to sixteen weeks.

White has joined Keith Earls, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Dave Kearney, Luke Marshall, Fergus McFadden, Martin Moore, Jordi Murphy, Sean O’Brien, Donnacha Ryan, Mike Sherry, Dan Touhy, Andrew Trimble and Damien Varley on the list of Ireland players unavailable for November.

Australian Rugby

Beale fine over mid-air argument


Australia utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined AUS$3,000 over a mid-flight row with the then Wallaby business manager Di Patston in September. The sanction comes after Beale was also slapped with a AUS$45,000 penalty for sending an offensive text message to Patston.

Beale was found guilty of a moderate breach of the Wallabies’ protocols but faces no further sanction from the Australian Rugby Union….read more here….. Cairns to host Reds first 2015 Super Rugby pre-season trial

Reds first game of 2015 Super Rugby in Cairns


The St.George Queensland Reds will intensify their preparations for the 2015 Super Rugby season when they host the Melbourne Rebels in their opening trial game of the year in Cairns on Saturday 31 January. The match, to be played at Barlow Park, is the first major Rugby Union fixture in Cairns since the Reds played the Brumbies in a pre-season trial ahead of the 2012 Super Rugby season.

The trial match is reward for the growth of Rugby in the Far North Queensland region, which has helped Queensland become the largest state for Rugby participation, with 260,000 Queenslanders participating in the game last year.


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Western Province are set to sign Pumas tighthead prop Vincent Koch as they look to replace departing front rankers.


Koch, a member of the 2012 Tuks Varsity Cup-winning side, has enjoyed a stellar season with the Pumas in the Currie Cup, where he made a shift from his regular loosehead position.

With experienced campaigners Pat Cilliers (Montpellier) and Brok Harris (Newport) heading overseas following the conclusion of the domestic season, Western Province have acted swiftly to bolster their tighthead stocks.

It is also believed that Province have already added Blue Bulls tighthead Wilco Louw to their ranks for next season. The highly rated youngster featured in the Junior Boks side that made it to the final of the World Championships in New Zealand earlier this year.


Matt Hodgson to captain Aussies against Barbarians


Western Force back-row Matt Hodgson will captain the Wallabies in Saturday’s clash against the Barbarians at Twickenham. New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has given Hodgson the responsibility of leading a team which boasts 495 Test caps in the starting line-up, and which also includes four players who will wear the green and gold jersey for the first time in 2014.

The clash against the Barbarians is an uncapped international although will see playmakers Quade Cooper and Will Genia, wing Henry Speight and back-row Sean McMahon receive their first opportunities for Australia this year.

Babarians name their team for Aussies


Barbarians head coach John Kirwan has named his side that will take on Australia at Twickenham on Saturday, with nine New Zealanders starting. Scotland international Alastair Kellock will skipper the side alongside Dominic Bird in the engine room while there is an all-New Zealand back-row of Adam Thomson, Matt Todd and Steven Luatua…read more here

O’Connor waiting for Cheika’s call


Kurtley Beale has given Michael Cheika enough off-field drama to address in his short time with Australia, but James O’Connor is waiting. Playing in Toulon, O’Connor is set to return to Australia at the beginning of next year with the Reds in Super Rugby in order to make himself eligible for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. That agreement was devised under the reign of Ewen McKenzie, which unceremoniously came to an end with his resignation at the beginning of October.

Hoffman new Match Offials development manager for Queensland

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Queensland based Super Rugby referee Rohan Hoffman will take on the new role of Match Officials Development Manager – Queensland, in a joint venture between Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Queensland Rugby.  Hoffman, a product of Marist College Ashgrove, represented Queensland at a schoolboy, under 19 and under 21 level.

He played Premier Rugby for Brothers and went on to earn 27 Test caps for Portugal playing at flyhalf, outside centre and fullback in the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Following his playing career, the 42-year-old has refereed 16 Super Rugby games and five Test matches as well as a large number of Queensland Premier Rugby matches. Hoffman has also been appointed to referee this Saturday’s inaugural Buildcorp NRC Grand Final at Ballymore between McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City and the Perth Spirit.

South Africa

Meyer to get experimental


With only eight Tests left before the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer will be conducting his final experiments during the tour of the Northern Hemisphere starting next week. Meyer would even sacrifice his 100 percent winning record on an end-of-year tour rather than go into the World Cup with questions marks over certain positions….read more here….

New Zeeland

Sonny to start for All Blacks

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named a starting XV combining youth and experience for Saturday’s clash with the USA in Chicago. The starting backline features the experienced duo of Israel Dagg at fullback and Cory Jane on the right wing, with Charles Piutau on the left wing.

Sonny Bill Williams returns to the All Blacks midfield for his first game since August 2012, starting in the 12 jersey alongside Ryan Crotty at outside centre. Aaron Cruden returns to the playmaker’s role in the 10 jersey, with TJ Perenara at scrum-half… more here

Boyd thrilled with Nonu’s attitude


Set to field a star-studded backline in 2015, new Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has plenty to address before the season starts. The easy matter is Ma’a Nonu, who on returning to Wellington in Super Rugby for the first time since 2011 can be best described as pumped up. “I had another meeting with Ma’a in the last couple of days and he’s been awesome. He’s really looking forward to rolling his sleeves up and playing,” Boyd told The Dominion Post.

10 New Zeelanders in Baabaas


The Wallabies will need to shake off their heartbreaking Bledisloe Cup defeat when they face Barbarians starting side loaded with New Zealanders at Twickenham.

Barbarians coach, All Blacks great John Kirwan, on Wednesday named ten of his compatriots to face Australia on Saturday in Michael Cheika’s first match as Wallabies coach.

Kirwan’s starting XV includes five-eighth Colin Slade, who kicked a match-winning conversion in New Zealand’s 29-28 win over Australia in Sydney a fortnight ago, along with fellow unwanted All Blacks Steven Luatua, Dominic Bird and Matt Todd, who all missed selection for their nation’s tour of the US and UK.

Barbarians: Tim Nanai Williams (Chiefs), Frank Halai (Blues, New Zealand), Juan de Jongh (Stormers, South Africa), Francis Saili (Blues, New Zealand), Nick Cummins (Coca Cola West Red Sparks, Australia), Colin Slade (Crusaders, New Zealand), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano Ath, Argentina); Steven Luatua (Blues, New Zealand), Matt Todd (Crusaders, New Zealand), Adam Thomson (Canon Eagles, New Zealand), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow, Scotland), Dominic Bird (Canterbury, New Zealand), Angus Taavao (Blues), James Parsons (Blues), Matt Stevens (Sharks, England). Res: Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs, Samoa), Thomas Du Toit (Sharks), Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks), Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs, South Africa), Matias Alemanno (La Tablada, Argentina), Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs), Joaquin Tuculet (Grenoble, Argentina), Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions, South Africa).

Maori All Blacks team to play Japan


The Maori All Blacks team to take on Japan in Kobe in the first match of its 2014 tour has been named and features 10 new caps. Coach Colin Cooper said he was pleased with how quickly the team had gelled given the short assembly time with most of the 27 strong squad only coming together last weekend.

Many players have come off a pretty intense few weekends of rugby so we’ve been mindful to not over-burden them.”… more here….

Namibia Rugby

Namibia defeat Germany


Namibia defeated Germany by 58 – 20 in the Windhoek Draught Namibia v Germany International at Trustco United on Wednesday evening.

Hannes Brits reported Namibia beat Germany 58-20 in a test match played yesterday evening at Trustco United Sport Club. The half time score was 36-06 for Namibia. Not a fluent performance by Namibia as some of the over sea based players only joined the team on Tuesday and one arrived on Wednesday morning. Jacques Burger and Chrysander Botha playing in England and David Philander playing in New Zealand will join the team when they depart for their European tour.

Thanks for the info Hannes!! …… more here…..

European Rugby

Waldouck set to make up for lost time


Northampton centre Dom Waldouck admits there is much to catch up on after he missed most of the Saints’ successful 2013/14 season. “I haven’t missed a training session all season.”

After falling at the final LV= Cup hurdle – to Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park – Northampton bounced back in impressive style, clinching an Aviva Premiership Rugby and European Challenge Cup double.

France Test on Herrera’s mind


Castres and Argentina prop Ramiro Herrera is full of excitement ahead of the upcoming November Tests in Europe. A breakout figure in the 2014 Rugby Championship where his impressive scrummaging caught the eye for los Pumas, Daniel Hourcade’s team will be looking to build on their famous win over Australia.

Nothing in Argentina’s philosophy however has radically changed following their success over the Wallabies, as Herrera points out.


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Gold will bring attacking mind-set to Sharks

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New Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold says that he’ll be bring an attacking philosophy to Durban. Under Jake White, the Sharks came under criticism for their style of play, where they led their stats from kicks from hand during the Super Rugby season. Speaking to Ballz Radio, Gold said that while White deserved credit for the success that he brought to the Sharks, he would be taking a different approach.

‘I’d really like us to go and really show our attacking philosophy in a big way,‘ said Gold. ‘We’ve got some absolutely outstanding players at The Sharks, we’ve got a solid pack and great game breakers out wide. ‘Super Rugby is not the cold and wet of Europe. You’re not going to win games 9-6 by having a kicker. You’re going to have to score tries. That’s what people want to see.

The Golden Lions have signed three Blue Bulls players and are busy drawing up a contract for a fourth


Wing Sampie Mastriet, centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, scrumhalf Lohan Jacobs and lock Marvin Orie are the latest crop of players to leave Loftus, after they fell behind in the pecking order.

The foursome follow in the footsteps of Robbie Coetzee and Marnitz Boshoff among others, who were disregarded by the Pretoria-based union, but went on to make a name for themselves at the Lions and have caught the eye of Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.

All but Orie have officially signed for the Lions, but it’s believed the U21 lock’s contract is being negotiated and a deal between the parties is imminent.

 McCaw gets some prime facetime at NFL


All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was given some prime facetime at a Chicago Blackhawks NHL game today, ahead of their Test against the United States at Soldier Field.

McCaw was one of four contestants taking part in the traditional ‘Shoot the Puck’ segment which takes place between periods and didn’t look too uncomfortable taking shots from centre ice wearing a personalised Blackhawks jersey.

Rugby fans will be pleased to know that there were no embarrassing incidents – McCaw was correctly introduced as the All Blacks rugby captain – and he wasn’t far off from winning the prize money of NZD$560,000.

Film star Cuba Gooding Jr. won last month with his third and final attempt before disrobing in front of a 20,000-strong crowd at the United Centre.

Other All Blacks in attendance included Cory Jane, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Sam Whitelock, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito and Wyatt Crockett.

Asked in a televised interview what it meant to be playing in Chicago, McCaw said: “Chicago is a pretty cool town to sell out 60,000 tickets in, especially where they don’t know much about rugby. It’s pretty awesome.”

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European Rugby 

Wales receive boost for November test


Wales have been handed a boost with the news that injuries sustained to Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams and Cory Allen aren’t as bad as first feared. The centre trio suffered injury setbacks during their respective games over the recent European club weekend, which was a worry for the Welsh. However, it now appears the latter duo could be in contention for Wales’ November 8 opener against Australia while Davies received a timely boost.

Blues ready to unleash Gonzalez


Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett is ready to unleash Pumas back Lucas González Amorosino in Saturday’s PRO12 clash with Munster. The wing or full-back, who joined the region at the end of September after the Rugby Championship, has signed a contract until the end of 2014/15. But the Puma has had to wait for his debut due to not being registered for European Challenge Cup action. Now though the back is ready to play

Lancaster playing the waiting game with Barrell


Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell is unlikely to play for England against New Zealand at Twickenham on November 8. That was the word from England head coach Stuart Lancaster, who admitted that time is running out for Burrell – who sustained a hand injury in Northampton’s European Champions Cup victory over the Ospreys – to be considered for selection against the world champions.

“I think it would be tight for New Zealand, if I’m being honest,” said Lancaster. “He’s not been in camp this week at all. He’s seeing the specialist and it will probably unfold over the weekend.

South Africa

Tighthead problems for Boks


Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has named a very strong looking squad for the upcoming November tour of Europe but there are serious concerns about depth amongst the props.

There’s a famous old quote from Danie Craven, who said the first player on any teamsheet should be your tighthead prop. And any coach’s second selection should be his back-up tighthead before he starts thinking about the rest of his team….read more here…..


Will Genia keeping door open for overseas contract


Will Genia remains open to the prospect of linking up with Sam Burgess at Bath next season but it won’t distract him from his Wallabies spring tour duties. The 26-year-old halfback has been strongly linked with a move to the English rugby club after next year’s World Cup. Asked whether he would use his time in the UK to further explore the possibility of move, Genia said in London on Tuesday: “We’ll wait and see.”

No NSW bias

Waratahs logo

The Wallabies’ new coaching connection hopes to replicate its success with the NSW Waratahs but won’t simply be trying to create a clone of the Super Rugby champions. The green and gold has taken on a distinct sky-blue tinge with title-winning coach Michael Cheika taking the reins and installing Nathan Grey, his trusted Waratahs assistant, as the Australia’s defensive coach.

But former Wallabies hardman Grey said a perception there would be a bias towards Waratahs methods or players under the new regime was wrong. “No chance,” Grey told reporters in London ahead of Australia’s European tour opener against the Barbarians on Saturday.


Kurtley Beale ‘played me for a fool’


The former Australian Rugby Union staff member at the centre of the Wallabies text messaging scandal has broken her silence, claiming player Kurtley Beale “played me for a fool” and lied to her face about an offensive and lewd photograph that he sent captioned with her name, according to a report….read more here….

Horwill close in signing England deal


Former Wallabies skipper James Horwill is understood to be on the verge of signing a deal that will see him join English Premiership club Harlequins after next year’s World Cup, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday. The Queensland second-rower is believed to have been offered £300,000 ($550,000) per season to leave Brisbane and move to Twickenham.




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South Africa

Coetzee-Stormers will be ready

Stormers 1

According to Western Province and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee, the win in this year’s Currie Cup will give the Stormers the needed believe and momentum into next year’s Super Rugby Championship.

“I realise that it’s two vastly different competitions, but I nevertheless feel that the confidence we gained from winning the Currie Cup will spill over into next year,” Coetzee told Die Burger. “We have depth in this province. The Lions’ team for the final was very close to the one which will play for them in Super Rugby, while we’ll be boosted by Springboks and a few other players. Things are looking positive for next year.”

Springboks Jean de Villiers, Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Damian de Allende and Frans Malherbe will boost the Stormers next season, while Bongi Mbonambi (hooker) and Wilco Louw (prop) have also been bought from the Bulls. WP are also looking to buy an experienced tighthead prop to cover for the departures of Pat Cilliers and Brok Harris.

New Zeeland

Carter to start in Chincago


It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the Dan Carter’s All Black comeback might be not only imminent, but slightly ahead of schedule. It was good to hear the positivity in the voice, and to see the smile on the dial of the master five-eighth who’s had a dreadful run with injuries of late. He hasn’t played for the All Blacks since his 100th test at Twickenham last November, and has managed just sporadic performances for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Canterbury in the ITM Cup, before problems struck.

But just moments before jumping on the plane to Chicago, Carter declared himself not only pretty close to fighting fit, but ready to play as early as next weekend against the USA.


All Black fever in States


The All Blacks, flat whites and the haka are set to make a splash in the United States this week as New Zealand gets air time with some of the country’s biggest news networks in the build-up to the weekend match against the USA Eagles.

The men in black will take on the US team in front of nearly 62,000 fans at the sold out Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday morning (NZT) – a record-breaking ticket seller for rugby union in the vast country.

European Rugby

Claassen called up to French squad


Antonie Claassen will join up with the French squad for a training camp this week as Damien Chouly recovers from injury. The Racing Métro number eight will fill in for the Clermont skipper who is still suffering with a knee problem and will not be able to do any contact in the camp, although he will be present. Chouly missed Clermont’s win over Sale on Sunday, while Claassen started Racing’s success over Treviso away in Italy.

Wales worried about Davies


Wales centre Jonathan Davies faces an anxious wait after suffering a shoulder injury at the weekend in action for Clermont. Davies was back in the starting lineup for Clermont for their game with Sale, having missed the defeat at Saracens, but he came off after just 15 minutes because of a shoulder problem. Initial reports in France suggested that it might be a dislocated shoulder, although as yet there has been no official confirmation.

Springbok squad welcomes 5 newcomers


Five newcomers and two returnees have been added to the bulk of the Springboks’ Castle Lager Rugby Championship squad as the national selectors opted for continuity and rewarding form in naming a 36-man squad for next month’s tour to the Northern Hemisphere.


Twenty-nine of the 36 players named for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour were part of the Rugby Championship squad. They will be joined by the uncapped quintet of Robbie Coetzee, Julian Redelinghuys, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel and Seabelo Senatla, while Coenie Oosthuizen and Johan Goosen have been recalled to the squad for the tour of four Tests.

“It’s wonderful to have this kind of continuity in selection, while the five uncapped players in the squad have all been rewarded for superb form throughout the season,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Many of the selected players were at our training camp in Stellenbosch last week where we put in a lot of very hard work. We’ll have to hit the ground running when we assemble in Johannesburg on Wednesday before we depart on what will be a challenging tour.

“We start against the Six Nations champions in Dublin and then take on England, who have been on an upward curve over the last couple of years. Italy is always a tough customer at home and the Welsh have probably been one of the most consistent teams in the last number of seasons.”

Meyer congratulated all the players with their selection and said he is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the five newcomers for the first time.

“Julian has been impressive all season and if it wasn’t for injuries, he might have been a Springbok already,” said Meyer.

“He was great in Vodacom Super Rugby and the Absa Currie Cup, where his strong scrummaging has been a hallmark of the Lions’ play. Going north, scrummaging will be vitally important and we would like to see what he can do in those circumstances.

“Next to Julian, Robbie was part of a very dominant Lions scrum throughout the season and this is also a reward for his consistently good performances, while he is also very secure when it comes to throwing into the line-outs.

“Both Nizaam and Jaco have been great in 2014, building on their fine Vodacom Super Rugby form in the Absa Currie Cup where they excelled in the two teams that reached the final.

“Nizaam is a versatile loose forward who can play any position in the back row and has proven his worth at flank and No 8 this season.

“Jaco, who is really very fast for a loose forward and scored the most tries in the Absa Currie Cup this season, is more of a traditional openside flank, a position for which we need cover following Francois Louw’s injury.

“This tour will be a great challenge for both these players to see what they can bring to the table, especially as we only have eight Tests left before the Rugby World Cup next year and we have to ascertain what depth we have at our disposal.

“Seabelo’s speed is well-known to anyone who’s seen him play for the Blitzboks this year and he is now the third player from the Springbok Sevens set-up to be called-up to the Springboks, which is a great compliment to their structures. He’s also made the most of his opportunities in the Absa Currie Cup and we’d like to see if he can take another step up in the toughest circumstances.”

On the returning Oosthuizen and Goosen, Meyer said: “Coenie has been out injured but he made a great return recently. He can pack down on both sides of the scrum and he is in excellent condition, so it’s a pleasure to welcome him back.

“Johan is now playing most of his rugby at fullback and is performing very well in a position where I’ve always thought that he could become a great player. His versatility will come in handy if needed as he is a similar player to Willie in many ways. We also have Pat Lambie who is a great option at fullback – with a smaller squad for the Rugby World Cup next year, these options will be very important.”

None of the overseas-based players will be available for the final match of the tour, against Wales in Cardiff on 29 November, as it falls outside the international Test window. Ruan Pienaar’s selection in the squad is pending a fitness Test next week in Dublin, where he will join the squad on Sunday.

“The Test in Cardiff will be our second of the season which falls outside the window and as we saw in Port Elizabeth against Scotland in June, this is a great test of our depth,” said Meyer.

The following Springboks and players who have been involved with the national team before were not considered for selection due to injury: Fourie du Preez, Schalk Brits, Callie Visagie, Frans Malherbe, Marcel van der Merwe, Flip van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw, Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha, Pierre Spies and Willem Alberts. The latter could come into consideration at a later stage during the tour.

The Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour 2014:

Bakkies Botha (Toulon, France) – Lock, 83 Test caps
Schalk Burger (Suntory, Japan) – Loose forward, 73 Test caps
Nizaam Carr (DHL Western Province) – Loose forward, uncapped
Marcell Coetzee (Cell C Sharks) – Loose forward, 22 Test caps
Robbie Coetzee (Xerox Golden Lions) – Hooker, uncapped
Damian De Allende (DHL Western Province) – Centre / Wing, 2 Test caps
Lodewyk de Jager (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Lock, 7 Test caps
Jean de Villiers (captain, DHL Western Province) – Centre, 102 Test caps
Bismarck du Plessis (Cell C Sharks) – Hooker, 66 Test caps
Jannie du Plessis (Cell C Sharks) – Prop, 60 Test caps
Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) – Lock, 29 Test caps
Johan Goosen (Racing Metro, France) – Fullback / Flyhalf, 5 Test caps
Bryan Habana (Toulon, France) – Wing, 103 Test caps
Cornal Hendricks (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Wing, 9 Test caps
Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – Scrumhalf, 32 Test caps
Jaco Kriel (Xerox Golden Lions) – Loose forward, uncapped
Patrick Lambie (Cell C Sharks) – Flyhalf / Fullback, 36 Test caps
Willie le Roux (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Fullback / Wing, 21 Test caps
Victor Matfield (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – Lock, 117 Test caps
Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Loose forward, 3 Test caps
Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks) – Prop, 61 Test caps
Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks) – Wing, 9 Test caps
Trevor Nyakane (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Prop, 9 Test caps
Coenie Oosthuizen (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Prop, 17 Test caps
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N Ireland) – Scrumhalf, 80 Test caps
JP Pietersen (Panasonic, Japan) – Centre / Wing, 56 Test caps
Handré Pollard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – Flyhalf, 6 Test caps
Julian Redelinghuys (Xerox Golden Lions) – Prop, uncapped
Cobus Reinach (Cell C Sharks) – Scrumhalf, 2 Test caps
Seabelo Senatla (SA Sevens / DHL WP) – Wing, uncapped
Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls) – Centre, 16 Test caps
Gurthrö Steenkamp (Toulouse, France) – Prop, 52 Test caps
Morné Steyn (Stade Francais, France) – Flyhalf, 59 Test caps
Adriaan Strauss (Toyota FS Cheetahs) – Hooker, 40 Test caps
Duane Vermeulen (DHL Western Province) – No 8, 25 Test caps
Warren Whiteley (Xerox Golden Lions) – Loose forward, 2 Test caps


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 Five Newcomers in Springbok Squad


Five newcomers and two returnees have been added to the bulk of the Springboks’ Castle Lager Rugby Championship squad as the national selectors opted for continuity and rewarding form in naming a 36-man squad for next month’s tour to the Northern Hemisphere.

Twenty-nine of the 36 players named for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour were part of the Rugby Championship squad. They will be joined by the uncapped quintet of Robbie Coetzee, Julian Redelinghuys, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel and Seabelo Senatla, while Coenie Oosthuizen and Johan Goosen have been recalled to the squad for the tour of four Tests…read more here….

South Africa

Nick Mallett praises Catrakilis

Nikc Mallett
Nikc Mallett

Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has lauded the performance of Western Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis after their 19-16 Currie Cup final win over the Golden Lions at the weekend. Catrakilis had five shots at goal and scored from them all in a thrilling final before a near-capacity crowd at Newlands.

‘In the first half, the Lions kicked against the south easter and they are probably not used to kicking into the wind on the highveld. And those missed kicks cost them the game,” said Mallett. “Any cut or hook on the ball gets over-emphasised. The interesting thing was that Demetri Catrakilis converted all his chances. He was metronomic, it was just a factual three when he kicked the ball. Whereas that last kick with Marnitz Boshoff, I knew he was going to miss it, even though my heart broke for him. Once you’ve missed three, it’s difficult to succeed with such a difficult kick from the touchline, some 40m back. The Lions had created the opportunities to score points, but they didn’t profit from it.”

Western Province to Parade the Currie Cup

Hero of Newlands

Western Province, the 2014 Currie Cup champions, will parade their trophy through the streets of Cape Town on Tuesday, president Thelo Wakefield has confirmed. According to Die Burger, the trophy will also travel to Guguletu before being handed to Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday.

“It’s a sign that we’ve done it for the people of the Cape,” said an elated Wakefield.


England add to November Squad


Dave Ewers, Henry Slade and Thomas Waldrom are among the additions to England’s training squad for the upcoming November internationals. The Exeter Chiefs trio come in as injury cover for James Haskell (Wasps), Luther Burrell (Northampton) and Billy Vunipola (Saracens).

Burrell is remaining with Saints for specialist assessment on his injured right hand on Monday and Tuesday while Vunipola will undergo the return to play protocol in camp after suffering concussion in Saracens’ game at Munster on Friday. Haskell is still getting over a viral infection and, with Will Fraser (Saracens) also suffering a concussion, Ewers comes in.

England sweat over Burrell


Northampton centre Luther Burrell is a doubt for England’s November Tests after sustaining a hand injury in the Champions Cup. Burrell was banged up in the 34-6 win over the Ospreys at Franklin’s Gardens. The England centre came back out for the second half but was soon withdrawn when it became appear he couldn’t continue.

England are already without Manu Tuilagi for the matches against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia. Burrell partnered Billy Twelvetrees throughout the 2014 Six Nations.

European Rugby

Great start for Racing


Racing Métro made it two wins from two in the Champions Cup as they battled past Treviso 26-10 at Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Sunday. The win gives the French side a three-point cushion over Northampton Saints and Ospreys in Pool 5. Jonny Sexton, a three-time winner of the Heineken Cup, used all his know how to help Racing on their way to victory against their Italian hosts.

Quins on top


Harlequins kept up the pressure on Leinster in Pool 2 as they won away at Wasps 23-16 to make it two from two. Quins have had the wood on Wasps in recent meetings, winning when the two met at the Stoop last month, while also claiming both games between the sides last season.

Those three wins came by a combined five points though, so it’s fair to say Quins haven’t found it that easy. It was the same again here with neither team really able to impose themselves as the boots of Nick Evans and Andy Goode dominated proceedings.








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 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 Saturday’s 2014 Absa Currie Cup Final clash against the Xerox Golden Lions at DHL Newlands (kick-off 17h00).

Absa Currie Cup: DHL Western Province v Xerox Golden Lions

The DHL WP team for Saturday’s final (v Golden Lions, home) is as follows:

15. Cheslin Kolbe
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Juan de Jongh (captain – 50th cap for DHL Western Province)
12. Jaco Taute
11. Seabelo Senatla
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Nic Groom
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Michael Rhodes
6. Rynhardt Elstadt
5. Manuel Carizza
4. Jean Kleyn
3. Pat Cilliers (vice-captain)
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Alistair Vermaak

16. Neil Rautenbach
17. Brok Harris
18. Gerbrandt Grobler
19. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
20. Louis Schreuder
21. Kurt Coleman
22. Michael van der Spuy

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper, Lesego ‘Pro’ Legoete
Television Match Official: Deon van Blommestein

WP Rugby
WP Rugby

Lions pick strong team for Currie Cup 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 to the side to provide cover off the bench.

Lions Rugby
Lions Rugby


The match will kick off at 17h00.

 Lions Team

15. Jaco van der Walt

14. Ruan Combrinck

13. Lionel Mapoe

12. Howard Mnisi

11. Courtnall Skosan

10. Marnitz Boshoff

9. Ross Cronje

8. Warren Whiteley (c)

7. Derick Minnie

6. Jaco Kriel

5. Franco Mostert

4. Martin Muller

3. Ruan Dreyer

2. Robbie Coetzee

1. Schalk van der Merwe


16. Armand van der Merwe

17. Jacques van Rooyen

18. Julian Redelinghuys

19. Willie Britz

20. Warwick Tecklenburg

21. Mark Richards

22. Harold Vorster



Ruggaworld’s Newsflash

 Thursday 23 October 2014


  • 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….read more here


  • 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….read more here


  • Conscious of neglecting his role with the Force ahead of the new Super Rugby season, Michael Foley turned down the Wallabies. Foley had been asked by new Australia head coach Michael Cheika to help out with the forwards on the upcoming tour to Europe, a role he fulfilled for two years between 2006-2008.


  • Ulster wing Craig Gilroy believes their clash with Toulon on Saturday will be a “great occasion” as they look to beat the two-time European champions. Saturday will see Ravenhill packed for the arrival of the Top 14 and European holders, with Ulster keen to bounce back from last week’s defeat


  • Italy captain Sergio Parisse is eager to start their November campaign with a Test victory over Samoa before they face Argentina and South Africa. Parisse says a victory over the islanders will be “crucial” if the Azzurri are to build confidence ahead of the tougher challenges ahead. “It’s crucial for us to start this Test series off on a positive note with a win,” Parisse told reporters.


  • England head coach Stuart Lancaster has revealed the door isn’t closed on centre Manu Tuilagi playing for his country during the November Tests. The 23-year-old, who suffered a groin injury while playing for Leicester against Ulster last weekend, was omitted from England’s 33-man squad that coach Lancaster announced on Wednesday.


  • Cardiff Blues number eight Manoa Vosawai is keen to make it two wins from two in the Challenge Cup when they face Rugby Rovigo on Sunday. The powerful forward, who arrived from Treviso in the off-season, impressed in the team’s 37-14 win over Grenoble last week at BT Sport Arms Park. And he cannot wait to return to Italian soil for the Blues’ second pool fixture of the competition.


  • Snubbed fly-half Danny Cipriani says he will not change his habits despite being disappointed after being left out by England for November’s Tests. The 26-year-old, who has performed well for the Sharks this season and also impressed as a replacement against New Zealand in June, was not included in Stuart Lancaster’s 33-man squad


  • Jamie Roberts admits he was caught off-guard by reports linking him to a return to Wales after a slow start to his Racing Métro career

South Africa

  • Lions number eight and captain Warren Whiteley has praised the club’s coaching staff for getting them to the Currie Cup Final. The side have been exceptional in this year’s competition, producing exciting, attacking rugby to finish just behind Western Province. “First and foremost, you have to credit coach Ackers [Johan Ackermann] and his team. They have set the necessary structures and the players are thriving because of it,” Whiteley told


  • Former Springbok and Golden Lions lock Kobus Wiese believes the hostile Newlands crowd could be the difference in Saturday’s Currie Cup final. “With so little between them, I think home-ground advantage will play a vital role. Western Province to nick it,” he predicted.


  • Victor Matfield says the Springboks will need to improve at the set pieces if they’re to beat Ireland in two weeks’ time…read more here….



  • Doping allegations against Kenya rugby sevens team coach Paul Treu and his staff are unfounded, Treu said on Wednesday. The South African-born coach, who successfully coached the Springbok Sevens for nine years, was accused by the Kenyan government’s Anti-Doping Task Force of giving the team supplements and “concoctions” that contained banned substances. “Treu was actually responsible in introducing a “no-supplement policy” when he arrived in Kenya to take over coaching the Sevens team in November 2013,” the Kenyan Rugby Union said….read more here…..

New Zeeland

  • Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains on Thursday labelled code-hopping rugby star Sonny Bill Williams a mercenary, albeit a supremely talented one. Williams, 29, is beginning his second stint with the All Blacks after spending two seasons playing rugby league in Australia and has been slotted straight back into the squad for next month’s northern hemisphere tour….read more here….


Happy Birthday to late Bulls Bulls lock, Wium Basson. Hardened rugby men were moved to tears in 2001 when Springbok lock Wium Basson, who died of cancer aged just 25 , was laid to rest at a poignant funeral in Paarl. Basson’s last words encouraged the living to thank God for life and be grateful that they could enjoy their health. Basson, a midweek Springbok on the 1997 tour of Europe, whose rugby career ended through a neck injury, was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. Wium would have been 38 years today


Happy Birthday to Wayne Julies who turns 36 today. Julies played 11 test for the Springboks with his Test debut  on 10 Oct 1999  at the age of 20 at outside centre against Spain at Murrayfield, Edinburgh.



Matfield return to rugby



Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield will make his return to the playing field for the Bulls in this year’s Super Rugby competition, a report in Saturday’s Die Burger indicates.

The newspaper was reliably informed by three credible sources that Matfield will play for the Bulls. playingfield

Matfield was unable to grant an interview on Friday, but confirmed that the Bulls and the Springboks will release a join press release in due course.

Matfield, 36, retired from all forms of rugby after the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

He was the Bulls’ lineout coach in recent years and has trained with the team in the last while.

He will use this year’s Super Rugby competition to try convince Bok coach Heyneke Meyer that he’s still good enough to play international rugby.

Matfield is eyeing the 2015 World Cup in England. He will by 38 years old by then.

Source: Sport24

Bakkies back for Boks


Bakkies Botha (34) and Flip van der Merwe will be the locks facing Scotland on Sunday while JP Pietersen will reach his 50th cap when he runs out at Murrayfield.

Pumas dream come true



Many people defined a great team by the players they have in their system, but how many people define a great team by the coach and his team working behind the Saturday hype of the eighty minutes on the field?

Jimmy Stonehouse is one of those coaches that can make the difference between a winning team with players that is playing for each other and a team with well known stars.

I was one of the lucky players to play under Jimmy and I am sure all the players that he coach from his days at Ermelo High School to Waterkloof in Pretoria and especially the Pumas, will confirm just how much this man can influence a player to play far above his ability and skills.

Just the sure passion of the man for the game is still clear in my mind when I think back to 1999 as a young school boy dreaming of playing the game I love at the highest level. The way he brings a team together is most properly one of the things that stand out for me in my playing day under him.

He would pick up each player at his house on a Friday before the game and we would talk, sing and plan for the game together. No players in the team is greater than another and no one is bigger than the game and I am sure it is still the same when you play under Jimmy Stonehouse.

Friday night 25 October 2013 is now history for one of the greatest win for the Pumas union as the returned to the ABSA Currie Cup Premiere league. They outplayed a Griquas team on the night through some determent defence and  great skills on attack were they were able to hold on to the ball for long periods on attack. The Pumas also kept scoring points when they got into the Griquas twenty two area, something the Griquas could not do on the night.

Throughout the game I felt that Griquas was looking at Willie Le Roux the whole time to spark something out of nothing to get back into the game which put themselves under huge pressure and gave the Pumas the changes to0 turn over balls too easily.

With the Griquas still much in control in the set pieces you always through that they will come back in the second half but the men from Nelspruit had other ideas. A total turn around in the scrums gave the Pumas even more believe that they can win this game. In the first half the Griquas demolished the Pumas in the scrum to a stage that the Pumas almost took 34 minutes to win their first scrum feed.

I can not explain what happen after half time as the Pumas started to dominate every aspect of the game. The turned the scrums around and were the once who did the demolishing in the second half.

It is really sad to see a great union like Griquas going out of the ABSA Premiere League but in the same breath it is inspiring too see a team who worked so hard the past two years achieving their dream and making it possible to give their union a return the top league. This Puma team only lost one game against the Griquas last week the whole season and deserve to be promoted to the next level.

Griquas will hope that sanity will prevail in the SARU meeting at the end of November to make the decision to expand the Currie Cup Premiere League to eight teams so t hat they can still be involved in the highest level in South African domestic rugby.

The scorers:
For the Pumas:
Watermeyer, Penalty try, Specman
Cons: Roos 2
Pens: Roos 3
DG: Roos

For Griquas:
Prinsloo 5

Yellow cards: Renaldo Bothma (Pumas, 23 – foul play, dangerous tackle), Jean Stemmet (Griquas, 52 – professional foul, deliberate slap down)


No Premier Currie Cup for Kings


EP KingsABSA Currie Cup Premier Division exclusion just another hurdle to be overcome for Eastern Province Rugby

Eastern Province Rugby Union President, Cheeky Watson, confirmed that the proposal to expand the ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division from six teams to eight next year was not passed during a special general meeting held in Johannesburg today.

The proposal, which was tabled with SARU at the end of the Super Rugby season, was initially presented to the unions at a special general meeting held on the 19th of September, but the vote was delayed till the 30th for further consideration.

Watson confirmed that, while the final vote was in favour of the amended structure of the competition, with a 19 / 10 split, the motion didn’t carry because it required a 75% majority vote.

“There were a lot of people in the room who were shocked by the outcome and were astounded by the short-sightedness of the unions that voted against this proposal,” he said.
“This is just another hurdle that we will have to overcome,” said Watson.

“We are used to fighting from the trenches. We have shown the world what can be done, despite what many claimed were insurmountable obstacles that stood in our path for our participation in Super Rugby, and we will continue to do so,” he said.

Watson said the decision meant that the Southern Kings were once again back on the fringes of the Super Rugby competition, as the initial proposal was that the Southern Kings would forfeit their right to promotion relegation next year, should EP Rugby be promoted to the premier division, to provide stability to both the Southern Kings and Lions franchises.

“Since this has not happened, it means that we will now play against the bottom ranked team of the South African Super Rugby franchises at the end of the season next year, in a promotion relegation playoff, as the Lions did against us this year,” he said.

EP Rugby CEO, Charl Crous, who was also at the meeting, said that this did not mean the end of top flight rugby in the region.

“With our ongoing preparations for our re-entry into Super Rugby, we will be hosting a number of friendlies against the other South African franchises next year,” he said.
Crous said they were in negotiations with SA Rugby to determine the dates and times of the friendlies and would communicate this as soon as the information was available.
“We are also in advanced stages of negotiations and are endeavouring to ensure viable other top flight rugby products in the future for our spectators, sponsors and partners,” he said.

“We said previously that there is a hunger for top flight rugby in the Eastern Cape and the amazing crowds that attended the Super Rugby games at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this year have shown that this is the case, with the Southern Kings securing the third highest crowd attendances of the fifteen teams taking part in the competition,” he said.
Watson said the union would continue to focus on the development taking place within Eastern Province Rugby.

“We have always maintained that there is a clear plan in place for the region, despite the Southern Kings relegation at the end of the Super Rugby season this year,” he said.
“Our plan is to build on the solid foundations that have been put in place by our debut in Super Rugby, and to develop local talent and provide them with opportunities to compete, without them having to go to other unions to do so,” he said.

Watson said EP Rugby had already provided opportunities for young local talent developed through the Kings Academy, creating local role models such as Sergeal Petersen, Siviwe Soyizwapi and Aidon Davis.

“The benefits of our Academy in terms of transformation are already clearly visible, with the EP Kings Currie Cup first division team having fielded up to nine black players in the starting 15, and four black substitutes on the bench.”

“Our Under 21 side, which is currently top of their respective log, and which is dominating their opposition, is predominantly made up of players of colour, with only five white players in the squad,” he said.
“The fact is that Eastern Province Rugby Union has the potential to truly transform the entire South African rugby landscape, through developing our local talent, providing them with the platforms to showcase their talent, and reach their full potential.”

“We have the structures in place to develop these players to be the best professional athletes they can be, and we have the opportunities to provide these individuals with exposure to top flight rugby over the next few years,” said Watson

Watson said that, through this approach, when the Southern Kings once again took up their rightful place in Super Rugby, the team would be able to showcase the talent that has come from the region.

Gatland marks RWC 2015 countdown


Two years from tomorrow the IRB Rugby World Cup will kick-off in England and Wales.

By:Luke Broadley WRU National Squad Media Manager

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is predicting an exciting two years ahead as the countdown begins to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Rugby’s showpiece tournament will kick-off two years today (September 18th) with eight of the competition’s matches, including two quarter-finals, to be played at the Millennium Stadium.

It will be the fourth time Cardiff welcomes the Rugby World Cup to Wales after staging matches in 1991, hosting the 1999 tournament and staging four matches during the 2007 competition which was hosted by France. Wales will play two of their pool matches at the Millennium Stadium and Gatland is looking forward to welcoming the World Cup to Wales.

“It’s an exciting time with the World Cup just two years away,” said Gatland. “There is a lot of rugby to play before but we will be working hard in the build-up as we have some unfinished business in the competition.

“We are in a tough group alongside England and Australia but from our experiences the tougher the better as if you make it out of the group you are in a good position for the knock-out stages. It’s fantastic that the Millennium Stadium has eight games and the atmosphere in Cardiff will be great and we are really excited about playing two of our pool games in front of our home supporters.”

Welsh Rugby Union Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis said: “The prospect of the Rugby World Cup coming back to the Millennium Stadium is great for Welsh rugby and great for Wales. Wales will have hosted RWC matches more times than any other nation in the rugby world, playing significant parts in 1991, 1999, 2007 and now hosting eight matches, including two quarter-finals, in 2015.

“As well as welcoming Wales for two fixtures, the stadium will be hosting some of the world’s other top rugby nations including Australia, New Zealand, France and Ireland. This feast of rugby action will deliver a huge economic boost to Welsh rugby and Wales and allow us to showcase the very best of our nation to the rest of the world.

“It has been an extraordinary year for Welsh rugby and after the success of our Rugby World Cup 2015 bid, which was won after three years of hard work and collaboration with our friends at the Rugby Football Union.”

The Rugby World Cup is one of the world’s biggest sporting events with a global TV audience in excess of four billion. There will be a total of 48 matches played, with 20 nations competing over 44 days, and the Millennium Stadium will host six pool phase matches and two quarter-finals at RWC 2015;
September 19 Ireland v Canada
September 20 Wales v Play-Off Winner
September 23 Australia v Oceania 1
October 1 Wales v Oceania 1
October 2 New Zealand v Europe 1
October 11 France v Ireland
October 17 Quarter-final 1; Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
October 18 Quarter-final 3; Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C

World Cup Winners 2010: New Zeeland

Bismarck du Plessis’ Red Card removed from Record



Bismarck du Plessis’ Red Card removed from Record

SANZAR Judicial Officer Terry Willis from Australia has removed a red card from the disciplinary record of Bismarck du Plessis. Du Plessis was issued with a red card after receiving two yellow cards during the match at the weekend between New Zealand and South Africa in The Rugby Championship.

The yellow cards were issued in the 17th and 42nd minutes of the match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland on 14 September 2013.

The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was held via teleconference on 16 September. Terry Willis granted an application made by Gerrie Swart who appeared on behalf of the player, for an expedited hearing. The hearing was originally fixed for the 17th of September. At the hearing, Terry Willis was assisted by former professional player David Croft from Australia.

Submissions were made on behalf of the player and the video footage was reviewed. The Judicial Officer found that the decision made by Referee Romain Poite to issue a yellow card as a result of the tackle by du Plessis on Dan Carter was wrong, as it was within the Laws of the Game.

No further sanction was imposed on the player, however the second yellow card remains on his record for the remainder of The Rugby Championship.

Juan Smith fit to play


Springbok flank Juan Smith is set to make his return to the rugby field after passing a medical at French club, Toulon.

Smith, 32, earlier this year retired from rugby after an ongoing Achilles injury which plagued him since the start of 2011, but – as reported earlier this week – he left for France on Sunday with the aim of reviving his career.

He is now set to run out for the French Top 14 side after undergoing medical tests on Monday and Tuesday.

According to the Volksblad website, Smith passed all the medical tests and is busy negotiating a deal with Toulon.

“I passed all my medical tests and I’m talking to them (Toulon) about a contract,” said Smith.

“I’m excited and feel good. It was a long time (on the sidelines) and I’m glad it’s over now. I only want to play rugby now.”

Smith thanked Cheetahs fitness coach Niel du Plessis for his remarkable recovery.

“My recovery is largely due the good work of Niel du Plessis, PVM (Nutritional Sciences, a sponsor of the Cheetahs) and SSL (Sport Science Lab).

“Niel worked unbelievably hard to ensure that I can play again.”

At Toulon, Smith will join up with fellow South Africans Bakkies Botha (lock), Bryan Habana (wing), Joe van Niekerk (loose forward), Danie Rossouw (utility forward) and Michael Claassens (scrumhalf

RW Exclusive: Greg Peters Answers


SANZAR CEO last week agreed to asnwer Ruggaworld readers’ questions. Here are his responses:

1) St PetersburgBok asks: “Why this great concern over providing a format for the Aussie to have more derbies? NZ and SA have their own domestic competition which provides viewers this?”

GP: Local derbies were part of the competition design for Super Rugby agreed to by all three countries. Whilst there are concerns from South Africa re the repetitive nature of these due to a similar structure in the Currie Cup they are still the most watched and attended games in all three countries.

2) Jacques (Bunny) asks:  “What is the real option for the Super Rugby after 2016? Their is so much media speculation.”

GP: We are working with the three countries on options. SANZAR is a joint venture between the three Unions and a joint venture is like a marriage it requires compromise. One of the fundamentals for the next version is for SA to have 6 teams. That means the current structure has to change. There are only a limited number of weeks available and player welfare is a priority consideration. All that means there are limited options. The two conference model and and 18 team 3 conference model are the main ones we are considering.>

3) Biltongbek asks: “What is the benefit of lumping SA with Argentina in the proposed Super 18 format? How will revenue be split?”

GP: Argentina has aspirations to join Super Rugby and all three SANZAR countries have agreed to look at ways to make that happen. Realistically due to geographies the only way that can happen is for Arg to be involved in SA conference. Too early to comment on revenue split as that has not been considered yet.

4) Brendon asked:  “Super Rugby is essentially a television-based competition and as a result no lasting memories are created among fans (as would be the case with Heineken and Six Nations rugby)- How do you plan to fix this?”

TV coverage has improved to such an extent in recent years that all sports are facing challenges to keep crowds at the games. I am not sure I agree that there are no lasting memories from attending matches live. There have been some fantastic matches where the live at ground experience has been something special – both in Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship.

5) TonyM asks: “Greg, instead of reviewing SuperRugby in one dimension of the trilogy of SANZAR and the Super 15 & Rugby Championship- is it not time to consider simultaneously growing revenues and TV audiences in new markets with a Tier Two Super Rugby competition, run by SANZAR, with the participation of the 6th South African franchise, two Argentine teams, two Japanese teams and a US team to tap new broadcasters, viewers and corporate sponsors?”

GP: A good idea. The problem is getting the funding to make it work and cover costs. The IRB also has a number of regional competitions e.g. Pacific Rugby Cup. At the end of the day it is the IRB’s job to grow the global game; our job is to do what is in the best interests of the three SANZAR Countries.

6) Boertjie asks:  “It’s no secret that players are overplayed, hence all the injuries. Yet in order to earn what they want, they have to play 30-odd games per year. Is there any possible solution to this catch-22?”

Something we are very conscious of. The number of games is not dissimilar to what players play in the Northern Hemisphere the added issue in the South is the significant travel overlay, particularly for the top group of Test players from the SANZAR countries. We are looking to reduce the travel in the next version of Super Rugby.

> 7) Timeo asks:  “How about distributing the rugby games via the internet again? The Mediazone website was ahead of it?s time. Why was it abandoned? To me it seems, it would be beneficial to cut out the networks and satellite/cable providers middlemen and sell your product directly to the end users?”

GP: The digital space has evolved at a break-neck pace in recent times. Our global broadcasting agreements all have the digital rights included in them giving the broadcasters exclusivity that they value highly. The opportunity to deliver directly to the fan in future deals will be part of our considerations when we go to market again.

DavidS asks: 2.  “Is there a saturation point that SANZAR foresees where we have too much or enough rugby?”

We are certainly at the absolute maximum now and there is an argument that there is too much, particularly in SA and NZ. This is another one of the key principles that we are working towards for the design of the next version of Super Rugby.

Thanks so much for this Greg.

PS: We have since received some more questions, particularly from our twitter portal. I will Greg the opportunity to come onto the site and answer in person any further questions, so please fire away!

NZRU chasing Sonny Bill again


NZ Rugby – Rugby365

The New Zealand Rugby Union said it has made an offer to code-swapping star Sonny Bill Williams to return to the Super Rugby champion Chiefs next year.

New Zealand media reported that the NZRU offered Williams a three-year deal which would see him return to Rugby Union next season and extend his 19-test All Blacks career.

NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew confirmed the union had made the offer, saying: “The dialogue has been positive but we don’t have any ink on paper.”

Williams switched from Rugby League to Rugby Union in 2008, playing for Toulon in France and moved to New Zealand in 2010 – becoming an All Black in 2010.

He played for the Crusaders in Super Rugby in 2011 and joined up with the Chiefs the following year, when they won he first of their back-to-back titles.

He had a stint in Japan and returned to Rugby League earlier this year, playing for the Sydney Roosters.


Schalla is Back

Springbok and DHL Western Province flank Schalk Burger was delighted on Thursday to learn that he will be able to return to training at the High Performance Centre after a long absence and a difficult year in which in addition to injury, he also suffered serious illness that forced him to be hospitalised for six weeks.

Burger visited a specialist on Wednesday for tests and has been given the green light to return to training immediately, although it is going to take a while still before he can play again.

Burger said in a press release on Thursday that he didn’t want to put a timing on his return to the playing field, but it would appear likely that it will be before the end of the season.

“To give a timeline is quite difficult. I certainly don’t want to over-commit,” said Burger.

“The good news is that I can start to train properly and get the heart-rate up. That, in itself, is exciting news and I look forward to increasing my training schedule over the next few weeks with the help of the strength and conditioning team at WP Rugby. We will then reasses things again in a month’s time.”

Burger, 30, has played 32 games for DHL Western Province and a further 88 matches for the DHL Stormers. He made his provincial debut in 2003 and his Super Rugby debut in 2004.

However he hasn’t played since leading the Stormers in the first match of the 2012 Super Rugby season – in other words, he’s been off the field for 18 months.

In that game, against the Hurricanes, he was forced from the field early with a serious knee injury. There were troubles with the diagnosis of the injury and although initially Burger was supposed to return in a matter of months, his comeback date kept on being put back.

While it was the knee injury that kept him out for the duration of 2012, it has been a different story this year.

He was back in training when the Stormers started the build-up to the 2013 Super Rugby season over the summer months, and coach Allister Coetzee was confident enough that he would make a full comeback that he named him as his captain for the season.

However a calf muscle injury ruled him out before the pre-season friendlies and then continued difficulties kept him sidelined.

A cyst was then detected which was pressing on his spine, thus causing the calf discomfort, and it was during an operation to remove the cyst that he contracted bacterial meningitis in late March.

Burger was in a serious condition in a Cape Town hospital ICU over the Easter weekend, and spent the next six weeks in hospital and a further eight indoors.

However he has popped into the High Performance Centre in Bellville a few times and has been spotted around Newlands, and looks to be regaining his health.

With Wednesday’s visit to the specialist bringing the good news that the cyst that was causing the complications has gone, Burger will now be able to throw himself fully into regaining his strength through gym work before targeting a return to field training.

Ioane off to Stade


French radion station, RMC, reports that Digby Ioane has signed with Stade Francaise.

Louis Luyt passes away


Former South African Rugby boss Louis Luyt has died at the age of 80, it was confirmed on Friday.

Etzebeth not guilty


BREAKING NEWS. According to a tweet by his brother, Eben Etzebeth was found not guilty.

Josh Strauss joins Glasgow Warriors


The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced this afternoon that Josh Strauss, the Glasgow Warriors rugby club in Scotland and the Lions concluded an agreement whereby Josh will move to the Glasgow Warriors until May 2015.

Lions to stay in Super Rugby?


The Southern Kings have accepted a multi-million rand offer from the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to postpone their inclusion in the Super Rugby competition.

Meyer’s assistants named


The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Sunday announced the appointment of former Springbok loose forward Rassie Erasmus into a senior management position at the organisation.

Frans coming back to SA


Frans Steyn will be returning to South Africa at the end of the current French rugby season.

Nick Mallet joins Boks


Mallet is on course to join the Springboks coaching staff alongside Heyneke Meyer. ALSO: Heyneke must select black players.

Elton Jantjes out for a month blow for Lions


The Lions have been struck another pulverizing blow ahead of their bye week as Monday’s medical revealed Jantjes will be out for a month.

Rassie quits WP Rugby


Western Province Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has shocked WPRU when he resigned from his post on Monday.

Saracens game called off


The Heineken Cup rugby match between Saracens and Biarritz has apparently been cancelled, according to reports.

Jaque Fourie’s Japan move confirmed


Jaque Fourie will join Japanese club, Panasonic Wild Knights, from November 1, 2011.

Bees Roux signs with Bordeaux


According to reports Bees Roux, who recently avoided jail time for killing a police offer through a plea bargain, signed with French Top 14 new boys, Bordeaux.

PDV quits as Bok coach


Peter de Villiers called it quits as South Africa coach after the reigining champions lost a World Cup quarterfinal to Australia on Sunday.

Carter ruled out of RWC


New Zealand flyhalf, Dan Carter, has been ruled out for the rest of the Rugby World Cup due to a groin injury he sustained in training.

Three changes for top of table Lions


The MTN Lions have made three changes following on their away win against the Bulls this past weekend to maintain their unbeaten run in Currie Cup 2011.

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Boks new travel arrangements


The Springbok team will now leave on the away leg of their Castle Tri-Nations tour at 23h15 on Saturday on a specially arranged Qantas flight it was announced on Saturday.

WP lose Sadie, Engelbrecht to Bulls


According to the man who always has his finger on the pulse, Brenden Nel from SuperRugby, the Blue Bulls managed to secure the signatures of WP duo Johann Sadie and JJ Engelbrect on a 2-year contract following the 2011 Currie Cup.

Deysel joins Boks


Sharks loose-forward, Jean Deysel, has been added to the wider Springbok squad.

Lions, GUMA deal terminated


The shareholders agreement between the Lions and GUMA Tac has been terminated.

Breaking News: Schalk Brits joins Stormers


Saracens hooker, Schalk Brits, has joined the Stormers Super Rugby franchise on a loan deal to provide cover at loose-forward.

Van Zyl deal in jeopardy


Anton van Zyl’s career with French Club, Stade Francais,  might be over before it even started.

Januarie retires from International rugby


Stormers and Springbok scrumhalf, Ricky Januarie, has retired from international rugby with immediate effect.

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BREAKING NEWS: Stormers Duvenage out


Stormers scrummie Dewald Duvenage has been ruled out of the clash with the Cheetahs.

Butch James gets four weeks for hugging Daniel’s throat


Lions flyhalf and inside center Butch James, being a player renowned for some choice defensive work has gotten a four week holiday, after he gave Keegan Daniel an “I’m back” tackle.

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