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Jurie Roux in knyp oor bedrog


Die Universiteit Stellenbosch is ongelukkig omdat Saru na bewering `n vertroulikheidsooreenkoms verbreek het deur `n forensiese verslag aan die rugbyliggaam se hoofbeampte, Jurie Roux, bekend te maak.

New Currie Cup format to save Griquas


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









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.




Div, AfriForum slams SARU


SA Rugby – News24
Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has criticised the SA Rugby Union’s (SARU) decision to reinstate the racial quota system in domestic rugby.

SARU earlier this week announced that a new quota rule will apply in the Vodacom Cup competition from next year.

The citizen’s rights organisation AfriForum has meanwhile sent a letter to Saru and the 14 provincical unions asking Saru to recall the decision to apply race quotas in the Vodacom Cup. Should Saru carry on, AfriForum will launch a boycott action next year.
Several voices – also prominent black voices – were also raised against the Saru decision.

Teams will be forced to field seven players of colour in their 22-man squads, with at least five players in the starting team. At least two of the seven will also have to be among the forwards.

De Villiers, who was the first non-white coach of the Springboks, told the BBC Sport website the system is bound to fail.

“It’s the worst decision they could make. Everybody will believe that these players will be picked because people are looking out for them.”

De Villiers, who is now in charge of rugby at the University of the Western Cape, said he never felt the need for a quota system when he was in charge of the Boks.

“They (SARU) make people believe they care about who is coming through the system – but they only do that to tick some boxes.

“They like to report these things but you don’t see the difference in reality.

“It’s not the first time they have tried to put these things in place and they have never worked.

“It will only ever work if there is a transformation period in people’s hearts.

“If there isn’t I think they are wasting their time.”

Meanwhile, SARU president Oregan Hoskins said they had no other option than to go back to the system as there are now less black players in the professional system than there were when quotas were enforced in the sport in the late 1990s.

“We saw the negatives of that, but we must acknowledge the valid criticism that since the quota system has been scrapped, we have gone backwards in terms of black players in the system. We have to do something drastic to rectify this decline or we would be failing ourselves as a system.

“We will be opening ourselves up to outside intervention. Quotas were scrapped 10 years ago and there was a lot of negativity around the system then. But we have to be brutally honest with ourselves and say that since scrapping quotas, our transformation drive has declined inexplicably and we have to capture that decline. We simply cannot allow it to continue,” said Hoskins.

Plumtree off to Oirish


New Zealand coach John Plumtree has joined the Irish international team as their forwards coach.

Integrated Global Rugby Season is a possibility


Rugby players are calling on the Game’s leaders to renew efforts to develop an integrated global rugby season that addresses long standing player welfare and competition challenges.

Plumtree unhappy


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

Plum gone with immediate effect


Sharks management and John Plumtree have decided to part ways – like in right now.


The Sharks confirmed that discussions were held today between representatives of themselves and John Plumtree (“the Parties”).

It was mutually and amicably agreed between the Parties to part ways with immediate effect.

The terms of the agreement concluded between the Parties are confidential.

Stephen Saad, the Chairman of The Sharks said: ” We thank John for his wonderful contribution to Sharks rugby over many years. He has been a loyal and faithful employee and The Sharks have benefitted greatly by his input. We are also grateful for the impeccable manner in which he has conducted himself during challenging times in the last while. We wish John all the best in his future endeavours .”

More drama at the Sharks


Outgoing Sharks coach John Plumtree and new CEO John Smit are set meet to resolve the termination of Plumtree’s contract.


Smit recently announced the appointment of Brendan Venter as new Director of Rugby at the Sharks. Plumtree was told his contract would not be renewed and he will step down after the completion of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

According to The Mercury, Plumtree will bring his legal team to the meeting on Tuesday night to argue that he should be paid out for the full two-year contract extension he was promised by the current CEO, Brian Van Zyl.

Van Zyl, who is set to step down as CEO, recently indicated that he wanted the Sharks to keep Plumtree as head coach. Plumtree’s legal team will argue that Van Zyl’s verbal agreement with him is binding.

Meanwhile, former Sharks flank Brad MacLeod-Henderson is the favourite to fill the head coach position of the Durban-based team.

With Venter performing the role of overseeing all coaching proceedings at the union, MacLeod-Henderson is expected to take charge of the Currie Cup team. The 37-year-old is the current Director of Rugby at Hilton College.

He is also the assistant coach of the Sharks Under-21 team. The head coach for that team is Sean Everitt and, in an about turn, he is tipped to be MacLeod-Henderson’s assistant during the Currie Cup.

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.

Global season is coming


World rugby will get its integrated season after the next World Cup. Super Rugby will shift to a March start and won’t break for test matches, the June window will be shifted to July and all players will have a 14 to 16-week off-season.

SARU announces contracted Boks


The South African Rugby Union (SARU) today announced that 15 players, including exciting youngsters such as Eben Etzebeth, Marcell Coetzee, Juan de Jongh and Pat Lambie and world stars such as Jean de Villiers, Tendai Mtawarira and Bismarck du Plessis, have been awarded Springbok contracts for 2013.

Sharks confirm Smit’s appointment as CEO


The Sharks have confirmed the appointment of John Smit as CEO of the union.

Smit new Sharks CEO?


Springbok rugby star John Smit is poised to make a spectacular return to the Shark Tank as the new chief executive of the Sharks, replacing veteran administrator Brian van Zyl.

Lions cancel US tour


Regrettably, the Golden Lions Rugby Union management, following consultation with the senior coaches, have taken the decision to no longer proceed with the MTN Lions’ intended tour to the United States of America.

Bok (and other) captains gather


Current captain Jean de Villiers will join the oldest living Springbok skipper, 83-year-old Des van Jaarsveldt, and 40 others in Cape Town on Wednesday, to mark the countdown to the opening of a new rugby museum.

Kings & SARU in Mexican stand-off


The Southern Kings announced their reduced, 35-man squad for their Super Rugby campaign which still contains 5 foreign players.

The tug-of-war between the Kings and SARU on the number of foreign based players allowed for the franchise has been going since 2012.

The Kings, who only has a 1-year guaranteed deal for participation in Super Rugby (from where a promotion/relegation match will determine the line up for 2014) has argued that in order for them to be competitive SA Rugby needs to make a concession to allow them more foreign players than the current maximum of two allowed per franchise.

SA Rugby in turn has stood by the standard protocol which applies to all franchises which has now seemingly resulted in a Mexican stand-off between the Kings and the governing body.

By announcing their 35-man squad containing 5 foreign based players, the Kings have sent a clear message to SARU that they are not about to budge and that the call is now firmly in SARU’s court.

Should SARU decide not to accept the Kings squad things could get really ugly for both parties a mere two weeks out before the South African conference kicks off.

Now, we wait with bated breath on SARU’s response…

Southern Kings Super Rugby 35 player squad

Forwards Backs
Schalk Ferrreira Shaun Venter
Jaco Engels Johan Herbst
Hannes Franklin Nicolas Vergallo
Virgile Lacombe Demetri Catrakillis
Bandise Maku George Whitehead
Edgar Marutlulle Andries Strauss
Kevin Buys Hadleigh Parkes
Grant Kemp Ronnie Cooke
Steven Sykes Waylon Murray
David Bullbring Michael Killian
Darron Nell Sergeal Petersen
Rynier Bernardo Marcello Sampson
Daniel Adongo Siyanda Grey
Wimpie van der Walt SP Marais
Mpho Mbiyozo Elric van Vuuren
Tomas Leonardi
Cornell du Preez
Devin Oosthuizen
Luke Watson (Captain)
Jacques Engelbrecht

Kings Statement on squad and 5 foreign players

Following the announcement of the wider squad of 35 players earlier today, there have been a number of media queries relating to the fact that all five foreign players are still listed in the squad.

Please note the following, to be attributed to Eastern Province Rugby President, Cheeky Watson.

The squad announced today is the wider squad that has been requested by SANZAR, and which had to be submitted to them ahead of the official start of the season, in line with their tournament rules and regulations.

This squad could be reduced further in due course.

In aid of the King


The foundation from which our deep routed passion and love for rugby is built on in South Africa comes from a long and very proud history of our domestic teams.

Politics to save Boland’s president


The rugby revolution in Boland could end up in battle lines being drawn between old, ideological and political enemies.

Chaos in Boland Rugby


Daar is chaos in Boland rugby nadat klubs in die unie besluit het dat hulle genoeg van unie president, Francois Davids, gehad het.

RW chats to Sports Illustrated Radio


So I got this email from Sports Illustrated’s main man Gareth Rosslee, also known as the ‘Online Guy’, wanting to know if I would chat to them on their radio show, SI-Radio.

Harold defends Cheetahs management


Free State Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster has hit back at those criticising the union for the manner in which it manages its affairs.

Bulls extends young stars’ contracts


The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd is delighted to announce that Wiaan Liebenberg and William Small-Smith both extended their current contracts and will be available to the Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls in the foreseeable future.

Lions players do not renew contracts.


The Lions are losing players left right and center… and worst is that they’re losing many good props…

Willemse joins Blue Bulls


The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd is pleased to confirm that lock Paul Willemse has agreed terms with them and will join the Vodacom Bulls ahead of next year’s Vodacom Super Rugby season.

KDK upset with Allister


Golden Lions president Kevin de Klerk is upset after Western Province and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee hinted he might look at luring a few Lions players for next year’s Super Rugby competition.

WP secures Nienaber signature


Renowned defence guru Jacques Nienaber has signed a three-year deal with Western Province Rugby, which will keep him in Cape Town until 2016.

De Klerk refutes Lions player exodus


The President of the Golden Lions Rugby Union Kevin de Klerk on Friday issued the following statement in the wake of the SARU General Council decision to exclude the MTN Lions from the Super Rugby competition in 2013.

Kings saga, a victory for administrators


You are normally taught not to engage in writing about topics when it is still too raw or too emotional, but for the hell of me I cannot fathom SA Rugby’s decision by booting the Lions out of Super Rugby in favour of the Kings.

Bulls make Nienaber offer


The Blue Bulls have set their sights firmly on former Springbok and current Stormers defensive coach Jacques Nienaber and have made a big offer to him to join their coaching ranks as from 2013.

Lions fire Spencer, Taylor


The Lions rugby union has terminated the services of backline coach, Carlos Spencer, and conditioning coach, Wayne Taylor.

Headmaster thought match fixing won RWC quarter final


No not that one… the 2007 game against France.

Bulls also confirm Sadie move


The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed media reports on Wednesday that Johann Sadie will leave the franchise at the end of October 2012, after the player negotiated a successful release of his contract this week.

SARU confirms August 16th meeting


A meeting of the General Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) will take place in Cape Town on 16 August, SARU announced on Tuesday. The meeting replaces the postponed July 13 General Council.

WP CEO hits back


WP Rugby chief executive Rob Wagner has spiritedly defended the franchise against allegations that it struggles to retain its best talent in the face of interest from upcountry or abroad.

IRB ranking system goes haywire


It is official: the IRB’s ranking system is the most flawed system in the world at the moment.

Olivier and Kankowski join JF in Japan after S15


Meisiekind and Kanko are going to Japan after Super Rugby…

Bok test on ETV


The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Friday welcomed the return of Springbok Test matches to free-to-air television, following a deal brokered between rights holder SuperSport and

SABC TV says no to Bok rugby


The remaining two rugby Tests between South Africa and England will be broadcast live on radio, the SABC announced on Wednesday.

Missing the target


Rugby is under threat, but not from the obvious sources we are exposed to every day.

5 changes to Baby Bok side for England


Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made five changes to his starting team for their crucial pool B clash against England in the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.

New regulations for contracting schoolboys


SARU has promulgated a new regulation to ensure that the contracting of promising schoolboy rugby players is done above board, according to a report on the SuperSport website.

Scandal as IRB stands accused of lying


The IRB is under fire after a senior official claimed the process for finding a new chief executive was undermined when candidates were lied to.

Lions determined to play in 2013


In the wake of numerous speculation in the media, the Lions have released the following statement.

A Super Solution


SARU has less than a month to find a solution for the Super Rugby problem, and options are few.

The great divide


The current Super Rugby stand-off in South Africa is a pressure-cooker situation ready to explode.

Lions being battered from all corners


It seems more likely by the day that the Lions will be relegated from Super Rugby in 2013 as they are being battered from all corners – even their franchise partners.

Blues to boot Lam


Well not just yet, but chances are very slim that Pat Lam will be in charge of the Blues for the 2013 season.

King for a day


The Southern Kings are far from assured of Super Rugby participation in 2013.