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Du Preez pledges his allegiance to WP

April 1, 2014
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Du Preez pledges his allegiance to WP

Exciting Maties flyhalf Robert du Preez has signed a contract with Western Province Rugby, which will see last year’s SA Under-20 pivot play his rugby in Cape Town until 2016 at least. Du Preez had been on loan from the Sharks to the University of Stellenbosch for the duration of the 2014 Varsity Cup,...
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Secret Mission for the Goose

March 27, 2014
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Secret Mission for the Goose

Springbok and Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen has secretly flown to France to explore possible future career opportunities, the Volksblad website reports. The Cheetahs have a bye weekend in Super Rugby which enabled the 21-year-old to head abroad. The club Goosen went to visit is believed to be Top 14 side, Racing Metro, who reportedly...
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3 New signings for Kings

March 26, 2014
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3 New signings for Kings

The EP Kings have confirmed three new signings today ahead of their preparations for the Currie Cup Premier Division. EP Kings CEO, Charl Crous confirmed that Michael van Vuuren, Tim Whitehead and Hansie Graaff will all be joining the Kings over the coming months, along with Izak van der Westhuizen whose signing has already...
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Aussie get domestic series

March 24, 2014
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Aussie get domestic series

Australian Rugby Union today announced nine teams will compete in the inaugural season of its new domestic rugby competition, the National Rugby Championship, which will kick off in August this year. The competition will include two teams from Queensland, four from New South Wales and one each from, Victoria and Western Australia. Australian Rugby...
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Kings to take on Wales in June

March 17, 2014
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Kings to take on Wales in June

The Eastern Province Kings will be going head to head against Wales ahead of their international Test matches against the Springboks in June. EP Rugby CEO, Charl Crous confirmed the match would take place on Tuesday, the 10th of June, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. “Wales are looking at bringing a wider squad...
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Blou Bulle klub,skolerugby kry hupstoot

February 26, 2014
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Blou Bulle klub,skolerugby kry hupstoot

    Die Blou Bulle Rugby Unie en sy Skolevereniging, in samewerking met sportpromotor Willem Strauss en die koffiegroep Enrista, het Woensdag op Loftus Versfeld ‘n innoverende nuwe rugbyreeks bekend gestel wat skole en klubs kombineer en ‘n broodnodige inspuiting in die spel sal bring en nuwe lewe in klubrugby blaas.   Die Enrista...
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Charl McLeod move to France

February 23, 2014
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Charl McLeod move to France

Top 14 play-off contenders Grenoble signed South African scrum-half Charl McLeod on Sunday on a two year contract from Super Rugby outfit the Sharks. The 30-year-old, capped once by the Springboks, could be joined by compatriot international wing Gio Aplon, who was South African player of the year in 2010. “We are simply awaiting...
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Bok joins Solly at Edinburgh

February 18, 2014
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Bok joins Solly at Edinburgh

Alan Solomons has lured former IRB Junior World Championship-winning Baby Bok prop Allan Dell to Edinburgh. Educated at Queens College in Eastern Cape, the promising young prop, who can play on both sides of the scrum, qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother, Joan Carmichael, who was born in Paisley and brought up in Edinburgh....
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‘Pathetic’ officials blamed for mass brawl

February 6, 2014
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‘Pathetic’ officials blamed for mass brawl

East Province authorities have launched an investigation into a mass brawl in a match played as a curtain-raiser to the Southern Kings-Lions Super Rugby friendly on Saturday. The fight broke out near the end of the game between the Eastern Province Kings Vodacom Cup team and national Community Cup champions Despatch when Despatch scored...
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Pumas ‘envy’ the Kings

February 5, 2014
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Pumas ‘envy’ the Kings

The Pumas may have secured their place in the Currie Cup competition, but they are still worse of than the Eastern Province Kings. This is the view of outspoken Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse, who told this website their newfound status as a Premier Division team has not brought them any more privileges than the...
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Matfield’s high praise is premature

February 4, 2014
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Matfield’s high praise is premature

Victor Matfield made a bolt statement over the weekend when he proclaim his ambition to play for the Springboks again in next years World Cup, by saying this current team is the best Springbok group ever.  JON CARDINELLI look into this statement that many believe is a bit unfair to previous Springbok teams. Victor Matfield has...
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Bad boy returns down under

February 1, 2014
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Bad boy returns down under

Wallaby utility back James O’Connor has confirmed that he will return to Australia to play Super Rugby in 2015. London Irish revealed that the Australian International, O’Connor, will leave the club at the end of the season – after completing his six month contract. O’Connor indicated that his wish is to play in the...
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Heyneke Meyer welcomes Victor return

February 1, 2014
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Heyneke Meyer welcomes Victor return

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer on Friday welcomed Victor Matfield’s return after it was confirmed that the 110-times capped lock would be back on the playing field in Vodacom Super Rugby for the Vodacom Bulls this season. Matfield, who played his last Test for the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in...
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IRB boss takes on ref bashers

January 31, 2014
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IRB boss takes on ref bashers

International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset has spoken out against the “increase” in public criticism of referees ahead of the start of this season’s Six Nations. Rugby Union, in common with many sports, has long set great store by respect for match officials. But in the high stakes professional era it has become increasingly...
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CJ accepts Irelands call

January 30, 2014
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CJ accepts Irelands call

Former Bulls flank CJ Stander has committed to a long-term goal of playing Test rugby for Ireland by signing a two-year contract extension with Munster that will see them stay with the province until June 2016. Stander joined Munster in October 2012 from Super Rugby side the Bulls and made his debut as a...
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Boks v World XV in Cape Town

January 29, 2014
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Boks v World XV in Cape Town

The Springboks are likely to play a game against a World XV at Cape Town Stadium later this year. According to Die Burger’s website, the game is due to be played on June 7. Mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, Grant Pascoe, said they are in talks with the SA Rugby Union...
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Kings team for Lions

January 29, 2014
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Kings team for Lions

Following a sterling performance against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs this past weekend, it is not surprising to see a fairly unchanged starting line up for the Southern Kings match against the Lions at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Southern Kings caretaker coach Robbi Kempson made only two changes to his starting line...
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Sharks team for Sarrie’s match

January 23, 2014
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Sharks team for Sarrie’s match

The Cell C Sharks team has been announced for Saturday’s match against the English club Saracens. Director of Rugby, Jake White believe this would be the best preparations for their first clash with the Bulls, ”What I enjoy about this game is that it mimics a little bit of what we can expect from the...
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Aussies take on the Islanders

January 21, 2014
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Aussies take on the Islanders

Australia’s best emerging Super Rugby talent will compete against national representative teams from Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and Argentina in next month’s 2014 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup (PRC) to be held over five weeks across Australia. The competition was established in 2006 to help develop Rugby in Pacific nations, but for the first time...
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Sharks training squad for Saracens

January 15, 2014
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Sharks training squad for Saracens

The Sharks Director of Rugby, Jake White have named a strong touring squad to take part in the clash at Allianz Park against the English champions Saracens. The game will be played on the Saturday the 25th January 2014 in London. White sees this match as one of the most important matches in the...
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Matfield return to rugby

January 11, 2014
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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...
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Mowen to quit Wallabies

January 9, 2014
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Mowen to quit Wallabies

The ARU have announced that current Australia captain Ben Mowen will pursue his rugby career in France at the end of 2014. Mowen has played 15 Tests for Australia after making his international debut in June 2013 against the British and Irish Lions, but will now miss the Rugby World Cup in England in...
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O’Connor to return next January

January 5, 2014
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O’Connor to return next January

Wallaby James O’Connor is hot property in Europe at the moment, but it has been confirmed he will return home to Australia next January. O’Connor went into a self-imposed exile last year after being dumped from the Wallaby squad by coach Ewen McKenzie and had his contract torn up by the Australian Rugby Union...
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The bad boys XV

January 2, 2014
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Jan de Koning reflects on some of the game’s more ignoble characters. Australia, with the axing of James O’Connor and the ban of six other Wallabies on the year-end tour, dominated the ‘bad boy’ headlines this past year. But is the off-field indiscretions really worse Down Under than anywhere in the world? It took...
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Sharks Jersey for 2014

December 20, 2013
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Sharks Jersey for 2014

International Sports Apparel Company BLK on Friday unveiled the Sharks’ home and away replica jerseys ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season, reports Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick. The playing and replica jersey design project commenced immediately following the announcement of a partnership between the Super Rugby franchise and the rapidly expanding BLK brand...
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SBW to be reunited with Chiefs in 2015

December 20, 2013
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SBW to be reunited with Chiefs in 2015

The New Zealand Rugby Union have confirmed that cross-code rugby star Sonny Bill Williams will return to rugby union in 2015. Williams, who will continue in rugby league with the Sydney Roosters in 2014, has signed a two-year deal, meaning he could appear for the All Blacks at the 2015 World Cup. He will...
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Big boost for Cape Town Tens

December 19, 2013
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Big boost for Cape Town Tens

The Cape Town Tens rugby event on Wednesday announced plans for a ground breaking sponsorship of the 2014 event. Food Lover’s Market has become the exclusive food partner of the event and will be delivering a unique and premium food experience for players and spectators alike – including hot and cold food zones, buffet...
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EP Rugby’s player of the year

December 17, 2013
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EP Rugby’s player of the year

Ronnie Cooke has been crowned Eastern Province Rugby’s Player of the Year for 2013, after what has undoubtedly been a very long rugby season. “There can be no doubt that 2013 has been one of the most challenging as well as one of the most exciting years that EP Rugby has been through in...
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