Kings & SARU in Mexican stand-off

February 12, 2013 126
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…

Lions, GUMA battle takes an ugly turn

January 24, 2012 8
Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) president Kevin de Klerk says the statement issued on Tuesday from their former partners Guma TAC was "filled with many half truths" and says the union had never been unwilling to pay back any money. Sport24 "They are entitled to pursue any kind of action, but it is their modus…

4N fixtures and logo

November 8, 2011 9
So the "Rugby Championship" (in contrast to the cricket joke called the Vroteas)  does have a sponsor. The fixture list is yet another Andy Marinos negotiated special however... Okay so there is some good news. The tournament will be compressed into a simple home and away against each team fixture list instead of the ridiculous…

Various and sundry tidbits with added sarcasm and spice

November 5, 2011 11
So it's seven years good luck and mission accomplished and Pepe le Pieu will stay with the stinky fish after all. So apprently all the hullabaloo about Michelle leaving his little ones in the dark and stinky Shark Tank are just that... hullabaloo. Pepe Le Pieu, fresh off of getting his frogs legs handed to…

No Kings until 2013 – Hoskins

May 27, 2010 27
Players and fans in the black rugby stronghold of South Africa's Eastern Cape say officials have broken promises to get their local side into Super Rugby. Sport24 As the Pretoria-based Bulls and Cape Town's Stormers prepare for Saturday's Super 14 final, supporters of the fledgling Southern Kings franchise complain that they feel frustrated and disappointed.…

Bulls could lose Loftus advantage

April 19, 2010 10
The Bulls and Cheetahs could be forced to play their remaining home matches in the Super 14 competition elsewhere than at Loftus Versfeld and Absa Park. * Komphela complains about state of pitches to government Sport24 The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Limited CEO Barend van Graan, has to appear before the parliamentary portfolio committee on…

Snor in warmwater oor Boland

March 28, 2010 71
Die Springbok-afrigter, Peter de Villiers, is gister ’n rooikaart gewys omdat hy aandele in die Boland-rugbyunie gekoop het. HOSKINS BLAAS 'N GASKET. Rudolph Lake en Jan-Jan Joubert - Rapport De Villiers, die sanger Kurt Darren, die Bulls-kaptein, Victor Matfield, en die Paarlse sakeman mnr. Renier Swart het die helfte van Boland-rugby se sake-arm gekoop. Die…

Cheeky is a dictator

March 16, 2009 0
Fresh from his resignation from Border rugby union because of death threats, Cliffie Pringle now claims Cheeky Watson is a dictator. The Sondag newspaper reports that Cheeky Watson is a “dictator? who runs the Eastern Cape franchise as if it was his personal property. This is the view of Border president Cliffie Pringle about the…

A “Cheeky” franchise

March 2, 2009 13
A black only franchise? Now that is a 'Cheeky' suggestion... Rugby365 The South African Rugby Union has kicked into touch the notion that the new Eastern Cape franchise would be exclusively for black African players. In a statement on Saturday SARU president Oregan Hoskins made it clear that the new Super Rugby franchise would be…

Cheeky wants a Super 15

February 26, 2009 72
New EP Rugby boss, Cheeky Watson, believes that getting a franchise in the Eastern Cape is more important than SARU's 2015 Rugby World Cup bid. News24 Eastern Province rugby boss Cheeky Watson on Wednesday urged Sport and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile to intervene and ensure the "Super 15 franchise" issue is on the agenda for…

Maori matched canned

February 19, 2009 4
The exciting prospect of the Boks taking on the NZ Maori's in a match in Soweto has been canned on racial grounds. Murray Williams - Cape Argus SA Rugby has turned down a request for the Springboks to play a Maoris team from New Zealand on the grounds that the Boks do not play teams…

What a cheek…

December 11, 2008 11
It did not take Cheeky Watson long to make an impact at EP Rugby. Starting off with retrenching Springbok legend and Hall of Famer Danie Gerber. Stan Terblanche - The Herald THE new guard at Eastern Province rugby started to ring the changes yesterday when two members of the marketing team – Springbok legend Danie…

Madiba did not support the Bok – Khompela

December 3, 2008 24
Clown captain, Khompela, is now claiming Madiba never supported the Bok emblem. Rugby 365 Parliament sports committee chairman Butana Komphela says Nelson Mandela allowed the South African rugby team to use the Springbok emblem for the 1995 World Cup as a matter of convenience rather than conviction. Willie Basson, who chaired a National Sports Congress…

Cheeky wants more blacks

December 1, 2008 11
No sooner had Cheeky Watson been elected president of EP Rugby and he has already attacked the 'representation' of the game. Stephen Nell - Die Burger South African rugby should pay urgent attention to the lack of black African administrators in its ranks. That was the message on Sunday from former anti-apartheid activist Cheeky Watson,…

What democracy?

November 24, 2008 0
rugby365's Oracle, Paul Dobson, takes a critical look at what constitutes 'democracy' when it comes to sporting bodies in South Africa ... or more particularly rugby. So you will wear the protea - all of you. The bosses have spoken. Try to find another country where the government dictates to its sporting bodies what symbol…
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