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Leopards and Valke to contest APC North final

August 21, 2014
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Leopards and Valke to contest APC North final

The Leopards and Valke will contest the Northern Amateur Provincial Championship final on Friday at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane following vital victories in their round-two matches on Wednesday. The annual tournament features eight teams, the Leopards, Valke, Blue Bulls, Lions, Blue Bulls XV, Pumas, Pumas Lowveld and the Limpopo Blue Bulls....
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Vodacom Rugby Stats App expands

August 13, 2014
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Vodacom Rugby Stats App expands

        The most powerful tool in the hands of rugby fans, the Vodacom Rugby Stats App, has expanded to epic proportions covering the Absa Currie Cup, the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and the Springboks’ end of year tour.   We know that rugby season pretty much covers a calendar year and Vodacom...
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Statement from SARU on Frans Steyn’s

June 12, 2014
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Statement from SARU on Frans Steyn’s

Statement from SARU on Frans Steyn’s withdrawal from the Springbok squad Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby Union, said: “In light of media coverage following Frans’ request to leave the Springbok squad, we have been placed in a very difficult position. “We have an agreement with players in respect of the rights...
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SA refs to stamp out negativity

May 29, 2014
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SA refs to stamp out negativity

Provincial coaches and referees were united in their desire to ensure that negative play is eradicated from the Currie Cup this season, following a workshop in Johannesburg on Wednesday. All 14 unions – represented by 12 head coaches and two assistant coaches – agreed on the key issues on which they would all be...
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SA not conditioned for Kiwi game

April 14, 2014
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SA not conditioned for Kiwi game

  I came across this article from Gavin Rich on the Super Sport website which may touch exactly the point why we as South African teams will never be able to play the New Zeeland style of rugby. I am sure we will have a few discussions on this….. Every time the Cell C Sharks...
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WRWC fixture dates and times released

April 7, 2014
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WRWC fixture dates and times released

The Springbok Women will open their 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign on August 1 against Australia, followed by matches against hosts, France, on August 5 and Wales on August 9 in the pool stages of the international showpiece. The Springbok Women will face Australia at 15h45, while their clashes against France and...
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Junior Bok hopefuls annouced for training camp

March 25, 2014
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Junior Bok hopefuls annouced for training camp

The process to select the SA Under-20 squad to represent South Africa at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand will begin on Sunday when the expanded training group gathers in Stellenbosch for an intensive two-month training camp. The group, consisting of almost 70 of the country’s most promising Under-20 players, will...
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De Villiers scoops top honour

February 13, 2014
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De Villiers scoops top honour

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers on Wednesday became only the sixth player to be named South African Rugby Player of the Year more than once, while Eben Etzebeth was named the Young Player of the Year for 2013 for the second successive season at a glittering ceremony at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef...
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Rassie happy with Bok Woman progress

January 19, 2014
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Rassie happy with Bok Woman progress

South African Rugby Union (SARU) High Performance GM Rassie Erasmus on Sunday was satisfied with the skills levels and quality of players available ahead of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France later this year following the conclusion of the opening Springbok Women’s training camp in Cape Town. The Rugby World Cup will...
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New format on SA domestic table

January 15, 2014
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New format on SA domestic table

The ongoing debate about the Currie Cup format took an intriguing twist with a suggestion that a pre-season play-off series should determine who plays in the Premier Division. According to a report in the Afrikaans daily, Die Burger, the latest proposal will be tabled at a meeting of the general council of the South...
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Springbok Women begin World Cup preparations

January 15, 2014
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Springbok Women begin World Cup preparations

The Springbok Women will begin their preparations for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup on Thursday with a four-day camp in Cape Town, which will mark an important step in laying the foundation for the competition which will be hosted in France from August 1 to 17. The Springbok Women, who will make their...
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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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Is it just plain ugly?

January 7, 2014
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Is it just plain ugly?

Is 2014 the year of bad taste? Sport24 readers have nominated these three jerseys as if not a little bit unusual or in bad taste, just plain ugly! The Bulls looked to the safari trail for the inspiration for their their new jersey and with many Bulls players being avid hunters it is sure...
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Gold, new Kings coach?

January 6, 2014
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Gold, new Kings coach?

Reports are doing the rounds that former Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold will be the next head coach of the Eastern Province Kings. Gold’s was released from his last position as the Director of Rugby at Bath last month. The Kings already signed Carlos Spencer as backline coach and Michael Horak as defensive coach...
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Edinburgh lures another SA star

December 31, 2013
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Edinburgh lures another SA star

Carl Bezuidenhout, who helped the Pumas regain their Currie Cup status, has become the latest South African to join Alan Solomons at Edinburgh. The 27-year-old, who began training at Murrayfield on Monday, joins other SA players like Wicus Blaauw (from the Southern Kings), Cornell Du Preez (Kings), Willem (WP) Nel (Cheetahs) and Izak van...
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Rookies of the year

December 28, 2013
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Rookies of the year

The South African rugby conveyer belt continues to produce fine young talent; we look at five newcomers who caught the eye this year. One of the major strengths of South African rugby is the amount of talent constantly coming through the ranks and challenging the established players. We have chosen five players who burst...
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Nominations SA Rugby Player

December 12, 2013
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Nominations SA Rugby Player

Five key members of the Springbok squad in 2013 will go head-to-head for the annual SA Rugby Player of the Year Award, while the Steval Pumas have been rewarded for their great form this season with nominations in four categories.  Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, the winner in 2008 who led South Africa to...
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King Carlos joins EP Kings

December 10, 2013
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King Carlos joins EP Kings

EPRugby CEO Charl Crous has confirmed that former New Zealand flyhalf, Carlos Spencer, has joined the EP Kings coaching ranks for the 2014 season on a five year contract. Crous said Spencer, who played for the Blues and for New Zealand internationally, was well known for his flamboyant, attacking play and ball handling skills...
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Kings must play Currie Cup!

December 10, 2013
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Kings must play Currie Cup!

Herman Mostert gives his views why the Kings should be included into the ABSA Currie Cup Premiere League. If the Eastern Province Kings are going to play Super Rugby from 2016, it’s in the best interests of South African rugby to have them playing in the Currie Cup Premier Division. After the proposal to...
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Blue Bulls:75 Year Anniversary book

November 28, 2013
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Blue Bulls:75 Year Anniversary book

    The Blue Bulls Rugby Union and its teams established themselves
as leaders on the field and in the boardroom over the past 75 years, since its secession from the Transvaal Rugby Football Union in 1938. The Bulls franchise followed this lead to become the only South African side that has won the Vodacom...
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Springboks seek perfect year

November 25, 2013
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Springboks seek perfect year

While 2013 may rate among one of the best years for Springbok rugby, enforcer flanker Willem Alberts said the team would not be satisfied until it had secured a perfect record. “The season as a whole was very successful, it is one of the best years the Boks’ has ever had, but we will...
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Test Match: France 10, Springboks 19

November 23, 2013
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Test Match: France 10, Springboks 19

Stade de France have not been a happy hunting ground for the Springboks for more than 16 years against the French. In fact the last time we won their, against them, was in 1997 at Parc des Prince in 1997. The French see the Springboks and the All Blacks as a benchmark and it...
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Lions enter new era

October 20, 2013
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Lions enter new era

Lions coach Johan Ackermann says that unless someone gives them a lot of money he will not be doing any recruiting ahead of Super Rugby. By Michael de Vries After being knocked out of the Currie Cup in their semifinal defeat to the unbeaten Western Province at Newlands, focus for the Johannesburg franchise now...
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Weak rand ‘kills SA rugby’

September 20, 2013
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Weak rand ‘kills SA rugby’

Part 3 - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has lifted the lid on the extreme difficulty of combating the exodus of players – these days younger ones as well from our shores because of the vulnerability of our currency. By: Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer “It kills us,” SARU CEO Jurie Roux told...
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SA, Irish seek RWC 2023

September 19, 2013
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SA, Irish seek RWC 2023

Part 2 – South Africa and Ireland have been first to signal tendering interest for the 2023 Rugby World Cup — with this country boasting a “very strong case”. By:Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer So says SAU CEO Jurie Roux, speaking during a wide-ranging interview with Sport 24 this week. “The official tender only...
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Careers over by 25, warns Roux

September 19, 2013
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Careers over by 25, warns Roux

Part 1 - John Smit, Percy Montgomery, Victor Matfield … they are examples of hugely respected Springboks who were able to sustain their top-flight playing careers for periods of a decade or even significantly more. By: Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer But over-exposure of the country’s current crop of leading internationals means their spells...
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SA’s move North gathers steam

September 17, 2013
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A possible breakaway by South Africa from the current Super Rugby competition under SANZAR to join a new European based trans-border tournament is gathering steam.
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ASICS New Apparel Sponsor for SA Rugby

August 28, 2013
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ASICS New Apparel Sponsor for SA Rugby

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday named sports performance brand ASICS as the new apparel sponsor of the Springboks and their associated national teams. The six-year deal runs from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2019, taking in the Rugby World Cups of England 2015 and Japan – the birthplace of ASICS...
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