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Cheetahs loop leeg

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As Adriaan Strauss vir die Bulls gaan speel, sal hy hom by ‘n hele spul spelers voeg wat die Vrystaatse span gaan verlaat.

Trevor Nyakane en Lappies Labuschagne soek ook ander weivelde. Nyakane sou na die Bulls gegaan het, maar die Stormers bie ook vir sy dienste, terwyl Labuschagne vir die Sharks of die Bulls kan gaan speel.

Verlede week het die Cheetahs Johan Sadie (Japan), Phillip van der Walt (Biarritz) en Johan Goosen (Racing Metro) afgestaan.

Ander spelers wat hul vertrek bevestig het, is Hennie Daniller (Italië), Riaan Smit (Frankryk), Ligtoring Landman (Newport en Gwent Dragons), Nick Schonert (Engeland), Kevin Luiters (OP Kings) en Andries Ferreira (wat saam met Daniller vir Zebre gaan speel).

Aan die positiewe kant het die Cheetahs die dienste van die Lionskrumskakel Willie du Plessis bekom. Die middelveldspeler Piet Lindeque het sy kontrak opgesê om te gaan boer en dit lyk of Coenie Oosthuizen sy kontrak sal hernu.

WP wil weer hol met die bôl

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Gert Smal, nuut aangestelde direkteur van WP Rugby, se hoof mikpunt sal wees om weer ‘n kultuur van vyftienman-wenrugby in die unie te vestig.

Dis nie net Bulls wat spelers oppot nie

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Baie is gesê oor BRENDAN VENTER se storie oor die oppot (hoarding) van spelers. Dit strek natuurlik wyer as die Bulls.

Western Province Rugby President’s Trust

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W-ADID-L30831_frontRugby Unions in South Africa takes much more responsibilities, not just on the developing of the sport and the abilities of the players, but also form an integrated part of their upbringing and education.

By: Wetzel Nortier

The Western Province Rugby Football Union has unveiled a new initiative to provide much-needed educational support to young rugby hopefuls in the province.

The Western Province Rugby President’s Trust, launched at DHL Newlands on Tuesday, will provide bursaries, as well as rugby training and development, to gifted young players who can’t afford primary, secondary or tertiary schooling. The brainchild of previous President, Tobie Titus, the Trust has now come to life and is set to change the lives of many children who are eager to pursue a career in professional rugby.

“There is no doubt that sport, and particularly rugby, is a unifying force; one that can bring together the communities across the Western Cape,” comments Thelo Wakefield, current President of the Union and of the Trust. “However, there are so many talented young players that, while they have a natural aptitude for rugby, are unable to realize their full potential since they don’t have access to funds for schooling. The Trust aims to give an opportunity to these players, giving them a well-rounded approach to their career.”

“Being a successful rugby player is about more than just playing rugby,” comments Scarra Ntubeni, DHL Stormers and DHL WP player and speaker at the launch. “It’s about having an educational framework – understanding the business of rugby and how to build a career once your professional rugby days are over. The Trust is a key intervention, since it allows potential players to acquire this knowledge to be successful.”

The Trust, which is registered as a Section 18A non-profit organization, is funded through public donations and will now be on the search for likeminded partners and donors to increase the opportunities for bursaries. These bursaries and development opportunities are open to any young rugby player between the ages of 6 and 21, who feels that he or she shows demonstrable talent or potential in the game.

For further information
You can contact:
Ilse Solomon
Isolomon@wprugby.co.za
021 659 4500
Source: Western Province Rugby Union

Hougie under the knife

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Springbok scrumhalf Francois Hougaard will not play again this year and will undergo surgery next week.

Win with #DHL and the #DHL Stormers

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The good folk over at DHL have been kind enough to provide as with tickets to give away for the biggest traditional derby in South African Rugby

Four week ban for Butch

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The Sanzar judicial officer Jannie Lubbe has accepted a guilty plea from Butch James of the Sharks for a dangerous tackle on Bulls’ Jurgen Visser, after he was cited during Saturday’s Super Rugby against the two teams.

Lion Kings a S15 reality?

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Despite their respective bosses denying it, the Kings and the Lions appear to be locked in negotiations about a possible merger into one team in Super Rugby next season.

Plumtree unhappy

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

Lions 33 v Sharks 29(friendly)

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A strong Sharks side faces the Lions

Board backs John Smit in firing Plum

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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.

Mitchell: ‘My reputation is stil intact’

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John Mitchell, less than a week after saying he had ‘unfinished business’ with the Lions, has started coaching Sale Sharks and stated he was always going to return to the English club.

Mitchell groet die Leeus

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Die Goue Leeus het John Mitchell gister as afrigter gegroet, maar gaan hom steeds vir die volgende jaar betaal.

Lions shift focus

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Golden Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann said his side would now start their journey towards reclaiming a Super Rugby berth after they were knocked out of the Currie Cup competition over the weekend.

Waar is die Kings se swartes?

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Die Mol, rubriekskrywer in Rapport, wil stappe doen teen die Kings se verwaarlosing van sy swart spelers.

Lions leaking stars; Cheetahs depleted

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The Stormers will benefit the most from the Lions’ exit from Super Rugby in 2013, snapping up at least three players.

Zondagh praises WP style

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Former Western Province coach Alan Zondagh has praised the Cape side after they outplayed the Blue Bulls playing an attractive brand of rugby.

Don’t trust twitter

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union moved swiftly to deny rumours that Josh Strauss will join the seven-time Super Rugby champion Crusaders for next year’s tournament.

Luyt backs De Klerk for revival

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The cynical and uninformed may suggest that the Golden Lions Rugby Union is doomed. The original Lion King, Louis Luyt, suggests the right man is in charge.

WP loses out to Frogs

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Western Province captain Deon Fourie looks likely to continue his rugby career in France after the conclusion of the Currie Cup.

Saru passes the Kings’ buck

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The presidents of South Africa’s 14 provincial unions will vote later this year to determine if the Southern Kings should play Super Rugby in 2013.

Jean defends ‘Irish exodus’

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The current trend of prominent South African rugby players switching to Irish clubs needs to be put in perspective, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said on Wednesday.

Update: Mitchell suspended by Lions

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Lions coach John Mitchell has been suspended with immediate effect from the Lions Rugby Union

Kiwi excited about coaching Kings

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Former Christchurch club coach and Canterbury Colts mentor Brad Mooar
says that he is excited about the adventure of joining former
Crusaders hooker Matt Sexton on the Southern Kings coaching staff.

Saru clarifies S15 confusion

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The SA Rugby Union (SARU) on Thursday clarified the position on South African teams participating in the Super Rugby competition.

Lions lose Doppies

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In a move many will be saddened by the Lions have lost their faithful inside center.

Luckless Potgieter ruled out again

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Vodacom Bulls loose forward Dewald Potgieter suffered another injury setback when he was ruled out action for another four to six weeks, this time due to a hamstring injury.

Lions stuur op ‘n ramp af

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Die Lions se Super-rugby-seisoen stuur nou af op ’n tragedie ná Saterdag se buurmansbesoek van die Bulls op Ellispark.

Kiwi will coach Kings

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New Zealander Matt Sexton will coach the Southern Kings in their debut season in Super Rugby next year.

Cheetahs to lose WP Nel

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The Toyota Cheetahs will lose another seasoned player at the end of this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby season after prop WP Nel signed a three year contract to join Edinburgh until 2015.

Tina ponders return to Guppies

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Springbok utility back Frans Steyn will make a decision within the next week about whether or not he’ll be returning to South Africa.

SA needs to spice backline play

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DAN RETIEF bemoans the state of our bland backline play and calls for a national campaign to revive this absent ingredient.

‘Sharks ready for new era’

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Sharks coach John Plumtree says his team are ready to begin a “new era” in the Sharks’ rugby history when they kick-off the new Super Rugby campaign later this week.

Sharks crush Kings in the wet

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The Sharks cruised to a 38-13 victory over the EP Kings in very wet conditions in Port Elizabeth in their final warm-up match ahead of the new season of Super Rugby.

WP Nel is going to Scotland

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Only one pro club in Scotland that participates in island wide professional games and they have to steal one of our most promising props… poor Cheetahs…

GLRU pro is looking for a new CEO

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The new CEO needs to be an accomplished business person with a proven track record. Looks like Kevin De Klerk is shopping for talent!

Lions roar in George

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The Lions showed no mercy by humbling a SWD Eagles and Border Bulldogs combination 88-0 in their warm-up match in George on Tuesday.

Saru denies boycott threat

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South Africa’s five Super Rugby franchises have not threatened to boycott the competition, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed on Sunday.

Blue Bulls to lose their daisy?

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UPDATED SCORES. The Barberton daisy and the light blue colours of Northern Gauteng’s sports teams are under renewed threat from politicians.

Lions sign new 3-year deal

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GLRU president Kevin de Klerk says the signing of a multi-million rand sponsor will assist with legacy issues at the union.

Lions, GUMA battle takes an ugly turn

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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.

Bryce Lawrence won’t ref Super 15 in SA

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Arch enemy Bryce Lawrence has been snubbed by SANZAR refs for games in SA

Lion squad for Stormers game on Friday

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The Lions have named their team for the DHL pre-season warm up.

What SA rugby wants for Christmas

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What would the country’s five Super Rugby franchises wish as main presents in their stockings on December 25?

Bulls snubbed old sponsor

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The Bulls are finally able to sport the logo PUMA, after they won a legal battle against Gilbert.

No Lions offer for Tina

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There’s no offer on the table from the Golden Lions to lure the services of Springbok centre Frans Steyn to Johannesburg.

New Bok coach to be announced late January

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The Executive Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) has called a Special General Council meeting for January with a view to ratifying the appointment of the Springbok coach.

WP planning for new S15 season

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Stormers turn to 18-year old, welcomes Adi Jacobs and have an eye on Boland’s
Bolla Conradie and Elgar Watts.

Lions prune viciously from pride

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The Lions have released several second string players from their contracts with the biggest name released being Burton Francis (who is already training with the Stormers).

Lions ready to shine in S15?

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The Golden Lions must now confirm their emergence from the rugby doldrums by aiming to ditch their traditional also-rans reputation in Super Rugby.