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Lions announce coaching dream team…. now if they can get players too…

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Lions have announced a dream team of coaching staff for the Currie Cup campaign… now they just need a few players…

Baby Boks get French-fried – again

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The South African U20s conceded their second defeat on their two week tour to France after going down 13-3 to a French Selection XV in Paris on Tuesday evening.

Mapoe in Cheetahs’ midfield?

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Springbok Sevens star Lionel Mapoe may well become the Cheetahs’ new midfield maestro, following his succesful move from wing to outside centre in a Super 14 pre-season outing at the weekend.

Spies joins injury list

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Springbok No.8 Pierre Spies has become the latest high profile player to be ruled out of the Bulls’ pre-season fixture against the Lions in Polokwane on Saturday.

Bulls have their hopes on Longdrop

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The Vodacom Bulls will “go with faith” that their utility back Jaco van der Westhuyzen will arrive in time for the start of the Vodacom Super 14.
Dearth of fit wings.

Wikus heading back to Lions den

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World Cup-winning Springbok Wikus van Heerden has re-signed with the Golden Lions, just days after he announced his departure from English Premiership club Saracens.

Plumtree applies for Kiwi post

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Sharks coach John Plumtree appears to be ready to return home to New Zealand, after reports surfaced that he had applied to take over as Hurricanes coach next year.

Lions do more buying

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) on Thursday announced another addition to the franchise from the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand ahead of the Super 14, in former All Blacks conditioning coach Wayne Taylor.

SARU to ‘export’ the Kings

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Unwanted as a Super Rugby franchise, the South African Rugby Union is expected to ‘export’ the Eastern Cape’s Southern Kings to some of the most far-flung corners of the globe.

Burton Francis is nie meer ‘n Bul nie—- Lions sign Bulls 10

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The Lions have signed the Bulls Super 14 replacement flyhalf and Morne Steyn understudy Burton Francis with effect 1 November 2009.

Lions name their team

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The Lions have named an interesting squad for the game against the Bulls. They’re also looking to keep Jacque Fourie here in Jozi having lost Pretoors already to the Force.

Long weekend round-up

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Mistake sets Lauaki free | Top ref retires | Irish legend dies | Blasers vir Leeu-toer | O’Leary will miss tour | Vodacom results

Rassie, Jake on the move?

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire – and there’s plenty smoke in the Cape. Like Jake White coaching the Stormers and Rassie moving – guess where?

Muir heads up academy

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It seems South Africa has finally waken up with the news that a new International Rugby Academy will be established in South Africa – headed by Bok assistant coach, Dick Muir.

SA Rugby Award Nominees

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Nominations for the SA Rugby player’s & teams of the year have been released – here they are with my own predictions.

Lions get international flavour

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There will be some international flavour to the Lions when they start their Super 14 campaign.

It’s time to get it together

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It is Loffie’s third year in charge and the Lions coach looks back and what went wrong.

Squad Boks are ‘moerig’

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Lots of players in the Bok-training squad that did not make the cut off are very “moerig” according to the Cape tabloid Son.

Returning Matfield keep Bulls at home

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Springbok lock Danie Rossouw turned down a big-money offer when he heard Victor Matfield was returning home to South Africa – a move that can also see Fourie du Preez and Wikus van Heerden staying in Pretoria.

Dick Muir answers your questions about the Sharks

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Recently the Sunday Times invited it’s readers to send in questions for Sharks coach Dick Muir to answer.

RWC injury kept Jean in WP

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The muscle injury that nearly broke Jean de Villiers’s heart at the rugby World Cup last year probably saved his career with Western Province and the Stormers.

Setback for Boland Cavaliers

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The Boland Cavaliers will have to dig deep into their reserve strength for next Saturday’s warm-up match against the Stormers at Wellington.

My brother, my friend

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It’s a dream come true for two brothers who until recently were battling each other on opposite sides of the field. Then one day they are representing their country together and the next, have become provincial team-mates.

Twinkle-toed Zane a quick-rising star

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Rugby followers may remember Zane Kirchner as the young Griquas’ fullback who scored the winning try against the Blue Bulls in the Vodacom Cup final.

Sharks sighted in Japan waters

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With the Springboks winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup and South African clubs Bulls and Sharks contesting the Super 14 final, it’s fairly obvious that the nation knows a thing or two about rugby.

I’m sorry, but surely Schalk deserves better

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Schalk Burger, one of the heroes of the Springbok World Cup triumph, left Cape Town for George yesterday morning (Sunday).

Catching Up with Pat Cilliers

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Eight consecutive games into the Currie Cup, against the Lions at The Absa Stadium Durban, young prop Patric Cilliers was weaving his way towards the tryline when he was tackled, fell awkwardly and left the field. That was to be the end of a bright first season for the Sharks.

Bulls interview new coaches

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The hunt for Heyneke Meyer’s successor as Bulls coach is likely to begin on Wednesday when interviews will be conducted with several candidates.

Rassie has his eye on Bobo

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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus almost acquired the services of Sharks utility back and Springbok centre Gcobani Bobo in his Super 14 recruitment drive, but negotiations fell through.

Bye Bye Luke

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Luke Watson will not captain the Stormers next season with a decision already taken at Newlands that World Cup-winning flank Schalk Burger will lead the team into battle in next year’s Super 14.

Province give Seconds the boot

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Egon Seconds is looking for a new rugby home since Western Province have not offered this lightning-fast wing a contract for next season.

Bulls add new fullback to their squad

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Exciting Namibian fullback Tertius Losper has signed with the Blue Bulls and will for the next two years compete with Tiger Mangweni and Zane Kirchner for the Bull’s number 15 jersey.

Van Vuuren signs with Bulls

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The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd has signed a one year contract with the Puma’s tighthead prop Rassie van Vuuren.

Human moves to the Lions

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The Vodacom Blue Bulls’ under 21-flanker Gerhard Human has signed a two-year contract with the Lions.

Sharks Rally Behind Cedric Mkhize

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It has been three months since the tragic vehicle accident in Welkom that not only took the life of two national rugby players but seriously injured Sharks back-liner Cedric Mkhize, who since then has been in hospital recovering from his injuries.

One in, one out for Bulls

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The Blue Bulls are set to lose another star performer with the shock news on Sunday that long time servant, fullback Johan Roets, will retire at the end of the season.

Straeuli scouting WP talent

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Ex-Bok coach and now Sharks Commercial Manager, Rudolph Straeuli, used the trial match organized by new Stormers Super 14 coach, Rassie Erasmus, to scout for future Sharks player in Cape Town.

Bernie to join Stormers?

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So you just happen to be regarded as one of the best flyhalf’s of modern rugby. Your deal to go play in some European club fell through. What do you do now? Yes of course! Go to Cape Town play some rugga and enjoy the good life!

WP team for Free State hiding

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Gary Gold announces his side that will get trounced by Free State this weekend.

Ellis Park Stadium Park and Ride – Now Available

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A park and ride facility is now available to Lions games at Ellis Park Stadium and will be running this Saturday for the Lions vs. Hurricanes Super 14 match.

Statement from the Governing Body of the Stormers

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At a meeting of the Governing Body of the Vodacom Stormers at Newlands on Monday, representatives from Boland RU and WPRFU decided to retain the current Vodacom Stormers coaching structures for the remainder of the 2007 Vodacom Stormers campaign.

Bulls are the most popular

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For the first time ever, the Bulls have become the most popular rugby brand in South African rugby, proving the old maxim that success breeds success.

Here begins the third week of Tour [Lions]

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Please allow me to begin by making amends for an error I made last week. That was forgetting to wish two of our Squad members happy birthday.

Ellis Park Stadium Safety and Security Improved

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Ellis Park World of Sport has recently been busy with procedures to improve the safety and security in and around the stadium, and have had very impressive results.

Tickets for Stormers home leg now on sale

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Tickets for the remaining Vodacom Stormers matches at Newlands Rugby Stadium have just gone on sale at your nearest Computicket / ShopriteCheckers outlet.

The Law can upset White’s thinking

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De Wet Barry may well upset Jake White’s thinking on who should be his
WC centre pairing.

WP looking to appoint foreign coach

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The Stormers and Western Province seemed to have cast their net a bit wider than originally expected to try end the current slump the union finds itself in.

Lions tour diary Week 2

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With the narrow win against the Force fresh in our minds, we were well aware our second game away would be much tougher. With this in mind we gathered on the banks of the Swan River at 7am on Monday morning for a fitness session that was to set the tone for the week.

Stormers fans, your franchise needs you.

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The Stormers are running a world map of support on their website, the ultimate target is 1 million registered users. They’re a long way away from that. Get registered and mail your Stormers friends around the world to get registered, let’s bump up their support!

National rugby psyche on a high

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The Sharks website, www.sharksrugby.co.za , are reporting that the South African Super 14 sides are communicating amongst each other, to the obvious benefit of all SA teams. Furthermore, like us, they are celebrating the new generosity of spirit amongst SA fans.