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IRB wants Japan in Super Rugby

June 13, 2014
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IRB wants Japan in Super Rugby

The IRB are urging SANZAR to pick a Japanese team as their 18th Super Rugby team when the competition expands in 2016. Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the IRB believe that adding a Japanese team to Super Rugby will help create momentum for their showpiece event. There are currently 15...
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Ackermann : No quick fix for Lions

April 21, 2014
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Ackermann : No quick fix for Lions

Coach Johan Ackermann says that there is no “quick fix”for the Lions after they suffered their third straight loss in Super Rugby with a daunting tour starting next week. Ackermann felt his team were stung by two pre-match withdrawals and made costly mistakes in their 18-3 loss to the Stormers in Cape Town. On...
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NSW Waratahs Team For Derby Clash Against Queensland Reds

February 25, 2014
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Waratahs Rugby Media Release Tuesday February 25, 2014 Potgieter swaps with Skelton for derby clash against Reds NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has made just one change to the side that earned a bonus-point win over the Force last Sunday. Former Springbok lock Jacques Potgieter will start in place of Will Skelton, with the...
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Vodacom Super Rugby: Highlanders 29, Blues 21

February 22, 2014
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Vodacom Super Rugby: Highlanders 29, Blues 21

With six debutants in their starting XV and an exodus of big names behind them, the Highlanders open up at home to the Blues. It’s safe to say little is expected of Jamie Joseph’s men. The Dunedin-based franchise finished 14th last season and that was with the likes of Ma’a Nonu, Hosea Gear, Andrew...
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Super Rugby Expansion

February 20, 2014
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Super Rugby Expansion

SARU is set to get their wish in the expansion of the Super Rugby competition from 2016. This was the major discussion points with the addition of an Argentinian team as well in the new format. A scheduled meeting of SANZAR’s Executive Committee took place in Sydney on Thursday where the future of Super Rugby...
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Reds ready for Brumbies

February 20, 2014
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Reds ready for Brumbies

St.George Queensland Reds head coach Richard Graham has named his side to take on the Brumbies in their 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby season opener in Canberra this weekend. The match sees Aidan Toua claim the Reds’ fullback jersey, in his first Super Rugby match since Reds v Hurricanes in March last year. With...
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Bulls coach scoffs at critics

February 19, 2014
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Bulls coach scoffs at critics

The Bulls will not deviate from their tried and tested style of play despite growing criticism about their kicking game, following their 31-16 defeat to the Sharks in Durban at the weekend, coach Frans Ludeke said on Tuesday. “I know what people are referring to, there are times that it is on when we...
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Bulls robbed by Sharks’ ‘try’

February 17, 2014
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Bulls robbed by Sharks’ ‘try’

Pretoria – Governing body SANZAR has confirmed that Television Match Official Deon van Blommenstein made a critical error in awarding Cobus Reinach his try during the Cell C Sharks 31-16 win over the Bulls in their Vodacom Super Rugby match in Durban on Saturday. According to the supersport.com website, SANZAR referees boss Lyndon Bray...
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Sharks: Perfect start

February 16, 2014
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Sharks: Perfect start

The Sharks started their Super Rugby campaign under Jake White with a perfect full-house – a bonus-point 31-16 win over the Bulls in Durban on Saturday. It was hot in South Africa on Saturday. It was hot in Bloemfontein when the Lions and the Cheetahs played and it was hot and sticky in Durban...
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Willie le Roux rested

January 20, 2014
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Willie le Roux rested

Springbok Fullback Willie le Roux will be rested for the warm-up matches Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said. Le Roux injured his shoulder when he fell on it during the warm-up match against the Shimlas last week, but it has been reported that it is not serious. Drotske will not risked him against the NMMU...
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Lions to rely heavily on ‘old hands’

January 13, 2014
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Lions to rely heavily on ‘old hands’

The Lions will field a much younger and very inexperienced squad in 2014, compared to their last appearance in Super Rugby in 2012. However, coach Johan Ackermann said he would lean heavily on a handful of his most senior players – the old hands left over from two years ago – when they start...
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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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Saracens take on Cell C Sharks

January 8, 2014
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Saracens take on Cell C Sharks

Saracens will play the Cell C Sharks in The Sanlam Private Investments Shield at Allianz Park on Saturday 25 January, kick off 14h30 in the UK. Daniel Kriel, CEO of Sanlam Private Investments, said: “We are delighted to support this rare clash between the current Premiership leaders and the reigning Currie Cup champions.” It...
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Super derbies to get the boot?

December 13, 2013
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Super derbies to get the boot?

SANZAR are hoping to finalise their plans for the restructuring of Super Rugby early in the new year, with local derbies shaping up as a bone of contention. With the current broadcast deal expiring at the end of next season, speculation is rife about the form that Super Rugby will take in 2016 and...
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Kings’ exit a ‘disgrace’

August 4, 2013
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It’s a disgrace and not the way to transform the game in the Eastern Cape, says Alan Solomons.
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No changes for Brumbies to take on Bulls at Loftus

July 24, 2013
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The University of Canberra Brumbies have named an unchanged side to take on the Bulls this weekend at Loftus Versfeld as the ACT-based club fights for a spot in the Super Rugby Grand Final.
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Sharks Team Announcement

July 4, 2013
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Sharks Media Release: Bulls vs The Sharks Date: Saturday 6 July, 2013 Time: 19h10 Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Referee: Jason Jaftha Assistant Referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Sieg van Staden Television Match Official:Johann Meuwesen The Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. Louis Ludik 12. Butch James 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie ** 9....
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Blues Team For Saterday

July 4, 2013
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Blues Media Anouncement: Investec Super Rugby Round 19 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Sunday July 7 Kick-off 12.50am NZT (2.50pm SAT) Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made four changes to the starting XV for Sunday morning’s clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. With halfback Piri Weepu and first five-eighths Chris Noakes both back...
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Stormers show one change

July 4, 2013
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Stormers Media Release: Coach Allister Coetzee has made just one change to the DHL Stormers starting line-up for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth (17h05). Don Armand replaces the injured Siya Kolisi (ankle) at loose forward for the trip to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with fit-again forwards...
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Bulls: Steyn back in starting line-up

July 4, 2013
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Bulls Media Release: Their most experienced player ever, Morné Steyn, is back in the starting line-up of the Vodacom Bulls team to play The Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Steyn came off the bench in last weekend’s win over the Southern Kings much earlier than planned, having to replace Louis Fouchè (who tore...
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The Chiefs Team

July 4, 2013
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The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Crusaders in Christchurch this Friday night. The New Zealand derby is one of the most anticipated matches of the Investec Super Rugby round robin competition with both teams coming off solid wins last week. Dave Rennie has made four changes to his starting line up....
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Highlanders Named To Play The Crusaders At Forsyth Barr Stadium

June 28, 2013
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Highlanders Media Release: Hosea Gear To Play His 100th Super Rugby Game Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium tomorrow night. The Highlanders resume competition play after the June test window, and with Highlander Hosea Gear playing his 100th Investec Super Rugby game, a...
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Brumbies 41, Force 7

April 27, 2013
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The Brumbies lost out on a play-off by underestimating a team. The Force won’t be an easy beat by any means. Teams: Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Fotu Auelua,...
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Luke will miss Kings’ tour

March 16, 2013
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The Kings will depart on the big adventure of their first Super Rugby overseas tour without their appointed captain Luke Watson.
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Force: Team release for Reds

March 15, 2013
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Winger Patrick Dellit returns from injury while flanker Chris Alcock has been promoted from the bench for the Emirates Western Force’s clash against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night.
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Bulls confirm Mapoe, Visagie deals

November 1, 2012
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Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke welcomed the confirmation that Lionel Mapoe and Callie Visagie will be on loan to the Pretoria side for the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season.
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WP Rugby confirms Taute, Jantjies loan deals

October 29, 2012
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WP Rugby can confirm that Springbok backs Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute will join the DHL Stormers on loan for the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season.
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A Royal cock-up

September 21, 2012
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A Royal cock-up

Can this become more of a cock-up? I am actually afraid to ask in the fear of tempting fate…
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