Who will captain the Boks to the RWC?

April 24, 2013 9
With the recent announcement of the contracted Springbok group, focus is slowly starting to shift to the international test season with one burning question… Who will captain the Springboks to the RWC in 2015? Jean de Villiers occupied this role in 2012 and is said to resume this role in 2013 for the sake of…

Opening rounds crucial for SA’s favourites

January 22, 2013 22
When it comes to picking the favourites to lead the South Africa conference the popular vote seems to be split between the Stormers and the Sharks. The teams that contested in last year’s Currie Cup final appears to have the most depth compared to the other South African franchises with the Sharks also arguably offering…

Bismarck to miss start of Super Rugby

January 10, 2013 1
Bismarck du Plessis will miss the start of the Super Rugby tournament which kicks off in mid-February. The Beeld newspaper reported that the Springbok hookers rehabilitation has not gone as expected and that he is set to miss the start of the season.  Bismarck has not been able to train with the rest of the…

Lambie back, Bismarck out

April 11, 2012 1
The Sharks will welcome back ace flyhalf Pat Lambie to the team which will take on the Blues but lost a world class player in Bismarck du Plessis. Lambie who missed the last 2 games makes a welcome return to the starting XV which also sees Tim Whitehead passing a fitness test to slot in…

Still no Lambie for Sharks

April 4, 2012 5
Patrick Lambie has not recovered from his injury which sees Freddie Michalak retain the flyhalf jersey for their match against the Hurricanes. Another injury forced change sees Louis Ludik come into the wing position for Odwa Ndungane who flew back to South Africa. Interestingly, Bismarck is being rotated with Craig Burden for this game and…

Key players commit to Sharks

January 25, 2012 2
The Sharks have confirmed that several of their senior players have extended their contracts at the Durban-based outfit. Sport24 Speculation has been rife in recent months over the futures of Du Plessis brothers Bismarck and Jannie, but the union said that the two have signed new deals along with several others. Commercial Manager, Rudolf Straeuli…

Daniel named Sharks captain

January 16, 2012 5
Sharks coach John Plumtree has installed two players who lead from the front to captain and deputise for The Sharks in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby campaign. Sharksrugby.co.za With continuity playing some role, but ultimately, it was about choosing the right man for the job - Keegan Daniel has been named Sharks captain for the…

‘Finish him!’ Rugby’s Mortal Combat

October 1, 2011 22
The importance of a 22-man game was never more evident than when the Springboks scraped past Samoa on Friday - which reminded me of a famous line in a very popular video game in the 1990's. For years we have criticized South African rugby coaches for their seeming inability to use their bench effectively.  For…

Bismarck’s reaction was despicable

August 22, 2011 28
The following column are the thoughts of Kate Nokwe and re-published here with her kind permission. In(track)suit The Springboks saved face to the delight of a nation whose ‘ego’ could not afford any more bruising. The stands at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in PE roared. Much like a small sports club situated at the heart…

Sharks to lose DuP brothers?

August 3, 2011 11
The Sharks are apparently without a Springbok hooker on their list of contracted players for the 2012 season. Sport24 Springbok captain John Smit has already announced that he will join English club side, Saracens, after the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. And according to the Beeld newspaper, the Sharks could also…

Not so ‘Super’ rugby

May 27, 2011 12
Suddenly, South African teams believe the new 'Super' Rugby tournament is not so super for SA teams as Stephen Nell reports for Sport24. The new format of Super Rugby is not so super from the perspective of South African teams. That is the view of Stormers chief executive and WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd managing director…

This Chili finally got some bite

May 25, 2011 136
Some players announce themselves on the rugby scene the moment they take the field in front of our television cameras, some take longer, but it is no less worth the wait! The victory over the Sharks last weekend would have been special to many Bulls players, but none more so than for Chiliboy Ralepelle. For…

Rugby News (Thu): Brussow is back

April 28, 2011 9
The latest rugby news from around the world. Brussow returns for Cheetahs Springbok loose-forward, Heinrich Brussow will make a timely and welcome return to the Toyota Cheetahs as they host the Brumbies in Bloemfontein this Friday. Brussow is amongst serveral players returning for the Bloemfontein franchise who suffered terrible injury losses throughout their campaign so…

Will we learn from RWC 1999?

March 31, 2011 4
John Smit is being done a massive disservice at the moment, one that could spell disaster and cost him the Springbok captaincy for the Rugby World Cup later this year. When Peter de Villiers laid out the roadmap for the Springboks for the 2011 World Cup season yesterday, one statement stood out above all else…

Statistically speaking

December 20, 2010 8
Statistics are like a lamppost to a drunk man. It does not serve to illuminate but rather, to keep him upright. A very apt description when it comes to statistics, specifically where it is used to motivate the inclusion and exclusion of certain players. I had to learn the hard way that statistics, although extremely…
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