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Landers name team for Chiefs


Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin tomorrow.

50 up for the Reds’ Simmons


St.George Queensland Reds lock Rob Simmons will play his milestone 50th game for Queensland in Saturday’s Templeton Cup grudge match against the NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium.

Folau makes Waratahs debut


Israel Folau will make his Super Rugby debut on Saturday when he pulls on the 15 jersey against the Queensland Reds.

Sharks select strong team for opener


Despite a number of injuries the Sharks have been able to name a strong starting XV for their game against the Cheetahs.

Canes name side to face Blues


The Hurricanes are set to host the Blues in their season opener this Saturday night at Westpac Stadium.

Goose back for Cheetahs


Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen will make a welcome return to the playing field when he starts for the Cheetahs in their opening Super Rugby encounter against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Rebels unchanged for Brumbies


The RaboDirect Rebels have named an unchanged side for their match against the ACT Brumbies this Friday night at AAMI Park.

Chiefs announce team for Highlanders match


The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Highlanders in their first game of the Investec Super Rugby competition in Dunedin on Friday.

Kings name team for Force


The Kings have named their team for their debut match in Super Rugby this weekend against the Force.

Mapoe on wing for Bulls


Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named an experienced outfit to face the Stormers on Friday at Loftus Versfeld in the opening match of the local 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

Sharks Super Rugby squad


The Sharks have announced their 35-man Super Rugby squad.

Taute, Jantjies make Stormers debut, still no Schalk


Allister Coetzee, the DHL Stormers head coach, has announced his team for Friday’s 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby opener against the Bulls in Pretoria (kick-off 19h10).

Force squad for SA Tour


The Emirates Western Force have added four Wallabies to its 26-man squad for their two-match Super Rugby South African leg.

Reds line-up for Brumbies


The St.George Queensland Reds have today unveiled their starting line-up for Saturday’s blockbuster round one Super Rugby affair against the ACT Brumbies in Canberra.

Cowan to captain Force in opener


Front row stalwart Pek Cowan will captain the new-look Emirates Western Force in their 2013 Super Rugby season opener against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Reds announce strong squad for Super Rugby opener


The St.George Queensland Reds have today announced their first Super Rugby matchday squad for 2013 with 23 players travelling to Canberra tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster round one grudge match against the ACT Brumbies.

Referees for 1st rounds of Super Rugby announced


SANZAR has announced the referee appointments for the first four rounds of the 2013 Super Rugby season, which kicks off with the Rebels hosting the Force on Friday 15 February.

Kings & SARU in Mexican stand-off


The Southern Kings announced their reduced, 35-man squad for their Super Rugby campaign which still contains 5 foreign players.

The tug-of-war between the Kings and SARU on the number of foreign based players allowed for the franchise has been going since 2012.

The Kings, who only has a 1-year guaranteed deal for participation in Super Rugby (from where a promotion/relegation match will determine the line up for 2014) has argued that in order for them to be competitive SA Rugby needs to make a concession to allow them more foreign players than the current maximum of two allowed per franchise.

SA Rugby in turn has stood by the standard protocol which applies to all franchises which has now seemingly resulted in a Mexican stand-off between the Kings and the governing body.

By announcing their 35-man squad containing 5 foreign based players, the Kings have sent a clear message to SARU that they are not about to budge and that the call is now firmly in SARU’s court.

Should SARU decide not to accept the Kings squad things could get really ugly for both parties a mere two weeks out before the South African conference kicks off.

Now, we wait with bated breath on SARU’s response…

Southern Kings Super Rugby 35 player squad

Forwards Backs
Schalk Ferrreira Shaun Venter
Jaco Engels Johan Herbst
Hannes Franklin Nicolas Vergallo
Virgile Lacombe Demetri Catrakillis
Bandise Maku George Whitehead
Edgar Marutlulle Andries Strauss
Kevin Buys Hadleigh Parkes
Grant Kemp Ronnie Cooke
Steven Sykes Waylon Murray
David Bullbring Michael Killian
Darron Nell Sergeal Petersen
Rynier Bernardo Marcello Sampson
Daniel Adongo Siyanda Grey
Wimpie van der Walt SP Marais
Mpho Mbiyozo Elric van Vuuren
Tomas Leonardi
Cornell du Preez
Devin Oosthuizen
Luke Watson (Captain)
Jacques Engelbrecht

Kings Statement on squad and 5 foreign players

Following the announcement of the wider squad of 35 players earlier today, there have been a number of media queries relating to the fact that all five foreign players are still listed in the squad.

Please note the following, to be attributed to Eastern Province Rugby President, Cheeky Watson.

The squad announced today is the wider squad that has been requested by SANZAR, and which had to be submitted to them ahead of the official start of the season, in line with their tournament rules and regulations.

This squad could be reduced further in due course.

Rebels team announced for Super Rugby opener


The RaboDirect Rebels have announced their side for their opening match against the Western Force at AAMI Park this Friday, with six new faces in the squad of 22.

Kings team for Lions announced


The Kings will send largely a B-team to Ellis Park for their fixture against the Lions with a number of players unavailable due to injury.

Lions name team for Kings clash


The Lions have named their team for this weekend’s match against the Kings.

Tahs name 6 Wallabies for warm-up


Michael Hooper will make his NSW debut this Saturday when the HSBC Waratahs take on the Blues in Whangarei (kick off 4.30pm EST).

Beale at 10 for Rebels


The RaboDirect Rebels have named Kurtley Beale at flyhalf for their final trial match against the Hurricanes at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.

Chiefs team for Reds warm-up


The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Reds in their second trial match at Stockland Stadium, Sunshine Coast, 7pm Australian time (10pm New Zealand time) this Friday night.

Ali captains Blues for first time


Ali Williams will captain the Blues for the first time when he leads out the side to face the Waratahs in Whangarei on Saturday in the second pre-season hit-out of the year.

Woodcock, Nonu, Smith starts for Landers


Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his starting XV to play the Crusaders at Whitestone

Spies back for Bulls


Pierre Spies will lead an experienced Vodacom Bulls side for their second friendly match of the season when they face the Toyota Cheetahs in Polokwane on Saturday.

Jean leads Stormers against Boland


Springbok captain Jean de Villiers will lead the DHL Stormers into battle in their second pre-season friendly of 2013, when the Men from the Cape take on neighbours, the Regent Boland Cavaliers, at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday (14h45).

Cheetahs coach smiling


Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské admits he has a “nice” problem with eight of his nine loose forwards available for selection.

Burger likely to miss opening game


Stormers captain Schalk Burger and centre Juan de Jongh have both been ruled out of Saturday’s final Super Rugby warm-up match against the Boland Cavaliers at the Cape Town Stadium.

Lambie will play 10 for Sharks


Sharks coach John Plumtree has confirmed to theSuperXV website that Patrick Lambie is set to play at flyhalf for the Sharks in the 2013 Super Rugby tournament, instead of fullback, where he played last year for most of the season.

Jane may miss Super Rugby season


Hurricanes wing, Cory Jane’s 2013 rugby season appears it may be over before it’s even started.

Lions announce team for Bulls game


MTN Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has announced the following team to take on the Vodacom Bulls in the Gauteng Cup, taking place this Saturday at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Kick-off is at 15h00.

Duane leads Stormers


Allister Coetzee, the DHL Stormers head coach, has named his team to take on the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Saturday’s pre-season friendly in Bloemfontein (kick-off 17h00).

Stegmann leads Bulls against Lions


Vodacom Bulls flanker Deon Stegmann will lead the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday when they take on the MTN Lions in the Gauteng Rugby Cup at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Juan Smith returns to rugby


Springbok flank Juan Smith will make his long awaited return to rugby when the Cheetahs face the Stormers in a Super Rugby warm-up game in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Kings responds to media speculation


The Southern Kings responded to media speculation that SA Rugby will not allow them to field more than 2 foreign players in their squad.

It’s time to move on from Super Rugby


When will SA Rugby realise that our future lies north, and not in an expanded Super Rugby tournament?

Opening rounds crucial for SA’s favourites


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.

Burger confirmed as Stormers captain


A fit again Schalk Burger will once again lead the Stormers for the 2013 Super Rugby campaign.

Kings suffer 1st injury setback


Conraad Johannes (Boetie) Britz has been called up to the Southern Kings squad following Hannes Franklin’s knee injury sustained during practice last week.

This Lion will roar


It is not often that I get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I read something about administration in South African rugby, but the guts and determination of the Golden Lions Rugby Union who is arguably facing their biggest crisis in their 100+ year history is something that deserves more than just an honourable mention.

Stormers name training camp squad


DHL Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee on Friday revealed a 36-man squad for next week’s pre-season camp in Hermanus ahead of the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament which kicks-off late next month.

Habana confirms Toulon move


After news broke earlier in the week that Springbok and Stormers wing, Bryan Habana is negotiating with French club Toulon, the winger confirmed that he has signed a pre-contract agreement.

Lions unveil new tournament


The Golden Lions Rugby Union was thrilled to officially launch the much anticipated Lions Challenge series in Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon.

Many changes in Super Rugby


SANZAR on Thursday announced that halftime breaks for the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season would be extended to 12 minutes.

Olivier might miss start of SR season


The Bulls gets a taste of what the Stormers had to put up with following news that Wynand Olivier might miss the start of their Super Rugby campaign due to his Japanese club advancing in their domestic competition.

No place for Mangweni, Stick in Kings squad


One of Eastern Province rugby’s stalwarts, Tiger Mangweni, has failed to make the cut for the Southern Kings’ Super Rugby squad.

Sharks opts for easy warm-up games


The Sharks will play friendly games against local sides, the Leopards and Pumas, as part of their Super Rugby preparations.

Kings sign Adongo


Daniel Adongo’s dream of playing Super Rugby will soon come to fruition when the burly Kenyan forward turns out for Port Elizabeth’s Southern Kings in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province next season.