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2013, the Year of the Bok

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I have been mulling over a subject for my last column of 2012 for about a month now.

Refs for Super Rugby announced

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SANZAR today announced an 18-man strong referee team for the 2013 Super Rugby competition.

Matfield, Liefling appointed on Bulls coaching staff

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The Vodacom Bulls on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Victor Matfield as their new Forwards and Attack Coach for the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season, while also naming Derick Hougaard as a skills and kicking coach and Handrè Pollard as part of their extended playing squad for the new season.

Imagine if…

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All the excitement from the elections in the United States seems have many South Africans reflecting and saying things like; ‘Imagine if South Africa…’

Highlanders 2013 Super Rugby squad

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The Highlanders squad has a number of new faces and this will make for a very exciting season in 2013.

Crusaders 2013 Super Rugby squad

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Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his squad to contest the 2013 Investec Super Rugby competition.  It includes nine new faces and twenty three players returning from the 2012 Crusaders squad.

Blues Super Rugby squad for 2013

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Blues Head Coach Sir John Kirwan announced his 2013 squad at a free breakfast event exclusively for members, sponsors and members of the media this morning.

Chiefs announce 2013 Super Rugby squad

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Super Rugby 2012 Champions, the Chiefs have formally announced their squad for the 2013 campaign.

WP Rugby confirms Taute, Jantjies loan deals

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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.

Cheika appointed Waratahs coach

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Michael Cheika has today been appointed Head Coach of the HSBC Waratahs.

De Klerk refutes Lions player exodus

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The President of the Golden Lions Rugby Union Kevin de Klerk on Friday issued the following statement in the wake of the SARU General Council decision to exclude the MTN Lions from the Super Rugby competition in 2013.

Kings saga, a victory for administrators

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You are normally taught not to engage in writing about topics when it is still too raw or too emotional, but for the hell of me I cannot fathom SA Rugby’s decision by booting the Lions out of Super Rugby in favour of the Kings.

Lions out of Super Rugby

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The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Thursday confirmed South Africa’s participants in Vodacom Super Rugby at a General Meeting of the member provinces.

SANZAR: ‘Game is healthy’

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The 2012 Super Rugby season came to an end last weekend, and from a game perspective SANZAR Game Manager, Lyndon Bray said “this had to be one of the most successful seasons we have seen in regards to how the game was played throughout a campaign.”

Super Rugby to expand even more?

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SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters has revealed his organisation is ready to consider ideas as to the future shape of the Super Rugby competition.

Super Rugby goes online

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SANZAR today is proud to announce a new service to allow viewers in countries where there is no television broadcast agreement in place to watch this weekend’s Super Rugby Final between the Chiefs and the Sharks.

Got game, no brain

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Having read most of the post-mortems on the Stormers’ failure yet again in a playoff match, I can honestly I don’t buy into any of the reasons offered so far.

Super Rugby semi’s confirmed

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The first week of the Super Rugby Finals Series is complete and the winners of the two Super Rugby Qualifiers, Crusaders and Sharks, are confirmed away participants for the Super Rugby Semi-Finals.

Only one change for Bulls

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It will be a first quarter-final for all of them, but eleven players from the Vodacom Bulls match 22 have won the Super Rugby title before.

SARU confirms August 16th meeting

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A meeting of the General Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) will take place in Cape Town on 16 August, SARU announced on Tuesday. The meeting replaces the postponed July 13 General Council.

Cooper gets 1 week suspension

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Queensland Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper has been ruled out of Saturday’s Super Rugby Qualifying Final against the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle charge.

No Lambie, Alberts for Sharks

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The Sharks will go into their do-or-die clash against the Bulls this Friday without stars Pat Lambie and Willem Alberts.

Plenty of changes for Cheetahs

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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske rang the changes to his side on Wednesday for their Super Rugby encounter against the Stormers at the Free State Stadium this weekend.

Stormers receive a boost

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Allister Coetzee today named the DHL Stormers team to take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday with a number of players back in action to boost the Stormers.

Chiefs make couple of changes

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The Chiefs, who are currently top of the Investec Super Rugby table, have announced their team to play the Crusaders this Friday at Waikato Stadium.

Carter, Read & Dagg back for Saders

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Three players have recovered from injuries this week to return to the Crusaders starting line-up to play the Chiefs in Hamilton this Friday.

Bulls unchanged for Sharks

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Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named an unchanged side to face the Sharks on Friday and the same match 22 that outclassed the Toyota Cheetahs last weekend, will again have to deliver the goods in Durban.

Standing tall

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There has not been a lot of positives to report on from the Lions Rugby Union in recent months, but you have to respect how some members of the union are fronting up.

Sadie out for rest of SR season

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Deon Stegmann is fit again, but for Johann Sadie the Vodacom Super Rugby season is over.

Bulls 40, Cheetahs 24

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This might be a Super Rugby game, but there are some Boks on both sides that would love to prove a point in this game.

Stormers 27, Lions 17

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The Stormers will look to cement their place on top of the South African conference when they host the Lions at home.

Farewell Sharpie – Force 17, Brumbies 28

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One of Australia’s most loyal servants, Nathan Sharpe, will play his last game on Aussie soil as the Force host the Brumbies.

Potgieter boost for Bulls

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The Vodacom Bulls have been bolstered by the availability of flanker Jacques Potgieter for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Toyota Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld.

Young Stormers to tackle Lions

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With 3 league fixtures to play, the DHL Stormers currently lead the South African Super Rugby Conference, 5 ahead of the Vodacom Bulls and 9 ahead of the Sharks.

McCaw to 8 for Crusaders

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Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to take on the Hurricanes this Saturday night at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium (Addington).  Notably, it will be prop Wyatt Crockett’s 100th game for the Crusaders.

Young props for Cheetahs

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The Cheetahs have named their side to face the Bulls this weekend which includes a number of youngsters included in starting XV

Trevor Nyaka and Marcel van der Merwe will pack down on the loose-head and tight-head side respectively for the boys from Bloem.

Super Rugby shows improvement in viewership

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With Super Rugby taking a break for the June Internationals for the first time, SANZAR can announce that going into the break all three territories were tracking beyond comparative numbers from this time last year.

Coetzee likely to rest stars for Lions

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The much anticipated return of loose forwards Schalk Burger and Nick Koster for the Stormers’ clash against the Lions on Saturday has been put on hold.

Bekker set to return for Stormers

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Springbok lock Andries Bekker is expected to be fit to play in the Stormers’ next Super Rugby match against the Lions on June 30.

Missing the target

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Rugby is under threat, but not from the obvious sources we are exposed to every day.

Bulls 14 v Stormers 19

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It’s not just the North v South derby, it is also the battle for the top of the SA Conference log at Loftus as the Bulls take on the Stormers.

Waratahs 12 v Hurricanes 33

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The Waratahs are back home where they will host the Hurricanes.

Blues 34, Chiefs 41

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As things stand now, the Blues can expect another almighty hiding at the hands of the Chiefs.

Rebels 19 v Brumbies 27

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This could be a tricky fixture for Jake White’s men as the Rebels proved they can be quite a handful at their home ground.

Crusaders 51, Highlanders 18

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Crusaders will be out to avenge their Round 1 defeat to the Highlanders when they host them this morning in Christchurch!

Stormers team for Bulls

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Allister Coetzee today named the DHL Stormers team to take on the Bulls, at Loftus, on Saturday 2 June at 19h10.

Crusaders team for Landers

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Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to take on the Highlanders this Friday night and has made just three changes to the starting line-up from the team that beat the Blues two weeks ago.

Force signs Sias

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The Emirates Western Force recruitment drive for the 2013 season is in full swing with the signing of Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn to the squad on a two year deal as the club’s foreign developing player.

Frans signs with Sharks

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Francois Steyn has signed a 3-year contract with the Sharks.

Confusion over Baby Boks availability

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There is some confusion among local Super Rugby coaches over where they stand with regards to players who have been selected for the national Under-20 squad about to contest the Junior World Cup in Stellenbosch and Bellville which starts next week.