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It is official Springbok Hendricks signs with WP



Springbok winger Cornal Hendricks has signed a contract with Western Province Rugby and will be available for the DHL Stormers from the start of the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

The speedster, who originally made his name at international Sevens level, will return to his roots as a DHL Stormers player – having played his early provincial rugby for Boland, before becoming a full-time Sevens player in 2012 and then joining the Free State Cheetahs in 2014.

Hendricks, 27, made his Test debut in June of last year, whilst the 2013 Springbok Sevens Player of the Year was also a key member of the Commonwealth Games Gold medal-winning SA Sevens team in July 2014.

In all, he has played 11 Tests (as well as an additional match against the World XV) for the Springboks, scoring five tries – including a try on debut against Wales and a memorable solo score against the All Blacks in their hard-fought Rugby Championship tussle in Wellington in September 2014.

At 1,89 metres and 90 kilograms, he is an ideal wing signing for the DHL Stormers, with WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal telling the www.iamastormer.com website: “Cornal is tall and fast, which is what you need out wide at Super Rugby level, and he’s also a proven performer at international level.

“He is a local player who is coming home to his roots, so it’s an exciting signing for us on many levels. We look forward to seeing him in DHL Stormers colours come 2016.”

Springbok Hendricks linked with a move to Western Province



Benedict Chanakira reports that Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks has reportedly signed a two-year deal with Western Province. Apparently the Bulls were also trying to sign the Springbok winger but it looks like Western Province has won the race to secure Hendricks signature.


If the rumors are indeed true Hendricks will join his new Province after the World Cup in England later this year. At this stage no conformation has been given by either Western province nor the Cheetahs on Hendricks move.

Cornal Hendricks
Full names: Cornal
Date of birth: 18 Apr 1988
Place of birth: Paarl
School: Berg Rivier
Springbok no: 855
Debut test province: Cheetahs
Physical: 1.89m, 90kg
Current age: 27
Test summary: Tests: 11 Tries: 5
First Test: 14 Jun 2014 Age:26 Right Wing against Wales at Kingspark, Durban
Last Test: 29 Nov 2014 Age:26 Right Wing against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff

Test history:

Date Age Position Opponent Result Score Venue Prov
14 Jun 2014 26 Right Wing Wales Win: 38-16 1 try Kingspark, Durban Cheetahs
21 Jun 2014 26 Right Wing Wales Win: 31-30 1 try Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit Cheetahs
28 Jun 2014 26 Right Wing Scotland Win: 55-6 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Cheetahs
16 Aug 2014 26 Right Wing Argentina Win: 13-6 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Cheetahs
23 Aug 2014 26 Right Wing Argentina Win: 33-31 1 try Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta Cheetahs
06 Sep 2014 26 Right Wing Australia Lose: 23-24 1 try Subiaco Oval, Perth Cheetahs
13 Sep 2014 26 Right Wing New Zealand Lose: 10-14 1 try WestPac Stadium, Wellington Cheetahs
27 Sep 2014 26 Right Wing Australia Win: 28-10 Newlands, Cape Town Cheetahs
04 Oct 2014 26 Right Wing New Zealand Win: 27-25 Ellispark, Johannesburg Cheetahs
08 Nov 2014 26 Right Wing Ireland Lose: 15-29 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), Dublin Cheetahs
29 Nov 2014 26 Right Wing Wales Lose: 6-12 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff Cheetahs



JC Janse van Rensburg signs with DHL Stormers


French-based loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg will join the DHL Stormers ahead of the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season.


The powerful former Lions captain is currently in his third season with French club, Bayonne, but he will bolster the DHL Stormers’ propping resources as of November 1 with Steven Kitshoff having decided to further his career in France.

Janse van Rensburg, 29, toured Europe with the Springboks in 2012 (without getting any game time), as well as making over 50 appearances for the Lions at Super Rugby level and winning well over 50 provincial caps for the Golden Lions.

The hard-working front-ranker also boasts extensive top-level captaincy experience, having earned plenty of plaudits for his captaincy of the Lions at both Vodacom Super Rugby and Absa Currie Cup level. “I think I’m a better player for my experience in France, but I’m looking forward to returning home and joining a talented an ambitious team like the DHL Stormers,” said Janse van Rensburg.

“I cannot wait to make the move to Cape Town and I look forward to contributing to the success of the DHL Stormers. “I still have plenty of ambitions in terms of winning trophies (in South Africa) and perhaps also playing at a higher level and I couldn’t think of a better province and union than Western Province to achieve those goals.”

WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal expressed his delight at the signing of Janse van Rensburg, who will add big-game experience to the DHL Stormers’ front row resources.

“JC brings with him a wealth of experience – both locally and internationally,” Smal told the www.iamastormer.com website. “There is no doubt that we have some of the best young talent in South Africa, but it’s been proven that you need some experience mixed in between and JC certainly brings that to the table.

“Before he left South Africa he was pushing hard for Springbok selection and I expect him to continue in that vein.”

WP re-signs key players


Key DHL Stormers forwards Eben Etzebeth, Deon Fourie, De Kock Steenkamp and Rynhardt Elstadt have extended their playing contracts with Western Province Rugby.

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.

2013, the Year of the Bok


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

WP fans; Have your photo taken with the Currie Cup


DHL Western Province will be giving their supporters an opportunity to have their photo taken with the Absa Currie Cup trophy on Wednesday, November 14 at DHL Newlands – for free.

WP leer SA Rugby ‘n les


Die internet ensiklopedie Wikipedia het sy eerste verskyning gemaak in daardie jaar.  Die wêreld was geskud toe terroriste in die World Trade Centre ingevlieg wat die torings tot die grond toe neer gebring het en tot gister, was dit die laaste keer wat Westelike Provinsie die Currie-beker omhoog gehou het.

Plum calls on Boks for final


The Sharks’ match day 22 to take on Western Province in the Absa Currie Cup Final on Saturday at Mr Price KINGS PARK features a mix of those who have done duty all season as well as returning Springboks.

WP makes one change for semi


DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s 2012 Absa Currie Cup Final against the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban (17h00).

WP makes one change for Blue Bulls


DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Friday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria (19h10).

Joe back for WP


Allister Coetzee, the DHL Western Province head coach, has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against GWK Griquas at DHL Newlands (15h00).

One change for WP


DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Sharks in Durban (19h10).

WP forced into changes


DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands (19h10).

De Jongh, Kolisi returns for WP


DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup meeting with the MTN Golden Lions in Johannesburg (17h05).

WP secures Nienaber signature


Renowned defence guru Jacques Nienaber has signed a three-year deal with Western Province Rugby, which will keep him in Cape Town until 2016.

Vermeulen back for WP


DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has made six changes ahead of Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup meeting with GWK Griquas in Kimberley (14h30).

Kritzinger out for 12 weeks


DHL Western Province have been forced into making a late change on their replacements’ bench for tomorrow’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Sharks at DHL Newlands.

WP names Currie Cup squad


Allister Coetzee, the head coach of the DHL Western Province team, has announced his squad for the upcoming 2012 Absa Currie Cup season.

Deon Fourie captains WP from 6


Nine players will make their Absa Currie Cup debuts for DHL Western Province when they take on the Sharks in a first-round match at DHL Newlands on Saturday (kick-off 19h10).

Sadie quitting Bulls?


It has been reported that Johann Sadie is set to leave the Bulls after only one season to join the Cheetahs.

Eccentric genius, or space cadet?


Is Rassie the trailblazing technical guru so many make him out to be, including players and peers? Or, is he the self-centered, obnoxious chameleon?

WP CEO hits back


WP Rugby chief executive Rob Wagner has spiritedly defended the franchise against allegations that it struggles to retain its best talent in the face of interest from upcountry or abroad.

Bulls confirm Pollard signature


The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd would like to confirm that Junior Boks flyhalf Handrè Pollard will join the Vodacom Blue Bulls in 2012.

WP loses another youngster


Another young star is set to leave Western Province and the Stormers, with lock Quinn Roux reportedly heading to Ireland.

Titus out, Thelo in


WP Rugby union has announced that Tobie Titus has resigned from his post as president of the WP Rugby Football Union with immediate effect to take over his new role as a member on the Executive Council of SA Rugby.

WP VC side announced


DHL WP Coach John Dobson today announced his side to take on Boland on Saturday 10 March at DHL Newlands (KO 1600), in the opening round of this years’ Vodacom Cup competition.

WP retain young stars


The Western Province Rugby Union on Tuesday signed long-term deals with four of its brightest young stars.

Coetzee extends WP contract (updated: official WP press release)


There has been some good news coming from WP Rugby as it was revealed that Allister Coetzee has extended his contract until 2015.

Final nail in the coffin for Newlands stadium?


New stadium regulations for international matches could be the final nail in the coffin for Newlands Rugby Stadium.

Making a statement


Rassie Erasmus tried to make a statement when he resigned from his post at Western Province rugby, the question now remains whether anyone would be willing to listen?

Open letter from WP Rugby


I received this in my inbox and thought it would be worthwhile to publish it, word for word, given the criticism WP Rugby has been under in recent months.

We all fall down…


The latest happenings within WP Rugby had me humming a well know nursery rhyme about rings and roses and a burning question of;  “For exactly how long the administration within WP Rugby will survive while the once proud union is falling apart around them?”

Official statement on Rassie’s resignation


WP Rugby today confirmed that Senior Professional Coach Rassie Erasmus will be leaving at the end of January 2012.

Rassie quits WP Rugby


Western Province Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has shocked WPRU when he resigned from his post on Monday.

‘Frustrated’ Whitehead left WP for successful team


Former Western Province centre Tim Whitehead says he joined the Sharks largely due to his desire to join a union “that’s doing well and playing good rugby.”

Two and a Half ‘Rugby Players’


Winning! Tigerblood! You can’t process me with a normal brain!

The game that never was


Eye Witness news reporter and sports commentator, Jean Smyth, gives his views on the outcome of the game that never was.

Saracens game called off


The Heineken Cup rugby match between Saracens and Biarritz has apparently been cancelled, according to reports.

Player contracting or cattle-trading?


When you approach player contracting like cattle trading, expect to shuffle shit more than what you will count trophies.

WP throws spanner in the works for Sarries match


Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) threw a massive spanner in the works for the planned Heineken Cup match between Saracens and Biarritz which is scheduled to be hosted in Cape Town.

CT Stadium to get some rugby


The Cape Town Stadium is expected to be announced as the venue for the Heineken Cup clash between Saracens and Biarritz.

Rassie not concerned about depth


Western Province’s director of coaching Rassie Erasmus says they have enough young tight forwards to be optimistic for the future.

Jaque Fourie’s Japan move confirmed


Jaque Fourie will join Japanese club, Panasonic Wild Knights, from November 1, 2011.

‘Shadow’ signs with WP


Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls utility player Gerhard van den Heever has transferred to Western Province and the Stormers.

Habana signs for WP


Springbok Bryan Habana has signed to stay at Western Province for another three years, turning down more lucrative offers from abroad.

WP wastes no time in calling up Boks


Allister Coetzee today announced the DHL WP team to take on the Ford Pumas at DHL Newlands on Saturday. All the Province returning Springboks are featured in a strong match 22.

Two changes for WP


DHL WP coach Allister Coetzee has made two changes to his front row for Friday’s big clash against the Sharks at DHL Newlands.

Nienaber ‘officially’ joins Boks


Defensive coaching specialist Jacques Nienaber has joined the Springboks as a consultant, Springbok management announced on Tuesday.

WP names unchanged starting XV


DHL Western Province has named an unchanged starting XV for their match against the Toyota Cheetahs this weekend in Round 4 of the ABSA Currie Cup.