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The City of Cape Town notes with concern the comments attributed to the South African Football Association (SAFA) about the cancellation of the Bayhill Premier Cup in Cape Town. This is the latest in a series of misleading comments by SAFA about the upcoming soccer season and contingency plans that have been in effect during the prevailing drought crisis.

For the record, the City has not cancelled the Bayhill tournament as we are not the event organisers. In fact, there have been multiple positive engagements with the organisers aimed at finding a way to allow this tournament to continue, and to prepare the fields required for this purpose, within the limitations set by Level 6B water restrictions.

The City recognises the importance of the tournament in the development of young soccer players. Last year the City did everything within its power to ensure that this tournament went ahead, including the trucking in of non-potable water to irrigate fields ahead of the tournament. Similar efforts were in place in preparation for the 2018 instalment of the tournament.

During a meeting this morning, the organisers indicated that they had decided to cancel the tournament for a number of reasons which they will elaborate on in due course. It is indeed a pity that the tournament has had to be cancelled, but we thank the organisers for their mature view of the drought crisis and the impact it is having on life as we know it. Continue reading

The 47th edition of the South African Rugby Annual is now on sale at all major bookstore and online platforms.

The unrivalled ‘bible’ of the game – widely considered to be the finest rugby publication of its kind in the world – continues to definitively chronicle the unfolding history of South Africa’s national sport and the 2018 edition contains more records, amazing facts, milestones and memorable moments than ever before.

“The SA Rugby Annual, as always, is the official historical record of another memorable season in South African rugby, covering everything from schoolboy rugby to the Springboks and everything else in-between,” says SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.

“It’s an indispensable tool for everyone working in the game, from administrators to agents to brand managers, sponsors and the media. It’s also the perfect gift for rugby fans of all ages.

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the latest edition once again features the SA Rugby Player of the Year on the cover, Emirates Lions and Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx, following in the footsteps of Pieter-Steph du Toit, Lood de Jager, Duane Vermeulen, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Schalk Burger who have graced the cover in recent years. Continue reading

SA Rugby’s women’s refereeing panel kicked off the 2018 season in Stellenbosch last weekend with a pre-season camp where they had a refresher course on the Laws of the game, wrote their annual exam and were put through their paces with a fitness test.

The three-day camp marked the second year in a row that the women’s panel had their own pre-season get-together, and this time they had the luxury of working with ground-breaking female referee Aimee Barrett-Theron, who is now balancing her busy refereeing schedule with coaching the women’s panel.

The camp kicked off on Friday with law presentations and video analysis, which was followed on Saturday by a fitness test, presentations by the referees on specific areas of the game and an inspirational session with Barrett-Theron who offered advice on what they needed to do to progress through the referee structures both locally and internationally. The camp concluded on Sunday with a written exam.

“Our women referees play an equally important role to their male counterparts, which is why we opted to host a separate pre-season camp for them once again,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“We want all of our referees to feel comfortable expressing themselves and sharing their experiences on the field in an environment in which they feel free to participate, and this camp allowed us to achieve that with the women’s panel.” Continue reading

Pro-skater Jean-marc Johannes is set to compete at the ProJam Festival International Open on the 24th of February following its postponement last November due to volcanic eruptions on Mount Agung in Bali.

After his success at the FISE World Series in Cheng Du, China last year, Guinness World record skateboarder, Jean-marc is aiming at taking the first prize as one of only three international riders invited to take part in the ProJams.

The ProJam International Open marks the final stop of the ProJam International Extreme Games Tournament – and will be the channel to bigger opportunities for Jean-marc in the near future.

Jean-marc is excited to once again represent South Africa the arena of extreme sports on an international level.

Warwick has been confirmed as a new sponsor of both the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province teams, as Associate Sponsor and Wealth Partner.

Warwick is a local and international investment house, with products that span asset, estate, wealth and credit management. Warwick operates across South Africa, with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and Knysna.

With over 18 years’ experience within South Africa alone, Warwick provide clients with ‘financial maturity’ via their products, high service levels and the ability to assist any person with their wealth needs and financial planning.

Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks, welcomed Warwick as the latest high-profile brand to get behind the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province.

“It is our pleasure to welcome Warwick to the fold here at DHL Newlands, we are very excited to be associated with another top brand.

“Warwick are leaders in their field, which makes them a good fit with our teams and the rest of our valued sponsors and partners,” he said.

President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union, Mr Thelo Wakefield, said that Warwick’s sponsorship is another important step forward for the WPRFU. Continue reading

Four players are set to make their DHL Stormers debut in the Vodacom Super Rugby season-opener against the Jaguares at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby season will get kick off at 15h05 on Saturday, when the DHL Stormers take on the Jaguares at DHL Newlands.

Raymond Rhule, Carlu Sadie, George Whitehead and JJ Engelbrecht are all set to make their first appearance for the DHL Stormers, with Rhule starting on the left wing and prop Sadie, flyhalf Whitehead and utility back Engelbrecht among the replacements.

Rhule forms part of a dynamic back three with Seabelo Senatla and Dillyn Leyds, while Damian de Allende and EW Viljoen link up in midfield outside the halfback pairing of Dewaldt Duvenage and Damian Willemse.

Captain Siya Kolisi is joined by Nizaam Carr and Cobus Wiese in the loose trio, with lock pairing JD Schickerling and Chris van Zyl starting behind an all-Springbok front row of Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi and Steven Kitshoff. Continue reading

Springbok No 8 Warren Whiteley will captain the Emirates Lions on Saturday against the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg in the first local derby of the revamped 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

Following a revamp of the competition last year, only four South African franchises will participate in 2018. The Vodacom Bulls have a bye in the first round and will kick-off their campaign next week, when the rest of the teams from Australia, New Zealand and Japan will also the enter the action.

No fewer than three players, namely Carlu Sadie (DHL Stormers), Aphiwe Dyantyi and Hacjivah Dayimani  (Emirates Lions) are set to get their first taste of Vodacom Super Rugby action this weekend, while a total of 26 capped Springboks will be in action.

Springbok flanker Siya Kolisi will lead the DHL Stormers in their opening clash against the Jaguares and kick-off is set for 15h05. Despite the forced absence of star Springbok lock pairing Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit, the Capetonians still boast a powerful pack stacked with Springboks, and a bolstered back division with the addition of speedster Raymond Rhule and returning Springbok Sevens star Seabelo Senatla.

Whiteley makes a welcome return to local action after missing most of the second half of last season because of a persistent groin injury. The high-octane local derby in Johannesburg – the second match of the opening weekend – kicks-off at 17h15. Continue reading

Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge, South Africa’s premier schools cricket tournament, has kicked off and will once again be casting a spotlight on the best up and coming, young cricket talent in South Africa. This year, Coca-Cola South Africa, in partnership with Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Proteas batsman, Temba Bavuma, will be on the lookout for outstanding young players to be part of the Coca-Cola T20 All-Star Team.

The new addition to the tournament is aimed at spreading the talent search net wider and will see tournament ambassador, Temba Bavuma, and a team of cricket experts, attend all 6 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge franchise finals in search of outstanding players in the teams that do not qualify for the national finals.

This team will comprise 12 players, 2 from each franchise final and will play in a curtain-raiser match against a CSA Development Hub team during the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge National Finals.

“I’m very excited to join Coca-Cola on this journey of searching for some of South Africa’s excelling youth cricketers,” commented Bavuma. “I’m incredibly proud to be associated with the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge and as a player, I believe that this is a great platform for young cricketers to showcase their skills and gain valuable experience. I look forward to seeing all the talent that will be unearthed this year,” added the Standard Bank Proteas batsman. Continue reading



Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx was rewarded with three awards following a sublime season in 2017, including being named the SA Rugby Player of the Year.

The 23-year-old star from the Emirates Lions was also named the SA Rugby Young Player (U23) and Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year for 2017.

Marx, who retained the Young Player of the Year award he won in 2016, is the first player since Ashwin Willemse in 2003 to win the prestigious SA Rugby Player and Young Player of the Year Awards in the same season.

“This is a magnificent achievement for Malcolm and on behalf of the entire South African rugby fraternity, I would like to congratulate him on a superb season,” said SA Rugby President, Mr Mark Alexander.

“Malcolm was a rock for both the Springboks and the Emirates Lions and at only 23 I’m sure he will still go on to accomplish big things in our game.”

The Springbok Sevens team and their coach, Neil Powell, were also rewarded for a sterling season in which they won the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series by winning the awards for Team and Coach of the Year. The fleet-footed Rosko Specman was named Springbok Sevens Player of the Year. Continue reading

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 47-man squad for the upcoming 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Experienced loose forward Siya Kolisi, who currently has 89 caps for the DHL Stormers, continues in the leadership role he took up last year, with lock Eben Etzebeth his vice-captain.

The DHL Stormers get their 2018 Vodacom Super rugby campaign underway when they host the Jaguares at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 17.

Of the 47-man squad, there are nine players who will not be available to face the Jaguares in the opening game due to injury.

Etzebeth (shoulder), is joined on the injured list by SP Marais (toe), Scarra Ntubeni (hamstring), Ali Vermaak (hamstring), Jano Vermaak (knee), Jean-Luc du Plessis (groin), Dan du Plessis (shoulder), Frans Malherbe (neck) and Juarno Augustus (back).

Craig Barry (Toyota Cheetahs) and Neethling Fouche (Maties) are currently with other teams but are available to the DHL Stormers this season. Continue reading

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