Adrian Alberts has shrugged off the injury niggle which ruled him out of action for the Aon Under-18 International Series opener over the weekend and will lead the SA Schools side in their second match of the series, on Tuesday against France.
This match, at Stellenberg High School in Durbanville, kicks off at 16h00. Wales and England’s U18 sides square off at 14h15 at the same venue.
SA Schools coach Sean Erasmus made 12 changes to his side that beat Wales by 43-40 at Boland Landbou on Friday. Only outside centre and vice-captain, Muzi Manyike, and the halfback pair of Juan Mostert (flyhalf) and Thomas Bursey (scrumhalf), will start again.
“All the players in the squad have worked hard and deserve a chance to get some game time,” said Erasmus.
“It’s good to have Adrian back and I’m looking forward to see him play with Lunga Ncube in the middle row, while we’ve also decided to use Sibusiso Sangweni at flank, to give us an extra option at the back of the lineout.
“The boys have seen France’s impressive performance against England and we know we’re in for a massive challenge on Tuesday, but we have shown that we’re a team with character in coming back to beat Wales, so I’m excited about the match.
The Border Under-18 and Western Province U16 girls’ teams successfully defended their Women’s Youth Training Centre (YTC) Festival titles at Florida Park in Ravensmead, Cape Town, on Saturday, as the top junior women showcased their talent in the annual Women’s Month celebration.
The tournament started on Friday, with the Border U18 team kicking off their campaign with a comprehensive 39-5 victory against KwaZulu-Natal, which they built on the following day to defeat Western Province 5-0 in an epic clash. This was enough to book their place in the final against Eastern Province, who beat Griquas and SWD in their pool matches.
Border proved too strong for their Eastern Cape counterparts in the final as they delivered a solid performance on attack and defence to secure a 25-10 victory.
In the U16 category, Western Province delivered a strong showing in their opening match against the KwaZulu-Natal for a 28-5 victory, while it came down to a coin toss against Border to book their place in the final, as the teams finished the tightly-fought match level at 0-0.
The Capetonians went up against Eastern Province – who overcame SWD and the Blue Bulls in the round-robin phase – in the final, and they succeeded in delivering another dominant showing for a 22-12 victory to emerge victorious for the second year in a row.
Youth development was under the spotlight on International Youth Day, 12 August.
Cape Town, 13 August 2018 – Creating long-term opportunities through sustainability, the blossoming list of internationally recognised marathons around the country are making major contributions to multiple South African industries, and it is fitting that International Youth Day was celebrated in the build-up to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
The annual day of recognition for youth around the world was celebrated yesterday, six weeks before the country’s most prestigious 42.2km race is held in the Mother City on Sunday, September 23.
With the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon leading the way after retaining IAAF Gold Label Status this year, domestic road races are acting as a game changer which have expanded their reach well beyond the realms of sport and provided real value in the nation’s continuous growth.
Offering world-class organisation, lucrative prize purses and widespread media coverage, a handful of local marathon contests are able to attract globally recognised elite athletes and large mass fields, boosting the economy and providing opportunities in local communities and beyond.
Along with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, and other races across a variety of distances between 10km and 90km, well established 42.2km races held in various provinces around South Africa have established their place among the best in the continent.
Playing a central role in the growth of the sport, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s flagship race over the classic 42.2km distance will continue to have a significant impact on the Mother City.
Hooker Scarra Ntubeni will captain DHL Western Province in their pre-season match against Narbonne in Millau on Saturday.
The first encounter of DHL Western Province’s pre-season trip to France will see them face the Pro D2 outfit at the Parc des sports de Millau, with kick-off at 20h00 on Saturday.
Skipper Ntubeni will be joined in the front row by props Caylib Oosthuizen and Carlu Sadie, with the Ali Vermaak, Chad Solomon, Neethling Fouche and Michael Kumbirai all providing cover on the extended bench.
The second row will feature two former SA Schools and Junior Springbok captains in Ernst van Rhyn and Salmaan Moerat, who was a late addition to the touring group after being released from the Springbok training squad.
The loose trio will see flanks Chris Massyn and Johan du Toit link up with the powerful Juarno Augustus, with Kobus van Dyk and the versatile Ramone Samuels set to make an impact off the replacements bench.
In the backline Paul de Wet and Josh Stander form the halfback pairing, with Dan Kriel and SP Marais in midfield.
At the back Sergeal Petersen will make his first appearance for DHL Western Province having fully recovered from injury, with Duncan Saal on the right wing and Craig Barry at fullback.
Muzi Manyike will lead the SA Schools from outside centre at Boland Landbou near Paarl when they get their Aon Under-18 International Series underway against Wales on Friday. England face France earlier in the day in the four team series.
Lock Adrian Alberts, named as captain of the SA Schools team for the series, will not be in action due to a slight strain. Hooker Jean-Jacques Kotze was named as Manyike’s back-up for this match.
Manyike, head boy of Jeppe Boys’ High in Johannesburg, represented the Bidvest Walton Golden Lions at the Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week held in July and according to SA Schools Head Coach, Sean Erasmus, was named in that position for a particular reason.
“We looked at the squad and where our strengths are and picked particular players in positions where they will help to boosts those good attributes,” said Erasmus.
“We feel that our outside backs and back three hold some attacking threats and would like to use that to our advantage.
“Muzi will play an important role in that regard, not only as captain, but as communicator in that role.
“We want to provide a framework within which the team must play, but we also want the players to express themselves in the process. We had a limited number of days together as a team, so we focussed on the basic structures and fundamentals,” he explained.
There are a number of changes in the DHL Western Province U19 team which will face EP Elephants U19 at Boland Landbou near Paarl on Friday.
The match will kick off at 12h30 on Friday as an opener for the Aon Under-18 International Series match between England U18 and France U18, before SA Schools take on Wales U18.
There are four changes to the backline and five in the forward pack, with a number of players given the opportunity to show their worth by Head Coach Nazeem Adams.
In the backline Aydon Topley comes in at outside centre and Aaron Zeederberg is on the wing, while there is also a new halfback pairing of Gerardo Jaars and David Coetzer.
Up front there is an all-new front row, with props Joshua du Preez and Alexander Mbete making their first starts along with hooker Chris Rossouw. Lock Jaen-Louis de Lange and flank Henro Meyer also get a chance in the starting line-up.
Adams said that the new players are hungry to make an impact at Boland Landbou.
“There are a few new faces who will be giving everything, so the challenge for us will be to get some fluency going in our game.
“We know that we will have to keep our focus and execute our plans properly to beat this EP U19 side,” he said.
DHL Western Province U19: 15 Quan Eyman, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Aydon Topley, 12 Waqar Solaan, 11 Aaron Zeederberg, 10 David Coetzer, 9 Gerado Jaars, 8 Francke Horn (captain), 7 Tonderai Chiwumbutsa, 6 Henro Meyer, 5 Jaen-Louis de Lange, 4 Ian Kitwanga, 3 Joshua du Preez, 2 Chris Rossouw, 1 Alexander Mbete.
Replacements: 16 Andile Nondwangu, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Tristan Leitch, 19 Marcel Theunissen, 20 Henco Martins, 21 Mitch Connellan, 22 Nevaldo Fleurs, 23 David Kriel.
The first digital Boks for Books library, a Solar Powered Learning Lab, was launched by the Dell Development Fund, in conjunction with SA Rugby, at Emdeni High School in Soweto on Wednesday.
The Dell Solar Powered Learning Labs are shipping containers converted into self-sustaining computer facilities, complete with curriculums for schools and access to local communities.
SA Rugby President, Mr Mark Alexander, and national team players Lood de Jager and Chané Stadler, attended the launch event in Soweto on Wednesday.
“We all know that education is a key cornerstone for success in life, and a vital part of a sound education is literacy,” said Mr Alexander at the unveiling of the Dell Solar Powered Learning Lab at Emdeni High School.
“All of us in rugby, along with our partners Dell, wholeheartedly agree that literacy and education, and the discipline associated with that, play a crucial role in securing a strong future for our nation.
“The Dell Development Fund remains committed to improving social conditions, made evident through the highly successful Solar Learning Labs project. They believe that technology is a powerful tool for breaking down barriers and opening up new possibilities for children around the world.
“It can give a child living in the streets access to the same information as the most affluent child. It can bring more educational opportunities to remote villages and underprivileged areas.”
South Africa’s Ashleigh Murray, one of the country’s leading women’s referees, has been named amongst the 25 match officials from 15 unions for the 2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
World Rugby named the appointments for the forthcoming season on Tuesday. Rasta Rasivhenge, one of the most experiences referees on the men’s circuit, will continue in this regard.
The 22-year-old Murray, who started out as a referee in 2011 with the Golden Lions Rugby Union, has been making great strides in his career and her inclusion in a new-look 13-person match official panel for the women’s series comes as the countdown to the 2020 Olympic Games gathers pace.
The promotion to the international stage for the Alberton resident was applauded by SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.
“It is always heartening to see our own referees being rewarded and recognised, as is the case now with Ashleigh,” said Roux.
“She has proved her abilities domestically and will do well on the international stage.”
Murray has been on the SA Rugby women’s panel since 2014 and takes over the flag from Ben Crouse and Aimee Barrett-Theron, who officiated in the women’s series in recent years. Both have opted to focus on fifteens in the future.
Amongst Murray’s more prominent career achievements, were appointments to officiate at the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong, the Africa Women’s Sevens in Botswana and the World University 7s Championships in Namibia, all in 2018. Last season she also took charge of the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial final between Border and Western Province.
Sixteen Under-16 and Under-18 girls’ teams, from SA Rugby’s various Youth Training Centres (YTC) across the country, will celebrate Women’s Month this weekend when they take part in a YTC Festival at Florida Park in Ravensmead, Cape Town.
The teams will play each other in seeding matches on Friday, 10 August, while the playoffs will take place on Saturday, 11 August.
Like last year, the U16 and U18 teams will take on one other in a combined tournament rather than being split into the North and South Sections as they have been since the inception of these events in 2015.
The U16 and U18 players at the various YTC’s train on a weekly basis, while they also have access to conditioning and nutritional programmes, as well as gymnasiums within the SA Rugby network to improve their strength and fitness levels.
They work from a coaching blueprint designed by SA Rugby’s Rugby Department to ensure a uniform approach in the structures and systems at the various centres, and the girls also participate in scheduled matches to expose them to regular competition.
Sharks Under-18 players Thabiso Mdletshe (prop) and Mzwandile Menze (centre), have been added to the SA Schools squad following the injury-enforced withdrawal of two players.
Banele Mthenjane (prop, Nelspruit High School), one of three players who also featured for the SA Schools side in 2017, and Lionel April (flyhalf, Hermanus High School) were forced the withdraw from the squad for the Aon Under-18 International Series, which kicks off on Friday.
Their places were taken by Mdletshe, who is from Glenwood High School, and Menze, from Durban High School (DHS). This brings Glenwood’s representation in Sean Erasmus’ squad to three, while there are now two players from DHS.
“It’s always tough to lose players before a ball has even been kicked, but unfortunately these things happen and we feel for Banele and Lionel,” said Erasmus, whose team started with their preparations on Sunday in Stellenbosch.
“At the same time, this provides a wonderful opportunity for Thabiso and Mzwandle and I’ve been impressed with their zeal and positive attitude.”
The opening round of matches in the Aon Under-18 International Series is on Friday at Boland Landbou, near Paarl, where the SA Schools team will face Wales at 16h00. The first match is between the U18 teams of England and France and kicks off at 14h15.
The second round of matches is scheduled for Tuesday, 14 August at Stellenberg High School in Durbanville, and the final round will take place at SACS in Newlands on Saturday, 18 August.