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DHL Western Province have been boosted by the inclusion of backline stars Dan du Plessis and Bjorn Basson for their SuperSport Rugby Challenge encounter with SWD Eagles in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

Coach John Dobson’s team will be looking to end the league phase of the competition unbeaten when they run out at Bridgeton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn for the match, which kicks off at 15h00 on Sunday (broadcast live on SuperSport).

With the likes of Chad Solomon, Caylib Oosthuizen, Godlen Masimla, Michal Hazner and Khanyo Ngcukana sidelined through injury, Dobson has had to make a number of changes.

Basson comes in on the left wing, with Marcello Sampson on the right and Craig Barry at fullback, whilst a fit-again Du Plessis links up in the midfield with SA Sevens star Ruhan Nel.

There is also a new halfback pairing of Brandon Thomson and Justin Phillips to round off the new-look backline.

Flank Nyasha Tarusenga gets his first start of the campaign alongside skipper Eital Bredenkamp and No.8 Jaco Coetzee in the loose trio. Continue reading

The six different DHL Western Province teams for the upcoming Coca-Cola national Youth Weeks have been named.

The squads for the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week teams that will be hosted at St Stithians College in Johannesburg from 17 to 22 July, the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week sides which will play at Grey College in Bloemfontein from 10 to 14 July, as well as the team for the U18 LSEN Craven Week have been confirmed.

SACS captain and scrumhalf Vusile Dlepu will lead the DHL Western Province U18 Craven Week team, and is one of four players along with Quan Eyman, Muller du Plessis and Tristan Leitch who were part of the all-conquering 2016 team.

The DHL Western Province U18 Craven Week side will once again be coached by Elmo Wolfaardt, whilst the DHL Western Province U18 Academy Week side will be captained by Boland Landbou skipper Herman le Roux and coached by Clinton van Rensburg from Rondebosch Boys High.

The U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, U18 Academy Week, U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week squads will attend a capping ceremony at the Cape Sun on Tuesday, June 27, whilst the capping ceremony for the U18 LSEN, U16 XV, U18 Girls and U16 Girls teams will be held on Wednesday, June 28. Continue reading

The Springboks will head to Bloemfontein for the first time since 2010 and New Zealand will be in action at DHL Newlands in Cape Town as SA Rugby confirmed the home venues for the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championships on Friday.

The Springboks will play the Pumas in Port Elizabeth, the Wallabies in Bloemfontein and the All Blacks in Cape Town.

Tickets are available as follows:

· SA v Argentina (Port Elizabeth): Tickets from R75 to R500 will go on sale online from http://www.ticketpros.co.za early next week

· SA v Australia (Bloemfontein): Online at www.fscheetahs.co.za or from the stadium ticket office (from R300 to R500).

· SA v New Zealand (Cape Town): Host union, Western Province, will make an announcement on the ticket sales process shortly

The first match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship will take place on Saturday 19 August at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, when Argentina clash with the Boks.

The following week, the Springboks will be in action in Argentina against Los Pumas (Saturday 26 August, in Salta), whereafter it’s the first bye weekend.

The Boks’ traditional tour to Australasia is in early September for matches against the Wallabies (Saturday, 9 September, NIB Stadium in Perth) and All Blacks (Saturday 16 September, QBE Stadium in Albany).

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Pic: planetrugby.com

Pic: planetrugby.com

Hardworking prop Ruan Dreyer will make his debut for the Springboks on Saturday in the final Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against France in Johannesburg, while the experienced scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and outside centre Jesse Kriel both return to the starting team.

Dreyer, who will become Springbok number 886 when he takes to the field, replaces Frans Malherbe in the front row in one of two changes to the starting pack that defeated the French team last week in Durban.

The other change is at flank as Oupa Mohoje is unavailable after he took a blow to the head last week. His place is filled by 21-year-old Jean-Luc du Preez, who came on as the replacement flank at Growthpoint Kings Park. Jaco Kriel has been selected on the bench.

In the backline, Hougaard replaces Cronje, who was not considered after he had shown symptoms of a delayed concussion. This will be Hougaard’s 42nd Test cap for the Springboks, while Rudy Paige comes into the squad as replacement No 9.

The only other change to the starting team is at outside centre, with Jesse Kriel back after sitting out last week’s Test a result of a bump to the head in the first match two weeks ago in Pretoria.

“I said earlier in the week that we would keep changes in the starting team to a minimum because we have huge respect for this powerful French side,” said Coetzee.

“The inclusion of Ruan in the starting team gives us an important opportunity to build capacity in the tighthead position. This is a very important position and it is great to have players such as Coenie Oosthuizen and Steven Kitshoff coming off the bench as a combination, while Ruan will start next to his Emirates Lions hooker in Malcolm Marx.

“The same applies for Jaco Kriel, who has fully recovered from his knee injury and he was very good in training the past three weeks. He deserves his chance in the match 23 and he is very eager to play. Jaco was in brilliant form before he got injured and I am sure he will make a huge impact off the bench. Continue reading

The final weekend of regulation play in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge has turned out to become one of must-wins and desperate results as eight of the 15 teams will try to get into the best possible position for the quarter-finals.

After eight rounds of play, only DHL Western Province are still unbeaten, while at least three others will be trying to secure the necessary points to be able to host the first round of knock-out matches next weekend.

With the top two in each of the North, Central and South Sections guaranteed automatic qualification to the final eight, the two best third-placed teams on log points will also sneak into the play-offs and could provide the highlight in the weekend’s action. A number of permutations exist and results at one venue could determine the fortunes of teams playing at another.

On top of that, the fifth Rugby Festival of this exciting new tournament will also take place on Sunday in Oudtshoorn, where two Gold Cup qualifying games will be played as curtain-raisers to the main match between SWD Eagles and DHL Western Province. The latter already secured top spot in the South, while the Eagles are the only side in the competition yet to register a victory. This clash, to be played on Sunday, will determine the final venues for the play-offs.

The Capetonians (34 log points) look set to finish with the most log points overall, but should they taste defeat in the Klein Karoo, Tafel Lager Griquas (30) or the Xerox Golden Lions XV (31) could pip them in the final act. Both these contenders face a tough assignment though, before they could start planning for a home game.

The Xerox Golden Lions XV will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls on Friday at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, with all to play for in the North Section. The men from Pretoria need the victory to make sure the Steval Pumas (24) do not move past them into the top two. Continue reading

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Springbok midfielder Francois Venter will lead out the SA ‘A’ team in their final match against the French Barbarians at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday evening (kick-off at 20h00).

Venter takes over from Juan de Jongh, who is on the bench alongside Handré Pollard, in a team that shows wholesale changes from the match-23 that won the first match last Friday in Durban by 36-28.

SA ‘A’ coach Johan Ackermann said the reason for all the changes is to accommodate all the players in the squad while at the same time assisting Springbok coach Allister Coetzee with a request for game-time for certain players.

Only two players who started at Moses Mabhida last week, Lwazi Mvovo and Ruan Botha, will run out again this weekend. Mvovo however moves from fullback to wing, where he will partner Blitzbok star Seabelo Senatla.

“All the players in the squad have worked incredibly hard over the last two weeks and it’s just fair to give all of them a run against the French Barbarians,” said Ackermann.

“At the same time, the Springbok cause is very important with the rest of the season in mind – I spoke to Allister and I’m glad we can assist him in giving game-time to certain players who are in his plans.”

Ackermann said the decision to award Venter the captaincy was an easy one: “Francois has led the Toyota Cheetahs very well in recent seasons and he brings international experience to the team. Continue reading

Springbok scrumhalf Ross Cronjé will miss the third and final Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against France on Saturday because of delayed concussion symptoms, the Springbok management confirmed on Tuesday.

Cronjé made his South African debut two weeks ago in Pretoria and followed up on his impressive performance with another very good showing in the Durban Test last Saturday, where the Springboks clinched the three-match series.

“Ross showed delayed symptoms of concussion on Monday and he will not be able to get through the recovery protocols in time for him to be considered for selection. We withdrew him from training yesterday and he will rest for the duration of the week,” explains the Springbok team doctor, Dr Konrad von Hagen.

The scrumhalf was in line to make his third appearance for the Springboks on his home ground in Johannesburg.

Francois Hougaard and Rudy Paige provide the Springboks with sufficient cover for this coming weekend, which means that no replacement will be called up to the Bok squad. Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, will announce his match 23 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Springboks have released centres Lionel Mapoe and Francois Venter to the SA ‘A’ side for their second match against the French Barbarians at the Orlando Stadium on Friday night.

Cape Town, 20 June 2017 – Many of South Africa’s most renowned sports personalities, including Olympic Silver Medalist Elana van Zyl Meyer, World Cup Captains Francois Pienaar and John Smit have challenged the captains of other sporting codes to run the popular Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on 17 September 2017.

Having received the prestigious Gold Label recognition from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is the most prestigious “must run” marathon on the African continent.

Broadening the race’s existing campaigns for runners to ‘Challenge Yourself’ and ‘Challenge your Friend’, the recently released Challenge your Captain provides the opportunity for leaders in every sphere of South African life to use the network to run and in doing so raise awareness for a healthy lifestyle whilst raising money for charity.

Janet Welham, Race Director commented, “Challenge your Captain” is about encouraging not only participation, but most importantly participation for a cause. The key focus of The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is to leverage change. What better way to realise this goal than by having leaders across South Africa’s various sporting codes, business, politics, arts, culture and society accept the challenge. Through their unselfish actions, these individuals motivate and inspire all of us.” Continue reading

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Players and ambassadors during the T20 Global League Launch at Bvlgari Hotel London on June 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Patrik Lundin/Gallo Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Players and ambassadors during the T20 Global League Launch at Bvlgari Hotel London on June 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Patrik Lundin/Gallo Images)

LONDON – Cricket South Africa (CSA) today officially announced the successful eight Team Owners who, in a clear vote of confidence in South Africa’s new T20 Global League, have earned the right to be part of cricketing history.

After much anticipation and with excitement at an all-time high, the reveal took place at a well-attended industry launch event at London’s most prestigious hotel, The Bvlgari, London. The event set the tone for a new standard in T20 cricket.

EY (previously known as Ernst & Young) ran the team owner selection process to ensure integrity, compliance and due diligence was followed throughout the process by both CSA and potential owners.

“Competition was stiff, with more than 150 Expressions of Interest (EOI) received from around the world and a shortlist of heavy hitters to consider, but after rigorous discussions and engagement with each of the potential owners, we are certain that our final eight owners have the perfect combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success,” said CSA President, Chris Nenzani.

The official eight team owners, host cities and marquee players are: Continue reading

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