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Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux on Friday named a squad of 47 players invited to attend the team’s second training camp in Bloemfontein from Sunday, 26 March to Sunday, 9 April, with an eye on announcing his squad of 28 for the World Rugby U20 Championship next month.

A total of 33 players will assemble in the City of Roses on Sunday for the two-week camp, which will feature warm-up matches against the Down Touch Griffons, Tafel Lager Griquas and Toyota Free State Cheetahs on 31 March, 5 April and 8 April respectively.

The nine players participating in the final stages of FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International will join the squad as their progress in the tournament permits, while the participation of the five players in contention for Vodacom Super Rugby selection will be determined by their Super Rugby responsibilities.

“This is a big group of players, but the tour to Bloemfontein will offer us an ideal opportunity to test our depth and to make sure we do not leave any stone unturned in trying to select the best possible squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship,” said Roux. Continue reading

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A number of SA Rugby referees will feature prominently during the Test window in June, with Jaco Peyper given the responsibility of handling the highly anticipated first test match between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions.

World Rugby announcement of the appointments of match officials on Friday (list attached).

New Zealanders Glen Jackson and Ben O’Keeffe, as well as Angus Gardner from Australia have been named as referees for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against France.

Jackson will handle the opening Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on 10 June, O’Keeffe the second on 17 June at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban and Gardner will officiate at Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg in the third and final Test of the series on 24 June.

The 36-year-old Peyper will take charge of the highly-anticipated series opener between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday 24 June in what will be his 37th Test in charge. He will then run touch in the remaining two Tests, while Marius Jonker will act as TMO in three matches leading up to the first Test. Continue reading

Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from March to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.

Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

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Capetonian to participate in this year’s Paris Marathon

Cape Town, 23 March 2017 –  Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, together with Sanlam and ASICS, has announced the winner of the 2017 all-expenses paid trip to this year’s Paris Marathon. Aaron Adams, 21 and hailing from Cape Town, will set off for Paris this April to take part in one of the world’s leading races.

Having first discovered his passion for running in 2010, and after many years of track and field, Adams chose last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as his debut marathon.

“Participating in last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was a phenomenal experience,” says Adams. Whilst his race may not have gone exactly to plan, he is determined to participate again this year. “I experienced quite a bit of pain and cramping and there were several moments during the race when I questioned why I signed up. But, ultimately, it was worth every single moment of discomfort. To be able to cross that finish line left me with a feeling and sense of accomplishment I will never forget.” Continue reading

Two local derbies will spice up Round Five of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament this weekend, which will also see matches abroad for the DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls.

The Southern Kings host the Emirates Lions in the first of the local derbies in Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, while the Toyota Cheetahs take on the Cell C Sharks in Bloemfontein to complete a full weekend of rugby for all six South African franchises. Earlier on Saturday, the Vodacom Bulls take on the Blues in Albany and the DHL Stormers face the Sunwolves in Singapore.

The Toyota Cheetahs welcome back regular skipper Francois Venter and the young Springbok midfielder will also lead his side in their big Vodacom Super Rugby derby against the Cell C Sharks, with both sides determined to improve on their performances of last weekend.

Venter returns to the side for the first time this year, having been side-lined with an ankle injury, and the home team also welcome back fit-again wings Sergeal Petersen and Raymond Rhule. Continue reading

Junior Springbok Cobus Wiese will make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut if he comes off the replacements bench for the DHL Stormers against the Sunwolves in Singapore on Saturday.

The 19-year-old utility forward will become the fourth player to make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers this season if he takes the field at the National Stadium in Singapore, after Jaco Coetzee, Justin Phillips and Damian Willemse all got their opportunity in the Round Three victory against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

There are a number of changes from the starting line-up that did duty against the Southern Kings, with several players unavailable due to the Springbok management plan.

Dillyn Leyds will start at fullback in a new back three which will see World Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla make his first start of the season on the left wing.

Dan Kriel is back from injury to partner EW Viljoen in midfield, but the halfback combination of Robert du Preez and Dewaldt Duvenage remains unchanged.

In the loose trio captain Siya Kolisi is back after being rested against the Southern Kings, with Sikhumbuzo Notshe starting at the back of the scrum. Continue reading

The Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge is fast becoming recognized as a week where heroes are made. The tournament, which sees South Africa’s top 8 school T20 teams battling it out to be named national champions, is often the first taste of franchise cricket for many of its participants. Since its inception, multiple Proteas and franchise players have come through its ranks. With this year’s event scheduled to take place from 24-26 March, 2017 looks set to continue the tournament’s hero making trend.

The Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge offers school sides the unique chance of representing, and donning the colours of their local franchise teams. For many of them this will present an opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to progress to senior franchise ranks.

In its short five year history the tournament has already seen the likes of Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo; Lungi Ngidi; Theunis De Bruyn and England opening batsman Keaton Jennings taking part. This, together with the numerous franchise players to have progressed through the tournament, is evidence of its hero making potential.

Fetsi Mbele, Senior Communications Manager: Brand Experience, Coca-Cola Southern & East Africa said, “We are proud to be playing a part in unearthing future cricketing heroes and assisting in the development of South African cricket through our sponsorship of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge. We can’t wait to see the talent on display at this year’s tournament.” Continue reading

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Pic: superxv.com

DHL Stormers centre Huw Jones has torn his hamstring playing for Scotland in the Six Nations and will undergo surgery in London.

This means that Jones will not be able to train for four to five months as he joins fellow DHL Stormers midfielders Juan de Jongh and Damian de Allende on the sidelines.

De Jongh’s Grade Three medial collateral ligament tear is progressing well and he is expected to be back in action in six weeks, whilst De Allende has another six to eight weeks before he will be able to return from his Syndesmosis ankle injury.

Cheslin Kolbe (ankle sprain) and Jano Vermaak (calf strain) will both return to training next week and should be in contention to play against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on April 1.

Flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis is progressing well following a pelvic bone stress injury and should be available for selection in three to five weeks time.

Flank Steph de Wit is mobilising slowly after fracturing his ankle, with the bone healing well after surgery.

On the long-term injury list hooker Scarra Ntubeni is running at full pace in a controlled environment as he continues to make progress following his Achilles tendon rupture sustained last year, whilst wing Leolin Zas is mobilising well after surgery on his broken Tibia and Fibula.

Wing Courtnall Skosan displayed his pace and razor sharp finishing abilities by scoring four tries as the Emirates Lions mauled the Reds 44-14 in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash on Saturday in Johannesburg.

The speedster delivered an impressive individual performance as the home side walloped 14-men Reds who had flyhalf Quade Cooper sent off for a dangerous tackle on try scorer Rohan Janse van Rensburg. The Joburg side bounced back in the best possible way from their away loss to the Jaguares last weekend and they dominated all facets of the game.

Earlier on Saturday evening, the Cell Sharks survived a big scare to edge the determined Southern Kings 19-17 after they trailed the Eastern Cape side 8-14 at halftime. Kings flyhalf Lionel Cronje missed with a difficult penalty kick towards the end that would have clinched the game for his side.

A hat-trick of tries by right win Ramiro Moyano steered the Jaguares to a comfortable 41-14 home victory over the injury-hit Toyota Cheetahs. The home side made a very good start in Buenos Aires and they laid the winning platform with a solid first half by display by scoring three of their five tries inside the opening half hour.

The Jaguares and the Emirates Lions have 14 points from four games with the Argentine side leading the Africa Conference 1 on point difference. Continue reading

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 25-man squad for the trip to Singapore where they will face the Sunwolves this weekend.

Fleck’s charges have won all three of their matches thus far this season, having beaten the Vodacom Bulls and Jaguares at DHL Newlands before travelling to Port Elizabeth where they overcame the Southern Kings.

Having come off a bye in Round Four, the DHL Stormers will be aiming to make it four wins from four games when they face the Sunwolves at the National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday, March 25.

Captain Siya Kolisi is back to lead a squad which has a good blend of youth and experience, after he was rested for the Southern Kings clash.

Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe and Pieter-Steph du Toit were not considered for selection due to the Springbok management plan, whilst the likes of Huw Jones, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Jano Vermaak, Cheslin Kolbe, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Steph de Wit, Leolin Zas and Scarra Ntubeni are all currently sidelined with injuries. Continue reading

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