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The Television Match Official (TMO) protocol for Vodacom Super Rugby has been amended thanks to new available technology, SANZAAR announced on Friday.

The number of camera angles available to match officials, as well as the use of split-screen television software have made these amendments possible. It also reflects SANZAAR’s desire to tighten the process and make it more accurate, more efficient and to reduce the time taken for the decision-making process.

So what is different in 2017?

Should the referee or one of his team (Assistant Referees or TMO) wish to initiate a review of a decision (via replay by the TMO), the referee will first state to the TMO his “on-field decision” based on his real-time view. The TMO will then review the given incident accordingly, based on the referee’s assessment.

The TMO must be persuaded that the evidence is compelling before proving the on-field referee’s call wrong, and therefore overturning the call.

‘What’ can be referred for review remains the same as the World Rugby Protocol (no change) and the ‘two phases back only’ protocol still stands. Continue reading

DHL Stormers prop Oli Kebble will join the Glasgow Warriors at the conclusion of the 2017 season on a two-year deal.

The 24-year-old former Junior Springbok made his DHL Stormers debut in 2014 and has since earned 34 Vodacom Super Rugby caps.

Kebble is contracted to Western Province Rugby until the end of the 2017 season and will head to Scotland once he has concluded his commitments in Cape Town

The move to Glasgow will not be Kebble’s first time in the UK as he previously studied at Dulwich College in London and was part of the London Irish Academy.

Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that Kebble has grown enormously in his time with the Union.

“Oli has come a long way in his time with us and leaves us a rounded player who has a lot to offer,” he said.

Western Province Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks said that Kebble’s contribution to the Union has been greatly appreciated. Continue reading

DHL Stormers injury report – 13/02/2017

DHL Stormers wing Leolin Zas has been ruled out of action for approximately a year with a broken leg.

Zas fractured both his Fibula and Tibia in the pre-season friendly against the Emirates Lions on Saturday, after coming on as a replacement having recently returned from an unrelated leg injury.

The other major casualty from the 57-40 victory against the Emirates Lions was centre Juan de Jongh who tore his medial collateral ligament and will consequently spend around 10-12 weeks on the sidelines.

Pic: sarugby.co.za

Pic: sarugby.co.za

Springbok wing Bjorn Basson has signed with the DHL Stormers for the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

The experienced outside back joins the DHL Stormers from the Vodacom Bulls and will add valuable backline depth for Head Coach Robbie Fleck.

Basson has amassed 95 Vodacom Super Rugby caps and has scored an impressive 35 tries in that time, which illustrates his abilities as a finisher.

Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that Basson will be a welcome addition to the DHL Stormers squad this season.

“Bjorn is a versatile player whose record speaks for itself and we are excited to add another player with proven quality,” he said.

Smal said that Basson’s skillset and experience is a significant boost just before the season gets underway.

“In Bjorn we have a player comfortable on the wing or at fullback who is one of the best around under the high ball.

“The influence he will have on our young outside backs cannot be underestimated,” he said.

Basson said that he is excited to be joining the DHL Stormers and is looking forward to making an impact at DHL Newlands.

“It is great for me to be here and I cannot wait to get onto the pitch and make a difference for the team,” he said.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 30-man squad for his team’s pre-season friendly against the Emirates Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The match, which kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday, will be the final warm-up match for Fleck’s team before their Vodacom Super Rugby opener against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on February 25.

It will also be the first chance for the DHL Newlands Faithful to see their team in action following pre-season victories against the Toyota Cheetahs in Zimbabwe and the South Western District Eagles in George.

Fleck said that the players are looking forward to running out in front of their supporters at DHL Newlands.

“It is always special to play at DHL Newlands and after a tough pre-season the players are excited to play in front of our fans,” he said.

The DHL Stormers Head Coach added that the match will be a valuable indicator of where his squad is at two weeks out from the start of their campaign. Continue reading

Jack Parow

Jack Parow

(Cape Town, February 2017) The Zando10s, South Africa’s biggest social sport and lifestyle event and winner of the 2016 Discovery Sport Industry Award for “Best Live Experience” in South Africa, took place on 3 and 4 February at Hamilton Rugby Club. The 9th consecutive event was a resounding success with over 300 teams participating in four different sporting codes including rugby, netball, beach volleyball and dodgeball.

Thousands of participants and spectators were treated to an action packed weekend of sport and entertainment where they rubbed shoulders with rugby icons from the 2007 Rugby World Cup wining squad including John Smit, Bryan Habana and Butch James both on and off the field. Other celebs and media personalities in attendance included: Jack Parow, Cameron van der Burgh, Rob van Vuuren, Katlego Maboe, Cindy Nell, Jade Hubner, Irma G, Zoe Brown, Richard Stirton and Leigh-Anne Williams to mention a few.

There was no shortage of action in the Red Heart Rugby Division with over 100 teams playing in seven different divisions. W.P. Barbarians walked away with the top honours in the League of Hearts Veteran’s Division while Durbell were winners in the Masters Division. Continue reading

Photo by Wayne Reiche.

Photo by Wayne Reiche.

South Africa’s premier action sport festival, Ultimate X is back at GrandWest for the third consecutive year on 25 February 2017. The Grand Arena will once again undergo a dramatic transformation for the extreme sport spectacular which will feature dramatic stunts by local and international athletes and daredevils.

“Staging extreme sporting events such as Ultimate X is aligned with our promise to provide diverse and exciting entertainment to our community. Over the years, we have brought to the city some of the most exhilarating sports events and extreme athletes from South Africa and the world. The tremendous response to these events demonstrates that there is a definite and growing appetite for extreme sports amongst our community. Ultimate X generates great excitement and has an immense following. We look forward to hosting the show again in February.”

The Ultimate X showdown at the Grand Arena in 2015 was a ground breaking event in action sports in Africa, with Ultimate X being the only multi disciplined action sports indoor festival globally. The 2016 event followed on this success, providing a thrilling experience for thousands of spectators with a taste for extreme sports and adventure. Continue reading

A public memorial service for former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen, who passed away earlier this week, will be held at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday 10 February 2016, starting at 12h30.

SA Rugby would also like to call upon supporters to wear their green and gold gear on Friday, in remembrance of Van der Westhuizen.

Following a private ceremony for his close family and loved ones earlier on Friday morning, Van der Westhuizen’s casket will be escorted to Loftus Versfeld. The gates to the stadium will be opened to the public who wish to attend the ceremony paying respects to the former Springbok and Blue Bulls hero.

The ceremony will include a host of guest speakers and dignitaries, and will also feature tributes by a selection of Joost’s favourite artists. Guests are urged to arrive at the stadium early from 10h30, in order to ensure a smooth and dignified ceremony.

Parking will be available at:
· Pretoria Technical High School, with access via Wessels Street (a shuttle service from the school to stadium will be available)
· Pretoria Girls High School, with access via Park Street
· Pretoria East NG Church, with access via Lynnwood Road

unnamed (8)Cape Town, 07 February 2017 – Entries open today! This year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon takes place on the weekend of the 16 and 17 September. An opportunity for participants from both South Africa and around the world to run through the beautiful city of Cape Town, this iconic city marathon brings with it prize money in excess of R2 million, the largest sum ever offered for a South African standard marathon.

 “Young or old, professional or amateur, you’re warmly invited to be part of this year’s historic festival of running,” says Elana Meyer, ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. “We’re already receiving huge international interest.”

Last year Sanlam Cape Town Marathon had a total of 19 336 participants in all the events held over the weekend, with the 42.2km standard marathon seeing 7939 entrants, a 38% increase from the previous year. With an entry cut off in both the marathon and the 10km of 10 000 runners we are expecting a closed event.

The runners came from 67 countries around the world and we saw 59 elite athletes from 5 different countries compete. This was a fantastic turnout and Cape Town saw a huge influx to the Mother City for the event. In both the 10km and Marathon route records were broken with our men’s winner in the marathon achieving an IAAF gold label status time of 02:08:41. Continue reading

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