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SA Select Women’s coach Renfred Dazel said on Wednesday his team hoped to register a strong start to the Las Vegas Invitational, which kicks off on Thursday, as they look to build momentum and confidence early on in the tournament.

The team will face a mixed international team, Stars Rugby 2, in their opening match on Thursday and will close off the day’s play against the Brazil Women’s 7s.

They will conclude the pool stages on Friday against the USA Select 7s. The Bowl and Cup quarter-finals will begin later in the day, while the Shield, Bowl and Plate sections of the competition will be completed on Saturday. The Cup semi-finals and final, meanwhile, will be contested on Sunday. Continue reading

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 25: Team photo during the Springbok Womens Sevens photocall session at Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on February 25, 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Petri Oeschger/Gallo Images)

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 25: Team photo during the Springbok Womens Sevens photocall session at Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on February 25, 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Petri Oeschger/Gallo Images)

SA Select Women’s coach Renfred Dazel on Friday introduced fresh faces to his squad for the Las Vegas Invitational from 3 to 6 March as he looks to expand the depth in his squad this season.

Libbie Janse van Rensburg and Nadine Roos from the Blue Bulls, and Eastern Province’s Unathi Mali, who were invited to the Springbok Women’s Sevens trials in November last year, will make their first appearance for the SA Select team next week. Roos and Mali have been training regularly with the squad this year, while Janse van Rensburg joined the squad earlier this week.

Chané Stadler, Lamla Momoti and Nomsa Mokwai, who featured in the Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens in December, have also been included in the squad. Continue reading

New teams, new venues and new faces – including some of the best young talent on offer in South Africa – promise to bring a new level of excitement to the 2016 edition of Vodacom Super Rugby, which kicks off with matches in Auckland, Canberra and Bloemfontein on Friday.

All local teams will feature debutants, which will expose rugby fans to new faces and heroes as the tournament progresses.

The list of youngsters getting a first run at Vodacom Super Rugby level include Junior Springboks such as Ox Nche, Malcolm Jaer, Jean-Luc du Preez, Hyron Andrews, JD Schickerling, Leolin Zas, Warrick Gelant, Jannes Kirsten, RG Snyman and Jason Jenkins.

The re-entry of the Southern Kings means that South Africa will have six teams in the tournament for the first time ever, with the two other new teams in the competition, the Sunwolves and Jaguares, facing South African opposition. Continue reading

Absa, in partnership with the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA), will provide internships to 14 young riders as part of this year’s Absa Cape Epic, a gruelling eight day mountain-bike stage race which commences on 13 March 2016.

This year’s internship programme is aligned to the bank’s ReadytoWork initiative. Launched in 2015, ReadytoWork is a pan African initiative aimed at helping young people build the skills they need to make the critical transition from education into the world of work. It provides young people with access to a digital and face-to-face blended learning journey that helps develop their work, people, money and entrepreneurial skills, better equipping them to find a job or start their own business. Continue reading

The 2016 edition of the South African Rugby Annual, widely considered to be the finest yearbook in world rugby, goes on sale nationwide on Friday.

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the 45th edition of the unrivalled ‘bible’ of the game once again features South Africa’s Player of the Year on the cover, with the newly-crowned Lood de Jager following in the footsteps of the likes of Duane Vermeulen, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Schalk Burger in recent years.

“It’s vital to ensure we retain a physical document of record for future generations, perhaps even more so in a digital age where such information is migrating online,” said SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.

“We as an organisation are very proud of the Annual, which is why we continue to produce it in book form.

“We like to think that we publish the best book of its kind in the world but we are not standing still and are continuing every year to add layers of depth to the historical and statistical coverage of our sport, so that we can definitively chronicle the unfolding history of South African rugby,” Roux added. Continue reading

Pieter-Steph du Toit and Jano Vermaak will both earn their first Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers in the clash with the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Lock Du Toit and scrumhalf Vermaak take their place in the starting line-up for the blockbuster opening match, while experienced prop JC Janse van Rensburg is also in line to make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers should he take the field from the replacements bench.

Joining Janse van Rensburg amongst the replacements are promising youngsters JD Schickerling and Leolin Zas who will make their Vodacom Super Rugby debut should they get the opportunity.

Juan de Jongh will lead the team from inside centre, with his fellow co-captain Frans Malherbe set to make an impact off the replacements bench as he works his way back from an ankle injury.

De Jongh will link up with Johnny Kotze in midfield, with Robert du Preez earning his second Vodacom Super Rugby cap, and his first at flyhalf.

In the loose trio stalwart Schalk Burger is joined by No.8 Nizaam Carr and Sikhumbuzo Notshe in the first match of his final season with the DHL Stormers, with Siya Kolisi starting on the bench having recently returned to full training following a calf strain. Continue reading

The inclusion of Springboks Bryan Habana and Ryan Kankowski are two of seven changes in the Springbok Sevens squad of 13 players for the next two rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in North America.
The popular Las Vegas tournament takes place from 4 to 6 March in the USA and will be followed by the inaugural event in Vancouver, Canada, on 12 and 13 March.

Habana was released by his French club side Toulon to play for the Springbok Sevens in the next two rounds of the World Series, while Kankowski recently joined the squad on a fulltime basis, at the conclusion of the Japanese club season.

Apart from the inclusion of the experienced Springbok duo, the squad was further boosted by the return of several other Springbok Sevens stalwarts. Regular skipper Kyle Brown has shrugged off his shoulder injury and takes over the captaincy from Philip Snyman, who himself is sitting out the next two rounds after hurting his shoulder in Sydney. Continue reading

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Aaron Phangiso of the bizhub Highveld Lions has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the Momentum One-Day Cup match against the Warriors at Bidvest Wanderers, Johannesburg, on 24 February 2016.

Phangiso’s action will now be scrutinised further in accordance with the CSA Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.

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SANZAAR on Tuesday announced the match official appointments for the opening rounds of Vodacom Super Rugby, with Craig Joubert, the most experienced referee on the panel, handed the highly-anticipated North-South derby between the DHL Stormers and the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday, 27 February.

Joining Joubert on the refereeing panel for the opening weekend, are his compatriots Stuart Berry, Marius van der Westhuizen and Jaco van Heerden.

Rasta Rasivhenge, Cwengile Jadezweni, Rodney Bonaparte, AJ Jacobs, Quinton Immelman and Lourens van der Merwe have been appointed as assistant referees, while Johan Greeff, Marius Jonker and Christie du Preez will do duty as TMOs. Continue reading

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