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All six South African Vodacom Super Rugby teams will be in action on Saturday, with three of them playing overseas and only one fixture featuring two local teams against each other.

The Vodacom Bulls kick off the local action on Saturday morning when they face the Waratahs at 11h45 (SA time) in the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. The Pretoria side came unstuck last weekend against the Brumbies, who beat them 23-6 in Canberra, and will be hoping for a quick return to winning ways.
In Singapore, the DHL Stormers will be in action in their first match against the Sunwolves. Last weekend the Sunwolves suffered a 40-22 reverse against the visiting Force. A win for the Cape side will see them equal their best run of four wins in a row against overseas opponents set across the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Fresh from their rest weekend, the DHL Stormers also know they have to win to maintain their lead in the overall South African Group. They currently have 29 points from their nine games, which include six wins. Continue reading

The Springbok Sevens team contesting the HSBC Paris Sevens tournament this weekend, is determined to keep their hopes alive to win the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The South Africans are currently second on the overall log and eight points behind Fiji in first place. A title win in Paris for the Springbok Sevens team, and an early Cup exit for Fiji, could put the Blitzboks right back in contention with only London, the last tournament of the series, remaining.

That will mean a very strong showing in the Stade Jean Bouin though, but according to Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, it is exactly what they are aiming towards.

“It is a massive honour to lead this team and we are keen to make the nation proud with our performances. We know we will have to be at our best,” said Snyman, who will be playing in his 36th tournament for South Africa. Continue reading

· Tickets start from low as R75 in PE to watch Springboks at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

· Cheapest tickets in Cape Town and Johannesburg only R100

· Boks tackle Ireland in South Africa for the first time since 2004

From only R75 in Port Elizabeth and R100 in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively, Springbok fans will be able to book their seat to watch the men in Green and Gold in action against Ireland next month. Tickets for the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test Series in June have already opened in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, while sales in Cape Town is due to open at midday on Thursday, 12 May. Continue reading

While the road running and general sporting fraternity stand to benefit greatly from the 2016 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, local communities and sectors of society are again also expected to receive major boosts through the success of the annual event.

As the only standard marathon race in Africa to be awarded IAAF Silver Label status, organisers, partners and stakeholders will again use the annual Spring weekend road running festival to make a difference beyond the world of sport.

Figures from last year’s event offer an indication of its lengthy reach, as race organisers work towards long-term goals in an effort to bridge the gap between the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and the world’s most popular road races: Continue reading

GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA - Saturday March 16 2013,  during match 40 of the Cell C Community Cup rugby match between Evergreens and Roses United held at the Pacaltsdorp Sports Ground..Photo by Deryck Foster/ImageSA

GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA – Saturday March 16 2013, during match 40 of the Cell C Community Cup rugby match between Evergreens and Roses United held at the Pacaltsdorp Sports Ground..Photo by Deryck Foster/ImageSA

Johannesburg-based Pirates will host the first-ever international match in the Gold Cup era after SA Rugby on Tuesday evening confirmed the fixtures for the country’s flagship tournament for non-university clubs.

In a first for club rugby, the announcement was made on television, on broadcast partner SuperSport’s popular isiXhosa rugby show, Phaka.

Pirates, founded in 1888 and making their first appearance in a national club tournament since 2009, will play host to FNB Wanderers of Windhoek after the Gold Cup (until 2015 known as the Community Cup) was expanded from this year to include the champion open clubs of Namibia and Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Springbok fans will be able to get their hands on a brand new supporters’ jersey, made by ASICS, in time for the kick-off of a new era under coach Allister Coetzee when the Boks face Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Series next month.

The supporters’ jerseys are proudly made in South Africa for South Africans, by South Africans, and feature enhanced durability and quality through updated textured fabrication.

The new supporters’ jersey was jointly launched by SA Rugby and ASICS, official apparel partner of the Springboks, on Thursday.

The launch of the supporters’ replica jersey coincides with ASICS’ “Want It More” worldwide marketing campaign, which was launched earlier in 2016, and the Castle Lager Incoming Series of three Tests against Ireland in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth next month. Continue reading

DHL Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has named his team for the DHL Stormers’ first-ever match in Singapore against the Sunwolves on Saturday.

There are just two changes to the backline that did duty in the clash with the Waratahs at DHL Newlands, with Johnny Kotze replacing Leolin Zas on the wing and Louis Schreuder getting a chance to start at scrumhalf with Nic Groom on the replacements bench.

In the front row hooker Scarra Ntubeni makes his first start since his return from injury, with Bongi Mbonambi set to make an impact in the second half.

Lock JD Schickerling comes back into the starting line-up as well, with Rynhardt Elstadt shifting to flank alongside Siya Kolisi and Nizaam Carr who moves to the back of the scrum.

Fleck said that after the bye his team are desperate to get back to winning ways, and will embrace the occasion in Singapore. Continue reading

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has been forced to make six changes to his starting line-up for their clash with the EP Kings at City Park in Athlone this weekend.

A combination of injuries and call-ups to the DHL Stormers squad has seen Dobson shuffle his resources as his team aim for their fourth win of the season in a match that kicks off at 16h00 on Saturday, with tickets available at the gate at R20 for adults and R10 for scholars, while season tickets for DHL Newlands will also be valid.

There are four changes to the backline, with JP Lewis and Devon Williams starting on the wings in the absence of Khanyo Ngcukana, while Ryan Oosthuizen replaces Tim Whitehead in midfield and Justin Phillips comes in at scrumhalf for Godlen Masimla who has been ruled out with concussion.

In the forward pack Janco Venter gets an opportunity at flank, and fit-again Frans van Wyk steps in at tighthead prop with JP Smith shifting across to fill the gap left by Alistair Vermaak at loosehead. Continue reading

Pic: zimbio.com

Pic: zimbio.com

The Springbok Sevens playmaker Rosko Specman is determined to help his team to a convincing performance in this weekend’s HSBC Paris Sevens tournament and is looking forward to play with the Blitzboks again.

Specman was in fine form in previous tournaments, but was rested for the previous two tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and missed the Hong Kong and Singapore events.

Coach Neil Powell included the playmaker for Paris, the second last tournament in the 2015/16 series.

“I am very happy to be here and I would like to thank the coach and management for giving me this opportunity to travel to Paris to play in this tournament,” Specman said.

“To be back in the squad and playing is wonderful. It is not nice sitting at home and watch the boys play, but I understand the bigger scheme of things. The coach needed to give everybody an opportunity to see if they can add value with the Olympics in mind.” Continue reading

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