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YOUR Champions, the Cape Cobras will host their 3rd consecutive Momentum One Day Cup Final at PPC Newlands on Sunday, 28 February. Let’s get behind our boys and from a sea of blue as we wave our flags!!

Details of the #MODCfinal are as follows:
Date: Sunday, 28 February 2016
Venue: PPC Newlands
Time: 10h00 (Gates open: 08h30)
Ticket price: Adults: R60 (seat) & R50 (grass); children: R30 (seat) & R25 (grass); pensioners R30 (seat) & R25 (grass) Continue reading

The SA Select Women’s Sevens have been drawn in a challenging pool with Brazil, the USA Select 7s and a mixed international team, Stars Rugby 2, at the Las Vegas Invitational from 3 to 6 March.

The tournament kicks off one day before the USA Sevens and will run concurrently with the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament until the final day’s play on Sunday, where the champions will be crowned.

The Las Vegas Invitational will mark the SA Select team’s first tournament of the year, although the Springbok Women’s Sevens players and a handful of fringe players participated in a series of friendly matches against Brazil in Stellenbosch late in January.

“We played against Brazil a few weeks ago and we know what they are capable of, while we expect the USA Select team to test us thoroughly as well, especially if one considers that their first choice team have been performing well consistently on the World Rugby Sevens World Series,” said SA Select coach Renfred Dazel. Continue reading

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has appointed Juan de Jongh and Frans Malherbe as co-captains for the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

De Jongh has 84 Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers and is no stranger to the captaincy role, having led DHL Western Province to the Currie Cup title in 2014, while powerful tighthead prop Malherbe has long been earmarked as a leader within the squad.

The experienced De Jongh will lead the team out onto the pitch and have the final say in on-field decisions, but will share the captaincy duties with Malherbe both on and off the field.

Fleck said that the move to co-captaincy is an extension of the collective leadership that has driven the pre-season preparations. Continue reading

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Cape Town – Guided by a classy 101* from captain AB de Villiers, the Proteas have won the fifth one-day international at Newlands and along with it claimed a 3-2 series victory.

As it happened: Proteas v England – 5th ODI at Newlands

De Villiers won the toss and asked England to bat in slightly overcast conditions.

England’s lost regular wickets throughout their innings but opener Alex Hales stood firm, scoring 112 and ensuring England posted a competitive total of 236 all out, although the visitors did not make use of their full compliment of 50 overs.

For the Proteas, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and David Wiese picked up three wickets apiece. England however, will feel they gifted a few soft dismissals to the home attack.

The Proteas innings started slowly with both Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock having a good look at the bowling.
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New signings Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jano Vermaak and JC Janse van Rensburg will all make their first appearances at DHL Newlands in a DHL Stormers jersey in the pre-season friendly against the Jaguares on Saturday.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 31-man squad for the encounter with the team from Argentina who are newcomers to Vodacom Super Rugby this season.

The friendly will be the last chance for the squad to test themselves ahead of the first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 27.

Fleck said that the focus will be on making the most of the opportunity to execute what they have been working on in a tough pre-season.

“We are just over two weeks off from that opening game against the Vodacom Bulls, and we want to use this chance to ensure we are able to make a strong start to the season. Continue reading

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Thursday 2 April 2015, GARTH APRIL  from Durbanville-Belville is tackled by JOHAN WAGENAAR from Jonsson College Rovers and NIKOLAI BLIGNAUT from Jonsson College Rovers  during the quarter-finals match of the Cell C Community Cup between Jonsson College Rovers  and Durbanville-Belville at the Impala Rugby Club in Rustenburg, South Africa. Photo by ImageSA/SARU

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Thursday 2 April 2015, GARTH APRIL from Durbanville-Belville is tackled by JOHAN WAGENAAR from Jonsson College Rovers and NIKOLAI BLIGNAUT from Jonsson College Rovers during the quarter-finals match of the Cell C Community Cup between Jonsson College Rovers and Durbanville-Belville at the Impala Rugby Club in Rustenburg, South Africa.
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A fierce Western Cape derby awaits defending champions Durbanville-Bellville after SA Rugby on Thursday confirmed the pool draw for this year’s Gold Cup national championships for non-university clubs.
Durbell, who beat Rustenburg Impala 31-30 in last year’s Community Cup final to cap a fairytale campaign which they had begun as the 20th ranked team, are ranked first for the inaugural Gold Cup and will be joined in Pool A by Boland champions Villagers Worcester, Border title-holders Old Selbornians (who beat Durbell in the pool stages last year), and the Griffons’ number-one club, Welkom Rovers.

Impala are ranked second and face a tough Pool B campaign having been drawn against newcomers Pirates (Golden Lions), double SWD champions Pacaltsdorp Evergreens and new Limpopo victors Northam Rhinos. The pool has an international flavour in the form of Windhoek Wanderers, who have been nominated by the Namibian Rugby Union to be that country’s first representative in what has become a Southern African club tournament. Continue reading

The DHL Stormers have been bolstered by the return of key players from duties in the HSBC Sevens World Series and in Japan.

Stalwarts Schalk Burger and Eben Etzebeth joined up with the team last week after returning from stints in Japan, along with Damian de Allende who has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe were also back at training this week after completing their duties for the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Kolbe and De Jongh starred for the BlitzBokke in Wellington and Sydney, with the quicksilver Kolbe named in the Dream Team for the Australian leg of the Series. Continue reading

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South African rugby received a massive setback on Tuesday as Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard was ruled out of the entire Vodacom Super Rugby tournament and the June tests against Ireland.

Pollard tore cruciate knee ligaments at training at Loftus Versfeld in a freak accident where there wasn’t a player nearby him.

The Bok flyhalf was just beginning his recovery after a shoulder injury and would have been reassessed in a fortnight’s time to return to play, but a simple passing exercise without contact turned into a nightmare for coach Nollis Marais.

Marais has already lost Deon Stegmann to injury and is waiting on news on fellow loose forward Lappies Labuschagne, who tore ligaments in his ankle in training in the team’s pre-season camp in Zimbabwe.

But the news on Pollard – the regular vice-captain of the team – is a devastating blow for the Pretoria team’s hopes in this year’s competition.

“It was bad luck, nothing more,” coach Marais sighed, “We were doing a normal drill with passing and he had just began to make contact with the tackle bags in his recovery yesterday as part of his rehab. We did a non-contact session and he was looking like his old self, cutting the line and looking like a Springbok again.

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Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe returned to the DHL Stormers Vodacom Super Rugby franchises on Tuesday following appearances for the Springbok Sevens side in the first four rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

De Jongh and Kolbe, as well as Ryno Benjamin of the Toyota Cheetahs, joined the Springbok Sevens squad at the beginning of the season as part of an agreement between SA Rugby and the local franchises.

The Cape duo of De Jongh and Kolbe starred in all four World Series tournaments for the Springbok Sevens, while a calf injury restricted Benjamin’s appearances to just two events.

The trio, as well as some other local franchise stars, are expected to join the Springbok Sevens group again at the end of the World Series for an Olympic Games training camp. Rugby Sevens will make its debut at the Rio Olympic Games in August. Continue reading

  • SA one of three tied on 69 points at top of Series log
    Seabelo Senatla leading the try scoring chase

The Springbok Sevens finished fourth at the HSBC Sydney Sevens tournament following their 26-12 defeat in the play-off for third place against Fiji on Sunday morning (SA time). The South Africans are one of three countries tied with 69 points on top of the standings after four rounds of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action.

Fiji have the best point average of the trio, and are therefore first on the log, followed by South Arica and Sydney winners New Zealand. The Kiwis defeated hosts Australia 27-24 in the Cup final.

The Fijians led 21-0 at halftime but the Springbok Sevens hit back with tries by Dylan Sage and Sandile Ngcobo to cut the deficit to 21-12 with less than two minutes to play. Rosko Speckman was then yellow carded and then Fiji added a fourth try to clinch the game. Continue reading

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