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Olympic Sevens Bronze medallists Cheslin Kolbe and Werner Kok will both start for DHL Western Province against the Eastern Province Kings, at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Port Elizabeth, on Saturday.

Kolbe will make his first start of the Currie Cup Premier Division after coming off the replacements bench last week, whilst Kok will make his DHL Western Province debut on the right wing.

The only other change to the backline sees Dan du Plessis come back from a shoulder injury to reclaim his place at inside centre, with Huw Jones shifting to outside centre.

In the forward pack Jurie van Vuuren gets a chance to start at flank, whilst JD Schickerling returns from illness at lock and JC Janse van Rensburg makes his first start of the season at loosehead prop.

There are changes on the replacements bench as well, with hooker Neil Rautenbach back in DHL Western Province colours as front row cover, along with Alistair Vermaak and a fit-again Oli Kebble. There will also be a DHL Western Province debut for loose forward Stefan Willemse, should he be called on. Continue reading

The intensity of the Currie Cup Premier and First Division competitions is expected to rise this weekend as the teams at the top of the table look to extend their winning runs, while a handful of teams hunt their first victories.

In the Currie Cup Premier Division – brought to you by Nashua and DirectAxis – the Cell C Sharks will be looking to secure their fourth back-to-back victory, while DHL Western Province, the Steval Pumas and the EP Kings look to register their first victories of the season.

In the First Division, the Leopards will meet the Down Touch Griffons in a table-topping clash, which could see one of the sides suffer their first defeat of the season.

In stark contrast, Border and the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will meet in East London, which could pave the way for one of the sides to register their first win, while the Hino Valke will also have their sights set on their first four-point haul when they take on SWD.

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Western Province Rugby have brought in a number of players as reinforcements for their Currie Cup Premier Division campaign.

Olympic Bronze medallist and 2015 World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, Werner Kok, joins the union on loan afer agreement between Western Province Rugby, SARU and the player, making him available for DHL Western Province until the end of the season.

Kok’s Springbok Sevens teammate, Seabelo Senatla has signed a three-year tripartite contract with Western Province Rugby and SARU, that will make him available for both DHL Western Province and the DHL Stormers, when he is not representing a national team.

The trio of utility back Scott van Breda, hooker Martin Ferreira and flank Stefan Willemse have all joined the union on short-term contracts, whilst hooker Neil Rautenbach is on loan from the Toyota Free State Cheetahs. Continue reading

The SA Rugby Northern, Central and Southern Amateur Provincial Competitions (APC) will come to a thrilling end on Friday as the best amateur players in the country battle it out for top honours in Johannesburg, Kimberley and George respectively.

Hosts the Golden Lions and their northern neighbours, the Blue Bulls, will meet in the Cup Final of the Northern APC at the Alberton Rugby Club in Johannesburg, the Sharks Club XV and Griquas Central will go head-to-head in the Central Final at Griqua Park in Kimberley, and South Western Districts will face Western Province in the Southern Final in front of their home crowd at Outeniqua Park in George.

This follows a number of thrilling matches in Wednesday’s second round, which determined the Cup and Plate Finalists, and those that will battle it out for third and seventh place respectively in each competition. Continue reading

Injuries have forced DHL Western Province U21 coach Jerome Paarwater to make three changes to his starting line-up to face the Xerox Golden Lions U21 at Emirates Airline Park on Friday.

In the backline Heinrich Buhr comes in for inside centre Ryan Oosthuizen, who is sidelined with a hip flexor and at flyhalf Aidynn Cupido gets an opportunity, with Dennis Cox ruled out due to a foot injury.

The only other change to the team that secured a 46-28 victory against Toyota Free State Cheetahs U21 at DHL Newlands last week, comes in the front row, where Hanno Snyman starts at hooker, in place of Percy Mngadi who has an ankle injury.

DHL Western Province U21 coach Jerome Paarwater has opted for five forwards on the replacements bench with hooker Granton Greaves, prop Ruben Terblanche and lock Eduard Zandberg all in the mix. Continue reading

DHL Western Province U19 have been boosted by the return of three players from injury, ahead of their clash with the Xerox Golden Lions U19 at Emirates Airline Park on Friday.

Coach Nazeem Adams’ unbeaten team, will be looking for their eighth straight win of the season and second against the Xerox Golden Lions U19, when they travel to Johannesburg for a match which kicks off at 12h30 on Friday.

In the backline Tristan Leyds returns to take his place at fullback and Cornel Smit is back at inside centre, after featuring off the replacements bench last week.

The only changes to the forward pack see Cobus Wiese return to play at lock, whilst hooker Matt Wiseman is also back from a spell on the sidelines, with Shane Farmer providing cover from the replacements bench. Continue reading

Vital Health Foods shares nutritional advice for your final prep for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 2016

Cape Town, 24 August 2016 – With only 30 days to go before the starter’s gun signals the beginning of the hotly anticipated Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Vital has some tips to  ensure that race day is a great success.

Your main area of concern should be your muscles, which have been working harder than usual during your training and will be giving it their all on race day. Introducing some simple ingredients and supplements into your daily diet can help with muscle repair, ensure muscle endurance and combat muscle fatigue.

“In the last two months before the marathon, you’ll be running longer distances, and your muscles will be going beyond their comfort zone,” says Andrea du Plessis, Vital Health Foods’ nutrition expert and a Sanlam Cape Town Marathon runner. “After each training session, you need to maximise your recovery for the next session, and whey protein is a great way to do this.” Continue reading

during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Fiji at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.

during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Fiji at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Vincent Koch will replace the injured Julian Redelinghuys in the only change to the Springboks’ starting fifteen to face Argentina on Saturday in Salta, as Tendai Mtawarira will equal Os du Randt’s record as most-capped prop for South Africa.

Koch, who has three Test caps to his name, comes in for Redelinghuys who has been ruled out of action with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test in Nelspruit on Saturday, won by the Boks by 30-23.

With Koch drafted into the starting line-up, Lourens Adriaanse moves onto the bench to as one of the two replacement props for what could be his second Springbok cap.

Also amongst the replacements, the Springboks have opted for the experienced Morné Steyn, who will give the team an extra kicking-option, in place of Juan de Jongh. Continue reading

SA Rugby’s Northern, Central and Southern Amateur Provincial Competitions (APC) kicked off on Monday with a mixture of big wins and tight encounters entertaining fans at the three host venues across the country.

The competitions feature the best amateur players throughout the country, with a total of 24 sides battling it out for top provincial honours.

In the Northern APC at Alberton Rugby Club in Johannesburg, the Valke registered the biggest victory of the opening day as they delivered a solid all-round display to thump Pumas Lowveld 54-0, while hosts, the Golden Lions, defeated the Limpopo Blue Bulls 45-36, the Golden Lions XV pipped the Leopards 36-34 and the Blue Bulls beat Pumas Highveld 28-19. Continue reading

Johannesburg – 23 August 2016; Hilton Worldwide’s local hotels in South Africa, in conjunction with The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA), today awarded internships worth almost R 3.5 million to 60 university students from across the country. The initiative, is aimed at creating sustainable careers for the youth by way of learning and development opportunities to train them in the skills they require for potential future positions in the hospitality industry.

In attendance was South African Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom, members of CATHSSETA, as well as inspirational guest speaker Tankiso Motaung. Motaung, a qualified engineer, made headlines earlier this year after a photograph of him begging for a job in the Sandton Central Business District went viral.

Alexandra based, Minerva High School Choir also made a special appearance and celebrated the 60 beneficiaries in true South African spirit. Continue reading

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