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It will be a special week of Currie Cup action for veteran Griquas prop Steph Roberts as matches in the Premier and First Division this week serve as extended and exciting curtain raisers to the Springboks’ opening Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Argentina.

In the Premier Division, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Cell C Sharks and Xerox Golden Lions will attempt try to protect their unbeaten status on the same weekend that Griquas prop Steph Roberts matches the union’s record of earning 161 caps across all competitions, while he will also extend his Currie Cup record of 84 matches for the union.

In the Currie Cup First Division, meanwhile, the four teams in action will look to build momentum after kicking off their season last weekend. Continue reading

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has made a number of changes to his team to face the Toyota Free State Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on Friday.

Following their bye week and training camp in Hermanus, DHL Western Province will be looking for their first win of the Currie Cup Premier Division campaign in a match that kicks off at 17h10.

There are two new faces amongst the outside backs with Jaco Taute coming in at fullback and Kobus van Wyk replacing the injured Khanyo Ngcukana on the right wing, whilst Olympic Bronze medallist Cheslin Kolbe has returned from Rio and will provide cover on the replacements bench.

In midfield Huw Jones shifts to inside centre in place of Dan du Plessis who is out with a shoulder injury, with Johnny Kotze coming into the starting line-up at outside centre.

Flyhalf Brandon Thomson will make his first Currie Cup start for DHL Western Province to form a halfback partnership with Jano Vermaak, with Robert du Preez and Godlen Masimla on the replacements bench. Continue reading

17th August, 2016adidas South Africa and Ajax Cape Town Football Club launch the club’s new home and away jersey for the upcoming 2016/2017 season.
The home jersey maintains the classic style of previous years, which has become iconic and true to the club’s tradition while paying tribute to the rich history.  The simple in design yet striking in look Ajax home jersey retains its customary red chested middle with white side trimmings, finished by a classy v-neck collar in red which match the sleeve cuffs and three-stripe branding at the flanks.
“We are pleased to introduce yet another iconic jersey for the upcoming 2016/2017 season,” commented adidas South Africa Head of Football, Adrian De Souza. ‘We believe that the jersey will be well received by the players and assist them in improving their form for 2016/2017 season”
The away jersey is a powerful black and the off-blue tone sleeves feature aqua trim to match the adidas three stripe branding on the shoulders.
“Ajax is proud to see the maintenance of its iconic red and white design of the home jersey. At the same time, we believe that adidas has surpassed expectations in being the difference and in creating a striking away kit that we are all excited about. Our players and fans alike will no doubt be moved by the updated yet iconic home jersey and bold way kits.” said Milo Boer, PRO at Ajax Cape Town. Continue reading
NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 17: General Views during the #LoveRugby local school assembly at Mbombela Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 17: General Views during the #LoveRugby local school assembly at Mbombela Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

Springboks Oupa Mohoje, Warren Whiteley, Jesse Kriel, Bongi Mbonambi and Jaco Kriel treated 400 high school learners from across the Lowveld to a special #LoveRugby school assembly at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Wednesday morning.

The stadium is the venue for the first Test in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship between the Springboks and Argentina on Saturday.

The assembly started with a fun interview section, with the Springboks seated on stage and each one sharing his playing and life experiences with the excited group of Grade 11 learners. Apart from that, they also gave the learners and their teachers a unique glimpse into the lives of the Springboks, by answering a list of questions from the assembly. Continue reading

Pic: sarugbmag.co.za

Pic: sarugbymag.co.za

Mr Oregan Hoskins announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down as president of the South African Rugby Union after a decade of service and achievement.

Mr Hoskins advised the membership of SA Rugby at a meeting of the General Council in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

“I have enjoyed a remarkable ten and a half years in one of the most high-profile roles in South African sport and have enjoyed some incredible highs,” said Mr Hoskins. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege and I want to thank everyone involved in South African rugby for the fantastic journey we have shared.

“There have also been plenty of challenges to confront but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way – it’s an indication of how much our sport matters in this country. Continue reading

SA Schools coach Lance Sendin and SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus praised their teams for their strong performances on Tuesday in the second round of the U19 International Series at Bishops in Rondebosch, Cape Town, which earned them rewarding victories against France and England respectively.

The SA Schools team overcame a determined challenge by France for a 42-3 victory, while the SA Schools A team outscored England eight tries to two for an emphatic 53-14 victory. The victory for the SA Schools team followed on their 23-17 win against Wales last Friday.

In the opening match of the day Wales defeated Italy 41-15. Continue reading

The race to the playoffs in both the A- and B-Sections of the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial Competition is still wide open and most of the teams will have a lot to play for in the penultimate round of pool matches this weekend.

Five of the six teams in the A-Section still have a chance of securing places in the top two on the log table to book their places in the final before the last round of league matches concludes on 3 September, while eight of the nine B-Section teams have a mathematical chance of advancing to the final. The B-Section is split into two segments, each with their own log table, with the top team in each segment set to line up in the final.

In the A-Section on Saturday, Eastern Province will meet SWD in Port Elizabeth, the Blue Bulls take on Border at Loftus Versfeld and Western Province will battle it out with KwaZulu-Natal in Cape Town. Continue reading

Lwazi Mvovo and Sikhumbuzo Notshe were released from the Springbok squad and have returned to their home provinces on Tuesday afternoon. They remain part of the overall Bok squad but will not feature in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship opener on Saturday against Argentina.

As a precaution, Francois Hougaard will not be considered for selection for the first two Tests against Argentina. He returned from the 2016 Rio Olympics with a knee niggle and following evaluation, Hougaard is currently undergoing rehabilitation with a view to return to fitness and participate later in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Meanwhile, prop Trevor Nyakane is making very good progress with his ankle recovery and there is a good chance he will be considered for the 26-man Bok touring squad to Argentina.

The Springboks are currently busy with preparations for the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Argentina on Saturday at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will announce his match-23 on Thursday.

Players from Noerdeland Hoerskool in Limpopo and Sibhulo Secondary School from Mpumalanga were crowned provincial champions at the McDonald’s U/14 Schools League soccer festival held at the Embalenehle Sasol Club in Secunda this past weekend.

Five schools from Limpopo and four schools from Mpumalanga played against each other to be crowned provincial winners to represent their province In the MC U/14 Schools League national finals which will be held in Gauteng from 29 September to 01 October.

“McDonald’s has been developing dreams of children in schools for the past 7 years and we are continuing with our commitment to the contribution of football development at grassroots level. This year, we are excited about the soccer festivals as they allow children to showcase their football talent amongst their peers, parents and communities” said McDonald’s South Africa Corporate Affairs Director, Sechaba Motsieloa. Continue reading

Springbok forwards Beast Mtawarira, Eben Etzebeth and a bunch of their team mates lit up a home for the aged in Middelburg on Sunday by serving the elderly residents tea and coffee with cupcakes, while a few streets away, Francois Hougaard, Lionel Mapoe, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk and Vincent Koch showed their creative side by completing a #LoveRugby hand-painted mural.

Not your usual team building exercise activities, but that’s precisely what the Springbok squad did on Sunday afternoon as part of their road trip from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, where they will be facing Argentina in the opening round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship this weekend.

The squad assembled in Johannesburg and then boarded the team bus for the four hour long road trip from Gauteng to Mpumalanga. Ninety minutes into the road trip, the team bus made a slight detour into the tranquil town of Middelburg to visit the St Joseph’s Home for the Aged. During their brief surprise visit, the squad and management served cupcakes, tea, coffee and fruit juice to the elderly residents. Continue reading

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