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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

The Western Province Rugby Football Union will hold a memorial service in honour of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile, at 19h00, on Tuesday 23 August 2016, at the St. Saviours Anglican Church in Claremont.

Reverend Stofile passed away peacefully on 15 August 2016, at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape, at the age of 71.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula will deliver the keynote address, and various dignitaries such as the President of SASCOC, Mr Gideon Sam, the acting President of SARU, Mr Mark Alexander and former Presidents of SARU, Mr Silas Nkanunu, Mr Brian van Rooyen and Mr Oregan Hoskins have all confirmed their attendance. Continue reading

Border have booked their place in the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial A Section Final, while the Golden Lions will feature in the B Section Final after both teams registered valuable victories in the penultimate round of pool matches this past weekend.

In the A Section, Border currently lead Western Province by two and the Blue Bulls by four points on the log table, with one round of matches remaining. However, as WP and the Blue Bulls face each other next week in the final pool round, the way has been cleared for Border to secure their fourth successive final berth.

The winner in the clash between Western Province and the Blue Bulls will in all likelihood meet Border the final, but the results in the final pool round will determine where the Final will be hosted. Continue reading

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