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The Currie Cup will be in full swing this weekend with the Xerox Golden Lions, EP Kings and Griquas kicking off their Premier Division campaigns, while the six First Division teams will be in action in the opening round of their tournament.

The EP Kings will kick off their season with a clash against Boland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday, which will be followed by the clash between Griquas and the Cell C Sharks at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban. In Saturday’s matches, defending champions, the Xerox Golden Lions, will meet the Steval Pumas at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

DHL Western Province have a bye.

Both the EP Kings and Boland will be looking to build confidence early in the season. The Cavaliers went down 44-16 against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in the opening round, but they will be buoyed by a 37-18 win over Eastern Province in Wellington in their Qualifier in April. Continue reading

 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Lorenzo Masselli (Italy), Louritz van der Schyff (SA Schools A Captain), Salmaan Moerat (SA Schools Captain), Daniel Brennan (France), Callum Bradbury (Wales) and Josh Bayliss (England) during the U/19 International Series media opportunity with team captains at V&A Waterfront on August 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 11: (L-R) Lorenzo Masselli (Italy), Louritz van der Schyff (SA Schools A Captain), Salmaan Moerat (SA Schools Captain), Daniel Brennan (France), Callum Bradbury (Wales) and Josh Bayliss (England) during the U/19 International Series media opportunity with team captains at V&A Waterfront on August 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

SA Schools coach Lance Sendin and SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus on Thursday named their teams for the opening round of the Under-19 International Series at City Park Stadium in Crawford, Cape Town, on Friday.

The SA Schools team will face Wales at 15h00 and the SA Schools A team takes on Italy at 13h30. In the other fixture England and France clash at 12h00. All three matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (channel 201).

With the bulk of the 26-man SA Schools squad being made up of DHL Western Province players, who took top honours in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week for the second successive year, Sendin had the luxury of selecting a few settled player combinations.

The DHL Western Province loose trio of Charl Serdyn, Muller Uys and Khanya Ncusane will form a solid looseforward combination, while their provincial counterparts, fullback Gianni Lombard and wing Mike Mavovana, will also form a key combination at the back along with left wing Sihle Njezula from Eastern Province. Continue reading

SA Rugby announced on Thursday that Blue Label Telecoms has extended its partnership with the Springboks to cover the rest of the 2016 season after joining SA Rugby’s sponsorship family for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland in June this year.

Once again, Blue Label Telecoms’ name and branding will appear on the Springboks’ jersey for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to Europe in November. The arrangement includes a number of on- and off-field areas at home matches in South Africa too.

“The fact that Blue Label Telecoms has decided to extend their partnership shows that they have seen worth in being associated with the Springboks and we’re grateful for their continued support,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux. Continue reading

Our PSL team will depart for their pre-season training camp in George today, as head coach Roger De Sa and his technical team looks to add the final touches to the team’s preparation for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign.

The boys will depart at 12h00 today with their estimated time of arrival in George being at 19h00.

Roger De Sa believes that this trip affords his players the chance to get to know each other off the field and form a bond which will be vital ahead of the season ahead.

“We’ll be looking for a continuation of our preparation we’ve been doing, it’s obviously just nice to get away for a while. Everybody is looking forward to it, it’s a different environment and the guys will get a chance to bond a little bit more too. We’ll also get to play a few friendly games there against different opposition to what we have in Cape Town,” commented an optimistic De Sa.

“The main reason for this trip is to get everybody to gel. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of jokes and pranks, which makes it fun. Also we’ll have more time to get some video sessions in,” concluded De Sa.

Ajax CT very much looks forward to our trip to the beautiful city of George, and are excited at the prospect of engaging with the community.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 07: Louritz van der Schyff (SA Schools A Captain), Jean de Villiers and Salmaan Moerat (SA Schools Captain) during to the SA Schools players at Southern Sun Hotel on August 07, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 07: Louritz van der Schyff (SA Schools A Captain), Jean de Villiers and Salmaan Moerat (SA Schools Captain) during to the SA Schools players at Southern Sun Hotel on August 07, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

The SA Schools and SA Schools A teams on Sunday began their preparations for the Under-19 International Series on an inspirational note as they were treated to a talk by former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers.

De Villiers, who earned 109 Caps for the Springboks between 2002 and 2015, took time out on his wedding anniversary to share the highs and lows of his illustrious Springbok career with the players, and to inspire them to work hard to achieve their dream of playing for the Springboks one day.

“Firstly I would like to congratulate each one of you for being selected to represent the SA Schools and SA Schools A teams,” De Villiers told the players. “It is an honour to represent your country, so make the most of the opportunity. Continue reading

Note to editors: Please find audio files of TEAM SA Rugby Sevens coach, Neil Powell (English and Afrikaans), captain Kyle Brown (English) and player Werner Kok (Afrikaans and English) following a successful Day One in Rio.

Wins over Spain and France on the opening day of the Rugby Sevens tournament at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro confirmed Team South Africa’s credentials as medal contenders in a day highlighted by upsets, as rugby returned to the Games for the first time in 92 years.

Team South Africa opened their pool B campaign against Spain with a 24-0 win, before a commanding first half saw then ease into a 26-0 win over France, to top pool B after Day One.

With two wins, South Africa confirmed their continued presence in the medal section of the tournament, as the win secured them a place in the quarterfinals, to be played on Wednesday. Continue reading

The Springbok Women’s Sevens team has been nominated as one of three finalists for Team of the Year in the 11th Edition of the Gsport Awards following an impressive 2015/16 season.

Gsport is an online initiative launched in 2006 to raise the profile of South African women in sport.

The Springbok Women’s Sevens will go head-to-head with the Free State Crinums netball team and the Momentum Proteas cricket team for the award. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at The Venue, Melrose Arch, in Johannesburg on Saturday, 27 August.

The 2015/16 season has been an impressive one for Springbok Sevens coach Renfred Dazel and his team as they won the Rugby Africa Sevens Olympic Qualifier in Johannesburg, the Roma Sevens and Hong Kong Women’s Sevens Invitational Cup. Continue reading

Springbok prop Lourens Adriaanse was on Monday called up to the Springbok squad after Trevor Nyakane was ruled out of Boks’ first two matches of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina because of an ankle injury.

Nyakane will continue his rehabilitation under the supervision of both the Vodacom Bulls and Springboks’ medical and conditioning team.

Cell C Sharks front-ranker, Adriaanse, will join the Springbok squad in Sandton on Monday afternoon. The Springbok training squad has started to assemble in stages for their preparation of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against the Pumas on Saturday, 20 August in Nelspruit.

The locally-based contingent of the squad assembled on Sunday evening in Sandton while the nine Emirates Lions players are expected at the camp Thursday. The overseas-based players and the squad’s two Olympians will join up with the rest of the players on Sunday, 14 August.

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, said although Nyakane was making good progress he would not be available for selection for the opening two rounds.

“Trevor will continue with his medical treatment, conditioning and recovery but we obviously need to get a replacement in for the two weeks, or as soon as Trevor is declared fit. It will be a risk not to have five fit props in the squad,” said Coetzee.

“Like Trevor, Lourens can play on both sides of the scrum and he was on our standby list. Other prop candidates such as Jannie du Plessis, Lizo Gqoboka and Coenie Oosthuizen are all injured and therefore not available.”

Adriaanse made his only appearance to date for the Boks on 23 November 2013 against France in Paris aged 25.

The Springboks started their weekly activities with a gym workout, followed by a field session in the afternoon at the nearby Hyde Park High School.

‘Miracle Man’ Grant Lottering does the impossible in the French Alps, completing the grueling solo, non-stop ride of 962km, including 19 410m of climbing, in 46 hours and 17 minutes!

On 4 August 2016, Grant Lottering, South African survivor, speaker and ultra-endurance cyclist, achieved his goal of riding 1 000km through the French Alps in less than 48 hours. Starting in Frëjus near Cannes in France, Lottering completed the grueling solo, non-stop ride at Les Saises Ski Resort (one hour from Geneva) with a ride time of 46 hours 17 minutes and a total lapsed time of 50 hours and 40 minutes. Lottering climbed 20 mountains in this epic journey with a total elevation of 19 410m. Continue reading

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