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SA Schools coach Lance Sendin and SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus opted for continuity in selection for their final Under-19 International Series matches at Paarl Boys’ High on Saturday against England and Wales respectively as they look to finish the tournament on a winning note.

Sendin made only two changes to his team, with Paarl Boys prop Reece Bezuidenhout and HTS Middelburg flanker JC Pretorius earning starts in place of Nathan McBeth and Charl Serdyn respectively.

Erasmus, meanwhile, made an injury-enforced change to the SA Schools A team for their clash against Wales, with winger Ayabonga Oliphant coming in for fullback Abner van Reenen, who is nursing a quadriceps strain. Continue reading

SA Rugby on Friday launched its eighth Boks for Books library, at the Sukumani Primary School in Matsulu in rural Mpumalanga, as the province prepares for the Springboks’ opening Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The new library, which forms part of SA Rugby’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, marks the first of its kind in Mpumalanga, will play a vital role in uplifting the learners of Sukumani Primary School as well as the Matsulu community through literacy.

The library launch was attended by members of the SA Rugby leadership, as well as and Springbok squad members Malcolm Marx, Franco Mostert, Trevor Nyakane, Morne Steyn and Olympic bronze medallist Francois Hougaard.

The library is housed in a mobile container and is fully stocked with books and audio visual equipment, including a television and computer, a Libwin library system, and furniture, all of which has been funded in full by SA Rugby. Continue reading

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Back row from left to right: Carl Roothman-Chief Executive Sanlam, Francois Pienaar- Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Race Ambassador, Cllr Eddie Andrews-The Mayoral Committee member for tourism events and economic development for City of Cape Town, Aden Thomas-Heart FM, Jakes Jacobs-Sanlam Cape Town Marathon EXCO / WPA Front row from left to right: Elana Meyer- Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Race Ambassador, Andrea Du Plessis-Vital Health Foods nutritionist expert Photo: Mark Ward

Cape Town, 18 August 2016 – Having cemented its place as one of the most popular and prestigious marathons on the African continent, considered the ‘home’ of global distance running, organisers have confirmed another world-class international line-up for the annual Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

The weekend road running festival will again be highlighted by the 42.2km contest in the Mother City on 18 September, 2016.

With athletes from Africa continuing to dominate the international marathon racing circuit, by winning the majority of major global marathons, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will again give top performers from across the continent the opportunity to shine on African soil.

The elite fields for the men’s and women’s races will be packed with foreign and South African stars, with the organisers announcing an international line-up which is even bigger and better than that revealed for the 2015 race, which was won by Kenyans Shadrack Kemboi (2:11:41) and Isabella Ochichi (2:30:20), with Kemboi already indicating his intention to break the course record this September after having run a 67/ 64 split last year. Continue reading

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 Currie Cup caps.

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

Pic: Gallo via sport24.

Pic: Gallo via sport24.

Julian Redelinghuys will earn his first start for the Springboks against Argentina in Nelspruit on Saturday, while Bryan Habana, Johan Goosen, Oupa Mohoje and Lood de Jager all return to the side for the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test at the Mbombela Stadium.

Redelinghuys, capped four times, comes in at tighthead as replacement for the injured Frans Malherbe, who is struggling with a neck injury. Lock De Jager has recovered from the calf injury he sustained against Ireland in June and takes over the No 5 jersey from Pieter-Steph du Toit, who will provide cover from the bench.

The third change in the pack sees the return to the starting line-up of Mohoje as replacement for Siya Kolisi, who recently underwent ankle surgery. Continue reading

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GARDENS Rugby Club of Uitenhage grabbed the final spot in this weekend’s Gold Cup qualifying play-offs when they recorded an historic first-ever EP Grand Challenge title on Wednesday night.

Gardens beat Port Elizabeth Harlequins 27-13 in front of 3,000 spectators at the Central Ground in Uitenhage to ensure they are just two play-off matches away from representing Eastern Province in SA Rugby’s three-nation championship for non-university clubs, which kicks off on 10 September.

All rugby roads in the Eastern Cape will lead to the DP Ferreira Stadium in Rosedale on Saturday afternoon when Gardens host arch-rivals East London Police, who finished top of the Border Super League, in one of four Gold Cup play-off knockout matches scheduled across the country for 15h00. Continue reading

Injuries have forced DHL Western Province U19 coach Nazeem Adams to make five changes to his starting line-up to face the Toyota Cheetahs U19, at DHL Newlands on Friday.

Adams’ charges will be looking for their seventh consecutive victory of the season when they take on the Free State outfit in a match that kicks off at 12h00.

Three of the changes are in the backline, with Ryan Muller replacing Tristan Leyds (ankle injury) at fullback, Cyprian Nkomo coming in at inside centre for Troy Payne (knee injury), and Brandon Salamo getting an opportunity at scrumhalf for Jondre Williams (concussion).

Although Adams has lost the services of lock Cobus Wiese (shoulder injury) and hooker Matt Wiseman (groin injury), he has been able to replace them with Ruben de Villiers and Shane Farmer, who are both returning from spells on the sidelines themselves. Continue reading

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
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