While the Olympic countdown is on, the Laureus Real Heroes campaign turns to young people and volunteers around the world who prove that sport has the power to unite people and change lives for the better.
From teaching life skills in a tsunami-devastated community in Sri Lanka, fighting youth crime in the most dangerous favelas in Rio to the historic Refugee Olympic Team, the Laureus Real Heroes are inspiring people who never give up in the fight against violence, discrimination and disadvantage.
On December 26, 2004 a tsunami hit the coast of Sri Lanka causing widespread devastation and loss of life. Led by Kushil Gunasekera, the Foundation of Goodness got straight to work in building confidence and teaching life and leadership skills to the young people impacted by the Tsunami in the village of Seneegma. “By doing this work, I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of kids who have climbed the ladder of success,” says Kushil, who founded the organisation 11 years ago. Continue reading
The Springbok Sevens rugby squad departed Cape Town on Wednesday morning, keen to join up with the rest of TEAM South Africa in Brazil as the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro looms large.
The Blitzboks team will be aiming for Olympic glory in Rugby Sevens which will be held at the Deordora Stadium in Rio.
The South Africans face Spain, France and Australia in Pool B of the competition. Rugby will make its long awaited return to the Olympic Games during three days of high-octane action from 9 to 11 August.
Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, said before their departure that the squad were pretty excited to be on their way to Rio.
“We are very excited to be part of the Olympic Games and finally travel to Rio,” said Powell. He added: “I must admit we are also a bit nervous. We know that in a once-off tournament like this, everyone is in with a chance to win it. If you are not 110% ready by the time the first match starts then it can become a very tough tournament for you. This is an exciting challenge though and we have a great group of guys here to embrace that.” Continue reading
DHL Stormers flank Siya Kolisi has undergone surgery on his ankle and will be out of action for the next three months.
Kolisi sustained the Syndesmosis injury in the opening stages of the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Chiefs at DHL Newlands.
Nizaam Carr’s shoulder injury will be monitored by the medical staff, and at this stage he is expected to be out for two weeks.
DHL Stormers co-captain Frans Malherbe has also been ruled out for three months due to a neck injury.
Tickets for the second HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament will go on sale to the public on Friday (29 July 2016) at 09h00, ranging in price from R150 to R250 for a full day’s rugby action
Sales open at 09h00 through Computicket and at their Shoprite outlets for the second edition of the sell-out tournament, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 December 2016.
A full seating plan of the stadium with the applicable ticket prices will be available when sales go live.
Hospitality packages at R2 995 per person per day (excluding VAT) and 20-person suites (R69 900 per suite per day, excluding VAT) are available from SA Rugby through Mingon van Rooyen at email@example.com.
Tickets and travel packages are also available from SA Rugby Travel www.sarugbytravel.co.za and from MEGAPRO, who have Supporters’ packages available. They can be purchased for Saturday only (R1 895 per person, excluding VAT), Sunday only (R2 295 excluding VAT per person) or Weekend Package (R3 700 per person excluding VAT). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for packages.
SA Rugby meanwhile warned against members of the public being tempted to purchase from any unofficial agencies as tickets and hospitality could not be guaranteed.
The HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament is the second of ten global destinations that will comprise the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The Emirates Lions will host the Highlanders next week in Johannesburg in the Vodacom Super Rugby semi-finals after the Highveld-team outplayed the Crusaders 42-25 on Saturday to book their place in the last four of the 2016 competition. Next Saturday’s match will kick off at 15h00 at Emirates Airline Park.
In the other semi-final match the Hurricanes will host the Chiefs after both teams won their playoff matches over the weekend. The Hurricanes defeated the Cell C Sharks 41-0 in Wellington while the Chiefs posted a 60-21 win over the DHL Stormers in their late Saturday fixture in Cape Town. The Hurricanes match starts at 09h35 SA time.
The Highlanders were the first team to book their place in the semi-finals when they edged the Brumbies 15-9 on Friday morning (SA time) in Canberra.
Following their pulsating win over the Crusaders, the Emirates Lions have now won their last five games on home soil, which is their longest home winning streak in a single season.
2016 Super Rugby semi-finalists seeding: Continue reading
Defending SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial champions, Border, continued to set the pace in the A Section of the competition this weekend as they defeated KwaZulu-Natal to remain the only unbeaten team after two rounds.
Border, who secured a hat-trick of Women’s Interprovincial titles last season, kicked off the 2016 season with a 72-3 victory against SWD and built on this with a 27-3 win against KwaZulu-Natal at the BCM Stadium in East London on Saturday.
Western Province and the Blue Bulls, meanwhile, secured their first victories of the season, with Province thumping SWD 51-3 at the Pniel Villagers Rugby Club outside of Stellenbosch, while the Blue Bulls overpowered Eastern Province 38-17 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
In the B Section, the Limpopo Blue Bulls bounced back from their round-one defeat with a 19-15 victory against the Valke at the NWU Vaal Rugby Club in Vanderbijilpark, while the Leopards kicked off their season with a 53-10 victory against the Pumas at Profert Olën Park, Potchefstroom. Continue reading
Vodacom Super Rugby enters the exciting knockout phase this weekend when four matches will be played across three countries, in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa respectively.
One match takes place on Friday morning, while the rest of the action is scheduled for Saturday, when the three South African teams – the Emirates Lions, DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks – will all be in action.
Australian conference winners the Brumbies kick-start the playoffs when they host the Highlanders on Friday in Canberra in a 10h00 kick-off (SA time).
Wildcard entry, the Cell C Sharks, will be the first South African side in action in the playoffs when they front up to table-topping Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday morning. This match at the Westpac Stadium starts at 09h35 SA time.
The Emirates Lions, who finished the league stages of the competition in overall second place and as Africa Conference 2 winners, are next in action on Saturday. The Highveld outfit take on the visiting Crusaders in a 16h30 kick-off at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Continue reading
After starting the first two games of the season, Du Preez injured his knee against the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Round Two and comes into the starting line-up for Jean-Luc du Plessis who was injured in the victory against the Southern Kings at DHL Newlands last week.
There is just one other change to the backline, for the match which kicks off at 19h00 on Saturday, as Nic Groom returns after being rested against the Southern Kings, with Louis Schreuder and Brandon Thomson providing backline cover on the replacements bench.
In the front row Bongi Mbonambi starts at hooker with Scarra Ntubeni moving to the replacements bench where he will be joined by props Oli Kebble and co-captain Frans Malherbe who are both returning from injury.
Locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit both return after sitting out last week, whilst the only change to the loose trio sees Siya Kolisi return to the starting XV with Rynhardt Elstadt and a fit-again Nizaam Carr amongst the replacements. Continue reading
DHL Western Province will be aiming to finish the Currie Cup Qualifiers on top of the standings when they face Namibia Welwitschias in their final game in Windhoek on Saturday.
Coach John Dobson’s team has lost just one of their 13 games this season, and are currently tied with ORC Griquas on log points.
ORC Griquas play the Leopards on Friday night, so DHL Western Province will know exactly what is required to top the standings when their clash with Namibia Welwitschias kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday.
There have been a number of changes to the team that registered their 13th victory of the season against the Border Bulldogs at DHL Newlands last week.
Up front loosehead prop JC Janse van Resnburg will make his DHL Western Province debut, while Jurie van Vuuren and returning captain Chris van Zyl will link up in the second row. Continue reading
The SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial Series will gain momentum on Saturday as the teams contest the second round of matches following an opening round dominated by big wins earlier this month.
Western Province will meet SWD in the opening match of the A Section at the Pniel Villagers Rugby Club outside Stellenbosch, while defending champions, Border, will host KwaZulu-Natal at the BCM Stadium in East London, and the Blue Bulls will go up against Eastern Province at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Border, Eastern Province and KwaZulu-Natal will be hunting their second victories of the season, while the Blue Bulls and Western Province will be looking to make the most of their first home games to close in on the early pace-setters in the competition. Continue reading