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Pieter-Steph du Toit and Jano Vermaak will both earn their first Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers in the clash with the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Lock Du Toit and scrumhalf Vermaak take their place in the starting line-up for the blockbuster opening match, while experienced prop JC Janse van Rensburg is also in line to make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers should he take the field from the replacements bench.

Joining Janse van Rensburg amongst the replacements are promising youngsters JD Schickerling and Leolin Zas who will make their Vodacom Super Rugby debut should they get the opportunity.

Juan de Jongh will lead the team from inside centre, with his fellow co-captain Frans Malherbe set to make an impact off the replacements bench as he works his way back from an ankle injury.

De Jongh will link up with Johnny Kotze in midfield, with Robert du Preez earning his second Vodacom Super Rugby cap, and his first at flyhalf.

In the loose trio stalwart Schalk Burger is joined by No.8 Nizaam Carr and Sikhumbuzo Notshe in the first match of his final season with the DHL Stormers, with Siya Kolisi starting on the bench having recently returned to full training following a calf strain. Continue reading

The inclusion of Springboks Bryan Habana and Ryan Kankowski are two of seven changes in the Springbok Sevens squad of 13 players for the next two rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in North America.
The popular Las Vegas tournament takes place from 4 to 6 March in the USA and will be followed by the inaugural event in Vancouver, Canada, on 12 and 13 March.

Habana was released by his French club side Toulon to play for the Springbok Sevens in the next two rounds of the World Series, while Kankowski recently joined the squad on a fulltime basis, at the conclusion of the Japanese club season.

Apart from the inclusion of the experienced Springbok duo, the squad was further boosted by the return of several other Springbok Sevens stalwarts. Regular skipper Kyle Brown has shrugged off his shoulder injury and takes over the captaincy from Philip Snyman, who himself is sitting out the next two rounds after hurting his shoulder in Sydney. Continue reading

This from supersport.co.za:

Aaron Phangiso of the bizhub Highveld Lions has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the Momentum One-Day Cup match against the Warriors at Bidvest Wanderers, Johannesburg, on 24 February 2016.

Phangiso’s action will now be scrutinised further in accordance with the CSA Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.

Full story here:

http://www.supersport.com/cricket/domestic-cricket/news/160225/Phangiso_reported_for_suspect_action

SANZAAR on Tuesday announced the match official appointments for the opening rounds of Vodacom Super Rugby, with Craig Joubert, the most experienced referee on the panel, handed the highly-anticipated North-South derby between the DHL Stormers and the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday, 27 February.

Joining Joubert on the refereeing panel for the opening weekend, are his compatriots Stuart Berry, Marius van der Westhuizen and Jaco van Heerden.

Rasta Rasivhenge, Cwengile Jadezweni, Rodney Bonaparte, AJ Jacobs, Quinton Immelman and Lourens van der Merwe have been appointed as assistant referees, while Johan Greeff, Marius Jonker and Christie du Preez will do duty as TMOs. Continue reading

YOUR Champions, the Cape Cobras will host their 3rd consecutive Momentum One Day Cup Final at PPC Newlands on Sunday, 28 February. Let’s get behind our boys and from a sea of blue as we wave our flags!!

Details of the #MODCfinal are as follows:
CAPE COBRAS VS QUALIFIER
Date: Sunday, 28 February 2016
Venue: PPC Newlands
Time: 10h00 (Gates open: 08h30)
Ticket price: Adults: R60 (seat) & R50 (grass); children: R30 (seat) & R25 (grass); pensioners R30 (seat) & R25 (grass) Continue reading

The SA Select Women’s Sevens have been drawn in a challenging pool with Brazil, the USA Select 7s and a mixed international team, Stars Rugby 2, at the Las Vegas Invitational from 3 to 6 March.

The tournament kicks off one day before the USA Sevens and will run concurrently with the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament until the final day’s play on Sunday, where the champions will be crowned.

The Las Vegas Invitational will mark the SA Select team’s first tournament of the year, although the Springbok Women’s Sevens players and a handful of fringe players participated in a series of friendly matches against Brazil in Stellenbosch late in January.

“We played against Brazil a few weeks ago and we know what they are capable of, while we expect the USA Select team to test us thoroughly as well, especially if one considers that their first choice team have been performing well consistently on the World Rugby Sevens World Series,” said SA Select coach Renfred Dazel. Continue reading

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has appointed Juan de Jongh and Frans Malherbe as co-captains for the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

De Jongh has 84 Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers and is no stranger to the captaincy role, having led DHL Western Province to the Currie Cup title in 2014, while powerful tighthead prop Malherbe has long been earmarked as a leader within the squad.

The experienced De Jongh will lead the team out onto the pitch and have the final say in on-field decisions, but will share the captaincy duties with Malherbe both on and off the field.

Fleck said that the move to co-captaincy is an extension of the collective leadership that has driven the pre-season preparations. Continue reading

This from sport24.co.za:

Cape Town – Guided by a classy 101* from captain AB de Villiers, the Proteas have won the fifth one-day international at Newlands and along with it claimed a 3-2 series victory.

As it happened: Proteas v England – 5th ODI at Newlands

De Villiers won the toss and asked England to bat in slightly overcast conditions.

England’s lost regular wickets throughout their innings but opener Alex Hales stood firm, scoring 112 and ensuring England posted a competitive total of 236 all out, although the visitors did not make use of their full compliment of 50 overs.

For the Proteas, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and David Wiese picked up three wickets apiece. England however, will feel they gifted a few soft dismissals to the home attack.

The Proteas innings started slowly with both Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock having a good look at the bowling.
Full story here:

http://www.sport24.co.za/Cricket/Proteas/de-villiers-stars-as-proteas-claim-series-win-20160214

New signings Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jano Vermaak and JC Janse van Rensburg will all make their first appearances at DHL Newlands in a DHL Stormers jersey in the pre-season friendly against the Jaguares on Saturday.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 31-man squad for the encounter with the team from Argentina who are newcomers to Vodacom Super Rugby this season.

The friendly will be the last chance for the squad to test themselves ahead of the first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 27.

Fleck said that the focus will be on making the most of the opportunity to execute what they have been working on in a tough pre-season.

“We are just over two weeks off from that opening game against the Vodacom Bulls, and we want to use this chance to ensure we are able to make a strong start to the season. Continue reading

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Thursday 2 April 2015, GARTH APRIL  from Durbanville-Belville is tackled by JOHAN WAGENAAR from Jonsson College Rovers and NIKOLAI BLIGNAUT from Jonsson College Rovers  during the quarter-finals match of the Cell C Community Cup between Jonsson College Rovers  and Durbanville-Belville at the Impala Rugby Club in Rustenburg, South Africa. Photo by ImageSA/SARU

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Thursday 2 April 2015, GARTH APRIL from Durbanville-Belville is tackled by JOHAN WAGENAAR from Jonsson College Rovers and NIKOLAI BLIGNAUT from Jonsson College Rovers during the quarter-finals match of the Cell C Community Cup between Jonsson College Rovers and Durbanville-Belville at the Impala Rugby Club in Rustenburg, South Africa.
Photo by ImageSA/SARU

A fierce Western Cape derby awaits defending champions Durbanville-Bellville after SA Rugby on Thursday confirmed the pool draw for this year’s Gold Cup national championships for non-university clubs.
Durbell, who beat Rustenburg Impala 31-30 in last year’s Community Cup final to cap a fairytale campaign which they had begun as the 20th ranked team, are ranked first for the inaugural Gold Cup and will be joined in Pool A by Boland champions Villagers Worcester, Border title-holders Old Selbornians (who beat Durbell in the pool stages last year), and the Griffons’ number-one club, Welkom Rovers.

Impala are ranked second and face a tough Pool B campaign having been drawn against newcomers Pirates (Golden Lions), double SWD champions Pacaltsdorp Evergreens and new Limpopo victors Northam Rhinos. The pool has an international flavour in the form of Windhoek Wanderers, who have been nominated by the Namibian Rugby Union to be that country’s first representative in what has become a Southern African club tournament. Continue reading

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