Springbok forwards Beast Mtawarira, Eben Etzebeth and a bunch of their team mates lit up a home for the aged in Middelburg on Sunday by serving the elderly residents tea and coffee with cupcakes, while a few streets away, Francois Hougaard, Lionel Mapoe, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk and Vincent Koch showed their creative side by completing a #LoveRugby hand-painted mural.
Not your usual team building exercise activities, but that’s precisely what the Springbok squad did on Sunday afternoon as part of their road trip from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, where they will be facing Argentina in the opening round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship this weekend.
The squad assembled in Johannesburg and then boarded the team bus for the four hour long road trip from Gauteng to Mpumalanga. Ninety minutes into the road trip, the team bus made a slight detour into the tranquil town of Middelburg to visit the St Joseph’s Home for the Aged. During their brief surprise visit, the squad and management served cupcakes, tea, coffee and fruit juice to the elderly residents. Continue reading
SA Schools coach Lance Sendin has made six changes to his side for the second round of matches in the U19 International Series at Bishops in Cape Town on Tuesday, while his SA Schools A counterpart Sean Erasmus made wholesale changes to his team, with only four players retaining their places in the starting line-up.
The SA Schools team will face France at 16h00 on Tuesday, while the SA Schools A team takes on England at 14h30. In the other clash Wales and Italy will go head-to-head at 13h00.
Sendin made six changes to the starting team that defeated Wales 23-17 at City Park Stadium on Friday, with the three changes in the backline seeing Manuel Rass getting a run at outside centre, Muller du Plessis starting on the left wing and Richman Gora running out at scrumhalf. They replace Wandisile Simelane, Sihle Njezula and Rewan Kruger respectively. Continue reading
Cape Town based coaches gain invaluable insights into cutting edge coaching techniques
This weekend, local school-based sports coaches from various parts of the Western Cape, gained invaluable insights into cutting edge coaching techniques from some of the world’s leading sports coaches at the Powerade Performance Academy. The Academy, hosted at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, on Sunday, 14 August, saw a number of high profile performance experts running an informative and interactive seminar. Among these experts were current IPL Delhi Daredevils coach, Paddy Upton and current head coach for the SA Men’s Hockey team, Fabian Gregory, who empowered coaches with vital knowledge to optimize their players’ performances. Continue reading
Bonus-point victories dominated in the Currie Cup Premier and Frist Divisions on a weekend where Xerox Golden Lions lock Lourens Erasmus became the unlikely holder of a special Currie Cup record as he set a new record for the quickest try in Currie Cup rugby at 8.5 seconds.
In a thrilling weekend of rugby, all but one of the winning sides in the Premier Division scored less than 40 points, and two of the three First Division victors scored over 50 points.
In the Premier Division, the Cell C Sharks defeated Griquas 46-24 in Durban, while the Toyota Free State Cheetahs outplayed the Vodacom Blue Bulls 43-20 in Bloemfontein, the Xerox Golden Lions thumped the Steval Pumas 68-26 in Johannesburg and Boland registered a valuable 28-10 away win against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth.
The victories for the Cell C Sharks and Toyota Free State Cheetahs marked their second round of bonus-point victories.
There is no amounts to measure the pride I am feeling right now. I could no longer wait for 3am to watch it and went to bed by midnight telling my friends I will wake up to the news. And what good news it was indeed! Local boy Wayde van Niekerk not only bagged gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics but smashed the world record in the process. And if you watch footage it looks like nearly 10 metres ahead of the silver medalist! Continue reading
South African referee Aimee Barrett on Friday described the experience of officiating at the Olympic Games in Rio as incredible, and she inspired women at home to follow their dreams, just as she did.
Barret and fellow South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge were named on the referee panel for the Women’s Sevens at the Olympic Games, where Australia took the Gold Medal on Tuesday.
“My experience of the Olympic Games was great,” said Barrett. “The team of match officials was incredible. The ladies with whom I refereed were very experienced, and I certainly learned a lot from them.
“Being on the field was an amazing experience. I had goose bumps every time I ran through the tunnel, and it was special to experience the atmosphere when Brazil played.” Continue reading
South Africa’s two World Rugby Sevens Players of the Year, Werner Kok and Cecil Afrika, described the bronze medal won by Team SA at the Rugby Sevens tournament of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as one of their career highlights.
Kok and Afrika were members of the Blitzboks team that comprehensively beat Japan 54-14 in the bronze medal match to earn South Africa a first ever Olympic medal in Rugby Sevens.
“It is a phenomenal feeling,” said Kok, who was named the World Sevens Player of the Year at the end of 2015.
“Just to be able to compete here and represent your country, to play for this team and be part of the Olympics was an achievement in itself. To add a medal, even if it is bronze and not the gold we came here for, is awesome.” Continue reading
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
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