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There were no new injury concerns for the DHL Stormers heading into the bye week following their clash with the Waratahs at DHL Newlands.

On the long-term injury list there are a number of players that have made good progress, with the likes of Wilco Louw, Jaco Taute, Jano Vermaak and Robert du Preez expected to be available for selection following the June international break.

Eben Etzebeth is in the final stages of his rehabilitation from a calf injury, and may travel with the team to face the Sunwolves in Singapore on May 14 depending on his progress this week.

Taute will return to training for the first time this week since picking up an ankle injury in pre-season, while scrumhalf Vermaak (neck injury) and flyhalf Du Preez (knee injury) should be back on the training pitch next month.

Lock Jean Kleyn who injured his arm is also expected to return to full fitness before the end of the Vodacom Super Rugby season.

The Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) has welcomed South Western Districts back into the DHL Stormers fold.

South Western Districts formed part of the original DHL Stormers franchise which was formed in 1998, and after a 10 year absence the union has once again been made official partners in the DHL Stormers franchise. Continue reading

The South African Rugby Union on Monday extended condolences to the family of former Springbok captain, Cornelius Michael “Nelie” Smith, who passed away in the early hours of Monday morning.

“Oom Nelie”, 81, passed away due to heart failure, in Strand where he lived, only a week before his 82nd birthday on 8 May.

The president of SA Rugby, Mr. Oregan Hoskins, said rugby across the globe is poorer today. Continue reading

Think you have what it takes to master the BIG5?

Swimming, cycling and running mixed with food, wine-tastings, live music and lots of oysters – that’s what you can expect at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from 1 to 10 July 2016. With more than 100 activities spread over ten days there will be no shortage of fun. But, if the idea of a week of nothing but indulgence leaves you restless why not sign up for theBIG5 Sport Challenge?

The BIG5 Sport Challenge not only offers the unique opportunity to experience some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery while enjoying the sport you love, but the impressive multisport event has gained massive popularity over the last few years and has become a bucket list ‘must’ on the local and international endurance and adventure race calendar. Continue reading

DHL Stormers stalwart Nic Groom will be leaving at the end of the season to join English Premiership side the Northampton Saints.

The scrumhalf recently brought up his half-century of Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers in their victory against the Reds at DHL Newlands.

The 26-year-old double Currie Cup winner, who has also played in 59 Currie Cup matches for DHL Western Province, has spent his entire professional career at DHL Newlands having come through the Western Province Rugby Institute. Continue reading

  • DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks edged in tense battles

The Vodacom Bulls scored the only win for the South African franchise teams over the weekend in a full round of Vodacom Super Rugby fixtures, which saw all the local teams in action against overseas opponents.

The side from Pretoria made it six wins from eight starts this season so far with their comfortable and well-deserved 42-20 bonus-point win over the Western Force on Friday in Perth. The DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks were edged in close fought battles, while the Emirates Lions, Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings also fell short.

By scoring five tries to two, and only conceding the second one after the final hooter, the Pretoria side moved to 28 points on the log. They also broke a four-year winless drought in Australia with their sparkling win in Perth.

Down to 14-man in the second half because of the red shown to young wing Leolin Zas, the DHL Stormers showed admirable fighting spirit right to the end in their home fixture against the Waratahs. But their brave effort were dealt a fatal blow when flanker Michael Hooper crashed over to score with two minutes to go to clinch a tense, action-packed encounter 32-30 in the late Saturday night fixture in Cape Town. Continue reading

This from sport24.co.za:

Lloyd Burnard – Sport24

Cape Town – It has been a week in which transformation, or the lack thereof, has hogged South African headlines once more.

Everybody has an opinion, yet those opinions don’t always line up when what is a largely sensitive topic of discussion surfaces.

There are concerns over what can and can’t be said, what is politically correct and what is not, and the more that the topic is discussed the murkier the mechanisms of achieving the end goal become.

Even the end goal itself is unclear.

Are we striving to have every national side become accurately representative of the demographics of the country, without any exception or leniency?

Or is the end goal of transformation to ensure that every sports playing person in South Africa is given an equal opportunity to get to the top of his or her game, at which point the best will be chosen?

It appears that transformation is seeking to achieve both of those things, but identifying the best vehicle to facilitate a move towards those goals has been problematic.

At the April 19 portfolio committee meeting between SA Rugby and the Department of Sport and Recreation, SA Rugby provided feedback on their transformation progress in 2015.

According to their presentation, Western Province was the best performing of the 14 unions in terms of meeting transformation requirements.

What is their secret?

Full story here:

http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/fleck-colour-not-a-factor-at-stormers-20160428

· Five SA franchise teams involved in overseas matches this weekend

· Southern Kings clash with Jaguares on maiden Argentine visit

The two leading teams on the Africa conference standings, the DHL Stormers and Emirates Lions, will be eyeing home wins this weekend, while the rest of the South African franchises are all playing away matches in Round 10 of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

For the first time in Vodacom Super Rugby history, six SA teams will be in action this weekend against overseas foes in a single round. This weekend’s action sees no less than five South African franchise teams playing overseas.

On Friday morning (SA time) the Cell C Sharks continue their tour of New Zealand against the Chiefs in New Plymouth, with the two teams getting this weekend’s action underway in another exciting round of fixtures. Continue reading

DHL Stormers co-captains Juan de Jongh and Frans Malherbe both return for the Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

De Jongh takes his place at outside centre after missing the 40-22 victory over the Reds last week with concussion, and will partner Damian de Allende in midfield, while Malherbe returns at tighthead prop after being ruled out last week due to illness.

The only other changes to the starting line-up are rotational switches to the forward pack as Schalk Burger takes his place at No.8 with Nizaam Carr shifting to the flank and Siya Kolisi moving to the replacements bench, whilst in the front row JC Janse van Rensburg starts at loosehead prop.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team are intent on raising the bar once again at DHL Newlands.

“We are determined to keep on progressing along the path we have embarked on this season, and the Waratahs will provide another serious challenge this weekend.

“The team has really bought into what we are trying to do, and I am excited to see what they can produce in front of our faithful fans on Saturday,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Mike Fraser

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Tuesday said his team was making solid progress in terms of their game plan and mental toughness as their preparations continue for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, from 7 June to 25 June.

The Junior Springbok training squad faced the Western Province Academy on Tuesday, in their second contact session since assembling in camp in Stellenbosch earlier this month, and Theron was satisfied with the performance at the end of the hit-out.

The SA U20 training squad produced a solid display in which they scored 14 tries and denied the Western Province Academy from scoring one in the contact session, which was made up of four 20-minute chukkas. Continue reading

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