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Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from April to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.

The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements. Continue reading

The Emirates Lions will tackle defending Vodacom Super Rugby champions, the Highlanders, in one of two mouth-watering semi-final clashes on Saturday. The vital clash starts at 15h00 and will be televised live on SuperSport 1.
New Zealand rivals, the Hurricanes and Chiefs, will battle it out in the earlier semi-final, which starts at 09h35 in the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Springbok flank Jaco Kriel will lead the Emirates Lions on their home turf after regular skipper Warren Whiteley was ruled out with a calf injury. The absence of Whiteley means youngster Ruan Ackermann will now start in the No 8 jersey for the Highveld side.

Whiteley sustained the injury in the quarter-final win over the Crusaders last weekend in Johannesburg and his injury-enforced absence is the only change to the starting fifteen.

Meanwhile, replacement scrumhalf Ross Cronjé has not recovered from his injury niggle and his place on the bench is taken by Dillon Smit.

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles will be given until match day to prove his fitness for the other last four encounter against the Chiefs. Coles is battling with a rib injury.
The All Black hooker is bracketed with Ricky Riccitelli in an otherwise unchanged Hurricanes team that defeated the Cell C Sharks in last weekend’s quarter-final.
Leni Apisai will come into the squad on the reserves bench if Coles does not recover in time from his rib injury he sustained against the Durban side.
The Emirates Lions have won eight of their last 10 home matches, while the Highlanders have succeeded in their last three away matches. A thrilling match is expected in Johannesburg.
Emirates Lions v Highlanders Continue reading

The eight SA Rugby Women’s Youth Training Centres (YTCs) will celebrate Women’s Day and the massive strides made in women’s rugby since its inception in South Africa with two exciting tournaments in George and Pretoria next month.

The aim of the tournaments, which were first introduced last season and will be played on 6 and 7 August, is to offer players between the ages of 14 and 18 the opportunity to celebrate their femininity by doing what they love, playing rugby. It will also allow the respective YTCs to measure their progress.

The tournaments – funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation – will be split into North and South Sections, to be played at the Eersterust Rugby Club in Pretoria and PW Botha High School in George respectively, with the U16 and U18 teams in each section participating in separate tournaments at the same venue. Continue reading

Two schools who are not even in the same neighbourhood because of the distance apart but very close in brotherhood will once again take to the rugby field on Saturday 30 July 2016 to continue a rivalry that started in 1929.

Grey High and Grey College both have the same benefactor in Sir George Grey, Governor of the Cape Colony from 5 December 1854 to 15 August 1861. He founded Grey College, Bloemfontein in 1855 and Grey High School in Port Elizabeth in 1856. During Grey’s first tenure as Governor of New Zealand, he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (1848). Grey gave land for the establishment of Auckland Grammar School in Newmarket, Auckland in 1850. The school was officially recognised as an educational establishment in 1868 through the Auckland Grammar School Appropriation Act of the Provincial Government. Auckland Grammar school also became the school in New Zealand that produced the most All Black rugby players, much in the same mould as Grey College has become the rugby factory for Springbok rugby players in South Africa. Continue reading

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

Pic by Chippie Solomon (WP Rugby) on Facebook.

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 mingonv@sarugby.co.za.

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 john@megapro.co.za 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

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