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Jaco Taute will make his first appearance this season for the DHL Stormers in their clash with the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The powerful utility back suffered a knee injury in pre-season, and makes his return to Vodacom Super Rugby action at fullback in place of Cheslin Kolbe who is currently on national Sevens duty.

A fit-again Schalk Burger also returns to the starting line-up at No.8 and will captain the side in the absence of Juan de Jongh who is also with the Springbok Sevens squad.

The only other change to the team that started the 31-24 victory against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands before the June break sees Vincent Koch replace the injured Frans Malherbe at tighthead prop.

On the replacements bench prop JP Smith and utility back Scott van Breda are both in line to make their DHL Stormers debut should they take the field. Continue reading

This from timeslive.co.za:

Cape Town City FC will make their bow in the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season after the new franchise out of the ashes of Mpumalanga Black Aces was launched on Wednesday.

The club‚ owned by John Comitis‚ will make their professional debut with a high-profile MTN8 meeting against Kaizer Chiefs at their Cape Town Stadium base on a date yet to be determined by the PSL.

The club is an ambitious project that seeks to unify 100 grassroots teams that play in the SAFA leagues to feed into their academy that is potentially to be based in Nyanga.

Discussions over the project started with SAFA Western Cape president Norman Arendse last November‚ and culminated in the purchase of Black Aces’ franchise to form a professional team for the grassroots sides to feed into.

“It was clear‚ if you don’t tap into the heart of the guy at the grassroots‚ you cannot succeed at the top. This is a club for the people‚” Comitis said. Continue reading

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell on Wednesday welcomed the draw of TEAM SOUTH AFRICA in Pool B of the Rugby Sevens event at the 2016 Olympic Games, to be played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this year.

The pools for this exciting milestone event which will see Rugby Sevens returning to the Olympic arena again after 92 years, were announced for the 12-team men’s and women’s events at Rio 2016 on Tuesday.

The second-seeded South Africans were grouped with Australia, France and Spain and according to Powell, all pools will be tough.

“I am pleased with our pool, but the reality is that you will have to respect every opponent, play every game at your best and use your opportunities. There will be no easy games and there are no easy pool. Even Brazil, who are seeded 12th, will be a very tough nut to crack as they will be playing in front of their home crowd. We need to prepare well because the other pools are also very competitive,” cautioned Powell. Continue reading

Pic: enca.com

Pic: enca.com

Unfortunately, various media reports over the weekend, yesterday and today, have cast doubt over the manner in which Ajax Cape Town conducts its business with regards to the transfer of its players.

It would come as no surprise, that third parties, would have resorted to using the media as a tool to achieve their goals at the detriment of the various role players involved in this transfer, namely the Chairman of Orlando Pirates Dr Irvin Khoza and Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou, the persons directly associated with the transfer of the two players.

It is normal practice that negotiations regarding the transfer of a player takes place between the buying and selling club prior to the player having been made aware of any possible transfer. When an agreement has been reached between the two clubs, the selling club will brief the player/agent of the status quo regarding the potential transfer. Once this has been done, the selling club will then give permission to the buying club to talk to the player to conclude personal terms and contract with the new club. The contract between the two clubs is always subject to the player having agreed terms with the new club (this was stated in both the Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town press releases). Continue reading

Boland, Free State and the Valke on Tuesday continued their winning ways at the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria to remain the only unbeaten teams in the tournament.

Boland, who took top honours at the 2015 edition of the tournament, registered a morale-boosting 20-11 victory against Western Province in the final match of the day on Tuesday.

Boland trailed 8-7 at the break, but they produced a fine second half performance to defeat their Western Cape neighbours in what proved to be a rematch of last year’s final match.

The Valke, meanwhile, defeated the Golden Lions Extraordinary Education team 41-12, while the Free State scored seven tries to two by the Leopards for their 41-17 win.

The second day’s action proved to be good for hosts, the Blue Bulls, who bounced back from their 43-8 round-one defeat against Boland to beat Gauteng neighbours, the Golden Lions, 34-17. Continue reading

Please note a correction to the score between the Blue Bulls and Boland in the LSEN Week. Boland won 43-8. The day-two fixtures for the LSEN Week on Tuesday have also been included below the day-one scores.

The SA Rugby Youth Weeks kicked off on an exciting note on Monday with the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria and the National Girls Under-16 Week at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom respectively.

The opening day at the LSEN Week featured a few close encounters, with Western Province defeating SWD 25-20, while KwaZulu-Natal pipped the Blue Bulls Extraordinary Education (EE) team 37-36 and the Golden Lions EE side edged the Eastern Cape 19-17. Continue reading

The SA Rugby Youth Weeks kicked off on an exciting note on Monday with the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria and the National Girls Under-16 Week at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom respectively.

It was a good day for the hosts at both tournaments, with the Blue Bulls defeating the LSEN Week’s leading 2015 side, Boland, 43-8 at Affies, while the Griffons cruised to a 39-0 victory against the Pumas in the National Girls U16 Week.

The opening day at the LSEN Week featured a few close encounters, with Western Province defeating SWD 25-20, while KwaZulu-Natal pipped the Blue Bulls Extraordinary Education (EE) team 37-36 and the Golden Lions EE side edged the Eastern Cape 19-17. Continue reading

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 27-man squad for the upcoming two-match tour of Australia.

In the absence of co-captains Juan de Jongh (Springbok Sevens) and Frans Malherbe (neck injury), the DHL Stormers will be led by veteran loose forward Schalk Burger for their matches against the Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.

Malherbe’s injury, which will see him sidelined for two to three weeks, means that there is a call-up for young tighthead prop Wilco Louw who has been impressive for DHL Western Province in recent weeks.

Another player who will not be part of the squad is fullback Cheslin Kolbe who is also on national Sevens duty.

The other additions to the squad see fit-again lock Jean Kleyn, prop JP Smith and utility backs Jaco Taute and Scott van Breda all join the touring group for the first time this season. Continue reading

SA Rugby President Oregan Hoskins on Sunday thanked Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron for his immense contribution to rugby in South Africa as a coach and player and wished him luck for the next chapter in his career in Japan.

Theron completed his six-year reign as the Junior Springbok coach on Saturday in the bronze playoff at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester England, against Argentina, in which the team suffered a 49-19 defeat.

Under Theron’s guidance, the Junior Springboks won the Junior World title in 2012 and collected one silver and two bronze medals in the past six years.

As a player Theron earned 13 Test caps, while he played for the Griquas Rugby Union from 1996 to 2009, before working his way up to become a celebrated provincial coach at the Kimberley-based union.

He will join the Docomo Red Hurricanes in Japan on 19 July at their summer camp in Hokkaido, with his contract running until 31 March 2018.

“On behalf of SA Rugby I would like to thank Dawie for his immense contribution to South African rugby,” said Mr Hoskins. “Dawie has been a fine ambassador for South African rugby having established himself as a top class provincial player and later a Springbok, and then a fine coach.  Continue reading

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