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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Wednesday called up Leopards flyhalf Benhard Janse van Rensburg to the Junior Springbok squad as injury cover at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, while captain Jeremy Ward has been cited for a dangerous tackle in the semi-final against England.

Janse van Rensburg will depart for Manchester on Wednesday and is set to join the team on Thursday after wing S’busiso Nkosi (thigh) and scrumhalf Embrose Papier (ankle) were forced to return to South Africa.

With sufficient cover at wing and scrumhalf ahead of the bronze playoff match against Argentina at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday, Theron opted to call up Janse van Rensburg.

Theron will name his team to face Argentina on Friday. Continue reading

The Cape Cobras, one of South Africa’s most decorated franchises since its inception and a powerhouse, will kick off their campaign for the coveted domestic triple-crown with a Sunfoil Series clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions from 6th October at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

The Cobras squad has been strengthened by the return to form by a rejuvenated Wayne Parnell. Six of their stalwarts will be on tour with South Africa A, which gives the Cape Champions ample opportunity to bolster their self-confidence ahead of a packed domestic 2016/2017-season.

The Cobras have also signed two of the most talented young South African cricketers, Zubayr Hamza and Jason Smith, for their professional squad.

Hamza slammed 833 runs in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup in 2015/2016, while Smith celebrated his first appearance for the Cape Cobras in a Momentum One Day Cup-match with a composed half-century. Continue reading

Pic: sport24.co.za

Pic: sport24.co.za

Cell C Sharks prop Coenie Oosthuizen will join the Springboks on Wednesday in Port Elizabeth as an extra front row cover following the withdrawal of Trevor Nyakane, who is struggling with an ankle injury.

The experienced Oosthuizen was called up to the Bok camp to cover the loosehead and tighthead positions.

Nyakane hurt his ankle last Saturday in the Boks’ win over Ireland in the second Castle Lager Incoming Series Test played in Johannesburg.

The 27-year-old Oosthuizen has earned 23 Springboks caps to date and recently played for the SA ‘A’ side in their two-match series against the England Saxons.

The Springboks have a training free day on Wednesday, apart from variety of #LoveRugby activations in the morning. The Bok team to face Ireland in the deciding third Test this Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, will be named on Thursday.

Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane was on Tuesday withdrawn from the squad for this Saturday’s third Test against Ireland because of injury.

The prop suffered an ankle injury against Ireland in the second Test between the sides last Saturday in Johannesburg. Nyakane was sent for x-rays on Monday, which showed no fracture except for some swelling.

However, further assessment on Tuesday morning revealed that Nyakane will not be ready to be considered for Saturday’s final Test. A substitution to serve as extra cover for both the loosehead and tighthead positions, will be named in due course.

Nyakane joins No 8 Duane Vermeulen (elbow) and Lood de Jager (calf) on the injured list. All three players have left the Springbok camp.

The Bok management has confirmed that three players, Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Stormers), Nic Groom (DHL Stormers) and Garth April (Cell C Sharks), will return to their franchises on Tuesday afternoon.

The Springboks continued their preparations on Tuesday morning with an extended training session at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

South Africa and Ireland meet on Saturday at 17h00 in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the deciding third Castle Lager Incoming Series Test.

The nine different DHL Western Province teams for the upcoming national Youth Weeks have been named.

The squads range from the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week teams that will compete at Kearsney College in KwaZulu-Natal, through to the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week sides which will play on home soil at Paarl Gimnasium, as well as the teams for the U18 LSEN Craven Week, the National Girls Under-18 Week in Kimberley and the National Girls Under-16 Week in Welkom.

Salmaan Moerat from Paarl Boys High will captain the DHL Western Province Craven Week team, and is one of four players along with Khanya Ncusane, Manuel Rass and Damian Willemse who were part of the all-conquering 2015 team.

The DHL Western Province Craven Week side will be coached by Elmo Wolfaardt from Paarl Boys High, whilst the Academy Week side will be captained by Heinrich Brendel from Boland Landbou and coached by Clinton van Rensburg from Rondebosch Boys High.

The U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week Academy Week, U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week squads will attend a capping ceremony at DHL Newlands on Tuesday, June 21, whilst the capping ceremony for the U18 LSEN, U13 XV, U16 XV, U18 Girls and U16 Girls teams will be held on Wednesday, June 22. Continue reading

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron singled out mistakes at crucial times as the main reason for the SA U20 team’s 39-17 defeat against England in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship semi-final at the Academy Stadium in Manchester, England, on Monday.

South Africa trailed 31-3 at the break and tried hard to work their way back into the match in the second half, but missed opportunities cost them dearly.

The Junior Springboks will face Argentina in the bronze playoff at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday, while England will host Ireland in the final of the international spectacle. Continue reading

Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen was on Monday ruled out of the deciding third Test against Ireland on Saturday because of an elbow injury.

Vermeulen sustained the injury in the first half of the second Caste Lager Incoming Series Test against Ireland on Saturday in Johannesburg. He was replaced at halftime by Warren Whiteley.

“Duane went for x-rays on Monday, which revealed a grade two tear in the elbow. He will be out for between two to six weeks, depending on how the injury responds to treatment,” explained Dr Konrad von Hagen, the Springbok medical doctor.

The Bok team management confirmed that no replacement will be called up. Continue reading

Thanks to the folk at ASICS I have tickets to the big game on Saturday 25 June 2015 at 5pm!

It’s the decider between South Africa and Ireland after the Boks made a historic comeback last Saturday, beating Ireland 32-26 in Jozi after losing to them in the opener back in Cape Town. This weekends game is one of immense importance as not only will it be decided who the winner is but both teams have a reputation to defend. Ireland have never beaten South Africa in a series on home soil and this is also the Boks first series under new coach (Grahamstown born) Allister Coetzee.

You don’t need to miss this massive encounter nor watch it from your lounge. You could be at the game!!! 🙂

Simple competition (cos we like giving away free stuff on baydu.co.za) and all you need to do to win one of 2 sets of tickets is to answer the following question:

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Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell will get his final chance to assess his charges in a competitive environment before the Rio Olympic Games in the Assupol 7s International tournament in Stellenbosch on July 1-2.

The tournament, which will be held at the Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch, features two tiers with six teams in the international section and then 16 local club teams competing for a trophy of their own.

Kenya, Zimbabwe, a Namibian invitational team, a Western Province invitational team and the SA Academy Sevens team have all been invited to compete with Powell’s men as they gear up for Rio.

Kenya will also be heading to the Olympic Games after a successful HSBC World Sevens Series campaign which saw them finish seventh and pick up a historic first Cup title in Singapore. Continue reading

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