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SA Select coach Renfred Dazel on Thursday made six changes to his squad for the Hong Kong Invitational on 7 and 8 April, with senior players Zenay Jordaan, Marithy Pienaar and Jacqueline Kriel back in action among a few new faces.

Jordaan and Pienaar missed the Las Vegas Invitational early in March due to thumb and leg injuries respectively, while Kriel was rested, and they will add leadership and a new dynamic to the squad. Lorinda Brown has retained the captaincy from the Las Vegas Invitational. Continue reading

The Olympic Games is without a doubt the pinnacle of world sport and the peak of any athlete’s career. Powerade, as the official sports drink of the 2016 Olympic Games, will be giving everyday sportsmen and women a taste of what it takes to train like a professional in 2016 through the Powerade Train Like an Olympian campaign. The campaign kicked off at the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour and then moved onto the new Cape Argus Sport Show and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Powerade gave all race participants and expo goers at each event the opportunity to experience elements of an Olympic style training assessment from some of the country’s top training specialists.

Just like Olympians, all sportsmen and women have the desire to continually improve their performance and to achieve their personal goals. However, average sportsmen and sportswomen only have limited access to professional training information and the exercise science which could take their performance to the next level. Continue reading

 

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 20: Siviwe Sonwabile Soyizwapi during the Springbok Sevens Steinhoff Sponsorship Launch at Markotter Indoor Facility on January 20, 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Siviwe Sonwabile Soyizwapi (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Former Southern Kings wing Siviwe Soyizwapi will make his Springbok Sevens debut next weekend as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moves to the Far East for tournaments in Hong Kong (8-10 April) and Singapore (16-17 April).

The inclusion of the 24 year-old, who attended Dale College in King William’s Town, is one of four changes to the side that contested the Cup final at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver earlier this month. The other changes see the inclusion of Ryan Kankowski, Philip Snyman and Stephan Dippenaar.

Kankowski was a late withdrawal from Vancouver (ankle strain) and takes over from Chris Dry, while Snyman replaces Dylan Sage and Soyizwapi comes in for Bryan Habana, who has returned to his club duties for Toulon in France.

Snyman missed the North American leg of the series due to injury, while Dippenaar receives an opportunity to boost his Rio 2016 chances having last played in the London Sevens at the back end of the 2015/16 series. He replaces Rosko Specman, who is rested, along with Dry. Continue reading

Four top South African referees, Stuart Berry, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper and Marius van der Westhuizen, were on Wednesday named on World Rugby’s match-official panel for the June Internationals.

The referees for the Springboks’ three Test matches against Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Tour in June were also named. They are Mathieu Raynal of France, Angus Gardner of Australia and New Zealand’s Glen Jackson.

Raynal has been tasked with officiating the first of the three Tests between the Springboks and Ireland, in Cape Town on 11 June, with Gardner and England’s Matthew Carley named as his assistants. Continue reading

Pic: sport24.co.za

Pic: sport24.co.za

CAPE TOWN. – Robin Peterson and Justin Kemp, two names intimately associated with a golden period in the rich history of the Cape Cobras, will leave the franchise at the end of the season. Kemp will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the 2015/2016-season after a splendid career in which he featured in four tests and 85 One Day Internationals for South Africa.

He was a major factor in assisting the Cobras to lift ten trophies in the past eight seasons as belligerent middle-order batsman, dependable and probing medium-pacer and one of the best poachers of a cricket ball ever produced by Western Province and the Cobras. In 58 domestic one-day cup matches, he struck 1246 runs at an average of 31.94, while capturing 38 wickets. He also assembled 1691 four-day runs and captured 83 wickets at an average of 27.45.

As a slip-fielder, his name is mentioned in the same breath as Brian McMillan and Neil Johnson as three of the finest who ever played the game under the Oaks. He was a devastating finisher in one-day cricket. Kemp’s 89-ball unbeaten century against India at PPC Newlands for South Africa in 2006 is still fondly remembered. Continue reading

SA Rugby President, Mr Oregan Hoskins, paid tribute to Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, who called time on his illustrious rugby career on Thursday.

The 34-year-old Du Preez represented South Africa in 76 Tests between 2004 and 2015, captaining the Springboks in four Tests at the Rugby World Cup in England last year. He also won 164 caps for the Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls from 2001 to 2011, and played 55 times for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan.

Du Preez played his last match in the green and gold in the Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, where he picked up an injury which ruled him out of the third-place play-off. He has subsequently finished his career with Suntory. Continue reading

Southern Kings lock and captain Steven Sykes will become the first South African player this season to earn his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby cap – a feat only 34 domestic players have achieved since the inception of the competition.

Sykes will achieve this remarkable milestone in Wellington on Friday morning (SA time) where the Southern Kings take on the Hurricanes in their final tour game to New Zealand.

The towering lock made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Cell C Sharks against the Vodacom Bulls on 3 February 2007 – he has played 69 matches for the Durbanites, 14 for the Toyota Cheetahs and is on 16 for the Kings.

Round five of Vodacom Super Rugby will feature a series of big match-ups this weekend with the Vodacom Bulls, DHL Stormers and Southern Kings doing battle overseas, while the Cell C Sharks and Toyota Cheetahs face tough tests at home. The Emirates Lions have a bye. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to wish the more than 27 000 runners taking part in the world’s most scenic race, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, good luck.

To the many runners who will debut this wonderful event and to the thousands who take part each year, I send my best wishes to you all.

We often see how sporting activities are a great unifier, bringing people from all walks of life and all corners of the world together.

This event is one which truly demonstrates how we are all building an inclusive city.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has for many years been uniting people in their love for running.

We have seen this event grow over time, not only in numbers but in its diversity.

It is heartening that the theme of this year’s marathon is ‘Run as One’.

May we all be mindful of what that means, and how we can build on this in our daily lives.

In as much as we are all different, there are many things, like running, which unite us.

To all the runners, may you have a good race and may our beautiful views keep you going as you push towards the finish line.

There are four changes to the DHL Stormers team to face the Jaguares in a historic Vodacom Super Rugby match in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has made three changes and a positional switch to the forward pack that started the 31-11 victory against the Brumbies last week, while there is one injury-enforced change to the backline.

In the front row hooker Scarra Ntubeni makes his first start of the season, with Bongi Mbonambi moving to the replacements bench.

Lock JD Schickerling will make his DHL Stormers starting debut in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit who is being rested and did not travel to Argentina, with Jan de Klerk in line to earn his second DHL Stormers cap from the bench.

Flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe comes back into the starting line-up, with the experienced Schalk Burger set to make an impact from the replacements bench and Nizaam Carr shifting back to No.8

In the backline Leolin Zas gets another opportunity to start after Dillyn Leyds suffered a knee injury in training on Tuesday which ruled him out of the trip to Argentina, which means that Huw Jones comes back into the match-day squad. Continue reading

The best women rugby players at Under-18 and Under-16 levels will do battle in Kimberley and Welkom respectively at the annual National Girls Weeks during the mid-year school break, SA Rugby announced on Tuesday.

The National Girls Under-18 Week will be hosted at the Northern Cape High School in Kimberley from4 to 8 July, and the National Girls Under-16 Week at HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom from 27 June to 1 July.

The teams will play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday respectively, while Tuesday and Thursdayhave been classified as rest days. Continue reading

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