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WESTERN CAPE CRICKET is mourning the tragic passing of Lukhanya Tshiki, 22-year old brother of the Boland and Cape Cobras’ batsman Cebo Tshiki.

Lukhanya was a student at the CSA/University of Fort Hare Academy where he was studying a diploma course in Marketing Management via MSC College.

He had previously represented Border Schools at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 cricket week in 2010 and 2011 while a student at Queen’s College.

He participated in physical fitness tests with other members of the Academy on Monday, April 18, and suddenly collapsed while his group was taking a breather, according to a statement by Cricket South Africa (CSA). Continue reading

Pic: grassrootsrugby.co.za

Pic: grassrootsrugby.co.za

SA Rugby confirmed on Thursday that it had assumed administrative control of the Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU).

Mr Monde Tabata, an independent member of the SA Rugby Executive Committee, has been appointed to the role of administrator.

The decision to action the intention of the SA Rugby Executive Council was taken after consultation with EP President, Mr Cheeky Watson, and with the union’s co-operation. A letter formally advising EP of the intention was delivered to the union on Monday. Continue reading

Cape Town, 20 April 2016- Having cemented its position as one of the continent’s most prestigious races, organisers of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will aim to take another step forward this year in their attempt to close the gap on the world’s biggest road running events.

Set to be held for the third time since its relaunch in 2014, the annual 42km race takes place in the picturesque Mother City on 18 September 2016, and proudly retains IAAF Silver Label status.

As the only standard marathon race in Africa to be awarded Silver Label status, after receiving worthy recognition from the global governing body for athletics following the 2014 and 2015 events, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will continue to target Gold Label recognition.

Says race ambassador and former Olympic silver medallist Elana Meyer: “We are very pleased with the progress we have made over the last two years, and we are satisfied that we made further advances by hosting another successful event last year. We have a vision and will continue to focus on that by making the required adjustments to ensure we are delivering a world-class event across the board. This will assist in ensuring South African runners have access to a world-class running event organised by globally accredited standards, while offering incentives and mentoring for local runners.” Continue reading

Scrumhalf Nic Groom will play his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby game for the DHL Stormers in the match against the Reds at DHL Newlands.

The 26-year-old takes his place in a DHL Stormers starting line-up which features five changes and a positional switch for the clash with the Reds, which kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday.

Damian de Allende will make his first start of the season at inside centre, and will partner Johnny Kotze in midfield after co-captain Juan de Jongh was ruled out due to a delayed concussion.

Frans Malherbe returns to the starting XV to lead the side in one of four rotational changes to the forward pack.

He is joined by Oli Kebble in the front row, with Vincent Koch and JC Janse van Rensburg named on the replacements bench. Continue reading

The Jardine brothers, Roger, Derek, Chris and Neville, in front of the grandstand named after their late father, the legendary Bill Jardine. Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

The Jardine brothers, Roger, Derek, Chris and Neville, in front of the grandstand named after their late father, the legendary Bill Jardine. Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

Raiders of Johannesburg strengthened their hopes of qualifying for this year’s Gold Cup international championship for non-university clubs with a thrilling 28-22 victory over Wanderers at the Bill Jardine Stadium last weekend.

Two tries apiece from wings Dean Gordon and Zunaid Kock ensured that the Longdale-based side moved to the top of the Golden Lions’ Pirates Grand Challenge after two rounds, ahead of Wanderers, UJ and the Union’s Gold Cup representative, Pirates.

Raiders, who finished 11th in last year’s Community Cup – as the Gold Cup was known then – must finish the league as the highest-placed non-university club to qualify for the Gold Cup play-offs in August, which will decide the final two places in the 20-team tournament that also includes, for the first time, the best open clubs from Namibia and Zimbabwe. Continue reading

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The Emirates Lions continued with their impressive start to the Vodacom Super Rugby campaign with a 29-22 South African derby win over the DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

Wing Ruan Combrinck and replacement scrumhalf Faf de Klerk scored a try each to steer them to a deserved win, while Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies marshalled proceedings superbly for the home team. Jantjies contributed 19 points thanks to four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal.

Springbok flank Siya Kolisi stepped his way through for the Cape side’s solitary try as the visitors remain top of the first Africa Conference while picking up a picking up a losing bonus-point. Rookie flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis kicked 17 points for the visitors in another good display in the No 10 jersey. Continue reading

There are four changes to the DHL Stormers starting line-up to face the Emirates Lions in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday.

The DHL Stormers travel to Johannesburg in search of their third consecutive away win of this Vodacom Super Rugby season, following victories in Bloemfontein and Buenos Aires, and their sixth victory from their seventh game overall.

Two of the changes are rotational, with loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg trading places with Oli Kebble who starts on the replacements bench, whilst in the loose trio Nizaam Carr comes back into the starting line-up at openside flank and Siya Kolisi is named amongst the replacements this week.

Scrumhalf Nic Groom returns from a minor knee injury which kept him out of action against the Sunwolves, and hooker Bongi Mbonambi gets another chance to start as Scarra Ntubeni has been ruled out with a hamstring niggle. Continue reading

This Saturday sees the Premier Interschool’s showcase the second of its 12 derby matches for the season.

Paul Roos make the short trip to neighbours Paarl for one of their biggest and toughest clashes of their local season.

Both teams are coming of victories in their previous games. The home team got a good win against highly rated Boland Landbou and will take confidence into Saturday’s clash. Paul Roos in turn also had a very good win against Grey High of Port Elizabeth and will look to maintain their good form.

Both teams suffered one loss during the season so far. Paarl Gim lost to Garsfontein in their North vs South derby and Paul Roos lost to Affies at St Johns festival over the Easter weekend. Paul Roos looks extremely dangerous in the backs while their forwards are solid. Paarl Gim as always have a big pack of forwards that likes to dominate their opponents and silky backs who can run a team ragged. With this said this weekend’s game wil again be a cracker affair between two very proud rugby schools. Continue reading

This from sport24.co.za:

Cape Town – There is no rule stating that the next Springbok captain be based in South Africa.

That was the word coming out of SA Rugby on Wednesday following a media report over the weekend that overseas-based players would not be considered for the captaincy.

Allister Coetzee was unveiled as the new Springbok coach in Johannesburg on Tuesday, and immediately attention turned to who he would be picking as Jean de Villiers’ successor.

READ: WHO SHOULD BE THE NEW BOK CAPTAIN?

A report over the weekend suggested that the new Bok captain must be based in South Africa, but SA Rugby confirmed to Sport24 on Wednesday that there was no such rule.

“There has never been such a rule,” an SA Rugby representative said.

Full story here:

http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Springboks/bok-captain-can-be-based-overseas-20160413

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