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
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.
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
The Cell C Sharks have earned the bragging rights as the only unbeaten team in the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby competition, as they played to a 16-16 draw against the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, while the DHL Stormers ended the Brumbies winning streak with a 31-11 win in Cape Town.
The Emirates Lions, meanwhile, returned to their winning ways as they beat the Toyota Cheetahs 39-22 in Johannesburg, while the Southern Kings went down 57-24 against the Crusaders in Christchurch in their first tour game.
At Loftus Versfeld, a missed penalty goal on the stroke of full-time denied the Cell C Sharks their seventh successive Vodacom Super Rugby victory and forced them to settle for a draw against the Vodacom Bulls. The victory for the hosts, however, marked their fourth back-to-back victory against the Cell C Sharks, and it maintained their dominance against the Durban side at Loftus Versfeld dating back to the 2012 season. To the Vodacom Bulls delight, the result also marked back-to-back wins for the first time since the 10th round of the competition last season.
The Crusaders, meanwhile, took advantage of the Southern Kings’ struggle to make effective one-on-one tackles and proved supreme at converting their chances into points in Christchurch, which earned them a 57-24 victory. Continue reading
The 2016 schoolboy rugby season is once again upon us.
The Easter-Weekend festivals is usually seen as the official kick off where everything starts to get serious!
Following the Easter Weekend, the Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools begins.
This year’s competition will once again feature some of the top schoolboy rugby teams in the country in 12 matches stretching from the 9th April to the 27th August.
No fewer than 7 out of last year’s top 11 out of the top 20 schools will be featured at a time in Premier Interschools matches.
SA Rugby on Friday announced a “very satisfactory” operating result for the year ended 31 December 2015, with a group pre-tax surplus of R33.3 million, significantly higher than the R2.9 million achieved in the previous financial year.
The result was due to a combination of improved revenues and a measure of cost savings, said Jurie Roux, Chief Executive Officer.
“In a very difficult economic environment, we consider this a very satisfactory operating result, which was well above budget,” said Roux. “Group revenue rose to close to R1bn (R967m), 18% up from the 2014 level (R820m), due mainly to our share of the new revenue stream from SA Rugby Travel.