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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.
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.
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Snyman took a knock during the Blitzboks’ devastating semi-final defeat in Hong Kong and although he was cleared to play following the necessary protocols, team management decided to rather play safe and rest the forward, who played in his 35th tournament last weekend.
“There is no need to risk Philip,” said Powell. “Player welfare will always come first and Philip is an important player for us. We have a willing and able replacement in Chris, who will bring massive experience and ability to the team, so the call was made with that in mind.” Continue reading
Allister Coetzee has been involved with rugby since 1974, first as a player and then later as a team manager, assistant coach and head coach.
Coetzee was born on 23 May 1963 in Grahamstown. He was an outstanding scrumhalf in the period before rugby unification in South Africa, and captained the SARU national team, as they were called back in the days, between 1988 and 1991 following his debut in 1985.
He was selected for the Junior Springboks in 1992 and played in the Currie Cup for Eastern Province between 1992 and 1996, as well as in the 1994 Super 10 competition for the Eastern Cape team.
The former teacher retired from the game in 1996. Coetzee then ventured into coaching and was immediately appointed as an assistant coach for EP in 1996. Two years later he was appointed as team manager for the Cell C Sharks’ Vodacom Super Rugby side, where he also became an assistant coach in 2000. Continue reading
The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph have gone into retirement, including three of last year’s four captains.
“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” said Mr Hoskins.
“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.
“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold. Continue reading
South African referees Craig Joubert, Rasta Rasivhenge, Marius van der Westhuizen, Ben Crouse and Aimee Barrett were named among an elite group of international referees selected to officiate at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August, World Rugby announced on Monday.
Crouse, Joubert, Van der Westhuizen and Rasivhenge were named on the 12-member panel for the men’s tournament, from 9 to 11 August, while Rasivhenge will double up on the panel named for the women’s tournament alongside Barrett from 6 to 8 August at the Deodora Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
With the 2016 Games marking 92 years since rugby featured at the Olympics, the tournament will mark a significant occasion in each of the five referees’ careers. Continue reading
The home team dominated proceedings for most of the match but had to dig deep to withstand a second half onslaught from the PE side.
Live-wire Paul Roos flanker, Hanré du Toit, was first to cross the try line in the ninth minute after sustained pressure by the home side.
Captain, Damian Willemse, made no mistake with the boot taking his side to 7-0.
Grey closed the gap 10 minutes later through a Josiah Boafu try after some free flowing running rugby sparked by SA Schools eighth man, Kwezi Mafu. Flyhalf, Lubabalo Dobela, slotted the conversion to level the scores. Continue reading
The Emirates Lions moved to the top of the second Africa conference thanks to a deserved 24-9 victory over the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday evening. The Highveld team scored two tries and they also flexed their defensive muscle to keep the home team tryless.
In another Saturday night clash, the Vodacom Bulls outscored the gallant Southern Kings by six tries to none as the men from Pretoria registered a 38-6 win over the Port Elizabeth side, despite playing with 13 men at one stage.
The DHL Stormers, with Springbok centre Damian de Allende back in action after a lengthy injury, consolidated their place on top of the first Africa conference thanks to a 46-19 romp over the Sunwolves in Cape Town on Friday evening. Continue reading
The Springbok Sevens team on Saturday scored 50 unanswered points against Russia and overcame Scotland 31-0 in their remaining pool B matches at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens to qualify for a seventh consecutive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Cup quarterfinal.
The South Africans finished second in pool B and will face the USA in the last eight, a match they are looking forward to, according to Springbok Sevens captain, Kyle Brown.
“The USA have been building steadily through the last six months to a year. They continue to improve. We have played them a couple of times this year and we are looking forward to face them again.”
South Africa have won 33 of the 38 matches between the sides, with the average score 26-8 in their favour. The teams last met in Las Vegas in the bronze final, where South Africa won 21-10.
The team’s first hurdle today was qualifying for the last eight in the Cup and after yesterday’s poor show against England, played with much more urgency from the outset. They defended very well and only missed five tackles in the two matches. Continue reading