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SA Rugby on Tuesday marked International Women’s Day with the announcement that it has established two more women’s rugby Youth Training Centres (YTC’s), at the Griquas and South Western Districts rugby unions respectively, increasing the number of development centres to eight.

The first six training centres were established in April last year at the Blue Bulls, Limpopo Blue Bulls, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Province, with the objective of growing the base of women’s players in the country and grooming them from a young age for the demands of rugby.

Through the YTC’s, players from Under-16 to Under-18 levels have access to weekly training sessions, conditioning and nutritional programmes, and they participate in scheduled matches to expose them to regular competition.

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Six of the best school teams battle it out for T20 top spot

The annual Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge reaches its climax this month when six of the best school cricket teams in the country don the colours of their local franchise at the national finals, taking place at North West University from 18-21 March 2016.

The seventh season of the tournament saw 665 schools from across South Africa take part in regional and provincial finals, all with the hope of reaching the national finals and being named the nation’s best T20 school side. The schools representing their local franchises in the final phase of the tournament are as follows: Continue reading

Ex Stormers coach Allister Coetzee now coaching in Japan may be the new Bok coach with only 9 weeks.

Ex Stormers coach Allister Coetzee now coaching in Japan may be the new Bok coach with only 9 weeks.

This from timeslive.co.za:

Allister Coetzee is set to be named as the 13th post-isolation Springbok coach on April 1, just nine weeks before the team’s first assignment of 2016, giving him hardly any time to prepare.

After months of wrangling at the South African Rugby Union (Saru), the issue of the Bok coach will finally come to a head at its next general council gathering, scheduled for that date.

Normally, at this time of year, the Bok coach would have attended several Six Nations matches to have a close look at June’s opposition (in this case Ireland) and also held several one-on-one conversations and interactions with players he deems vital to his vision.

Formal meetings with players about their shortcomings and what the national coach is looking for them to improve or persist with would be the norm. None of that is currently happening and none will for another three weeks at least.

Saru’s employees have been distracted over the past two months due to constant media scrutiny of chief executive Jurie Roux over alleged financial irregularities when he was chairman of the Maties Rugby Club from 2002-2010. He is awaiting a court date to defend a R37-million civil action against him.

 

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/sport/rugby/2016/03/06/Saru-cuts-it-fine-with-Coetzee-appointment

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New Zealand has had a day to forget at the Las Vegas Sevens, knocked out of the Cup at the quarterfinal stage by South Africa.

Their 14-7 quarterfinal loss came after a shock 22-0 defeat to Kenya in their final pool match, relegating the joint series leaders to second in their pool.

Full story here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/sevens/77590297/kenya-shocks-new-zealand-in-las-vegas-sevens

Speedster Seabelo Senatla on fire with nine tries in four matches

The Springbok Sevens defeated New Zealand 14-7 in their Cup quarterfinal match on Sunday morning at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas to book a semi-final showdown with Australia at the USA event.

Seabelo Senatla scored two first half tries for the South Africans, who then delivered a huge defensive effort to restrict New Zealand to just one score in the second half.

Senatla has now scored nine tries in four matches at the three-day tournament, which is the fifth stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit.

The other semi-final will be contested between the USA and Fiji, who currently share a three way tie on top of the World Series standings with South Africa and New Zealand.

In the other three quarterfinal matches, the USA defeated Kenya 26-14, Fiji powered to a 43-7 win over Japan and Australia edged Argentina by 26-12.

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DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks, Emirates Lions register back-to-back victories

Vodacom Bulls end six-match losing run

It was a pleasant weekend for South Africa’s Vodacom Super Rugby franchises with four of the five teams in action winning their respective matches in a rewarding second round.

The Emirates Lions delivered a solid performance all around to earn a famous 36-32 victory against the Chiefs on tour, which marked their first win in Hamilton since the competition’s inception. The victory also marked back-to-back wins for the Johannesburg team in the 2016 edition of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition and their fourth consecutive overseas victory in the tournament.

In Pretoria the Vodacom Bulls registered a rewarding 45-25 victory against the Rebels at Loftus Versfeld as they outscored the visitors six tries to four. While coach Nollis Marais and his team will be disappointed about allowing their tries bonus point to slip away after leading 42-3 in the second half, the win was significant as it ended a six-match losing streak for the side. Continue reading

  • Senatla grabs five and Habana opens World Series try tally
  • SA, NZ, Kenya, and Australia into last eight

Springbok Sevens speedster Seabelo Senatla scored five times and Springbok wing Bryan Habana opened his HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tally as the South Africans got their Las Vegas Sevens campaign off to an impressive start on Saturday morning (SA time).

The Blitzboks have a good track record in the desert city and have won the Las Vegas Sevens title three times in the past five years. On Saturday they opened their bid for another title with a 33-7 victory over Canada. That win was followed by an even better performance against Wales, a 36-7 victory after the Welsh had scored inside the first minute of play.

Their results on Saturday mean that South Africa, New Zealand, Kenya and Australia have all secured their places in the last eight of the competition.

Leading World Series try scorer Senatla dotted down twice against Canada and then netted a hat-trick against Wales to stretch his season total to 30. Continue reading

The Springbok Sevens are very aware of the threat posed by their three pool opponents for this weekend’s Las Vegas Sevens, which kicks off early on Saturday morning (SA time).

The South Africans will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after coming unstuck in their last two knock-out matches at the Sydney Sevens in Australia, where they finished in fourth place despite injuries to several squad members.

Las Vegas has been a happy hunting ground for the Springbok Sevens recently, with the team winning the USA title no fewer than three times in the past five years.

However, for this edition, the Springbok Sevens find themselves in a tough pool consisting of hosts, USA, the strong and physical Canada and tenacious Wales. The first two teams on the log qualify for the Cup quarter-finals after the teams have played three round-robin matches. Continue reading

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