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The good form of the Springbok Sevens team in die first six tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has given them confidence in their goal to win the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, that starts on Friday.

Springbok Sevens captain, Kyle Brown, on Thursday said that the team is confident in their structures and that they go into the seventh tournament of the series with the aim to win the title and nothing else.

“Even if we play on a grass patch 50 kilometres outside of Hong Kong with only two people watching, we would still like to win the tournament,” Brown said. For more comment from Brown, please click here.

Meanwhile, Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, is happy with the intensity in training shown by his squad before the kick-off of the event, where the Blitzboks will face England (14h50 SA time) on Friday and Russia (07h54) and Scotland (11h54) on Saturday.

The players have shrugged off any form of jet-lag and Powell was pleased to see the positive attitude in training.

“The guys showed good intensity and that is always a good sign,” said the Springbok Sevens coach. More comment from Powell is available here.

6 April 2016 – McDonald’s South Africa, in partnership with the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA), today launched the 7th edition of the McDonald’s U/14 Schools League at the Nike Football Centre in Soweto.

McDonald’s SA continues to show its committed and continuous contribution in football development in schools through its 2010 legacy programme. The McDonald’s U/14 Schools league is aimed at “Developing Dreams” to ensure that South Africa’s young talent is developed and nurtured at grassroots level. Continue reading

Most successful season to date wraps

Another successful season of South Africa’s biggest grassroots sports development programme, KFC Mini-Cricket, has wrapped and was without a doubt the biggest and the best yet.  The 2015/16 season saw more than 114,000 KFC Mini-Cricket kids from 5584 schools getting active and involved in cricket – an unprecedented number for youth development sport in South Africa and 37% up since KFC took custody of the programme in 2010.

The 2015/16 season was jam packed full of action.  On the field, up to 1000 kids at a time were given the chance to get active, make new friends and get tips from 8874 volunteer coaches at each of the provincial and regional KFC Mini-Cricket festivals. KFC Mini-Cricket also played its part in the professional game as over 300 KFC Mini-Cricket kids took up duties as ball boys and girls and participated in the guard of honour and coin toss at seven KFC T20 Internationals and 32 Ram Slam T20 Challenge games. Continue reading

Ajax Cape Town today announced the appointment of Stanley Menzo as the club’s new Head of Youth. Stanley was born in Paramaribo, Suriname but spent most of his professional playing career as a goalkeeper at Ajax Amsterdam, after joining the professional ranks at a tender age of 19 and appearing in more than 300 official matches for the club in over 10 years, winning a number of major titles in the process. Winning multiple Cup and League honours and forming part of the Dutch national team on the world’s biggest stage, the 1990 FIFA World Cup as well as in the 1992 European Championships, makes Stanley a highly decorated professional and vastly suitable candidate to head up the youth department at Ajax Cape Town. Continue reading

The SA Select Women Sevens team showed promise on the opening day of the Hong Kong Invitational on Thursday at the Kings Park Sports Ground in Kowloon, as they defeated Kenya and China to win two of their three matches.

The SA Select Women registered a convincing 32-0 victory against Kenya for an encouraging start to the tournament, but two late tries by Kazakhstan in their second pool match saw them fall short on the scoreboard, losing by 17-7. Coach Renfred Dazel’s team, however, finished the day strongly with a 7-0 victory against China. Continue reading

Six players are set make their senior DHL Western Province debut in the opening Currie Cup Qualifier against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands on Friday.

Centre Daniel du Plessis, wing Sibahle Maxwane, flyhalf Brandon Thomson and flank Luke Stringer will all get their first taste of senior rugby for DHL Western Province, whilst Meyer Swanepoel and Damian Stevens are also set to debut should they feature off the replacements bench.

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson said that the Vodacom Blue Bulls will present a serious test of his team’s mettle in their first match of the season, which kicks off at 16h15 on Friday, April 8 as a curtain-raiser to the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the DHL Stormers and the Sunwolves.

“We are very excited to start this competition. You don’t get a much more exciting or harder start than to play our traditional rivals, the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands,” he said. Continue reading

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31:  Philip Snyman of South Africa breaks away for a try during the 2016 Wellington Sevens cup quarter-final match between Australia and South Africa at Westpac Stadium on January 31, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Philip Snyman (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Springbok Sevens regular Philip Snyman will become the ninth South African to reach the special milestone of 35 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments when the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens kicks off on Friday noon (SA time).

The Springbok Sevens team marks 35 tournaments as a special milestone and since the inception of the World Series in 1999, only Fabian Juries, Marius Schoeman, Mzwandile Stick, Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown, Chris Dry, Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez have reached this landmark.

The versatile Snyman, who has scored 206 points (35 tries, 15 conversions) in the Blitzbok jersey since his debut for the team in Dubai in 2008, is playing in his fifth Hong Kong tournament and said the 35 tournament marker is a significant one for him.

“Every tournament is special and to share this milestone with such an amazing bunch of guys and with this team makes it even more so,” said Snyman, who captained the team earlier this year in the Wellington and Sydney tournaments. Continue reading

The Mutual and Federal Interschool’s gets underway with a mouthwatering clash when old foes Grey High and Paul Roos meet on Saturday the 9th of April.

The visitors from Port Elizabeth will be hoping to replicate their last performance at the Makkotter Field this time round. In 2014 Grey were 26 points down but ended up winning the match.

However, it’s the home team who still dominate, but only narrowly.

Paul Roos have won five of the nine encounters played in the last nine years.

The game will be televised live on SuperSport 6 (channel 206) at 14:05

You can also catch the build-up Premier Interschools Magazine Show from Wednesday April 6 at 18:45 on SuperSport 8 featuring Stefan Dippenaar and Steven Hunt. Continue reading

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 5, 2016 – Brazilian star Neymar should remain at FC Barcelona and he will take over from Lionel Messi as the best player in the world, says Laureus World Sports Academy Member and football legend Cafu.

In an interview with, Cafu said: “I hope that he can continue at Barcelona. Barcelona is a team that supports him, it’s a team that provides him with structure to help him continue to shine.”

Neymar was beaten by Messi for the Ballon d’Or and has not been nominated for this year’s Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, unlike Messi, but Cafu believes it is only a matter of time before he becomes the world’s best. Continue reading

New RBS Six Nations Grand Slam winners England will send a strong Saxons team – effectively the country’s next-best – to face South Africa ‘A’ in a two-match series in June.

The matches will be played in Bloemfontein’s Toyota Stadium on Friday, 10 June, and Outeniqua Park in George on Friday, 17 June.

It will be the first time since 2003 that the SA ‘A’ team will be in action in South Africa. On that occasion they drew 30-30 against Argentina in Wellington.

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said the decision to invite the Saxons to South Africa would provide the opportunity for a larger group of players than normal to line up against elite international opposition.

“The Saxons’ tour will coincide with Ireland’s three Test series against the Springboks and all players not involved with the Boks, will get the opportunity to take on top-ranked opposition during the same time, thereby exposing even more of our top players to international rugby,” said Roux. Continue reading

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