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The annual Cape Town Games for Older Persons event has drawn a crowd of thousands from across the metropole for a day of fun, healthy competition and camaraderie. Read more below:

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The City of Cape Town today, 1 April 2019, provided a platform for senior citizens to showcase their talents on the track and on the field at the annual Games for Older Persons.

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He was due to make his Springbok Sevens debut at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens a year ago, but an untimely ankle injury dashed Angelo Davids’ dream.

This time around, however, Davids is part of the Blitzbok team that will take to the hallowed turf of Hong Kong Stadium hoping to follow in the footsteps of idols such as Rosko Specman and Seabelo Senatla.

The 19-year-old winger was earmarked to play at the event in 2018, when Blitzbok coach Neil Powell and SA Rugby Sevens Academy Manager Marius Schoeman, opted for a youthful squad to travel East, while the senior players stayed in Stellenbosch to prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Australia 10 days later.

The move worked brilliantly from a HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series point of view, as the young guns won bronze and the hearts of the crowd in Hong Kong, but an ankle injury left Davids watching the action on TV back in South Africa.

He recalls that disappointment, but also the joy when he was told last week he will be travelling to Hong Kong as a Blitzbok after all.

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Left to right Tournament Director - Mr PJ Williams and Score Brand Manager Dean Teubes LR (2)Erica Park Sports Ground, Belhar, Cape Town – Wednesday 17 to Monday, 22 April 2019

Score, one of South Africa’s most popular energy drinks and ardent supporter for the past three years of Cape Town’s Bayhill Premier Cup youth soccer tournament, has stepped up its involvement as associate sponsor.

The Bayhill Premier Cup’s 30th Anniversary Powered by Score Energy Drink, takes place over the Easter Weekend at Erica Park in Belhar on Wednesday 17 to 22 April 2019.

Now in its 30th year, the Bayhill Premier Cup involving 32 teams from around the country including all top under 19 PSL teams the likes of Pirates, Kaizer chiefs, Supersport United and Bidvest Wits, is Africa’s largest youth development soccer tournament. Numerous soccer legends have risen through its ranks including Benni McCarthy and Steven Pienaar.

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7% foreign visitor increase year-on-year, with over 82 countries represented and an increasing number of novices stepping up from half to full.

Cape Town, 27 March 2019 – Organisers of Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status multi-award-winning city marathon aim to increase international participation to at least 15% this year. Over eighty countries participated in last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, representing 10% of the marathon entrants. Southern African Development Community (SADC) states, Northern and Western Europe, Asia and North American countries were among them.

“In 2014, when we relaunched the revamped marathon, our timing couldn’t have been better,” says race director Janet Welham. “It coincided with The New York Times announcing Cape Town as the number-one spot on its ‘52 Places to Go’ list. That announcement triggered massive interest from around the world in Cape Town’s exotic appeal.”

An avalanche of international awards for the City of Cape Town followed in the next few years, most notably the top spot in the 2018 “World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination” at the World Travel Awards. “With South Africa and Africa ripe for a world-class, internationally accredited city marathon, and overseas runners wanting the guarantee of internationally accredited organisational excellence, we were able to meet their needs and more,” Welham says.

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A media opportunity with selected squad members will take place at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on Thursday, 28 March from 12h30 onwards. Please contact Springbok Sevens Media Manager, J.J. Harmse at jjh@sarugby.co.za to confirm interviews and attendance.

Siviwe Soyizwapi will captain the Springbok Sevens team to the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens next weekend after being named leader of the pack for the seventh tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 26-year-old winger takes over the captaincy armband from Philip Snyman, who is still busy with recovery protocols following a head knock in Vancouver, and will return to the Far East with good memories, having made his Blitzboks debut at the Hong Kong National Stadium in 2016.

Since then, Soyizwapi represented the team in a total of 24 World Series tournaments and scored 77 tries in 124 matches. In fact, the Maclear-born speedster is the leading try-scorer in the team this season, with 21 tries.

A Hong Kong debut is also on the cards for 20-year-old Angelo Davids, who was named on the wing in place of injured Muller du Plessis, as Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, was forced into three changes from the squad that returned from Vancouver as HSBC Canada Sevens champions earlier this month.

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There were tears of joy and broad smiles, as well as a sense of relief in the Springbok Sevens camp following their tournament win in Canada this weekend, which came just at the right time for the Blitzboks to gain momentum for the rest of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Siviwe Soyizwapi, who had the honour of captaining the Blitzboks in their final two matches of the HSBC Canada Sevens in BC Place on Sunday after Philip Snyman was ruled out due to injury, said they felt a lot of mixed emotions in Vancouver.

“We needed this victory,” said Soyizwapi.

“We are rebuilding the squad and it was such a relief for us to get back to winning ways. This win was building and building, and it was just reward for the hard work.

“This win was very emotional for us as we worked so hard the last couple of weeks. We have smiles on the faces now as the massive efforts got reward. It was a perfect weekend where so many things came together for us, guys trusting and backing each other, all buying to the game plan and the squad working as brothers.”

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Note to Editors: A rights-free image of Evan Roos being tackled by JD Schickerling of the DHL Stormers is attached. Photo credit: Ashley Vlotman, Gallo Images.

Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux would have been excused if he experienced some form of déjà vu on Tuesday when the SA Rugby Academy squad took on his old team, the DHL Stormers, in a friendly hit-out that would have stood the youngsters in good stead as they stepped up their preparations for the rest of the season.

Roux, who is also at the helm of the SA Rugby Academy, represented the Capetonians in Vodacom Super Rugby during his playing days. He was very grateful to his former team-mate and current DHL Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck, for agreeing to the “friendly match” in Bellville.

The SA Rugby Academy squad gathered in Stellenbosch last week Wednesday for the second of three training camps, and the session against the DHL Stormers marked their second “live” hit-out against opposition teams, in line with the Academy’s objective to develop top-class players.

The teams took to the field at DHL Western Province’s High Performance Centre in Bellville, where Roux had the opportunity to guide his team hands-on during a series of short breaks.

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· Dynamic South African companies SSG Holdings, Blu Approved & M4Jam team up to sponsor SA Rugby’s flagship national championship for non-university clubs

· The 2019 SSG Gold Cup, Presented by Blu Approved & M4JAM, will kick off on Saturday 9 March with matches in Worcester, George, Uitenhage, Durban, Welkom, Springs, Roodepoort and Pretoria

· Strength v strength, six-week, 32-match competition culminates in Grand Final on 13 April

· Sponsorship forms part of SA Rugby’s long-term strategy to reboot club and amateur representative rugby

The Springboks’ 2007 Rugby World Cup winning captain, John Smit, has thrown his weight behind the revival of club rugby, with confirmation that the Gold Cup has secured a trio of dynamic sponsors for 2019.

The Gold Cup — SA Rugby’s flagship national championship for non-university clubs, which has become known for its big crowds and flamboyant rugby — will kick off on Saturday and be known as the SSG Gold Cup, Presented by Blu Approved & M4Jam.

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With a clear focus on meeting and exceeding its transformation objectives, Western Province Rugby has revised its coaching and team management structures.

These revisions will ensure that Western Province Rugby will make the best strategic use of their coaching resources while simultaneously establishing a clear succession plan in developing its coaching talent for the future.

“The simple objective of the revised structures are to ensure that we utilise our current resources in the most optimal way, developing and securing world-class coaching talent that aligns with our transformation goals,” said Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks.

With Director of Rugby Gert Smal set to leave at the end of March in order to take up a new opportunity with Toyota Verblitz in Japan, his roles and responsibilities will be collectively handled by the CEO, the Senior Professional Head Coach and the High Performance Manager.

The changes to the DHL Stormers management in 2019 have seen Riefaat Jappie (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Norman Laker (Defence Coach), and Dawie Snyman (Assistant Coach – Backs) come into the set-up. They join Head Coach Robbie Fleck, Russell Winter (Assistant Coach – Forwards), Human Kriek (Technical Analyst) and Team Manager Chippie Solomon in the DHL Stormers management for the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

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The Springbok Sevens team will face Fiji in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, not in the Cup competition of the HSBC Las Sevens as they had hoped, but rather in the semi-final for fifth place.

South Africa were eliminated 29-10 by the USA in the Cup quarter-finals in Las Vegas, where Fiji, Australia and England also fell by the wayside at the same stage of the competition. The USA, New Zealand, Samoa and Argentina will contest the Cup semi-finals the fifth tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Earlier on the second day, the Blitzboks delivered a commanding 29-12 win over the English in their final match to top their pool. However, they were blown away by a determined USA in the Cup quarters, trailing 19-0 at the break and then 29-0 before two late tries eased the pain a little.

Sunday’s matches will be significant for the overall standings, as all teams have their eyes firmly focussed on a top four spot on the overall World Series log, which will bring automatic qualification for the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020.

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