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· Tickets from R195 to R400 – R150 for Friday’s play

· The HSBC Cape Town 7s … where #AnythingCanHappen

· 4 Tournaments – 4 different winners

· 5 Marriage proposals – 1 Runaway bride

Rugby supporters are urged to be on their marks at 09h00 on Wednesday 31 July, when tickets to the ever-popular 2019 edition of the new-look, three-day HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament go on general sale, through www.computicket.com or at their various outlets nationwide, or at participating Shoprite/Checkers stores across South Africa.

Tickets for all three days are available following pre-sales to loyalty members for this highly anticipated event, which takes place from 13 to 15 December at the Cape Town Stadium.

SA Rugby again urged supporters to only buy from Computicket and no other ticketing outlets, suppliers or re-sellers, to avoid being ripped off at massively inflated prices. These tickets cannot be guaranteed.

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– New-look boots come in bright new colourways, solar green, aqua blue and magenta

– Hard Wired Pack includes updates for all four boot silos – COPA, PREDATOR, X and NEMEZIZ

– Worn by some of the world’s top players as they return to football, Hard Wired will be available from July 23, 2019.

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adidas Football reveal the Hard Wired pack, a striking colour refresh for each of the four adidas boot silos – COPA, PREDATOR, X and NEMEZIZ. As football returns, Hard Wired will be on the feet of the world’s best players, including Paul Pogba, Paulo Dybala, Mohamed Salah and Leonel Messi. Orlando Pirates players and adidas athletes Happy Jele, Linda Mntambo, Ben Motshwari and Vincent Pule will be wearing Hard Wired boots for the first time this weekend for the Carling Black label Cup.

The Hard Wired boot pack sees adidas’ PREDATOR, COPA, X and NEMEZIZ silos given an updated look of bright solar green, aqua blue and magenta. The iconic COPA silhouette built for those with a flawless touch, now comes in dazzling solar green with a black COPA logo contrasting on the boot’s heal. The PREDATOR boot, for fearless creators on the pitch, will now have a bright blue upper, combined with a black sockfit collar and flashes of yellow have been applied to the studs. Continue reading

Three capped Women’s Rugby World Cup players and 15 others who ran out for the Springbok Women last year on their UK tour have been named in national women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer’s 26-member squad leading up to the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in Johannesburg in August.

Celeste Adonis (lock), Tayla Kinsey (scrumhalf) and Zenay Jordaan (flyhalf) were members of the Springbok Women’s team that played in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France, while the players who featured in the matches against the UK Armed Forces, Wales, Spain and Italy last year, include Babalwa Latsha (prop), Zinhle Ndawonde (centre), Aseza Hele (flanker), Lusanda Dumke (flanker) and Bernice Strydom (lock).

Raubenheimer’s squad will gather in Pretoria on Thursday, 1 August, for their holding camp, which will run until Wednesday, 7 August.

The squad will then make the short journey to Brakpan for their opening Rugby Africa Women’s Cup match against Uganda on Women’s Day, Friday, 9 August, at the Bosman Stadium.

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After weeks of teasing and speculation, Kaizer Chiefs and Nike have officially unveiled the 2019/20 home and away kits supported by the theme #BackToBrilliance.

Bolder than ever, the Kaizer Chiefs 2019/20 home jersey is nothing short of confident. The striking new home jersey is an instant classic and features a distinctive and energetic pattern.

“The new kit represents our vision for the new season. This year we’re resetting; resetting our minds to reignite the passion and energy of the Amakhosi,” says Jessica Motaung, Kaizer Chiefs Marketing Director.

The home jersey is a new take on a classic and the design is reminiscent of the jersey worn by the team between 2011 and 2013 – the jersey saw Kaizer Chiefs win the league and the Nedbank Cup in the 2012/13 season.

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JD Schickerling will start on the flank in the only change for DHL Western Province for their Currie Cup encounter with the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Schickerling comes into the starting line-up at blindside flank, with Ernst van Rhyn shifting to openside and Jaco Coetzee at No.8 in place of the injured Juarno Augustus.

David Meihuizen takes Schickerling’s place among the replacements for the coastal clash, which kicks off at 14h00 on Saturday.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that continuity in selection will give the different combinations a chance to settle in what will be a replay of last year’s Currie Cup Final.

“We would like to build on our performance last week and we know that we face a tough assignment against the defending champions.

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Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth shrugged off any suggestion of a second string line-up for Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against Australia at Emirates Airline Park when he gave his captain’s media conference on Friday.

The big lock will lead a squad featuring a Springbok centurion, three half centurions and five more players with more than 35 caps, including players who have claimed the SA Rugby Player of the Year award in three of the last four years.

“We all have a responsibility when we pull on that jersey and that lies with the 23 in South Africa as much as anyone else,” said Etzebeth.

“There’s not much difference between the guys who are here and the ones on their way to New Zealand. I don’t think the team could have been picked much stronger. This is a very strong team we have picked, and I have a lot of confidence in them for tomorrow’s Test.”

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The Springboks’ pool matches at the Rugby World Cup will be handled exclusively by French and English referees, World Rugby’s appointment schedule revealed on Friday.

Two Frenchmen and two Englishmen will be in charge of South Africa’s four Pool B matches in Japan in September and October.

The officials appointed to the Springboks’ matches are:

Date Fixture Venue Referee AR 1 AR 2 TMO
Sat 21 Sept New Zealand v South Africa International Stadium, Yokohama Jerome Garces (FFR) Romain Poite (FFR) Karl Dickson (RFU) Graham Hughes (RFU)
Sat 28 Sept South Africa v Namibia City of Toyota Stadium Mathieu Raynal (FFR) Nic Berry (RA) Andrew Brace (IRFU) Graham Hughes (RFU)
Fri 4 Oct South Africa v Italy Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Wayne Barnes (RFU) Romain Poite (FFR) Alex Ruiz (FFR) Rowan Kitt (RFU)
Tues 8 Oct South Africa v Canada Kobe Misaki Stadium Luke Pearce (RFU) Angus Gardner (RA) Andrew Brace (IRFU) Rowan Kitt (RFU)

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In 72 days, South Africa will raise the curtain on the new Guinness PRO14 campaign when the Toyota Cheetahs host 2015 champions Glasgow Warriors in Bloemfontein on Friday, 27 September.

All five unions within the Guinness PRO14 will host a game in Round 1, with Ulster and Ospreys also playing on opening night in Belfast as Benetton Rugby, Scarlets and Edinburgh complete the slate of home fixtures with all the action screened live across DAZN, eir Sport, FreeSports UK, Premier Sports, SuperSport, S4C and TG4.

For the first time ever, fans can plan their weekends right up until Round 20, with all kick-off times and dates laid out right to the penultimate weekend of the regular season.

The Toyota Cheetahs and Glasgow Warriors fixture will kick-off a mammoth 152 games schedule that will culminate in the toughest run-in yet, as local and international rivals set their sights on lifting the Guinness PRO14 trophy, won by Leinster in May.

From Round 14 to 21 there will be only two weekend breaks in play as teams compete for precious placings in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series with seedings and Champions Cup qualification will all be up for grabs in a nine-week stretch. Details on the knock-out stages will be confirmed in due course.

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Experienced lock Eben Etzebeth was on Wednesday named as Springbok captain for Saturday’s first Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against Australia in Johannesburg, while Rynhardt Elstadt (loose forward) and Herschel Jantjies (scrumhalf) will both make their Test debuts on the Highveld.

The game is the first in the Springboks’ shortened 2019 Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign, which also consists of away matches against New Zealand and Argentina. Kick-off on Saturday is at 17h05 and the match will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Etzebeth takes over the captaincy from regular skipper Siya Kolisi, who is recovering from a knee injury, while Aphiwe Dyantyi was also not considered for selection because of a hamstring injury. It will be Etzebeth’s 12th Test as Bok captain.

Elstadt (Toulouse, France) and Jantjies (DHL Stormers) are the only two uncapped players in the starting team, while Lizo Gqoboka (prop, Vodacom Bulls) is also set to earn his debut off the bench.

Elstadt is picked at No 6 flank in a loose trio that also includes the experienced duo of Pieter-Steph du Toit (No 7, 46 caps) and No 8 Francois Louw (65 caps). Jantjies, will play alongside the 33-cap Elton Jantjies (flyhalf) in a new-look halfback combination.

On the bench there is also a return to the Bok fold for a number of familiar faces as Erasmus casts his net wide with the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad in mind. They are Ulster loose forward Marcell Coetzee, Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, scrumhalf), the mercurial Frans Steyn (Montpellier, utility back) and Dillyn Leyds (DHL Stormers, utility back).

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