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Hooker Scarra Ntubeni will earn his 50th cap for DHL Western Province when he comes off the replacements bench against the Tafel Lager Griquas in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Having recently returned from long-term injury Ntubeni continues his role as an impact player in the Currie Cup encounter which kicks off at 13h00 on Women’s Day.

There are seven changes to the starting line-up which did duty in the 34-19 victory against the Steval Pumas at DHL Newlands, as coach John Dobson shuffles his resources to manage the workload of his players.

The only changes to the forward pack come in the form of an all-new front row, with hooker Ramone Samuels in between props JC Janse van Rensburg and Wilco Louw, with Ntubeni and Michael Kumbirai providing cover on the replacements bench.

There is a new halfback pairing as scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage returns to partner Kurt Coleman, with Jano Vermaak and Damian Willemse among the replacements.

The other changes to the backline see Michal Hazner take his place at inside centre and Bjorn Basson come onto the wing, with Huw Jones making his return from a hamstring injury off the replacements bench. Continue reading

SA Rugby announced a major new backer on Monday when banking giant, FNB, was revealed as a Springbok sponsor.

FNB has agreed a three-year partnership which will see the bank’s logo appear on the back of the Springbok jersey above the playing number.

It brings to five the number of major new partners to join the Springbok and SA Rugby family since the start of the year.

FNB’s famous name will appear on the Springbok playing jersey for the first time in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Port Elizabeth on 19 August 2017.

“FNB’s slogan is ‘How can we help you’ and during June we spent some time with its executives, staff and some of its corporate clients, explaining where we were as South African rugby and what our recovery strategy was for the Springboks and the game as part of a roadshow to South African business,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. Continue reading

It was a tense and tough 70 minutes of premier schoolboy rugby in the Faure Street Stadium in Paarl, but Paarl Boys’ High is still the top team in Paarl as well as in South Africa for 2017.

Boys’ High came out on top 18-13 against Paarl Gimnasium in their annual Premier Interschools. The game is without a doubt the biggest school match in the world with more than 25 000 attending the match.

Not even the Super Rugby final in Johannesburg between the Lions and Crusaders with the same kick-off time managed to steal any thunder from this prestigious event.

Boys’ High also finished their South African season unbeaten for a third successive season with this victory. Their last defeat on South African soil came against Marlow Landbou back in 2014. Boys’ High, however, lost earlier this year during their New Zealand tour against Christchurch Boys’ High (38-36).

The first half of the match belonged to Gimmies and they enjoyed a narrow 10-8 lead at the break. Gimmies almost drew first blood in the game after launching an attack from within their own 22 with captain and fullback, Muller du Plessis, creating an overlap with his quick feet. Eightman, Henco Martins, almost rounded off the move, but was just outsprinted by Boys’ High captain and fullback, Thaakier Abrahams.

Boys’ High flyhalf, Abner van Reenen, opened the scoring with a penalty. Shortly afterwards winger Luka Ferreira went over in the corner for a try and it seemed for a few minutes that Boys’ High have taken control of the match. Continue reading

The Border Under-18 and Western Province Under-16 teams from SA Rugby’s Women’s Youth Training Centres (YTC) took top honours on Sunday in their annual tournament in a strong sign of the talent coming through the ranks at the provincial unions.

The Border U18 team overpowered Eastern Province 34-5 in the final match after defeating arch-rivals Western Province 14-5 in the second round of league matches earlier in the day. This followed on an impressive 46-0 victory against SWD in the opening round on Saturday.

The Western Province U16 team, meanwhile, worked their way to a 17-0 victory against Border in their final match, after defeating Griquas 22-14 in their second round-robin match in the morning. Similarly to the Border U18 team, they also made a strong statement from their first match as they cruised to a 58-0 victory against Eastern Province.

In the other U18 round-robin matches on Sunday, Eastern Province outplayed Griquas 30-0, the Blue Bulls pipped SWD 21-17, while KZN and the Limpopo Blue Bulls registered a 15-15 draw.

In the U16 section, meanwhile, Border defeated the Blue Bulls 25-0, SWD beat Eastern Province 31-10 and the Limpopo Blue Bulls registered a narrow 5-0 win against KZN. Continue reading

Five years after the Olympics Games in London, adidas return to the UK capital to celebrate athletics and support their professional athletes from around the world including current 400m world-record holder Wayde Van Niekerk, Olympic gold-medallist sprinters Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas, Tori Bowie from the US, Yohan Blake from Jamaica and as well as Kenyan long-distance runner, Daniel Wanjiru, sprinter Akani Simbine and hurdlers Kendra Harrison and Sally Pearson, amongst many more.

Driven by creativity, innovation and an ever-growing commitment to their roster of professionals, adidas’ mission is clear – to provide their athletes with the lightest and fastest products to help them improve their performance and achieve their greatness. To celebrate one of the brand’s most talked-about athletes, adidas held an event at The Olympic Park with Wayde Van Niekerk on Wednesday 02nd August who officially opened the adidas Fast Zone, a centre comprising athlete services equipment, wellbeing areas and product test zones – all which are provided to further support the team of professionals achieve their best results throughout the fortnight.

During the exclusive experience, the sprinter took part in a series of 43.03 second challenges – to dramatize his world record – before opening up about his ambitions for the fortnight in a live Q&A. On the tournament, Wayde Van Niekerk said, “Growth and developing as an athlete has always been my key focus and adidas has been a true partner in supporting my journey. I’m really excited to be in London for the IAAF World Championships and I’m looking forward to getting out onto the iconic track to compete.”

Promising young flyhalf Curwin Bosch, No 8 Dan du Preez and fullback Warrick Gelant were on Saturday included in the 34-man Springbok squad for the start of the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign. The 22-year old Du Preez is the twin brother of Springbok loose forward Jean-Luc du Preez.

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, said he is pleased with the largely unchanged squad, which allows for greater continuity and consistency.

“Our players must be well-conditioned, match-fit and also be able to make good on-field decisions. We are also looking for continuity, experience and combinations – all elements which I believe are reflected in the current squad selection,” said Coetzee.

The Springbok group gets together on Tuesday, 8 August in Port Elizabeth to start their preparations for the 2017 campaign, which kicks off their on 19 August against Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Coetzee furthermore praised the good form of the Bok players during the French series and the Vodacom Super Rugby competition, which have allowed him to keep squad changes to a minimum.

“All of the Springboks who were in action in the June Tests and the latter part of the Vodacom Super Rugby campaign played very well and I have no doubt that they will bring that form with them when we assemble,” explained Coetzee.

“Some players have initially missed out on selection due to various reasons, but this squad is not cast in stone and changes can be made as we progress through the tournament. Continue reading

It was a weekend of home wins in the Currie Cup, proudly brought to you by Nashua and DirectAxis, as the hosts won all three matches with bonus points.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls outplayed the Xerox Golden Lions 54-22 at Loftus Versfeld for their second bonus-point win in as many games, while DHL Western Province defeated the Steval Pumas 34-10 at DHL Newlands and the Cell C Sharks earned back-to-back home wins as they registered a 41-3 victory against Tafel Lager Griquas at Growthpoint Kings Park.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls started their clash against the Xerox Golden Lions with a bang as they raced to a 21-0 lead in the first 11 minutes thanks to three converted tries.

Their Johannesburg neighbours, however, hit back with three unconverted tries within 10 minutes – two of which were scored when the hosts were reduced to 14 men and the other when they were down to 13 men – but another seven-pointer by the Vodacom Blue Bulls on the stroke of halftime handed them a 28-15 lead. They added another four second-half tries to take their tally to eight, while the opposition were only able to add one, which steered them to a rewarding 54-22 victory. The Xerox Golden Lions’ last try, however, ensured that they earned a bonus point.   Continue reading

Workshops hosted in Dubai and Johannesburg

Two workshops in the space of five days have helped to apprise all stakeholders involved in the exciting new T20 Global League (#T20GL) of the many preparatory details. Excitement followed the participants who are now ready to be part of a memorable six weeks of action packed T20 cricket.

A successful workshop with the team owners ended in Dubai on Sunday, while another workshop attended by all the CSA Affiliate Member Presidents and CEO’s from the eight host venues was held in Johannesburg yesterday. Updates on the latest developments in the #T20GL were presented at the workshop.

“Having four experienced team owners in the group has helped us to host two very productive days in Dubai,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “It helped us to identify and deal with key issues a lot quicker. Continue reading

The SA Schools team’s preparations for the U19 International Series is set to get underway on Sunday with the 28-member squad assembling at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport where they will be put through their paces before the opening game on 11 August.

A change in the venue for the opening match will see the SA Schools team face Wales at the Markötter fields at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch on Friday 11 August, which will be followed by clashes against France at Paarl Gymnasium on Tuesday, 15 August, and England at City Park in Cape Town on Saturday, 19 August.

The team, which will again be guided by head coach Lance Sendin, features two players who were members of the SA Schools team that registered a whitewash in the series last season, centre Rikus Pretorius and winger Muller du Plessis.

Scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba, flankers Dylan Richardson and Mark Snyman, lock Juan van der Mescht and prop Keagan Glade, meanwhile, all represented the SA Schools A team in 2016.

The players will begin their preparations on Sunday with Continue reading

There are five changes to the DHL Western Province U19 team to face the Cell C Sharks U19 at Brookside on Saturday.

Coach Nazeem Adams’ team will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory of the season in their match against the visitors from Durban which kicks off at 12h30 on Saturday.

There are three changes in the backline with Sako Makata getting an opportunity on the left wing and outside centre Lubelo Scott linking up in midfield with Lyle Hendricks who shifts to inside centre.

In the forward pack Regardt du Plessis starts at openside flank in place of the injured Charl Serdyn, while in the front row Reece Bezuidenhout starts at loosehead prop in a rotational switch.

Adams said that the key for his team will be to build on the promising start they have made to their campaign. Continue reading

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