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The Springboks have done their homework and are primed for a massive Argentinian onslaught when the two teams meet on Saturday in Salta the final match of the 2019 Castle Lager Rugby Championship, according to Springbok captain Duane Vermeulen.

The Springboks are fully aware of the huge challenge posed by a confident Argentina side in front of a passionate Salta crowd, following their 16-16 draw against the New Zealand two weeks ago.

The Springboks have a one-point advantage on the log table and a bonus-point win will take all the permutations out of the equation and land them the title for the first time since 2009.

“Winning the Rugby Championship will be extra motivation for all the work the guys have put in so far as a group,” said Vermeulen. “But we have to remember there are still other teams in the running to win it and if you make a mistake someone else will take it.”

The Springboks arrived in Salta on Thursday afternoon following three days of training in the capital city of Buenos Aires.

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The experienced Tendai Mtawarira (loosehead prop), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker) and Trevor Nyakane (tighthead prop) will pack down in the Springbok front row when South Africa face Argentina in the third and final Castle Lager Rugby Championship encounter in Salta on Saturday.

The reshuffled front row are the only changes to the starting fifteen from the one that held holders New Zealand to a thrilling 16-16 draw in Wellington on 27 July. Duane Vermeulen will again lead the Springboks as captain for this decisive clash in the high altitude of Salta.

Mtawarira, the most experienced Springbok prop in history, and Nyakane replace Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, while Mbonambi takes over the hooker duties from Malcolm Marx.

All three front rankers who started the Test at the Westpac Stadium in the New Zealand capital are due to make an impact off the bench against the Pumas on Saturday.

The “Beast”, who is set to make his 110th appearance in the Green and Gold jersey, will join Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana on 53 appearances in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship to equal the Springbok record for number of caps in the southern hemisphere competition.

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Pic: sport24.com

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Springbok captain Siya Kolisi will start at flank for DHL Western Province in the Currie Cup encounter with Phakisa Pumas at DHL Newlands on Women’s Day on Friday.

Kolisi will earn his 30th DHL Western Province cap in his first game since 2014, in a match that kicks off at 15h00 on Women’s Day.

As a result JD Schickerling moves to lock, with Salmaan Moerat set to make an impact in the second half and Ernst van Rhyn at blindside flank, while Wilco Louw is back in the starting line-up at tighthead prop.

In the backline Justin Phillips is at scrumhalf, with Sergeal Petersen making his first start of the season on the wing.

There is a potential Currie Cup debut for loose forward Nama Xaba from the bench, with prop Neethling Fouche getting his first opportunity of the campaign and flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis back among the replacements.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that after the bye, he is looking for plenty of energy from his team at DHL Newlands.

“There is no doubt that we have to show our supporters at DHL Newlands that we are really up for this game and play some rugby they can be proud of.

“We worked hard in the week off and now it is about going out there on Friday and showing what it means to us to play in this jersey in the Currie Cup,” he said.

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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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