Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has named Faf de Klerk as the only uncapped player in the starting team to face Ireland on Saturday at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, while Elton Jantjies has passed a fitness test and will start the first of three Castle Lager Incoming Series Tests between the two countries on the bench.
Coetzee has included six players in the match-23 who did not feature at the Rugby World Cup last year, ushering in a new era for Bok rugby. They are the Emirates Lions quintet of De Klerk, Jantjies, Warren Whiteley, Julian Redelinghuys and Lionel Mapoe, who will earn his first start for the Boks, as well as DHL Stormers hooker Bongi Mbonambi, the only other uncapped player in the match-day squad.
De Klerk has been in good form this season for the Emirates Lions in Vodacom Super Rugby and he earns a starting berth alongside experienced flyhalf Pat Lambie, who has played in 50 Tests for the Boks.
The Springbok coach said he is looking forward to seeing De Klerk earning his first Test cap for South Africa and that it was good to know Jantjies has fully recovered from his injury. The Emirates Lions flyhalf passed a fitness test at Thursday’s training session at the Cape Town Stadium.
“I have no doubt Faf will do a fantastic job,” said Coetzee. Continue reading
(South Africa, June 2016) The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has been selected as one of the four official charities supported by the Absa Cape Epic for the next three years.
The Absa Cape Epic has over the years extended a formal charity engagement program to a number of notable charitable organisations. This will be the 3rd year that the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation will partner with the world renowned mountain bike race.
Morné du Plessis Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa explains, “We are honoured to once again be selected as one of four official charities supported by the Absa Cape Epic. Laureus is built on the belief that sport has the innate ability to change the world and ignite positive change, and it has always been important that we associate and align the Foundation with organisations that follow the same ethos which is certainly the case with the Absa Cape Epic. This opportunity will go a long way in helping the Foundation achieve one of its goals of helping youngsters across SA overcome limitations imposed on them by challenging social issues.” Continue reading
The publication will be showcased at a number of venues across the country in the 125th year since Test rugby arrived in South Africa.
The Springbok Opus was produced over 48 months as unseen images, never-before-told stories and special photography was commissioned to create the ultimate story of rugby at the southern tip of Africa.
The nationwide tour started at the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum in Cape Town and will make its first stop at the V&A Waterfront in the city before embarking on a national tour to take in publicly accessible events such as exhibitions and shopping centres as well as rugby occasions such as the Coca-Cola Craven Week.
The Springbok Opus tells the full and diverse story of rugby from its first arrival in South Africa in the 1860s, its popularisation among all communities and the development of separate national federations to rugby unity in 1992 and to the professional era. Continue reading
Another South African business success story, Bidvest, has partnered with SA Rugby and on Thursday announced that they will come on board for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland.
The deal between Bidvest – a multinational services, trading and distribution company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange – and SA Rugby will see their logo feature on the Springboks’ shorts for the Ireland series, as well as a logo placement on the field for the Tests.
“The support top South African companies are showing the Springboks has been very encouraging,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.
“Bidvest are a South African success story and they have seen the value of associating with the success story that is the Springboks. Continue reading
Phalaphala FM, previously known as Radio Venda, turned 51 this year. To celebrate the springinto the next half-century the SABC radio station is reveling in change.It has been 18 years since the station rebranded and there is no better way to celebrate than to get a facelift.To mark this milestone the radio station will be launching their brand new logo and a multiplatform brand campaign at an exclusive gala dinner.
Phalaphala FM,is a contemporary radio station targeting 16-to 34-year-old aspirational Tshivenda-speaking people,underpinned by their tagline: ‘Always There With You.’This speaks to the stations long-lasting endurance. From its early days in 1965, where the station shared a three-hour broadcast a day with then Radio Tsonga, to a full 24-hour broadcast in 1978, the station has morphed to reflect the ever-changing landscape of the country and its listeners. Continue reading
Nike partnered with longtime collaborators Wieden+Kennedy on “The Switch.” The film was directed by Ringan Ledwidge, who also directed Nike’s 2014 “Winner Stays” film. The cinematographer was Matthew Libatique, known for his film work on “Straight Outta Compton,” “Black Swan” and “Iron Man.” “The Switch” is the longest brand film Nike Football has ever produced (5:57 seconds), supplanting “The Last Game” (5:28).
“The Switch” is the most extensive brand shoot Cristiano Ronaldo has ever done, for any company. It required five days of filming, all completed in Spain. Ronaldo performed his own stunts in the initial collision scene, which was done in just three takes. Continue reading
9 June 2016 Release: Immediate
The DA in the Western Cape notes the false allegations made by the EFF regarding eligibility for housing opportunities.
In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Human Settlements in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, I will write to Minister of Human Settlement, Bonginkosi Madikizela, to inquire how many housing opportunities have been made available in this financial year and how many beneficiaries have received title deeds.
The EFF has made claims that the DA-led Western Cape Government refuses to provide housing opportunities to beneficiaries under the age of 40. These claims are completely baseless and false. These are cheap tactics used by a desperate party trying to get a foot into the DA-led Western Cape.
The Department has a strategy in place that continues to prioritise the most deserving people in our communities. Qualifying beneficiaries on the housing data base are allocated houses accordingly, not on basis of age. However, priority will always be given to the elderly, people living with disability as well as child headed households.
The DA will always put the most vulnerable first, and is committed to improve living conditions to everyone in the province through enhanced management of land.
Note to editors: Audio files of Werner Kok (Afrikaans and English) and Frankie Horne (Afrikaans and English) talking about their respective comebacks, are available for download.
Two decorated Springbok Sevens players, Werner Kok and Frankie Horne, are in a race against time to make Team SA’s Rugby Sevens squad that will travel to the Olympic Games in Rio in August and keen to prove their fitness at the Roma Sevens tournament in Italy this weekend.
Kok, the current World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year and Horne, the most capped Blitzbok of all time, form part of the SA Rugby Sevens Academy side that will be playing in the Acqua Acetosa Stadium in Rome on Friday and Saturday and want to use this opportunity to prove to Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, that they are combat ready for Rio.
“I am starting all over again this weekend,” said Kok, who injured his knee in the opening tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in December and has not played since. Continue reading