There were no new injury concerns for the DHL Stormers heading into the bye week following their clash with the Waratahs at DHL Newlands.
On the long-term injury list there are a number of players that have made good progress, with the likes of Wilco Louw, Jaco Taute, Jano Vermaak and Robert du Preez expected to be available for selection following the June international break.
Eben Etzebeth is in the final stages of his rehabilitation from a calf injury, and may travel with the team to face the Sunwolves in Singapore on May 14 depending on his progress this week.
Taute will return to training for the first time this week since picking up an ankle injury in pre-season, while scrumhalf Vermaak (neck injury) and flyhalf Du Preez (knee injury) should be back on the training pitch next month.
Lock Jean Kleyn who injured his arm is also expected to return to full fitness before the end of the Vodacom Super Rugby season.
The Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) has welcomed South Western Districts back into the DHL Stormers fold.
South Western Districts formed part of the original DHL Stormers franchise which was formed in 1998, and after a 10 year absence the union has once again been made official partners in the DHL Stormers franchise. Continue reading
The South African Rugby Union on Monday extended condolences to the family of former Springbok captain, Cornelius Michael “Nelie” Smith, who passed away in the early hours of Monday morning.
“Oom Nelie”, 81, passed away due to heart failure, in Strand where he lived, only a week before his 82nd birthday on 8 May.
The president of SA Rugby, Mr. Oregan Hoskins, said rugby across the globe is poorer today. Continue reading
The malicious damage to community facilities during protest action has reached unacceptable proportions. While the City counts the cost to continually fix these much-needed facilities, we cannot put a price tag on the loss experienced by residents in these communities.
In the past three years, the vandalism of three City of Cape Town community facilities due to protest action has added up to over R12 million. This money could have been better spent on providing additional recreational facilities, spray parks, smart parks, or synthetic soccer pitches in communities where these facilities are sorely needed. Continue reading
The award-winning Thami aka Mongo directs the isiXhosa production of Amathaf’Entandabuzo, based on the book by Fikiswa P Magqashela, presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre, for a short season from 4 to 14 May.
Performed in isiXhosa with English surtitles Amathaf’Entandabuzo is loosely translated into Valley of Doubt, beautifully written, while dealing with complex universal themes of love. Amathafa means fields or valleys – a metaphor for love – and just like nature, there is nothing simple about it and we rarely ever know where it will lead to. Love has the ability to take one to heights of ecstasy or leave one in a state of despair, as it tries to find a way out of a valley of doubts. The story is layered with the intricacies of love and life, charged with passion and intrigue – betrayal, abuse and violence collide in a world where love is tested and proves its resilience. Continue reading
Swimming, cycling and running mixed with food, wine-tastings, live music and lots of oysters – that’s what you can expect at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from 1 to 10 July 2016. With more than 100 activities spread over ten days there will be no shortage of fun. But, if the idea of a week of nothing but indulgence leaves you restless why not sign up for theBIG5 Sport Challenge?
The BIG5 Sport Challenge not only offers the unique opportunity to experience some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery while enjoying the sport you love, but the impressive multisport event has gained massive popularity over the last few years and has become a bucket list ‘must’ on the local and international endurance and adventure race calendar. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Volunteer Youth Cadet Programme is delivering dividends to a group of young people in its ranks.
As part of the programme’s exit strategy, 27 cadets who have already matriculated or are completing Grade 12 this year have been identified to undergo learner driver training. The Metro Police Department is also facilitating access to other training interventions and potential bursaries for the group, in partnership with the City’s Human Resources Training and Development Section. Continue reading
As Lip Sync Battle Africa enters its fourth week, MTV is rolling out its big hitters in the most intense, testosterone-packed face-off yet: Nigerian superstarFlavour and actor and TV star Maps Maponyane are the latest celebrities to shrug off their inhibitions, let their hair down and get their guns out for Lip Sync Battle Africa (MTV, DStv channel 130, 20:50 CAT, 5 May 2016).
The two finely-honed heartthrobs rise to the occasion, getting the most out of the comedy format as they posture, preen, and show off their abs, while dissing each other in comic mockery. EvenD’Banj gets in on the act, eager to demonstrate his own sex god status, appearing with his shirt unbuttoned to the navel in a bid to counter the threat of the two warring idols.
DHL Stormers stalwart Nic Groom will be leaving at the end of the season to join English Premiership side the Northampton Saints.
The scrumhalf recently brought up his half-century of Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers in their victory against the Reds at DHL Newlands.
The 26-year-old double Currie Cup winner, who has also played in 59 Currie Cup matches for DHL Western Province, has spent his entire professional career at DHL Newlands having come through the Western Province Rugby Institute. Continue reading