15 Newest Rugby Reports

The joy of the Currie Cup

Gallo Images Jacques van der Westhuyzen writes that theres just something about the Currie Cup competition that gets every rugby fan talking. Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images The Currie Cup might not enjoy the same status as Super Rugby but for South Africans I think the local domestic competition still ranks at No1 for enjoyment – and prestige. There’s just something about the Currie Cup competition that gets every rugby fan talking. … [Read More...]

Alan Tait

Alan Tait returns to Scottish Rugby

Scottish Rugby today announced that it is appointing a vastly experienced Scottish coach with hands-on knowledge of the very top of the international game as part of its Academy initiative. Alan Tait, 50, the former Scotland and British Lions back and rugby league internationalist, who was defence coach with the Scotland team and head coach with Newcastle Falcons, is joining as a specialist skills coach and will play a key role within the four … [Read More...]

Mike Coman

Coman to captain Edinburgh

Experienced back row, Mike Coman, will captain Edinburgh this season, with Scotland international lock, Grant Gilchrist as vice captain. Coman, who turns 27 later this month, said: "It's a massive honour, we've got an exciting team and I'm really looking forward to the season ahead.” Signing for Edinburgh Rugby during 2013/14 on a two-year deal, Coman is no stranger to the captain's armband. He said: "The first time I led a team was … [Read More...]

Springboks in Perth

Springbok Media Conference in Perth with assistant coach Johann van Graan

The Springboks face Australia at Patersons Stadium on Saturday (6 September 2014 with kick-off 12h05 SA time). The honours are even between these sides in Western Australia - of the seven matches played here since 1998, each team has won three, while one ended in a draw. The Springboks' overall record in Australia is 12 wins and one draw out of 34 matches, while the South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchises also found the going tough here … [Read More...]

WP lose Senatla for two weeks in the Currie Cup

 Seabelo Senatla, one of the finds of the 2014 Currie Cup season, has been laid low by an ankle injury which will keep him out of the Western Province side for at least two weeks.The speedy wing who scored a try and had a hand in another during Province's 23-18 win in Pretoria over the weekend, came down heavily after an aerial challenge for the ball in the second half."We'll get the results of his scan on Tuesday but we suspect that he has bone … [Read More...]

No Visser, Kriel for Bulls

Pretoria - Blue Bulls fullbacks Jurgen Visser and Jesse Kriel will not be available for Saturday's Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions at Loftus Versfeld.Visser, in fact, will miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury and will be out of action for four months, whilst Kriel injured an ankle and will be out of two weeks.Kriel's injury was picked up against Western Province on Saturday and the match also claimed prop Hencus van Wyk, who … [Read More...]

Pumas shock Sharks in Currie Cup

The Mpumalanga Pumas pulled off their second victory over a Currie Cup big scalp when they beat current Currie Cup champions the Sharks 32-22 in Mbombela on Friday.The hosts used their majority possession to score a four-try bonus point victory to move to the second place on the Currie Cup log.Playing an exciting brand of rugby, the Lowveld-based side demonstrated how to win with an expansive mindset.The Sharks initially did well to soak up the … [Read More...]

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Marvin Orie disciplinary

Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 lock Marvin Orie will appear before a SARU disciplinary committee in Pretoria on Tuesday after being cited for a dangerous tackle in the Absa Under-21 Competition on Saturday. Orie was cited for allegedly contravening law 10.4 (e) by tackling DHL Western Province Under-21 lock JD Schickerling around the neck in the third minute of the match at Loftus Versfeld and holding the grip until both players fell to the … [Read More...]

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Namibia on top of Africa

The Namibia Under-19 team on Saturday qualified for the International Rugby Board's 2015 Junior World Trophy tournament in Portugal following their 52-17 victory against Kenya in the final of the Confederation of African Rugby Under-19 tournament in Windhoek. The victory capped a golden six-week period for Namibian Rugby as the senior team, the Welwitchias, also qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in July. The success in the Rugby World … [Read More...]

EP Kings crave a Currie Cup scalp

IT IS only a matter of time before the Eastern Province Kings get their maiden Currie Cup premier division win.In the meantime, brave losses like Saturday’s 41-22 defeat to the well-drilled Golden Lions will have to do, especially after the visitors threatened to run away with the game by racking up a 14-0 lead after 17 minutes.Eastern Province Kings coach Carlos Spencer was happy with his team’s first-half comeback and hoped they would be able … [Read More...]

Absa Currie Cup

First Division opens up as Leopards suffer defeat

The Absa Currie Cup First Division competition has been thrown wide open with four rounds of pool matches remaining after SWD ended the Leopards’ winning streak with a surprise victory in George on Friday. The Leopards entered their clash against the SWD Eagles with a healthy eight point lead at the top of the log table and, based on their form in the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Qualifier, looked set to continue their dominance in the … [Read More...]

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Warm Perth welcome for Springboks

The Springboks were greeted with pleasant conditions when they arrived in Perth on Sunday afternoon, after three days of training in a very cold Johannesburg. The Boks had three hard training sessions at Fourways High School before their departure to Australia on Saturday evening. They arrived at their Perth hotel early on Sunday afternoon (Australian time). The Springboks face Australia at Patersons Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 12h05 SA … [Read More...]

Carlos Spencer

Pumas shock Sharks, Carlos Spencer Interview

DHL Western Province this weekend remained the only unbeaten team in the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division following an exciting fourth round, which saw the Steval Pumas claim their second big scalp. The Nelspruit team kicked off the weekend’s matches on Friday with a shock 32-22 bonus-point victory against the Cell C Sharks, which ended the Durban team’s three match winning run. In Saturday’s matches, GWK Griquas put up a brave fight … [Read More...]

Five try Cheetahs beat Griquas in Currie Cup

The Free State Cheetahs bounced back from last week's loss to the Sharks by beating the Griquas 36-25 at GWK Park in Kimberley on Saturday.The visitors scored five tries and bagged a bonus point in the process by making use of their chances and capitalising after Griquas lost a player to a red card for repeated infringements in the breakdown area.Both the Cheetahs and Griquas started at pace, showing every intention of playing running rugby.It … [Read More...]

Golden Lions down EP Kings in Currie Cup

The Golden Lions got back to winning ways when they beat the Eastern Province Kings 22-41 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The Lions got an almost perfect start with two early tries that saw them leading 0-14 in the first quarter of the match. The Golden Lions got their Currie Cup rugby title bid back on track with a bonus-point win over a courageous Eastern Province Kings outfit. With Ruan Combrinck in outstanding form … [Read More...]