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Pumas floor Currie Cup champs

Nelspruit - The Pumas defeated defending Currie Cup champions, the Sharks, 32-22 (half-time 18-9) at Mbombela Stadium on Friday night.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 pressure from a probing Pumas … [Read More...]

Western Province triumphant in Amateur Provincial Championship

Western Province on Friday continued their dominance in the Southern Amateur Provincial Championship (APPC) in Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape by defeating SWD 13-7 to defend their title. The Cape side registered a 28-19 victory against SWD in the 2013 final, and also won the title in 2012. Western Province were tested throughout the clash by the determined SWD outfit, which resulted in a thrilling final. But their ability to make better use of … [Read More...]

Lions forced to change Currie Cup side for EP

Golden Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has been forced to make several changes to his Currie Cup side that will face the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Captain Warren Whiteley has been drafted into the Springbok squad and will hence be replaced by Willie Britz, who moves up from the bench. Martin Muller will provide cover off the replacements bench.Unfortunately Robbie Coetzee has also been withdrawn from tomorrow’s match after … [Read More...]

Blue Bulls underdogs against Currie Cup leaders WP

The Blue Bulls will go into their home Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria against Western Province in the rare position of being the underdogs on Saturday. Two weeks ago Western Province beat the Blue Bulls 41-17 at Newlands in Cape Town and despite the Blue Bulls home advantage Province are the favourites. Two weeks in rugby is a long time though, and the Bulls have since claimed their first win of the competition when they beat, … [Read More...]

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Alberts replaced by Whiteley for Springboks’ tour

Willem Alberts has been ruled out of the Springboks’ Castle Lager Rugby Championship tour to Australia and New Zealand and will be replaced in the 30-man squad by Warren Whiteley. Alberts missed both Test victories against Argentina because of a hamstring injury and he underwent a fitness test on Thursday afternoon. Although his hamstring is recovering well, he experienced some nerve irritation in his lower back and was sent for scans. “Willem … [Read More...]

Taute one of two W.Province Currie Cup changes

Western Province have named Jaco Taute to make his first Currie Cup start for the Cape Town side at centre against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday. Springbok Taute replaces the injured Michael van der Spuy (hamstring) in the No.12 shirt in the only change to the WP starting XV from last weekend's 27-14 win over the Golden Lions.Former SA Under-20 star Pat Howard, a Round One try-scorer against the EP Kings, replaces Taute on the bench - … [Read More...]

Botes 150 break new ground in Currie Cup

Veteran Sharks flank Jacques Botes will break new ground in the Currie Cup on Friday as he extends his appearance record to 150 matches, which will make him the first player to reach this milestone. Botes will mark this achievement against the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday -- the team he first represented in the competition. He made his provincial debut for the Pumas in 2002 and remained at the union until 2004 before joining the Sharks in … [Read More...]

Not a happy amateur hunting ground for EP

SWD and Western Province on Wednesday continued to stamp their authority in the Southern Amateur Provincial Championship in Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape, as they secured back-to-back victories to book their places in the final on Friday. The teams also battled it out in the 2013 final in Saldanha, which the Cape side won 28-19. SWD delivered a strong display all around on Wednesday to thump Border Urban 43-12, while defending champions Western … [Read More...]

Double Sporting Benefit for PE

A double-decker sports weekend is on the cards for Nelson Mandela Bay sports fans as Chippa United take on Ajax Cape Town and the EP Kings clash with the Xerox Lions. Gearing up to share the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium pitch this weekend are EP Kings’ Charl Crous (CEO), Carlos Spencer (EP Kings coach), stadium CEO Chantal Du Pisani, Chippa United COO Thabiso Shooz Mekuto and coach Costa Papic. The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium presents a back-to-back … [Read More...]

Goodbye IRB. Hello…

28 August 2014 The International Rugby Board (IRB) will become World Rugby from November 19, 2014 as part of a major rebranding programme. The new brand, including a new logo, will be launched at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in London on November 17-18. Global Rugby participation has boomed by more than two million to 6.6 million players over the past four years, driven by the commercial success of Rugby World Cup, the IRB’s … [Read More...]

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£60 million Rugby Services Agreement announced

A £60 million Rugby Services Agreement (RSA) which provides a new and positive contractual relationship between the WRU and its four Regions for the next six years has been agreed. It marks a new era for the professional game in Wales with National Dual Contracts for key players on offer for the first time. The WRU and the Regions will utilise the contracts to focus on ensuring a core of leading Welsh international players remain in Wales … [Read More...]

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150 up for Jacques Botes

Interestingly Botes player will mark his 150th match achievement against the Steval Pumas, the team he first represented in SA's premier domestic competition. Botes made his provincial debut for the Pumas in 2002 and remained at the union until 2004 before joining the Sharks in 2005. The Cell C Sharks face the Steval Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday in the opening match of the weekend and with both teams having had good … [Read More...]

Cheetahs change one in Currie Cup for Griquas

Free State Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan has made one change to the side that played last week for this week's Currie Cup clash against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.With seasoned lock Carl Wegner out for several weeks after dislocating his shoulder in the Cheetahs clash against the Sharks last weekend, Duncan brought in Henco Venter from the bench.Venter, who was introduced against the Sharks when Wegner injured himself in the 12th minute, … [Read More...]

Lions make changes in Currie Cup for EP Kings

Golden Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his 22-man match day Currie Cup squad to play the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.Ackermann has made a number of changes to the Golden Lions backline after last week's loss to Western Province at Newlands in Cape Town. Ruan Combrinck will start at his preferred position of fullback, Lionel Mapoe will run out at right wing and Stokkies Hanekom reverts to the outside centre berth for this … [Read More...]

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Four front-line changes for Falcons

Head coach Alan Solomons has named four changes to the starting Edinburgh Rugby side for tomorrow's pre-season match against Newcastle Falcons at Mansfield Park (kick-off 7.45pm). The game is the club's final outing before the Guinness PRO12 gets underway next Friday, with Solomons taking a different tack as they near the competitive campaign. He said: "This is our last match before the season starts, so we'll adopt a slightly different … [Read More...]