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Josh Strauss

Sale Sharks are delighted to announce the signing of Scottish International Back Row Forward Josh Strauss on a three year deal.

Josh is currently playing for Glasgow Warriors who he joined in 2012 from The Lions and Golden Lions where he was captain.

He made his Currie Cup debut in 2010 and became a cult figure with his style of play and distinctive full length beard.

Josh has been capped eleven times by Scotland after making his international debut against Japan in the 2015 World Cup at Kingsholm.

Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said: ” Josh is a world class ball carrying forward. He has been performing well for both Glasgow and Scotland over the past five years and will compliment the squad in the ball carrying department. He is a leader and a very powerful athlete.

“The new owners Simon Orange and Ged Mason are keen to help Sale Sharks to become one of the leading clubs and signings like Josh will help our cause.”

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Shimlas (12) 35 / 23 (9) Pukke (Final Score)

Steinhoff UFS-Shimlas (University of the Free State) and NWU-Pukke (North West University) did battle

in the Varsity Cup 2017 at Shimla Park, Bloemfontein at 19:00 SA Time (17:00 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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A first win over Wales in 11 years has seen Scotland climb to their highest ever position of fifth in the World Rugby Rankings.

Vern Cotter has achieved what none of his predecessors as head coach could do by steering Scotland to an all-time high of fifth place in the World Rugby Rankings.

Following their first win over Wales since 2006 Scotland have moved above Saturday’s vanquished opponents and South Africa in the rankings, which were first introduced in October 2003, after gaining 1.28 rating points.

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England coach Eddie Jones said an unexpected Italy tactic “wasn’t rugby” as they frustrated the Six Nations champions before finally losing 36-15.

Italy led 10-5 at half-time as they chose not to compete at the breakdown, allowing them to step into the England line without going offside.

But the hosts found a way through with five tries in the second period.

 “Well done Italy, very smart. We knew they’d come with something,” Jones said.

“But it wasn’t rugby. We haven’t played a game of rugby yet.

“I’m not critical of Italy, they did what they needed to do to stay in the game.”

Italy coach Conor O’Shea defended the tactic, saying: “Everything we did was completely legal; I was incredibly proud of what the players put out there.”

At one stage, England captain Dylan Hartley and team-mate James Haskell asked referee Romain Poite to clarify the law, but the Frenchman replied: “I am a referee, not a coach.”

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Sunwolves (5) 17 / 83 (45) Hurricanes (Final Score)

The Sunwolves and Hurricanes did battle in Super Rugby 2017 at Prince Chichibu Memorial

Stadium, Tokyo, Japan at 06:15 SA Time (13:15 Japan Time, 17:15 NZ Time, 04:15 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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Super RugbyIt is finally time for Super Rugby 2017 and for Round 1 this week and weekend.

There is 1 game on THURSDAY 23 February 2017, then 2 games on FRIDAY 24 February 2017 and 6 games on SATURDAY 25 February 2017.

There are no BYE weekends for any teams this week.

The action is kicked off by the Melbourne Rebels and Blues who do battle in Melbourne at 10:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 21:45 NZ Time, 08:45 GMT)

The first South African team to see action, the Cell C Sharks, take on the Reds on Friday in Brisbane at 11:0 SA Time (19:00 AEST, 21:00 NZ Time, 09:00 GMT).

On Saturday morning the action starts early when the Sunwolves host the Hurricanes in Japan at 06:15 SA Time (17:15 NZ Time, 15:15 AEST, 04:15 GMT), whereafter the Crusaders host the Brumbies in Christchurch at 08:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 17:35 AEST, 06:35 GMT)and then followed by the Waratahs who host the Western Force in Sydney at 10:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 21:45 NZ Time, 08:45 GMT).

On Saturday afternoon and evening the other 5 South African Franchises as well as the Jaguares from Argentina are in action, firstly when the Toyota Cheetahs host the Emirates Lions in Bloemfontein at 15:05 SA Time (13:05 GMT), whereafter the Southern Kings host the Jaguares at 17:15 SA Time (15:15 GMT) and the final game of the round is when the DHL Stormers host the Vodacom Bulls in Cape Town at 19:30 SA Time (17:30 GMT).

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Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill has been appointed Head Coach of Edinburgh Rugby with effect from the start of next season.

The three-time Premiership winning coach has signed a two-year deal and will relocate to Scotland for the new role after his recent spell with Toulon.

Edinburgh Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge will remain in his current role until the end of the season and then return to his previous position as backs coach with the club.

Edinburgh Rugby’s assistant coaches Stevie Scott and Pete Wilkins remain in post.

After two spells playing for Leicester and two years at Montferrand Cockerill spent 12 years in coaching roles at Leicester Tigers, rising through the ranks to become Head Coach in 2009 and then Director of Rugby in 2010.

He led the team to Premiership semi-finals every season he was in charge and won back to back titles in 2009, 2010 and a subsequent title in 2013.

During his time with the club he also reached the Heineken Cup Final in Edinburgh in 2009 and won the LV Cup in 2012.

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  • The RBS SIX Nations 2017 starts tomorrow (4 February 2017) at 16:25 SA Time, so hurry up and do not delay to register and pick for it!
  • Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 starts in about 2 weeks, so for that too!

As of 2016 we have been doing it a bit differently and opened our Pools up to all readers of Rugby-Talk.com, but we encourage you to register as a subsciber on Rugby-Talk.com anyway, as our banter and commenting about our Pools will mostly take place here on the website and not on the SuperBru banter boards! It is so easy to register and such fun to discuss rugby here.

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CUT 0 / 0 Shimlas (Game Postponed)

FNB CUT-Ixias (Central University of Technology) and FNB UFS-Shimlas (University of the Free State) do battle

in the Varsity Cup 2017 at CUT Rugby Stadium, Bloemfontein at 16:45 SA Time (14:45 GMT).

This is the live match discussion Article.

The match is broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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BrandonThomson

Glasgow Warriors have signed fly-half Brandon Thomson on a short-term deal from the Stormers in South Africa.

He has started training with his new teammates at Scotstoun, after arriving in Glasgow from Cape Town.

The 21-year-old will be at the club for the next two months, with Finn Russell away with Scotland and Peter Horne currently sidelined with an ankle injury.

Thomson has played six times in Super Rugby for the Stormers and has scored 26 points.

He has also represented South Africa U20s at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship and has played for Western Province in the Provincial Cup and Currie Cup.

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Pukke (17) 37 / 7 (0 ) Madibaz (Final Score)

The FNB NWU-Pukke (North West University) and FNB NMMU-Madibaz (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2017 at Fanie du Tiot Sports Grounds, Potchefstroom at 19:00 SA Time (17:00 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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R.I.P. Joost van der Westhuizen

 

The South African rugby community was in mourning on Monday following the passing of Joost van der Westhuizen, one of South Africa’s greatest-ever Springbok legends.

Van der Westhuizen passed away after a long and courageous struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease (MND), for the past 6 years. He was 45 and leaves behind 2 children, Jordan (13) and Kylie (10), as well as his father Gustav, mother Mariana, and brothers Pieter and Gustav.

“Joost will be remembered as 1 of the greatest Springboks – not only of his generation, but of all time,” said Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby.

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