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Fourie du Preez

Fourie du Preez

Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez called time on his illustrious rugby career today (Thursday).

The 34-year-old Du Preez represented South Africa in 76 Tests between 2004 and 2015, captaining the Springboks in 4 Tests at the World Cup in England last year. He also won 164 caps for the Bulls and Blue Bulls from 2001 to 2011, and played 55 times for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan.

Du Preez played his last match in the green and gold in last year’s World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, where he picked up an injury which ruled him out of the 3rd-place play-off. He has subsequently finished his career with Suntory.

“Fourie du Preez will go down in the annals of South African rugby as one of the most decorated players ever,” said SA Rugby President Oregan Hoskins.

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RBS 6 Nations trophyWho was your standout player of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations? Read the profiles below for a reminder of the achievements of our nominees.

 

Gareth Davies:

The Wales scrumhalf took the opportunity that Rhys Webb’s injury presented and impressed throughout the Championship.

He scored a stunning try in their victory over Scotland in Round 2, was RBS 6 Nations Man of the Match in Round 3 against France and claimed the final score of Wales’ Championship when he came off the bench against Italy on Super Saturday.

 

Guilhem Guirado:

Guy Novès’ France side might have finished with 3 defeats but their captain Guirado led by example throughout.

The hooker was superb, crossing for tries against Wales and Scotland, driving his pack forwards and demonstrating brilliant tackle and breakdown work in every match.

 

Stuart Hogg:

The Scotland fullback’s scorching try in the final Round against Ireland will live long in the memory but Hogg’s influence throughout the Championship was apparent.

He made 2 tries as Vern Cotter’s side ended their winless run in downing Italy, scored 1 and he scored 1 and made 1 in their historic win over France – while also adding a penalty from his own half. All that before his fantastic solo score in Dublin on Super Saturday.

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Toyota CheetahsThe Toyota Cheetahs will play a friendly game against Japanese club Toyota Verblitz later this year.

The game, to be played on Friday 23 July in Japan, will serve as preparation for the Japan Top League and Currie Cup competitions.

The match will further strengthen the friendship ties between the 2 teams – who share the same sponsor.

At the end of the 2014 season and after losing a number of players because of limited funding, Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd established a programme whereby players could play in Japan during the Currie Cup season and return to play for the Toyota Cheetahs’ Super Rugby franchise at the conclusion of the Japanese league.

By having Toyota as a sponsor it enabled Free State Rugby to engage freely with Verblitz, a Toyota owned club in Japan.

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NMMUUCTNMMU (16) 46 / 33 (23) UCT (Final Score)

FNB NMMU (Nelson Mandela Bay University) and FNB UCT-Ikeys (University of Cape Town)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at Johannesburg at 12:45 SA Time (10:45 GMT).

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

Scorers:

NMMU:

  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Ivan-John du Preez (2), Tyler Paul (1), Henry Brown (1), Junior Pokomela (1), Steph Nieuwoudt (1)
  • Conversions – Simon Bolze (1), Thomas Kean (3)

UCT:

  • Penalties – Thomas Bednall (1)
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Lihleli Xoli (2), Gary Porter (1), Bradley Janse van Rensburg (1)
  • Conversions – Thomas Bednall (2)

 

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PukkeMatiesPukke 12 / 56 Maties (Final Score)

NWU-Pukke (North West University) and FNB Maties (University of Stellenbosch)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at Johannesburg at 14:45 SA Time (12:45 GMT).

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

Scorers:

Pukke:

  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Malherbe Swart (1), Barend Janse van Rensburg (1)
  • Conversions – Rhyno Smith (1)

Maties:

  • Penalties – Ernst Stapelberg (2)
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Craig Barry (2), Edwil van der Merwe (1), Paul Streicher (1), Beyers de Villiers (1), Duncan Saal (1)
  • Conversions – Ernst Stapelberg (5)

 

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CUTTuksCUT Ixias (25) 25 / 68 (21) Tuks (Final Score)

CUT-Ixias (Central University of Technology) and FNB UP-Tuks (University of Pretoria)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at Johannesburg at 16:45 SA Time (14:45 GMT).

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

Scorers:

CUT:

  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Darron Baron (1), Jasper Wiese (1), Vincent Maruping (1)
  • Conversions – Darron Baron (2)

Tuks:

  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Duncan Mathews (1), Duhan van der Merwe (2), Riaan Britz (3), André Warner (1), Luke van der Smit (1)
  • Conversions – Joshua Stander (7)

 

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ShimlasUJShimlas (20) 49 / 72 (43) UJ (Final Score)

UFS-Shimlas (University of the Free State) and FNB UJ (University of Johannesburg)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at Johannesburg at 19:00 SA Time (17:00 GMT).

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

Scorers:

Shimlas:

  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Mosolwa Mafuma (1), Arthur Williams (2), Stephan Janse van Rensburg (1), Boela Venter (1)
  • Conversions – Pieter-Steyn de Wet (5)

UJ:

  • Penalties – Divan Nel (3)
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Ronald Brown (2), David Antonites (1), Bradley Moolman (1), Caswell Khoza (1), Wian Conradie (1), Robert de Bruyn (1)
  • Conversions – Divan Nel (6)

JaguaresChiefsJaguares (14) 26 / 30 (13) Chiefs (Final Score)

Los Jaguares and the Chiefs did battle in Super Rugby 2016 at

Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires at 23:40 SA Time (21:40 GMT, 18:40 ARG Time, Sunday 10:40 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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

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Scott Cummings

Scott Cummings

Over the past year the flower of Scottish rugby is beginning to come back into bloom.

Last season Glasgow Warriors became the first Scottish side to win the Guinness PRO12, then Scotland were agonizingly close to a Rugby World Cup semifinal place with their last gasp defeat to Australia.

Last weekend in the penultimate Round of the RBS 6 Nations, the Scots broke a decade long hoodoo by beating France at BT Murrayfield.

Their compatriots at Under 20s level had made history of their own by beating “The Auld Enemy” England in the tournament’s opening Round for the 1st time since the inception of the Under 20s Six Nations Championship.

Leading the charge of this new generation of young Scots is Under 20s captain and lock Scott Cummings, who due to commitments with his club side Glasgow Warriors will not be playing against Ireland in the final Round of competition after guiding his side to 2 wins.

However, Cummings’ contribution to Scotland’s Under 20s and the experience he has gained playing in the Guinness PRO12 reflects the current renaissance in Scottish rugby.

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Emirates LionsEmirates Lions Head Coach Johan Ackermann has made a number of changes to the side who lost to the Highlanders in Dunedin during Round 3 of Super Rugby 2016, for the clash against the Toyota Cheetahs at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

In an enforced change due to the suspension of blindside flank Warwick Tecklenburg, the young prospect Ruan Ackermann gets his 1st run-on opportunity in the loose forwards.

Also returning to the starting lineup is Lionel Mapoe who missed the last game to be at the birth of his 1st child, as well as Andries Coetzee at fullback, together with Dylan Smith and Malcolm Marx in the front row.

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Joe Marler

Joe Marler

England prop Joe Marler has avoided any sanction for striking an opponent during his side’s RBS 6 Nations win over Wales at Twickenham.

A Six Nations disciplinary committee found he struck prop Rob Evans in the 15th minute of Saturday’s match.

But it said in a statement: “The disciplinary committee found that the offending would not have warranted a Red Card and so imposed no sanction.”

Marler could now play in England’s final game against France on Saturday.

However, that could still be in doubt as the 25-year-old Harlequins forward may yet face action for calling Wales prop Samson Lee “Gypsy boy” in the same game.

Marler apologised to Lee – who is from the Traveller community – for that comment, and Lee has said he accepted the apology as “banter”.

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Joe Marler

Joe Marler

England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler has been cited for striking Wales prop Rob Evans in England’s 25 / 21 RBS 6 Nations victory over Wales at Twickenham.

Harlequins prop Marler appeared to land a forearm in the face of Evans while trying to assist Dan Cole ground the ball over Wales’s try-line.

“Joe Marler has been cited by the independent citing commissioner for allegedly striking an opponent in the 15th minute of the 1st half of the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham,” said an RBS 6 Nations statement.

If found guilty at a disciplinary hearing later this week, Marler will face an “entry-point” ban of 2 weeks, which would rule him out of England’s attempt to seal a 1st Grand Slam since 2003.

Officials have yet to decide whether a separate incident of verbal abuse, in which Harlequins prop Marler called Wales’s Samson Lee “gypsy boy” during the 1st half of England’s 25 / 21 win at Twickenham last Saturday, warrants disciplinary action.

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EP KingsEastern Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd, the professional arm of the EP Kings, have been provisionally liquidated.

However, EP Rugby said this will not impact on the EP Kings’ preparations for the Currie Cup competition, which is due to get underway with a qualifying tournament next month.

The liquidation hearing – brought by South African Rugby Players Association on behalf of 18 players and another 18 players through an independent lawyer against EP Rugby – was held at the Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday.

EP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, through their legal counsel had initially opposed the liquidation order on 2 February and were provided the opportunity to file the necessary opposing documents.

A judgement was delivered in favour of SARPA and the other players for provisional liquidation to be implemented against EP Rugby (Pty) Ltd.

This means that the company will now be placed under provisional liquidation and a liquidator will be appointed shortly to oversee the process.

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RBS 6 NationsIreland have made 2 changes, with fit-again Jared Payne starting at centre and Simon Zebo deputising for injured full-back Rob Kearney.

Stuart McCloskey, who made his Test debut against England a fortnight ago, drops out of the squad altogether.

Hooker Rory Best will captain the side on his 50th championship appearance.

Flyhalf Edoardo Padovani makes his 1st start as 1 of 4 changes for Italy, along with Guglielmo Palazzani, David Giazzon and George Biagi.

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Glasgow WarriorsThis feels like a semifinal age in the tempestuous domain of European rugby.

The financial behemoths prowling the leagues of England and France are on a seemingly inexorable rise, hoovering up the galacticos of the southern hemisphere.

Theirs is a monetary clout Scottish rugby cannot hope to match.

From Edinburgh, Dave Denton has gone to Bath, Greig Tonks to London Irish. Captain Mike Coman will follow, so too Matt Scott to Gloucester at the season’s end. There may be others.

Along the M8, speculation continues to heighten on the future of Fijian sensation Leone Nakarawa – reportedly heading for Racing 92 with a year left on his contract – and Taqele Naiyaravoro, the monstrous winger, returning to the Waratahs of Australia.

 

A shrewd acquisition

Amidst this leakage of talent, though, the Warriors have, rather shrewdly, recruited an ex-Crusaders hooker, a 4-time Super Rugby champion, 15-Test All Black and Rugby World Cup winner.

Corey Flynn joins Gregor Townsend’s squad on a 2-year deal this summer following a sojourn at Toulouse, one of the most storied and wealthy of the French heavyweights.

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RBS 6 NationsWales head coach Warren Gatland has named his team to face England in Saturday’s key RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham.

Gareth Davies retains the scrumhalf spot ahead of Rhys Webb, who is named among the replacements.

Webb, 27, was recalled to the squad after 6 months away from international rugby with injury.

Lock Luke Charteris is on the bench where Paul James comes in to cover the injured loosehead prop Gethin Jenkins.

We’ve named a pretty experienced side for Saturday,” said Gatland.

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