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Oli Kebble

Oli Kebble will join the Warriors next season and the South African-born prop says he has ambitions to play international rugby for Scotland.

Oli will join Glasgow Warriors from the Cape Town-based Stormers after his Super Rugby commitments and will qualify for Scotland honours after completing three years of residency under World Rugby’s eligibility criteria.

He could follow in the footsteps of fellow-prop WP Nel who qualified for Scotland during his time with Edinburgh.

Oli said: “That’s definitely a goal of mine. I’d love to play international rugby and to play for Scotland would be a great honour. I know there’s a three-year waiting period and we’ll see how far I come, but it would definitely be a great thing if I could represent Scotland one day.

“For any rugby player, the ultimate goal would be to play international rugby, so I definitely considered that when talking to the Scottish Rugby Union, and that’s why I chose Glasgow in the end.”
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Super RugbyThis week it is Round 7 of Super Rugby 2017!

There is 1 game on Friday 7 April 2017, 5 games on Saturday 8 April 2017 and 1 game on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Four teams have BYE weekends this week, the Crusaders, Melbourne Rebels, Toyota Cheetahs and Emirates Lions.

The action kicks off on Friday with the game between the Hurricanes and Waratahs in Wellington, at 09:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, , 17:35 AEST, 07:35 GMT).

The action starts pretty early on Saturday, with the Sunwolves hosting the Vodacom Bulls in Tokyo at 07:15 SA Time (14:15 Japan Time, 05:15 GMT)

The second game of Saturday morning is when the Highlanders host the Blues in Dunedin at 09:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 07:35 GMT).

Then the A few hours later, on Saturday afternoon, the Cell C Sharks host the Jaguares in Durban at 15:05 SA Time (10:05 Arg Time, 13:05 GMT). The DHL Stormers host the Chiefs in Cape Town at 17:15 SA Time (15:15 GMT, Sunday 03:15 NZ Time).

The last game of the Round is in Perth, Western Australia on Sunday when the Western Force host the Southern Kings at 08:05 SA Time (14:05 AWST, 06:05 GMT).

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Super RugbyThis week it is Round 6 of Super Rugby 2017!

There is 1 game on Friday 31 March 2017, 5 games on Saturday 1 April 2017 and 1 game on Sunday 2 April 2017.

Four teams have BYE weekends this week, the Brumbies, Southern Kings, Jaguares and Sunwolves.

The action kicks off on Friday with the game between the Highlanders and Melbourne Rebels in Dunedin, at 08:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, , 17:35 AEDT, 06:35 GMT).

The action starts pretty early on Saturday, with the Blues hosting the Western Force in Auckland at 06:15 SA Time (17:15 NZ Time, 12:15 AWST, 04:15 GMT)

The first South African team to see action is the Vodacom Bulls, in Hamilton when they play away against the Chiefs, on Saturday morning 1 April 2017 at 08:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 06:35 GMT).

The third game of Saturday morning is when the Reds host the Hurricanes in Brisbane at 10:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 21:45 NZ Time, 08:45 GMT).

A few hours later, on Saturday afternoon, the DHL Stormers host the Toyota Cheetahs in Cape Town at 15:05 SA Time (13:05 GMT). The Emirates Lions host the Cell C Sharks in Johannesburg at 17:15 SA Time (15:15 GMT).

The last game of the Round is in Sydney, Australia on Sunday when the Waratahs host the Crusaders at 08:05 SA Time (17:05 AEST, 19:05 NZ Time, 06:05 GMT).

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Lewis Carmichael

Edinburgh Rugby lock Lewis Carmichael has joined Australian Super Rugby outfit Western Force on a short-term loan as part of his personal player development plan.

Carmichael – a first year pro who also plays for Melrose in the BT Premiership –  will be available for the Perth based side until the end of the current Super Rugby campaign.

The agreement was brokered by Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson, and Edinburgh Rugby’s Managing Director, Jonny Petrie, and is designed to help players gain experience in a different training and cultural environment.

Carmichael, who progressed through the Scotland age-grade system, said: “I’m really excited to get out to Australia and it was an offer that I jumped to take.

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Friction burns to Merthyr players from Pontypridd 3G pitch

A Welsh rugby coach has posted photographs on social media of burns his players received playing on an artificial pitch.

Merthyr RFC coach Lee Jarvis said seven players suffered the friction burns to their legs and arms after their match at Sardis Road, Pontypridd.

Merthyr were playing RGC 1404 in the National Cup semi-final on Sunday.

A spokesman for Pontypridd RFC said the club had no comment to make.

Merthyr RFC posted photos of the injuries on Twitter.

Mr Jarvis said: “The pitch was a little bit dry on the weekend and the boys came away with some nasty burns.

“With the weather being dry, they do say you need to water the pitch.”

He said the players would be assessed later to see if they are fit to play their fixture against Pontypridd on Saturday.

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Maties (30) 65 / 19 (10) UJ (Final Score)

Maties (University of Stellenbosch) and UJ (University of Johannesburg) did battle

in the Varsity Cup 2017 at Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch at 19:00 SA Time (17:00 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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

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Jaguares (15) 22 / 8 (3) Reds (Final Score)

Los Jaguares and the Reds did battle in Super Rugby 2017 at

Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina at 23:40 SA Time (18:40 Arg Time, 21:40 GMT, Sunday 07:40 AEST).

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 RugbyThis week it is Round 5 of Super Rugby 2017!

There are 2 games on Friday 24 March 2017 and 6 games on Saturday 25 March 2017.

Two teams have BYE weekends this week, the Hurricanes and Chiefs.

The action kicks off on Friday with the game between the Crusaders and Western Force in Christchurch, at 08:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, , 14:35 AWST, 06:35 GMT), whereafter the Melbourne Rebels host the Waratahs in Melbourne at 10:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 08:45 GMT).

The first South African team to see action is the Vodacom Bulls, in North Harbour when they play away against the Blues, on Saturday morning 24 March 2017 at 08:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 06:35 GMT).

The second game of Saturday morning is when the Brumbies host the Highlanders in Canberra at 10:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 21:45 NZ Time, 08:45 GMT, then followed by the Sunwolves who host the DHL Stormers in Singgapore at 12:55 SA Time (19:55 Singapore Time, 10:55 GMT).

A few hours later, on Saturday afternoon, the Southern Kings host the Emirates Lions in Port Elizabeth at 15:05 SA Time (13:05 GMT). The Toyota Cheetahs host the Cell C Sharks in Bloemfontein at 17:15 SA Time (15:15 GMT).

The last game of the Round is in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the Jaguares host the Reds at 23:40 SA Time (19:40 Arg Time, 21:40 GMT, Sunday 07:40 AEST).

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WP Nel

Edinburgh Rugby today announced the re-signing of Scotland international tighthead prop Willem ‘WP’ Nel on a three-year deal.

The highly sought-after front-row’s contract extension will keep him at the capital club until at least May 2020.

Nel joined Edinburgh Rugby in 2012 on a three-year deal, which was subsequently extended, and has made 102 appearances in the black and red since debuting against Munster the same year.

Renowned primarily for his world-class scrummaging, Nel has many strings to his bow and has crossed the whitewash on 15 occasions, scoring 75 points for the capital club.

Nel qualified to play for Scotland through residency in 2015 and went on to make his international debut later that year against Italy in Turin.

He has since been awarded 15 Scotland caps – including appearances in all of the national side’s Rugby World Cup 2015 and 2016 RBS 6 Nations matches – scoring two tries in the process.

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British Lions

Eddie Jones says the British and Irish Lions should name four captains for the tour of New Zealand – one from each of their four national teams.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland has said “half-a-dozen players are in contention” to lead his squad.

England’s Dylan Hartley, Ireland’s Rory Best, Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland are among those.

“I would take those four captains and make that the leadership group,” England coach Jones said.

“Then after the warm-up games, whoever was the leading player I would make captain for the first Test,” added the Australian.

“You look at the last Lions tour and Sam Warburton captained the first two and Alun Wyn Jones captained the third, so I think you can separate it.

“It would be different but I would reckon you would get a great result, with those four captains running the team for you and making sure they set the standards on and off the field.”

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Tuks (12) 51 / 23 (23) Ikeys (Final Score)

UP-Tuks (University of Pretoria) and UCT-Ikeys (University of Cape Town) did battle

in the Varsity Cup 2017 at LC de Villiers Stadium, Pretoria 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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UJ (18) 28 / 23 (18) Wits (Final Score)

UJ (University of Johannesburg) and Wits (University of the Witwatersrand) did battle

in the Varsity Cup 2017 at UJ Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg at 16:45 SA Time (14:45 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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