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Quinn Roux

Connacht’s South African lock Quinn Roux and trio of other South African players have been included in an Ireland squad which will meet for a training camp on Sunday.

The uncapped Roux is joined by loose forward CJ Stander, and hookers Richardt Strauss and Rob Herring who have all played for Ireland before. The quartet will be hoping to make it into Ireland’s final squad for their tour of South Africa in June.

However, Ireland flanker Chris Henry’s hopes of being selected for the summer tour of South Africa appear to have suffered a blow after he was left out of the squad for Sunday’s training camp.

Henry, who did not play in the Six Nations, is not among the 44 players who will meet up in county Meath.

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Allister Coetzee

Allister Coetzee – New Springbok Head Coach

Former DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has been named as head coach of the Springboks for the next 4 years, ushering in an exciting new era for rugby in South Africa.

The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph have gone into retirement, including 3 of last year’s 4 captains.

“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” said Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby.

“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.

“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold.

“The Springbok coaching job is an enormous challenge but Allister has the full support of us at SA Rugby and we will be united in our efforts to continue to make Springbok rugby strong. I want to wish him well in his new job, I also want to pay tribute to Heyneke and his management team for their dedication and service to Springbok rugby the past 4 years.”

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Mils Muliaina

Mils Muliaina will be playing in the new Pro League in the USA

Next Sunday afternoon at 16:00 Pacific Standard Time a little piece of rugby history will be made. The 1st match of a brand new USA pro-league will kick off when Sacramento face San Francisco on Bonney Field. The venture has the blessing of both World Rugby and USA Rugby, although it is entirely independent of either governing body. There are only 5 teams competing in the league – Denver, Ohio and San Diego in addition to the 2 above – but for US rugby this may just be the acorn from which a rugby oak emerges.

The money man is Doug Schoninger, who worked in the financing of stadiums but boasts no background in rugby. The man in charge of the rugby is a Scot, Steve Lewis, who has been steeped in the game since growing up in Glasgow and whose resume is a good deal more exotic than most.

After turning out for West of Scotland alongside the likes of Matt Duncan, Gerry McGuinness and a young Gordon Bulloch, Lewis emigrated to the US in the early 1990s. He has coached a wide variety of teams around the world from the West Point Ladies, the Beit Jala Lions (in Palestine), Nigeria’s national team, Vail Rugby, Old Blue and the New York City Sevens side that won the plate final at Twickenham in 2013. Lewis was named the USA Coach of the Year in 2014.

As rugby director of the new league it is his task to populate those 5 teams with the best players money can buy: well, the best players that UD$ 35 000.00 can buy. And if that doesn’t sound like a king’s ransom it was enough to tempt fullback Mils Muliaina and his 100 All Black caps to play a 12-match season that stretches just 3 and a half months (17 April – 31 July). The league kicks off when the American Football season is over and before the baseball has become interesting.

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European Rugby Champions CupSaturday’s games:

The European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cup quarterfinals matches which were played yesterday (Saturday) were all fiercly contested affairs.

In the 1st Champions Cup quarterfinal Ashley Johnson’s London Wasps beat Don Armand’s Exeter Chiefs by the narrowest of margins. Wasps Jimmy Goperth converted Frank Halai’s try which was scored after regular time was up on the clock to send Exeter crashing out of the competition.

Victor Matfield’s Northampton were beaten in the2nd Champions Cup quarterfinal by a Saracens team that featured various players with Southern African connections. Brad Barritt, Schalk Brits, Petrus du Plessis, Neil de Kock, Michael Rhodes and Alastair Hargreaves all featured for Saracens who won the match by 9 points.

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Francois Steyn celebrates Montpellier win over Sale Sharks

Francois Steyn celebrates Montpellier win over Sale Sharks

Montpellier head coach Jake White cannot wait to return home triumphant for their European Rugby Challenge Cup semifinal, after beating Sale Sharks in their own backyard.

The side sat 2nd in the Top 14 turned on the power in the 2nd half after a tight 1st half. Benoit Pallaugue hit 6 penalties to steer his side to a 25 / 19 triumph, despite a late solo score from Sale centre Sam James.

The victory for Montpellier has set up a last-4 clash against either Challenge Cup champions, Gloucester, or the Newport Gwent Dragons. White is targeting a pair of victories on home soil in their pursuit for European glory.

He said: “I’m obviously very happy, it wasn’t that pretty, we didn’t play that well and we made a few mistakes which allowed them field position, and they put us under the pump. But it’s a new squad and Montpellier have never got themselves in positions like these, so I’m very happy that we can take another step forward.

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Gary Gold

Gary Gold

A SANZAAR Judicial Hearing conducted by Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand) has found Cell C Sharks coach Gary Gold guilty of misconduct under the SANZAAR Code of Conduct following the Cell C Sharks vs Crusaders match 2 weekends ago.

Gold admitted a charge of misconduct, which also involved 2 breaches of the Super Rugby Competition Rules, by engaging with TMO (TMO) Johan Greeff during the 2nd half of the match.

In his finding Hampton concluded that, by his own admission, Gold had approached the TMO on 2 separate occasions (65th and 71st minutes) and had used crude and insulting language towards the official.

It was found that, by his actions, Gold had clearly breached Super Rugby Competition Rule 3.8 (7) “That no person may engage, or attempt to engage with a TMO during a match in relation to the TMOs officiating in the match.”

Hampton also found that Gold’s actions had breached the SANZAAR Code of Conduct Section 8.3 (l) which states: “All persons shall not use crude, insulting or abusive language towards Match Officials.”

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Joe Marler

Joe Marler

England prop Joe Marler has been banned for 2 matches and fined £ 20 000.00 by World Rugby for calling Wales forward Samson Lee “Gypsy boy”.
Marler, 25, had avoided punishment by The RBS 6 Nations organisers, but World Rugby conducted its own investigation.

He made the comment in England’s RBS 6 Nations win over Wales in March and had an apology accepted by prop Samson.

The Rugby Football Union said Marler would not appeal against the decision and considered the matter closed.

World Rugby, the sport’s global governing body, said it had “Exercised its right to take appropriate action before an independent judicial committee in the absence of such a process by Six Nations Rugby in accordance with the regulations”.

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BT PremeirshipA horror misunderstanding cost Currie a shot at their 3rd championship title as Heriots snatched a dramatic last-gasp victory in Saturday’s BT Premiership semifinal at Malleny Park.

A ding-dong battle in which the lead changed a total of 5 times appeared to have swung decisively in the home side’s favour when No 8 Ross Weston finished off a driving maul for his 2nd try of the afternoon to put Currie 22 / 21 up with minutes remaining.

Heriots pushed for a response but, when they knocked on to concede a scrum, it looked like their dreams of a double (or treble if you include the Charity Shield) were over.

Currie kept possession as the clock ticked down but scrumhalf Richard Snedden was premature with the boot out and the Goldenacre side were given a lifeline, which they took superbly by setting up replacement flyhalf Gregor McNeish for his 2nd drop goal with the last kick, to spark wild celebrations in the away camp.

It means Heriots, who 1st face Melrose in the BT Cup final a week on Saturday, will travel to Millbrae to face Ayr on 23 April and look to retain their Premiership crown.

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MatiesTuksMaties (29) 49 / 11 (11) UP-Tuks (Final Score)

FNB Maties (University of Stellenbosch) and FNB UP-Tuks (University of Pretoria)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at the Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch at 19:00 SA Time (17:00 GMT).

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



  • Penalties – Ernst Stapelberg (4)
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Edwil van der Merwe (1), Brandon Asher-Wood (1), Beyers de Villiers (2), Remu Malan (1)
  • Conversions – Ernst Stapelberg (5)


  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Dries Swanepoel (1)
  • Conversions – Joshua Stander (3)
Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore

Waratahs new CEO Andrew Hore

Could Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht one day be taking on the Bulls, Highlanders and Waratahs?

If you believe new New South Wales chief executive Andrew Hore, then the answer is yes.

Hore is leaving his post with Welsh side Ospreys to join the Australian Super Rugby outfit in mid April, and the New Zealander sees a potential future link-up as beneficial to both competitions.

Hore has had a ringside seat in recent seasons as the huge influx of financial muscle into the French Top 14 and England’s Premiership has threatened to leave European rugby’s poor Celtic relations trailing behind.

The southern hemisphere has also felt the commercial weight of French and English riches, with an increasing number of top-class players heading north in their primes for a big payday.

But the prospect of competing against the high-quality teams in Super Rugby would certainly offer television companies a more enticing product, according to Hore.

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BT Murrayfield Stadium

BT Murrayfield

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced the key dates for the 2016 / 2017 season ahead of the knockout stages of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.

Next season’s tournaments will get underway with 2 Rounds in October, followed by Rounds 3 and 4 in December, and as is customary, the pool stages will reach their conclusion with Rounds 5 and 6 in January.

The quarterfinal matches will be staged at the end of March and the beginning of April 2017 with the semifinals played 3 weeks later.

Then European club rugby’s showcase weekend will return to Edinburgh for the 1st time since 2009 when both the Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals will be held at BT Murrayfield Stadium on 12 and 13 May 2017.

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UCTTuksUCT-Ikeys (7) 25 / 100 (63) UP-Tuks (Final Score)

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

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town at 12:45 SA Time (10:45 GMT).

The match was not broadcast LIVE on TV in SA.



  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Guy Alexander (1), Thomas Bednall (2)
  • Conversions – 0


  • Penalties – Tinus de Beer (1)
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Ruan Steenkamp (1), Jan Enslin (1), Tinus de Beer (1), Duhan van der Merwe (4), Dries Swanepoel (1), Clyde Davids (1)
  • Conversions – Joshua Stander (6), Tinus de Beer (3)




CUTNMMUCUT-Ixias (14) 35 / 26 (7) NMMU-Madibaz (Final Score)

CUT-Ixias (Central University of Technology) and NMMU-Madibaz (Nelson Mandela Bay University)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town at 15:20 SA Time (13:20 GMT).

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



  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Adrian Rossouw (1), Mauro Bucachane (1), Jasper Wiese (1), Len Noort (1), Meyer van Tonder (1)
  • Conversions – Meyer van Tonder (3)


  • Penalties – Simon Bolze (1)
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Riaan Esterhuizen (1), Nico Oosthuizen (1), Tyler Paul (1)
  • Conversions – Simon Bolze (2)




PukkeShimlasNWU-Pukke (31) 37 / 21 (7) UFS-Shimlas (Final Score)

FNB NWU-Pukke (North West University) and FNB UFS-Shimlas (Free State University)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town at 17:05 SA Time (15:05 GMT).

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



  • Penalties – Rhyno Smith (1), Bernhard Janse van Rensburg (2)
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Lucian Cupido (1), Jeandré Rudolph (2), Wilmar Arnoldi (1)
  • Conversions – Rhyno Smith (1)


  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Arthur Williams (2), Elandré Huggett (1)
  • Conversions – Frederick Mason (1), Pieter-Steyn de Wet (3)




UJMatiesMaties (9) 16 / 42 (27) UJ (Final Score)

FNB Maties (University of Stellenbosch) and FNB UJ (University of Johannesburg)

did battle in the Varsity Cup 2016 at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town at 19:00 SA Time (17:00 GMT).

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



  • Penalties – 0
  • Drop Goals – 0
  • Tries – Brandon Asher-Wood (1), Carlisle Nel (1)
  • Conversions – 0


  • Penalties – Divan Nel (3)
  • Drop Goals – Divan Nel (1)
  • Tries – Ronald Brown (1), Kobus Porter (1), Caswell Khoza (1), Etienne Oosthuizen (1)
  • Conversions – Divan Nel (3)


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