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Greg Growden | September 6, 2009

Australia 21 South Africa 6

AT LAST the Wallabies got it together to win their first Tri Nations match of the year, and the Springboks will have to wait another week to find out if they can win the tournament. Continue reading

The Board of European Rugby Cup has ratified the introduction of 23-man match day squads for the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup tournaments for 2009/10 season onwards. Now I know the original change did cross this blog when it happened but it is good to see two of the major competitions taking it on board.

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Stephen Nell

Dit het alles begin op 14 Mei 2005 met daardie verskriklike nederlaag van 14-75 en sedertdien sukkel Kaapse rugbyspanne om hond haaraf te maak wanneer hulle met ligblou-truie gekonfronteer word.

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In a late development Western Province have called back Springbok flanker Hilton Lobberts from the Boland Kavaliers for their Absa Currie Cup rugby match against the Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday. Continue reading

02 September 2009

It is good to hear Springbok captain John Smit saying his team is not thinking about the two points they need to clinch the Tri-Nations title on Saturday in Brisbane, but are rather aiming for five.

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Johann Thormahlen – Volksblad

’n Rits beserings het daartoe gelei dat die Vodacom Vrystaat-Cheetahs op Ashley Johnson se nommer moes druk om die gedugte lostrio van die Leeus te probeer tem.

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As we all know, rugby team allegiances in South Africa are fiercely held and defended: how many Blue Bulls fans, if given the opportunity to earn a lifetime supply of beer simply by wearing a WP jersey to Loftus, would actually do it? We all know there would not be a single streeptrui in the blue mass on Saturday.

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Sydney – Former Springboks flyhalf Andre Pretorius believes he will learn just as much from James O’Connor as the teen sensation will learn from him during the next Super 14 season.

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The departure of Johann Muller to Australia to join the Springboks will mean another change of captaincy when the Sharks travel to Wellington for Friday’s ABSA Currie Cup clash with the Boland Cavaliers.

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Gerdie Karstens

Kimberley – Griquas have called in sports psychologist Johan Botha to help breathe life into their ailing Currie Cup campaign after slumping to three successive defeats.

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Ken Borland

Johannesburg – Saturday’s Test between the Springboks and the Wallabies in Brisbane will be a major landmark in a top-class career for Jaque Fourie. But it has also been a career with more than a fair share of misfortune in it for the 26-year-old.

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After initially indicating that the Springboks would not call on replacements from SA, following the injury of Andries Bekker and J P Pietersen, Bokke management has decided to call on Johan Muller to strenghten the Bokke squad for their remaining two matches on the Tri-Nations Tour.

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Some positive feedback was received from our ‘friend’ Spiro Zavos this week after (yet again) the Australians have been found wanting when they should have done it. Even the All Blacks have been shouting for them, alas to no avail.

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The Barbarian Rugby Club have named some of the World’s best players, to take on the All Blacks on 5 December 2009. South African stars, Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana joins Matt Giteau, Stirling Mortlock and Juan Martin Hernandez as part of the squad to take on the All Blacks on 5 December 2009 at Twickenham.

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