Although Johann Muller has been cleared to start for the Sharks against Griquas this weekend, fullback Stefan Terblanche will continue to lead the team. Argentinian flyhalf Juan Hernández has not yet recovered from an ankle injury picked up two weeks ago. Continue reading
The Golden Lions were dealt a double injury blow ahead of their Currie Cup crunch match against Western Province at Newlands, Cape Town, on Saturday. Continue reading
Cape Town – In an attempt to simplify the laws surrounding the rolling maul, IRB Referee Manager, Paddy O’Brien, has issued a list of instructions to be coached, played and refereed with immediate effect.
The irony could not escape me when I read that Michael Claassens will lead Bath in the upcoming season. I had a chuckle and most of my friends I shared it with, also had broad grins on their faces.
The All Blacks have batted away the usual cheating claims against their captain Richie McCaw, although halfback Jimmy Cowan admits he can be an infuriating opponent. Continue reading
By DUNCAN JOHNSTONE in Sydney – Stuff.co.nz
The Sydney factor looms large over Saturday’s pivotal Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup test and it’s an ominous one for the All Blacks.
Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:54
Western Province officials have dismissed rumours that they are chasing the signatures of the Springbok duo of Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis.
Pretoria – The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is keen to host the 2013 Sevens World Cup following its recent bidding failures for the 15-man Rugby World Cup tournaments of 2015 and 2019.
(Apologies for being in Afrikaans but english link for this article gives an error…)
Gio Aplon sê hy is vir eers klaar met sewesrugby en wil hom weer op die vyftienman-kode toespits.
Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:13
Two of the Cheetahs’ most promising youngsters, prop Coenie Oosthuizen and centre Robert Ebersohn have both signed long-term deals with the Free State Rugby Union.
Cape Town – The tug-of-war over Jaque Fourie has taken a new twist, with French club Clermont reportedly considering action against the Springbok centre after he decided against joining them. Continue reading
Big breaking news re changes in the rugby laws ….
9:25AM Wednesday Aug 19, 2009
By Mark Geenty
SYDNEY – The Graham Henry “rark-up” of last week has been and gone for the underperforming All Blacks. Now captain Richie McCaw will cast a steely glance at his teammates and hope each takes responsibility for a rare downturn in their rugby fortunes against the Wallabies here on Saturday.
Met die WP en Rassie Erasmus se agresiewe aanslag om senior spelers te bekom, ontstaan die emosionele vraag onder ondersteuners weereens oor watter provinsie status van ‘n speler aan homself kan toereken. Continue reading
By Wayne Smith
August 19, 2009 A Wallabies victory against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday could mean the end of Australia captain Stirling Mortlock’s test career, but he insists that is the least of his concerns.
by Dan Retief | 18 August 2009 (18:11)
The portals of blogdom and e-censure have recently been on fire over the methods used by the Springboks to take a stranglehold on the Tri-Nations and here’s something to generate even more heat under the collars of the PC brigade.
For many Herkie Kruger is just journeyman earning a living at yet another province, but the 30-year-old flyhalf is adamant that he will be part of something special – a revival at the Golden Lions. Continue reading
Wellington – Flyhalf Daniel Carter has been rushed into the All Blacks lineup for Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test against Australia in Sydney as the New Zealand coaches make a last ditch effort to arrest their team’s slumping form. Continue reading
‘Wallabies need to be tougher’
Sydney – Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has shrugged off the first suggestions his honeymoon period could be coming to an end, as the serious silverware goes on the line for Australia against the All Blacks on Saturday. Continue reading
Johannesburg – Herkie Kruger is set to retain the Lions’ No 10 jersey for Saturday’s important Currie Cup clash against Western Province in Cape Town. Continue reading
Vodacom WP captain Puke Watson is, as was expected, back to lead his side in the Absa Currie Cup match against the Lions at Newlands on Saturday.
Burton Francis will wear the Vodacom Blue Bulls’ number 10 jersey against the Leopards at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night with the talented Dewald Potgieter captaining the team. Continue reading
By Craig Lewis
There is no doubt that the Sharks are at present in the habit of winning, with the team relaxed, confident and acutely aware of what their strengths are.
Cape Town – The first of an exclusive two-part interview with Springbok forwards coach Gary Gold, conducted by Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing, specifically on captain John Smit’s brave transition from hooker to tighthead prop
Johannesburg – Luke Watson has recovered from his flu and will be back at the helm of Vodacom Western Province in Saturday’s crucial ABSA Currie Cup match against the Xerox Lions at Newlands.
Rocky Elsom is back in the Wallaby jersey for the first time in 2009, the rugged blindside flanker adding a harder edge to the Australian pack for Saturday night’s Bledisloe test against the All Blacks in Sydney.
All Blacks first five Dan Carter has been named in the starting line-up to face the Wallabies.
18 August 2009 (01:26)
Dean Richards has been banned from any involvement in the Heineken Cup for three years after being found guilty of organising the fabrication of a blood injury when he was director of rugby at Harlequins.
By MARK GEENTY
By RUPERT GUINNESS – SMH
When All Blacks coach Graham Henry arrived in Sydney for the Test against the Wallabies on Saturday, he said that both sides were ”desperate”.
GBS finished and published this at the ungodly hour of 1.28 a.m. this morning. He then proceeded to hide the announcement at the bottom of some article that will be long forgotten come morning in South Africa. I suggest we all spend a few minutes to read through this to make sure we all understand where this blog comes from and where we want to be. I would like to think we will all adhere to it and help to enforce it when things get busy. If not we will be responsible for messing up something great.
Cape Town – Western Province are poised to make a large offer for the services of Springbok wing and Blue Bulls hero Bryan Habana. Continue reading
Gaan die Westelike Provinsie se afrigter, Allister Coetzee, dapper wees en JJ Engelbrecht in sy beginspan vir Saterdag se Curriebeker-rugbywedstryd op Nuweland teen die Leeus insluit? Continue reading