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Olivier signs with Bulls till end of 2011

The Vodacom Blue Bulls’ Springbok centre Wynand Olivier has signed a two year contract with the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd at Loftus Versfeld on Thursday afternoon.
The coach of the Vodacom Bulls and Blue Bulls, Frans Ludeke, is delighted with Olivier’s decision and says the fact that he declined numerous offers from other teams where he could have earned more money says a lot about his character and loyalty.

“Our team is build around experienced individuals and Wynand is without a doubt one of them. “His has been phenomenal for us in the Super 14 and he is one of those players who are able to deliver something special when all the odds are against us.

“His defence is superb, on attack he is more than a handful and as one of our main decision makers he has been exceptional. Wynand operates like a world class flanker on defence and the turnovers he forces are extremely valuable for us.

Ludeke added Olivier’s ability to get the Bulls over the advantage line is outstanding and his line-breaks combined with his innovative midfield play have been superb.

“All in all he is a huge asset for the team and to develop such a player takes several years and that is one of the main reasons why I am very grateful that he opted to stay on with the Bulls.

“He is also very keen to help us to develop the younger players in the system and with his professional attitude and unequaled work ethic he will surely add a lot of value to the Bulls in the years to come.”

A relaxed Olivier, who has been playing for the Blue Bulls since his schooldays, said in Barend van Graan’s office on Thursday afternoon that he is certain that it was the right thing to do.

“I have made the decision and I am happy with it. “All the structures are in place at Loftus and I want to play for the Bulls.”

Durban – Springboks Ryan Kankowski, Odwa Ndungane and Jannie du Plessis – who are all in the Tri-Nations touring squad – have been included in the Sharks squad to face the Lions in an Absa Currie Cup rugby match in Johannesburg Saturday. Continue reading

Rob Houwing – Sport24 Chief Writer

Right up to their thrilling 33-32 triumph over Western Province a few days ago, which made it a fairytale five out of five in the Currie Cup, I’d been amusing – or was it bemusing? – my Sport24 colleagues with my theory that log-leaders Griquas might yet “do a Hull City”.

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Despite Odwa Ndungane and Ryan Kankowski having been called up for the Springbok touring squad for the away leg of the Vodacom Tri-Nations, the pair could feature this weekend against the Xerox Lions in Johannesburg if released to play for their province.

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The Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has selected Dewald Potgieter at number 8 for Saturday’s clash against the Griquas in Kimberley.
The flamboyant Potgieter has made a full recovery following his wrist injury and takes the place of Pedrie Wannenburg who will be used as an impact player. Continue reading

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World Cup winning coach Jake White has added his voice to those praising Springbok coach Peter de Villiers in the wake of his outstanding home record over the the past two-and-a-half months where his team defeated the British & Irish Lions and went through the home leg of the Tri-Nations unbeaten. Continue reading

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Kaapstad – Die Suid-Afrikaanse Rugbyunie (Saru) is vol moed dat hy vrygespreek sal word op die aanklagte teen hom wat spruit uit die Springbok-span se armband-protes verlede maand teen Bakkies Botha se skorsing.

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Met die Boland-stadion wat die begraafplaas van die vorige afrigtingspan van die Westelike Provinsie was, is dit geen verrassing nie dat Saterdag se Curriebeker-rugbystryd teen die Kavaliers deur Allister Coetzee as ’n “sielkundige uitdaging” beskryf is. Continue reading

Jan de Koning feels it is time to ‘cite’ the citing officials for their grossly inconsistent behaviour, following the ludicrous decision not to take any further action against Wallaby flyhalf Matt Giteau.
 

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Dan Carter has been recalled to the All Blacks squad for the remainder of their Tri-Nations campaign. The first five-eighth has played a club game and two rounds of the Air NZ Cup since returning to rugby following his Achilles injury, and All Blacks coach Graham Henry said Carter was keen to rejoin the national side.

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No punishment for Matt Giteau

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South Africa will on Monday appear before a disciplinary committee of the International Rugby Board (IRB) because Springbok players wore white armbands Continue reading

The Xerox Lions beat the Boland Cavaliers in a potentially tricky Absa Currie Cup away fixture at Boland Stadium in Wellington on Friday night, winning the match 19-13. Continue reading

The Springboks made it three from three in this year’s Tri-Nations tournament after beating the Wallabies 29-17 at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.

Several South Africans stood out on the day as the Boks claimed their third straight victory on home soil. Continue reading

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