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SARU CEO, Jurie Roux

SARU CEO, Jurie Roux

SA Rugby on Monday acknowledged the findings of the Eminent Persons’ Group report on Transformation for 2014 / 2015 and the sanction imposed by Fikile Mbalula, Minister for Sports and Recreation.

SA Rugby, as well as Cricket South Africa, Netball SA and Athletics South Africa, had revoked their privilege of “hosting and bidding for major and mega international tournaments in South Africa as a consequence of… not meeting their own set transformation targets”, said the minister. The decision would be reconsidered at the next reporting of the EPG, which is expected in November.

“We understand and support the Minister’s urgency in addressing the issue of transformation,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

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Southern KingsSouthern Kings head coach Deon Davids included the returning Edgar Marutlulle and Sti Sithole in his 25-man touring squad for their trip to Argentina this weekend to face the Jaguares.

The presence of the front row duo is a welcome boost to team after both missed out on the match against the Emirates Lions last week due to injury.

Stefan Willemse, who has played at both lock and flank, is also part of the touring squad, along with No 8 Aidon Davis.

Davids also announced that backline players Elgar Watts and Jaco van Tonder would be part of the touring squad.

“At fullback we have Jaco van Tonder, we know he can play at No 15 and hasn’t had a chance to start there yet this year, and Leighton Eksteen, who can come in as a backup,” said Davids.

“We felt that, at this point of time, we want to give Jaco a chance and see how he is doing.”

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Cheeky Watson

Cheeky Watson

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed on Thursday that they had assumed administrative control of the Eastern Province Rugby Union.

This effectively sidelines EPRU President Cheeky Watson, who has stubbornly clung to power of the bankrupt union for the past year – despite several attempts to unseat him.

Monde Tabata, an independent member of the SARU executive committee, has been appointed to the role of administrator.

According to SARU’s statement the decision to action the intention of the SARU executive council was taken after “consultation” with Watson, and with the co-operation of the EPRU.

A letter formally advising the EPRU of the intention was delivered to the union on Monday.

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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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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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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.

Scorers:

Maties:

  • 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)

Tuks:

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

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.

Scorers:

UCT:

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

Tuks:

  • 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)

 

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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.

Scorers:

CUT-Ixias:

  • 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)

NMMU-Madibaz:

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

 

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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.

Scorers:

NWU-Pukke:

  • 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)

UFS-Shimlas:

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

 

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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.

Scorers:

Maties:

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

UJ:

  • 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)
Fourie du Preez

Fourie du Preez

Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez called time on his illustrious rugby career today (Thursday).

The 34-year-old Du Preez represented South Africa in 76 Tests between 2004 and 2015, captaining the Springboks in 4 Tests at the World Cup in England last year. He also won 164 caps for the Bulls and Blue Bulls from 2001 to 2011, and played 55 times for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan.

Du Preez played his last match in the green and gold in last year’s World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, where he picked up an injury which ruled him out of the 3rd-place play-off. He has subsequently finished his career with Suntory.

“Fourie du Preez will go down in the annals of South African rugby as one of the most decorated players ever,” said SA Rugby President Oregan Hoskins.

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