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Super RugbyThis week it is already Round 2 of Super Rugby 2017!

There is 1 game on THURSDAY 2 March 2017, then 1 games on FRIDAY 3 March 2017 and a full 7 games on SATURDAY 4 March 2017.

There are no BYE weekends for any teams this week.

The action is kicked off on Thursday by the Western Force and Reds who do battle in Perth at 12:30 SA Time (18:30 AWST, 20:30 AEST, 10:30 GMT).  On Friday the Chiefs take on the Blues in Waikato at 08:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 06:35 GMT).

The first South African team to see action, the Cell C Sharks, take on the Brumbies on Saturday in Canberra at 10:45 SA Time (18:45 AEST, 10:45 GMT).

But before that, nn Saturday morning the action again starts early when the Hurricanes host the Melbourne Rebels in Wellington at 06:15 SA Time (17:15 NZ Time, 15:15 AEST, 04:15 GMT), whereafter the Highlanders take on the Crusaders in Dunedin at 08:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 06:35 GMT), then only followed by the Brumbies vs Cell C Sharks and then followed by the Sunwolves vs Southern Kings from Singapore at 12:55 SA Time (18:55 Singapore Time, 10:55 GMT).

On Saturday afternoon and evening the other South African Franchises as well as the Jaguares from Argentina are in action, firstly when the Emirates Lions host the Waratahs in Johannesburg at 15:05 SA Time (13:05 GMT), whereafter the DHL Stormers host the Jaguares at 17:15 SA Time (15:15 GMT) and the final game of the Round is when the Toyota Cheetahs host the Vodacom Bulls in Bloemfontein at 19:30 SA Time (17:30 GMT).

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Sunwolves (5) 17 / 83 (45) Hurricanes (Final Score)

The Sunwolves and Hurricanes did battle in Super Rugby 2017 at Prince Chichibu Memorial

Stadium, Tokyo, Japan at 06:15 SA Time (13:15 Japan Time, 17:15 NZ Time, 04:15 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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

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Super RugbyIt is finally time for Super Rugby 2017 and for Round 1 this week and weekend.

There is 1 game on THURSDAY 23 February 2017, then 2 games on FRIDAY 24 February 2017 and 6 games on SATURDAY 25 February 2017.

There are no BYE weekends for any teams this week.

The action is kicked off by the Melbourne Rebels and Blues who do battle in Melbourne at 10:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 21:45 NZ Time, 08:45 GMT)

The first South African team to see action, the Cell C Sharks, take on the Reds on Friday in Brisbane at 11:0 SA Time (19:00 AEST, 21:00 NZ Time, 09:00 GMT).

On Saturday morning the action starts early when the Sunwolves host the Hurricanes in Japan at 06:15 SA Time (17:15 NZ Time, 15:15 AEST, 04:15 GMT), whereafter the Crusaders host the Brumbies in Christchurch at 08:35 SA Time (19:35 NZ Time, 17:35 AEST, 06:35 GMT)and then followed by the Waratahs who host the Western Force in Sydney at 10:45 SA Time (19:45 AEST, 21:45 NZ Time, 08:45 GMT).

On Saturday afternoon and evening the other 5 South African Franchises as well as the Jaguares from Argentina are in action, firstly when the Toyota Cheetahs host the Emirates Lions in Bloemfontein at 15:05 SA Time (13:05 GMT), whereafter the Southern Kings host the Jaguares at 17:15 SA Time (15:15 GMT) and the final game of the round is when the DHL Stormers host the Vodacom Bulls in Cape Town at 19:30 SA Time (17:30 GMT).

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RBS SIX Nations 2017

 

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We have 2 NEW SuperBru Pools for all to join!

  • The RBS SIX Nations 2017 starts tomorrow (4 February 2017) at 16:25 SA Time, so hurry up and do not delay to register and pick for it!
  • Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 starts in about 2 weeks, so for that too!

As of 2016 we have been doing it a bit differently and opened our Pools up to all readers of Rugby-Talk.com, but we encourage you to register as a subsciber on Rugby-Talk.com anyway, as our banter and commenting about our Pools will mostly take place here on the website and not on the SuperBru banter boards! It is so easy to register and such fun to discuss rugby here.

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The curtain has come down on the Autumn Internationals and there can now be little doubt that the gap has closed between the north and south. However, the prevailing question is: Have the Northern Hemisphere teams strengthened or have the Southern sides weakened?

In my book, it’s a 60:40 split. Forty per cent is owing to much better cohesion from Northern Hemisphere teams and continuity in terms of selection under the guidance of astute coaches. However, 60 per cent is due to the fact that Southern Hemisphere rugby has waned. Harsh questions have to be asked around competition structures in the south, as well as eligibility of foreign-based players.

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DHL Western ProvinceThe Western Province Rugby Football Union confirmed on Monday that it had applied for, and obtained, an order for the provisional liquidation of Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd, in which it is a 75% shareholder.

President Thelo Wakefield and Group CEO Paul Zacks said that the union had retained expert legal and accounting advice and had fully explored all options before applying for liquidation of its commercial trading entity.

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GlasgowWarriorsbIt was a challenge to keep up with the fast moving events surrounding Scottish rugby last week.

It was announced Gregor Townsend would succeed Vern Cotter as head coach of Scotland and just 24 hours later Dave Rennie was unveiled as the man who will take charge at of the Warriors at the start of next season.

Speaking in the Herald Gregor said: “It all happened very quickly. I was involved in the [Warriors] strip launch, then, one hour later, I was given the Scotland job. I had barely had time to digest that, when I was speaking to Dave Rennie about the succession at Glasgow.

“However, Glasgow will remain my No 1 priority this season. We have a huge season coming up and I want to leave a positive legacy for Dave to work with.

“I have known Dave for four or five years, over which we have kept in touch. I feel there is a great similarity in our approach to coaching, we both look for the same skills sets in players, the clubs have a similar culture in how we want to play rugby and Dave is a good fit for Glasgow.

“We will work together in player recruitment and so on, I expect he will be over here in November once the Super Rugby season is over and we will be working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

“Once it was announced I was leaving, the players opened a sweepstake as to my successor, and one of them guessed. They seem happy at the choice the SRU have made.”

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Warren Whiteley

Warren Whiteley

Inspirational Emirates Lions captain Warren Whiteley has recovered from the calf strain that kept him out of the Super Rugby semifinal last week, and returns to lead the team in the final against the Hurricanes in Wellington New Zealand on Saturday.

Ruan Ackermann drops to the bench, and is joined by Lourens Erasmus and Ross Cronjé.

Herewith the Lions’ media statement.

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Omar Mouneimne

Omar Mouneimne

As speculated here on rugby-talk recently by one of our French contributors it has been confirmed that Cell C Sharks Defence Coach, Omar Mouneimne is on his way to France.

He has requested an early release from his contract, which was granted, to pursue an offer with French Top 14 side, Stade Francais.

Commenting on his departure, Director of Rugby Gary Gold said: “Omar has worked tremendously hard on our defensive structures over the past few months.  His efforts resulted in us being one of the top defensive teams in the 2016 Super Rugby competition.

“We thank him for his invaluable contribution to the team, in a short space of time, and wish him the very best for this new opportunity he has decided to pursue.”

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Emirates Lions(Updated with BNZ Crusaders playing squad)

The Emirates Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named an extended squad of 25 players for the quarterfinal clash against the Crusaders, with the big surprise being the possible return to action of inspirational captain Warren Whiteley.

Whiteley, who was originally diagnosed with an injury which would keep him out of Rugby for 6 weeks, and hence miss the entire Super Rugby play-offs, is to undergo a fitness test on Thursday.

Undoubtedly the Lions management, players and all of their supporters will be hoping that he is declared fit to play.

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