15 Newest Rugby Reports

Lions coach ignores Currie Cup final mind games

“That they call us favourites are a bit of a mind game, I also heard them say they don’t lose at Newlands, but I believe they definitely don’t want to go into the game as favourites,” said Ackermann today at the Lions training at the Johannesburg Athletic Stadium. “They ended up on the top of the log and playing at home you have to be favourites,” said Ackermann. Ackermann said while Newlands was a daunting stadium to play at, it is a great … [Read More...]

Currie Cup final 2014: The flair kings

Gallo Images Ashfak Mohamed takes a look at the key men on both sides ahead of the Currie Cup final between WP and the Lions. Photo by Luigi Bennett/Gallo Images Western Province and the Golden Lions are clearly the two best teams in the Currie Cup this year, having finished first and second on the log respectively. So, who are the guys that make them tick? Which players do the hard yards? Building up to Saturday’s final at Newlands, we take a … [Read More...]

Support for Cheeky Watson’s 3rd term

The Eastern Province Rugby Union’s PE Metro Sub Union has declared their candidates list for the upcoming elections which will take place on 29 November 2014. Speaking at a press conference today PE Metro Sub Union President, Stag Mitchell, said they were in full support of president Cheeky Watson to stand for a third term in office. Alongside Watson, the Port Elizabeth Sub Union have put forward Phillip Joseph as Deputy President and Freddie … [Read More...]

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Namibia receives high marks from IRB

The Namibian Rugby Union has received praise from the IRB for the way it is administering rugby in the country. This follows a visit to Namibia earlier this year by the IRB’s regional Manager for Africa, Mr. Jean-Luc Barthez. In a report submitted to the IRB, Mr. Barthez stated that the Namibian Rugby Union was in very good health and in a much better position than a couple of years ago. “Governance, administration and finances can be used as an … [Read More...]

Deborah McCormack is included in the squad

Smart start for womens sevens

A 20-woman squad gathers at BT Murrayfield this weekend for the first training day of the 2014/15 Scotland Women 7s season. This will be the fourth season for the squad, as they look forward to returning to the top level of European competition, after success last June at the FIRA-AER tournament in Bergen. Head coach Scott Forrest said: "There are some familiar names in the squad - girls who were involved last season and two years ago - … [Read More...]

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Gareth Davies new Chairman of WRU governing body

The Board of Directors of the WRU have voted Gareth Davies as the new Chairman of the governing body to replace David Pickering who has departed after eleven years in office. He takes up the post with immediate effect and will also represent the WRU on a number of key committees. The Board voted for the new chairman in a secret ballot after both Gareth Davies and current Board director Martin Davies were nominated as candidates for the … [Read More...]

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Principality Player of the Month

Aberavon prop Rowan Jenkins has won the first Principality Premiership Player of the Month of the season. Jenkins has earned plaudits since the start of the season with some tough shifts at the coal face, impressing both in the scrum and the loose. His side claimed their first win of the season with a 24-31 away victory at Bedwas to complete their September fixtures. The Wizards were also buoyed by their scalp of beating Ulster in the … [Read More...]

Joubert to ref Currie Cup final

Cape Town - Craig Joubert will take charge of the Currie Cup final between Western Province and the Golden Lions at Newlands on Saturday, with Jaco Peyper and Pro Legoete named as the assistant referees.Legoete has also been tasked with handling the Under-21 A Division final between Western Province and the Blue Bulls, while Rodney Boneparte will officiate the Under-19 A Division final also between Western Province and the Blue Bulls.The referee … [Read More...]

W.Province get Currie Cup injury boost for final

Western Province's injury concerns have improved ahead of their Currie Cup final against Golden Lions at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. Eighthman Nizaam Carr, who cried off with a hip injury midway through the first half of the semi-final clash against the Blue Bulls last Saturday was walking comfortably on Monday afternoon.Centre-cum-fullback Jaco Taute was running without discomfort after he was forced to miss the semi-final because of a … [Read More...]

Lions will win Currie Cup – Bullet

Cape Town - Former Springbok and Golden Lions hooker James Dalton believes the Golden Lions superior scrum will lay the foundation for a victory in the Absa Currie Cup against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.“I am living in Cape Town now and when people hear this, they are perhaps going to throw stones and tins at me, but I believe it is going to be a Lions victory,” Dalton quipped in an exclusive interview on Monday.The fiery hooker, … [Read More...]

Will Rugby players stop leaving EP?

Four SARU Academies, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), were established in Border, Eastern Province, South Western Districts and Boland towards the end of 2012 with the objective of broadening the base of talented players in those regions and grooming them for elite rugby. This year, 14 players in the EP Kings’ match-22 and 10 players in the SWD squad that participated in the Absa Under-21 B Division final in Welkom … [Read More...]

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Wales Squad Announcement

Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland has named an experienced 34-man squad for the forthcoming Dove Men Series that features just one uncapped player. Ospreys prop Nicky Smith, 20, is called into the senior squad for the first time and features alongside 12 players who return to International duty after missing the summer tour to South Africa. Gatland's side take on Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa on consecutive weekends in … [Read More...]

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SARU Academy Programme continues to flourish

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) Academy Programme continued to flourish in its second year of operation with several players making their presence felt in the Absa Under-19 and Under-21 B Division finals last weekend, helping their teams to secure provincial titles. Four SARU Academies, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), were established in Border, Eastern Province, South Western Districts and Boland towards … [Read More...]

Taute only WP missing link

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Playing Pollard at inside centre cost Bulls a chance in the Currie Cup final

JUST why Blue Bulls supporters were surprised is beyond me. The Bulls, in the Currie Cup, have been ordinary and when gifted the advantage of the country’s in-form flyhalf, a young man who this year was named World under-21 player of the year and in the Rugby Championship excelled against the All Blacks, the Blue Bulls coaching staff opted to play him at inside centre.It was a selection consistent with the Blue Bulls’ struggles all competition. … [Read More...]