Preview: Force v Brumbies

Targeting a third straight to win to start the season the Brumbies head to Perth on Friday to take on the Force. Stephen Larkham's side look every inch the title contenders we predicted before the 2016 campaign got underway, earning nine points out a possible ten with their wins over the Hurricanes and Waratahs. That [...]

March 10th, 2016|1 Comment

Fleck takes note of Zas progress

Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck hopes to see more from promising young winger Leolin Zas after he impressed against the Cheetahs. Zas, 20, showed off his speed with an eye-catching burst up the touchline for a try in Bloemfontein, as he came into the side for the injured Kobus van Wyk. Van Wyk's return to [...]

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Lions youngsters to start against Highlanders

Lions youngsters Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Jaco van der Walt will get their first start in this year's Super Rugby tournament against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday. It will be a new centre pairing of Howard Mnisi and Janse van Rensburg in midfield replacing Lionel Mapoe, who became a father on Wednesday, and [...]

March 10th, 2016|1 Comment

‘Du Toit keen to face former team-mates’ – Etzebeth

Stormers lock Pieter Steph du Toit is relishing the prospect of facing his former Sharks teammates on Saturday. That's the word from Du Toit's second row partner Eben Etzebeth ahead of Saturday's derby at Newlands in Cape Town. "I think any player who plays against his old team wants to prove a point … wants [...]

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

De Jager rested for Sunwolves clash

Springbok lock Lood de Jager has been left out of the Cheetahs squad for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Sunwolves in Singapore. Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has named a 25-man squad but De Jager was not included as part of SA Rugby’s plan to rest top Springboks during the tournament. With De Jager [...]

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Du Preez out for 12 weeks

Stormers fly-half Robert du Preez will be sidelined for 12 weeks as he recovers from his knee injury sustained against the Cheetahs at the weekend. That was the word from Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck who confirmed that the 22-year-old was bitterly disappointed. Du Preez limped off early in the second half of the Stormers' [...]

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Payne set to return for Ireland

Ireland centre Jared Payne is fit and available for selection for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin. That is the word from Ireland's team manager Mick Kearney who said Payne has recovered from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of Ireland's loss to England at Twickenham on February 27. "He is feeling [...]

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Wales unchanged for England

Wales have named an unchanged starting XV to face England at Twickenham on Saturday in the Six Nations. There are three changes on the bench with Paul James, Luke Charteris and Rhys Webb coming into the matchday squad. James replaces Gethin Jenkins who continues to recover from a calf injury but has been re-integrated back [...]

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Smith happy with Cheetahs progress

Cheetahs boss Franco Smith is happy with his side's performance despite losing 20-10 against the Stormers in Bloemfontein. The victory was the visitor's first at this venue since 2012. The yellow card to Springbok lock Lood de Jager did not make matters any easier for the home side, as their lineout turnovers increased.  Lock duo [...]

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Haskell wants big screen replays banned

England flanker James Haskell has called for big screen video replays to be banned as he believes the slow-motion reviews have a distorting effect.  The 30-year-old was sin-binned for a high tackle on Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray in the last match at home - and believes that the slowed-down footage incites crowd reaction, in turn negatively influencing [...]

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments
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