15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:45:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Maak maar liewer die Springbokke se trofeekas toe http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/maak-maar-liewer-die-springbokke-se-trofeekas-toe/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/maak-maar-liewer-die-springbokke-se-trofeekas-toe/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:45:58 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57309 Simon Riekert van #Pale toe skryf vandeesweek oor die Springbokke, ʼn wenspan van nie te lank gelede nie.

Haal my maar uit, maar ek reken dis gevaarliker om opgewonde te raak oor middelmatigheid as om teleurgesteld te wees oor ʼn kompeterende verloor. Dis beter om onderprestasie te erken as om ʼn valse hoop te broei.

Ek wens werklik hierdie keer is ek verkeerd, maar ek twyfel. Soos miljoene aanhangers van die Bokke, kry my hart swaar onder my verstand.

Die eerste skote van vanjaar se Rugbykampioenskap is skaars gevuur, en ons sien reeds ʼn patroon ontwikkel: die Aussies sukkel en is verneder, die Poemas speel soos die Franse (jy weet nie watter span draf op nie), die Kiwi’s is op ʼn ander planeet en die Bokke?

Ja swaer.

So graag as wat ons die Bokke wil besing, word hulle andermaal soos die kind waarvoor jy by elke toets moet gaan punte soek, net om te slaag. Soos met onnies, raak die geduld op. Laasweek twiet iemand, ‘ek wens ek kan na die wedstryd gaan feesvier, maar ek is moerse gefrustreerd’. Ek sê daarop amen, swaer.

Haal my maar uit, maar ek reken dis gevaarliker om opgewonde te raak oor middelmatigheid as om teleurgesteld te wees oor ʼn kompeterende verloor. Dis beter om onderprestasie te erken as om ʼn valse hoop te broei.

Helaas, hierdie valse propaganda loop al vanaf laat 2009; dis hoe lank laas daar ʼn kompeterende Springbokspan was toe die All Blacks moes werk vir ʼn oorwinning.

Ritchie McCaw het by sy uittrede vroeër vanjaar gemeld dat die 2009 Bokgroep van John Smit, wêreld wenners was.

Dit was die tyd van Frans Steyn, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Bryan Habana, Bismarck en Jannie du Plessis,‘n energieke Beast Mtwarira, ʼn Heinrich Brussow wat onder die einste McCaw se vel kon inkom, en dan Smit.

Sedertdien het ons van twee afrigters verwissel en niks het verbeter nie. Ons hou nog steeds asem op as ons teen die Suid-Amerikaners speel en die Bokke het hierdie Rugbykampioenskap binnegegaan met ʼn hoop om tweede beste ter wêreld te word. Ons is nog nie naastenby daar nie.

Luister jy na gesoute manne soos Wynie Strydom en Toks van der Linde, word  jou swartgalligheid ongelukkig bevestig; ons land en mense verwag die Bokke moet wen, maar ons is myle agter met vaardighede en spoed.

“Allister sê een ding by ʼn perskonferensie en doen iets anders die week later, hy sê Francois Louw is nie op vorm nie maar Jaco Kriel is wel, kom Saterdag dan kies hy vir Francois Louw.

“Sy kombinasies werk glad nie, daar’s nie spoed na die breekpunte toe nie, ek dink Allister is bly dat Oupa Mohoje ʼn goeie Toets gehad het, want dit laat die losspel darem ʼn bietjie beter lyk.

“Ons gaan nie die fisiese kompetisie wen met ʼn kombinasie soos wat hy tans het nie, nie teen Australië en Nieu Seeland nie”, sê van der Linde.

Teen die All Blacks sal ons dit nie maak nie, reken Toks; “ Kieran Reid Jerome Keino en Caine sal ons verwoes.”

Jean de Villiers, die nuwe spesialisaanbieder in die Supersport ateljee vertel vir ons hoe goed die Bokke is teen die Superrugby-span van Argentinië, maar moet ons nie onsself eerder meet aan Australië en Nieu Seeland nie?

Toks vra met reg of Allister weet wie is die tweede beste om oor te neem op losskakel, skrumskakel, heelagter en op die vaste vyf? Is hy braaf genoeg om die in-vorm lostrio te kies, eerder as om op ervaring te gaan, waar spelers uit vorm is?

Wat het verbeter sedert die Iere hier was ʼn paar maande gelede? Hoeveel kan ons glo van Allister se opmerking dat ons “baie beter sal speel Saterdag?”

Miskien het dit tyd geword om, ter wille van ons sentiment die kasdeure van die 2009’s toe te maak en die goeie herinnerings te bêre.

Dalk moet ons hoop dat, al kies hy die hele Lions-agterlyn, Coetzee by sy eie halstarrigheid sal verbykom ter wille van die hoop dat daar weer ʼn span soos die 2009-Springbokke sal wees.

Manne met name wat van die tong afgly en hoendervleis-oomblikke terugbring, soos Victor en Bakkies, Fourie en Smit.

Springbokke wat die All Blacks weer bangmaak.

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Golden Lions, Sharks Club XV and WP take APC honours http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/golden-lions-sharks-club-xv-and-wp-take-apc-honours/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/golden-lions-sharks-club-xv-and-wp-take-apc-honours/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:54:14 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57306 The Golden Lions, Sharks Club XV and Western Province on Friday took top honours in the SA Rugby Northern, Central and Southern Amateur Provincial Competitions (APC) respectively following deserving victories in the three Cup Finals on an exciting closing day at the three host venues.

All three teams advanced through their competition unbeaten following three rounds of matches on Monday, Wednesday and Friday respectively.

The Golden Lions defeated their Gauteng rivals, the Blue Bulls, 26-19 in the Northern APC final at the Alberton Rugby Club in Johannesburg.

The Valke finished third in the competition following their 36-14 victory against the Golden Lions XV, while Pumas Highveld overpowered the Limpopo Blue Bulls 34-17 to win the Plate Final and the Leopards took seventh place with their 31-21 victory against Pumas Lowveld.

In the Central APC, the Sharks Club XV outplayed Griquas Central 43-24 at Griqua Park in Kimberley to win their competition.

Also in Kimberly, the KwaZulu-Natal Wildebeest Rural capped off a good day for the Durban-based union as they worked their way to a 37-20 victory against Free State Rural to win the Plate Final in the Central APC in Kimberley, while Free State Central finished in third place as they edged Griffons Central 28-24, and Griquas Rural won the seventh-and-eighth place playoff thanks to a 30-25 victory against Griffons Rural.

Honours in the Southern APC went to Western Province, who held their nerve against SWD to win the final 38-31 at Outeniqua Park in George.

Earlier on Friday, Eastern Province finished the Southern tournament in third place as they defeated Boland 45-32, while their Eastern Province Rural counterparts completed a rewarding day for the union as they held off Border for a 29-25 victory in the Plate Final, and Border Rural registered a 33-23 victory against the SWD XV to take seventh place.

Final round results (Friday, 26 August):

Northern APC:

Pumas Lowveld 21-31 Leopards (7th/8th place playoff)

Limpopo Blue Bulls 17-34 Pumas Highveld (Plate Final)

Valke 36-14 Golden Lions XV (3rd/4th place playoff)

Golden Lions 26-19 Blue Bulls (Cup Final)

Central APC:

Griffons Rural 25-30 Griquas Rural (7th/8th place playoff)

Free State Rural 20-37 KZN Wildebeest Rural (Plate Final)

Griffons Central 24-28 Free State Central (3rd/4th place playoff)

Sharks Club XV 43-24 Griquas Central (Cup Final)

Southern APC:

Border Rural 33-23 SWD XV (7th/8th place playoff)

Border 25-29 Eastern Province Rural (Plate Final)

Eastern Province 45-32 Boland (3rd/4th place playoff)

WP 38-31 SWD (Cup Final)

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Harlequins exit for Lindsay-Hague http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/harlequins-exit-for-lindsay-hague/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/harlequins-exit-for-lindsay-hague/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57303 Harlequins have announced that Olympic silver medallist Ollie Lindsay-Hague has left the club to pursue other options in his playing career.

Confirming the news, Harlequins director of rugby, John Kingston said: “Ollie has been a dependable and loyal member of the Harlequins squad for many years.

“He leaves with our very best wishes and we were delighted to see him and his team-mates win silver in the recent Rio Olympics. I have no doubt he will make a huge impact wherever he continues his career.”

Lindsay-Hague was selected for the England sevens team in the Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London legs of the sevens circuit, before being selected for GB at the Olympics.

Making his senior XVs debut for Harlequins against Newcastle Falcons in 2009, he went on to make 61 appearances for the club, scoring ten tries.

Lindsay-Hague added: “Harlequins has been a huge part of my life and I’m sad that my time with the club has come to an end. Having returned from the Rio Olympics, I’m going to take some time to think about the next step in my career and see where things take me.

“I’d like to thank everyone associated with Harlequins for their support over the years and I wish them the best of luck in the 150th season.”

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‘We’re preparing for full blooded game’ – Baxter http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/were-preparing-for-full-blooded-game-baxter/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/were-preparing-for-full-blooded-game-baxter/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:52:40 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57300 Rob Baxter says his Exeter Chiefs side must ready themselves for a ‘full blooded’ encounter when they travel to Newport this evening in their final pre-season friendly against the Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Having warmed up with home wins over Scarlets and Ulster Rugby, Baxter is hoping this final engagement will serve as the perfect warm-up for his players ahead of their Aviva Premiership opener at Wasps on Sunday week.

And unlike the two previous games, the Chiefs will travel with a more refined playing squad – similar to that of a normal match-day – to help in their preparations for the trip to the Ricoh Arena.

“We will look at Friday more like an 80-minute game … A lot of the guys will extend their game time and we’ll take an extended bench, but that will be more precautionary so that nobody gets over extended,” Baxter told the OfficialExeter Chiefs website.

“I’m expecting the guys who play to go out, put markers down and show they want to be the players who want to feature at Wasps. The guys not involved have been told the team that goes to Newport is not set in stone.

“It’s an opportunity for those guys to cement their places within the squad, but on the negative side there is an awful lot of opportunity for them to get it wrong and lose their way.

“That’s why this is a very important game, as will training next week, and it will be up to all of the guys to get us ready for the start of the Premiership.”

The Chiefs, however, have impressed so far during pre-season and Baxter is hoping for more of the same from those in action in the Principality.

“A lot of what we’ve done has been very good and we’ve been impressed with a lot of what the guys have done,” added Baxter. “Now, though, it’s a case of stepping it up another level and getting ourselves ready for the start of the season.

“We’ve built pre-season around having some home fixtures and then finishing with a tough away trip to Newport. We have been there before and we’ve never had an easy game there.

“I’ve no doubt it will be a full blooded encounter because like us they are revving up for an important game of their own against Ulster next week.”

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Kenya, Hong Kong Name Their Match Day Squads http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/kenya-hong-kong-name-their-match-day-squads/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/kenya-hong-kong-name-their-match-day-squads/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:30:47 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57294 Dennis Karani, Cyprian Kuto, Daniel Sikuta and Samson Onsomu have been rewarded for their outstanding performances in Kenya “A”’s 24-18 win over Hong Kong on Tuesday night, making the Simbas 23 man squad for Saturday’s test against the same opponent at the RFUEA Ground.

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Team Manager Simiyu Wangila, addressing the press, said, “ These four players stood up to be counted,, they played their hearts out against Hong Kong. “

Kuto and Karani were part  in the Simbas side that  beat Zimbabwe 27-18 to win the 2013 Africa Cup, while Onsomu, (pictured in action) is yet to make his test debut, featuring as an unused sub in the 18-17 win away to Brazil on June 17.

Simbas
15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Nick Barasa, 11. Dennis Muhanji, 10. Nato Simiyu, 9. Edwin Achayo, 1.Joseph Kang’ethe, 2. Peter Karia, 3. James Kang’ethe, 4. Simon Muniafu, 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. Michael Okombe, 7. Tony Owuor, 8. Brian Nyikuli (captain)

Replacements 16: Sammy Warui, 17. Curtis Lilako, 18. Dennis Karani, 19. Dan Sikuta, 20. Max Adaka, 21. Samson Onsomu, 22. Isaac Adimo, 23. Cyprian Kuto

Hong Kong Name Squad For Kenya Test

Hong Kong have announced their match day 23 for Saturday’s Tatu City Series clash against Kenya at the RFUEA Ground in Nairobi.

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Team Manager Dai Rees expects that Hong Kong will face a different squad but a similar style from Kenya: “It looks as if they have been keeping their test squad together for a while so we don’t expect many players from their ‘A’ squad to be selected.

Hong Kong: 1. Ben HIGGINS, 2. Jamie TSANG, 3. Jack PARFITT, 4. Adrian GRIFFITHS, 5. Fin FIELD, 6. Nick HEWSON (Captain), 7. Mathew LAMMING, 8. Dan FALVEY, 9. Adam ROLSTON, 10. Liam OWENS* 11. Charles HIGSON-SMITH, 12. Tyler SPITZ, 13. Matt ROSSLEE*, 14. Jamie ROBINSON, 15. Ed ROLSTON.
Reserves: 16. Alex POST**, 17. Alex NG Wai-shing, 18 Adam FULLGRABE, 19. Mike PARFITT**, 20. Tony WONG, 21. Joey CHEUNG Ho-yin**, 22. Charles Cheung Ho-ning, 23. Hugo STILES**.
*First Hong Kong cap; ** Potential first Hong Kong cap

JD To Officiate Tatu City Series Clash

South African Cwengile “ JD” Jadezweni makes his test officiating debut, handling the Tatu City Series clash between Kenya and Hong Kong at Nairobi’s RFUEA Grounds on Saturday

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JD  was named on South Africa’s Elite Panel for the first time this season and was one of eight referees at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester, England, in June.
“This is a great achievement for JD,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“We are very proud of him and we wish him luck for his Test debut this weekend. He is an extremely dedicated and hard-working referee and he has made steady strides in his career in the last few years, so being awarded his first Test is just reward for all his hard work.

“What makes his appointment even more remarkable is that he will be making his Test debut before officiating his first Super Rugby match, and that shows that anything is possible if one puts in the hard yards.

Former Lady Boks Star Meiring To Serve As Citing Commissioner

Former Lady Boks star Yolanda Meiring will be the Citing Commissioner during the Kenya- Hong Kong clash at Nairobi’s RFUEA Grounds on Saturday.

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Meiring,a teacher at Laerskool Constantiapark in Pretoria has been a key figure in South African Women’s rugby in the last few years, featured in four Rugby World Cups.

This included the 15-a-side World Rugby Women’s World Cups in 2006 and 2010, as well as the 2009 and 2013 World Rugby Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments.

She also participated in two World Rugby Nations Cup tournaments, in 2009 and 2011, among other internationals.

Live Broadcast For Kenya-Hong Kong Clash

Saturday’s Tatu City Series test match between Kenya and Hong Kong will be aired live on Zuku Sports channel 300.Viewers will also be able to catch the game online courtesy of a livestream link http://zuku.co.ke/live

The match kicks off at 4.00pm East African Time (GMT+3).

Live Broadcast For Kenya-Hong Kong Clash

Saturday’s Tatu City Series test match between Kenya and Hong Kong will be aired live on Zuku Sports channel 300.Viewers will also be able to catch the game online courtesy of a livestream link http://zuku.co.ke/live

The match kicks off at 4.00pm East African Time (GMT+3).

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PREMIER INTERSCHOOLS DERBY TEAM LIST Bishops v Rondebosch Boys’ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/premier-interschools-derby-team-list-bishops-v-rondebosch-boys/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/premier-interschools-derby-team-list-bishops-v-rondebosch-boys/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:47:49 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57291 Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from April to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.

The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

To view this week’s preview show featuring Francois Louw, please click on the link https://youtu.be/E9vTJSm9wWM

Preview & Repeat Show Times below:

Bishops will take on Rondebosch Boys’ High on their home turf on Saturday, 27 August at 2pm. The match will be televised live on SuperSport One from 13.55

For all results, fixtures, videos, photos and information visit the new Premier Interschools website at www.premierinterschools.co.za

 RONDEBOSCH BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL  TEAM LIST

1 Tomasz de Rosenwerth 2 Devon Arendse 3 Chulu Mputing 4 Matthew Grobler 5 Braden Tredoux 6 Garth Shenker [c] 7 Cal Smid 8 Hylton Goatley 9 Robbie Davis 10 Sam Cragg 11 Ross Roode 12 Van der Bijl Blake 13 Zaka Sallie 14 DJ Falconer 15 Mike Mavovana 16 Suhaib Ajmoodien 17 Matthew Horrigan 18 Shaakir Salie 19 Cheyne Robertson 20 Jason Lubbe 21 James Van Rensberg 22 Dane Stevens 23 Kyle Fredericks
Coaches: Mark Lindenberg & Steve Wallace Manager: Johan Snijmann

BISHOPS TEAM LIST

1. Alasdair Jewson
2. Jason Hofmeyr
3. JP Smith
4. Christian Stehlik
5. Luke Viljoen
6. Cullum Diem
7. Byron Cranswick
8. Jean Pienaar (C)
9. Harry Makin
10. James Macdonald (V-C)
11. Seb Prentice
12. Rob Macdonald
13. Lubelo Scott
14. Tom Lewis
15. Brandon van der Westhuizen
Reserves: Coaches:
Clyde de Beer Angus Firth
Zico Oaker Mike Bayly
Ghaalieb Kenny Wesley Chetty
Marcus Knight Manager:
Daniel van der Valk Warwick Richter
Aydan Labuschagne
George Spencer

 

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Vodacom Blue Bulls “#UpTheirGame” on Casual Day, Vodacom Blue Bulls v Xerox Golden Lions http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/vodacom-blue-bulls-uptheirgame-on-casual-day-vodacom-blue-bulls-v-xerox-golden-lions/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/vodacom-blue-bulls-uptheirgame-on-casual-day-vodacom-blue-bulls-v-xerox-golden-lions/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:54:00 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57288 On Friday, 2nd September the Vodacom Blue Bulls will go head-to-head with the Xerox Golden Lions at Loftus Versfeld for a Currie Cup premier division clash.

The significance of this game is the pledge by the Vodacom Blue Bulls to utilise the fixture and the hype around it to raise awareness for South Africans with disabilities and to support the national Casual Day campaign, which takes place on the same day as the match. The 22-year old campaign is celebrated every year to help raise funds and awareness in support of persons with disabilities. The 2016 Casual Day theme, “Up Your Game”, calls on every individual or organisation to donate R10 for their official Casual Day sticker to allow them to gear up in sports attire to support persons with disabilities, and the Vodacom Blue Bulls have more than taken up this challenge.

Shanil Mangaroo, head of marketing at the Vodacom Blue Bulls, expressed delight on behalf of the team and management at being able to assist with this amazing cause: “Our friends at the NCPPDSA have done superb work over the years in building the Casual Day concept into something that is eagerly anticipated on an annual basis. We are extremely excited about our involvement, and are really looking forward to getting the #BullsFamily behind it.  Among a host of other initiatives, the team will be playing ‘delivery boys’ on 31 August, personally delivering casual day stickers and game day tickets to sponsors and partners. This will be structured as a lighted-hearted and fun event based on the ‘Amazing Race’ concept. Fans are encouraged to follow and share the day on social media using #UpYourGame, thus increasing the social awareness around the cause.”

Fans and supporters who attend the game will be able to donate R10 and get their official Casual Day stickers at the designated Casual Day stands or from volunteers who will be on standby in and around the stadium. “Up Your Game” Casual Day T-shirts, hats, foam hands and other fun items will also be available at the Casual Day stands. All funds raised through the Casual Day campaign goes to empowering and supporting persons with disabilities and providing much-needed resources to beneficiaries of the cause.

Last year, Casual Day raised R27 million which is being used by participating NGOs to support persons with disabilities in terms of advocating for their rights, helping with accessibility to schools, health facilities and other resources like special equipment. This year the goal of the campaign is to raise R32 million to assist and support a wider community and even more beneficiaries.

“We are excited that the Vodacom Blue Bulls will be “Upping their Game” in support of the Casual Day campaign. This game will provide the Casual Day campaign the platform needed to raise awareness for persons with disabilities. We hope that many fellow South Africans will be encouraged to support our cause that benefits over 500 NGOs and schools forpersons with disabilities throughout South Africa. Thank you to the VodacomBlue Bulls! ,” said National Director of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), founders of the Casual Daycampaign.

Get your tickets for the game now at www.ticketpros.co.za and remember to “Up Your Game” this Casual Day in support of persons with disabilities in South Africa. You can also get your official Casual Day sticker at Shoprite, Checkers, Game, Dion Wired, Edgars, Jet, Jet Mart, Edgars Active, Red Square, Boardmans, CNA, Legit, and Toys “R” Us stores or at participating NGOs. Visit www.casualday.co.za to find your nearest NGO.

About Casual Day

Casual Day is a fundraising campaign in support of NGOs and persons with disabilities. The national campaign was founded by the NCPPDSA over twenty years ago and is now celebrated on the first Friday of September annually. Communities support the cause, donate and join in the fun of fancy dressing to show support of persons with disabilities. Casual Day also supports schools, homes and employment programmes for people with disabilities. 

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Mitre 10 Heartland Championship kicks off this Saturday http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/mitre-10-heartland-championship-kicks-off-this-saturday/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/mitre-10-heartland-championship-kicks-off-this-saturday/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:45:40 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57286 The 12 Heartland provincial unions take to the field this weekend to battle it out for the Meads and Lochore Cups in this year’s Mitre 10 Heartland Championship.

Thames Valley and Horowhenua-Kapiti will be the first two teams to kick off the newly named competition when they play at the Paeroa Domain at 2pm this Saturday.

Title holders Wanganui will be looking to defend the Meads Cup, while King Country will be hoping their 2015 Lochore Cup crown is a stepping stone onto Meads Cup success.

The competition features eight Round Robin matches, followed by a semifinal and final. The top eight teams go into the playoffs for the Meads Cup and the Lochore Cup, with the remaining four teams dropping out of the competition.

Horewhenua-Kapiti will play two back to back curtain-raisers prior to Mitre 10 Cup games. The first on 3 September against Wairarapa Bush at Westpac Stadium – before Wellington v North Harbour. The second away the following Saturday in a clash with North Otago at Forsyth Barr Stadium – ahead of Otago v Tasman.

This year, a new point scoring system is being trialled with tries worth six points, and penalty goals, conversions and drop goals all worth two points. A penalty try will also be worth eight points with no conversion attempt required. This is different to the new breakdown laws being trialled separately in the Mitre 10 Cup competition.

Competition draw:

The draw is available on our fixtures and results page.

Broadcast:

Selected matches feature will feature on Mainfreight Rugby on SKY TV. 

Media Guide:

A copy of the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship Media Guide – complete with squad lists, regulations, historic results and records, and referee profiles, is available here.

Previews and Reviews:

Check out the weekly preview and review summary of the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship each week online on our main page at www.heartlandchampionship.co.nz.

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GOLD MEDAL-WINNING AUSSIE WOMEN TO SET 2017 HSBC SYDNEY 7s ALIGHT http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/gold-medal-winning-aussie-women-to-set-2017-hsbc-sydney-7s-alight/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/gold-medal-winning-aussie-women-to-set-2017-hsbc-sydney-7s-alight/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:31:24 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57284 The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) today announced the all-conquering Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team will play in an official HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event in Sydney in 2017.

The victorious Rio Olympic Games Gold medallists will feature alongside the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team, in an expanded three-day HSBC Sydney 7s at Allianz Stadium from February 3-5.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the event promises to attract a huge crowd to Sydney.

“The Sydney 7s was one of the best events of this year, and the addition of Australia’s first ever Women’s World Series event will make the 2017 event even better. It will also be a great event for the NSW economy, with thousands of domestic and international visitors expected to travel to Sydney to be part of the action.”

ARU CEO, Bill Pulver said: “The success of our Women’s Sevens team in Rio captivated the nation and put the sport of Rugby Sevens on the map, both here in Australia and all over the world.

“Fans will now be able to watch this history-making team in action on home soil with Sydney securing an official HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for women, to be played alongside the men’s tournament which was a huge success in 2016.

“Being crowned World and Olympic Champions in the same year was an astonishing achievement given this group of players were brought together just three short years ago, and now many of the players have become household names in Australia as a result of their Gold medal success.

“I am incredibly excited for our Women’s team to have the opportunity to play in an official tournament in front of their home fans and I’m sure that everyone who comes along to the HSBC Sydney 7s will be equally in awe of the exciting brand of Rugby they play.”

HSBC Australia CEO, Tony Cripps said: “HSBC has been a long-standing supporter of rugby across all forms of the game and we are proud to sponsor the first ever Women’s Sevens series in Australia. The women’s game is currently the fastest growing sport in the world and the addition of a women’s event at the HSBC Sydney Sevens tournament is testament to how far the sport has come in the past three decades. We look forward to further supporting rugby from grassroots to the most elite levels.”

Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd said: “The inaugural Sydney 7s this year set a new benchmark in terms of atmosphere, with sellout crowds lapping up one of the world’s most exciting and engaging sporting spectacles.

“Our gold medallists, and their Sevens counterparts from around the world, are fantastic role models on and off the field as the rise of elite women’s sport continues and takes its rightful place.

“As Chairman of the SCG Trust, I’m delighted that we offer the ultimate stages – Allianz Stadium and the SCG – for our female heroes.

World Rugby Chairman, Bill Beaumont said: “Australia’s women have shown themselves to be at the very top of Rugby Sevens and their performances in last season’s series and the Olympic Games in Rio were inspirational, not only to Australians but also to women and girls around the world who dream of someday standing on that podium with gold medals around their necks.

“The HSBC Sydney 7s will be a great opportunity for fans to pay tribute to the players and cheer them on. Of course, there will be plenty of teams keen to spoil the home team’s party so we can expect two days of fantastic competition and world-class Sevens action. I’d like to thank the ARU for staging this tournament and for their ongoing commitment to Women’s Rugby.”

The inaugural HSBC Sydney 7s in February 2016 attracted sell-out crowds at Allianz Stadium on both days of competition. The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team came within minutes of capturing the title, falling to trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the death in an epic final.

The event has been secured for Sydney by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in partnership with the ARU.

Tickets for the 2017 HSBC Sydney 7s will be on sale from October. Fans can receive alerts to ticketing updates for the HSBC Sydney 7s by registering at http://sydney7s.com.au/.

HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series dates and venues:

Dubai: 1-2 December, 2016
Sydney: 3-5 February, 2017
Kitakyusyu: 22-23 April
Victoria, Canada: 27-28 May
Clermont-Ferrand: 24-25 June

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BUILDCORP NATIONAL RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP: ROUND 1 PREVIEW http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/buildcorp-national-rugby-championship-round-1-preview/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/08/buildcorp-national-rugby-championship-round-1-preview/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:25:52 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=57281 The third season of Australia’s premier national rugby competition will see eight teams race for Buildcorp NRC supremacy, with Round 1 kicking off on Saturday 27 August. In 2016, the Buildcorp NRC will continue to be at the forefront of innovation with a revised points structure seeing six points awarded for a try, two points for a conversion and two points for a penalty goal and drop goal.

Match: Perth Spirit v Melbourne Rising
When: 1.00pm (11.00am AWST), Saturday 27 August
Where: UWA Sports Park
Broadcast Information: foxsports.com.au and FOX SPORTS Now
Last Time They Met: Perth Spirit 31 def Melbourne Rising 21, 26 September 2015, UWA Sports Park
Match Notes: Western Force flyhalf Jono Lance, named the NRC’s best player last year, will lead Perth Spirit in their first NRC match, with Wallabies squad member Luke Morahan on the wing. Another one-team city, Melbourne Rising, led by Nic Stirzaker, have a starting team replete with 13 Rebels players.
Perth Spirit Media Manager: David Berrie; E David.Berrie@westernforce.com.au; M 0400 809 530
Melbourne Rising Media Manager: Chris Gottaas; E chris.gottaas@melbournerebels.com.au; M 0422 356 313

Match: NSW Country Eagles v McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City
When: 3.00pm AEST, Saturday 27 August
Where: Sydney University
Broadcast Information: Fox Sports Ch. 502
Last Time They Met: Brisbane City 61 def NSW Country Eagles 29, 20 September 2015, Ballymore,
Match Notes: McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City, aiming for the three-peat, will be led by Premier Rugby coach Rod Seib in his first year with the top job. The disbandment of the Sydney Stars will strengthen the NSW Country Eagles who have recruited well and, on paper, are shaping as contenders for the title.
NSW Country Eagles Media Manager: Nick Kelland and Henry Fisher; Enick.kelland@hotmail.com & hcxfisher@gmail.com; M 0411 340 939 & 0428 538 574
Brisbane City Media Manager: Tom Kennedy; E tom.kennedy@redsrugby.com.au; M 0417 702 278

Match: Macquarie University Sydney Rays v Western Sydney Rams
When: 1.00pm, Sunday 28 August
Where: North Sydney Oval
Broadcast Information: foxsports.com.au and FOX SPORTS Now
Last Time They Met: Greater Sydney Rams 23 def North Harbour Rays 21, 1 October 2015, Pirtek Stadium
Match Notes: The premiership-winning Norths combination of Angus Sinclair and Irae Simone will steer the Rays squad which features players from six Shute Shield clubs. The Western Sydney Rams, coached by former Wallabies assistant coach John Muggleton and led on the field by Paul Asquith will be hoping to improve on their wooden spoon 2015 season.
Sydney Rays Media Manager: Mark Cashman; E cashcow313@gmail.com; M 0416 063 735
Western Sydney Rams Media Manager: Milo Arona; E maherauarona@ramsrugby.com.au; M 0433 667 328

Match: Bond University Queensland Country v UC Vikings
When: 3.00pm, Sunday 28 August
Where: Bond University
Broadcast Information: Fox Sports Ch. 502
Last Time They Met: UC Vikings 40 def Queensland Country 8, 15 October 2015, Sunshine Coast Stadium
Match Notes: Boosted by Wallabies squad member Rob Simmons in the lineout, and a stellar coaching contingent of Toutai Kefu and Brad Thorne, Queensland Country boast an impressive mix of experience alongside youthful Australian U20s talent. The 2015 runners-up UC Vikings will be led by try-scoring machine Jarrad Butler, with Wallabies representatives Rory Arnold and Henry Speight lining up beside him.
Queensland Country Media Manager: Brendan Hertel; E brendan.hertel@redsrugby.com.au; M 0411 376 150
Canberra Vikings Media Manager: Paul Glover; E p.glover@brumbies.com.au; M 0449 252 120

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