15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Wed, 25 May 2016 15:06:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FRIDAY is derby-day at the Boland Stadium http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/friday-is-derby-day-at-the-boland-stadium/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/friday-is-derby-day-at-the-boland-stadium/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 15:06:14 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54586 FRIDAY is derby-day at the Boland Stadium in Wellington, when the Boland Cavaliers square off against the SWD Eagles in a Currie Cup Qualifying match.


This fixture never fails to entertain and this year should be no exception. With both teams still strong contenders to reach the Top 8 of the Currie Cup, both Boland and SWD will have everything to play for on Friday.


After their nail biting 24-22 away win against the Valke last Friday, the Cavaliers are second on the log with 25 points (behind Griquas on 34 points). The Eagles are currently ninth on the log with 15 points.


The Cavaliers have had an impressive run this far, but will be looking to avoid the pressure they faced against the Valke last Friday when they were trailing 22-10 at one stage. The team showed great character to bounce back however, with captain Ryan Nell scoring two tries (converted by Fullback Nico Scheepers) and vice-captain Zandré Jordaan scoring the equaliser in the last minute. Replacement flyhalf Theuns Kotze kept his cool and slotted the match-winning conversion after full-time.


What Friday’s event even more exciting, is the fact that the Boland u.20 team will kick-off their Currie Cup campaign as well, as they will go head-to-head with SWD in a curtain raiser for the Cavaliers vs Eagles match.


Friday’s fixtures at the Boland Stadium, Wellington are as follows:


12:45 – Boland U.20 vs SWD U.20

15:00 – Boland Cavaliers vs SWD Eagles


Entrance is R30 for adults and R10 for scholars.


  • The Boland Cavaliers vs SWD Eagle match will be broadcast live on Supersport at 15:00.

ROAD CLOSURES: Please note that part of Fontein Street in Wellington (between Willem Basson street and Burg street) will be closed off by Law Enforcement officials on Friday 27 May from 11:00 to 17:00 for access control and in order to control the flow of traffic in front of the Boland stadium during the Boland vs SWD match.


Boland Cavaliers team vs SWD Eagles

Friday 27-05-2016

Kick-off at 15:00

Boland Stadium, Wellington


15 Full back Scheepers Nico
14 Right wing Torrens Sergio Lorenzo
13 Right centre Nell Ryan Desmond (c)
12 Left centre Bosch Christopher
11 Left wing Demas Danwel
10 Fly half Kotze Theuns
9 Scrum half Hugo Marnus
8 Number eight Jordaan Zandré (v/c)
7 Right flanker McDondald Shaun
6 Left flanker Adendorff Shaun
5 Right lock Horn Ferdinand Jakobus
4 Left lock Kisthoff Hanno
3 Tight head prop Short Basil Gordon
2 Hooker Wenn Chadley
1 Loose head prop Hanekom Francois


16 Hooker Genade JC
17 Prop Thwala Linda
18 Utility Forward Cronje Kenan
19 Utility Forward Wilschut Wayne Patrick
20 Scrum half Jordaan Gerhard
21 Utility back Carelse Adriaan John
22 Utility back Sass Edwin


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Kings side relatively unchanged for Jaguares http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/kings-side-relatively-unchanged-for-jaguares/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/kings-side-relatively-unchanged-for-jaguares/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 13:41:09 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54582 Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids has announced just four changes, two of which are rotational, for the Southern Kings team ahead of their match against the Jaguares at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday evening.

Most notable among the changes is the inclusion of Wandile Mjekevu, who only joined the Kings this week, at left wing in place of Luzuko Vulindlu, who is out with a hamstring tear.

Mjekevu has been loaned to the Kings from the Sharks for the rest of the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Davds also announced that Stefan Watermeyer, who has missed the past two matched due to a tendon strain in his foot, has been cleared and will be returning to his usual berth at outside centre, seeing JP du Plessis move onto the bench,

Up front Edgar Marutlulle returns to start at hooker after missing the last game due to illness. He takes up Martin Ferreira’s berth, who is out for the rest of the season with a dislocated rib.

Davids also rotated Schalk Oelofse and JC Astle at flank, with Astle coming up from the bench to start this week.

Utility back Dewald Human, secures a berth on the bench in place of Elgar Watts who is off due to a tendon strain in his foot.

The team

15. Jurgen Visser
14. Lukhanyo Am
13. Stefan Watermeyer
12. Shane Gates (VC)
11. Wandile Mjekevu
10. Louis Fouche
09. Ntando Kebe
08. Aidon Davis
07. Thembelani Bholi
06. Stefan Willemse
05. JC Astle
04. Steven Sykes (C)
03. Jacobie Adriaanse
02. Edgar Marutlulle
01. Schalk Ferreira

16. Martin Bezuidenhout
17. Justin Ackerman
18. Tom Botha
19. Schalk Oelofse
20. Jacques Engelbrecht
21. Kevin Luiters
22. Dewald Human
23. JP du Plessis

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Ireland squad named for SA tour http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/ireland-squad-named-for-sa-tour/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/ireland-squad-named-for-sa-tour/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 13:10:51 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54580 The Ireland national coaching group have selected a squad of 32 players – including South African born Richardt Strauss, CJ Stander and the uncapped Quinn Roux – to travel to South Africa in June for a three Test series against the Springboks.


The squad will depart for South Africa on Sunday 5th June and will be based in Cape Town ahead of the first Test at the DHL Newlands Stadium before moving to Johannesburg for the second Test at Emirates Airline Park. The third and final Test will take place in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.


Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt commented: “Touring South Africa will be arduous to say the least so we’ve attempted to prioritise players who are currently as close to full fitness as possible. In what is always a difficult balancing act, we’ve taken a long term view with a number of players who need a rest or will benefit from a full pre-season.”


Players unavailable for selection include Cian Healy, Denis Buckley, Nathan White, Josh van der Flier, Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Tommy Bowe, Andrew Conway and Simon Zebo.


Ireland Squad for Tour of South Africa:


Forwards (18)

Finlay Bealham (Corinthians/Connacht)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (captain)

Sean Cronin (St Marys/Leinster)

Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)

Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)

Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) (vc)

Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Jack McGrath (St Marys/Leinster)

Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Sean Reidy (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*

Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)

Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht)*

Rhys Ruddock (St Marys/Leinster)

Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)

CJ Stander (Munster)

Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)

Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)


Backs (14) 

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock/Leinster)

Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)

Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)

David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)

Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)

Stuart Olding (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)

Jared Payne (Ulster)

Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster)

Jonathan Sexton (St Marys/Leinster)

Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)



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Hurricanes v Highlanders Teamsheets #SuperRugby #AllOutRugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/hurricanes-v-highlanders-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/hurricanes-v-highlanders-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 13:06:01 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54578 Match: Hurricanes v Highlanders @ Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Date: Friday 27 May 2016

Kick-Off: 19:35 local / 09:35 SA Time

Referee: Mike Fraser

AR1: Brendon Pickerill

AR2: Jamie Nutbrown

TMO: Aaron Peterson


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15 James Marshall

14 Cory Jane

13 Matt Proctor,

12 Vince Aso

11 Julian Savea

10 Beauden Barrett

9   TJ Perenara (VC)

8   Victor Vito

7   Ardie Savea

6   Brad Shields

5   Michael Fatialofa

4   Blade Thomson

3   Jeffery Toomaga-Allen

2   Dane Coles (C)

1   Reggie Goodes


16 Motu Matu’u

17 Chris Eves

18 Loni Uhila

19 Mark Vaea Fifita

20 Callum Gibbins

21 Jamison Gibson-Park

22 Ngani Laumape

23 Jason Woodward

Highlanders logo


1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon

3.   Josh Hohneck

4.   Alex Ainley

5.   Tom Franklin

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   Dan Pryor

8.   Luke Whitelock

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Malakai Fekitoa

13. Matt Faddes

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Ben Smith (C)


16. Greg Pleasants-Tate

17. Aki Seiuli

18. Siosiua Halanukonuka

19. Mark Reddish

20. Liam Squire

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Marty Banks

23. Teihorangi Walden

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Highlanders named to play the Hurricanes in Wellington http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/highlanders-named-to-play-the-hurricanes-in-wellington-2/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/highlanders-named-to-play-the-hurricanes-in-wellington-2/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 12:57:48 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54576

Hurricanes v Pulse Energy Highlanders – Westpac Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 27th May 7.35pm

Returning from their bye round Pulse Energy Highlanders Head Coach Jamie Joseph has made only two changes to his starting line-up that beat the Crusaders in round 12. Tom Franklin will start at lock for Joe Wheeler who drops out of the 23 for this week and Daniel Lienert-Brown, who was a late withdrawal for the Crusaders match, will start at loosehead.

Luke Whitelock had a standout game against the Crusaders and again keeps the in-form Liam Squire on the bench, while Mark Reddish is included in the match day team for the first time since round 7. The game will be massive for both sides as they are separated by a single point on the table, both clubs will be desperate to head into the June break with a win.

NZ rugby has designated round 13 as the “diversity round” . NZ Super Rugby teams will wear a range of brightly coloured laces to highlight diversity in rugby. It is a symbolic gesture to illustrate rugby is a game for everyone, no matter what size, shape, nationality, religion or gender. Joseph commented “our team is particularly diverse, I think we have at least six different nationalities in our squad, all with different backgrounds and cultures but it’s our love of the game that binds us together. That’s the beauty of rugby, it doesn’t discriminate, it’s come one, come all”

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon

3.   Josh Hohneck

4.   Alex Ainley

5.   Tom Franklin

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   Dan Pryor

8.   Luke Whitelock

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Malakai Fekitoa

13. Matt Faddes

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Ben Smith (c)


16. Greg Pleasants-Tate

17. Aki Seiuli

18. Siosiua Halanukonuka

19. Mark Reddish

20. Liam Squire

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Marty Banks

23. Teihorangi Walden

Unavailable due to injury: Liam Coltman (foot), Josh Renton (knee) Shane Christie (hamstring)

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown, Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan

 Courtesy of the Highlanders
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BOYD CHANGES FOUR FOR HIGHLANDERS http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/boyd-changes-four-for-highlanders/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/boyd-changes-four-for-highlanders/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 12:44:56 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54573 Hurricanes captain Dane Coles and lock Michael Fatialofa have both been passed fit to play the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium on Friday night.

Coles and Fatialofa both successfully completed concussion protocols this week and were part of a fully fit Hurricanes squad from which coach Chris Boyd could select his team.

The five players who were stood down for the Hurricanes last match against the Reds for missing a team curfew in South Africa return to the fold with loose forwards Victor Vito and Ardie Savea, as well as wings Julian Savea and Cory Jane back in the starting fifteen, and prop Chris Eves among the reserves.

“This was a very tough team to select,” Boyd said after settling on his match day 23. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are fit and in form at the moment, which is great, but makes things tough for the coaches when it comes to naming the team.”

In total there are four changes to the team that started in a bonus point 29-14 win over the Reds before Hurricanes bye week.

Vito’s return at No 8 sees Blade Thomson return to the second row meaning Vaea Fifita returns to an impact role from the reserves, while openside Ardie Savea pushes Callum Gibbins to the bench.

Wings Julian Savea and Cory Jane take the place of Wes Goosen and Jason Woodward respectively, the latter taking his place among a reserves bench, which also feature the return of halfback Jamison Gibson Park in place of Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi. Eves provides impact from the bench where he has edged out Ben May.

Boyd expects the match to be a big occasion for all concerned with both teams part of a close race to make the Super Rugby playoffs.

“All indications are there will be a big crowd at Westpac Stadium and that really pumps up the guys to perform in front of their home fans. It adds a real edge and nobody is under any illusion that this is an important match for both teams. We are really looking forward to what will no doubt be a tough challenge from a quality Highlanders unit.”

Friday’s match represents a replay of last year’s Investec Super Rugby final, which was won 21-14 by the Highlanders.

However, it is not the first time the two sides have met since with the Highlanders winning another close encounter 17-16 in Dunedin in round two this year.

Matches between the two clubs have been traditionally close with 15 of the last 16 games being decided by seven points or fewer.

The Hurricanes overall record against the Highlanders reads played 27, won 14, lost 13.

Hurricanes: James Marshall, Cory Jane, Matt Proctor, Vince Aso, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara (vc), Victor Vito, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa, Blade Thomson, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles (c), Reggie Goodes. Reserves: Motu Matu’u, Chris Eves, Loni Uhila, Mark Vaea Fifita, Callum Gibbins, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ngani Laumape, Jason Woodward.

Courtesy of the Hurricanes

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Griquas team to play Western Province http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/griquas-team-to-play-western-province/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/griquas-team-to-play-western-province/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 11:30:16 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54571 Newlands – Cape Town

28 May 2016 – 12:15


1 Devon Martinus

2 Marius Fourie

3 Stephan Kotze

4 Mzwanele Zito

5 Jonathan JV Rensburg

6 Wendal Wehr

7 RJ Liebenberg

8 Jason Fraser


9 Tiaan Dorfling

10 Andre Swarts

11 Alshaun Bock

12 Johnathan Francke

13 JW Jonker

14 AJ Coertzen

15 Eric Zana


16 AJ Le Roux

17 Steph Roberts

18 Ewald van der Westhuizen

19 Johnathan Adendorf

20 Sias Koen

21 Gouws Prinsloo

22 Clinton Swart


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Minimal changes to face Emirates Lions http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/minimal-changes-to-face-emirates-lions/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/minimal-changes-to-face-emirates-lions/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 10:43:30 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54569 Vodacom Bulls coach, Nollis Marais, made minimal changes to the squad that did battle successfully against the DHL Stormers last week, to take on an in-form Emirates Lions team in yet another massive local derby. Travis Ismaiel was withdrawn from the team due  to personal commitments, and will be replaced by Bjorn Basson. Hooker Bandise Maku also comes in on the bench in place of Jaco Visagie in a straight switch.

The Vodacom Bulls team to face the Emirates Lions on Saturday 28 May at Loftus Versfeld:

15      SP Marais

14      Jamba Ulengo

13      Jesse Kriel

12      Jan Serfontein

11      Bjorn Basson

10      Francois Brummer

9       Piet van Zyl

8       Arno Botha

7       Jannes Kirsten

6       Lappies Labuschagne

5       RG Snyman

4       Jason Jenkins

3       Marcel vd Merwe

2       Adriaan Strauss  (C )

1       Lizo Gqoboka


16      Bandise Maku

17      Trevor Nyakane

18      Pierre Schoeman

19      Grant Hattingh

20      Deon Stegmann

21      Rudy Paige

22      Tian Schoeman

23      Dries Swanepoel

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Waratahs v Chiefs Teamsheets #SuperRugby #AllOutRugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/waratahs-v-chiefs-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/waratahs-v-chiefs-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 09:56:26 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54567 Match: Waratahs v Chiefs @ Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Date: Friday 27 May 2016

Kick-Off: 19:45 local / 11:35 SA Time

Referee: Jaco Peyper

AR1: Jaco van Heerden

AR2: Ed Martin

TMO: Peter Marshall


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Waratahs logo


1. Paddy Ryan

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau

3. Tom Robertson

4. Dave Dennis (VC )

5. Will Skelton

6. Dean Mumm

7. Michael Hooper (C )

8. Wycliff Palu

9. Nick Phipps

10. Bernard Foley

11. Zac Guildford

12. Rob Horne

13. Israel Folau

14. Matt Carraro

15. Andrew Kellaway


16. Hugh Roach

17. Jeremy Tilse

18. Angus Ta’avao

19. Sam Lousi

20. Jack Dempsey

21. Matt Lucas

22. David Horwitz

23. Reece Robinson



1 Mitchell Graham

2 Nathan Harris

3 Hiroshi Yamashita

4 Dominic Bird

5 Brodie Retallick

6. Taleni Seu

7 Sam Cane (CC)

8Tom Sanders

9 Brad Weber

10 Aaron Cruden (CC)

11 James Lowe

12 Anton Lienert-Brown

13. Seta Tamanivalu

14 Toni Pulu

15Damian McKenzie



16 Hika Elliot

17 Kane Hames

18 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi

19 Michael Allardice

20 Lachlan Boshier

21 Kayne Hammington

22 Andrew Horrell

23 Sam Vaka

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Gallagher Chiefs team named for trans-Tasman top of the table clash http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/gallagher-chiefs-team-named-for-trans-tasman-top-of-the-table-clash/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/gallagher-chiefs-team-named-for-trans-tasman-top-of-the-table-clash/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 09:46:28 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=54565 Eagle-eyed supporters will observe a colourful variation on the Gallagher Chiefs playing strip this Friday when they take to the field at Allianz Stadium in Sydney for their round 14 Investec Super Rugby match against the NSW Waratahs. 

The New Zealand Conference leaders will don one brightly coloured bootlace to promote diversity in rugby.  In a special twist, the matching bootlace will be worn by rugby fans in Waikato hospital, after members of the squad exchanged laces with a diverse group of courageous young patients earlier this week. 

The 23-man team to play the NSW Waratahs has been named today by Gallagher Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie. There’s just one injury-forced change to the starting fifteen who trumped the Melbourne Rebels 36-15 last Saturday at FMG Stadium Waikato.  Tom Sanders is promoted from the bench to start at number 8 after Michael Leitch sustained a hand injury against the Rebels. Leitch requires surgery for a dislocated thumb and will be sidelined for 8-10 weeks. Lachlan Boshier joins the reserves as loose-forward cover.

Friday evening’s top of the table trans-Tasman clash kicks off at 7:40pm local time (9:40pm NZT). At the conclusion of round 14, there’s a five week hiatus in the 2016 Super Rugby season to allow for the June Internationals. Chiefs fans can see their team in action in a historical first-class fixture against Wales. The game kicks off at 6:35pm on June the 14th, with the vibrancy, intensity and skill of top-flight rugby on full display in this unique Tuesday evening fixture. Tickets are available from Stirling Sports, 0800 4 CHIEFS or ticketdirect.co.nz.

The Gallagher Chiefs team to play the NSW Waratahs is:

1.            Mitchell Graham (22)

2.            Nathan Harris (17)

3.            Hiroshi Yamashita (6)

4.            Dominic Bird (4)

5.            Brodie Retallick (66)

6.            Taleni Seu (11)

7.            Sam Cane (76) co-captain

8.            Tom Sanders (7)

9.            Brad Weber (35)

10.         Aaron Cruden (67) co-captain

11.         James Lowe (30)

12.         Anton Lienert-Brown (17)

13.         Seta Tamanivalu (17)

14.         Toni Pulu (6)

15.         Damian McKenzie (27)    


16.         Hika Elliot (97)

17.         Kane Hames (3)

18.         Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (4)

19.         Michael Allardice (16)

20.         Lachlan Boshier (1)

21.         Kayne Hammington (5)

22.         Andrew Horrell (52)

23.         Sam Vaka (2)

( ) = Gallagher Chiefs caps in brackets

Not considered for selection: Nepo Laulala, Mitchell Karpik, Johan Bardoul, Pauliasi Manu, Sam Henwood, Tevita Koloamatangi, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Glen Fisiiahi, Charlie Ngatai, Sam McNicol, Chase Tiatia, Michael Leitch, Augustine Pulu (All Blacks Sevens) and Shaun Stevenson (New Zealand U20s).

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