15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Thu, 05 May 2016 14:47:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 EP Kings team for Blue Bulls clash http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/ep-kings-team-for-blue-bulls-clash/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/ep-kings-team-for-blue-bulls-clash/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 14:47:11 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53855 EP Kings Currie Cup Head Coach, Robbi Kempson, has announced his team to take on Vodacom Blue Bulls in the curtain raiser match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the fifth round of the 2016 Currie Cup competition on Saturday.

Kempson has once again made a number of changes to his squad, as some players have returned from the SA U20s, while others are out with injuries.

Up front Liam Hendricks retains his spot at loosehead prop, while fellow Southern Kings squad member, Martin Bezuidenhout comes in for Warrick Venter, who moves to the bench. Louis Albertse retains his spot at tighthead.

Team vice captain, Sintu Manjezi, moves from flank to lock, alongside Cornell Hess, in place of Tazz Fuzani, who is out with a concussion

JP Jonck returns at no 6 flank, with SF Nieuwoudt moving to 7 flank and Jacques Engelbrecht returning to his position at 8th man.

Among the backs Kempson has given Francios Ueckermann his first start of the tournament, with Garrick Mattheus starting at flyhalf, in place of Simon Bolze who is out for 4 to 6 weeks with an ankle injury sustained during the match in Namibia.

Sphu Msutwana moves up off the bench to left wing, while Athenkosi Mayinje retains his spot at right wing.

Jeremy Ward, who again captains the side, takes up his familiar berth at inside centre and is joined by JP du Plessis who moves to outside centre for the game.

Lindelwe Zungu shifts from wing to fullback in place of Courtney Winnaar, who is also out for 4 to 6 weeks due to an ankle injury picked up in the game against the Welwitschias.

Kempson said he was expecting a tough match against the Vodacom Blue Bulls, who had selected their strongest available side for the game.

“The team is also coming off a bye, so they will be well rested and up for the match,” he said.

Kempson said he was expecting a different game plan from the Blue Bulls team.

“The Blue Bulls have been playing a more expansive style of rugby to what we have been used to in the past so we will need to be aware of this and adapt accordingly,” he said.

TEAM:

15. Lindelwe Zungu

14. Athenkosi Mayinje

13. JP du Plessis

12. Jeremy Ward  (Captain)

11. Siphumelelele Msutwana

10. Garrick Mattheus

09. Francois Ueckermann

08. Jacques Engelbrecht

07. SF Nieuwoudt

06. JP Jonck

05. Cornell Hess

04. Sintu Manjezi

03. Louis Albertse

02. Martin Bezuidenhout

01. Liam Hendricks

 

Reserves

16. Warrick Venter

17. David Murray

18. Philip du Preez

19. Stephan Zaayman

20. Sibusiso Ngcokovane

21. Jordan Koekemoer

22. Somila Jho

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Vodacom Bulls hunt fourth away win – Vodacom Super Rugby Round 11 Preview http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/vodacom-bulls-hunt-fourth-away-win-vodacom-super-rugby-round-11-preview/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/vodacom-bulls-hunt-fourth-away-win-vodacom-super-rugby-round-11-preview/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 14:43:50 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53853 The Vodacom Bulls will be chasing a fourth away win when they face the Brumbies on Friday morning at 11h45 (SA time) in the GIO Stadium in Canberra. This will be their second fixture of their three-match Australian trip.

Success for the Pretoria side will allow them to leapfrog the DHL Stormers as leaders on the South African conference standings. They have named an unchanged side for the Brumbies clash.

As things stand, the DHL Stormers have amassed 29 points from nine matches, while the Vodacom Bulls have 28 from eight games.

The DHL Stormers and Emirates Lions are two of four teams who are enjoying byes this coming weekend. The Jaguares from Argentina and Australian side the Rebels, are the other two teams who are not in action.

The remaining three South African sides are all involved in Saturday fixtures. The Waratahs welcome the Toyota Cheetahs to the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday morning, where the two sides will kick off at 11h45 SA time. This will be the Bloemfontein side’s third away match in a row.

Then, in the first of two matches on South African soil, the Cell C Sharks mark their return from their overseas leg with a home match against the Hurricanes. Kick-off time in this encounter at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban is set for 15h00.

In the late afternoon fixture, the Southern Kings are at home to New Zealand side the Blues, with the match starting at 17h10 in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Elsewhere, the Crusaders are playing at home in Christchurch against the Reds, the Sunwolves host the Western Force in Tokyo while the Chiefs and the Highlanders will test each other in a New Zealand derby in Hamilton.

Brumbies vs Vodacom Bulls

Date: Friday 6 May 2016

SA Time: 11h45

Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe

Assistant Referees: Will Houston, Ed Martin

Television Match Official: Peter Marshall

 

Team News:

  • Vodacom Bulls coach Nollis Marais has kept the starting fifteen unchanged for the visit to Canberra.
  • There is one change on the bench however, with centre Dan Kriel getting his first run on tour and Dries Swanepoel dropping out of match day squad.
  • Lock Jason Jenkins has not recovered from his niggle and was not considered, but experienced wing Bjorn Basson overcame an ankle sprain and is fit to face the Australians.

Stats:

  • The Brumbies have won three of their last four matches against the Vodacom Bulls, though the last time they beat them by more than a converted try was in Round 5, 2003.
  • A brace of matches against New Zealand opposition leaves the Brumbies with a streak of two losses going into this fixture, the last time they lost more than two matches in a row in Vodacom Super Rugby was in Round 13, 2011.
  • The Vodacom Bulls have won their last three matches away from home – in Singapore, Port Elizabeth and Perth – a fourth straight away would make it their longest streak in their franchise history.
  • Christian Lealiifano has kicked 34 goals so far this season, and missed only seven, the most of any Australia-based player in the competition.
  • Francois Brummer has scored 67 points so far this season, the most of any player who is yet to cross for a try.

 

Quotes:

Nollis Marais, Vodacom Bulls head coach: “We had a good start and I was pleased with the way we played in Perth, but it all begin again this week. The Brumbies are one of the powerhouse teams in Australia and will ask different questions to our attack and defence. They are playing good rugby and we need to be sharp. I am pleased that we have the same team, as it means that we will go into the match with some consistency and momentum.”

Adriaan Strauss, Vodacom Bulls captain: “We played well last weekend, but cannot afford to sit back as the Brumbies will be coming at us from the start. Canberra can be a difficult place to play, but we have won there before. The team are really gelling nicely and I am looking forward to a good match where we will try to be competitive in all aspects.”

The teams: 

Brumbies: 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Nigel Ah Wong, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Robbie Coleman, 11. James Dargaville, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 8. Jarrad Butler, 7. David Pocock, 6. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore (captain), 1. Scott Sio.Replacements: 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Allan Alaalatoa, 18. Ruan-Henry Smith, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Blake Enever, 21. Jordan Smiler, 22. Joe Powell, 23. Lausii Taliauli.

Vodacom Bulls: 15 SP Marais, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 14 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane. Replacements:  16 Bandise Maku, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dan Kriel.

Waratahs vs Toyota Cheetahs

Date: Saturday, 7 May 2016

SA Time: 11h45

Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Referee: Nic Berry

Assistant Referees: Andrew Lees, Graham Cooper

Television Match Official: George Ayoub

 

Team News:

  • Franco Smith, the Toyota Cheetahs coach, has made several changes from the side that went down 30-17 to the Reds in Brisbane last weekend, for the clash in Sydney.
  • Up front, Ox Nche, Elandre Huggett, Luan de Bruin, Francois Uys, Willie Britz and Oupa Mohoje are all included in the starting line-up, with Torsten van Jaarsveld, Charles Marais, Maks van Dyk, Lood de Jager and Uzair Cassiem moving to the replacement bench.
  • Among the backs, Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter switch places at scrumhalf, with Venter starting on the bench.
  • Captain Francois Venter is also back at inside centre after his withdrawal against the Reds due to a calf injury, with Michael van der Spuy moving back to the bench.

 

Stats:

  • The Waratahs have lost their last three matches on home soil, all by less than a converted try, with their last home triumph coming in the opening round of the season.
  • This will be the Toyota Cheetahs’ third match in a tour of Australia in which they are yet to register a win; they’ve won only one of their last seven matches away from home against Australian opposition.
  • On average the Bloemfontein side have seen one of their scrums per game stolen by the opposition, the most of any team in the competition.
  • The Waratahs have scored 13 tries from possession originating within their own half of the field, the most of any Australian team and the third most in the competition.

 

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan. Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Taavao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Matt Carraro.

 

Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Francois Venter (captain), 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Willie Britz, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy.

 

Cell C Sharks vs Hurricanes

Date: Saturday, 7 May 2016

SA Time: 15h00

Venue: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

Assistant Referees: Quinton Immelman, Rodney Bonaparte

Television Match Official: Marius Jonker

 

Team News:

  • In a planned rotational switch, Springbok prop Beast Mtawarira returns to the starting team and will lead the side after sitting out last week’s game against the Chiefs in New Plymouth.
  • In the front-row, due to the rotation, Franco Marais comes back at hooker for Kyle Cooper and Mtawarira replaces Dale Chadwick, who moves to the bench.
  • Bok flyhalf Patrick Lambie, the man who was appointed as the permanent captain for the season, also returned from injury and is on the bench for the match.
  • Utility back Joe Pietersen drops out of the match day 23 to accommodate the returning Lambie, with the promising Garth April continuing as the starting No 10.

 

Stats:

  • The Cell C Sharks have won four of their last six matches against the Hurricanes, though the New Zealand side have won two of the last three including an eight point win in their most recent encounter.
  • The Durban side returns home to where they have lost their last two games – the last time they lost more than two consecutive home games was across the 2009 and 2010 campaigns.
  • The Hurricanes have won their last eight games against teams from South Africa, more than double their next longest streak (three games).
  • The Cell C Sharks have scored the second fewest tries so far this season (17) behind the Force (11), but they have also conceded the fewest tries (15).
  • Beauden Barrett has converted more tries this season than any other player (27) and is one of only four players so far this season to have scored more than 100 points.

 

Quotes:

 

Gary Gold, Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby: “They will pose a similar challenge to the other three New Zealand teams we faced on tour, and that added to the confidence they will have after their great victory over the Lions will make them even more formidable. (But) it’s fantastic to be back at home and playing in front of our own crowd.

 

“This is the fourth New Zealand side we are playing in succession and we are excited about that. We want to build on our courageous performance against the Chiefs last Friday and our focus is on being accurate and utilising our opportunities.”

 

Teams:

 

Cell C Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Beast Mtawarira (captain). Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Patrick Lambie, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

 

Hurricanes: 15. James Marshall, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Matt Proctor, 12. Vince Aso, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Ardie Savea, 6. Brad Shields, 5. Michael Fatialofa, 4. Vaea Fifita, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Dane Coles (captain), 1. Reg Goodes. Replacements: 16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Chris Eves, 18. Ben May, 19. Mark Abbott, 20. Blade Thomson, 21. Jamison Gibson-Park, 22. Willis Halaholo, 23. Jason Woodward.

 

Southern Kings vs Blues

Date: Saturday, 7 May 2016

SA Time: 17h10

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Referee: Federico Anselmi

Assistant Referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Archie Sehlako

Television Match Official: Christie du Preez

 

Team News:

 

  • Southern Kings coach, Deon Davids, made several changes to his side that suffered a heavy defeat to the Jaguares last week for their home clash this Saturday against the Blues in PE.
  • Sithembiso Sithole comes in at prop for Schalk Ferreira, who will miss the clash because of a hand injury sustained last weekend.
  • James Hall is due to start at scrumhalf in place of Ntando Kebe and Jurgen Visser now features at fullback in place of Jaco van Tonder.
  • Lock Schalk Oelofse is over the mild bout of concussion and returns on the bench.

 

Stats:

 

  • This will be the first Vodacom Super Rugby encounter between the Kings and the Blues, though the South African side have lost their last three games against opponents from New Zealand, conceding 157 points in the process.
  • The Kings have won two of their last four matches, though they conceded a team record 73 points in their most recent fixture against Jaguares.
  • The Blues have won only one of their last 26 matches away from home and haven’t won in South Africa since Round 3, 2012.
  • The Blues are the only team yet to score a try after forcing a turnover from the opposition so far this season while the Kings have done so seven times.
  • The Kings are the only South African team with more than one player having won more than 10 turnovers so far this season (CJ Velleman 17, Chris Cloete 12).

 

Quotes:

 

Kings head coach, Deon Davids: “On Saturday it will be windy and rainy, so we opted to swap James [Hall] around with Ntando Kebe for tactical reasons.”

 

Teams:

 

Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 James Hall, 8 Cyril-John  Velleman, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole. Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Leighton Eksteen.

 

Blues: 15. Lolagi Visinia, 14. Melani Nanai, 13. George Moala, 12. Pierts Francis, 11. Tevita Li, 10. Ihaia West, 9. Bryn Hall, 8. Steven Luatua, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Patrick Tuipoluto, 3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2. James Parsons (Captain), 1. Sam Prattley.Replacements: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Nic Mayhew, 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19. Hoani Matenga, 20. Kara Pryor, 21. Billy Guyton, 22. Matt McGahan, 23. Male Sa’u

 

Other fixtures:

Friday, 6 May

09h35: Crusaders vs Reds, AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Saturday, 7 May

07h15: Sunwolves vs Western Force, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo

09h35: Chiefs vs Highlanders, FMG Stadium, Hamilton

 

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Stand a chance of winning a signed Vodacom Bulls Rugby Jersey #BullsDownUnder http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/stand-a-chance-of-winning-a-signed-vodacom-bulls-rugby-jersey-bullsdownunder/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/stand-a-chance-of-winning-a-signed-vodacom-bulls-rugby-jersey-bullsdownunder/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 14:15:47 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53848 Screen-Shot-2016-03-14-at-2.44.56-PM-2

We will giving away a signed Bulls jersey to one of our lucky readers.

How can you win?

You will need to download the Bulls App where you need to follow the Bulls tour down under and answer the related question below:

What does Werner Kruger enjoy doing in his spare time?

HINT:

The Vodacom Bulls app takes you behind the scenes as the boys in Blue (and black) gear up for their next match on tour. 

For images of the team training and having fun, check out the FAN ZONE of the app

You will also find videos made by the players in the videos section of the app. (BULLS TV)

Follow the conversation  #BullsDownUnder

Email your answer, full name and contact number to rugbyviews@gmail.com

The competition runs until: 15th May 2016

Good luck!!!

Please note:

All the people with the correct answer will go into a lucky draw and ONE winners will be picked, winning a signed Bulls replica jersey.

The prize is not transferable.

Rugby 15′s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Photos of the winners may be posted on Rugby 15 and by the sponsors.

Winners will be contacted by the organisers.

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PREMIER INTERSCHOOL’S DERBY TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: KES v Maritzburg College http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/premier-interschools-derby-team-announcement-kes-v-maritzburg-college/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/premier-interschools-derby-team-announcement-kes-v-maritzburg-college/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 13:56:25 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53841 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 Neil McKenzie, Jesse Kriel and Scarra Ntubeni, please click on the link https://youtu.be/cBXKfJpGhO4

 

 

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KES will take on Maritzburg College on their home turf on Saturday, 7 April at 14.30. The match will be a delayed broadcasted game on SelSA (channel 210) at 20.05 and SuperSport 1 (channel 201) at 23.05

 

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

 

All stats provided by Nelio De Sa from http://www.rugby15.co.za/

 

Follow Interschools on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Premierinterschools

Twitter: @PremierSchools

 

MATCH DETAILS

Derby Date:7 May 2016

Kick Off: 14.30

Hosting School: KES

Delayed Broadcast: SuperSport SelSA (channel 210) at 20.05 and SuperSport 1 (channel 201) at 23.05)

Team Lists: KES & Maritzburg College below

 

KES Team List

 

15 Full back Mpemvu Temba
14 Right wing Mpeku Leon
13 Right centre Mpeku Kennedy
12 Left centre Hlalu Yanga
11 Left wing Khambule Mpho
10 Fly half Morrison Marc
9 Scrum half Marussi Ricci
8 Number eight Cloete Echardt
7 Right flanker Johnson Calvin
6 Left flanker Berman Thomas
5 Right lock Pienaar Louis
4 Left lock Munro Keegan
3 Tight head prop Glade Keagan
2 Hooker Dickson Tyran
1 Loose head prop Mabuza Mpilo

 

16 Hooker Whitcombe Dylan
17 Prop Woolway Luke
18 Utility forward Taplin Tyron
19 Utility forward Msipha Ziyanda
20 Scrumhalf Gerber James
21 Utility back Clark Ryan
22 Utility back Rampou Tebogo
23 Utility back Shuttleworth Chris

 

 

Maritzburg College Team List

 

15 Jaco Truter
14 Xolisa Guma
13 Ayanda Duma
12 Kevin Walsh
11 Matthew Squires
10 Ruben Van Blerk
9 Lodewyk Muller
8 Craig Glover (Capt)
7 Matthew Diedricks
6 Andile Khanyile
5 Myles Hancock
4 Liam Cameron-Macintosh
3 Andrew Reintges
2 Austin Landman
1 Matthew King
 
16 Fezo Mbatha
17 Thuba Nzimande
18 Nicholas Odendaal
19 Luke Johnson
20 Ross Williamson
21 Chris Reed
22 Niabulo Miara

 

 

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Southern Kings v Blues TeamSheets #SuperRugby #AllOutRugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/southern-kings-v-blues-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/southern-kings-v-blues-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 13:01:39 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53839 Match: Kings v Blues @ Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016

Kick-Off: 17:10 SA Time

Referee: Federico Anselmi

AR1: Rasta Rasivhenge

AR2: Archie Sehlako

TMO: Christie du Preez

TV: SS1

Follow on Twitter: @RugbyFifteen

Southern Kings

Kings

15 Jurgen Visser,

14 Lukhanyo Am,

13 Stefan Watermeyer,

12 Shane Gates,

11 Luzuko Vulindlu,

10 Elgar Watts,

9 James Hall,

8 Cyril-John Velleman,

7 Thembelani Bholi,

6 Chris Cloete,

5 John-Charles Astle,

4 Steven Sykes (C),

3 Tom Botha,

2 Edgar Marutlulle,

1 Sithembiso Sithole

Replacements:

16 Martin Ferreira,

17 Justin Ackerman,

18 Jacobie Adriaanse,

19 Schalk Oelofse,

20 Stefan Willemse,

21 Ntando Kebe,

22 Louis Fouche,

23 Leighton Eksteen

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Blues

15 Lolagi Visinia,

14 Melani Nanai,

13 George Moala,

12 Piers Francis,

11 Tevita Li,

10 Ihaia West,

9 Bryn Hall,

8 Steven Luatua,

7 Tanerau Latimer,

6 Jerome Kaino,

5 Josh Bekhuis,

4 Patrick Tuipulotu,

3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi,

2 James Parsons (C),

1 Sam Prattley

Replacements: 

16 Matt Moulds,

17 Nic Mayhew,

18 Charlie Faumuina,

19 Hoani Matenga,

20 Kara Pryor,

21 Billy Guyton,

22 Matt McGahan,

23 Male Sa’u

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Cell C Sharks v Hurricanes TeamSheets #SuperRugby #AllOutRugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/cell-c-sharks-v-hurricanes-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/cell-c-sharks-v-hurricanes-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 12:52:40 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53837 Match: Sharks v Hurricanes @ Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016

Kick-Off: 15:00 local

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

AR1: Quinton Immelman

AR2: Rodney Bonaparte

TMO: Marius Jonker

TV: SS1

Follow on Twitter: @RugbyFifteen

Sharks

Sharks:

15. Willie le Roux

14. JP Pietersen

13. Paul Jordaan

12. Andre Esterhuizen

11. Lwazi Mvovo

10. Garth April

9. Michael Claasens

8. Daniel du Preez

7. Jean-Luc du Preez

6. Keegan Daniel

5. Stephan Lewies

4. Etienne Oosthuizen

3. Lourens Adriaanse

2. Franco Marais

1. Tendai Mtawarira (C)

Replacements:

16. Chiliboy Ralepelle

17. Dale Chadwick

18. Thomas du Toit

19. Hyron Andrews

20. Jean Deysel

21. Stefan Ungerer

22. Patrick Lambie

23. Odwa Ndungane

Hurricanes

Hurricanes:

15 James Marshall,

14 Cory Jane,

13 Matt Proctor,

12 Vince Aso,

11 Julian Savea,

10 Beauden Barrett,

9 TJ Perenara,

8 Victor Vito,

7 Ardie Savea,

6 Brad Shields,

5 Michael Fatialofa,

4 Vaea Fifita,

3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,

2 Dane Coles (C)

1 Reg Goodes

Replacements: 

16 Motu Matu’u,

17 Chris Eves,

18 Ben May,

19 Mark Abbott,

20 Blade Thomson,

21 Jamison Gibson-Park,

22 Ngani Laumape,

23 Jason Woodward

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Chiefs v Highlanders TeamSheets #SuperRugby #AllOutRugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/chiefs-v-highlanders-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/chiefs-v-highlanders-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 12:45:51 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53835 Match: Chiefs v Highlanders @ FMG Stadium, Hamilton

Date Saturday 7 May 2016

Kick-Off: 19:35 local

Referee: Angus Gardner

AR1: Chris Pollock

AR2: Angus Mabey

TMO : Shane McDermott

TV: SS1

Follow on Twitter: @RugbyFifteen

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Chiefs

15 Damian McKenzie,

14 Toni Pulu,

13 Seta Tamanivalu,

12 Charlie Ngatai,

11 James Lowe,

10 Aaron Cruden,

9 Brad Weber,

8 Michael Leitch,

7 Sam Cane (C),

6 Taleni Seu,

5 Brodie Retallick,

4 Dominic Bird,

3 Hiroshi Yamashita,

2 Hika Elliot,

1 Mitchell Graham

Replacements:

16 Nathan Harris,

17 Siate Tokolahi,

18 Kane Hames,

19 Michael Allardice,

20 Maama Vaipulu,

21 Kayne Hammington,

22 Anton Lienert-Brown,

23 Sam Vaka

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Highlanders

15 Ben Smith (C),

14 Waisake Naholo,

13 Matt Faddes,

12 Malakai Fekitoa,

11 Patrick Osborne,

10 Lima Sopoaga,

9 Aaron Smith,

8 Luke Whitelock,

7 Dan Pryor,

6 Elliot Dixon,

5 Alex Ainley,

4 Tom Franklin,

3 Josh Hohneck,

2 Ash Dixon,

1 Dan Lienert-Brown

Replacements: 

16 Greg Plesants-Tate,

17 Aki Seiuli,

18 Siosiua Halanukonuka,

19 James Lentjes,

20 Gareth Evans,

21 Fumiaki Tanaka,

22 Marty Banks,

23 Teihorangi Walden

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Sunwolves v Force TeamSheets #SuperRugby #AllOutRugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/sunwolves-v-force-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/sunwolves-v-force-teamsheets-superrugby-alloutrugby/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 12:08:49 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53833 Match: Sunwolves v Force @ Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016

Kick-Off: 14:15 local / 07:15 SA Time

Referee: Mike Fraser

AR1: Paul Williams

AR2: Aki Aso

TMO: Takashi Hareda

TV: SS1

Follow on Twitter: @RugbyFifteen

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Sunwolves:

15 Riaan Viljoen

14 Akihito Yamada

13 Derek Carpenter

12 Harumichi Tatekawa

11 John Stewart,

10 Tusi Pisi

9 Kaito Shigeno

8 Ed Quirk

7 Andrew Durutalo

6 Liaki Moli

5 Faatiga Lemalu

4 Hitoshi Ono

3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga

2, Shota Horie (C)

1 Masataka Mikami

Replacement: 

16 Takeshi Kizu

17 Ziun Gu

18 Takuma Asahara

19 Yoshiya Hosoda

20 Taiyo Ando

21 Atsushi Hiwasa

22 Yu Tamura

23 Mifiposeti Paea

Western Force

Force:

1   Francois Van Wyk

2   Harry Scoble

3   Guy Millar

4   Ross Haylett-Petty

5   Adam Coleman

6   Byrnard Stander

7   Matt Hodgson (C)

8   Ben McCalman

9   Alby Mathewson

10 Ian Prior

11  Luke Morahan

12  Kyle Godwin

13  Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea

14  Marcel Brache

15  Dane Haylett – Petty

Replacements: 

16 Anaru Rangi

17 Chris Heiberg

18 Tetera Faulkner

19  Sitiveni (Stevie) Mafi

20  Angus Cottrell

21  Ryan Louwrens

22  Peter Grant

23  Semisi Masirewa

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Australian Sevens statement: Quade Cooper http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/australian-sevens-statement-quade-cooper/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/australian-sevens-statement-quade-cooper/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 11:53:34 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53831 The Australian Sevens program today announced Quade Cooper will not be considered for selection for the final two rounds of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series or the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Australian Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “There’s no doubt Quade is a quality player, but put simply, we just haven’t had the opportunity to work with him as much as we would have liked over the past five months. Each day I have a group of 20-plus players working on different structures and patterns of play and I don’t think we would have got the very best out of Quade had we just thrown him into a tournament with limited preparation – particularly for an event as momentous as the Olympics.

“As many players have found out throughout this season’s World Series, it is no easy task to transition from fifteens to the Sevens form of the game.

“Although we are still a few months out from the Games, I think it offers the fairest outcome for everyone by making the call now. Quade can channel his energies into Toulon while we can enter the next phase of our preparations for Rio knowing the direction we want to take.

“I have complete faith in the players we currently have in the Sevens program and their ability to perform on the big stage. We have two big tournaments coming up in the next couple of weeks in Paris and London and I’m confident we have given ourselves the best possible chance to perform in those events.”

Quade Cooper represented the national side in Las Vegas and Vancouver during the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The Australian Sevens side travel to Europe on Friday ahead of the ninth leg of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris which kicks off next Saturday morning (AEST). The squad for the Paris Sevens will be announced on Friday at 8am AEST.

Australia currently sits fourth in the World Series standings, 20 points adrift of third-placed New Zealand and ahead of fifth-placed USA by the same margin.

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Van Dyk to make DHL WP debut http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/van-dyk-to-make-dhl-wp-debut/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/05/van-dyk-to-make-dhl-wp-debut/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 11:45:12 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=53829 Kobus van Dyk will make his DHL Western Province debut against the Cell C Sharks XV at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban this weekend.

The 22-year-old utility forward comes into the team to replace the injured Tertius Daniller in one of three changes to the starting line-up as DHL Western Province aim for their fourth consecutive victory in a match that kicks off at 17h30 on Saturday.

The other changes see Godlen Masimla reclaim his place at scrumhalf after recovering from concussion, while Meyer Swanepoel gets an opportunity to start at flank with Jurie van Vuuren moving back to lock.

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson knows that his team will have to produce an 80-minute performance if they are to continue their winning ways.

“We have had three very hard games to start and we have another one this week against the Cell C Sharks XV.

“It is always tough playing in Durban, and we are hoping to make another step up in a few areas that we have focused on this week,” said Dobson.

DHL Western Province: 15 Grant Hermanus, 14 Khanyo Ngcukana, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Daniel du Plessis, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Scott van Breda, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Kobus van Dyk, 7 Meyer Swanepoel, 6 Luke Stringer, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 JP Smith, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kyle Whyte, 18 Christo van der Merwe, 19 Eital Bredenkamp, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 JP Lewis, 22 Berton Klaassen.

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