15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:32:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ORC Griquas team to face Province http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/orc-griquas-team-to-face-province/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/orc-griquas-team-to-face-province/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:32:01 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47070 ORC GRIQUAS TEAM SHEET

OPPONENTS: Western Province

DATE: 05 September 2015

VENUE: Newlands Cape Town

TIME: 17:05

1 Steph Roberts
2 Martin Bezuidenhout
3 Stephan Kotze
4 Jaco Nepgen
5 Hugo Kloppers
6 Hilton Lobberts
7 RJ Liebenberg
8 Carel Greeff
9 Tian Meyer(Captain)
10 Francois Brummer
11 Ruhan Nel
12 Clinton Swart
13 Jonathan Francke
14 Sandile Ngcobo
15 Riaan Viljoen
16 AJ Le Roux
17 Danie Mienie
18 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen
19 Jonathan Adendorf
24 Leon Karemaker
21 Gouws Prinsloo
22 Jacquin Jansen



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Toyota Free State Cheetahs takes on Blue Bulls at Loftus http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/toyota-free-state-cheetahs-takes-on-blue-bulls-at-loftus/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/toyota-free-state-cheetahs-takes-on-blue-bulls-at-loftus/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:46:35 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47068 The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be taking on the Blue Bulls on Friday, 4 September at 19:10 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The head coach, Franco Smith announced his team for the encounter.
Changes to the team:

· Jacques du Toit and Elandre Hugget switch places. Huggett is in the starting line-up and Du Toit on the bench.
· Oupa Mohoje will be on the bench.

Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs vs Blou Bulle
Vrydag, 4 September, 19:10
Loftus Versfeld

Full back
Right wing
Right centre
Francois (vc)
Left centre
Left wing
Fly half
Scrum half
Number eight
Right flanker
Left flanker
Right lock
Francois ( c )
Left lock
Tight head prop
De Bruin
Loose head prop

Du Toit
Utility Forward
Utility Forward
Utility Forward
Utility back
Van Rensburg
Utility back

Afriter: Franco Smith
Hulpafrigters: Corniel van Zyl, Charl Strydom, Daan Human
Spanbestuurder: Ashwell Rafferty

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Griffons, Valke and Leopards face tricky away challengers http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/griffons-valke-and-leopards-face-tricky-away-challengers/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/griffons-valke-and-leopards-face-tricky-away-challengers/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:42:21 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47066 · Absa Currie Cup First Division round seven action

Big battles will be expected in the Absa Currie Cup First Division this weekend following the resumption of the tournament last week, as the scramble for log places begins to intensify.

On current form, the Down Touch Griffons are the favourites to win Friday’s match against the Border Bulldogs in East London, while SWD Eagles are at home to the Hino Valke in the second clash on Friday evening. Both matches will kick off at 19h00.

In the only match on Saturday, runaway log leaders, the Leopards, travel from Potchefstroom to Wellington to face the Boland Cavaliers in a 15h30 fixture.

Border have shown much improvement this season and their competitiveness has created difficulty for many teams. However, injuries to key players coupled with untimely ill-discipline may have scuppered match-winning opportunities for the East London side.

Last week in Kempton Park they allowed a 24-8 lead to slip against the Valke after replacement prop Siyamthanda Ngande was yellow carded. The Valke rallied with three tries in that period to clinch a seemingly comfortable 48-27 win.

Flyhalf Masixole Banda and fullback Logan Basson are the kingpins in the Border backline and they can pose a danger to the visitors if they receive swift ball. The Griffons, however, will be buoyed by their ten-try 62-24 win against Boland last weekend and will be hoping to maintain the momentum as they search for their fourth win in seven matches.

Although the SWD Eagles currently have only secured a draw and a win from their six outings, they are expected to pose a stiff challenge for the third-placed Griffons. The home ground advantage at Outeniqua Park in George, however, is expect to boost the Eagles who are currently lying fifth on the standings.

In Saturday’s fixture in Wellington, the Boland Cavaliers will look to produce a solid performance against the Leopards. Boland have conceded the most tries (27) in the competition so far, while the prolific Leopards have not only scored the most tries (36), but also managed to earn a four-try bonus point in their run of six wins in a row. This meeting will undoubtedly test Boland’s defensive resolve.

Absa Currie Cup First Division fixtures for this weekend:

Friday, 4 September:

Border Bulldogs vs Down Touch Griffons
Venue: BCM Stadium, East London
Kick-off: 19h00

SWD Eagles vs Hino Valke
Venue: Outeniqua Park, George
Kick-off: 19h00

Saturday, 5 September

Boland Cavaliers vs Leopards
Venue: Boland Cavaliers Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 15h30

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A special piece of turf to give the Springboks real #HomeGroundAdvantage http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/a-special-piece-of-turf-to-give-the-springboks-real-homegroundadvantage/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/a-special-piece-of-turf-to-give-the-springboks-real-homegroundadvantage/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:37:13 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47064 A special piece of turf to give the Springboks real #HomeGroundAdvantage will be ‘christened’ by a host of South African celebrities from television, music, sport and fashion at the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum in Cape Town on Thursday.

Singers Jimmy Nevis and Karen Zoid, Miss South Africa, Liesl Lauri, TV presenter and singer, Katlego Maboe, and Springbok legend Breyton Paulse are among the personalities who will water turf being cultivated to support the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup bid.

The grass is being grown in soil drawn from all 14 South African rugby provinces. The seed will be taken to the UK where it will be planted and grown and then placed in special trays in the Springbok dressing room.

The South African turf will be the last thing the players’ boots touch before they head for the field during the tournament.

“We wanted some way to make our #HomeGroundAdvantage campaign tangible for the players,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux.

“They know that back home and in the stands there will be passionate South Africans cheering them on.

“But this will be a visible and physical reminder of what they are playing for and from where they come. The soil has been sent to us from the provinces all over South Africa; it couldn’t get more South African than this – the grass will definitely be Springbok “greener” when the team runs out.”

Media and members of the public are invited to share the occasion as more than a dozen celebrities will visit the Springbok Experience at the V&A Waterfront to water the grass.

TV and radio personalities Zoe Brown, Elena Afrika Bredenkamp, Leigh-Anne Williams and Tapfuma Makina, singers Francois van Coke, and Pierre Greeff, designer Gavin Rajah, comedian Siv Ngesi, and twice world hip-hop champion, Blake Williams, have also confirmed their attendance to show their backing for the Springbok campaign.

The visits will start from 9am and run through until noon on Thursday. The grass will be on display outside the Museum in the build-up to the World Cup kick-off.

“It’s a fun, informal occasion for South African celebrities to demonstrate their support for the team,” said Roux.

“We’re also calling on supporters to put on their green jerseys every Friday – and every other day of the week if they wish – to get behind the team and cheer them every step of the way.

“The Rugby World Cup only comes round every four years and we know how much sporting success has meant to our country. Now is the time to show the players that we have their backs and are with them every step of the way.”

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Springboks return to Bulls for Cheetahs clash http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/springboks-return-to-bulls-for-cheetahs-clash/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/springboks-return-to-bulls-for-cheetahs-clash/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:59:44 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47062 Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais named Springbok prop Marcel van der Merwe in his starting front-row and added Springbok midfielder Jan Serfontein to his bench for Friday’s Absa Currie Cup match against Toyota Free State Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld.

Marais also has Francois Hougaard back in the starting team after the scrumhalf missed last week’s win over Griquas due to personal reasons. He replaces Ivan van Zyl who moves back to the bench.

Hougaard’s return is the only change in the backline, but Marais made three changes in the pack. Van der Merwe comes in for Werner Kruger, who is rested and a fit-again Roelof Smit comes in for Jannes Kirsten at flank, with the latter moving to the bench.

n the other change, Dean Greyling will be replaced Pierre Schoeman. Greyling has a knee strain and with Schoeman fit and ready to go following a long injury lay-off, Marais decided to give Greyling a break.
Under-21 regular Schoeman will make his debut in the competition, but has played for the Blue Bulls in the Vodacom Cup.

Serfontein comes in for Dan Kriel, who will return to the Under-21 team.
“Jan will certainly add some class to our backline. He is in need of game time and there is no need to rush him back, so he will contribute off the bench,” Marais said.

Vodacom Blue Bulls captain, LappiesLabuschagne, is happy to have the Springboks back in the team.
“Both Marcel and Jan were very unlucky to miss out on a World Cup spot, so we are very pleased that they are back to play for us. They will be keen to show why they should have been in the squad and that motivation will spur us on. The Cheetahs are dangerous and have their tails up, so we will need to be sharp on Friday.”

The team is: Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Dries Swanepoel, Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo, Tian Schoeman, Francois Hougaard,Arno Botha, Roelof Smit, Lappies Labuschagne (c), Marvin Orie, Jacques du Plessis, Marcel van der Merwe, Bandise Maku, Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Dayan van der Westhuizen, RG Snyman, Jannes Kirsten, Ivan van Zyl, Louis Fouche, Jan Serfontein.
• The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd would like to confirm that Flip van der Merwe has been released to join French club Clermont.

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Georgia RWC 2015 squad http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/georgia-rwc-2015-squad/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/georgia-rwc-2015-squad/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:35:12 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47059 Forwards: Mikheil Nariashvili, Kakha Asieshvili, Simon Maisuradze, Shalva Mamukashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, Davit Zirakashvili, Dudu Kubriashvili, Levan Chilachava, Giorgi Chkhaidze, Levan Datunashvili, Giorgi Nemsadze, Kote Mikautadze, Mamuka Gorgodze (captain), Shalva Sutiashvili, Vito Kolelishvili, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Lasha Lomidze.

Backs: Merab Kvirikashvili, Beka Tsiklauri, Giorgi Aptsiauri, Sandro Todua, Tamaz Mtchedlidze, Muraz Giorgadze, Giorgi Pruidze, Davit Katcharava, Merab Sharikadze, Lasha Malaghuradze, Lasha Khmaladze, Giorgi Begadze, Vazha Khutsishvili, Vasil Lobzhanidze.

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Wyles leads inexperienced Eagles into World Cup http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/wyles-leads-inexperienced-eagles-into-world-cup/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/wyles-leads-inexperienced-eagles-into-world-cup/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:27:17 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47056 Chris Wyles was the USA’s top points scorer at RWC 2011 and assumed the captaincy of the side from Todd Clever prior to the start of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup in July.

Along with their captain, Mike Petri, Mate Moeakiola, Takudzwa Ngwenya and Louis Stanfill will appear in their third Rugby World Cup.

Among those making their debuts is Toulon’s Samu Manoa – one of 13 players professionally contracted overseas – who earned his first international cap in November 2010.

“He brings a great deal of impact to the side. He’s a natural leader; he’s a great ballplayer,” said Tolkin. “Samu’s been waiting to play in the World Cup for four years, so I know he’s really thrilled at the prospect.”

The 31-strong group selected for RWC 2015 is the same as the squad chosen for the three pre-World Cup matches, which included a third consecutive defeat of Canada and last weekend’s narrow loss to English Premiership side Harlequins.

Uncapped Belmont Shore hooker Joseph Taufete’e is one of 20 players with no previous Rugby World Cup experience.

“In terms of Rugby World Cup experience, yes, this is a relatively inexperienced group,” Tolkin added. “However, while the Rugby World Cup is a whole different kettle of fish, many of these players do have a fair bit of international play under their belts since 2011.”

The Eagles have hosted two of their Pool B opponents – Japan and Samoa – in the United States in the past two months. Japan were beaten 23-18 in the Pacific Nations Cup, while Samoa were ran close before edging the Eagles 21-16 in the same competition.

USA RWC 2015 squad:

Forwards: Danny Barrett, Chris Baumann, Cameron Dolan, Andrew Durutalo, Zach Fenoglio, Eric Fry, Olive Kilifi, Titi Lamositele, Scott LaValla, Samu Manoa, Matekitonga Moeakiola, Al McFarland, Greg Peterson, John Quill, Hayden Smith, Louis Stanfill, Joseph Taufete’e, Phil Thiel.

Backs: Seamus Kelly, Niku Kruger, AJ MacGinty, Takudzwa Ngwenya, Folau Niua, Thretton Palamo, Mike Petri, Blaine Scully, Andrew Suniula, Shalom Suniula, Zack Test, Brett Thompson, Chris Wyles (Captain).

Courtesy of World Rugby

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COTTER NAMES 31 MAN SCOTLAND RWC SQUAD http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/cotter-names-31-man-scotland-rwc-squad/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/cotter-names-31-man-scotland-rwc-squad/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:18:41 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47053 Head Coach Vern Cotter today named scrum-half Greig Laidlaw as captain of the 31-man Scotland squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015.

The announcement, which was made to the attending public and media at the University of Edinburgh Old College Quad, features a balance of 17 forwards and 14 backs.

Three of the group – Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford and Sean Lamont – are set for their third outing in the competition, while a further three – Richie Gray, Alasdair Strokosch and Richie Vernon – approach a second.

Vernon will be the first player to be selected for Scotland in a Rugby World Cup as both a forward and a back, adding to his 2011 appearance as a number 8.

Cotter said:

We’re very pleased to name the 31 and we’re confident these players will represent Scotland well in the Rugby World Cup.
“It’s been a tough but rewarding two months. We’re proud of the effort everyone has put in to this point.

“Getting down to 31 has been a difficult process because all the players have represented themselves well in the opportunities given.

“There are some good players and good people who haven’t made it. We obviously feel for them and would like to thank them for all their efforts, however we must now move forward to our last preparation match against France before embarking on our Rugby World Cup campaign.”

Scotland face France in Paris this Saturday (5 September, kick-off 8pm UK time) – live on BT Sport – in the final preparatory match before the Rugby World Cup, where they are drawn against Japan, USA, South Africa and Samoa in Pool B.

Scotland will open their Rugby World Cup account against Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on Wednesday 23 September (kick-off 2.30pm).

They will then travel north to Leeds to face USA at Elland Road (Sunday 27 September), followed by South Africa and Samoa on consecutive Saturdays (3 and 10 October) at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Cotter added: “We felt the split of 17 forwards and 14 backs gives us the best balance.

“We have two games in four days followed by South Africa and Samoa, so we need to be robust and covered in both forwards and backs, while knowing we have players in the group who can play several positions.

“We’ll now concentrate our efforts on this group to fine tune a couple of things in detail.

“There are fine margins in this sport at this level so we have to make sure we have got everything ticked off as best as possible, through our organisation, our work-rate and a raft of other details that we’ll work through methodically.

“We know the Rugby World Cup is not far away, and we’re very excited about the event, for which we’re working very hard to perform, do well and represent the thistle on the world stage.”


Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby); 46 caps; 4 RWC appearances (2007 & 2011)
Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors); 23 caps
Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors); 11 caps
Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby); 2 caps
Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons); 6 caps

Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors); 9 caps
Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby); 88 caps, 8 RWC appearances (2007 & 2011)
Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby); 2 caps

Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby); 10 caps
Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors); 14 caps
Richie Gray (Castres); 45 caps; 4 RWC appearances (2011)
Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors); 12 caps

David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby); 27 caps
John Hardie (Unattached); 1 cap
Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors); uncapped
Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan); 45 caps; 3 RWC appearances (2011)
Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors); 10 caps

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby); 7 caps
Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Gloucester); 40 caps
Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors); 16 caps

Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors); 10 caps
Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors); 19 caps

Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors); 8 caps
Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors); 10 caps
Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby); 28 caps
Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors); 22 caps, 3 RWC appearances (2011)

Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors); 96 caps, 8 RWC appearances (2007 & 2011)
Sean Maitland (London Irish); 15 caps
Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors); 17 caps
Tim Visser (Harlequins); 20 caps

Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); 33 caps

Courtesy of Scottish Rugby

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Vast improvement in Springbok injury situation http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/vast-improvement-in-springbok-injury-situation/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/vast-improvement-in-springbok-injury-situation/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:22:16 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47050 Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer on Tuesday applauded the work done by the national team’s medical, strength and conditioning staff to get the squad fit and ready for the Rugby World Cup.

Each member of the 31-man squad took part in most of the field sessions on Monday and Tuesday in Durban, including Duane Vermeulen, Jean de Villiers, Jannie du Plessis, Fourie du Preez and Francois Louw.

The training camp in Durban concludes on Wednesday and the players and management will get together again in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The squad departs for England on Friday, 11 September.

“We’re confident that all of the players will be fit to be considered for selection for our opening match against Japan in Brighton on 19 September,” said Meyer.

“Hours and hours of very hard work behind the scenes were put in to ensure the players’ general fitness levels improved, while at the same time bringing injured players back into action.

“When we got together for the first time at the end of June, we had a large number of injured players in the squad while I was also not satisfied with our levels of fitness.

“Although we’ve suffered a high number of injuries during the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, the medical staff have worked very hard to bring players injured earlier in the season back to match fitness.

“It was also remarkable to see the brilliant attitude of the players. They really worked incredibly hard in the last two months and I’m very pleased to say that our general fitness levels have improved considerably.”

While players such as De Villiers and Vermeulen started training with the squad, Eben Etzebeth suffered a calf strain at training on Monday, but it will not put his Rugby World Cup participation at risk.

“Eben felt some discomfort in his calf at the end of our training session,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts.

“He was immediately pulled from training and had scans on Tuesday, which revealed a grade 1 strain. He has already started with his rehabilitation and we’re confident that he will be ready for the start of the Rugby World Cup.”

Meyer said that apart from the Springboks’ medical and fitness staff who worked with the players, Craig Roberts (team doctor), Rene Naylor and Vivian Verwant (physiotherapists), Daliah Hurwitz (massage therapist) and Basil Carzis (strength and conditioning coach), the assistance from outside the team management also played a massive role.

This included physiotherapists Tanushree Pillay (Springbok Women’s Sevens) and Hugh Everson (Springbok Sevens), SA Under 20 conditioning coach Warren Adams, and strength and conditioning specialist Niel du Plessis, from Sports Science Lab (SSL).

“Working with an enlarged squad, we were privileged to have help from Tanu, Hugh and Warren in the last few months and I can now understand why they came so highly regarded from our other national teams,” said Meyer.

“This is the kind of cross-pollination that can only benefit South African rugby and we certainly learned from them.

“Niel is very well known in the rugby world and came highly recommended. He worked hard with a lot of our players in Pretoria and Durban, when the rest of the squad travelled to Brisbane and Buenos Aires. He gave up a lot of his time and energy for which we are eternally grateful.”

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EP SCHOOLS SEVENS TEAM NAMED http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/ep-schools-sevens-team-named/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/09/ep-schools-sevens-team-named/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:38:42 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=47048 THE Eastern Province selectors have named the U18 team to compete in the junior interprovincial sevens rugby tournament which will be played in Paarl on October 2-3.
The team was selected after the provincial trials last week at the NMMU Missionvale campus.
The squad is: Malan Swanepoel (Framesby), Themba Boltina (Pearson), Khwezi Mafu (Grey), Louis Strydom (Framesby), Denver Klue (Daniel Pienaar), Austin Fredericks (Westville), Gevandery Blom (Midlands), Jean Smal (Daniel Pienaar), Pieter Swanepool (Nico Malan), Xander Stotter (Marlow), Jacque Steenberg (Daniel Pienaar), Riaan van Rensburg. (Framesby). Coach: Gerald Antonie (Ndzondelelo); assistant coach: Andre Strumpher (Daniel Pienaar); manager: Linda Ntleki (Tamsanqa High).
The team train every Wednesday at the NMMU Missionvale Campus at 14.30.

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