15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:48:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Springboks looking forward to play in front of passionate Loftus crowd http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/springboks-looking-forward-to-play-in-front-of-passionate-loftus-crowd/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/springboks-looking-forward-to-play-in-front-of-passionate-loftus-crowd/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:48:34 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58144 Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss said his team was looking forward to playing against the Wallabies in front of a packed and passionate Loftus Versfeld crowd on Saturday.

Strauss addressed the media in Pretoria on Friday afternoon and said his team was encouraged by the huge spectator interest in Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test.

“The Bok supporters have thrown their weight behind the team and that is very encouraging for us,” said Strauss. “We are looking forward to play in front of a packed Loftus and the team is determined to deliver a good performance against a quality Australian side.”

Earlier on Friday, former Springbok scrumhalf and Loftus hero Fourie du Preez handed out the match jerseys to the team. Du Preez, who captained the Springboks in four matches at the Rugby World Cup last year, offered some words of encouragement as well as some advice.

“It was massive to have him here with us at this time,” said Strauss. “He is someone that I have a lot of respect for as a person and as a rugby player. He is one of our best ever Springboks and a very inspirational figure.”

According to Strauss, the soft spoken Du Preez offered some great advice during his brief address to the team: “He spoke about us maintaining our composure and making the right decisions at the right times. His message had a big impact on the team.”

Loftus Versfeld has a capacity of 51 000 seats and almost 45 000 tickets were already sold by lunchtime on Friday

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Vyf redes waarom wat op Loftus gebeur baie belangrik is!! http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/vyf-redes-waarom-wat-op-loftus-gebeur-baie-belangrik-is/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/vyf-redes-waarom-wat-op-loftus-gebeur-baie-belangrik-is/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:56:50 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58141 Simon Riekert van #paletoe het hierdie redes gekry en gelys:

Saterdag, op Loftus Versveld meet die beleërde Springbokspan van 2016 kragte met die Wallabies in een van die laaste wedstryde van die huidige Castle Rugbykompetisie.

Dit sal die 83e keer wees wat die twee rugbylande teen mekaar kompeteer.

Vroeër is daar aangekondig dat Allister Coetzee en sy provinsiale kollegas na die Curriebeker-reeks bymekaar kom vir ʼn “indaba”. Die vergadering sal grootliks voorraad opneem oor die Bokke se huidige vertoning en swakplekke blootlê.

Hier is vyf redes waarom ons meen dit is krities noodsaaklik:

Die Springbokke is op ʼn slegte plek in Wêreldrugby

Coetzee, indien hierdie laaste twee wedstryde teen die Wallabies en Nieu Seeland verloor word, sal soos Carel du Plessis wat in 1997 Bokafrigter was, die swakste wenrekord hou; 37%.

Coetzee erken dat die Bokke “glad nie goed speel op die oomblik nie”.

“Ons speel goeie rugby met tye, maar ons begaan te veel ongedwonge foute, ons kom nie uit ons gebied met balbesit nie en ek skryf dit toe aan manne wat nie goeie vorm het nie.

“Ons het probleme met verdediging en die wedstryd statistiek teen die All Blacks en die Wallabies lyk nie goed nie, spelers maak foute en dan is dit asof die ander spelers om hulle verbouereerd raak.

Wynie Strydom, voormalige Bloubul, Bulls en Springbok spanbestuurder meen dat die nuwe generasie spelers wat na afloop van die Wêreldbeker-toernooi van 2015 tyd nodig het om hul Springbok-voete te vind.

“Allister het sy vertroue in ʼn groep spelers gestel en al waar hy kan weet of hulle dit gaan maak of nie, is op Toetsvlakke.

“Superrugby het nie juis gewys of die ouens op vorm is nie en dit moet ʼn groot bron van kommer vir Coetzee wees.”

Daarenteen was Coetzee by gister se spanaankondiging vies oor die opmerking dat veral sy agterlyn, die span in die steek laat.

“Dis die beste agterlyn wat beskikbaar is”, het hy gekap. Coetzee was net so sensitief oor die vroeë opmerking oor spelers wat foute maak en dan in die volgende fase verbouereerd raak: “Morne Steyn het die ure op sy kerfstok en hy organiseer goed, dis soos ʼn ou dokter wat baie ure agter die blad het, jy vertrou hom.”

In teenstelling met Coetzee se dreigende verloor rekord, hou die afrigtingspan vol dat dit goed gaan by die Bokke; “daar is ervaring, maar daar is ook passie, as daar nie passie was nie, sou ek jou nie gekies het nie.”

 

Tap die groot rugby-breintrust wat beskikbaar is

Steve Hansen, suksesvolle All Black afrigter en vriend van Heyneke Meyer meen dat Suid Afrika van die beste rugbybreine ter wêreld het.

“Nie alleen het julle vir Meyer nie, maar julle het manne soos Rassie Erasmus, Jake White, Johan Ackermann…die lys hou aan en daar is geen rede waarom hulle nie kan saamwerk nie…die enigste rede waaraan ek kan dink dit nie gebeur nie, is weens die politiek wat julle rugby beset”, het hy aan www.stuff.co.nz gesê.

Ackermann, Nollis Marais, John Dobson, Robbie Fleck  en Franco Smith is van die jong, opkomende afrigters wat die geleentheid aangegryp het om ʼn loopbaan in Suid Afrika te volg. In Mei het Coetzee die ses Superrugby afrigters gevra om in te koop in die indaba-idee. Nollis Marais (Bulls), Franco Smith (Cheetahs), Deon Davids (Kings), Johan Ackermann (Lions), Gary Gold (Sharks) Robbie Fleck (Stormers) het almal ingewillig.

Hierdie is die manne wie Coetzee moet pols oor idees en as manne soos Nick Mallet, Brendan Venter en Naas Botha ook aan boord kan kom, is daar hoop.

“Allister was nog altyd oop vir gesprekke met ons as unie-afrigters, ons praat met hom in September en ons wil hoor wat is sy planne vir die toekoms”, het Marais onlangs aan joernaliste gesê.

“Ek is nie besorgd oor die sogenaamde verval waarvan gepraat word oor Springbokrugby nie, ek dink ons het briljante spelers.”

“Daar is nie sprake van ʼn uitskud onder die Springbok geledere nie, daar is te veel wat op die veld gebeur wat bepaal of die wedstryd gewen of verloor word.

“Ons verwag dat wedstryde met 30-40 punte gewen moet word en ons kompetisie word al hoe sterker, Argentinië is die span wat hulle vyf jaar gelede was nie.

“Nuwe spelers moet aanpas by Allister se planne, en daar moet een of twee dinge op die veld gebeur, dan sal die resultate vanself spreek.”

SARU moet pa staan vir alle rugby

Coetzee het by meer as een geleentheid ʼn gefrustreerde boodskap aan die buitewêreld uitgedra dat hy graag strukture in plek wil hê om sy werk makliker te maak.

“In Nieu Seeland het die hoofafrigter ʼn hele span wat hom ondersteun, hy het ʼn assistent wat môre by hom kan oorneem as hy die leisels neerlê.

“Hier by ons is jou kontrak na vier jaar op ʼn einde en dit maak nie saak of jy spelers wat kan uitblink geïdentifiseer het nie, jy los hulle agter.

Coetzee se frustrasie spreek nie alleen nie, sedert voor die Jake White-era was daar oproepe uit die Bokkamp om die afrigtingspan te versterk en om kontinuïteit te behou.

Met Coetzee se aanstelling vroeër vanjaar was SARU se antwoorde oor ontwikkeling vaag en onsamehangend. Jurie Roux het hard probeer om Oregan Hoskins se verleentheid oor die geskiedenis van transformasie weg te praat.

Geen afrigter, wit of swart sal geloofwaardigheid en algemene aanvaarding by die rugbypubliek hê as ras-gebaseerde aangeleenthede nie aangespreek en opgelos word nie. Rugbymense verwag dit en SARU moet toesien dat dit gebeur. Oregan Hoskins was 10 jaar lank President van SARU en daar het bitter weinig gebeur wat transformasie aan betref, van skoolvlak af tot by die Springbokke. Inteendeel daar is nou nog groter polarisasie as ooit. Alvorens daar nie van politieke karakters soos Fikile Mbalula ontslae geraak word nie, sal SARU se geloofwaardigheid onder verdenking bly.

Coetzee het by gister se spanaankondiging weereens verwys na die sentralisering van spelers in Nieu Seeland. As die aspek nog nie op die afrigters indaba is nie, is dit nou tyd daarvoor. Coetzee het reeds teen die Iere te kenne gegee dat hy prioriteit gee aan spelers wat in Suid Afrika bly. Sy wens, voor die Loftus-Toets was dat die groep spelers “nog lank bymekaar sal bly.”

Die geluksgodin se rol skep selfvertroue

Hoeveel daar ookal beplan en gedoen word agter die skerms, die laaste sê word op die veld gedoen.

Wanneer laas het gesprekke rondom die moontlike telling gegaan oor ‘hoe naby kan ons verloor’, of ‘hoe klein kan ons die punteverskil hou’?

Bokondersteuners en spelers hou nie van verloor nie en Allister Coetzee het dit amper bepleit; “al wat ons nodig het is dat die spelers moet gel en dat een of twee beslissings in ons guns moet gaan…ons kort net een wen.”

Coetzee was tot nou toe nog baie bekommerd oor die besluitneming op die veld en met Adriaan Strauss se aankondiging dat hy aan die einde van vanjaar uittree, was die onsekerheid nog soveel groter.

“’n Kaptein soos Adriaan se waarde is heeltemal onderskat, hy mag dalk deur ʼn slegte fase van sy spel gegaan het, maar hy is deur en deur ʼn leier-hy is ons leier op die veld”, het Nollis Marais van die Blou Bulle gesê.

Coetzee beaam dit, “daar is leiers op die veld en een van die voordele van om Pat Lambie Saterdag op die veld te hê, is om nog ʼn leier in ons geledere te hê.

“Daar is jong spelers wat hul Toetsdebuut maak en nodig het om ge-mentor te word en ek het my leiers soos hy en Warren Whitely nodig.”

Tydens die indaba sal dit vir Coetzee loon om reeds sy kaarte op die tafel te plaas oor die opvolg kaptein vir Adriaan en terwyl hy besig is, sy tweede en derde beste spelers in posisies te identifiseer.

 

Die onervarendheid slaan nie net by spelers deur nie

Weereens ʼn punt op die indaba-agenda; praat oor die gebrek aan ervaring van afrigters.

Die feit dat Chean Roux en Mzwandile Stick sukkel om die internasionale mas op te kom, is uit en uit ʼn SARU blaps.

Dis tyd dat beheptheid met kwotas finaal aangespreek word en dat politieke Peter Pan’s soos Fikile Mbalula se invloed stop.

Daar is geen groter onreg om ʼn afrigter met potensiaal, vroeg ryp te druk nie. Nie alleen kleef die stigma van mislukking aan die Bokke se agterlynafrigter nie, maar Mzwandile Stick sal in internasionale rugbykringe onthou word as die afrigter wat uit sy diepte aangestel is. Weereens kla die gebrek aan ʼn werkbare transformasieplan die voormalige President in sy afwesigheid aan, maar alvorens SARU sake soos hierdie begin bestuur, is ons mislukking op die rugbyveld gewaarborg.

Saterdag-middag skuins na 5-uur draf die Springbokke op teen ʼn span wat self deur diep waters gaan. Die Australiërs het gekom om te wen en ten spyte van die geskiedenis wat in die guns van die Bokke op Loftus loop, die fanatiese Blou Bul skare wat hul goue seun, Morne Steyn in aksie sal sien en bespiegelings en statistiek oor die Springbokke se vertonings op die hoëveld, weet Allister Coetzee dat sy kanse uitloop.

Al sê hy dat hy “’n man van tweede kanse is.”

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Race for Gold Cup play-off spots hots up http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/race-for-gold-cup-play-off-spots-hots-up/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/race-for-gold-cup-play-off-spots-hots-up/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:15:03 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58137 THE RACE for quarter-final spots in the 2016 Gold Cup – SA Rugby’s national championship for non-university clubs – is hotting up with two rounds remaining, following a dramatic third week that saw almost 500 points scored in eight matches and three games decided in the dying minutes.

On an historic weekend for club rugby, which saw Gold Cup matches being played in three different countries for the first time, DirectAxis False Bay became the first South African team to play – and win – a tournament match in Zimbabwe when they overcame a spirited Old Georgians 38-25 in Harare.

And at the same time in Namibia, hosts FNB Wanderers Windhoek showed their class with a 60-29 win over Northam Platinum Rhinos, the Limpopo champions.

Valke champions Siyaya Brakpan took control of Pool C with a nailbiting 36-33 away win over SA Home Loans Durban Collegians in Durban, in a match handled by top international referee Craig Joubert.

And in Pacaltsdorp outside George, RSK Evergreens provided the biggest upset of the weekend when they bounced back from a home defeat to Pool B rivals Rustenburg Impala the previous week to beat Pirates 35-31, fullback Leegan Moos finishing off a long-range move with a try on the hooter to break the Gautengers’ hearts.

Saturday’s penultimate round of pool play sees a number of intriguing match-ups which could well decide the quarter-final line-up as well as vital home-ground advantage in the play-offs.

Your Communications College Rovers will look to qualify for the last eight when they host Mike Pendock Motors Old Selbornians in a Pool A clash in Durban, which will be refereed by well-known Scotland official Mike Adamson. In the group’s other match, defending champions Durbanville-Bellville, coming off a bye, will look to record their third straight victory when they travel to Boland Park to take on winless OneLogix United Bulk Worcester Villagers.

In Pool B, Northam Platinum Rhinos will look to record a maiden Gold Cup win when they host RSK Evergreens, who thanks to their last-gasp win against Pirates are still alive in the tournament. In the group’s other match, Rustenburg Impala will book their quarter-final spot if they can beat FNB Wanderers Windhoek in Rustenburg.

In Pool C, Old Georgians face SA Home Loans Durban Collegians in Harare while Siyaya Brakpan travel to White River, where a victory will take the East Randers one step closer to a home quarter-final.

In Pool D, Bloemfontein Police travel to East London to face Police, with both sides still in with a chance of progressing. And in the weekend’s final match, Don’s Pawn Shop PE Police travel almost 1,000 kilometres to the Northern Cape town of Kathu to face Belaz Sishen, where the hosts will set the cat amongst the pigeons should they surprise their more fancied coastal opponents.

Round 3 results:

Pool A:

Mike Pendock Motors Old Selbornians 27-12 OneLogix United Bulk Worcester Villagers

Tiger Wheel & Tyre Welkom Rovers 22-48 Your Communications College Rovers

Pool B:

FNB Wanderers Windhoek 60-29 Northam Platinum Rhinos

RSK Evergreens 35-31 Pirates

Pool C:

Old Georgians 25-38 DirectAxis False Bay

SA Home Loans Durban Collegians 33-36 Siyaya Brakpan

Pool D:

Don’s Pawn Shop PE Police 20-17 East London Police

Bloemfontein Police 24-36 Pretoria Police

Round 4 fixtures (all matches 15h30 unless otherwise indicated):

Saturday 01 October:

Pool A:

Your Communications College Rovers v Mike Pendock Motors Old Selbornians (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 15h00)

OneLogix United Bulk Worcester Villagers v Durbanville-Bellville (Boland Park, Worcester)

Pool B:

Northam Platinum Rhinos v RSK Evergreens (Northam Platinum Recreation Club, Setaria)

Rustenburg Impala v FNB Wanderers Windhoek (Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Pool C:

White River v Siyaya Brakpan (White River Rugby Club, Mpumalanga)

Old Georgians v SA Home Loans Durban Collegians (Old Georgians Club, Harare)

Pool D:

East London Police v Bloemfontein Police (Police Park, East London)

Belaz Sishen v Don’s Pawn Shop PE Police (Sivos Stadium, Kathu)

 

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

 

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GrootRugby 29 September 2016 http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/grootrugby-29-september-2016/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/grootrugby-29-september-2016/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:12:10 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58134

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EDDIE JONES ANNOUNCES ENGLAND SQUADS http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/eddie-jones-announces-england-squads/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/eddie-jones-announces-england-squads/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:36:38 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58132 Eddie Jones has announced his 45-man elite player squad (EPS) and 37 players who will attend a three-day training camp in Brighton as England begin their preparation for the Old Mutual Wealth Series against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia later in the year.

The 37 players will train at Brighton College from 2-4 October ahead of the opening game in the series against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 12 November (2.30pm).

Seven uncapped players are included in the training squad. Second-row Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) is named with back-row forwards Sam Jones (Wasps), Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers) and Nathan Hughes (Wasps). Scrum-half Dan Robson (Wasps) joins centres Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) and Joe Marchant (Harlequins). Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) is also selected for the first time in an England training camp under Jones.

The final squad for the Old Mutual Wealth Series will be announced on 26 October.

“The Old Mutual Wealth Series will be a big challenge and the players will need to step up to the mark,” said England head coach Jones.

“With a number of players missing through injury it’s a good opportunity for others to put their hands up and show us what they’re made of.

“I think it’s a good situation to be in. Injuries allow us to strengthen the depth of our squad and develop robustness. Ideally, by the Rugby World Cup in 2019, we’re looking to have three players in every position who are interchangeable.

“At the moment we have seven of our most influential players not playing regularly for their clubs, but that should be no excuse. England have not beaten South Africa since 2006 and this needs to change.

“In addition to Richard Hill’s appointment as Team Manager earlier this week I am pleased to also announce that Rory Teague will join us in November as a part-time skills coach. He will primarily be working with the players on their individual skills. This is a temporary appointment and another good opportunity for an English coach to gain experience and develop their coaching at the highest level.”

Under 20 backs and attack coach Teague was part of the management team who helped guide England to glory at the World Rugby Championships in June.

 45-man elite player squad

Forwards
Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks)
Jack Clifford (Harlequins)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
Sam Jones (Wasps)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Tommy Taylor (Wasps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers)

Backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Mike Haley (Sale Sharks)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Dan Robson (Wasps)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Spencer (Saracens)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

37 players attending Brighton training camp from 2-4 October

Forwards
Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints) *injury replacement for James Haskell (Wasps)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
Sam Jones (Wasps)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) *injury replacement for Jack Clifford (Harlequins)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Tommy Taylor (Wasps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers)

Backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter Rugby) *injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Dan Robson (Wasps)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins) *injury replacement for Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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QANTAS WALLABIES FINALISE BENCH FOR SOUTH AFRICA CLASH http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/qantas-wallabies-finalise-bench-for-south-africa-clash/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/qantas-wallabies-finalise-bench-for-south-africa-clash/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:08:23 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58130 Qantas Wallabies team to play South Africa in The Rugby Championship at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria at 5:00pm local time

  1. Scott Sio (22 Tests)
  2. Stephen Moore (c) (109 Tests)
  3. Sekope Kepu (70 Tests)
  4. Rob Simmons (64 Tests)
  5. Adam Coleman (4 Tests)
  6. Dean Mumm (50 Tests)
  7. Michael Hooper (58 Tests)
  8. Sean McMahon (11 Tests)
  9. Will Genia (70 Tests)
  10. Quade Cooper (61 Tests)
  11. Reece Hodge (3 Tests)
  12. Bernard Foley (34 Tests)
  13. Samu Kerevi (5 Tests)
  14. Dane Haylett-Petty (7 Tests)
  15. Israel Folau (45 Tests)

Reserves

  1. James Hanson (10 Tests)
  2. James Slipper (81 Tests)
  3. Tom Robertson (1 Test)
  4. Kane Douglas (25 Tests)
  5. Scott Fardy (35 Tests)
  6. Nick Phipps (45 Tests)
  7. Tevita Kuridrani (38 Tests)
  8. Sefanaia Naivalu*
    *denotes uncapped player

    Naivalu set to become 900th Qantas Wallaby

    Melbourne Rebels flyer Sefanaia Naivalu is in line to become the 900th Wallaby after Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika finalised his bench ahead of The Rugby Championship Test against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Sunday morning (1.00am AEST kick-off).

The 24-year old will also become the Wallabies 10th debutant of 2016, capping a rapid rise after being spotted in Melbourne’s Dewar Shield Club Rugby competition just two years ago.

Fellow Rebel James Hanson will get the chance to add to his 10 Tests after being named on the bench

The hooker’s last Test was over a year ago against the United States of America but he gets an opportunity in the absence of Tatafu Polota-Nau.

The Wallabies have never tasted victory at Loftus Versfeld but have won their last two games against the Springboks.

A win for Australia in Pretoria would all but secure second spot in The Rugby Championship with New Zealand having wrapped up the 2016 title.

The Test between the Qantas Wallabies and Argentina will be screened LIVE in High Definition and ad-break free on FOX SPORTS 502 from 12.25am AEST and LIVE on Ten from 12.50am AEST for QLD, NSW and ACT viewers (on ONE in other Australian States and Territories). Fans can also LIVE stream the match on Foxtel GO (for Foxtel subscribers) and on TenPlay.

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BUILDCORP NATIONAL RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/buildcorp-national-rugby-championship-round-6/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/buildcorp-national-rugby-championship-round-6/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:43:52 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58128 Former All Black Brad Thorn will make his run on debut for Queensland Country this round when the Queenslanders play in the Country derby against the NSW Country Eagles in Toowoomba this Saturday. The Eagles will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run in 2016 with Head Coach Darren Coleman making a sweeping nine changes to the side that defeated Perth last week.

The UC Vikings will be a looking for a crucial victory to maintain their position in the top four, with the men from Perth hot on their heels on the Buildcorp NRC ladder. The Western Sydney Rams travel south of the border to take on the Vikings after a confidence building win last weekend at Concord Oval. Perth Spirit will be looking to build on their strong performances at home when they play Brisbane City and look to leapfrog into the top four.

2016 Buildcorp NRC Standings after Round 5:
NSW Country Eagles 23 points
Sydney Rays 18 points
Melbourne Rising 15 points
UC Vikings 14 points
Perth Spirit 13 points
Western Sydney Rams 7 points
Brisbane City 5 points
Queensland Country 2 points

Round 6 Fixtures:
Match: Queensland Country v NSW Country Eagles
When: 1.00pm, Saturday 1 October
Where: Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba
Broadcast Information: foxsports.com.au or FOX SPORTS NOW
Match Notes: Queensland Country won’t be lacking experience this weekend in the Country derby with former All Black Brad Thorn making his run on debut for the side. With a top four spot secure, the Eagles have made nine changes for the clash with Wallabies hopeful Kyle Godwin retaining his spot in the centres alongside NSW Waratah David Horwitz.
Queensland Country Media Manager: Brendan Hertel; E brendan.hertel@redsrugby.com.au; M 0411 376 150
NSW Country Eagles Media Manager: Nick Kelland and Henry Fisher; E nick.kelland@hotmail.com & hcxfisher@gmail.com; M 0411 340 939 & 0428 538 574

Match: Macquarie University Sydney Rays v UC Vikings
When: Saturday 1 October, 3.00pm
Where: Pittwater Park, Sydney
Broadcast Information: LIVE on FOX SPORTS 502
Match Notes: The Sydney Rays will look to keep the pressure on ladder-leaders Country Eagles when they take on the Vikings. The Vikings are looking to bounce back after a last-up defeat to the Rising and have made a number of changes to the side that lost the Horan-Little Shield last weekend. Ray Dobson, Dan Penca, Jake Rakic and Eli Sinoti have all been named to make their first starts when they play in Sydney.
Sydney Rays Media Manager: Mark Cashman; E cashcow313@gmail.com; M 0416 063 735
UC Vikings Media Manager: Paul Glover; E p.glover@brumbies.com.au; M 0449 252 120

Match: Melbourne Rising v Western Sydney Rams
When: Sunday 2 October, 3.00pm
Where: Harlequin Oval, Melbourne
Broadcast Information: LIVE on FOX SPORTS 502
Match Notes: The Rising stocks has been inflated with the inclusion of Wallabies Toby Smith and Dom Shipperley for their match at home against Western Sydney. A win would all but secure their place in the top three into the Semi Finals, whilst the Rams are on the hunt for their second win of the season.
Melbourne Rising Media Manager: Chris Gottaas; E chris.gottaas@melbournerebels.com.au; M 0422 356 313
Western Sydney Rams Media Manager: Milo Arona; E maherauarona@ramsrugby.com.au; M 0433 667 328

Match: Perth Spirit v McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City
When:  Sunday 2 October, 2.00pm AWST
Where: UWA Sports Park, Perth
Broadcast Information: foxsports.com.au or FOX SPORTS NOW
Match Notes: The Spirit will again look to rampaging Wallabies backrower, Ben McCalman who continues to find his form after a shoulder injury with his third week in a row of NRC action for Perth when they take on the defending champions. Brisbane City will need to take maximum points from this match if they are to have any chance of making the top four. Former Australian U20s star, Brad Lacey has moved to the centres in the only change for the side.
Brisbane City Media Manager: Tom Kennedy; E tom.kennedy@redsrugby.com.au; M 0417 702 278
Perth Spirit Media Manager: David Berrie; E David.Berrie@westernforce.com.au; M 0400 809 530

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New Springbok halfback pair to face Wallabies http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/new-springbok-halfback-pair-to-face-wallabies/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/new-springbok-halfback-pair-to-face-wallabies/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:44:39 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58126
  • Paige earns first starting berth for Springboks
  • Lambie back at fullback for first Test since June
  • Rudy Paige will make his starting debut for the Springboks on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld in the team’s penultimate Castle Lager Rugby Championship fixture of the year.

    The inclusion of Paige at scrumhalf is one of three changes made to the Springbok line-up that started the match against the All Blacks two weeks ago in Christchurch.

    Paige, who has made four Test appearances from the Bok bench, will partner the experienced Morné Steyn in the halfbacks. They take over from Faf de Klerk and Elton Jantjies respectively, both of whom started in the last six Tests of the year.

    The only other change to the starting line-up sees Pat Lambie return to the team for the first time since he suffered concussion in the series opener against Ireland in June. Lambie will play fullback, where he is preferred over Johan Goosen. The Cell C Sharks player, who will earn his 52nd Springbok cap, has already scored 137 Test points in the Green and Gold jersey.

    The Springbok forward pack that played against the All Blacks in Christchurch was kept unchanged, with hooker Adriaan Strauss again leading out the team after he suffered a knock to the lower back in New Zealand.

    Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has reshuffled his bench, which shows five changes from the previous match-23. Bongi Mbonambi, Julian Redelinghuys, Lood de Jager, Lionel Mapoe and Willie le Roux are all included amongst the reserves and they are expected to make a strong impact off the bench.

    Coetzee said the team is looking forward to the Test at Loftus Versfeld, where the Springboks are unbeaten in five previous Castle Lager Rugby Championship Tests against the Wallabies.

    “We had a very good training week so far and there is definitely excitement amongst the players to play in front of our South African supporters again as we continue to build continuity with just the three changes to the starting team and an unchanged pack of forwards,” said Coetzee.

    “Pat has shown great confidence all week long and we are very pleased to have him back, as well as Lood and Julian, both of who have also shrugged off injuries. Willie will add a lot of experience on the bench.

    “The selection of Pat at fullback fits into the way we want to play this weekend, together with his experience, calmness and leadership, which will be invaluable this weekend. Elton and Faf remain an integral part of the squad and both are part of our future plans, but Rudy and Morné deserve an opportunity to start.

    “Australia will be determined to build on their previous two wins and they will pose difficult questions to us with their tactical and technical approach. We have our own goals to achieve within the two remaining matches, starting on Saturday when we play the Wallabies in front of a good crowd at Loftus.”

     

    The Springbok team to face the Wallabies in Pretoria:

    Position Name Franchise / Province / Club Test Caps Test points
    15 Pat Lambie Cell C Sharks 51 137
    14 Bryan Habana (vice-captain) Toulon (France) 121 330
    13 Jesse Kriel Vodacom Bulls 16 15
    12 Juan de Jongh DHL Stormers 17 15
    11 Francois Hougaard Worcester Warriors (England) 37 25
    10 Morné Steyn Stade Francais (France) 64 703
    9 Rudy Paige Vodacom Bulls 4 0
    8 Warren Whiteley Emirates Lions 10 15
    7 Oupa Mohoje Toyota Cheetahs 12 0
    6 Francois Louw Bath (England) 50 40
    5 Pieter-Steph du Toit DHL Stormers 15 15
    4 Eben Etzebeth DHL Stormers 51 10
    3 Vincent Koch DHL Stormers/Steval Pumas 5 0
    2 Adriaan Strauss (captain) Vodacom Bulls 61 30
    1 Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks 82 10
    Replacements:
    16 Bongi Mbonambi DHL Stormers 2 0
    17 Steven Kitshoff Bordeaux (France) 5 0
    18 Julian Redelinghuys Emirates Lions 6 0
    19 Lood de Jager Toyota Cheetahs 23 20
    20 Willem Alberts Stade Francais (France) 39 35
    21 Jaco Kriel Emirates Lions 5 0
    22 Lionel Mapoe Emirates Lions 7 0
    23 Willie le Roux Canon Eagles (Japan) 37 45

     

    Stats and facts

    Head to head:

    • South Africa and Australia will meet for the 83rd time since their first Test match in 1933. South Africa won 45, lost 36 and one match was drawn for a win percentage of 55%.
    • The inaugural Tri-Nations (Castle Lager Rugby Championship) Test match between Australia and South Africa was played in Sydney on 13 July, 1996. To date, 44 matches were played between the two countries of which South Africa won 21, lost 22 and drawn 1. The total points’ difference is only 7 points in favour of South Africa.
    • The complete South African Castle Lager Rugby Championship record and Australia is: Played 44, Won 21, Lost 22, Drawn 1, Points for 981, Points against 974, Tries for 94, Tries against 96, Average score 23-23.

    Match officials:

    • The match officials for this match are: Referee – Wayne Barnes (England); assistant referees – John Lacey (Ireland) and George Clancy (Ireland), with the TMO Jim Yuille (Scotland).
    • It will be Barnes’ 13th appearance as referee in a Test matches involving South Africa. The Springboks won nine and lost three of the previous 12 Tests with him in charge.

    The stadium:

    • Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria has a seating capacity of 51 762. The Springbok record at this stadium is: Played 33, Won 25, Lost 8, Points for 1 085, Points against 656, Tries for 131, Tries against 65. The average score is 33-20.
    • The most points scored in a Test match by a Springbok player at this stadium are 31, when Percy Montgomery scored two tries, kicked nine conversions and a penalty goal against Wales in June, 1998. South Africa won that Test 96-13, at the time the biggest win ever for the Springboks.
    • Four years ago, almost to the day, Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick of tries against Australia at Loftus in a 31-8 win for the Springboks.
    • Loftus Versfeld was home to the second biggest win by the Springboks against Australia. On 23 August 1997 South Africa won 61-22, scoring eight tries, six conversions and three penalty goals.
    • The complete Castle Lager Rugby Championship record at Loftus against Australia is: Played 5, Won 5, Points for 178, Points against 92, Tries for 20, Tries against 9. The average score is 36-18.

     

    The team:

    • The total Test caps in the starting line-up are 596 – 310 in the backline with 286 amongst the forwards. The combined test caps of those on the bench are 124. The average caps per player for the 23 are 31.
    • The youngest player in the 23 man squad is Jesse Kriel (22y, 7m) while the oldest member of the team is Bryan Habana (33y, 3m).
    • The following players will play in their eighth consecutive match in the starting-XV under Allister Coetzee’s reign: Francois Louw, Eben Etzebeth, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira.
    • Bryan Habana is the top try scorer (9) for South Africa against Australia while Morné Steyn is the top points scorer with 16 conversions, 39 penalty goals and three drop goals for a total of 158 career points in 14 appearances against the Wallabies.
    • Bryan Habana needs one try against Australia for his career record 10th try against the Wallabies. He is also the record holder for most Springbok career tries at Loftus Versfeld (8).
    • Eben Etzebeth will play in his 29th consecutive Test match, elevating him into joint third with Morné Steyn for most consecutive Tests in a career. Only Gary Teichmann (39) and John Smit (46) have played in more consecutive Tests.
    • Morné Steyn needs three successful penalty goals to equal Percy Montgomery’s career record of 148 penalty goals in Test matches. Only one penalty goal will bring up his 40th penalty goal against Australia as well as improving his record career points against Australia to 161. He is also co-record holder with four drop goals in his Castle Lager Rugby Championship career, the other players being Dan Carter of New Zealand and fellow Springbok André Pretorius.
    • The following two players will play their first Test match against the Wallabies: Vincent Koch and Rudy Paige. It will also be his first Test match against Australia should Julian Redelinghuys be used as a substitute.

     

    Issued by SA Rugby Communications

     

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    Griquas team to play Toyota Free State Cheetahs http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/griquas-team-to-play-toyota-free-state-cheetahs/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/griquas-team-to-play-toyota-free-state-cheetahs/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:27:45 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58124 Team to play FS

    01 Oct 2016 – 14:00

    Bloemfontein

    SS1

    1. Steph Roberts
    2. Marius Fourie
    3. Liam Hendricks
    4. Jonathan Adendorf
    5. Mzwanele Zito
    6. Wendal Wehr
    7. Jonathan JV Rensburg
    8. Jason Fraser
    1. Renier Botha
    2. Elgar Watts
    3. Alshaun Bock
    4. Andre Swarts
    5. Johnathan Francke
    6. Ederies Arendse
    7. AJ Coertzen (C)
    1. Sidney Tobias
    2. Devon Martinus
    3. Steven Meiring
    4. Thabo Mabuza
    5. Eric Zana
    6. Ntabeni Dukisa
    7. Steven Moir
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    Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Griquas http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/toyota-free-state-cheetahs-vs-griquas-2/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/09/toyota-free-state-cheetahs-vs-griquas-2/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:19:52 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58121 The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be taking on the Griquas in a Currie Cup match on Saturday, 01 October 2016 at Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein.  The game kicks off at 14:00.  Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the encounter.

    A couple of changes to the team for the last match: 

    • Raymond Rhule on Left Wing
    • Henco Venter will be replacing Paul Schoeman on Left Flanker
    • Ox Nche to replace Charles Marais
    • New on the bench: Torsen Van Jaarsveld on Hooker, Charles Marais on Prop, Willem Serfontein on Lock and William Small-Smith as Utility back.

    Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Griquas

     Saturday, 01 October 2016, 14:00

    Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

    1. OxNche
    2. Jacques Du Toit
    3. Johan Coetzee
    4. Justin Basson
    5. Reniel Hugo ( VC )
    6. Henco Venter
    7. Uzair Cassiem
    8. Niell Jordaan
    9. Shaun Venter
    10. Niel Marais
    11. Raymond Rhule
    12. Nico Lee
    13. Francios Venter ( C )
    14. Ryno Benjamin
    15. Clayton Blommetjies

    Replacements:

    1. Torsten Van Jaarsveld
    2. Charles Marais
    3. Willem Serfontein
    4. Tienie Burger
    5. Zee Mkhabela
    6. Fred Zeilinga
    7. William Small-Smith

    Head Coach:  Franco Smith.  Assistant coaches:  Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom.

    Team Manager:  Ashwell Rafferty

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