15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures 2016-06-25T19:07:42Z http://www.rugby15.co.za/feed/atom/ RugbyViews <![CDATA[Coetzee hails resilience as Springboks edge Ireland to win series]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55704 2016-06-25T18:40:11Z 2016-06-25T18:40:11Z Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, on Saturday hailed the resilience of his team and lauded the impact of senior players after South Africa clinched the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland with a 19-13 win at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The win secured a 2-1 victory in the series, after Ireland won the opening test in Cape Town and the Springboks edged them in Johannesburg.

“We started the series with a loss and we were 19-3 down in Johannesburg. And here today we were really put to the test, so I am very pleased in the result and series win,” Coetzee said.

“The resilience and character of the team really came through. We fought in the trenches and played test rugby out there today. It was not attractive, but we needed to win,” Coetzee said.

The coach hailed the attitude of the team.

“The attitude cannot be faulted,” he said. “The performance of senior players was great. What was also pleasing was the way the new players adapted to test match rugby. There are many instinctive players in the team, but they learned valuable lessons from the step-up to test rugby.

“This is all part of the building process for this team and the foundation looks solid,” the coach said.

“We are busy creating a new culture that must develop and bear fruit over four years. It was rewarding and pleasing that new guys got the opportunity and each and every player took ownership of his position and delivered. The guys need to continue playing well for the remainder of the Vodacom Super Rugby. I will keep on rewarding form.”

Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss was also a pleased man.

“The last couple of minutes we showed a lot of character,” he said. “They were still in the game at that time and we defended for our lives, so the effort was brilliant. I think we progressed technically and tactically over the three weeks. We had to, we played against a very good team.”

Strauss gave credit to Ireland for their effort.

“They were very tough opponents and really tested us. They forced us to improve from where we started and I am happy that we could respond accordingly.”

The Springboks next test is against Argentina in Nelspruit on 20 August.

Photo:b Anton Geyser

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Springboks win series decider against Ireland]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55701 2016-06-25T19:07:42Z 2016-06-25T17:49:43Z The Springboks beat Ireland in front of a 42 242 strong crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the deciding match of this year’s Castle Lager Incoming Series in Port Elizabeth this afternoon.

The homeside took a narrow three point lead at halftime after Jantjies kicked three penalties and one first half conversion, 13 – 10.

After a few minutes of armwrestling it was Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies who added the first points for his team through an early penalty as they took a 3 – 0 lead after just 5 minutes. He had another opportunity three minutes later, but failed to stretch the lead.

Springbok fullback Willie Le Roux was yellow carded for a dangerous challenge on Irish fullback Jared Payne in the tenth minute. With the Springboks only fourteen men on the field, it allowed Ireland to score their first points through a Luke Marshall try towards the end of the first quarter, flyhalf Paddy Jackson converted as the Irish took a 3 – 7 lead after seventeen minutes.

Jackson stretched their lead to 3 – 10 after 23 minutes as the momentum shifted to the Irish.

After a territorial battle with either side giving away an inch, Jantjies added another penalty goal for the Boks from about 45 meters out to trail 6 – 10 with nine minutes to half time.

South Africa continued to dominate in the scrum and another South African penalty almost ended up in a try for the visitors as scrumhalf Faf de Klerk opted for a quick tap instead of an easy three points on offer.

The Boks started to advance back into Irish territory. A well executed cross kick from Jantjies landed in left wing JP Pietersen’s arms as he held on to score in the corner. Jantjies added the extras to regain the lead 13 – 10 as the half time hooter blew in the back ground.

Ireland started the second half doing most of the attacking, but it was again South Africa to score the first points, this time through a 50 meter penalty kick from right wing, Ruan Combrinck, as the Boks extended their lead to 16 – 10 at the start of the third quarter.

Elton added another three points before Jackson kicked a penalty for the Irish on the 70 minute mark to edge closer to the Springboks score, trailing 19 – 13 as the clock ticked into the final 10 minutes.

The Irish threw everything at the Springboks in the final 10 minutes, but a try saving tackle from de Klerk secured a win for the home side, 19 – 13 and a 2 – 1 Series win for the Springboks.

Written by Pierre Mc Leod

Photo: Anton Geyser / Rugby 15

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Theron describes Argentina defeat as massive disappointment]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55699 2016-06-25T16:46:16Z 2016-06-25T16:46:16Z Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Saturday described his team’s 49-19 defeat against Argentina in the bronze playoff at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, as one of the most disappointing moments in his career.

The Junior Boks were outscored six tries to three by a physical and well-balanced Argentina side at the AJ Bell stadium despite an enterprising opening quarter, which saw them build up an encouraging 19-7 lead.

“This is one of the most disappointing moments of my career and certainly the biggest disappointment in my six years with the Junior Springboks,” Theron said after the match. “This young team has a lot of talent, but they need to complement that with the right decisions at the right time on the field.

“We started off well against Argentina, but one try against the run of play resulted in us losing belief. We didn’t stick to our structures and we made bad decisions, while Argentina stuck to what worked for them.

“Argentina dominated physically and England did the same in the semi-final, and we could not counter that. We certainly missed the international competition in our warm-up games coming into this tournament.

“That said, this team contains amazing talent, and some of the players showed that if they get going, they could do well. Several players in this squad are younger than 20 years old and can represent the Junior Boks again next year, and I believe they would have learned a lot from this tournament.”

The Junior Springboks showed intent from the outset as they put together phases on attack and applied pressure on Argentina with their solid set pieces and mauls.

Their efforts paid off in the sixth minute with flyhalf Manie Libbok scoring a try initiated by a good counterattack by wing Edwill van der Merwe, which handed the Junior Springboks a 7-0 lead.

Van der Merwe added the team’s second try minutes later as he dashed to the tryline after a dominant scrum allowed them to get on the front foot.

Argentina hit back with a try in the 14th minute from a grubber kick to reduce their deficit to 12-7. But Junior Springbok hooker Jan-Henning Campher cancelled out this try as the team produced a solid rolling maul to stretch the team’s lead to 19-7.

Argentina, however, forced their way back into the match with a try by Juan Cruz Mallia who gathered a loose pass by the Junior Boks for their second converted try, while their flyhalf Domingo Miotti added a penalty shortly before the break to leave the team 19-17 behind.

The pressure on the Junior Boks during the half was compounded by the fact that lock Ruben de Villiers received a yellow card for tackling a player in the air in the 27th minute, forcing them to play with 14 men for 10 minutes.

Argentina continued to stamp their authority in the second half and earned the rewards with four tries and two penalties to stretch their lead to 44-19 with 13 minutes to go.

The Junior Boks, however, had their chances, as they worked their way close to Argentina’s tryline on several occasions throughout the match, but they were unable to convert these opportunities into points, which cost them dearly.


Junior Springboks 19 (19) – Tries: Manie Libbok, Edwill van der Merwe, Jan-Henning Campher. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (2).

Argentina 49 (17) – Tries: Gaspar Baldunciel, Juan Cruz Mallia (3), Julian Dominguez, Mariano Romanini. Conversions: Domingo Miotti (5). Penalty Goals: Domingo Miotti (3).

RugbyViews <![CDATA[WEDSTRYDVERSLAG: Steval Pumas vs EP Kings]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55694 2016-06-25T14:29:27Z 2016-06-25T14:29:27Z Wedstryd: Steval Pumas vs EP Kings

Toernoooi: Inter-Provinsiale Kwalifiserende Rondte

Plek: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Afskop: 17:00, 24 Junie, 2016



MBOMBELA – Die wedstryd hier op Mbombela Stadion tussen die Steval Pumas en EP Kings het soos oudergewoonte op ‘n hoë noot begin na Yaw Penxe, vleuel van die Kings in die tweede minuut ‘n onderskep drie gaan druk het. Michael Brink kon nie die addisionele punte bydra nie.


Dit was egter die laaste sien van die bal vir die besoekers na die Pumas ongelooflike spel tussen voor en agterspelers opgelewer het. Frank Herne het na ‘n goeie dryfmaal sy eerste drie van die aand gedruk, waarna Justin van Staden nie net die drie verdoel het nie, maar ook sommer ‘n minuut later ‘n strafskop deur die pale gejaag het. Herne het sy tweede drie in die 18de minuut gedruk met Van Staden wat se skopvoetkorrel op koers was.


Brink het in die 23e minuut weer ‘n geleentheid gekry paletoe en nog drie punte vir sy span op die telbord geskop, maar vandaar af was dit weer die Pumas wat die bal in hand gehou het en met goeie interspel briljante rugby opgelewer het op ‘n ietwat natterige veld. Die Kings se losskakel, Courtney Winnaar en haker Warrick Venter is met ‘n geelkaarte gestraf. Maar dit was ‘n helfte vir Pumas-voorspelerdrieë met De-Jay Terblanche en Lambert Groenewald wat die bonuspuntdrie in die 38e minuut gedruk het en Van Staden was akuraat vir die rustydtelling van 29-8.


Dit was weer Penxe wat vir die Kings ‘n baie sagte drie in die tweede minuut van die tweede helfte gedruk het en diekeer was Brink akkuraat met sy skopvoet om die telling nader te laat kruip. Reynier van Rooyen kort hierna met ‘n geelkaart laat afkoel waarna Courney Winnaar ver moes hardloop vir sy onderskepdrie. Brian Shabangu het sy drie gedruk waarna Groenewald weer oor die kalklyn kon rek in die 61ste minuut. Reuben Johannes het sy eerste drie in ‘n Pumatrui gedruk en Van Staden het die telbord net weer laat oortik. En toe kom Deon Helberg en wys sy bene is nog vol spoed vir sy drie in die 75ste minuut met Van Staden wat die kisspykers net verder ingeslaan (of te wel, skop) het.


Die Pumas het die wedstryd met 53-20 gewen.



Wedstryd verloop:

Eerste helfte:


Steval Pumas: Frank Herne (10min, 18min), De-Jay Terblanche (31min), Lambert Groenewald (38min)

EP Kings: Yaw Penxe (2min)



Steval Pumas: Justin van Staden (3) (11 missed)

EP Kings: Michael Brink (missed 1)



Steval Pumas: Justin van Staden (14min)

EP Kings: Michael Brink (1)


Rustydtelling: 29-5 (Steval Pumas)


Tweede helfte:


Steval Pumas: Brian Shabangu (55min), Lambert Groenewald (61min), Reuben Johannes (69min)

EP Kings: Yaw Penxe (43min), Courtney Winnaar (intercept try 59min)



Steval Pumas: Justin van Staden (missed 2) (1)

EP Kings: Michael Brink (1



Steval Pumas:

EP Kings:


Eindtelling: 53-20 (Steval Pumas)



Reuben Johannes druk sy eerste drie vir die Steval Pumas in hulle weghol-oorwinning van 53-20 oor die EP Kings op Mbvombela Stadion. Foto: Riaan Swanepoel | Steval Pumas

RugbyViews <![CDATA[QANTAS WALLABIES TURN ON THE POINTS BUT ENGLAND PREVAIL IN SYDNEY TRY-FEST]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55692 2016-06-25T14:14:15Z 2016-06-25T14:14:15Z
The Qantas Wallabies have fallen to England in an 84-point thriller at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.

Played in front of a ground record attendance of 44,063, the two sides turned on a point scoring blitz with a total of nine tries in an enthralling contest which featured six lead changes and ended in a 44-40 England victory.

With the triumph, the visitors completed a three-nil whitewash in the series and were once again propelled by the laser-like boot of inside centre Owen Farrell, who produced his second 24-point haul of the tour.

A try a piece in the first quarter of the match highlighted the attacking intent of the two nations as Dan Cole and Bernard Coley crossed for England and Australia respectively to level the scores at 7-7.

The Wallabies then snatched the lead through precision passing which was finished out wide by Dane Haylett-Petty, who scooted over for his maiden Test try, taking the score to 12-7.

Both Australia and England traded penalties and it was 15-10 to the home side when England clawed back the lead with a try to Mike Brown, who dragged two defenders and slid across the line.

The lead changed hands again however, when a Foley penalty goal on the stroke of half time gave the Wallabies an 18-17 advantage at the break.

It was a disastrous start to the second stanza for the men in gold when Billy Vunipola caught the defence unaware and powered over out wide after taking off from the back of the scrum.

Another Farrell penalty goal extended England’s lead to 25-18, but it wasn’t long before the scores were knotted once again courtesy of the outstretched arms of Michael Hooper who continued his hot try scoring form after being given the green light by the TMO for grounding the ball on the line.

After a further three points from Farrell, the Wallabies kicked up a gear, as Matt Toomua sliced through and found Israel Folau on the inside to give the home side the ascendancy once more at 32-28 after Foley’s conversion.

Another England penalty bridged the gap to one point, but then the tourists landed what would be the telling blow in the 67th minute when replacement hooker Jamie George scored a scrappy try next to the posts after a loose pass, which was touched by a Wallabies defender, propelled forward off his legs as he reached down to collect it and rolled in goal for the big number 16 to dive upon.

Both sides traded penalties as each looked to crack the other’s defence but the visitors held a 44-35 advantage until the siren sounded. The Wallabies continued to attack after the bell and eventually found their fifth try of the night when replacement winger Taqele Naiyaravoro crashed over.

It was Australia’s first defeat at the Sydney venue since 1995 and the 3-0 series defeat was the first suffered by the Wallabies since 1971.

How it happened:
11 mins: Dan Cole try, Owen Farrell con AUS 0-7 ENG
13 mins: Bernard Foley try, con AUS 7-7 ENG
21 mins: Dane Haylett-Petty try AUS 12-7 ENG
26 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 12-10 ENG
28 mins: Bernard Foley pen AUS 15-10 ENG
30 mins: Mike Brown try, Owen Farrell con AUS 15-17 ENG
40 mins: Bernard Foley pen AUS 18-17 ENG
44 mins: Billy Vunipola try AUS 18-22 ENG
48 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 18-25 ENG
51 mins: Michael Hooper try, Bernard Foley con AUS 25-25 ENG
56 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 25-28 ENG
58 mins: Israel Folau try, Bernard Foley con AUS 32-28 ENG
62 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 32-31 ENG
67 mins: Jamie George try, Owen Farrell con AUS 32-38 ENG
70 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 32-41 ENG
72 mins: Bernard Foley pen AUS 35-41 ENG
80 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 35-44 ENG
80 mins: Taqele Naiyaravoro try AUS 40-44 ENG

England 44 (Dan Cole, Mike Brown, Billy Vunipola, Jamie George tries; Owen Farrell 3 cons; 6 pens) defeated Australia 40 (Bernard Foley, Dane Haylett-Petty, Michael Hooper, Israel Folau, Taqele Naiyaravoro tries; Bernard Foley 3 cons; 3 pens)

RugbyViews <![CDATA[MY BOKKE IS GROTER AS JOUNE! #PaleToe]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55686 2016-06-24T15:22:20Z 2016-06-24T15:21:19Z Simon Riekert van #PaleToe

In Suid Afrikaanse rugby is ons oor die algemeen nie goed as dit kom by liggaamshoogte nie. Ons spelers het reuse lywe en is groot gebou. Dis nie net die probleem as ons die bal dra nie, maar ook as ons kontak maak.-Allister Coetzee

Saterdag lê om die draai en vir die eerste keer sedert die Coetzee-era aangebreek het, wag daar weer ʼn nuwe uitdaging.
Ek sê “weer” en “nuwe” want sy vorige twee het gelykop geëindig; een verloor en een wen, teen die verwagting in.
“Die groot les is dat die spelers geleer het dat Toetsrugby gebou is op gebiedsvoordeel en oorheersing op die voorvoet. Fisiese dominansie is belangrik, maar so ook is druk op die telbord. Dis die drie wat ononderhandelbaar is vir sukses op hierdie vlak”, het Coetzee na afloop van verlede naweek se terugveg sege gesê.
Hy hamer nog steeds op spelers se grootte en alhoewel daar al amper boeke geskryf is hieroor, is ons blykbaar nog nie uitgepraat nie.
“In Suid Afrikaanse rugby is ons oor die algemeen nie goed as dit kom by liggaamshoogte nie. Ons spelers het reuse lywe en is groot gebou. Dis nie net die probleem as ons die bal dra nie, maar ook as ons kontak maak. Dis ʼn voortslepende werksproses en iets waarop ons moet fokus, nie net op internasionale vlak nie, maar ook op skoolvlak.”
Die nuwe, moderne spel vra dat daar waar ons juis sukkel-die afbreekpunte, beter doen, word allermees aanvaar.
“Ons het die afgelope twee Toetse 19 keer balbesit verloor teenoor Ierland se drie, niks het verander met die spel rugby nie, jy moet nog steeds skrum, lynstane doen, skop, tackle en hardloop met die bal, al wat verander het is die reëls”, sê die oud Bok kaptein en losskakel, Naas Botha.
“Ons meet spanne daaraan oor hoe goed ons verdedig het, dis nie rugby nie, rugby is hoe goed jy die bal kon dra en jou opponent klop om drieë te druk.”
Wat kommerwekkend is, is dat ons speelplan blykbaar nie voorsiening maak dat ons balbesit behou en kry nie. Ons is letterlik vasgevang tussen een of meer plan.
“ʼn Springbok moet môre reg wees vir ʼn Toets as hy vandag gekies is. Dis hoekom hy ʼn Springbok is en as jy in ag neem dat hy die heel beste in sy posisie is (en daarom gekies word), moet hy dit kan wys op die veld”, sê Botha op Groot FM se Donderdag-aand program “Groot Rugby”.
Damien de Allende is een van die rugbywêreld se fisiese, groot senters. Op 1,89 meter en 101kg is hy gebou soos ʼn dekade of wat gelede se voorspelers. Maar sy statistiek lyk nie so goed op nommer 12 nie: 4 duikslae gemis en een strafskop afgestaan.
Vergelyk jy hom met Willie le Roux op heelagter, lyk die prentjie só: 1,85 en 90kg wat ook in die ‘groot’ speler kategorie is.
Le Roux het egter reeds 4 aanslane en 4 hanteerfoute gemaak. Nie een van die twee groot agterspelers het egter balbesit omgekeer in kontak nie.
In die moderne era, met groot spelers soos wat Coetzee het en Naas hulle as “atlete’ beskryf, verwag jy beter.
In kontak verloor ons steeds te veel besit, en dit pla die kenners. Vrae word gevra soos ‘weet elke speler wat van hom verwag word by die afbreekpunte, waar is ons tradisionele fetchers, en hoekom word ʼn bal so maklik ge-rip?’
Richie Gray, ʼn Skot was die Bokke se spesialis afrigter by die afbreekpunte, toe Heyneke Meyer nog daar was. Na Coetzee se aanstelling is sy kontrak nie hernieu nie.
Gray word wêreldwyd erken as dié spesialis op afbreekpunte en hy het groot sukses met die Springbokke gehad en het op ʼn stadium gesê dat wedstryde gewen of verloor word ‘ met die top twee of drie duim’, verwysend na balbesit op die afbreekpunte.
Siya Kolisi en Francois Louw is seker hier een van die grootste teleurstellings as dit by die besit by afbreekpunte kom.
Maar Matthew Proudfoot, voorspeler afrigter hou vol; “beide spelers was baie goed, veral Flo. Hy het gedoen wat ʼn oopkant flank moet doen, en dis nie net om balle te steel nie, maar hy moet die momentum kan hou in die eerste afbreek kontak.”
CJ Stander is vandeesweek terug vir die Iere en skielik word daar planne gemaak om hom in toom te hou.
“Dis eintlik lagwekkend, want ʼn paar jaar gelede was Stander nie groot genoeg vir die Bulls en die Springbokke nie, nou gooi ons afrigters wal om hom te neutraliseer en ons besef dat ons ʼn groot fout begaan het om hom te laat gaan”, sê die oud Noord Transvaalse flank en Springbok, Thys Lourens..
“Dit gaan oor ingesteldheid en ʼn klein mannetjie met ʼn plan in sy kop is gevaarliker as twee grotes wat hom wil keer.”

Foto: Anton Geyser

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Pokomela to lead Junior Boks in World Champs Bronze Playoff]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55684 2016-06-24T14:54:47Z 2016-06-24T14:54:47Z Junior Springbok No 8 Junior Pokomela will lead the SA U20 team in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship bronze playoff against Argentina at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on Saturday in the absence of regular skipper Jeremy Ward, as coach Dawie Theron made six changes to his team.

Ward is serving a two-week suspension for a dangerous tackle, which prompted Theron to hand the captaincy to Pokomela. Centre JT Jackson, who is playing in his second successive World Rugby U20 Championship, has been named the vice-captain, as the team’s second vice-captain Ernst van Rhyn was not named in the match-day squad.

Saturday’s match will bring down the curtain on Theron’s six-year reign as Junior Springbok coach. He will join the Docomo Red Hurricanes in Japan next month.

The changes to the team will see the front row of hooker Jan-Henning Campher and props Franco van den Berg and Carlü Sadie start in place of Tango Balekile, Nicolaas Oosthuizen and Jaco Holtzhausen respectively, while flanker Cobus Wiese takes over from Van Rhyn in the loose trio.

In the backline, Franco Naude comes in at outside centre, while Stedman Gans will make his first appearance in the competition on the right wing in place of Mosolwa Mafuma.

Leopards flyhalf Benhard Janse van Rensburg, who joined the team on Thursday as injury cover, has been named on the bench alongside Balekile, Oosthuizen, prop Kwenzo Blose, lock Eduard Zandberg, No 8 Denzel Hill, scrumhalf James Hall and fullback Keanu Vers.

“The last few days have been tough for the players, with S’busiso Nkosi and Embrose Papier returning home and Jeremey Ward being suspended for a dangerous tackle,” said Theron. “We also have a few niggling injuries, which we had to consult the medical team about, and on that basis we made a few changes. This is the freshest team available to take on Argentina.”

Theron expected a tough contest against the South Americans, who defeated the Junior Boks 19-13 in their second pool match in the international showpiece, but he said the team was determined to finish the competition on a high note.

“Argentina will be very passionate,” said Theron. “They will be pleased with their performance in the competition up to now, especially since they advanced to the semi-final.
“We are expecting them to disruptive once again, especially in the set pieces. But we will be ready for them.”

Commenting on the fact that the clash marks his final match in charge of the Junior Springboks, Theron said: “It is the end of six wonderful years with the SA U20’s, and I would like us to end the tournament on a high note. I would like to see the team go out there and enjoy themselves, and put together a brilliant performance for South Africa.”

Junior Springbok team vs Argentina in the World Rugby U20 Championship bronze playoff:
Curwin Bosch
Cell C Sharks
Stedman Gans
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Franco Naude
Vodacom Blue Bulls
JT Jackson
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Edwill van der Merwe
DHL Western Province
Manie Libbok
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Marco Jansen van Vuren
Xerox Golden Lions
Junior Pokomela
Eastern Province
Cobus Wiese
DHL Western Province
Zain Davids
DHL Western Province
Eli Snyman
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ruben de Villiers
DHL Western Province
Carlü Sadie
DHL Western Province
Jan-Henning Campher
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Franco van den Berg
Vodacom Blue Bulls

Tango Balekile
Eastern Province
Kwenzo Blose
Toyota Free State
Nicolaas Oosthuizen
Eastern Province
Eduard Zandberg
DHL Western Province
Denzel Hill
Vodacom Blue Bulls
James Hall
Eastern Province
Benhard Janse van Rensburg
Keanu Vers
Eastern Province

Photo: World Rugby

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Australia vs England Teamsheets #AUSvENG]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55636 2016-06-24T11:49:11Z 2016-06-24T11:49:11Z Date: 25 June 2016

Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick-off: 12h00 SA Time

TV: SS1 (SA)

Follow on Twitter: @RugbyFifteen


Qantas Wallabies: 

1. James Slipper

2. Stephen Moore (C)

3. Sekope Kepu

4. Will Skelton

5. Rob Simmons

6. Scott Fardy

7. Michael Hooper (VC)

8. Sean McMahon

9. Nick Phipps

10. Bernard Foley

11. Rob Horne (VC)

12. Matt Toomua

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Dane Haylett-Petty

15. Israel Folau


16. Tatafu Polota-Nau
17. Scott Sio
18. Greg Holmes
19. Adam Coleman
20. Wycliff Palu
21. Nick Frisby
22. Christian Leali’ifano
23. Taqele Naiyaravoro



15. Mike Brown

14. Anthony Watson

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Owen Farrell

11. Jack Nowell

10. George Ford

9. Ben Youngs

1. Mako Vunipola

2. Dylan Hartley (C)

3. Dan Cole

4. Maro Itoje

5. George Kruis

6. Chris Robshaw

7. Teimana Harrison

8. Billy Vunipola


16. Jamie George

17. Matt Mullan

18. Paul Hill

19. Joe Launchbury

20. Courtney Lawes

21. Jack Clifford

22. Danny Care

23. Elliot Daly

RugbyViews <![CDATA[England aiming for series whitewash]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55679 2016-06-24T11:35:41Z 2016-06-24T11:35:41Z Eddie Jones has named Northampton Saints’ back-row forward Teimana Harrison in his starting 15 for the third and final Test match against Australia in Sydney on Saturday 25 June (kick-off 11am BST, live on Sky Sports 1).

England are attempting to complete a clean-sweep in the three-match series having already won the previous two Tests in Brisbane and Melbourne to retain the Cook Cup.

Harrison comes into an otherwise unchanged 15 in place of James Haskell (Wasps) who has not recovered from a foot injury in time for the final Test at Allianz Park.

“You have to work extremely hard to earn an England cap so there was no temptation to make changes for the sake of change,” said England Head Coach Jones. “To play for England you have to be in the best 23 and that’s what this selection represents.

“Teimana comes into the side at seven for James Haskell whose foot hasn’t quite recovered from Saturday. Teimana has trained well throughout the tour and deserves his spot.

“He’s an excellent defender and his robustness will be important to us at the start of the game. Jack Clifford is unlucky to miss out, but will finish the game for us.”

“We’ve treated this week like a dress rehearsal for the World Cup because that what we’re always building towards. To win a World Cup you have to win three big games in a row – we’ve won two so this third game is the most important game we’ll play all year. It will be a good indication of where we are as a team.

“We’re looking forward to playing in front of a full house at Allianz Stadium on Saturday and we are confident we can finish the job off with a win.”

England match-day 23 to face Australia at Allianz Stadium

15. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 51 caps)

14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)

13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)

12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 42 caps)

11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 16 caps)

10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)

9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 60 caps)

1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 34 caps)

2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 74 caps)

3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 64 caps)

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 6 caps)

5. George Kruis (Saracens, 17 caps)

6. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 50 caps)

7. Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)

8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 28 caps)


16. Jamie George (Saracens, 7 caps)

17. Matt Mullan (Wasps 12 caps)

18. Paul Hill (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)

19. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 34 caps)

20. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 48 caps)

21. Jack Clifford (Harlequins, 7 caps)

22. Danny Care (Harlequins, 61 caps)

23. Elliot Daly (Wasps, 4 caps)

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Cavaliers team to face Welwitchias]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55676 2016-06-24T11:13:13Z 2016-06-24T11:13:13Z VETERAN lock Johannes (Hanno) Kitshoff will earn his 50th Boland Cavaliers cap in Saturday’s Currie Cup match against the Welwitschias at the Boland Stadium in Wellington.

The 32-year old Kitshoff, a product of Worcester Gymnasium and a player who came through Boland’s age-group and club rugby structures, has been a stalwart for the Cavaliers ever-since he joined the professional team in 2012.
While Saturday will be a memorable day for Kitshoff on a personal note, he will be the first player to shy away from the spotlight and would rather concentrate on the team’s immediate goal, which is to beat the Welwitschias .

The Cavaliers are enjoying a superb season and a spot in the Currie Cup Premier Division is very much a reality at the moment. A win on Saturday will further strengthen their overall position (2nd) on the Currie Cup log.

More good news for Boland is the return of their evergreen hooker Clemen Lewis. Lewis, who boasts 134 caps for the Cavaliers, has been included on the replacements bench after being sidelined this entire season due to a groin injury.


In a curtain raiser for the Boland Cavaliers vs Welwitchias match on Saturday, the Boland U.20 side will face the Griffons U.20’s in a Currie Cup U.20’s match.

Both teams are still undefeated in this year’s competition, with the Griffons in first place on the log (four wins from four matches) and Boland second (three wins from three matches).

Boland team to face the Welwitschias:
Saturday 25 June 2016
Boland Stadium, Wellington

15. Nico Scheepers
14. Sergio Torrens
13. Ryan Nell (captain)
12. Christopher Bosch
11. Danwel Demas
10. Adriaan Carelse
9. Marnus Hugo
8. Zandre Jordaan (vice captain)
7. Shaun McDonald
6. Keenan Cronje
5. Ferdi Horn
4. Hanno Kitshoff
3. Francois Hanekom
2. Chadley Wenn
1. Linda Thwala

16. Clemen lewis
17. Yves Bashiya
18. Ockie van Zyl
19. Wayne Wilschut
20. Jovelian de Koker
21. William van Wyk
22. Gerrit van Wyk

ROAD CLOSURES: Please note that part of Fontein Street in Wellington (between Willem Basson street and Burg street) will be closed off by Law Enforcement officials on Saturday 25 June from 10:00 to 17:00 for access control purposes and to control the flow of traffic in front of the Boland stadium.