15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures 2016-02-12T06:44:14Z http://www.rugby15.co.za/feed/atom/ RugbyViews <![CDATA[NSW Waratahs pipped at the final siren in second trial against the Chiefs]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50915 2016-02-12T06:44:14Z 2016-02-12T06:44:14Z The NSW Waratahs have gone down by 17-12 in their second pre-season trial match for 2016, after the Chiefs scored a last minute try on the final siren in New Zealand this afternoon.

It was another thriller that went down to the wire as the scores remained level at 12 tries a piece for the majority of the game.

The Waratahs started strong, notching the first digits onto the scoreboard just six minutes in thanks to a try from Rob Horne. Despite a missed conversion from Kurtley Beale in the number 10 jersey, the Tahs had the first advantage in the game at 5-0.

The Chiefs held most of the territory but were unable to turn it into points in the first 15 minutes of play.

It wasn’t long, however before they found winger Glen Fisiiahi, who scored from a counter attack in the Chiefs’ own half. Unable to convert their opening try, scores remained drawn at five a piece.

The second quarter began with end to end play; the scores remaining drawn at five-all 25 minutes into the match.

The Chiefs were the first to find the tryline in the second quarter from a midfield scrum.

Their lead was cut short as the Waratahs answered with their own impressive five pointer soon after. Hasty winger, Reece Robinson crossed under the posts with a long range try, which, together with a good conversion from Beale brought the scores level again at 12-all.

Some fairly even play followed, with both teams making plenty of breaks, but lacking the ability to finish it off due to dropped ball.

The NSW scrum dominated towards the back end of the second half but the score remained level at the break.

Both the Waratahs and the Chiefs took the opportunity to utilise their bench resources for the second half as Head Coach Daryl Gibson brought on the likes of Benn Robinson, Paddy Ryan, Ned Hanigan, Bryce Hegarty and Matt Lucas.

The match intensified into a scoreless third quarter, which commenced with a lot of dropped ball and ended with the Waratahs defending ruthlessly on their own line for several phases.

They managed to hold the Chiefs out, though, going into the fourth quarter with the scores still locked at 12 each.

Gibson rang in the changes again at three-quarter time, with Dean Mumm taking the reins as Captain and young guns, Hugh Roach, Senio Toleaofoa, Harry Jones and Jake Gordon added to the mix for the final 20.

Both teams again blew their opportunities in the last piece as they fought to break the 12-all draw. The Chiefs set up camp in the Waratahs’ half but weren’t able to hold the ball long enough to score.

A scrum penalty was awarded in the Tahs’ favour, handing them the chance to take the game into their half in the last moments. But a dropped ball with two minutes left on the clock saw the Chiefs back on the front foot.

It was a game that could have gone either way, with the Waratahs holding on for the majority. But it was the Chiefs who stole it in the nick of time, scoring just as the final siren sounded, handing them the final lead by one try.

Chiefs, 17 (Glen Fisiiahi, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Monty Ioane tries; Charlie Ngatai con) defeated NSW Waratahs, 12 (Rob Horne, Reece Robinson tries; Kurtley Beale con).

The NSW Waratahs’ third and final pre-season trial takes place next Friday 19th February at 4:00pm AEDT in Queenstown New Zealand.

Tickets to the Waratahs’ opening round Super Rugby match against the Queensland Reds at Allianz Stadium on Saturday 27 February are on sale now at www.ticketek.com.au/waratahs.

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Labuschagne to miss Vodacom Super Rugby opening rounds]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50912 2016-02-11T17:45:54Z 2016-02-11T17:45:54Z Vodacom Bulls loose forward Lappies Labuschagne has been ruled out of Vodacom Super Rugby action for eight (8) weeks due to an ankle injury, the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed on Thursday.

Labuschagne and Vodacom Bulls team doctor, Dr Herman Rossouw met with specialists today where it was confirmed that the stalwart flanker has to undergo surgery.

“After weighing up all the facts and opinions of various specialists, we came to this decision that Lappies will be operated on Monday,” Dr Rossouw said.

He also confirmed that prop Lizo Gqoboka had to be withdrawn from the Vodacom Bulls team to play the Emirates Lions this weekend due to a groin injury and that he will not be traveling with the team to Polokwane this weekend.

“Lizo had some discomfort and we decided that it will be best to withdraw him from the weekend’s match.”

He will be fit for selection when the Vodacom Super Rugby kicks off later this month, Dr Rossouw confirmed.

RugbyViews <![CDATA[France vs Ireland Teamsheets #RBS6Nations]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50910 2016-02-11T13:21:40Z 2016-02-11T13:21:40Z Date: 13 February 2016

Venue: Stade de France

Kick-off: 16h25 (SA Time)


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15. Maxime Médard

14. Teddy Thomas

13. Maxime Mermoz

12. Jonathan Danty

11. Virimi Vakatawa

10. Jules Plisson

9. Sébastien Bézy

1. Jefferson Poirot

2. Guilhem Guirado

3. Uini Atonio

4. Alexandre Flanquart

5. Yoann Maestri

6. Wenceslas Lauret

7. Yacouba Camara

8. Damien Chouly


16. Camille Chat

17. Rabah Slimani

18. Eddy Ben Arous

19. Paul Jedrasiak

20. Loann Goujon

21. Maxime Machenaud

22. Jean-Marc Doussain

23. Hugo Bonneval

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 15. Rob Kearney

14. Andrew Trimble

13. Jared Payne

12. Robbie Henshaw

11. Dave Kearney

10. Jonathan Sexton

9. Conor Murray


1. Jack McGrath

2. Rory Best (C)

3. Nathan White

4. Mike McCarthy

5. Devin Toner

6. CJ Stander

7. Sean O’Brien

8. Jamie Heaslip (VC)


16. Richard Strauss

17. James Cronin

18. Tadhg Furlong

19. Donnacha Ryan

20. Tommy O’Donnell

21. Eoin Reddan

22. Ian Madigan

23. Fergus McFadden

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Ireland team named to take on France in Paris]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50908 2016-02-11T13:10:53Z 2016-02-11T13:10:53Z The Ireland coaching group have named the squad that will travel to Paris to take on Guy Noves’ side at the Stade de France on Saturday afternoon.

Rory Best captain’s the side from hooker and is flanked in an unchanged front row by Jack McGrath and Nathan White.  The second row sees Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy paired once again while there is one change to the backrow as Sean O’Brien comes in at openside to play alongside CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton team up again at halfback while Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne continue in midfield.  There are two changes to the back three with Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney joining Andrew Trimble in the back field.

The replacements include Richardt Strauss, James Cronin, Tadgh Furlong, Donnacha Ryan, Tommy O’Donnell, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden.

IRELAND team to play France – Saturday 13th February, 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14. Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
13. Jared Payne (Ulster)
12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)
11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
10. Jonathan Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster)
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)

1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (c)
3. Nathan White (Connacht)
4. Mike McCarthy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
6. CJ Stander (Munster)
7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) (vc)

16. Richard Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)
17. James Cronin (Dolphin/Munster)
18. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
19. Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
20. Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)
21. Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster)
22. Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
23. Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) ]]> 0 RugbyViews <![CDATA[New signings to get first DHL Newlines run against the Jaguars]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50905 2016-02-11T12:47:56Z 2016-02-11T12:47:56Z

New signings Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jano Vermaak and JC Janse van Rensburg will all make their first appearances at DHL Newlands in a DHL Stormers jersey in the pre-season friendly against the Jaguares on Saturday.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 31-man squad for the encounter with the team from Argentina who are newcomers to Vodacom Super Rugby this season.

The friendly will be the last chance for the squad to test themselves ahead of the first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 27.

Fleck said that the focus will be on making the most of the opportunity to execute what they have been working on in a tough pre-season.

“We are just over two weeks off from that opening game against the Vodacom Bulls, and we want to use this chance to ensure we are able to make a strong start to the season.

The DHL Stormers coach is expecting a serious test in all departments against a Jaguares team that boasts a number of prominent Argentina internationals such as Nicolás Sánchez, Santiago Cordero, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, and captain Agustín Creevy.

“This Jaguares side is a powerful outfit who will be keen to show that they will be a force to be reckoned with this season, so they will be a great test to see where we are at two weeks from the start of the season,” he said.

Tickets for the match are R50 each with season tickets not valid, and are available from any Computicket outlet, via www.iamastormer.com and the stadium box office, supporters are encouraged to book tickets early to avoid queues on match-day. The match will not be televised.

DHL Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert Du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr (captain), 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: Scarra Ntubeni, Michael Willemse, JC Janse van Rensburg, JP Smith, Alistair Vermaak, Jan de Klerk, JD Schickerling, Rikus Bothma, Jurie van Vuuren, Nic Groom, Godlen Masimla, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Brandon Thompson, Ryan Oosthuizen, Khanyo Ngcukana.

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Scotland vs Wales Teamsheets #RBS6Nations]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50903 2016-02-11T12:37:49Z 2016-02-11T12:37:49Z rbs_nations_rugby_italia_2011

Date: 13 February 2016

Venue: Principality Stadium, Wales

Kick-off: 18h50 (SA Time)


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15. Gareth Anscombe

14. George North

13. Jonathan Davies

12. Jamie Roberts

11. Tom James

10. Dan Biggar

9. Gareth Davies

1. Rob Evans

2. Scott Baldwin

3. Samson Lee

4. Luke Charteris

5. Alun Wyn Jones

6. Sam Warburton (C)

7. Justin Tipuric

8. Taulupe Faletau


16. Ken Owens

17. Gethin Jenkins

18. Tomas Francis

19. Bradley Davies

20. Dan Lydiate

21. Lloyd Williams

22. Rhys Priestland

23. Gareth Anscombe




15. Stuart Hogg

14. Sean Maitland

13. Mark Bennett

12. Duncan Taylor

11. Tommy Seymour

10. Finn Russell

9. Greig Laidlaw (C)

1. Alasdair Dickinson

2. Ross Ford

3. Willem Nel

4. Richie Gray

5. Jonny Gray

6. John Barclay

7. John Hardie

8. David Denton


16. Stuart McInally

17. Gordon Reid

18. Zander Fagerson

19. Tim Swinson

20. Blair Cowan

21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

22. Duncan Weir

23. Sean Lamont

RugbyViews <![CDATA[One change as Scotland look to bounce back]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50901 2016-02-11T11:58:01Z 2016-02-11T11:58:01Z Head Coach Vern Cotter today named one change to the Scotland team to start against Wales in Cardiff this Saturday (13 February, kick-off 4.50pm) – live on BBC.

Both teams go into the match seeking their first win of the 2016 campaign, after the Scot’s home loss to England (15-9), and Wales’ 16-16 draw with Ireland in Dublin.

The selection of 26-year-old Saracens centre Duncan Taylor in midfield is one of two changes to the 23-man squad – promoted from the bench to partner Mark Bennett after Matt Scott injured his quad in training yesterday – with Sean Lamont taking the vacated place among the replacements.

The match will be Taylor’s fifth start in 14 caps for Scotland, and his first since the 2014 summer tour win over USA (24-6), with an untimely succession of injuries curtailing his involvement for the national team over the past two seasons.

Despite missing out on international opportunities, Taylor has excelled for his club side, building on their English Premiership title success last season with stirring performances in the current campaign.

All else is unchanged for the men in dark blue meaning Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour make up the back three, with the backs completed by Finn Russell and captain Greig Laidlaw.

The unchanged pack will again see John Barclay, John Hardie and David Denton in the back-row, and brothers Jonny and Richie Gray at lock, behind the all-Edinburgh Rugby front-row of Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford and Willem Nel.

Scotland Head Coach, Vern Cotter, said: “This group have worked exceptionally hard this week to improve their accuracy under pressure after a frustrating opening game against England.

“We created opportunities that could have been capitalised upon, and converted into points.

“As a team we know we can perform better and believe we’re capable of making improvements all over the park.

“We know that Wales in Cardiff will not be easy but our focus is on improving our attacking and defensive mindset.”

Scotland team to play Wales at Principality Stadium
Saturday 13 February (kick-off 4.50pm) – live on BBC.

15. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 39 caps; 9 tries, 2 pens, 51 points
14. Sean Maitland (London Irish) – 21 caps; 3 tries, 15 points
13. Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors) – 14 caps, 6 tries, 30 points
12. Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 13 caps
11. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 23 caps; 11 tries, 55 points
10. Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps, 2 tries, 3 cons, 1 pen, 19 points
9. Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester) CAPTAIN – 47 caps, 4 tries, 57 cons, 107 pens, 455 points

1. Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 53 caps; 2 tries, 10 points
2. Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 95 caps, 2 tries, 10 points
3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps, 1 try, 5 points
4. Richie Gray (Castres) – 52 caps, 2 tries, 10 points
5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps, 1 try, 5 points
6. John Barclay (Scarlets) – 46 caps; 3 tries, 15 points
7. John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 6 caps, 2 tries, 10 points
8. David Denton (Bath Rugby) – 33 caps

16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 3 caps
17. Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
19. Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps
20. Blair Cowan (London Irish) – 16 caps, 2 tries, 10 points
21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby) – 8 caps
22. Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps, 2 tries, 6 cons, 10 pens, 1 drop, 55 points
23. Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors) – 101 caps, 14 tries, 70 points

Unavailable through injury: Adam Ashe (shoulder), Fraser Brown (ankle), Alex Dunbar (posterior thigh), Grant Gilchrist (groin), Henry Pyrgos (wrist), Peter Horne (foot), Matt Scott (quad), Richie Vernon (Shoulder), Tim Visser (hamstring). ]]> 0 RugbyViews <![CDATA[CONFIRMATION OF MARCELL COETZEE’S DEPARTURE]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50899 2016-02-11T11:53:57Z 2016-02-11T11:53:57Z

Durban, 11th February 2016:  The Sharks confirm Marcell Coetzee will join Ulster at the conclusion of the 2016 Super Rugby campaign.

Gary Gold, Director of Rugby, said: “Marcell has made a significant contribution in recent seasons but we understand the appeal of the huge salaries on offer in Europe. He will be missed, and yet his departure will create new opportunities for the group of outstanding loose forwards emerging in our squad.

“Marcell is fully committed for Super Rugby, and will captain the Cell C Sharks team in the match against Toulouse this evening.”

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Golden Lions Rugby Union welcomes ASUS South Africa to the family]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50892 2016-02-11T11:51:43Z 2016-02-11T11:21:24Z The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) has signed a one year deal with ASUS South Africa as their new technical supplier. This sponsorship includes a range of devices such as the much spoken about ASUS ZenBook, Transformer and ZenPad product series.


“ASUS South Africa is proud to be the product sponsor to the Lions Rugby Group. We look forward to this partnership as it is our first entry into the South African Rugby environment. We want to wish the Emirates Lions all the best for this coming season,” said Yolandi Venter, Marketing Manager of ASUS South Africa.


ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and their Eee PC which was internationally credited with revolutionizing the PC industry.


“We want to welcome ASUS on board as the official technical supplier of the Lions Rugby Company. As we embark on our Super Rugby campaign we know that these ASUS products will be vital in terms of game and technical analysis while it will obviously also keep some of us entertained and busy. Creative partnerships like this strengthen the Golden Lions’ reputation and it adds convenience to our daily lives. We all know the demands for access to information on-the-go, whether it’s analysing game footage or directions to a favourite restaurant, and with ASUS’ help this is now at our fingertips,” concluded Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union.


ASUS South Africa

For more information about ASUS South Africa, feel free to visit their website (https://www.asus.com/za/).

RugbyViews <![CDATA[Lions team to face the Bulls in Polokwane]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50890 2016-02-11T10:11:09Z 2016-02-11T10:11:09Z The Emirates Lions take on the Vodacom Bulls in their second warm-up game of the season on Saturday 13 February at 17:00 in the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.


Warren Whiteley leads an experienced side sporting all four players who are back from their club rugby duties in Japan and some new combinations will be tested against the Bulls.


A bench consisting of eleven players will travel to Polokwane and everyone will get a run.


The next Emirates Lions warm-up game will be on Friday 19 February 2016 at Wits University Rugby Club against the Jaguares at 19:00.