15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures 2015-07-28T00:16:28Z http://www.rugby15.co.za/feed/atom/ RugbyViews <![CDATA[@RugbyFifteen’s #RWC2015 Springbok ‪starting XV #BokCoachForADay]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45866 2015-07-28T00:16:28Z 2015-07-27T23:34:22Z The Rugby Fifteen contributors took part in our #BokCoachForADay initiative and each selected their RWC2015 Springbok ‪starting XV.

A @RugbyFifteen starting XV was selected from the 18 teams below consisting of the players who received the most votes in each position.

Contributors teams:

@AnSoFie80:
1- Vincent Koch
2- Bismark du Plessis
3- Beast Mtawarira
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Francois Louw
7- Marcell Coetzee
8- Schalk Burger
9- Faf de Klerk
10- Morne Steyn
11- Damian de Allende
12- Jesse Kriel
13- Bryan Habana
14- JP Petersen
15- Pat Lambie

@BusterUnited:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismark du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etsebeth
5- Lood De Jager
6- Heinrich Brusouw
7- Schalk Burger
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Ruan Pienaar
10- Pat Lambie
11-Bryan Habana
12- Damian De Allende
13- Jesse Kriel
14- JP Pietersen
15- Francois Steyn

@NelioDeSa:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Marcell Coetzee
7- Schalk Burger
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Ruan Pienaar
10- Frans Steyn
11- Willie Le Roux
12- Damian De Allende
13- Jan Serfontein
14- JP Pietersen
15- Jesse Kriel

@rugbyviews15:
1- Stephen Kitshoff
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Francois Louw
7- Schalk Burger
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Ruan Pienaar
10- Handre Pollard
11- Bryan Habana
12- Damian De Allende
13- Jesse Kriel
14- Willie le Roux
15- Francois Steyn

@ntshoms:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismark du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Heinrich Brusouw
7- Schalk Burger
8- Warren Whiteley
9- Ruan Pienaar
10- Handre Pollard
11- Lwazi Mvovo
12- Damian de Allende
13- Jessie Kriel
14- Cheslyn Kolbe
15- Willie le Roux

@Shaun_Liddle:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismark du Plessis
3- Vincent Koch
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Francois Louw
7- Jaco Kriel
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Ruan Pienaar
10- Handre Pollard
11- Bryan Habana
12- Damian de Allende
13- Jessie Kriel
14- Ruan Combrink
15- Pat Lambie

@KingRiaan:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Marcelle Coetzee
7- Willem Alberts
8- Duanne Vermeulen
9- Fourie Du Preez
10- Pat Lambie
11- Bryan Habana
12- Damian de Allende
13- Jean de Villiers
14- JP Pietersen
15- Willie le Roux

@ObermeyerJ:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Vincent Koch
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Victor Matfield
6- Schalk Burger
7- Willem Alberts
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Fourie du Preez
10- Handre Pollard
11- Bryan Habana
12- Damian De Allende
13- Jean de Villiers
14- JP Petersen
15- Jesse Kriel

@gareth_mckenna:
1- Vincent Koch
2- Bismarck Du Plessis
3- Frans Malherbe
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood De Jäger
6-Francois Louw
7- Marcell Coetzee
8- Warren Whitely
9- Cobus Reinach
10- Handre Pollard
11- Bryan Habana
12- Damian De Allende
13- Jesse Kriel
14- Willie Le Roux
15- Pat Lambie

@riaanvanstraten:
1- Julian Redlinghuys
2- Bismark du Plessis
3- Vincent Koch
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Heinrich Brusouw
7- Schalk Burger
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Faf de Klerk
10- Handre Pollard
11- Bjorn Basson
12- Damian de Allende
13- Jessie Kriel
14- Willie le Roux
15- Frans Steyn

@kochcarli:
1- Heinke van der Merwe
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Vincent Koch
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Heinrich Brussow
7- Francois Louw
8- Schalk Burger
9- Faf de Klerk
10- Morne Steyn
11- Bryan Habana
12- Damian De Allende
13- Jesse Kriel
14- Cornal Hendricks
15- Willie le Roux
@snorusmaximus:
1- Coenie Oosthuisen
2- Adriaan Strauss
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Heinrich Brussow
7- Marcell Coetzee
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Ruan Pienaar
10- Pat Lambie
11- JP Pietersen
12- Damian de Allende
13- JJ Serfontein
14- Jessie Kriel
15- Willie le Roux

@marcellvaswegen:
1- Morne Mellet
2- Bismark du Plessis
3- Marcel van der Merwe
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Jaco Kriel
7- Francois Louw
8- Duanne Vermeulen
9- Faf de Klerk
10- Morne Steyn
11- Willie le Roux
12- Damian De Allende
13- Jesse Kriel
14- Bjorn Basson
15- Francois Steyn

@virgilspeaks:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Vincent Koch
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Francois Louw
7- Willem Alberts
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Faf de Villiers
10- Elton Jantjies
11- Lionel Mapoe
12- Damian De Allende
13- Juan de Jongh
14- Bryan Habana
15- Jesse Kriel

@pierre_mackie:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood De Jager
6- Francois Louw
7- Schalk Burger
8- Duane Vermuelen
9- Fourie du Preez
10- Morne Steyn
11-Bryan Habana
12- Damian De Allende
13- Jesse Kriel
14- Cornal Hendricks
15- Willie le Roux

@howzitjax:
1. Beast Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Eben Etzebeth
5. Lood de Jager
6. Marcell Coetzee
7. Willem Alberts
8. Warren Whiteley
9. Ruan Pienaar
10. Pat Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Damian de Allende
13. Jessie Kriel
14. JP Pietersen
15. Willie le Roux

@jonckie:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Marcell Coetzee
7- Schalk Burger
8- Duane Verbeulen
9- Ruan Pienaar
10- Handre Pollard
11- Bryan Habana
12- Frans Steyn
13- Jesse Kriel
14- Damian de Allende
15- Willie le Roux

@Nader_pale_toe:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Heinrich Brusouw
7- Francois Louw
8- Warren Whitely
9- Fourie du Preez
10- Handre Pollard
11- Bryan Habana
12- Damian de Allende
13- Jesse Kriel
14- Lionel Mapoe
15- Willie le Roux

Votes received per player per position:
(In the event of a tie the players total votes for all positions are taken into account *)

1 – Beast Mtawarira: 11, Vincent Koch: 2, Morne Mellet: 1, Coenie Oosthuisen: 1, Heinke van der Merwe: 1, Julian Redlinghuys: 1, Stephen Kitshoff: 1
2 – Bismarck du Plessis: 17, Adriaan Strauss: 1
3- Jannie du Plessis: 10, Vincent Koch: 5, Beast Mtawarira: 1, Marcel van der Merwe: 1, Frans Malherbe: 1
4- Eben Etzebeth: 18
5- Lood de Jager: 17, Victor Matfield: 1
6- Francois Louw: 6 (*9), Heinrich Brusouw: 6 (6*), Marcell Coetzee: 4, Jaco Kriel: 1 , Schalk Burger: 1
7-Schalk Burger 7, Francois Louw: 3 (9*), Willem Alberts: 4, Marcell Coetzee: 3, Jaco Kriel: 1
8- Duane Vermeulen: 12, Warren Whitely: 4, Schalk Burger: 2
9-Ruan Pienaar: 8, Faf de Klerk: 5, Fourie du Preez: 4, Cobus Reinach: 1
10-Handre Pollard: 8, Pat Lambie: 4, Morne Steyn: 4, Frans Steyn: 1, Elton Jantjies: 1
11- Bryan Habana: 10, Willie le Roux: 2, JP Pietersen: 2, Lwazi Mvovo: 2, Damian de Allende: 1, Bjorn Basson: 1
12- Damian de Allende: 16, Frans Steyn: 1, Jesse Kriel: 1
13- Jesse Kriel: 12, Jean de Villiers: 2, Bryan Habana: 1, Juan de Jongh: 1, JJ Engelbrecht: 1 , JJ Serfontein: 1
14- JP Petersen: 7, Willie le Roux: 2, Cornal Hendricks: 2 ,Damian de Allende: 1, Bjorn Basson: 1, Bryan Habana: 1, Ruan Combrink: 1, Jesse Kriel: 1, Lionel Mapoe: 1, Cheslyn Kolbe : 1
15: Willie le Roux: 8, Frans Steyn: 4, Jesse Kriel: 3, Pat Lambie: 3

 

@RugbyFifteen RWC2015 Springbok starting XV:
1- Beast Mtawarira
2- Bismarck du Plessis
3- Jannie du Plessis
4- Eben Etzebeth
5- Lood de Jager
6- Francois Louw
7- Schalk Burger
8- Duane Vermeulen
9- Ruan Pienaar
10- Handre Pollard
11- Bryan Habana
12- Damian de Allende
13- Jesse Kriel
14- JP Petersen
15- Willie le Roux

Be the ‪Springbok “coach” for a day… Post your ‪#RWC2015‬ starting XV in the comments field below or on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/RugbyFifteen ‪and have your say.

Caption: Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, will have the tough task of selecting a RWC winning team – Photo: @AntonGeyser

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[Hosts power to win in Pretoria #PremierSchools]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45857 2015-07-27T19:28:09Z 2015-07-27T19:23:36Z 11411797_839623529453730_8658714188711179855_o

Affies 50-19 Maritzburg College

The Afrikaans Seuns Hoërskool (Affies) showed their true strength on Saturday, trouncing Maritzburg College 50-19 in a classic game of two halves. Despite College holding their hosts 19-19 after 25 minutes, the boys from Pretoria struck with two quick tries before the break to begin the carnage.

Affies had already notched a pair of early tries through winger Christian Strydom, who finished the match with four to his name. For the first, flyhalf Ruan de Swardt ran a beautifully straight line and passed to centre Louritz van der Schyff. He offloaded to Strydom who went over in the corner. Eddie Fouche converted and Affies led 7-0 after just five minutes.

From a College mistake the ball then ended up in Fouche’s hands. He quickly offloaded to Strydom who ran in for his second score with only eight minutes on the clock. Again Fouche converted before College came back into the match with some sustained attacking. After a quick tap penalty in their opponent’s 25, centre Simphiwe Mpanza stepped inside and crashed over for their first try. Ruben van Blerk converted as College halved the deficit.

From a penalty, prop Cabous Eloff powered his way over the line for Affies to score again as play went from end to end. College returned the favour three minutes later with exactly the same move from a penalty as captain Kelton Thunder scored from a drive over the line. The conversion was missed but College found themselves back in the game at 19-12.

Affies then attacked to the left but a stray pass was intercepted by Mpanza, who ran over 50 metres to touch down under the posts. Again Van Blerk converted and the scores were suddenly level at 19-19.

That was as good as it got for the away side as Affies soon scored the try of the match. From a good scrum, they attacked with De Swardt sending a great pass to Fouche who broke clean through the College defence and sent fullback Pieter Coetzer over for their fourth try.

On the stroke of half-time Strydom completed his hat-trick when he took an inside pass and went over next to the uprights. With the conversion good, Affies were already pulling clear by the interval.

The second half could not live up to the excitement of the first and a heavy field might have contributed to the game slowing down. College were the early attackers, only to be held up at first and then fall just short after a Matt Kriel effort.

They then knocked on and Affies pounced from their own line to set up an attack deep inside College territory. From a resulting free-kick, they tapped and Van Der Schyff burst over for his first try of the match. Sure-footed Fouche converted to take Affies to 40 points.

Strydom scored his fourth try from a tap penalty when Affies managed an overlap and he ran in untouched through a flagging Maritzburg defence. With ten minutes left, Affies moved the ball around with abandon for Van Der Schyff to score his second and Affies’ last try as College were blown away.

Scorers:
For Affies:
Tries: Christian Strydom (4), Louritz van der Schyff (2), Cabous Eloff, Pieter Coetzer
Conv: Eddie Fouche (5)
For Maritzburg College:
Tries: Simphiwe Mpanza (2), Kelton Thunder
Conv: Ruben Van Blerk (2)

Teams:

Affies: 15 Pieter Coetzer, 14 Carel Koch, 13 Eddie Fouche, 12, Louritz van der Schyff, 11 Christian Strydom, 10 Ruan de Swardt, 9 Divan Henning, 8 Eduan Lubbe (C), 7 Phillip Krause, 6 Regard du Plessis, 5 Henk Pretorius, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Niell Bezuidenhout, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Cabous Eloff.

Replacements: 16 Viaan Mong, 17 Jano Espag, 18 Willie van der Westhuizen, 19 Vic Meyer, 20 Lombaard Grobler, 21 Jack Hart, 22 Jacobus van Staden, 23 Arno van Wyk.

Maritzburg College: 15 Matthew Kriel, 14 Xolisa Guma, 13 Simphiwe Mpanza, 12 Charl Frackers, 11 Kudzaishe Munangi, 10 Ruben van Blerk, 9 Corey Rattray, 8 Craig Glover, 7 Nic Odendaal, 6 Kelton Thunder (C), 5 Daniel Immelman, 4 Bjorn Olivier, 3 Andrew Reintges, 2 Samuel Swanepoel, 1 Matthew Smith.
Replacements: 16 Austin Landman, 17 Tanaka Chikwezvero Smith, 18 Durang Atembe, 19 Jonathon Colenbrander, 20 Daniel Griffith, 21 Guy Rodseth.
Referee: Gerrie de Bruyn.

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[Boks lose despite superior stats]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45854 2015-07-27T13:29:17Z 2015-07-27T13:29:17Z image

Photo Caption: Lodewyk De Jager of South Africa wins ball in line out during the 2015 Castle Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 25, 2015 – Photo Credit Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

27 JULY 2015 – Hardly putting a foot wrong, the Springboks learned another cruel lesson in their 27-20 defeat to the All Blacks in their Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Statistics taken for the Vodacom Rugby App demonstrate exactly how South Africa had the upper hand before New Zealand snatched the victory.

Enjoying most of the possession and the territory while dominating other key facets of the game, the Boks could not close out the game.

The hosts had 52 percent of the possession and 51 percent of the territory but the All Blacks once again demonstrated that it’s the team that makes the best of their chances that takes the spoils.

South Africa took to the field with a positive attitude which was reflected by the 17 carries they made more than New Zealand, beating 28 defenders compared to the 19 by the visitors.

Leading his country’s charge on attack, Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard led the Defenders beaten category with his seven.

Bok inside centre Damian de Allende also featured prominently on the rankings making two clean breaks.

He also topped the Carries department along with South African captain Schalk Burger and New Zealand flyer Charles Piutau with 14 apiece.

De Allende and his midfield partner Jesse Kriel made 11 carries each along with Bok lock Lood de Jager and Argentina’s Tomias Lavanini.

Topping the Clean breaks category, Willie le Roux made four with New Zealand’s Ben Smith and Argentina’s Gonzalo Camacho tied in second place with three each, while De Allende got the better of two defenders along with Australia’s Israel Folau.

Le Roux and Jesse Kriel also cracked top-five in the Metres Run category covering 78 metres and 76 metres with the ball in hand.

Marking his return to the Bok team for the first time in four years, Heinrich Brussow made a valuable contribution against the All Blacks.

He was the only South African to make it into the top-five in the Tackles category with the 14 he executed along with New Zealand’s Dane Coles, while Australia’s David Pocock topped the category with 18.

Brussow and Pocock won the most turnovers in their respective matches winning three each with their nearest competitors winning one apiece.

Castle Lager Rugby Championship stats:
Metres run:
1. Santiago Cordero (Arg) – 106
2. Charles Piutau (NZ) – 102
3. Israel Folau (Aus) – 93
4. Willie le Roux (RSA) – 78
5. Jesse Kriel (RSA) – 76

Clean breaks:
1. Willie le Roux (RSA) – 4
2. Ben Smith (NZ) – 3
3. Gonzalo Camacho (Arg) – 3
4. Damian de Allende (RSA) – 2
5. Israel Folau (Aus) – 2

Carries:
1. Charles Piutau (NZ) – 14
Handre Pollard (RSA) – 14
Schalk Burger (RSA) – 14
2. Facundo Isa (Arg) – 12
Santiago Cordero (Arg) – 12
3. Damian de Allende (Arg) – 11
Jesse Kriel (RSA) – 11
Lood de Jager (RSA) – 11
Tomias Lavanini (Arg) – 11

Defenders beaten:
1. Handre Pollard (RSA) – 7
Santiago Cordero (Arg) – 7
2. Charles Piutau (NZ) – 6
3. Damian de Allende (RSA) – 6
4. Israel Folau (Aus) – 6
5. Dane Coles (NZ) – 5

Tackles:
1. David Pocock (Aus) – 18
2. Kieran Read (NZ) – 16
3. Richie McCaw (NZ) – 16
4. Dane Coles (NZ) – 14
5. Heinrich Brussow (RSA) – 14

Turnovers won:
1. David Pocock (Aus) – 3
Heinrich Brussow (RSA) – 3
2. Aaron Smith (NZ) – 1
Augustin Creevy (Arg) – 1
Bismarck du Plessis (RSA) – 1
Charles Piutau (NZ) – 1
Dane Coles (NZ) – 1

South Africa v New Zealand Stats:

1. Clean Breaks: 10-7
2. Carries: 125-108
3. Defenders Beaten: 28-19
4. Passes: 158-141
5. Possession: 52%-48%
6. Territory: 51%-49%

 

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[Marquee player alignments announced for 2015 Buildcorp NRC]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45851 2015-07-27T06:27:46Z 2015-07-27T06:27:46Z The Australian Rugby Union today announced the clubs many of the Qantas Wallabies representatives will be aligned to for the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship season.

Players recognised as Qantas Wallabies for the 2015 NRC are those that were part of the 2014 Spring Tour plus Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau and David Pocock. Each NRC team was asked to nominate to the ARU the Wallabies they were seeking for their allocation.

New South Wales Waratahs duo Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley will be aligned with the Sydney Stars, while powerhouse Sean McMahon headlines Melbourne Rising’s Wallabies.

Brumbies trio Henry Speight, Christian Lealiifano and Joe Tomane will be affiliated to the UC Vikings. Meanwhile, Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper will be aligned with the North Harbour Rays with James Slipper and Saia Fainga’a the marquee names for Queensland Country.

Elsewhere, Sam Carter and Matt Toomua will represent NSW Country Eagles while James Horwill and Will Genia will be aligned with 2014 Champions Brisbane City. Tetera Faulkner and Kyle Godwin will be playing for Perth Spirit and Tatafu Polota-Nau and Rob Horne affiliated with the Greater Sydney Rams.

Rob Clarke, General Manager – Professional Rugby, said: “Everybody involved in Australian Rugby cannot wait until the second Buildcorp National Rugby Championship gets underway. The announcement of the allocation of our star Wallabies players to clubs in the NRC whets the appetite still further.

“Last year, without the NRC, Quade Cooper may well not have had the game-time to impress the Wallabies’ management ahead of the 2014 Spring Tour had it not been for his starring role playing for Brisbane City in the competition. This gives a little snapshot underlining the importance of the competition in our pathways.

“I know for a fact that each player is looking forward to being a part of their respective NRC club. Coupled with the fact we’ll have hungry club players looking to impress and Super Rugby representatives going up against each other, this season is shaping up to be one to remember.”

Announcements in relation to other contracting arrangements, including players contracted to Super Rugby provinces, will be announced by the nine competing sides in the weeks leading up to the National Rugby Championship kick-off on 20 August.

For the full 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship draw, click here

2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship – Marquee Player Alignment:

Brisbane City
James Horwill
Quade Cooper
Will Genia

Greater Sydney Rams
Tatafu Polota-Nau
Rob Horne
Kurtley Beale
Benn Robinson

Melbourne Rising
Sean McMahon
Luke Jones
Tom English

North Harbour Rays
Michael Hooper

NSW Country Eagles
Sam Carter
Matt Toomua

Queensland Country
James Slipper
Rob Simmons
Saia Fainga’a

Perth Spirit
Tetera Faulkner
Kyle Godwin

Sydney Stars
Nick Phipps
Bernard Foley
Israel Folau
Will Skelton

UC Vikings
Henry Speight
Christian Lealiifano
Joe Tomane

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[FORCE MEMBERS BENEFIT AS TEST RUGBY COMES TO THE ‘FORCE FIELD’]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45849 2015-07-27T01:48:19Z 2015-07-27T01:48:19Z The Qantas Wallabies will play their first Test match at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) when they take on Argentina next year, with 2016 full-season ticketed Western Force members having have an exclusive right to purchase the limited number of tickets available to the match.

The final Rugby Championship match on home soil for the Qantas Wallabies in 2016 will double as the inaugural Test at the rectangular venue, where Western Australian fans will experience the action closer than ever before when the Wallabies host the Pumas on Saturday, 17 September.

Test rugby will return to the venue the following season when the Qantas Wallabies host South Africa in a blockbuster 2017 Rugby Championship clash.

The 2016 Western Force member priority Test match ticket purchase opportunity will be available for a limited time. Conditions apply and further information will be provided next month closer to 2016 Western Force memberships on-sale date.

Western Force CEO Mark Sinderberry says being a 2016 Force member is the best way to obtain the limited number of tickets to the match.

“The news that Test rugby is coming to the ‘Force Field’ will make our supporters in the Sea of Blue very happy indeed,” he said.

“Being at a smaller venue, the number of tickets available is limited and they will be in high demand, and the best way to get access to these tickets will be as a 2016 Western Force member, who will receive a priority purchase window to the Test.”

“We believe the ‘Force Field’ is one of the best small and intimate stadiums in world rugby, which will provide an outstanding spectator experience and bring Perth fans closer to Test rugby than they’ve ever been before.”

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said he was pleased to see Test rugby played at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadiumn).

“nib Stadium is a wonderful venue for Rugby and certainly delivers a fantastic atmosphere when the ‘Sea of Blue’ fill the stands for Western Force matches,” he said.

“We want that Sea of Blue to turn gold on September 17 when the Qantas Wallabies host the Pumas from Argentina next year, and again when we welcome the Springboks back to Perth in 2017.

“Our fans deserve the best possible experience when they come to a Test match and a move to a rectangular venue which is fan-friendly and purpose-built for rugby is a great outcome for fans.

“I would like to thank the Western Australian Government for their support of the Qantas Wallabies and Australian Rugby and we look forward to bringing the Qantas Wallabies to nib Stadium for the first time next year.”

Prior to next year’s clash with Argentina, the Qantas Wallabies will host Rugby Championship matches against the All Blacks at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday, 20 August, and the Springboks at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, 10 September.

This schedule, in addition to a history-making three Test series against England in June, will ensure the domestic calendar of international Rugby in 2016 is one of the most highly-anticipated in recent history.

Australia will also play away matches against the All Blacks (August 27), South Africa (October 1) and Argentina (October 8) in 2016 as the Rugby Championship reverts to its traditional home-and-away format after a truncated 2015 schedule.

Qantas Wallabies 2016 Rugby Championship home schedule:
· Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 20 August, ANZ Stadium Sydney
· Qantas Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 10 September, Suncorp Stadium Brisbane
· Qantas Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 17 September, nib Stadium Perth

*Confirmed 2017 Rugby Championship Test – Qantas Wallabies v South Africa (date TBC), nib Stadium Perth
**Kick off times and ticketing information to be confirmed at a later date

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[Qantas Wallabies 2016 Rugby Championship home Test schedule announced]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45847 2015-07-27T01:33:20Z 2015-07-27T01:33:20Z nib Stadium to host first Qantas Wallabies Test in September 2016, plus Qantas Wallabies v South Africa in 2017
Sydney, Brisbane and Perth to host 2016 Rugby Championship Tests in Australia
International Rugby returns to Perth with the Qantas Wallabies announcing Tests against Argentina and South Africa at the home of the Western Force, nib Stadium, in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The final Rugby Championship match on home soil for the Qantas Wallabies in 2016 will double as the inaugural Test at the rectangular venue, where Western Australian fans will experience the action closer than ever before when the Wallabies host Argentina on Saturday, September 17.

Test Rugby will then return to the venue, known by locals as the ‘Force Field’, the following season when the Qantas Wallabies host South Africa in a blockbuster 2017 Rugby Championship clash.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said: “nib Stadium is a wonderful venue for Rugby and certainly delivers a fantastic atmosphere when the ‘Sea of Blue’ fill the stands for Western Force matches.

“We want that sea of blue to turn gold on September 17 when the Qantas Wallabies host the Pumas from Argentina next year, and again when we welcome the Springboks back to Perth in 2017.

“Our fans deserve the best possible experience when they come to a Test match and a move to a rectangular venue which is fan-friendly and purpose-built for Rugby is a great outcome for fans.

“I would like to thank the Western Australian Government for their support of the Qantas Wallabies and Australian Rugby and we look forward to bringing the Qantas Wallabies to nib Stadium for the first time next year.”

Tourism WA’s Executive Director of Events, Gwyn Dolphin, said funding major events like international rugby was a key part of the government’s tourism strategy.

“We are proud to support the ARU in bringing the Wallabies and world-class rugby tests to Perth as they will attract visitors, showcase our beautiful city to the world through broadcasts and add to Perth’s growing vibrancy,” Mr Dolphin said.

Prior to the clash with Argentina on September 17, the Qantas Wallabies will host Rugby Championship matches against the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on August 20, and the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on September 10.

This schedule, in addition to a history-making three Test series against England in June, will ensure the domestic calendar of international Rugby in 2016 is one of the most highly-anticipated in recent history.

ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Daryl Kerry, said: “Looking ahead to 2016, Sydney will again host the opening Bledisloe Cup Test and the first Rugby Championship Test as part of an exciting international rugby schedule, so fans have much to look forward to.”

Suncorp Stadium General Manager Alan Graham said the venue was excited to be hosting two of Rugby’s international powerhouses, South Africa and England in 2016.

“The Wallabies have a great track record here against the Springboks having lost only one of the six Tests played at the Stadium since it opened in 2003. Following Australia’s last gasp, blade of grass match-winning try just over a week ago, South Africa will be counting down the days to September 10 to seek revenge,” Mr Graham said.

Australia will also play away matches against the All Blacks (August 27), South Africa (October 1) and Argentina (October 8) in 2016 as the Rugby Championship reverts to its traditional home-and-away format after a truncated 2015 schedule.

Qantas Wallabies 2016 Rugby Championship home schedule:
Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 20 August, ANZ Stadium Sydney
Qantas Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 10 September, Suncorp Stadium Brisbane
Qantas Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 17 September, nib Stadium Perth

*Confirmed 2017 Rugby Championship Test – Qantas Wallabies v South Africa (date TBC), nib Stadium Perth

**Kick off times and ticketing information to be confirmed at a later date

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[Rugby World Cup 2015 set to be the biggest Tournament to date as 100,000 new tickets go on sale]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45845 2015-07-26T23:04:39Z 2015-07-26T23:04:39Z Rugby World Cup 2015 set to be the biggest Tournament to date with an increase in ticket capacity to 2.45 million following completion of venue configurations
Over 2.15 million tickets sold to date for Rugby World Cup 2015
100,000 additional tickets for all 48 matches will go on sale from July 27 at tickets.rugbyworldcup.com
Priority sales window between July 27-29 for fans who missed out in the September 2014 ballot for England pool matches and knock outs, all other matches on general sale from July 30
Rugby World Cup 2015 is on track to be the biggest Rugby World Cup to date following an increase in ticket capacity to 2.45 million for the third largest global sporting event, hosted in England and in Cardiff later this year.

The increase from 2.3 million tickets to 2.45 million tickets, following final venue configuration across the 13 match venues, gives more fans the chance to be part of Rugby World Cup 2015.

40,000 tickets are currently on sale at tickets.rugbyworldcup.com and a further 100,000 additional tickets will go on sale from July 27. Tickets for all 48 matches will be available and fans that applied for England and knock out matches at Twickenham Stadium during the September 2014 ballot, and have yet to secure seats, will be given priority access.

The sale will take place in four stages, across five days, from Monday 27 to Friday July 31 via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com:

Monday July 27: 15,000 tickets for the three England pool matches at Twickenham Stadium will go on sale at 1200 (BST). The sale is open to fans that applied for England tickets at Twickenham Stadium during the ballot in September 2014 and have been unsuccessful in purchasing tickets for these matches to date.

Wednesday July 29: 30,000 tickets for the knock out stages (quarter finals, semi finals, Bronze Final and the Final) will go on sale at 1200 (BST). The sale is open to fans that applied for tickets to the knock out stages at Twickenham Stadium during the ballot in September 2014 and have been unsuccessful in purchasing tickets for these matches to date.

Thursday July 30: 30,000 tickets for Pool A and B matches will go on general sale at 1200 (BST). This will also include any remaining tickets to England matches and the knock out stage matches that have not been sold in the previous day’s sales window.

Friday July 31: 25,000 tickets for Pool C and D matches will go on general sale at 1200 (BST). This will include any remaining tickets to Pool A and B matches, England matches, and the knock out stage matches not sold in the previous day’s sale.

Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Stephen Brown, said: “Selling 2.15 million tickets puts us firmly on track to be one of the best attended Tournaments to date and we are really pleased with sales so far. We have worked hard to ensure that we have as many seats for fans as possible and are pleased to confirm the increased ticket capacity of 2.45 million across the Tournament now that our venue configurations are complete.

“We continue to see strong demand for tickets and have introduced a priority sales window for England and knock out match tickets as the next wave of sales are launched. This will provide fans who applied for tickets to these matches in the September 2014 ballot, and have yet to secure seats, with an increased opportunity to buy. Excitement around the Tournament continues to grow and as we approach 50 days to go, it really is going to be too big to miss.”

The additional 100,000 tickets on sale from July 27 are a mixture of extra seats from the completion of venue configuration, handbacks from the Rugby World Cup Limited commercial programme, and tickets that have been registered for resale from fans that can no longer use their tickets.

World Rugby and Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset, added: “England 2015 is on track to be the biggest Rugby World Cup ever and with ticket demand continuing to grow we are confident that it will be a truly special, unmissable and record-breaking global celebration of rugby.

“Today’s announcement of an increased ticketing capacity is great news for Rugby fans, major event enthusiasts and those who just want to experience what looks set to be the sporting event of the year and the biggest event in the UK in 2015. I have no doubt that England 2015 will reach out and inspire new audiences in the host nation and around the globe in a way no other Rugby World Cup has done.”

Tickets are also still available via the official travel (domestic and international supporter tours) and hospitality programmes. More details on these programmes can be found at www.rugbyworldcup.com/ticketing.

An official resale service is also open to fans allowing them to sell tickets for matches they can no longer attend at face value, through a secure, transparent and authorised system via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com. The simple resale service, which has already seen 30,000 tickets resold is free to use, allows fans to choose which tickets they want to sell. This self-service option will keep fans informed of the status of their tickets with updates throughout the posting and resale process. Fans can also log into their account at any stage and withdraw tickets from resale should they change their mind. Any ticket posted for resale will appear on the website, tickets.rugbyworldcup.com, within 72 hours.

In order to enjoy the best possible spectator experience and not be let down or misled, Rugby World Cup 2015 are urging fans to only buy tickets from these official sources. For more information and to check whether a company or certain website is an official RWC2015 channel, fans can see the ‘Official Checker’ list of agents located at www.rugbyworldcup.com/buyofficial.

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[INTRUST SUPER SHUTE SHIELD: ROUND 18 RESULTS]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45843 2015-07-26T23:00:34Z 2015-07-26T23:00:34Z It was a celebratory atmosphere at University Oval Number 1, with Sydney University stalwart Tom Carter running on for his 200th match for the club, a record made even more extraordinary given that 175 of those matches were played in the first grade side.

The final match of the regular season was also a farewell to the home ground of the Students, with the birthplace of rugby set for redevelopment. The Students didn’t disappoint the strong home crowd, with a dominant 52-12 win over the Shoremen.

THE MATCH
An intercept try to Northern Suburbs’ winger Lochie Creagh in the first five minutes of the match exhibited the danger that the home side would face against a Norths side intent on spoiling the party in their final match of the regular season, with an easy conversion from Mitch Walton to give the Shoremen an early seven point lead.

Sydney University looked determined however, dominating much of the possession in the following minutes and were rewarded for their follow up efforts with a try to halfback Richard Draper in the fourteenth minute, and a conversion to Angus Roberts levelling the scores.

Tom Kingston was next to cross the line in the sixteenth minute, and Roberts again neatly slotted the conversion to stretch their lead to seven points after 17 minutes.

Milestone man Tom Carter followed up two minutes later with a try of his own; set up by newly signed Waratah Jim Stewart, a fitting celebration for the final match at the ground at which he began his career.

Valiant defence from Norths wasn’t enough to prevent the flow of tries from the home side, with Matthew Narracott scoring for University, assisted by Tom Kingston.

Tom Carter continued his success with another try in the 27th minute, and taking out a club record of 90 career tries.

Norths were at a scoring advantage with ten minutes to play, but scrambling defence and well executed kick from the boot of Tom Kingston saw their efforts thwarted. University continued to trouble the scoreboard with captain David Hickey crossing the line with just two minutes left the play in the first half. Angus Roberts converted to take the score to 38-7 at half time.

Within the first minute of the second half, former Waratah and current Rebel, Tom Kingston showed his class with a spectacular run up the sideline, setting the tone of what was likely to come for the Students.

But Norths weren’t giving up hope, despite the deficit on the scoreboard, and hooker Sam Kitchen was first to register points in the second half, taking his side to double figures with the score at 38-12.

Uni were looking to add to their score, but Norths showed exceptional determination to prevent them from getting through despite numerous attempts. University showed their class on the third attempt and Waratahs captain Dave Dennis crossed under the post to take the score to 43-12 in the 43rd minute.

Waratahs teammates Pat McCutcheon and Tolu Latu paired up to score a try that was deemed held up, but the subsequent scrums failed to reward their efforts.

Norths made a last ditch effort to add to their total, but it was classy Uni centre Jim Stewart who crossed in the corner to score the final try of the match with just three minutes left on the clock, with the conversion from Roberts taking the final score to 52-12 in favour of the dominant home side.

INTRUST SUPER SHUTE SHIELF FINALS WEEK 1
Manly v Randwick (Broadcast live on 7TWO – Saturday)
Eastwood v Warringah (Saturday)
Southern Districts v Sydney University (Broadcast live on 7TWO – Sunday)
INTRUST SUPER SHUTE SHIELD – SATURDAY 25 JULY, 2015

Sydney University v. Northern Suburbs
University Oval
7TWO TV Match 3.00pm
Referee: Will Houston
ARS: Jamie McGregor, Darren Bradley
Sydney University 52 defeated Northern Suburbs 12
West Harbour v. Southern Districts
Concord Oval 3.00pm
Referee: Andrew Lees
West Harbour 17 (T Games, B James, A Le Lievre tries; A Le Lievre goal) defeated Southern Districts 16 (A Gibbon try; J McGregor goal, 3 penalty goals)
Manly v. Randwick
Manly Oval 3.00pm
Referee: Ed Martin
Manly 36 (R Hodge 2, M Daniel, D Pili-Gaitau, R Hooper tries; R Hodge 1 goal, 2 penalty goal, S Treweek penalty goal ) defeated Randwick 17 (T Goodbody, M Short, C Taripo tries; A Deegan 1 goal)
Eastwood v. Warringah
T.G. Millner Field 3.00pm
Referee: Michael Hogan
Eastwood 31 (J Grant, T Hill, B Batger tries; B Batger 2 goals, 3 penalty goals) defeated Warringah 24 (S Crompton, M Adams, D Feltscheer tries; H Angus 2 goals, J Forbes 1 goal, 2 penalty goals)
Eastern Suburbs v. Parramatta
Woollahra Oval 3.00pm
Referee: Ian Smith
Eastern Suburbs 39 (C Brodie, T Merrit, C Clifton 2 tries; A King 4 goals, 2 penalties) defeated Parramatta 30 (J Holden, L Hermens 2 tries; C Nay 2 penalty goal, 1 goal)
Penrith v. Gordon
Nepean Rugby Park 3.00pm
Referee: James Leckie
Gordon 66 (M McDougall 3, L Simkin 3, L Rissman 2, N Fraser, J Dempsey, E Moss tries; P Curtin 8 goals) defeated Penrith 8 (P Tuitavake try; P Ironside penalty goal)
FINAL STANDINGS

RANK TEAM P W L D F A Df BP4T BP-7P BP Pts
1 Manly 18 16 2 0 623 340 283 12 1 13 77
2 Eastwood 18 15 3 0 776 339 437 12 2 14 74
3 Southern Districts 18 12 6 0 621 387 234 10 4 14 62
4 Sydney University 18 11 7 0 548 380 168 9 5 14 58
5 Warringah 18 11 7 0 567 418 149 10 3 13 57
6 Randwick 18 11 7 0 444 418 26 7 1 8 52
7 West Harbour 18 10 8 0 436 414 22 5 2 7 47
8 Northern Suburbs 18 8 10 0 547 468 79 9 5 14 46
9 Gordon 18 8 10 0 485 462 23 7 3 10 42
10 Eastern Suburbs 18 4 14 0 388 531 -143 6 5 11 27
11 Parramatta 18 1 16 1 418 644 -226 10 5 15 21
12 Penrith 18 0 17 1 140 1192 -1052 0 0 0 2

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[AUCKLAND PREMIER RUGBY RESULTS]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45841 2015-07-26T22:57:59Z 2015-07-26T22:57:59Z 25 July, 2015

Gallaher Shield Final
Grammar TEC 39 (B Lam 2, J Hickey 1 tries, J Hickey 3 con, J Hickey 2 pen, S Hickey 4 pen)
University 14 (S Healy try, B Helleur 3 pen) Halftime: 12-9

Jubilee Trophy Final
Ponsonby 27 (L Ngahe, A Ioane, R Ioane, V Aso tries, M Kennedy 2 con, pen)
Papatoetoe 21 (J Kiria, J Latana tries, D Leuila con, 3 pen) Halftime: 9-3

Portola Trophy Final
Eden 34 (P Tiatia, S Katoa, S Taavo tries, N Perez 2 con, 5 pen)
Suburbs 27(L Visinia, S Livingston, I Mataena tries, C Perry 3 con, 2 pen) Halftime: 13-10

Presidents Cup Final
Otahuhhu 35 (O Sakaraia, E Mefi, T Akeli, S Lam Sam, A Kalolo, tries, F Falemoe 5 con)
Maungarua 13 (J Asi, S Mataele tries, D Sanft pen) Halftime: 28-3

Other Finals:
Premier Reserves: Pakuranga 34 Ponsonby 30
Under 21: University 21 Pakuranga 17
Under 20: Ponsonby 18 College Rifles 18

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RugbyViews <![CDATA[Springboks vs All Blacks goes down to the wire]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=45835 2015-07-26T22:14:27Z 2015-07-26T22:14:27Z As the Haka started the whole stadium chanted as one: “Holé Holé Holé Holé” followed by “Bokke Bokke Bokke” at a freezing cold jam packed Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The first points of the game went to the All Blacks when Lima Sopoaga converts a long range penalty 3 minutes into the game. The Boks were penalised for going over the top at a ruck.

A deep restart from Pollard led to the Bokke launching an attack. Habana almost broke through to score a try. The first ten minutes definitely belonged to the Boks.

Willie le Roux scored the first try of the game 10 minutes in after Bismarck du Plessis’ big take on Kieran Read created the turn over. Pollard added the extras.

The Boks played with real pace and made huge tackles all over the field.

The Springboks’ scrumming was excellent in the first half but scrums made incontestable after both tighthead props, Jannie du Plessis and Vincent Koch, were replaced due to injury.

The Boks enjoyed 61 % possession in the first half.

The All Blacks made basic errors in the first forty but regained momentum with a converted try on the stroke of half-time.

Both sides were locked at 10 all at the break.

The Boks were first to score in the 2nd forty when Jesse Kriel crashed over for his first test try which was converted by Handre Pollard. The All Blacks returned the favour 4 minutes later.

The Boks then lost momentum and couldn’t regain it even when Sam Whitelock was yellow carded in the 60th minute.

The Boks looked exhausted and were unable to halt the All Black attack as Richie McCaw scored with 7 minutes to go.

The Springboks may have dominated possession but weren’t good enough at the breakdowns. Another concern was the performance of the bench.

The Boks did however show tremendous spirit, but the All Blacks delivered when they needed too.

 

Why were the scrums uncontested?

If two tightheads go off then uncontested scrum is called by the ref. HM was fine with this and responded that the law is there to protect players, HM answered.

What are your concerns with the injuries?

HM: A big setback with injuries and very frustrating.

Jannie du Plessis may have damaged his MCL.

Francois Louw popped his shoulder.

Lood de Jager who should be fine.

Warren Whitely and Vincent Koch probably have broken ribs.

 

The Lood de Jager try that wasn’t awarded… HM do you feel that was the right decision?

HM: It doesn’t matter what I feel. I really thought we had done enough to score there.

Your thoughts on the tactical kicking HM?

Its the third week as team together and we didn’t kick a lot. We really wanted to attack with ball in hand rather and it worked. The All Blacks were dangerous on the counter attack. One or two bad kicks, but much better than last year.

Schalk, the last two games the Boks led until the 73rd minute which is sort of uncanny, was this game harder to take than last week?

SB: Both of them were hard you know. We are doing something right as we putting teams under pressure. We also created a lot of opportunities, but we just couldn’t put them away. We have to learn from this and take it forward into the World Cup. Unfortunately losing both these games is extremely hard to swallow.

Do you think you made progress in the lineouts? The Boks seemed to struggle more than last week HM?

I do, but it doesn’t help half the locks in the country are injured. You have to look at the guys that came on. New captain and the Lood went off. Flip hasn’t been with us for some time and didn’t play last year. It’s just really tough because we can’t get momentum there (lineouts). I look at the positives. Guys like Peter Steph will be back. Victor will be back. Lood has been superb and looking in great form.

We have come a long way, the confidence is there and I know we can beat any team. A lot of guys are coming back and I believe we are on track. We will really work hard. I think we will be ready for the World Cup. I just hope the guys that got injured tonight are not too serious because we can’t afford more injuries.

All credit to the All Blacks tonight, but this team (BOKS) are on the go and there’s a lot of hard work going into the world cup.

Schalk vertel ons bietjie van jou ervaring as kaptein vandag en wat dink jy wat is die verskil tussen wen en verloor hierso?

Eerste deel van die vraag is maklik dis nice om kaptein te wees, dit was lekker. Ekstra uitdaging vir my so ek is bly dat dit bietjie later in my loopbaan gekom het, want ‘n ou is kalmer. Jy verstaan jou eie wedstryd beter en die druk van die situasie beter. Tweede deel van die vraag kan ons seker oor ‘n paar biere vir ‘n paar ure gesels hoekom ons gewen of hoekom ons verloor het. Ons het geleenthede geskep en dit was so naby om hulle weg te sit en ongelukkig het ons nie. Daarom het hulle ‘n tweede lewe gekry. Hulle het een geleentheid gehad naby aan ons doellyn en hulle het dit 7 punte gemaak. Dis teleurstellend maar teen die einde van die dag dit is rugby.

Written  by Ansia Joles

Photo: Marcell van Aswegen

 

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