15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures 2017-02-24T13:04:08Z http://www.rugby15.co.za/feed/atom/ Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[Etienne Oosthuizen cited]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60396 2017-02-24T13:04:08Z 2017-02-24T13:04:08Z Player: Etienne Oosthuizen
Team: Sharks
Position: Lock
Date of Incident: 24 February 2017
Nature of Offence: 10.4(a) Striking another Player with a hand, arm or fist
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 9th minute

Etienne Oosthuizen of the Sharks has been cited for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Oosthuizen is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with a hand, arm or fist during the match between the Reds and Sharks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 24 February 2017.

Upon review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the red card threshold for foul play.

The citing is to be considered in the first instance by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee.

All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to the Foul Play Review Committee to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this stage, the person cited must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the Foul Play Review Committee.

Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[Expect More this Vodacom Super Rugby Season]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60393 2017-02-24T12:58:33Z 2017-02-24T12:57:52Z 24 FEBRUARY 2017 – The 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season is officially underway this weekend and fans can anticipate an all-out South African offence when the Southern Hemisphere’s rugby showpiece kicks off.

This weekend the North-South derby between the Vodacom Bulls and the DHL Stormers will be the highlight an exciting opening weekend that includes two mouth-watering derbies. In the other all-South-African clash, the Toyota Cheetahs and the Emirates Lions will have their claws out for their cat fight in Bloemfontein. The Southern Kings will host the Jaguares while the Cell C Sharks will play the Reds in Australia to get their campaign started.

While the rugby teams will be scoring on the field in 2017, Vodacom Red clients will be reaping the rewards from the sidelines. Every year, fans expect their Super Rugby team to up their performance and this year Vodacom has also stepped up to the plate by offering Vodacom Red packages that reward Super Rugby fans. Not only will Vodacom Red clients receive exclusive benefits like priority in-store queuing and dedicated call centre agents, they will also receive a South African Super Rugby team jersey of their choice delivered straight to their door when they sign up to any Vodacom Red package or upgrade their existing Vodacom Red package.

As an added bonus, Vodacom will also be rewarding Red clients this Super Rugby season through twelve unique, once-in-a-lifetime rugby experiences taking place around the country. Visit vodacom.co.za/red for details on how to enter.

It has been six years since South Africa had a Vodacom Super Rugby champion, and in the second year of the expanded competition, local teams are expected to up the ante.

Vodacom Super Rugby is here and you can expect more action on the field this season and expect more than just a contract from SA’s first and best 4G network.


Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[England team to face Italy at Twickemham]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60389 2017-02-24T11:21:07Z 2017-02-24T11:17:19Z Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3 pm, live on ITV).

There are four changes to the starting XV that beat Wales at Principality Stadium in round two of the Championship. In the back line, Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) gets his first start in an England shirt at outside-centre. Danny Care (Harlequins) is named at scrum-half and Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby) returns to the right wing. In the scrum James Haskell (Wasps) is named at flanker.

On the bench, Mako Vunipola (Saracens) returns to an England match-day 23 for the first time this year having recovered from a knee injury. The loose-head prop is included alongside Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) and Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) who will all finish the game.

Sunday’s match will see 25-year old back Owen Farrell (Saracens) win his 50th cap for England having made his debut against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2012.

“We have had a good two-week preparation for Italy and we’re ready to go,” said England head coach Jones.

“We trained very well in the city last week and this week the training has been very impressive. The boys are really on song, we have had great competition for places, and we’ve picked a very strong 23 to play against Italy.

“Selection was tough. Ben Te’o at 13 gives us another way of playing the game and we are excited about seeing him, George Ford and Owen Farrell play together in the midfield.

“Ben Youngs has been outstanding for us at number nine, but Danny Care gets the starting jersey this week. For the first half, he’ll give us a lot of speed and run at the base of the ruck as well as the scrum. Ben will then come on and finish the game.

“Tom Wood has been great for us at seven, and Jack Clifford did well against Wales but James Haskell has the starting role on Sunday; he has come back to a much better level of fitness and we are sure his explosive actions will help us in the first part of the game.

“It is an important Test match for us and our only consideration is to play well. Italy have a proud record in Test rugby, they beat South Africa in November, and we will not underestimate them.

“I know the Twickenham crowd will give Owen Farrell a big cheer. To reach 50 caps at such a young age is a fine achievement. The one thing I know about Owen is that his next 50 are going to be more impressive than his first.”

England match-day 23 for the RBS 6 Nations game against Italy
15. Mike Brown (vice-captain, Harlequins, 57 caps)
14. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 24 caps)
13. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors, 5 caps)
12. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 49 caps)
11. Elliot Daly (Wasps, 10 caps)
10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 32 caps)
9. Danny Care (Harlequins, 68 caps)

1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 48 caps)
2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 81 caps)
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 71 caps)
4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 39 caps)
5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 55 caps)
6. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 9 caps)
7. James Haskell (Wasps, 72 caps)
8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 5 caps)

16. Jamie George (Saracens, 14 caps)
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 39 caps)
18. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 5 caps)
19. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 47 caps)
20. Jack Clifford (Harlequins, 9 caps)
21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 67 caps)
22. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 4 caps)
23. Jack Nowell  (Exeter Chiefs, 20 caps)

Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[Tafel Lager (Namibia Breweries LTD) is the new sponsor of Griquas]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60385 2017-02-24T09:37:38Z 2017-02-24T09:36:17Z Today is certainly one of the greatest days in the history of the Griqualand-West Rugby Union. The gaining of Namibia Breweries Ltd. as the new main sponsor of GWRU is not only the largest sponsorship that the Union has acquired but also the beginning of an era where GWRU will position itself to compete at the highest level in South African rugby on a continuous basis.

It was a long and tedious process to find the right sponsor for GWRU, but it was crucial that a business should not only just be a sponsor. We were looking for a business partner with international experience who can add value to our strategic plans. For this reason, the main criteria in our search for a sponsor were that there should be a shared value system.

There is a close relationship between the people of the Northern Cape and Namibia. This is reflected by a large number of players who has represented both teams on the field among other things. GWRU will continue to strengthen this tie. Namibia Breweries represented all requirements in our search for a sponsor and partner.

The sponsorship will run for a term of three years (2017 to 2019) and includes the attainment of the team and stadium naming rights, as well as “pouring rights” in the stadium. The team will be known as the Tafel Lager Griquas and the stadium as Tafel Lager Park.

I would hereby like to thank the Managing Director of Namibia Breweries (Mr Hendrik van der Westhuizen) and his management team for their attitude towards GWRU while securing the partnership. I can assure them that the return on their capital will exceed their wildest expectations. The statement can be confirmed by previous main sponsors like Nashua, Wildeklawer, GWK and Orange River Wine Cellars. Sponsoring the GWRU remains a great investment and is definitely one of the cheapest methods establishing a brand. I believe Tafel Lager will soon be the country’s favourite beer. Without a doubt, the other products by Namibia Breweries, eg. Windhoek beers will also benefit from the exposure.

I would also like to thank Mr Andre Markgraaff for his great contribution towards the negotiations of this sponsorship and also for his continued support of GWRU. Our Heavenly Father has blessed GWRU with a great sponsor during difficult economic times and we are grateful for that.

Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[Dan Vickerman Memorial Service]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60383 2017-02-24T09:18:26Z 2017-02-24T09:18:26Z A public memorial service celebrating the life of former Wallabies, Brumbies and NSW Waratahs lock Dan Vickerman will be held in Sydney next week.

The service will be held at 2.00pm AEDT on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at Sydney University No.1 Oval, Camperdown.

Following the service a wake will be held in the SUSFC function room, TAG Foundation Grandstand at Sydney University Football Ground (No.2 Oval).

There will be very limited parking available on campus. Media and members of the public wishing to attend the service are strongly advised to use public transport.

Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[2017 Super Rugby Bringing Fans into the Action]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60381 2017-02-24T09:08:01Z 2017-02-24T09:08:01Z Fans will be taken deeper into the Super Rugby inner sanctum with a range of cutting edge broadcast innovations planned for the 2017 Super Rugby season which kicked off last night when the Melbourne Rebels’ hosted the Auckland Blues at AAMI Park.

In a world-first, fans will be able to decipher the play-by-play changes in coaches’ moods, with coaches’ heart rate data and live mics set to give fans a revealing glimpse into the oft-hidden world of the coaches’ box.

Television audiences will be treated to more exclusive access than ever before with coaches’ pre-match team talks, change-room ceremonies, match analysis by the coaches and more player interviews set to provide a richer and deeper coverage of the entire match day experience.

FOX SPORTS will deliver live, ad break free and high definition coverage of every Super Rugby match in the 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby season and Network Ten will broadcast a full replay of one Australian Super Rugby match per round.

FOX SPORTS will complement its extensive on-field coverage with a brand new, dedicated rugby show, Super Rugby: Kick n Chase, premiering Tuesday 28 February. Host Nick McArdle will be joined by a panel of former Wallabies, including Phil Kearns, Stephen Hoiles and former All Black Andrew Mehrtens, plus regular guests George Gregan, Rod Kafer and Sean Maloney to analyse the week’s biggest stories, review and preview each Super Rugby round, and delve into the personalities of some of the biggest names in the game.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany said: “We are committed to bringing fans closer to the game they love than ever before, helping them to understand what’s going on both on and off the field with technology and innovations that bring rugby to life on screen. Our philosophy will be crystal clear in this year’s Super Rugby coverage with a wave of new ideas and approaches on screen only made possible through a ground breaking partnerships with the Australian clubs and the ARU. More in-game coverage innovations plus an expanded commentary line-up will see us work with clubs to open the doors into Rugby’s inner sanctum and give fans fresh insight into the game they love.”

ARU CEO Bill Pulver said: “We have some great characters in our game, and this year’s Super Rugby coverage will allow fans to get to know our coaches and players on a whole new level. FOX SPORTS have always been leaders in broadcast innovation, and we’re delighted to be working with them to ensure the 2017 Super Rugby season will be the most entertaining ever for fans watching at home. I have to thank our Super Rugby teams who have really driven this innovative approach for 2017.”

For the full 2017 Super Rugby Draw, click here.

For the Network Ten broadcast schedule for rounds 1-8, click here.

New for 2017 Super Rugby on FOX SPORTS
•    Pre-game player interviews during team warm up
•    Pre-game team talk with coach mic’d up, to appear on Super Rugby: Kick n Chase
•    Pre-game and half-time coach interviews from coaches’ box
•    In-game coach radio
•    In-game coach heart rate monitor
•    Post-game coach interviews in tunnel/on ground
•    Post-game roving player interviews while lapping ground
•    Post-game player milestone ceremonies in change-rooms (e.g. 50, 100 caps etc)
•    Post-game player and coach interviews in change-rooms/function rooms

Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team for Las Vegas leg]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60379 2017-02-24T08:59:43Z 2017-02-24T08:59:43Z Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team for Las Vegas Sevens World Series, March 3-5 (local)

  1. Henry Hutchison, 11 caps, Randwick
    2. Liam McNamara, 1 cap, Sunnybank
    3. Sam Myers (c), 28 caps, Northern Suburbs
    4. Alex Gibbon, 11 caps, Southern Districts
    5. James Stannard, 35 caps, Aussie7s
    6. Tate McDermott, 2 caps, Sunshine Coast
    7. Tim Anstee, 4 caps, Eastwood
    8. Tom Lucas, 15 caps, Sunnybank
    9. Ed Jenkins, 47 caps, Aussie7s
    10. Nick Malouf, 22 caps, Sunnybank
    11. Brandon Quinn, 1 cap, Gordon
    12. Lachie Anderson, 1 cap, Eastwood

Men change three for Vegas

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens coach Andy Friend has welcomed back 74 caps of experience with Ed Jenkins, Nick Malouf and Tom Lucas all named to make their return from injury for the Las Vegas leg of the Sevens World Series next weekend (March 4-6).

Jenkins will play for the first time in 2017, after injuring his shoulder in Cape Town late last year while Nick Malouf and Tom Lucas will also make their much-anticipated comebacks, with the former having endured an extended lay-off following the Rio Olympic Games.

The squad also includes young guns Tate McDermott, Tim Anstee, Brandon Quinn and Lachie Anderson after they impressed on home soil at the HSBC Sydney 7s earlier this month.

Tim Anstee, who scored a hat-trick of tries against Wales in the Quarter Finals in Sydney, has four caps, while Tate McDermott will be competing in just his third World Series event.

Jenkins, Malouf and Lucas the three changes from the team that made the Semi Finals in Sydney with Charlie Taylor, Simon Kennewell and Michael Adams making way.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “Our top four finish at the HSBC Sydney 7s gave our young guys a boost of confidence and they have worked hard since to continue their improvement.

“Welcoming Ed, Nick and Tom back into the side will add some extra experience to the squad and will give our young guys a great opportunity to continue to learn from those experienced players.

“Our younger players are continuing to learn the game of Sevens and conditioning themselves for the rigours of the World Series and we expect to see continued improvement from the team.”

Australia has been drawn in Pool D and will face Fiji, Japan and Scotland. The campaign kicks off against Scotland at 11.31am AEDT Saturday 4 March. All games will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS (check local guides).

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Fixtures, Las Vegas, USA:
Saturday 4 March
Australia v Scotland, 11.31am AEDT
Australia v Japan, 2.30pm AEDT
Sunday 5 March
Australia v Fiji, 8.50am AEDT

Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[England Sevens unchanged for Las Vegas]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60377 2017-02-24T08:22:08Z 2017-02-24T08:21:09Z England Sevens have named an unchanged squad for a fifth successive tournament ahead of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas next weekend (3-5 March).

Currently second in the standings, behind South Africa, England is drawn in pool B along with hosts USA as well as Samoa and Chile.

Head Coach Simon Amor said: “Having this level of consistency is a big plus for us.  The hard work of Dan Howells, our strength and conditioning coach, and the medical team has helped to develop a robust and resilient group of players.

“When you combine this with experience right across the squad, it becomes a genuine 12-man effort.  This allows us to manage game time and load more effectively and the benefit showed in Sydney through the impact that every player made.”

Following a bronze medal in Dubai and gold in Cape Town, England came seventh in Wellington before collecting silver in Sydney, losing to South Africa in the final.

“Second in Sydney was pleasing,” added Amor.  “But we were disappointed with how we played in the final and also with our performances in Wellington – this has been a big focus and motivation for us as we continue to work hard to improve.”

Las Vegas, the fifth leg of the circuit, has a unique format with two matches played per day, across three days, with competition not starting until later in the afternoon.

Amor added: “The format provides a slightly different mental challenge that all teams have to deal with but a key consideration for us is the narrow artificial pitch. It creates a much more confrontational game which tends to favour the bigger physical teams.  We’ve factored this into our preparations and need to be smart in our approach and how we adapt our play.”

Charlton Kerr once again travels with the squad as the 13th man having held this role at the previous three tournaments.

England Sevens squad for Las Vegas:

Dan Bibby
Tom Bowen
Phil Burgess
Alex Davis
Richard de Carpentier
Ollie Lindsay-Hague
Charlie Hayter
Ruaridh McConnochie
Tom Mitchell ©
Dan Norton
James Rodwell
Ethan Waddleton

England’s pool B fixtures, kick off in GMT, with all matches live on Sky Sports 3/Mix:
v Chile (Saturday 4 March, 1.59am)
v Samoa (Saturday 4 March, 4.58am)
v USA (Saturday 4 March, 11. 24 pm

Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[Ireland team named for first Aviva outing of 2017 RBS 6 Nations Championship]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60375 2017-02-24T07:20:44Z 2017-02-24T07:20:44Z The Ireland Coaching Group have named the match day 23 that will welcome France to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday for Ireland’s first home game of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Rory Best returns to captain the team after being sidelined in Rome through illness.  Best is joined in the front row by Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong.  The engine room sees Devin Toner and Donnacha Ryan paired once again with Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and CJ Stander filling the back row slots to complete the pack.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are named at half-back with Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose continuing their midfield partnership.  Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo fill the backfield positions.

The replacements include Niall Scannell, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Iain Henderson, Peter O’Mahony, Kieran Marmion, Paddy Jackson and Andrew Trimble.

IRELAND team to play France – Saturday 25th February 2017

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 74 caps
14. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 56 caps
13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps
12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 26 caps
11. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster) 30 caps
10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 63 caps
9.  Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 55 caps

8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) vc 93 caps
7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 46 caps
6. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 12 caps
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 44 caps
4. Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster) 44 caps
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 13 caps
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) c 101 caps
1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s/Leinster) 38 caps

16. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 1 cap
17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 64 caps
18. John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 3 caps
19. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 29 caps
20. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 37 caps
21. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 10 caps
22. Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 21 caps
23. Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 69 caps

Mpho Moipolai <![CDATA[Ireland Women’s side to face France this Sunday]]> http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=60373 2017-02-24T07:11:13Z 2017-02-24T07:11:13Z Ireland Women’s Head Coach Tom Tierney has named the Ireland Women’s side, sponsored by Aon, to take on the France in their first home game of the Women’s 6 Nations in Donnybrook Stadium on Sunday.

There are several changes to the side that claimed a bonus-point win over Italy in L’Aquila.

Sophie Spence moves from the replacements to partner Marie-Louise Reilly in the second row and there is a new-look backline, with Mary Healy wearing the number 9 jersey and partnering the experienced Nora Stapleton at out-half.

In the centres, Claire McLaughlin comes into the side, having been a replacement in Italy and Scotland and she will line up beside Jenny Murphy.

The back three sees Mairead Coyne at full-back and she will have Eimear Considine and Kim Flood, who was part of the Ireland 7s side in Dubai and Sydney coming into the team, having won the last of her two 15s caps last season against Scotland.

The front-row remains unchanged, with hooker Leah Lyons, partnered by props Lindsay Peat and Ailis Egan.

Flankers Ciara Griffin and Claire Molloy will again join Captain Paula Fitzpatrick in the back-row.

The substitute’s bench sees Ruth O’Reilly make her return to the international set-up, having recovered from a knee injury, she makes up the front-row replacements alongside Ciara O’Connor and Ilse Van Staden.

Ciara Cooney and Nichola Fryday will provide second-row and back-row cover.

The replacement backs are Larissa Muldoon, Nikki Caughey and the uncapped Louise Galvin.

Speaking of the selection, Tom Tierney said;

“We made things hard for ourselves at times in Italy, especially in the first half where we weren’t as accurate as we needed to be. However, in the second half we improved and to claim the try-bonus with the last play of the game was very pleasing

We now head into a tough test on Sunday against the French. They recovered well from their defeat to England on the opening weekend to show why they are defending champions as they beat Scotland well.

We’ve got a couple of players getting their first Six Nations starts this season, and we’re looking to continue to give players more game time as we continue to develop depth in the squad ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August.

It’s our first home game of the Six Nations so we’re hoping to see a big turnout of fans on Sunday in Donnybrook. ”

Ireland Women v France, Sunday 26th Feb, 12.45pm Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin (Live on RTE)

1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union / Leinster)
2. Leah Lyons (Highfield / Munster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
4. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
5. Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
6. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians / Munster)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol / Connacht)
8. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s College / Leinster) Captain
9. Mary Healy (Galwegians / Connacht)
10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
11. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians / Munster)
12. Claire Mc Laughlin (Cooke / Ulster)
13. Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
14. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
15. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians / Connacht)

16. Ciara O Connor (Galwegians / Connacht)
17. Ilse Van Staden (Cooke / Ulster)
18. Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians / Connacht)
19. Ciara Cooney (Railway Union / Leinster)
20. Nichola Fryday (Tullamore / Connacht)
21. Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union)
22. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union / Ulster)
23. Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians / Munster)*

*denotes uncapped player

IRELAND Women’s Six Nations Fixtures & Results

Friday 3rd February 2017
Scotland Women 15-22 Ireland Women, Broadwood Stadium, Glasgow

Sunday 12th February 2017
Italy Women 3-27 Ireland Women, Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L’Aquila

Sunday 26th February 2017
Ireland Women v France Women, 12.45pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Saturday 11th March 2017
Wales Women v Ireland Women, 11.30am, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Friday 17th March 2017
Ireland Women v England Women, 8 pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin