29/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Kriel Brothers To Re-Unite At Loftus - The 21-year-old weighs in at 94kgs and stands at a whopping 1.94m. He is an ominous threat with ball in hand while his height becomes an obvious advantage when contesting the high ball. As with all the other Kriels linked to the Bulls over the last few years, his younger brother and the more famous twins Jesse and Dan, he is a hard-running physical back
29/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Manie Libbok On His Way To the Sharks - Libbok, who can also play at fullback and has dabbled on the wing and centre, certainly made his mark at Loftus Versfeld with his never-say-die attitude and his energetic nature. The 22-year-old former Junior Springbok and SA Schools star represented the franchise at every level before stamping his authority in Vodacom Super Rugby.
29/05/2020 - Women Rugby Receive Welcome Boost In New Zealand - A full 13-team Farah Palmer Cup has today been confirmed by New Zealand Rugby (NZR), with the season to kick off in August. In a move to further delight rugby fans, the country’s best women players will be on show across a nine-week season, set to feature Black Ferns and Black Ferns Sevens stars. After collaboration with Provincial Unions, 13 .
29/05/2020 - Domestic Law Trials To Further Reduce COVID-19 Risk - The comprehensive game analysis enabled an evidence-based approach to develop the temporary trials that limit scrum contact and time, lower the tackle height and speed up ball distribution from rucks and mauls. World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby is committed to evidence-based injury and infection preventative
28/02/2020 - Schools - Boishaai's Braam Reyneke Joins The Sharks - Paarl Boys High prop Abraham Reyneke has been drafted by the Sharks and will join the coastal franchise next year for at least a two-year stint. Abraham is a prolific talent who is equally comfortable on tight-head and loose-head, although he prefers the latter because of his mobility and love for the running game.
28/05/2020 - World Rugby Say No To Mini-world Cup Proposal - World Rugby has shut down a proposal from ex-RFU boss Francis Baron mini-world cup tournament in 2021 in a bid to recoup some of the financial losses unions have felt in the coronavirus pandemic. World Rugby released a statement ruling out any support of the plan. "World Rugby notes a proposal by former RFU CEO Francis Baron suggesting the
27/02/2020 - SuperRugby - Jake White Announce Final Senior Coaching Group - Vodacom Bulls Director of Rugby, Jake White, today confirmed his much anticipated senior coaching group, after what may best be described as an overhaul of the BLOU MASJIEN since his induction into the role in March earlier this year. White heads up the group, with his trademark hands-on approach, rolling up the director
27/07/2020 - Pro14 - Louis van der Westhuizen Headed To The Toyota Cheetahs - The 25-year-old Namibian international who is affectionately known as Chucky previously captained the North-West University Pukke in the Varsity Cup, and he also represented the Leopards while still in Potchefstroom. In 2019, Van der Westhuizen won the Johan Claassen Trophy as the NWU’s Rugby Institute Player of the
27/07/2020 - SuperRugby - Western Force Locked In For Vodafone Super Rugby AU - The proposed competition will feature at least five teams and was devised after the Vodafone Super Rugby season was suspended in March due to Government-imposed travel and border restrictions. With international border closures remaining in place across each of the competing SANZAAR nations, plans to resume the 15-
26/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Ismaiel Returns To Loftus Versfeld - The Vodacom Bulls are delighted to announce the return of one of Loftus' favourite sons as the quickfire Travis Ismaiel returns to Pretoria after a short stint with Harlequins in the English Premiership. Ismaiel needs no introduction to the #BullsFamily as he established himself as the incumbent left wing for several seasons before his move abroad.
26/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Schalk Erasmus Return To His Roots - The Vodacom Bulls are excited to announce that DHL Western Province hooker, Schalk Erasmus, will make the move to Pretoria as of June 2020 or as soon as travel restrictions allow. He signed a three-year contract that will see him at Loftus Versfeld until October 2023. Erasmus is no stranger to Pretoria as the 22-year-old dynamic front-rower was schooled at
26/05/2020 - Pro14 - Pro14 Bleeding Contracts - The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come in rugby, however, the immediate effect thereof is becoming very evident when you go through the current list of players who are currently set to join and leave the Guinness PRO14 after the 2019-20 campaign. However, what is important to notice is the number of players who are being released from their
23/05/2020 - Schools - Join Drostdy HTS In Two Weeks Of Exciting Rugby Coaching Seminars - Drostdy HTS launched an exciting two weeks of Rugby Coaching Seminars commencing on Monday with Neels Liebel who was the conditioning coach of the Springboks for four years. Specialist of their areas that will also be involved is Russel Winder, Joey Mongalo, Vlok Cilliers, Wessel Roux, David Manuel, Marinus vd Watt
22/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Russel Winter Appointed As Vodacom Bulls' Forward Coach - Experienced forwards coach, Russell Winter, will join the Vodacom Bulls as one of Director of Rugby, Jake White's assistant coaches as the #BullsFamily continues to build an experienced and talent-laden player and management group. Winter enjoyed a long and fruitful playing career as the 44-year-old former loose forward
21/05/2020 - Schools - Middelburg HTS Cancel Bursaries To Top Rugby Players Due To Covid-19 - Middelburg HTS started a process to cancel bursaries to talented kids with immediate effect. In a letter dated 20 April 2020 Middelburg HTS claims that the financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for their decision. The schools were instructed by the minister of basic education to reevaluate the budgets to
21/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Du Toit Commits To Western Province - World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has withdrawn the contract termination notification submitted last week and committed his future to Western Province Rugby. This contract extension means that Du Toit will remain with the DHL Stormers until at least the end of the British and Irish Lions tour next year and will receive the same salary reduction
20/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Gelant signs with WP Rugby - Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant has signed with Western Province Rugby, adding considerable experience and pedigree to the DHL Stormers backline. The fleet-footed World Cup winner, who turns 25 on Wednesday, is one of the most exciting outside backs in South Africa and will add firepower to a DHL Stormers backline which already features the likes of Herschel
20/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Steenkamp Signs With Vodacom Bulls - The Vodacom Bulls confirm that lock Walt Steenkamp will join the team as of November 2020 after he signed a two year deal with the #BullsFamily. The towering 24-year-old lock forward, who stands 2.03m at 121kg, had been gaining valuable experience in the Guinness PRO14 for the Toyota Cheetahs before opting to ply his trade in Pretoria.
20/05/2020 - "Australian Rugby Helped By Corona Virus To Stay Unbeaten" - Grant Robertson - New Zealand sports minister Grant Robertson has referred to a joke that is doing the rounds claiming one of the best things about the coronavirus was that the Wallabies would have an unbeaten season. Robertson and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield took part in a discussion relating to the return of sport in New
19/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Grobbelaar, Steenkamp And Uys Commit To Vodacom Bulls - The exciting trio Johan Grobbelaar, Gerhard Steenekamp and Muller Uys have recommitted their playing futures with the Vodacom Bulls as the franchise continues to build an electrifying squad under Director of Rugby, Jake White. The young trio have already had a taste of Vodacom Super Rugby action this season, before the
18/05/2020 - Pro14 - Howard Mnisi Returns To The Toyota Cheetahs - Mnisi was at the Cheetahs in 2013/14 while still contracted at the Griquas, but enjoyed limited playing time for the Bloemfontein-based team. After leaving the Cheetahs, Mnisi, made a turn at the Lions between 2015 and 2018. He joined the Southern Kings in 2019, but due to injuries he also enjoyed limited game time at PRO14 franchise. During his time at the
16/05/2020 - Rugby Australia Appoint New Chairman - McLennan is a former Channel Ten chief executive played a key role in negotiating a deal for the Big Bash League on Channel Ten and also spent two years as an executive at News Corp. He is currently chair of the REA group, deputy chair of investment group Magellan and chairman of Here There & Everywhere, the parent company of the Australian Radio Network.
16/05/2020 - World Rugby Announce COVID-19 Relief Funding Strategy - World Rugby has agreed to allocate an initial £26.5 million relief package to unions in greatest immediate need of support following a detailed independent evaluation and subsequent approval of union applications by the World Rugby Executive Committee. This initial allocation is to both established and emerging nations in line with the global
16/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Pieter-Steph du Toit Set To Leave WP - Pieter-Steph du Toit has informed Western Province he cancel his contract with immediate effect. This following the "21-day" clause that was part of a survival plan which was formulated and agreed by bodies representing SA Rugby, MyPlayers (the players’ representative organisation), Sports Employees’ Unite (employees’ trade union) and the South
15/05/2020 - Rugby Industry Financial Impact Plan Announced - Rugby industry stakeholders have confirmed pay cuts and other economies to slice up to R1.2bn from the sport’s budget by the end of the year. The plan was collectively designed and concluded by organisations representing SA Rugby, provincial unions, players and rugby industry employees. Thursday, 14 May at midnight was the cut off for individuals
15/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Arno Botha To Return To Loftus Versfeld - Kotze, whose preferred position is at outside center and is also very comfortable on the wings, was one of the more consistent starters over the last few years. He displayed an amazing overall work rate, with seven line breaks in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby season thus far (6 games). The hard running center also boasted an amazing tackle
15/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Lions Rugby Lose Five Players - As one of the terms of the Industry Salary Plan (ISP) to deal with the repercussions of Covid-19, SA Rugby introduced a 21-day window allowing for players and staff to cancel their current contracts with immediate effect. With that said, we would like to announce that we will part ways with the following people who have been an integral part of the Lions for some time:
15/05/2020 - Springboks - All July Rugby Internationals Postponed - The programme of international rugby matches during the 2020 July window has been postponed due to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives, World Rugby has announced on Friday. Extended travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to numerous countries, and concerns over adequate player preparation time, mean that any sort of
14/05/2020 - Professional Rugby Can Resume Immediately In England - Step two will incorporate a level of social clustering so that players can get match-fit ahead of any resumption of competitive, top-level sport once medical experts advise this is safe and appropriate. Additional guidance will follow on step two in due course. The plan intends to minimise the risk to the elite sports community, while also minimising any
14/05/2020 - Springboks - Views From RWC-Winning Springbok Captains - World Rugby spoke to the eight captains who have lifted the Webb Ellis Cup. The Springboks’ Francois Pienaar, John Smit and Siya Kolisi are three South Africans amongst an elite group of eight men who have experienced the ultimate joy of lifting rugby’s prize on behalf of their teammates.
13/05/2020 - Varsity Cup - UWC Looking For New Varsity Cup Coach - The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has begun its search for a new head coach for its Varsity Cup rugby team. With all university sports competitions suspended for the rest of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UWC Rugby has retained its status among the elite in the most prestigious university rugby tournament in the country.
13/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Gia Aplon Joins Vodacom Bull - Aplon proved to be a nemesis of his new team when he played in the colours of the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province. He epitomised the phrase ‘size doesn't matter’ with his explosive speed and nimble feet allowing him to score tries from almost anywhere on the field, taking on the biggest and the best the game had to offer.
13/05/2020 - Schools - New Zealand Schoolboy Rugby Set To Resume - With New Zealand's schools returning next week school's are preparing for the restart of resuming sports activities. Sport NZ has provided expert advice and requirements to ensure a safe return compliant with public health measures under Alert Level 2.
13/05/2020 - Augustine Pichot Resign From World Rugby - “Although I will now be exclusively dedicated to family and personal matters, this does not mean that I am moving away from rugby. I will always contribute, from the place that touches me, to achieve a fairer and more equitable global rugby that we continue to take pride in participating in and being part of. ”
13/05/2020 - Law Amended Relating To Scoring Against The Post Protector - World Rugby has announced that, with immediate effect, it will no longer be possible to score a try by grounding the ball against the post protector. The minor amendment to Law 8 was approved by the World Rugby Council during its special meeting held via teleconference on Tuesday and follows a recommendation by the international
12/05/2020 - Pro14 - Toyota Cheetahs Signs Jeandré Rudolph - Jeandré Rudolph will be joining the Toyota Cheetahs on 1 November 2020 on a two-year deal. Rudolph is currently contracted by the Pumas where he had been playing his rugby since 2018. The 26-year-old loose forward can play anywhere in the backrow, and his play is tailor-made for the Cheetahs brand of rugby.
11/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Kiwi Super Rugby Back In June " - New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed that the domestic form of Super Rugby involving the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders, known as Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa will start on Saturday 13 June. Today’s news follows the Government’s announcement on Thursday that professional rugby and
09/05/2020 - International - Australia Set Dates For Return - The Brumbies are set to be the first Australian Super Rugby team to return to small group training as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison released a three-stage plan for the easing of restrictions on Friday but left it to states and territories to announce their timelines for executing the plans.
08/05/2020 - Two Young Guns Commit To WP Rugby - Talented flyhalf Kade Wolhuter and impressive loose forward Keke Morabe have both committed to Western Province Rugby in a major boost to the union's youth stocks. Wolhuter is a product of Paul Roos Gymnasium and represented DHL Western Province at youth level, starring in the 2019 Craven Week before signing with French club
08/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Blue Bulls Company Appoints New CEO - Rathbone, who will officially start at the Vodacom Bulls on 1 June 2020, is no stranger to the rugby environment. He has been a pillar and servant to the Lions Rugby Company and Ellis Park for the last seven years, starting his rugby journey as head of Finance and Administration in 2013. In 2014 he was appointed Chief
08/05/2020 - World Rugby Launches Women Coaching Toolkit To Recruit And Retain More Female Coaches - World Rugby today launched a new, online Women Coaching Rugby Toolkit, developed by World Rugby to assist unions and regional associations in recruiting, developing and retaining more female rugby coaches at every level of the game.
07/05/2020 - Super Rugby To Restart - In New Zealand - “As soon as the country announces what date we move to alert level two, we will be able to confirm what date Investec Super Rugby will kick off.” Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa involves New Zealand’s five teams – the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders – and has been developed by NZR in conjunction with SANZAAR,
06/05/2020 - Sir Ian McGeechan Selects The World's 10 Best Prospects .......... Siestog - British and Irish Lions coach and Telegraph Sport columnist Sir Ian McGeechan selects the top 10 young players set to take the international men's game by storm. However, the poor Sir Ian McGeechan forgot to look south otherwise he would have seen the brightest star in the Southern Hemisphere and for that
06/05/2020 - Rugby Australia Interim CEO Appointed - All Blacks loose-forward and Chiefs Captain Sam Cane has been named as the new Captain of the All Blacks during the SKY Sport's The Breakdown show. Cane succeeds Kieran Read who retired from the All Blacks after the disappointing Rugby World Cup 2019. 28-year-old Cane has played 68 Tests, including 48 starts, since making his
06/05/2020 - Sam Cane Named All Blacks Captain - All Blacks loose-forward and Chiefs Captain Sam Cane has been named as the new Captain of the All Blacks during the SKY Sport's The Breakdown show. Cane succeeds Kieran Read who retired from the All Blacks after the disappointing Rugby World Cup 2019. 28-year-old Cane has played 68 Tests, including 48 starts, since making his
06/05/2020 - Rugby Australia Chairman To Be, Resign - The Rugby Australia Board has today accepted the resignation of Director, Peter Wiggs. Mr Wiggs was elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting in March and tendered his resignation today. Wiggs was widely expected to take over as Rugby Australia's chairman by the June/July 2020, tendered his resignation on Wednesday after
06/05/2020 - How Many People Are Required To Host A Rugby Match According To SANZAAR? - World Rugby released its framework for rugby's return to play recommending safety considerations for every stage of government restrictions and outlining the practical elements of a return to play. Large traditional crowds would be unlikely without a COVID-19 vaccine but that will also depend on local
05/05/2020 - BokSmart, Ghana Rugby Take Hands For Rugby Safety - SA Rugby and Ghana Rugby reached a ground-breaking agreement to boost player welfare through sharing BokSmart rugby safety programme information and guidelines to assist in the development of their version of the programme, EagleWise. The agreement will see Ghana become only the second rugby union on
05/05/2020 - Schoolboy Stars Return Home To Bloemfontein - The Toyota Cheetahs secure the services of two former Grey College stars, George Cronjé and Marcell Muller as well as Ian Groenewald who started for Bulls in the last two SuperRugby matches. Lock, Ian Groenewald will be joining the Toyota Cheetahs on 1 November 2020 from the Griquas. He, however, represented the Bulls during
04/05/2020 - Schools - Who Is The Top Schoolboy Rugby Coach? - A major point of discussion in schoolboy rugby circles is the value of a coach. Is a fair and just system available to judge the success of your team's coach? And if so, does it include winning at all costs, getting the best talent, being a role model for his kids, putting academics above performance etc, etc, etc.
04/05/2020 - Nations Cup Could, But, Perhaps ..... Regtig Bill? - The newly elected Chairman of World Rugby, Bill Beaumont said while plans were still in the "embryo" stages, there were arguments for moving the current July and November windows to allow consecutive periods of Test rugby to accommodate a Nations Cup. SANZAAR had been broadly supportive of the proposal and the
04/05/2020 - SuperRugby - SANZAAR Denies False Rumours - "Whilst it is acknowledged that the impact of COVID-19 has presently brought unprecedented change to the world of rugby as we have known it, any changes to the Super Rugby structure this year and into the future are matters that are currently being discussed in detail by all the joint-venture, national union stakeholders: Argentina,
02/05/2020 - Schools - Golden Lions Cancel All High School Rugby Games for 2020 - The Golden Lions High Schools Rugby Association followed the example set by the Blue Bulls High Schools Rugby Association when they suspend all rugby for 2020. However, in the announcement hereunder Mr Thinus Diedericks, the chairman did open the door somewhat if conditions change in stating that should
02/05/2020 - SuperRugby - Another Bok Return To Loftus - Van der Merwe established himself at the Vodacom Bulls when he made the move from Bloemfontein in 2014 after making his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Toyota Cheetahs. His performances in that 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby earned him a Springbok call up where he earned seven Test caps. He also represented the Junior Springboks in
02/05/2020 - World Rugby - Bill Beaumont Re-Elected - “Now is not the time for celebration. We have work to do. We are tackling COVID-19 and must implement an appropriate return-to-rugby strategy that prioritises player welfare while optimising any opportunity to return to international rugby this year in full collaboration with club competitions for the good of players, fans and the overall financial health of the