08/12/2020 - Its All Go For Rugby To Resume - SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux welcomed the news from the South African Government that rugby has been given the green light to return to the playing field, under certain conditions. The news was gazetted by Mr Nathi Mthethwa, the Minister for Sports, Arts and Culture, on Thursday. It allows for a return to competitive action subject to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
05/08/2020 - Will The Springboks Become A Failure According To Rassie Or Not? - There will be a lot to play for when then Springboks return to rugby. The World Rugby Executive Committee recommended a revised temporary 2020 international calendar earlier last month with the Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2020 scheduled to be hosted in full in New Zealand over a reduced six-week period between 7 November and 12
28/02/2020 - No Place For Springboks In 2020 Northern Hemisphere Tournament - Jurie Roux, CEO SARU and Jaques Nienaber, Springbok coach stated in the past two weeks that if the Springboks' participation in the 2020 Rugby Champion does not materialise they would look to the Northern Hemisphere for competition. However, the BBC reported that England is likely to be in a four-team pool alongside Wales, Ireland and
27/07/2020 - Gatland And B&I Lions Know How To Win - Nienaber - “Warren Gatland’s coaching ability and experience, and the teams he assembled on their two previous tours to Australia and New Zealand, speaks for itself,” said Nienaber. “The series victory in Australia was their first in 16 years since they beat the Boks in 1997, and we know how tough it is to get a win or a draw in New Zealand.
26/07/2020 - Nienaber Refuse To Let The Springboks And South Africa Down - Springbok coach Jaques Nienaber explained the three phases for a successful return of the Springboks to test rugby to the Rapport newspaper. The Springboks is scheduled to play in the Rugby Championship that will be hosted in New Zealand from 07 November until 12 December this year. He admitted the commercial considerations
22/07/2020 - Castle Lager Rugby Championship Scheduled For November 2020 - The World Rugby Executive Committee recommended a revised temporary 2020 international calendar on Wednesday, with the express objective of optimising recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for the betterment of the global game at all levels. Seeking to reconcile the interests of the international game, the professional club game and
22/07/2020 - Siya Is His Own Man - SARU CEO - On a question regarding Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi's recent Instagram post where stated his support for the #BLM movement Roux said that Kolisi is “his own man”. “He got himself into the position where he is, and he led us to a World Cup-winning position."
20/07/2020 - 522 Caps Of Bok Experience Back In South Africa - An influx of Springboks returning to South Africa from overseas clubs in the last year has both bolstered local franchises and provided the necessary experience to the next generation of players. No fewer than 15 Springboks – with a combined total of 522 Test caps worth of experience between them – have opted to return to South Africa in the last year.
16/07/2020 - New Zealand To Host 2020 Rugby Championship - The SANZAAR Joint Venture is not being dismantled. The Member Unions remain committed to the long-term future as a Joint Venture. We all recognise the current challenges we face in trying to settle on any potential Super Rugby competition structures moving forward under the pandemic environment, however, the restructuring of Super Rugby
16/07/2020 - British & Irish Lions 2021 To Go Ahead As Scheduled - SA Rugby and the British & Irish Lions confirmed on Wednesday the 2021 tour to South Africa will go ahead as scheduled. The eagerly awaited series visits some of the most impressive stadiums in world sport and culminates in three Test matches against the newly crowned Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks. The eight-game tour kicks off
07/07/2020 - Siya Kolisi Named The Most Influential Person In Rugby - Siya Kolisi was named as the Most Influential Person in rugby by UK-based magazine, Rugby World, adding to a list of accolades received by the Springbok captain since he guided South Africa to Rugby World Cup glory last November. Respected Sunday Times journalist Stephen Jones, a columnist for Rugby World, wrote that Kolisi is the “most
03/07/2020 - Saracens Strength And Conditioning Coach Appointed Springboks’ New Head Of Athletic Performance - Andy Edwards, the experienced Saracens Strength and Conditioning coach, has been appointed as the new Head of Athletic Performance for the Springboks. SA Rugby confirmed on Friday that Edwards will take up his new role with the Springboks on 1 August, and will travel to Cape
22/06/2020 - Gatland Plea For Help With British And Irish Lions Tour To South Africa - In an interview with Gavin Mairs of the UK Telegraph Warren Gatland has said that the Lions are prepared to be flexible on the scheduling of their tour to South Africa if requested to do so. However, he pleaded that Premiership Rugby reschedules their final in 2021. The Premierships, final is scheduled for 26 June 2021, just seven
13/06/2020 - British & Irish Lions Is A Definite Go, But ..... - Speaking to a big media contingent via an online media conference, Roux confirmed that the British & Irish Lions tour will go ahead in 2021. “I can talk about the British & Irish Lions for a really long time – after the Rugby World Cup it’s probably the biggest thing in rugby and we get the opportunity to play them only once every 12 years,” said Roux. “The most important
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 - 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 - 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.
27/03/2020 - SARU - Rugby Unites In Response To COVID-19 Threat To Jobs And Business - The South African rugby ‘industry’ has come together to navigate the retention of teams and jobs in the face of the threat to the business posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. All rugby activities were suspended prior to the start of today’s national lockdown. Some events have already been cancelled or rescheduled, while
19/03/2020 - SARU - SA Rugby Backs Government Measures To Curb Pandemic - SA Rugby would throw its full weight behind the government’s policies and objectives in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Mark Alexander, SA Rugby president, said on Wednesday. The Minister for Sports, Arts & Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, briefed national sports federations on the government’s plans
18/03/2020 - SARU - COVID-19 Update – SA Rugby Exploring Various Interim Playing Options - Plans to restructure local rugby competitions are currently under discussion in the wake of the recent measures introduced to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, SA Rugby announced on Wednesday. These plans could see South African franchises and other provincial teams return to a new,
18/02/2020 - Springboks - Springboks Crowned Team Of The Year @ Laureus Awards - The Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok team of 2019 added another fantastic award to their impressive list of recent accolades when they scooped the prestigious Laureus Team of the Year Award in Berlin on Monday evening. The South African national rugby team pipped an illustrious list of top international sporting teams to lift the award in