10/07/2020 - Can the Blues Overcome History And Beat The Crusaders? - This is the one all have been waiting for, a clash between the only two unbeaten teams in Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday 09:05 SA Time. The Crusaders have won their last 11 consecutive Super Rugby games against the Blues; their last defeat to the Auckland club came in Round 3, 2014.
10/07/2020 - Highlanders Name Team For Hurricanes - The Highlanders will face the Hurricanes on Sunday Morning at the Sky Stadium Wellington @ 05:35 SA Time. The Hurricanes come off a good win against the Chiefs (25-18) while the Highlanders were overpowered in the last 20 minutes by a still unbeaten Crusader (20-40). The Highlanders have stayed largely with the team that has played in the first three matches of
10/07/2020 - Hurricanes Make Several Injury Forced Changes For Highlanders - The Hurricanes will face the Highlanders on Sunday Morning at the Sky Stadium Wellington @ 05:35 SA Time. The Hurricanes come off a good win against the Chiefs (25-18) while the Highlanders were overpowered in the last 20 minutes by a still unbeaten Crusader (20-40).
10/07/2020 - Could The Rebels Make It Three In A Row Against The Reds? - The Rebels and Reds will meet in the first match of Round Two in the Super Rugby AU competition later this morning in Sydney @ 11:05 SA Time. The Rebels have won five of their last seven Super Rugby games against the Reds, including their last two in a row. However, after a drought-breaking win over the Waratahs, last weekend, they must be
09/07/2020 - Lions Confirm Return Of Ruan Dreyer - The Lions confirmed on Thursday that Springbok prop Ruan Dreyer will return to Ellis Park after a two-year absence. He left the Lions after the 2018 Super Rugby season to joined coach Johan Ackermann at English club Gloucester. Johan Ackerman left Gloucester during the Covid-19 pandemic which leads to a massive exodus of players including South Africans
09/07/2020 - RuggasTV - Bart Is Shocked As We Discuss Chilliboy And Rugby In General - In this episode, I "shocked" most of the people in the studio regarding several questions that need to be discussed during a period where everybody is re-evaluating most things in our lives. Chilliboy Ralepele and so many players of colour will always revert, as a last resort to blame their failures to apartheid and
09/07/2020 - Western Force Announce Side For Waratahs - The Western Force will rely on continuity and experience when they face the NSW Waratahs in their Super Rugby AU opener at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday 11 July @ 11:15 SA Time. The side as announced by coach Tim Sampson includes 18 of the players who featured in the club’s 54-15 rout of the Malaysia Valke in a Global Rapid Rugby clash on
09/07/2020 - Rebels Change One For The Reds - Rebels head coach Dave Wessels made just the one change to the side to face the Reds at Brookvale on Friday 10 July @11:05 SA Time. The Rebels lost against the Brumbies (23-32) and the Reds have beaten the Waratahs (32-26) last weekend. The promotion of Magnay sees Reece Hodge shifts to the bench in a move designed to manage the workload of the Wallaby
09/07/2020 - Blues Pick Strongest Team Yet for Crusaders - The Blues have named arguably their strongest team for the top of the table match against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday 11 July @ 09:05 (SA Time). Both sides are unbeaten with the winner most likely to be crowned the 2020 Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa champions. The Blues come off a bye last weekend while the Crusader had a win against the
09/07/2020 - Reds Are unchanged For The Rebels - Following a drought-breaking win over the Waratahs, last weekend, Reds head coach Brad Thorn has stuck firm with the same side as they look to record back-to-back wins for the first time this year against the Melbourne Rebels in Sydney @ 11:05 SA Time. The Rebels lost to the Brumbies (23-31) last weekend.
09/07/2020 - Waratahs Unchanged For Western Force - The NSW Waratahs head coach Rob Penney has named an unchanged starting lineup ta face the Western Force in Round 2 of Vodafone Super Rugby AU at the Sydney Cricket Ground, 11:15 (SA Time). Head Coach, Rob Penney has named an unchanged starting lineup to face the Force in their first outing in the competition.
09/07/2020 - Crusaders Name Largely Unchanged Side For The Blues - Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson has named a largely unchanged side to face the Blues in a blockbuster clash in Christchurch at the Orangetheory Stadium, 09;05 (SA time) on Saturday. The winner of this match is most likely to be crowned as the 2020 Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa champions. Both teams are still undefeated, the
08/07/2020 - Rugby Americas Cancel All Championships - Rugby Americas Chief Executive Officer Dan Payne announced that the 2020 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) and Americas Rugby Challenge (ARCh) – senior and under-20 – competitions will not take place this year in their current format due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. “We’ve been monitoring the status of each country closely and it has become very
08/07/2020 - Several Players Re-Commit To The Lions - The Lions announced the signing and re-signing of several key players during the past week. Late last week the Lions announced that 24-year-old Rabz Maxwane will join them from the Toyota Cheetahs. Rabz finished the 2018/19 Pro14 season as the competition’s top try-scorer with his 14 tries.
08/07/2020 - New Zealand Set To Ditch Super Rugby According To Leaked Report - New Zealand Rugby announced in April a review of the current Super Rugby competition called the 'Aratipu' review. A leaked version of the draft 'Aratipu' review recommends a trans-Tasman competition with the addition of a team from the Pacific leaving teams from South Africa and Argentina in the cold.
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
07/07/2020 - England's RFU To Cut 25% Of Staff - The Rugby Football Union plans to make 139 people, a quarter of its staff, redundant as part of sweeping measures to cope with the devastating financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. A £107million shortfall in revenue is predicted, which require painful cost-cutting. No area, including England elite men’s group headed by Eddie Jones or the women’s game, will be
05/07/2020 - Hurricanes Cruise To A Win Against Chiefs - The Hurricanes have defeated the Chiefs 25-18. This first win to the Hurricanes came from some impressive defensive work, given they were down a man for almost 30 minutes of the game overall and that the Chiefs had the majority of the possession. Barrett's value was immense from the backline and with the boot. Despite Yellow and Red cards, the Hurricanes held their
04/07/2020 - Brumbies Hang On To Beat The Rebels - The Brumbies were victorious with 31-23 against the Rebels in the second game of the 2021 Super Rugby AU series. The first 20 minutes did not provide much excitement with an early converted try by the Brumbies plus a penalty goal by the Rebels were more or less the excitement.
04/04/2020 - Crusader In Epic Win Against Highlanders - The first match of the 4th round of the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa series was an epic, high paced and exciting contest. The Crusaders managed to win 40-20 against a game Highlanders with the game still up for grabs after the first 60 minutes. However, the scoreline doesn't do justice to the Highlanders who took it right up to the champs before
04/07/2020 - Preview: Hurricanes vs Chiefs - The Hurricanes and Chiefs will face each other at the FMG Stadium Waikato on Sunday 5 July at 05:35 SA Time. The Hurricanes come off a bye while the Chiefs lost to the Crusaders (13-18) last weekend. It’s a crunch battle for the Chiefs and Hurricanes, both winless in Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa, and they need to get on the board this weekend or their
04/07/2020 - Isuzu Southern Kings Board Confirmed - A new five-person board has been confirmed to oversee the Isuzu Southern Kings affairs. Mr Andre Rademan, the Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) president, has been appointed as the new chairman and is joined by Mr Mbulelo Gidane, chairman of the EPRU Finance and Human Resources Committee, SA Rugby Executive Council nominees, Mr
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
03/07/2020 - Preview: Brumbies vs Rebels - The Brumbies will face the Rebels in the second game of the 2021 Super Rugby AU series at the GIO Stadium on Saturday, July 4, at 11:15 SA time. The Brumbies picked up a 39-26 win in their most recent Super Rugby clash with the Rebels, snapping a four-game losing streak against them; they’ll now be looking for back-to-back wins against the Melbourne club for
03/07/2020 - Preview: Crusaders vs Highlanders - Round four of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa first match is the ‘Battle of the South’ from Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday 09:05 SA time when unbeaten Crusaders face the Highlanders. It has been more than two years since these teams last clashed under the roof in Dunedin. On that day, it was the Highlanders who came out on top with a
03/07/2020 - Toyota Cheetahs Confirms Departing Players - The Hurricanes last played the Chiefs a few days before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the original Investec Super Rugby season. In that game, the Hurricanes won 27 – 24 thanks to a last-minute penalty from Barrett. Jordie Barrett will make his return to Investec Super Rugby, as the Hurricanes get set for a clash against the Chiefs in
03/07/2020 - Jordie Barrett Back For Hurricanes - The Hurricanes named their team to face the Chiefs at the FMG Stadium Waikato on Sunday 5 July at 05:35 SA Time. The Hurricanes come off a bye while the Chiefs lost to the Crusaders (13-18) last weekend. Both sides are still looking for their first win of the 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa Series.
03/07/2020 - Chiefs Change Five For Hurricanes - Chiefs Head Coach Warren Gatland has made five changes and one positional change to his side to face the Hurricanes at the FMG Stadium Waikato on Sunday 5 July at 05:35 SA Time. Although the Chiefs will be looking for their first win in the 2020 Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa Series a very good performance against the Crusaders will give
02/07/2020 - Could The Reds Win Their First Against Waratahs In Twelve Attempts? - Super Rugby AU kicks off on Friday and a Reds vs Waratahs blockbuster is a fitting way to usher in a new era for the game. The Reds have lost 11 games in a row against the Waratahs in Super Rugby will look for a fresh start to history. The new laws being trialled could make the game more exciting with the ball in play for
02/07/2020 - Selvyn Davids Included In List Of Seven Players To Watch At 2020 Olympics - Fiji’s Olympic gold medal-winning coach Ben Ryan picked his seven male players who he thinks will have fans on the edge of their seats at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2021 season. South African Selwyn Davids was included in Ben Ryan's list of seven players, he has 96 caps and scored 390 points for
02/07/2020 - Rebels Pick New Look Pack For Brumbies - The Rebels named their team to face the Brumbies at GIO Stadium on Saturday, July 4, at 11:15 SA time. Injuries to Isi Naisarani and Anaru Rangi and Luke Jones departure to racing 92 have forced the Rebels to select a new-look pack for the Brumbies clash. Test hooker Jordan Uelese will step up to the starting spot in Rangi's absence
02/07/2020 - Crusaders Change Five For Highlanders - Head Coach Scott Robertson has made five changes to the starting side and one positional change for their round four match against the Highlanders on Saturday 4 July at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin 09:05 SA time. The Crusaders are unbeaten after two matches in the 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa series.
02/07/2020 - Highlanders Name Team For Crusaders - The Highlanders have named their team to face the Crusaders on Saturday 4 July, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin at 09:05 SA Time. A refresh for the front row and injuries have had an impact on Aaron Maugers’ team. Three players are unavailable due to injury, Nathan Vella (concussion), Nehe Milner-Skudder (shoulder), Josh Ioane (quad), while
02/07/2020 - An All-Wallabies Front Row Awaits Rebels In Canberra - Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar named the side for the match against the Melbourne Rebels at GIO Stadium on Saturday 11:15 SA Time. Skipper Allan Alaalatoa will join Folau Fainga'a and James Slipper in an all-Wallabies front row with Darcy Swain and Murray Douglas making up the tight five. Vice-captain Tom Cusack has been
01/07/2020 - Newlands Safe For Now - The Council of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) has voted in favour of a proposed agreement regarding the development of DHL Newlands by an overwhelming majority. The loan agreement approved on Tuesday will enable the WPRFU to pay off its debt to Remgro and Investec Bank. Guarantees have already been obtained in this regard, subject to the ratification of the
01/07/2020 - Chiliboy Suspended Again, After 3rd Guilty Verdict - The athlete challenged the doping charge and was afforded the opportunity to seek legal counsel to present his case and version of events to the tribunal panel. The hearings were adjourned multiple times and were held over a period of six months. The panel reached a decision first on the merits of the case where they found the player guilty of a doping offence.
01/07/2020 - RuggasTV - We discuss Noord/Suid, Arabiere, Statistics And Visit Ceturion Rugby Academy - We visited the Centurion Rugby Academy and spoke to Werner Steyn who is the Head of the Department. This academy delivers what they promise, however, what was interesting was that a formal learning institution apart from the "normal" universities are willing to invest in rugby. As expected
01/07/2020 - Reds Name Strong Side For Waratahs - Queensland Reds head coach Brad Thorn has named a strong side for Friday’s Vodafone Super Rugby AU season opener against New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night at 11:05South African time. Last year's Junior Wallabies captain Fraser McReight earned his first start for Queensland. His inclusion at No.7 means captain Liam Wright will shift
01/07/2020 - Youthful Waratahs Side Announced To Face The Reds - The Waratahs have announced their side for their opening Super Rugby AU clash against the Reds on Friday, July 3 at Suncorp Stadium, kicking off at 11:05 South African time. The Waratahs have won their last 11 Super Rugby games against the Reds, however, their away record of late has been poor, they have lost their last four Super Rugby matches on
01/07/2020 - Powell Congratulates New Zealand On 2020 HSBC World Rugby 7's Series Title - Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell congratulated the All Blacks Sevens team after they were named winners of the 2019/20 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on Tuesday. World Rugby announced the cancellation of the remaining four tournaments of the World Series due to the COVID-19 pandemic and declared New
01/07/2020 - EP Kings Sign Cameron Wright - What we have been looking for is an experienced halfback after having only had Stefan Ungerer in the 2019/20 season as the only experienced No9 available to us. Stefan has made a great contribution, and now having someone with good experience behind them, like Cameron, also adding to our pool will take us to a higher level. “Cameron will bring with him not only the
01/07/2020 - Imbokodo Set Sights On Next Season - The cancellation of the inaugural Challenger Series event for women is a setback to their aspirations, but the Springbok Women's Sevens team will not give up on their drive to become a core team on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. That was the reaction from Imbokodo coach Paul Delport in response to the news that the Stellenbosch event, that was originally
30/06/2020 - New Zealand Awarded Titles As Rest Of The 2020 HSBC 7's Series Are Cancelled - Following a comprehensive consultation process, the remaining rounds of the women’s and men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in Langford, London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong have been cancelled due to the ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the 2020 Series to an
29/06/2020 - Oupa Mohoje’s Extend Contract With Cheetahs - The Toyota Cheetahs announced that the 29-year-old flank, Oupa Mohoje’s contract has been extended until 31 May 2021. The experienced Mohoje captained the South African A side against the England Saxons in 2016 and played in 19 matches for the Springboks. Mohoje made 78 appearances for the Toyota Cheetahs since he joined the team in 2013.
28/06/2020 - Crusaders Beat "Unlucky" Chiefs In An Arm Wrestle - Super Rugby Aotearoa has thrown up yet another epic contest with both sides putting on a terrific display in difficult wet conditions in Christchurch. The Crusaders got their first home win (18-13) of the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa series, against a Chiefs side that is still looking for their first win. In very wet conditions the Crusaders got
27/06/2020 - The Blues Win In A Thriller Against Highlanders - Two undefeated teams clashed at Eden Park in the third round of the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa series. A brilliant display of running rugby from two outstanding sides! The Blues were able to hang on in a nail-biter. You won't see many better matches than that with the Blues taking the points in a thriller by 27-24 over the Highlanders.
27/06/2020 - Could The Chiefs Stop The Brilliant Crusaders? - The Crusaders get their first home game of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa on against a Chiefs side who are hurting. Having not won a game so far in this competition, they are desperate to get on the board. The Crusaders, however, looked their dangerous best at times against the Hurricanes last week. But will be wanting to sort out
27/06/2020 - Who will Remain Unbeaten? Highlanders Or Blues - Two undefeated teams will clash in front of a packed Eden Park as round three of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off. The Blues have set Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa alight in the opening two rounds. After dispatching the Hurricanes at home in round one, the Blues picked up a big win on the road against the Chiefs to make it a
26/06/2020 - What Are Your Rights And Obligations As A Contracted Rugby Player - We spoke to Shane Wafer, a practising attorney who specialises in "sports law" and asked him some difficult legal questions. We discuss the legal age a player must be in order to negotiate a contract by themself, we ask what the player and his support must look out for and what role does mentorship should play by agents. Shane is also
26/06/2020 - Crusaders Name Unchanged Side For Chiefs - The Crusaders coming off a convincing win in round two against the Hurricanes (39-25), returns to Orangetheory Stadium this weekend against the Chiefs on Sunday 28 June 2020 @ 05:35 SA Time. Head Coach Scott Robertson has named an unchanged team to take on the Chiefs with Codie Taylor once again Captain.
26/06/2020 - Captain Cane Back For Chiefs - Several changes were made to the Chiefs forward pack with the welcomed return of Chiefs Captain Sam Cane and lock Mitchell Brown. Taranaki hooker Bradley Slater is given the nod to start, with Samisoni Taukei’aho shifting to the bench as cover. Brown returns from his neck injury to start, combining with Naitoa Ah Kuoi in jerseys number four and five
25/02/2020 - Josh Strauss Bids Farewell To The Bulls - The Scottish international joined the Vodacom Bulls in 2019 and featured strongly in the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby competition before it was halted due to Covid-19. Contrary to media reports, there has been an open line of communication between BBCo Director of Rugby Jake White, and Strauss’ management agency over the last few months.
25/06/2020 - The Global Season Losing A Lot Of Support In The North - The much talked about "global season" seems to be only a distant dream that was used by World Rugby president Bill Beaumont to get re-elected earlier this year. A solution needs to be brokered before the June 30 deadline, when a vote will take place on the matter. World Rugby favour a model based around two international
25/06/2020 - Highlanders Change One For Blues - Fresh off the bye and a first-round win against the Chiefs, head coach Aaron Mauger, has resisted making too many changes to the Highlanders team to play the Blues this weekend at 09:05 SA time at Eden Park. Mauger made only one change to the starting lineup with Scott Gregory coming in at fullback to replace Vilimoni Koroi. It will be just Gregory’s
25/06/2020 - Blues Makes No Changes To Starting Line-up - Blue coach Leon MacDonald stuck to his starting line-up for the third round of the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa against the Highlanders at Eden Park on Saturday, with a 9.05 (SA Time) kick-off. MacDonald said although a number of the squad have pressed hard for inclusion the current group continued to prove themselves, and the only change
25/06/2020 - Reniel Hugo Is Back At The Toyota Cheetahs - The 29-year-old lock, Reniel Hugo, will be returning to the Toyota Cheetahs following a stint in Japan. Hugo left the Toyota Cheetahs in 2018 to join the Japanese Top League club, Toyota Verblitz but enjoyed limited game time at the team. Hugo won the Currie Cup with the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and was one of the leading players during the
25/06/2020 - White Stocks Up On Locks With The Signing Of Uys - Uys has spent the last few seasons with CA Brive after an initial six months with fellow Top 14 outfit Pau. It did not take him long to carve out a reputation as a powerful ball carrier in the unforgiving environment that is French rugby, but what sets him apart is his ball-handling ability, an attribute usually more associated with loose
25/06/2020 - SA Rugby's Return To Play Postponed, Again - In a statement released by SARU, they confirmed that they had sought and received clarification from the government on several questions relating to the return to non-contact training. As a result, SA Rugby would advise government this week of its technical preparedness to return to training, as per government requirements.
23/07/2020 - Bulls Lock in Manjezi - The Blue Bulls Company confirmed that 25-year-old lock forward Sintu Manjezi will join the Vodacom Bulls from the Toyota Cheetahs from 1 July. Manjezi has stamped his authority in the Guinness PRO14 in recent seasons as a tough as nails and uncompromising lock in the Toyota Cheetahs’ pack. His core strength in the scrum coupled with his prowess at lineout time and ability to poach the
23/07/2020 - The Springboks Are "Ruthless Bullies" - Rokocoko - Former All Blacks wing Joe Rokocoko labelled the Springboks as“ruthless bullies” in an interview with Sport24. He also added that he supported the Springboks to win the 2020 World Cup after the All Blacks lost their semifinal against England. Rokocokoa hung up his boots last year at the Top 14 club Racing 92, where he is part of the coaching staff. He
23/02/2020 - Chris Cloete And CJ Stander In Self-Isolation As Munster Start Training - Munster players returned to training this morning for their first on-field training session since March. There were no positive PCR results which meant that all the players and staff were cleared to return to the High-Performance Centre at UL. On the player front, Chris Cloete and CJ Stander have just returned to Ireland due to travel limitations
23/06/2020 - Frankie Horn Selected In Best-Ever World Sevens Team - South African Frankie Horne was the only South African included in Karl Tenana’s best-ever world sevens team. World Rugby commentator Karl Tenana was a star of the rugby sevens circuit as a player for many a year before embarking on a successful career in broadcasting. During his time on the pitch, Tenana won the Rugby World Cup Sevens, multiple
22/06/2020 - Specman Returns To Toyota Cheetahs - The Springbok Sevens stalwart, Rosko Specman, will make a return to the Toyota Cheetahs after signing a two-year contract at the franchise. Specman played for the Toyota Cheetahs in 2017 and represented the team in seven Currie Cup and four Guinness PRO14 games, before heading to the Bulls in order to play in the Super Rugby. The fleet-footed player