CJ Stander has become the first Afrikaans player to earn selection to the British and Irish Lions following his announced in the squad selected by Warren Gatland today.
Stander, a former Baby Bok skipper, was told by coach Heyneke Meyer that he was too short for a loose forward, and thus chose to move to Ireland, where he has already become a club legend of sorts at Munster and has been capped by Ireland.
Stander, while being the first Afrikaner to earn Lions selection, is not the first South African- eight other previous Saffa born players have been selected for the Lions.
South Africa born British Lions Rugby Players
RC Mullins (1896)
Stan Harris (1924)
Brian Black (1930)
Dyson Wilson (1955)
Some great skills, stepping and footwork from the Southern Kings’ Makazole Mapimpi as he turned Karmichael Hunt inside and outside for his try in the PE based outfit’s 47-34 loss to the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on 15 April, 2017 Continue reading “Makazole Mapimpi Karmichael Hunt Video Stepping- Mapimpi try vs Reds for Kings 2017 (VIDEO)”
Here is SP Marais’ try vs Chiefs for the Stormers on April 8, 2017. Fantastic no look offload from Dillyn Leyds for Marais’ try. One of two great tries in this game- the other being Toni Pulu’s try for the Chiefs Continue reading “GIF Video SP Marais try vs Chiefs April 8 2017 | Great Dillyn Leyds No Look Pass Offload”
Here is Toni Pulu’s try vs Stormers– a fantastic length of the field try by the Chiefs in their Super Rugby game at Newlands. Starts in their own 22- some fantastic skills from James Lowe (to be Leinster signing), Damian McKenzie and Liam Messam, and finished off by Toni Pulu. Check out the video below- worth a watch! Continue reading “Toni Pulu Try vs Stormers 2017 (GIF VIDEO)- Great Chiefs Try featuring James Lowe, Damian McKenzie & Liam Messam”
Sonny Bill Williams made his return in a Blues jersey today against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr and it appeared that he had the BNZ logo on the collar covered. Reason unknown, but perhaps Williams’ faith does not allow him to endorse banks that charge interest?.
Check out the BNZ logo blanked out on SBW’s jersey Continue reading “SBW BNZ Sponsor Logo Covered- Sonny Bill Williams Collar Logo on Blues Shirt Tape”
Here is a MONSTER penalty kick from young Sharks back Curwin Bosch against the Emirates Lions for the Natal Sharks in their Super Rugby clash in April 2017. Bosch, 19, nailed this 60m+ kick with ease. Aided mildly by the altitude at Ellis Park, but a fantastic kick nevertheless from the teenager Continue reading “Video Curwin Bosch penalty kick vs Golden Lions Super Rugby 2017- Monster 62m penalty from 19 year old”
Reigning World Player of the year Beauden Barrett’s younger brother Jordie seems to be prodigiously talented as well, and here is the Hurricanes full back scoring his first ever Super Rugby try for his franchise against the Reds on 1 April, 2017. The first of many we think! The younger Barrett is also a fantastic passer of the ball- check out his great pass against the Chiefs last month Continue reading “Video Jordie Barrett’s first Super Rugby Try- Jordie vs Queensland Reds 2017”
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has invited 13 players from the Natal Sharks for this weekend’s second camp in Stellenbosch. The Sharks were not part of the first camp held in Johannesburg owing to their tour commitments.
Why have Andre Esterhuizen and Philip van der Walt not been called up for the Bok camp?
Inside center Esterhuizen and eighthman Van der Walt have been two of the Sharks’ most consistent performers this season, but have seemingly been ignored by Coetzee. Another surprise exclusion is tighthead prop Lourens Adriaanse.
List of Natal Sharks players invited to Bok Camp April 2017
Ruan Botha, Etienne Oosthuizen, Lukhanyo Am, Kobus van Wyk, Beast Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jean-Luc du Preez, Cobus Reinach, Pat Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Curwin Bosch, Tera Mtembu
Here is Mohoje vs Reinach in the Cheetahs-Sharks game over the weekend. The Bok flanker has had a history with high tackles and performed one against Sharks scrummie Reinach, and the latter took offence to the challenge. Mohoje was yellow carded by referee Jaco Peyper and later apologised to Reinach after the game on social media. Reinach, who is due to move to Northampton Saints later this year, accepted the apology Continue reading “Oupa Mohoje yellow card v Sharks Video | Teboho Mohoje Reinach High Tackle Fight incident Video”
Here are crowds for home games involving South African franchises Emirates Lions (Johannesburg based) and the Vodacom Bulls (Pretoria based) for the 2017 Super Rugby season. The Lions were runners up in 2016 while the Bulls are the only RSA based franchise to win Super Rugby (2007, 2009 and 2010)
Posted last updated after Blue Bulls vs Highlanders game on 13 May, 2017 Continue reading “Emirates Golden Lions & Blue Bulls Super Rugby Attendances 2017 Season”