Golden Lions eighthman Warren Whiteley has been named by coach Allister Coetzee as South Africa’s 58th rugby captain after the retirement of Adriaan Strauss.
While Whiteley has excelled at Super Rugby level and possesses excellent communication and leadership skills, there are a few who still doubt whether he is South Africa’s best option at 8, with his performances not quite at the level of what Duane Vermeulen produced at test level for the Boks. The Stormers loose forward was one of the best players during the Heyneke Meyer era before his departure to French outfit Toulon.
Vermeulen is one of four overseas players included in this squad, with the others being Steven Kitshoff, Francois Hougaard and Frans Steyn.
The Golden Lions (9) and Stormers (7) make up half the squad, with the Bulls (5), Sharks (4), Overseas (4) and Cheetahs (2) finishing the 31 member list. Continue reading “Warren Whiteley named 58th Springbok Captain- Bok Squad to face France 2017- 31 Man Roster”
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”
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”
Free State v Golden Lions and Blue Bulls v WP have been confirmed as the two semifinals for the 2016 Currie Cup following an exciting last round of fixtures that saw the Lions battle past the Sharks at Ellis Park and WP squeak a victory over Boland.
The Lions trailed 10-0 to the Sharks at the break but a timely yellow card to Francois Kleinhans saw them stage a second half revival and their superior fitness proved advantageous in the last 20 minutes of the rarefied atmosphere in Johannesburg.
Funny bit of play from Springbok No.8 Warren Whiteley in the dying minutes of his side’s Rugby Championship win against Argentina. Whiteley attempts to kick the ball out as the clock reaches 80 minutes, but his attempt is a botched one. However he redeems himself by catching the ball and then running it out.
Just minutes earlier, Whiteley had scored the winning try for the Boks Continue reading “Video Warren Whiteley vs Argentina 2016- Whiteley almost botches kick but manages to run it out”
Fantastic pace shown from Lions flanker Jaco Kriel to effect this try saver on Highlanders centre Matt Faddes in their Super Rugby semifinal at Ellis Park on 30 July, 2016 Continue reading “GIF Video Jaco Kriel vs Matt Faddes | Kriel shows great pace & saves try in Lions-Highlanders Super Rugby Semifinal”
The Playoff lineup for Super Rugby 2016 (effectively the quarterfinals with eight teams in it) has been determined and last season’s champions the Highlanders will travel to Canberra to take on Australian leaders the Brumbies. South African conference winners the Lions will host the Crusaders while the table topping Hurricanes will square off against the Sharks in Wellington. Dave Rennie’s Chiefs will have to make the long trip to Cape Town to take on the Stormers, who have not faced a single Kiwi side in this year’s competition Continue reading “Super Rugby 2016 Quarterfinals Confirmed- Lions v Crusaders & Canes v Sharks in Playoffs”
In form Golden Lions flanker Jaco Kriel seems to be joining the exodus of South African players to the Far East after signing for Kubota Spears. The Spears, coached by former Bulls gaffer Frans Ludeke already have Keegan Daniel, Lionel Mapoe and Grant Hattingh in their ranks, and are set to add Kriel and Bulls star Lappies Labuschagne to their roster.
While Labuschagne’s move is set to be permanent (meaning he will not return for Super Rugby), sources in the South African media have said that Kriel will return for Super Rugby and will only not be available for the Currie Cup.
Kriel has been in the form flanker in South Africa over the last year and a half but has surprisingly not yet been capped by the Boks.