Here is a look at the official South Africa “A” side to take on the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town, and the Springboks have named a very strong team, potentially with the aim of giving some first XV regulars some valuable game time.
The side features Vincent Koch and Trevor Nyakane as props, Eben Etzebeth and Franco Mostert in the second row, and Marco Van Staden, Pieter Steph du Toit and Jasper Wiese as the loose trio. Veteran Morne Steyn has been named at 10 with the World Cup winning centre pair of Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am playing in midfield.
It’s not often that you see a provincial side take on the Lions twice, but that’s exactly what happened with the Natal Sharks over the weekend thanks to the ongoing Covid pandemic in South Africa. The BIL were originally due to play the Bulls in Pretoria, but Covid put paid to those plans and as a contingency plan, the Sharks were summoned to play the touring side again, just days after they had copped a 54-7 hammering.
The Sharks made several changes, including that of Lionel Cronje at 10 ahead of Curwin Bosch, whose defence had been very suspect.
To their credit, they put on an improved performance and capitalised on several Lions errors, with the likes of scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse and full back Anthony Volmink all taking advantage as the two sides were tied 26-26 at the break.
However a brainfade from Hendrikse saw him red carded early in the second half by Wayne Barnes, and with that red card went any chances of the Sharks getting something from the game. Continue reading “Sharks 31-71 British and Irish Lions | Hendrikse red card spoils evening for Natal”
South Africa haven’t played an international rugby union Test match since lifting the World Cup in Japan. It won’t be long before we are halfway through the latest cycle and the Springboks must mount a defence of their global crown in France in 2023.
The Rainbow Nation’s triumph in the Far East saw them tie with New Zealand as three-time Rugby World Cup winners. South Africa are scheduled to host the touring British and Irish Lions midway through 2021 with subtle changes to the coaching staff made, but more significant ones on the field expected. Continue reading “Boks set for continuity and change as WC cycle moves on”
Here is a look at the pools for the 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
How many teams will be participating at the Womens Rugby World Cup 2021?
12 teams will be participating in the Womens 2021 RWC (divided into three groups of four teams)
Which group are England Women in for Rugby World Cup 2021?
England Rugby Women are in Pool C for RWC 2021 alongside France, South Africa and Fiji
Which group are the Black Ferns (NZ rugby women) in for the 2021 Womens World Cup?
The Black Ferns are in Pool A alongside Australia, Wales and a to be decided qualifier.
Which group are Springbok women in for the 2021 RWC?
South Africa women are in a tough group alongside England, France and Fiji. Their men’s team are the reigning RWC holders, having beaten England 32-12 in the 2019 RWC final.
Asian qualifiers: Japan, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan (one qualifies, runner up goes to repechage tournament)
European qualifiers: Russia, Netherlands, Spain (one qualifies, runner up goes to repechage tournament)
Final Repecharge tournament: Asian runner up, European runner up, Samoa, Winner of Colombia v Kenya