Wellington flanker Vaea Fifita literally leapt over Counties back Piers Francis in their Mitre 10 Cup gqame on 9 September, 2016. Wellington won 28-27 Continue reading “Video Fifita vs Piers Francis 2016- Vaea hurdles and jumps over Piers Francis tackle- Counties Wellington Rugby”
Springbok skipper Adriaan Strauss has announced that he will be retiring from test rugby at the end of the 2016 international season.
Bulls hooker Strauss was named captain by new Bok coach Allister Coetzee earlier this year, but his form hasn’t been the best, with several clamouring for the inclusion of young Lions star Malcolm Marx in the setup.
Strauss earned the vast majority of his caps under Heyneke Meyer but was second choice to Bismarck du Plessis for most of his career. When Bismarck went to Montpellier and 8th man Duane Vermuelen went to Toulon, Strauss was the obvious local candidate for the captain’s post, edging out Warren Whiteley (who would’ve faced competition from Vermuelen for his post)
Strauss though is only 30 (1985 born).
His exit will see the likes of Marx, Scarra Ntubeni and Bongi Mbonambi fight it out for the hookers’ spot, with Bismarck du Plessis also an outside bet to be restored to the setup incase Coetzee feels he needs experience Continue reading “Adriaan Strauss retiring from rugby- Strauss to quit test rugby at the end of 2016”
First win on Argentine soil for Argentina over South Africa, adding to their scalp of the Boks in the Republic earlier this year. Some slick tries from the Pumas, check out the highlights below Continue reading “Pumas v Boks 2016 TRC Highlights | Video Argentina vs South Africa Rugby 26-24 Salta”
Owen Franks could be in a bit of hot water after footage showed him allegedly eye gouging Australia lock Kane Douglas in the All Blacks’ 29-9 win over the Wallabies in Wellington on August 27, 2016. Continue reading “Video Owen Franks v Kane Douglas- Did Franks eye gouge Douglas Bledisloe 2 2016?”
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”
Natal Sharks defence coach Omar Mouneimne has been released from his contract in Durban after he agreed to take up an assignment with Stade Francais. The much travelled Mouneimne had a fantastic impact on the Sharks this year in Super Rugby (they went from being one of the worst defensive sides in SR 2015 to being one of the best in 2016), but has now agreed to return to the Northern Hemisphere.
Under Mouneimne, the Sharks conceded only 20 tries in 12 games before the international break (and 16 in 4 after the break), and were the best defensive side going into the Super Rugby playoffs. Continue reading “Omar Mouneimne Stade Francais defence coach- Omar leaves Sharks for SF”
If reports are to be believed, the Sharks have signed young centre Jeremy Ward from Eastern Province. Ward was captain of the South Africa U20 side at this year’s Championships, and also made a few appearances for the Kings in Super Rugby.
Ward’s signing is a timely one, given that the Sharks have just lost outside centre Paul Jordaan to La Rochelle.
With Ward and Curwin Bosch on their books, Natal now have two of the brightest U20 talents in the country on their roster.
Ward’s exit is another in the long list of talented youngsters to leave EP, with Aidon Davis (Toulon), Thembelani Bholi (Free State), Shane Gates (Japan) and James Hall (Oyonnax) also moving from Port Elizabeth at the conclusion of the 2016 Super season.
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”
It’s public knowledge that John Smit will not be seeking an extension to his tenure as Natal Sharks CEO, but more interesting are the rumours floating around Kings Park that another club legend and skipper (albeit with more business experience!) in Gary Teichmann will take over from Smit.
There’s been a fair bit of controversy at the Tank recently, with former CEO Brian van Zyl accusing Graham MacKenzie and the Sharks board of mismanagement. Continue reading “Gary Teichmann new Sharks CEO?- Teich to replace John Smit?”