The Sharks have pulled off a triple coup of sorts, with the acquisitions from Leolin Zas and Robert du Preez Junior from Western Province/Stormers and Makazole Mapimpi from the Cheetahs. All three signings are practically 100% done- just haven’t been officially confirmed by the Sharks. The three are in addition to lock Gideon Koegelenberg, whom the Sharks have acquired on a two year deal from Zebre.
Wing Mapimpi impressed during Super Rugby with the Kings in 2017- check out this video where he embarrassed Karmichael Hunt, and is currently playing for Free State/Cheetahs.
The Sharks are a bit short on pacy wings, with Sbu Nkosi and Kobus van Wyk the only real speedsters in the side. Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo, the other wings, are the other side of 30, with Mvovo also looked upon as a full back option. Continue reading “Leolin Zas Sharks Signing- Makazole Mapimpi & Robert Du Preez Jnr to move to Natal too”
The South African national rugby union team suffered their biggest ever defeat in a competitive fixture as they were humbled 57-0 by New Zealand at the QBE Stadium in front of 30,021 fans on September 16, 2017.
This Bok defeat saw Allister Coetzee’s men humbled by 57 points, beating the previous record loss that England inflicted upon them (53-3) back in 2002 (the game where the Boks had Jannes Labuschagne sent off). However the Springboks played for the full 80 with fifteen men.
The Springboks’ heaviest defeat at home also came with Coetzee in charge last year, when they lost 57-15 in Durban in October 2016. Continue reading “List of Worst Springbok Losses | Biggest margins of defeat for South Africa rugby”
Since re-admission, South Africa have had two Muslim Boks- the Western Province/Stormers loose forward Nizaam Carr, who made his debut against Italy in Padova (November 22, 2014) and the Free State/Cheetahs loosie Uzair Cassiem, who also made his international bow in an EOYT game (against Wales in Cardiff on November 27, 2016) Continue reading “List of Muslim Springboks | Islamic South African Rugby Players”
Here is Vaea Fifita’s try vs Argentina, a super try from the Hurricanes and Wellington loose forward in New Zealand’s 39-22 win in New Plymouth on 9 September, 2017. Fifita showed fantastic pace for this try against Los Pumas, created after Dane Coles charged Tomas Cubelli’s kick. Continue reading “GIF Vaea Fifita try vs Los Pumas 2017 Rugby Championship | Fifita pace Video against Argentina”
Here are the official crowds for the 2017 edition of the Rugby Championship, the annual tournament featuring Southern Hemisphere quartet Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It was previously known as the Tri Nations before changing its name to the Rugby Championship following Argentina’s introduction.
Last updated after Argentina vs Australia on 8 October, 2017 Continue reading “The Rugby Championship 2017 Attendances- TRC 2017 Tri Nations Crowds”
Former Springbok winger Chris Badenhorst’s son Dian took the field today for the Free State Cheetahs against the Natal Sharks in their Currie Cup game (on 2 September, 2017). Dian was the replacement scrumhalf for Free State today, and replaced former Baby Bok JP Smith in the second half.
Dian was educated at Grey College and has played for the University of Free State (UFS Shimlas) Continue reading “Springbok Chris Badenhorst son- Dian Badenhorst (Free State Cheetahs)”
This Brodie Retallick vs Hanigan Incident (VIDEO BELOW) was a controversial moment during the New Zealand vs Australia Rugby Championship Test in Dunedin on August 26, 2017. Hanigan’s legs were on Retallick’s shoulders and as the Chiefs lock got up, the Wallabies flanker appeared to be spear tackled into the ground. Referee Nigel Owens however chose not to take any action after consultation with TMO Rowan Kitt, despite the protests of Australian skipper Michael Hooper Continue reading “Brodie Retallick vs Hanigan Incident Video- Retallick spear tackle on Ned Hanigan August 26 2017 Bledisloe”
Sharks winger and former Baby Bok Kobus van Wyk got married to girlfriend June van der Westhuizen earlier this year. He missed a Currie Cup game for the Sharks owing to his marriage!
Van Wyk played at outside centre in South Africa’s 2012 JWC final win over New Zealand at Newlands Continue reading “Kobus van Wyk June van der Westhuizen Marriage 2017- Sharks Rugby Winger Married”
This Kwagga Smith red card vs Crusaders saw the Golden Lions reduced to fourteen men in their Super Rugby final. Kwagga collided with David Havili in the air, and although there was no intent, referee Jaco Peyper ruled that it was worthy of a sending off Continue reading “GIF Video Kwagga Smith red card vs Crusaders Super Rugby Final 2017 Lions David Havili”
This SBW tackle on Watson (VIDEO BELOW) saw the All Blacks centre red carded in their game against the British and Irish Lions on 1 July, 2017. SBW’s no arms challenge on Watson caught the latter in the face and referee Jerome Garces decided to send him off. Sonny-Bill is the first All Black to be red carded since 1967 Continue reading “Video SBW Red Card vs Lions 2017 Wellington | Sonny Bill Williams tackle on Watson | First All Black sent off since 1967”