Chean Roux to be sacked as Springbok defence coach?

If reports in Rapport are to be believed, Bok defence coach Chean Roux is set to be shown the door ahead soon, with either Pine Pienaar or JP Ferreira expected to take his place for the upcoming November internationals.

Ex-Maties coach Roux was appointed as the defensive coach of the Boks despite having never had previous experience in that position at the highest level, and they were in absolute shambles during the Rugby Championship conceding 4 tries against Argentina, three against Australia and FIFTEEN against the All Blacks Continue reading “Chean Roux to be sacked as Springbok defence coach?”

Heimar Williams Retires 2016- Sharks centre calls it a day

Young Sharks centre Heimar Williams has decided to retire from rugby and pursue a career as a chartered accountant. Williams, predominantly a 12, who has also been used at 13 and sometimes 10 by the Sharks, passed his ITC exam in January this year.

Williams was viewed in Durban as a useful back up player- a solid enough centre to be on the fringes of the Super Rugby squad, but wasn’t a regular starter, having first sat behind Frans Steyn and then Andre Esterhuizen in the queue.

The Sharks inside centre options are looking a little thin this moment, with Esterhuizen their only major option, but we might see Marius Louw being promoted from the junior squads. Other options at outside centre include Lukhanyo Am, Jeremy Ward and Sbura Sithole Continue reading “Heimar Williams Retires 2016- Sharks centre calls it a day”

Demetri Catrakilis to Harlequins- Flyhalf to leave Montpellier

Harlequins have announced the signing of South African flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis from Montpellier. The No.10, who is currently part of the large South African contingent at MHRC, will link up with Quins from next season. No details regarding the duration of the contract was announced.

Catrakilis was part of the Montpellier side that beat Quins in the European Challenge Cup in May earlier this year. He is a prolific goal kicker but his attacking abilities are considered to be a little limited in his native South Africa, where he has represented both the Kings and Stormers in Super Rugby Continue reading “Demetri Catrakilis to Harlequins- Flyhalf to leave Montpellier”

All Blacks v Springboks Extended Highlights 8 October 2016 Durban (New Zealand 57-15 South Africa)

Highlights from the All Blacks v Boks Rugby Championship clash in Durban on 8 October, 2016. Continue reading “All Blacks v Springboks Extended Highlights 8 October 2016 Durban (New Zealand 57-15 South Africa)”

Sbura Sithole Audi S3 Car Crash- Sithole in Accident, but escapes injury

Natal Sharks backline player Sbura Sithole was involved in a car crash earlier today morning (Thursday November 6, 2016). His Audi S3 had a tyre burst and the car flipped (see picture below), but thankfully the player escaped injury.

Sithole played mostly at wing for the Durban based Sharks in the Currie Cup, but has also played at outside centre for them in the past. He has also represented the Blitzbokke Continue reading “Sbura Sithole Audi S3 Car Crash- Sithole in Accident, but escapes injury”

Thomas du Toit to Munster- Sharks prop joins on three month loan

Munster have completed the signing of versatile Sharks prop Thomas du Toit on loan for a period of three months. Du Toit, a former Baby Bok representative, can operate on both sides of the scrum, but is said to be looking to cement his position as a tighthead and played mostly at 3 for the Sharks in the recently concluded Currie Cup.

South Africa were thin at 3 following the departure of Jannie du Plessis after the World Cup and loosehead prop (although not officially) is seen as a “coloured” position in some circles, with the likes of Beast Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane and Lizo Gqoboka all in the running.

At tighthead prop, the Boks currently have the likes of Frans Malherbe, Julian Redelinghuys and Vincent Koch. Continue reading “Thomas du Toit to Munster- Sharks prop joins on three month loan”

First Jamie Joseph Japan Squad 2016- Names 36 member extended training roster

New Japan coach Jamie Joseph has named a 36 man extended training squad- his first since taking charge of the Brave Blossoms. The likes of Leitch, Goromaru, Tui and Broadhurst, who were all present in Japan’s memorable RWC 2015 campaign, are notable absentees from this squad.

15 uncapped players in this 36 member roster. Continue reading “First Jamie Joseph Japan Squad 2016- Names 36 member extended training roster”

Currie Cup Semifinals 2016- Free State Cheetahs v Lions & Blue Bulls v Western Province

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.

Official- JWC 2017 Groups Announced- U20 World Rugby Championship 2017

The draws for the 2017 IRB JWC tournament (or World Rugby U20 Championship as it is known now), has been made. The tournament will be held in Georgia, with the hosts drawing Argentina, South Africa and France in Group C. Defending champions England are in Group A along with Australia and Wales (a repeat of the 2015 Rugby World Cup), while Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Italy are in Group B Continue reading “Official- JWC 2017 Groups Announced- U20 World Rugby Championship 2017”

List of Natal Sharks Super Rugby Fixtures 2017- Cell C Sharks SR 2017 Draw Games

The Super Rugby draw for 2017 was released earlier today and here are the list of fixtures for the Cell C Sharks. The Sharks will be playing NO New Zealand team in regular round robin and start off with a two game Australian tour against the Queensland Reds and ACT Brumbies Continue reading “List of Natal Sharks Super Rugby Fixtures 2017- Cell C Sharks SR 2017 Draw Games”