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 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”
The Currie Cup 2016 final between Free State and the Blue Bulls, played in Bloemfontein on 22 October, 2016 attracted an official crowd of 43,400 as per data released by broadcaster Supersport during the game. FS won the game 36-16.
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.
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”
The Reds might have lost heavily to the Bulls at Loftus in this Super Rugby, but check out Reds flanker Liam Gill scoring his long range drop goal in Pretoria Continue reading “Liam Gill drop goal vs Bulls Super Rugby 2016 for Reds- April 16 2016”