Sharks XV named for Griquas

24 Jun 16 09:42 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

Michael Horak has named his Sharks XV team to take on Griquas in Upington on Saturday afternoon. [...]

Combrinck, Whiteley start in decider

23 Jun 16 14:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 85 Comments

Allister Coetzee has made just two changes to his Springbok starting side for Saturday’s series decider against the Irish in Port Elizabeth. Lions player Warren Whiteley and Ruan Combrinck will each start a test for the first time. [...]

Super Rugby bonus point system for Rugby Champs

23 Jun 16 09:43 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 16 Comments

In a move that is as sensible as it is unsurprising, the new bonus point system that was introduced in Super Rugby this year will be carried forward to the Rugby Championships. [...]

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Smit rebuts van Zyl allegations

22 Jun 16 13:04 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 135 Comments

Kudos to Darryn Pollock of the Daily News for securing an exclusive interview with current (or is that outgoing?) Sharks Chief Executive John Smit. As we reported earlier, Smit’s predecessor, Brian van Zyl, created a proper ruckus late last week by writing a letter to another KZN newspaper, in which allegations of serious financial problems at the Sharks were levelled. [...]

Coenie gets Bok call-up

22 Jun 16 09:16 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 57 Comments

Sharks prop Coenie Oosthuizen has been called into the Springbok squad ahead of Saturday’s third test against Ireland, after injury forced Trevor Nyakane to withdraw. [...]

Sharks 10s team make us proud…

21 Jun 16 10:15 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 13 Comments

A big well done to Ryan Strudwick, AB Zondagh, Jean Deysel and the rest of the Sharks Invitational side that played in this weekend’s World Cub 10s tournament in Mauritius. [...]

Junior Boks named for semi

20 Jun 16 11:59 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 45 Comments

Curwin Bosch will again wear the number 15 jersey as the Junior Springboks aim to topple favourites England in tonight’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship semi final. Bosch put in a stunning performance to help turn around a poor start as the Boks beat France in their final pool game last week. [...]

Stormy weather for Sharks? Or storm in a tea cup?

20 Jun 16 10:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 154 Comments

A rather unseemly spat is playing out in the media at present, with current and former senior Sharks stakeholders – who really should know better, you’d think – taking swipes at one another via the pages of the province’s newspapers, rather than picking up the phone and talking to each other like civilised people. [...]

No Lambie for third test

20 Jun 16 09:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 17 Comments

A Springbok medical update has revealed that Pat Lambie’s concussion, sustained during the first test against the Irish at Newlands, has not abated sufficiently to allow him to be selected for Saturday’s series decider in Port Elizabeth. [...]

South Africa v Ireland: Second Test

18 Jun 16 15:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 264 Comments

It’s Ellis Park this week as the Boks seek redemption. [...]

Sharks XV head to Newcastle

17 Jun 16 10:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 39 Comments

It hasn’t been an easy campaign for Khaya Majola and the Sharks XV, with last week’s unlucky loss at Loftus just another chapter in the story of their season so far. The team, coached by Michael Horak, will have another opportunity to grow and improve as they take on the Pumas in Newcastle this afternoon. [...]

Jantjies, du Toit for Ellis Park starts

16 Jun 16 13:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 32 Comments

Allister Coetzee has resisted the urge to make sweeping changes to the Springbok side for Saturday’s second test against the Irish in Johannesburg, making just two injury-enforced changes to his starting lineup for the clash. [...]

Under 19 competition kicks off

15 Jun 16 13:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 28 Comments

This one has caught me a little by surprise, I’ll admit, but the Sharks under 19 side will be in action this weekend, getting their 2016 campaign underway against the EP Kings on Friday. [...]

Bosch back at 15

15 Jun 16 09:31 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 67 Comments

Desperate Junior springbok coach Dawie Theron once again finds himself desperately shuffling his team in an effort to get out of the pool stages at this year’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship. A loss to Argentina in their second-round match has taken the South Africans’ fate out of their own hands and they’ll need to win against France today, while hoping other results go their way. [...]

Changes for “A” side

14 Jun 16 17:10 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 92 Comments

Johan Ackermann has opted not to use any Springbok players this week as he’s rather focused on ensuring game time for all the member of his South Africa “A” squad. The team to face the England Saxons in Friday’s second match in George shows a good number of changes to the unit that lost in Bloemfontein last week. [...]

Bad news for Giant and Sharks

14 Jun 16 10:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 28 Comments

Big lock Lubabalo “Giant” Mtyanda is going in for surgery today after sustaining what must surely be a season-ending knee injury playing for the Pumas at the weekend. [...]

Boks call up Steyn

13 Jun 16 15:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 136 Comments

No no, not Frans…. Morne! [...]

Pat to miss Ellis Park clash

13 Jun 16 09:35 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 78 Comments

Pat Lambie, who was stretchered off against the Irish at Newlands after being knocked out cold by a CJ Stander challenge, will not be considered for selection for Saturday’s second test at Ellis Park. [...]

Sometimes you’re the statue…

13 Jun 16 09:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 126 Comments

There’s no sugar-coating this – it was a very dark weekend for South African rugby, with all three of the teams that took the field in green and gold at the weekend suffering humiliating defeats. While the Springboks’ 20-26 reversal against a 14-man Irish side is the understandable focus, losses for the Junior Springboks against Argentina and South Africa “A” side against the England Saxons only served to pile on the misery for fans. [...]

South Africa v Ireland: First test

11 Jun 16 15:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 85 Comments

It’s test rugby time again – today’s first test is at Newlands, kicking off at 5pm local time. [...]