Horak wants to add value

26 Nov 14 10:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 11 Comments

As a player, Michael Horak certainly saw his share of sights, gaining a test cap for England in Rugby Union as well as representing his native South Africa (and the Perth Reds) in Rugby League. It’s in coaching, though, that the 37-year-old former Free Stater is currently making his mark and we caught up with him to talk about his new role, as defensive specialist with the Sharks Super Rugby side. [...]


… some A to go with the D

25 Nov 14 16:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 29 Comments

For those concerned that the Sharks’ decision to contract a specialist defensive coach in Mike Horak signals a desire to play conservative rugby, fear not! [...]


All about the D

25 Nov 14 10:03 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 21 Comments

Thanks to our kind friends over at Sharks HQ, we’ve managed to secure an interview with incoming Sharks defence coach, Michael Horak, for a little later on today. [...]



No Cardiff run-out for Jannie

24 Nov 14 13:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 24 Comments

Well, in news that is likely to surprise nobody at all, the most overplayed guy in Rugby 2015, Doctor Jan Nathaniel du Plessis, has been ruled out of the Springboks’ final test of the season, against Wales in Cardiff this weekend. [...]


Bakkies calls it a day

24 Nov 14 10:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 25 Comments

The Springboks will need to make do without all of their foreign-based players for this weekend’s test match against Wales, but in the case of one stalwart, Bakkies Botha, that withdrawal will be more than a temporary measure.
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Italy (6) v South Africa (22) F/T

22 Nov 14 15:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 80 Comments

kick-off in Padova is at 16h00 SA time. [...]


History: Springboks vs Italy

21 Nov 14 13:20 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 13 Comments

After a 31 – 28 win against England last week, the Springboks will face Italy at the Stadio Euganeo in Padua on Saturday afternoon. [...]



Welcoming back a familiar face

20 Nov 14 17:41 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 31 Comments

Reports from Durban today suggest that former Sharks and Springbok centre Waylon Murray has returned to Kings Parks and is currently taking part in pre-season training with the Sharks Super Rugby side. [...]


Congrats, Renaldo!

20 Nov 14 11:56 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 18 Comments

New Sharks recruit Renaldo Bothma was the big winner at last night’s Steval Puma’s awards ceremony, scooping the three biggest prizes available. [...]


Bok changes for Azzuri

19 Nov 14 12:40 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 52 Comments

Trevor Nyakane comes in to start a test match for the first time this weekend, as Bok coach Heyneke Meyer has made four changes to his starting fifteen for Saturday’s clash against Italy. [...]


Time for the Rugby Championship to come to Durban

19 Nov 14 11:49 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 63 Comments

Looking back over the recent Springbok home fixtures in the Rugby Championship, there’s one fact that stands out like a dog’s balls. Kings Park in Durban has not been awarded a fixture in the competition since it’s re-branding as such in 2012. [...]


Tuesday snippets from the Shark Tank

18 Nov 14 11:03 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 42 Comments

The start of pre-season training ahead of a new campaign always brings a flurry of activity. By all accounts, yesterday was certainly a busy day in Durban. [...]


Jannie ruled out

18 Nov 14 10:11 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

The Springboks have confirmed that Bok prop Jannie du Plessis will not be considered for Saturday’s test against Italy in Padova. [...]


Sharks confirm Horak appointment

17 Nov 14 16:04 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 61 Comments

In a recently-release statement, the Sharks have confirmed that Michael Horak has been appointed defensive and kicking coach. [...]


Sharks snap up Kings defense coach (or have they?)

17 Nov 14 14:13 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 18 Comments

The EP Kings, from whom the news is flowing thick and fast today, have announced via press release that they have released senior defence coach Michael Horak, less than a year after he joined their ranks from the Free State Cheetahs. [...]