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. [...]

Deysel leads Sharks to Mauritius

10 Jun 16 12:35 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 43 Comments

The Sharks have named a rather interesting squad for the World Club 10s tournament in Mauritius later this month, with a smattering of seniors players rubbing shoulders with up-and-coming youngsters. Ryan Strudwick as coach and Jean Deysel as captain will be the flag bearers. [...]

Pat one of five Sharks as Boks prepare for Ireland

9 Jun 16 15:27 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 102 Comments

Patrick Lambie will start at flyhalf in the first Springbok team of new coach Allister Coetzee’s tenure. The Sharks captain is joined by debutant Faf de Klerk from the Lions in an exciting halfback pairing to take on the Irish at Newlands on Saturday. [...]

Strong sharks XV pack for Loftus

9 Jun 16 09:08 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 145 Comments

Sharks XV coach Michael Horak has named a side for this weekend’s Currie Cup qualifying round clash at Loftus that would not look out of place in the premier division proper. The pack, in particular, boasts six players with Super Rugby experience, including a Springbok in the form of Chiliboy Ralepelle. [...]

Three Sharks start for Ackermann’s “A”‘s

8 Jun 16 12:51 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 121 Comments

Johan Ackermann has named his South Africa “A” side to play the England Saxons in the first of a two-match series in Bloemfontein on Friday evening. [...]

Life after Willie?

8 Jun 16 09:50 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 93 Comments

I saw something very interesting in Manchester last night (well, I wasn’t physically in Manchester myself, but you know what I mean) and it’s made me far less concerned about what would happen next year should Willie le Roux opt to join Wasps, rather than sticking with the Sharks for another year. [...]

Four Boks go down

7 Jun 16 14:22 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 89 Comments

Allister Coetzee has released four members of his 31-man springbok squad to play for the SA A-Team in Bloemfontein this weekend. [...]

Holy Smit, that was sudden…

7 Jun 16 08:52 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 59 Comments

We’ve all had a bit of time to let things sink in, after the rather sudden announcement ten days or so ago that John Smit will be stepping down from his position as Sharks CEO at the end of the year. [...]

Bosch, Nkosi picked for opener

6 Jun 16 14:19 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 21 Comments

Curwin Bosch will start at fullback for the Junior Springboks as Dawie Theron names his team to face Japan in tomorrow’s World Rugby Under Championship opener. [...]

Mohoje to captain A side on Friday

6 Jun 16 10:07 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 48 Comments

Free State forward Teboho Mohoje has been confirmed as captain of the South Africa “A” side that will take on the visiting England Saxons in a two match series. The first match takes place on Friday night in Bloemfontein. [...]