Plenty of new Sharks on show

8 Aug 14 15:47 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

A fair few players will make their Currie Cup debuts for the Sharks against Griquas tomorrow. Let’s run through the names before extending a warm welcome to one and all. [...]

ABSA Currie Cup 2014: Round 1 Preview and Predictions

7 Aug 14 15:14 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 50 Comments

Right, enough of this Super Rugby nonsense…. it’s time to rediscover our caveman (or whatever the latest ad campaign is about) and get stuck into the real thing. The Currie Cup is back, baby and it all kicks off this weekend with four games on the table. [...]

All rather predictaBull

7 Aug 14 14:22 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 4 Comments

Apart from a greenhorn at inside centre, Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has picked a strong team for his side’s Currie Cup opener…. hang on, didn’t I just write the same thing about the Lions? [...]

Strong Lions for Bull fight

7 Aug 14 14:13 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 5 Comments

Apart from an uncapped greenhorn at inside centre, Xerox Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has been able to name a strong side for Saturday’s Currie Cup opener against the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park. [...]

Sharks named for opener

7 Aug 14 13:31 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 46 Comments

Brad Macleod-Henderson has named a strong Sharks team to face Griquas in the Currie Cup opener this weekend. [...]

Another youngster with a chance to shine

7 Aug 14 09:09 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 86 Comments

If the Sharks run out on Saturday the way they’ve been training all week, then the Kimberley fling could present an opportunity for yet another talented home-grown Sharks Academy boy to make his mark on the Currie Cup. [...]

Torsten leads new-look Cheetahs

6 Aug 14 12:59 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

The extent to which the Toyota Cheetahs Super Rugby side has been ravaged by Bok call-ups and player movements has been revealed, with coach Rory Duncan naming a virtually unrecognisable line-up for Saturday’s Currie Cup game against the Steval Pumas. Hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld, himself somewhat of a newcomer, leads a team boasting few familiar faces indeed. [...]

Play to your strengths, Sharks

6 Aug 14 12:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 18 Comments

While the Sharks go into the upcoming Currie Cup campaign a little bit light on experience, given the large number of Super Rugby players out of contention, they nevertheless boast some key men in their ranks. [...]

Stonehouse shows his hand

6 Aug 14 11:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 7 Comments

Steval Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse has named a strong lineup for his side’s return to the Currie Cup Premier Division. The Pumas won the right to play in the top tier of the competition by beating Griquas in a promotion series last year and will face the Cheetahs in their opener on Saturday. [...]

Back to the Past for Boks once more

6 Aug 14 08:58 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 94 Comments

In a rather predictable move, the Springboks have called up yet another aging veteran of the 2007 World Cup triumph. [...]

Maks set for scrum battle against former team mates

6 Aug 14 08:48 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 10 Comments

Griquas coach Hawies Fourie has named his 22 for Saturday’s Currie Cup opener against the Sharks in Kimberley. Former Sharks junior tighthead Nikolaas “Maks” van Dyk will be in the starting line-up. [...]

EP Kings team to face Western Province in opener

6 Aug 14 08:00 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 10 Comments

EP Kings head coach Carlos Spencer has named his team to face DHL Western Province in their opening ABSA Currie Cup match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday. [...]

Second row woes for Sharks

5 Aug 14 15:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 17 Comments

The Cell C Sharks’ hopes of being able to call on a Super Rugby second-row pairing for Saturday’s Currie Cup opener against Griquas look slim to none, if a report on the SuperSport Website is to be believed. [...]

Etzebeth in Province start

5 Aug 14 14:02 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

And we’re off, with the first Currie Cup line-up of the new Premier Division season named, courtesy of DHL Western Province. [...]

Bok boost for Province

5 Aug 14 13:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 3 Comments

DHL Western Province have received a smattering of good news ahead of this weekend’s Currie cup opener against the EP Kings. [...]