Lions confirm new faces

24 Oct 16 15:15 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 89 Comments

The Lions have taken the time and effort to confirm new signings while also confirming several players leaving the Union. [...]

Barrett brothers Europe bound

24 Oct 16 10:13 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 11 Comments

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named his squad for the End of Year Tour to Europe, including 3 Barrett brothers while also recalling scrumhalf Aaron Smith. [...]

Du Toit, Du Preez to tour with Boks

22 Oct 16 19:53 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 51 Comments

Young Sharks forwards Thomas du Toit and Jean-Luc du Preez are among a number of uncapped players that will feature for the Springboks against the Barbarians on 4 November. Allister Coetzee has been forced into some selection gymnastics due to the fact that the first match of this year’s end of year tour falls outside the international window and he thus will not have access to any of his overseas-based players. [...]

Two Bok squads named on Saturday

21 Oct 16 09:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 62 Comments

The unfortunate scheduling of November 4th’s Barbarians game – it falls outside of the agreed International window – means that Bok coach Allister Coetzee will not have access to almost a team’s worth of front line stars for this year’s End of Year Tour opener. [...]

Bok coaches appointed

20 Oct 16 11:05 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 79 Comments

Following on the story we ran yesterday, it seems SA Rugby jumped the gun a bit and went ahead and announced the new coaches before the Saturday deadline. [...]

New Bok coaches lined up

19 Oct 16 08:25 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 110 Comments

This is a story that I must have missed seeing as it was reported a few days ago, but here we go. Chean Roux has been relieved of his duties as Springbok defence coach. [...]

No go on Flo

18 Oct 16 15:57 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 31 Comments

Francois Louw is set to miss the Springboks’ End of Year Tour due to a hamstring injury, which rules the flanker out until early 2017. [...]

A very sad weekend

17 Oct 16 09:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

I’d like to take a minute to reflect on some sad news this morning. [...]

Talking to Teich

14 Oct 16 14:57 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 76 Comments

He’s been in one of the hottest seats anywhere in SA rugby (that of Sharks CEO) for a little over two months, but Gary Teichmann has clearly already done a huge amount of work that will hopefully bear fruit for the franchise in years to come. I was incredibly fortunate to catch up with the former Bok captain for an in depth chat this week, courtesy of Novashni Chetty and the Sharks PR department. [...]

Currie Cup 2016: Semi-final preview and predictions

14 Oct 16 11:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 104 Comments

Well, let’s pretend we care, shall we? At least there’s one interesting development, in that the powers that be have eventually relented and allowed 23-man squads for these games.

Amazing, I know! [...]

French flair for Sharks in 2017?

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

A rather speculative report in France’s l’Equipe newspaper suggest that 34-year-old French international Clément Poitrenaud may be on his way to Durban. [...]

Williams calls it a day

13 Oct 16 16:20 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

The Sharks today confirmed that centre Heimar Williams has decided to hang up his boots – at the age of just 25. [...]

Happy Birthday Boss!

13 Oct 16 09:07 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 31 Comments

He literally spends 27 hours a day on this site, creating a wealth of reading material and welcoming all and sundry to add their two cents. He is Rob Otto, and it’s his birthday today! [...]

Be the solution – or keep your trap shut!

12 Oct 16 12:35 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 180 Comments

Ok, I’ve had it with so-called “brave” Springboks speaking out about the issues in the team, all while earning a cosy fortune in France. [...]

Talk of reinforcements for Sharks

11 Oct 16 12:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 124 Comments

I was all set to start writing some pieces about the state of the Sharks squad and trying to work out where there might be depth issues ahead of next year. Before I do that, though, I wanted to share some news about potential new signings that might change the picture a little. [...]