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RWC 2015 kick-off times and ticket prices

November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

England 2015 today announced the match kick-off times and ticket prices for the 2015 Rugby Wolrd Cup. Although the most expensive tickets for the final is GBP715 or nearly R12,000 the normal matches aren’t nearly as expensive with adult tickets ranging from GBP15 to GBP 315

South Africa’s match schedule (Round Robin stage):

Sat, Sept 19 @ 22:00 (20:00 GMT) : South Africa v Asia 1 – Brighton Community Stadium

Sat, Sept 26 @ 19:00 (17:00 GMT) : South Africa v Samoa – Villa Park

Sat, Oct 3 @ 19:00 (17:00 GMT) : South Africa v Scotland – St James Park

Wed, Oct 7 @ 19:00 (17:00 GMT) : South Africa v Americas 2 – Olympic Stadium

Full schedule:

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Western Force: SA’s 7th franchise

October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Western Force’s South African contingent is growing with the latest recruit being Bradley Moolman, albeit only to the Western Force Academy.

Bradley Moolman (22), a 2011 u/20 Bok, played Craven Week for the Lions before playing his junior rugby for the Blue Bulls and returning to the Lions in 2012. He has yet to establish himself at senior level having played a number of Vodacom Cup games for the Blue Bulls and the Golden Lions.

Prop Chris Heiberg, centre Marcel Brache (both WP/Stormers), lock Wilhelm Steenkamp (Bulls), scrumhalf Ryan Louwrens (Valke) and now Moolman (Golden Lions) are joining Sias Ebersohn and the South African born Chris Alcock for the 2014 season. Chris Alcock’s parents moved to Australia when he was 10 while Ryan Louwrens moved to Perth in 2011.

This brings the South African contingent at the Force to seven.

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New South Africa Rugby

March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Former WP lock signed a two year contract with Leinster and Timo Swiel withdraws from the u/20 Bok squad. Both players are keeping their options open.

After this two year contract Quin Roux will be eligible to play for Ireland while Swiel has a British passport and playing for the u/20 Boks will mean he cannot play for another country as SARU earlier this year designated the u/20 Boks as South Africa’s next senior rugby team.

This follows after more South African players were selected for other countries the past year or so:

Richardt Strauss – Ireland
Hendre Fourie, Mouritz Botha, Brad Barritt – England
Andries Pretorius – Wales
Antonie Claassen – France

and other have left to play overseas with the express purpose of qualifying for other countries:

Josh Strauss – Scotland
Jacobie Adriaanse – Wales
CJ Stander – Ireland
Etienne Oosthuizen – Australia

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Don’t underestimate the Wallabies!

August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

All and sundry seems upset with Heyneke Meyer’s failure to get the best out of the Bok side, and rightly so. While we haven’t lost a test under Meyer yet we need to look at the opposition we played and our “progress” in the five tests so far. Unfortunately our performance seems to be going backwards.

vs England:
Although England is ranked fourth we played a weakened England side missing something like 11 players. FFS, they pulled in a guy who was in Joburg for a wedding!

First test: The Boks won a relatively close affair.

Second test (+): The Boks won comfortably although they allowed England back into the game in the second half.

Third test (-): Playing dire rugby and Steyn misfiring with the boot saw us scratch out a draw.

vs Argentina:
The Pumas are ranked 8 in the world and have never beaten the Boks.

First test (): While we won easily enough we weren’t convincing for a top team against the number 8.

Second test (-): We cannot even blame jetlag for this result as the Pumas travelled back and forth across the Atlantic.

The Wallabies:

We might feel fairly confident that we should beat a Wallaby side that lost twice to New Zealand, the last time a whitewash. In addition their Super Rugby sides were, for the most part, fairly poor.

But it would be a mistake to discount them as a force. While they lost against Scotland with a weakened team they ended up beating the Six Nations champions, Wales, 3-0 during their winter tour, albeit in close matches.

Their two test losses to New Zealand is more an indication of the All Black’s strength rather than the Wallabies’ weakness and, keep in mind, the All Blacks only outscored them 2-1 and 1-0 in tries.

So it would be a serious mistake for South Africans to underestimate the Wallabies.

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The Fourth Conference

August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

In one of my posts I suggested an unofficial “fourth conference” to be added to Super Rugby as an option to accommodate the Lions, and any non-participating South African franchise, for the next three years and the more I think about it the more I like the idea.

It is well-known that the Aussies and the Kiwis hope to expand Super Rugby to the Pacific Islands, Japan and the Americas, both North and South. The motivation for this is not only historical in the Pacific Islands’ case but also financial and developmental.

When Super Rugby originally started teams from Australia, New Zealand competed together with a Fijian team but when South Africa joined in 1993 it became the Super 10 and the Fijian team fell by the wayside.

While there’s probably not a lot of money in it to include the Pacific Islands the Aussies and Kiwis have a Big Brother obligation as many of their domestic and international players have ties to those countries.

Including Japan would be more financial as there seem to be a lot of money available for rugby while the development of rugby in the Americas could financially lucrative.

With South Africa now having six franchises but only five spots in Super Rugby it means that, for the next three years at least, one franchise will sit on in the stands every year all dressed up and nowhere to go.

Consider therefore enlisting SANZAR’s help and create an informal/unofficial “fourth conference” made up of five to eight teams from the Pacific Islands, Asia (Japan), South America (Argetina), North America (USA and Canada) as well as South Africa’s sixth franchise.

While the composition of some of these teams may be hampered by player, club and international commitments, especially in year one, a suitable round robin schedule would provide teams with competition and prepare them for eventual inclusion into Super Rugby as either a fourth conference or as a second tier.

At the same time South Africa’s sixth franchise will continue to get game time during the otherwise lean Super Rugby season.

I can hear some people saying that the quality of these teams will not be of a suitable standard but the fact is that the sixth franchise will not get quality competition anywhere else. All the major Southern and Northern Hemisphere rugby countries’ players are involved in competitions through most of the Super Rugby season – Six Nations, Super Rugby, Heineken Cup, Top 14, etc. – so these countries do not have teams and players available.

So why not use the current situation, with the help of SANZAR, to start developing the next step of Super Rugby.