Archive for: 2017

Bulls defence "unacceptable" – Pienaar

Vodacom Bulls defensive coach Pine Pienaar declared himself “very unhappy” with the way his shave defended in their opening four games of the Super Rugby season

Comment: Axing the Kings far from straightforward

With Super Rugby set to be culled to 15 teams, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) are in a Catch-22 situation on which of its teams to axe from next year’s tournament. SANZAAR’s proposal – after a meeting in London earlier this month – to change competition’s format has led to speculation that one Australian and…

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Two-week ban for Heem

Worcester wing Bryce Heem has been given a two-week suspension after pleading guilty to a dangerous tackling charge at a hearing. The Warriors back was charged with tackling the jumper in the air, contrary to law 10.4(i), after being sent-off against Wasps on Saturday. He is free to play again on Tuesday, April 18. “The…

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Gray fit to face Munster

Scotland second-row Richie Gray is fit and available for Toulouse’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Munster. Gray missed last weekend’s Top 14 defeat away to Bordeaux-Bègles with a calf injury following a busy Six Nations period with Scotland, although he was ruled out of the final match against Italy. Key scrum-half Sébastien Bézy is also fit according…

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Laidlaw could return in three weeks

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is hopeful of returning to club duty with Gloucester in three to four weeks in a boost to his Lions hopes. The influential 31-year-old scrum-half, who suffered ankle ligament damage against France in the Six Nations, had successful surgery. He’ll now look to get back playing with the Cherry and Whites…

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Stormers lose Elstadt for up to three months

Cape Town based Superrugby franchise the Stormers have paid a hefty price for their 44-31 Super Rugby victory against the Sunwolves in Singapore. The Stormers have confirmed that they suffered four new injuries from the clash against the Sunwolves. Flank Rynhardt Elstadt has had scans which confirmed a full Syndesmosis ankle tear and will undergo…

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Lions unchanged for Sharks clash

Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named his team for Saturday’s South African Super Rugby derby against the Sharks in Johannesburg.

Jones wants Force, Rebels axed

England head coach Eddie Jones thinks Australia should reduce their Super Rugby representation down to three teams in the near future. The former Brumbies boss, who led the Canberra-based side from 1998 to 2001, thinks the Rebels and Force should be the pair cut loose. “For me, Australian rugby was at its strongest when there…

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Van Vuuren to replace Jenkinson

Bulls prop John-Roy Jenkinson suffered a hamstring injury in his Super Rugby debut against the Blues in Albany on Saturday and will return home for further treatment, the Bulls Company confirmed on Monday. Jenkinson came on as a replacement in the second half of the match in Albany, but suffered a grade two hamstring tear.…

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Champions Cup semi-final venues revealed

The possible semi-final venues have been confirmed for the Champions Cup semi-finals, which will take place over the April 22/23 weekend. BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton, as well as three French stadiums – the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, Lyon’s Matmut Stadium de Gerland and Stade Chaban-Delmas in…

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