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Cape Town - Flyhalf Morne Steyn says he was surprised receive a call-up to the Springbok squad.

READ: Morne Steyn's career in numbers

Steyn, who plays his club rugby in France for Stade Francais, was rushed into the Springbok squad following an injury to Pat Lambie in the first Test against Ireland at Newlands.

The 31-year-old Steyn played second fiddle behind Lambie and Handre Pollard during last year’s Rugby World Cup.

But with Pollard injured and Lambie not available for this Saturday’s second Test against Ireland in Johannesburg, Steyn could make his 61st Test appearance this weekend.

“Sport can be strange sometimes. Just when you think you’ve had your last chance, you get a call-up. A new era has started for Springbok rugby and I’m privileged so unexpectedly be part of it,” Steyn told Netwerk24.

For this weekend’s Test, Bok coach Allister Coetzee has to choose between Steyn, Elton Jantjies and Garth April for the flyhalf berth.   

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DbDraad    660

Ek hoop van harte hy speel homself weer in die span in. Ek is seker een van min wat van mening is dat Jantjies al die ruimte op die Bokke se aanval vermors het met sy kreefte lopies.

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vlagman    988
40 minutes ago, taipan said:

So Naas went down today.

Where were the loose forwards who were supposed to be protecting him....... ? 

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DbDraad    660
5 hours ago, taipan said:

So Naas went down today.

I'm sure there's more to the story, but it seems the pay is not that great with SS. I wonder if Mallet has a second income.

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taipan    1,576
2 hours ago, Mata Hari said:

:36_1_38:

Hope you get to rise sometime

And become a financial cheat. Lie and use false ID's you mean?

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DbDraad    660
1 hour ago, taipan said:

And become a financial cheat. Lie and use false ID's you mean?

What kind of idiot doesn't recognise a false ID from Naas?

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taipan    1,576
1 hour ago, DbDraad said:

What kind of idiot doesn't recognise a false ID from Naas?

Do you really need this explained?

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taipan    1,576
1 minute ago, vlagman said:

How fucking sad that he had to go to Japan to get insight into SA rugby and develop as a person and .. blah di blah di fokken blah......................

Who is it about?

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Hawk_Eye    1,453

Cape Town - Former Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl has penned a hard-hitting open letter in which he suggests that the union is in a position that is "approximating insolvency". 

The letter was published in Friday's edition of The Mercury. 

Van Zyl was replaced as Sharks CEO by Springbok 111-Test veteran John Smit in 2013.

News broke late last month that Smit would be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2016 season, with the former Springbok captain citing family time as his main motivating factor. 

But Van Zyl has launched a scathing attack on Smit, suggesting that the union had lost money under his leadership. 

"I am concerned as it appears that although The Sharks have dire financial problems, which have become manifest over the last three years, there seems to be no culpability,"Van Zyl wrote. 

Van Zyl added that, as far as he was aware, there had been no official release of financial numbers for 2015 and that during 2013 and 2014 the union had "an accumulated deficit of more than R40 million". 

Van Zyl also hit out at the appointment of Smit back in 2013, saying that he had not been consulted in the decision and that the appointment "was not the product of a rigorous process".

The Sharks, through KZNRU president Graham Mackenzie, hit back at Van Zyl's comments on theIOL website. 

"It is simply wrong to suggest the Sharks are financially unstable. As Brian very well knows, each of the provincial unions faces significant financial challenges and these problems pre-date his departure," Mackenzie said.

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Hawk_Eye    1,453

 

Rassie (weer) in die leeukuil

Rassie Erasmus se laaste dag by die Suid-Afrikaanse Rugby-unie (Saru)  het nog nie aangebreek nie en sy trek is dalk al op die skip op pad na Ierland waar daar baie hoë verwagtinge is oor hoe hy ( en Jacques Nienaber) by Munster sal vaar.

Die loting vir aanstaande seisoen se Kampioeneliga is Woensdag gedoen. Munster het aan die diep kant beland, want dié Ierse provinsie ding saam met die nuwe Franse Top14-kampioenspan Racing 92,  Leicester Tigers  en die Glasgow Warriors in ʼn groep mee.

En Erasmus moet kom red, want Munster is in tamatiestraat.

Erasmus, wat as Munster se direkteur van rugby aangestel is,  is baie geloof vir die werk wat hy by Saru gedoen het, maar op die oog af het dinge al hoe meer agteruit geloop.

Die Bokke het maar geploeter teen ʼn verswakte Ierse span; die Suid-Afrikaanse ‘A’-span is twee keer bloedneus gegee deur die Engelse Saxons, die Junior Springbokke  was bra eina by die o.20-Wêreldtoernooi in Manchester en het twee keer (erg) slae gekry teen Argentinië en ook teen Engeland.

Vooraf is daar gesê talentvol die groep is, nou word daar gesê ‘hou hulle maar volgende jaar dop’. En wat gaan in ons vroue-rugby aan?

Alles kan natuurlik voor Erasmus se deur gelê word nie, want dit kan nie maklik wees om rugby in Suid-Afrika te dien nie. Daar is alewig  iemand wat oor jou skouer loer, daar is oningeligte politici (soos Tony Ehrenreich) wat ʼn eiertjie oor alles te lê het en dan praat ek nie eers van wat in Saru se raadsale aangaan nie.

Almal wil baas wees, almal weet van beter.

Dié dinge moes ʼn baie groot rol gespeel het, maar dis nie die rede waarom die meeste spanne, op senior- en junior vlak, steeds by stampkar-rugby (ek sluit die Lions vanselfsprekend hier uit) vasgehaak het nie.

Iemand moes tog ʼn leidende rol gespeel het, iemand mos tog vir die afrigters laat weet het hulle gebruik nog 2007 se bloudruk, iemand moet tog pa staan daarvoor?

Erasmus se waarde sal nou besef word, ­want Munster het ook probleme, op en van die veld af. Die span het ʼn groot insinking beleef, spankeuses en afrigting word bevraagteken en hulle is op soek na ʼn vars briesie, soos die Samoaan Pat Lam by Connacht.

Nou stap Erasmus in daardie Munster-leeukuil in.

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Host of SA players head overseas after Super Rugby

Johannesburg - SA Rugby may have succeeded in keeping many of our top players in the country with some innovate contracting at national level, but just below that the game is facing a massive player exodus once again at the end of this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

According to the supersport.com website, at least 45 players have been confirmed to be moving abroad as the player drain continues, with the unique feature this time that a number of South African coaches have also been targeted by overseas clubs.

While many of the players are either journeymen or looking to continue their careers elsewhere to earn money abroad, there are two significant features in the player drain that need attention, with the weak rand still being a major factor in the decisions of many when they consider offers abroad.

The first is the change in rules by the Japanese clubs to allow an extra foreign player to be contracted by clubs as long as he has not represented his country in the past, and can potentially qualify for Japan in the future. This has seen a number of players - like the Bulls’ forwards Grant Hattingh and Lappies Labuschagne - say goodbye to Super Rugby and they will now play solely in the Japanese league, not returning to South Africa like a number of players in the past.

The list below includes a number of players - including Springboks Elton Jantjies, Warren Whiteley and Jaco Kriel – who will all head to Japan during the Currie Cup, but will return to South Africa in the new year to take up their posts with the Super Rugby sides as well.

But the Japanese clubs are increasingly looking for players who don’t want to play Super Rugby, and will make it worth their while to do so.

The list includes 15 current or former Springbok players, and others like Nic Groom and Louis Schreuder, who have both been in Springbok squads but haven’t played a Test yet.

With the local transfer season opening on July 1, a number of other local moves are expected in the coming weeks as well, but it is interesting to note the French clubs haven’t bought as much as in the past as the cash flow among the clubs there has been low.

The clubs have however, signed a massive new television deal which will see clubs in the Top 14 get €97 million extra from next season - meaning there is a lot of extra cash to go shopping for big name players.

The SA Rugby annual listed over 280 players playing abroad at the end of 2015, and while the list may have fluctuated somewhat with player retirements, and some moving back to South Africa, the 45 players below have all signed in recent months while another 16 South African players have completed moves to new clubs ahead of the new European season, to start in August.

The list also highlights that the number of players leaving leaves a massive hole in terms of depth for South African teams as for the first time teams like Montpellier are targeting Under-21 players to get them into their Academy system and rise into the French ranks after that.

Grey College alumni and star fullback Henry Immelman is one of these, while the 96kg wing Duhan van der Merwe, who played for Outeniqua at school is another of these players that will head for Europe this coming season.

Even a player such as Gerbrandt Grobler, the former Western Province lock, who was suspended for using banned substances, has signed with a club like Racing Metro. While his suspension ends on October 8, Grobler will continue training with the French club in the meantime.

One player is in the middle of a dispute, with new Bok Franco Mostert having signed a contract with French club Lyon, but the Lions claiming he is still one of their players. Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli confirmed that Mostert is still considered a Lions player and is part of their future plans, despite being unveiled on the Lyon website as a new signing and Mostert himself talking of the move at a press briefing.

The effect of the mass exodus is that Super Rugby teams inevitably get younger, and the depth in local sides is eroded even more. This at a time when SA Rugby are looking to limit selections of Springboks that play abroad and pick more from locally based players as part of their campaign to keep players in the country.

Some, like 21-year old Blue Bulls lock Le Roux Roets, believe moving abroad will make them better players, as he told Sunday newspaper Rapport a few weeks back.

“The opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs on the planet, Racing Metro, will only be offered to you once,” Roets said.

“I believe the chance to play Top 14 rugby will make me a better lock. I’m also hoping to learn a lot from a player like François van der Merwe. But the Bulls and South Africa will always be very close to my heart.”

For the first time South African coaches are in high demand as well, especially in Japan where a number such as SA Under-20 coach Dawie Theron and former Bulls coach Frans Ludeke will join the likes of Jimmy Stonehouse coaching in the Japanese league.

Players confirmed to Europe/Japan (with clubs they are heading to in brackets):

BULLS
Dean Greyling (Oyonnax) 
Marcel van der Merwe (Toulon) 
Werner Kruger (Scarlets) 
Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (Montpellier) 
Le Roux Roets (Racing Metro) 
Lappies Labuschagne (Kubota Spears) 
Deon Stegmann (Honda Heat) 
Grant Hattingh (Kubota Spears) 
Jacques Potgieter (Fukuoka Sanix Blues – returns for Super Rugby) 
Duhan van der Merwe (Montpellier)

CHEETAHS
Maks van Dyk (Toulouse) 
Coenie van Wyk (Toshiba Brave Lupis) 
Henry Immelman (Montpellier) 
Willie Britz (NTT Shining Arcs) 
Francois Uys (Toyota Verblitz – returns for Super Rugby)

STORMERS
Vincent Koch (Saracens) 
Schalk Burger (Saracens) 
Nic Groom (Northampton Saints) 
Louis Schreuder (Kubota Spears) 
Jean Kleyn (Munster)

SHARKS
Marcell Coetzee (Ulster) 
JP Pietersen (Leicester Tigers) 
Paul Jordaan (La Rochelle) 
Joe Pietersen (Kamaishi Seawaves)
Kyle Cooper (Newcastle Falcons)

LIONS
Franco Mostert (Lyon) 
Derick Minnie (Zebre) 
Marnitz Boshoff (Connacht) 
Warren Whiteley (Docomo Red Hurricanes, returns for Super Rugby) 
Jaco Kriel (Kubota Spears, returns for Super Rugby) 
Lionel Mapoe (Kubota Spears, returns for Super Rugby) 
Elton Jantjies (NTT Shining Arcs, returns for Super Rugby) Lloyd Greeff (Zebre) 
Warwick Tecklenburg (Kamaishi Seawaves, returns for Super Rugby)

SOUTHERN KINGS
Steven Sykes (Oyonnax) 
Schalk Oelofste (Mont-de-Marsan) 
Philip du Preez (Mont-de-Marsan) 
Louis Fouche (Kubota Spears) 
Aiden Davids (Toulon) 
James Hall (Oyonnax, returns for Super Rugby) 
Shane Gates (NTT Shining Arcs) 
Jurgen Visser (Docomo Red Hurricanes)

SA SEVENS
Francois Hougaard (Worcester)

LEOPARDS
Bart Le Roux (Zebre)

Unattached
Gerbrandt Grobler (Racing Metro, suspension ends October 8, 2016)

South Africans moving between overseas clubs
Pedrie Wannenberg (Castres to Denver) 
Nick Fenton-Wells (Bedford to Bristol) 
Pat Cilliers (Montpellier to Leicester Tigers) 
Dewald Potgieter (Yamaha Jublio to Worcester Warriors) 
Matt Williams (Northampton Saints to Worcester Warriors) 
Sebastien de Chaves (Leicester Tigers to London Irish) 
Devin Hope (Coventry to London Scottish) 
Jody Jenneker (Oyonnax to Castres) 
Robert Ebersohn (Montpellier to Castres) 
Juandre Kruger (Racing Metro to Toulon) 
Pellow van der Westhuizen (Clermont to Montauban) 
George Earle (Scarlets to Cardiff) 
Pat Howard (Northampton Saints to Newport Gwent Dragons) 
Rynier Bernardo (Ospreys to Scarlets) 
Gerhard van der Heever (Munster to Yamaha Jubilo) 
Jean Cook (Zebre to Kintetsu)

Coaches heading overseas
Dawie Theron (Docomo Red Hurricanes) 
Andre Tredoux (Docomo Red Hurricanes) 
Rassie Erasmus (Munster) 
Jacques Nienaber (Munster) 
Frans Ludeke (Kubota Spears) 
John McFarland (Kubota Spears) 
Eugene Eloff (Austin Huns) 
Phil Pretorius (Cayman Islands)

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Hawk_Eye    1,453

 

Hoe onsportief kan `n mens kry?

Die Engelse gebruik die uitdrukking “that’s not cricket” as hulle `n optrede as onsportief beskou, maar Mexiko se jongste slenter laat `n mens wonder of dit nog rugby is.

Die Slange speel Saterdag in `n uitdunwedstryd teen die Kaaimanseilande om deelname aan die volgende Wêreldbekertoernooi te help bepaal.

Die wedstryd wat in Mexikostad, 2 240 meter bo seespieël, sou plaasvind, is op kort kennisgewing na Dos Rios, 2 626 meter bo seespieël, verskuif – asof die hoogte van Maxikostad nie al genoeg van `n struikelblok was nie.

`n Dokter moet die spelers elke 20 minute ondersoek omdat hoogtesiekte bo 2 438 meter bo seespieël kan voorkom.

Phil Pretorius, die gewese Bulls-afrigter wat die Kaaimans afrig, bestempel dit as “sinneloos” en sê hoewel sy span reg vir die wedstryd is, is dit nou belangriker om te hoop die spelers kom veilig deur die wedstryd.

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Pedrie goes Pro

 

Former Springbok flank Pedrie Wannenburg grabbed the chance to play in America’s new professional rugby tournament, writes CURTIS REED.

For at least a decade, America has been the ‘what if’ of the rugby world. What if it could get some players from the NFL to give rugby a go? What if it were to turn professional? The assumption has been that if the US could do either of those things, it would become a rugby power that could challenge for a World Cup title.

All this discussion of the US taking over the rugby world is hyperbole and ambitious at this point, but over the past year the country has succeeded in both those ‘what ifs’. New England Patriot Nate Ebner may not make it to Rio before he heads back to the NFL, but with Pro Rugby, America now has what it never had before – a league fielding a majority of American players.

Pro Rugby, which launched in April with teams in California (San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego), Colorado (Denver), and Ohio (Columbus), is the first successful launch of a professional rugby league in the United States. Halfway through its first season, Pro Rugby may not be setting records at the gate – it averages around 2 000 fans per match – and it’s too early to see the tournament’s impact on the national team, but the foundation is there for success in the future. Just as the Top League has improved Japan on the world stage, having over 100 US-eligible players playing full-time rugby for the first time is only going to help the US be more competitive in future World Cups.

While many of the players in the league are American, there is a strong overseas contingent. Former All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina made his debut for San Francisco recently and helped his team to their first win of the season. Italian stalwart Mirco Bergamasco is leading Sacramento, and players with significant overseas experience, like Canadian Phil Mackenzie, Tongan Kurt Morath and Italian Filippo Ferrarini are also involved.

Another player who has taken on a leadership role is former Springbok flank Pedrie Wannenburg, the captain of the league-leading Denver team.

‘I had been trying to come to America for more than two years,’ Wannenburg tells SA Rugby magazine. ‘After a lot of dead ends and hundreds of emails, I finally got connected to the right people, who introduced me to Stephen Lewis. The rest is history.’

Lewis, who hails from Scotland but, like many expats involved in the league, has been in America for many years, is Pro Rugby’s director of rugby and part of a small central office that runs the league. Local game-day operations are left to the teams but, unique to only a few sports in the US, Pro Rugby has one owner for all five teams: Doug Schoninger, who is the league’s CEO. All expenses are pooled and player contracts are controlled by the league, not the teams.

As did many other players, Wannenburg found playing in America an opportunity too good to miss.

‘It is the perfect platform to use my experience to help young players and develop the game in the US,’ he says. ‘And then, of course, the opportunity to live in the States was one I couldn’t ignore.’

Wannenburg has been a mentor for a young Denver team that includes South African-born Hanco Germishuys, who is tabbed as a potential starter for the Eagles at the 2019 World Cup. One of the things readily apparent is the team camaraderie.

‘We’re just a bunch of nice guys having a lot of fun,’ says Wannenburg. ‘No one wants to be bigger than the game and everyone works together for the team and each other. It’s not always the case in all teams and when you get this combination, it’s gold. We work very hard together every day to become a better team.’

With stints at Ulster, Castres and Oyonnax after a long career with the Bulls, Wannenburg is in a unique position to gauge the standard of the new US competition.

‘It’s slowly but surely getting there. The standard isn’t high at the moment, because it’s so new and the guys haven’t played together for a long time. But we are improving all the time and if we give it a few years, the US will be a force to be reckoned with.’

Those behind the league and long-time observers in America understood that Pro Rugby wasn’t going to come in and compete immediately with the top leagues around the world. There are reasons that no competition has taken root in America until now, but the attitude is changing and more fans are tuning into rugby.

‘America is a sport-loving country and the supporters add to the rugby culture because you have different people coming together and wanting to learn the game,’ says Wannenburg. ‘I’m excited for the future of rugby here and to see how it develops with its fans.’

While the Eagles are still a decade away from being serious World Cup competitors, Pro Rugby is on track and players like Wannenburg can say they were there at the start.

‘Watch this space,’ he says. ‘We are going to wake a sleeping giant.’

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vlagman    988

This move of Pedrie has been in the news long ago. The whole new drive of rugby in the USA will be interesting to follow. The Pomms have, of course, managed to jump the gun on the rest of the world with a stake in the USA rugby marketing. It is a well known fact that rugby is particularly interested in the training programs in the States.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/premiership/11759854/Rugby-Football-Union-becomes-shareholder-in-American-board.html

http://www.englandrugby.com/news/rfu-and-usa-rugby-join-forces-world-biggest-sporting-market/

 

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Arlecchino    503

I wonder what John Mitchell's Job Description reads like? If he has any input into the way the league shapes up, he will help put in a very good foundation. I read somewhere that he does have responsibilities to the League which is a wise move.

It always interested me that football became such a hot sport in the US albeit amongst girls. 

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