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 Post subject: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:59 pm 
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Currie Cup Premier Division:
Home teams named first, all fixtures subject to change

Friday 12 July
19h15: Cell C Sharks v Tafel Lager Griquas

Saturday 13 July
15h00: Xerox Golden Lions v iSG Pumas
17h15: DHL Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Friday 19 July
17h00: Tafel Lager Griquas v iSG Pumas
19h15: Vodacom Blue Bulls v Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Saturday 20 July
14h00: Cell C Sharks v DHL Western Province

Friday 26 July
19h15: iSG Pumas v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Saturday 27 July
15h00: Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Tafel Lager Griquas
17h15: DHL Western Province v Xerox Golden Lions

Friday 2 August
19h15: Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Xerox Golden Lions

Saturday 3 August
15h00: iSG Pumas v Cell C Sharks
17h15: Vodacom Blue Bulls v Tafel Lager Griquas

Friday 9 August
15h00: DHL Western Province v iSG Pumas

Saturday 10 August
15h00: Cell C Sharks v Toyota Free State Cheetahs
17h15: Xerox Golden Lions v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Friday 16 August
19h00: Tafel Lager Griquas v DHL Western Province

Saturday 17 August
14h00: iSG Pumas v Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Sunday 18 August
14h00: Xerox Golden Lions v Cell C Sharks

Saturday 24 August
15h00: Tafel Lager Griquas v Xerox Golden Lions
17h15: Toyota Free State Cheetahs v DHL Western Province
19h30: Vodacom Blue Bulls v Cell C Sharks

Saturday 31 August – Semi-finals

Saturday 7 September – Final


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Jaquares will play First Division CC
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The First Division in South Africa will feature added beef in the form of Argentinean outfit, the Jaguares XV when it kicks off this weekend with a full round of matches.

The South Americans will play in the First Division for the first time after a similar sortie in the Vodacom Cup a couple of years back. They are based in Potchefstroom and will face a short, but tough trip to Welkom, where they will face Griffons, in their tournament debut.

The Argentineans could again prove a handful. Coach Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe himself is a well-known figure in world rugby, having played for the Pumas in three Rugby World Cups, while they have some notable players in their squad as well.


Gonzalo Bertranou (scrumhalf), who played for the Jaguares in the Super Rugby tournament this year, is returning from injury and will be a boost to the squad.

The arrival of two of their junior stars at the recent World Rugby Under-20 Championship, will also add to their backline stocks – Juan Pablo Castro (fullback and centre) captained his country and the speedy Mateo Carreras scored against the Junior Boks in their bronze final in Rosario last month.

Defending First Division champions, the SWD Eagles, start their campaign away from home, against the Falcons in Brakpan. The same two sides contested the final last year, with the Southern Cape side prevailing 36-27.

The Potchefstroom rugby public will still see some action though, as home team the Leopards host EP Elephants at Olën Park. The Leopards have returned to their old stomping ground and will hope this will give them an edge in what promises to be a very competitive tournament.

Boland, one of the surprise packages of the recently completed SuperSport Rugby Challenge, will be keen to continue with that form as they take on Border. The match takes place at King Edward Sports Ground in Montagu and should be well supported by the locals.

Boland last year took their games to venues such Robertson, Bredasdorp and Lamberts Bay, and now can add the Klein Karoo town to that.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Saturday, 6 July 2019:

First Division

Boland Cavaliers v Border Bulldogs
Venue: King Edward Sports Ground, Montagu
Kick-off: 14.30
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

Leopards v EP Elephants
Venue: Olën Park, Potchefstroom
Kick-off: 15.00
Referee: Egon Seconds

Griffons v Jaguares XV
Venue: HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom
Kick-off: 15.00
Referee: Stuart Berry

Falcons v SWD Eagles
Venue: Bosman Stadium, Brakpan
Kick-off: 15.30
Referee: AJ Jacobs


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Jaquares will play First Division CC
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The First Division in South Africa will feature added beef in the form of Argentinean outfit, the Jaguares XV when it kicks off this weekend with a full round of matches.

The South Americans will play in the First Division for the first time after a similar sortie in the Vodacom Cup a couple of years back. They are based in Potchefstroom and will face a short, but tough trip to Welkom, where they will face Griffons, in their tournament debut.

The Argentineans could again prove a handful. Coach Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe himself is a well-known figure in world rugby, having played for the Pumas in three Rugby World Cups, while they have some notable players in their squad as well.


Gonzalo Bertranou (scrumhalf), who played for the Jaguares in the Super Rugby tournament this year, is returning from injury and will be a boost to the squad.

The arrival of two of their junior stars at the recent World Rugby Under-20 Championship, will also add to their backline stocks – Juan Pablo Castro (fullback and centre) captained his country and the speedy Mateo Carreras scored against the Junior Boks in their bronze final in Rosario last month.

Fantastic news for the developing of depth in our rugby.

Argentina XV has been very strong this year, adopting the same tactical scheme as Jaguares and LP, and setting aside the continuous rotation of players that had marked (and marred) the previous two seasons and that led to defeats to the USA, Brazil and Uruguay, amongst several others.

Here's hoping they are competitive in this tournament, and allow both the players returning from injury back to form, and the newcomers to shine...


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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The match takes place at King Edward Sports Ground in Montagu and should be well supported by the locals.

Handy gaan jy ons span support die naweek?


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Fantastic news for the developing of depth in our rugby.

Argentina XV has been very strong this year, adopting the same tactical scheme as Jaguares and LP, and setting aside the continuous rotation of players that had marked (and marred) the previous two seasons and that led to defeats to the USA, Brazil and Uruguay, amongst several others.

Here's hoping they are competitive in this tournament, and allow both the players returning from injury back to form, and the newcomers to shine...

They should have played in the Premier division. Great to have our rugby nephews in our structures.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Yay, because getting humped by Argentina twice a year isn't enough for me x(


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Yay, because getting humped by Argentina twice a year isn't enough for me x(

Our next rugby generation will come from Potchefstroom.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Yay, because getting humped by Argentina twice a year isn't enough for me x(

Our next rugby generation will come from Potchefstroom.


The next backbone of Springbok rugby :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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assfly wrote:
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Yay, because getting humped by Argentina twice a year isn't enough for me x(

Our next rugby generation will come from Potchefstroom.


The next backbone of Springbok rugby :thumbup:


At least they will know how to drink .....


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Most people in Potch had to go through Bloem a few times in their lives. Almal Vrystaters :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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OomPB wrote:
Puma wrote:
Fantastic news for the developing of depth in our rugby.

Argentina XV has been very strong this year, adopting the same tactical scheme as Jaguares and LP, and setting aside the continuous rotation of players that had marked (and marred) the previous two seasons and that led to defeats to the USA, Brazil and Uruguay, amongst several others.

Here's hoping they are competitive in this tournament, and allow both the players returning from injury back to form, and the newcomers to shine...

They should have played in the Premier division. Great to have our rugby nephews in our structures.

Not sure about that.

better to test the field and, if it happens, earn the promotion rahter than being handed it on a silver platter.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Die Jaguares? Was een keer nie genoeg nie?


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Die Jaguares? Was een keer nie genoeg nie?

Mate, you're doing the good work, helping a fellow rugby enthusiastic nation to develop their talent pool...

Besides, this team -in their incarnation as Argentina XV- lost to Brazil. you shouldn't be too worried... :P


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Puma wrote:
Lemoentjie wrote:
Die Jaguares? Was een keer nie genoeg nie?

Mate, you're doing the good work, helping a fellow rugby enthusiastic nation to develop their talent pool...

Besides, this team -in their incarnation as Argentina XV- lost to Brazil. you shouldn't be too worried... :P


It's a compliment- I am worried that our sides will get embarrassed again. You should pretty easily win the first division.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Lemoentjie wrote:
Puma wrote:
Lemoentjie wrote:
Die Jaguares? Was een keer nie genoeg nie?

Mate, you're doing the good work, helping a fellow rugby enthusiastic nation to develop their talent pool...

Besides, this team -in their incarnation as Argentina XV- lost to Brazil. you shouldn't be too worried... :P


It's a compliment- I am worried that our sides will get embarrassed again. You should pretty easily win the first division.


Except for a few guys, this Jaguares XV side is made of club-level players. Even if in this year's Americas Championship they did quite well, this could be a very stern test for most of them.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Puma wrote:
Lemoentjie wrote:
Puma wrote:
Lemoentjie wrote:
Die Jaguares? Was een keer nie genoeg nie?

Mate, you're doing the good work, helping a fellow rugby enthusiastic nation to develop their talent pool...

Besides, this team -in their incarnation as Argentina XV- lost to Brazil. you shouldn't be too worried... :P


It's a compliment- I am worried that our sides will get embarrassed again. You should pretty easily win the first division.


Except for a few guys, this Jaguares XV side is made of club-level players. Even if in this year's Americas Championship they did quite well, this could be a very stern test for most of them.

I can asure you that every single CC 1st Division player is only adequate.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Chilli wrote:
Puma wrote:
Lemoentjie wrote:
Puma wrote:
Lemoentjie wrote:
Die Jaguares? Was een keer nie genoeg nie?

Mate, you're doing the good work, helping a fellow rugby enthusiastic nation to develop their talent pool...

Besides, this team -in their incarnation as Argentina XV- lost to Brazil. you shouldn't be too worried... :P


It's a compliment- I am worried that our sides will get embarrassed again. You should pretty easily win the first division.


Except for a few guys, this Jaguares XV side is made of club-level players. Even if in this year's Americas Championship they did quite well, this could be a very stern test for most of them.

I can asure you that every single CC 1st Division player is only adequate.

Except Boland. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Cape Town - Western Province have been hard at work in preparation for their 2019 Currie Cup campaign.

The Capetonians open their campaign against the Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday, July 13.

Head coach John Dobson and his management team have been working with a wider squad of 36 players, ahead of a campaign that will see them face the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and Pumas at Newlands, with away games against Griquas, Sharks and Free State Cheetahs.

Following the league phase of the competition which will see all seven teams play six games each, the top four will go through to the semi-finals, with the final scheduled to be played on Saturday, September 7.

NEW ROLE FOR FLECK

Dobson's management team has not changed from last year, with Dawie Snyman (backs), Norman Laker (defence) and Hanyani Shimange (forwards) the assistant coaches once again. Riefaat Jappie will be the strength and conditioning coach and Chippie Solomon the team manager, while Robbie Fleck will be assisting all Western Province professional teams on a technical basis.

Fleck recently stepped down as Stormers head coach, with Dobson to take over in the 2020 season.

There are nine WP players currently part of the Springbok training squad with those who don't end up travelling to the Rugby World Cup in Japan potentially available for Western Province this season, while there are others on the long-term injury list who are not expected to play a part in the single round Currie Cup.

Dobson said that the squad is excited about the challenge that lies ahead of them.

"While there are some players missing due to injury and others like JJ Engelbrecht and EW Viljoen will be playing elsewhere after their contracts with us ended, we have a strong squad which is a testament to the depth we have at our disposal," he told the official WP Rugby website.

"The competition format means that we have to hit the ground running next week and the players and management cannot wait to get stuck in this season."

Dobson said that while general planning and preparation for the Stormers' 2020 Super Rugby campaign has begun, the primary focus is on claiming another Currie Cup title.

"There will always be high expectations for Western Province in the Currie Cup, which is something we embrace and value.

"We are planning ahead to next year by refining our processes and how we go about things, but there will be no compromises made in this Currie Cup campaign, we owe that to our faithful supporters,” he said.

Western Province squad:

Juarno Augustus, Kwenzo Blose, Craig Barry, Jaco Coetzee, Paul de Wet, Johan du Toit, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Neethling Fouche, Corne Fourie, Liam Hendricks, Michael Kumbirai, Dan Kriel, Wilco Louw, Godlen Masimla, Chris Massyn, SP Marais, David Meihuizen, Salmaan Moerat, Ruhan Nel, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni, Sergeal Petersen, Justin Phillips, Marno Redelinghuys, Ramone Samuels, Carlu Sadie, JD Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Chad Solomon, Josh Stander, Edwill van der Merwe, Ernst van Rhyn, Chris van Zyl, Jano Vermaak, Ali Vermaak, Nama Xaba


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Flecks back :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Waar voor lag jy?

Dis n goeie squad daai.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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Round 1

Friday 12 July
19h15: Cell C Sharks v Tafel Lager Griquas

Saturday 13 July
15h00: Xerox Golden Lions v iSG Pumas
17h15: DHL Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
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OomPB wrote:
Waar voor lag jy?

Dis n goeie squad daai.


Dis 'n moerse goeie squad, maar Fleck is nogsteeds een van julle coaches :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I think Yank might abstain from the CC this year.


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Chilli wrote:
OomPB wrote:
Waar voor lag jy?

Dis n goeie squad daai.


Dis 'n moerse goeie squad, maar Fleck is nogsteeds een van julle coaches :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I think Yank might abstain from the CC this year.

Og Fleck. WP moet wit kwotas ook he.


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Ek neem aan Chilli beweeg na die Vrystaat vir die CC?


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Ek neem aan Chilli beweeg na die Vrystaat vir die CC?


Good question!


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Ek neem aan Chilli beweeg na die Vrystaat vir die CC?

Natuurlik!


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Sandstorm wrote:
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Ek neem aan Chilli beweeg na die Vrystaat vir die CC?


Good question!


I will always support the Freestate.


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NEWS: The Free State Cheetahs have named Tian Meyer as their captain for the Currie Cup competition.

The experienced scrumhalf proved himself as a worthy leader when he was named as the joint captain of the Cheetahs for the 2018/19 PRO14 following the long-term injury to Oupa Mohoje.

“It is a huge honour for me to be the captain of the Free State Cheetahs for this year’s Currie Cup,” said Tian Meyer.


“Together with the team, I am very excited to get onto the field to show how hard we’ve worked in the pre-season. It’s not going to be easy, but we are determined to give our best and to make the supporters proud.”

Good news for the South African is that the Currie Cup doesn’t overlap with PRO14 and that the Free State side will be able to put their strongest possible side on the field and be a strong contender for the Cup.

The Free State Cheetahs open their tournament with a challenging fixture against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday, July 19.


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Good news for the South African is that the Currie Cup doesn’t overlap with PRO14 and that the Free State side will be able to put their strongest possible side on the field and be a strong contender for the Cup.

Excellent.

Must be problematic for the Kings, playing as EP Elephants in div 1.


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Good news for the South African is that the Currie Cup doesn’t overlap with PRO14 and that the Free State side will be able to put their strongest possible side left on the field and be a strong contender for the Cup.

Excellent.

Must be problematic for the Kings, playing as EP Elephants in div 1.


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Sharks Currie Cup Squad

Bandisa Ndlovu ,Aphelele Fassi, Coenie Oosthuizen, Boeta Chamberlain, Craig Burden, Cameron Wright, Cullen Collopy, Curwin Bosch, Dylan Richardson, Grant Williams, Fezo Mbatha, Ilunga Mukendi, Gideon Koegelenberg, Inny Radebe, Hyron Andrews, Jeremy Ward (captain), Jacques Vermeulen, JP Pietersen, JJ van der Mescht, Kobus van Wyk, John-Hubert Meyer, Leolin Zas, Juan Schoeman, Louis Schreuder, Kerron van Vuuren, Lwazi Mvovo, Khutha Mchunu, Marius Louw, Kwanda Dimaza, Muller du Plessis, Luke Stringer, Murray Koster, Michael Meyer, Rhyno Smith, Mzamo Majola, Sanele Nohamba, Phepsi Buthelezi, Ruben van Heerden, Tera Mtembu (captain)

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urrie Cup Head Coach, Sean Everitt has announced that Tera Mtembu and Jeremy Ward will co-captain the Sharks in the 2019 Currie Cup campaign.

Both players have filled leadership roles in the past and are no strangers to captaincy.

Mtembu has captained the Sharks in both Super Rugby and Currie Cup previously while Ward SA/20 team at the World Championship in 2016.

Sharks Super Rugby captain, Louis Schreuder was not considered as he will miss the first few matches of the Currie Cup with a broken toe.

Commenting on their appointments, Sean Everitt said: “The decision to go with co-captains will ensure leadership continuity on the field of play at all times. Both these players understand our diverse team culture and where we are heading collectively. More importantly they have the respect of the team and are natural leaders.

“I am a firm believer in the philosophy that every player should be a leader in their respective positions, however you do need your captain to be a voice of reason and someone with a calm head that the team can look to for direction during pressure situations. We have this in Tera and Jeremy.”

Everitt, also announced an exciting 39-man squad for the Currie Cup competition. Andrew Evans and Tyler Paul have not been included, at this stage, due to their current rehabilitation from long-term injuries. Amongst the players named is a certain JP Pietersen, a legend of Sharks rugby who makes a welcome return to Durban, after spending some time abroad. Pietersen has been contracted until Currie Cup 2020, where after he will be developed within the age-group system for a future coaching role.


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Now Robert has fecked off Inny is back


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Now Robert has fecked off Inny is back

Now that Dad isn't the coach maybe Coenie will also be back to his best. He has had quite a fall from grace, Springbok to CC before going to play with Dad's boy in the YouKay.


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Good to see Rassie use the CC to his advantage.

Lood to start on saturday
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Springbok lock Lood de Jager looks set to return to action after a long injury layoff.

De Jager, who was named Bulls captain ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby campaign, has been sidelined since March with a shoulder injury but Blue Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw said the second-rower could be included for Saturday's Currie Cup opener against Western Province at Newlands.

"Lood has recovered fully from his shoulder injury and it looks like there is a chance that he will get some game time before the Springboks will need him," Rossouw said on Monday.

Elsewhere, flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff has fully recovered from his knee injury and will likely wear the No 10 jersey against Western Province, with Handre Pollard on Springbok duty.

Former Lions lock Andries Ferreira, whose move to the Hurricanes failed due to injury, has linked up with the Blue Bulls and could be considered this weekend.

There was also some bad news as Rossouw confirmed that flank Nic de Jager tore his Achilles tendon in a warm-up match against the Pumas and will sit out the entire Currie Cup.

Saturday's clash at Newlands is scheduled for 17:15.


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Good to see Rassie use the CC to his advantage.

Lood to start on saturday
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Springbok lock Lood de Jager looks set to return to action after a long injury layoff.

De Jager, who was named Bulls captain ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby campaign, has been sidelined since March with a shoulder injury but Blue Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw said the second-rower could be included for Saturday's Currie Cup opener against Western Province at Newlands.

"Lood has recovered fully from his shoulder injury and it looks like there is a chance that he will get some game time before the Springboks will need him," Rossouw said on Monday.

Elsewhere, flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff has fully recovered from his knee injury and will likely wear the No 10 jersey against Western Province, with Handre Pollard on Springbok duty.

Former Lions lock Andries Ferreira, whose move to the Hurricanes failed due to injury, has linked up with the Blue Bulls and could be considered this weekend.

There was also some bad news as Rossouw confirmed that flank Nic de Jager tore his Achilles tendon in a warm-up match against the Pumas and will sit out the entire Currie Cup.

Saturday's clash at Newlands is scheduled for 17:15.


With Fleck as part of the brains trust I expect the WP to win by 30 points at least.


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Up to 12 players have been lost to the union since the end of Super Rugby, another five are training with the Springboks ahead of the international season, and a further eight players are on the injured list.

It’s anyone’s guess then who’ll run out for the Lions when they open their Currie Cup challenge against the Pumas at Ellis Park this weekend.

Add in the fact loan player from the Cape, tighthead prop Carlu Sadie - who was so good for the Lions during the recent Super Rugby campaign - won’t be returning to Joburg any time soon, and Ivan van Rooyen’s team could have a very different look to it in the coming weeks.

The latest players to go down with injury are flank Cyle Brink and wing Courtnall Skosan, who’ve joined the likes of Warren Whiteley, Gianni Lombard and some fringe players, on the sidelines.

Gone from the union are Ruan Combrinck, Harold Vorster, Lionel Mapoe, Nic Groom, Franco Naude, Stephan Lewies, Robert Kruger, Danie Mienie, among others, while Malcolm Marx, Marvin Orie, Kwagga Smith, Elton Jantjies and Aphiwe Dyantyi are involved with the Springboks.

The good news is the Lions developed a great deal of depth during Super Rugby and will still have some experienced men to call on in the coming weeks and months.

Here one thinks of backs like Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Shaun Reynolds, Dillon Smit and seemingly also Madosh Tambwe, even though he has been heavily linked with a move to the Sharks.

Wandisile Simelane and Tyrone Green now also have Super Rugby experience behind them.

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/currie-cup/plenty-of-new-faces-for-lions-as-they-prepare-for-currie-cup-kickoff-28925173
Madosh's move to the Sharks sounded like a done deal but apparently not


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We'd gladly have him :thumbup:


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Cape Town - Western Province coach John Dobson is not happy to see the Currie Cup played over a single round again this year.

As was the case in 2018, the seven teams will play each other once in a single round before the top four contest the semi-finals.

"If we are to say it is a developmental competition, as much as I don't like the idea, then we need to play over a double round to give players exposure at this level," Dobson said, as quoted by Netwerk24.

"If you want to host a playoff, you have to pretty much go through unbeaten. That means little room to manoeuvre. We want to be giving guys on the periphery a chance, but there's just no room. I don't mind the single round, but if you are trying to bring players through to increase the depth of South African rugby then it probably should be a double round."

Dobson added that the pone positive is that the season will end of September 7 this year.

"There's an opportunity for players to get some good rest, recover from their injuries and gain energy for next season."


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en Vrystaat have star player Blommetjies back from his failed chicken run
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Cape Town - Fullback Clayton Blommetjies is back in Bloemfontein and will feature for the Free state Cheetahs in this year's Currie Cup.

According to Netwerk24, the Cheetahs have roped in Blommetjies' services after Malcolm Jaer was ruled out for the entire Currie Cup with a groin injury.

The 28-year-old left the Cheetahs for Welsh club Scarlets in 2018, but his two-year contract was ended after only a year by the PRO14 outfit.

In September last year, Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac was not impressed with Blommetjies' fitness and said he would be put on a conditioning programme.

He was earlier this year loaned to English club Leicester Tigers before the Scarlets opted to end his contract.

Blommetjies played for the Cheetahs between 2014 and 2018. Before that, he was on the Bulls' books between 2010 and 2014, having played his junior rugby in the Boland.



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en Vrystaat have star player Blommetjies back from his failed chicken run
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Cape Town - Fullback Clayton Blommetjies is back in Bloemfontein and will feature for the Free state Cheetahs in this year's Currie Cup.

According to Netwerk24, the Cheetahs have roped in Blommetjies' services after Malcolm Jaer was ruled out for the entire Currie Cup with a groin injury.

The 28-year-old left the Cheetahs for Welsh club Scarlets in 2018, but his two-year contract was ended after only a year by the PRO14 outfit.

In September last year, Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac was not impressed with Blommetjies' fitness and said he would be put on a conditioning programme.

He was earlier this year loaned to English club Leicester Tigers before the Scarlets opted to end his contract.

Blommetjies played for the Cheetahs between 2014 and 2018. Before that, he was on the Bulls' books between 2010 and 2014, having played his junior rugby in the Boland.


When playing well he is a good player.


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