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SA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Jurie Roux welcomed the news from the South African government that rugby has been given the green light to return to the playing field, under certain conditions.

The news was gazetted by Nathi Mthethwa, the Minister for Sports, Arts and Culture, on Thursday.

It allows for a return to competitive action, subject to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The directions stipulate that contact training and matches can be played in empty stadiums, with only limited people allowed to attend games as part of essential services to make these events possible and from within a “bio-safe environment”.

“Since the start of this pandemic, we have been working hard at ensuring we get back on the field and we’ve kept the Government informed on our plans throughout the process,” said Roux.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to move to the next phase of our return-to-play plans and will provide the department with all the necessary information required, such as venues for matches, to ensure a smooth transition to competitive rugby.

“Having said that, our eight franchise teams that returned to the training field recently still need a few more weeks of preparation before they will be ready for matches, and from SA Rugby’s side we will assist them with whatever is necessary.

“At this stage, we hope to have our first matches by early to mid-September and our plans on the structure of the planned competition will be announced in due course, as we have various options to consider.”

The Bulls, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Cheetahs, Southern Kings, Griquas and Pumas all started with non-contact training a few weeks ago.

The return to international competition is not permitted under the new regulations, but Roux said he understood the Government’s need to phase any return to normality.
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SA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Jurie Roux welcomed the news from the South African government that rugby has been given the green light to return to the playing field, under certain conditions.

The news was gazetted by Nathi Mthethwa, the Minister for Sports, Arts and Culture, on Thursday.

It allows for a return to competitive action, subject to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The directions stipulate that contact training and matches can be played in empty stadiums, with only limited people allowed to attend games as part of essential services to make these events possible and from within a “bio-safe environment”.

“Since the start of this pandemic, we have been working hard at ensuring we get back on the field and we’ve kept the Government informed on our plans throughout the process,” said Roux.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to move to the next phase of our return-to-play plans and will provide the department with all the necessary information required, such as venues for matches, to ensure a smooth transition to competitive rugby.

“Having said that, our eight franchise teams that returned to the training field recently still need a few more weeks of preparation before they will be ready for matches, and from SA Rugby’s side we will assist them with whatever is necessary.

“At this stage, we hope to have our first matches by early to mid-September and our plans on the structure of the planned competition will be announced in due course, as we have various options to consider.”

The Bulls, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Cheetahs, Southern Kings, Griquas and Pumas all started with non-contact training a few weeks ago.

The return to international competition is not permitted under the new regulations, but Roux said he understood the Government’s need to phase any return to normality.
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I guess if they start mid september they will play the Rugby Championship
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The directions stipulate that contact training and matches can be played in empty stadiums, with only limited people allowed to attend games as part of essential services to make these events possible and from within a “bio-safe environment”.
I’m sure SA Rugby are confident they can deliver on that.

More seriously, good to see.
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Yes. Good to see.

Well done SA. :thumbup:
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Mr Mike wrote:
The directions stipulate that contact training and matches can be played in empty stadiums, with only limited people allowed to attend games as part of essential services to make these events possible and from within a “bio-safe environment”.
I’m sure SA Rugby are confident they can deliver on that.

More seriously, good to see.
SARU should be seeking advice from Rugby Australia, who know a shitload more about fielding teams nobody watches.
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MungoMan wrote:
Mr Mike wrote:
The directions stipulate that contact training and matches can be played in empty stadiums, with only limited people allowed to attend games as part of essential services to make these events possible and from within a “bio-safe environment”.
I’m sure SA Rugby are confident they can deliver on that.

More seriously, good to see.
SARU should be seeking advice from Rugby Australia, who know a shitload more about fielding teams nobody watches.
A-league are full bottle.
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UPDATE: South Africa’s franchise teams will return to full-contact training from early next week, following completion of final health checks.

SA Rugby announced that the Bulls, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Cheetahs, Pumas and Griquas can resume contact training as a possible return to competitive action moves closer.

“The teams have been hard at work with non-contact training for the past five weeks, and once a final Covid-19 test has been passed, they will be able to step up a gear next week,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

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Roux said SA Rugby and its various stakeholders were finalising plans for a return to play in line with the best available medical advice in order to ensure player welfare.

“Once we’ve finalized all the relevant plans and we’ve aligned with our broadcast partner, sponsors, franchises and other stakeholders, we’ll confirm the playing schedule,” said Roux.
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While some information has been revealed, including a provisional schedule, SA Rugby is waiting for approval from stakeholders to confirm details about the domestic season.

There will be no bio-bubble in this year’s Currie Cup competition. As things stand, teams will possibly fly in and out of the respective venues on game day.

That is the word of Andy Colquhoun, Saru’s general manager of corporate affairs.

What it means is the seven teams that are set to feature in the new-look competition won’t have to go into a bio-friendly safe environment in one or two venues – as was previously thought necessary.

This scenario would also have been very costly, with some estimates at R100-million to host the teams in a bio-bubble.

“There will be no bio-bubble required,” Colquhoun said on Tuesday.

Indications are that the Currie Cup – involving the Bulls, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Cheetahs, Pumas and Griquas – will kick off on October 10 and will run through the festive season with the final scheduled for January 16.

Matches will be played on December 26 and January 2 – ensuring a bumper festive season of rugby, something this country hasn’t experienced before.

SA Rugby confirmed that all teams will be allowed to return to full contact training once the health measurements and testing protocols have been adhered to.

There is, however, still no fixture list in place, while further details about the competition will be made known in due course, once there is approval from Government and the various stakeholder involved.

A pre-season ‘Super Hero day’ for September 26 at Loftus is also in the offing, with the Bulls set to take on the Sharks and the Stormers due to face the Lions in a double header.

The normal safety precautions will be in place from now until the end of the competition early next year and players will have to undergo regular Covid-19 testing before matches can go ahead.
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South Africa’s Pollard, 26, who lifted the Webb Ellis trophy last November, suffered the serious knee injury in last weekend’s Top 14 defeat at Montpellier.

“Following last Friday’s match against Racing 92 at La Paris defence Arena, the club confirm Handre Pollard’s absence for many months after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament,” the French outfit said.
The world champions are already dealing with the loss of locks Rudolph (RG) Snyman, Eben Etzebeth and Lodewyk de Jager to injury, significantly denting the line-out firepower that dominated the World Cup.

Snyman (anterior cruciate ligament damage) and De Jager (shoulder) will also miss the Championship.

Etzebeth mat recover in time from his rib injury to join the Boks in Australia.
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Two groups of 25 will be selected from an enlarged squad of 60 players in an old-style ‘school-yard pick’ draft to take place next week.

SA Rugby on Wednesday announced its plans to reignite an exciting four-month local season, which will kick off with a Vodacom Super Fan day involving the four Super Rugby sides next Saturday, followed by a ‘Springbok Showdown’.

The ‘showdown’ will see a Springbok Green side taking on a Springbok Gold side at Newlands, with Springbok assistants Mzwandile Stick and Deon Davids taking charge of the two sides.

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will act as the team commissioners.

The match will be similar to New Zealand Rugby’s recent North vs South clash, but the major difference will be that players will not be selected based on geography.

The selection process will take the form of a draft pick from an enlarged squad of 60 players with Green and Gold team bosses taking alternate turns in an old-style ‘school-yard pick’ to assemble their match-day squads of 25 players each.

The drama will unfold live on SuperSport, with the enlarged squad set to be announced live on Saturday before the crucial draft pick next week.

‘This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake off the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,’ Erasmus said.
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Jensrsa wrote: Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:47 am
Two groups of 25 will be selected from an enlarged squad of 60 players in an old-style ‘school-yard pick’ draft to take place next week.

SA Rugby on Wednesday announced its plans to reignite an exciting four-month local season, which will kick off with a Vodacom Super Fan day involving the four Super Rugby sides next Saturday, followed by a ‘Springbok Showdown’.

The ‘showdown’ will see a Springbok Green side taking on a Springbok Gold side at Newlands, with Springbok assistants Mzwandile Stick and Deon Davids taking charge of the two sides.

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will act as the team commissioners.

The match will be similar to New Zealand Rugby’s recent North vs South clash, but the major difference will be that players will not be selected based on geography.

The selection process will take the form of a draft pick from an enlarged squad of 60 players with Green and Gold team bosses taking alternate turns in an old-style ‘school-yard pick’ to assemble their match-day squads of 25 players each.

The drama will unfold live on SuperSport, with the enlarged squad set to be announced live on Saturday before the crucial draft pick next week.

‘This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake off the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,’ Erasmus said.
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Will they make them stand on the training field waiting to be picked?
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mdaclarke wrote: Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:52 am Will they make them stand on the training field waiting to be picked?
Nah they'll do the BLM kneel to be select.

(to many buttons now on PR.) :shock:
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South Africa’s top players will be back in action from next week and feature in new domestic competitions – Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup
SA Rugby confirmed on Friday the way ahead for two local competitions to start next month with both Super Rugby and Currie Cup honours up for grabs.

South Africa’s seven franchises will battle it out for Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup honours when the domestic season resumes next month.

“Depending on our participation in the Rugby Championship, we’ll see our top local Springboks in action in the coming weeks and months,” said SA Rugby Chief Executive Jurie Roux.

Following the Super Fan Saturday matches in Pretoria next week and the Springbok Showdown in Cape Town (3 October), the seven provincial teams will head into a double round of local action over 16 weekends.

The first round of matches – from 10 October to 21 November – will be for “Super Rugby Unlocked” honours, with the winner coming from the Bulls, Sharks, Lions, Stormers, Cheetahs, Griquas or Pumas, depending who has the most log points.

All log points will then be carried forward into the second round – the Currie Cup from 28 November to 9 January 2021 – which will culminate in semi-finals (16 January) and a final on 23 January next year.

Further details and the full fixture list will be announced in the coming days. The Free State Cheetahs will defend the crown they won in 2019 against the Lions.

Roux said SA Rugby were very grateful for the excellent cooperation they’d had from their sponsors, broadcast partner, the unions and other stakeholders to get to a point where they can actually start looking forward to actual rugby matches on weekends again.

“The impact of the pandemic on the season has been extraordinary and we have had to come up with an extraordinary solution to be able to complete the Super Rugby season and contest the Currie Cup. We believe that this is the best solution for everyone involved.

“All the teams will face each other home and away, and will enjoy two byes during the four months we believe will deliver top-class local rugby and unearth the next generation of stars for South African rugby.”

SA Rugby also announced a five-team Provincial Under-21 competition between the Blue Bulls, Free State, Golden Lions, Sharks and Western Province.
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Glad to see our boys having a go. There is for me only one cup that compares with the WC and it's the Currie Cup!
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Tough times, tough measures. Expect any injuries, some serious.

Boks have to toughrn up for the Lions, so, they will have to buckle down, adapt, survive and conquer.
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Will these matches be on Sky?
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Castle Lager Springbok Showdown draft squad:

Props: Frans Malherbe*, Thomas du Toit*, Steven Kitshoff*, Trevor Nyakane*, Lizo Gqoboka^, Ox Nche^, Marcel van der Merwe^, Ruan Dreyer^, Dylan Smith, Carlu Sadie, Gerhard Steenekamp, Luan de Bruin, Sti Sithole, Nathan McBeth, Mzamo Majola, Johannes Jonker, John-Hubert Meyer.

Hookers: Bongi Mbonambi*, Scarra Ntubeni^, Dylan Richardson, Johan Grobbelaar, Schalk Erasmus, Fez Mbatha, Dan Jooste.

Locks: Jason Jenkins^, Marvin Orie^, Oupa Mohoje^, JD Schickerling, Emile van Heerden, Le Roux Roets, Hyron Andrews, Ruben van Heerden, Salmaan Moerat, Sintu Manjezi, Walt Steenkamp, Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruan Vermaak, Ruben Schoeman.

Looseforwards: Siya Kolisi*, Duane Vermeulen*, Sikhumbuzo Notshe^, Arno Botha^, Marco van Staden^, Nizaam Carr^, Jaco Kriel^, Ernst van Rhyn, Celimpilo Gumede, Jaco Coetzee, James Venter, Junior Pokomela, Phepsi Buthelezi, Thembelani Bholi, Vincent Tshituka, Elrigh Louw, Jeandré Rudolph, Juarno Augustus, Muller Uys, Len Massyn.

Scrumhalves: Herschel Jantjies*, Embrose Papier^, Ivan van Zyl^, Jaden Hendrikse, Sanele Nohamba.

Flyhalves: Elton Jantjies*, Damian Willemse*, Curwin Bosch^, George Whitehead, Kade Wolhuter, Manie Libbok.

Centres: Frans Steyn*, Lukhanyo Am*, Burger Odendaal, Jeremy Ward, Clinton Swart, Manuel Rass, Marius Louw, Rikus Pretorius, Wandisile Simelane, Werner Kok, Dan du Plessis, Ruhan Nel.

Outside backs: Warrick Gelant*, Travis Ismaiel^, Cornal Hendricks^, Courtnall Skosan^, Rabz Maxwane, Rosko Specman, Seabelo Senatla, Sergeal Petersen, Yaw Penxe, David Kriel, Gianni Lombard, Malcolm Jaer.

* denotes Springbok RWC squad members

^ denotes capped Springbok Test players
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mdaclarke wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:37 am Will these matches be on Sky?
not sure if on Sky
Supersport yes
Glad we out of Superrugby. Curriecup gets its rightful place back. At least this year.
Were horrible timezones for sa teams flying forward in time to Australasia while Australasia flew backward in time resulting in more prep time.
SA teams had to play 5 consecutive games in Australasia while Australasia just played 2 here.
NH time zones logistics more in sync.
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Also thete were like 18 teams with teams like the Sunwolves and Auckland Blues that finished Rock bottom each year. A dragged out tournament. No power vs power as one gets when Springboks play in the Currie Cup. They should have just allowed 12 teams with promo rele so the Pumas from sa and Griquas also had a shot at it and shortened the competition.
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Good to see Kade Wolhuter in that squad. We nearly lost him to France.
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Bear in mind Pollard is out
RCs and not sure on Lions tour if he will recovered
Didn't see Wolhuter play will be good to see how he handle against Springboks and if he shows he is the best at such a young age then
Curwin Bosch and him will be picked for Springboks nr10 and Jantjes as their backup perhaps
Bosch is very much same same type as the Mouanga and Barret 10s from nz
What set Pollard apart is he could tackle like hell. When those English forwards came running in his channel he tackled them.
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Got the following from search on Wolhuter
19 years 6 ft 85 kg
Was pulled back from his first year in France after school to Western Province...probably Rassie's behind the scenes doings
Hope he gets picked and see against Bosch Jantjes
I also like Lombard also young at Lions
Give Pollard time will recover for 2023
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Yes yes yes! The whole world have been waiting to see South African rugby back in action and finally it is here.

Great to see the extensive planning and innovation in these unusual times, now let's hope the standard of play is good and improves each week.
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handyman wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:22 am Yes yes yes! The whole world have been waiting to see South African rugby back in action and finally it is here.

Great to see the extensive planning and innovation in these unusual times, now let's hope the standard of play is good and improves each week.
No doubt the Kiwis will be in here soon to tell you your comp's standard is shit, blah blah blah, and how much better SRAoteroa is than any rugby comp anyone has ever had anywhere anytime. :roll:

I hope you guys get the bok squad over here for RC, best of luck with your competition restarting, and hope it all goes well.

Bujari gamarruwa.
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ZuluBoy wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:55 am Got the following from search on Wolhuter
19 years 6 ft 85 kg
Was pulled back from his first year in France after school to Western Province...probably Rassie's behind the scenes doings
Hope he gets picked and see against Bosch Jantjes
I also like Lombard also young at Lions
Give Pollard time will recover for 2023
Jantjies will be first in line, then between Willemse and Bosch.
Wolhuter way to young. He is an excellent goal kicker, can play 12 and 15.
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Can you imagine how fat Frans must be after five months of no organised training
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Ellafan wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:46 am
handyman wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:22 am Yes yes yes! The whole world have been waiting to see South African rugby back in action and finally it is here.

Great to see the extensive planning and innovation in these unusual times, now let's hope the standard of play is good and improves each week.
No doubt the Kiwis will be in here soon to tell you your comp's standard is shit, blah blah blah, and how much better SRAoteroa is than any rugby comp anyone has ever had anywhere anytime. :roll:

I hope you guys get the bok squad over here for RC, best of luck with your competition restarting, and hope it all goes well.

Bujari gamarruwa.
Well, we play a different kind of rugby and for that I'm grateful. It makes rugby an interesting sport to watch.

Thanks for the message, I'm doubtful about the RC, but starting our local comp is the first step and it can only get better from here on.
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Cartman wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:06 pm Can you imagine how fat Frans must be after five months of no organised training
I can only imagine, let's hope the Cheetahs can get him back on track. No back should be fat.
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These games better be shown on UK TV or I will be well annoyed
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ZuluBoy wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:11 pm
mdaclarke wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:37 am Will these matches be on Sky?
not sure if on Sky
Supersport yes
Glad we out of Superrugby. Curriecup gets its rightful place back. At least this year.
Were horrible timezones for sa teams flying forward in time to Australasia while Australasia flew backward in time resulting in more prep time.
SA teams had to play 5 consecutive games in Australasia while Australasia just played 2 here.
NH time zones logistics more in sync.
What about when both teams flew back to their respective homes? Surely it's an even situation.

It's the Argies I felt sorry for.
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Bulls vs Sharks:Date: Saturday, September 26
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 16.30 (14.30 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Morné Ferreira
TMO: Willie Vos

Bulls squad – Clinton Swart, Travis Ismaiel, Stedman Gans, Jacques van Rooyen, Kurt-lee Arendse, Corniel Els, Morne Steyn, Ivan van Zyl, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Jade Stighling, Stravino Jacobs, Duane Vermeulen (c), Arno Botha, Chris Smith, Marco van Staden, Ruan Nortje, David Kriel, Muller Uys, Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Schalk Erasmus, Jan-Hendrick Wessels, Mornay Smith, Sintu Manjezi, Juandre Kruger, Nizaam Carr, Tim Agaba, Embrose Papier, Cornal Hendricks, Gio Aplon.
https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/bulls-name ... -showdown/

vs

Sharks squad for Super Fan Saturday

Forwards: Ox Nche, Mzamo Majola, Dylan Richardson, Dan Jooste, Thomas du Toit, John-Hubert Meyer, Ruben van Heerden, JJ van der Mescht, Hyron Andrews, Emile van Heerden, Evan Roos, Adam Mountfort, Celimpilo Gumede, Tera Mtembu, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Phepsi Buthelezi.

Backs: Grant Williams, Sanele Nohamba, Jaden Hendrikse, Curwin Bosch, Jordan Chait, Muller du Plessis, Caleb Dingaan, Jeremy Ward, Marius Louw, Lukhanyo Am, JP Pietersen, Werner Kok, Manie Libbok, Thaakir Abrahams.

Injured players not considered for selection:

Aphelele Fassi – shoulder
Henco Venter – quad Strain
James Venter – concussion
Kerron van Vurren – chest muscle
Madosh Tambwe – hamstring
Sbu Nkosi – chest
https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/libbok-kok ... -saturday/

Lions vs Stormers:
Date: Saturday, September 26
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Morne Ferreira
TMO: Willie Vos

Lions – 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Sibahle Maxwane, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (c), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Dylan Smith.
Subs: 16 Sti Sithole, 17 Jan-Henning Campher, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Reinhard Nothnagel, 21 MJ Pelser, 22 Francke Horn, 23 Len Massyn, 24 Dillon Smit, 25 Gianni Lombard, 26 Stean Pienaar, 27 Daniel Kriel, 28 Manuel Rass, 29 Jamba Ulengo, 30 EW Viljoen.
https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/new-recrui ... -stormers/

vs

Stormers – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Leolin Zas, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Hannes Gouws, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Tim Swiel, 24 Michal Hazner, 25 Angelo Davids, 26 Tristan Leyds.
https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/gelant-at- ... -stormers/
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The 2020 SA Rugby Under-21 Championship, featuring five provincial sides, will kick off on Sunday 4 October and will be played at one venue – Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg – culminating in the final on 30 October, SA Rugby announced on Wednesday.

The Xerox Lions Under-21 side will welcome their counterparts from the Cell C Sharks, Toyota Free State, DHL Western Province and Vodacom Blue Bulls to their stadium for this exciting, action-packed and streamlined tournament.

All teams will play each once, with semi-finals and a final to conclude this showpiece of the best emerging South African rugby talent, with two matches to take place every four days.

All five teams will be based in Johannesburg for the duration of the tournament. Current Covid-19 regulations will be in effect, with no spectators allowed and limited working personnel allowed in the stadium on match days.
https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/sa-ru ... 658e783e5e

The SA Rugby U21 Championship fixtures for 2020 are (kick-off times to be confirmed):

Sunday 4 October (Round One)
DHL Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls
Toyota Free State v Xerox Lions
Bye: Cell C Sharks

Thursday 8 October (Round Two)
Vodacom Blue Bulls v Toyota Free State
Xerox Lions v Cell C Sharks
Bye: DHL Western Province

Monday 12 October (Round Three)
DHL Western Province v Cell C Sharks
Xerox Lions v Vodacom Blue Bulls
Bye: Toyota Free State

Friday 16 October (Round Four)
DHL Western Province v Toyota Free State
Cell C Sharks v Vodacom Blue Bulls
Bye: Xerox Lions

Tuesday 20 October (Round Five)
Toyota Free State v Cell C Sharks
Xerox Lions v DHL Western Province
Bye: Vodacom Blue Bulls

Semi-finals:
Sunday 25 October

Final:
Friday 30 October
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Great stuff SA!
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towny wrote: Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:22 pm Great stuff SA!
Aimee Barrett-Theron :thumbup:
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Jens, what is your feeling on that Lions team. Nice backline but I have a feeling they may struggle up front. I have a feeling the Lions will adopt a fast and frenetic style of play, the Stormers maybe being a bit more structured and trying to slow down the pace? Word from the Stormers camp is that they are super fit. I am excited about the Stormers centre pairing.
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DStv preparing to the Green vs Gold draft to start in approx 20 minutes
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beachboy wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:19 am Jens, what is your feeling on that Lions team. Nice backline but I have a feeling they may struggle up front. I have a feeling the Lions will adopt a fast and frenetic style of play, the Stormers maybe being a bit more structured and trying to slow down the pace? Word from the Stormers camp is that they are super fit. I am excited about the Stormers centre pairing.
Big issue remains the coaching squad

I think the Lions have the no-name players to step up but given our poor defence early in the year this will be the main issue I think
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Gold:
1 Kitshoff

Green:
1. Ox Nche (Rassie's pick)
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Jensrsa wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:33 pm Gold:
1 Kitshoff

Green:
1. Ox Nche (Rassie's pick)
Backup loosehead: (Lizo out from injury)
Gold:
17 Dylan Smith

Green:
17 Thomas du Toit
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Jensrsa wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:35 pm
Jensrsa wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:33 pm Gold:
1 Kitshoff

Green:
1. Ox Nche (Rassie's pick)
Backup loosehead: (Lizo out from injury)
Gold:
17 Dylan Smith

Green:
17 Thomas du Toit
Gold:
2 Scarra Ntobeni

Green:
2 Bongi Mbonambi
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