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16
NOV

Bulls to appoint Super Rugby coach and announce Schalk Brits signing soon.

Blue Bulls high performance manager Xander Janse Van Rensburg has confirmed that the Bulls are finalizing the appointment of their Super Rugby coach. The Super Rugby job at the Bulls has been vacant since the departure of John Mitchell to become assistant coach for England. Super Rugby assistant coach Pote Human, former Springbok and Bulls captain Victor Matfield and Southern Kings coach Deon Davids are rumoured to be on the short-list for the job. Janse Van Rensburg also confirmed that former Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks has been cleared by two specialists regarding his heart condition and that was enough to convince the Bulls to sign Hendricks who has been in the rugby wilderness for three years now. Springbok hooker Schalk Brits is on the verge of signing for the Bulls to play in next year’s Super Rugby competition. The 37-year-old Brits is without a club after retiring earlier this year having played for a decade for English premiership side Saracens. Janse Van Rensburg says Brits had always been part of their plans and his wealth of experience will be valuable to the team next year
12
NOV

Erasmus praises Springbok

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus praised his team for the gutsy last gasp come-from-behind 29-26 victory over France in Paris last night. While far from being their best performance, Erasmus says they learnt crucial lessons from their one point defeat against England last weekend and it was them on the right side of the result this weekend. Erasmus was particularly complimentary of the manner in which his side chased down a 14 points deficit and having two disallowed tries to snatch victory in the 85th minute through a Bongi Mbonambi try. Erasmus says his side handled the pressure and big moments better.
08
NOV

Springboks look to make amends for England defeat when they face France - Stick

Springboks assistant coach Mzwandile Stick admits that playing France in Paris will be a difficult assignment for the South Africans, but it will also be an opportunity to make amends after their defeat against England on Saturday. Stick says their focus this week will be on rectifying the mistakes that led to the loss at Twickenham when they play against France on Saturday. Stick says it is important that they learn from the mistakes they made against England and make sure they capitalise on the opportunities they create in a game.
06
NOV

Erasmus takes positive out of England loss

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus admitted that it was not pleasant losing in the manner they did against England on Saturday but said there were a few positives to take out of the 12-11 loss at Twickenham. Erasmus says it was a worthwhile experience for scrumhalves Ivan van Zyl and Embrose Papier to get some game time and for fullback Damian Willemse. The Springboks arrived in Paris this afternoon and were joined by England based scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, fullback Willie Le Roux, flank Francois Louw and France based utility back Cheslin Kolbe.
31
OCT

English French based players and Mostert not available to face England confirms Erasmus

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Willie le Roux, Francois Louw, Faf de Klerk and France based wing Cheslin Kolbe won’t be available to play in Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham. Speaking from London, Erasmus said the fact that the match falls outside of the Test window obviously meant that the players would not be released by their clubs. Erasmus further revealed that he intentionally didn’t select Gloucester lock Franco Mostert after a protracted tug-of-war between the English club and the Golden Lions for Mostert’s services. Mostert has since moved to Gloucester and Erasmus says he wants to give the lock time to settle at his new club and that he has enough cover in the second row. Erasmus believes that playing England without some of his star players will give an opportunity for other players to show what they can do at international level. With the Springboks having already played against England in the June Incoming series, Erasmus says he learnt how dangerous the English can be with the variations in their game and their physicality.
30
OCT

Nolusindiso Booi to lead balanced youth and experienced Springboks Women's team to Europe

Springbok Women’s team coach Stanley Raubenheimer says it is important to have experienced leadership in his 28 player’s squad for their four match tour of Europe. Raubenheimer has appointed the experienced Nolusindiso Booi to lead the side that will play their first international in four years. Booi also led the SA Select side to United Kingdom last year. Raubenheimer says the tour will be a fact finding mission while also measuring the standard of women’s rugby in the country against some of the top teams in the world. The Springbok Women’s team will play against UK Armed Forces in London on Friday followed by the match against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday10 November then play against Spain in Villajoyosa on Saturday 17 November before ending the tour against Italy in Prato on Sunday 25 November.
28
OCT

The Sharks are 2018 Currie Cup Champs after win in Cape Town

The Sharks are the 2018 Currie Cup champions after beating Western Province 17-12 at Newlands Rugby Stadium on Saturday afternoon. SP Marais had put Province 6-0 up at halftime thanks to two penalties, but the visitors came back strongly in the second half and scored two tries, the first through hooker Akker van der Merwe, and the second from Tyler Paul. Rob Du Preez converted both tries, while he also scored a penalty. Province’s 6 points in the second half came via another Marais penalty, and one from Damian Willemse. Sharks coach Robert Du Preez says all the credit must go to his players. Despite being down half time Sharks co-captain Chilliboy Ralepelle says he always had the belief they could come back and win. Province coach John Dobson says the Sharks were deserved winners on the day, and this was easily his team’s worst performance of the season.
27
OCT

Erasmus waits for clarity over Mostert and won't enforce regulation on release of players in Europe

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says there is still no clarity around the availability of lock Franco Mostert who is entangled in a tug-of-war for his services between English club Gloucester and the Lions in South Africa. Erasmus further went on to say that he can enforce World Rugby’s regulation of having overseas based players join the Springboks on their end of year tour but would rather foster a good working relationship between their clubs and country. The Springboks will be without scrumhalf Faf de Klerk throughout their month long tour as per agreement between the Sale Sharks and Springbok management.
27
OCT

Van Zyl says Province is focused on playing their brand of attacking rugby in the final

Western Province captain Chris Van Zyl said they are not feeling any extra pressure with today’s Currie Cup final against the Sharks being played at Newlands. In fact Van Zyl says they are looking forward to playing in front of their home crowd, and have been targeting a home semi and final all season. He says with the shorter format this season, they actually have not had too many opportunities to play at home this season, and they are looking forward to play in front of a packed Newlands Stadium today.
26
OCT

Winning Currie Cup will help grow and strengthen us, says Schreuder as he hopes history repeats itself against WP

Sharks captain Louis Schreuder believes they have reached their goal of playing in the Currie Cup final and winning the competition will help grow and strengthen the group of players that they have. The Sharks will be featuring in their second consecutive Currie Cup final against Western Province tomorrow at Newlands after losing to the Cape Town based side in last year’s final in Durban. Schreuder, who played for Western Province and lost in the 2013 Currie Cup final against the Sharks in Cape Town, hopes that history repeats itself and that the Sharks are able to upset an unbeaten Western Province side in their own backyard.
26
OCT

Province is focused on playing own brand of attacking rugby in the Final - Van Zyl

Western Province captain Chris Van Zyl says they are not feeling any extra pressure with Saturday’s Currie Cup final against the Sharks being played at Newlands. In fact Van Zyl says they are looking forward to playing in front of their home crowd, and had been targeting a home semi and final all season. He says with the shorter format this season, they actually have not had too many opportunities to play at home this season, and they are looking forward to play in front of a packed Newlands Stadium on Saturday. Van Zyl says seeing a few ex Province players in the Sharks line-up, like Rob Du Preez, may add some extra spice to the game, but their focus remains on playing their brand of attacking rugby, no matter the opposition. While the Sharks’ line-out has been excellent this season, Van Zyl says they have been working on this this week as he feels it could be a key part of the game. Last week in their 35-32 win in the semi-finals against the Blue Bulls, SP Marais scored 30 of the points, 25 from his boot, and Van Zyl says it is great having Marais to turn to. Van Zyl further added he is happy to have Jaco Peyper as refereee, and says Peyper does not take any nonsense.
26
OCT

Terblanche predicts humdinger Currie Cup Final between WP and Sharks tomorrow.

The Sharks should take plenty of heart from the way the Blue Bulls pushed Western Province in their agonising Currie Cup semi-final defeat at Newlands last week, former star Stefan Terblanche says. The Durban side face the reigning champions in the deciding match of the 2018 competition in Cape Town on Saturday, where they will be the big underdogs. Province were overwhelming favourites in their showdown against the Bulls last weekend as well, but the Pretoria side took them to extra time and could have won it had they taken their chances. Either way, Terblanche is predicting a humdinger in the Mother City. Province were 35-32 winners over the weekend, while the other semi-final between the Sharks and Golden Lions was equally entertaining – the Durbanites edging the win by 33-24. The quality of rugby impressed Terblanche, who was a stalwart for the KwaZulu-Natal side in the late 1990s and early 2000s, where he won over 100 caps. He says it has given South Africans renewed hope about the domestic game. Province are on a seven-game winning streak going into the final after they won all their pool games to top the log. The Sharks won five out of their six opening round matches and will also be quietly confident about their prospects. Their sole loss this season was a 50-28 defeat to the same opponents at the venue of the final. Terblanche, who won 37 caps for the Springboks, says both sides should stick to what they have been doing, saying the Sharks will have to cut out all errors if they want to give themselves a chance of an upset. Province have been the Currie Cup kings of recent years and they are bidding for a fourth title in seven seasons this year. They also won the crown last year by beating the same opposition in the final, which was in Durban, by 33-21. The Sharks, meanwhile, are seeking their first Currie Cup title since 2013. Both also endured disappointing Super Rugby campaigns this year and Terblanche feels this was a chance to make up for that as well a

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