Good news for South African rugby fans and the Springboks themselves – one of our own was recently awarded the IRPA Try of the Year award, and rightfully so, as it was without a doubt one of the best (well, now officially the best) tries of the season.
Congratulations are in order for Springbok scrum half, Francois Hougaard, as he has just managed to nab the Try of the Year award from the International Rugby Players Association.
As most of you would remember, Francois scored an absolutely amazing try in the most epic Springboks games this season; the game against the All Blacks that the Springboks won 25-27. It certainly was the highlight of the season and Hougaard’s try made it even better. (more…)
It just seems as though Chad Le Clos can do no wrong!
The South african swimming sensation has yet again taken the pool by storm and proved that he is, without any doubt, the most exciting young swimmer the world has seen in recent years.
The 22-year old made history on the final night of the FINA World Short-Course Championships in Doha, when he became the first swimmer to win gold in both the 50 meter and 100 meter butterfly, as well as nabbing first place in the 200m butterfly. (more…)
The 2014 South African Sports Awards were held last night at a swanky event at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and was truly an amazing event that showcased all the amazing sporting talent we have in this beautiful country of ours.
The big winner of the night was undoubtedly the always impressive Portia Modise.
Modise walked away with the biggest award of the night – the SA Sports Star of the Year. The Banyana Banyana player had a lot to celebrate, too. Not only did she win the biggest award of the night, she also recently celebrated her 100th goal for the national women’s soccer team. (more…)
Today is a very very sad day in the world of cricket.
Australian cricket player, Philip Hughes, has passed away at the age of 25.
It was just two days ago that we reported that Hughes was in a critical condition after he was hit with a bouncer. Even though Hughes was wearing a helmet, the blow to his head caused severe damage.
Hughes fell to the ground after he was hit and remained unconscious until he was airlifted to the St. Vincent hospital in Sydney. Here he received emergency surgery to relive pressure of his brain. He was then admitted to the ICU unit.
While Hughes received excellent medical care, it was, unfortunately too late. (more…)
All eyes will be on the Springboks this Saturday as the face off against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
After a somewhat poor performance against Italy last Saturday – even though they walked away with a win – the Springboks will have to pull up their socks when they take on Wales on the weekend.
Availability of players associated with overseas clubs and injuries have caused a bit of a stir-up in the starting line up for this weekend’s game. Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen and Johan Goosen are not available to the Boks this weekend. (more…)
A cricket accident in Australia yesterday has sent shockwaves across the globe after an Australian player was knocked unconscious and had to be airlifted to hospital following a blow to the head.
Australian batsman, Phil Hughes, was accidentally hit on the head by a bouncer ball during a Sheffield Shield game in Sydney yesterday.
The bouncer ball came from New South wales bowler, Sean Abbott, and hit Hughes straight in the head, even though he was wearing a helmet. After being hit by the ball, Hughes stood looking dazed and rather ‘out of it’ before collapsing on the ground and blacking out.
After he fell down, players and umpires rushed to his side to help him.
Upon realising that he was completely passed out, they called the paramedics for medical support. They then proceeded to give him mouth-to-mouth to try and resuscitate the now unconscious player. (more…)
The South African, and more importantly, Springbok rugby landscape will never look the same again after one of the Boks’ biggest boys announced that he is hanging up his test rugby boots for good.
The legend that is Bakkies Botha announced over the weekend that he is retiring from international rugby, thus making his brief appearance in the Springboks’ match against England a almost two weeks ago, his last.
Besides having a big influence on the Springbok team because of his um, big size, Bakkies also had an enormous influence on the team with his distinct style of play. He is considered as one of the best locks in the world and will always be remembered for his brute strength and intense determination during games.
He also formed a formidable partnership with another South African legend, Victor Matfield, and the two have been hailed as arguably the best lock combination in the world ever. (more…)