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Philip Hughes passes away

Published on Nov 27th, 2014, No Comments

Philip Hughes

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…)

Springbok squad to face Wales named

Published on Nov 26th, 2014, No Comments

springboks vs wales

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…)

Australian cricketer in ICU after being hit on head with ball

Published on Nov 25th, 2014, No Comments

Phil Hughes

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…)

Bakkies Botha retires from International Rugby

Published on Nov 24th, 2014, No Comments

Bakkies 'The Enforcer'

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…)

Jannie Du Plessis ruled out of test against Italy

Published on Nov 18th, 2014, No Comments

Jannie du Plessis

The Springboks will have to make do without the brute strength of one of their favourite props on Saturday, as Jannie Du Plessis has been ruled out of play.

It was confirmed today by the Springboks’ team doctor, Craig Roberts, that Du Plessis will not be taking party in the match between the Springboks and Italy in Padova this coming Saturday.

During last Saturday’s games against England at Twickenham, Du Plessis came off the field with an injury on his knee and hamstring. While his presence was missed, the Boks did manage without him and went on to win the match 31 – 28. (more…)

Federer withdraws making Djokovic ATP Finals Champion

Published on Nov 17th, 2014, No Comments

Roger Federer

Well what do you know.

With the build-up of an epic final in the ATP Tour Finals over the past week, spectators all across the globe were left stunned and rather disappointed after Roger Federer had to suddenly withdraw from the final against Novak Djokovic due to an injury.

During the run-up to the much anticipate final, may had hoped for a Federer, Djokovic final – because naturally this would be an fantastic game with the current world number one battling it out against the current world number two to retain his number one spot.

However, this would unfortunately not be the case.

Federer had to pull out if the game because of a serious back injury. The previous night, he had a gruelling and long semi-final match against Stanislas Wawrinka. The match was just under 3 hours, lasting 2 hours and 48 minutes – no doubt being very taxing on his body. (more…)

Willie Le Roux & Duane Vermeulen nominated for Player of the Year

Published on Nov 14th, 2014, No Comments

IRB Player of the Year

As South Africans (and need we say die-hard Springboks fans) we know that we have some seriously talented players in our Bok squad. And while we love all of them, there have been a couple that have stood out this season – and it’s not just South Africans that took notice…

The IRB Player of the Year is one of the most prestigious awards that can be bestowed upon a rugby player. Rugby players from all over the world are nominated and an overall winner is chosen by a panel of expert judges.

This year, two of our very talented Springbok players have been nominated for the IRB Player of the Year award – proving that when these two take to the rugby stage, every one notices.

Willie Le Roux and Diane Vermeulen have made the cut for the shortlist for the IRB Player of the Year. They are joined by two New Zealanders; Julian Savea and Brodie Retallick. Rounding out the five nominees is Irish payer Johnny Sexton. (more…)