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Recent results for SA vs England

Published on Nov 22nd, 2008, No Comments

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Recent Results:
2007 South Africa won 15-6 Stade de France, Paris WC Final
2007 South Africa won 36-0 Stade de France, Paris WC Pool
2007 South Africa won 55-22 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2007 South Africa won 58-10 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2006 South Africa won 25-14 Twickenham, London
2006 England won 23-21 Twickenham, London
2004 England won 32-16 Twickenham, London
2003 England won 25-6 Subiaco Oval, Perth WC Pool
2002 England won 53-3 Twickenham, London
2001 England won 29-9 Twickenham, London
2000 England won 25-17 Twickenham, London
2000 England won 27-22 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein

Two changes for the Boks for clash against England

Published on Nov 21st, 2008, No Comments

sa_new_logo.jpgBok coach Peter de Villiers named the Springbok team that’ll take on the English at Twuckenham on Saturday.

Tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis came into the front row in place of his injured brother Bismarck, with John Smit moving inside to hooker. There was also a change in the back row where Danie Rossouw is promoted from the bench to replace Juan Smith who took a blow to the head against Scotland and has not fully recovered.

The back division is unchanged – with Fourie du Preez still not fully recovered from a quadriceps injury – while there were two changes on the bench.

Flanker Heinrich Brussow could make his Test debut if he is called into action while Chiliboy Ralepelle covers for John Smit. They replace Rossouw and the injured Gurthro Steenkamp.

The team is as follow (test caps in brackets):

1. Beast Mtawarira (9)
2. John Smit (capt) (80)
3. Jannie du Plessis (6)
4. Bakkies Botha (54)
5. Victor Matfield (79)
6. Schalk Burger (48)
7. Danie Rossouw (35)
8. Pierre Spies (18)
9. Ricky Januaries (33)
10. Ruan Pienaar (26)
11. Bryan Habana (45)
12. Jean de Villiers (45)
13. Adi Jacobs (20)
14. JP Pietersen (23)
15. Conrad Jantjes (23)

Reserves:

16. Chiliboy Ralepelle (2)
17. Brian Mujati (11)
18. Andries Bekker (12)
19. Ryan Kankowski (6)
20. Heinrich Brussow (-)
21. Frans Steyn (26)
22. Jaque Fourie (35)

Source: sarugby.co.za

Luke Watson cleared of all charges

Published on Nov 18th, 2008, 2 Comments

lukewatsonrsa.jpgThe South African Rugby union have released a statement on Tuesday evening, stating that they will not continue with any charges against South African loose forward Luke Watson about statements made about SA Rugby or the Springbok emblem / jersey.

SA Rugby Press Release:

The South African Rugby Union initiated disciplinary steps against Mr Luke Watson after it came into possession of a recording of remarks made by Mr Watson at a function organised by the Ubumbo Rugby Club at UCT on 3 October 2008.

The recording was provided to SARU after it was already in the possession of the media.  In the light of the remarks contained in the recording, which have been widely reported in the media, SARU had little choice but to take the action it did.

SARU accepts the ruling of Mr Nape Dolamo on 11 November 2008, who was appointed by it to conduct Mr Watson’s recent disciplinary hearing, to the effect that his appointment was unlawful owing to a lacuna (gap) in the relevant regulations.  SARU has also noted his observation that, although it is open to SARU to remedy the problem by amending its regulations, such amendment may violate the presumption against retrospective application of enactments.

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Boks scrape through against Scotland

Published on Nov 16th, 2008, No Comments

scotland-rugby-logo.jpgSouth Africa made it two out of two on their British tour on Saturday by narrowly beating Scotland 10 – 14 on Saturday, after the Scots led 10 – 0 at halftime.

For the second successive week it was the home coach who felt his team had played the better rugby and deserved to win, and Scotland’s Frank Hadden had even more right to do that here than Wales’ Warren Gatland did a week ago.

Scotland led 10-0 at half-time and were pressing for a try in the final minutes as they launched wave after wave of attack at a tired Bok defence. On a day where both kickers missed attempts at goal, it was Scotland who conspired most against themselves by fluffing no less than four shots at the posts.

It was not supposed to be this close against a Scottish team that now drops to ninth on the world rankings after this defeat, and which is at a low ebb at present. Just seven days ago the same Scotland team played the All Black second stringers and lost by 30 points, and much was made before this game of the fact the Scots had not crossed for a try at home in 14 months.

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Top Springboks get the nod from Barbarians

Published on Nov 14th, 2008, No Comments

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Nine South Afican Rugby players have been invited to play for the Barbarian team against the Wallabies at Wembley Stadium next month in London. They are:

Fourie du Preez; Gurthro Steenkamp; Nick Koster; Jean de Villiers; Bakkies Botha; Schalk Burger; Bryan Habana; John Smit and Percy Montgomery.

Januarie replaces Du Preez

Published on Nov 14th, 2008, 1 Comment

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Ricky Januarie have replaced Fourie du Preez in the starting XV for the Sprinbok game against Scotland on Saturday. Du Preez injured a quadriceps muscle in training yesterday. Januarie’s place on the bench has been taken by utility forward Danie Rossouw.

Springbok team to face the Scots

Published on Nov 12th, 2008, No Comments

bakkies.jpgPeter de Villiers named an unchanged team to play against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Both Adrian Jacobs and Bakkies Botha have recovered from their injuries.

The team (Test Caps in brackets):

1. Beast Mtawarira (8)
2. Bismarck du Plessis (20)
3. John Smit (capt) (79)
4. Bakkies Botha (53)
5. Victor Matfield (78)
6. Schalk Burger (47)
7. Juan Smith (53)
8. Pierre Spies (17)
9. Fourie du Preez (43)
10. Ruan Pienaar (25)
11. Bryan Habana (44)
12. Jean de Villiers (44)
13. Adi Jacobs (19)
14. JP Pietersen (22)
15. Conrad Jantjes (22)
Reserves:

16. Brian Mujati (10)
17. Gurthro Steenkamp (19)
18. Andries Bekker (11)
19. Ryan Kankowski (5)
20. Ricky Januarie (32)
21. Frans Steyn (25)
22. Jaque Fourie (34)

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