Immelman to wing it for Bulls
SA Rugby Magazine
by Devin Hermanus
2h ago
Henry Immelman will make just his fourth competitive appearance for the Vodacom Bulls this season in a handful of changes to the team to face the Cheetahs in Pretoria on Friday. Immelman, who last featured for the Bulls during the Champions Cup quarter-finals in April, starts at right wing for the round 3 Currie Cup clash at Loftus Versfeld. He slots in out wide with Stravino Jacobs retained on the left and Devon Williams at fullback. Flyhalf Chris Smith swaps places with Jaco van der Walt on the bench in a new halfback pairing with scrumhalf Bernard van der Linde. In the pack, loosehead prop ..read more
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Wessels wired for Bok baptism of fire
SA Rugby Magazine
by Devin Hermanus
3h ago
Jan-Hendrik Wessels said the step-up to Test level will be big, but the young front-ranker is thrilled about making his Springbok debut against Portugal in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The world champion Boks host Os Lobos in the closing match of the July schedule in front of a sell-out crowd at Free State Stadium. Wessels starts at loosehead prop in a powerful front row with Thomas du Toit and Johan Grobbelaar, and is one of seven uncapped players in the matchday 23. “I’ve aspired to be a Springbok since I was a young boy, so this is a massive opportunity and a dream come true,” said the 23-year ..read more
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Sharks forced to mix it up without Boks
SA Rugby Magazine
by Devin Hermanus
5h ago
Head coach JP Pietersen has made wholesale changes to the Sharks XV lineup to face the Pumas in the Currie Cup at Kings Park on Friday night. A Springbok-packed Sharks outfit were stunned by Griquas in a 10-try thriller in Kimberley last week, and all five Boks in that matchday 23 are absent for this week’s clash in Durban. IG Prinsloo replaces veteran prop Trevor Nyakane at tighthead while Abraham Reyneke takes over from Ntuthuko Mchunu at No 1. Jannes Potgieter and Siya Ningiza, coming in for Phepsi Buthelezi and Tino Mavesere, at blindside and openside flanker respectively with lock Reinier ..read more
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Portugal fired up to ‘shock’ Boks
SA Rugby Magazine
by Devin Hermanus
6h ago
Portugal captain Tomas Appleton and fullback Manuel Cardoso Pinto are relishing the “dream” opportunity of facing the world champion Springboks in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Os Lobos have emerged as a surprise package in world rugby, fuelled by their remarkable showing at the 2023 Rugby World Cup – the draw against Georgia, when Os Lobos claimed their first tournament point in World Cup history, and then a stunning 24-23 win against Fiji. Their historic clash against the Boks in Bloemfontein promises to be a defining moment, as they seek to cement a place among the second-tier contenders, and A ..read more
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Beauden starts for rejigged All Blacks
SA Rugby Magazine
by Devin Hermanus
7h ago
The All Blacks make 11 changes to face Fiji in San Diego on Friday, with Beauden Barrett at fullback, a debut for centre Billy Proctor and five uncapped players on the bench. Proctor, who plays for Hurricanes, lines up with the experienced Anton Lienert-Brown in midfield for the game in California. Playmaker Barrett is restored after hugely influential performances coming off the bench in both Test wins against England. The two-time World Player of the Year sparked the All Blacks comeback in Auckland last week after they had trailed 17-13 in the second half. Scott Robertson said on Thursday th ..read more
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Alaalatoa to captain new-look Wallabies
SA Rugby Magazine
by Devin Hermanus
7h ago
Joe Schmidt named his third Australia captain in as many Tests with Allan Alaalatoa in charge against Georgia, while winger Darby Lancaster will debut among 10 starting XV changes. The Wallabies head coach appointed Liam Wright as the first skipper of his tenure for their win against Wales in Sydney two weeks ago, but he was injured and James Slipper took over for the second Test in Melbourne. But neither were in the 23 for Saturday’s clash in Sydney against the Georgians, who are fresh off a narrow win against Japan in Sendai. Schmidt instead opted to continue experimenting for Australia’s fi ..read more
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Lukhanyo buzzing for second coming
SA Rugby Magazine
by Dylan Jack
22h ago
Lukhanyo Am is ready to provide a timely reminder of his qualities as he prepares for his first Test match for the Springboks since last August. Am is among a contingent of World Cup winners that will make their first Test appearances of the year when the Springboks tackle Portugal for the first time in Bloemfontein on Saturday. MORE: Marx back for Rugby Champs? The star of the 2019 World Cup campaign, Am missed the 2023 tournament due to a troublesome knee injury that flared up during a warm-up match in Argentina last August. Now set to earn his 36th Test cap in a midfield combination with A ..read more
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Injury-hit Junior Boks forced to shuffle
SA Rugby Magazine
by Dylan Jack
23h ago
New call-up Wandile Mlaba will make his debut off the bench as the Junior Springboks have made a plethora of injury-enforced changes for the seventh-place playoff against Wales in Cape Town on Friday. The playoff game for seventh place will kick off at 2pm at the DHL Stadium. Mlaba (loose forward) was drafted in as a replacement following a spate of injuries in the SA U20s camp, with four players – loose forwards Tiaan Jacobs (ankle) and Thabang Mahashe (concussion), as well as outside backs Michail Damon (groin) and Likhona Finca (hand) – ruled out. The quartet join earlier casualties Reno Hi ..read more
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World Cup trophy blitz hits Bloem
SA Rugby Magazine
by Dylan Jack
23h ago
Five World Cup winning Springboks – including local heroes Ox Nche and Cobus Reinach – will take the Webb Ellis Cup on its fourth stop of the Trophy Blitz in Bloemfontein on Thursday. Nche and Reinach, both of whom finished their schooling in the Free State capital at HTS Louis Botha and Grey College respectively, will be joined by Lukhanyo Am, Grant Williams and Trevor Nyakane at the Loch Logan Mall, from 1pm until 2pm. “This is our fourth stop of the World Cup Trophy Blitz and it’s great to take the Webb Ellis Cup to Bloemfontein during an historic week, with the Boks facing Portugal at a so ..read more
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Soyizwapi: ‘Under-radar’ Blitzboks to make it count
SA Rugby Magazine
by Dylan Jack
1d ago
Siviwe Soyizwapi believes the Blitzboks can shrug off an indifferent Sevens Series campaign and go all the way to gold medal glory for Team SA at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Six months ago, the 2024 Olympic Games was the last thing on Soyizwapi’s mind as he was still recovering from a knee injury and the Springbok Sevens were tumbling out of the automatic qualification spots on the Sevens Series log. “I felt at that time that my body was failing me,” recalled Soyizwapi. “The recovery was not going according to plan and the injury was not responding the way I was hoping it would. I did not ..read more
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