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“Greek Federation of Rugby”, E.O.R. no longer exists

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Now is the time for the Greek Rugby !!!

Story Source : http://www.rugbyingreek.com/ (Translated by Chrome)

PictureA second ministerial decision in less than 48 hours confirmed with the seal of the State
on the one hand what many expected and on the other what happened last time.

The “Greek Federation of Rugby”, E.O.R. no longer exists as anagorismeni Federation sport in Greece and the country that gave birth to the spirit of sports, one of the greatest sports on the planet is left an orphan and typical.

Today, however, remained typically orphan, because the situation lately, especially in the last year, only sound could be described.

Specifically, the decision of September 17, entitled “Withdrawal of recognition of specific sports federation under the name of ” GREEK FEDERATION rugby ” abolished the supreme body of government of Greek rugby based on the fact that there were over 15 clubs that operate around the sport. It followed the earlier decision abolishing unions 20-seals and commented on earlier discussions and literature.

For the record of the case the sport of rugby in Greece goes to the jurisdiction of the Greek Handball Federation (handball) as similar sport.

This decision will impact on the right to join the National Archive in international competitions, but anyway the odometer was reset and will return whenever there that was retrieved prior to this decision.

Question is retrieved with much better terms and much better perspective. In any case, the IRB and FIRA certainly familiar with the case and the first reaction will be seen Monday, September 22, in ananeomeni ranking IRB, which at this time (data 15/9) to Greece occupies the 102nd and last place.

The second practical issue is referred to as an association recognized for the sport of rugby.

These are as follows 5: Attica Springboks, Athens Rugby (PAO), Spartans, “Athletic Club Martial Sports Aegaleo” and Spartacus.

Because of these three groups exist and participate in any events, while Spartacus is basically divided into two different groups, Herakles and Lions Thessaloniki, measure groups already exist to get immediate recognition. Directly appears that the first task, to get recognized all the clubs that develop rugby.

To do this, the main task have recognized unions have the expertise to help free of charge to become faster all procedures.

Counting So the above five clubs (Spingboks, Athens, Spartans, Hercules, Lions) and groups Aeolian and Patras Rugby from Patra, Kavala Titans, the West Side of the Basin and groups “Polis Aegaleo” and “Hippocrates” referred to as applicants for an athletic recognition, we reach 11 teams that will establish the first yeast so quickly to find other real clubs will staff the Federation.

Hence arises a basic task: rugby should be known, to be open to the world with campaigns with smart marketing strategies, using all means.

Here the Rugby In Greek has responsibility and offered to help in any way necessary in this case.

Now is the time that everyone can help. way ahead in the new tasks arising for Greek rugby, as regards the promotion and use of the opportunities the Internet gives the Rugby In Greek offered:

 


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September 19, 2014 Posted by | Greece | Leave a comment

2015 SUPER RUGBY Draw Announced

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2015 SUPER RUGBY DRAW REVEALED

  • Crusaders v Rebels to get the season underway in Christchurch on 13 February
  • Defending champion Waratahs to start at home against the Force in Round 1
  • Anzac Centenary weekend sees all 10 Australian and New Zealand teams in action across Round 11 (two derbies and three Trans-Tasman clashes)
  • Waratahs host the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium in a Round 15 re-match of the record-breaking 2014 Super Rugby Final
  • All five South African teams are in action on home soil during Rounds 1-3
  • The five top-rating matches of the 2014 Super Rugby season will recur in 2015
  • The Super Rugby Finals Series will commence on the weekend of 19 June with the Final to be played on Saturday 4 July
  • All teams to start on the same weekend (February 13-15) and no June international window due to 2015 Rugby World Cup

Seven-time champions the Crusaders will get the 2015 Super Rugby campaign underway when they welcome the Rebels to AMI Stadium on Friday 13 February. The match is the first of an opening night double-header with a fierce Australian derby between the Brumbies and Reds following in Canberra.

The Sharks and the Bulls launch their seasons at home with derbies against the Cheetahs and Stormers respectively while the Lions will host the Hurricanes at Ellis Park and come Sunday, all eyes will be focused on Allianz Stadium as the defending champion Waratahs meet the Force.

With the Anzac Centenary occurring in 2015, SANZAR has orchestrated the draw to ensure five matches involving Australian and New Zealand teams are played across this hugely significant weekend.

Back-to-back fixtures between Chiefs v Force and Brumbies v Highlanders on Friday April 24 see the round commence with clashes on either side of the Tasman before a pair of key derbies take centre stage on Anzac Day.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE 2015 SUPER RUGBY DRAW

The Blues travel to Christchurch to renew their rivalry with the Crusaders before the Waratahs host the Rebels at ANZ Stadium in a battle between two traditional Australian foes who will vie for the Weary Dunlop Shield, a trophy bearing the name of a hero whose name resonates loudly throughout rugby and the armed forces.

SANZAR Chief Executive Greg Peters said, “A great deal of thought and planning has gone into the 2015 draw and we are absolutely thrilled to have produced an outcome that sees Australian and New Zealand teams all in action across the Anzac Centenary weekend.

“It will be a tremendous occasion for people to come together to reflect on the significance of the day beyond the rugby field and we expect this will be a highly poignant and memorable occasion.”

All five matches of the 2014 Super Rugby Finals Series will recur during the 2015 Regular Season, including a re-match of the record-breaking Final when the Waratahs and Crusaders return to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium in Round 15.

The season commences on the same weekend of February, but concludes one month earlier to allow national teams adequate time to prepare for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on 18 September. As a result, there will be no June Test window in the 2015 Super Rugby season.

With some venues unavailable due to a clash with other events, New Zealand teams are taking the opportunity to consider delivering their Super Rugby fixtures to alternative locations, particularly in regional areas.

Mr Peters concluded, “The 2015 season marks the final year of Super Rugby in its current format before the competition expands into a bold new era from 2016.

“As we plan for the future, we also eagerly look forward to seeing how the coming season pans out following one of the most competitive years in the history of Super Rugby.”

TEAM-BY-TEAM

Each team plays home and away derbies within their own conference, plus the following cross-conference matches in the 2015 Super Rugby season:

Brumbies: Chiefs (A) Cheetahs (H) Blues (A) Highlanders (H) Stormers (A) Lions (A) Bulls (H) Crusaders (A)
Force: Hurricanes (H) Bulls (A) Sharks (A) Cheetahs (H) Stormers (H) Chiefs (A) Blues (A) Highlanders (H)
Rebels: Crusaders (A) Lions (H) Hurricanes (A) Chiefs (H) Blues (H) Stormers (A) Sharks (A) Bulls (H)
Reds: Highlanders (A) Lions (H) Bulls (A) Cheetahs (A) Hurricanes (H) Crusaders (A) Sharks (H) Chiefs (H)
Waratahs: Highlanders (A) Blues (H) Stormers (H) Hurricanes (A) Sharks (H) Crusaders (H) Lions (A) Cheetahs (A)

Blues: Stormers (A) Cheetahs (A) Lions (H) Waratahs (A) Brumbies (H) Force (H) Rebels (A) Bulls (H)
Chiefs: Brumbies (H) Stormers (A) Sharks (A) Cheetahs (H) Force (H) Rebels (A) Bulls (H) Reds (A)
Crusaders: Rebels (H) Lions (H) Cheetahs (H) Bulls (A) Sharks (A) Reds (H) Waratahs (A) Brumbies (A)
Highlanders: Reds (H) Waratahs (H) Stormers (H) Brumbies (A) Sharks (H) Lions (A) Cheetahs (A) Force (A)
Hurricanes: Lions (A) Bulls (A) Force (A) Rebels (H) Stormers (H) Waratahs (H) Reds (A) Sharks (H)

Bulls: Hurricanes (H) Force (H) Crusaders (H) Reds (H) Blues (A) Chiefs (A) Brumbies (A) Rebels (A)
Cheetahs: Blues (H) Crusaders (A) Chiefs (A) Brumbies (A) Force (A) Reds (H) Highlanders (H) Waratahs (H)
Lions: Hurricanes (H) Blues (A) Crusaders (A) Rebels (A) Reds (A) Highlanders (H) Brumbies (H) Waratahs (H)
Sharks: Chiefs (H) Force (H) Crusaders (H) Highlanders (A) Hurricanes (A) Waratahs (A) Reds (A) Rebels (H)
Stormers: Blues (H) Chiefs (H) Highlanders (A) Hurricanes (A) Waratahs (A) Force (A) Brumbies (H) Rebels (H)

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September 18, 2014 Posted by | Super Rugby, Blues, Crusaders, Western Force, Brumbies, Qld Reds, Lions, Rebels, Chiefs, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Cheetahs, Sharks, Bulls, Waratahs, Stormers | | Leave a comment

Hornets crowned GRFU 10s champions

Guyana NACRA Champions

Displaying the resolve of champions, Hornets roared back from a 12-21 half time deficit to beat the University of Guyana (UG) 34-28 to capture the Guyana Rugby Football Union 10s’ Championship which ended yesterday, at the National Park Playfield.

GRFU 10s’ champions Hornets and University  of Guyana seen in action yesterday.On target for the winners were national Captain Ryan Gonsalves, who scored two tries and connected on two conversions along with singular tries from Christopher Singh, Dane Parks, Blaize Bailey and Elwyn Chase, while UG’s points came from Jose McKenzie, who went over the tryline twice, Lancelot Adonis with a try and three conversions, Ryan Dey a try and Godfrey Broomes a conversion.

Playing in the final before a fair-sized crowd, the champions went ahead very early when a long kick from Chase was raced on to by Singh, who outran his markers, before ending over the backiline. The conversion was misssed by Gonsalves, but they led 5-0.

However, UG responded shortly after through McKenzie who collected a gem of a pass from an opposing player only to find himself unmarked as he burst down the middle for an unimpeded try. The conversion was successful by Adonis.

Hornets restored their advantage following a beautiful run from the speedy Parks, who snared a fumble, before putting on the after burners, leaving defenders in his wake to finish over the backline, evoking memories of him in his heyday.

Gonsalves easily converted for a 12-7 lead.

Once again, the academics would not relent as they McKenzie broke two tackles to end over the tryline, before Adonis converted for a14-12 ascendancy.

Adonis then scored a try and converted shortly before the half for a 21-12 UG lead at the break.

On the resumption, Hornets went beserk, applying relentless pressure and they eventually reaped the rewards as when Bailey collected wide on the left flank and tore downfield to score a try. The conversion was good by Gonsalves.

Thereafter, Hornets completely dominated with Chase and Gonsalves scoring tries which effectively put the game out of reach of UG, thereby handing Hornets the win and title.

After the game, President of the Union Peter Green congratulated the teams for putting on an exciting final and urged players, who will be selected to a shortlist, to attend practice sessions since Guyana will be going all out to regain what he described as rightfully theirs, the NACRA Sevens title.

Public Relations Officer, Easn Griffith in his remarks also extened congratulations to all the teams for exhibiting the skills and tenacity that has made the game such a force on the local scene.

The Banks DIH Sevens Tournament is set for this Sunday at the National Park.

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September 18, 2014 Posted by | Guyana | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kenya 7s players go on strike : ‘We need to be respected’

Kenya 7s players at a past match.

“We met as players and decided to call off everything to do with Kenya 7s until we start being respected and well taken care of. In short, we are on strike.”

This was the bold message by the senior players of the Kenya Sevens team after a  meeting on Tuesday.

“We need to be respected and taken care of. We can’t be dealing with the same issues every year and they (KRU) expect us to perform,” they stated.

A KRU official we contacted had no knowledge of the intended or ongoing go slow or strike by the players.

“I have heard nothing about that,” he answered.

It is a familiar scenario at this time of the year towards the start of a new International Rugby Board Sevens World Series. Just before Safari Sevens, players have had to make a statement about delayed salaries or contracts.

On Monday, the players were informed by the team manager Steve Sewe that their contracts had been cancelled.

One of the players said the news was broken after they asked why their August salaries had not been deposited in their bank accounts.

“We were told the contracts had been cancelled when we asked for our delayed pay on Monday. They [KRU] say that the reason we haven’t been paid is because the contracts had been cancelled. The message was relayed to us by the team manager when we asked the reason for the delay.”

In the proposed “new contract”, the players alleged: “New terms are being inserted in the “contracts” and without the input of the players.”

But, a KRU director denied that the contracts had been cancelled.

“We are reviewing the contracts and the players should be patient,” he said.

No clause

Asked whether they had seen the contracts, the player replied: “We were not given contracts. What we signed was a letter of employment.”

The letter only had the monthly amount players were to be paid and how long they were engaged. There was no clause of what was to happen when the employment was terminated.

According to the letters, Tier One players were under “contract” for two years and the second tier one year. Tier two contracts were supposed to run up to October this year.

The players did not get any notification about the contracts being cancelled and neither did they receive pay in lieu of notice.

A former KRU Director who helped draft the contracts said there was a clause where KRU could terminate the contracts without reason for certain reasons such as misconduct, and lack of performance.

Taxed bonuses 

In a related matter, the players said their bonuses were taxed (which is lawful) but say they were not aware of this in the absence of a contract.

“They say this was the contract between the Union and KRU. Why didn’t they mention this at the start of the last season. We were struggling to negotiate for some reasonable amount of bonus but they knew the tax would take quite a chunk,” a player said.

The player alluded the contract they were meant to have signed was an old one.

“They used the terms of the previous contract but the letter only stated how much we were to be paid and a bonus if we reached the main cup quarters, semis and final. But when bonus came, we were deducted tax.”

A lawyer we contacted said it is a legal requirement that all income is taxable unless it is stipulated otherwise in the contract.

It is not clear how the players were supposed to voice their grievances. Under the present arrangement, the communication of any grievance by the players is channeled through the team manager by senior players.

The team manager then forwards the issues to the KRU director in charge of national squads.

Player knew the contents

A former KRU Director shed light saying the players knew the contents of their contracts. “They (contracts) even delayed for so long after being drafted because the players were reading them.”

He also hinted on how the players’ disputes were handled.

“The Director met with the senior players and solved the issues before they went out of hand. No scandals.”

During his tenure, the players signed the contracts, a code of conduct and letters of employment.

In summation, the lawyer we contacted said it is the right of the players to have copies of the contracts.

“I know over the years the Union often doesen’t bother to supply copies and also players don’t usually bother to ask for them.

What I saw often happening was that players signed the contracts but, the Union often didn’t sign their part. So the contracts remained signed only one part and thus not completed legally. Even now, you will be surprised that the contracts are still unsigned by the Union and that is why they won’t give the players their copies.”

He advised players to demand their contracts or employment letters and then check what is provided.

“Any breach can be taken up at the Industrial Court. By law, an employee is entitled to notice before termination (unless a summary termination for misconduct) and all payments due made.”

Source: http://www.sportsnewsarena.com/


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September 17, 2014 Posted by | IRB Sevens, Kenya, Olympic Sevens, Sevens | Leave a comment

GOLD COAST SEVENS – 2014 Pools Announced

 

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AUSSIES HANDED TOUGH ASSIGNMENT FOR GOLD COAST SEVENS

Pool A: New Zealand, Samoa, France, Japan
Pool B: South Africa, Kenya, Wales, American Samoa
Pool C: Fiji, Australia, Scotland, Portugal
Pool D: England, Canada, Argentina, USA

Australia will play Fiji in the pool stages at the Gold Coast Sevens (Image:Getty)

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team have been drawn in the same pool as Fiji in what shapes up to be the glamour game of the opening day of the Gold Coast Sevens next month (11-12 October).

The IRB today announced Geraint John’s side have been drawn in an awkward-looking Pool C that will see the home outfit play Portugal first up on Saturday, 11 October, before taking on Scotland. They round out the pool stages by playing the flamboyant Fijians.

The Gold Coast Sevens is the first event of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series and first ever on the Olympic qualification calendar. Only the top four countries in the 2014/15 Sevens World Series standings – along with 2016 Olympics hosts Brazil – are guaranteed a spot in Rio.

Australian Men’s Sevens player Cameron Clark, named in the 2013/14 IRB Sevens World Series Dream Team, said: “My first thoughts are that this is a very tough group. When they are on form, Fiji can win any tournament. Scotland have been big improvers of late and have some form behind them. They did very well in the IRB event in Glasgow last season and again at the Commonwealth Games in July. Portugal has one or two match winners in their team which makes them a danger. The reality in Sevens is that anyone can beat any other side on any given day.

“The aim for us is to go one better than last year on the Gold Coast to get those all-important World Series points. In order to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, we need to be at the top end of the World Series, playing Cup Quarter-Finals and Cup Semi-Finals on a regular basis. We ultimately want to be more consistent, something which we seem to be achieving with each passing tournament.

“We’re all looking forward to playing on the Gold Coast. We haven’t played a lot of footy lately and a lot of the squad are jumping out of their skin to get out on the paddock. We’ll have the crowd backing us. Friends and family will be there to support us and it’s always special to play at home.”

The Gold Coast Sevens will be Geraint John’s first IRB event in charge of the Australian Men’s Sevens side having taken over from Michael O’Connor in the off season.

John is under no illusions at the task at hand: “This is a tough group, no question. We will have to prepare ourselves correctly and we won’t be taking anything for granted.

“First and foremost, however, we have to make sure we aim up for our first game against Portugal. They have a group of incredibly hard-working players with plenty of quality in their ranks. Fiji will be a incredibly difficult proposition, while Scotland has a new coach on board so their players will no doubt be looking to impress.

“This is the first event on the Olympic qualification calendar and we will really need the backing of the Australian public and passionate local Gold Coast support to give us the best possible chance of making the Cup stages of the tournament. The crowd inspired the side all the way to the Cup Final in 2013 and we’d love their support once again.”

Fiji thrilled fans throughout the 2013/14 season, winning in Dubai and Tokyo on their way to a third-place finish in the Sevens World Series. By their own standards, Scotland had an indifferent season but did beat Australia the last time the countries played in Glasgow in May. Portugal narrowly escaped relegation from the World Series after finishing 14th last season.

Elsewhere, Pool A will see current World Series title holders New Zealand play Samoa, France and Japan. In Pool B, Commonwealth Games gold medallists South Africa have been drawn alongside Kenya, Wales and American Samoa. There are plenty of rivalries in a competitive Pool D with England, Canada, Argentina and the USA facing off against one another.

Pool A: New Zealand, Samoa, France, Japan
Pool B: South Africa, Kenya, Wales, American Samoa
Pool C: Fiji, Australia, Scotland, Portugal
Pool D: England, Canada, Argentina, USA

The top two teams from each pool will progress to the Cup Quarter-Finals on Sunday, 12 October, with the bottom two sides from each pool playing in the Bowl Quarter-Finals as all competing countries battle for crucial World Series points.


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September 16, 2014 Posted by | Australia, IRB Sevens | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Zealand hold off South Africa in Wellington

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14 – 10

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Richie McCaw of the All Blacks scores a try during The Rugby Championship New Zealand v South Africa 2014

Richie McCaw collects Read’s offload and crosses in the corner for the game’s decisive try

A second-half try from skipper Richie McCaw helped New Zealand to a 14-10 win over South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash in Wellington.

The Springboks had led 7-6 at the break thanks to a superb 17th minute try from Cornal Hendricks but eight minutes into the second period Kieran Read collected Aaron Cruden’s cross-field kick and offloaded to McCaw, who crossed in the corner.

That put the All Blacks 11-7 in front and, although a Handre Pollard drop goal cut the deficit to just a single point, sub Beauden Barrett’s penalty gave the hosts a little breathing space again.

South Africa poured on pressure at the death but New Zealand held firm to win a pulsating Test match.

New Zealand (16) now lead the table by six points from South Africa (10), Australia (6) and Argentina (2). The top two, who have played a game more, lock horns again at Ellis Park in three weeks’ time.

Cruden slotted an 11th-minute penalty to give the hosts a 3-0 lead after a slow start to proceedings in blustery conditions in New Zealand’s capital.

South Africa coach Meyer’s decision to include Pollard at No 10 proved to be an astute one when his defence-splitting inside pass found Hendricks and the wing evaded Israel Dagg’s tackle to touch down in the 17th minute. Pollard added the conversion to give the Springboks a 7-3 lead.

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Cornal Hendricks: Touched down South Africa’s only try of the match

The All Blacks, who had conceded only one try in three 2014 Rugby Championship encounters prior to this game, hit back with a ferocious drive by their forward pack and Cruden slotted a second penalty when French referee Jerome Garces penalised South Africa for being offside at the breakdown.

Cruden then peppered the left channel with a series of chip-kicks over the South Africa defence but full-back Willie le Roux mopped up the danger on every occasion and the Springboks went into the half-time break with a slender 7-6 lead.

The All Blacks started the second half in blistering fashion and went into an 11-7 lead when McCaw dotted down in the corner after Kieran Read collected Cruden’s pin-point cross-field kick, wrestled free from Le Roux’s grasp and slipped a reverse pass to his skipper two metres from the try line.

Cruden could not add the extras from the touchline and, after Aaron Smith lost a foot race with Willie le Roux as the full-back touched down Cruden’s grubber kick behind his try line for a 22-metre drop out, Pollard reduced the deficit to just one point with a sweetly struck drop goal.

Both sides made changes on the hour mark and South Africa had the chance to take the lead a few minutes later when the All Blacks were penalised for infringing at the breakdown, but Pollard could not slot his first penalty of the evening.

Julian Savea broke three South Africa tackles in a rampaging 50-metre run down the left wing and South Africa’s sprawling defence were forced to concede a penalty which Barrett, on for Cruden, duly slotted to stretch the All Blacks’ lead to 14-10.

South Africa kept plugging away and spent the final few minutes camped on the New Zealand try line but the All Black defence, despite losing possession in a scrum in the final moments, held firm to grind out the victory.

The scorers:

For New Zealand:
Try: McCaw
Pens: Cruden 2, Barrett

For South Africa:
Try: Hendricks
Cons: Pollard
Drops: Pollard

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Cory Jane.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Damian de Allende.

Date: Saturday, September 13
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)


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September 13, 2014 Posted by | New Zealand, Rugby Championship, South Africa | , , , | Leave a comment

PREVIEW | Rugby Championship | Australia vs Argentina

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Argentina have made two changes to their back-line as they go in search of a first win in Australia since 1984 on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

After pushing New Zealand hard in Napier last weekend, Pumas head coach Daniel Hourcade has brought in wingers Juan Imhoff and Manuel Montero in for Horacio Agulla and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

And Hourcade admits that his selections this Rugby Championship have been all about building toward the 2015 World Cup.

“We want to give opportunities and minutes to all in the squad in a process that ends with the World Cup 2015,” revealed head coach Hourcade.

Palu out

“We have to keep the good things we have done and then correct the things that we didn’t do well, like the match against New Zealand.”

Australia have handed Ben McCalman the No 8 jersey as they seek to follow up last week’s nail-biting 24-23 win over South Africa with victory over Argentina in Queensland.

McCalman replaces Wycliff Palu, who has been ruled out due to concussion protocols, as one of three changes to the side that beat South Africa.

Injury to Adam Ashley-Cooper means Peter Betham starts on the win, while fit-again Tatafu Polota-Nau comes in at hooker to win his 50th cap.

Last 10 games played between Australia and Argentina
5-Oct-13 Argentina 17 – 54 Australia
14-Sep-13 Australia 14 – 13 Argentina
6-Oct-12 Argentina 19 – 25 Australia
15-Sep-12 Australia 23 – 19 Argentina
10-Oct-03 Australia 24 – 08 Argentina
2-Nov-02 Argentina 06 – 17 Australia
24-Jun-00 Australia 32 – 25 Argentina
17-Jun-00 Australia 53 – 06 Argentina
8-Nov-97 Argentina 18 – 16 Australia
1-Nov-97 Argentina 15 – 23 Australia
Overall Stats Australia Overall Stats Argentina
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Games Played 21 Games Played 21
*Games Won 16 *Games Won 4
*Games Lost 4 *Games Lost 16
Games Drawn 1 Games Drawn 1
*Longest Winning Streak 8 *Longest Winning Streak 1
*Longest Losing Streak 1 *Longest Losing Streak 8
*Largest Points For 54 *Largest Points For 27
*Largest Points Against 27 *Largest Points Against 54
*Largest Winning Margin 47 *Largest Winning Margin 15
*Largest Losing Margin -15 *Largest Losing Margin -47
*Total Points For 561 *Total Points For 317
*Avg Points For 26.71 *Avg Points For 15.10
*Total Points Against 317 *Total Points Against 561
*Avg Points Against 15.10 *Avg Points Against 26.71
*Total Points Difference 244 *Total Points Difference -244
*Avg Points Difference 11.62 *Avg Points Difference -11.62
* = By Australia * = By Argentina

 

POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result

AUS (on 88.09 points) at home -vs- ARG (on 74.06 points)

Possible Outcome Rating Point
Exchange
New AUS
Rating
New ARG
Rating
Will ARG
overtake AUS?
If AUS win by 1-15 points 0.000 88.09 74.06 No
If AUS win by more than 15 0.000 88.09 74.06 No
If result is a draw 1.000 87.09 75.06 No
If ARG win by 1-15 points 2.000 86.09 76.06 No
If ARG win by more than 15 3.000 85.09 77.06 No

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 James Horwill, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Matt Hodgson, 22 Nic White, 23 Kurtley Beale.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Matías Cortese, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Rodrigo Báez, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Date: Saturday, September 13
Kick-off: 20:05 local (11:05 BST, 10:05 GMT)
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Assessor: Donal Courtney

 


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September 13, 2014 Posted by | Argentina, Australia, Rugby Championship | Leave a comment

PREVIEW | Rugby Championship |New Zealand vs South Africa

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is expecting a “tough” examination of side’s unbeaten run in Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with South Africa in Wellington.

The All Blacks currently lead the Championship after a draw and a win over Australia, plus the victory over Argentina.

However, historically the Springboks are the one side in world rugby who have been able to cause New Zealand problems.

And although the All Blacks have won eight of the past nine meetings, Hansen knows it will be another had game for his side.

“You’re going to get physicality and it’s going to be tough and you wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Hansen.

“It’s not about talking it up, neither side is like that. Both teams just get on with the job and the opportunity to have a one-two clash is always exciting.”

“The South Africans only lost two games last year, so if we’re being honest they could have been two games we lost.”

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Hansen has not been helped by injuries, with Sam Whitelock and Liam Messam both ruled out, so Jeremy Thrush and Steven Luatua have been handed their chance.

Aaron Cruden also comes into the side, with Beauden Barrett dropping to the bench.

South Africa have shown that they are set to go on the attack by naming 20-year-old Handre Pollard at fly-half.

“The forwards are settled but we’re struggling to get continuity in the backs,” said Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer.

“I don’t think you’re going to beat the All Blacks, especially away from home, if you just do the conventional.

“Before the World Cup I have to expose him. He could be a big force. He’s big and strong, a brilliant defender with a good kicking game and he’s an unbelievable attacking player.”

Pollard, who will win just his fourth cap, replaces Morne Steyn in the only change, while captain Jean de Villiers will celebrate his 100th Test appearance.

“He learnt the hard way, but he’s learnt a valuable lesson and hopefully he can carry that with him for the rest of his career,” he said of Luatua’s return to fitness.

“He’s certainly worked hard and now we expect him to play that way.”

All Blacks and Springboks often produce brutal clashes in their constant battle for supremacy in world rugby and although New Zealand have come out on top for the past three years Hansen conceded the two Tests last year could have gone the other way.

Last 10 games played between the New Zealand and South Africa
5-Oct-13 South Africa 27 – 38 New Zealand
14-Sep-13 New Zealand 29 – 15 South Africa
6-Oct-12 South Africa 16 – 32 New Zealand
15-Sep-12 New Zealand 21 – 11 South Africa
20-Aug-11 South Africa 18 – 05 New Zealand
30-Jul-11 New Zealand 40 – 07 South Africa
21-Aug-10 South Africa 22 – 29 New Zealand
17-Jul-10 New Zealand 31 – 17 South Africa
10-Jul-10 New Zealand 32 – 12 South Africa
12-Sep-09 New Zealand 29 – 32 South Africa
Overall Stats New Zealand Overall Stats South Africa
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Games Played 87 Games Played 87
*Games Won 50 *Games Won 34
*Games Lost 34 *Games Lost 50
Games Drawn 3 Games Drawn 3
*Longest Winning Streak 8 *Longest Winning Streak 6
*Longest Losing Streak 6 *Longest Losing Streak 8
*Largest Points For 55 *Largest Points For 46
*Largest Points Against 46 *Largest Points Against 55
*Largest Winning Margin 36 *Largest Winning Margin 17
*Largest Losing Margin -17 *Largest Losing Margin -36
*Total Points For 1679 *Total Points For 1355
*Avg Points For 19.30 *Avg Points For 15.57
*Total Points Against 1355 *Total Points Against 1679
*Avg Points Against 15.57 *Avg Points Against 19.30
*Total Points Difference 324 *Total Points Difference -324
*Avg Points Difference 3.72 *Avg Points Difference -3.72
* = By New Zealand * = By South Africa

 

POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result

NZL (on 93.55 points) at home -vs- RSA (on 88.41 points)

Possible Outcome Rating Point
Exchange
New NZL
Rating
New RSA
Rating
Will RSA
overtake NZL?
If NZL win by 1-15 points 0.186 93.74 88.22 No
If NZL win by more than 15 0.279 93.83 88.13 No
If result is a draw 0.814 92.74 89.22 No
If RSA win by 1-15 points 1.814 91.74 90.22 No
If RSA win by more than 15 2.721 90.83 91.13 Yes

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Cory Jane.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Damian de Allende.

Date: Saturday, September 13
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)


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RR World Rankings – 12th September 2014


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Past RugbyRedefined Rankings

2013 : 8th / 9th Nov18th Nov25th Nov1st Dec9th Dec22nd Dec

2014 : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar 13th Apr28th Apr5th May13th May 3rd June9th June– 16th June – 22nd June – 29th June7th July 18th August26th August


As we head into another weekend of Rugby Championship action we update our Rankings with the possibility that  New Zealand’s 43 Week stand at #1 may come to an end , if the South Africans can beat New Zealand in Wellington by 15+ they will take the lead in the Rankings for the first time.

The main movements though in this update have occurred lower down the list after the running of the CONSUR B championships that were won by Colombia who have climbed 3 places from 61st to 58th place

LATEST RESULTS
31-Aug-14 SAMC B PERU 28 v 33 VENEZUELA poland
31-Aug-14 SAMC B COLOMBIA 112 v 00 ECUADOR
3-Sep-14 SAMC B VENEZUELA 68 v 03 ECUADOR
3-Sep-14 SAMC B COLOMBIA 56 v 06 PERU
6-Sep-14 SAMC B ECUADOR 17 v 24 PERU
6-Sep-14 SAMC B COLOMBIA 27 v 10 VENEZUELA
6-Sep-14 TRC NEW ZEALAND 28 v 09 ARGENTINA
6-Sep-14 TRC AUSTRALIA 24 v 23 SOUTH AFRICA
6-Sep-14 Europe POLAND 29 v 17 SWEDEN

Movers: (Up) — > Movers: (Down)

Pos Movers Up Change Last Pos Rank colombia_logo
58 COLOMBIA +3 61 44.63
75 THAILAND +1 76 40.11
76 IRAN +1 77 40.04
77 INDIA +1 78 39.61
78 BOTSWANA +1 79 39.39
Pos Movers Down Change Last Pos Rank 110px-Perulogo
59 SINGAPORE -1 58 44.54
60 UGANDA -1 59 44.50
61 ISRAEL -1 60 44.11
79 PERU -4 75 38.84

FULL RANKINGS

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NEW ZEALAND (Weeks at #1 , 43wks)

0 = no Positional change  , (x) = Positional change last week

NEW ZEALAND (Weeks at #1 , 41wks) / {RWC2015} = Qualified for 2015 RWC

RR Pos Test Nations Change Last Pos Rank
1 NEW ZEALAND {RWC2015}
0 1 93.55
2 SOUTH AFRICA {RWC2015} 0 2 88.41
3 AUSTRALIA {RWC2015} 0 3 88.09
4 ENGLAND {RWC2015} 0 4 85.67
5 IRELAND {RWC2015} 0 5 83.43
6 WALES {RWC2015} 0 6 80.69
7 FRANCE {RWC2015} 0 7 79.99
8 SCOTLAND {RWC2015} 0 8 77.86
9 SAMOA {RWC2015} 0 9 76.81
  British & Irish Lions     76.00
10 JAPAN {RWC2015} 0 10 75.68
  NZ Maori     75.50
11 FIJI {RWC2015} 0 11 74.29
12 ARGENTINA {RWC2015} 0 12 74.06
13 TONGA {RWC2015} 0 13 72.83
14 ITALY {RWC2015} 0 14 70.76
15 GEORGIA {RWC2015} 0 15 70.46
16 ROMANIA {RWC2015} 0 16 68.65
17 CANADA {RWC2015} 0 17 68.15
18 USA {RWC2015} 0 18 67.58
  World XV     65.00
Barbarians (UK)     65.00
19 URUGUAY {RWCQ2015} 0 19 63.37
20 RUSSIA {RWCQ2015} 0 20 62.49
21 SPAIN 0 21 60.64
  Argentina Jaguars   58.50
22 NAMIBIA {RWC2015} 0 22 58.12
23 GERMANY 0 23 58.10
  Emerging Ireland     58.00
Emerging Italy     58.00
24 PORTUGAL 0 24 57.68
25 HONG KONG 0 25 57.61
26 ZIMBABWE 0 26 57.52
27 KOREA 0 27 57.22
28 CHILE 0 28 54.49
29 MOLDOVA 0 29 54.10
30 BELGIUM 0 30 53.88
31 KENYA 0 31 53.17
32 UKRAINE 0 32 52.37
33 NETHERLANDS 0 33 52.14
34 MOROCCO 0 34 51.18
35 POLAND 0 35 51.06
36 BRAZIL 0 36 50.52
37 TUNISIA 0 37 50.52
38 PARAGUAY 0 38 50.31
39 CZECH REPUBLIC 0 39 49.49
40 CYPRUS 0 40 48.94
41 MALTA 0 41 48.85
42 SENEGAL 0 42 48.67
43 KAZAKHSTAN 0 43 48.45
44 SWEDEN 0 44 47.40
45 SWITZERLAND 0 45 47.28
46 COOK ISLANDS 0 46 47.11
47 SRI LANKA 0 47 46.95
48 ARMENIA 0 48 46.85
49 GUYANA 0 49 46.79
50 LITHUANIA 0 50 46.36
51 CROATIA 0 51 46.27
52 MADAGASCAR 0 52 45.75
53 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0 53 45.50
54 PHILIPPINES 0 54 45.48
55 CAYMAN ISLANDS 0 55 45.41
56 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 0 56 45.27
57 COTE d’IVORIE 0 57 44.64
58 COLOMBIA +3 61 44.63
59 SINGAPORE -1 58 44.54
60 UGANDA -1 59 44.50
  USA South   44.19
61 ISRAEL -1 60 44.11
62 MEXICO 0 62 43.21
63 CHINESE TAIPEI 0 63 43.06
64 ANDORRA 0 64 42.33
65 CHINA 0 65 41.95
66 MALAYSIA 0 66 41.72
67 VENEZUELA 0 67 41.66
68 BERMUDA 0 68 41.59
69 LATVIA 0 69 41.07
70 HUNGARY 0 70 41.02
71 COSTA RICA 0 71 40.75
72 DENMARK 0 72 40.51
73 NIUE ISLANDS 0 73 40.45
74 SOLOMON ISLANDS 0 74 40.35
75 THAILAND +1 76 40.11
76 IRAN +1 77 40.04
77 INDIA +1 78 39.61
78 BOTSWANA +1 79 39.39
79 PERU -4 75 38.84
80 INDONESIA 0 80 38.82
81 UZBEKISTAN 0 81 38.76
82 CAMEROON 0 82 38.33
83 BARBADOS 0 83 38.26
84 NIGERIA 0 84 37.80
85 AUSTRIA 0 85 37.68
86 JAMAICA 0 86 36.99
87 SERBIA 0 87 36.55
88 SLOVENIA 0 88 36.42
89 LUXEMBOURG 0 89 35.94
90 TAHITI 0 90 35.37
91 PAKISTAN 0 91 35.18
92 MONACO 0 92 35.17
93 GUAM 0 93 35.04
94 ZAMBIA 0 94 34.73
95 BULGARIA 0 95 34.51
96 VANUATU 0 96 33.45
97 BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 0 97 33.44
98 MAURITIUS 0 98 33.19
99 BAHAMAS 0 99 32.99
100 ST. VINCENT & GRENADINES 0 100 32.84
101 NORWAY 0 101 32.68
102 GIBRALTAR 0 102 32.00
103 SWAZILAND 0 103 31.25
104 AMERICAN SAMOA 0 104 30.00
105 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 0 105 29.95
106 FINLAND 0 106 29.43
107 GREECE 0 107 28.55
108 TURKEY 0 108 27.26
109 ALGERIA 0 109 23.44
110 LEBANON 0 110 22.75
111 SLOVAKIA 0 111 22.55
112 NIGER 0 112 22.35
113 AZERBAIJAN 0 113 20.09
114 BAHRAIN 0 114 20.00
115 LAO 0 115 19.10
116 LIBYA 0 116 18.97
117 CAMBODIA 0 117 18.80
118 TANZANIA 0 118 18.50
119 EGYPT 0 119 18.07
120 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 0 120 17.76
121 BRUNEI 0 121 17.00
122 JORDAN 0 122 16.95
123 CURACAO 0 123 16.88
124 REUNION 0 124 16.50
125 St LUCIA 0 125 16.21
126 MONGOLIA 0 126 15.95
127 GHANA 0 127 15.66
128 ECUADOR 0 128 15.46
129 GUATEMALA 0 129 14.27
130 TURKS & CAICOS Islands 0 130 12.50
131 BURUNDI 0 131 12.21
132 QATAR 0 132 12.20
133 ESTONIA 0 133 12.00
134 LESOTHO 0 134 12.00
135 BENIN 0 135 11.60
136 BURKINA FASO 0 136 11.50
137 CHAD 0 137 11.30
138 PANAMA 0 138 11.22
139 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 0 139 11.20
140 KYRGYZSTAN 0 140 11.10
141 MACAU 0 141 11.00
142 RWANDA 0 142 10.93
143 MALI 0 143 10.90
144 MARTINIQUE 0 144 10.80
145 MAURITANIA 0 145 10.70
146 MAYOTTE 0 146 10.60
147 NEW CALEDONIA 0 147 10.40
148 TOGO 0 148 9.90
149 WALLIS & FUTUNA 0 149 9.70
150 AFGHANISTAN 0 150 9.60
151 EL SALVADOR 0 151 8.98
152 NICARAGUA 0 152 8.58
153 DEMOCRATIC Rep. of CONGO 0 153 6.86
154 NAURU 0 154 5.14

Past RugbyRedefined Rankings

2013 : 8th / 9th Nov18th Nov25th Nov1st Dec9th Dec22nd Dec

2014 : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar13th Apr28th Apr5th May13th May 3rd June9th June– 16th June – 22nd June – 29th June7th July 18th August26th August


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Namibia Rugby reveals plans for RWC 2015

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Issued on behalf of the Namibian Rugby Union

namibiaAs many as 13 international matches and Tests over the next year are in the pipeline for the Namibian national rugby team, the Welwitchias, it was announced in Windhoek on Wednesday.

The Namibia Rugby Union rolled out an extensive plan to prepare the Welwitchias for their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign in England following a workshop in the country’s capital this past weekend.

A number of stakeholders attended the workshop including national coach Danie Vermeulen, former national coach John Williams (who was the team’s assistant coach at the 2007 World Cup), former Namibian captain Corne Powell, Irish strength and condition coach Dr Liam Hennessy, former Welsh international and Wales Under-20 coach Phil Davies, IRB consultant to Namibia Steph Nel, as well as the SARU GM for Development Mervin Green.

The blueprint for the plan stemmed from this think tank designed to look at aspects influencing the senior team’s performances.

Namibian Rugby Union President Bradley Basson emphasised the need for proper planning in the build-up to the international showpiece saying it was no longer good enough for Namibia simply to participate at the World Cup.

“It is very important to plan ahead as execution without planning is a recipe for disaster,” said Basson. “This time around we have opted to look at strategic planning sessions involving several stakeholders including the coaches and players.

“We also want to get our sponsors and the corporate sector involved to make sure that the team has our full backing. If we show them that we believe in them they will believe in themselves.”

The extensive campaign, which is set to include as many as 13 international matches, will start with a fixture at the end of October in Windhoek against either Zimbabwe or Germany.

This will be followed by a three-week visit to Europe where matches against Canada, the French Barbarians and Portugal have been pencilled in.

These matches, which are set to take place during the IRB’s international autumn window, will allow coach Danie Vermeulen to combine his Namibian and overseas-based players.

“The international tours will be vital because that is when all our overseas-based players will come in, which will allow us to play high-quality matches together. The planning will be technical because we have to look at the local guys as well as the professional players, and one has to look at how to get them together, so hopefully all of these plans materialise,” Vermeulen said.

In addition to the year-end tour, Namibia also hopes to be invited to the IRB Nations Cup in Romania as African Champions, which could result in another four matches.

Home test matches against Zimbabwe and Kenya are also planned for the second half of 2015.

Namibian Rugby Union CEO Sybrand de Beer also revealed that talks with SARU about Namibia’s possible participation in South Africa’s Vodacom Cup competition in the first half of 2015 were at an advanced stage.

“All of the fixtures are set and the plans have been put in place, so now it is a matter of getting the sponsors and money behind the plans in order to implement it,” said De Beer. “We are determined to ensure that the players don’t have anything to worry about off the field. Their focus has to be on becoming high performance rugby players and ensuring that they are well prepared when we arrive in London in September next year,” said De Beer.

Provisional Fixtures:

01 November 2014 v Zimbabwe or Germany (TBC ) in Windhoek
07 November 2014 v Canada in North Wales
14 November 2014 v French Barbarians in Toulon
21 November 2014 v Portugal in Portugal (Venue to be confirmed)

March to May 2015 – Vodacom Cup (TBC)
June 2015 v Tunisia, Confederation of African Rugby 1A (Away)
June 2015 IRB Nations Cup Romania
July 2015 v Kenya and Zimbabwe (Windhoek)


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