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    Boks' Newlands loss enters record books

    Cape Town - However heroic - and narrow - the Springboks' latest defeat to their All Blacks rivals may have been, the now six-Test losing streak is the second worst in the storied history between the two nations.

    Allister Coetzee's team went down
    25-24 at Newlands on Saturday in their Rugby Championship Test to make it six clashes on the trot without success.

    One has to go back to October 4, 2014 at Ellis Park when a late Patrick Lambie penalty gave the Boks their last victory over the All Blacks.

    Subsequently, the All Blacks have scored 227 points to the Boks' 90 for an aggregate scoreline of 38-15 in the six Tests played.

    Saturday's defeat at Newlands broke a tie with the five-Test losing streak between September 15, 2012 and September 13, 2014.

    The Boks' worst runs of defeats remains at EIGHT between July 21, 2001 and July 24, 2004.

    That sequence came to an end on a memorable afternoon, ironically also at Ellis Park, when under the watchful eye of Jake White, Marius Joubert scored a hat-trick in the Boks' 40-26

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    THEN....

    Date: 2017-10-02
    # Team Points
    1 New Zealand 95.21
    2 England 90.14
    3 Ireland 85.39
    4 South Africa 85.35
    5 Australia 84.66

    NOW....

    Date: 09/10/1017:
    1. New Zealand 95.52
    2. England 90.14
    3. Australia 85.59
    4. Ireland 85.39
    5. South Africa 85.03

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    how can it possibly be a bombshell

    Bombshell as Springbok forwards coach quits

    Cape Town - SA Rugby on Wednesday confirmed that Springbok forwards coach Johann van Graan has been released from his contract and that he will join Irish province Munster as their new head coach.

    Van Graan spent the last six seasons as Springbok forwards coach. He was first appointed in the role before the start of the 2012 Test season by former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, with whom Van Graan has enjoyed a close working relationship at provincial and national level.

    The 37-year-old Van Graan also worked with Meyer at the Bulls, where he was part of the team that won the Super Rugby title on three occasions.

    SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux thanked Van Graan for his services to the Springboks.

    “Johann has proven himself as an outstanding coach and he has a very bright future ahead of him,” said Roux.

    “The Munster appointment is an excellent opportunity for him to test and prove himself as a head coach in a very competitive European club rugby environment.

    “I have no doubt that Johann will be successful in his new role and the next chapter of his coaching career. From SA Rugby’s side, we would like to wish him and his young family all of the best.”

    Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, praised Van Graan for his contribution to the Springboks: “I’ve had the pleasure of working very closely with Johann for the past two seasons, he is a very good man and I know first-hand why he is so highly rated.

    “He is highly competent, extremely hard working and his attention to detail is one of his great strengths. He has a great passion for coaching and I have no doubt that he has all the makings of a very good head coach. I want to wish him well in his new role,” said Coetzee.

    Van Graan is excited about the new challenge and he thanked SA Rugby and the Springboks for allowing him to join the Irish side.

    “I was fortunate enough to be part of the Springboks for the past six years and 69 Tests so far, which was an incredible journey up to now,” explained Van Graan.

    According to Van Graan, he is indebted to several people at SA Rugby: “A special word of thanks to Allister Coetzee, Heyneke Meyer, Ian Schwartz (Springbok team manager), Jurie Roux and Mark Alexander (SA Rugby President) for their belief in me and their fantastic support.”

    Van Graan described his involvement with the Springboks so far as the highlight of his coaching career. “To the members of the Springbok management, words can’t describe my gratitude towards all of you, especially my fellow coaches, who are all fantastic people.

    “The Springboks are a big part of my life and I was blessed to coach some of the best players in the world. The training and matches were important, but even more so, the times we spent together, and the friendships I have made is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

    “I will always look back with gratitude, but now I am looking forward with real excitement towards the next chapter of my life. To all the players: ‘Memories are all we have!’”

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    Weet ook nie van die bombshell nie maar ek is bly hy is weg!
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    So AC het lekker bubbles gehap toe hy so tekere gegaan het dat van graan nie weg gaan nie...

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    Good luck to Munster
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricoffy View Post
    So AC het lekker bubbles gehap toe hy so tekere gegaan het dat van graan nie weg gaan nie...
    Ja wat hulle is almal dieselfde, kyk maar vir groot mond Mbalula
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    Whiteley remains "out" till end of year...

    Mixed news on Bok injury front:

    Cape Town - There was some mixed news on the Springbok injury front with news that while Coenie Oosthuizen and Uzair Cassiem will make the end of year tour, Warren Whiteley and other will not.

    Whiteley has been ruled out for a further two months following the groin injury he sustained against France in June.

    Oosthuizen, who suffered a fractured arm against the Wallabies in Perth at the beginning of September, is making good progress and will be available for selection.

    Loose forward Uzair Cassiem sustained a rib injury against the Wallabies two weeks ago in Bloemfontein and the injury has ruled him out for an initial period of six weeks.

    He will, however, be available for selection.

    Duane Vermeulen, who underwent a groin operation recently is currently in the final phase of his rehabilitation and will not be available for selection.

    Two other Springbok forwards are recovering from long-term injuries at the moment and can’t be considered for the tour.

    Frans Malherbe (prop) has been out of action since June with a neck injury and he is due to resume training early next year, while Jaco Kriel (flank) underwent a successful shoulder operation recently following his injury against the Wallabies in Perth and has been ruled out for six months.

    Wing Ruan Combrinck is also out for six months because of his shoulder operation.

    The Springbok squad for the end of year tour will be confirmed on Sunday, 29 October – the day after the Currie Cup final – and the squad will assemble in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 31 October.

    South Africa’s opponents during their month-long European tour are Ireland (11 November, Dublin), France (18 November, Paris), Italy (25 November, Padova) and Wales (2 December, Cardiff).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandveld View Post
    Weet ook nie van die bombshell nie maar ek is bly hy is weg!
    Read here for some entertainment (posted in an earlier post)

    http://m.sport24.co.za/sport24/Rugby...-link-20170930
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gifmonster View Post
    10 does not have to kick at poles but it would be greatly beneficial if he can, as long as he's got the rest of the game. Anyone with a bit of skill can kick at poles, it needs further development. Heck John Eales use to kick at poles and he was a lock!!!
    His nickname was “No Body”, because No Bodies perfect !!

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    Rassie set for early return to SA

    Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus could start his new job with SA Rugby earlier than expected.

    According to a report on Netwerk24 , Erasmus is set to start in his position as SA Rugby's director of rugby on November 1, two months before initially scheduled.

    Erasmus’ appointment was confirmed in June, but there was speculation that he may have to serve out his contract at Irish club Munster, which ends on December 31.

    Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan was earlier this week confirmed as Munster’s new coach , with the Irish club saying on their official website that Van Graan would work alongside Erasmus to "ensure a seamless transition".

    However, it appears that may no longer be the case.

    According to the report on the Afrikaans website, the contract between Munster and Erasmus will be terminated October 31.

    “Rassie will start working at SA Rugby on 1 November,” his lawyer, Frikkie Erasmus said.

    Defence guru Jacques Nienaber, who joined Erasmus at Munster in 2016, will also return to work for SA Rugby.

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    I hope we see an accelerated departure of AC.
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    For the next World Cup put Rassie, Mitchell and Ackerman together as a management team and all we have to do is turn up to collect the trophy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finn McCool View Post
    For the next World Cup put Rassie, Mitchell and Ackerman together as a management team and all we have to do is turn up to collect the trophy
    Would like to see Nick Mallet in the mix as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus and Zelda View Post
    Would like to see Nick Mallet in the mix as well.
    Oops....+Nick...big fan of his as well.

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    12 players called up for Bok assessments
    Cape Town - A group of 12 Springboks
    have been invited to a four-day training, assessment and conditioning camp, from October 23-26 in Cape Town.

    Current Springbok squad members who are playing for their provinces in the Currie Cup playoffs, as well as those who are playing for clubs in England and Japan, were not considered for the camp.

    The purpose of the camp is to give Springbok management first-hand opportunity to assess the medical, conditioning and fitness status of the selected group as the Springboks step up their preparations for the end-of-year-tour.

    South Africa’s opponents during their month-long European tour are Ireland (November 11, Dublin), France (November 18, Paris), Italy (November 25, Padova) and Wales (December 2, Cardiff).

    The small group will work under the supervision of the Springbok medical and conditioning team, while the coaches will also put them through their paces with skills training and tactical planning sessions.

    Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said the camp forms an important part of their preparation for the end of year tour.

    “The European tour will provide us with different challenges and we will therefore use the four days to spend some time on our fundamentals, continued rehabilitation and conditioning of this group of players,” said Coetzee.

    “Our management will be working hard during this period to finalise our detailed planning for the upcoming tour, and overall it will give us a good indication of the progress of those players who have recovered from injury, or those currently battling with niggles.

    “They now had proper rest and recovery for almost two weeks and we must make sure they are rugby ready to ensure optimal performance for the challenges awaiting us during the end of the year tour.”

    The Springbok squad for the end of year tour will be announced on Sunday, October 29 - the day after the Currie Cup final - and the squad will assemble in Johannesburg on Monday, October 30.

    The following players will attend a four-day training, assessment and conditioning camp in Cape Town:
    Frans Malherbe (prop, Western Province, medical assessments only)
    Tendai Mtawarira (prop, Sharks)
    Coenie Oosthuizen (prop, Sharks)
    Trevor Nyakane (prop, Blue Bulls)
    Steven Kitshoff (prop, Western Province)
    Eben Etzebeth (lock, Western Province)
    Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock / flank, Western Province)
    Lood de Jager (lock, Blue Bulls)
    Siya Kolisi (flank, Western Province)
    Handré Pollard (flyhalf, Blue Bulls)
    Damian de Allende (centre, Western Province)
    Jesse Kriel (centre, Blue Bulls)

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    Why Damian? Sure we have more in form centres?
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