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    RWC year

    Ellis Park, Loftus to host SA's only Tests of 2019
    15:12 10/12/2018
    Cape Town - The Springboks will play their only two home Tests in 2019 in Johannesburg and Pretoria, with the opening round of a shortened Rugby Championship taking place on Saturday, July 20 at Ellis Park against Australia, while an additional Test against Argentina on Saturday, August 17 will be played at Loftus Versfeld.

    Due to next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to play in a condensed Rugby Championship. The clash against the Pumas in Pretoria does not form part of the competition and takes place on the same day as a second Bledisloe Cup clash between the Wallabies and All Blacks.

    Super Rugby kicks off on the weekend of February 16 and will run interrupted until the final on Saturday July 6, which means no Incoming Tour will take place in the RWC year.

    Following their home match against the Wallabies on the Highveld, the Springboks will travel to New Zealand for the big encounter against the All Blacks on July 27 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, the scene of the Boks’ outstanding triumph over the Kiwis in September this year.

    Two weeks later, on 10 August, the Springboks play in their second away game when they take on the Pumas in Argentina (venue TBC) and the two teams will then meet each other again one week later in Pretoria.

    Jurie Roux, the CEO of SA Rugby, said he is delighted that Springbok fans will now be able to see their team in two home Tests next year.

    “The extra match against Argentina in Pretoria means Bok fans will have a fantastic opportunity to see Siya Kolisi and his Springbok team in action in a second home international,” said Roux.

    “The match against the Pumas will also give Rassie Erasmus (Director of Rugby) a final opportunity on home soil to prepare the Springboks before the announcement of the final squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.”

    Kick-off times and ticketing details for the Johannesburg and Pretoria Tests will be confirmed next year.

    The Springboks’ confirmed Test matches for 2019:

    Rugby Championship

    20 July: South Africa vs Australia, Ellis Park, Johannesburg

    27 July: New Zealand vs South Africa, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

    10 August: Argentina vs South Africa, venue TBC

    International match:

    17 August: South Africa vs Argentina, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

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    Here's to a better 2019

    2018 Was up and down. In a way more frustrating than 2016 and 2017. Under Allister we were average at best. 2018 Had a lot of promise. The victory against NZ was great, but then we throw it away against them at Loftus.

    Should have beaten England x4 this year. Yet we did not.


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    Springboks to face Japan in RWC 2019 warm-up match

    Cape Town - The Springboks will have an ideal opportunity to fine-tune their final preparations for next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan when they face the hosts in a historic match before the start of the international showpiece.

    SA Rugby and the Japanese Rugby Football Union (JRFU) announced details of the fixture which will be played on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Saitama north of Tokyo.

    The Boks will open their RWC campaign two weeks later, on Saturday, September 21, 2019, against the defending champions, New Zealand, at the International Stadium Yokohama.

    “This is an ideal opportunity for the Boks to get match-ready for the Rugby World Cup,” said Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby.

    “Our initial plans were to only arrive in Japan for a pre-tournament holding camp on September 7, but thanks to the JRFU we will now be leaving a week earlier, giving us almost three weeks in Japan before the start of the tournament.

    “Apart from the much-needed game time on the field, this additional time in Japan, to get used to the weather and other conditions. Playing this game against the Brave Blossoms will be a wonderful way to get ready for the Rugby World Cup and we are truly grateful for the opportunity.”

    Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, also thanked the JRFU for the invitation to host the Springboks.

    “This will truly be a historic occasion - not only will it be the Boks’ first ever match in Japan, but also only the second time ever we face the men in red and white,” said Roux.

    “One of the learnings from 2015 was that there was too much time without proper match practice between the Boks’ last Test, which was against Argentina in Buenos Aires, and their opening match against Japan more than a month later.

    “To have this fixture will definitely benefit Rassie Erasmus and his team and we would like to thank our Japanese friends for agreeing to it.”

    The president of the JRFU, Tadashi Okamura, said Japan are very honoured to host the Springboks in their country ahead of the RWC2019.

    “It gives us great pleasure that the Japan national team has been given an opportunity to play against the Springboks, who has won the Rugby World Cup twice, ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019,” said Okamura.

    “The match takes place at an important time when all participating teams are finalising their preparations for the RWC 2019 in Japan.

    “I would like to express our sincere thanks to South Africa Rugby Union and its national team, the Springboks, for accepting our offer to stage this match. Our special thanks also go to all the people concerned in Kumagaya city, Saitama prefecture, who helped us to organise the match.”

    After the game against Japan, the Boks will travel southwest to Kagoshima City, where their pre-tournament holding camp will take place from September 7-13, 2019.

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    The Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup match schedule is (with local and SA times):

    Saturday, September 21: South Africa v New Zealand, International Stadium Yokohama (18:45 / 11:45)

    Saturday, September 28: South Africa v Namibia, City of Toyota Stadium (18:45 / 11:45)

    Friday, October 4: South Africa v Italy, Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa (18:45 / 11:45)

    Tuesday, October 8: South Africa v Canada, Kobe Misaki Stadium (19:15 / 12:15)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2beFree View Post
    The Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup match schedule is (with local and SA times):

    Saturday, September 21: South Africa v New Zealand, International Stadium Yokohama (18:45 / 11:45)

    Saturday, September 28: South Africa v Namibia, City of Toyota Stadium (18:45 / 11:45)

    Friday, October 4: South Africa v Italy, Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa (18:45 / 11:45)

    Tuesday, October 8: South Africa v Canada, Kobe Misaki Stadium (19:15 / 12:15)

    SA vs NZ: 90% chance of a loss
    Italy: We got hammered by Italy in 2016, I doubt there will be a repeat: 90% chance of a win
    Namibia: 100% chance of a win
    Canada: 100% chance of a win

    I like this: we don't get to potentially see the All Blacks until the finals again. If they have some bad luck, we might not see them at all.
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    I switched to boules, much more interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    I switched to boules, much more interesting.
    you just like playing with hard balls
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    Springbok coach has 3 prerequisites for players eager to make Rugby World Cup squad

    The Springboks' squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup is not yet cast in stone, coach Rassie Erasmus has stressed.

    Netwerk24 reported on Sunday that Erasmus has informed the country’s Super Rugby players that standout performances in this year's competition could still earn a ticket to the global showpiece in Japan.

    Erasmus recently paid a visit to the Bulls, Lions and Stormers and is set to meet the Sharks this week.

    He had three answers to players eager to learn what it would take to make the final 31-man squad for the World Cup:

    - Play very good rugby for your franchise and help them

    - Be above average in all departments of the game like tackling, scrum work, clean-out at the rucks and on attack

    - Show something that separates you from the rest. Consistency alone will not get you there

    The Springboks will play five Tests before the World Cup.

    They will play three Rugby Championship Tests - Australia (Johannesburg, July 20), New Zealand (Wellington, July 27) and Argentina (away at a yet to be determined venue, August 10).

    The Boks will play an additional Test against Argentina in Pretoria (August 17), as well as a World Cup warm-up game against Japan in Saitama (September 6).

    The 2019 Rugby World Cup runs from September 20 until November 2.

    South Africa open their Pool B account against New Zealand in Yokohama (Saturday, September 21), followed by matches against Namibia in Toyota (Saturday, September 2, Italy in Fukuroi (Friday, October 4) and Canada in Kobe (Tuesday, October .

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    Top 20 in the current World Rugby rankings:

    As at 25/02/2019

    1. New Zealand 92.54

    2. Ireland 89.92

    3. Wales 88.30

    4. England 87.27

    5. South Africa 84.58
    6. Australia 82.40
    7. Scotland 79.61

    8. France 78.71

    9. Fiji 77.95

    10. Argentina 77.05

    11. Japan 75.24

    12. Georgia 73.93

    13. USA 73.66

    14. Tonga 73.02

    15. Italy 72.75

    16. Samoa 68.78

    17. Uruguay 67.13

    18. Romania 64.95

    19. Russia 64.21

    20. Spain 63.23

    Others:
    22. Namibia 60.34

    32. Kenya 52.79

    40. Zimbabwe 49.28

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    Watching Schalk today, our quota folk have an enormous headache !!!
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    Getting closer...


    Rassie settled on 'around 80%' of World Cup squad
    06/03/2019
    Lloyd Burnard - Sport24

    Cape Town - Head coach Rassie Erasmus says he has settled on around 80% of his Springbok squad for this year's World Cup in Japan.

    There are just five Test matches remaining for the Boks before their World Cup opener against the All Blacks in Yokohama on September 21, but there are just four Tests left before Erasmus must select a squad of 31 Boks that will go in search of a third Webb Ellis Cup.

    A shortened Rugby Championship sees the Boks play Australia, New Zealand and Argentina over July and August, while there is also a one-off Test against Argentina the week after the Championship ends.

    It means that Erasmus has limited time left for experimentation, and he confirmed to media in Cape Town on Tuesday that the Boks would look to field their strongest possible side between now and the World Cup.

    The only possible window for change, Erasmus said, was likely to be that one-off Test against the Pumas at Loftus on August 17, but that would depend on the Boks' form.

    "This year there is only one strategic goal and that's the World Cup," Erasmus said.

    "The first thing is that we would love to win the Rugby Championship, so we will select teams that we feel can win the Rugby Championship.

    "In that last Argentina game, it depends where we are. If we're on a roll then you won't want to change things but if we're not on a roll then you might do things differently to try return to winning ways.

    "We definitely have the World Cup in our mind and I see ourselves picking our strongest possible side for the Rugby Championship."

    Injuries, of course, can still change things and there have already been massive blows to the Bok cause with Lood de Jager and Warren Whiteley currently sidelined.

    If everyone stays fit, though, then Erasmus is unlikely to turn to players who were not heavily involved in the 2018 international season.

    "It's going to be tough for guys who have only played one or two Test matches to force their way in," he said.

    "There would have to be injuries.

    "I would say about 80% of the squad is pretty much settled, but as we saw with Lood and Warren, injuries happen.

    "A guy can also just knock down the door totally, so maybe 70% or 80% we are settled on."

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    Not too shabby looking

    Land Rover South Africa has developed a one-of-a-kind Range Rover Sport SVR as a tribute to the Springbok rugby team.

    https://m.wheels24.co.za/NewModels/g...gboks-20190423

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    Cape Town - A group of 26 players gathered in Pretoria on Sunday for the next installment of the national alignment and conditioning camps as the Springboks continue with their preparations for the forthcoming international season.

    Players from the Bulls and Sharks, who took part in the weekend's Super Rugby quarter-final matches, will join the camp from next Monday.

    Nine overseas-based players will attend the camp and they include: flank Marcell Coetzee (Ulster, Ireland), utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt (Tououse, France), prop Vincent Koch (Saracens, England), lock Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, fullback Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), scrumhalf Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints), wing/fullback Cheslin Kolbe and centre Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France).

    The Springboks kick off their shortened campaign on July 20 against the Wallabies in Johannesburg and that match will be followed a week later by the keenly awaited rematch with New Zealand in Wellington, the scene of last year's epic away win over against the All Blacks.

    The Boks conclude their official campaign against Argentina two weeks later, on August 10 in Salta, while the same two teams are set to meet again a week later in Pretoria in a once-off Test before the Boks report for Rugby World Cup training duty.

    The following players will attend the Springbok alignment and conditioning camp from Sunday in Pretoria (in alphabetical order):

    Forwards

    Schalk Brits (Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (Ulster, Ireland), Lood de Jager (Bulls), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse, France), Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens, England), Siya Kolisi (Stormers), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), Marvin Orie (Lions), Kwagga Smith (Lions)

    Backs

    Damian de Allende (Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions), Elton Jantjies (Lions), Herschel Jantjies (Stormers), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), Dillyn Lleyds (Stormers), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, England), Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France)

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    I thought The Beast is injured?
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    Wonder if Steyns attitude has changed ? Always looks bloody miserable....
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Wonder if Steyns attitude has changed ? Always looks bloody miserable....
    True.. but he is one of the best Rugby players in the world and versatile.. it's good to see him there.

    Also Marcel Coetzee.

    No Francois Louw...

    Pitty Serfontein, Pienaar and Du Plessis aren't there..
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    Wonder if Steyns attitude has changed ? Always looks bloody miserable....
    Well...last time I saw him he had his hair cut for a change
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    Well...last time I saw him he had his hair cut for a change
    ..any tattoos ?
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    Well, enjoy this RWC, it will be one of the last we qualify for.
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