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Heyneke surprises with Bok selections

The most experienced Springbok side ever are bracing themselves for a different kind of challenge when they face Japan in their Rugby World Cup opener in Brighton on Saturday (kick-off 17:45 SA time). Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer on Wednesday named Jean de Villiers as captain of the national side for …

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Japan a well-coached team – Bok guru

Springbok defence coach John McFarland says Japan will not be taken for granted when the two teams duel in a Rugby World Cup clash in Brighton on Saturday. The No 3-ranked Springboks should comfortably beat the 13th-ranked Japanese but McFarland stressed that they will face a well-organised outfit, coached by …

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Ex-WP cricketer Ian Payne dies

Western Cape Cricket has paid tribute to former WP batsman Ian Payne, who died at the age of 65 on Sunday. Payne represented Western Province in the period between 1968/69 and 1977/78, scoring two centuries and six half-centuries and averaging 37.16 in 19 matches for the Cape side. In all, …

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Brits eager to add value to Boks

He may not be a spring chicken, but Springbok hooker Schalk Brits considers himself as one of the youngsters going to his maiden Rugby World Cup. Seven years since making his Springbok debut, the 34-year-old only boasts eight Test caps but his perseverance has finally paid off. “Although I am …

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Tahir, Piedt return to Proteas Test squad

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday named three specialist spinners in the Proteas Test squad for the four-match Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series against India. Both Imran Tahir and Dane Piedt return to the squad to join incumbent Simon Harmer. “We want to keep all our options open for the Test …

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KP returns home to join Dolphins

The Dolphins will welcome international cricketing sensation Kevin Pietersen back to the province of his birth after the hard-hitting batsman confirmed on Tuesday that he will represent the Durban-based franchise for a portion of their RAM Slam T20 campaign later this season.?? The former Maritzburg College pupil, who left South …

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Furman: We’re disappointed

South African midfielder Dean Furman bemoaned his side’s lack of composure on the ball after their defeat to Mauritania. Bafana Bafana were handed a heavy 3-1 defeat at the hands of the 114th-ranked side to sit bottom of the AFCON 2017 Group M table. “We are very disappointed; the game …

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Kind mystery runner is ‘overwhelmed’

The Mandela Day Marathon runner who gave her medal to a fellow runner to give to his child has been found. The Witness reported on Thursday that Durban resident Mark Savides took part in the Mandela Day Half-Marathon last Sunday and during the last few kilometres of the race began …

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Etzebeth scare for Boks

A calf strain suffered in training is not expected to rule Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth out of the team’s opening Rugby World Cup game. According to team doctor Craig Roberts, Etzebeth suffered the injury in training on Monday. “Eben felt some discomfort in his calf at the end of our …

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Lions snubbed in Bok RWC squad

Despite playing some enterprising rugby in this year’s Super Rugby tournament, no Lions player heard his name read out when Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer selected his 31-man Rugby World Cup squad on Friday. The Lions drew plaudits across not only this country, but in Australasia for their never-say-die attitude in …

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