Springboks move to 4th in World Rankings

The Springboks have moved up a spot in the latest World Rugby rankings released on Monday.   South Africa’s 41-7 win over Japan in Saitama, coupled with Wales’ 19-10 defeat to Ireland in Dublin was enough for them to move above the Welsh into fourth spot. Meanwhile, Ireland’s victory saw them reach the summit of the rankings for the first time, with New Zealand dropping to second. Wales, who have now lost back-to-back Tests to Ireland, have dropped from first to No 5 in a matter of weeks.    …

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Sam Warburton Warns: “Rugby Players Could Die Live On TV”

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton believes top level rugby players are at risk of death unless more is done to make the game safer.   Warburton retired aged 29 last year, beaten down by a long list of injuries, including a broken jaw, a plate inserted into his eye socket, a hamstring torn off the bone and damaged knee ligaments. However, he fears even worse could happen unless rules are changed.   If something isn’t done soon, then a professional player will die during a…

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Schalk Burger – Springbok Rugby Legend

Schalk Burger was voted World Rugby Player of the Year in 2004 after his breakout season. He was a fantastic player who could slow down opposition ball at the breakdown, had deceptive speed and above all, he had good hands for a forward.   Schalk came back from serious injury twice in his career. The first time was in 2007 after her recovered from a serious neck injury in 2006 and then he made a second come back in 2014.   This is testimony to his strength of character and…

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Pierre Spies – The Ultimate Modern Rugby Player

Pierre Spies divided opinion. The general feeling is that at his best, he was bloody brilliant, but he never consistently lived up to expectations. With all that said, he is what modern rugby players needs to be: big, strong and fast.   Love him or hate him, the fact is he played some brilliant rugby, scored some amazing tries and made a big impact on the rugby field.       Spies is now retired but what can our current players learn from him?   Please leave your questions and…

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Remembering James Small, a record breaker

Sadly we lost James Small this year but we will always cherish the memories he gave us as a superb rugby player.   James Small was a great wing for the Springboks during the 90’s. He broke Danie Gerber’s test record for tries when he scored his 20th try in his last test against Scotland in 1997. Controversy seemed to follow him around, but the fact is he was an individual, which is still rare in today’s rugby. A World Cup winner who knew how to score tries. Here is…

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Dyantyi charged with doping – Springbok wing ‘B’ sample tests positive

Springbok and Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyihas formally been charged with a doping offence after testing positive for “multiple anabolic steroids and metabolites”.   The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) informed Dyantyi ON August 13, 2019 that an adverse analytical finding had been detected in a sample collected from him in a doping test on July 2, 2019. The test was conducted in accordance with the National Anti-Doping Regulations.     Dyantyi, who was provisionally suspended in light of the finding, exercised his right to have his B-sample analysed. …

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Massive Springbok Shock as Dyantyi Fails Drug Test

The Springbok rugby camp was hit with a major shock as star winger Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for a banned substance.   As reported by Sport24: – Dyantyi has requested the testing of a ‘B’ sample after the Lions wing, capped on 13 occasions by the Springboks, had a urine sample, given on July 2 while attending a Springbok training camp, returned positive for a banned substance on August 14 by South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).   In a media statement issued on Saturday via his agent…

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Are our current Springbok locks up to scratch? Who is our ENFORCER? VIDEO – Bakkies the ENFORCER

John Philip “Bakkies” Botha, born 22 September 1979 in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal Province and played as a lock for the Springboks until 22 November 2014.    He was a member of the national team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France in addition to winning two Tri Nations titles in the 2004 Tri Nations Series and the 2009 Tri Nations Series.   Botha played for RC Toulonnais in the Top 14 after signing from Blue Bulls provincial team in the Currie Cup competition and the Bulls Super Rugby team. …

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Ireland can now become World No1 in the Rugby rankings

Wales knocked the All Blacks off the top spot in the World Rugby Rankings for the first time in nearly a decade this week – but their reign at the top could be short-lived.   With Warren Gatland’s men not in action this weekend – Ireland can become the number one team in the world if they manage to defeat England at Twickenham by any margin.   A win for Eddie Jones’ England however, would see the top three sides retain their current positions, while the English would reclaim fourth…

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Who is the best Springbok Hooker ever? Meet Uli [The Bully] Schmidt

Uli Schmidt was arguably the greatest hooker to ever represent South Africa. He broke the typical mold and was a mobile player who often acted as an extra loose forward.   He could run like a centre and was exceptionally strong for his size. He scored 74 first class tries, which is uncanny for a hooker.   This is a celebration of a true Springbok legend!       Watch: – Naas Botha, Springbok Rugby Captain and a Match Winning Genius   Please leave your questions and comments below:  …

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