Ray Mordt set the Gold Standard for Springbok Wings

It’s a shame that South Africa wasn’t able to play more tests during the isolation years. Players like Gerber, Botha, Du Plessis and Heunis would have lit up the international stage   Another fantastic player from that era was Ray Mordt, an impressive wing who could outpace most and run over anyone when necessary. Ray Mordt scored 12 test tries for the Springboks, including a hat trick against the All Blacks in the third test at Eden Park in 1981. Here is a collection of some of his best tries…

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Springboks move to fourth place in world rankings, passing England

South Africa beat Argentina 24-18 on Saturday which moved them past England as England lost to Wales 13-6 in Cardiff.   Wales passed New Zealand to grab the top spot from the All Blacks. Wales have now won 15 of their last 16 tests.   France also moved up in the rankings after thrashing Scotland 27-10 in Paris.     Top 10 in the latest World Rugby rankings: 1. Wales 89.43 2. New Zealand 89.40 3. Ireland 88.69 4. South Africa 86.83 5. England 86.79 6. Australia 84.05 7. France…

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Springbok Fans in Japan: How to Ride Subway and Trains in Tokyo, 35 Tips!

We have started a series of informational posts for rugby fans visiting Japan for the 2019 RWC.   Here are some tricks and tips on riding the Tokyo subway!   Just some of the tips in the video: Rail in Tokyo is run by multiple companies No single ticket covers all trains in Tokyo Above ground trains and bullet train primarily run by JR Subways run by private companies Station maps don’t show all lines Use route planning applications like Hyperdia Plan out your trip beforehand JR Pass comes in…

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Keep Pollard in “cotton-wool” until we get to Japan

This is the view of Rob Houwing, chier writer for sport 24. Houwing asserts: Wrap Handre Pollard in cotton wool: you’d need quite a lot of it to envelope the sturdily-built individual, but that seems an essential policy by the Springboks now. That means no involvement for the consistently assertive, confident flyhalf in Saturday’s non-Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at Loftus, the buoyant new title-holders’ last date before they head to Japan to prepare for RWC 2019”   The Springboks will have one more “warm-up” match for against Japan in…

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Kolisi will get game time at Loftus

.Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Springbok captain Siya Kolisi would be involved in Saturday’s Test although his involvement would be carefully managed.    He is a guy we desperately want to be involved on Saturday and we will involve him but it will be limited minutes. We won’t rush him –  we need to carefully manage his return,” said Erasmus.   The Springboks are holding an open training session at Loftus on Tuesday (15:50-17:10), followed by a meet and greet when the Boks will join the sales force with tickets to…

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All smiles as the Springboks clinch Rugby Championship with a convincing performance

All smiles as the Springboks clinch Rugby Championship with a convincing performance     The Springbok rugby camp was full of smiles as the Boks beat Argentina 46-13 to win the Rugby Championship.     South Africa won 46-13, after leading 24-13 at half-time.   Flyhalf Handre Pollard scored 31 points as South Africa won the Rugby Championship for the first time.   The Springboks last won a competition in 2009 when they finished first in the Tri Nations, the forerunner of the Rugby Championship.   Man-of-the-match Pollard notched two…

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How do referees prepare for a Rugby World Cup?

As always the referees will play an important part in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. South Africa has secured two spots in the select field.   World Rugby has announced the squad of 23 match officials selected to take charge of the 48 matches at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, which runs from September 20-November 2.   ‘Team 21’ – the 21st tournament team – comprises 12 referees, seven assistant referees and four Television Match Officials (TMOs) representing nine nations.   With significant strength in depth in international officiating,…

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Who is the highest paid Springbok Rugby Player and what did he earn?

How much money can you make as a Springboks player?   Lots of our fans have been asking this question and as you will see in this article, a rugby player can earn a decent living.       What top-level domestic rugby players earn Western Province Rugby Union has the most generous budget to dish out amongst its 128 contracted players, across all competitions. Their annual wage bill is a towering R78 million, meaning the average annual wage for a professional player at WP is R609 375. Therefore, these…

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Springbok Schalk Brits shares his biggest rugby inspirations

Schalk Burger Brits (born 16 May 1981) is a rugby union player for the South Africa national team and the Bulls in Super Rugby.   Brits made his international debut against Italy in 2008. He was next called up when he was included in the Springbok squad that toured Ireland, Scotland and England during the 2012 end-of-year rugby union internationals. He came on as a substitute in the match against Scotland to earn his fourth cap.    He earned his fifth cap in their next match, replacing Adriaan Strauss as…

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What happened to Naas Botha?

This has been a question on the lips of many South African rugby fans as they became aware of the absence of Naas on TV. As usual the rumour mill started and some assumed Naas was axed because of the Ashwell Willemse saga.         The truth is, that in March, South African rugby legend Naas Botha took over the job as the head coach of the Indian men and women’s rugby teams   Within a few months he has got the women’s team scrumming into his coaching…

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