Sellout crowd for All Blacks vs US Eagles -Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams return

The All Blacks team to play the United States this weekend has been named, with the All Blacks selectors unveiling a team combining young All Blacks talent and experienced heads for the historic match at Soldier Field, Chicago.

The match this Saturday 1 November is a 61,500 capacity sell-out, with the All Blacks playing in front of a record attendance for a rugby match in the USA.

The team is:

Starting XV

1. Joe Moody (5)
2. Nathan Harris (1)
3. Charlie Faumuina (23)
4. Jeremy Thrush (9)
5. Patrick Tuipulotu (4)
6. Victor Vito (24)
7. Sam Cane (20)
8. Kieran Read – captain (69)
9. TJ Perenara (7)
10. Aaron Cruden (35)
11. Charles Piutau (11)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (19)
13. Ryan Crotty (9)
14. Cory Jane (52)
15. Israel Dagg (44)

Reserves:

16. Keven Mealamu (120)
17. Wyatt Crockett (33)
18. Ben Franks (38)
19. Brodie Retallick (33)
20. Liam Messam (36)
21. Augustine Pulu *
22. Daniel Carter (100)
23. Julian Savea (29)

The starting backline features the experienced duo of Israel Dagg at fullback andCory Jane on the right wing, with Charles Piutau on the left wing. Sonny Bill Williams returns to the All Blacks midfield for his first game since August 2012, starting in the 12 jersey alongside Ryan Crotty at centre. Aaron Cruden returns to the playmaker’s role in the 10 jersey, with TJ Perenara at halfback.

The team will be captained by number eight and 2013 IRB Player of the Year Kieran Read, who will lead the side for the eighth time in his 70th Test.

Also in the forwards, Sam Cane starts at openside flanker with Victor Vito on the blindside; Jeremy Thrush and Patrick Tuipulotu are the locking duo in the second row. In the front row, hooker Nathan Harris gets his first Test start after coming off the bench against Argentina last month; Joe Moody also gets his second Test start at loosehead prop, with Charlie Faumuina at tighthead prop.

Young Counties Manukau and Chiefs halfback Augustine Pulu has the opportunity to make his Test debut from the bench on Saturday, while All Blacks Test centurion and world rugby’s leading points scorer, first five-eighth Daniel Carter also makes his return from injury from the bench. Wing Julian Savea has also been named as the outside back cover.

In the forwards reserves, the All Blacks have the experienced 120-Test veteranKeven Mealamu to call on, together with his fellow front rowers Wyatt Crockettand Ben Franks. Brodie Retallick is the reserve lock, with Liam Messam reserve loose forward.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “This is going to be an exciting occasion for the team, playing the USA in front of a record crowd here in Chicago, and it’s great to be here representing the All Blacks and New Zealand.

“It’s another chance for those selected to pull on the jersey and play well. On this MyRepublic Northern Tour, we want to give all players in the squad the opportunity to grow their game – and we also want to develop our game as a team – and it starts on Saturday.

“While we are giving a number of players another opportunity this weekend, our expectation is that they will play to the highest level and we get a quality performance.”

The All Blacks and USA have played each other three times, most recently at the 1991 Rugby World Cup in Gloucester when the All Blacks won 46-6. The teams also played in 1980 in San Diego, California, and in 1913 in Berkeley, California.

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DHL WP to take Currie Cup trophy tour on today from 12h30 with 3 buses

DHL WP to take Currie Cup trophy to the people

The 2014 Absa Currie Cup-winning DHL Western Province squad will embark on a victory parade through Cape Town today , October 28.

Players and management will take the Absa Currie Cup trophy to their passionate fans, as they celebrate their dramatic 19-16 win over the Golden Lions in Saturday’s final at DHL Newlands – DHL WP’s second triumph in three seasons but first at home since 2001.

Three buses, made up of the majority of the players who featured in the 2014 Absa Currie Cup season, team management, VIPs and the media will begin a parade with the Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille at Cape Town City Hall at 12h30, with activations beginning in the streets outside City Hall from 11h00.

Thereafter, the buses will make their way through Adderley Street, Wale Street, Long Street, Buitengracht Street, Loop Street and Strand Street. The buses will then head to Gugulethu Square (in Gugulethu) – via Klipfontein Road in Athlone – and then end off at the Liberty Promenade in Mitchell’s Plain to complete the parade.

DHL WP to take Currie Cup trophy tour on Tues from 12h30 with 3 buses

The 2014 Absa Currie Cup-winning DHL Western Province squad will embark on a victory parade through Cape Town on Tuesday, October 28.

Players and management will take the Absa Currie Cup trophy to their passionate fans, as they celebrate their dramatic 19-16 win over the Golden Lions in Saturday’s final at DHL Newlands – DHL WP’s second triumph in three seasons but first at home since 2001.

Three buses, made up of the majority of the players who featured in the 2014 Absa Currie Cup season, team management, VIPs and the media will begin a parade with the Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille at Cape Town City Hall at 12h30, with activations beginning in the streets outside City Hall from 11h00.

Thereafter, the buses will make their way through Adderley Street, Wale Street, Long Street, Buitengracht Street, Loop Street and Strand Street. The buses will then head to Gugulethu Square (in Gugulethu) – via Klipfontein Road in Athlone – and then end off at the Liberty Promenade in Mitchell’s Plain to complete the parade.

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Nizaam Carr Seabelo Senatla make Springbok squad for 2014 Outgoing Tour

Springbok squad for 2014 Outgoing Tour

Five newcomers and two returnees have been added to the bulk of the Springboks’ Castle Lager Rugby Championship squad as the national selectors opted for continuity and rewarding form in naming a 36-man squad for next month’s tour to the Northern Hemisphere.

Twenty-nine of the 36 players named for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour were part of the Rugby Championship squad. They will be joined by the uncapped quintet of Robbie Coetzee, Julian Redelinghuys, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel and Seabelo Senatla, while Coenie Oosthuizen and Johan Goosen have been recalled to the squad for the tour of four Tests.

“It’s wonderful to have this kind of continuity in selection, while the five uncapped players in the squad have all been rewarded for superb form throughout the season,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Many of the selected players were at our training camp in Stellenbosch last week where we put in a lot of very hard work. We’ll have to hit the ground running when we assemble in Johannesburg on Wednesday before we depart on what will be a challenging tour.

“We start against the Six Nations champions in Dublin and then take on England, who have been on an upward curve over the last couple of years. Italy is always a tough customer at home and the Welsh have probably been one of the most consistent teams in the last number of seasons.”

Meyer congratulated all the players with their selection and said he is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the five newcomers for the first time.

“Julian has been impressive all season and if it wasn’t for injuries, he might have been a Springbok already,” said Meyer.

“He was great in Vodacom Super Rugby and the Absa Currie Cup, where his strong scrummaging has been a hallmark of the Lions’ play. Going north, scrummaging will be vitally important and we would like to see what he can do in those circumstances.

“Next to Julian, Robbie was part of a very dominant Lions scrum throughout the season and this is also a reward for his consistently good performances, while he is also very secure when it comes to throwing into the line-outs.

“Both Nizaam and Jaco have been great in 2014, building on their fine Vodacom Super Rugby form in the Absa Currie Cup where they excelled in the two teams that reached the final.

“Nizaam is a versatile loose forward who can play any position in the back row and has proven his worth at flank and No 8 this season.

“Jaco, who is really very fast for a loose forward and scored the most tries in the Absa Currie Cup this season, is more of a traditional openside flank, a position for which we need cover following Francois Louw’s injury.

“This tour will be a great challenge for both these players to see what they can bring to the table, especially as we only have eight Tests left before the Rugby World Cup next year and we have to ascertain what depth we have at our disposal.

“Seabelo’s speed is well-known to anyone who’s seen him play for the Blitzboks this year and he is now the third player from the Springbok Sevens set-up to be called-up to the Springboks, which is a great compliment to their structures. He’s also made the most of his opportunities in the Absa Currie Cup and we’d like to see if he can take another step up in the toughest circumstances.”

On the returning Oosthuizen and Goosen, Meyer said: “Coenie has been out injured but he made a great return recently. He can pack down on both sides of the scrum and he is in excellent condition, so it’s a pleasure to welcome him back.

“Johan is now playing most of his rugby at fullback and is performing very well in a position where I’ve always thought that he could become a great player. His versatility will come in handy if needed as he is a similar player to Willie in many ways. We also have Pat Lambie who is a great option at fullback – with a smaller squad for the Rugby World Cup next year, these options will be very important.”

None of the overseas-based players will be available for the final match of the tour, against Wales in Cardiff on 29 November, as it falls outside the international Test window. Ruan Pienaar’s selection in the squad is pending a fitness Test next week in Dublin, where he will join the squad on Sunday.

“The Test in Cardiff will be our second of the season which falls outside the window and as we saw in Port Elizabeth against Scotland in June, this is a great test of our depth,” said Meyer.

The following Springboks and players who have been involved with the national team before were not considered for selection due to injury: Fourie du Preez, Schalk Brits, Callie Visagie, Frans Malherbe, Marcel van der Merwe, Flip van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw, Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha, Pierre Spies and Willem Alberts. The latter could come into consideration at a later stage during the tour.

The Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour 2014 (click on the players’ name for his online profile):

Name Province Position Test Caps
Bakkies Botha Toulon, France Lock 83
Schalk Burger Suntory, Japan Loose forward 73
Nizaam Carr DHL Western Province Loose forward 0
Marcell Coetzee Cell C Sharks Loose forward 22
Robbie Coetzee Xerox Golden Lions Hooker 0
Damian De Allende DHL Western Province Centre / Wing 2
Lodewyk de Jager Toyota FS Cheetahs Lock 7
Jean de Villiers (captain) DHL Western Province Centre 102
Bismarck du Plessis Cell C Sharks Hooker 66
Jannie du Plessis Cell C Sharks Prop 60
Eben Etzebeth DHL Western Province Lock 29
Johan Goosen Racing Metro, France Fullback / Flyhalf 5
Bryan Habana Toulon, France Wing 103
Cornal Hendricks Toyota FS Cheetahs Wing 9
Francois Hougaard Vodacom Blue Bulls Scrumhalf 32
Jaco Kriel Xerox Golden Lions Loose forward 0
Patrick Lambie Cell C Sharks Flyhalf / Fullback 36
Willie le Roux Toyota FS Cheetahs Fullback / Wing 21
Victor Matfield Vodacom Blue Bulls Lock 117
Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje Toyota FS Cheetahs Loose forward 3
Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks Prop 61
Lwazi Mvovo Cell C Sharks Wing 9
Trevor Nyakane Toyota FS Cheetahs Prop 9
Coenie Oosthuizen Toyota FS Cheetahs Prop 17
Ruan Pienaar Ulster, N Ireland Scrumhalf 80
JP Pietersen Panasonic, Japan Centre / Wing 56
Handré Pollard Vodacom Blue Bulls Flyhalf 6
Julian Redelinghuys Xerox Golden Lions Prop 0
Cobus Reinach Cell C Sharks Scrumhalf 2
Seabelo Senatla SA Sevens / DHL WP Wing 0
Jan Serfontein Vodacom Blue Bulls Centre 16
Gurthrö Steenkamp Toulouse, France Prop 52
Morné Steyn Stade Francais, France Flyhalf 59
Adriaan Strauss Toyota FS Cheetahs Hooker 40
Duane Vermeulen DHL Western Province No 8 25
Warren Whiteley Xerox Golden Lions Loose forward 2

Castle Lager Outgoing Tour 2014 fixtures (SA kick-off times):

8 November

19h30: Ireland v Springboks – AVIVA Stadium, Dublin

15 November

16h30: England v Springboks – Twickenham, London

22 November

16h00: Italy v Springboks – Stadio Euganeo, Padova

29 November

16h30: Wales v Springboks – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

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A brand new Music Awards for South Africa is announced Backing singers and session musos to shine a new special awards ceremony

A brand new Music Awards for South Africa is announced

Backing singers and session musos to shine a new special award ceremony to take place annually.

They have long been regarded as the unsung heroes of the music industry but now, thanks to “Princess of Africa” Yvonne Chaka Chaka, session musicians and backing singers will finally have a place in the sun at their own dedicated awards ceremony.

Pic -Yvonne and Victor Masondo

Launched during a star-studded and entertainment-packed function at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday 22 October 2014, the Backing Vocalists and Session Musicians Awards (BVSM) will recognise those hard-working musicians who so often operate behind the scenes, in the shadows and out of the spotlight – yet who contribute so much to a live performance or recording.

The annual BVSM Awards are the initiative of Chaka Chaka through her Princess of Africa Foundation, and have been 10 years in the planning. The inaugural awards will be held in Johannesburg in 2015.

This initiative is particularly poignant for the celebrated songbird, because not only have backing musicians played a pivotal role in shaping her successful career but she also lost her dear friend and long-time backing vocalist Phumzile Ntuli to malaria in 2004.

“These are special artists who bring variety into one’s music and enhance one’s artistry,” Chaka Chaka says. “Without their input, I don’t think I would have made it as a recording and stage artist. I was young and inexperienced when I became a professional musician and they were there to guide me. I owe my success to them. Today I look back and appreciate their guidance.”

She says the awards will be a way of honouring the personal and professional contributions of these behind-the-scenes worker bees, as well as fostering pride in their own artistic creativity, providing national exposure for them and celebrating their gift of music.

Apart from their dulcet tones, backing singers are blessed with a sharp ear for harmony, Chaka Chaka explains, and session musicians are required to be flexible and versatile across musical genres, styles and performance platforms. Through the BVSM Awards, she hopes to provide greater opportunities and recognition for these musicians who form the bedrock of the music industry.

Awards categories

The BVSM Awards will cover a wide range of genres, including jazz, hip-hop, gospel, maskandi, mbaqanga, boeremusiek, gospel and kwaito. They will also recognise the contribution of music veterans from decades past, as well as the country’s most exciting emerging young talents. The following categories are being considered for the awards:

- Best Female Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
– Best Male Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
– Best Session Musicians
– Best Lead Guitarist
– Best Bass Guitarist
– Best Brass Section and Drums
– Lifetime Backing Vocalist (male and female)
– Lifetime Session Musician (male and female)
– Best Backing Vocalists of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (males and females)
– Rookie of the Year – Backing Vocalist (male and female)
– Rookie of the Year – Session Musician (male and female)

The BVSM Awards were launched in suitably glamorous style on Wednesday night: the State Theatre was abuzz with iconic talents from the South African music world and proceedings were led by celebrity MCs Bob Mabena and Penny Lebyane.

The evening’s entertainment programme, under the directorship of Victor Masondo, featured a vibrant musical journey through South African music from the 1960s to the present day.

Occupying centre stage were a stellar array of session musicians, finally given their well-deserved place in the spotlight: Bernice Boikanyo on drums, Godfrey Mgcina on percussion, Gabs Stuurman on piano and keyboards, Ntokozo Zungu on guitar, Victor Masondo on bass, and McCoy Mrubata on saxophones and pennywhistle. They were joined by some of the country’s finest backing singers: Mandisa Dlanga, Stella Khumalo, Nonhlanhla Mdluli, Fani Ntlama and Zamo Mbutho.

pic Bernice Boikanyo on drums

Said Mandisa Dlanga, a singer and dancer who has worked with local and international artists such as Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, Stimela, Jennifer Rush, Paul Simon and Chaka Chaka herself: “This is the best thing that has happened to us backing singers. To be acknowledged by a successful and well-travelled musician like Yvonne means a lot to us. I wish other successful soloists and bandleaders will think like her because we have been instrumental in crafting their careers.”

For more information about entering the inaugural BVSM Awards, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Backing-Vocals-and-Session-Musicians/733014023436118 or Twitter: @BVSMAwards

The Princess of Africa Foundation is a non-profit Section 21 organisation established by Yvonne Chaka Chaka in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and the ROLLBACK Malaria campaign. Visit www.princessofafrica.com for more information.

The Backing Vocals and Session Musician Awards media launch is is supported by the

- The Princess of Africa Foundation
– SAMRO – Southern African Music Rights Organisation
– Crystalix
– Th e City of Tshwane
– JT Communication Solutions
– SABC

Dees Harilal
JT Communication Solutions
media
011 788 7632

The Princess of Africa Foundation
www.ThePrincessofAfricaFoundation

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