Springbok Sevens team to help Rugby Museum celebrate 1st birthday

The Springbok Sevens team will help the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum celebrate its first birthday on Wednesday – Heritage Day – by making a special donation to the collection at a public ceremony.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell and his team will present one of their Team SA Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning jerseys to Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby Union, to go on display at the museum at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Following the ceremony the team will be on hand to meet visitors, act as unofficial tour guides and challenge fans in the museum’s Springbok Trials game-playing zone. The ceremony will take place at 12 noon and is open to the public.

And, to mark ‘national Braai Day’, the first 200 visitors to purchase a ticket will also receive a special gift of a free burger at the Santa Ana Spur at the V&A Waterfront.

“We have had a terrific first year of operation at the Springbok Experience,” said Roux. “We opened it with the current Springbok squad and former national captains and we have had visits from the Junior Boks and Springbok Women. It seemed only natural that we should invite the Springbok Sevens squad to mark our first birthday, particularly as they have added to our rugby heritage this year.”

The Springbok Sevens team – performing as part of Team SA – produced a masterful series of performances to claim the Commonwealth Games title for the first time in Glasgow in July.

They beat four-time Commonwealth Games champions, New Zealand, in a pulsating final to end the All Blacks’ 100 percent record at the Games.

“The Springbok Experience is a living museum and we add important objects to the collection as times go by,” said Roux. “The Springbok Sevens team delivered a fantastic performance in Scotland this year and a piece of that event will live in on our collection to allow future generations to get close to the history.”

Roux said that the Springbok Experience had received more than 41 000 visitors in its first year of operation and had received overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors. It was also nominated in the international category of the UK-based Museum + Heritage Awards.

The Springbok Experience opens at 10am on Wednesday. The Blitzboks will be in attendance from 12 noon to 13h30.

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30- RJ Benjamin and Can Skylark on chart for 15 weeks (20 Sept 2014 )

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 20 September 2014
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES
1 Gregor Salto Count On Me NC 1 1 (2) 5 Last Week’s #1
2 Clean Bandit feat. Sharna Bass Extraordinary NC 2 1 (2) 13
3 Beatenberg Rafael NC 3 3 9
4 Bo Seretsane Rise Up 5 9 4 7 SA Top 10 #1
5 Meghan Trainor All About That Bass Up 3 8 5 3
6 Usher Good Kisser Up 16 22 6 11 Highest Climber
7 Mario Ogle How I Got My Groove Back NC 7 5 9
8 Ella Henderson Ghost (Switch Remix) Up 5 13 8 4
9 Mary J. Blige A Night To Remember Down 5 4 2 7
10 Sam Smith Stay With Me Up 4 14 6 7
11 Nico & Vinz Am I Wrong Down 6 5 4 16
12 Mr Probz Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) NC 12 12 4
13 Usher feat. Nicki Minaj She Came To Give It To You Down 7 6 1 (3) 10
14 Basement Jaxx Never Say Never Up 2 16 14 2
15 Mariah Carey feat. Wale You Don’t Know What To Do Up 3 18 6 9
16 Michael Jackson A Place With No Name Down 5 11 11 5
17 Tresor Mount Everest Up 3 20 17 2
18 Lloyd Cele feat. Casper Just Be Mine Down 8 10 4 9 Biggest Faller
19 Chad Saaiman Loving You Is Easy Up 4 23 19 2
20 Ralf Gum feat. Portia Monique Free (Is All I Wanna Be) Down 5 15 15 3
21 DJ Cassidy feat. R Kelly Make The World Go Round Down 4 17 1 22 Longest Running Song
22 Brilynn Quality Time New - 22 1
23 RJ Benjamin & Can Skylark So High Down 4 19 4 15
24 Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell Sing Down 3 21 16 6
25 Sundae feat. Che-V & Laurenzo Davids Partly Cloudly Down 1 24 17 12
26 Chris Malinchak feat. Mikky Ekko Stranger Down 1 25 17 6
27 Leela James feat. Anthony Hamilton Say That Down 1 26 20 5
28 Jennifer Hudson Dangerous New - 28 1
29 Tank Dance With Me Down 1 28 13 10
30 Katy Perry Birthday Down 1 29 11 19

Aaron Cruden boozy night gets him kicked out of All Black squad for Argentina and SA

Aaron Cruden was found keeping his head down at his Hamilton home today after he was kicked off the trip to Argentina for having a late night drinking session in Auckland.

Cruden offered no comment when approached by media as he contemplated the massive repercusions of losing his spot on the All Blacks’ trip to South America and South Africa.

Cruden, the incumbent All Black first five-eighths, did not travel with the team to Buenos Aires after missing the flight and was then reprimanded by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen after it was revealed a boozy night on the town with team-mates was the cause of his tardiness.

On Sat on Heart 104.9fm from 8-9am we discuss the topic “Professionalism in schoolboy r ugby”

On Saturday on Heart 104.9fm from 8-9am we discuss the topic “Professionalism in schoolboy rugby”, during OTC -On the couch .

The team of Flapper ,Martin and Tapfuma have a wonderful guest coming in to studio to discuss the topic

The 1st Xv coach of a local school has agreed to come and chat about the state of school boy rugby here in the Western Cape, and specifically about the apparent real or perceived professionalism that exists.

Please tune in and join the discussion from 8 -9am on Heart 104.9fm

Looking for new music try these guys YORKE is a band from Durban

YORKE is a band from Durban, South Africa formed in 2014 by Jordi Van Dyk, Joel Kenrick, Dean Wilkie and Bryn Scott. The music video for their first single, Goodbye Gravity, is due for release on the 1st of October 2014. Watch the teaser here: http://t.co/FCv6yWl5rD

Their sound, described in a few words: colorful, creative, intellectual, hopeful, diverse and fun. YORKE draws inspiration from day-to-day life, art, love, music and this diverse country – South Africa. As individuals, the members listen to a wide array of genres.

The members of YORKE have been involved in the SA music scene for some time; having contributed to the formation of different projects, and with two of the members having studied music at the University of Kwazulu Natal.

Their debut EP “An Ocean of Clouds” will be available on iTunes for purchase towards the end of the year.

Connect with YORKE:
Twitter: @yorkeband
Instagram: @yorkeband
Facebook: Facebook.com/yorkeband

One year today the Rugby World Cup kicks off in England . How are the coaches feeling ?

Exactly one year today the Rugby World Cup kicks off in England and wonders how well the coaches of the leading teams are sleeping as the countdown starts to the big September 18 kick-off in London.

Some are sleeping better than others, make no mistake, and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is no doubt one of them, and not just because his team are just about unbeatable, give or take a draw with the Wallabies earlier this year and their last loss being against the Boks in Port Elizabeth way back in 2011.

The thing with Hansen is that besides having the reassurance that his team annually sets the standards, each season he has full control of his players and a complete evaluation of their form.

That is because only Super Rugby players in New Zealand are eligible to play for the All Blacks. If you are a Kiwi and you go overseas to earn the big bucks, you surrender any chance you might have had to play for the black jersey. It does not matter whether you are Richie McCaw or Dan Carter. You play in New Zealand or your surrender your All Blacks status.

You can come back, of course, and re-earn your right to the jersey with a season of Super Rugby, but while you are abroad your international career is on hold or over.

It used to be that way in South Arica but a decade or so ago the South African Rugby Union decided that they would pre-empt their rivals and would be the first of the major unions to select overseas-based players, the thinking being that rugby must ultimately follow the oldest professional sport in the world, soccer, and that eventually the Springboks would be a team picked from clubs all over the world.

It makes sense, and maybe Saru has got it right and eventually professionalism in rugby will go the way of soccer. Currently, 75 percent of the Argentina team is based in France.

The point is that while money will eventually guide the world’s best players to the clubs with the biggest cheques books, even leading New Zealand players, the fact is that the “amateur” Kiwis are currently keeping hold of their best players in New Zealand with the lure of the Silver Fern.

Steve Hansen has the easiest selection job in the world. He just watches Super Rugby every weekend and, as far as his players are concerned, he is comparing apples with apples. It is a piece of cake, or apple pie if you like.

So let’s ask Heyneke Meyer the rhetorical question of how easy it is for him to pick a Springbok team for the June internationals and the Rugby Championship, and even the end of year tour, when his leading contenders have been playing all over the world.

He is comparing apples with pears and bananas. Obviously he sees how the Super Rugby players are going but can he honestly pick players based in Japan on form rather than reputation?

Fourie du Preez, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fouries, Andries Bekker (what happened to him? why can the other “Japs” be picked but not him?) are not the same players they were when they join the Boks after a holiday camp eating sushi in Tokyo. South African players go to Japan because they earn big bucks and have a fat jol. They come back unfit and over-weight.

Frans Steyn is over there now. He came back from his stint in France looking like the Michelin Man and took ages to get match fit for Super Rugby standards, and when he did. He went from playing terribly to be being outstanding . Will he be a sumo wrestler when he comes back next year?

It was Jake White who three years ago sounded a warning to South African rugby. He said “Select overseas players at your peril, you are making a rod for your own back. You send the wrong message to the players, and mark my word, the average age of our players going overseas will drop year by year because they know the back door to the Boks is always open, while the Springbok coach will have no yardstick to compare players because they will be in different competitions all over the world and in different stage of fitness.”

Vodacom Super Rugby 2015 fixtures announced

The Cell C Sharks and the Vodacom Bulls launch the South African leg of the Vodacom Super Rugby season with home derbies against the Toyota Cheetahs and DHL Stormers respectively next year, SANZAR announced on Thursday. Meanwhile the Lions will host the Hurricanes at Ellis Park.

The 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign kicks off when seven-time champions the Crusaders welcome the Rebels to AMI Stadium in New Zealand on Friday 13 February.

The competition will start simultaneously in all territories – after staggered starts in recent years – and will run without interruption until the final on July 4 in the absence of June internationals because of it being a Rugby World Cup year.

All five matches of the 2014 Super Rugby Finals Series will recur during the 2015 Regular Season, including a re-match of the record-breaking final when the Waratahs and Crusaders return to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium in Round 15.

New Zealand teams are taking the opportunity to consider delivering their Super Rugby fixtures to alternative locations, particularly in regional areas, because some venues are unavailable due to a clash with other events.

Greg Peters, SANZAR ACEO, said: “The 2015 season marks the final year of Super Rugby in its current format before the competition expands into a bold new era from 2016.

“As we plan for the future, we also eagerly look forward to seeing how the coming season pans out following one of the most competitive years in the history of Super Rugby.”

TEAM-BY-TEAM

Each team plays home and away derbies within their own conference, plus the following cross-conference matches in the 2015 Super Rugby season:

Vodacom Bulls: Hurricanes (H) Force (H) Crusaders (H) Reds (H) Blues (A) Chiefs (A) Brumbies (A) Rebels (A)

Toyota Cheetahs: Blues (H) Crusaders (A) Chiefs (A) Brumbies (A) Force (A) Reds (H) Highlanders (H) Waratahs (H)

Lions: Hurricanes (H) Blues (A) Crusaders (A) Rebels (A) Reds (A) Highlanders (H) Brumbies (H) Waratahs (H)

Cell C Sharks: Chiefs (H) Force (H) Crusaders (H) Highlanders (A) Hurricanes (A) Waratahs (A) Reds (A) Rebels (H)

DHL Stormers: Blues (H) Chiefs (H) Highlanders (A) Hurricanes (A) Waratahs (A) Force (A) Brumbies (H) Rebels (H)

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