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Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks and Lwazi Mvovo are back in the Springbok starting line-up for Saturday’s Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The changes in the back three were required because Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen, who started in last weekend’s victory over Italy in Padova, are not available this week. The two changes to the front row are rotational.
Adriaan Strauss, who started at hooker in the victories over England and Italy, moves to the bench, where he will be joined by Trevor Nyakane and Damian de Allende in the only other changes to the match-23.
“This tour has been a good test of our depth and we’re looking forward to see what the team can do on Saturday,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
“We will face a fired-up Welsh side this weekend. They played very well against New Zealand and it will be a tough end to our season, but we want to finish on a high and the focus this week has been on ensuring we keep on building on what we’ve done thus far this year.
“All the players coming into the team have been part of our squad for most of the season. They know our plans and structures and now it’s about execution on Saturday.”
Injuries and the non-availability of overseas-based players for matches outside the Test window have meant that only three players, Le Roux, Du Plessis and Duane Vermeulen, have played in all 12 Tests for the Springboks in 2014.
In 2013, a total of 10 players featured in each of the 12 Tests. Le Roux is the only player who has played in every Springbok encounter over the last two seasons, while Du Plessis has missed only one match.
It has also been confirmed today that scrumhalf Rudy Paige has picked up a medial knee ligament injury during training on Tuesday which will rule him out of action for approximately three to four weeks.
A replacement for Paige in the Springboks’ touring squad will be named at a later stage.
The Springbok team to face Wales in Cardiff is:
Position Name Test Caps Test points 15 Willie le Roux 24 35 14 Cornal Hendricks 10 25 13 Jan Serfontein 19 10 12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 105 135 11 Lwazi Mvovo 9 15 10 Pat Lambie 39 100 9 Cobus Reinach 5 10 8 Duane Vermeulen 28 10 7 Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje 6 0 6 Marcell Coetzee 25 30 5 Victor Matfield (vice-captain) 120 35 4 Eben Etzebeth 32 0 3 Coenie Oosthuizen 20 15 2 Bismarck du Plessis 69 45 1 Tendai Mtawarira 63 10 Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss 43 25 17 Trevor Nyakane 12 5 18 Julian Redelinghuys 1 0 19 Lood de Jager 8 10 20 Nizaam Carr 1 0 21 Francois Hougaard 34 25 22 Handré Pollard 8 65 23 Damian de Allende 2 0
Stats and facts:
· The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 574 Test caps (211 in the backline and 363 in the forwards), while there are a further 109 caps worth of experience on the bench.
· South Africa and Wales have played each other 29 times since 1906, with the Springboks winning 27, losing one (1999) and one was drawn (1970). The Springboks have scored 808 points and 101 tries and conceded 428 points and 36 tries for an average score of 28-15.
· South Africa and Wales last met on 21 June 2014 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. The Springboks won narrowly by 31-30.
· Jean de Villiers will extend the record as the most-capped Springbok centre, with 90 Tests in this position and will captain South Africa for the 34th time, placing him third behind John Smit (83) and Gary Teichmann (36). If he scores a try he will become the sole record holder for most tries against Wales, a record he currently shares with Joost van der Westhuizen (6).
· Victor Matfield will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok in history (120 Tests). He will also extend his record of 120 Tests as a lock. It will be his 13th Test against Wales, which is also a record.
· If he scores a try Bismarck du Plessis will extend his record of nine Test tries for South Africa as a hooker.
· It will be Heyneke Meyer’s 37th Test in charge of the Springboks since he took over in 2012. Of the previous 36 Tests South Africa have won 26, lost eight and drawn twice.
· The referee is John Lacey of Ireland. It will be his second Test involving South Africa. His first Test with the Springboks was in August 2014 against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, which South Africa won by 13-6 after an unusually heavy downpour during the match.
· Springbok Test match records in Cardiff:
o Most points – 23 by Percy Montgomery (1t, 3c, 4p) against Wales on 6 November, 2004.
o Most tries – three by Joost van der Westhuizen against Wales on 15 December, 1996.
o Most conversions – three by Percy Montgomery against Wales on 13 November, 2010.
o Most penalty goals – five by Morne Steyn against Wales on 13 November, 2010.
o Most drop goals – two by Percy Montgomery against New Zealand on 14 November, 1999.
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|The match schedule and kick-off times for next year’s World Rugby U20 Championship (formerly IRB Junior World Championship) have been announced.The tournament which runs from 2-20 June, 2015 in northern Italy sees England returning to defend their crown which they retained in June in New Zealand after winning the tournament for the first time in 2013.
Four venues will host the U20 Championship this year – Parma, Calvisano, Viadana with the final held in Cremona on 20 June.
The opening day sees hosts Italy take on South Africa, England play Japan, who return to the U20 competition for the first time since 2009 and four time winners New Zealand v Scotland in Parma. As in previous years, six matches will be played on each match day, and this year kick-off times are set for 16:30, 18:30 and 20:30 (local time)
“More than 300 players have made the step up from the U20 Championship to the international test arena since 2008 and I have no doubt there will be further players graduating up the ranks after this tournament.”
“New Zealand will play a match in each of the venues, England will be divided between Calvisano and Viadana, South Africa will be in Calvisano and Parma as well as the Italian U20 team, so the main contenders for the title and the national team will ensure fans in the region get to see the future stars of world rugby in action.
International stars such as Aaron Cruden and Julia Savea from New Zealand, Australian Quade Cooper, France centre Mathieu Bastareaud, Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray, England backs George Ford and Owen Farrell and South African fly-half Handré Pollard are just some of the players to graduate from the U20 Championship to international test level. Italy centre Luca Morisi, who also represented his country at U20 level, is ambassador for the tournament in Italy next year.
Joan Armatrading has added South Africa to her 2015 world tour and will be performing several shows in South Africa in July 2015 as part of her last ever world tour.(thats what they all say ..lol
Concerts will be held in Cape Town, East London, Durban and Johannesburg. Joan was last seen in Johannesburg in April 2014 for the well received show “Anthems of Democracy” produced by Roddy Quinn
Known for her distinctive vocals and consummate musicianship, Joan Armatrading has released over 20 acclaimed albums, received three Grammy nominations, is a Brit Award nominee and has received the highly coveted Ivor Novello Award.
Although she will continue to perform on occasion this will be the final major world tour.
Joan says; “I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake. For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar, piano and singing. I want these concerts to be a special lively interactive one to one experience. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”
Joan Armatrading in South Africa
July 3 – Cape Town ICC
July 6 – Hemingway’s – East London
July 7 – Durban ICC Arena
July 10 & 11 – The Teatro at Montecasino, Johannesburg
This unique series of solo shows will feature Joan’s classic hit ‘Me, Myself I’ as well as a mix of other favourites such as ‘Love and Affection’, ‘Willow’ and ‘Drop The Pilot’ plus some of Joan’s more recent compositions.
Ticket prices range from R450 to R650 from www.computicket.com or 0861 915 8000
by Martin Myers
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|All Blacks again dominated the annual World Rugby Awards announced following the last match of the MyRepublic Northern Tour against Wales.
The All Blacks were named World Rugby Team of the Year for the fifth successive year and Head Coach Steve Hansen Coach of the Year for the third straight year.
Lock Brodie Retallick was named Player of the Year, the fourth All Black to win the prestigious award.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic year in the middle of the All Blacks’ pack and follows in the footsteps of teammates Kieran Read (2013), Dan Carter (2005 and 2012) and Richie McCaw (2006, 2009 and 2010).
He edged out Willie le Roux (South Africa), Julian Savea (New Zealand), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) and Duane Vermeulen (South Africa) for the award.
“It has been another year where the hard work done by this group has been rewarded on the field with outstanding results,” said New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew.
“We are extremely proud of this team and on behalf of New Zealand Rugby I congratulate Brodie, Steve and the whole team who have been brilliantly lead by Richie and supported by a large group of very committed professionals all of whom unselfishly contribute.”
All three of these awards are selected by an independent panel of judges, chaired by Australia’s RWC 1999 winning captain John Eales and also comprising Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphaël Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace.
A towering presence in the lineout, Retallick has played 35 Tests for New Zealand since making his debut against Ireland in June 2012. His powerful runs and work-rate across the pitch have brought him to the fore in 2014. His partnership with Sam Whitelock makes up arguably the best second row in today’s game.
Under Hansen’s guidance in 2014 the All Blacks equalled the record of 17 consecutive victories by a major nation, secured a series win over England in the Steinlager Series, won the Bledisloe Cup for the 12th successive year and a third Rugby Championship title in a row. They also ended the MyRepublic Northern Tour undefeated following this morning’s 34-16 victory over Wales.
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Brodie Retallick has been at the heart of another hugely successful year for the All Blacks with his superb lineout skills, ball carrying ability and work at the breakdown playing a huge role in a June series win against England, the Rugby Championship title and a strong November series.
“New Zealand showed again in 2014 that they are the team to beat in international Rugby, demonstrating remarkable consistency and dominance, the likes of which has rarely been seen before. And at the helm is their excellent coach Steve Hansen who has managed to keep his players performing at such a high level, match after match.”
Previous Player of the Year Award winners:
2013 – Kieran Read (New Zealand)
2012 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2011 – Thierry Dusautoir (France)
2010 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2009 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2008 – Shane Williams (Wales)
2007 – Bryan Habana (South Africa)
2006 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2005 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2004 – Schalk Burger (South Africa)
2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (England)
2002 – Fabien Galthié (France)
2001 – Keith Wood (Ireland)
Previous Team of the Year Award winners:
2013 – New Zealand
2012 – New Zealand
2011 – New Zealand
2010 – New Zealand
2009 – South Africa
2008 – New Zealand
2007 – South Africa
2006 – New Zealand
2005 – New Zealand
2004 – South Africa
2003 – England
2002 – France
2001 – Australia
Previous Coach of the Year Award winners:
2013 – Steve Hansen (New Zealand)
2012 – Steve Hansen (New Zealand)
2011 – Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2010 – Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2009 – Declan Kidney (Ireland)
2008 – Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2007 – Jake White (South Africa)
2006 – Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2005 – Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2004 – Jake White (South Africa)
2003 – Clive Woodward (England)
2002 – Bernard Laporte (France)
2001 – Rod Macqueen (Australia)
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A roaring haka echoed through the hallways around Millennium Stadium following the All Blacks 34-16 win over Wales this morning.
It was performed in the All Blacks changing rooms to honour the record breaking feats of captain Richie McCaw and veteran hooker Keven Mealamu.
McCaw led his country in a test for the 100th time, while Mealamu became New Zealand’s most capped first class player passing Colin Meads’ mark of 361 matches when he came off the bench with 15 minutes to play
With the season over, the players could for once reflect on a job”I’m pretty satisfied. It’s one of the great places to play and it was like that today,” McCaw said after a grandstand finish silenced the vocal 72,000 strong crowd.
“When the final whistle goes and you’ve found a way to take the opportunities and come off with what the scoreboard said was reasonably comfortable in the end, it’s a pretty proud moment from a team point of view, and from a personal point of view to get theJOB done.”
Once again, McCaw said the All Blacks had shown the ability to remain calm and composed under pressure as they patiently waited for the crucial moment that would sway the test.
“When you talk about tests being 80 minutes you have to believe it’s not all going to go your way all the time, but it’s never going to go against you all the time either,” he said.
“So it’s about influencing the momentum. Sure there were times when we were down on the scoreboard (16-15) with 10 minutes to go, but we were getting into the gama nd they looked pretty tired.
“All we had to do was hold the ball and when you’ve got guys with the talent we’ve got when an opportunity pops up we take it.”
That moment came in the 70th minute when Beauden Barrett chipped ahead, regathered a perfect bounce and tore through Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny for a brilliant solo try.
“You can see that hurt them mentally and our guys lifted,” McCaw said.
“When you go through experiences often enough you start knowing one moment can have an influence on the rest of the game , and that’s pretty much what happened today.”
Wales did what they could to slow the match down despite McCaw saying he repeatedly asked English referee Wayne Barnes about the delays before every scrum and lineout.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen saw the tactic in play , but said it had not affected his side because they simply accepted it as something they had to adjust to on the day.
“I thought the law said you only have to stop if it’s a front rower at a scrum, but every single one was stopped, but again, we can’t control that so there’s no point getting too worried about it. We have to adapt and adjust.”
Hansen praised Wales’ first half defensive effort as the best the All Blacks had faced this season, but said it had clearly taken a lot of of the home team’s legs by the final quarter.
“We talked about that at halftime. You are asking a team to have that much energy defensively and I don’t think that’s possible for a whole game… I think their issue was they had to defend for long periods and it’s a lot harder defending than it is attacking.”
Hansen said the All Blacks had tried to use their short kicking game in the first half to get behind Wales’ rushing defence, but hadn’t held the ball long enough to create momentum.
He was pleased with the way they had worked things out in the second half in that area with a Barrett cross kick to Conrad Smith creating Jerome Kaino’s try, and another from Colin Slade leading to Barrett’s second try.
Hansen was pleased with the way Barrett and Slade worked as dual pivots in the final 25 minutes and singled out the latter for special praise saying he had done the job for the All Blacks every time he was called on this season.