The All Blacks side to play the second Bledisloe Cup match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday 27 August has been named

New All Black Anton Lienert-Brown to make his Test debut.
The matchday 23 is (with Test caps in brackets )

1. Joe Moody (14)
2. Dane Coles (40)
3. Owen Franks (81)
4. Brodie Retallick (51)
5. Samuel Whitelock (76)
6. Jerome Kaino (70)
7. Sam Cane (35)
8. Kieran Read – captain (88)
9. Aaron Smith (51)
10. Beauden Barrett (40)
11. Julian Savea (44)
12. Anton Lienert-Brown
13. Malakai Fekitoa (16)
14. Israel Dagg (52)
15. Ben Smith (52)

16. James Parsons (1)
17. Wyatt Crockett (49)
18. Charlie Faumuina (37)
19. Liam Squire (2)
20. Ardie Savea (3)
21. TJ Perenara (20)
22. Aaron Cruden (40)
23. Seta Tamanivalu (2)

A 21-year-old midfielder, Lienert-Brown will make his Test debut in the number 12 jersey, coming in for the injured Ryan Crotty in one of four changes to the matchday 23 which beat Australia 42-8 in Sydney in the opening match of the Investec Rugby Championship last weekend.

Prop Joe Moody returns from injury to start at loosehead prop, with Wyatt Crockett set to play his 50th Test from the bench. In the other changes, James Parsons’ experience sees him named at replacement hooker, while Seta Tamanivalu is in the 23 jersey as back cover.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Firstly, we’d like to congratulate Anton on his Test selection. He had a very good Super season with strong performances throughout and we expect him to take the step up. We’re really looking forward to seeing him play in the international arena. It’ll be a special night for Anton on Saturday and he and his family can be proud of what he has achieved.

“We’d also like to congratulate ‘Crocky’ on what will be his 50th Test. That’s also a special milestone for an All Black. ‘Crocky’ is the ultimate team man who has worked hard throughout his career. His attitude and performances since bouncing back from non-selection for the Rugby World Cup squad in 2011 epitomises everything you want in a team member and he can be very proud of what he has achieved.”

Reflecting on the challenge this week, Hansen said: “This Test match will tell us a lot about ourselves and Australia. There’s no doubt that one of the hardest things to do in sport is to back up a big performance with another big performance. It’s totally a mental thing, so that is something we’ve been working really hard on this week: getting our feet back on the ground and our attitudes right for what is going to be a really physical and demanding Test. As always, the expectation we have placed on ourselves is to improve in everything we do.

“Australia is a proud side and will not have been happy with their performance last week. As a result, we’re expecting them to throw everything they’ve got at us. This should lead to a very exciting, physical and high-intensity Test match with the Bledisloe Cup being in the balance.”

All Blacks v Australia – key facts

• When he takes the field this weekend, Wyatt Crockett will not only play his 50th Test, but also his 300th first-class match.

Crockett also holds a unique world record: he has played in 38 consecutive Test matches without defeat. The last loss he experienced in an All Blacks jersey was the All Blacks 2012 loss to England.

• Julian Savea scored his 40th try last weekend and is thus on 200 points for the All Blacks. Aaron Cruden is sitting on 299 points for the All Blacks.

• Beauden Barrett finished last weekend’s Test match with 199 points for the All Blacks. He has also scored six tries in his last six Tests.

• All Blacks Captain Kieran Read has won his first 13 Tests as captain. All Blacks legend Sir Brian Lochore holds the world record of winning his first 14 Tests.

•The All Blacks have scored 1,885 tries to date in their history and will be the first side to score 1,900 Test tries. France are second on 1,683 tries.

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Vincent Koch only change as he starts on Saturday for the Springboks in Salta Argentina

Vincent Koch will replace the injured Julian Redelinghuys in the only change to the Springboks’ starting fifteen to face Argentina on Saturday in Salta, as Tendai Mtawarira will equal Os du Randt’s record as most-capped prop for South Africa.

Koch, who has three Test caps to his name, comes in for Redelinghuys who has been ruled out of action with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test in Nelspruit on Saturday, won by the Boks by 30-23.

With Koch drafted into the starting line-up, Lourens Adriaanse moves onto the bench to as one of the two replacement props for what could be his second Springbok cap.

Also amongst the replacements, the Springboks have opted for the experienced Morné Steyn, who will give the team an extra kicking-option, in place of Juan de Jongh.

The rest of the Springbok line-up remains unchanged from the one that defeated the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium. In keeping changes to a minimum, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has opted for continuity against a Pumas side that will be lifted by their passionate home support.

“Vincent did very well when he came on as a replacement for Julian in Nelspruit, and he is rewarded with a starting berth, while we believe it would be good to give Lourens an opportunity on the bench at this stage,” said Coetzee.

“We expect them to try and put us under pressure with their tactical kicking. Morné is an experienced player with good kicking attributes, and he will provide an additional kicking cover for us.

“We will continue to build on our cohesion as a team. This is the first away Test for this side and we expect another huge battle against the Pumas.”

The Springboks will continue with their preparations in Buenos Aires before flying out to Salta on Friday morning.

The Springbok team to face Argentina in Nelspruit:

Position Name Franchise / Province / Club Test Caps Test points
15 Johan Goosen Racing 92 (France) 7 13
14 Ruan Combrinck Emirates Lions 3 13
13 Lionel Mapoe Emirates Lions 5 0
12 Damian De Allende DHL Stormers 17 10
11 Bryan Habana Toulon (France) 118 320
10 Elton Jantjies Emirates Lions 6 51
9 Faf de Klerk Emirates Lions 4 0
8 Warren Whiteley Emirates Lions 7 10
7 Oupa Mohoje Toyota Cheetahs 9 0
6 Francois Louw Bath (England) 47 40
5 Lood de Jager Toyota Cheetahs 21 20
4 Eben Etzebeth DHL Stormers 48 10
3 Vincent Koch Steval Pumas / DHL Stormers 3 0
2 Adriaan Strauss (captain) Vodacom Bulls 58 30
1 Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks 79 10
16 Bongi Mbonambi DHL Stormers 1 0
17 Steven Kitshoff Bordeaux (France) 2 0
18 Lourens Adriaanse Cell C Sharks 1 0
19 Pieter-Steph du Toit DHL Stormers 12 10
20 Jaco Kriel Emirates Lions 2 0
21 Rudy Paige Vodacom Bulls 3 0
22 Morné Steyn Stade Francais (France) 61 694
23 Jesse Kriel Vodacom Bulls 13 15

Stats and facts:

The team and Milestones:

· The total Test caps in the starting line-up is 432 – 160 caps in the backline with 272 among the forwards. The combined Test caps of those on the bench is 95. The average caps per player for the 23 is 19.

· Adriaan Strauss will be captaining the side for the fifth time in his 59th test.

· The youngest player in the 23 man squad is Jesse Kriel (22y, 5m) while the oldest member of the team is Bryan Habana (33y, 2m).

· The tallest player in the squad is Lood de Jager (2.05m), the shortest is Faf de Klerk (1.72m), the heaviest is Steven Kitshoff (125kg) and the lightest is Faf de Klerk (80kg).

· The following players will play in their fifth consecutive Test in the starting XV under Allister Coetzee: Lionel Mapoe, Damian de Allende, Faf de Klerk, Francois Louw, Eben Etzebeth, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira.

· For 60% of the squad it will be a first visit to Argentina to play in a Championship Test match. Lourens Adriaanse and Bongi Mbonambi are the two players who have not faced Argentina in a Test match yet.

· Bryan Habana is the most capped Springbok (13 Tests) as well as the top try scorer (7) for South Africa against Argentina while Morné Steyn is the top points scorer with 15 conversions and 16 penalty goals for a total of 78 career points in only six appearances against the Pumas.

· Bryan Habana, Eben Etzebeth, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira are the only players that played in all eight Castle Lager Rugby Championship Tests against Argentina since they joined the tournament in 2012.

· Brian Habana needs one try to extend his own tournament career record to 20 which will be 100 tournament career points. One try will also extend his own World record for most test tries as a wing to 65. He needs two appearances in this tournament to reach 50 tournament appearances.

· Eben Etzebeth will play in his 26th consecutive Test match.

· Tendai Mtawarira will play in his 80th Test match thereby equalling Os du Randt’s record for most Test matches as a prop for the Springboks.

· Morné Steyn needs six points to reach 700 career points in Test matches. He also needs six successful penalty goals to equal Percy Montgomery’s career record of 148 penalty goals in Test matches. Only two points will bring his Castle Lager Rugby Championship career points to 350. He is also co-record holder with four drop goals in his Rugby Championship career, with Dan Carter of New Zealand and fellow Springbok André Pretorius.

· Possible Castle Lager Rugby Championship debuts for Bongi Mbonambi, Lourens Adriaanse and Rudy Paige, should they be used off the bench.

Head to head:

· South Africa and Argentina will play in their ninth encounter since Argentina joined the Castle Lager Rugby Championship in 2012. Of the previous eight, South Africa won six with one match drawn and a loss in Durban last year, the first ever loss against Argentina.

· The record is as follows: Played 8, Won 6, Lost 1, Drawn 1, Points for 239, Points against 149, Tries for 24, Tries against 13, Average score 30-19.

Match officials:

· The match officials for this match are: Referee – Jérôme Garcès (France); Assistant referees – Glen Jackson (New Zealand) and Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) with the TMO Glenn Newman (New Zealand).

· It will be Garcès’ eighth appearance as referee in Test matches involving South Africa. Of the previous seven Tests, the Springboks lost four and won three.

The stadium:

· Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena’s seating capacity is 20 408. The Springbok’s only played here once before in 2014. They narrowly won the match 33-31 with Morné Steyn slotting a penalty goal in the 77th minute. The 33 points are the most in three Castle Lager Rugby Championship Tests in Argentina.

· The scorers on that occasion were: Tries – Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks and Marcell Coetzee. Conversions – Handré Pollard and Morné Steyn (2). Penalty goals: Pollard (3) and Steyn.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile Memorial Service 23 August 2016

The Western Province Rugby Football Union will hold a memorial service in honour of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile, at 19h00, on Tuesday 23 August 2016, at the St. Saviours Anglican Church in Claremont.

Reverend Stofile passed away peacefully on 15 August 2016, at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape, at the age of 71.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula will deliver the keynote address, and various dignitaries such as the President of SASCOC, Mr Gideon Sam, the acting President of SARU, Mr Mark Alexander and former Presidents of SARU, Mr Silas Nkanunu, Mr Brian van Rooyen and Mr Oregan Hoskins have all confirmed their attendance.

As a rugby administrator, Reverend Stofile made a huge contribution to the game of rugby, serving as a provincial and national sports administrator for more than 20 years. He represented the Victoria East Rugby Union, the South Eastern District Rugby Union, and also served as Vice-President of the South African Rugby Union.

As a rugby player himself, Reverend Stofile started playing in high school and went on to represent the University of Fort Hare. He also represented Border (at provincial level) in the late 1960’s and contributed hugely as a player and as a coach.

Reverend Stofile served as Minister of Sport and Recreation from 2004 to 2010 and at the time of his passing he was serving South Africa as Ambassador to Germany.

Divas of 90’s dance – Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston, Sybil & Robin S 24 Sept Cape Town


Divas of 90’s dance – Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston, Sybil & Robin S

On one stage for two shows only!

Cape Town – GrandWest – Saturday 24 September 2016

JHB Carnival City – Sunday 25 September 2016

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The All Blacks side to play the opening Bledisloe Cup match at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Saturday 20 August is

The All Blacks side to play the opening Bledisloe Cup match in the Investec Rugby Championship at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Saturday 20 August has been named, with replacement prop Kane Hames named on the bench.
The matchday 23 is (with Test caps in brackets. New All Blacks in bold):

1. Wyatt Crockett (48)
2. Nathan Harris (4)
3. Owen Franks (80)
4. Brodie Retallick (50)
5. Samuel Whitelock (75)
6. Jerome Kaino (69)
7. Sam Cane (34)
8. Kieran Read – captain (87)
9. Aaron Smith (50)
10. Beauden Barrett (39)
11. Waisake Naholo (6)
12. Ryan Crotty (18)
13. Malakai Fekitoa (15)
14. Ben Smith (51)
15. Israel Dagg (51)

16. Codie Taylor (5)
17. Kane Hames
18. Charlie Faumuina (36)
19. Liam Squire (1)
20. Ardie Savea (2)
21. TJ Perenara (19)
22. Aaron Cruden (39)
23. Julian Savea (43)

27-year-old Tasman and Chiefs prop Kane Hames came into the All Blacks squad as an injury replacement for Joe Moody and will become the sixth new All Black of 2016 and All Black number 1152 if he takes the field, as expected, off the bench on Saturday.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The selectors are very happy with the 23 selected for this Test match and we’re looking forward to seeing them play.

This Test match will be another stepping stone in the re-establishment of this group on the international stage and we know that Australia will throw everything at us, which is what Test rugby is all about. With more than 800 Test caps of experience in our matchday 23, I’m confident we have the experience to deal with the challenge.”

Hansen added: “This week has been about getting our preparation and attitude dead right and, therefore, there’s an expectation that this group will bring real intensity, physicality and a high level of skill execution come Saturday.

“We’re all really excited about this first Investec Rugby Championship Test match. It’s against one of our most respected rivals and the Championship itself is one of the best competitions in the world. It produces an exciting brand of rugby and world-class players, which both teams have.

“We’re also playing for the Bledisloe Cup, which, after the Rugby World Cup, is probably the most important trophy we play for. Both teams will be desperate to get their hands on it which will create added pressure. It’s about embracing that pressure and taking it on.

“Our attitude has always been – and still is – that we don’t hold the Bledisloe Cup by right; we have to go out and earn the right to take it. As a group we’re really looking forward to this challenge on Saturday.”

All Blacks v Australia – notable facts

• The All Blacks matchday 23 for the opening Investec Rugby Championship Test packs 822 caps worth of experience.

• The All Blacks and Australia have played each other 155 times, with 106 wins to the All Blacks and 42 to Australia, with seven draws.

• Jerome Kaino will play his 70th Test match on Saturday. He is the most capped blindside flanker of all time.

• The All Blacks head in to the opening Bledisloe Cup Test on the back of a three-nil Steinlager Series win over Wales in June.

• The All Blacks have held The Bledisloe Cup since 2003.

Special feeling for Team South Africa’s Rugby Sevens squad at Rio Olympics 2016

South Africa’s two World Rugby Sevens Players of the Year, Werner Kok and Cecil Afrika, described the bronze medal won by Team SA at the Rugby Sevens tournament of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as one of their career highlights.

Kok and Afrika were members of the Blitzboks team that comprehensively beat Japan 54-14 in the bronze medal match to earn South Africa a first ever Olympic medal in Rugby Sevens.

“It is a phenomenal feeling,” said Kok, who was named the World Sevens Player of the Year at the end of 2015.

“Just to be able to compete here and represent your country, to play for this team and be part of the Olympics was an achievement in itself. To add a medal, even if it is bronze and not the gold we came here for, is awesome.”

Afrika, who was named World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in 2011, shared these sentiments.

“This was not the result we wanted as a team, but I am still extremely thankful for the bronze,” said Afrika.

“I can say I was part of a team that won bronze at the Olympics and that is special. It remained a massive honour and privilege to have been to the Olympics and to win a medal makes it even more so.”

Afrika scored two tries in the match against Japan and said the Blitzboks used their opportunities in this encounter: “The guys kept believing in the processes and finished off when we had to. Against Great Britain in the semi-finals, the exact opposite happened and we never made use of the opportunities we created.”

Kok agreed: “Against Japan we did not make it bigger than it was and played our structures. We stuck to our basics. The guys also want to show that we are a quality team and that we can do it.”

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Both decorated players feel that Rugby Sevens is here to stay.

“The rugby was great and I think sevens has established itself as an Olympic sport. There were the obvious disappointments, but also some awesome performances,” Afrika said.

Kok added: “This gives every rugby player a chance to be part of the Olympics. There is now something else to achieve in rugby too and that is wonderful.”

•South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge took charge of the Rugby Sevens final between Fiji and Great Britain.

“What an honour and a definite highlight in my career so far,” said Rasivhenge. “In fact, I cannot wait for the Olympics to come around again in four years.”

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Women`s Day Tues 9 August fantastic concert – Divas Unite 3pm at Grandwest

A spectacular annual benefit concert designed to celebrate Women`s Day in grand style

Divas Unite 2016 will feature the extraordinary talents of :

Thembeka Mnguni
Rouchelle Liedemann
Adelia Douw
Kim Kallie
Judy Page
Magdalene Minnaar
Lynelle Kenned

The Grey

PLUS award-winning TV presenter, Katlego Maboe , as your MC!

In addition, the Winner and finalists of the first Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition will also join the singers on stage, accompanied by an all-female Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Divas Unite Choir, conducted by Brandon Phillips.

Show starts at 3pm


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