DHL Stormers to take on the Force announced 25 APRIL 2012

The return of the injured Vermeulen, Aplon and Koster to SA this week, has seen a number of changes to the match 22 from the team that beat the Reds in Brisbane last week.

In the starting XV, Malherbe starts with Harris dropping to the bench. Bekker returns from an injury layoff to partner De Kock Steenkamp at lock. Carr gets a first start in for the injured Duane Vermeulen and Poolman will wear the 11 jersey in for the injured Gio Aplon.

On the bench, Ntubeni covers hooker in jersey 16, with Deon Fourie covering loose forward in jersey 19.

Young DHL WP player Don Armand, who arrived in Perth this week as cover, will wear jersey 18.

DHL Stormers team to play is:

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Gerhard van den Heever

13. Bryan Habana

12. Juan de Jongh

11. Danie Poolman

10. Peter Grant (VC)

9. Dewaldt Duvenage

8. Nizaam Carr

7. Rynhardt Elstadt

6. Siya Kolisi

5. Andries Bekker (C)

4. De Kock Steenkamp

3. Frans Malherbe

2. Tiaan Liebenberg

1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves:

16. Scarra Ntubeni

17. Brok Harris

18. Don Armand

19. Deon Fourie

20. Louis Schreuder

21. Burton Francis

22. JP du Plessis

Commenting on his selections coach Allister Coetzee said, “Despite the injuries this week and some enforced changes, the touring group is in high spirits and is very motivated.”
“Our motto for the week is; nothing special has ever been achieved in ideal conditions. A win this week will be the difference between a good tour and a great one and this group knows that. We have picked a strong side, our sessions this week have been excellent and we will be going all out for a win in this game.”

South Africa Under-20 squad for the Junior World Championship:

Goosen, Kitshoff, Du Toit nucleus of powerful SA Under-20 JWC squad

Vodacom Blue Bulls flank Wian Liebenberg will lead a powerful SA Under-20 team at the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 in Cape Town, the South African Rugby Union announced on Tuesday.

SARU named the 28-man squad during a midday media conference held at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.

Vodacom Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen, DHL Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff, MTN Lions lock Paul Willemse, Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock) and Paul Jordaan (centre, both The Sharks) are the five squad members who have all played in the demanding 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

The trio of Jordaan, William Small-Smith (centre) and Tshotsho Mbovane (wing) also boast international experience, having represented the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Several squad members also played Varsity Cup and Vodacom Cup rugby, while Marvin Orie led the Tuks Under-20 team to success in the Varsity Cup Young Guns competition.

Flyhalf Tony Jantjies is the younger brother of Elton, the Springbok pivot. Last week the younger Jantjies helped the SA U20 training squad to 2-0 series win over Argentina.

Dawie Theron, the SA U20 coach, said he was pleased with the squad and confident that the group of promising players will be able to stand up to the challenge of their formidable opponents.

“This is the best available group of players and I am delighted with the composition of the group. We are mindful of the fact that we did not perform to our potential last year, so that, and the fact that we are playing at home will obviously add to the pressure. The JWC is the pinnacle of a young player’s career and they will be determined to give it their best effort in front of our home fans,” added Theron.

The squad assembles on 24 May in Cape Town for a holding camp.

The SA U20 JWC group fixtures are as follow:

Mon 4 June SA vs. Ireland (Danie Craven Stadium, 19h00)

Friday 8 June SA vs. Italy (UWC Stadium, 19h00)

Tue 12 June SA vs. England (Danie Craven Stadium, 19h00)

The full South Africa Under-20 squad for the Junior World Championship:

Surname Name Position Provincial Union
Leyds Dillyn Fullback Western Province
Schmidt Marais Fullback Golden Lions
Ismaiel Travis Wing Blue Bulls
Jordaan Paul Wing Kwazulu-Natal
Mbovane Tshotsho Wing Western Province
Hammond Dean Wing Western Province
Howard Pat Centre Western Province
Serfontein Jan Centre Blue Bulls
Small-Smith William Centre Blue Bulls
Goosen Johan Flyhalf Free State
Jantjies Tony Flyhalf Blue Bulls
Griesel Abrie Scrumhalf Blue Bulls
Luiters Kevin Scrumhalf Free State
Adendorff Shaun Flank Blue Bulls
Booysen Fabian Flank Golden Lions
Majola Khaya Flank KwaZulu-Natal
Liebenberg (captain) Wian Flank Blue Bulls
Steyn Braam Flank KwaZulu-Natal
Du Toit Pieter-Steph Lock KwaZulu-Natal
Orie Marvin Lock Blue Bulls
Botha Ruan Lock Golden Lions
Willemse Paul Lock Golden Lions
Dell Allan Prop KwaZulu-Natal
Kebble Oliver Prop Western Province
Kitshoff Steven Prop Western Province
Van Dyk Nicolaas Prop KwaZulu-Natal
Pretorius Mark Hooker Golden Lions
Thomas Jason Hooker Blue Bulls

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Koster on his way home.

WP Rugby today confirmed that Nick Koster is on his way back to Cape Town after aggravating a knee injury in training this week. He will be assessed by a specialist on his return.

Commenting on the injuries coach of the DHL Stormers Allister Coetzee said, “Despite the injuries, the touring group is in high spirits and is very motivated.”

“Our motto for the week is; nothing special has ever been achieved in ideal conditions. A win this week will be the difference between a good tour and a great one and this group knows that. Our sessions this week have been excellent and we will be going all out for a win in this game.”

Gala Dinner for Dept of Higher Education and Training 24 April 2012

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Gio Aplon and Duane Vermeulen are on their way back to Cape Town

Gio Aplon and Duane Vermeulen are on their way back to Cape Town and will both miss the DHL Stormers last tour match against the Force.

Gio Aplon has hamstring strain and should be available again for the team’s first SA match against the Cheetahs on 12 May.

Duane Vermeulen sustained a knee ligament injury late in the game against the Reds and will see a knee specialist in Cape Town for further assessment.

DHL WP flank Don Armand and centre Berton Klaasen fly to Perth today to join up with the touring group.

Eben Etzebeth (shoulder) is being managed and a call on his availability will only be made at our last training session. Andries Bekker is however expected to make a return to the team this week against the Force.

“Injuries are part of the game” said the coach. “As a squad you have to be able to handle them. It’s something we have spoken about often. This week it’s the Force and regardless who we select, we will need to again be at our best to take the points. It is a big game for us as a win will mean a very successful tour. There is a lot of motivation in this group to achieve that and we will be going all out.”

Qantas Wallabies coaching staff finalised for 2012

The appointments of Tony McGahan, Andrew Blades and Nick Scrivener has completed the Qantas Wallabies coaching team for the upcoming 2012 Castrol EDGE Rugby Series, which includes the inaugural Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship featuring Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, and South Africa.

McGahan will return to Australia in the newly created position as the Qantas Wallabies Coaching Coordinator once he completes his duties at the top Irish province Munster.

The Queenslander has been in charge of Munster for the last four seasons having initially landed in Ireland in 2005. He had previously coached Japanese club IBM after having begun his career in Queensland where he coached both the Nudgee College and Churchie first XVs, and the Easts club in first grade, prior to heading overseas.

The former Physical Education teacher is no stranger to some leading Wallabies players.

He coached both ex-skipper Rocky Elsom and fellow loose forward Richard Brown at Nudgee College, taught star flanker David Pocock in the classroom at Brisbane’s Anglican Church Grammar, while later mentoring current Wallabies captain James Horwill and fellow team regulars winger Digby Ioane and hooker Tatafu Polota Nau, during his time as coaching coordinator of the Australian Under-19 side.

McGahan’s experience as a head coach is considered a major asset for the newly created role, where he will have a significant involvement in the overall coordination of the coaching and management team, as well as the player liaison, assisting head coach Robbie Deans.

Former Wallaby Blades takes over as the team’s forwards coach, returning to the position for a second time after a wide-ranging career which has also included experience with both the Brumbies and the Newcastle Falcons in the English Premiership.

Blades assisted Eddie Jones and then David Nucifora during his time on the Brumbies coaching staff.

This was followed by two seasons in the Northern Hemisphere from 2002-04 where he was forwards coach for the Newcastle Falcons in England’s club Premiership. He returned to Australia take up a forward-orientated coaching position with the Wallabies in 2004.

A Rugby World Cup-winner as a player in 1999, Blades moved into coaching at the conclusion of an on-field career that included 32 Test appearances for Australia between 1996 and 1999 – a period which included the 3-0 Bledisloe Cup series win in 1998 and Australia’s second Rugby World Cup success a year later.

He also played 47 matches for the NSW Waratahs between 1992 and 1999, with that career split by one season with the Queensland Reds in 1995 when he featured in the state’s Super 10 championship-winning side.

Blades will have responsibility for both the scrum and lineout as part of his duties.

Scrivener, who has coached at both the Brumbies and in Scotland, joins the Wallabies for the first time as the team’s Coaching Assistant.

A product of Canberra and a foundation member of the Brumbies playing squad in 1996, Scrivener arrived back in Australia last year to take up the head coaching position within the Australian Rugby Union’s Academy programme.

This followed a two-year stint in Europe where he was head coach of both the Rabo Direct Pro 12 (formerly Celtic League) club Edinburgh, as well as the Scotland A side.

Prior to his departure, Scrivener was a part of the Brumbies coaching staff for 10 seasons, working alongside experienced coaches in firstly Eddie Jones, and then David Nucifora, during the height of the club’s success between 2000 and 2004 when the side won two Super Rugby titles while also making another final.

Scrivener has previously been involved coaching at a national level as an assistant backline/attack coach on the staff of the Australian Under-21 and Australia A teams.

The Qantas Wallabies squad for the June Test matches will be announced when the preliminary group of Queensland Reds and Western Force players assemble in Sydney on Monday 28 May.

Playing contingents from the Melbourne Rebels, Brumbies and NSW Waratahs will come into camp after they complete their Super Rugby commitments the following weekend.

An initial group of 34 players will be named, with this being trimmed back to 30 once the opening Test of the year, which is being played midweek, is completed.

The international season begins when Hunter Stadium at Newcastle makes its debut as a Test venue on Tuesday 5 June as the Qantas Wallabies hosts Scotland for the Hopetoun Cup.

This match will be followed four days later by the first of three Tests for the James Bevan Trophy against the new Six Nations champions Wales.

Warren Gatland’s Grand Slam-winning side play Tests in Brisbane (9 June), Melbourne (16 June) and an afternoon Test complete with a Fan Day beforehand at Allianz Stadium in Sydney (23 June).

This will replicate last year’s successful fan day which was held in Sydney before the opening Test of 2011 against Samoa.

The inaugural Rugby Championship, which kicks off after the conclusion of Super Rugby in August, opens with back-to-back Bledisloe Cup Tests in Sydney (18 August) and Auckland (25 August).

These are followed by home-and-away Tests against each of South Africa and the tournament newcomers, Argentina.

South Africa will appear in Perth on 8 September, with Skilled Park on the Gold Coast being welcomed as a new Test venue a week later on 15 September, when last year’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinalist Argentina appears on Australian soil for the first time since the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

The 15-Test Wallabies programme concludes with a Spring Tour which includes Tests against France, England, Italy and Wales.

The trip will be preceded by the eighth and final Test on Australian soil for the year, when the Qantas Wallabies battle the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 20 October.

2012 Qantas Wallabies Coaching & Management Team

Head Coach: Robbie Deans

Coaching Coordinator: Tony McGahan*

Forwards Coach: Andrew Blades*

Coaching Assistant: Nick Scrivener*

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Ashley Jones*

Manager: Bob Egerton

Logistics Manager: Matt Sheppard*

Doctor: Dr Warren MacDonald

Physiotherapist: Andrew Ryan

Analyst: Andrew Sullivan

Media Manager: Matt McILraith

*denotes new member of the management team

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Heart Top 30 Chart for 21 April 2012

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 21 APRIL 2012
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W WEEKS
1 RIHANNA feat. CALVIN HARRIS WE FOUND LOVE NC 1 17
2 DAVID GUETTA feat. USHER WITHOUT YOU UP 3 5 11
3 CEE LO GREEN I WANT YOU DOWN 1 2 14
4 OLLY MURS DANCE WITH ME TONIGHT UP 11 15 2
5 DAVID GUETTA feat. SIA TITANIUM DOWN 2 3 10
6 MI CASA HEAVENLY SENT DOWN 2 4 11
7 JOHN LEGEND feat. LUDACRIS TONIGHT (BEST YOU EVER HAD) DOWN 1 6 6
8 R KELLY SHARE MY LOVE NC 8 10
9 USHER CLIMAX UP 13 22 4
10 GB COLLECTIVE feat. CHAD SAAIMAN THAT WOULD BE ALL DOWN 3 7 6
11 TOYA DELAZY LOVE IS IN THE AIR UP 15 26 5
12 DRAKE feat. RIHANNA TAKE CARE DOWN 3 9 10
13 NICOS V feat. KEENO LEE BREATHE YOU IN DOWN 2 11 15
14 DENIM WE OWN THE NIGHT DOWN 2 12 13
15 ADELE RUMOUR HAS IT DOWN 2 13 18
16 VERD SOUTH AFRICAN GIRLS DOWN 2 14 12
17 T-PAIN feat. WHIZ KHALIFA & LILY ALLEN 5 O’CLOCK DOWN 1 16 8
18 LIQUIDEEP STILL DOWN 1 17 19
19 RIHANNA YOU DA ONE DOWN 1 18 5
20 CALVIN HARRIS feat. NE-YO LET’S GO NEW 1
21 SPIRITCHASER THESE TEARS DOWN 2 19 22
22 ROBIN THICKE LOVE AFTER WAR DOWN 2 20 12
23 RIHANNA CHEERS (DRINK TO THAT) DOWN 2 21 18
24 TOYA DELAZY PUMP IT ON DOWN 14 10 7
25 HOT CHELLE RAE TONIGHT TONIGHT DOWN 2 23 20
26 KELLY ROWLAND feat. BIG SEAN LAY IT ON ME DOWN 2 24 15
27 MI CASA THESE STREETS NC 27 20
28 REBECCA FERGUSON NOTHING’S REAL BUT LOVE RE-ENTRY 1 / 1
29 CARO EMERALD A NIGHT LIKE THIS DOWN 1 28 15 / 3
30 LLOYD feat. ANDRE 3000 & LIL WAYNE DEDICATION TO MY EX (MISS THAT) DOWN 1 29 12
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