The Under-20 version of the Rugby World Cup is rated as the second most important tournament on the IRB calendar.

Get on your game face because you are about to get a sneak preview of the 2015 Rugby World Cup! The IRB Junior World Championship 2012 hits Cape Town and Stellenbosch from the 4th to the 22nd of June, delivering the best Under-20 teams in the world, with some of the hottest young talent in rugby, from twelve nations to your doorstep.

This is the Under-20 version of the Rugby World Cup and is rated as the second most important tournament on the IRB calendar. Played out at two world class venues in South Africa’s rugby hotbed – the University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) – this is a unique chance to see the global stars of tomorrow.

There are five match days across the three-week tournament with the action kicking off on June 4 at both venues. The Final will be played on June 22 at the Danie Craven Stadium.

SARU has confirmed tickets for the three week-long event have gone on sale and fans can now book their admission to the hugely anticipated international event at any Computicket outlet or online at www.computicket.com

Ticket prices for the tournament, to be played at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch and the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, are as follows:

• R50 for reserved tickets on the Main Stand

• R25 for unreserved tickets

The price of a single ticket, to one of the 5 match days across the three-week tournament, will give fans admission to thrilling triple-header match days with a feast of international Rugby on show.

Rugby World Cup 2007 winner and IRB Junior World Championship 2012 Ambassador Ashwin Willemse, says he is excited about forthcoming event and has urged Capetonians to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment. “This tournament showcases the best young Rugby talent the world has to offer and supporters will be able to watch the unique event at two top-class venues. The prices are very affordable and we expect tickets to be snapped up quickly.”

“Our own South Africa Under-20 team will be in action on their home turf, alongside the formidable and exciting talents of New Zealand, the defending champions, Australia, England, France, Ireland and Argentina promise to provide fans with some hugely entertaining and very competitive Rugby matches.”

Ticket Collection

The Ticket Office will open two hours before kick-off on match days (4, 8, 12, 17 and 22 June) for ticket collection and sales. However, in order to avoid queues or delays, tickets may be collected at any Computicket outlet, Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper stores at any time before the event. Credit card used to make the booking must be presented when collecting tickets.

For any further information, fans can contact the Computicket Customer Care Centre on +27 (0)11 340 8000 or 0861 915 8000 or send an email to info

The fixtures are as follows:

ALL FIXTURES

June 2012
04 14:45 Australia vs Scotland University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
04 14:45 Wales vs Fiji Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
04 16:45 England vs Italy University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
04 16:45 New Zealand vs Samoa Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
04 18:45 France vs Argentina University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
04 18:45 South Africa vs Ireland Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
08 14:45 Fiji vs Samoa University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
08 14:45 Australia vs Argentina Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
08 16:45 France vs Scotland University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
08 16:45 New Zealand vs Wales Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
08 18:45 South Africa vs Italy University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
08 18:45 England vs Ireland Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
12 14:45 Argentina vs Scotland University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
12 14:45 Ireland vs Italy Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
12 16:45 Wales vs Samoa University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
12 16:45 France vs Australia Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
12 18:45 New Zealand vs Fiji University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
12 18:45 South Africa vs England Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
17 12:30 10th Seed vs 11th Seed University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
17 14:45 9th Seed vs 12th Seed University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
17 14:45 5th Seed vs 8th Seed Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
17 17:00 6th Seed vs 7th Seed University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
17 17:00 2nd Seed vs 3rd Seed Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
17 19:15 1st Seed vs 4th Seed Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
22 12:00 Winner Match 19 vs Winner Match 20 University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
22 14:15 Loser Match 19 vs Loser Match 20 University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
22 14:15 Winner Match 21 vs Winner Match 22 Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
22 16:30 Loser Match 21 vs Loser Match 22 University of Western Cape, Bellville IRB Junior World Championship
22 16:30 Loser Match 23 vs Loser Match 24 Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship
22 18:45 Winner Match 23 vs Winner Match 24 Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch IRB Junior World Championship

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Superbru picks for the weekend ,cash crusaders are back in action !

Crusaders by 10,Brumbies by 8, Chiefs by 13, Hurricanes by 12, Sharks by 6, Bulls by 8.

SA Under-20 JWC 2012 Squad confirmed

SA Under 20 coach Dawie Theron has confirmed the inclusion of flyhalf Handrè Pollard, winger Raymond Rhule and scrumhalf Vian van der Watt to the final squad of the Junior Springboks that will contest the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 to be held in South Africa from 4 to 22 June 2012.

Pollard, from Paarl Gymnasium will replace Johan Goosen (shoulder injury) and Golden Lions player Van der Watt comes in for Kevin Luiters (knee injury). Free Stater Rhule replaces Dean Hammond, who pulled a hamstring last week.

All three players slotted in well during the Junior Springboks’ final warm-up match against Hamiltons on Tuesday.

“I am confident that all three players will do well. They are very talented and slotted in with ease since they joined us last week,” Theron said.

The final SA U20 JWC squad is:

(Backs): Marais Schmidt, Dillyn Leyds, Travis Ismaiel, Raymond Rhule, Tshotsho Mbovane, William Small-Smith, Paul Jordaan, Patrick Howard, Jan Serfontein, Tony Jantjies, Handrè Pollard, Vian van der Watt, Abrie Griesel.

(Forwards): Wiaan Liebenberg (c), Shaun Adendorff, Khaya Majola, Braam Steyn, Fabian Booysen, Pieter Steph du Toit, Ruan Botha, Paul Willemse, Marvin Orie, Maks van Dyk, Allan Dell, Oliver Kebble, Steven Kitshoff, Mark Pretorius, Jason Thomas.

A New Beat – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse in Diners Club Magazine, May 2012

A New Beat by Evan Milton

A New Beat – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse in Diners Club Magazine, May 2012

A New Beat – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse in Diners Club Magazine, May 2012

 

Diners Club May 2012.pdf

Justin Bergh releases new single

SAMA nominated singer songwriter Justin Bergh is back with Miss You, the new self-penned single that has been put together by multiple award-winning producer Brian O’Shea. The soft rock track showcases Bergh’s highly acclaimed abilities as a prolific songwriter and vocalist whilst at the same time is brought to 2012 with modern elements of production that give this ballad an additional edge.

Miss You was mixed by Brian O’Shea and Crighton Goodwill, engineered by Brendyn “Rusti” Rossouw and mastered by Steve Fallone at `Sterling Sound in New York. The song can be previewed here http://soundcloud.com/tunedinpublicity/justin-bergh-miss-you

“The English music market is incredibly competitive and local artists are up against many international artists for a spot on the play list and it made sense for me to uplift a great track with production by one of the country’s best producers,” said Bergh, whose hits include Love The Sinner, Not The Sin, Here With You, Out Of My Hands and Miss America, “I am very excited about this song and with the addition of Brian’s production magic, I am sure that it will go down well.”

Justin Bergh shot to fame in 2000 with his debut album Love The Sinner and the hit No Ordinary World featured on the Big Brother soundtrack. His following album Out of My Hands received a SAMA nomination in 2003. Justin performed the South African National Anthem to 85,000 rugby fans at Twickenham in 2006. His song Special was used by American Cable Giant Showtime to advertise their satellite Network in 2007 and he was personally invited by the now Princess of Monaco to perform at her 30th birthday in 2008. Justin toured South Africa as Bryan Adams’ support act in 2010.


Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design is holding its annual student fashion show on Wednesday 20th June

Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design is holding its annual student fashion show on Wednesday 20th June at the Protea Hotel in Techno Park, Stellenbosch.

Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design

Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design

The show is renowned to be a ‘can’t-miss’ event in the fashion industry calendar and represents some of the most inspiring and creative designs from SA’s future top designers.

Derek Geddes ,Director of Brand Development at ELGAFD remarked that having some of the top people in the fashion industry like Martin Myers from Triple M Entertainment assisting in music selection as well as sound direction for the show can only help the students to reach there full potential and then having someone like Simon Deiner from SDR Photos do the photos for the show, the students will have a great portfolio to take with them as they enter the job market in 2013

The students will be showcasing their collections at three shows throughout the day, beginning at 15h00, 18h00 and 20h00 respectively.

Collections from the 1st and 2nd year students will be seen at the 15h00 show, and will showcase the students’ take on this year’s colour blocking trend. The 2nd year students will be displaying the preliminary transformation garments for this year’s SA Fashion Week.

The 18h00 and 20h00 fashion shows will represent the talents of the 3rd year students who will be displaying their unique Self Expression ranges, whereby they are encouraged to unleash their creativity through the design of avant garde garments not intended for the commercial market.

Tickets are R150 per fashion show and a cash bar is available.

Please contact info to book.

Elizabeth Galloway Graduate Fashion Collection Shows -20 June 2012

Thirty nine players have today been named for the Qantas Wallabies train on squad ahead of the 2012 international season.

Qantas Wallabies Train On Squad Announced

Thirty nine players have today been named for the Qantas Wallabies train on squad ahead of the 2012 international season.

The Queensland Reds and Western Force members of the squad have assembled in Sydney this evening. They will be joined midweek by players from the other franchises, who will spend Wednesday with the national side before returning to their respective state sides to prepare for the upcoming Fx Pro Super Rugby round.

Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans appreciates the assistance the franchises have provided, in releasing the players, in order that they can get some background ahead of the full squad assembly on Sunday June 3.

“The cooperation of the franchises has been considerable and we appreciate that,” Deans says.

“We’ve obviously sought to have as little disruption to their campaigns as is possible, but the solution provided by utilising the training day off does at least allow us to get the players started – both with organisational logistics and training background – as we will have to hit the ground running once the final group gathers.”

Deans and his fellow selectors, coaching coordinator Tony McGahan and David Nucifora; will name the match night squad to play the Castrol EDGE Rugby International against Scotland on June 3.

That is just 48 hours before the historic match, which will represent the first Test match to have been held at Newcastle.

Although acknowledging that it will be a tight preparation, Deans says delaying the naming until after the final match featuring Australian participation in the weekend’s Super Rugby round had concluded; was imperative.

“We can’t finalise a side for that match until all of the games are played, and we are in a position to assess all of the players,” Deans says.

“Obviously we have preliminary ideas but the selection template is a living document. It can, and probably will change, as a result of events through the final round of Super Rugby before the international break.”

The manner in which selection plans can be disrupted was evidenced last evening with the hamstring injury suffered by Qantas Wallabies skipper James Horwill.

Although Horwill has assembled in Sydney and will have scans tomorrow, it is expected that he will be ruled out of the June Tests meaning that the Qantas Wallabies will have a new captain for those matches.

Flyhalf Kurtley Beale is also potentially in doubt after injuring his shoulder playing for the Melbourne Rebels in Wellington last night.

Beale had scans this evening, and while he has still been selected, a time-scale as to when he can return to training and play is still to be determined.

The injury cloud over Beale, and the existing injury which has sidelined James O’Connor, has resulted in the selection of Quade Cooper, even though the Queensland Reds flyhalf has had just 120 minutes of playing time in his comeback from the knee ligaments he ruptured at last year’s Rugby World Cup.

While acknowledging that Cooper was short of match play, Deans says that calling him into training with the national squad will help assist with bringing him up to speed for a return to a Test arena.

As well as the match night twenty-two for the Scotland Test, the remainder of the Qantas Wallabies squad that will train ahead of the Castrol EDGE Wales Tour will also be confirmed next Sunday, although the exact size of that group, and how many of the players will depart after the Scotland Test, won’t be confirmed until after that Test has been played.

“We are effectively having to select two combinations at the same time, as the first Castrol EDGE Wales Tour Test in Brisbane follows just four days after the game in Newcastle, so we need to have an up-to-date picture before we complete that process,” Deans says.

Fifteen of the players named tonight are yet to represent Australia in a Test match.

The state representation within the training squad is as follows –

Queensland Reds 11 players, NSW Waratahs 11, Brumbies eight, Melbourne Rebels five and Western Force four.

The Qantas Wallabies train on squad is:

Player Position State Age Appearances

Ben Alexander Prop Brumbies 27 36
Adam Ashley-Cooper Fullback-Wing-Outside Centre NSW Waratahs 28 64
Berrick Barnes Flyhalf/Inside Centre NSW Waratahs 26 37
Kurtley Beale Fullback Melbourne Rebels 23 24
Quade Cooper Flyhalf Queensland Reds 23 35
Dave Dennis Loose Forward NSW Waratahs 26 Uncapped
Kane Douglas Lock NSW Waratahs 22 Uncapped
Anthony Faingaa Inside Centre Queensland Reds 25 14
Saia Faingaa Hooker Queensland Reds 25 16
Bernard Foley Flyhalf/Fullback NSW Waratahs 22 Uncapped
Will Genia Halfback Queensland Reds 24 34
Michael Harris Inside Centre Queensland Reds 23 Uncapped
Scott Higginbotham Loose forward Queensland Reds 25 11
Michael Hooper Flanker Brumbies 20 Uncapped
Rob Horne Centre NSW Waratahs 22 9
Digby Ioane Wing Queensland Reds 26 21
Sekope Kepu Prop NSW Waratahs 26 14
Salesi Ma’afu Prop Western Force 29 14
Pat McCabe Inside Centre Brumbies 24 11
Ben McCalman Loose Forward Western Force 24 21
Jesse Mogg Fullback Brumbies 22 Uncapped
Stephen Moore Hooker Brumbies 29 66
Luke Morahan Fullback Queensland Reds 22 Uncapped
Cadeyrn Neville Lock Melbourne Rebels 23 Uncapped
Dan Palmer Prop Brumbies 23 Uncapped
Wycliff Palu No 8 NSW Waratahs 29 38
Nick Phipps Halfback Melbourne Rebels 23 3
David Pocock Flanker Western Force 24 40
Tatafu Polota
Nau
Hooker NSW Waratahs 26 32
Hugh Pyle Lock Melbourne Rebels 22 Uncapped
Benn Robinson Prop NSW Waratahs 27 42
Nathan Sharpe Lock Western Force 34 101
Dominic Shipperley Wing Queensland Reds 21 Uncapped
Rob Simmons Lock Queensland Reds 23 16
James Slipper Prop Queensland Reds 22 22
Sitaleki Timani Lock NSW Waratahs 25 1
Joseph Tomane Wing Brumbies 22 Uncapped
Cooper Vuna Wing Melbourne Rebels 24 Uncapped
Nic White Halfback Brumbies 22 Uncapped

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

Physiotherapist: Ed Fitzgerald

Analyst: Andrew Sullivan

Media Manager: Matt McILraith

*denotes new member of the management team

2012 Castrol EDGE Test Series Schedule

(all kick offs: local times)

Castrol EDGE Rugby International – Hopetoun Cup

(i) June 5: Qantas Wallabies v Scotland, Newcastle, 7.30pm

Castrol EDGE Wales Tour – James Bevan Trophy

(ii) June 9: Qantas Wallabies v Wales, Brisbane, 8pm

(iii) June 16: Qantas Wallabies v Wales, Melbourne, 8pm

(iv) June 23: Qantas Wallabies v Wales, Sydney (SFS), 3pm

The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship

Bledisloe Cup – #1

(v) August 18: Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand, Sydney (ANZ), 8pm

August 18: South Africa v Argentina, Cape Town

Bledisloe Cup – #2

(vi) August 25: Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand, Auckland, 7.35pm

August 25: Argentina v South Africa, Mendoza

Mandela Challenge Plate – #1

(vii) September 8: Qantas Wallabies v South Africa, Perth, 6.30pm

September 8: New Zealand v Argentina, Wellington

(viii) September 15: Qantas Wallabies v Argentina, Gold Coast, 8pm

September 15: New Zealand v South Africa, Dunedin

Mandela Challenge Plate – #2

(ix) September 29: Qantas Wallabies v South Africa, Pretoria, 3pm

September 29: Argentina v New Zealand, La Plata

(x) October 6: Qantas Wallabies v Argentina, Rosario, 8pm

October 6: South Africa v New Zealand, Soweto

Castrol EDGE Bledisloe Cup Test – #3

(xi) October 20: Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand, Brisbane, 8pm

John Plumtree and a mischievious grin

On Monday, John Plumtree wore a slightly mischievious grin when he pointed out to reporters that the Stormers were firm favourites to beat the Sharks at Kings Park tomorrow, but while the Sharks coach has clearly wanted to harp on the underdog status to his charges to whip them up into battle rage, this match is actually too close for anybody to call with any great authority.

One argument is that the relentless Stormers have had their colours lowered only once this season, and that was by the Crusaders in Christchurch, and the Sharks are not good enough to emulate the seven-times champions, but another is that the Sharks are hitting their best form of the season, are getting on a role of their own, are playing at home, and need the victory more than the visitors.
Often in close matches, the team that needs it the most prevails, especially if they have home ground advantage.

A month ago, few would have picked the stuttering Sharks to win this one, but they have subsequently shifted up a gear and are gaining momentum and form at the right time of the competition.
Their three wins in a row, topped by last week’s splendid performance against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, has them in sixth place overall and in wild card territory for the play-offs – as long as they keep winning. And if they remain victorious over the next five rounds, they could even challenge the Stormers at the top of the SA Conference.

The Stormers, on the other hand, are eight points ahead of the Sharks and have some comfortable leeway to work with, which might not necessarily be a good thing when you are up against a team in “must-win” mode.

By the same token, the Stormers know that if they can win one of their two tough away games over the next fortnight – the Sharks tomorrow and the Bulls in Pretoria next week – they will pretty much sew up the SA Conference given their relatively easy programme after the June break, comprising of home matches against the Lions and Rebels and a tricky-ish away match against the Cheetahs, but one they should win against a tired team with nothing to play for.

All the while the Stormers have been championing structure over flamboyance in their workmanlike progression through the rank and file of Super Rugby, winning 10 of 11 games without ever tittilating their fans but at the same time never giving them too much too sweat about.

“They’ve picked up a bit of criticism recently for winning ugly,” Plumtree agreed, “but at the end of the day they’ll point at the log and they will just be focusing on what they need to do to secure a home semi-final. Sure, they’ll also be looking to improve their performances, but winning comes first. They’ve had success against us in recent Super Rugby seasons, and will come here with confidence and belief that they have the firepower to beat us, but I guess also respect of what we’ve done in recent weeks.”

Asked what the most challenging aspect is of playing the Stormers, Plumtree said: “Probably the confidence that comes from winning regularly. They’re a team that certainly knows how to win and are very tough to break down. And when you are winning week in week out, you can really focus on the details of your performances.”

The Sharks have not had the luxury of lengthy winning streaks to help them perfect their game and have been locked in dogged struggles that have mostly seen them in a pattern of undoing a hard-fought victory with a heart-breaking defeat, although they are now on their best winning sequence since narrowly going down to the Chiefs in Durban.

“At the beginning of May we spoke about the necessity of a good run of five matches and now we’ve won three of those, with two to go before the June break,” Plumtree pointed out. “The Stormers this weekend is the big one and it is getting all the hype that is deserves, so the boys are really excited about a massive fixture at Kings Park.

“I’m sure everyone will expect the Stormers to beat us and that will add a bit more flavour to it in terms of physicality, and while they seldom lose these days, we are starting to find our rhythm.
We knew at some stage we were going to come right, and it’s happening now.”

Referee: Jaco Peyper (SA)

Sharks: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Freddie Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: Craig Burden, Wiehahn Herbst, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Ryan Kankowski, Jacques Botes, Odwa Ndungane, Louis Ludik.

Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: Deon Fourie, Frans Malherbe, De Kock Steenkamp, Don Armand, Nick Fenton-Wells, Louis Schreuder, Burton Francis.
by Mike Greenaway

Former Internationals to join Springbok Management

Two former Test players, Louis Koen and Pieter de Villiers, have been added to the Springbok management team as consultants for the forthcoming international season.

The appointments were approved by the Executive Council of the South African Rugby Union at a meeting in Cape Town on Thursday.

Former Test flyhalf Koen, who represented the Springboks in 15 Tests between 2000 and 2003, has been appointed as kicking consultant.

De Villiers, who was born in South Africa and played 70 Tests for France from 1999 to 2007, is the Springboks’ scrum consultant.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said he was delighted to welcome Koen and De Villiers to the management team.

“They bring a wealth of knowledge in their specialist areas of kicking and scrumming, but also know and understand the rigours of Test rugby, having played at the highest level,” said Meyer.

“Collectively they have been involved in a number of Rugby World Cups and this kind of experience is something that will always be invaluable at Test level.”

Koen and De Villiers will join the Springboks at their Planning Camp in Durban on Sunday.

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