2013 Varsity Rugby fixtures announced

The inaugural Varsity Cup competition – back in 2008 – began midway through February and ended in the first week of April, but these days the Varsity Rugby action will get underway at the end of January with the Varsity Shield tournament kicking-off on January 28, 2013.

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South Africans have won three from six at Perth

When the Springboks arrived in Perth for the first time, they boasted a strong record achieved over a century of top level rugby, while being the current World Champions, and while the Wallabies were on the cusp of entering arguably their greatest era, the men from the Republic were en route to snatching the 1998 Tri-Nations title.

Indeed that match in Perth came after the All Blacks had lost in Wellington (13-3 to SA) and Christchurch (27-23 to AUS), meaning that Sean Fitzpatrick’s men abdicated the Tri-Nations title that they had claimed in 1996 and 1997.

The close of the century would see all three SANZAR nations have their time at the summit of world rugby.

Nick Mallet’s Springboks were the first such visitors to play a full international Australian team in Western Australia, and at the time the coach had registered a flawless nine-from-nine start to his coaching resume.

Ominously for the Wallabies at the time was the fact that Carel du Plessis’ last match as coach – before Mallet took the reins – was a 61-22 win for the Springboks over their Australian visitors at Lotfus Verseld, their last meeting.

In Perth, Gary Teichmann’s Springboks scored a crucial 14-13 away win in the Republic’s first test match there, a victory that catapulted their drive to the 1998 Tri-Nations crown.

Twelve of the Australians starting XV that lost to the Springboks that day would remain incumbents through to the Wallabies 1999 Rugby World Cup win against France.

In 2001 Perth would host the Springboks for the second time, and despite captain Bobby Skinstad joining Butch James in the sinbin for ten minutes, the visitors would grab a 14-14 draw thanks to the boot of Braam van Straaten, whose three penalty goals matched those of Wallabies custodian Matt Burke.

Three years later the Wallabies would gain their first win against the Springboks in three tests in the Western Australian capital with a 30-26 victory, where the hosts had to overcome a one-point advantage to the South Africans at the halftime break.

George Gregan achieved that first win as an Australian home captain against Argentina in Perth, with the home outfit scoring four tries via their backline – with the Stephen Larkham, Chris Latham, Lote Tuqiri and Clyde Rathbone quadruple delighting the 42,000 plus crowd.

That 2004 loss still saw the Springboks claim a bonus point, which would be crucial as they captured that season’s Tri-Nations.

2005 saw the Springboks touch down again in the far west, and avenge their first loss in Perth thanks to a double from Bryan Habana, while the boot of league convert Matt Rogers could not prevent a loss despite his eleven point contribution in what was a 22-19 win for South Africa.

In 2008 a captain’s try by Stirling Mortlock gave the Wallabies a 16-9 vicotry, which to this day remains the only match the Springboks have not scored a five pointer in Perth.

The following year saw the continuation of a rough pattern where for the third time in six visits, the Springboks would look to secure Southern Hemisphere dominance with the Tri-Nations crown.

Three straight Wallaby losses, coupled with back-to-back triumphs over the All Blacks, meant that the South Africans were full of confidence, and again Habana showed his love of Perth, scoring a double as the Springboks won 32-25, claiming their first try scoring bonus point at the city.

The Springboks would that year win the Tri-Nations.

Hardly any survivors from their last meeting in Perth will suit up next weekend, with the Wallabies boasting only Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson and Ben Alexander from that run on side (a young David Pocock, Quade Cooper and Will Genia played off the bench that day).

Meanwhile just current Springboks captain Jean de Villiers, four-try Perth scorer Bryan Habana, Tendai Mtawarira and Morne Steyn remain from the starting XV over three years ago.

Qantas Wallabies training squad against the Boks in Perth named

NSW Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan and Western Force winger Nick Cummins have been added to the Qantas Wallabies training group which will assemble in Perth on Sunday ahead of the resumption of The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

The pair have both previously been involved with the Wallabies this year, although Ryan missed some training time due to injury.

A squad of 31 has been named with Queensland Reds winger Dominic Shipperley and his state colleague, midfield back Ben Tapuai, both coming into the enlarged main group after previously having trained alongside the squad.

The addition of Cummins and Shipperley bolsters the side’s wing resources after the loss this week of experienced winger Drew Mitchell most likely for the season due to a reoccurring ankle tendon injury.

Uncapped Queensland Reds loose forward Jake Schatz has also been ruled out due to a shoulder problem and will undergo further scans before a course of rehabilitation is charted.

Brumbies inside centre Pat McCabe makes a welcome return, after injury ruled him out of the two Bledisloe Cup Tests which opened The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship. He is continuing rehabilitation from the stress fracture in his foot. While the injury is progressing well, he won’t be considered for selection until Australia’s match against Argentina at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on September 15 at the earliest.

Six players – Caderyn Neville, Radike Samo, Mike Harris, Rob Simmons, Saia Fainga’a and Ben Tapuai, will tune up for their commitments in Perth playing club rugby in their home states tomorrow. That opportunity was denied other fringe members outside of the recent Test squad due to a lack of available games for their respective clubs.

Although the Wallabies will arrive in Western Australia on Sunday afternoon and hold an open training on Monday, the match night squad of 22 players for the Perth Test will not be named until Tuesday afternoon.

The Qantas Wallabies face the Springboks at Patterson’s Stadium on Saturday September 8 bidding to defend the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate, which Australia has held since the epic 41-39 win over South Africa at Bloemfontein in 2010. This was the Wallabies’ first success at a high veldt venue in the Republic for 47 years.

Australia has won its last four Tests against South Africa and will set a new record for the most consecutive wins achieved against the Springboks should the Wallabies win in Perth.

Robbie Deans’ men currently stand tied with the class of 1999 and 2000 which also won four straight against the Boks.

The South African squad, under new coach Heyneke Meyer, also arrives in Perth on Sunday.

The Boks are unbeaten for the year, having won twice against England in June, and once against Argentina, while also drawing a match with both nations.

After a win and a draw in the back-to-back matches against Argentina to open The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship, South Africa sits second on the standings behind New Zealand.

South Africa boasts an excellent record from Tests in Perth, which houses a large expatriate South African community, with the Springboks having gained wins from Tests played against the Wallabies in Western Australia in 1998, 2005 and 2009, while the 2001 match was drawn.

Australia won the matches played in 2004 and 2008.

No more than seven points have separated the two sides across the six Tests played between the teams in Western Australia since SANZAR competition began via the kick-off of the Tri Nations in 1996.

The Qantas Wallabies training squad which will assemble in Perth on Sunday to prepare for The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship/Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate Test match against South Africa at Patterson’s Stadium on Saturday September 8 is: Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels), Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds), Dominic Shipperley (Queensland Reds), Nick Cummins (Western Force), Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs), Ben Tapuai (Queensland Reds), Anthony Fainga’a (Queensland Reds), Mike Harris (Queensland Reds), Pat McCabe (Brumbies), Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs), Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds), Nick Phipps (Melbourne Rebels), Will Genia (Queensland Reds, captain), Scott Higginbotham (Queensland Reds), Radike Samo (Queensland Reds), Michael Hooper (Brumbies), Liam Gill (Queensland Reds), Dave Dennis (NSW Waratahs), Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds), Nathan Sharpe (Western Force), Kane Douglas (NSW Waratahs), Caderyn Neville (Melbourne Rebels), Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Paddy Ryan (NSW Waratahs), James Slipper (Queensland Reds), Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota Nau (NSW Waratahs).

DHL WP team to take on Vodacom Blue Bulls announced

DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands (19h10).

Coetzee has made seven changes – including one positional switch – to the side that suffered a last-gasp 23-26 loss to the Golden Lions last weekend.

The one positional change sees captain Deon Fourie shift to No.6 flank, as Siyabonga ‘Scarra’ Ntubeni starts at hooker, with DHL WP having been forced to select a new-look loose trio.

With No.8 Duane Vermeulen called up the Springbok squad and flanks Siya Kolisi (thumb – out for the season) and Tyrone Holmes (AC Joint – one week) both out injured, Fourie will be partnered in the back row by fit-again hardman Rynhardt Elstadt (No.7) and Canadian Jebb Sinclair (No.8). In a final change to the pack, Deon Carstens has recovered from a broken nose and he will start at loosehead prop – allowing Steven Kitshoff to take a break on the bench.

In the backline, meanwhile, DHL WP Under-21 star JP du Plessis will start at outside centre, following Juan de Jongh’s Springbok recall. Experienced scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage will make his second start of the Absa Currie Cup season, after two weeks of limited action as part of a rotational policy at scrumhalf, with Nic Groom coming on to the bench this week.

Joining Groom on the bench is Maties flank Helmut Lehmann (the DHL WP Under-21 captain last season), whilst current U21 star Damian de Allende (centre/wing) is back on the bench after featuring as a replacement against GWK Griquas in Round Two.

The DHL Western Province team to take on the Vodacom Blue Bulls is as follows:

15. Gio Aplon

14. Gerhard van den Heever

13. JP du Plessis

12. Marcel Brache

11. Ederies Arendse

10. Demetri Catrakilis

9. Dewaldt Duvenage

8. Jebb Sinclair

7. Rynhardt Elstadt

6. Deon Fourie (captain)

5. De Kock Steenkamp

4. Don Armand

3. Frans Malherbe

2. Siyabonga Ntubeni

1. Deon Carstens

RESERVES:

16. Steven Kitshoff

17. Brok Harris

18. Wilhelm van der Sluys

19. Helmut Lehmann*

20. Nic Groom

21. Damian de Allende

22. Kurt Coleman

* On Absa Currie Cup debut for DHL Western Province.

Duane Vermeulen and Johan Goosen added to the Springbok squad

DHL Western Province No 8 Duane Vermeulen and Toyota Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen are the two uncapped players that have been added to the Springbok squad for the Australasian leg of The Castle Rugby Championship.

The squad of 28 for Tests against Australia in Perth (September 8) and New Zealand in Dunedin (September 15), was finalised on Wednesday.

Apart from the inclusion of Vermeulen and Goosen, there were recalls for DHL Western Province midfielder Juan de Jongh as well as Bath loose forward Francois Louw, who has captained his English club before.

De Jongh was part of the squad for the first Test against Argentina in Cape Town while it will be Louw’s first involvement with the Springboks since last year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has confidence in the squad that has been selected, even though injuries, unavailability and retirement have robbed the Springboks of more than 800 Test caps worth of experience.

“We were not happy with our performance in Mendoza and we are making no excuses for what happened there, but we take full responsibility and have to look forward and get ready for our next tough match, against Australia in Perth,” said Meyer.

“Untimely injuries to Bismarck du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Pierre Spies, JP Pietersen and Bjorn Basson have already hit us hard in the past few weeks. This again provides opportunities for other players to put up their hands.

“We were very keen to give Siya Kolisi an opportunity on this tour, but he is also out injured, alongside a list of other injured or unavailable forwards that include Gurthrö Steenkamp, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith and Ryan Kankowski.”

Commenting on the four new players in the squad, Meyer said: “Injuries meant we could not use Duane and Johan earlier in the season, but both have played Absa Currie Cup rugby since their return and after consultation with their respective provincial medical teams, we’re confident that they are ready to travel with us.

“While Duane and Johan are medically fit, their provincial coaches felt it necessary that they get more game time in the Absa Currie Cup this weekend, but as we don’t have a lot of time to prepare and we need as much time with them as possible to get them used to our structures and game plans, the decision was taken to select them for the tour.

“I regard both of them as world class rugby players. If it wasn’t for injuries, Duane would have been a Springbok long ago. I also believe Johan has a long career ahead of him at Test match level and we will expose him when and how we feel it will benefit the player and the team best.

“Both Juan and Francois played at the Rugby World Cup last year and are experienced players. Juan covers both positions in the midfield and we opted for Francois because he is a specialist openside flanker, in the absence of Schalk, Heinrich and Siya, that can cover blindside and No 8 as well, while he is also a very useful option in the lineout.

“I’m also very excited with the quality of young talent coming through – Eben, Marcell and Johan are all still Under-21 and that bodes well for the future of Springbok rugby.”

The Springbok squad will assemble in Johannesburg on Thursday and is scheduled to depart for Perth on Saturday evening.

The Springbok squad for the Australasian leg of The Castle Rugby Championship is:

Name Province Position Test Caps
Willem Alberts The Sharks Loose forward 13
Andries Bekker DHL Western Province Lock 26
Craig Burden The Sharks Hooker 0
Pat Cilliers MTN Golden Lions Prop 2
Marcell Coetzee The Sharks Loose forward 5
Juan de Jongh DHL Western Province Centre 10
Jean de Villiers (captain) DHL Western Province Centre 77
Jannie du Plessis The Sharks Prop 35
Eben Etzebeth DHL Western Province Lock 5
Johan Goosen Toyota FS Cheetahs Flyhalf 0
Dean Greyling Vodacom Blue Bulls Prop 2
Bryan Habana DHL Western Province Wing 79
Francois Hougaard Vodacom Blue Bulls Scrumhalf 20
Zane Kirchner Vodacom Blue Bulls Fullback 17
Juandré Kruger Vodacom Blue Bulls Lock 3
Pat Lambie The Sharks Fullback / Flyhalf 13
Tiaan Liebenberg DHL Western Province Hooker 1
Francois Louw Bath, England Loose forward 10
Tendai Mtawarira The Sharks Prop 37
Lwazi Mvovo The Sharks Wing 6
Ruan Pienaar Ulster, N-Ireland Scrumhalf 56
Jacques Potgieter Vodacom Blue Bulls Loose forward 3
Frans Steyn The Sharks Centre 51
Morné Steyn Vodacom Blue Bulls Flyhalf 39
Adriaan Strauss Toyota FS Cheetahs Hooker 14
Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Blue Bulls Lock 16
Jano Vermaak Vodacom Blue Bulls Scrumhalf 0
Duane Vermeulen DHL Western Province No 8 0

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Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez. Movie opens on 31 Aug in SA

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was.

sugar and the sugar man

sugar and the sugar man

My great friends Stephen Segerman, who owns Mabu Vinyl in Rheede Street in Gardens and has a role to play in the movie, along with Brian Currin have kept Rodriguez alive.

Look at www.Sugarman.org

Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide.

searching for sugar man film poster

searching for sugar man film poster

But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon.

The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

searching for sugar man soundtrack

searching for sugar man soundtrack

— (C) Sony Pictures Classics

Drew Mitchell & Quade Cooper – oh dear!

Qantas Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell will have surgery after an ultra sound today confirmed a rupture of the tibialis posterior tendon in his right leg.Mitchell sustained the injury during the first half of last Saturday night’s Test against the All Blacks in The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship in Auckland.The recovery time for the NSW Waratahs winger is uncertain at this point and won’t be determined until after the surgery takes place.

Meanwhile Qantas Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will be available for Australia’s next match in The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship despite confirmation today that he has been suffering from a small fracture in the lateral (outer) tibia (main leg bone).

The injury, which was revealed by scans today in Brisbane, was aggravated during last Saturday night’s Test at Eden Park. It had only caused minor discomfort previously and had not shown up on previous scans.

While the injury will be closely monitored, Wallabies medical staff anticipate that it will settle quickly, and it isn’t expected to impact on Cooper’s availability for Australia’s defence of the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate, which starts when the Qantas Wallabies tackle South Africa in the home leg of that series at Patterson’s Stadium in Perth on Saturday September 8.

Cooper will assemble with the other members of the 30-man squad in Perth this Sunday in preparation for that game.

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