The All Blacks team to play the second Test against the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday 1 July is

The match day 23 for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series Test is (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Joe Moody (26)
2. Codie Taylor (17)
3. Owen Franks (92)
4. Brodie Retallick (62)
5. Samuel Whitelock (86)
6. Jerome Kaino (79)
7. Sam Cane (42)
8. Kieran Read (98) – Captain
9. Aaron Smith (60)
10. Beauden Barrett (51)
11. Rieko Ioane (3)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (35)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (11)
14. Waisake Naholo (12)
15. Israel Dagg (63)

16. Nathan Harris (6)
17. Wyatt Crockett (60)
18. Charlie Faumuina (48)
19. Scott Barrett (6)
20. Ardie Savea (14)
21. TJ Perenara (31)
22. Aaron Cruden (48)
23. Ngani Laumape *

The match day squad sees two expected changes through injury. Winger Waisake Naholo has been named on the right wing with Israel Dagg moving to fullback. Anton Lienert-Brown comes in at centre with new All Black Ngani Laumape being rewarded for his standout performance for the Hurricanes on Tuesday night, coming into the match day 23.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Whilst it’s disappointing to lose both Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty, it creates an opportunity for others. ‘Izzy’ (Israel Dagg) is a world-class back three player, as is Anton in the midfield, and both Waisake and Ngani are coming into the Test side following outstanding performances against the Lions for their respective Super franchises.

“Whilst we were happy with the win last weekend, we know that it was just a start, in what is a three-test Series. That means the job is far from done. It’s going to require us to take our game to a higher level. It’s going to be very demanding, physically and mentally, on both sides.

“We’re aware the British and Irish Lions have their backs to the wall and will chuck everything at us to keep themselves alive in the Series. They are a quality side who we respect immensely.

“In reality, last week’s Test could’ve gone either way had they taken more of their chances. Our job will be to make sure that we shut down their counter-attack better than we did last weekend and at the same time, win the critical moments across the 80 minutes. As always, it’ll start with the battle of the tight five.

“We’ve worked hard throughout the week in our preparation here in Wellington and are now looking forward to Saturday.”

– Ngani Laumape

Born on 22 April 1993 in Palmerston North, 24-year-old Ngani Laumape attended Palmerston North Boys’ High School. He toured the UK and Thailand with the school’s First XV and was selected to play second-five for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in 2011.

Despite his success, he made the decision to sign with the Warriors rugby league team when he left school and by 2014 he was an established starter in the squad.

The following year he investigated a return to rugby and made his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes in the opening match of the 2016 season.

He went on to make 11 appearances, including seven starts, to help the Hurricanes win the club’s inaugural Super Rugby title.

His strong performances in 2017 saw him lead the competition early for line breaks and defenders beaten and he’s currently joint leader on the competition try scoring table with 14 tries.

Interesting Facts

• The DHL New Zealand Lions Series is the 12th tour to New Zealand by the Lions. The first game was in 1904. The teams have played 39 Test matches. The All Blacks have won 30 of those matches.
• Loose forward Jerome Kaino will play his 80th Test match on Saturday.

RJ BENJAMIN talks about The Fifth Story releasing on 11 July 2017

Since his last, self-imposed sabbatical that ended in 2013, RJ Benjamin’s creative and collaborative world has quite simply exploded!

Armed with The Fifth Story,(scheduled for release on 11 July 2017 ) his latest 13-track chart-targeted album, the award-winning composer, songwriter, producer and teacher continues to blend a rich brew of soul, pop, hip-hop, funk and house music into songs filled with reflective storytelling and tailor-made grooves.

“It’s a good mix of happy and reflective songs,” Benjamin unpacks. “Each mood punctuates the other by their stark contrast,” he reflects.

R&B and neo-soul is where this talent and insight continues to influence and enrich every project he works on.

Between mentoring Mzansi Magic’s Clash Of The Choirs’, X-Factor vocal producer and The Voice SA’s vocal coach, The Voice Nigeria’s Musical Director, RJ Benjamin has many a fiddle he’s long since mastered, and which today he shares with a new audience of next-generation hit makers. “I have a passion to enhance what musicians make and support the industry we all play in,” he says. “I came into the business more than a decade ago and I intend confirming my credibility by delivering quality that points to a long term career, rather than simply being a flash-in-the-pan.”

An Allenby Campus graduate back at the turn of the millennium, RJ stayed on, as a then 22 year-old teacher who today can claim the likes of Elvis Blue and Robin Kohl as just two of the many who passed through his classroom during his tenure at the now sadly defunct school.

Between teaching RJ found time to shimmy up and befriend the inner sanctum of the hip-hop and dance fraternity sufficient to begin a career that’s entrenched and growing still. “My diary is my songbook,” he says. “I write songs in the same way diaries and blogs are filled.”

RJ Benjamin is referenced, invited and embraced by every critical genre; record label and artist keen to push the boundaries of their original idea.

Teacher, writer and producer RJ’s credibility comes from more than 14 years of mining and polishing and giving it; “some of that” as he affectionately put it. “I’ve have, through collaborations, song writing, performing and teaching built a space that affords me the opportunity work for myself today, on my own terms, and only when I choose to.”

In 2004 he released his ground breaking Ghetto Ruff debut album, Who Am I, which marked him as South Africa’s brightest new soul star. The critically acclaimed album featured collaborations with Tamara Dey, Ishmael, HHP and Pitch Black Afro. RJ produced the majority of the album, while 37mph and Bongani Fassie lent their skills as collaborating producers.

His 2008 release, Swimming In The Soul Of Music, represented a more sophisticated artist, and showed off the hard work he’d poured into his craft. The musician had focused his musical roots and influences of soul, jazz and funk and created and album that with hindsight represented a time better than it did its maker’s real ambition. That said RJ won the award for Best RnB Album at the Metro FM Awards later that same year.

In 2009 RJ recorded Change The World with Soul Candi. His inviting vocals and inspirational message seduced the nation and teased the ecosphere. An instant hit and anthem on radio stations and dance floors all over the South Africa, the track received both a Channel O and SAMA nomination for Best Dance Video and Song of the Year respectively. Ironically, the song did actually change RJ’s world – the soul star had inadvertently introduced himself to South Africa’s house audience… and they couldn’t get enough!

“I dabbled in house, and tinkered with dance,” he continues, “but I know now where my real ability, love and contribution lies,” he says. “I enjoyed my time in house, but my heart wasn’t in it. That was when I realised my calling is in supporting housemasters and mistresses, rather than leading. With each artist I have the privilege and pleasure of working with, each grows my frame of reference and that’s good for everyone.”

Following the huge success of Change the World, RJ released the 2014 album House Bound that showcased his vocal and writing skills and his house flirtation that ultimately returned him to his RnB and soul roots and core sensibility.

So with 2017’s The Fifth Story RJ has embarked on something entirely original.

“Each album is a statement in time,” RJ reflects in closing. “I am, with the release of The Fifth Story, arguably at my most honest and vulnerable,” he declares. “The overall upbeat and positive tone of the songs is a shift, but it’s one I embrace in a heartbeat!”

Mentor, artist, songwriter, producer and awesome man to meet, RJ Benjamin’s legacy’s guaranteed already. All he’s doing, in-between, is confirm just why that is so with each new song, album and tour, all that’s within yours and my grasp. Grab it, with both hands!

For interviews and more information, please contact:

Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin
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SISTER ACT – Artscape Arena 12 to 15 JULY 2017

The Tony award winning musical comedy – Sister Act – finally comes to Cape Town this winter at the Artscape Arena from 12 to 15 July 2017. Based on the smash hit film featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act is simply divine!

With original songs by Oscar winner Alan Menken, Sister Act tells the story of a woman forced into hiding – who, whilst helping a convent of sisters to discover their voices, finally discovers her own.

It is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship!

Directed by Paul Griffiths (The Pirates of Penzance, Legally Blonde and Footloose) with Musical Direction by Garth Tavares (Shout! and Broadway or Bust) and choreography by theatrical stalwart Genna Galloway (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Grease, The Sound of Music) – this toe-tapping, feel-good musical features a large ensemble cast from The Waterfront Theatre College. A spectacular show guaranteed to make you rejoice!

Performances are Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 July at 20.00 and on Saturday 15 July there are two performances 15.00 and 20.00.

Tickets cost R150 and available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695, Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, call 0861 915 8000 or Computicket online http://bit.ly/2soqroO

Sister Act – The Musical, celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the The Waterfront Theatre College and showcases the strengths of the student body.

The cast includes a range of students who are currently participating in the the College’s four year programme.

Ends

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The All Blacks team to play the second Test against the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday 1 July is

The match day 23 for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series Test is (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Joe Moody (26)
2. Codie Taylor (17)
3. Owen Franks (92)
4. Brodie Retallick (62)
5. Samuel Whitelock (86)
6. Jerome Kaino (79)
7. Sam Cane (42)
8. Kieran Read (98) – Captain
9. Aaron Smith (60)
10. Beauden Barrett (51)
11. Rieko Ioane (3)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (35)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (11)
14. Waisake Naholo (12)
15. Israel Dagg (63)

16. Nathan Harris (6)
17. Wyatt Crockett (60)
18. Charlie Faumuina (48)
19. Scott Barrett (6)
20. Ardie Savea (14)
21. TJ Perenara (31)
22. Aaron Cruden (48)
23. Ngani Laumape *

The match day squad sees two expected changes through injury. Winger Waisake Naholo has been named on the right wing with Israel Dagg moving to fullback. Anton Lienert-Brown comes in at centre with new All Black Ngani Laumape being rewarded for his standout performance for the Hurricanes on Tuesday night, coming into the match day 23.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Whilst it’s disappointing to lose both Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty, it creates an opportunity for others. ‘Izzy’ (Israel Dagg) is a world-class back three player, as is Anton in the midfield, and both Waisake and Ngani are coming into the Test side following outstanding performances against the Lions for their respective Super franchises.

“Whilst we were happy with the win last weekend, we know that it was just a start, in what is a three-test Series. That means the job is far from done. It’s going to require us to take our game to a higher level. It’s going to be very demanding, physically and mentally, on both sides.

“We’re aware the British and Irish Lions have their backs to the wall and will chuck everything at us to keep themselves alive in the Series. They are a quality side who we respect immensely.

“In reality, last week’s Test could’ve gone either way had they taken more of their chances. Our job will be to make sure that we shut down their counter-attack better than we did last weekend and at the same time, win the critical moments across the 80 minutes. As always, it’ll start with the battle of the tight five.

“We’ve worked hard throughout the week in our preparation here in Wellington and are now looking forward to Saturday.”

– Ngani Laumape

Born on 22 April 1993 in Palmerston North, 24-year-old Ngani Laumape attended Palmerston North Boys’ High School. He toured the UK and Thailand with the school’s First XV and was selected to play second-five for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in 2011.

Despite his success, he made the decision to sign with the Warriors rugby league team when he left school and by 2014 he was an established starter in the squad.

The following year he investigated a return to rugby and made his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes in the opening match of the 2016 season.

He went on to make 11 appearances, including seven starts, to help the Hurricanes win the club’s inaugural Super Rugby title.

His strong performances in 2017 saw him lead the competition early for line breaks and defenders beaten and he’s currently joint leader on the competition try scoring table with 14 tries.

Interesting Facts

• The DHL New Zealand Lions Series is the 12th tour to New Zealand by the Lions. The first game was in 1904. The teams have played 39 Test matches. The All Blacks have won 30 of those matches.
• Loose forward Jerome Kaino will play his 80th Test match on Saturday.

New Music -cool remix Hotstix Mabuse and Burnout

On Friday morning 30 June just after 8am on 5FM this remix as pictured will be played as an exclusive 1st play on 5.

Do tune and give it a listen. The iconic Song by Hotstix Mabuse recorded some 32 years ago Burnout gets a 2017 makeover.

Song will be released by Gallo records on 7th JULY on all digital platforms.

[tags, Sipho Mabuse ,Strange Loving ,Gallo Records ,Martin Myers ,Triple M Entertainment ,Burnout ]

LAMBIE NEEDS A BREAK IF HE IS TO A BOK WORLD CUP WINNER

On October 17, Patrick Lambie will turn 27. Where will he and his wife be lighting the candles? The Bahamas, Everest or the Kruger National Park, his favourite holiday destination given that he has a Degree in Conservation?

Wherever it is, Springbok supporters must hope that there is not a rugby ball in sight, and that could well be the case given the medical advice that he should avoid contact sport for some time to come.

Yesterday, Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann revealed that Lambie will play no further part in Sharks rugby this year because of the well reported concussion issues that plague the flyhalf, and he wishes to seek pastures new. The young man cannot be faulted for wanting to escape the pressure of South African rugby so that he can literally get his head right while also recovering from a number of other injury issues that have dogged him.

For a minute, let us recall the 20-year-old Lambie that handed off Springbok legend Schalk Burger to score the match-winning try for the Sharks against Western Province in the 2010 Currie Cup final? Or in 2014 the BMT penalty goal that he landed from 55m at Ellis Park to clinch the Boks a rare win over the All Blacks.

Moments such as those show what Lambie is capable of doing. It is why there was such hype, but he is yet to realise his true potential because he keeps on getting injured.

Don’ buy that rubbish that he is too small. Only the prejudiced against him come up with that crap. Most of his long line of injuries have been the result of sheer misfortune. Much smaller players than Lambie have had stellar international careers. He is short but stocky and is immensely courageous. He is not too diminutive in stature to be siphoned off to the comfy world of Japanese rugby, as some of his detractors suggest.

Lambie has just been desperately unlucky with his injuries, and to sum them up, what where the chances of him banging heads with teammate Rhyno Smith in that match against the Kings in Port Elizabeth?

That was his latest concussion problem and now it is understood that a break from the pressure of South African rugby is what the doctor has literally ordered.

The informed word is that he will be good to go in September, and he may well take up an offer in the South African off season.

I say stuff that, he must take the whole year off and not look for a Japanese vacation. He does not need the cash. The heads, knees and elbows of rugby players are as deadly in collision whether you play rugby in the golden oldies in the Outer Hebrides or on my favourite beach on the KZN south coast, Winklespruit.

The Springbok coaching staff must learn the painful lesson of 2016 regarding Lambie. In one of arguably the worst ever Springbok selections, Lambie was rushed into the starting line-up to play against Australia at Loftus Versfeld, his comeback having been based on half an hour in monsoon rain at Kings Park against the EP Kings.

Lambie was out of sorts, his confidence was shot and he quite simply was not right to play international rugby. Was he fully over his injury problems? Perhaps physically but possibly not psychologically. Who knows? But he was not his usual self, which was painfully clear to see. Picking the poor kid for international duty so early in his comeback from serious injury said it all about the troubled state of mind of coach Allister Coetzee at a time when the Boks were so hopeless.

So let’s learn from history and believe in the very real possibility that a correctly managed Lambie could be South Africa’s Dan Carter at a World Cup final in 2015, or even a Jonny Wilkinson in the same event in 2003.

BY Mike Greenaway

ENDS

Springboks v France in 2017 Johannesburg some pics

Pics from third and final Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series against France at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, won by 37-15 by South Africa and the series 3 nil

pic from SA Rugby

team pic below by Lee Warren /Gallo Images

and all the other pics are from SA Rugby

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