Springbok Trophy Tour – Cape Town Route for Monday 11 November

Springbok Trophy Tour – Cape Town Route for Monday

The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in Cape Town on Monday 11 Nov 2019

The route plan for Cape Town is as follows (all time approximate):

  • 10h30: Tour starts at City Hall and bus departs along Darling Street
  • Left onto Adderley Street
  • Right onto Wale Street
  • Left onto Long Street
  • Right onto Buitensingel
  • Right onto Loop Street
  • Right onto Strand Street
  • Left onto Adderley Street
  • Right onto Hertzog Boulevard onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard
  • 13h00: Second leg via N2 to Langa, Belhar and Elsies River
  • 13h30: Take Bhunga Avenue offramp
  • Right onto Washington Drive towards Jakes Gerwel and right towards N2
  • 14h30: Depart for Belhar via N2 and R300 onto Stellenbosch Arterial
  • Right onto Symphony Way into Robert Sobukwe
  • 15h15: Left onto De la Rey Street through Ravensmead
  • Left onto Francie van Zijl Drive towards Uitsig and Elsies River
  • Left onto Jakes Gerwel onto the N2 and back to the hotel (arrival approximately 17h00)

Please note: The actual bus trip is for filming purposes only and that no media will be allowed on the bus, however, you are free to position yourself along the route for footage.

This year is ultimately about the Rugby World Cup, not Super Rugby or the Tri-Nations,

To state the obvious, this year is ultimately about the Rugby World Cup, not Super Rugby or the Tri-Nations, so rugby supporters need to keep a cool tune instead of over-analysing what happens in May, June and July with a view to what might ultimately occur in New Zealand in October.

To put a fine line on it, what happens in Super Rugby does not overly matter in a global perspective this year. It is irrelevant beyond whether it through injury removes key players from the later international stage.

The Springboks’ 1998 and 2004 Tri-Nations successes had no Super 12 impetus – the SA teams non-performed almost across the board – ’98 was our country’s worst ever performance – yet the Boks went on to win the Tri-Nations.

It is important to acknowledge that while Super Rugby enhances or compromises player reputations, depending on how they perform, while crocking an unfortunate percentage of players, it otherwise ihas no bearing on what happens at international level.

There is a feel-good factor for fans whose teams excel at Super Rugby level but the bottom line is that Springbok success or failure comes down to whether the match 22 can get it together on the day.

In a World Cup year, the influence of Super Rugby and the Tri-Nations is still more tenuous because the latter competition will not have the best players for much of the competition, as is usually the case, given the enormity of the year.

Australia, New Zealand and Australia will look at their top players and evaluate their playing time in Super Rugby, and on an individual basis decide who rests and who does not.

In 2007, Jake White sent a “B” team overseas for the Tri-Nations matches in Christchurch and Sydney and it is known that Peter de Villiers is going to do the same – the tour squad will comprise either back-up players or front-line guys that have hardly played this year and need the match practice.

The nucleus of the A Team will remain in South Africa for a training camp during the overseas leg of the Tri-Nations but will front up for the home leg of the Tri-Nations.

Which brings us back to the earlier point that what happens in May in Super Rugby has no relevance in the Tri-Nations – and in 2011, the Rugby World Cup.

As Sharks coach John Plumtree puts it: “We live week by week. It is really hard to say how it is going to turn out each weekend, never mind in the long run, because the competition is so long.

“Teams that have been sticking to the same 16 to 17 players are starting to get tired (such as the Highlanders), while teams that have been rotating tend to be near the top, while other others have been plain unlucky and been hamstrung by injuries, such as the Brumbies,” the coach reflected.

“But when it comes to the Tri-Nations things are going to be different to the non-World Cup years because everybody will have an eye on the World Cup,” Plumtree said. “In the end, few will remember who won the Tri-Nations but everybody will know who won the World Cup.”

by Mike greenaway

Gilbert launches unique Virtuo RWC 2011 ball

Gilbert launches unique Virtuo RWC 2011 ball

Gilbert, the official Rugby World Cup ball suppliers, are proud to announce the release of the official match ball for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand –termed the Gilbert Virtuo – its major differentiator is in its design and the technology behind its development.

Having been tested by both man and machine, in order to comply with the highest standards one would expect for a Rugby World Cup tournament, the Gilbert Virtuo represents the latest in ball technology and has been uniquely developed for the seventh Rugby World Cup to be hosted in New Zealand in October 2011.

Eric Ichikowitz, Group Strategic and Marketing Director for Gilbert said, “This Rugby World Cup Virtuo ball has been developed using new rubber compounds as well as a unique grip surface that has a profound impact on the flight as well as the out-of- hand handling of the ball. It has been developed with optimal performance at the highest level of the game in mind to ensure that the ball contributes to an exciting and successful World Cup.”

It is all about performance when it comes to a big tournament like the Rugby World Cup and for that reason the Gilbert Virtuo underwent stringent factory testing before hitting the training ground under the likes of former England fly half Paul Grayson and Springbok kicking ace Braam van Straaten.

“The key to the manufacturing process is the relationship between the strength of backing material and the amount of energy imparted, this new ball has pleased the experts,” continued Ichikowitz.

Not only does the ball meet all its technical specifications but is in line with the RWC 2011 ‘look and feel’ – the design unique to this World Cup was developed in collaboration between Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) and local Maori artists.

RWCL were keen to capture the meaning of the tournament using the language of Maori art and worked in partnership with the artists to achieve this. The look for the 2011 Rugby World Cup is a stylistic interpretation of the Hammerhead Shark (Mangopare) and the Fern shoot (Koru).

The Mangopare is considered by Maori as the greatest of sharks because of its tenacious nature; a quality needed in the heat of battle. It symbolises strength, determination, strategy and team play. The Koru is central to Maori symbolism with its spiral form representing the cycle of life, family and creation.

“There is no doubt that Gilbert is the leader when it comes to rugby balls, in my mind they have always been ahead of the pack,” said Van Straaten, specialist kicking coach for South Africa and other international teams.

Van Straaten tested the Gilbert Virtuo ball during last year’s Tri-Nations, “The ball travels perfectly through the air – it’s aerodynamic and with the adaptation Gilbert has made to both the strength and the bladder makes it a pleasure to kick.

“Of course a lot is dependent on the climate and ultimately the pressure on the ball, but my experience shows that this is an amazing ball and it has been a pleasure to test. I have no doubt that it will meet all the relevant expectations of the players and referees participating in Rugby World Cup 2011.”

Wayne Dannheisser, Gilbert SA CEO added: “Gilbert has earned its reputation since 1832 and has been the preferred ball for five consecutive Rugby World Cup tournaments. Our products are created for performance, they are consistent and developed with leading edge technology.”

“We are proud to once again be associated with the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and to bring this unique ball to the tournament – we wish all the teams everything of the best and look forward to experiencing an amazing and exciting tournament with Rugby supporters from all around the world.”

* Gilbert RWC ball merchandise has been on sale since December 2010, with a limited amount of RWC-quality Virtuo match balls set to go on sale from May 1 at all leading sports stores.

For more information, visit the Gilbert website, www.gilbertrugby.com, or follow @gilbertsa on Twitter and gilbertsa on Facebook.

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, 29, has been named the IRB player of the year

The All Blacks have been rewarded for a stellar 2010 campaign by sweeping the International Rugby Board (IRB) awards, which were announced this morning (NZT).

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, 29, has been named the IRB player of the year and becomes the first player to win the award three times since its inception in 2001.

The No 1-ranked All Blacks were predictably named team of the year after winning 13 of 14 tests this year and bagging the Tri-Nations title, Bledisloe Cup and European Grad Slam, while Graham Henry was unveiled as coach of the year for a record fourth time after previously winning the award in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

McCaw faced stiff competition for the player of the year award with teammate Mils Muliaina, South African lock Victor Matfield, No 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, of France, and rising young Australia stars David Pocock and Kurtley Beale all performing well during the year, but McCaw consistently impressed the IRB’s awards panel with some outstanding performances.

“Rugby is fortunate to have a player and person of the calibre of Richie McCaw,” said awards panel convenor John Eales, the former Wallabies captain.

“He is an outstanding captain, a world class player and a role model for our sport. In winning the award three times, Richie has truly cemented his place right up there amongst some of the greats.”

McCaw who alongside Muliaina is the most-capped All Black with 94 test caps, said: “It’s been a good year and everyone has made a huge effort, from the coaches right through all the players. It’s been a lot of fun as well to work with quality players, and I just love playing rugby and especially international rugby.”

Henry said his award reflected the “hard work” of the team.

“It is also an award for team manager Darren Shand who does a fabulous job, and for the exceptional coaching team (assistants Steven Hansen and Wayne Smith) who work with me.

“I am extremely fortunate to have a group of guys who are exceptionally good at what they do.”

The IRB awards panel of judges, comprising former internationals Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphal Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustn Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga, Paul Wallace and Eales, watched more than 78 hours of action from 59 matches, awarding points to the three players they thought stood out in each match.

The accolades cap a good year for New Zealand on the awards front with Julian Savea winning the IRB junior player of the year in June and Carla Hohepa named IRB women’s personality of the year in September after New Zealand claimed the women’s World Cup title.

The New Zealand winners in the 2010 IRB Awards were:

Player of the Year: Richie McCaw
Team of the Year: New Zealand
Coach of the Year: Graham Henry

Women’s Personality of the Year: Carla Hohepa
Junior Player of the Year: Julian Savea

Previous Winners of IRB Player of the Year Award:
2009 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2008 – Shane Williams (Wales)
2007 – Bryan Habana (South Africa)
2006 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2005 – Daniel Carter (New Zealand)
2004 – Schalk Burger (South Africa)
2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (England)
2002 – Fabien Galthié (France)
2001 – Keith Wood (Ireland)

Previous Winners of IRB Team of the Year Award:
2009 – South Africa
2008 – New Zealand
2007 – South Africa
2006 – New Zealand
2005 – New Zealand
2004 – South Africa
2003 – England
2002 – France
2001 – Australia

Previous Winners of IRB Coach of the Year Award:
2009 – Declan Kidney (Ireland)
2008 – Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2007 – Jake White (South Africa)
2006 – Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2005 – Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2004 – Jake White (South Africa)
2003 – Clive Woodward (England)
2002 – Bernard Laporte (France)


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