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Statistics: Tri-Nations iii

South Africa played New Zealand in Durban and won 31-19 in a Tri-Nations match. Again the All Blacks were generous in defeat and the South African camp sober in victory. We give some statistics in this match.

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Australia

Global Results - 2 August 2009

For the second Saturday in succession the Springboks were too strong for the All Blacks in the third Tri-Nations match of 2009. It is the main news as the Air New Zealand Cup gets underway and in France there are warm-up matches as the short break for the players seeps away.

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Referees' watchers and coaches

SA referees has made known its committees which assess, coach and select referees for 2009. Amongst those on panels are eight with Test experience.

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News

Varsity Cup boost for SA Universities side

The South African Universities team has been handed a welcome shot in the arm, with the news that they will be sponsored by the Varsity Cup for their two matches against a Collegiate side from America.

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News

Cheetahs krag vir Shimlas teen Pukke?

Die Shimla-rugbyspan het drie Cheetahs Curriebeker-spelers nadergetrek om hom vir Saterdag se 67ste intervarsity-kragmeting teen die Pukke te versterk.

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News

Bok hooker to scrum down for Ikeys

Western Province and Springbok hooker Hanyani Shimange will pack down in the FNB UCT front row when the Cape Town-based students take on SK Walmers at 'The Track' on Saturday.

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Maties

Varsity Cup-aansporing vir SA Universiteite

Die Suid-Afikaanse Universiteitespan het 'n baie welkome inspuiting ontvang met die nuus dat hulle deur Varsity Cup geborg word vir hul twee wedstryde teen 'n kollegiale span van die VSA.

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Pukke, Shimlas to headline 'Champs

Clubs from ten of South Africa's 14 unions - two of which are top Varsity Cup teams - have already qualified for the National Club Championships to be held at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria from September 20-26.

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Burch's chance to show his mettle

The SWD Eagles have made another shrewd signing - in the rather large shape of Ikey Tigers star Jody Burch.

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Italian job for UCT coach

FNB UCT head coach John Dobson, one of the country's most promising coaches, has been handed a top coaching job in Italy.

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Maties

Maties dominate SA Universities squad

Eight FNB Maties players have been named in a 25-man SA Universities squad for a series of matches against a touring American student team in early August.

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Koshuis

Bastion in pole position

Both of Bastion's teams faced Afslaan in Monday night's Steinhoff Koshuis League matches at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

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Koshuis

Koshuis champions show their class

Steinhoff Koshuisrugby champions Armentum on Friday grabbed a crucial 34-15 win over the University of the Free State Under-19 team in the Kovsies Steinhoff Koshuisliga.

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Koshuis

Boekenhout unbeaten at Tuks

The first round matches in the Top Eight phase of Tuks' Steinhoff Winter League played on Tuesday, July 28 saw Boekenhout emerging as the only unbeaten side.

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Maties

Another WP start for De Jongh

FNB Maties centre Juan de Jongh has retained his place in the Western Province team for Friday night's Currie Cup clash against the Leopards.

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NEWS

FNB Top 20 - 28 July 2009

This is the first FNB Top 20 of the third term. In several parts many teams have stopped playing. There are still competitions on the go and the southern part of the country carries on enjoying rugby football.

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Latest News

Walsh referees again

Steve Walsh, one of the world's top referees, is back in action, this time in Australia.

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News

Tuks' Van Velze looking Bullish

Talented FNB Tuks loose forward Gerrit-Jan van Velze has been handed a first-ever Currie Cup start for the Blue Bulls when they host Boland at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening. (Kick-off 7pm.)

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Shimlas stars lead Bok charge

No less than five former Shimlas were part of the Springbok team that got the better of the All Blacks in Tri-Nations action at Bloemfontein's Vodacom Park this past Saturday.

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Mayende - the newest Currie Cup ref

Sindile Mayende of Durban will referee his first Premier Division Currie Cup match's at Newlands this Friday evening when Western Province play the Leopards. Refereeing has been a wonderland for the young man from Alice who came to refereeing by accident.

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Second Phase

Manuel changes portfolio and allegiance

rugby365 columnist Jon Harris takes a look at the decision to allow Trevor Manuel to hand over the Springbok jerseys at a team function last Friday. He asks if this was a masterstroke or political posturing?

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Friday-night glory for UJ

FNB UJ flexed their muscles against Witsies in Pirates Grand Challenge action on Friday night; beating them 60-10.

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Argentina

Global results - 26 July 2009

There was the second round of the Tri-Nations, this time in Bloemfontein, there was the Sevens at the World Games in Taiwan and there was an African tournament in Botswana.

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Latest News

Referees to 2 August 2009

The Tri-Nations is the main focus of this weekend's rugby and again it will be that massive rivalry, All Black vs Springboks, and this time Nigel Owens of Wales will be the referee.

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Latest News

Statistics: Tri-Nations ii

South Africa played New Zealand in Bloemfontein and won 28-19 in a Tri-Nations match. In contrast to some Graeme Henry, the All Black coach, was gracious in defeat, acknowledging that the Springboks had deserved their victory. We give some statistics in this match of remarkably few stoppages.

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Second Phase

The view from the couch

On any given Saturday afternoon I know I will be on a couch. Mostly it is my couch. It could also be the couch of a mate, so long as his fridge is well stocked and his family well trained. But whoever the owner of said couch may be; it is the view from the couch that is all important.

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News

Ikey Tigers go into camp

It's high performance all the way this weekend for FNB UCT as they hit the Rugby Performance Centre in Riebeek West to gear up for the second half of the 2009 WP Super League season.

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Maties

Maties back in action

FNB Maties, the reigning Varsity Cup champions, will get their 2009 WP Super League campaign underway this weekend when they host Kraaifontein in Stellenbosch.

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Latest News

Law Discussion: Tip Tackle Debate

On Monday in the wake of three red cards at Craven week which in effect destroyed the chances of three teams, we discussed the possibility of allowing a team to replace a player sent off while he is subject to disciplinary procedures afterwards. Now readers have their say.

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Koshuis

Oppierif snatch first Koshuis win

UJ's Steinhoff Koshuis League got off to a slow start on Wednesday night after the semester break.

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Koshuis

Slegte begin for Maroela

Maroela het Donderdag, Julie 23 sy eerste nederlaag van die seisoen in Tuks se winter-huiseliga gely toe hy oortuigend met 21-3 deur Onderstepoort geklop is.

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VC teams set to dominate Club Champs

Varsity Cup teams are once again set to dominate at the National Club Championships, which - this year - will take place at Loftus Versfeld in late September.

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Koshuis

Kovsies League commences on Friday

Action in the Kovsies Steinhoff Koshuisliga commences on Friday after a near two-month break.

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Koshuis

Bastion chase unbeaten record

It's all systems go on Wednesday night at UJ when the Steinhoff Koshuis League teams take to the field again after a well-deserved holiday.

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Latest News

Referees for 26 July

Tri-Nations moves across the Indian Ocean to Bloemfontein, and the All Blacks come carrying their Bledisloe Cup victory of the first round.

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Koshuis

UCT Internal League set to resume

The Varsty break is almost at its end in Cape Town which means its back to business for all of the teams in UCT's Steinhoff Rugby Internal League.

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Koshuis

Top Tuks teams set for battle

Boekenhout and Sonop, the two undefeated teams in Section Y of Tukkies' Steinhoff Winter Hostel League, cross swords on Wednesday, July 22 at LC de Villiers D.

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Tuks juggernaut powers ahead

FNB Tukkies recorded yet another convincing win in the 2009 Carlton League - beating Silver Valke 27-7 on Friday evening.

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School Profiles

HOERSKOOL KROONSTAD

We profile Hoerskool Kroonstad.

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News

Ikeys to face top English club

Top Varsity Cup side, FNB UCT, will play host to English club Saracens in a series of valuable pre-season fixtures for the highly-rated London-based outfit.

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Craven Week

Law Discussion: Tipping red

South Africa has just finished its splendid Craven Week in East London - matches played by provincial Under-18 teams in an excellent spirit and yet three matches were greatly affected by red cards for "tip tackles".

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Latest News

Statistics: First Tri-Nations

New Zealand and Australia opened the Tri-Nations at Eden Park on Saturday in a match which doubled as the first Bledisloe Cup match of the year. We give some statistics of the match.

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Craven Week

SA Schools Team announced

The South African Schools Rugby Association (SAFRA), on Saturday announced the SA Schools team that will participate in friendlies against Italy and England in August.

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Australia

Global Results - 19 July

Tri-Nations started in Auckland when New Zealand came from behind to beat Australia. The All Blacks were not the only winners.

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Law Discussions

Statistics: Lions vs South Africa, Test 3

Having won the two Tests South Africa was well and truly beaten in the third Test and in fact was flattered by the final score. We give some statistics from the match.

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Law Discussions

Statistics: Lions vs Springboks, Test 2

Having won the first Test in Durban, South Africa made the series safe with a come-from-behind victory at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, as Morne Steyn made up for the poor goal-kicking earlier in the match. We have the match statistics.

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Craven Week

CW: The final round-up

Saturday has come at Craven Week 2009 in East London, and that means all the teams are in action starting with the high-scoring "breakfast" game between Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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Craven Week

CW: Main matches - 1971-2009

Playing the main match at Craven Week is prestigious. To some it is a Final of sorts but it is not. We give some results of main matches.

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Craven Week

Province snatch last-gasp win

What a shock! You had to look at the scoreboard for confirmation that Western Province had beaten Free State 19-17 in the last match of the 2009 Craven Week in East London. It seemed that Free State had had the match sewn up.

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Craven Week

South African Schools Players (1974-2008)

The first South African Schools team was chosen in 1974 and went to Europe on tour. Each year the side gets chosen, as it will be on Saturday night at the end of Craven Week 2009.

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Fiji

Samoan blow for Pacific Alliance

Samoa has split from the Pacific Islands Alliance, likely spelling an end to the Pacific Islanders team which plays tests against top nations.

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News

Two new Currie Cup referees

Joey Salmans and Stuart Berry will be refereeing their very first Currie Cup matches this weekend - memorable occasions for each of them.

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Craven Week

CW: Sehlako to referee last match

Archie Sehlako of Natal has been appointed to referee the last match of the 2009 Craven Week, between Free State and Western Province.

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Craven Week

Free State win splendidly

Playing with their customary confidence and skill, Free State won this prestige match 32-13 against the Blue Bulls on the fourth day of the Craven Week in East London. The victory and the size of it were both deserved.

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Craven Week

CW: Results Day 4

The big match on Day 4 was between unbeaten Free State and unbeaten Blue Bulls which the confident Free Staters won handsomely.

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Koshuis

Tuks Koshuis League trio start well

Tuks teams, Maroela (Group X), Sonop and Boekenhout (both Group Y), had little trouble in shedding the vacation blues in Steinhoff Koshuis League action on Tuesday.

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Craven Week

CW: WP-Free State in big match

The fixtures for the final day of the 2009 Craven Week have been made known. The prestige match on the final day will be between Free State and Western Province.

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Craven Week

KZN stutter to beat depleted Academy

On the fourth day of the Craven Week again a side played most of the game with a man short and KwaZulu Natal beat SA Academy 23-0, but it was not a convincing win.

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Craven Week

Kicks give EP CD close win

Eastern Province Country Districts beat Boland 25-18 in the second match of the fourth day of Craven Week. The sides each scored three tries. The boot of Hanlo Louw made the difference.

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Craven Week

Leopards win spoilt match

For the second time on the fourth day, and for the third time at this Craven Week, a player was issued a red card for a tip tackle. This time the team punished was Limpopo and this time the Leopards won 26-11.

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News

Bulls call for Tukkies' Roos

Precocious FNB Tuks flyhalf JC Roos has been handed a call-up to the Blue Bulls' bench for Saturday's massive Currie Cup Round Two clash against Western Province at Loftus Versfeld.

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Craven Week

Zimbabwe in one-sided win

Zimbabwe beat Border Country Districts 41-0 on the fourth day of Craven Week action, but the difference between the two sides was even greater than that. It was the most one-sided match at Craven Week up till then.

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Craven Week

Griffons run to victory

In the first match of the fourth day of the 46th Craven Week, the Griffons beat the South African Learners with Special Educational Needs 36-13, and thoroughly deserved the victory as they ran and ran.

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Craven Week

Pumas thrill the crowds

The Pumas scored five unanswered tries in a thrilling second half performance to beat the Valke 37-10, scoring some spectacular tries on the way to a crushing victory on Day 3 of the 2009 Craven Week.

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Craven Week

WP survive Lions fightback

Western Province survived a spirited fightback from the Golden Lions to secure a narrow 26-21 win over their Northern rivals, in the final game of Day 3 of the 2009 Craven Week at the Border Rugby Union Stadium.

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Craven Week

Border win another nailbiter

After winning in the last play on the first day, Border once again found themselves on the right side of a tightly contested match, beating Griquas 17-15 in a nailbiting encounter on Day 3 of the 2009 Craven Week in East London.

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Latest News

Wanted: More Referees in SA

South African Rugby Union (SARU) manager of referees Andre Watson said on Wednesday that promising young South African referees had an outstanding chance of officiating at the highest level once they had taken up the whistle.

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Maties

Maties' Hanekom to lead WP U21

Maties forward Morne Hanekom has been named - along with a host of other Varsity Cup stars - in the Western Province Under-21 team.

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Craven Week

EP out-muscle Griquas CD

Eastern Province bounced back from their loss on Day 1 with a commanding 40-20 win over Griquas Country Districts in the second game of the third day of the 2009 Craven Week in East London

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Craven Week

Hat-trick hero seals SWD win

A hat-trick by Ruwayne Beekman earned his SWD 'Jong Arende' team a comprehensive 41-5 victory over Namibia in the first game of Day 3 of the 2009 Craven Week in East London on Wednesday.

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Craven Week

CW: Results & Fixtures, Day 3 and after

Day 3, a strength vs strength day at least in theory, still produced three runaway wins but it also produced yet another thriller for Border and a top-class match when Western Province met the Golden Lions.

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Craven Week

CW: Results & Fixtures, Day 2 and after

The big clash on Day 2 was between the Free State and KwaZulu Natal which the Free State won, setting them up to meet the Blue Bulls on Thursday.

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News

Tuks win another VC 'derby'

FNB Tuks put one over fellow Varsity Cup team, TUT, in Carlton League action at the weekend.

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Craven Week

Free State arrive late

The scores were level with eight minutes to play when the Free State scored the try which won the match 22-15 on the second day of the 2009 Craven Week.

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Craven Week

Limpopo much too good

Limpopo beat the Griffons 47-13 on the second day of Craven Week in East London. The scoreline did not flatter the boys from the far north of South Africa.

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Craven Week

Great try wins for Leopards

The Leopards came from behind to beat the promising Eastern Province Country Districts side 27-20 in the second match of the second day of the Craven Week in East London.

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News

Gagiano and co. lose to Canada

The USA Eagles, with UCT's Varsity Cup skipper JJ Gagiano once again in the mix, suffered a big loss to neighbours Canada in RWC qualifying action on Saturday - handing the Canucks an immediate place at the 2011 World Cup.

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Craven Week

Eager Border CD win

In the opening match of Day 2 at Craven week the Border Country Districts, who lost all three matches at the 2008 Craven Week, beat the Craven Week newcomers, the South African Learners with Special Educational Needs (SA LSEN) 17-5, scoring all their points in the wind-assisted first half.

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Craven Week

Academy romps to victory

The South African Academy team beat Zimbabwe 44-17 on the second day of Craven Week in East London. Zimbabwe emerged from the match with much credit and admiration.

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Craven Week

Red card blues for Boland

The Blue Bulls beat Boland 52-0 on the second day of the 46th Craven Week, being played in East London, a match marred by a red card.

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Craven Week

Griquas hold off plucky Pumas

Griquas held off a determined Pumas side to secure a 31-22 victory in an entertaining encounter on the opening day of the 2009 Craven Week at the Border Rugby Union Stadium on Monday.

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Craven Week

Griquas CD edge Namibia at the death

Griquas Country Districts scored in the closing minutes to earn a 13-11 win over Namibia, despite defending for much of the opening match of the 2009 Craven Week in East London.

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Craven Week

Lions overpower SWD

A dominant forward pack and the accurate boot of fullback Garth April earned the Golden Lions a well-deserved 34-6 victory of the SWD 'Jong Arende' in a Day 1 Craven Week encounter on Monday afternoon.

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Craven Week

WP show their class

Western Province sent out an early warning to their Craven Week rivals, with an emphatic 49-15 win over a valiant Eastern Province side on Day 1 of the 2009 Craven Week in East London on Monday.

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Latest News

Referees for 19 July

Tri-Nations starts in Auckland in a competition which seems wide open for all three nations this year with Craig Joubert to get it going.

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Craven Week

Border win in breathtaking finish

Border produced a breathtaking finish to the opening day of the 2009 Craven Week, scoring a spectacular try in the final play to beat the Valke 15-10 in front of their home crowd in the last game on Day 1.

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Australia

Global Results - 12 July 2009

After losing the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifier for 2011, Canada roared back with a big win to qualify. In Apia there was a one-sided first-leg qualifier which may well make the second leg silly.

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Craven Week

CW: Results and Fixtures, Day 1 and after

Monday, 13 July, was the start of the 2009 Craven Week with outstanding performances from Western Province and the Golden Lions and a thrilling finish between the home side and the Valke.

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News

History of the TMO

Watch the Wimbledon men's final, an epic battle, and there you will see challenges about whether the ball was in nor out, and they use hawk-eye. Watch the cricket between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and there will be referrals to the match referee via television replays. Rugby does it, too. In fact it did it before cricket or tennis.

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Craven Week

Craven Week teams, 2009

The Craven Week opens at the Border Rugby Union Ground in East London on Monday, 13 July and runs till 18 July. There will surely be some great players to come out of these well-prepared sides.

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Second Phase

The view from the couch

John OConnor shares with us his thoughts on rugby, as the British and Irish Lions tour postmortems continue. John is not a full-time columnist, but he does have a unique way of getting his point across.

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Craven Week

Craven Week in history

Craven Week, the greatest schoolboy rugby tournament in the world, seems to have been around forever. But like all things, it had a birth.

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Craven Week

Craven Week Fixtures, Days 1 & 2

The Craven Week opens in East London on Monday, 13 July 2009. The fixtures for the first two days are confirmed.

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Craven Week

Craven Week referees

Craven Week in East London from 13 to 18 July 2009 gives opportunities for players to reveal their talents. It is also a great opportunity for referees to show their potential.

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Canada

Women U20: Nations Cup starts

In the openening roiund of the Women's Under-20 Nations Cup the defending champions England started off with a big 45-0 win over Canada at Brunel University in West London.

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Latest News

Jackson scores big with his whistle

New Zealand-born Saracens flyhalf Glen Jackson has been recruited to join New Zealand's professional referee ranks, the New Zealand Rugby Union announced on Friday.Henry stays on for 2011 World Cup | Deans' latest innovation revealed

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Tuks' Jackson handed Lions start

Former FNB Tuks flyer Johan Jackson has been named in the Golden Lions' starting line-up for Saturday's Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls.

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News

Ikeys hooker on trial with Lions

Talented Ikey Tigers hooker Dayne Jans has been handed a trial with the Golden Lions.

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School Profiles

HOERSKOOL MERENSKY

We profile Hoerskool Merensky of Tzaneen.

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News

Shimlas eyeing Intervarsity battle

Exciting Varsity Cup outfit, FNB Shimlas, won't be lacking any motivation for their most important clash of the season on August 1 when they travel to Potchefstroom to tackle Pukke in the 69th Intervarsity clash between the two old rivals.

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School Profiles

HOERSKOOL BEN VORSTER

We profile Hoerskool Ben Vorster of Tzaneen.

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School Profiles

DUINEVELD HIGH SCHOOL

We profile Duineveld from Upington.

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Koshuis

Die Kovsies Koshuisliga so ver

Terwyl Kovsie-studente nog op vakansie is, het www.varsitycup.co.za die eerste kwartaal se aksie in die Kovsies Steinhoff Koshuisliga in oenskou geneem.

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School Profiles

ST ALBAN'S COLLEGE

We profile St Alban's College of Pretoria.

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School Profiles

HOERSKOOL MENLO PARK

We profile Hoerskool Menlo Park of Pretoria.

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Maties

Newman named in Currie Cup mix

Stellenbosch Varsity Cup ace Morgan Newman has been named in the Western Province line-up for Saturday's Currie Cup opener against the defending champion Sharks at Newlands.

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Pukke crowned Sassu champions

Varsity Cup finalists, FNB Pukke, picked up some silverware when they beat FNB UJ in the final of the 2009 South African Student Sports Union (Sassu) tournament in Johannesburg on Friday evening.

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News

Calder keeps her eye on the ball

varsitycup.co.za caught up with World Cup-winning 'eye coach' Sherylle Calder, who was part of UCT's 2009 Varsity Cup management team.

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News

Eagles in crucial qualifying win

The USA Eagles, with UCT ace JJ Gagiano in their midst, have taken a 1-0 lead in their 2011 Rugby World Cup qualifying matches against neighbours, Canada.

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Latest News

Referees to 12 July 2009

Lions gone, Tri-Nations coming and the Currie Cup starts as South Africa's provinces go in search of the Holy Grail which Donald Currie sent out to South Africa in 1891.

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Second Phase

On the flipside

Former rugby365 staffer Chris Waldburger, now part of the general populace but still very keen on his rugby, takes a very different look at the Springboks' performance against the British and Irish Lions. In fact, you could say he is on the flipside of the coin!

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Australia

Global Results - 5 July 2009

The Lions avoided a whitewash in the most emphatic way, playing with determination and skill and giving the Springboks a hiding in Johannesburg.

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Latest News

Statistics: Lions vs South Africa iii

Having won the two Tests South Africa was well and truly beaten in the third Test and in fact was flattered by the final score. We give some statistics from the match.

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Canada

US Eagles take the lead in WC qualifier

The United States captured the opening match of a two-leg World Cup qualifier, by beating Canada 12-6 at Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday.

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News

JJ set for RWC qualifier

UCT's Varsity Cup captain, JJ Gagiano, has been named on the bench for the USA Eagles' Rugby World Cup qualifying match against Canada at Blackbaud Stadium - in Charleston - on Saturday.

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News

Engelbrecht on Lions bench

New Golden Lions signing and UCT Varsity Cup star, Pieter Engelbrecht, has been named on the bench for Friday evening's compulsory Currie Cup friendly against the Griffons at the North West Stadium in Welkom.

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Latest News

Eye-gouging suspensions

Sergio Parisse and Schalk Burger were both found guilty this weekend and suspended for eye-gouging. They are not the only ones in recent times.

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Second Phase

Peter de Villiers: 'I'm a God-given talent'

rugby365's Jan de Koning takes a look at the strained relationship between Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and the media, as well as his often used muddled and synesthetic metaphors.

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Latest News

Referees to 5 July 2009

There is the last Test in the tough series between South Africa and Lions which will take centre stage with Stuart Dickinson to referee it. It would be a great mercy if it were just a sporting occasion.

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Craven Week

Border CD for Craven Week

Border Country Districts have chosen their team for the Craven Week, this year in East London starting on 13 July.

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Latest News

Namibia win home qualifier

The Welwitschias of Namibia beat the Elephants of Cote d?Ivoire 54-14 at Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday to move a step closer to qualifying for the World Cup in New Zealand 2011. This was a second-round match after the teams had drawn 13-all in Abidjan, an unpleasant match.

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Craven Week

South Western Districts choose schools teams

South Western Districts have chosen their teams for Craven Week, the Academy Week and the Grant Khomo Week.

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News

Groot kans vir Shimlas

'n Gulde geleentheid wink vandeesweek vir die Shimla-rugbyspan om verlore aansien te herwin.

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Craven Week

Strong Border side for Craven Week

Border have 10 players back from the side that went to Craven Week in 2008.

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Australia

Global Results - 28 June 2009

The series winner for the Lions tour has been decided in a tough encounter in Pretoria when 16 points were scored in the last 10 minutes.

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Craven Week

The most at Craven Week

There are no prizes for guessing which school has most players going to Craven Week but we shall see who comes second, third and so on.

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Craven Week

Limpopo's school teams

Limpopo has announced its school teams for the 2009 Craven and Academy Weeks, with Ben Vorster and Merensky well represented.

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News

Refs for SA National Weeks

SA Referees have announced the referees appointed to various national weeks in South Africa, which, in the case of schools, start with the beginning of the mid-year holidays. The one which gets most prominence is the Craven Week which starts on the second week of July.

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Maties

Varsity Cup recruits bolster Boland

A host of Varsity Cup players have been named in the Boland squad for Friday's Currie Cup friendly against the Mighty Elephants in Port Elizabeth.

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Craven Week

Valke choose three teams

The Valke have announced three Under-18 teams for the upcoming Craven and Academy Weeks.

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Tuks captain earns his wings

FNB Tuks skipper Johan de Bruin has signed a contract with the Valke and will captain the Brakpan-based outfit in the 2009 Currie Cup First Division.

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Job done for rampant UJ

FNB UJ romped to an impressive 67-13 win over Roodepoort on Thursday night; a result which sees the Varsity Cup side continue its impressive march up the Grand Challenge log.

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Craven Week

Griffons pick school teams

The Northern Free State Griffons have announced their school sides for the 2009 Craven, Academy and Grant Khomo Weeks.

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Statistics: Lions vs Emerging Springboks

In the rain, hail and wind the Lions and the Emerging Springboks drew with a try when time was up and a conversion from touch as the rain made it as hard as possible for Willem de Waal.

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Craven Week

Namibian schoolboy teams

Namibia have chosen their four teams for Craven Weeks, Academy Week and Grant Khomo Week.

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Craven Week

Griquas pick both Craven Week teams

Griquas have announced two teams for both the Craven and Academy weeks, with a Central team representing Kimberley and surrounds, as well a Country Districts team.

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Tuks rack up another biggie

FNB Tuks recorded yet another resounding Carlton League victory at the weekend, beating Eersterust 91-0.

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'VC' Boks go down in Sevens final

The Emerging Springboks Sevens squad - with three Varsity Cup stars in its ranks - went down in the final of the annual Safari Sevens in Kenya at the weekend.

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UJ eyeing first place

FNB UJ could move into first place on the Grand Challenge log should they defeat Roodepoort this evening.

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Title glory for Shimlas

FNB Shimlas, having twice recently lost in the final of the City League, are the 2009 champions of Free State!

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NEWS

FNB Top 20 - 23 June 2009

Most schools are not playing at present, what with Craven Week trials and exams, though some of those who do best at exams actually play at this time. Still there have been some interesting results.

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Referees to 28 June

The big Tests this weekend are those in Sydney and Pretoria with Dave Pearson and Christophe Berdos as the men in the middle.

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Craven Week

Zimbabwe choose for Craven Week

Zimbabwe have announced their team to take part in the 2009 Craven Week in East London, starting on 13 July.

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France

Scotland A win Nations Cup

Scotland A beat France A to win the IRB's Nations Cup in Bucharest on Sunday.

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Argentina

Global Results - 21 June 2009

There were some big results this weekend - in the Wellington wet, in warm Durban and in slippery Tokyo where the Junior World Champions were decided.

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Statistics: Lions vs South Africa

South Africa won the first Test in Durban on Saturday. Up 26-7, they put on all their replacements, and Ole and nearly lost as the Lions came roaring back proudly.

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Craven Week

Golden Lions schools teams

The Golden Lions have chosen their teams for the Craven Week, Academy Week, NWU-Puk Week and the Grant Khomo Week. Not surprisingly Monnas and KES feature p[riminently.

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Craven Week

Leopards schools teams

The Leopards have announced their teams to play at Craven Week and at the Academy Week.

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Craven Week

KZN schools teams

The KwaZulu Natal teams for the Craven Week, Academy Week and Grant Khomo Week have been announced. Not surprisingly Glenwood are well represented.

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Craven Week

Boland's school sides

After trials and trial matches with Western Province, Boland has announced its four teams - for Craven Week, The Academy Week, the Grant Khomo Week and the Under-13 Craven Week.

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JWC: Refs for Final day

The IRB has announced the appointment of referees for the Final day, including the championship Final which will refereed by James Jones of Wales.

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Fiji

Junior ABs, Samoa victorious

Wing Hosea Gear starred with three tries as a slick Junior All Blacks outfit beat disjointed Fiji 45-17 in the Pacific Nations Cup in Lautoka on Thursday.

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Boland sign Puk lock Le Roux

FNB Pukke lock Grant le Roux has signed a one-and-a-half year contract with the Boland Cavaliers, making him the umpteenth Varsity Cup player to move into a full-time professional set-up.

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France

Jutge hangs up his whistle

France's top referee Joel Jutge has given up the battle against injury and has decided to quit active refereeing and go into administration.

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Statistics: Lions vs Southern Kings

The Lions beat the weakened Southern Kings team in the first sporting match ever played at the brand new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. We give some match stats.

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Cheetah signs for Bourgoin

Centre Piet van Zyl has signed a two-year contract with Bourgoin in France's Top 14.

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Wet Abidjan tough for Namibians

The Namib is a desert and it was tough for the Namibians in sopping wet Abidjan when they played and eventually drew 13-all with Cote d?Ivoire in a qualifier for the 2011 World Cup.

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FNB Top 20 - 16 June 2009

There were few matches this last, long weekend, but we have rewarded teams that have particularly done well - Waterkloof, Monument, Selborne and Boland Landbou.

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UCT made to work by NNK

FNB UCT, playing their final Super League match of the first half of the season, recorded a hard-fought 22-19 win over a determined NNK side at the Green Mile on Friday evening.

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Referees to 21 June 2009

There are competitions and tour matches and much of interest to referees as the top men swan around the world. The big match will be in Durban with Bryce Lawrence to referee it. Then in Wellington France have a chance to win a series in New Zealand, as they did in 1994. Marius Joubert will be the man in the middle for that one.

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Statistics: Lions vs Western Province

The Lions beat the weakened Western Province team at a partially filled Newlands on Saturday with a penalty four minutes from time. We give some match stats.

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VC trio named in Sevens squad

Three Varsity Cup players - one from FNB UJ and two from FNB UCT - have been named in the 12-man Emerging Springboks Sevens squad to compete in a tournament in Kenya this week.

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Argentina

Global Results - 14 June

It's testing time and a test which the All Blacks failed at the House of Pain and which the dilapidated Italian team passed in defeat.

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France

IRB Nations Cup starts

The IRB's Nations Cup kicked off in Bucharest on Fridayt with voictories fopr France A, Scotland A and hosts Romania.

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Ikeys gear up for one more

The Ikey Tigers will be looking to finish the first half of their 2009 WP Super League season on a high when they take on NNK at the Green Mile on Friday evening (kick-off 6.30pm).

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School Profiles

HTS SASOLBURG

HTS Sasolburg School Profile

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Maties

WP go Maroon, Blue & White

The Western Province team to take on the touring British & Irish Lions side in Cape Town this weekend has a distinct Varsity Cup look to it.

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Fiji

Junior All Blacks dominate landscape

The return of the Junior All Blacks to the Pacific Nations Cup tournament this year will ensure the other four teams will be fighting for second place.

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Top refs in NZ get six new men

New Zealand referees' High Performance Referee Team is thrilled to announce the inclusion of six new referees.

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FNB Top 20 - 9 June 2009

KES suffered their first defeat of the year, which cost them a few places in that close part of the Top 20. In fact the whole of the Top 20 is close.

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Gagiano handed first US start

Varsity Cup players continue to break new ground on a daily basis, with UCT captain JJ Gagiano the latest star player to take yet another step up in the rugby world.

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Koshuis

A frantic time at the Green Mile

The past few weeks have been the most frenetic of any student's lives this year, as UCT's Steinhoff Internal League drew to a close and exams started in earnest.

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Craven Week

EP choose provincial sides

Eastern Province have chosen five teams to go to national weeks - two teams for Craven Week, two for the Academy Week and one for the Grant Khomo Week for Under-16 teams.

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Try time for UCT's Gagiano

UCT's JJ Gagiano celebrated his fifth international cap for the USA Eagles by scoring his first Test try in a one-off clash against Six Nations side, Wales, in Chicago on Saturday.

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Tuks crush Brits - again

FNB Tuks recorded their second big win of the 2009 Carlton League season over Brits, with the 2008 and 2009 Varsity Cup semifinalists racking up over 100 points on Saturday.

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Craven Week

WP pick Craven Week team

The WP Craven Week team has been announced and includes six Paul Roos players, including scrumhalf Rick Schroeder, who will captain the team.

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Hundred-up for ruthless TUT

FNB TUT scored a 117-3 win over Eersterus in Carlton League action at the weekend.

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Referees to 14 June

The Lions' tour moves on and Test matches break out all over the world while it is all quiet on matches below Test level.

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Maties

Roux: 'Varsity Cup remains the ultimate'

varsitycup.co.za caught up with FNB Maties head coach Chean Roux, to get his views after Stellenbosch missed out on qualifying for the 2009 National Club Championships.

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Maties

Maties, Ikeys players star for WP

Stellenbosch scrumhalf Conrad Hoffmann led the charge with a hat-trick of tries, as the Maties and Ikeys-heavy Western Province side smashed the Mighty Elephants in a pre-Currie Cup warm-up match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

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Statistics - B&I Lions vs Cheetahs

Good sides manage to win even when they are not playing so well. The Lions started off this match like a house on fire and contrived to win almost by default as the Cheetahs missed kicks at goal. We give some statistics.

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Argentina

Global Results - 7 June

France has a champion, the Lions travel on unbeaten and the Junior World Championship gets under way.

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Gagiano on USA Eagles bench

UCT's Varsity Cup captain, JJ Gagiano, has been named on the USA Eagles bench for Saturday's one-off Test against Wales in Chicago.

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JWC: Referees for first two days

The International Rugby Board's Junior World Championship for Under-20 teams kicks off in Japan on Friday. The referees for the first two rounds have been announced.

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Argentina

Saxons, Canada in pole position

Canada and England Saxons are in pole position after the opening pool rounds of the 2009 Churchill Cup.

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News

IRB's time ruling

The French Rugby Federation asked the International Rugby Board for a ruling on the timing of the final whistle.

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IRB ruling on simultaneous grounding

South Africa asked the International Rugby Board for a ruling when two contradictory actions occur at the same time in in-goal.

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Important law ruling

On 11 May 2009 the international Rugby Board gave a ruling on play at the tackle, which is important and makes sense. It allows a player who started an action legally to complete that action.

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Statistics - B&I Lions vs Local Lions

The B&I Lions demolished the Xerox Lions/Golden Lions at CocaCola Park in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening. We give some statistics from that match.

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Referees in French Finals

Jean-Pierre Matheu has been appointed to referee the Final of France's Top 14 at Stade de France on Saturday night, the first Final of his career. He is the latest in a long line of referees, stretching back, war breaks apart, to 1892.

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Argentina

Drowning in Denver but training goes on

Torrential rain in the Mile High City, Denver, on Tuesday did not dampen the Georgia national team's preparations for the fast-approaching Churchill Cup.

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Maties

WP turn to Varsity Cup stars

A host of Varsity Cup stars - including SA XV centre Morgan Newman - have been named in the Vodacom Western Province team for a pre-Currie Cup friendly in Port Elizabeth this Saturday.

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NEWS

FNB Top 20 - 2 June 2009

It seems that being second on the FNB Top 20 is the most vulnerable position of all. This year Paul Roos, Affies, Paarl Boys' High and Outeniqua have all been there and dropped down. Last weekend second-placed Paul Roos were the ones to come unstuck.

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Maties

VC trio in Sevens training squad

Three Varsity Cup players have been named in a 16-man Emerging Sevens Training squad that will attend a training camp in Stellenbosch from June 10-13.

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Referees to 7 June

The excitement is in South Africa and France this weekend as the Lions' tour gathers momentum and the French Championship Final is played at Stade de France.

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Koshuis

Hertzog IS die span om te klop!

JBM Hertzog se eerste rugbyspan het Vrydagaand gewys hulle is die span om in vanjaar se Steinhoff Koshuisliga te klop.

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Tuks too hot to handle

FNB Tuks recorded a crushing 94-0 Carlton League win over a hapless Eersterust team; confirming their place at the 2009 National Club Championships, which - of course - they will be hosting in September.

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Maties

Maties grab five points

FNB Maties bounced back from their home loss to Hamilton's last week to claim a bonus point win against a determined SK Walmers side on Saturday.

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UJ too strong for Raiders

The University of Johannesburg were simply too strong for Raiders in their Grand Challenge fixture on Saturday.

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Heartbreak for plucky Ikey Tigers

FNB UCT very nearly caused a shock at the weekend before eventually being denied what would have been a well-deserved WP Super League win over Hamilton's in Green Point.

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Koshuis

Steinhoff se 'Baa-baas' plan

'n Nuwe inisiatief deur Steinhoff-Internasionaal om koshuisrugby nog meer glans te gee is onlangs begin.

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Q&A with Pukke No.8 Willem van der Wal

www.varsitycup.co.za caught up with FNB Pukke captain and star No.8 Willem van der Wal and asked him ten questions.

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Argentina

Global Results - 31 May 2009

The huge match was the Super 14 Final at a packed Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria which broke all sorts of records. And in Italy Benetton Treviso became the champions for the 14th time.

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Statistics - Super 14 Final

The people of Pretoria turned their city blue and so did their players in their first-ever home Super rugby final. We give some statistics for the match.

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Second-half blitz saves SA XV blushes

Overcoming a stuttering first-half performance, a South African XV managed an unconvincing 36-7 win over a Namibian Invitation team at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Friday. Golden Lions to 'buy' winning team | LIVE COVERAGE

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Dobson announces UCT XV

John Dobson, head coach of FNB UCT, has announced his strongest team possible for Saturday's Western Province Super League meeting against the top of the table Hamilton's.

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Pukke nail down Club Champs spot

FNB Pukke, with captain and star No.8 Willem van der Wal back in the mix, recorded a 36-12 Grand Challenge win over Vaal Reefs at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds in Potchefstroom.

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Grand Charles Durand dies

Charles Durand, a great referee in his active days and a powerful refereeing boss afterwards died on Tuesday 26 May 2009 at the age of 88.

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Preview: Namibian XV v SA XV

It remains a matter of conjecture what Springbok coach Peter de Villiers hopes to learn from the match in Windhoek on Friday, when a South African XV meet up with a Namibian side bolstered by five Springboks.

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Craven Week

Blue Bulls pick three teams

The Blue Bulls have chosen three teams of schoolboys for the coming weeks - Craven Week, Academy Week and the Northvaal Under-19 Academy Week.

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No De Klerk for UJ this weekend

FNB UJ will be without star centre and captain Clinton de Klerk when they travel to Longdale to take on Raiders in a Grand Challenge fixture on Saturday.

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Captain Van der Wal back for Pukke

Inspirational FNB Pukke captain Willem van der Wal is back at No.8 for his team's Grand Challenge meeting with Vaal Reefs in Potchefstroom on Thursday evening.

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Tigers' Engelbrecht a Lion - for now

Ikey Tigers centre Pieter Engelbrecht has been drafted into the Golden Lions squad to play against the touring British & Irish Lions next week - yet another Varsity Cup player set to take the step up to a higher level this season.

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Maties

Morgan Newman's 'Bok' chance

FNB Maties' Morgan Newman will start at outside centre for the South African XV against a Namibian Invitation XV in Friday's one-off clash in Windhoek.

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Rose a step closer to Bok No.15

The inclusion of Earl Rose at fullback and Morgan Newman at centre are the big bolters in the South African XV, to play a Namibian Invitation XV in Windhoek on Friday, which was named on Wednesday. All your BRITISH and IRISH LIONS news

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Super Final Referees

It's the 17th Super rugby Final this weekend and, for the second time Jonathan Kaplan is the referee.

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Burger had the first Final

In 1993 when Super Rugby had its start, Freek Burger was the top South African referee and he refereed the first Final in South Africa with a South African team playing - Transvaal playing against Auckland.

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Referees to 31 May

There are two matches likely to demand greater attention - the Super 14 Final, refereed by Jonathan Kaplan, and the opening match of the Lions' tour refereed by Marius Jonker. The two matches are not far from each other.

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Koshuis

Drie Tuks spanne nog onoorwonne

Maroela (Groep X), Boekenhout en Sonop (Groep Y) is steeds onoorwonne na die Tuks Steinhoff Koshuisliga wedstryde wat op Mei 19 beslis is.

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NEWS

FNB Top 20 - 26 May 2009

There are changes this week with important wins for Monument and Wynberg, which have been the main reason for some changes.

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Law Discussions

Statistics - Heineken Cup Final

It was tense and took a brilliant penalty goal in the last 10 minutes to produce a three-point victory. We give some statistics from the match.

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Statistics: Super 14 semis

We have just had all the excitement of the two semifinals, neither a cut-and-dried affair, both exciting, both, of course, demanding matches for a referee.

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Koshuis

'JBM kan beter as vyfde plek'

Hendrik Conradie, JBM se sport-HK, se hy glo sy koshuis se eerste span kan in 2009 op sy vyfde plek van verlede jaar verbeter.

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Koshuis

Vishuis in dramatic win over champs

In a dramatic match in the Steinhoff Kovsies Koshuisliga, Vishuis recorded their first win of the season when they defeated Huis Armentum 28-27 on Friday night.

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Koshuis

UCT log-jam to be eased?

UCT's Steinhoff Internal League resumes this week for the last round of fixtures before the students head into exams and holidays. Wednesday's games will leave all teams with their final standings for Stage One and give us an idea of just where the 2009 competition is going.

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Q&A with UJ fullback Earl Lewis

varsitycup.co.za spoke to FNB UJ star Earl Lewis about the Varsity Cup, his Seven-a-side skills and life away from the game!

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Tuks edge out Varsity Cup 'derby'

FNB Tuks held out for a narrow, but important 14-7 Carlton League - and Varsity Cup 'derby' - win over TUT on Saturday.

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Rampant UCT beat plucky SK Walmers

FNB UCT made light work of SK Walmers in their Super League clash at the Green Mile on Saturday.

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Maties

Disappointment for Maties

Varsity Cup champions, FNB Maties, suffered a last-gasp 24-25 WP Super League loss to Hamilton's in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

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Argentina

Global Results - 24 May 2009

The Heineken Cup Final has come and gone before a huge crowd in Edinburgh and so has the European Challenge Cup. Two intense matches have decided the finalists for the Super 14. Italy has decided finalists. The Asian Five Nations has ended and the European championship for Women. It is crunch time - fewer matches but distilled.

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Lewis stars in UJ blitz

FNB UJ fullback Earl Lewis was in fine form as his team romped to a 54-34 win over Impalas in Grand Challenge action on Saturday afternoon.

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Argentina

Argentina picks two lots of Jaguars

The Argentinian Rugby Union has announced two teams of Jaguars, one to play against Uruguay this weekend, the other for the Churchill Cup.

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Bulls boost for Namibian XV

The addition of five players from the Blue Bulls has taken the Namibian Invitations XV, to play a South African selection in Windhoek next Friday, a step closer to completion.

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Fiji

Fiji to host Pacific Nations Cup

The International Rugby Board has confirmed that Fiji will host the Pacific Nations Cup 2009. The awarding of the key international tournament to the Fiji Rugby Union represents a further boost to the continued development of the sport in the region.

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UJ hoping to bounce back

FNB UJ will be looking to bounce back from last week's Grand Challenge loss to Pirates when they take on Impala on Saturday afternoon.

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On air with Kyle Brown

paultreusevens.com caught up with former Varsity Cup star Kyle Brown to find out about the step up to international rugby!

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Maties

Maties set for top-of-the-table battle

Varsity Cup and WP Super League champions, FNB Maties, will go head-to-head with Hamilton's on Saturday in a top-of-the-table Super League clash in Stellenbosch.

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Ikeys wary of 'different' SK Walmers

FNB UCT head coach John Dobson is wary of the challenge his team will face against a 'different' SK Walmers outfit in Western Province Super League action at the Green Mile on Saturday afternoon.

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New Laws for South Africa

The new laws will come into effect in South Africa on 1 June 2009, in time for the start of the Currie Cup as 10 of the 13 experimental law variations become law.

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Pieterse in charge for Varsity Cup 'derby'

FNB TUT flyhalf Werner Pieterse will lead his team into battle against Tuks this weekend in a Carlton League fixture doubling up as a Varsity Cup derby game.

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Koshuis

Heimat wil stem deeglik dik maak

Die nuweling in vanjaar se Steinhoff K1-liga, Heimat, het reeds gewys hy gaan nie net die getalle opmaak nie, maar het ook die beker in die oog. Met seges oor Armentum en Veritas mik Heimat hoog in die rugbyliga.

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Maties

Big chance for Varsity Cup star

Maties wing Lewellyn Winkler has been selected for the Namibian Invitation XV, ahead of next Friday's game against the South African training squad.

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Namibian XV: Hougaard one of five Boks

Saracens-bound Springbok Derick Hougaard heads a list of five Springboks included in a Namibian Invitation team that will face a South African XV in Windhoek next Friday, May 29. All your Super Rugby news! | LIVE COVERAGE - S14 & HC

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Koshuis

Armentum v Vishuis the Kovsie 'biggie'

Three good match-ups are expected in the Steinhoff Kovsies Koshuis League this weekend - the second last round of matches for the term.

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Carlton League: Tuks still tops

FNB Tuks are still at the top of the Carlton League standings after their crushing 99-5 win over Brits at the weekend.

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Statistics - Super 14, Week 14

Whew! It's over. The Round Robin part is over and it seems just yesterday that it began. Some of the totals we have now are completed - team with most tries, team most penalised, team that conceded most disciplinary sanctions - amongst other things. There is even a team without disciplinary problems.

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Koshuis

Oppierif look to open their account

Another round of exciting Steinhoff UJ Koshuisugby kicks-off tonight at Milo Park when a confident Oppierif side meets Afslaan and 'Drom' face Kanniedood.

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Second Phase

rugby365's Bok selection: There's a Beastly change

We have made only one change to our starting XV in our weekly Springbok selection and there's another switch on the bench.

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Referees to 24 May 2009

The number of matches may be thinning down but some are huge - the Finals of Europe's big two and the semifinals of the Super 14. There are top referees to do these matches with Nigel Owens at Murrayfield.

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Maties

Maties' Newman named in SA squad

Maties ace Morgan Newman has been named in a 23-man South African training squad that will face a Namibian Invitation XV in Windhoek next Friday.

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NEWS

FNB Top 20 for 19 May 2009

It was an awkward week this for the FNB Top 20 because so many schools did not play. There were trials here and there and then there was some wet in the Cape that meant that three of our top schools did not have a game.

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Iberian Rugby Cup cancelled

The Spanish Rugby Federation today announced that the Iberian Rugby Cup had been cancelled after the withdrawal first Spanish and then of Portuguese sides.

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Koshuis

Maroela on track - again

Defending champions Maroela are still on course for yet another title in Tukkies' Steinhoff Winter Hostel League.

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S14: Match officials for semis

SANZAR has announced the full complement of match officials for the semifinals which will be refereed by Stuart Dickinson and Bryce Lawrence, two of the refrerees appointed to the Lions' Tests in South Africa later this year.

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Argentina

Namibia beaten again

Beaten 62-7 a week ago, Namibia lost their second encounter against the Jaguars 19-7 in Buenos Aires on Friday night.

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In-form Tuks blitz Brits

FNB Tuks claimed a whopping 99-5 Carlton League win over a shell-shocked Brits outfit at the weekend.

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VC club managers head to the bush

Varsity Cup Managing Director Duitser Bosman recently hosted a hunting trip for the Varsity Cup club managers - a worthwhile and enjoyable excursion for all who attended.

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Policeman gets life

Recently there have been two cases in South Africa of player assault on a referee in a lower league club match leading Andre Watson, South Africa's referee boss, to call for life bans for players who physically assault a referee.

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Koshuis

No matches at UCT this week

Academics will take first preference at UCT this week, with the Ikeys' Steinhoff Internal League fixtures taking a backseat to exams.

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UJ shipwrecked by Pirates

FNB UJ suffered a 13-19 Grand Challenge loss to Pirates on Saturday - a result which has put paid to their chances of qualifying for the 2009 National Club Championships.

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Q&A with UCT captain Bodo Sieber

We caught up with UCT captain and German international, Bodo Sieber, to talk Varsity Cup, RWC qualifiers and Intervarsity...

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Australia

Global Results - 17 May

There was a huge final at Twickenham and the finalisation of semifinalists in Super 14 and in France while Italy's semifinals had their first round.

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Another victory for TUT

FNB TUT backed up last week's Carlton Cup win over Silver Valke, with a 29-16 win over Harlequins at the weekend.

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Pukke in crushing victory

FNB Pukke recorded a convincing 41-16 win over Roodepoort in Pirates Grand Challenge action at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

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Maties

Maties singing in the rain

Varsity Cup champs, FNB Maties, maintained their unbeaten record in the 2009 Western Province Super League with a 41-20 win over Helderberg on Saturday.

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Maties

Dead-eye Stevens back for Maties

Star scrumhalf Donald Stevens has been recalled to the FNB Maties starting line-up for Saturday's WP Super League clash against Helderberg.

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Preview: Top 14, Round 26

This is it - the last round of the league matches before the play-offs. Some major decisions have been made - semifinalists and relegatees. Who plays whom in the semis and who will get to the Heineken Cup still need to be decided.

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Argentina

Jaguars to play Namibia

The Jaguars, and Argentinian selection, play Namibia at La Plata Rugby Club on Friday night, the second of the two-match tour.

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SA Vipers lose in semifinals

The SA Vipers Sevens squad, despite having a strong Varsity Cup influence in their playing group, went down to 21-26 to Tunisia in the semifinals of the hotly-contested Tangiers Sevens last weekend.

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News

Ikeys-Kraaifontein match postponed

Saturday's Western Province Super League match between UCT and Kraaifontein - at the Green Mile - has been postponed due to the severe weather conditions expected in the Mother City.

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Star man Lewis returns for UJ

Star fullback, and Sevens specialist, Earl Lewis has been named in the FNB UJ team for Saturday's Grand Challenge game against Pirates.

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S14: Kaplan for the Final

The referees for the semifinals and the Final of the Super 14 competition have been announced by SANZAR, easier to do now that referees are appointed on merit regardless of their residence.

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News

Shimlas hou No.1 plek dop

Varsitybeker span Shimlas kan vandag reeds tot eerste posisie op die puntelys van die Stadsbeker-kompetisie skuif.

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Tuks ready for Brits clash

FNB Tuks have announced their starting line-up ahead of Saturday afternoon's Carlton League game against Brits, with lock Johan de Bruin set to captain the students.

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Statistics - Super 14, Week 13

Things are getting really hot in the Super 14 now as we approach the last round of the league matches. We give some statistics.

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Uncategorised

Fleckie's picks - Part III

New WP backline coach Robbie Fleck continues his build-up to the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa by selecting his Bok halfbacks...

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News

IRB appoints more SA refs

The International Rugby Board had appointed South Africans to two World Cup Qualifiers and to the Women?s Under-20 Nations Cup.

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Koshuis

'Drom' edge closer to Bastion

In another exciting week of Steinhoff Koshuisrugby action at the University of Johannesburg, Bastion had to work hard to win their first division clash against Oppierif, whilst Dromedaris beat Afslaan.

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Koshuis

Wind decides Green Mile battles

There were some interesting Steinhoff Internal League clashes on the Green Mile last night, as several of the top contenders were in action - including last year's finalists.

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News

Pukke prepare for Roodepoort challenge

Pukke coach Rudy Joubert has announced his starting line-up for Saturday's Pirates Grand Challenge clash against Roodepoort at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds in Potchefstroom.

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ELV recommendations approved

The International Rugby Board Council unanimously approved the recommendations made by the IRB Rugby Committee at its meeting on 13 May 2009 and approved 10 of the 13 global Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) for adoption into the Laws of the Game. They come into operation on 23 May 2009.

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Referees to 13 May

The match that will be most watch this weekend is the Final of England's Premiership with Wayne Barnes to referee it.

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Koshuis

Hou vir Karee dop in 2009

Karee kan hom vanjaar uit die staanspoor in 'n sterk posisie bevind met presies dieselfde groep spelers as verlede jaar.

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Koshuis

Huge shock as Armentum go down

Heimat recorded a somewhat unexpected win over Armentum in a Kovsie Steinhoff Koshuis league match on Friday night.

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Koshuis

Cobras v Wildboys the game to watch

The past two weeks of Steinhoff Internal League rugby have certainly set quite a precedent with some fast paced, try-rich games being plentiful in the first two rounds of competition. This week spectators will be hoping for more of the same as some of the top sides square up against each other on the Green Mile.

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Second Phase

rugby365's Bok selection - time for change

This week there is an important change to our Bok team, with the arrival of the British & Irish Lions team now less than three weeks away.

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Shimlas made to fight for victory

FNB Shimlas were made to fight by the Crusaders but the students from Bloemfontein still managed a more-than-useful 29-13 'Stadsbeker' win at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal.

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Dobson sets high standards

FNB UCT head coach John Dobson has admitted to being disappointed by his team's 16-16 draw with archrivals Stellenbosch in their Intervarsity fixture at Newlands on Saturday.

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Pukke top Grand Challenge log

2009 Varsity Cup finalists, FNB Pukke, top the Pirates Grand Challenge log after the latest round of league action - but all the teams below them have at least one game in hand.

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UJ put Alberton to the sword

FNB UJ romped to a 46-6 Grand Challenge win over Alberton at Milo Park on Saturday.

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FNB Top 20 for 12 May 2009

It may not be tough at the top but it's certainly tough near the top when you have to take on the top side in the FNB Top 20.

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S14: Referees for Week 13

Craig Joubert will blow the final whistle on the league part of the Super 14 when he takes charge of the last match - between the Sharks and the Bulls, a match of no small significance.

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Tuks tops with big win

FNB Tuks confirmed their position at the top of the Carlton Cup log with a comprehensive 45-11 win over the Naka Bulle at the weekend.

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Maties

Maties, Ikeys in thrilling draw

FNB Maties and FNB UCT played to a 16-16 draw in a thrilling Intervarsity - and WP Super League - clash at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.

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Argentina

Global Results - 10 May

In England the championship finalists have been decided, and the Super 14, Italy's Super 10 and France's Top 14 are heading for the final showdowns, but there were also teams who won competitions in South Africa, Spain, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Georgia

U21: European Final in Madrid

Romania and Spain play off in Madrid to see which of the two will be crowned Under-21 Champions of Europe - neighbour battling neighbour for the title. The last round will be played at Estadio Universidad Complutense on Saturday, 9 May

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TUT in hard-fought victory

FNB TUT fought back from 6-8 down at half-time to record a well-deserved 24-8 Carlton Cup win over Silver Valke on Friday evening.

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Argentina

Jaguars thrash Namibia

The Jaguars, a new Argentinian selection, beat the touring Namibian team 62-7 at Club Atletico San Isidro in Buenos Ares on Friday night. It was the Jaguars' first match and the Namibians first match in Argentina.

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Koshuis

Bastion maak hul stem dik by UJ

Bastion Manskoshuis het Woensdagaand in die Universiteit van Johannesburg (UJ) se Steinhoff Koshuisliga gewys dat hulle hierdie jaar met niks minder as die beker tevrede gaan wees nie, toe albei hulle spanne Kanniedood gemaklik met 59-5 en 42-0 oorrompel het.

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Koshuis

Physical dominance earns the points in CT

Round Two of the Steinhoff UCT Kohsuis League got underway on Wednesday night with reigning champions, the Cobras, taking on Kopano res on the Green Mile. The match was not going to be one for the underdogs though, as the Cobras dominated from the outset with some very physical rugby.

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Argentina

Namibia meets the Jaguars

Namibia meet the Jaguars in Buenos Aires on Friday, 8 May 2009 at 21.00 at Club Atletico San Isidro.

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News

Pukke put Randfontein to the sword

FNB Pukke continued their fine form in the 2009 Grand Challenge with a dominant 65-10 win over Randfontein on Thursday evening.

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News

Stripes of a different sort for Gagiano?

UCT's Varsity Cup captain, loose forward JJ Gagiano, has been called up to train with the Western Province Currie Cup squad.

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Newlands to speed up Intervarsity fixture?

FNB UCT head coach John Dobson is backing the smooth and wide Newlands playing surface to help deliver an entertaining Intervarsity clash between his side, UCT, and Stellenbosch on Saturday afternoon.

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WP snap up Varsity Cup coach Fleck

FNB UCT backline coach Robbie Fleck, who has coached at Varsity Cup level for the past two seasons, has been snapped up by Western Province for the 2009 Currie Cup.

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TUT ready for Silver Valke battle

TUT have announced their team that will do battle with Silver Valke in Carlton Cup action in Blue Bulls country this evening.

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News

UJ choose for Alberton clash

FNB UJ have announced their side for Saturday's Grand Challenge meeting with Alberton.

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Uncategorised

The centre stage

Injuries have upset the balance of Robbie Fleck's Bok selection, but rugby365.com's columnist takes a look at the make-up of his Bok midfield this week...

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Koshuis

UJ Koshuis League off to a flyer

The Steinhoff Koshuis League at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) kicked off with a bang last Wednesday.

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NEWS

FNB Top 20 - 5 May 2009

These long weekends do not make things easier as many schools have breaks or play at different times. Gathering scores is less easy.

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Koshuis

Vishuis: Hier om te wen!

Vishuis het dit die afgelope paar jaar nie altyd maklik gehad in hierdie Steinhoff Koshuis liga nie en kon verlede jaar die eerste keer in die nuwe millennium 'n beker wen toe hy die plaat met sy sege oor Karee (34-17) in die plaat-eindstryd ingeoes het.

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Maties

Intervarsity teams announced

FNB Maties and FNB UCT have both announced powerful starting line-ups for Saturday afternoon's mouth-watering Intervarsity clash at Newlands.

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Maties

Varsity Cup stars in SA Vipers squad

The SA Vipers - strengthened by the inclusion of several Varsity Cup stars - departed for Morocco on Wednesday to play in the annual Tangiers Sevens tournament.

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Statistics: S14, Round 12

The Super 12 going down to the wire and there are all sorts of ifs and buts, possibilities and disappointments. Here we give just some statistics for each match plus some match and team totals. You can then see the most and fewest, best and worst of each match and team.

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Second Phase

rugby365's Bok selection

Yes, our team is showing some dramatic changes, most notably in the front row and the back three. And the bench also has a different look.

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News

Pukke change for Randfontein clash

FNB Pukke have made two injury-enforced changes to their side for Thursday's Grand Challenge meeting with Randfontein.

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Maties

Roux relishing Intervarsity challenge

FNB Maties coach Chean Roux is looking forward to Saturday's Intervarsity clash against archrivals UCT at Newlands, a match that will see two of the Western Cape's - and the Varsity Cup's - top clubs go head-to-head.

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Referees to 10 May

There are tough matches this weekend for the referees - semifinals in England, crunch matches in Super 14, finals in Ireland, South Africa, Wales and Spain.

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Koshuis

Baie Koshuis aksie op Tuks!

Al die eerste spanne in Groep Y van Tuks se Steinhoff-Koshuisliga speel Dinsdag (Mei 5) hul eerste wedstryde nadat die deelnemers in die ander afdeling reeds almal hul staal begin wys het.

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Koshuis

Cape Town set for some classics...

This week's Steinhoff Koshuis fixtures at UCT are set to produce a fantastic night of rugby. With six rugby games to be played on Wednesday evenings, fans should be treated to quite a spectacle.

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S14: Refs for Week 13

SANZAR has announced the referees appointed to the matches of Week 13 in the Super 14, the penultimate weekend with sides jockeying for top positions for semifinals, preferably at home.

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News

Four-try Pukke win in Orkney

Varsity Cup finalists, FNB Pukke, took another step closer towards qualifying for the 2009 National Club Championships after beating Vaal Reefs 22-8 in Orkney on Saturday afternoon.

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News

Bosch for Vodacom Final

Phillip Bosch of Eastern Province has been appointed to referee the Final of the Vodacom Cup at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

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Australia

Global Results - 3 May

When people complain about the deleterious effect of the experimental law variations point them at two matches - The Hurricanes vs the Blues, which was played under Super 14 laws, and that thrilling, agonising, compelling semifinal between Leicester Tigers and Cardiff Blues.

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Maties

Crushing wins for Maties, Ikeys

The Western Cape's Varsity Cup representatives, the Maties and the Ikey Tigers, both recorded big victories in Western Province Super League action on Friday.

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U20: Junior World Trophy, Round 3

Round 3 was the last of the pool rounds of the IRB's Junior World Trophy being played in Nairobi, Kenya. It was the round that would decide how the final round would be played.

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Statistics - Super 14, Week 11

The Super 14 is building to a climax with a tight contest for semifinal places. We give some statistics with totals from some facets of the game. You can then see the most and fewest, best and worst of each match and team.

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Koshuis

Armentum 'headlining' Kovsies' league

Huis Armentum's triumph in the Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship has breathed new life into the Kovsie Koshuisrugby League.

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Koshuis

Wet weather greets UCT Koshuis League

The Steinhoff UCT Koshuis League got underway on Wednesday night in typically wet and windy conditions on the Green Mile.

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Nelis Nel to lead Pukke

No.8 Nelis Nel will captain FNB Pukke against Vaal Reefs in Grand Challenge action on Saturday afternoon.

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Koshuis

Baie koshuis aksie in Bloem!

Die Steinhoff Kovsie-rugby-koshuisliga het verlede Vrydagaand byna met 'n groot opskudding begin.

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In-form Shimlas win - big!

Jaco Swanepoel's FNB Shimlas side romped to a 90-3 win over Collegians in 'Stadsbeker' action in Bloemfontein on Wednesday evening, despite leading by just 24-3 at half-time.

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Uncategorised

Robbie Fleck - Bok selector

rugby365.com columnist Robbie Fleck has started to assemble his Springbok squad for the upcoming Lions tour, with fullback and wing coming under discussion...

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Maties

Hoffman bolsters Maties line-up

Talented Western Province scrumhalf Conrad Hoffman has been named on the FNB Maties bench for Friday night's WP Super League clash against Kraaifontein.

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Burch to lead Ikey Tigers

WP Vodacom Cup star Jody Burch will captain FNB UCT in their tricky Western Province Super League clash against Helderberg on Friday afternoon.

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Maties still unbeaten

FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International champions, FNB Maties, continued on their winning ways in the WP Super League with a hard-fought 19-9 win over NNK at the weekend.

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Tuks tops in Blue Bulls country

Varsity Cup semifinalists, FNB Tuks, are heading up the club league in Blue Bulls country - having won four of their first five Carlton Cup matches to date.

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The late citing

By SANZAR's rules, a citing must be done within 12 hours of the match. In exceptional circumstances a late citing is allowed. The citing of Sione Lauaki was out of time and the judicial officer found no exceptional circumstances.

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Mid year referees' appointments

The Rugby Board has announced the match officials for matches in mid year, a huge number of them, starting with Canada vs Ireland at Thuderbird Stadium in Vancouver and ending with Australia against New Zealand in the Tri-Nations.

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NEWS

FNB Top 20 - 29 April 2009

Yoh! We have had a big weekend behind us in which several of the country's top schools have been playing against each other. This has had a seismic effect on the FNB Top 20.

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Another 'Super' Varsity Cup player

The 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International has produced yet another Super 14 player, with UCT lock forward Martin Muller joining club mate and utility back Tiger Bax on the Stormers' bench.

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New IRB refs panels

The International Rugby Board has announced its new panels of referees - 17 of them at the top, a development panel, a panel of specialised assistant referees and TMOs.

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Shimlas hoping to maintain record

FNB Shimlas should have little trouble retaining their unbeaten status in this year's 'Stadsbeker' competition when they lock horns with Collegians in Bloemfontein on Wednesday night (kick-off 8.15pm).

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S14: referees for Round 12

It is the third last round and with many people jockeying for a semifinal berth and home-ground advantage it is a hectic time for teams. That means the pressure on the referees increases.

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Second Phase

rugby365's Bok selection

We have named an unchanged starting XV this week, but our 'bubbling under' bench does show a few changes.

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Lions' referees announced

Bryce Lawrence, Christophe Berdos and Stuart Dickinson have been confirmed as the three referee's for the three test matches during the British and Irish Lions' 10-match Tour of South Africa, starting on 30 May, 2009.

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Ikeys beat weather and Villagers

John Dobson's FNB UCT side bounced back from their shock midweek loss to Victorians, beating a strong Villagers side 26-7 in WP Super League action at the Green Mile on Saturday afternoon.

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Head-hunter Lauaki plays on

The ineptness of South African administrators have succeeded, yet again, to let somebody off the hook - this time, head-hunting Chiefs and All Black loose forward Sione Lauaki.

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Walsh quits NZ refereeing

After some time out of the game 'for personal reasons' Steve Walsh has announced that he is to quit refereeing in New Zealand. One of the best referees in the world in his time, he is now only just 36 years of age.

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UCT to bounce back?

FNB UCT will be looking to bounce back against southern suburbs foes, Villagers, when the two teams go head-to-head at the Green Mile in WP Super League action on Saturday.

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Australia

Global Results - 26 April

In Ireland, finalists were decided, in England semifinalists. It's an exciting time.

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Determined UJ put one over Pukke

The University of Johannesburg upset the form book in Grand Challenge action this week, beating Varsity Cup finalists, the Pukke, 25-20 in a hard-fought match on Thursday night.

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Law Discussion: Penalty try?

Because there has been a lot of talk about the penalty try that wasn't in Durban last weekend, we talk about it here.

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Fleck: 'Bax elevation good for VC'

FNB UCT assistant coach Robbie Fleck believes Tiger Bax's elevation to the Stormers bench is a great moment for the Varsity Cup competition.

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Statistics - Super 14, Week 10

Things are getting tense now as the top sides jockey for the top places. There are match and individual totals at the end.

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NEWS

First Top 20 for 2009

For the first time in 2009, tentatively, knowing just how fallible the process is, we produce our first FNB Top 20 for 2009 in the certain knowledge that there will be changes.

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Tigers' Bax heads to New Zealand

FNB UCT backline star Tiger Bax has been called up to the Stormers squad and will join the side ahead of their final Super 14 match on tour - against the Highlanders in Dunedin this Friday.

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Second Phase

rugby365's Bok selection

There's just one change to our starting XV this week, as we also believe in consistency. But there is plenty of movement on the bench. Jan de Koning brings you this week's picks!

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Referees to 26 April

Things are tight amongst the Four Home Unions where Magners League and England's Premiership play their last round before the play-offs. There are semifinals in Ireland and then France and the Super 14 are building towards a watershed.

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Why Stormers are on a slippery slope ...

Freelance writer and rugby365 contributor Drew Maclean tells us why the Stormers are on a slippery slope into a mire of mediocrity.

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U20: Junior World Trophy starts

The Junior World Trophy kicked off in Nairobi on Tuesday with a disappointment for the host nation when Namibia beat them.

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Triple financial boost for UWC, Fort Hare

The University of Western Cape (UWC) and Fort Hare, both of whom are pressing hard for FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International qualification, were handed a welcome cash injection this week.

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S14: Refs for Round 11

Australian referees dominate Round 11 of the Super 14 in this new age of merit appointments. But the "big" matches fall to Bryce Lawrence and Craig Joubert while Jonathan, Stuart Dickinson, Mark Lawrence and Marius Jonker cool their heels.

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Maties

Maties, Ikeys start well

The top two on the Varsity Cup log this year - and last year, FNB Maties and FNB UCT, both made bright starts in the Western Province's competitive Super League A with comfortable wins.

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Australia

Global Results - 19 April

This is the time of final decisions. Cups were won at Twickenham this weekend. In Spain CRC Madrid are the champions and Getxo Artea demoted.

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Pukke stalking Impala(s)

The Pukke have not had a lot of rest since the 2009 Varsity Cup Final. And they certainly won't get it this weekend...

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Sharks set for revenge

rugby365.com's Robbie Fleck looks ahead to this weekend's Super 14 action, tipping the Sharks to avenge last week's shock loss to the Cheetahs...

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Deans: 'Perfect game is close'

Agreement on the most contentious of rugby's experimental laws is close and will produce the "perfect game", says Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

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Busy start for Ikey Tigers

FNB UCT will make a busy start to their 2009 Super League campaign with three games in the space of just one week, starting with this Saturday's clash against Durbanville/Bellville ('Durbell').

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UJ claim Melrose Sevens title

FNB UJ became the third South African team to win the famous Melrose Sevens tournament in the last six years, after a fine 35-21 victory over the hosts, Melrose, in the final at the Greenyards at the weekend.

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Violence: Romanian bosses crack down

The Disciplinary Commission of the Romanian Rugby Federation (FRR) has handed down tough suspensions to players involved in a brawl earlier this month between rivals Farul Constanta and Dinamo Bucharest.

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Statistics - Super 14, Week 9

The Super 14 ploughed on through the Easter Weekend with a shock result in Bloemfontein on Easter Saturday. We again have statistics for the weekend with some totals down below which will tell you which team has scored most tries and which team has been naughtiest.

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Referees to 19 April

There are three finals at Twickenham this weekend and competitions getting more and more crucial in the south as well as the north.

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rugby365's Bok team

There are some dramatic changes to our Springbok team this week, with some players having literally played themselves out of contention.

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S14: Refs for Round 10

SANZAR has named the referees for Round 10 of the Super 14, in which Stuart Dickinson and James Leckie will be involved in eager Derbies.

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Australia

Global Results - 12 April 2009

Apart from the runaway victory at Thomond Park the Heineken Cup quarters were tense affairs.

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Nine hurt in onfield-fracas

Nine players were hurt Saturday in a violent punch-up which erupted in a match pitting Dinamo Bucharest against Romanian league rivals Farul Constanta, local media reported.

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Argentina

Colorado gets Churchill Cup 'exclusive'

The Churchill Cup will take place in Colorado this year, marking the first time North America's premier XV-a-side tournament has been staged solely in the United States.

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Grobler preparing his SA Students

FNB Tuks' Freddie Grobler lives a double life... You see, aside from his Varsity Cup duties - as the Tuks head coach - the likeable 38-year-old will once again be looking after the SA Students' Seven-a-side squad.

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Statistics - Super 14, Week 8

Things are really hotting up as we pass the half-way mark for the round robin. And the clash in Durban was really a hot one.

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Second Phase

rugby365's Bok team

Playing selector is fun, so much more so when your team doesn't have to play. We here at rugby365 enjoy having fun so we will play selector again.

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Referees to 12 April

Europe's top competitions get to the quarterfinals this week - big occasions, testing matches for players and referees.

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S14 Match officials, Week 9

SANZAR has announced the match officials for Week 9 of the Super 14. The principle of merit selection is not immediately obvious.

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Picking a VC 'Baa-baas' side!

The FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International tournament has once again come and gone - but it is clear that it is going from strength to strength and will be an important part of the South African rugby calendar for many years to come.

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Argentina

Global Results - 5 April 2009

The third last in the IRB's Sevens Series took place in Adelaide and we have cup winners in Ireland and Spain.

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ELVs help 'cheats' to prosper

Retired All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick has joined the growing band of critics of the Experimental Law Variations, saying it is encouraging players to "cheat".

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Fleckie's Round Eight predictions...

Ok, so rugby365.com columnist Robbie Fleck called the Crusaders-Bulls match incorrectly. But you can get his other weekend predictions and Super 14 views here, too!

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'VC will get bigger and better' says Fleck

FNB UCT assistant coach Robbie Fleck has praised the Varsity Cup organisers for yet another successful hosting of the tournament, whilst he also believes the event can only continue to get "bigger and better" in the future.

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Europe's Under-18 Championship

The 9th AER-FIRA Under-18 European Cup kicks off in Toulon on Saturday, 4 April 2009 with 32 countries taking part.

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Maties

Back to reality for Maties, Roux

FNB Maties head coach Chean Roux was understandably elated with his team's successful defence of their Varsity Cup title, but he did not have much time to celebrate Stellenbosch's victory.

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Statistics - Super 14, Week 7

It seems just yesterday the Super 14 started and here we are half way through the round robin stage. We give statistics for the six matches and then match and team totals.

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ELVs: was it North vs South?

The IRB's working party that met in London on Monday and Tuesday have so far rejected everything seriously different that the experimental law variations tried.

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Revealed: Which ELVs will stay

The experimental law variations (ELV's) have been a topic of discussion at a two day conference in London this week and, while they have done no more than make recommendations, it does seem some of the new laws could be on their way out.

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England celebrate ELV 'victory'

English chiefs were in buoyant mood after leading what appeared to be a successful European challenge to the permanent implementation of the most drastic Experimental Law Variations.

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Koshuis

Huis Armentum the best in the land

Shimlas' Huis Armentum are the best hostel rugby team in South Africa. This came after a convincing 30-16 win over Dromedaris (UJ) in the 2009 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships Final in Stellenbosch on Monday.

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Referees to 5 April

April is upon us already, described by a poet as "the cruelest, cruelest month". We hope that it will be a happy month for all referees, especially in Europe where so many competitions are coming to a head - and a sad bottom in some cases. It willk be a cruel month for some clubs.

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S14: Match officials, Round 8

SANZAR has released the referees appointed to Round 8 of the 2009 Super 14.

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Maties

Maties clean up - on and off the field

The FNB Maties made a clean sweep in the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International; with one of their players walking off with the Player of the Tournament Award, the Men in Maroon being crowned as the most exciting team of the tournament and, of course, also successfully defending their title on Monday evening.

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Koshuis

One change for Dromedaris

Dromedaris (UJ) have made one change ahead of tonight's Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships Final clash with Shimlas side, Huis Armentum.

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Maties

Maties are the Varsity Cup champions

Maties are the champions. Again. This time, and for the second time, they have won the FNB Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff International. Maties, the University of Stellenbosch, beat Pukke, the University of the North West, 11-6 in the final on Monday night at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

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Koshuis

Armentum: Victory the only option

Nothing but a win will be good enough for Huis Armentum this afternoon. Of course, Armentum, from University of the Free State, will clash with Dromedaris (UJ) in the 2009 Steinhoff Koshuis Championships Final (kick-off 5pm).

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Maties

Can the Maties make it two from two?

It's South Africa's best university rugby side against the country's best club team; it's the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Final between Maties and Pukke at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

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Argentina

Global Results - 30 March

Fiji won the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens in a thrilling Final, decided when South Africa missed the last kick of the match.

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Heymans backing Maties for glory

FNB Shimlas assistant coach Dougie Heymans believes the Maties deserve to start the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Final as firm favourites.

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More than just silverware at stake

There is plenty at stake for both teams during Monday's 2009 Varsity Cup Final between FNB Maties and FNB Pukke in Stellenbosch, but even more to gain for those not involved in the final!

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Koshuis

Change in kick-off time for Koshuis Final

The kick-off time for Monday's Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships Final between Huis Armentum and Dromedaris has been changed.

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Koshuis

Een stap van glorie af vir Armentum

Na vier oortuigende seges in die 2009 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Kampioenskap, le slegs een hekkie nog in die pad van Huis Armentum en beker-glorie.

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Maties

Nepgen returns for Varsity Cup Final

Lock Jaco Nepgen has been named in the FNB Maties starting line-up for Monday evening's Varsity Cup Final clash against the FNB Pukke at Stellenbosch's Danie Craven Stadium.

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Fleck: 'Stellenbosch the best'

It's not often a UCT 'boytjie' backs a Stellenbosch team, but Ikey Tigers assistant coach Robbie Fleck has doffed his cap at the Maties ahead of Monday's 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Final.

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Pukke keep faith for 2009 final

FNB Pukke head coach Rudy Joubert has named an unchanged starting XV for Monday's 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Final against the Maties.

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Koshuis

'Drom' hunting title, unbeaten record

Dromedaris, the University of Johannesburg's all-conquering koshuis team, would love nothing more than winning the 2009 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships and thereby finishing the season unbeaten.

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Calm Joubert keeping a lid on things

A quick glance at the latest 'You be the Ref' poll on varsitycup.co.za shows that 52% of the readers feel that FNB Pukke will walk away with the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International title this year.

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Predict at your peril

rugby365.com columnist Robbie Fleck believes the 2009 Super 14 has been the most unpredictable of all Super Rugby tournaments...

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Lloyd-Jones to referee VC Final

Gareth Lloyd-Jones will referee the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Final between Maties and Pukke at Stellenbosch's Danie Craven Stadium on Monday, March 30.

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Grobler - 'Logic says Maties'

FNB Tuks head coach Freddie Grobler has little doubt that Maties will retain their FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International title.

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Koshuis

Off to Stellenbosch we go!

The 2009 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships Final between Huis Armentum and Dromedaris will be played at Stellenbosch's Danie Craven Stadium on Monday, March 30.

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Impressed Le Roux picks Maties for VC glory

He was once a World Cup-winning Springbok renowned for his astute decision-making on the field. But it's not an ability Hennie le Roux has lost since retiring from the game, in fact, his rugby-brain is still vividly showcased by the strident views he gives as a Varsity Cup commentator on SuperSport.

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Maties

'Good start crucial' - Maties captain

Making a good, solid start in any big final is a given - but FNB Maties captain Wesley Wilkins believes it is absolutely non-negotiable when the defending champions host Pukke in the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Final in Stellenbosch this coming Monday.

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Van der Wal leading Pukke's charge

It can be argued that any rugby tournament worth its salt is characterised by the very thin line between defeat and triumph. Monday's FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International semifinal between FNB Pukke and FNB Ikeys was a case in point.

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Ref Goddard stood down

Matt Goddard, who refereed the sad match between the Hurricanes and the Bulls last weekend, will not be refereeing this weekend. He has been stood down.

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Maties

It's official: Maties to host 2009 final

The defending champion Maties will host their second successive FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Final, after finishing top of the log and then beating FNB Tukkies 38-14 in Monday night's semifinal in Stellenbosch.

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Sanguine Dobson disappointed by outcome

FNB UCT head coach John Dobson was a bitterly disappointed man after his side's 17-19 semifinal loss to a fired-up Pukke team at the Green Mile on Monday afternoon. Disappointed - and naturally so, one might add - but yet also upbeat after another thrilling season of Varsity Cup rugby from the Ikey Tigers.

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Some Six Nations statistics, Round 5

The Six Nations has rushed to its thrilling end. Thirty matches, 2 400 minutes and it all came down to the last kick in the last minute.

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Statistics: S14, Round 6

Week 6 already and some sort of statistical record in Wellington when the Hurricanes played the Bulls and a much happier statistical record in Hamilton when the Chiefs played the Blues.

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Referees to 30 March

Suddenly, after all the excitement of the final weekend of the Six Nations, everything looks so ordinary, but ordinary is also wholesome and there will be referees out there giving their best to do ordinary really well - and there will be the ordinary number of moans and groans.

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Koshuis

Dromedaris book final place

UJ's Dromedaris nailed down a place in the 2009 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships Final with a come-from-behind 35-16 win over the Barbarians from NMMU in Johannesburg on Monday night.

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Koshuis

Armentum just too strong - again

Huis Armentum (Shimlas) recorded a comprehensive 45-26 win over Maroela (Tuks) at Shimla Park on Monday night to progress to the final of the 2009 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships.

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Varsity Cup preview - Semifinals

And then there were four... That is the situation that the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International finds itself in, with the defending champion Maties, UCT, Tukkies and Pukke set to fight it out for a place in next Monday's final.

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Maties

Victorious Roux praises Maties defence

Stellenbosch head coach Chean Roux praised his team's defence after their 38-14 Varsity Cup semifinal triumph over FNB Tuks in Stellenbosch on Monday evening.

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Maties

Maties to meet Pukke in VC Final

Defending champions Maties will meet Pukke in the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Final at the Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch, next Monday.

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Tuks in late semifinal change

FNB Tukkies have made a late change to their starting line-up for this evening's Varsity Cup semifinal clash against the defending champion Maties in Stellenbosch.

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Pukke's turn to sneak in

A penalty goal with four minutes to go gave the Pukke a thrilling 19-17 victory over the University of Cape Town in the first semifinal of the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.

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Second Phase

Bulls on a Super run

rugby365.com editor Jan de Koning stumbled across some interesting statistics as he researched the most successful Super Rugby runs and found that the Bulls have overtaken the Sharks in at least one department.

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Refs - S14, Round 7

SANZAR has announced the match officials for Round 7 of the Super 14.

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Koshuis

Adriaan Born(man) to lead Maroela

Maroela centre and captain Adriaan Bornman will be a major role-player in his team's Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships semifinal against Huis Armentum (Free State University) in Bloemfontein tonight (kick-off 7pm).

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Australia

Global Results - 23 March

There were big winners this weekend, especially Ireland who won the Six Nations Cup, the Triple Crown and the Grand Slam - the first Grand Slam for the Irish since 1948.

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Georgia

6NB: Georgia, Portugal in important wins

Georgia and Portugal took a step closer to realising their ambitions when they beat Russia and Romania in European Nations Cup matches over the weekend.

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Koshuis

Groot opwinding in Huis Armentum

Groot opwinding heers in Huis Armentum voor sy eerstespan Maandag tuis in 'n halfeindstryd-kragmeting teen Maroela van Tukkies te staan kom.

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Ikeys change three for Pukke semifinal

FNB UCT head coach John Dobson has made three changes to the Ikey Tigers' starting XV for Monday's Varsity Cup semifinal clash against FNB Pukke in Cape Town.

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Koshuis

Drom ready for 'Baa-Baas'

Dromedaris (UJ) have made three changes to their starting XV for Monday's 2009 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships semifinal against the Barbarians (NMMU) at Johannesburg's West Sports Grounds.

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Georgia

6NB: Two top matches

In the European Nations Cup, the top four teams will be in action this weekend for Georgia and Russia meet and so do Romania and Portugal.

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Shimlas: How they shaped up in 2009

There is no doubt that the 78-22 pasting they dished out to FNB TUT represented an excellent finish to FNB Shimlas' campaign in the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International. Unfortunately, it also highlighted a slightly wayward and inconsistent campaign.

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U20: 6 Nations, Round 5

It's the decisive round for the Under-20 Six Nations with three teams as possible winners - France, Ireland and Scotland, each team beaten once this year.

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Koshuis

Koshuis semifinal fixtures confirmed

The four semifinalists for the 2009 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships have been confirmed and so, too, the dates and kick-off times for these thrilling fixtures which will decide the best koshuis - or residence - team in the country.

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Groundhog Day for Varsity Cup SFs

Varsity Cup MD Duitser Bosman must have felt like Bill Murray in the hit movie Groundhog Day on Monday night when Tukkies scraped into the semifinals of the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International - with both of this year's semifinal fixtures a repeat of last year's exciting Last Four matches.

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Referees for Varsity Cup semifinals

SA Referees have announced the referees for the Varsity Cup semifinals next Monday. They are Pretoria schoolmaster Ben Crouse and Durbanite Archie Sehlako.

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Grobbelaar Shimlas' shining light

Although Shimlas' 2009 Varsity Cup campaign ended on Monday, as they finished just short of reaching the semifinals, many of their players stood out right throughout the competition.

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'Proud' UJ coach looks ahead to 2010

FNB UJ fulfilled their part of the bargain in the quest for a semifinal spot in the 2009 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International by beating NMMU in Port Elizabeth on Monday evening.

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Tuks looking to back up 'QF win'

If you're good enough to reach the semifinals, you're good enough to clinch the title - irrespective of your log position. Those are the wise words of FNB Tuks coach Freddie Grobler ahead of next week's Varsity Cup semifinal clash against the defending champion Maties.

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Koshuis

Armentum to take it one step further?

Goal met, now for the final.

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Second Phase

Role reversal for the Bulls and WP

Saturday saw a somewhat frustrating game of rugby for the die-hard Western Province fan in their loss to the Blue Bulls, writes rugby365 columnist Jon Harris.

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Argentina

New tournament to unite America

The International Rugby Board has established the Americas Rugby Championship, which will unite ugby in North and South America in a high performance sub-international structure for the first time.

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Second Phase

rugby365?s World XV

With the international season well underway we decided to look at some of the international individuals who stood out during the mid-year Tests.

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Canada

Canada secures World Cup spot

Playing with only 14 players for three-quarters of the match, the U.S. Men?s National Rugby Team struggled to stick to its pattern and fell to the Canadians, 41-18, in the second game of their home-and-away Rugby World Cup Qualifying series in Edmonton on Saturday.

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Fixtures & Results

IRB Sevens Fixtures 2009/10

All the fixtures and tournament winners from the 2008/09 IRB Sevens Series.

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Australia

Aussies target Baby Blacks star

There is significant interest from Australian Super 14 sides for New Zealand's IRB Junior Player of the Year, Aaron Cruden, which could in turn lead to him playing for the Wallabies rather than the All Blacks.

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League eyes SA schoolboy talent

Australian National Rugby League club Sydney Roosters has signed South African teenager JP du Plessis on a three-year contract, while they are also heading to the Craven Week (SA's premier schoolboy tournament) in search of promising youngsters.

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JWC sets new benchmark

The recently completed Junior World Championship 2009 in Japan has been hailed a success by the International Rugby Board as its set a new benchmark for attendance, while leaving a lasting legacy for Rugby in Japan.

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Cruden crowned IRB 'Junior of the Year'

New Zealand Captain Aaron Cruden has been named the International Rugby Board Junior Player of the Year 2009, the second of the prestigious IRB Awards in association to be presented this year.

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Georgia

Eagles snap losing streak

The USA Men?s National Rugby Team won its first test match of the season and snapped its six-game losing streak by beating Georgia 31-13 at Dick?s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Sunday.

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Guildford tragedy at JWC final

New Zealand Under 20 wing, Zac Guildford, experienced a major family tragedy after his father, Robert, passed away at the final of the International Rugby Board Junior World Championships in Tokyo on Sunday.

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Georgia

Denver's Eagles eye home win

Denver Barbarians John Van Der Giessen and Nic Johnson can propel USA Eagles up the world rankings when they play Georgia in Sunday's Churchill Cup Test at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

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Argentina

Canada on the brink of history

Canada will achieve its highest ever finish in the seven years of the Churchill Cup regardless of the result against Argentina Jaguars at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Sunday.

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Fiji

Fiji too strong for Tonga

Fiji ended a three-year losing streak against Pacific neighbor Tonga when it won its opening match in rugby's Pacific Nations Cup 36-22 on Saturday in the Tongan capital.

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Canada

Preview: Ireland A vs. Canada

Ulster scrumhalf Isaac Boss will captain the Ireland A team in their opening game of the Churchill Cup against Canada at Glendale, Colorado on Wednesday.

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Second Phase

Time for a SANZAR XV

With British & Irish Lions fever high in South Africa, rugby365 columnist Ebrahim Moerat takes a look at a possible SANZAR selection to rival the tourists.

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Tours will stump the slump

With all the hype surrounding the arrival of the British & Irish Lions, rugby365 columnist Ebrahim Moerat believes it's time to re-introduce a lost tradition...International Rugby Tours.

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School Profiles

HOERSKOOL PIKETBERG

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SA teams snub Namibian XV

The Namibian Invitation team due to face a South African XV in Windhoek next Friday is struggling to confirm players for the fixture, after the Sharks, Cheetahs and Western Province refused to release invited players.

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School Profiles

HOERSKOOL GARSFONTEIN

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Second Phase

Expense of success

With the Super 14 entering its final fortnight, rugby365 columnist, Ebrahim Moerat, takes a look at which of the SANZAR nations stand to benefit most from Super 14 success.

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Laws & Referees

ECC final moved to London

Following formal representations from European Challenge Cup finalists Bourgoin and the French club's body, the LNR, ERC has agreed to move the Challenge Cup final from Gloucester's Kingsholm to the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, 22 May.

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Fleckie's got Lions fever

rugby365.com columnist Robbie Fleck tries to get inside the head of British & Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan... and he also makes his Super 14 picks for the upcoming weekend's action.

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Rev up Rugby

With the IPL set to hit South African shores, rugby365 columnist Ebrahim Moerat thinks rugby needs similar spice to rev up the game.

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Tew denies 'southern scheme'

New Zealand Rugby Union boss, Steve Tew has rubbished claims that the SANZAR nations have campaigned for the Experimental Law Variations'(ELVs) introduction, to negate traditional forward strength.

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IRB to blow final whistle on ELVs

Rugby's Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) look set to be scrapped.

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Sharks simply the best

There has been a South African team at the top of the Super 14 standings since Week One - the first six weeks the Bulls sat in first place and at the weekend the Sharks moved to the No.1 spot.

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Midfield shuffle for Tukkies

FNB Tuks coach Freddie Grobler has named a new-look centre pairing for Monday's Varsity Cup semifinal clash against the FNB Maties at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

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Maties

Maties 'go heavy' for Tuks fixture

FNB Maties coach Chean Roux has opted for a front row-loaded bench for his side's Varsity Cup semifinal against Tuks at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Monday.

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