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Rugby Advancement Committee Established!

 

“We need to be patient. This process is still in process and the process will continue until we’ve transformed the team into what we envisage this process to deliver”

These were the words spoken by SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, after South Africa’s disappointing performance against Argentina in Mendoza last week. Roux spoke after the first meeting held by the newly established Committee on the Rugby Advancement Plan, which consists of some of the greatest rugby minds in South Africa, tasked with coming up with solutions to improve the performance of South African rugby teams, and in particular, the Springboks.

Recent comments in the media by Nick Mallett and Jake White, has prompted Jurie to establish the committee to see if a working solution can be found to solve the general perception that South Africa can only play one brand of Rugby.  The committee is chaired by Jurie Roux and the members include Nick Mallet, Naas Botha, Peter de Villiers and Brendan Venter and the seat for current Springbok coach is held by Heyneke Meyer. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s here!

The time has arrived! At 8:35 on 24 February, the SuperRugby tournament for 2012 kicks off.  This year’s tournament runs over 20 weeks of the year, only being interrupted for three weeks of test rugby in June. Otherwise, it’s week in and week out rugby, Rugby, RUGBY!

We kick off with the Blues hosting the Crusaders early Friday morning, after that the Jake White Brumbies taking on the James O’Connor’less Force and a new look Bulls side (including kit) Spearheaded by Spies aiming to catch the Sharks off guard at Loftus, all on Friday!

It’s very difficult to assess the sides at this time as almost all the teams have a very new look to them. Sonny Bill left to Crusaders for the Chiefs to partner up with Kahui; there is no Dan Carter, McCaw, twinkle toes Quade Cooper, or Piri Weepu and Zac Guildford is probably in rehab still. We have newcomers abound, and looking at the sides, it almost seems as if the Lions and the Blues are the most consistent teams from last season!

So, my take on the fixtures this weekend:

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