IRB Women’s Qualifier: Fixtures, Results

11 September 2014

Mike Jansen, Hong Kong

The Pools for this weekend’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series Qualifiers are:

Pool A: France, China, South Africa, Mexico

Pool B: Fiji, Japan, Argentina, Kenya

Pool C: Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, Hong Kong

Here are the match-times for the Springboks’ matches in South Africa-time:

05h26 (Hong Kong time 11h26) – SA vs France

08h32 (Hong Kong time 14h32) – SA vs China

11h16 (Hong Kong time 17h16) – SA vs Mexico

Note: Hong Kong is 6hours ahead of SA

Below are the fixtures for Day1 (Friday 12 September 2014) I will update the result on this page, as it happens:

Match1: Fiji 52 – 7 Argentina

Match2: Japan 31 – 0 Kenya

Match3: France 19 – 21 South Africa

Match4: China 44 – 0 Mexico

Match5: Brazil 38 – 7 Portugal

Match6: Netherlands 12 – 10 Hong Kong

32mins break

Match7: Fiji 45 – 0 Kenya

Match8: Japan 35 – 0 Argentina

Match9: France 66 – 0 Mexico

Match10: China 31 – 7 South Africa

Match11: Brazil 22 – 0 Hong Kong

Match12: Netherlands 14 – 0 Portugal

32mins break

Match13: Fiji 33 - 7 Japan

Match14: Argentina 19 – 5 Kenya

Match15: France 26 – 7 China

Match16: South Africa 36 – 0 Mexico

Match17: Brazil 0 – 7 Netherlands

Match18: Portugal 26 – 19 Hong Kong

The Fixtures for Day will be added here following the end of Day 1 on Friday evening.

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Crunch-time for LadyBlitzBokke in hot Hong Kong

11 September 2014

Mike Jansen in Hong Kong

The South African Women’s Sevens team will this weekend play in one of their most important tournaments.

The IRB Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier kicks off at Shek Kip Mei Stadium in Hong Kong tomorrow. The prize up for grabs? One of four ‘core team’ places in the up-coming World Series. The teams ending 1st to fourth on Saturday afternoon here in Hong Kong will qualify as core teams for the 2014-2015 season.

New Zealand, Australia, Russia, England, Spain, USA and Canada have already secured their places on the circuit.

Olympic incentive

Clearing the Qualifier hurdle this weekend will mean that the South Africans will be better placed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 2014-2015 World Series will also act as a qualifier for the Games (where Rugby Sevens will debut) as the Top four teams at the and of the Series will automatically qualify for a Rio berth.

Although the IRB is still negotiating to extend the Series, the following tournament have been confirmed:

Dubai 4-5 December 2014

Brazil 7-8 February 2015

USA 14-15 March 2015

Canada 18-19 April 2015

England 15-16 May 2015

Netherlands 22-23 May 2015

Ahead of this evening’s Jersey Ceremony, coach Renfred Dazel said:

This tournament is a case of all or nothing for the team,” said Dazel. “We have been working toward this goal since late last year, so the players realise the importance of qualifying for the World Series. If we achieve this, it will not only ensure that we are exposed to top-class competition consistently, it will also afford us an opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games. This, however, will require a massive effort from the squad because we will line up against quality teams, who will have their sights set on the same prize.”

The LadyBlitzBokke have received a difficult draw in Pool A together with France, China and Mexico. Fiji heads Pool B that includes Japan, Argentina and Kenya. Finally, 2016 Olympic Games hosts Brazil heads Pool C including the Netherlands, Portugal and Qualifier hosts Hong Kong.

Chris Dry makes more history

Chris Dry, a stalwart of the Men’s Springbok Sevens team made a bit of history tonight when he joined the Women’s Jersey Ceremony in the team’s Shatin (Hong Kong) hotel. He was able to share in the traditional hand-over of the match-jerseys via the internet. Together with the legend Frankie Horne, Dry was also one of the BlitzBokke who assisted coach Dazel in Stellenbosch while the Ladies were preparing for the trip to the East.

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BlitzBokke home: Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (video)

Mike Jansen, Hong Kong

The BlitzBokke are widely regarded as trendsetters in international Sevens Rugby.

Not only were they they first national side to centrally contract players, but the team was also the first to establish a base where they live, train and plan their international exploits on the IRB Sevens World Series.

The Springbok Sevens team calls the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport home.

This world-class sports facility is nestled in the historic, beautiful, university-town of Stellenbosch, affectionately known to locals, current and ex-students alike simply as Stellies.

(Mike Jansen)

Municipal Honour for BlitzBokke

8 September 2014

The Springbok Sevens team calls the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport home. This world-class sports facility is nestled in the historic, beautiful, university-town of Stellenbosch, affectionately known to locals, current and ex-students alike simply as Stellies.

Like the high-tech sports facility it houses, Stellenbosch has also been raking in the awards. In addition to being named the 8th-best municipality in South Africa, as well as South Africa’s Innovation Capital, Stellenbosch was also recently honoured with the Arbour City Award.

In order to further cement this focus on greening their town, the Stellenbosch Municipality honoured the BlitzBokke after their triumph at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Springbok Sevens side, then part of the greater Team South Africa, won the Rugby Sevens Gold Medal in Glasgow, Scotland.

BlitzBokke legacy

At a recent ceremony in town, Executive Mayor Conrad Sidego presented each of the BlitzBokke Gold Medalists with a labelled tree which they in-turn planted as a legacy to their exploits on rugby fields around the world.

The Springbok Sevens side is widely regarded as one of the trendsetters in international Sevens Rugby. They were the first international Sevens team to centrally contract players as well as establishing a base from which to operate.

I sincerely hope that the twelve trees planted on that auspicious day in Stellies will become symbolic of the motto of the BlitzBokke which is “Pioneers of Greatness.

(Mike Jansen)

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The following images are courtesy of Sebastian Prim, SARU Manager of Sevens:

BlitzBokke Trees3

BlitzBokke coach Neil Powell with Mayor Conrad Sidego (Pic: Sebastian Prim)

BlitzBokke Trees

Branco Du Preez, Allan Temple-Jones & Werner Kok look on as Cecil Afrika gets planting

LadyBlitzBokke head off to Hong Kong Qualifier

7 September 2014

The Springbok Women’s Sevens squad will depart for Hong Kong on Sunday for the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series Qualifier determined to make their presence felt with the greater goal of possibly qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

South Africa will face France, Mexico and China in the pool stages of the Qualifier, which features 12 teams and takes place on September 12 and 13. The team has to finish in the top four to secure a place on the 2014/2015 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series circuit.

Olympic berth

The top four teams on the log table at the end of the 2014/2015 season will qualify automatically for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Failure to qualify for the World Series would mean South Africa would have to rely on invites in order to participate in some IRB World Series tournaments and they would have to pursue a different route to possibly qualifying for the international spectacle in 2016.

Massive effort required

Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel selected 12 players for the tour following a two-week training camp in Cape Town, which includes regular Sevens stars, captain Zenay Jordaan, Lorinda Brown, Phumeza Gadu and Veroeshka Grain. Utility player Shona Leah-Weston and prop Nwabisa Ngxatu, meanwhile, made comebacks into the squad after focusing on the 15-a-side code in the last year.

Dazel was optimistic that the team could qualify for the World Series, but he admitted that they would it take a massive effort from his charges.

We have worked very hard in the last two weeks to improve our fitness and skills levels and I am pleased with the commitment and determination the players have shown,” said Dazel. “We all understand the importance of advancing to the semifinal of the competition with an eye on possible Olympic qualification, so the team has all the motivation they need to prove that they deserve to be on the IRB World Series circuit.

That said the players know that achieving this will take a massive effort, so hopefully they can replicate the high tempo rugby and show the mental strength they displayed at the training camp in their matches. I have no doubt that we could do well if the players stick to the structures and believe in themselves.”

SAS pic by Abel Pienaar

Coach Rennie Dazel with some of the Springbok 7s ladies at SAS (Pic by Abel Pienaar, left)

Springbok Women’s Sevens squad for IRB World Series Qualifier:

Lorinda Brown

Phumeza Gadu

Rachelle Geldenhuys

Nosiphiwo Goda

Veroeshka Grain

Zenay Jordaan (capt)

Nwabisa Ngxatu

Sinazo Nobele

Marithy Pienaar

Fundiswa Plaatjie

Mathrin Simmers

Shona-Leah Weston

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BlitzBokke become BokSmart

3 September 2014

With last weekend’s injury to Western Province Under21 forward JD Schickerling where he broke his neck, it is heartening to hear that the Springbok Sevens team has also joined the ranks of BokSmart qualified players and staff.

The BlitzBokke squad and management staff took time off their World Sevens Series training and attended a BokSmart Certification workshop on Tuesday.

The course took place yesterday afternoon at the DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.

BokSmart is the award winning SARU safety and injury prevention programme and is a joint initiative between SARU and the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Fund.


The squad, led by captain Kyle Brown and coach Neil Powell, actively participated in the comprehensive workshop which covered all aspects of safety, injury prevention and management as well as fair play.

Springbok Sevens star Branco du Preez afterwards described the workshop a real eye opener. “It was very informative and I learnt a lot about all aspects of the game, such as the injury prevention aspects and the treatment and management protocols. There is so much that you can learn from this fantastic course. The safety tips and basic training techniques are awesome and I definitely recommend this course to any person who has a passion for the game.

Watch this video of the moment Wester Province forward JD Schickerling was injured in an Under21 match against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versveld:

Werner Kok said he enjoyed the safety aspect of the course, as well as the different training techniques.

The course is comprehensive and covers every aspect of rugby, from the safety aspects at the ground to the correct tackling techniques and the Laws of the Game. For instance, the front row’s binding and correct posture are explained in such simple and clear language, and I mean I am a backline player! The course is interactive and the material you receive afterwards makes it real easy for you to reference just about everything.”

The primary aim of BokSmart is to provide rugby coaches, players and administrators with the correct knowledge, skills and leadership abilities to ensure that safety and best practices are incorporated to in all aspects of contact rugby in South Africa.

The programme not only focuses on these basic principles, but also aims to grow the game at grassroots level, and provide everyone in South Africa with the opportunity of being educated to play rugby the Smart way.

Prevention is always better than cure and with this in mind the BokSmart programme addresses numerous issues around injury prevention, injury management, rugby safety, player health and well-being and player performance.

Visit or follow it on Twitter: @BokSmart or Facebook: For any potential serious concussion, head, neck or spine rugby injury contact the toll-free BokSmart Spineline number 0800678678, operated by ER24.

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Goodbye IRB. Hello…

28 August 2014

The International Rugby Board (IRB) will become World Rugby from November 19, 2014 as part of a major rebranding programme. 

The new brand, including a new logo, will be launched at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in London on November 17-18. 

Global Rugby participation has boomed by more than two million to 6.6 million players over the past four years, driven by the commercial success of Rugby World Cup, the IRB’s development strategies and record investment, strong and vibrant Unions and Rugby’s re-inclusion in the Olympic Games. 
With Rugby aspiring to inspire and engage new audiences and players around the world, the rebrand reflects the organisation’s mission to build a stronger connection with fans, players and new audiences worldwide. 

The rebrand will have no impact on Rugby World Cup 2015 branding or positioning, which will remain as it is with its iconic logo throughout the current event cycle. 


IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset (pictured above) said: “Rugby continues to thrive, reach out and engage new audiences and participants in record numbers and the IRB has been at the heart of that growth.” 

We are committed to furthering that growth beyond our traditional family and fan base with a public that expects to be entertained, informed and interacted with. This move is more than just a name change, it is a mission statement.” 

Brett Gosper IRB CEO

IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper (pictured above) added: “In a crowded global entertainment and sporting marketplace, the role of the IRB has evolved from Game regulator to Game inspirer.” 

“With this we must continue to appeal to those who know and love the sport and its heritage, while attracting, engaging and inspiring those who have no connection with the sport across multiple cultures and languages around the world.” 

World Rugby collectively has the ingredients and tools to do just that. Rugby’s global appeal is founded and positioned on its unique character-building values and inclusive ethos and we want everyone to feel connected with the sport and Rugby’s ongoing success story.” 

World Rugby clearly aligns our name with our mission and allows us to organise new and existing consumer facing properties in a way that they will be more impactful and more appealing to the sport’s growing global fan base.” 

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Exciting Bosch to start at fullback for SA Schools vs England

Mike Jansen (Hong Kong 22 August 2014)

SA Schools selectors, for tomorrow’s match against England, picked Eastern Province and Grey High School utility back Curwin Bosch (pictured below) who will start at fullback after playing at fly-half in the opening match.

Curwin Bosch topless

His halfback partner against the French, Transvalia’s Marco Janse van Vuuren, starts at scrum-half. Outeniqua High School lock Eduard Zandberg will lead the SA Schools team in the final match of the SARU Under-18 International Series against England in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

The match will see the two remaining undefeated sides in the 2014 series face each other, while in other matches at Paul Roos Gymnasium’s Markötter Stadium, Italy will face a SARU Regional Academy XV and France will tussle with Wales.

SA Schools coach Hein Kriek and the national selectors made four changes to the side that overpowered Wales 40-15 at Outeniqua Park on Tuesday. Earlier in the series South Africa also beat France 28-13.

Zandberg will be the third SA Schools captain of the series, after Jaco Coetzee (Glenwood HS, KZN) and Barend Smit (Middelburg THS, Pumas) took charge of the team in Cape Town and George respectively.

In the pack, Grey HS flanker Junior Pokomela earns a first start after playing off the bench in George, while Garsfontein High School’s Jan-Henning Campher will start at hooker, as he did against France.

The SA Schools side did suffer some injuries, but according to Kriek, it was part of their broader planning.

“The idea was always to shuffle the team for the second match and then pick the best available team for England. We improved in each outing and we hope to be spot-on in our execution against a well-coached and very good England side,” Kriek said.

All matches will again be televised live on SuperSport 8.

The SA Schools team to play England Under-18 at 16h00 in Stellenbosch is:

15. Curwin Bosch (Grey HS, Eastern Province)

14. Andell Loubser (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls)

13. Heino Bezuidenhout (Daniel Pienaar HS, Eastern Province)

12. JT Jackson (Oakdale Agric, South Western Districts)

11. Keanu Vers (Grey HS, Eastern Province)

10. Thinus de Beer (Waterkloof HS, Blue Bulls)

9. Marco Janse van Vuuren (Transvalia HS, Valke)

8. Edmund Rheeder (Klerksdorp HS, Leopards)

7. Junior Pokomela (Grey HS, Eastern Province)

6. Arnold Gerber (Menlo Park HS, Blue Bulls)

5. Eduan Zandberg (Outeniqua HS, South Western Districts)

4. Aston Fortuin (Southdowns College, Blue Bulls)

3. Sarel-Marco Smith (Eldoraigne HS, Blue Bulls)

2. Jan-Henning Campher (Garsfontein HS, Blue Bulls)

1. Lupumlo Mguca (Daniel Pienaar HS, Eastern Province)


16. Le Roux Baard (Outeniqua HS, South Western Districts)

17. Ngonidzashe Chidoma (Northwood HS, KwaZulu-Natal)

18. Ig Prinsloo (Grey College, Free State)

19. Kobus Wiese (Upington HS, Griquas)

20. Victor Maruping (Louis Botha THS, Free State)

21. Embrose Papier (Garsfontein HS, Blue Bulls)

22. Eduan Keyter (Afrikaans Seuns HS, Blue Bulls)

23. Jerry Danquah (Queens College, Border)

Saturday 23 August 2014 – Paul Roos Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch

12h00    Italy vs SARU Regional Academy XV
14h00    France vs Wales
16h00    SA vs England

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South African elected Chair of Hong Kong Rugby

Mike Jansen Friday 22 August 2014

Former Sharks rugby player Pieter Shats was last night elected as the new Chairman of the HKRFU, replacing Trevor Gregory who stepped down from the position after eight years as Chairman and 15 years as a member of the HKRFU Board.

Commenting on his election Schats said:

“It is a great honour for me to be asked to serve Hong Kong Rugby as Chairman and I look forward to working closely with my fellow Board members, the Union staff, the member Clubs and the wider community to continue building on the successful foundations we have established for the game in Hong Kong”.

“On behalf of the entire rugby community, I would like to thank my predecessor Trevor Gregory and all of the outgoing Board members for their tireless efforts during their tenure, some over many years, in
growing rugby and striving to make it ‘A Game for All’”.

ARFU responsibilities

Trevor Gregory is standing down in part to focus on his new role as the President of the Asian Rugby Football Union, a role that Mr Schats hailed saying, “Trevor has had a significant impact in dramatically
changing the competition landscape of the Asian Rugby Football Union, particularly in improving the opportunities for women and youth players and in increasing the number of competitions for the men’s

“His efforts in raising sponsorship monies and assisting the restructuring of ARFU’s administration have greatly enhanced the scope of national programme opportunities for Hong Kong players who aspire
to play at the elite level.

“The achievements of Trevor and the outgoing Board members have greatly contributed to the strength of the game in Hong Kong and left us with some large boots to fill,” Mr Schats added.

A highly experienced candidate, Pieter Schats (pictured below) will bring a unique cross-section of experience within Hong Kong’s rugby and commercial circles to bear in his new position.

Pieter Shats

No, it’s not his next Hong Kong 7s costume! Pieter Shats, in his role as MD of Toys ‘R’ Us Asia Ltd

Shats: A rugby-man

The 54-year old’s rugby resume is extensive. Prior to arriving in Hong Kong he played provincial rugby for Natal Sharks in South Africa as well as playing for Harlequins and Richmond RFC in the United Kingdom.

Soon after arriving in Hong Kong in 1987, Schats immersed himself in the game. He played for the Valley first XV from 1987-1995, including leading the team as captain.

He represented Hong Kong from 1998-1992 at both fifteens and Sevens, including playing at the Hong Kong Sevens, and was named captain for both squads. After retiring from elite competition, he played social rugby for Hong Kong Football Club from 1996-2010.

Uniquely, Schats also has prior experience working at the executive level of the HKRFU. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Union from 1995-1997 – a seminal period that included Hong Kong’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1997 and the return of sovereignty later in the same year when the local rugby landscape was forever altered by the departure of three British Forces clubs.

Mr Schats has also served on the HKRFU Board from 2000–2009, spending two years as the Director of Marketing and five years as the Director of Finance.

Exemplifying his commitment to growing rugby at the community level, from 2008 – 2014 Mr Schats coached the Hong Kong Football Club and Sai Kung Stingrays youth and mini clubs.

He has two sons playing youth rugby, both of whom have represented Hong Kong at age grade levels, while his daughter is active with Sai Kung Stingrays and Peninsula Rugby teams. He is certified as a Level two coach and a Level One Referee.

The South African also brings a wealth of corporate experience to his position as Chairman having held senior management positions at Next Media Group, Toys R Us Asia and Li and Fung Group among other roles.

“I will endeavour to build on the excellent work and contribution by the many individuals and volunteers who give so freely of their time and expertise to serve the game of Rugby in Hong Kong,” promised

Mr Schats has identified several focus areas for his Chairmanship including continued accountability and transparency amongst the Board and Union management teams; increased focus on facilities development; improved communications both within the rugby community and amongst the wider Hong Kong community and player retention.

Another priority for the incoming Chairman will be fostering closer links with Government, Legco and District Councils to enhance understanding of the Game of Rugby and its needs and benefits.

Outgoing Chairman Trevor Gregory (pictured below)  commented on Mr Schat’s appointment saying:

“To have someone like Pieter, who has proven himself both on and off the pitch over a long professional and sporting career in Hong Kong is a fantastic result for the HKRFU.

“Pieter’s expertise and commitment will be pivotal as the Union continues to address the challenges ahead and I know that he and the Board will work tirelessly to see that Rugby grows from strength to
strength in Hong Kong.”

Trevore Gregory Pic SCMP

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Women 7s World Series Qualifier in Hong Kong

Tuesday 19 August 2014

(Hong Kong) The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced details of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series qualifier, which will take place in Hong Kong next month. And as the pools and schedule are confirmed for the 12-team tournament, a number of interesting match-ups are on the cards.

One of the toughest groups will be Pool C where the ambitious home team will face 2016 Olympic Games hosts Brazil and the European duo of the Netherlands and Portugal. And at the centre of Hong Kong’s challenge will be coach Anna Richards, someone who is no stranger to the pressures of top-level rugby.

Richards (with ball, pictured below) won the last of her four Rugby World Cups for New Zealand as a 45-year-old in 2010. She is the most-capped Black Fern and an acknowledged superstar of the women’s game.

Anna Richards HK 7s Coach

And while New Zealand’s 16-year reign as Women’s Rugby World Cup champions came to an end when England beat Canada 21-9 in Paris on Sunday, life goes on. No one knows this better than the Black Ferns legend, who set herself some very different goals to achieve when she took over as Hong Kong’s women’s coach in February.There’s a big difference between guiding New Zealand to victory in the Women’s RWC and coaching Hong Kong in the series qualifier, but it’s a task Richards is relishing.

This will be a massive challenge. It’s the second tier of international teams. The likes of Netherlands, Brazil, France, Japan and China have all been playing on the circuit for the past year. They all played well, too, so it won’t be easy for us,” she said.

The one advantage Hong Kong have is that they will host the competition at Shek Kip Mei Stadium. But the advantage of home support won’t lessen the enormity of the task at hand.

The reality is if we hadn’t hosted it we wouldn’t have been able to take part in the tournament, so it’s a massive opportunity for us to get the chance to play against some great teams,” Richards said.

If we can post some good results we may be invited to play in an IRB tournament, so there are plenty of incentives for us to perform well. It’ll be a very tough tournament for us, but I still think we’re going to be competitive.”

4 World Series Places

With four places up for grabs in next season’s Women’s Sevens World Series, the 12-team qualifying tournament looks set to be hard fought. In an open competition, France, Fiji, Brazil, and the Netherlands will go into the competition as slight favourites to qualify. However, Japan and China will also fancy their chances as the women’s Sevens game is thriving in both Asian countries.

Now that Sevens is an Olympic sport everybody is putting a lot more effort and money into it. Japan is really improving and China is also putting a lot of resources into the women’s game here now. They’ll both be very strong in the tournament,” Richards said.

Recently we have seen the Hong Kong women’s Fifteens team perform exceptionally well during the Asian Four Nations, again with a large compliment of sevens players on their roster. The funding and backing that sevens now has as an Olympic sport is definitely allowing more players to be up-skilled, which can only be good for our sport.”

Pool Draw

France, Fiji and Brazil will head the tournament’s three pools. China will play in Pool A against France, South Africa and Mexico. Japan face Fiji Argentina and Kenya in Pool B, while Hong Kong will play in Pool C against Brazil, the Netherlands and Portugal.

The format of the tournament is based on three pools of four teams with the top two from each pool, along with two best third-placed teams, progressing to the quarter-final stage. The four winners of those quarters will progress to the semi-finals but, more importantly, will secure qualification for what will be the third season of the series.

The qualifiers will join core teams New Zealand, Australia, Russia, England, Spain, USA and Canada in the Series, with one more team invited to participate at each of the six rounds.

(Below: the full fixture list for the Qualifier in Hong Kong. Click to enlarge)

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Womens Series Qualifier HK

4th place for WP at Inaugural World Club Sevens

11 August 2014

DHL Western Province and Vodacom Blue Bulls were the only South African sides who competed at the inaugural Limerick World Club Sevens in the Irish city this past weekend.

While WP won all three of their Pool B matches on Day1 (Saturday 9 August), compatriots Blue Bulls went down to English club Saracens (10 – 7) in their opening match. Both South African sides qualified for the Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Limerick Pools

The Bulls had a less-than-desirable Day 2 when they first lost their Cup quarter-final to Canadian side Vancouver Bears (10 – 0) as well as in the Plate semi-final (15 – 14) to New York.

DHL Western Province started Day2 as one of just two unbeaten sides, qualifying for the Cup Semi-final when they beat New York (19 – 5).

However, the Vancouver Bears, who had earlier accounted for the Bulls in the quarter-finals, upset Province’s proverbial apple-cart, beating the Capetonians 19 – 26.

In the 3rd/4th play-off match on Sunday, Western Province succumbed to New Zealand’s Auckland by 28 – 14.

Meanwhile Fijian side Daveta became the first winners of the Limerick World Club Sevens when they beat the Vancouver Bears 36 -12 in the final.

Results from Day2 of the Limerick World Club Sevens:

• 10th place v 11th Place – Saracens bt Stade Francais 19-12
• 9th place v 12th Place – Waratahs bt San Francisco 29-0

• Quarter Final 1 – Auckland bt Moscow Saracens 28-7
• Quarter Final 2 – Daveta (Fiji) bt Munster 12-10
• Quarter Final 3 – Vancouver bt Blue Bulls 10-0
• Quarter Final 4 -Western Province bt New York 19-5

• 11th/12th Match – Stade Francais v San Francisco 19-14
• Shield Final – Warathas v Saracens 24-19
• Plate Semi-Final – Moscow Saracens bt Munster 33-10
• Plate Semi-Final – New York bt Blue Bulls 15-14

• Semi-Final 1 – Daveta (Fiji) bt Auckland 26-17
• Semi-final 2 – Vancouver bt Western Province 26-19 

• 7th/8th Match – Munster bt Blue Bulls 24-19

• Plate Final – Moscow Saracens bt New York 38-5

• 3rd/4th Match – Auckland bt Western Province 28-14

• Cup Final – Daveta (Fiji) bt Vancouver 36-12

WPSevens Team to Limerick

DHL Western Province (pictured above) and the Vodacom Blue Bulls both travel to London for next weekend’s Twickenham World Club Sevens.

WP has been drawn into Pool A together with Ensei (Siberia), New York and (another). The Bulls will play Glocester (England), Cardiff Blues and Buenos Airies in Pool B.

At the time of writing, it is not clear wether the Twickenham World Club Sevens will be broadcast in South Africa.

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RWC Captain’s arm-band for Zenay Jordaan vs Wales

8 August 2014

Wing Sinazo Nobele could make her Springbok Women’s debut off the bench on Saturday in their Women’s Rugby World Cup clash against Wales in Marcoussis in a reshuffled team named by Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka.

Sephaka made several changes to his match-22 for the clash, with the starting lineup featuring five personnel changes and three positional switches to the team that went down against France.

Fullback Cindy Cant, flyhalf Zandile Nojoko, utility forward Andrea Mentoor, flank Rachelle Geldenhuys and prop Nwabisa Ngxatu were all handed starts, while Siviwe Basweni switched from fullback to centre and captain Zenay Jordaan moved from flyhalf to outside centre. In the other positional switch looseforward Lamla Momoti moves from flank to No8.

The notable inclusion on the bench was wing Sinazo Nobele, who will make her Test debut should she take to the field, while hooker Thantaswa Macingwana reclaimed her position after recovering from the knee injury that ruled her out of the France Test.

All of the players we have drafted into the starting lineup have been rewarded following impressive performances off the bench,” said Sephaka.

They have all been patient to earn starts and they are determined to assist the team sway their fortunes in the competition. So it is now up to them to show us what they can do.”

Of the positional switches, Sephaka said they were blessed to have players who could cover a few positions, and said:

“Siviwe is a seasoned wing and she certainly has the pace and skills to beat defenders out wide, while Zenay’s distribution skills and ability to read a game could add a different dimension in the midfield. Lamla, meanwhile is no stranger at No8 and she has proved that she has the skills to be a solid link between the forwards and backs.”

Sephaka was also pleased for Nobele and said she proved in the last month that she has the talent to play at this level.

Sinazo has impressed me with her skills and attitude since our World Cup holding camp in Cape Town,” said the coach.

She has good pace and skills and her patience to make her debut has been admirable. She has not dropped her head once at training and she has continued to work as hard as the other players despite being on the fringes of selection. She certainly deserves her place on the bench.”

Zenay Jordaan CAR Try

Springboks Sevens skipper Zenay Jordaan will captain the WomenBoks vs Wales on Saturday

The match can be viewed on live-streaming on at 17h00 on Friday.

Springbok Women’s team to face Wales:

15 – Cindy Cant
14 – Siviwe Basweni
13 – Zenay Jordaan (capt)
12 – Lorinda Brown
11 – Phumeza Gadu
10 – Zandile Nojoko
9 – Fundiswa Plaatjie
8 – Lamla Momoti
7 – Andrea Mentoor
6 – Rachelle Geldenhuys
5 – Nolusindiso Booi
4 – Celeste Adonis
3 – Cebisa Kula
2 – Denita Wentzel
1 – Nwabisa Ngxatu


16 – Thantaswa Macingwana
17 – Portia Jonga
18 – Vuyolwethu Vazi
19 – Shona-Leah Weston
20 – Tayla Kinsey
21 –Veroeshka Grain
22 – Sinazo Nobele

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