Monday Afternoon Round Up

Monday Afternoon Round Up

Damian de Allende ruled out for 3 months

Stormers centre Damian de Allende has been ruled out of action for up to three months due to an ankle injury.


De Allende sustained the injury in the second half of the Stormers 37-24 victory against Bulls at  Newlands on Saturday.


The midfielder joins the likes of Scarra Ntubeni (achilles), Leolin Zas (leg) and Juan de Jongh (knee) on the Stormers injury list.


Rory Clegg signs long-term contract at Ealing

Ealing Trailfinders can confirm that Rory Clegg has joined on a long-term contract from Glasgow Warriors ahead of the transfer deadline last Friday.


"Rory is someone we have been following for some time and it is great to bring him in at this stage of the season,” Director of Rugby Ben Ward said.

The fly-half has played for the current Pro 12 champions since the start of the 2015-16 season and scored 95 points in 14 appearances. He also has appeared for Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons and England Saxons.

Yorkshire Carnegie captain Ryan Burrows to join Newcastle Falcons

Yorkshire Carnegie captain Ryan Burrows has become Newcastle Falcons’ latest signing as the club continues its recruitment for next season.

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards commented: “Ryan is an experienced performer who has played to a consistently high standard in the Championship over a number of years now, and really deserves this chance to step up.
 
“His ball-carrying, leadership and work rate will all be major assets when he joins us in the summer, before which time I know he is completely committed to helping Yorkshire Carnegie finish their season strongly.”

The 28-year-old has scored 28 tries in his 138 appearances for Carnegie since joining them in 2011, having also made more than a century of appearances for Rotherham.

7 members of the Leinster Academy awarded senior contracts

Ahead of next season, Leinster Rugby and the IRFU can confirm that seven members of the Leinster Academy have been awarded Senior Contracts. 

Ross Byrne, Joey Carbery, Nick McCarthy, Rory O’Loughlin, Andrew Porter, James Ryan and Peadar Timmins are the seven players that will join up with the Leinster Senior squad.

Commenting on the news Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen said:

“We invest a huge amount of time and resources into our Academy system in Leinster and we very much see these players and this model as the future of this club. I am excited by the challenge that lies ahead of them as they look to kick on in their careers.”

Between them, they have played 55 times for Leinster in the Champions Cup and Guinness PRO12 this season, contributing 15 tries and 142 points.

Saints sign Springbok scrum-half Cobus Reinach

Northampton Saints has today announced the signing of Cobus Reinach ahead of the 2017/18 season.

“Cobus is an excellent player and we’re looking forward to having him at Franklin’s Gardens next season,” said Director of rugby Jim Mallinder. 

“We have been watching him for some time and he has proven time and again what a quality player he is. His set piece skills are excellent and he is a very opportunistic scrum half."

The 27-year-old scrum-half joins the Saints from Durban-based team, The Sharks, where he has played his entire career to date. His senior debut came in 2011 and the first of his 10 caps for South Africa following in 2014.

Wasps sign Fijian international Gaby Lovobalavu

Wasps have announced that Fijian international centre Gabiriele Lovobalavu will join the club ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Lovobalavu, who has won 22 caps for his country and represented Fiji in the last three Rugby World Cups (2007, 2011 and 2015), is currently playing for Bayonne in the Top 14, having joined them from Toulon in 2012.

He will head to Wasps over the summer when Samoan international centre Alapati Leiua moves to Bristol Rugby.

UCT Ikeys Vs Stellenbosch Maties match Round Up

Ikeys and Maties met for Round 5 of Varsity Cup at Groote Schuur Rugby Field this afternoon.

Maties ran in 7 tries as they beat their cape rivals Ikey Tigers at the Green Mile. Stellenbosch had a clear cut plan into the wind in the 1st half and took a 7 point lead at the break. The 2nd half saw UCT struggle to get into the game as they made a number of errors after the 2nd strategy break.

Final score: Ikeys 16 - 47 Maties.

Kings announce 25-man squad for Singapore trip

Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids has announced his 25-man squad that will travel to Singapore. 

Lock Irne Herbst, who sustained a concussion against the Jaguares, misses out on the Asian trip and has been replaced with Thembelani Bholi.

Fullback Chrysander Botha has not been included in the travelling squad, with Pieter-Steyn de Wet replacing him. 

The travelling Southern Kings squad is:

Forwards: Schalk Ferreira (captain), Martin Bezuidenhout, Thembelani Bholi, Chris Cloete, Justin Forwood, Ross Geldenhuys, Kurt Haupt, Chris Heiberg, Ruaan Lerm, Andisa Ntsila, Tyler Paul, Schalk van der Merwe, Michael Willemse, Stefan Willemse, Mzwanele Zito.

Backs: Masixole Banda, Lionel Cronje, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Malcolm Jaer, Berton Klaasen, Makazole Mapimpi, Waylon Murray, Louis Schreuder, Rudi van Rooyen, Luzuko Vulindlu.

SA Rugby confirm coaching structures with Coetzee remaining Head Coach

The Executive Council of SA Rugby reaffirmed its support for Allister Coetzee, as they announced the coaching and management structure for eight national teams.

46 individuals were named, Franco Smith is one of the notable additions to the senior Springbok team as well as the announcement of Chean Roux as the Springbok U20 coach.

SA Rugby National team coaching and management staffs

Springboks

Head Coach: Allister Coetzee. Assistant Coaches: Johann van Graan, Matthew Proudfoot, Franco Smith. Team Manager: Ian Schwartz. Conditioning Coach: Warren Adams. Team Doctors: Jerome Mampane and Konrad von Hagen. Physiotherapists: Vivian Verwant and Tanu Pillay. PR Manager: Annelee Murray. Logistics Manager: JJ Fredericks. Media Manager: Rayaan Adriaanse. Defence coach: TBC.

Springbok Sevens

Head Coach: Neil Powell. Team Manager: Ashley Evert. Team Doctor: Leigh Gordon. Physiotherapist: Hugh Everson. Conditioning Coach: Allan Temple-Jones.

SA ‘A’

Head Coach: Johan Ackermann. Assistant Coaches: Abe Davids, Chumani Booi. Team Manager: Willem Oliphant. Team Doctor: TBC. Physiotherapist: Basheer Mohamed. Conditioning Coach: Andre Smith.

Junior Springboks (Under-20s)

Head Coach: Chean Roux. Assistant Coach: Mzwandile Stick. Team Doctor: Jerome Mampane. Physiotherapist: Karabo Morokane. Technical Analyst: Hayden Groepes.

Sevens Academy

Head coach: Paul Delport. Academy Manager: Marius Schoeman.

Springbok Women’s Sevens

Head Coach: Renfred Dazel. Physiotherapist: Reagan Cele. Conditioning Coach: Johno Meintjies. Logistics Manager: Michele English.

SA Schools

Head Coach: Lance Sendin. Assistant Coach: Ruan Bezuidenhout. Team Manager: Relton Hermanus. Team Doctor: Gerhard Coetzer. Physiotherapist: Kim Naidoo. Conditioning Coach: Andre Smith.

SA Schools ‘A’

Head Coach: Sean Erasmus. Assistant Coach: Mzwakhe Nkosi. Team Manager: Ofentse Moeng. Team Doctor: Gerhard Coetzer. Physiotherapist: Wernick Smit. Conditioning Coach: Ghafoer Luckan.

Coetzee announce squad for Springbok training camp

Having received the backing of the Executive Council of SA Rugby, Allister Coetzee named a 41-man list for his first training camp of the year.

The likes of Handré Pollard, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe and Jaco Kriel are all included having returned from injuries.

Seabelo Senatla, the current World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, has also been included in the training camp, that will take place in Johannesburg.

1

Nizaam Carr

Number 8

DHL Stormers

2

Uzair Cassiem

Flank

Toyota Cheetahs

3

Damian de Allende

Centre

DHL Stormers

4

Lood de Jager

Lock

Vodacom Bulls

5

Faf de Klerk

Scrumhalf

Emirates Lions

6

Ruan Dreyer

Prop

Emirates Lions

7

Jean-Luc du Plessis

Flyhalf

DHL Stormers

8

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Lock

DHL Stormers

9

Joseph Dweba*

Hooker

Toyota Cheetahs

10

Eben Etzebeth

Lock

DHL Stormers

11

Warrick Gelant*

Fullback

Vodacom Bulls

12

Lizo Gqoboka

Prop

Vodacom Bulls

13

Hanro Liebenberg*

Number 8

Vodacom Bulls

14

Travis Ismaiel

Wing

Vodacom Bulls

15

Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Centre

Emirates Lions

16

Elton Jantjies

Flyhalf

Emirates Lions

17

Siya Kolisi

Flank

DHL Stormers

18

Jaco Kriel

Flank

Emirates Lions

19

Jesse Kriel

Fullback

Vodacom Bulls

20

Wilco Louw*

Prop

DHL Stormers

21

Frans Malherbe

Prop

DHL Stormers

22

Lionel Mapoe

Centre

Emirates Lions

23

Malcolm Marx

Hooker

Emirates Lions

24

Bongi Mbonambi

Hooker

DHL Stormers

25

Teboho Mohoje

Flank

Toyota Cheetahs

26

Franco Mostert

Lock

Emirates Lions

27

Ox Nche*

Prop

Toyota Cheetahs

28

Sikhumbuzo Notshe

Number 8

DHL Stormers

29

Trevor Nyakane

Prop

Vodacom Bulls

30

Rudy Page

Scrumhalf

Vodacom Bulls

31

Sergeal Petersen

Wing

Toyota Cheetahs

32

Handré Pollard

Flyhalf

Vodacom Bulls

33

Raymond Rhule

Wing

Toyota Cheetahs

34

Seabelo Senatla

Wing

DHL Stormers

35

Jan Serfontein

Centre

Vodacom Bulls

36

RG Snyman

Lock

Vodacom Bulls

37

Jamba Ulengo

Wing

Vodacom Bulls

38

Armand van der Merwe

Hooker

Emirates Lions

39

Piet van Zyl

Scrumhalf

Vodacom Bulls

40

Francois Venter

Centre

Toyota Cheetahs

41

Warren Whiteley

Number 8

Emirates Lions

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