Thursday Afternoon Round Up

Thursday Afternoon Round Up

Knights sign Australian international Beau Robinson

Former Reds and Australia international back-row Beau Robinson has signed a one-year contract with RFU Championship side Doncaster Knights.

"Our recent injuries and recalls highlighted the need to reinforce our back row unit and Beau will provide a much needed, quality presence in the Knights squad,” said Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths.

Having previously represented NRL outfit Canterbury Bulldogs at U20 level, the 30-year-old Robinson began his Super Rugby career at the Waratahs in 2006.

In the 2011 he joined The Queensland Reds after successfully completing a trial period and went on to make over 50 appearances for Queensland across a four-year period.

Werner Kok joins WP on loan

Olympic Bronze medallist and 2015 World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, Werner Kok has joined Western Province Rugby on loan after an agreement between Western Province Rugby, SARU and Kok himself, making him available for Western Province until the end of the season.

In addition, Seabelo Senatla has signed a three-year three-part contract with Western Province Rugby and SARU, that will make him available for both Western Province and the Stormers, when he is not representing a national team.

Andy Robinson commits future to Bristol

Andy Robinson has signed a new three year deal to remain Bristol Rugby's director of rugby until 2019.

Robinson steered Bristol back to the Premiership in the 2015 season and has established a squad that will see the club reach new heights.

The Beast to equal rugby prop record

Having made his debut in 2008, Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira will earn his 80th cap after being named in the starting line-up for Saturday’s return Rugby Championship clash with Argentina, equalling two-time World Cup winner Os du Randt’s record as most-capped prop for the Springboks.

The Zimbabwean-born Mtawarira joined up with the Sharks in 2008 after school, and has gone on to enjoy a successful career in the front row for the Springboks.

Kok & Kolbe to start for WP

Rio Sevens Bronze medalists Cheslin Kolbe and Werner Kok will start for Western Province against the Eastern Province Kings on Saturday.

Kolbe will make his first start of the Currie Cup Premier Division after coming off the replacements bench last week, whilst Kok will make his Western Province debut on the right wing.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Robert du Preez


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