The Stormers http://thestormers.com The official website for the DHL Stormers Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:26:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Carr in line for three awards http://thestormers.com/carr-in-line-for-three-awards/ http://thestormers.com/carr-in-line-for-three-awards/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:57:18 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7877 Local hero Carr – who made his Springbok debut last month – has been nominated in three categories, along with fellow Bok newbie Pollard.

Twenty-three-year-old Carr, a standout for the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province in 2014, has been nominated in for the SARU Player of the Year, Absa Young Player of the Year and Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year.

Hot on Carr’s heels, with two nominations each, are DHL Stormers and DHL WP teammates Duane Vermeulen (SARU Player and Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year) and Seabelo Senatla (Absa Young Player and SA Sevens Player of the Year).

Other DHL WP and/or DHL Stormers players nominated for 2014 awards are hot-stepping fullback Cheslin Kolbe (Absa Young Player of the Year) and Absa Currie Cup-winning skipper Juan de Jongh (Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year).

Head coaches Allister Coetzee, Neil Powell and Johann Ackermann will battle it out for the title of Absa Coach of the Year, whilst their respective teams, DHL Western Province, the Springbok Sevens, and the Xerox Golden Lions have been nominated with the Springboks and Junior Springboks in the category for Absa Team of the Year.

The public vote in the SARU Rugby Player, Absa Young Player and Absa Team of the Year categories, through a number of online channels, will come to an end at 14h00 on Friday. To vote via Twitter, simply click here, or cast your vote through the online Springbok magazine by clicking here.

Other awards that will be presented on February 8, 2015 are in the categories of SARPA Players’ Player of the Year, SuperSport Try of the Year, Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Year, Marriott Referee Award, Women’s Player of the Year and Cell C Community Cup Player of the Tournament.

ALL THE NOMINATIONS FOR 2014:
(In alphabetical order)

SARU Rugby Player of the Year:
1. Nizaam Carr
2. Marcell Coetzee
3. Willie le Roux
4. Handré Pollard
5. Duane Vermeulen

Absa Young Player of the Year:
1. Nizaam Carr
2. Cheslin Kolbe
3. Handré Pollard
4. Seabelo Senatla
5. Jan Serfontein

Absa Team of the Year:
1. Springboks
2. Junior Springboks
3. Springbok Sevens
4. Xerox Golden Lions (Absa Currie Cup)
5. DHL Western Province (Absa Currie Cup)

Absa Coach of the Year:
1. Johann Ackermann (Xerox Golden Lions)
2. Allister Coetzee (DHL Western Province)
3. Neil Powell (Springbok Sevens)

SA Under-20 Player of the Year:
1. Thomas du Toit
2. Jesse Kriel
3. Handré Pollard

SA Sevens Player of the Year:
1. Branco du Preez
2. Frankie Horne
3. Seabelo Senatla

Vodacom Super Rugby Player of Year:
1. Marcell Coetzee (Cell C Sharks)
2. Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers)
3. Warren Whiteley (Lions)

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year:
1. Renaldo Bothma (Steval Pumas)
2. Jonathan Francke (GWK Griquas)
3. Lizo Gqoboka (EP Kings)

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year:
1. Nizaam Carr (DHL Western Province)
2. Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province)
3. Jaco Kriel (Xerox Golden Lions)

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year:
1. Boela Abrahams (Down Touch Griffons)
2. Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)
3. Dillon Smit (Leopards)

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Vermeulen, Carr nominated for top SA Rugby Award http://thestormers.com/vermeulen-carr-nominated-for-top-sa-rugby-award/ http://thestormers.com/vermeulen-carr-nominated-for-top-sa-rugby-award/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:34:11 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7874 Carr and Vermeulen are amongst five Springboks who have been nominated for the prestigious SA Rugby Player of the Year Award for 2014 with one of Carr, Vermeulen, Marcell Coetzee, Willie le Roux or Handré Pollard in line to claim the coveted annual award for the first time in their careers.

The five players have been nominated by the South African rugby media following a stellar year on the field, whilst Springbok rugby fans across the globe will now be given a voice in the selection of the winner, SARU announced on Friday.

The public will also be asked to cast their votes in two other categories, Young Player and the Absa Team of the Year.

Carr and Pollard have also been named in the Young Player category, along with Absa Currie Cup winners Cheslin Kolbe and Seabelo Senatla and Bulls ace Jan Serfontein. The Junior Springboks, Springboks, Springbok Sevens, DHL Western Province and Xerox Golden Lions have been nominated as Absa Team of the Year.

Public polling for the three awards will open on Friday, December 5, 2014 with all the winners to be announced at a gala event on February 8, 2015 in Midrand.

The public can vote for the top awards on SARU’s website (click here) or by using (for example) #YPOTYNizaamCarr on Twitter*, which is powered by social marketing platform Spredfast. Voting will also take place through SARU’s official digital Springbok Magazine, where subscribers can cast their votes.

Jurie Roux, SARU CEO said: “It is again very pleasing that we are able to give our rugby fans a voice in the game, and the SARU Player of the Year Awards is an ideal platform to do so. The last two years proved that supporters have strong opinions on who should win and that feedback was great, hence the decision to make the public part of the polling process again.

“The Awards are a highlight on the South African rugby calendar, and involving the fans more directly will no doubt add to the prestige of the event,” said Roux.

Media, coaches and players had a major say in determining the outstanding players of the season in a range of categories and competitions.

Other awards on the night include for the outstanding players in Vodacom Super Rugby, Absa Currie Cup Premier and First Division and Vodacom Cup competitions, as well as for the Absa Coach of the Year, SA Under-20 Player of the Year, Springbok Sevens Player of the Year, Women’s Achiever of the Year, SARPA Players’ Player of the Year, Supersport Try of the Year, Marriott Referee Award, Cell C Community Cup Player of the Tournament and Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament.

The closing date for public voting is Friday, December 12, 2014 at 14h00.

More information is available on the SARU website – www.sarugby.co.za and www.springbokmagazine.com and @bokrugby on Twitter.

* Participants can vote through the Spredfast platform either by simply Tweeting with the appropriate hashtag (e.g. #YPOTYNizaamCarr), or by clicking ‘Vote’ underneath the player or team image.

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De Villiers’s surgery successful http://thestormers.com/de-villierss-knee-surgery-successful/ http://thestormers.com/de-villierss-knee-surgery-successful/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:26:40 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7869 De Villiers had a full reconstruction of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments with an artificial graft, as well as a repair of the medial collateral ligament.

“The procedure went well, but at this stage it is difficult to determine an exact return to play time-frame,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts.

“The use of an artificial graft should speed up his rehabilitation and hopefully increase his chances of making a successful return to the playing field.”

De Villiers said: “I would like to thank every medical practitioner involved in my injury, from Saturday when it happened until today’s operation.

“My focus will now be on the arrival of our third child in the coming days. Thereafter it will be about recovering as soon as possible so I can start with my rehabilitation.

“I still have my sights set on going to next year’s Rugby World Cup and will do everything in my power to get to England.

“I would also like to thank everyone for the well-wishes and support in the last week, it means a lot to me and my family and we really appreciate every message.”

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Jean de Villiers injury update http://thestormers.com/jean-de-villiers-injury-update/ http://thestormers.com/jean-de-villiers-injury-update/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 08:07:42 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7865 De Villiers left the field in the 58th minute of the Springboks’ final Test of the season, last Saturday against Wales in Cardiff, after twisting his left knee and dislocating his knee cap.

Scans shortly after the match revealed significant ligament damage to the knee. De Villiers returned to South Africa on Monday and was assessed by an orthopaedic surgeon in Cape Town, who advised that the Springbok captain requires surgical reconstruction of the knee.

“We are currently consulting with the best specialists in South Africa to determine the best way to approach the surgery as there are potentially a few options available,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts on Monday afternoon.

“It’s imperative that the best course of action is decided on so that Jean can start recovery and rehabilitation as soon as possible to give him the best chance to be fit for the World Cup.

“At this stage it’s still difficult to determine how long he will be out of action, but it would probably be at least eight months.”

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IRB nomination for hardman Duane http://thestormers.com/irb-nomination-for-hardman-duane/ http://thestormers.com/irb-nomination-for-hardman-duane/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:48:55 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7855 The other nominees are Springbok teammate Willie le Roux, Irish flyhalf Jonathan Sexton, New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick and Kiwi wing Julian Savea. The winner will be revealed at the conclusion of the November internationals.

Commenting on the shortlisted candidates IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The IRB World Rugby Player of the Year is one of the most prestigious accolades in Rugby and previous winners have all made a significant contribution to the international game over the past decade, inspiring new generations of players and fans.

“All of these nominees have enjoyed stellar years and the focus on who will claim this accolade will add an extra dimension to the remaining November Tests.”

The IRB World Rugby Player of the Year nominees were selected by the independent IRB Awards panel, chaired by Australia’s Rugby World Cup 1999-winning captain John Eales.

The panel, comprising Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphaël Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace, has deliberated on every major Test played in 2014, starting with the RBS Six Nations and culminating with the November internationals.

“As always the panellists’ independent deliberations have produced a worthy list of contenders among a strong field,” said Eales.

“It has been a year where we have seen a levelling in competition with an unpredictability in so many games now. With a spread of a couple of outside backs, a flyhalf, a back-rower and a lock in contention it is not going to be an easy selection to determine the Player of the Year.”

In support of the initial nomination process, fans now have the chance to have their say on the shortlist via social media. The results of the public vote will be considered by the panel when finalising the winner.

Previous winners include Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Thierry Dusautoir, Shane Williams, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Jonny Wilkinson and Richie McCaw, with the two All Black centurions the only players to have won the award on more than one occasion.

The IRB World Rugby Player of the Year is one of 12 awards categories – including the IRB World Rugby Coach of the Year, IRB World Rugby Team of the Year, IRB Women’s Player of the Year, IRB Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC, IRB Women’s Sevens Player of the Year and IRB Junior Player of the Year.

2014 IRB WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:

Willie le Roux: A strong and elusive runner from fullback, Le Roux has started all 10 of South Africa’s Tests in 2014 to take his tally to 22 Tests since his debut against Italy in June 2013. The 25-year-old, who has scored seven Test tries, is strong under the high ball and is potentially the most exciting South Africa outside back to come onto the scene since Bryan Habana.

Brodie Retallick: A towering presence in the line-out, Brodie Retallick’s partnership with Sam Whitelock makes arguably the best second row in world rugby at present. The 23-year-old’s powerful runs and work-rate across the pitch have brought him to the fore in 2014. An IRB Junior World Championships winner in 2011, Retallick has 35 Tests and one try – against South Africa in the 2013 Rugby Championship – to his name.

Julian Savea: With a try-scoring rate that few can match, Julian Savea has inevitably drawn comparisons with legendary All Black wing Jonah Lomu this year. The 24-year-old has scored 10 tries in 2014 – including a hat-trick against England in the third Test in June – to take his tally to 29 tries in just 31 Tests. Savea was named the IRB Junior Player of the Year in 2010, after helping New Zealand win a third successive IRB Junior World Championships title.

Jonathan Sexton: The oldest of the nominees at 29, Jonathan Sexton has been the standout player for Ireland in 2014 as they claimed the Six Nations title, a first series win in Argentina in June and the scalp of South Africa in Dublin last weekend. His control of the game at flyhalf and perfect record from the kicking tee earned the 49-Test veteran the Man of the Match Award against the Springboks.

Duane Vermeulen: A classic South African No.8, Duane Vermeulen has won plaudits across the world in 2014 for his work at the breakdown, power in the tackle and his destructive ball-carrying. With 26 Tests to his name, the 28-year-old was named Man of the Match in South Africa’s 27-25 victory over world champions New Zealand in October with his battle with Kieran Read worth the admission price alone. Duane has played 78 matches for the DHL Stormers and 38 for DHL WP.

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Who are the new heavies? http://thestormers.com/who-are-the-new-heavies/ http://thestormers.com/who-are-the-new-heavies/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:49:28 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7851 Hooker Bongi Mbonambi and props Vincent Koch and Wilco Louw linked up with the 2014 Absa Currie Cup champions at their HPC training base in Bellville on Monday and all three will be jetting out to London for the clash at Allianz Park.

Between them, the trio boast a collective weight of 353 kilograms and whilst they don’t quite have the experience to match the likes of Tiaan Liebenberg, Brok Harris and Pat Cilliers – who they will replace in the DHL Stormers squad next year – they have wonderful opportunities to carve out their own reputations in the Cape.

Of the trio, 23-year-old Mbonambi boasts the most top-level rugby experience, having featured at Vodacom Super Rugby and Absa Currie Cup level for the Bulls since 2012 – playing a combined total of over 30 games.

The powerful hooker also featured at Varsity Cup level for the title-winning UP-Tuks team, where Empangeni-born Vincent Koch – who was schooled in Wellington and played Craven Week for Boland – first made a name for himself before he joined the Pumas on a full-time basis in 2013.

Koch, 24, helped the Pumas claim the Currie Cup First Division title in convincing fashion last season, before also spearheading their impressive charge in the 2014 Premier Division which saw them just fall short of the semifinals after a golden mid-season run.

The youngest member of the DHL Stormers’ new front-row trio is SA Under-20 powerhouse Wilco Louw – a constant selection in the team that went down narrowly to England in the final of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships in New Zealand in June.

At 133 kilograms there is no doubting his size, but when you first shake his hand you have no doubt about his strength either.

Louw turns 21 in July 2015, which makes him eligible for the DHL Western Province Under-21 team next year too. However, the Ceres-born prop – who finished his schooling at HTS Drostdy – will no doubt come into contention for Super Rugby honours like many before him in the Cape; Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe and Oli Kebble all very young props who have flourished here in recent years.

“Tighthead prop is a crucial position in rugby and we’ve acted quickly to identify and sign quality players to step in and provide valuable depth in (and to compete for) the No.3 jersey,” WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal told www.wprugby.com earlier this week.

“Frans Malherbe is a Springbok incumbent, were it not for his injury he would be on tour with the national squad at present, so we are satisfied that we have three quality players at our disposal (in Frans, Vincent and Wilco) ahead of next year’s Super Rugby tournament.”

Sunday’s clash against Saracens in North London will give Cape rugby fans an opportunity to catch a glimpse of their new front row stars, a sure taste of what is to come from our new signings in 2015.

* The Sanlam Private Investments Challenge – between Saracens and DHL WP – will be televised live on SuperSport One (kick-off 15h00 – SA time).

PLAYER PROFILES:

Mbongeni ‘Bongi’ Mbonambi
Position: Hooker
Date of Birth: January 7, 1991
Height: 1,86 metres
Weight: 102 kilograms
Other rugby honours: SA Schools (2009), SA Under-20 (2011)

Vincent Koch
Position: Prop
Date of Birth: March 13, 1990
Height: 1,85 metres
Weight: 118 kilograms
Other rugby honours: SA President’s XV (2013)

Wilco Louw
Position: Prop
Date of Birth: July 20, 1994
Height: 1,85 metres
Weight: 133 kilograms
Other rugby honours: SA Schools (2012), SA Under-20 (2014)

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Koch to add beef for DHL Stormers http://thestormers.com/koch-to-add-beef-for-dhl-stormers/ http://thestormers.com/koch-to-add-beef-for-dhl-stormers/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:31:06 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7844 Koch, 24, will add significant front row depth following the overseas departures of Pat Cilliers and Brok Harris, both members of the Absa Currie Cup-winning DHL Western Province squad.

The strongly-built prop can play on both sides of the scrum, but he starred at tighthead prop for the Pumas during the 2014 Absa Currie Cup – more than playing his part in one of the tournament’s most powerful and consistent packs.

Koch, a stalwart for the Blue Bulls at Under-19 and Under-21 level, weighs 118 kilograms and stands 1,85 metres tall and will push for DHL Stormers selection along with SA Under-20 star Wilco Louw, who last week was also announced as a new signing, and Springbok Frans Malherbe.

“Tighthead prop is a crucial position in rugby and we’ve acted quickly to identify and sign quality players to step in and provide valuable depth in (and to compete for) the No.3 jersey,” WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal told www.wprugby.com.

“Frans Malherbe is a Springbok incumbent, were it not for his injury he would be on tour with the national squad at present, so we are satisfied that we have three quality players at our disposal (in Frans, Vincent and Wilco) ahead of next year’s Super Rugby tournament.”

Koch arrived in Cape Town on Monday and will form part of the DHL Western Province squad that will travel to London later this week to take on Saracens. That 24-man squad will be announced shortly.

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2014 ACC Final tickets: Phase two http://thestormers.com/2014-acc-final-tickets-phase-two/ http://thestormers.com/2014-acc-final-tickets-phase-two/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:07:24 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7838 With season ticket holders having had until Wednesday, October 22 (at 12h00) to purchase their regular seats for the final (SEE THAT INFORMATION HERE), those remaining seating tickets will now be released for sale back to the general public – from 09h00 on Thursday.

Phase two of the Currie Cup Final sales will officially commence on Thursday, October 23 at 09h00, with tickets going on sale online at wprugby.ticketpros.co.za, from selected PostNet outlets (see here) and the DHL Newlands box office in Boundary Road, Newlands (09h00 to 16h00).

TICKET PRICES FOR THE 2014 ABSA CURRIE CUP FINAL ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SEATING
Category 1 – R 350
Category 2 – R 250
Category 3 – R 150
Category 4 – R 350
Category 5 – R 200

STANDING
Category 6 – R 100

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2014 Absa Currie Cup Final: Public tickets http://thestormers.com/2014-absa-currie-cup-final-public-tickets/ http://thestormers.com/2014-absa-currie-cup-final-public-tickets/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:30:40 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7828 All the DHL Western Province teams, the Under-19s, Under-21s and the Senior side, will be involved in ALL THREE finals at DHL Newlands next Saturday – a great achievement for the union.

Tickets can be purchased online (wprugby.ticketpros.co.za), from selected PostNet outlets and the DHL Newlands box office (Tuesday 12h00 to 16h00, Wednesday-Friday 09h00 to 16h00).

The ticket prices for 2014 are unchanged from 2013, as DHL WP get set to host a second successive Absa Currie Cup Final at DHL Newlands.

TICKET PRICES FOR THE 2014 ABSA CURRIE CUP FINAL ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SEATING
Category 1 – R350
Category 2 – R250
Category 3 – R150
Category 4 – R350
Category 5 – R200

STANDING
Category 6 – R100

* URGENT: 2014 DHL Newlands season tickets ARE NOT VALID for the final. If you are a 2014 DHL Newlands season ticket holder, PLEASE CLICK HERE NOW!

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2014 Currie Cup Final: Important season ticket information http://thestormers.com/2014-currie-cup-final-important-season-ticket-information/ http://thestormers.com/2014-currie-cup-final-important-season-ticket-information/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:26:19 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7824 Thank you for your continued support as a DHL Newlands season ticket holder.

The 2014 rugby season is set to end with a bang at DHL Newlands, as the DHL Western Province team looks to go all the way in the Absa Currie Cup competition. Of course, this weekend’s victory over the Blue Bulls means we now have the right to host the 2014 Currie Cup Final at DHL Newlands.

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: 2014 DHL Newlands season tickets were valid for the home semifinal, but ARE NOT VALID for the Absa Currie Cup Final on Saturday, October 25. You do however, as the season ticket holder, have the right to purchase your seats. (PLEASE NOTE: ALL Scholar Season Tickets are valid for the final!)

Please carefully follow the steps below should you wish to purchase your seats. Note you must action this by Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12h00. Should you not take up your tickets by the cut-off date your tickets will be released for general sale.

THE TICKET PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS (UNCHANGED FROM 2013):
(Your ticket price is determined by the category into which your seat/s falls.)

Category 1 – R350
Category 2 – R250
Category 3 – R150
Category 4 – R350

RESERVING YOUR SEAT(S) ONLINE VIA TICKETPROS before Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12h00. PLEASE NOTE this facility opens on Sunday, October 19 at 12h00.

You will need a credit card, an internet connection, your Member ID (as above your name on your season tickets) and seat numbers (please try to avoid the EFT function as certain banks do not release the money in time and you might lose your tickets due to non-payment).

Navigate to ‘Season Ticket Holder Final’ with the following link: wprugby.ticketpros.co.za – click on the ‘Season Ticket Final’ button and follow the steps to book your seats. Tickets can be collected from your nearest PostNet outlet. (See that list HERE.)

RESERVING YOUR SEATS AT WP RUGBY OFFICES, DHL NEWLANDS RUGBY STADIUM:

You will need a credit card, cash or debit card, your season tickets and a valid ID.

Times: Monday & Tuesday (October 20 & 21) from 09h00 to 18h00; Wednesday (October 22) from 09h00 to 12h00.
Venues: Ticket Office, Boundary Road, Newlands (next to official DHL Newlands Rugby Shop) Cash, Credit & Debit Cards (Master or Visa), Stadium Office Entrance (under Grand Stand in Boundary Road) only Credit Cards (Master or Visa).

STILL HAVING PROBLEMS?

Contact us at:

Telephone (office hours): 021-6594600 – have your Member number (as on your season tickets) ready, as well as the name of the Season Ticket holder.

Please remember that should you not take up your tickets by Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12h00, they will be released into the system for sale.

Thank you for your continued support as a DHL Newlands season ticket holder.

Enjoy the game!

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