The Stormers http://thestormers.com The official website for the DHL Stormers Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:53:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DHL Stormers will ‘give absolutely everything’ http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-will-give-absolutely-everything/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:53:53 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10620 DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck says that his players are ready to give all they have in the Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Following the June international break Vodacom Super Rugby action resumes this weekend, and Fleck knows that the three games before the knock-out phase will be crucial for his side as they look to protect their lead at the top of Africa Conference One to secure a home play-off.

“There are three games left and we need to give absolutely everything in every game we play to qualify for the quarterfinals.

“The main thing for us is that we have to gain momentum both on the field and off the field. It is going to be three crucial weeks and the team is excited to be back and playing together.

“We have got some plans in place and we are excited to have the Springboks back and we are just excited to get out there again,” he said.

In the absence of co-captain Frans Malherbe (neck injury) and Juan de Jongh (Springbok Sevens), the DHL Stormers will be led out at AAMI Park by veteran Schalk Burger, whose leadership abilities have shone through this week for Fleck.

“It is a very easy transition for Schalk to take over, he has supported Juan and Frans very well this season and whenever they weren’t able to step up in terms of leadership he has.

“Schalk is a great captain and he has been excellent over the last two weeks, and the players have responded really well,” said the DHL Stormers coach.

With Cheslin Kolbe also currently training with the Blitzboks in preparation for the Rio Olympic Games, Fleck has called on Jaco Taute who will start his first game of the season at fullback having recently returned from a knee injury he sustained in pre-season.

Fleck said that Taute’s experience will be vital in what should be a testing environment in Melbourne.

“With the young backline that we have got we were looking for some experience and Jaco has played Vodacom Super Rugby before.

“What this team needs right now is a bit of leadership and confidence coming from a senior player, and we felt that Jaco’s communication was key and what the group needs.

“It is an important tour for us, there are a lot of young men on this tour, so a guy with his sort of leadership qualities can play a major role,” he explained.

Fleck said that his team is under no illusions about the size of the challenge ahead of them against a settled Rebels side that won the last time the two sides met in Melbourne in 2013.

“They are very tough to beat at home, it is a well-balanced side that has been together for the last two to three years under the same coaching staff.

“It is important that the players understand that we have got a big challenge ahead of us but we are very excited about what is to come this weekend,” Fleck added.

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Taute returns for DHL Stormers http://thestormers.com/taute-returns-for-dhl-stormers/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:07:00 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10617 Jaco Taute will make his first appearance this season for the DHL Stormers in their clash with the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The powerful utility back suffered a knee injury in pre-season, and makes his return to Vodacom Super Rugby action at fullback in place of Cheslin Kolbe who is currently on national Sevens duty.

A fit-again Schalk Burger also returns to the starting line-up at No.8 and will captain the side in the absence of Juan de Jongh who is also with the Springbok Sevens squad.

The only other change to the team that started the 31-24 victory against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands before the June break sees Vincent Koch replace the injured Frans Malherbe at tighthead prop.

On the replacements bench prop JP Smith and utility back Scott van Breda are both in line to make their DHL Stormers debut should they take the field.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that the players have embraced the challenge on tour as they look to gather some vital momentum.

“The spirit in the squad is very positive, we know that the Rebels are a tough side to beat at home, but we are certainly up for the challenge,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Scott van Breda.

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Perrett making history in Melbourne http://thestormers.com/perrett-making-history-in-melbourne/ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:27:46 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10614 Australia’s top female referee, Amy Perrett will make history when she picks up the Assistant Referees flag at this weekend’s clash between the Melbourne Rebels and the DHL Stormers in Melbourne, becoming the first woman in the history of Vodacom Super Rugby to do so.

Perrett is a product of the ARU’s Referee Pathways program and recently was announced as one of Australia’s two officiating representatives at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

ARU Head of Referees Scott Young: “We are immensely proud of Amy’s efforts to make her Super Rugby debut this weekend.

“The fact that she is making SANZAAR history is an added bonus as she is well and truly deserving of her position, considering her outstanding professionalism and her desire to constantly improve.

“We hope this will open up a clear pathway for women in our game who want to be a part of Rugby from an officiating capacity knowing that (like Amy) they can make it to the top of our sport.”

Perrett was humbled by the announcement: “I am really proud to be given this honour this weekend and I certainly hope this opens the door for more women to officiate the top level across Rugby.

“I am just focused on doing my job to the best of my ability and will be joining a fantastic team of SANZAAR refs right across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina who referee Super Rugby week in and week out.”

Amy’s rise to Super Rugby has been benefited by her coming on as a full time professional referee sharing her time between Australian Rugby and NSW Rugby in early 2016.

No stranger to big match pressure, Perrett has previously refereed Finals of Women’s Sevens tournaments, the Women’s Rugby World Cup Final and the Women’s Six Nations major derby between England and France.

The match takes place this Saturday July 2 at AAMI Park in Melbourne with fellow Australian Angus Gardner the main referee for the match.

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Gardner on the whistle in Melbourne http://thestormers.com/gardner-on-the-whistle-in-melbourne/ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:05:36 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10611 Australian referee Angus Gardner will be in charge of the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The assistant referees will be the Australian duo of Nic Berry and Amy Perrett, with Ian Smith as the Television Match Official.

Vodacom Super Rugby Round 15 match officials:

Friday, July 1

Chiefs v Crusaders
(ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji – Kick-Off 19h35; 09h35 SA time)
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Jamie Nutbrown
TMO: Glenn Newman

Brumbies v Reds
(GIO Stadium, Canberra – Kick-Off: 19h45; 11h45 SA time)
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Will Houston
TMO: George Ayoub

Saturday, July 2

Sunwolves v Waratahs
(Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo – Kick-Off: 14h15; 07h15 SA time)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant referees: Aki Aso, Noriaki Hashimoto
TMO: Takashi Hareda

Hurricanes v Blues
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington – Kick-Off 19h35; 09h35 SA time)
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant referees: Ben O’Keeffe, Kane McBride
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Rebels v DHL Stormers
(AAMI Park, Melbourne – Kick-Off: 19h45; 11h45 SA time)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant referees: Nic Berry, Amy Perrett
TMO: Ian Smith

Toyota Cheetahs v Force
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein – Kick-Off: 15h00)
Referee: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Willie Vos

Southern Kings v Highlanders
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kick-Off: 17h10)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Rodney Bonaparte
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Emirates Lions v Cell C Sharks
(Emirates Airlines Stadium, Johannesburg – Kick-Off: 19h20)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Pro Legoete
TMO: Johann Greef

Jaguares v Vodacom Bulls
(Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires – Kick-Off: 18h40; 23h40 SA time)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi, Juan Sylvestre
TMO: Santiago Borsani

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DHL Stormers touring squad announced http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-touring-squad-announced-2/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:38:57 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10608 DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 27-man squad for the upcoming two-match tour of Australia.

In the absence of co-captains Juan de Jongh (Springbok Sevens) and Frans Malherbe (neck injury), the DHL Stormers will be led by veteran loose forward Schalk Burger for their matches against the Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.

Malherbe’s injury, which will see him sidelined for two to three weeks, means that there is a call-up for young tighthead prop Wilco Louw who has been impressive for DHL Western Province in recent weeks.

Another player who will not be part of the squad is fullback Cheslin Kolbe who is also on national Sevens duty.

The other additions to the squad see fit-again lock Jean Kleyn, prop JP Smith and utility backs Jaco Taute and Scott van Breda all join the touring group for the first time this season.

Fleck said that it is vital for the team to gain some momentum following the June International break.

“This is obviously a crucial tour for us, and the players know that we are in for two challenging matches in Australia.

“With our international players only joining us this week, we have had to travel later than we usually would, but the benefit of that is that we are travelling together as a united group.

“There are some new faces in the squad, and it is a great opportunity for them to experience a tour with the DHL Stormers for the first time.

“We have set ourselves some goals for this trip, one of which is for these young guys to gain some valuable experience playing abroad.

“We have to gain some momentum in this final phase of the competition to keep our destiny in our own hands,” he said.

The DHL Stormers coach said that while it is disappointing to lose the services of Malherbe and De Jongh, the team will be in secure hands on the pitch under Burger’s leadership.

“Schalk Burger is one of the most experienced players in South African rugby, and he is certainly no stranger to the captaincy role, so we will draw on his leadership abilities as much as we can,” he said.

Fleck said that despite the unique challenges of travelling so late in the season and leaving late in the week, the squad is excited to make the most of their time in Australia.

“Having a tour this late in the season was always going to be a challenge, but traditionally we are good tourists and a big part of that success has been our ability to get tight as a group and to make the most of our time away.

“We are looking at this tour as a great opportunity to pull together, tick a lot of boxes both on and off the pitch and build the momentum we are looking for,” Fleck added.

DHL Stormers touring squad: Schalk Burger (captain), Nizaam Carr, Damian de Allende, Daniel du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Rynhardt Elstadt, Nic Groom, Huw Jones, Oli Kebble, Jean Kleyn, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni, JD Schickerling, Louis Schreuder, JP Smith, Jaco Taute, Brandon Thomson, Scott van Breda, Kobus van Wyk, Alistair Vermaak, Leolin Zas.

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Mbonambi in line for Bok debut http://thestormers.com/mbonambi-in-line-for-bok-debut/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:31:25 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10604 DHL Stormers hooker Bongi Mbonambi is in line to make his Springbok debut should he come off the replacements bench against Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The all-action hooker has been on the replacements bench for the first two Tests against, but has not yet taken the field with captain Adriaan Struass playing the full 80 minutes in both games.

In the only changes to the starting XV Warren Whiteley and Ruan Combrinck will make their first starts for the Springboks in the deciding third Test.

Whiteley replaces the experienced Duane Vermeulen, who is out with an elbow injury, while Combrinck, man of the match in last week’s win over the Irish in Johannesburg, gets the starting nod over Lwazi Mvovo, who is now on the bench.

An ankle injury has ruled out prop Trevor Nyakane, and his place amongst the reserves is filled by the uncapped Steven Kitshoff. He is joined on the bench by another uncapped player, Jaco Kriel, who comes into the match day squad for the first time during the series.

Strauss will lead the Boks for the third time on Saturday, with the hooker looking to lead the South Africans to a series win over Ireland. The series is currently tied 1-1 after Ireland’s opening win in Cape Town and the Springboks’ victory last week on the Highveld.

The Springboks have been hard at work this week to prepare themselves for what promises to be another intriguing battle between the two sides. Coetzee said the Boks are looking forward to playing the Irish in PE.

“It will be another huge battle between the sides on Saturday,” said Coetzee.

“Both sides have suffered injuries before and during the series, but that it is part of the game and it again provides opportunities for others to come in and stake their claim.

“Jaco has been close to selection every time and he now gets his chance in the match day squad. Steven has worked extremely hard since we got together as a team and he also has an opportunity to show his promise should he take to the field.

“We know what is at stake on Saturday – it’s a matter of winner takes all scenario. This group of players will continue to grow together as a team and Saturday they have the opportunity to gain more experience by playing together.”

Springboks: 15 Willie le Roux (Cell C Sharks), 14 Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions), 13 Lionel Mapoe (Emirates Lions), 12 Damian De Allende (DHL Stormers), 11 JP Pietersen (Cell C Sharks), 10 Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), 9 Faf de Klerk (Emirates Lions), 8 Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions), 7 Siya Kolisi (DHL Stormers), 6 Francois Louw (Bath), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), 4 Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), 3 Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain, Vodacom Bulls), 1 Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks).
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), 17 Steven Kitshoff (Bordeaux), 18 Julian Redelinghuys (Emirates Lions), 19 Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions), 20 Jaco Kriel (Emirates Lions), 21 Rudy Paige (Vodacom Bulls), 22 Morne Steyn (Stade Francais), 23 Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks).

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Du Toit steps up for Boks http://thestormers.com/du-toit-steps-up-for-boks/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:35:03 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10600 DHL Stormers lock Pieter-Steph du Toit has been named in the Springbok starting line-up for the Test against Ireland at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The second rower joins DHL Stormers teammates Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi and Damian de Allende in the starting XV, with Bongi Mbonambi set to make his international debut should he come off the replacements bench.

The two changes in the starting line-up are because of injury, with Du Toit and Elton Jantjies replacing Lood de Jager and Pat Lambie respectively, while the Emirates Lions duo of Franco Mostert and Ruan Combrinck are on the bench and could make their Test debut at their home ground. In the final change, Morne Steyn is added to the bench as flyhalf cover.

The second Test of the three-match series kicks off at 17h00 at the Emirates Airline Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Ireland won by 26-20 in Cape Town last weekend.

De Jager sustained a calf injury last week in Cape Town and although he finished the match against the Irish and was able to participate in training on Monday, subsequent follow-up scans revealed he has suffered a calf strain. He was not considered for action this week, which means a start for Du Toit alongside his DHL Stormers lock partner Etzebeth.

Jantjies takes over the flyhalf duties after Lambie was ruled out with concussion and will make his first start for the Boks at his home ground. The vastly experienced Steyn, who has 60 Tests to his name, is included on the bench after joining the squad on Monday.

The inclusion of Du Toit in the starting line-up means a first appearance on the replacement bench for Mostert, who has so far this season caught the attention with numerous impressive performances at lock for the Emirates Lions in Vodacom Super Rugby.

In the only other change to the match-day squad, Combrinck gets the nod as the utility backline player. The Emirates Lions flyer has been in fine form for the Highveld franchise so far this season in Vodacom Super Rugby. He is a deadly finisher on the right wing and is equally at home in the fullback position.

Mostert and Combrinck will join Mbonambi (hooker) as the only uncapped players on the bench.

Coetzee described Saturday’s clash on the Highveld as a massive one, and said the squad have worked hard to rectify their mistakes.

“We spoke hard and were very frank in our assessment of last week’s performance,” said Coetzee.

“The Springboks are capable of executing the fundamentals of the game much better and that’s what we will set out do on Saturday. We know Ireland will come with a real desire to clinch the series, however, we must be ready to confront them and put ourselves into a position to succeed.

“I believe players who played in Cape Town deserve another opportunity and I am looking forward to see what they can do this week.”

The Bok coach explained his decision to make minimal changes to the side after the Boks suffered their first defeat against Ireland in Cape Town last Saturday: “We said we will not hit the panic button, and the decision to go with largely the same match-day squad is to give our players the opportunity to redeem themselves.

“Lood experienced some trouble on Monday and scans revealed he suffered a calf strain, so he won’t be in action this weekend. And Elton comes in for Pat, who is out with concussion and he will have his franchise halfback partner Faf de Klerk next to him.

“Morne Steyn still has a lot to offer at international level and his experience from the bench will no doubt prove valuable for us. Pieter-Steph gave a good account of himself last week when he came on for Lood and he now has a chance to make another good impact from the start,” explained Coetzee.

“Ruan has been playing very good rugby and so has Franco. I will look to the bench to maintain the intensity and again bring impact off the bench,” added Coetzee.

The Springboks will wrap up their preparations on Friday morning with the customary Captain’s Run at Emirates Airline Park, the scene of many memorable Springbok performances in the past.

Springboks: 15 Willie le Roux (Cell C Sharks), 14 JP Pietersen (Cell C Sharks), 13 Lionel Mapoe (Emirates Lions), 12 Damian De Allende (DHL Stormers), 11 Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks), 10 Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), 9 Faf de Klerk (Emirates Lions), 8 Duane Vermeulen (Toulon), 7 Siya Kolisi (DHL Stormers), 6 Francois Louw (Bath), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), 4 Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), 3 Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain, Vodacom Bulls), 1 Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks).
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), 17 Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), 18 Julian Redelinghuys (Emirates Lions), 19 Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions), 20 Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions), 21 Rudy Paige (Vodacom Bulls), 22 Morne Steyn (Stade Francais), 23 Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions).

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Wholesale changes for SA ‘A’ http://thestormers.com/wholesale-changes-for-sa-a/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:20:10 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10597 SA ‘A’ coach Johan Ackermann made wholesale changes to his team for Friday’s final match against the England Saxons in George.

There are three DHL Stormers players in the match-day squad for the match which kicks off at 19h10 at Outeniqua Park with Leolin Zas starting at fullback and JD Schickerling and Nizaam Carr both on the replacements bench.

Although they lost the first match last Friday in Bloemfontein, mainly because of a lukewarm first-half performance, Ackermann’s team finished strongly and “won” the second half 21-10.

“This is the kind of urgency I’ll be looking for from the players,” said Ackermann.

“We tried things, but ultimately the first-half performance in Bloemfontein cost us dearly. If we can start on Friday like we finished off last week – bar that last try the Saxons scored – I know we can put together a much better show in George.

“I can also sense that the players are gelling a better on the training field having spent more time together and they know what is expected of them this weekend. If we can sharpen up on defence and look after the ball a bit better, the rest will come.”

Ackermann said the big number of changes was mainly made to afford every member of the squad playing time.

“These guys have worked incredibly hard over the last 10 days or so and all of them deserve an opportunity to get a taste of what international rugby is all about,” said Ackermann.

“Having said that, I believe we’ve put together a great side with some key combinations from their franchises teams for Friday’s match. There are some very good players in this squad and I’m excited for the challenge this weekend – as are they.”

At the back, Sergeal Petersen, Lukhanyo Am, Francois Brummer and Piet van Zyl will start in the places of Travis Ismaiel, Howard Mnisi, Garth April and Nic Groom respectively. Ismaiel and Mnisi are on the bench with Ntando Kebe.

Upfront, Arno Botha, Jean-Luc du Preez, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Marcel van der Merwe and Malcolm Marx are in the starting line-up, replacing Nizaam Carr, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Stephan Lewies, JD Schickerling, Vincent Koch and Scarra Ntubeni.

SA ‘A’: 15 Leolin Zas (DHL Stormers), 14 Sergeal Petersen (Toyota Cheetahs), 13 Francois Venter (Toyota Cheetahs), 12 Lukhanyo Am (Southern Kings), 11 Courtnall Skosan (Emirates Lions), 10 Francois Brummer (Vodacom Bulls), 9 Piet van Zyl (Vodacom Bulls), 8 Arno Botha (Vodacom Bulls), 7 Oupa Mohoje (captain, Toyota Cheetahs), 6 Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks), 5 RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), 4 Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Bulls), 3 Marcel van der Merwe (Vodacom Bulls), 2 Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), 1 Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks).
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle (Southern Kings), 17 Coenie Oosthuizen (Cell C Sharks), 18 Lizo Gqoboka (Vodacom Bulls), 19 JD Schickerling (DHL Stormers), 20 Nizaam Carr (DHL Stormers), 21 Ntando Kebe (Southern Kings), 22 Howard Mnisi (Emirates Lions), 23 Travis Ismaiel (Vodacom Bulls).

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#LoveRugby launches at DHL Newlands http://thestormers.com/loverugby-launches-at-dhl-newlands/ Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:06:05 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10594 SA Rugby on Saturday officially launched its #LoveRugby movement – the antidote to sporting negativity – ahead of the Test between the Springboks and Ireland at DHL Newlands.

The hashtag – which twice trended on Twitter in South Africa in the fortnight prior to launch – will appear on the rear of the Springbok jersey in the first Test against Ireland at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

It also decorates the team bus; will appear on field markings; LED advertising; the match day programme; in social media and in a television commercial which will be flighted as part of SuperSport’s broadcast.

“#LoveRugby is our story, South Africa’s story,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “We are always reading and hearing other people’s thoughts about what South African rugby is. Through this movement, we will bring to life rugby’s story and why people love this game.”

The #LoveRugby movement surfaced 14 days ago when the Springboks arrived at Cape Town International Airport. New Springbok coach Allister Coetzee marked the start of his changing of the guard by asking his players to hitch hike their way to camp in Stellenbosch by way of Cape Town locations.

The players – dressed in bright yellow #LoveRugby t-shirts – went to venues as diverse as the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, a township restaurant, a city gym, rugby clubs and a brewery to engage with unsuspecting Capetonians before ‘thumbing’ their way to Stellenbosch.

“#LoveRugby is our message to South Africa,” said Coetzee. “We love rugby and we want South Africa to share that love. The players felt it on the first day at camp when they went into communities and stood by the roadside trying to beg a lift.

“They didn’t know what they were getting themselves into but instead of arriving drained and downbeat they were energised by the experience.”

Roux said that the #LoveRugby message was part of the ongoing transformation of the game.

“We know we have a good story to tell but it’s not always heard,” he said. “Rugby holds a very powerful place in conversations about South Africa. It’s our sport’s privilege to regularly make the front page as well as the back page of newspapers – we’re proud of the fact that our sport really matters to South Africa.

“It means that lots of people have lots of opinions about rugby. We’ve heard them long and loud in recent months – and they’ve often not been flattering. So we thought it was overdue for us to tell our story; to put to one side the sideshows and remind ourselves what it’s about; what we’re about – that we just #LoveRugby. And we want to share that love with South Africans this season and in years to come.”

Roux said that SA Rugby had achieved a number of significant advances in recent months but that that message was not always heard.

“The selection of our Springbok, SA ‘A’ and Junior Bok squads point to the future,” said Roux. “Our Sevens team has an outstanding squad, we have signed new sponsors as well as the Proudly South African Pledge and engaged positively with key stakeholders.

“This really is a time to #LoveRugby.”

The #LoveRugby movement will gather momentum during the international season with more engagements with supporters and expressions of rugby love to come.

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DHL Newlands Stadium Rules http://thestormers.com/dhl-newlands-stadium-rules/ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:49:43 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10533 All those attending matches at DHL Newlands should take note of the stadium rules and regulations.

1. Any person who enters the stadium or other property owned or controlled by WP Rugby in the vicinity of the Stadium (together with the Stadium and the car parks “the Ground”) is admitted only on the basis of these Rules and by entering the Ground shall be deemed to have accepted these Rules.

2. Any person who enters the Ground is liable to be searched by a police officer or servant or agent of WP Rugby and WP Rugby reserves the right to refuse admission to, or to eject from the Ground, any person who declines to be searched.

3. WP Rugby, its servants or agents will not be liable for any loss, injury or damage, including of or to any vehicle or its contents in any car park or to any person who enters the Ground caused by WP Rugby or its servants or agents: in circumstances where there is no breach of a legal duty of care owed by WP Rugby or any of its servants or agents; or in circumstances where such loss or damage is not a reasonably foreseeable result of any such breach (save for death or personal injury as a result of a breach of a legal duty of care owed by WP Rugby, its servants or agents); or to the extent that any increase in loss or damage results from breach by you of any of the terms of admission of these Rules.

4. All vehicles shall be parked within car parks in accordance with instructions communicated by WP Rugby, its servants or
agents.

5. The construction or use of any type of fire, naked flame barbecue or liquefied petroleum gas device, for cooking or heating, is prohibited within the Ground.

6. In the Stadium no unauthorised person is permitted on the playing or performance area (i.e. the pitch and its surrounding and no person may remain in a gangway, entrance, exit or staircase at any time.

7. Admission to the Stadium is only by the entrance shown on the ticket and cannot be timeously guaranteed if the ticket holder arrives at the Stadium less than 30 minutes before the advertised commencement or kick off time.

8. Only a person specifically authorised in writing by WP Rugby is permitted within the Ground to offer for sale or distribute without charge any item or article whatsoever.

9. Any person entering the Ground must comply with the lawful directions of any steward or other servant or agent of WP Rugby.

10. WP Rugby, the SAPS, VOC Commander, the safety officer or Disaster Management members shall be entitled to refuse admission to, or to eject from the Ground, any person whose behaviour or conduct could in the reasonable opinion of WP Rugby, the SAPS, VOC Commander, the safety officer or Disaster Management members constitute a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to spectators or other persons.

11. WP Rugby reserves the right to refuse admission to, or to eject from the Ground, any person who in the reasonable opinion of WP Rugby, its servants or agents, makes or incites any form of racial abuse, chanting, gesturing or behaviour.

12. Admission to the Stadium may be denied to ticket holders under the influence of, or carrying alcohol or any narcotic substance.

13. Admission to the Stadium will be denied to ticket holders carrying alcohol or any article, or part of an article, capable of causing injury to a person struck by it, being a bottle, can or other portable container which is for holding any drink, and is of a kind which, when empty, is normally discarded or returned to, or left to be recovered by, the supplier. Where admission is refused in such circumstances, no money will be refunded.

14. Glass bottles, glass receptacles, cans, plastic bottles, pyrotechnics, flags on sticks or poles which stick or pole measures more than 1.5 metres in length, or any other item which, in the reasonable opinion of WP Rugby, its servants or agents, could be used as a weapon or cause a nuisance to others, are not allowed within the Stadium. Only small, personal umbrellas, with no sharp points – i.e. with a blunt rubber tip only – will be allowed into the stadium (subject to rule No.9).

15. Musical instruments are not allowed into the stadium for rugby fixtures.

16. All promotional, commercial, political or religious items of whatever nature, including but not limited to banners, signs, symbols and leaflets are prohibited and may not be brought into the stadium unless authorised by WP Rugby.

17. All persons including children and babies require a valid event ticket.

18. Pushchairs or prams are not allowed into the seating bowl

19. Except for photography for bona fide private non-commercial uses, the possession or operation of recording or transmission
equipment of any kind is prohibited within the Stadium. This includes without limitation photography, filming, audio or other recording or transmission, or the compilation or transmission of data, save with the specific authorisation of WP Rugby, such authorisation is hereby given in respect of photography for bona fide private non-commercial uses unless and until WP Rugby notifies otherwise. Private fixed lens cameras will be allowed in the stadium providing they are not equipped with a lens of such a size that it may cause a nuisance to other spectators. Video cameras are not permitted.

20. No person is permitted to throw any object or projectile within the Ground.

21. Climbing onto or into stands, buildings, fences, structures or fittings within the Ground is prohibited.

22. Subject to WP Rugby or its agents obtaining a valid liquor licence for the event, the in-stadium purchase of and consumption of 2 beers is allowed on the public stands. The following areas are however excluded from this ruling and are designated alcohol free or dry areas, with no alcohol consumption allowed on the public area stands – the scholars areas on the North and south ends of the ground and the public seating area in the Pickard Stand (North Stand) are designated alcohol free or dry areas for all games.

23. Drinks purchased in the Ground must not be taken out of the Ground.

24. Animals or other livestock are not allowed into the Ground save with the specific authorisation of WP Rugby.

25. The stadium is a non-smoking facility. No smoking of any kind is allowed in any part of the stadium at all. This includes any and all forms of smoking including but not limited to electronic cigarettes and smoking devices.

26. WP Rugby reserves the right for the Stadium Manager, Event Day Safety Officer, the SAPS, VOC Commander or Disaster Management members as its agent and without prior notice to revoke or vary any of the Rules with immediate effect if this is considered necessary on public safety grounds. Any such revocation or variation of the Rules will be published on the website as soon as practicable.

27. WP Rugby shall be entitled to refuse admission or readmission to, or to eject from the Stadium or the Ground, any person who does not comply with these Rules.

*Please note that WP Rugby, the SAPS, VOC Commander, the safety officer or Disaster Management members are all entitled to eject anyone from the stadium and revoke any of the stadium rules with immediate effect if deemed necessary.

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