The Stormers http://thestormers.com The official website for the DHL Stormers Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:55:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Springbok injury update – 28/07/15 http://thestormers.com/springbok-injury-update-280715/ http://thestormers.com/springbok-injury-update-280715/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:55:15 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9415 De Villiers, Du Preez and Alberts are three of seven players whose fitness will be assessed next Monday as they complete the final phase of rehabilitation, whilst players such as Duane Vermeulen and Coenie Oosthuizen are progressing well with their rehabilitation.

Although Du Plessis (knee) and Louw (rotator cuff), along with Victor Matfield and JP Pietersen (both hamstring injuries) will miss both Tests against the Pumas, none of these injuries will put their Rugby World Cup participation at risk.

Saturday’s other injury victims, DHL Stormers prop Vincent Koch and Lions skipper Warren Whiteley (rib cartilages) should be fit and available for selection next weekend.

Jan Serfontein (hip and knee), Marcell Coetzee (knee), Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee) and uncapped DHL Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff (knee) will also be assessed on Monday with a view to being available to selection against the Pumas.

Frans Steyn is recovering well from a pectoral muscle injury and could be ready to play Argentina in Buenos Aires. Frans Malherbe, of the DHL Stormers, has a bone bruise in the hip, which he picked up in the Brisbane Test. He will consult a specialist in Cape Town and will also be re-assessed next week in Durban.

“All of these players have worked hard during their rehabilitation and although we still have to put them through a final assessment on Monday after we’ve re-assembled in Durban, I’m hopeful that they should be fit to face Argentina in at least one of the two forthcoming Tests,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts.

“We’re continuing to work very hard with Duane and Coenie and at this stage it’s looking very likely that we will have a full complement of players available for selection when the final squad for the Rugby World Cup is named at the end of August.”

Meyer said that the national selectors may have to consider possible cover at tighthead if Koch and Malherbe are both ruled out of the Tests against Argentina.

“We’ll have a look at Vincent and Frans in Durban and if they are not fit, we may have to bring someone in,” said Meyer.

“It’s wonderful to see a number of players returning from injury and all of them will be considered if they are passed fit by our medical team.

“I’m also very glad Pieter-Steph is back. He was in the selection frame last week but after consultation between our medical team and that of the Cell C Sharks, we decided to stick to the original plan regarding his return to play, which is that he will turn out for his province in an Absa Currie Cup warm-up match on Friday.

“While it’s never ideal to lose experienced players to injury, it provides others with opportunities. We wanted to mix things up a bit in the two Tests against Argentina and the next players in line will now have to show they can perform at the highest level before we finalise the Rugby World Cup squad.”

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Burger leads changed Bok team http://thestormers.com/burger-leads-changed-bok-team/ http://thestormers.com/burger-leads-changed-bok-team/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:50:05 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9410 Heinrich Brüssow will make his first start for the Springboks since the 2011 Rugby World Cup, while impressive DHL Stormers prop Vincent Koch has been included on the bench for what could be his Test debut for South Africa.

Of the eight changes, three are to the pack and five are on the bench. The backline is unchanged. Schalk Burger will captain the team from No.8.

Francois Louw will start in the number seven jersey for the injured Marcell Coetzee in a positional change, with Brüssow assuming the openside role. The only other change to the starting line-up is at lock, where Lood de Jager takes over from Victor Matfield.

On the bench, Koch will be joined by new DHL Stormers signing Cornal Hendricks, Trevor Nyakane, Flip van der Merwe and Warren Whiteley, who could make his first Test appearance in South Africa, in front of his home crowd in Johannesburg.

“Injuries have forced our hand a bit, but we’ve stuck with our planned rotational policy on the bench and it will be great to see what Heinrich, Vincent and Flip can do,” said Meyer.

“The breakdown battle will again be huge and it will be good to see Heinrich and Francois play together. They are versatile players and I am convinced they will combine perfectly.

“Heinrich has been great this season before he got injured and played his way into contention. As with other players returning from injury in Vodacom Super Rugby, he deserves an opportunity. We decided it was better to start with him and use Warren as an impact player later in the match.

“It’s also great to see Flip back in the fold. We had a look at Pieter-Steph du Toit but he is not yet 100% match-ready, and Franco Mostert was also discussed but in the end we decided to go with Flip as he will add valuable experience to our bench.

“We planned to bring Trevor, Warren and Cornal back for this match. Trevor and Warren have been playing great rugby this season and Cornal is a superb finisher, as he’s shown so often last year.”

Meyer said that the Springboks faced a huge challenge on Saturday as they continue to build towards the Rugby World Cup against a fired-up Kiwi side.

“This will be a massive Test – every match against the All Blacks is,” said Meyer.

“We played some great rugby last weekend, but this week we have to put in an 80-minute effort. We have to be especially focused in the last 10 minutes, because New Zealand always finish strongly. They travelled here with us so that negates any advantage we could’ve had at the end of the match.

“The challenge will also be to make a step up in vital areas of the game and get back on the winning track. By not making too many changes this week, we’re giving some combinations the opportunity to settle a bit more. Our youngsters will have to put up their hands on Saturday – I would not have selected them if I didn’t believe they can do the job.”

The Springbok team to face New Zealand in Johannesburg is as follows:

15. Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs) – 26 caps
14. JP Pietersen (Cell C Sharks) – 60
13. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls) – 1
12. Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers) – 4
11. Bryan Habana (Toulon) – 107
10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls) – 10
9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster – vice-captain) – 81
8. Schalk Burger (DHL Stormers – captain) – 76
7. Francois Louw (Bath) – 35
6. Heinrich Brüssow (Toyota Cheetahs) – 20
5. Lood de Jager (Toyota Cheetahs) – 10
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers) – 34
3. Jannie du Plessis (Cell C Sharks) – 63
2. Bismarck du Plessis (Cell C Sharks) – 71
1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks) – 65

Replacements:
16. Adriaan Strauss (Vodacom Bulls) – 45
17. Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls) – 12
18. Vincent Koch (DHL Stormers) – Uncapped
19. Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Bulls) – 35
20. Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions – 2
21. Cobus Reinach (Cell C Sharks) – 7
22. Pat Lambie (Cell C Sharks) – 41
23. Cornal Hendricks (Toyota Cheetahs) – 11

BOK STATS AND FACTS:

– The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 663 Test caps (289 in the backline and 374 in the forwards), while there are a further 153 caps worth of experience on the bench.

– South Africa and New Zealand have played each other 89 times since 1921, with the Springboks winning 35, losing 51 and three were drawn. The Springboks have scored 1,392 points and 137 tries and conceded 1,718 points and 177 tries for an average score of 16-19.

– South Africa and New Zealand last met on October 4, 2015 at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. The Springboks beat New Zealand by 27-25 thanks to a late 55 metre penalty from the boot of replacement flyhalf Patrick Lambie.

– Schalk Burger will become South Africa’s 55th Springbok captain in history.

– Bryan Habana will extend his own record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 106 caps in this position. If he scores a try he will extend his own record of 57 Test tries for South Africa as well as most Test tries against New Zealand (seven) and the Castle Lager Rugby Championship record of 18 tries.

– If he scores a try, Bismarck du Plessis will extend his record of nine Test tries for South Africa as a hooker. He will also extend his SA record of 40 Tests (22 in the starting line-up) with his brother Jannie and 17 Tests with Jannie and Tendai Mtawarira as the starting front row pairing for SA.

– If he goes on, Vincent Koch will become Springbok No.868 in history.

– It will be Heyneke Meyer’s 39th Test in charge of the Springboks since he took over in 2012. Of the previous 38 Tests South Africa have won 26, lost ten and drew twice. He is third now on the all-time list with only Peter de Villiers (48) and Jake White (54) in front of him.

– The referee is Jerome Garces of France. It will be his fifth Test involving South Africa. Of the previous four South Africa have won three and lost one. His last appearance was in November 2014 against Italy in Padova when the Boks won 22-6.

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Burger takes over as Bok captain http://thestormers.com/burger-takes-over-as-bok-captain/ http://thestormers.com/burger-takes-over-as-bok-captain/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:37:34 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9406 The 32-year-old Burger has been named interim captain, in the absence of the injured Jean de Villiers and Victor Matfield. He assumes the captaincy from Matfield, who was ruled out of action in the short term after suffering a hamstring strain against Australia on Saturday.

“Schalk has been a magnificent servant of Springbok rugby and he fully deserves this responsibility,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer on Tuesday.

“The resilience he’s shown in coming back from serious injury and illness is the kind of qualities I look for in players as well as teams I coach.

“In my eyes, the captaincy is very important and something I never take lightly or want to cheapen. Schalk’s character and the fact that he has been a role model for so many through the years made this an easy decision.

“He’s always led through example and has distinguished himself as one of the best leaders in South African rugby in the last decade. I’m very excited to see what he can bring in the absence of Jean and Victor.”

Burger has captained the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province with distinction and will become the tenth most-capped Springbok on Saturday, winning his 77th cap, moving level with lock forward Mark Andrews.

He overcame serious injury and illness in 2014 to fight his way back into Springbok contention, recapturing the form that made him one of the most highly regarded loose forwards in world rugby.

He was named World Rugby Player of the Year (2004) and has twice been named the SA Rugby Player of the Year, in 2004 and 2011. He was a member of Rugby World Cup winning Springbok side in 2007 and played in the South African team that won the Under-21 World Cup in 2002.

His father, Schalk (Snr), played six Tests for South Africa between 1984 and 1986.

Burger, who made his Test debut at the Rugby World Cup in 2003, said he was humbled by the decision to name him captain.

“I’m a very proud man today, but at the same time I’m humbled by the faith the coach has shown in me,” said Burger, who also has 108 Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers to his name.

“Ever since I first put on the Springbok jersey, my dream has been to represent my country with distinction and to make South Africans proud. It’s still sinking in that I will actually captain the Boks.

“This is an honour that is bestowed upon only a select few people and I will do whatever is needed for the team. With this position comes massive responsibility and I’m very excited for Saturday.”

FACT FILE:

Full name: Schalk Willem Petrus Burger
Date and place of birth: 13 April 1983, Port Elizabeth
Height and weight: 1.93m and 110kg
Springbok number: 754
Test debut: 24 September, 2003 vs Georgia in Sydney
Total tests: 76
Test tries: 14 (12 as flanker, which is a Springbok record)

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Hendricks wings his way back to the Cape http://thestormers.com/hendricks-wings-his-way-back-to-the-cape/ http://thestormers.com/hendricks-wings-his-way-back-to-the-cape/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:41:54 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9395 The speedster, who originally made his name at international Sevens level, will return to his roots as a DHL Stormers player – having played his early provincial rugby for Boland, before becoming a full-time Sevens player in 2012 and then joining the Free State Cheetahs in 2014.

Hendricks, 27, made his Test debut in June of last year, whilst the 2013 Springbok Sevens Player of the Year was also a key member of the Commonwealth Games Gold medal-winning SA Sevens team in July 2014.

In all, he has played 11 Tests (as well as an additional match against the World XV) for the Springboks, scoring five tries – including a try on debut against Wales and a memorable solo score against the All Blacks in their hard-fought Rugby Championship tussle in Wellington in September 2014.

At 1,89 metres and 90 kilograms, he is an ideal wing signing for the DHL Stormers, with WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal telling the www.iamastormer.com website: “Cornal is tall and fast, which is what you need out wide at Super Rugby level, and he’s also a proven performer at international level.

“He is a local player who is coming home to his roots, so it’s an exciting signing for us on many levels. We look forward to seeing him in DHL Stormers colours come 2016.”

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Burger back in Bok starting XV http://thestormers.com/burger-back-in-bok-starting-xv/ http://thestormers.com/burger-back-in-bok-starting-xv/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:26:35 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9389 Burger’s inclusion at No.8, after a great performance as replacement against the World XV last weekend in Cape Town, is one of five changes to the Springboks’ match-23 for this match.

The other four changes are on the bench, where props Heinke van der Merwe and Frans Malherbe, as well as Lood de Jager (lock) and Lwazi Mvovo (wing) have been included.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the changes were all part of the plan to rotate players in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup.

“We’re expecting a massive contest for the ball on the ground on Saturday and with Schalk there next to Francois Louw and Marcell Coetzee, as well as Bismarck du Plessis, we’ve got a lot of players who are very good at the breakdown,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Warren Whiteley played very well last weekend, but he knows exactly where he stands and will play again for the Boks this season. For this match though, we decided to go with this specific loose trio.

“I’ve said last week that we will make changes, but it’s also important to keep some form of momentum. Saturday’s match is going to be massive in the context of our season and we have to ensure we tick the right boxes.

“It will be good to see what Heinke, Frans, Lood and Lwazi can do from the bench, while we’ve also opted to keep continuity in the starting team. There will most likely be changes for every match this season as we keep one eye on the World Cup.

“Trevor Nyakane and Vincent Koch performed very well off the bench against the World XV last weekend, but as we have a lot of depth at prop, I’ve decided to give opportunities to Heinke and Frans to stake their claims, especially as both of them have been in excellent form thus far this season.

“Heinke was the in-form loosehead prop in the French Top 14, while Frans anchored a brilliant DHL Stormers scrum this season.

“Lood is back from injury and our plan has always been to bring him back in one of our first three internationals of the season, while we’ve decided to go for Lwazi as he was very good for the Cell C Sharks in Vodacom Super Rugby, is superb under the high ball and knows his way to the try-line.”

Meyer is under no illusions about the enormity of the task as hand in Brisbane on Saturday. The Springboks’ recent record in Australia is not great. The Boks have only beaten the Wallabies once at Suncorp Stadium, two years ago when they won by 38-12, which is South Africa’s biggest away victory ever the men in gold.

“If we’re not at our best, it will be a long day at the office,” said Meyer.

“But we played some brilliant rugby last weekend against the World XV in Cape Town and the challenge this weekend is to build on that and improve in the areas we lacked.

“Our basics have to be spot on and it will also be a great test for our defensive systems against a Wallaby side that can rip any team to shreds with the ball in hand.”

The Springbok team to face Australia in Brisbane is as follows:

15. Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs) – 25 caps
14. JP Pietersen (Cell C Sharks) – 59
13. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls) – Uncapped
12. Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers) – 3
11. Bryan Habana (Toulon) – 106
10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls) – 9
9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster – vice-captain) – 80
8. Schalk Burger (DHL Stormers) – 75
7. Marcell Coetzee (Cell C Sharks) – 26
6. Francois Louw (Bath) – 34
5. Victor Matfield (Vodacom Bulls – captain) – 121
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers) – 33
3. Jannie du Plessis (Cell C Sharks) – 62
2. Bismarck du Plessis (Cell C Sharks) – 70
1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks) – 64

Replacements:
16. Adriaan Strauss (Vodacom Bulls) – 44
17. Heinke van der Merwe (Stade Français) – 4
18. Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 4
19. Lood de Jager (Toyota Cheetahs) – 9
20. Oupa Mohoje (Toyota Cheetahs) – 7
21. Cobus Reinach (Cell C Sharks) – 6
22. Pat Lambie (Cell C Sharks) – 40
23. Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks) – 10

BOK STATS AND FACTS:

– The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 767 Test caps (282 in the backline and 485 in the forwards), while there are a further 124 caps worth of experience on the bench.

– South Africa and Australia have played each other 80 times since 1933, with the Springboks winning 45, losing 34 and one was drawn. The Springboks have scored 1,552 points and 184 tries and conceded 1,391 points and 142 tries for an average score of 19-17.

– South Africa and Australia last met on 27 September 2014 at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, when the Boks won by 28-10 with four tries (Jean de Villiers (2), Marcell Coetzee and Patrick Lambie) against one (Adam Ashley-Cooper).

– Victor Matfield will extend his own record as the most capped Springbok in history (currently on 121 Tests). He will also extend his record of 121 Tests as a lock and will be playing against Australia for the 27th time, improving his own South African record.

– Bryan Habana will extend his own record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 105 caps in this position. If he scores a try he will extend his own record of 57 Test tries for South Africa as well as most Test tries against Australia (9).

– If he scores a try, Bismarck du Plessis will extend his record of nine Test tries for South Africa as a hooker. He will also extend his South African record of 39 Tests with his brother Jannie; and 16 Tests with Jannie and Tendai Mtawarira as the starting front row pairing for the Boks.

– Jesse Kriel will be making his Springbok debut and will become Springbok No.867.

– It will be Heyneke Meyer’s 38th Test in charge of the Springboks since he took over in 2012. Of the previous 37 Tests South Africa have won 26, lost nine and drew twice. He equals Nick Mallett’s number of Tests, with only Peter de Villiers (48) and Jake White (54) having coached in more Tests.

– The referee is Nigel Owens of Wales. It will be his 12th Test involving South Africa. Of the previous 11, South Africa have won seven and lost four. His last appearance was in September 2014 against Australia at Newlands when the Boks won 28-10.

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JC Janse van Rensburg signs with DHL Stormers http://thestormers.com/jc-janse-van-rensburg-signs-with-dhl-stormers/ http://thestormers.com/jc-janse-van-rensburg-signs-with-dhl-stormers/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:56:05 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9382 The powerful former Lions captain is currently in his third season with French club, Bayonne, but he will bolster the DHL Stormers’ propping resources as of November 1 with Steven Kitshoff having decided to further his career in France.

Janse van Rensburg, 29, toured Europe with the Springboks in 2012 (without getting any game time), as well as making over 50 appearances for the Lions at Super Rugby level and winning well over 50 provincial caps for the Golden Lions.

The hard-working front-ranker also boasts extensive top-level captaincy experience, having earned plenty of plaudits for his captaincy of the Lions at both Vodacom Super Rugby and Absa Currie Cup level.

“I think I’m a better player for my experience in France, but I’m looking forward to returning home and joining a talented an ambitious team like the DHL Stormers,” said Janse van Rensburg.

“I cannot wait to make the move to Cape Town and I look forward to contributing to the success of the DHL Stormers.

“I still have plenty of ambitions in terms of winning trophies (in South Africa) and perhaps also playing at a higher level and I couldn’t think of a better province and union than Western Province to achieve those goals.”

WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal expressed his delight at the signing of Janse van Rensburg, who will add big-game experience to the DHL Stormers’ front row resources.

“JC brings with him a wealth of experience – both locally and internationally,” Smal told the www.iamastormer.com website.

“There is no doubt that we have some of the best young talent in South Africa, but it’s been proven that you need some experience mixed in between and JC certainly brings that to the table.

“Before he left South Africa he was pushing hard for Springbok selection and I expect him to continue in that vein.”

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Springboks arrive in Brisbane http://thestormers.com/springboks-arrive-in-brisbane/ http://thestormers.com/springboks-arrive-in-brisbane/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:46:44 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9378 The squad of 31 players and five management flew from Johannesburg via Sydney, while the rest of the management travelled via Perth to Brisbane.

The Springbok medical team will make sure every member of the travelling squad is fit and raring to go before the first training session on Tuesday.

“We’ve usually travelled to Australia on a bye weekend, giving us one extra day to prepare, but we don’t have it this year and we’ll will have to make sure we hit the ground running on Tuesday,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“We worked on a couple of new things since we got together and the match against the World XV was a good barometer to see where we stand. The challenge this week would be to improve on certain aspects of the game and to fine tune others.

“We need to make a big step-up against the Wallabies. It will be a very high tempo game and proper Test match rugby against one of the top sides of the world.

“They had two teams in the semi-finals of Vodacom Super Rugby this year, which probably points to more depth in their structures, but I saw since the day we got together a passion and excitement amongst our players to make our country proud.”

Meyer will name his match-23 to play in the Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday. It’s a venue that has not been kind to the Springboks in recent years, although South Africa scored a brilliant 38-12 victory over the Wallabies in Brisbane in 2013.

“Before that match, the Springboks had never beaten Australia at Suncorp Stadium and although the match was played two years ago, we’d like to build on that performance,” said Meyer.

“They are always a tough opponent at home – since the start of the Tri-Nations in 1996 and later in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, the Springboks have won only three out of 23 matches against the Wallabies in Australia, drawing one and losing 18.

“This was also clear last year when we played very well, but they managed to beat us with the last movement of the match in Perth.”

Meanwhile, with The Castle Lager Rugby Championship set to kick off this Friday, La Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) has confirmed its final home match against South Africa on Saturday 15 August will be played at Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, kicking off at 16:40 local.

The Springboks have visited the stadium on two occasions, posting a 39-7 win in December 2004 and 34-23 in November 2005, while Los Pumas have an 11-15-1 record since the venue’s first Test in 1986.

The stadium is situated in the west of the Argentine capital and has previously hosted 27 Tests, the most recent of which was England’s victory over Los Pumas in June 2013.

Not only does the match serve as the last opportunity for fans to farewell Los Pumas ahead of the Rugby World Cup, but it also marks the 50th anniversary of Argentina’s 1965 tour of South Africa and the UAR will celebrate the occasion with all living players and personnel.

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Bok squad for Brisbane confirmed http://thestormers.com/bok-squad-for-brisbane-confirmed/ http://thestormers.com/bok-squad-for-brisbane-confirmed/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:28:51 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9375 The touring squad consists of 22 players who did duty against the World XV at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

The only member of the matchday squad to stay behind in South Africa is Jean de Villiers, who has been released to DHL Western Province to get game time in their Absa Currie Cup warm-up matches in the next fortnight. (See more on that HERE!)

The players who did not feature against the World XV, but will travel to Brisbane, are Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn, Schalk Brits, Lood de Jager, Frans Malherbe and Heinke van der Merwe.

“I would like to give as many of our squad members as possible game time in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup, so there will be changes against the Wallabies,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“We’ll re-assess the minor bumps and bruises when we get to Brisbane on Monday evening (Australian time). It’s a short week, so the guys will have to find their rhythm quickly before we play what promises to be a very tough and intense Test match against Australia.”

Injured players Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Frans Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Steven Kitshoff, were not considered for the week-long tour and will continue with their individualised rehabilitation programmes.

The rest of the current Springbok squad who are not on the airplane to Brisbane, will move to Pretoria where they will continue their rehabilitation and conditioning work.

The Springbok squad that will travel to Brisbane is as follows:

Forwards: Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Marcell Coetzee, Lood de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Vincent Koch, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield, Teboho ‘Oupa’ Mohoje, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Heinke van der Merwe, Warren Whiteley.

Backs: Damian De Allende, Bryan Habana, Jesse Kriel, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn.

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DHL Stormers score for teachers http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-score-for-teachers/ http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-score-for-teachers/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:37:08 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9365 DHL Stormers’ top try-scorer this season, Dillyn Leyds and teammates Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla and Kobus van Wyk visited the Vodacom ICT Centre in Kuilsriver on Friday to find out first-hand what a difference their try-scoring abilities have in the community.

This year’s Vodacom Super Rugby was used as a vehicle to launch the Tries for Teachers initiative which supports teacher training in the country.

The Cape Town-based franchise played their part to contribute to the campaign with the 32 tries they scored throughout the tournament.

For every try scored by a South African team during the 2015 season, Vodacom donated R5,000 towards the campaign.

The DHL Stormers’ tries amounted to a donation of R160,000 to Tries for Teachers which supports Vodacom Foundation’s flagship Mobile Education Programme for teachers to be empowered through access to Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Leyds displayed a serious ability to cross the whitewash with the six tries which he scored this season, while Springbok centre Damian de Allende added four to his side’s total try-tally. The combined effort of the two players contributed R50,000 towards the initiative.

The players along with trainees from the centre were involved in some hands on training with a CISCO technician as they were shown how to assemble and operate computers.
Youth trainees and Centre Management then had a turn to give the players the third degree during a question and answer session.

The Vodacom ICT Centre in Kuilsriver is just one of 61 teacher centres that have been established country wide, which offer teacher development training, youth and community programmes.

Information about the Tries for Teachers campaign: Tries for Teachers supports Vodacom Foundation’s flagship Mobile Education Programme for teachers to be empowered through access to Information Communication Technology (ICT).

The programme offers teacher training and has trained over 20,000 teachers in Maths and Science using technology. Teachers are also trained on how to integrate ICT in the classroom.

Currently, a total of 61 teacher centres have been established country-wide, which offer teacher development training, youth and community programmes.

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Season tickets ARE VALID for World XV fixture http://thestormers.com/season-tickets-are-valid/ http://thestormers.com/season-tickets-are-valid/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:36:25 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9360 Tickets, priced between R100 (standing) and R200 to R550 (seating), can be bought either online, at http://wprugby.computicket.com, or from Computicket outlets and Shoprite & Checkers stores nationwide.

Spectators are once again reminded of the stadium rules ahead of Saturday’s encounter at DHL Newlands, in particular these key points:

– The DHL Newlands Box Office will open from 09h00 (until kick-off), for ticket sales and collections.
– The Box Office – and stadium shop – will close for approximately ten minutes for the two team bus arrivals on matchday at +/- 15h30/40.
– Spectators bringing umbrellas are reminded that only small, personal umbrellas with no sharp points – i.e. with a blunt rubber tip – will be allowed into the stadium. At the same time, people using umbrellas must be considerate of those around them, as they could be a hindrance. (See rule No.14 in the full DHL Newlands Stadium Rules.)
– (As per rule 10) WP Rugby 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 constitute a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to spectators or other persons.
– Obviously intoxicated individuals will either be declined entry to the ground or removed from the ground.
– Please ensure you sit in your allocated seat(s). If there are any problems, please ask your nearest stand official/security guard.
– Smoking is not permitted on the stands and is allowed only in the designated areas. This includes any and all forms of smoking, including but not limited, to electronic cigarettes and smoking devices.
– Braaiing is not allowed in car parks near the stadium, nor in the DHL Newlands parking garage. (No open flames of any sort are allowed.)

* SEE THE DHL NEWLANDS STADIUM RULES HERE.

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