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Schalk Burger to make come back for Stormers

January 10th, 2007

South Africa and Stormers flanker Schalk Burger will make his comeback from a severe neck injury when he plays for the Stormers in a Super 14 warm-up game this weekend.

Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe has named Burger in his team to face the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Burger, the 2004 world player of the year, needed a neck operation after being injured in the second Test against Scotland in June.

While he was out injured, the Springboks lost their next five matches and only won five games the entire year.

Four new Springboks in squad

October 15th, 2006

Springbok coach Jake White has selected four new caps to his 28 men squad, while giving some senior a rest, for their end-of-year tour to Britain and Ireland.

Free State Cheetahs fullback Bevan Fortuin, Blue Bulls flanker Hilton Lobberts, Lions centre Jaco Pretorius and Sharks flyhalf Francois Steyn are the four new members in White’s squad.
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2007 Tri Nations Fixtures

October 12th, 2006

Sanzar have released the schedule for the 2007 Tri Nations. There will only be six matches played in 2007 so as to give the players a rest before the start of the Rugby World Cup.

The series kicks off on 16 June with South Africa hosting Australia at a venue yet to be confirmed. And finishes on the 21 July with the All Blacks hosting the Wallabies at Eden Park.
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Springboks retake third place

September 12th, 2006

The Springboks have retaken third place on the IRB’s World Rankings after their victory over Australia last weekend.

The Wallabies had previously held third place after their win over the Springboks in July.
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South Africa overpowers Australia

September 10th, 2006

South Africa 24 defeated Australia 16 in the last game of the 2006 Tri Nations.

The game was a scrappy encounter with both sides making numerous errors. However the game was won up front with the Springbok forwards overpowering the Australian scrum. Which provided the South African backs with more space than they received previously.
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Match Preview: South Africa vs Australia

September 8th, 2006

South Africa will take on Australia in the last game of the 2006 Tri Nations at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

As far as the Tri Nations points table goes this match won’t make any difference to the positions of the teams. With New Zealand already assured of first place, Australia secure in second place as even if the Springboks with and get a bonus point they will still be behind Australia.
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Boks make one change

September 7th, 2006

Springbok coach Jake White has made one change for the side to play Australia in the final Tri-Nations match of 2006, in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The team remains largely unchanged from the one that defeat the All Blacks last weekend.

Winger Bryan Habana is unable to play due to mild concussion. So JP Pietersen will come in at fullback to make his test debut. With the back going through a minor reshuffle. Jaque Fourie moves to outside centre and Wynand Olivier to the left wing.

South Africa: JP Pietersen, Akona Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Wynand Olivier, Andre Pretorius, Fourie du Preez, Pedrie Wannenburg, AJ Venter, Pierre Spies, Victor Matfield, Johann Muller, BJ Botha, John Smit, Os du Randt

John Smit and Ali Williams Cited

August 27th, 2006

Springbok captain John Smit and All Blacks lock Ali Williams have been cited following the Tri-Nations Test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Smit and Williams will probably have to attend a disciplinary hearing on Monday, but that has still to be confirmed.

All Blacks dominate Springboks

August 27th, 2006

New Zealand have come back after a shaky start to defeat South Africa by 45 points to 26.

The Boks dominated the opening 10 minutes and opened up an 11-3 lead.
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Match Preview: South Africa vs New Zealand

August 25th, 2006

New Zealand will play South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Saturday August 26. The match is part of the 2006 Tri Nations. However New Zealand already have an unassailable lead in the Tri Nation. So the All Blacks will be looking to win the two match series in South Africa, they haven’t won a test match series against South Africa in South Africa since 1996. While South Africa will be playing for pride.
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