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Roos to race real fight for Springboks, Rugby World Cup selection

The ugly injury sustained by Stormers star Evan Roos will raise concerns among Springboks coaches in the RWC context. There will be an incredible sense of anticipation when the Springboks announce their roster for the Rugby World Cup 2023, taking place from 8 September to 28 October in France.

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It’s still early days and a lot can happen in that time as players compete for tickets to the Rugby World Cup and the squad also grows to 33. Below, in the first part of the new series, we take a look at the battles for the places that lie ahead.

Evan Roos

Before the Stormers-Ulster clash last weekend, understandably, there was a lot of talk about a clash between Duane Vermeulen and Evan Roos. It’s still early days and a lot can happen in that time as players compete for tickets to the Rugby World Cup and the squad also grows to 33. Below, in the first part of the new series, we take a look at the battles for the places that lie ahead.

Evan Roos

Before the Stormers-Ulster clash last weekend, understandably, there was a lot of talk about a clash between Duane Vermeulen and Evan Roos. Unfortunately, the young Stormers star was forced off the field in the 23rd minute due to a serious knee injury sustained just after he recently returned to action.

If the scan reveals it’s an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Roos could be out of action for six to nine months, which would of course have a major impact on his ambition to win a place on the Springboks team at the Rugby World Cup. On the other hand, if it turns out to be a medial ligament injury, it may not keep Roos for such a long period.

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Just a couple of months ago, it was already interesting to watch the Springboks decide to rest Duane Vermeulen on the year-end tour in 2022, while Jasper Wiese was decisively contending for the No. 8 jersey in his absence.

However, with all his experience, Vermeulen won’t be left out and it’s almost impossible to see him overlooked in the Rugby World Cup despite a year of battling injuries and some indifferent form. For more about knowing South Africa Rugby World Cup Tickets.

Wiese is likely the eighth player in his current form, while Quagga Smith can also offer emergency support in that position, making it quite difficult for Roos to guarantee his participation in the Rugby World Cup. It remains to be seen how long Roos can stay on the sidelines, and whether that could open the door for someone like Elrig Lowe or Marcella Coetzi to play in the RWC 2023 qualifier.

Canan Moodie

The talented Bulls guard made his debut in a dream game against Australia last September when Moody scored a stunning goal that fully confirmed his choice at the age of just 19. Until the end of the year, Moody played in three more matches with South. Interestingly, Africa won all of them (twice against Argentina and England in the final match of the year).

The real problem for Moody is that there will be limited places for outside defenders when it comes to the South Africa rugby world cup team, although the real plus in his favor is his versatility and ability to play as a defender or winger.

Cheslin Kolbe, Damian Willemse, Macazol Mapimpi, Willy le Roux and Kurt-Lee Arendse are really good outside coverage of Springbox, which is why it will be a real challenge for Moody to earn the coveted World Championship selection.

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In fact, it could all come down to a challenge between the youth and exuberance of Moodie and the experience and skills of Frans Steyn. All in all, Moody will hope to continue to make a huge impression with the Bulls to ensure he can qualify for a continued Springboks selection.

This is our early Prediction for the Sprigboks’ possible Rugby World Cup Squad:

Forwards (19)
Deon Fourie, Lood de Jager, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi (Captain), Jasper Wiese, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Salmaan Moerat, Franco Mostert, Ox Nche, Marvin Orie, Trevor Nyakane, Kwagga Smith, Evan Roos, Duane Vermeulen.

Backs (14)
Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Faf de Klerk, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Manie Libbok, Jaden Hendrikse, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Willie le Roux, Damian Willemse, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Frans Steyn.

RWC 2023 – Ireland Hooker Suffers Injury

Ulster prostitute Tom Stewart joined Ireland in Quinta da Lago to provide extra cover following a hamstring problem found by Ronan Kelleher. In the coming days, Kelleher will be under medical observation in Ireland. Unclosed Stewart is a former Ireland Under-20 international who played twice for developing Ireland last year, starting with victories over the Griquas and Cheetahs.

The Ireland coaching team also included him in preparation for Ireland’s A game against the All Blacks XV in November. The addition of Stewart brings the number of tourists from developing Ireland in the senior team to five – Jack Crowley, Joe McCarthy, Jamie Osborne and Cyan Prendergast.

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The team will continue to train on campus in Quinta da Lago before flying to Cardiff on Thursday ahead of the first round of the 2023 Six Nations Championship. For more about knowing Ireland Rugby World Cup Tickets.

Ireland Rugby World Cup Squad:

Backs: Bundee Aki, Ross Byrne, Craig Casey, Jack Crowley, Keith Earls, Jamison Gibson Park, Mack Hansen, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Stuart McCloskey, Conor Murray, Jimmy O’Brien, Jamie Osborne, Garry Ringrose, Johnny Sexton (captain), Jacob Stockdale

Forwards: Ryan Baird, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Gavin Coombes, Caelan Doris, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Joe McCarthy, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter, Cian Prendergast, James Ryan, Dan Sheehan, Tom Stewart, Josh van der Flier.

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Wales Vs Australia – Warren Gatland facing tall order to revitalise Wales but anything is possible

The New Zealander is back at the helm of the Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup. Warren Gatland has taken an ‘everything is possible’ approach as he prepares to enter his second term as Wales head coach in the Guinness Six Nations Championship this season. Gatland has enjoyed sustained success, reflecting his previous tenure from 2008 to 2019.

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During this time, Wales won four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams, twice reached the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup and was briefly the number one team in the world. Welsh rugby has not experienced such lasting dominance since the golden era of the 1970s, when big names such as Sir Gareth Edwards, J.P.R. Williams and Gerald Davies dominated.

However, Gatland is back, with Wales slipping to ninth in the world after a poor 2022 under his predecessor, Wayne Pivac, that saw just three wins in 12 Tests. And the list of losses included shocking home losses against Italy and Georgia – results that actually cost Pivacs the job.

While many Welsh fans hope that Gatland’s Midas touch could revive fortunes thanks to the Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France later this year, it could prove to be a daunting task. Ireland and France enter the Six Nations as clear favorites, while England under new boss Steve Borthwick is sure to have an impact on the tournament. So, Wales opening match against Ireland in Cardiff on 4 February is likely to shape a Six Nations campaign where momentum is everything.

“There is a bigger picture, but six nations are never random, Gatland said. It’s important, and it’s always been important to us. For us, Six Nations is when points are at stake. I am incredibly competitive and I will do my best to put this team in a position where they can compete with the best teams in the world.”

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Sometimes autumn is a free shot. There will be no free shot in Six Nations. This is the competition you want to win. Ireland is tough at home, but it’s a great game for us and we can look forward to it. This was incredible 15 years ago, so anything is possible. I am incredibly competitive and I will do my best to put this team in a position where they can compete with the best teams in the world.

“It will take some time, but I can guarantee that we will work very hard. I am confident that we will compete very well in the Six Nations.”

Wales will be captained by prostitute Ken Owens, with almost a third of Gatland’s 37-man team playing over 50 caps. But there’s also room for new faces in Gatland’s four unrestricted players – centres Mason Grady and Keiran Williams, and locks Rhys Davis and Teddy Williams.

I think the problem is to balance the older players who were part of the team with the younger players, added Gatland. How many changes are you making? We must give young people the opportunity to get to the RWC 2023. This is balancing. For more about knowing Wales Rugby World Cup Tickets.

“I think it affected the composition. There are experienced players that we want to be part of this with, but there are a lot of players that don’t have a lot of capital letters behind their names that need more experience. It is important that we succeed in the Six Nations, but we must also think about the next 10 months.”

‘I’m not the messiah’ says new Australia rugby coach Eddie Jones

New Wallabies coach Eddie Jones said on Tuesday he is “not a messiah” but he is aiming to win the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. The polarized veteran has been lured back to coach the national team following the shock sacking of Dave Rennie earlier this month.

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Beginning his second tenure in the top job, which he held between 2001 and 2005, Jones said that Australian rugby needed to rediscover a certain panache. Teams that play with spirit win rugby world cup and people’s hearts, he told reporters.

“We want to bring back the pride of Australian rugby. It is most important”.

Australia slipped to sixth in the world rugby rankings after a disappointing 2022 tour of the Northern Hemisphere where they lost to Italy for the first time. Despite the poor results, Jones said the Wallabies would be contenders for the Rugby World Cup in September.

“We have to win the Rugby World Cup. If we win it will change the game of rugby in Australia. About six teams are separated by tissue paper. It’s so tight.”

Jones held his first press conference since he started at Matraville Sports High, the Sydney high school where he famously played wallaby legend Mark Ella. Signing a five-year deal, Jones said it was his mission to strengthen Australian rugby.

“I am not the messiah, he said. Everyone is involved, but sometimes you just need someone to beat the drum.”

New Zealander Rennie, who took over from Michael Cheick at the end of 2019, was sacked after just five wins in 14 Tests last year. Jones coached the Wallabies until the 2003 Rugby World Cup final in Sydney, which they lost to England in extra time. A notorious tough taskmaster, Jones was sacked by England last December.

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Stan Sport to become Australia’s home of Rugby World Cup after dual-tournament World Rugby deal

World Rugby and Stan Sport have announced details of a massive deal that will see Stan become the exclusive venue for the Rugby World Cup for sports fans in Australia. The announcement, made ahead of Saturday’s Australian Rugby Championship game against South Africa, expands the comprehensive portfolio of existing international and domestic rugby rights to cement the streaming giant’s status as the home of rugby in Australia.

Sports fans will be able to watch live, non-stop coverage of every match of the 2021 Rugby World Cup (women’s) and Rugby World Cup 2023 (men’s) as part of a comprehensive content offering that provides unparalleled access to rugby’s biggest events. For more about knowing Australia Rugby World Cup Tickets.

With 45 days before the world’s best women’s teams go head-to-head in New Zealand, Stan will bring fans closer to action as the Wallabies kick off their campaign against the New Zealand champions on October 8 at Eden Park ahead of what could be a record attendance for a women’s test match. Additional exclusive content will allow fans to participate in the tournament in an unprecedented way.

It is the turn of the world’s best men’s teams to take center stage next year as France hosts the Rugby World Cup 2023 and an event that looks set to break all previous attendance records. The Wallabies begin their hunt for a third Webb Ellis Cup against Georgia on September 9, and Stan will bring fans closer to the action with an extensive content offering. The Wallabies matches and the final will also be simulcast live on the Nine network.

World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin said: We are delighted to partner with Stan Sport to provide fans in Australia with unrivaled access to our Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cups. Stan Sport is the birthplace of rugby in Australia and we are excited by their plans to bring the sport to new audiences through innovative content and leading digital platforms.

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“We are entering a golden decade for rugby in Australia, culminating in the hosting of the Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029 respectively. The hype is on the rise and we look forward to working with Stan Sport and our friends at Rugby Australia to get all of Australia interested in rugby again.”

The addition of both Rugby World Cups further solidifies Stan’s position as the home of rugby in Australia, with more world class rugby available in one place than ever before, including the Rugby Championship, Spring Tour (Autumn Series of Nations), Six Nations and the Super Rugby Pacific.

Stan Chief Executive Officer Martin Kugeler said: Since the launch of Stan Sport in February 2021, we have invested heavily in creating a new rugby offering that fans will love. From grassroots, world-class international players to now the pinnacle of the game, the Rugby World Cup, Stan Sport continues to provide more content for rugby men and women than ever before.

“Through the great partnership we have forged with Rugby Australia, together we have grown rugby domestically and this announcement further underscores our commitment to the game. We are uniquely positioned to showcase the Rugby World Cup to more Australians than ever before using the Stan and Nine Total TV offering. There is no better place to showcase one of the biggest events in global sport and we look forward to kicking off the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand this October.”

The 2019 Men’s Rugby World Cup in Japan was the most watched rugby event ever, with over 857 million viewers worldwide, up 26% from the previous tournament in England. This landmark deal uniquely combines the power of Stan, Australia’s leading local streaming service, and its parent company Nine, Australia’s largest media company, to showcase the Rugby World Cup to more fans than ever before.

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Meanwhile, the women’s edition will be the jewel in the crown of an exciting new global calendar from 2023. The 2021 edition, played in 2022 in New Zealand, will raise the bar after the global successes in Ireland, France and England and attracted a huge amount of ticket demand.

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South Africa Vs Ireland – Can Rugby World Cup 2023 heal South Africa’s wounds

The Springboks are not the competitive force they used to be, but as they kick off their fall international in Dublin on Saturday, they have renewed hope for tackling the problems that have plagued them since returning to the world of rugby 25 years. back.

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Twenty-five years ago, on a sunny winter day in Johannesburg, South Africa’s isolation from world rugby ended amid the slow death of apartheid. When the all-white Springboks faced the All Blacks, Nelson Mandela was out of prison for two and a half years. Another 20 months passed before Mandela became president, but he already wielded real power and generosity of spirit.

Mandela argued that the South African rugby world cup team, a stronghold of apartheid for decades, should be allowed to retain its “Springbox” name and its traditional green and gold shirts. The great man realized even after 27 years of imprisonment that the country needed to shake off its anger and prejudice. However, his support was not universally approved, and the political problems reflected in the prelude to that historic test still taint rugby in a divided country.

Issues of race and transformation dominate any discussion about the state of South African rugby, from the grassroots to the national team. Even though the Springboks have reached incredible heights since that day in 1992, their shares have fallen. The once exciting battle between the Springboks and the All Blacks has turned into an abyss. Before the whistle was blown on 15 August 1992, South Africa had beaten New Zealand 20 times and lost only 15 times to them. Today the record is 57-35 in favor of New Zealand.

When François Pienard lifted the Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park in 1995, the idea of ​​South Africa losing to Japan in the 2015 tournament seemed impossible. Few Springbok fans could have predicted that so many of their players and coaches would be doing their thing outside of South Africa, and in some cases against it. And the idea that racial divisions would still undermine rugby two decades later could only embarrass all those who celebrated the “new South Africa”.

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However, when the Springboks arrive in Europe for the fall national team games, glimmers of hope are once again palpable. Next Wednesday, November 15, World Rugby will vote to endorse South Africa’s surprise appointment as host of the Rugby World Cup 2023 by a tournament review panel, giving South African rugby another chance to address its painful issues on and behind the pitch outside.

This news for South Africa, if the recommendation is ratified, is encouraging, especially after a humiliating 57-0 loss to the All Blacks two months ago. This shocking result made the leading figures of South African rugby think even more deeply about the difficulties already so evident on that frosty August day in 1992.

Permission to continue playing was given by Mandela and the African National Congress on the condition that Die Stem, the apartheid anthem, was not played and the old orange, white and blue flag was not flown. That match made an incredible splash, recalls Dan Retief, a veteran South African rugby journalist. Louis Lute insisted on playing the old anthem. Die Stem thundered and old flags fluttered. I got cold. I remember comparing it to a Nazi youth rally. He again showed rugby as a white right-wing game that did not reflect the country as a whole.

“Dani Craven decreed that we would always come back against our greatest rivals. It showed our arrogance. We played New Zealand, Australia and then toured France and England. Typical South Africa! The Springboks narrowly lost to the All Blacks [27-24], but this game put rugby back in the public eye.”

It’s interesting to talk to two former springboks who played in the 1992 test. Peter Muller, who made his debut at center, says: I was only 23, so playing for the All Blacks was a little scary and I had mixed feelings about the sound of the anthem. On the one hand, you wanted to sing your anthem, but at the same time you knew the difficulties. But you have seen the pride of people crying while singing. So it was quite emotional and we were being carried by 80,000 people in the old Ellis Park.

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Naas Botha, the captain of the Springboks and the mascot with his huge boot, was 34 years old. He was on a violent tour of New Zealand in 1981 when anti-apartheid protesters clashed with police. Botha, now an outspoken expert, says: I have never been one of those involved in politics. Yes, we had that incident with the anthem, but if you look back at what we have achieved in the last 25 years, it really worked out really well.

It is true that South Africa have won two Rugby World Cups since lockdown ended and under Nick Mallett in 1998 they set a world record of 17 consecutive Test wins. Italy beat them for the first time last year and in any case, the challenges of South African rugby are inherently political.

Even South Africa’s greatest triumph in rugby, winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup, was political in nature. The images of reconciliation captured by Mandela in a springbok shirt as he celebrated victory over New Zealand in the final matched the fleeting ecstasy of the “rainbow nation”.

“The Rugby World Cup brought the nation together and there were great scenes of black taxi drivers dancing with white fans, Mallett agrees, but I remember thinking, This is not the reality of South Africa. The next day, the privileged and the rich went back to the suburbs, while the poor and the unemployed returned to their neighborhoods. So it masked the problems we encountered later.”

The 1995 Springboks team included Chester Williams. A man of color Williams was a dynamic wing that made the team on merit. But five years later, Mallett realized that he had to accelerate the transformation – in response to government pressure, and also because it was important to open up opportunities. He selected Owen Nkumane as the first black African to play for Springboks when South Africa toured the UK and Ireland in 1998.

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Nkumane played several games in the middle of the week and looked below the required standard. His playing career faded into obscurity and he made an equally difficult transition as a black man into the white world of the South African rugby media, where he is now a popular commentator and interviewer.

White fans booed his choice, but Nkumane saw the bigger picture. I was surprised when I was selected, he says, but some of us played for the South African under-20 team. We were on tour just for the experience, but it was still a moment of pride. I remember walking down a London street and a South African stopped me and said, You’re doing this for all of us.

Integration issues continued. Two years later, Tando Manana became the third black springbok and hit the headlines when, unlike Nkumane, he abandoned the initiation rituals he saw as epitomizing Afrikanerism. During a tour of Argentina, he would not agree to be beaten with a pool cue or drunk with a concoction that included sweat squeezed out of socks worn by his fellow springboxes. Manana indicated that, being a Xhosa, he was initiated in adulthood.

“I come from the Eastern Cape, the birthplace of black rugby, says Manana, and I really like the color of my skin and I love my culture. Nick Mallet stopped the initiation, but after he was fired, she returned. I stood my ground. I didn’t mean to belittle myself. It was the first time someone had refused and it made world news.”

But I was right to resist. For the reconciliation of our cultures, it was important that we respect each other. If they take a stick and hit my buttocks until I can’t walk, will that make me proud to be a springbok? Of course not. It was a barbaric act, and I chose to call for unity and racial reconciliation.

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Manana was certain that his career would suffer because of his refusal to comply. Definitely. We were made to feel inferior to others. But it’s not. His new book, Being a Black Springbok, explores the passion many black South Africans have for rugby. While the government is pushing for at least half of the Springbok team at the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be black and coloured, Manana says not enough is being done to bring about change at all levels.

You have to embrace transformation across the board. Craven Week showcases the best of high school rugby and has never been played in a black town. This year it took place in one of the best private schools for whites, despite the fact that 50% of the players were black. Surely the administrators can do more to bring rugby to a new audience?

“It all starts with a change in our hearts and minds. In the current Springboks configuration, you have the black players sitting in one corner and the white guys in the other corner. We need them to sit together under the umbrella of unity.”

Manana believes that until a cultural shift occurs and the old racial divide is wiped out, black players will often still be considered quota figures. Definitely, Manana says, acknowledging exceptions. Brian Habana, the all-time leading scorer in Springbok history with 67 tries in 124 tests, is a superstar and Tendai Mtawarira, a libertine, has become a cult figure after 95 tests.

As a journalist, Retief spoke out against apartheid, but as he now emphasizes, racial sentiment means that objective criticism is not always possible. People deny that the quota system still exists, but it clearly remains. And if you criticize a black or colored player, it is seen as racist and you get crucified on social media.

But I don’t know how else we could do it, because we had to find a way to attract black players. Too bad it’s 25 years old. Our coaches cannot choose a regular team. They must take into account the fact that we need a racial quota because we were a country of apartheid, the worst form of racism. We are still trying to fix this.

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The task caused controversy. Mallett is now South African television’s leading rugby analyst and he acknowledges the general dissatisfaction. The transformation has caused anger and frustration in the Afrikaans community because they feel that many of their players are being overlooked and forced to go abroad. And a lot of blacks and people of color think,

“Wait, we don’t always get the chance to show our abilities in positions where we’re as good as you. colored boys play super rugby. But not in a lock or hold-down support. These are positions where the difference between the best white player and the best black player is huge.”

He still believes the government’s goal of having 50% black and non-white players on a test team by 2019 is feasible, even if no other team in the rugby world faces such a challenge. Ideally we would like to just select the best players, but the transformation is part of South Africa and even now you can get close to that 50% mark.

But trainers and breeders didn’t use their brains. We even chose a white scrum half, François Hougaard, on the wing, like Allister Coetzee did last year. It was a bad decision because we have some great black wingers. It was a real slap in the face for any competitive black player.

And when you look at full-backs, we have three players, Dillin Leydes, Warrick Gelant and Andris Coetzee, holding the position. They have similar abilities. I think you should give the black player a chance, because you are not going to weaken the side.

“If we look at the full-back, both wings, the far center, where Lionel Mapo is very good, the four wingers can be taken by really strong and technical black players. We have Elton Junjis in 10th place and the Beast of Mtawarira is doing a great job. Six out of 15 is not a disaster in terms of transformation. In fact, you are only looking for one more player who will actually receive 50% for 2019. But Hogaard’s decision was insensitive and shows a misunderstanding of transformation.”

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The goals of the transformation have been controversial. In 2015, preparations for the Rugby World Cup were derailed when the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Kosatu) called for the dismissal of then-coach Heineke Meyer due to a lack of choice of black players when only Habana and Mtawarira were selected in the match day XV.

And with all the possibilities offered by winning the 2023 bid, this was only allowed when the South African Rugby Union ban on tournament bids for failing to meet transformation goals was lifted weeks before the bid deadline.

Botha laments how the transformation is being used to justify the demise of the Springboks rather than focus on declining skill levels in South African rugby. I have never had any complaints about the way forward. This is the new South Africa and for rugby to grow you have to get everyone involved. I’m just fed up with people saying that the problem is with the quota system.

Absolute nonsense. We don’t lose because of quotas. We lose because we don’t play well. I was watching the semi-final of the Curry Cup [provincial competition] and half of the guys couldn’t even catch the ball. For more know about South Africa Rugby World Cup Tickets.  

White players and coaches are still being lured to the northern hemisphere or Japan as the ailing rand cannot compete with the euro, pound and yen. There is now a consensus in South African rugby that the best coach in the country is based in Gloucester. In his four years with the Lions in Johannesburg, Johan Ackermann turned a decrepit team into an exciting team.

The Lions have appeared in the last two Super Rugby finals and Ackermann’s job was to ensure that the South African Rugby Union offered him a contract. Mallett even suggested to the union that Ackermann and his assistant, Swiss de Bruyne, work with Coetzi, and after the 2019 Rugby World Cup they could take charge. This succession will replicate New Zealand’s long-term planning.

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On a cold weekday evening in Gloucester, a heated debate about South African rugby rages 6,000 miles away. Ackermann also confesses his confused feelings on moving to England. There were mixed feelings about me, my family and the people who support me. And I’m not deaf. You hear people say it’s sad to lose me.

But other people are right in saying that if I improve my coaching skills with this new experience, we will all benefit from it. I was very emotional leaving Lviv because I had such a connection with everyone. I could have lasted another year since I had a contract and hopefully we’ll be lucky a third time and be able to win the Super Rugby title. But it’s time for a change.

Did the union talk to him about the possibility of becoming a Springboks coach after Coetzee? No. I was grateful that they gave me the opportunity with South Africa A. But there was no talk of a process after 2019. I can only make decisions now, so it was either Lyons or Gloucester.

It’s not like they give me any choice and say, We’d like you to participate in some capacity, and we’ll reevaluate in four years. Look at the All Blacks. Steve Hansen was an assistant for eight years before becoming head coach. He has been looking good for 12 years. I would bet money on their next coach being his assistant Ian Foster. So it would be nice if the South African union saw me as someone who could be involved. But I can’t force it.

In addition to exhausting players and coaches, Muller believes: We have failed on many levels. Management and administration were in disarray. In 2008 I was part of the SA Rugby Legends organization and we coached for five years in the Cape Flats.

About 20 schools played rugby on the Cape Flats before lockdown ended in 1992, and when we started, no more than three schools were playing. We revived the game because we helped schools of color play national tournaments. We have developed this whole program, and I am glad that the union has built on our foundation. Now there are 20,000 kids playing on the Cape Flats.

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Manana is more concerned that the personality of next year’s Super Rugby team coaches reflects an old pattern. The Lions will be coached by the white Swiss de Bruyne. The Stormers will be coached by Robbie Fleck, a white male. The Sharks will be coached by the white Robert du Pre. The Bulls will be coached by a white man, John Mitchell. There are no black assistants. Where are the black people? Nowhere to be found.

Deep structural problems remain. There are not enough professional players to support the 14 unions, each with equal voting rights, and steps are being taken to reduce the structure to eight or nine provinces. But it is unlikely that the smaller unions will abolish themselves by vote.

At the same time, changes to Super Rugby mean the Cheetahs and Southern Kings from rugby centers Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth are now forced to play Pro14 against Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Italian teams. It is not surprising that against the backdrop of fractures, the Springboks struggled.

After being embarrassed at 57-0, Mallett said, Criticizing this Boca team is like clubbing a baby seal. Up until the 57-0 defeat, we had a pretty good 2017. We had a very inexperienced captain and we also saw the inexperience of the coaches. They had no idea what to do when they were under such pressure from quality. For more know about Ireland Rugby World Cup Tickets.

For Retief: In all my years of playing rugby, this was the worst day ever. Poor old Allister Coetzee said he saw some positives, but it was terrible. Then we played New Zealand again in Cape Town and everyone was celebrating because we performed with such tenacity. I’ve been writing about rugby since 1970, and it used to be completely foreign to a South African fan to rejoice in defeat. But it showed that we can still play tough, uncompromising rugby where our strikers dominate. We tried to be more expansive, but sacrificed the corridor and the fight, where we are traditionally strong.

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“Mullet was excited, but stresses that South Africans are always excited for a one-time violent game. New Zealand can play at a high level much more consistently thanks to their coaches and leadership. We need a do-or-die scenario to replicate that intensity.”

This Saturday, the Springboks leave for their last trip of the year to Dublin. After Ireland they play France, Italy and Wales. I have no trepidation, Mallett says. It’s a pity that we have Ireland, the most difficult game, the first one. But French rugby is not the best, and this year we beat them. We have to beat Italy by doing the basics. A victory over Wales is indeed possible. Three wins out of four would be enough. If we get four out of four, we’ve turned the corner.

There will be more suspense in the first two games because Ireland and France are suffering from the likely loss of the right to host the Rugby World Cup 2023. South Africa is in dire need of positive political and economic news, Mallett said. So that’s a huge incentive. We had an outstanding bid and the presence of Cyril Ramaphos and our Sports Minister Tulas Nxesi confirmed the government’s strong support.

Whenever I’ve talked to Manana, he seems to be engrossed in workshops or meetings to rebuild the game. During our first interview two weeks ago, Manana seemed pessimistic that there would be significant changes in South African rugby over the next 10 years. But now his renewed optimism for the Rugby World Cup 2023 seems profound and allows us to look forward, not backward, to a wounded past.

Fortune favors the brave, he says enthusiastically. For me, it shows our fighting spirit and that we can still draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela. I believe that South Africa has the perseverance and determination to host a Rugby World Cup of this magnitude.

If we get it, the real test will be whether this Rugby World Cup can unite rugby for a long time. Thus, winning the tender is only the basis. The premise should be to put on a great RWC and also heal the game in South Africa and make it accessible to everyone.

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There have been times in recent weeks when my head, even as a South African, felt ready to explode with conflicting arguments. It’s sad to continue playing paint by number 25 years after lockdown, but the 34-man South African team on their current tour has 15 blacks and people of color.

On what may have been a damp and dark Irish autumn day this Saturday, these young South Africans of different colors will join hands to sing their revised national anthem in five languages ​​- Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English. It is a hybrid of an anthem, but also one of the most beautiful national songs. New hope for South African rugby will be repeated again.

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New young Wales captain named and coach bets his life he’ll be going to the next Rugby World Cup

Ryan Woodman has the makings of a serious Welsh international. Wales have named Dragons high-ranked long-range rower Ryan Woodman as the new Six Nations under-20 captain. Woodman is so well thought of, manager Byron Hayward believes he will most certainly be in the Wales squad for the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

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Woodman leads a 36-man team that’s full of new talent but little experience as a forward after promoting the likes of Krist Chiunza and Dafydd Jenkins to the adult scene.

Hayward said of his choice of captain: I asked for the opinion of all of our staff because I think it’s important to make this process as thorough as possible because they see it in various relevant areas such as medicine, S&C. They see what they are in the gym, what they are off the field and on the field, and Ryan was an overwhelming candidate.

“He takes his place on the number one team, but he’s one of those Alex Mann characters that leads by example. He is a very quiet boy, but what he says is mature and reasonable, and people listen and they will follow him, so he was a prime candidate.”

Woodman’s rise came as no surprise after his influential second-row performances last year prompted Hayward to make a bold and eye-catching prediction. I would bet my life on it, he will play for Wales in the next Rugby World Cup, Hayward said, referring to the 2027 global tournament.

“His work rate is very fast and he proved it in the second row for us. I can’t wait to see how he walks around the park and starts to act, because I think that the opponents will be difficult to deal with him. He was announcing the Six Nations Corridor where our pack was pretty light but he came back six kilos heavier and his fitness level is high so I expect Ryan to do great.”

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Hayward believes he has selected a strong side for the campaign, which sees Wales host Ireland at the Stadiwm CSM in Colwyn Bay next Friday 3 February in the first round of matches. This is the strongest team we could choose because of recruiting, he said. Our identification of this team has been very thorough since last September and we are in a completely different place than we were 12 months ago.

I’ve watched just about every game these guys have played since September of this season, either by frame or by game. We also had workshops, plus we had a match against Scotland before Christmas, and then we had Poland, and we also had two strikes against the Cardiff Met and Pontypool in the last couple of weeks, so in terms of preparation, I think we back in a good place.

“We are inexperienced in the front five in terms of age and playing skills at this level, but we have experience in the back row and it’s always the same thing every year.”

Wales finished fifth in last year’s tournament, losing four of the five matches they played. Wales U20 Six Nations squad forwards: Dylan Kelleher-Griffiths (Dragons), Freddie Chapman (Ospreys), Josh Morse (Scarlets), Sam Scarfe (Dragons), Lewis Morgan (Scarlets), Isaac Young (Scarlets), Ellis Fackrell (Ospreys), Will Couch (Scarlets), Tomas Pritchard (Scarlets), Liam Edwards (Ospreys), Jonny Green (Harlequins), Owain Evans (RGC), Ryan Woodman (Dragons – capt), Huw Davies (Sale), Caleb Salmon (Scarlets), Tom Caple (Dragons), Luca Giannini (Scarlets), Gwilym Evans (Cardiff Rugby), Morgan Morse (Ospreys), Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff Rugby)

Backs: Archie Hughes (Scarlets), Harri Williams (Scarlets), Che Hope (Dragons), Dan Edwards (Ospreys), Harrison James (Cardiff Rugby), Iwan Jenkins (Exeter), Harri Ackerman (Dragons), Bryn Bradley (Harlequins), Louie Hennessey (Bath Rugby), Tom Florence (Ospreys), Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby), Harri Houston ((Ospreys), Oli Andrew (Dragons), Llien Morgan (Ospreys), Jac Davies (Scarlets), Kian Abraham (Scarlets)

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World Rugby issue statement on tackle height plans and English bosses apologise

RFU apologises for handling of tackle height decision

Rugby Union has apologized for making the decision to lower the tackle height in English community games to the waist. The RFU suffered a furious backlash in response to last week’s announcement, with chief executive Bill Sweeney potentially facing a vote of no confidence from grassroots clubs.

“The RFU Board, Board and Executive Staff apologize for the anger and concern that has been caused in the rugby community by the announcement of the decision to lower tackle height from next season, the statement said.”

The decision to lower the height of the tackle from July 1 was unanimously approved by the RFU board in an attempt to support the welfare of the players, in particular to reduce the likelihood of head-butting amid the concussion lawsuits faced by the sport’s governing bodies. This will apply to all levels outside of professional play, which consists of international, premier league and championship, but first the RFU will begin a wide-ranging consultation period to establish a definition of low capture.

In our quest to act quickly to reduce headbutts and concussions in the community game that makes up 99 per cent of the rugby playing population in England, we have upset many of you who are champions, volunteers and ambassadors of our game.

We fully acknowledge that we made a mistake in the engagement and we are truly sorry, the statement said. In making the decision, we knew that France had lowered the tackle height, New Zealand would do it and World Rugby supports this approach. For more know about Wales Vs Australia Tickets.

“We, like the French, used the term to the waist and below; this caused misunderstanding and confusion. Now we would like the game to help us define how we describe a lower grip height to reflect what the research is telling us in a way that everyone can understand.”

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Therefore, the risk of head injury must be reduced if the grip is below this optimum height. We will now start a series of forums and workshops involving players, coaches, match officials and volunteers to explain and work out the details of the national legislation change. A large body of scientific evidence demonstrates that the risk of head injury and concussion for players can be reduced by lowering the grip height to prevent head-to-head contact.

“However, we also recognize that the rugby community has other issues that could cause this change and we need to listen, understand and respond to those issues. We will begin inviting players, coaches, match officials and volunteers to these forums from early next week. so we can all work together.”

World Rugby statement on tackle height plans

World Rugby has issued a statement insisting that it has no plans to lower the allowed tackle height in professional play anytime soon.

CEO Alan Gilpin seemed to suggest that plans were being made to lower the current shoulder height limit, although not as much as the waist height limit introduced in English amateur rugby. This proposal was met with strong criticism and could be rejected, but Gilpin supported the measure. Now World Rugby has attempted to provide further clarity.

“World Rugby is committed to the highest welfare standards for participants at all levels, the statement said. While unions at the community level are currently looking into lowering the height of the tackle, as explained by World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin, there are no immediate plans. implement a general reduction in grapple height at the elite level of the game, as above. However, we will never stand still when it comes to the safety and well-being of all involved.”

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World Rugby boss Gilpin told The Telegraph that changes are in the works across the board, saying “Yes, we’re looking to make sure we implement a lower tackle height in all parts of the game.” RFU is in the process of making some grip height changes that we support.

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“We need players to drop their grips lower at every stage of the game. The way this is actually implemented is a bit different in a community game than in an elite game. The key message is that let’s lower the tackle height at every level of play because that will reduce – absolutely reduce – the number of head injuries we see in rugby.”

Cardiff name side to face Leinster

Scrum half-back Lloyd Williams is back in Cardiff’s starting line-up to face Leinster in the Rugby United Championship on Saturday, and boss Dai Young has made six changes since last week’s 37-24 loss to Brive in Europe. Williams was joined as linebacker by Jarrod Evans, whose inclusion saw Reece Priestland move to fullback. Rey Li-Lo returns to midfield, while Owen Lane has recovered from an ankle injury and moves to the wing.

Captain Josh Turnbull, who was resting before traveling to Brive, is named on the wing blind, paired with James Botham and James Rutty in the back row. Brad Thayer is the only change made to the top five, replacing Rhys Carré, who is one of eight Cardiff players currently in the Wales camp ahead of the start of the Six Nations.

Leinster are unbeatable this season and they haven’t lost many games, whether at home or away, said Cardiff director of rugby Young. They have always been one of the best teams in Europe so we know this will be a big challenge for us. We are short of about 20 players and we have 23 players to choose from, but we still have good qualities and I have confidence in the team we have chosen.”

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Cardiff: 15. Rhys Priestland, 14. Owen Lane, 13. Rey Lee-Lo, 12. Ben Thomas, 11. Jason Harries, 10. Jarrod Evans, 9. Lloyd Williams, 1. Brad Thyer, 2. Kirby Myhill, 3. Keiron Assiratti, 4. Lopeti Timani, 5. Seb Davies, 6. Josh Turnbull (capt.), 7. James Botham, 8. James Ratti.

Replacements: 16. Kristian Dacey, 17. Corey Domachowski, 18. Will Davies-King, 19. Rory Thornton, 20. Shane Lewis-Hughes, 21. Ellis Bevan, 22. Aled Summerhill, 23. Matthew Morgan.

Ospreys back in action after win over Leicester

Ospreys boss Toby Booth has named a heavily altered team to take on Zebre Parma at URC on Sunday (UK start time) following a historic victory over the Leicester Tigers in Europe last weekend.  For more know about Wales Rugby World Cup Tickets

Since 15 players moved to the Wales camp, there are many changes among the starting XV, while there are several young players on the bench. Nicky Smith will be team captain, Elvis Taione will start as a prostitute while Steven Myler will return from injury to be named on the bench and new signing Tom Cowan-Dickey, who was brought in as cover for Sam Parry and Dewey Lake , may debut on the road. bench.

Ospreys: 15. Max Nagy, 14. Luke Morgan, 13. Michael Collins, 12. Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, 11. Keelan Giles, 10. Jack Walsh, 9. Reuben Morgan-Williams, 1. Nicky Smith (capt), 2. Elvis Taione, 3. Tom Botha, 4. Bradley Davies, 5. Huw Sutton, 6. Jack Regan, 7. Harri Deaves, 8. Morgan Morris.

Replacements: 16. Tom Cowan-Dickie, 17. Garyn Phillips, 18. Rhys Henry, 19. James Fender, 20. Tristan Davies, 21. Matthew Aubrey, 22. Stephen Myler, 23. Iestyn Hopkins.

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Dragons v Glasgow team news as Rhodri Jones returns

Opponent Rhodri Jones returns to the starting lineup and prostitute Brodie Coghlan will make her first senior start when the Dragons host the Glasgow Warriors at the URC on Saturday (starting at 3pm).

Boss Dai Flanagan made nine substitutions for the team after losing 30:25 to the South African Lions in the European Challenge Cup last Sunday. Matthew Skrich in the second row withdraws and Thane Basham moves to 8th to accommodate Sean Lonsdale, who starts from the flank.

In the new linebacker pairing, captain Rhodri Williams and J.J. Hanrahan teamed up, while Jack Dixon and Sayo Tomkinson formed a new linebacker. The latest change was the return of Jared Rosser to the wing.

Dragons RFC: 15. Jordan Williams, 14. Jared Rosser, 13. Sio Tomkinson, 12. Jack Dixon, 11. Ashton Hewitt, 10. JJ Hanrahan, 9. Rodri Williams (captain), 1. Rodri Jones, 2. Brody Coghlan, 3. Lloyd Fairbrother, 4. Matthew Skrich, 5. Ben Carter, 6. George Knott, 7. Sean Lonsdale, 8. Thane Basham.

Replacements: 16. James Benjamin, 17. Aki Seiuli, 18. Chris Coleman, 19. Huw Taylor, 20. Ben Fry, 21. Lewis Jones, 22. Sam Davies, 23. Steff Hughes.

Wales U20s name Six Nations squad

Wales Under-20 head coach Byron Hayward has named a 36-man squad for the Six Nations Under-20 Championship, with Dragons defender Ryan Woodman named captain. The cohort boasts an experienced back line, although it lacks in front.

The squad includes 11 players who took part in the successful summer U20 tournament in Italy last summer, while Harry Williams and Tom Florence played in last year’s Six Nations campaign. Wales U20 will host Ireland for the first time at Colwyn Bay next Friday 3 February.

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“They’re the strongest team we could have chosen because of the hiring, Hayward said. Our identification of this team has been very thorough since last September and we are in a completely different place than we were 12 months ago.”

I’ve watched just about every game these guys have played since September of this season, either by frame or by game. We also had workshops, plus we had a match against Scotland before Christmas, and then we had Poland, and we also had two strikes against the Cardiff Met and Pontypool in the last couple of weeks, so in terms of preparation, I think we are in a good place.

Forwards: Dylan Kelleher-Griffiths (Dragons), Freddie Chapman (Ospreys), Josh Morse (Scarlets), Sam Scarfe (Dragons), Lewis Morgan (Scarlets), Isaac Young (Scarlets), Ellis Fackrell (Ospreys), Will Couch (Scarlets), Tomas Pritchard (Scarlets), Liam Edwards (Ospreys), Jonny Green (Harlequins), Owain Evans (RGC), Ryan Woodman (Dragons – capt), Huw Davies (Sale), Caleb Salmon (Scarlets), Tom Caple (Dragons), Luca Giannini (Scarlets), Gwilym Evans (Cardiff Rugby), Morgan Morse (Ospreys), Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff Rugby).

Backs: Archie Hughes (Scarlets), Harri Williams (Scarlets), Che Hope (Dragons), Dan Edwards (Ospreys), Harrison James (Cardiff Rugby), Iwan Jenkins (Exeter), Harri Ackerman (Dragons), Bryn Bradley (Harlequins), Louie Hennessey (Bath Rugby), Tom Florence (Ospreys), Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby), Harri Houston ((Ospreys), Oli Andrew (Dragons), Llien Morgan (Ospreys), Jac Davies (Scarlets), Kian Abraham (Scarlets).

England suffer hammer blow

England’s preparations for the Six Nations took another blow after Elliot Daly was ruled out of the entire tournament with a hamstring injury. Daly was expected to make his first appearance since last year’s championship as Eddie Jones fell out of favor, but his Saracens club said he would need 12 weeks of rehab.

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The versatile back suffered an injury when the Saracens lost to Edinburgh in the Heineken Champions Cup last Sunday, and now to add to his 57 caps, he must aim for the Rugby World Cup summer warm-up matches. Daley had to compete for a place in the England back three, where he could cover the flank and wing back, and also provide opportunities to play outside the centre. The sacking of Jones last month and the subsequent appointment of Steve Borthwick as head coach saw Daly recalled to the Six Nations as a reward for an explosive start to the 2022-23 campaign.

England were spurred on by the return of wingers Henry Arundell and Anthony Watson from injuries this weekend – the duo are in action for the London Irish and Leicester respectively – but playing resources were exhausted beforehand. An injury crisis has claimed prostitutes Luke Cowan-Dickey and George McGuigan, while Jamie George doubts a concussion threatens his participation in the opening match against Scotland on 4 February.

Courtney Lowes is also struggling with a calf problem he suffered at Northampton last weekend that hurt his Calcutta Cup prospects, while flanker Tom Curry is not expected to return with a hamstring injury until later stage in the Six Nations.

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