The inaugural Tshwane 10s powered by Stor-Age is literally a drop kick away! Happening in less than 10 days, the event will be hosted at Harlequins Rugby Club in Groenkloof, Pretoria from 28 to 29 October and is set to take the Capital by storm. So what can you expect? Apart from former World Cup Winners making comebacks, EFC Champions in a custom built Dodgeball Cage, Radio and TV celebrities in action, 12 bands on stage and some awesome prizes for best dressed teams and spectators with #HalloweenOlympics as the theme - don't joke - we don't know that to expect either! Here are some other highlights to look out for: Meet SA Rugby Legends: rub shoulders with Cape Town 10s co-founders Rob Fleck and Bob Skinstad as well as the likes of Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Derick Hougaard, James Dalton and Derick Kuun Sensational Entertainment Line-up: Me and Mr Brown, Brent Harris and the Anton Botha Band will get the crowd going on the Friday while Arno Jordaan, Pieter Smith, the Barboza Experience and SA/DC will be on stage on the Saturday whilst DJ’s keep the beats flowing throughout the weekend Social Olympics: enjoy nail-biting sporting action from more than 100 teams across 7 different sporting codes: rugby, netball, beach volleyball, dodgeball, lawn bowls, touch rugby and squash Celebs Galore: a number of SA’s biggest celebs and media personalities will also make their debut and will form part of the celeb team, including: Thando Thabethe, Lunga Shabalala, Ms Cosmo, Nicole da Silva, Janina Oberholzer, Mika Stefano and Arno Jordaan, to mention a few 10s Gees: license for you to enjoy the weekend of the year, there really isn’t anything quite like it and there is a reason why the Cape Town 10s has been voted BEST LIVE EXPERIENCE The Beer Tent: a gargantuan beer tent to keep the cold ones flowing Fancy Dress: expect the most brave, fun and bizarre costumes and insane wardrobe malfunctions as people dress to the weekend theme . . .
The University of Johannesburg have no fear of taking on an unbeaten Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) when the final of the Varsity Football tournament is played in Tshwane on September 22. UJ and TUT qualified for the final when they won their semi-finals last week, ironically by identical margins in penalty shoot-outs against Central University of Technology (CUT) and NWU-Mafikeng respectively. The Johannesburg outfit and CUT played to a 1-1 draw in Bloemfontein before UJ took the penalty shoot-out 4-3, while TUT and NWU were goalless at the end of regulation time in Tshwane. Now they will meet at Tshwane to decide who will be the new Varsity Football champions, with UJ determined to go one better than the runners-up spot they achieved in 2014. Coach Mandla Zwane said they were determined to improve on their 2014 performance when the only game they lost was against UP-Tuks in the final. Last year UJ failed to qualify for the Varsity Football competition, but they had now made amends, said the coach. "This is what we wanted to achieve," said Zwane, "because it gives us the chance to bury the memories of 2014. We now want to go one better than what we did two years ago." Despite TUT's efforts in topping the log this year, the UJ mentor said playing in Tshwane did not bother them. "We have been good playing away from home and this team is good enough to handle the conditions in Tshwane. "I do not want to sound arrogant but we're one of only two teams to take points off TUT," he said in reference to their 1-1 draw at the TUT Stadium. UJ showed their ability to handle conditions away from home when they beat NWU-Mafikeng 6-2 in their opening game and Fort Hare 4-2 in their final fixture before the play-offs. The result over Fort Hare was a crucial one in that it enabled UJ to qualify for the semis after they had dropped points in other matches. Zwane, though, never lost faith in their ability to qualify for the last . . .
Tshwane 10s sponsored by Stor-Age set to take the Capital by Storm! (South Africa, August 2016) Off the back of eight highly successful events, South Africa’s biggest sport and lifestyle festival, Cape Town 10s will be launching the Tshwane 10s in October! Proudly sponsored by Stor-Age, South Africa's leading self-storage brand, the Tshwane 10s will be hosted at Harlequins Rugby Club in Groenkloof, Pretoria from 28 to 29 October 2016. With over 10 000 people expected to stream through the gates, the event aims to bring the unique atmosphere of the 10s sporting festivals to Tshwane and cement itself as a mainstay in the sporting calendar. According to Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO of the Old School Group & Festival Director of the Cape Town 10s, “After months of careful planning and hard work, we are extremely proud to announce our plans to expand the Cape Town 10s offering with the launch of the Tshwane 10s. Last year we set an unprecedented benchmark with the introduction of beach volleyball as a new sport and we strived to maintain that momentum. With that came the bold move to take the Cape Town 10s formula to the capital, but also to expand the offering in Tshwane to 7 different sports on offer and a truly unique Social Olympics sports festival.” The Old School Group - the team behind the Cape Town 10s, has upped the ante and introduced a number of new elements to the event modelled on the Cape Town 10s by including three completely new sporting codes: dodgeball, lawn bowls and squash. Players and spectators will have loads to look forward to including sporting action from more than 100 x teams taking part across the various codes on offer, including rugby, netball, beach volleyball, dodgeball, lawn bowls, touch rugby and squash. Along with the action on the sports fields, the event will feature a sensational entertainment line-up and guest appearances from some of SA’s most iconic sporting legends and celebrities. Title sponsors of the event, Stor-Age, . . .
After two successful sets of courses in KZN, the Investec International Rugby Academy will be returning to St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg these school holidays, adding position-specific courses, for both players and coaches, to the course line-up. The 5-day course aims to provide high school players with the skills and expertise they need by matching them with former national and international players in their position and teach coaches to learn alongside these players. The exciting line-up that attendees can look forward to working with are former Springbok flank Ian MacDonald and utility-back Brent Russell, former Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir, ex-Wallabies kicking coach Braam van Straaten, former Sharks coach Grant Bashford, Sharks forwards coach Ryan Strudwick, Sharks under-19 coach Paul Anthony, Super Rugby referee Archie Sehlako, as well as local coaches Greg Miller, Greig Wegerle and Ryno Combrink. Behind the scenes training is also a feature of the academy and specialists such as Mark Steele (former Springbok conditioning coach) and Ruan Fourie (former Sharks and Lions physiotherapist) will be educating players on conditioning for the season and injury prevention. “The academy affords players the opportunity to meet, interact and learn from the greats of the game. It can only have a positive effect on one’s development,” says former Springbok, Brent Russell. World renown kicking coach, Braam van Straaten, who has been a coach at the academy for the past seven years, is passionate about his role at the academy. “In a week you see boys become men. We get players to function outside their comfort zone,” says van Straaten. Players’ courses on offer in July are the Prestige Players’ Course (aged seven to 10 years), the Intermediate Players’ and Coaches Course (aged 11 to 14 years), the 5-Day Players’ and Coaches Course (aged 14 to 17 years). Former Eastern Province player and GM of the Investec International Rugby Academy, . . .
Raucous roughhousing: Rugbytots for little ones Encourage your future Springbok with sporting sessions designed to fill a gap in the childhood development sector, by using rugby specific skills. Rugbytots will develop your child’s physical, psychological, and social attributes, as well as gently encouraging rugby specific skills such as running with the ball, finding space, kicking, catching, scoring a try, and much more. Two Holiday Clubs will run this winter, with the first scheduled for 4 to 8 July and the second from 11 to 15 July. Each Holiday Club will have three classes per day, organised by age group. Sessions have been organised for children aged 2 to 3, 3 to 5, and 5 to 7 years, and will take place on the Croquet Lawn at the V&A Waterfront at a cost of R300 (for one weeks’ worth of sessions) or R550 (for two weeks’ sessions) per child. Pre-booking is essential: www.rugbytots.co.za Rugbytots First series: 4–8 July Second series: 11–15 July Mornings: 10h00–10h30: 2 to 3.5 yrs 10h30–11h15: 3.5 to 5 yrs 11h15–12h00: 5 to 8 yrs Afternoons: 14h30–15h00: 2 to 3.5 yrs 15h00–15h45: 3.5 to 5 yrs 15h45–17h00: 5 to 8 yrs Croquet Lawn (outside Springbok Experience Rugby Museum) Cost options: R300 for one series only R550 for both series CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
After two successful sets of courses in KZN, the Investec International Rugby Academy will be returning to St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg these school holidays, adding position-specific courses, for both players and coaches, to the course line-up. The 5-day course aims to provide high school players with the skills and expertise they need by matching them with former national and international players in their position and teach coaches to learn alongside these players. The exciting line-up that attendees can look forward to working with are former Springbok flank Ian MacDonald and utility-back Brent Russell, former Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir, ex-Wallabies kicking coach Braam van Straaten, former Sharks coach Grant Bashford, Sharks forwards coach Ryan Strudwick, Sharks under-19 coach Paul Anthony, Super Rugby referee Archie Sehlako, as well as local coaches Greg Miller, Greig Wegerle and Ryno Combrink. Behind the scenes training is also a feature of the academy and specialists such as Mark Steele (former Springbok conditioning coach) and Ruan Fourie (former Sharks and Lions physiotherapist) will be educating players on conditioning for the season and injury prevention. “The academy affords players the opportunity to meet, interact and learn from the greats of the game. It can only have a positive effect on one’s development,” says former Springbok, Brent Russell. World renowned kicking coach, Braam van Straaten, who has been a coach at the academy for the past seven years, is passionate about his role at the academy. “In a week you see boys become men. We get players to function outside their comfort zone,” says van Straaten. Players’ courses on offer in July are the Prestige Players’ Course (aged seven to 10 years), the Intermediate Players’ and Coaches Course (aged 11 to 14 years), the 5-Day Players’ and Coaches Course (aged 14 to 17 years). Former Eastern Province player and GM of the Investec International Rugby Academy, . . .
Promising FNB NMMU-Madibaz rugby player Junior Pokomela had a big decision to make when he made a name for himself as a top schools star in 2014. Having being selected for the South African Schools team, the former Grey High pupil had to consider offers from the Cheetahs and the EP Kings as he pondered his future. Two years later, Pokomela has no doubt that the decision to stay in his home town of Port Elizabeth was the best move for him. The tall number eight was a key performer for the EP Kings U19 team in winning last year's Currie Cup premier division title, and he now faces the next challenge of his burgeoning career when he represents South Africa at the Junior World Rugby Championship in England from Tuesday. While the Baby Boks will be among the top contenders for the title, Pokomela said their immediate focus was only on their opening match against Japan. "I have not set myself too many goals at this stage," Pokomela, christened Siphatu, but now known mainly as Junior, said. "My only aim is to make the starting team to play Japan and then to take it from there." He said he was delighted to have a number of his university team-mates – Jeremy Ward, the captain, Tango Balekile, Nicolaas Oosthuizen and Keanu Vers – in the squad. "It's great to have them here, but I have also made some new friends, so it's very chilled and there is a great vibe in the camp," said the 19-year-old. "The guys are confident and positive, but we know there will be some tough opponents, such as England and New Zealand. But, for the moment, we are only focusing on Japan." Pokomela said he had to make the tough decision to join the Cheetahs or the Saru Kings Academy while he was still in high school. "Robbi Kempson (former Springbok and Academy manager) spoke to me and told me of my opportunities with the Kings, where I would be able to study and play at the same time. "As I look back, I'm so happy to have made that decision. Born and bred in PE, I . . .
Three Springbok and Stormers rugby players are getting their hands dirty to make a contribution towards rugby development. Scarra Ntubeni, Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi have joined forces with boutique winery Mitre’s Edge to launch a limited edition wine to raise funds for WP Rugby President’s Trust. The initiative was started by Ntubeni after seeing many talented players not reaching their full potential. “We want to make a difference, while we are still actively involved in the game. We are hoping that this could help in some way to assist young players and create some opportunities for them. Sometimes you just need a chance to develop your rugby career further and this initiative can hopefully make a positive contribution. Although this is a relatively small project, it will start at grassroots level where transformation needs to happen,” mentions Ntubeni. The President’s Trust offers talented youngsters the chance to realise their potential through improving both their sporting development and schooling. The players were actively involved in the entire winemaking process and gained hands-on experience from the picking of grapes, to destalking, pressing and finally bottling the 2015 ES Merlot. Following in the winemaking footsteps of other rugby legends such as Jan Boland Coetzee, Hempies du Toit and Schalk Burger, this might not be the last efforts in the cellar by this inspirational trio. Only 500 bottles of the wine was produced and it is presented in a three-pack box set with a bottle of Mitre’s Edge Cabernet Sauvignon and their flagship Sholto as well as an autographed photo journal documenting the three players’ wine journey. “It was a privilege working with these players as we believe in investing in the future of our youth. Scarra has definitely been the driving force behind the initiative, which we hope will continue to future vintages. It is really rewarding to be part of a process which could be responsible for unearthing a future . . .
Cape Town, South Africa – On Saturday, 7 May 2016, the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) and Spur will handover almost 4 000 rugby jerseys to schools signed under the union’s rugby structure. The event will take place at the Bellville Technical High School. This mini rugby day, billed as one of the biggest events at school level in Western Province Rugby, will also be attended by DHL Stormers stars Nizaam Carr, Jean Kleyn, Leolin Zas, Wilco Louw, Brandon Thomson, Jean-Luc du Plessis, EW Viljoen, David Ribbans and Kurt Coleman. These young rugby stalwarts will mingle with the children and parents and will be available for signature sessions and photo opportunities during the day. The union will welcome 318 teams from 93 different schools with matches set to start at 08:00 and conclude by 14:00. Over the last few years this event has grown significantly and has seen the start of many successful careers of rugby players that have gone on to wear the famous blue and white DHL Western Province hoops. “Spur Steak Ranches is proud to present our future rugby champions with the platform to enjoy sports and hone their skills through the enjoyable game of mini rugby”, said Khakhi Diala, Brand Activation Manager of the Spur Group. Spur is the majority sponsor of the mini rugby day. “We are very thankful to Spur for supporting this worthy initiative to introduce young people to rugby and grow the game. Spur has been our partner in this day since 2009, so we value their support and look forward to another successful Mini Rugby Day”, said Thelo Wakefield, President of the Western Rugby Football Union. This event is part of WPRFU’s effort to make the game of rugby accessible to all young South Africans living in the region. Entry fees: R10 per adult and R10 per vehicle, with children under 12 allowed in for free. The above mentioned DHL Stormers players will be available for a signature and photo session from 10:00 to 11:00. Western Province Rugby . . .
[Johannesburg] The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) and ASUS South Africa have announced that a new sponsorship agreement between the two parties. This sponsorship includes a range of devices such as the much spoken about ASUS ZenBook, Transformer and ZenPad product series. “ASUS South Africa is proud to be the product sponsor to the Lions Rugby Company. We look forward to this partnership as it is our first entry into the South African Rugby environment. We want to wish the Emirates Lions all the best for this coming season,” said Yolandi Venter, Marketing Manager of ASUS South Africa. ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and their Eee PC which was internationally credited with revolutionizing the PC industry. “We want to welcome ASUS on board as the official technical supplier of the Lions Rugby Company. As we embark on our Super Rugby campaign we know that these ASUS products will be vital in terms of game and technical analysis while it will obviously also keep some of us entertained and busy. Creative partnerships like this strengthen the Golden Lions’ reputation and it adds convenience to our daily lives. We all know the demands for access to information on-the-go, whether it's analysing game footage or directions to a favourite restaurant, and with ASUS’ help this is now at our fingertips,” concluded Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .