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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

[rugby_www] Digest Number 240

There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Buys gets his big break
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
2. Solly named in Sharks squad ... again
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
3. Hulme confirms his move to the Lions
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
4. Viljoen in Falcons 'comeback'
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
5. Teams go into 'spy mode'
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
6. Larkham may go back to No.15
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
7. White ponders his 'new' combination
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
8. Memorial Service For Norman Bennett
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
9. Bristol & Bath Sixes returns this weekend
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
10. Title shared on Skegness beach
From: "John A Hopkins" <>


Message: 1
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:15:20 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Buys gets his big break

Tuesday July 26 2005
Bornman comes off the bench
Griquas coach Gysie Pienaar has decided to call up former South
African Under-21 wing Bronwyn Buys for his team's crucial Currie Cup
qualifier against Western Province at Newlands in Cape Town on

The call-up of Buys, for his Currie Cup debut, was necessitated by
an injury to regular Griquas right wing Chumani Booi, who dislocated
his shoulder in the Kimberley side's narrow 19-17 loss to the
Cheetahs last week.

Also out of the Newlands encounter is loose-forward Heinrich Stride,
who fracture an ankle against the Cheetahs. Jannie Bornman comes off
the bench to replace Stride.

Pienaar also opted to rest scrum-half Neil Powell, either Johannes
Rooifontein or JP Joubert will be the starting No.9.

Promising young loose-forward Jacques Burger has also been named in
the 22-man squad and will start among the replacements.

The 22-man Griquas squad: for Newlands is: José van Rensburg,
Bronwyn Buys, Dries Scholtz, Christophè du Toit, MJ Mentz, Braam van
Straaten JP Joubert or Johannes Rooifontein, Frans Viljoen, Gareth
Krause, Jannie Bornman, Evan Botha, Duimpie Theron, Hedley Wessels,
Tiaan Liebenberg, Jané du Toit (captain), Willie Wepener, Attie
Winter, Windpomp van Rooyen, Jacques Burger, Ederich Prinsloo and
Brendell Brandt.


Message: 2
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:16:24 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Solly named in Sharks squad ... again

Tuesday July 26 2005
Mulder in for Immelman
Sharks Coach Dick Muir and Springbok coach Jake White clearly does
not communicate very well ... if they talk at all. Either that or
the phone connections to Durban is in a shocking state.

It is the only way to explain why, for the second time in recent
weeks, Muir named Springbok flank Solly Tyibilika in an extended
squad .... with the proviso that he will play if he is released from
national duty.

Muir on Tuesday named a 24-man squad to take on the Elephants in a
Currie Cup qualifying Round Six match in Durban on Friday, with
Tyibilika named in the side and Muir stating that his inclusion
depends on his return from Springbok duty.

It all sounds dandy, except that White had stated on Monday already -
more than 24 hours before Muir's squad announcement - that no
players will be released from the Bok squad.

We all received the statement and published it.

So does that mean that Muir, apart from not speaking to White, is
also not reading the media reports?

Muir's squad includes one other change from the one that beat the
Falcons by a decisive 67-31 on Friday night.

Bertus Mulder replaces the injured Braam Immelman.

The 24-man squad is: JP Pietersen, Henno Mentz, Waylon Murray,
Adrian Jacobs, Brent Russell, Herkie Kruger, Tsepo Kokoali, Rudi
Keil, Dave von Hoesslin, Bennie Nortjé, Jacques Botes, Nico Breedt,
Warren Britz, Jaco Gouws, Solly Tyibilika, Bertus Mulder, Johann
Muller (captain) ,Werner Cronjé, Deon Carstens, Skipper Badenhorst,
Danie Saayman, Louwtjie Louw, BJ Botha and Gcobani Bobo.

By Jan de Koning


Message: 3
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:17:54 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Hulme confirms his move to the Lions

Tuesday July 26 2005
Province want some Pretoria beef
The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) on Tuesday confirmed earlier
speculation that former South African Schools and Under-19 star
forward Alten Hulme has signed with the Golden Lions until the end
of 2006.

In the last two seasons the 24-year-old Hulme played all his rugby
in George for the SWD Eagles. He can play at lock and loose forward,
standing 199cm tall and weighs 106kg.

The Lions coaches approached Hulme after it was felt that the union
needed some depth in the No.8 position, the GLRU said in a statement.

Hulme will be competing with Pietie Ferreira and Ernst Joubert for a
spot in the Currie Cup side. Russell Winter is still injured and
Cobus Grobbelaar is preferred on the side of the scrum at flank.

* Meanwhile Western Province are on the verge of signing star Blue
Bulls lock Francois van Schouwenburg. Van Schouwenburg has held
talks with WP's director of rugby Nick Mallett in the past week and
is reportedly "close to agreeing terms" with the Cape Town side.

The 26-year-old Van Schouwenburg, a medical doctor, was born in Cape
Town and has played 69 times for the Bulls.

However, having to live in the shadow of a host of Springboks -
Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and until last year
also Geo Cronjé - it meant he has won only three Super 12 caps. All
three came this year, after making his debut against the Brumbies.

Province coach Kobus van der Merwe also revealed that several
injured players will return to action this week, as they prepare for
their crucial Currie Cup qualifying match against Griquas at
Newlands on Friday.

The only players not being considered at this stage are Springbok
wing Tonderai Chavhanga, who is bothered by a knee injury, and Bok
lock Quinton Davids.

Davids will work his way back to full fitness in club rugby.

Scrum-half Neil de Kock, who must still make his first appearance in
the Currie Cup competition this year, has recovered from an ankle
injury and is also available for selection. Other injured players
who missed the victory over the Pumas in Witbank last Friday,
captain Werner Greeff and fly-half Peter Grant, will also be

Griquas suffered a setback ahead of Friday's trip to Newlands. Flank
Heinrich Stride fractured his leg in the 19-17 loss to the Cheetahs
last week, while wing Chumani Booi has also been sidelined for
several weeks with injury.

* Sharks coach Dick Muir kept his feet on the ground after his
team's brilliant second-half performance in coming back from being
down 14-10 at half-time to beat the Falcons 67-31 last week.

"It was a great team effort by everyone on and off the field," Muir
said in his weekly match report.

"We could have scored a host of tries in the first half but we
didn't convert to points," said Muir. "As a result, it kept the
Falcons in the hunt.

"In the second half our game plan came together. We did the same
things, but better, and scored the tries."

Eight players scored tries during the encounter, Brent Russell
notching up three and Henno Mentz two.

"We raised our composure levels [on the pitch] during this match,"
added Muir, "But we need to work on the accuracy of our kick-offs
and the lines of communication in our defence. We also need to
become more clinical.

"Overall, I am satisfied with our performance. It is very pleasing
to me as coach that the players set themselves such high standards.
Their attitude is commendable; they themselves still feel they can

The Sharks' next match is against the Elephants in Durban on Friday.

"We will continue to work on doing the first things first and
playing correctly," said Muir, describing preparations for that
clash, and reiterating his one match at a time approach.

This week's fixtures:
(Friday, July 29)
Eagles v Falcons, George, 15.15 (13.15 GMT)
Western Province v Griquas, Cape Town, 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Griffons v Pumas, Welkom, 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Leopards v Border Bulldogs, Potchefstroom, 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Sharks v Elephants, Durban, 19.00 (17.00 GMT)


Message: 4
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:17:08 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Viljoen in Falcons 'comeback'

Tuesday July 26 2005
Changes for the trip to George
Forgotten Springbok Joggie Viljoen has earned a recall to the
Falcons team for their penultimate match in the 2005 Currie Cup
qualifying campaign, against the Eagles in George on Friday.

The game is truly a battle for the wooden spoon, with the Eales in
last place on the Section X standings (without a single point) and
the Falcons second from bottom (also still without a win, having
collected three bonus points).

The loser of Friday's encounter is sure to finish last.

Viljoen earned his recall after having played off the bench all
season, replacing Trevor Crouse in the starting XV.

Also coming into the starting XV for Friday's trip to George are
André Beer, Cash van Rooyen and Jacques Nieuwenhuis.

Beer comes into the midfield after scoring two tries against the
Sharks last week, while Van Rooyen replaces Leon Lubbe on the wing.

Flank Jaco Strachan injured his back and his place is taken by

Falcons: 15 Willem Slabbert, 14 Gershom Ramazan, 13 André Beer, 12
Riaan Viljoen, 11 Cash van Rooyen, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Joggie
Viljoen, 8 Sean Plaatjies, 7 Piet Krause (captain), 6 Jacques
Nieuwenhuis, 5 Frikkie Swart, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Marius Goosen, 2 Zane
Killian, 1 Gavin Whittingham.


Message: 5
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:18:37 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Teams go into 'spy mode'

Tuesday July 26 2005
Prozone locks onto Wallaby moves
The 2005 Tri-Nations have gone into spy overdrive, with New Zealand
already having dispatched operatives to collect valuable information
on its rivals - South African and Australia - while the Springboks
have installed the much vaunted Prozone system at several Test
venues to get an edge on its rivals.

South Africa used the Prozone system for the first time in last
Saturday's 33-20 win over Australia in the Nelson Mandela Challenge
Plate Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

This new-age technology, which comes with a handy price tag of about
ZAR10-million (US$1.5-million), was first used by England. But the
Boks are planning to use it again this week when the Tri-Nations
gets underway with a Test between South Africa and Australia at
Loftus in Pretoria.

The news of South Africa's decision to use the Prozone system
follows revelations that the All Blacks sent a spy to watch
Australia play South Africa in Sydney earlier this month. They hope
this unnamed official, with the help of the usual television and
video recordings, will allow them to produce a winning formula in
the Tri-Nations.

But the installation of the Prozone system - where 18 to 36 cameras
trace the steps of every player - puts the Boks ahead in the
analysis game.

Apart from Ellis Park the Boks will also use at Loftus, in Pretoria,
Newlands in Cape Town and ABSA Stadium in Durban.

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones also likes the system, but because the
Wallabies don't have a set home ground and the ARU don't actually
own any of the grounds they play on they won't be able to use it.

"It is by far the most sophisticated analysis system going around,"
Jones said. "A coach can call up a player and see his exact
movement, how far he has run, and how fast he is for the entire

The Wallaby coach says Australia are working on putting together a
system that is portable.

The All Blacks have confirmed that they sent a "spy" to watch
Australia play South Africa in the opening match of the Mandela
Challenge series in Sydney earlier this month.

New Zealand's assistant coach Wayne Smith refused to reveal the
identity of the mystery man, but said he was a coach the All Blacks
coaching panel trusted and that he was a New Zealander.

While video analysis of TV footage has become the norm, the Kiwis
feel that being at the ground allows you to get "extra pieces of
information" that happen off camera and which can be added to the
picture when analysing a team.

It appears the All Blacks did not have somebody in Johannesburg, but
they are planning to also study video footage of the Mandela Plate
Test played at Ellis Park.


Message: 6
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:19:24 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Larkham may go back to No.15

Tuesday July 26 2005
Jones revisits his fullback thoughts
Wallaby coach Eddie Jones is considering moving Stephen Larkham back
to fullback, the position where he started his career, because of
ongoing concerns over the fitness of first choice No.15 Chris Latham
ahead of the Tri-Nations opener against the Springboks in Pretoria
on Saturday.

Jones initially listed outside centre Stirling Mortlock, Mark
Gerrard and Drew Mitchell as fullback replacements for Latham.

But by Monday he had revisited the situation and with Latham still
only listed as having a 50-50 chance of recovering from the hip
injury he suffered in the Mandela Challenge Test in Johannesburg
last week, Jones now thinks it might be a good idea to move Larkham
back to the last line of defence.

Latham remains confident that he will recover, but the medical staff
have not moved from their "50-50 chance of playing" position.

And with Mat Rogers having returned to Australia last week to
undergo knee cartilage surgery, Jones is now looking at all his

Rookie Drew Mitchell filled the role when Latham hobbled off in
Johannesburg. But Jones is convinced the youngster will become a Bok
target and are now looking at one of his more senior players to fill
that role.

Larkham started his career at fullback before Wallabies coach Rod
Macqueen gambled on him as a fly-half in 1998. He has played only
one Test at fullback since, back in 2002 when Elton Flatley started
at No.10 and he (Larkham) at No.15.

If Larkham moves to fullback Matt Giteau will take over at fly-half,
which will also allow the powerful Morgan Turinui to slot in at
inside centre. If Mortlock is moved to fullback - where he played a
Test against Italy three years ago - Turinui will take over at
outside centre.


Message: 7
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:20:38 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: White ponders his 'new' combination

Tuesday July 26 2005
'Horses for courses' at Loftus
Springbok coach Jake White WILL make changes to the team that
convincingly beat Australia in the Mandela Plate decider in
Johannesburg last week, when he sits down to name the side that will
face the Wallabies in the Tri-Nations opener at Loftus in Pretoria
this coming Saturday.

Exactly how many and which players will be involved will be the
subject of much speculation until White names his team at about noon
on Wednesday.

White, on two occasions on Monday, gave a clear indication that his
team will not stay unchanged, despite the convincing nature of the
win at Ellis Park and the notion that you never change a winning
combination unless forced to do so by injury.

The first clue that there will be changes to the South African
starting XV came at the media conference in Pretoria on Monday.

White said he would use a "horses for courses" policy.

With the game being at Loftus, it could suggest that a few more Blue
Bulls could make it into the staring XV and come onto the bench.

Already Pedrie Wannenburg has been drafted in as loose forward
cover, while Bulls hooker Gary Botha appears set to come into the
picture for a spot on the replacement bench.

"We have a rotational policy in the squad and I've always had a good
idea who I would pick for the Loftus test," White said. "Obviously
some guys have put their hands up [in the Ellis Park Test], but this
is a case of horses for courses.

The Bok coach further gave hints as to his line of thinking when he
talked about the "huge tradition" of rugby the Bulls have in

The Bulls also showed how big an advantage they have when playing at
Loftus when they won all their home games in this year's Super 12,
including a convincing win over eventual champions the Crusaders.

Another big hint to possible changes came at Monday's training run,
when the Bok coach started running combinations at training.

He did rotate the players quite often, but the blend of players that
finished the training run suggested there could be a surprise or two
on the cards.

One player who did not play at Ellis Park - but were scheduled to -
tighthead prop CJ van der Linde is set to come back in the place of
Eddie Andrews. Van der Linde was ruled out of last week's Ellis Park
Test with severe headaches, after he took a knock to the head at

But at Monday's training run he showed no lingering effects of the
knock and is sure to get his chance to take on Australia's Bill
Young, whose scrumming technique is open to question.

But Os du Randt does not look as if he has recovered from his leg
injury and it is doubtful if he will be considered. While the Bok
squad was training, Du Randt went through his paces under the
watchful eye of the physiotherapist, Clint Readhead.

There is also set to be some changes among the loose forwards.

The most likely combination, if Monday's training is anything to go
by, is the Bulls' Jacques Cronjé at No.8, Juan Smith at No.7 and the
bolter - Joe van Niekerk at No.6. This means there is no place for
Schalk Burger, whose discipline has come into question after yet
another yellow card at Ellis Park at the weekend.

The locks will be unchanged, obviously, because they are the Bulls'
Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.

With Van der Linde set to come back the front row will be that which
White named originally before the Ellis Park Test - CJ van der
Linde, John Smit and Gurthro Steenkamp.

The most likely change in the backline will be at scrum-half, where
the Bulls' Fourie du Preez will get a run in front of his home crowd
ahead of Enrico Januarie.

The rest of the backs are set to retain their places, unless injury

Possible Bok team: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Breyton Paulse, 13 Jaque
Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9
Fourie du Preez, 8 Jacques Cronjé, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Joe van Niekerk,
5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 John Smit,
1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Eddie Andrews, 18 Albert van den
Berg, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Jaco van der
Westhuyzen, 22 Marius Joubert.


Message: 8
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:28:57 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Memorial Service For Norman Bennett

26 July 2005
There will be a memorial service this Saturday (July 30th) for
England international Norman Bennett (82), who died at home in
Dinckley near Blackburn on July 7th.

A centre for England who won seven caps in 1947 – 48, the first v
Wales and the last v Scotland, Norman Bennett also played for the
Barbarians, St Mary's Hospital, United Services Portsmouth, and
three counties: Hampshire, Surrey and Lancashire. A sports all
rounder, he also played cricket for Hampshire.

An old boy of Epsom College, Norman became a GP in a family practice
in Wigan and served as a medical officer in the Navy during the
war. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie, daughter Ann, sons
Christopher and Michael and four grandchildren.

The memorial service takes place at 5pm at St Leonard's Church, Old
Langho Road, Old Langho, Near Blackburn.


Message: 9
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:29:58 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Bristol & Bath Sixes returns this weekend

by Julia Hutton
25 July 2005
The Bristol & Bath Charity Sixes annual corporate touch rugby
tournament returns to Bristol this Saturday.

The event, now in its fifth year, is about fundraising and this year
the charity PROPS will benefit. PROPS is aimed at encouraging and
promoting equality and inclusion for children and young adults with
severe learning difficulties in the South West area

Chairman Huw Forrest said: "We organise the annual corporate touch
rugby tournament and donate the proceeds to charity. The tournament
is used to raise money for a range of different charities both local
and national."

The tournament is based on touch rugby rules with a maximum of 32
teams competing and teams of all standards and sexes are welcome to
compete and contribute to the various worthwhile causes.

This year's free event will be held all day at Clifton College's
sports facilities in Bristol and food and refreshments will be

Bristol and Bath Charity Sixes tournament is sponsored by King
Sturge and Intrepid IT Solutions Ltd.

For more information or to enter a team please contact Huw Forrest
on 07967702880 or


Message: 10
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 19:31:03 -0000
From: "John A Hopkins" <>
Subject: Title shared on Skegness beach

by Paul Bolton
The trophy was shared in the Beach Tag Rugby Festival at Skegness on
Saturday July 23 after Newark Under-16s and a team from East Lindsey
District Council were locked on one try each after extra-time.

The event, sponsored by Ginsters and Sportsmatch, was the fourth in
a nationwide series of beach rugby events and attracted an entry of
13 teams including clubs and sides made up from families and friends.

The entrants were split into two pools with the winners progressing
to the final which produced a tight, competitive game in which
Newark and the East Lindsey All Stars could not be separated.

"It was a huge success and a day that was enjoyed by all that
watched and took part," said tournament organiser Gareth Thomas, the
Rugby Development Officer for Lincolnshire.

"This is the second year we have staged beach rugby at Skegness and
the event is going from strength to strength. We hope to attract an
even bigger entry next year because the sides that took part on
Saturday have said that they will be back and they enjoyed
themselves so much that they will be bringing other teams with them."

Beach rugby is a game for all ages, all genders, families and people
who enjoy the game and is played under Tag Rugby rules - a non-
contact version of the sport. Matches are played between teams of
five although rolling substitutions from a squad of up to ten are
permitted. Games are played in two five minute halves.


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