Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Ebersohn to captain Toyota Free State XV Toyota Free State XV vs Griffons<br><br> <br><br> The Toyota Free State XV will be taking on the Down Touch Griffons in Welkom on Saturday, 25 June at 14:10. The match will be broadcasted live on SuperSport 1.<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV vs Griffons <br><br> 25 July 2016, 14:10 <br><br> <br><br> 15<br><br> Full back<br><br> Erwee<br><br> Reinardt<br><br> 14<br><br> Right wing<br><br> Coetzee<br><br> JP<br><br> 13<br><br> Right centre<br><br> Kruger<br><br> Tertius<br><br> 12<br><br> Left centre<br><br> Mgijima<br><br> Ali<br><br> 11<br><br> Left wing<br><br> Dolo<br><br> Maphuta<br><br> 10<br><br> Fly half<br><br> Ebersohn<br><br> Sias andcopy;<br><br> 9<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Smith<br><br> Jean-Phillip<br><br> 8<br><br> Number eight<br><br> Venter<br><br> Henco<br><br> 7<br><br> Right flanker<br><br> Vidima<br><br> Ntokozo<br><br> 6<br><br> Left flanker<br><br> Rampeta<br><br> Refuoe<br><br> 5<br><br> Right lock<br><br> Claassen<br><br> Neil<br><br> 4<br><br> Left lock<br><br> Grundlingh<br><br> Johann<br><br> 3<br><br> Tight head prop<br><br> Coetzee<br><br> Johannes<br><br> 2<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Du Toit<br><br> Jacques<br><br> 1<br><br> Loose head prop<br><br> Kotzandeacute;<br><br> Johannes<br><br> Replacements 16<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Huggett<br><br> Elandre<br><br> 17<br><br> Prop<br><br> Morison<br><br> Chase<br><br> 18<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Molefe<br><br> Gopolang<br><br> 19<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Wiese<br><br> Jasper<br><br> 20<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Botha<br><br> Renier<br><br> 21<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Baron<br><br> Darron<br><br> 22<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Gordon<br><br> Lorenzo<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Head Coach: MJ Smith. Assistant coaches: Sinovuyo Ganto, Izak van der Westhuizen<br><br> Team Manager: KK Hlongwane <br><br> 2016-06-23 Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19 vs Western Provnice u.19 The Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19 team will be facing the Western Province u.19 side on Saturday, 25 June at 13:00 at Old Greyandrsquo;s. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19 vs Western Province u.19<br><br> 25 July 2016, 13:00<br><br> Old Greyandrsquo;s, Bloemfontein<br><br> <br><br> 15<br><br> Full back<br><br> Henning<br><br> Ruan<br><br> 14<br><br> Right wing<br><br> Van der Walt<br><br> Jarik<br><br> 13<br><br> Right centre<br><br> Eybers<br><br> William<br><br> 12<br><br> Left centre<br><br> Snyman<br><br> Dawid<br><br> 11<br><br> Left wing<br><br> Maqondwana<br><br> Phumzile<br><br> 10<br><br> Fly half<br><br> Schutte<br><br> Christiaan (vc)<br><br> 9<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Cederas<br><br> Damian<br><br> 8<br><br> Number eight<br><br> De Bod<br><br> Albertus<br><br> 7<br><br> Right flanker<br><br> Burger<br><br> Jurie<br><br> 6<br><br> Left flanker<br><br> Rossouw<br><br> George<br><br> 5<br><br> Right lock<br><br> Coetzee<br><br> Ewan<br><br> 4<br><br> Left lock<br><br> Qoma<br><br> Sibabalo<br><br> 3<br><br> Tight head prop<br><br> Kuhn<br><br> Andrew<br><br> 2<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Van Der Merwe<br><br> Marnus<br><br> 1<br><br> Loose head prop<br><br> Venter<br><br> Boan (capt)<br><br> Replacements 16<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Coetzee<br><br> Abri<br><br> 17<br><br> Prop<br><br> Du Toit<br><br> Chrisjan<br><br> 18<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Bosman<br><br> Michiel<br><br> 19<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Lombard<br><br> Kobus<br><br> 20<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> V/D Westhuizen<br><br> Ryan<br><br> 21<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Taylor<br><br> Justin<br><br> 22<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Khuse<br><br> Luyolo<br><br> 23<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Gela<br><br> Kanya<br><br> <br><br> Head Coach: Melusi Mthethwa Assistant coaches: Skillie Bester, Jannie Geldenhuys<br><br> Team Manager: Renaldo Meyer<br><br> 2016-06-23 Toyota Cheetahs v Force – 2 July 2016 – Toyota Stadium–-2-July-2016-–-Toyota-Stadium Come join us at the Toyota Tailgate party hosted at The Toyota Owners Parking opposite gate 8 on Betoger Avenue on Saturday 2 July as we gear up for the Toyota Cheetahs v The Force Super Rugby Match.<br><br> Free parking to all Toyota Owners and Toyota Cheetahs fans andndash; to qualify as a Cheetahs fan, you must wear your Toyota Cheetahs supporters gear.<br><br> Braai facilities, great music and fun competitions where your rugby knowledge will be put to the test for the chance to win some great prizes.<br><br> The Toyota Tailgate will be open two hours before the game, 14:00 -16:00 and an hour after the game.<br><br> For any more info visit Cheetahs Rugby on Facebook and Twitter.<br><br> Brought to you by Toyota.<br><br> 2016-06-21 Hookers signed for 2017 Free State Rugby has secured the services of three top hookers, namely Torsten van Jaarsveld, Joseph Dweba and Jacques du Toit by signing them for 2017.<br><br> Torsten van Jaarsveld<br><br> Date of Birth: 30.06.1987<br><br> Weight: 105 kg<br><br> Height: 1.75 m<br><br> Torsten van Jaarsveld represented the Blue Bullsand#39; U18 Academy team in 2005 and was then contracted by the Valke where he played at U19 and U21 levels, representing UP Tuks in the inaugural edition of the Varsity Cup in 2008.<br> <br> The hooker then signed for the Pumas where he quickly became a stalwart for the province, earning the cluband#39;s Most Promising Player award in 2009. He was selected for the 2012 Northern Barbarians side for the June internationals against the touring England squad and has been contracted by the Cheetahs from the end of 2012.<br> <br> Van Jaarsveld comes with a reputation as being a tough and hardworking hooker who has been forced to overcome a broken leg in 2009 and a season-ending medial ligament injury in 2012.<br> <br> Although he wasnand#39;t initially in consideration for the Toyota Cheetahs at the start of the 2014 season, the Namibian-born hooker made his Super Rugby debut when coming off the bench in a 35-22 victory over the Stormers. He then made his first start in the competition against the Sharks, taking just eight minutes to score the first try of the match as the Toyota Cheetahs ran out 27andndash;20 winners.<br> <br> In July of 2014, Free State Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan announced that Van Jaarsveld would captain the side during the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division season, featuring in all 10 matches.<br> <br> Internationally he played for the 2012 Northern Barbarians side against England. He made his test debut for the Namibian national team against Germany in Windhoek on 29 August 2014 and he was Namibiaandrsquo;s regular hooker in the starting team during 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.<br><br> Torsten has represented the Toyota Cheetahs in 33 Super Rugby matches and is contracted with the team until the end of 2018.<br><br> <br><br> Joseph Dweba<br><br> Date of Birth: 25.10.1995<br><br> Weight: 104 kg<br><br> Height: 1.75 m<br><br> Joseph Dweba played junior rugby for the Golden Lions (U16: 2011 - U18: 2013) and he represented the South African Schools side (2013).<br><br> In 2014 he moved to Bloemfontein and remained in the thoughts of the national selectors. He was called up into the South Africa U20 squad for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand finishing as runners-up in the competition.<br><br> He returned to domestic action for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 side (2014) and after playing a single match for Bloemfontein Crusaders in the 2015 SARU Community Cup and was included in the Toyota Free State XV for the 2015 Vodacom Cup competition, making his provincial first class debut against SWD Eagles.<br><br> As a member of the South African U20 team he started a friendly match against a Varsity Cup Dream Team (April 2015) and a month later he was included in the SA squad which toured to Argentina for two matches in May 2015. Upon the teamand#39;s return he was named in the final squad for the 2015 U20 World Rugby Championship helping South Africa to a 31andndash;18 victory over France, securing a third place in the competition.<br><br> <br><br> Jacques du Toit<br><br> Date of Birth: 19.11.1993<br><br> Weight: 103 kg<br><br> Height: 1.82 m<br><br> In 2011, Du Toit represented a Free State team which was crowned the unofficial champions at the U18 Craven Week tournament, beating the Golden Lions in the main match of the tournament.<br><br> After high school Du Toit joined the Free State Cheetahs Academy and was the first-choice hooker for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 side. Jacques was selected for the UFS Shimlas (2012) in the Varsity Cup competition. In 2013 he played for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs U21s and he was selected for the South African side which finished third in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France.<br><br> In 2014-2015 he played for Shimlas in the Varsity Cup and played off the bench in the 2015 final as Shimlas ran out 63andndash;33 winners over NWU Pukke to win the competition for the first time.<br><br> He made his first class debut for Toyota Free State XV playing off the bench in a Vodacom Cup victory over Kenyan invitational side Simba XV in 2013. He played in 9 of the 11 Currie Cup matches during the season andndash; seven in the starting line-up.<br><br> Jacques has represented the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in 9 Currie Cup matches and 9 Super Rugby matches to date. <br><br> 2016-06-21 Coetzee applauds Springboks in first win as coach Springbok coach Allister Coetzee applauded the fighting spirit of his team, following the remarkable comeback that saw the team snatch a 32-26 win over Ireland in the second of three Castle Lager Incoming Series Tests, played at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.<br><br> Ireland led 26-10 with less than 20 minutes to play, but three tries in the final stretch, by Warren Whiteley, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Damian de Allende, adding to a sublime effort earlier in the second half by debutant Ruan Combrinck, saw the Springboks earn a first win in the series.<br><br> Elton Jantjies added 12 points with the boot, through three conversions and two penalty goals.<br><br> "We are very satisfied with the win and the way we came back and won it," said Coetzee.<br><br> "Rugby ebbs and flows, but that first half was not good, although we were tactically better than last week. We also looked after the ball, especially in the wide channels. That second half just showed massive character and that was very pleasing."<br><br> Coetzee predicted that the last 20 minutes will prove decisive with the altitude a factor, but admitted he did not expect the Bok to trail 19-3 at the break.<br><br> "The players did not go out there to play badly in the first half," said Coetzee.<br><br> "Lack of discipline cost us as the penalties were breaking our rhythm. Our guys were over eager, I believe. Ireland have a vastly experienced team, especially the backline, we did not. Combinations take time."<br><br> He warned not to write the Springboks off and applauded the impact of the replacements.<br><br> "We have been together for 20 days, the comeback showed how much we can achieve and the potential there is," said Coetzee.<br><br> "One of our core values is resilience and that showed. We were in a hole and had to get out. We will become a good team, I know that, tonight was a building block. Donand#39;t write us off yet.<br><br> "The impact from the bench was massive. They turned it around for us. This team is not about 15 players, but rather all 23. Adriaanand#39;s leadership in that time proved crucial and I am pleased in many ways that we are starting to think on the same wave length.<br><br> "I am pleased that Ruan Combrinck took his opportunities, as did players such as Julian (Redelinghuys) and Franco (Mostert). Those guys are not Lions players, they are Springboks."<br><br> Springbok captain, Adriaan Strauss, also reflected on the belief that they could still win the match.<br><br> "We managed to keep on building momentum and the supporters also got behind us and that shifted the game away from them," said Strauss. "We realised we had to play much better in the second half, we kept believing in the process and by taking it play by play."<br><br> The squad travels to Port Elizabeth on Sunday to start preparations for the third Test to be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 25 June.<br><br> 2016-06-20 Toyota Free State XV vs Leopards The Toyota Free State XV will be taking on the Leopards in the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday afternoon at 17:00. <br><br> Program for the day:<br><br> <br><br> 12:00 Gates open<br><br> 13:00 Free State Rural vs SA Airforce<br><br> 15:00 Police vs Uganda<br><br> 17:00 Toyota Free State XV vs Leopards (SuperSport1)<br><br> <br><br> Entry for these matches is free.<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV vs Leopards<br><br> 17 May 2016, 17:00 <br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> <br><br> 15. Reinardt Erwee<br><br> 14. JP Coetzee<br><br> 13. Carl-Jan Coetzee<br><br> 12. Tertius Kruger<br><br> 11. Maphuta Dolo<br><br> 10. Niel Marais<br><br> 9. Jean-Phillip Smith<br><br> 8. Niell Jordaan<br><br> 7. Henco Venter<br><br> 6. Refuoe Rampeta<br><br> 5. Reniel Hugo (C )<br><br> 4. Carl Wegner<br><br> 3. Luan de Bruin<br><br> 2. Jacques du Toit<br><br> 1. Ox Nche<br><br> <br><br> Replacements<br><br> <br><br> 16. Joseph Dweba<br><br> 17. Chase Morison<br><br> 18. Johann Grundlingh<br><br> 19. Ntokozo Vidima<br><br> 20. Arrie Vosloo<br><br> 21. Ali Mgijima<br><br> 22. Lorenzo Gordon<br><br> <br><br> Head Coach: MJ Smith. Assistant coaches: Sinovuyo Ganto, Izak van der Westhuizen<br><br> Team Manager: KK Hlongwane <br><br> 2016-06-15 Centres signed for 2017 Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd has secured the services of seven talented centres for 2017. <br><br> Francois Venter, Ali Mgijima, William Small-Smith, Michael van der Spuy, Nico Lee, Lihleli Xoli and Tertius Kruger are all contracted with the Toyota Cheetahs and Toyota Free State Cheetahs for 2017.<br><br> <br><br> Francois Venter<br><br> <br><br> Date of Birth: 19.04.1991<br><br> Weight: 94 kg<br><br> Height: 1.85 m<br><br> <br><br> Captain Francois Venter embarked upon his third campaign with the Cheetahs in 2016 after transferring from the Bulls following the 2013 Super Rugby season. The hard-running centre was a member of the South African U20 team that competed in the 2010 and 2011 Junior World Championships.<br><br> He made his debut for the Bloemfontein-based team against the Lions on 15 February 2014 in Bloemfontein and in 2015 he has played in all 16 Super Rugby matches, captaining the Toyota Cheetahs against the Highlanders in Bloemfontein on 16 May 2015.<br><br> Compact in execution with a very low error rate and an uncanny ability to take the right option, Venterandrsquo;s speed of the mark, running angles and uncompromising defence makes him one of the toughest opponents in the competition.<br><br> In 2015 Venter was selected for the Northern Barbarians team. His hard work paid off and he was rewarded by being chosen to lead the Toyota Cheetahs onto the field in 2016. He is also currently the vice-captain of the South African side. <br><br> <br><br> Ali Mgijima<br><br> <br><br> Date of Birth: 11.02.1995<br><br> Weight: 97 kg<br><br> Height: 1.78 m<br><br> <br><br> Ali Mgijima was matrikulant from HTS Louis Botha in Bloemfontein. He represented the Free State at the u.18 Coca-Cravenweek in 2013 and joined Free State Rugby representing the Free State Cheetahs in 2014 in the u.19 competition and in 2015 in the u.21 competition. Mgijima played for CUT in 2015 and 2016 in the Vasity Cup and started playing for the Toyota Free State XV in the Currie Cup Qualifying round in 2016. <br><br> <br><br> William Small-Smith<br><br> <br><br> Date of Birth: 31. 03. 1992<br><br> Weight: 92 kg<br><br> Height: 1.84 m<br><br> <br><br> Success seems to follow William Small-Smith wherever he goes with the talented midfielder receiving gold medals as part of the Springboks Sevens team, the Junior Springboks and the Blue Bullsand#39; U21 team.<br><br> Fast and with a proven ability to finish, Small-Smithandrsquo;s real strength lies in his on-field organisational and leadership traits. A leader of men with a natural feel for the game, the developing centre will become even more influential in years to come.<br><br> He made his Super Rugby debut against the Highlanders in April last year and showed why he was so highly rated. Deft touches and solid defence allowed players around him to blossom and more of the same can be expected of this gifted midfielder. In 2016 Small-Smith played in four matches for the Toyota Cheetahs before being side-lined with a toe injury.<br><br> <br><br> Michael van der Spuy<br><br> <br><br> Date of Birth: 20.02.1991<br><br> Weight: 89 kg<br><br> Height: 1.81 m<br><br> Having made his Currie Cup debut at the age of 20 back in 2011, Michael Van der Spuy had to wait another year to add to his tally and did not disappoint.<br><br> His first class debut came against Pumas where he found the try line within seven minutes while his Currie Cup debut came a few months later during the 2011 Premier Division season, coming on as a substitute in their match against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg.<br><br> Van der Spuy made four Super Rugby appearances for the Stormers during 2014 before joining the Cheetahs and Griquas for the 2015 season. He played in nine matches for the Griquas and as centre partner for Francois Venter in 13 Super matches for the Toyota Cheetahs bringing his Super Rugby total to 17.<br><br> Van der Spuy offers great versatility in the backline.<br><br> <br><br> Nico Lee<br><br> <br><br> Date of Birth: 13.03.1994<br><br> Weight: 89 kg<br><br> Height: 1.80 m<br><br> Lee played schoolboy rugby for Afrikaanse Hoandeuml;r Seunskool in Pretoria, but missed out on selection for the Blue Bullsand#39; squad for the Craven Week competition in 2012.<br><br> In 2013, Lee moved to Bloemfontein where he represented the Free State U19 side in the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship competition, making eleven starts during the season, scoring four tries and a penalty during the campaign.<br><br> He was included in the Free State XV squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition. He made his first class debut in their round one match against SWD Eagles and marked the occasion by scoring a 55th minute try in a 52andndash;47 victory. He remained a regular in a side for the duration of the competition, starting in all eight of their matches. He scored a total of six tries during the season, making him the Free State XVand#39;s joint top try scorer (along with Zingisa April).<br><br> In July 2014, Lee signed a contract with the Free State Cheetahs until the end of 2017.<br><br> <br><br> Lihleli Xoli<br><br> <br><br> Date of Birth: 28.02.1993<br><br> Weight: 92 kg<br><br> Height: 1.85 m<br><br> <br><br> Lihleli Xoli attended Kingswood College and represented Eastern Province at the u.13 Coca-Cola Cravenweek and u.16 Grant Khomo. Xoli played for the Eastern Province Kings in the Absa u.19 competition before moving to Cape Town to represent Western Province in the u.21 competition. He played for WP in the Vodacom Cup competition in 2014 and 2015 and was part of the UCT team from 2013 until 2016. <br><br> <br><br> Tertius Kruger <br><br> <br><br> Date of Birth: 09.08.1993<br><br> Weight: 92 kg<br><br> Height: 1.79 m<br><br> <br><br> Kruger was involved in provincial rugby since primary school level, representing the SWD Eagles U13 (2006), U16 (2009) and U18 (2011). He moved to Bloemfontein playing for the Free State U19 (2012) and U21 (2013-2014).<br><br> In 2014 and 2015 he played for the UFS Shimlas in the Varsity Cup. Kruger started seven of the UFS Shimlasand#39; matches during the 2015 competition, helping them qualify for their first final. He also started in the final against the NWU Pukke as Shimlas ran out to win the Varsity Cup title.<br><br> He was included in the Toyota Free State Cheetahs senior squad for the first time for the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division and he eventually made his first class debut against the Griquas. He and his elder brother, number 8 De Wet Kruger, both featured in a match together when De Wet made his debut against the Golden Lions in 2015 in Bloemfontein.<br><br> *Director of Rugby, Rory Duncan has confirmed that Ryno Benjamin is a definite option for next season and that the Free State Cheetahs are still in negotiations with him and his agent. <br><br> 2016-06-14 Ackermann shuffles SA ‘A’ squad for final Saxons challenge SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; coach Johan Ackermann made wholesale changes to his team for Fridayandrsquo;s final match against the England Saxons in George and has called on his charges to end the two-match series with a win against a formidable opponent.<br><br> The match kicks off at 19h10 at Outeniqua Park in the picturesque Southern Cape and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.<br><br> Although they lost the first match last Friday in Bloemfontein, mainly because of a lukewarm first-half performance, Ackermannandrsquo;s team finished strongly and "won" the second half 21-10.<br><br> "This is the kind of urgency Iandrsquo;ll be looking for from the players," said Ackermann.<br><br> "We tried things, but ultimately the first-half performance in Bloemfontein cost us dearly. If we can start on Friday like we finished off last week andndash; bar that last try the Saxons scored andndash; I know we can put together a much better show in George.<br><br> "I can also sense that the players are gelling a better on the training field having spent more time together and they know what is expected of them this weekend. If we can sharpen up on defence and look after the ball a bit better, the rest will come."<br><br> Ackermann said the big number of changes was mainly made to afford every member of the squad playing time.<br><br> "These guys have worked incredibly hard over the last 10 days or so and all of them deserve an opportunity to get a taste of what international rugby is all about," said Ackermann.<br><br> "Having said that, I believe weandrsquo;ve put together a great side with some key combinations from their franchises teams for Fridayandrsquo;s match. There are some very good players in this squad and Iandrsquo;m excited for the challenge this weekend andndash; as are they."<br><br> At the back, Sergeal Petersen, Lukhanyo Am, Francois Brummer and Piet van Zyl will start in the places of Travis Ismaiel, Howard Mnisi, Garth April and Nic Groom respectively. Ismaiel and Mnisi are on the bench with Ntando Kebe.<br><br> Upfront, Arno Botha, Jean-Luc du Preez, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Marcel van der Merwe and Malcolm Marx are in the starting line-up, replacing Nizaam Carr, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Stephan Lewies, JD Schickerling, Vincent Koch and Scarra Ntubeni.<br><br> Carr and Schickerling move to the replacements bench, where they will be joined by Edgar Marutlulle.<br><br> <br><br> The SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; team to face the England Saxons in George:<br><br> <br><br> Nr<br><br> Name<br><br> Franchise / Province <br><br> 15<br><br> Leolin Zas<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 14<br><br> Sergeal Petersen<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 13<br><br> Francois Venter (vice-captain)<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 12<br><br> Lukhanyo Am<br><br> Southern Kings / Cell C Sharks<br><br> 11<br><br> Courtnall Skosan<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 10<br><br> Francois Brummer<br><br> Vodacom Bulls / Steval Pumas<br><br> 9<br><br> Piet van Zyl<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 8<br><br> Arno Botha<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 7<br><br> Oupa Mohoje (captain)<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 6<br><br> Jean-Luc du Preez<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 5<br><br> RG Snyman<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 4<br><br> Jason Jenkins<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 3<br><br> Marcel van der Merwe<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 2<br><br> Malcolm Marx<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 1<br><br> Thomas du Toit<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> Replacements:<br><br> 16<br><br> Edgar Marutlulle<br><br> Southern Kings<br><br> 17<br><br> Coenie Oosthuizen<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 18<br><br> Lizo Gqoboka<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 19<br><br> JD Schickerling<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 20<br><br> Nizaam Carr<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 21<br><br> Ntando Kebe<br><br> Southern Kings<br><br> 22<br><br> Howard Mnisi<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 23<br><br> Travis Ismaiel<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 2016-06-14 Springbok medical update – one week mandatory rest for Lambie–-one-week-mandatory-rest-for-Lambie Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie will undertake a mandatory one week rest and if he is asymptomatic following the prescribed resting period, then he will be managed according to the World Rugby Return to Play Protocol.<br><br> Dr Konrad von Hagen, the Springbok medical doctor, confirmed on Sunday the Bok No 10 will rest the coming week and he will be monitored by the Bok medical team. The team doctor said even though the playerandrsquo;s x-rays showed no abnormality, Lambie will however undergo further scans as a precaution.<br><br> Lambie was injured in a tackle that saw Irish flanker CJ Stander being red-carded for dangerous play in the first half of the match, won 26-20 by Ireland. A decision on a replacement for Lambie will be made in due course.<br><br> Meanwhile, Dr Von Hagen said the rest of the Bok players are in good health. "They are all fine, with just your normal bumps and bruises. Apart from Patrick, the full squad will be training on Monday in Johannesburg," explained the Bok team doctor.<br><br> The Springboks travel to Johannesburg from the Cape on Sunday afternoon and will undertake their first training session on the Highveld on Monday at St Stithians College in Sandton. The 15h00 field drill is a #LoveRugby open training session and the players will meet their fans and sign autographs afterwards.<br><br> 2016-06-13 Allister Coetzee hands Springbok debut to Faf de Klerk Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has named Faf de Klerk as the only uncapped player in the starting team to face Ireland on Saturday at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, while Elton Jantjies has passed a fitness test and will start the first of three Castle Lager Incoming Series Tests between the two countries on the bench.<br><br> Coetzee has included six players in the match-23 who did not feature at the Rugby World Cup last year, ushering in a new era for Bok rugby. They are the Emirates Lions quintet of De Klerk, Jantjies, Warren Whiteley, Julian Redelinghuys and Lionel Mapoe, who will earn his first start for the Boks, as well as DHL Stormers hooker Bongi Mbonambi, the only other uncapped player in the match-day squad.<br><br> De Klerk has been in good form this season for the Emirates Lions in Vodacom Super Rugby and he earns a starting berth alongside experienced flyhalf Pat Lambie, who has played in 50 Tests for the Boks.<br><br> The Springbok coach said he is looking forward to seeing De Klerk earning his first Test cap for South Africa and that it was good to know Jantjies has fully recovered from his injury. The Emirates Lions flyhalf passed a fitness test at Thursdayandrsquo;s training session at the Cape Town Stadium.<br><br> "I have no doubt Faf will do a fantastic job," said Coetzee.<br><br> "He has lots of experience around him in the form of Pat next to him and Duane at the back of the scrum. So in that sense he will be looked after, but I know Faf can also look after himself.<br><br> "Both our flyhalves, Pat and Elton, have been in outstanding form in the Vodacom Super Rugby competition and itandrsquo;s great to have both of them available and in the match day squad. To have a right and left foot kicker at halfback is always a good option," said Coetzee<br><br> Adriaan Strauss will become the 57th player to lead out the Springboks as captain, with the 30-year old Vodacom Bulls hooker playing in his 55th Test for his country.<br><br> Strauss will pack down in the middle of the front row between Tendai Mtawarira, who has earned 75 Bok caps, and Frans Malherbe. Coetzee picked Lood de Jager and Eben Etzebeth as his lock pairing, while the loose trio consists of Francois Louw, Siya Kolisi and the experienced Duane Vermeulen.<br><br> Amongst the backs, Coetzee opted for an experienced all-Cell C Sharks back trio of Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen and Lwazi Mvovo. Emirates Lions outside centre Lionel Mapoe earns his second Bok cap and partners Damian de Allende in an exciting midfield.<br><br> A total of eight players in the run-on team started in the Springboksandrsquo; previous Test, last October, when the Boks defeated Argentina 24-13 in London to clinch the bronze medal the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They are Mtawarira, Malherbe, Etzebeth, Louw, Vermeulen, De Allende, Pietersen and Le Roux.<br><br> Coetzee said he was pleased with the balance of the team.<br><br> "I am excited about the composition of the team and the players selected are rewarded for their consistently good performances in Vodacom Super Rugby," he said.<br><br> "Weandrsquo;ve worked extremely hard these past two weeks to become a team and to make sure we cover all the necessary areas so we can face the Irish.<br><br> "The big test will come up front where we will have to make sure that we do well at set pieces, especially at scrum and lineouts. Those are the areas where the Irish have been strong, so we want to compete there and set a platform so our backs can hopefully get into their rhythm."<br><br> <br><br> The Springbok team to face Ireland on Saturday at DHL Newlands:<br><br> <br><br> Position<br><br> Name<br><br> Franchise / Club<br><br> Test Caps<br><br> Test points<br><br> 15<br><br> Willie le Roux<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 34<br><br> 45<br><br> 14<br><br> JP Pietersen<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 66<br><br> 115<br><br> 13<br><br> Lionel Mapoe<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 12<br><br> Damian De Allende<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 13<br><br> 5<br><br> 11<br><br> Lwazi Mvovo<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 15<br><br> 25<br><br> 10<br><br> Pat Lambie<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 50<br><br> 134<br><br> 9<br><br> Faf de Klerk<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> Duane Vermeulen<br><br> Toulon, France<br><br> 35<br><br> 10<br><br> 7<br><br> Siya Kolisi<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 13<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> Francois Louw<br><br> Bath, England<br><br> 43<br><br> 40<br><br> 5<br><br> Lood de Jager<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 19<br><br> 20<br><br> 4<br><br> Eben Etzebeth<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 44<br><br> 10<br><br> 3<br><br> Frans Malherbe<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 12<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> Adriaan Strauss (captain)<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 54<br><br> 30<br><br> 1<br><br> Tendai Mtawarira<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 75<br><br> 10<br><br> Replacements: <br><br> 16<br><br> Bongi Mbonambi<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 17<br><br> Trevor Nyakane<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 23<br><br> 5<br><br> 18<br><br> Julian Redelinghuys<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 19<br><br> Pieter-Steph du Toit<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 20<br><br> Warren Whiteley<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 21<br><br> Rudy Paige<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 22<br><br> Elton Jantjies<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 2<br><br> 6<br><br> 23<br><br> Jesse Kriel<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 11<br><br> 15<br><br> <br><br> Stats and facts:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 474 Test caps (179 in the backline and 295 in the forwards), while there are a further 51 caps worth of experience on the bench.<br><br> andmiddot; South Africa and Ireland have played each other 22 times since 1906, with the Springboks winning 16 Tests, losing five and one was drawn. The Springboks have scored 432 points and 62 tries and conceded 277 points and 26 tries for an average score of 20-13.<br><br> andmiddot; South Africa and Ireland last met on 8 November 2014 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Springboks lost 15-29 largely due to a contribution of 16 points from the boot of Jonathan Sexton. He kicked four penalties and two conversions.<br><br> andmiddot; Adriaan Strauss will become the 57th Springbok captain in history.<br><br> andmiddot; Faf de Klerk will become Springbok #870 in history. If he goes on, Bongi Mbonambi will become Springbok #871.<br><br> andmiddot; Tendai Mtawarira is the most experienced player in the side with 75 Tests to his credit. He is just five Tests short of Os du Randtandrsquo;s record of 80 Tests for South Africa as prop. Three other players have played 50 or more Tests for South Africa andndash; JP Pietersen with 66, Adriaan Strauss with 54 and Patrick Lambie with 50. The last time that the Springboks played without a centurion in their side was against Argentinia on 23 August, 2014 in Salta, some 20 Tests ago.<br><br> andmiddot; Adriaan Strauss played against his cousin Richardt Strauss the last two times the Springboks and Ireland met andndash; in 2012 and 2014. They are likely to meet each other again as Richardt is in the Ireland squad for this tour.<br><br> andmiddot; Elton Jantjies last played in a Test for South Africa in 2012 and Julian Redelinghuys played his two Tests in 2014.<br><br> andmiddot; It will be Allister Coetzeeandrsquo;s first Test in charge of the Springboks since he took over from Heyneke Meyer earlier in 2016.<br><br> andmiddot; The referee is Mathieu Raynal of France. It will be his first Test involving South Africa.<br><br> andmiddot; This will be the Springboksandrsquo; 52nd Test match at DHL Newlands in Cape Town. The Boks have won 35 of the previous 51 matches, lost 14 and drawn twice. The average score at DHL Newlands is 19-12.<br><br> <br><br> Springbok Test match records at Newlands Rugby Stadium:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Most points andndash; 35 by Percy Montgomery (1t, 12c, 2p) against Namibia on 15 August, 2007.<br><br> andmiddot; Most tries andndash; three by Tom van Vollenhoven against the British and Irish Lions on 20 August, 1955; by Andre Snyman against Tonga on 10 June, 1997; by Schalk Burger against Namibia on 15 August, 2007 and by Juan Smith against Namibia on 15 August, 2007.<br><br> andmiddot; Most conversions andndash; 12 by Percy Montgomery against Namibia on 15 August, 2007.<br><br> andmiddot; Most penalty goals andndash; seven by Percy Montgomery against France on 24 June, 2006 and by Mornandeacute; Steyn against Australia on 8 August, 2009.<br><br> andmiddot; Most drop goals andndash; two by Naas Botha against the NZ Cavaliers on 10 May, 1986 and by Francois Steyn against Australia on 16 June, 2007. <br><br> 2016-06-09