Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetah Team announced Die Toyota Cheetahs sandecirc; Vrydag, 30 Januarie die Stormers die stryd aan in andlsquo;n voorbereidings wedstryd vir die 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby, op Nuweland. Die wedstryd skop om 19:00 af.<br><br> Willie Britz sal in hierdie wedstryd die leiding as kaptein neem. Die permanente kaptein vir die 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby seisoen sal aan die begin van Februarie aangekondig word. <br><br> Die Toyota Cheetah span lyk soos volg: <br><br> <br><br> The Toyota Cheetah will be taking on the Stormers on Friday, 30 January in a pre-season match in Cape Town. The game kicks off at 19:00.<br><br> <br><br> Willie Britz will lead the team as captain. The permanent captain for the 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby competition will only be announced early February.<br><br> The Toyota Cheetah team is as follow:<br><br> <br><br> No.<br><br> Position<br><br> name<br><br> 1<br><br> LOOSEHEAD PROP<br><br> Caylib Oosthuizen<br><br> 2<br><br> HOOKER<br><br> Martin Bezuidenhout<br><br> 3<br><br> TIGHTHEAD PROP<br><br> Ewald van der Westhuizen<br><br> 4<br><br> LEFT LOCK<br><br> Armandt Koster<br><br> 5<br><br> RIGHT LOCK<br><br> Carl Wegner<br><br> 6<br><br> LEFT FLANKER<br><br> Jean Cook<br><br> 7<br><br> RIGHT FLANKER<br><br> Oupa Mohoje<br><br> 8<br><br> NUMBER EIGHT<br><br> Willie Britz ( c )<br><br> 9<br><br> SCRUMHALF<br><br> Tian Meyer<br><br> 10<br><br> FLYHALF<br><br> Willie du Plessis<br><br> 11<br><br> LEFT WING<br><br> Danie Dames<br><br> 12<br><br> INSIDE CENTRE<br><br> Michael van der Spuy<br><br> 13<br><br> OUTSIDE CENTRE<br><br> JP du Plessis<br><br> 14<br><br> RIGHT WING<br><br> Cornal Hendricks<br><br> 15<br><br> FULLBACK<br><br> Clayton Blommetjies<br><br> Replacements: <br><br> <br><br> 16.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Stephan Coetzee<br><br> 17.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Danie Mienie<br><br> 18.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Coenie Oosthuizen<br><br> 19.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Francois Uys<br><br> 20.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Lodewyk de Jager<br><br> 21.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Tienie Burger<br><br> 22.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Shaun Venter<br><br> 23.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Francois Brummer<br><br> 24.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Francois Venter<br><br> 25.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Raymond Rhule<br><br> 26.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Willie le Roux<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2015-01-28 Wen groot met jou 2015 seisoenkaartjie!!- Koop jou rugby seisoenkaartjie voor die 4de Februarie en staan andlsquo;n kans om die kragmeting tussen die Toyota Cheetahs en die Sharks in Durban op die 14de Februarie by te woon met die komplimente van Sun International. <br><br> <br><br> Die prys sluit in:<br><br> <br><br> 3 nagte se verblyf om die Sun Sibaya Lodge in Kwa-Zulu Natal (Bed en ontbyt). Shuttle diens vanaf Sibaya na die wedstryd tussen die Toyota Cheetahs en die Sharks in Kings park. Kyk die wedstryd in die Sun Sibaya losie in Kings Park. Shuttle diens terug na Sibaya. Geldig vir 2 persone. Hierdie naweek is geldig vir in-boek op 13 Februarie en uit-boek op 16 Februarie 2015. Valentynandrsquo; s ete op 13 Februarie by Aqua vir twee persone. Kamer wat deel <br><br> Die totale waarde van die prys is R15 000.00. <br><br> <br><br> Koop sommer nou jou seisoenkaartjie om vir hierdie lekker prys te kwalifiseer!<br><br> <br><br> Prys kan oorgedra word na andlsquo;n ander persoon. Vervoer na en van Durban is nie ingesluit nie. Die prys is slegs gedig vir die spesifieke naweek. Die prys of enige gedeelte daarvan is nie omruilbaar vir kontant nie. In-boek tyd is 14:00 en uit-boek tyd is 11:00. Beoordelaars se besluit is finaal. Wenners gee toestemming om afgeneem te word. Fotoandrsquo;s kan gebruik word vir promosies en verskeie bemarkings aksies en op sosiale netwerke. Deelnemers moet ouer as 18 jaar oud wees en in die besit wees van andlsquo;n geldige rybewys. Ander bepalings en voorwaardes geld. <br><br> 2015-01-27 Van Heerden promoted Van Heerden promoted to Vodacom Super Rugby panel<br><br> South African referee Jaco van Heerden has been promoted to the Vodacom Super Rugby panel and will join five compatriots in the competition this year, SANZAR announced on Monday.<br><br> Van Heerden, a Pretoria-born Advocate, will join local referees Stuart Berry, Jason Jaftha, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper and Marius van der Westhuizen on the panel of 16 match officials for the competition starting on Friday,13 February.<br><br> Van Heerden, who officiated the Absa Currie Cup semifinal between the Xerox Golden Lions and Cell C Sharks in Johannesburg last year only a few months after making his debut as a referee in the competition, is one of two new faces on the panel. The other is New Zealandandrsquo;s Ben Oand#39;Keeffe.<br><br> The six South Africans will join New Zealandandrsquo;s Oandrsquo;Keeffe, Nick Briant, Mike Fraser, Glen Jackson and Chris Pollock as well as Australiaandrsquo;s Angus Gardner, Rohan Hoffmann, Andrew Lees, Matt Oand#39;Brien and Steve Walsh on the 16-man panel.<br><br> All of the match officials are currently at SANZARandrsquo;s annual Super Rugby referee camp at the International College of Management in Manly, Sydney.<br><br> Commenting on the three-day referee camp and the upcoming season, SANZARandrsquo;s Game Manager Lyndon Bray said: "Due to the global nature of our sport and the demands of refereeing, it is incredibly rare to have everyone in the same place at the same time, so itand#39;s vital that we make the most of opportunities like this.<br> <br> "Our core objectives for 2015 are andlsquo;high intensity, high octaneandrsquo; and affording players the confidence to play and contest for the ball, which aims to consolidate Super Rugby as the best rugby competition in the world; not only as a product of having the best players, coaches and referees, but also because of the way the game is played.<br> <br> "After consulting the coaches following the 2014 Super Rugby season, we seek to achieve those goals by way of allowing quick ball at the tackle, faster and more positive scrums, proper setup and defence of the lineout to maul area and ensuring there is space across the field to allow the teams to play as they want to."<br><br> The Crusaders and Rebels will kick off the competition on February 13 at 08h35 (SA time), while the Emirates Lions will meet the Hurricanes at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg at 19h10 in the first local clash.<br><br> This will be followed by derbies between the Cell C Sharks and Toyota Cheetahs at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban and the Vodacom Bulls and DHL Stormers at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria respectively on Saturday, 14 February.<br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby match officials:<br><br> South Africa: Stuart Berry, Jason Jaftha, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper, Marius van der Westhuizen, Jaco van Heerden. Australia: Angus Gardner, Rohan Hoffmann, Andrew Lees, Matt Oand#39;Brien. New Zealand: Nick Briant, Mike Fraser, Glen Jackson, Ben Oand#39;Keeffe, Chris Pollock.<br><br> Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs<br><br> 2015-01-26 Zooming in on Sergeal. Sergeal Petersen played for the Eastern Province Kings at all youth levels, (2007 Under-13 Craven Week, the 2010 Under-16 Grant Khomo Week ,and in the 2012 Under-18 Craven Week ). His performances in the latter tournament earned him inclusion in the SA Schools team that played against France, Wales and England in August 2012. Petersen scored a try in each of those matches to ensure that the South Africans remained unbeaten in the series<br><br> After finishing school at the end of 2012, Petersen signed a three-year contract with the Kings despite interest from several other teams. Without any first class matches under his belt andndash; he was named in the Kings squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season. He also scored the Kingsand#39; first ever try in Super Rugbyandhellip;as well as their second during the second half, earning him a Man of the Match award.<br><br> What some people do not know is that Petersen was called into an SA Sevens training squad prior to the 2013 Dubai Sevens. He also excelled in athletics, representing South Africa at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics in the 100m and long jump events.<br><br> 2015-01-22 Huawei scores rugby’s big five Technology provider Huawei is proud to announce a partnership with South Africaand#39;s top five rugby unions as their official smartphone, tablet and talkband supplier.<br><br> Announcing the sponsorship deal today in Johannesburg, Huaweiand#39;s Product Marketing Director andndash; for South Africa, Yudi Rambaran, said the deal was unique as Huawei sponsorship is the first to involve all of the countryand#39;s top five rugby teams which includes the Vodacom Bulls, DHL Western Province,the Cell C Sharks, the Emirates Lions and the Toyota Cheetahs".<br><br> <br><br> In addition, Huawei will also be the official associate sponsor to the Lions with its logo featuring on the sleeve of the teamandrsquo;s jersey. The announcement by the Chinese company is its second sports related sponsorship in South Africa andndash; Huawei is also the official shirt sponsor for local PSL team Ajax Cape Town.<br><br> <br><br> "Adding to Huaweiandrsquo;s sports sponsorship portfolio we believe this new opportunity will allow us to showcase Huaweiandrsquo;s latest technology which will assist the players in tracking and monitoring their performances. It is also evidence of the increasing role that technology plays in the lives of sports stars and their supporters", Rambaran continued.<br><br> Huawei has established a strong presence in the local market built on its technological leadership and commitment to fair and transparent business practices. The rugby sponsorship continues to reflect the brands commitment to the local market and positions it as a responsible corporate citizen that recognises the value of local partnerships.<br><br> <br><br> All the unions will receive the latest smartphone offerings from Huawei for players and management. Huawei looks forward to providing the teams with performance incentives in the form of tablets and Huaweiand#39;s TalkBand fitness trackers which will be an invaluable monitoring tool for players and management to ensure maximum performance on and off the field.<br><br> "We are really excited to have Hauwei on board as a partner of the Toyota Cheetahs. The technology Hauwei brings, will not only make the players more accessible to the fans, but will make interaction with the fans easier and more immediate," Harold Verster, MD of the Toyota Cheetahs said. "Smart phones and the technology offered by Huawei has become an important tool of a modern-day sportsmanandrsquo;s live."<br><br> "Western Province Rugby is proud to add Huawei to our growing international stable of partners. We look forward to integrating the Huawei cellular technology into our brands and building on this commitment into the future," said Rob Wagner, CEO DHL Western Province Rugby.<br><br> <br><br> The Sharks CEO, John Smit said: "We are delighted to partner with Huawei as our official smartphone supplier. Huaweiandrsquo;s core values of teamwork, integrity and dedication is in line with our vision and we look forward to a successful partnership based on growth and mutual success."<br><br> <br><br> "We are thrilled to welcome Huawei on board as an associate sponsor, with a presence on our match jerseys, for both our Super Rugby and Currie Cup campaigns. Just as Huawei is looking to further expand and connect the world through technology, we believe that rugby and our Lions brand have the opportunity to make the same impact. Hence, combining our two brands was an easy decision. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership and wish to thank Huawei for their support", said Golden Lions Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Rudolf Straeuli.<br><br> <br><br> Barend van Graan, Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Bulls Company: "Great teams are not only built around great performances and culture, they are also built around their associates, partners and sponsors. It is both a privilege and an honour to welcome an amazing brand like Huawei to the Vodacom Bulls family. We firmly believe that this relationship, with one of the global leaders in the technology industry, will add immensely to our brand."<br><br> <br><br> For many South Africans and#39;rugby is not just a sport, itand#39;s a way of lifeand#39;. In an ever more connected world, fans can expect to interact with and be part of their favourite teams with the help of Huawei.<br><br> 2015-01-21 Johann van Graan by Toyota Cheetah oefening Johann van Graan en ander lede van die Springbok afrigtingspan het vandag besoek afgelandecirc; by die Toyota Cheetahs se oefening. Hulle staan die span by met basiese riglyne wat hulle na al die franchises wil deurvoer om sodoende meer kontinuandiuml;teit op Springbok vlak te verseker. Johann van Graan (voorry afrigter), Louis Koen (skop afrigter), Richie Gray (afbreekpunte) en Pieter de Villiers (skrum afrigter) het tyd met die afrigters en spelers spandeer. Richie Gray het verder ook die Vodacombeker span bygestaan en besoek Vrydag die Cheetah Akademie. Die verdedigings afrigter, John Macfarlane, besoek die span die 1ste Februarie. <br><br> <br><br> Johann van Graan at Toyota Cheetah training <br><br> Johann van Graan and other members of the Springbok coaching staff visited the Toyota Cheetahs training session today. They assisted with basic guidelines for the franchises to follow for more consistency on Springbok level. Johann van Graan (forwards coach), Louis Koen (kicking coach), Richie Gray (breakdowns), and Pieter de Villiers (scrum coach) spent time with the team and team management. Richie Gray also assisted the Vodacom Cup team and will visit the Cheetah Academy on Friday. The defence coach, John McFarland, will visit the team on the 1st of February. <br><br> 2015-01-21 Toyota Cheetah Team announced Die Toyota Cheetahs pak Saterdag, 24 Januarie die Bulle, in andlsquo;n voorbereidings wedstryd vir die 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby, in Polokwane. Die wedstryd skop om 17:00 af.<br><br> Francois Uys sal in hierdie wedstryd die leiding as kaptein neem. Die permanente kaptein vir die 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby seisoen sal aan die begin van Februarie aangekondig word. <br><br> Die Toyota Cheetah span lyk soos volg: <br><br> <br><br> The Toyota Cheetah will be taking on the Bulls on Saturday, 24 January in a pre-season match in Polokwane. The game kicks off at 17:00.<br><br> Francois Uys will lead the team as captain. The permanent captain for the 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby competition will only be announced early February.<br><br> The Toyota Cheetah team is as follow:<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Vodacom Bulls<br><br> No.<br><br> Position<br><br> name<br><br> 1<br><br> LOOSEHEAD PROP<br><br> Danie Mienie<br><br> 2<br><br> HOOKER<br><br> Torsten van Jaarsveld<br><br> 3<br><br> TIGHTHEAD PROP<br><br> Coenie Oosthuizen<br><br> 4<br><br> LEFT LOCK<br><br> Lodewyk de Jager<br><br> 5<br><br> RIGHT LOCK<br><br> Francois Uys ( c )<br><br> 6<br><br> LEFT FLANKER<br><br> Jean Cook<br><br> 7<br><br> RIGHT FLANKER<br><br> Tienie Burger<br><br> 8<br><br> NUMBER EIGHT<br><br> Willie Britz<br><br> 9<br><br> SCRUMHALF<br><br> Sarel Pretorius<br><br> 10<br><br> FLYHALF<br><br> Joe Pietersen<br><br> 11<br><br> LEFT WING<br><br> Sergeal Petersen<br><br> 12<br><br> INSIDE CENTRE<br><br> Francois Venter<br><br> 13<br><br> OUTSIDE CENTRE<br><br> JW Jonker<br><br> 14<br><br> RIGHT WING<br><br> Raymond Rhule<br><br> 15<br><br> FULLBACK<br><br> Coenie van Wyk<br><br> Replacements: <br><br> <br><br> 16.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> BG Uys<br><br> 17.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Ewald van der Westhuizen<br><br> 18.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Maks van Dyk<br><br> 19.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Stephan Coetzee<br><br> 20.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Carl Wegner<br><br> 21.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Carel Greeff<br><br> 22.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Armandt Koster<br><br> 23.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Tian Meyer<br><br> 24.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Francois Brummer<br><br> 25.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Ryno Benjamin<br><br> 26.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Oupa Mohoje<br><br> 27.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Clayton Blommetjies<br><br> 28.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Willie le Roux<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2015-01-19 Toyota Cheetahs kan kus en keur Johan Goosen kom maak andrsquo;n week voor die Superrugby-reeks begin andrsquo;n draai in die Rosestad, maar die groot vraag is wie sy nr.andthinsp;10-trui by die Toyota Cheetahs gaan oorneem?<br><br> Die vier aanspraakmakers in die sentrale streekspan se Super-groep is Joe Pietersen, Francois Brummer, Willie du Plessis en die beseerde Elgar Watts.<br><br> Hawies Fourie, die Toyota Cheetahs se agterlyn-afrigter, het Donderdag weer bevestig dat Pietersen as andrsquo;n losskakel oorweeg word.<br><br> Volgens hom sal dit nie vir Pietersen, wat meer bekend as andrsquo;n heelagter is, andrsquo;n groot aanpassing wees om generaal te speel nie en kan hy in diandeacute; posisie gedy.<br><br> Die voormalige speler van Biarritz is andrsquo;n goeie skopper, takties en na die pale, en is juis as losskakel hierheen gelok.<br><br> Goosen, wat nou vir die Franse klub Racing Mandeacute;tro speel, se besoek het egter niks met rugby of die Toyota Cheetahs te make nie. Hy trou op 7 Februarie hier.<br><br> Die Toyota Cheetahs het in Desember hul Super-groep die eerste keer verklein.<br><br> Die voormalige Valke-speler Clinton Swart, wat hom by Griekwas aangesluit het, is die losskakel wat toe uitgeval het.<br><br> Met Watts op die krukkelys, sal Pietersen, Brummer en Du Plessis in hul span se oefenwedstryde andndash;andensp;teen die Bulle, die Stormers en die Griffons andndash;andensp;die fort moet hou.<br><br> Goeie nuus is dat Watts, wat verlede jaar Goosen se adjudant was, goed van sy kniebesering herstel en dalk vroeandeuml;r as verwag kan terugkeer. Hy sal steeds die aanvang van die reeks misloop en sy pad daarna moet oopspeel.<br><br> Volgens Fourie sou Watts aanvanklik in April weer kon speel, maar is daar andrsquo;n kans dat hy al middel Maart kan terugkeer andndash; alles hang natuurlik van sy herstel af.<br><br> Watts behoort in die Vodacombeker-reeks terug te keer. Dit is onwaarskynlik dat hy al vir die Toyota Cheetahs se oorsese toer, wat op 15 Maart begin, sal reg wees.<br><br> Volgens Fourie behoort Watts gouer reg te wees omdat sy regterknie geopereer is en hy met die linkervoet skop.<br><br> Fourie het gesandecirc; Pietersen oefen in die voorseisoen op losskakel en dat hy ander heelagters soos Willie le Roux, Coenie van Wyk en Clayton Blommetjies tot sy beskikking het.<br><br> "Sy (Pietersen se) aanvallende spel is goed en hy het ook baie visie. Hy is ook andrsquo;n ervare speler, weet hoe om die druk te verwerk en kan ouens in gapings sit.<br><br> "Ek glo hy het genoeg vaardighede om dit (sy skuif na losskakel) te laat werk."<br><br> 2015-01-13 Blitzboks turn on the charm in the Friendly City Hundreds of rugby fans turned up to meet the Springbok Sevens at a signing session held at Cleary Park Mark Mall in Port Elizabeth. The Sevens stars are in the Friendly City to defend their Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament title.<br><br> Round 3 of the HSBC Sevens World Series takes place this coming weekend at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The signing session is part of SARUandrsquo;s promotional efforts to raise awareness for the annual Sevens showpiece.<br><br> South Africa are one of 16 internationals participating in the two-day tournament, on 13 and 14 December. The Blitzboks are defending their home crown and will attempt to become the first SA side to win back to back home titles.<br><br> Last weekend the team won the Dubai Sevens tournament in style after outplaying Australia in the final and beating arch rivals New Zealand and Argentina in the semi-final and quarterfinals respectively.<br><br> Addressing the enthusiastic crowd, Springbok Sevens captain, Kyle Brown, said the team was delighted to be back in South Africa to play in their home tournament. "The PE fans gave us a fantastic welcome when we arrived on Monday night and the turnout today was absolutely amazing.<br><br> "There are a couple of new guys in the squad and they were absolutely delighted by the amazing turnout and passionate support we experienced today," said Brown.<br><br> Warrick Gelant, who celebrated his Springbok Sevens debut with a first World Series try last weekend in Dubai, marvelled at the passionate Blitzbok supporters. "Everywhere we go the people are so supportive, congratulating us on our performance in Dubai and wishing us well for the weekend. It is nice to have so much support behind us," said Gelant.<br><br> SARU and the event organising partners have again laid on a fantastic entertainment programme for the event, with well-known local artists MiCasa, Jimmy Nevis and DJ Fresh set to add their unique showbiz performances to the Sevens extravaganza.<br><br> Tickets to the two-day Sevens showpiece cost just R30 and are available from Computicket and all Money Market outlets at Shoprite and Checkers stores.<br><br> The Springbok team announcement media conference will take place on Thursday, 11 December at the Garden Court Kings Beach hotel, Summerstrand. Location is the Albertina Room, Lower Ground Floor Level and the starting time is 14h00.<br><br> 2014-12-11 Jean de Villiers’ knee surgery successful Springbok captain Jean de Villiers on Thursday underwent successful surgery on the left knee he injured in the final Test of the season, last Saturday against Wales in Cardiff.<br><br> <br><br> De Villiers had a full reconstruction of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments with an artificial graft, as well as a repair of the medial collateral ligament.<br><br> <br><br> "The procedure went well, but at this stage it is difficult to determine an exact return to play time-frame," said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts.<br><br> <br><br> "The use of an artificial graft should speed up his rehabilitation and hopefully increase his chances of making a successful return to the playing field."<br><br> <br><br> De Villiers said: "I would like to thank every medical practitioner involved in my injury, from Saturday when it happened until todayandrsquo;s operation.<br><br> <br><br> "My focus will now be on the arrival of our third child in the coming days. Thereafter it will be about recovering as soon as possible so I can start with my rehabilitation. I still have my sights set on going to next yearandrsquo;s Rugby World Cup and will do everything in my power to get to England.<br><br> <br><br> "I would also like to thank everyone for the well-wishes and support in the last week, it means a lot to me and my family and we really appreciate every message."<br><br> 2014-12-05