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Nienaber: Alignment camps a reality check for Springboks

15 Apr 202115 Apr 2021

The Springbok coaches and management wrapped up the first round of strategic alignment camps on Wednesday, with selected players around the country as they shifted their preparations for the 2021 Test season into a higher gear. Springbok Head coach Jacques Nienaber, his assistants and the rest of the management staff, met with a number of players in Johannesburg (Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls),

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Memorable victories

15 Apr 202115 Apr 2021

Photos: Charles CorbettNo team gave Free State supporters more pleasure in the quarter of a century since the Free State Stadium was inaugurated in 1955, than Transvaal (as the Golden Lions were known in those days). Year after year a star-studded Transvaal team travelled to Bloemfontein, convinced of an easy victory against their underrated opponents, only to be sent back to Johannesburg with their

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Charles Marais retires from rugby

13 Apr 202113 Apr 2021

Toyota Cheetah prop, Charles Marais has announced that he will be hanging up his boots following a professional rugby career of 10 years.He has been medically advised to stop playing due to a neck injury. Charles Marais was included in the Free State U19 squad for the 2007 season and was part of the Free State u.21 team who won the competition in 2009. 2010 to 2013. He represented the Shimlas in the

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Lood and Swys

08 Apr 202108 Apr 2021

Lood de Jager and Francois (Swys) Venter are two of the stalwarts who showed their “metal” for the Toyota Cheetahs and donned the coveted Green and Gold as Free Staters. A full list of Free Staters who earned national colours, is published in a book entitled Cheetahland: 125 jaar se lief en leed (initially only in Afrikaans), which will be available by mid-year at a price of R400. It also

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Springboks start season preparations with alignment camps

06 Apr 202106 Apr 2021

The Springboks’ preparations for the forthcoming international season will move up a gear in the next fortnight as Rassie Erasmus (Director of Rugby), Jacques Nienaber (head coach) and the rest of the management host of a series alignment camps. This week, the Boks’ coaching brains trust will present their plans for the 2021 season to a small group of players from the northern region, consisting

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Guess who was one of the ball boys?

01 Apr 202101 Apr 2021

Guess who was one of the ball boys on 14 June 1980 when Gysie Pienaar scored his unforgettable winning try in the Free State stadium against the British & Irish Lions? None other than the cricket legend and Knights coach Allan Donald. Donald says as a schoolboy his dream was to play rugby for the Springboks “until I realised that lying under a ruck was not for me”. He is an ardent Cheetah

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Schools and club rugby to resume in April

01 Apr 202101 Apr 2021

Schools and club rugby received a massive boost on Thursday as SA Rugby granted permission for the players to return to the field in April following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While club teams received the go-ahead to return to play on Monday, 12 April, schools rugby will be able to resume with matches a little later, on Friday, 23 April. The decision was made following an announcement

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Toyota Cheetahs won't release star players

01 Apr 202101 Apr 2021

The Toyota Cheetahs will not be releasing their star players in order to represent one of the so-called big four in the planned Rainbow Cup or PRO16.There have been calls for players such as Frans Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Junior Pokomela and the likes of to be included in the squads of the team such as the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.The Bulls, in particular, are interested in the services of the

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