Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Vodacom Super Rugby Round 14 Preview andbull; DHL Stormers host Toyota Cheetahs; Southern Kings meet Jaguares in PE andbull; Career milestone for South African referee Craig Joubert Gauteng rivals the Vodacom Bulls and the Emirates Lions go head to head on Saturday afternoon in a mouth-watering Vodacom Super Rugby encounter at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. This Round 14 fixture will be the last local match before the break for the June internationals.<br><br> In the other fixture featuring local teams on Saturday, the DHL Stormers host the Toyota Cheetahs in the early 15h00 kick-off at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, while the injury-hit Southern Kings entertain the visiting Jaguares on Friday evening at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.<br><br> Meanwhile, South Africaandrsquo;s Craig Joubert will on Saturday become only the third referee in history to officiate his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby match when he takes charge of the clash in Pretoria.<br><br> The Loftus match will add another highlight to Joubertandrsquo;s illustrious career, which includes officiating the 2011 Rugby World Cup final in New Zealand, as well as three Vodacom Super Rugby finals, in 2010, 2013 and 2014.<br><br> Fans of the Pretoria-side will be hoping their team can maintain their impressive home form so far this season. The Vodacom Bulls are the only side left in the competition that is unbeaten in their home matches this season, a feat they managed to keep intact courtesy of a grinding 17-13 victory over the DHL Stormers last Saturday.<br><br> However, Warren Whiteleyandrsquo;s men have been the form South African side so far this season and they travel to their northern neighbours on the back of an impressive 52-24 win over the Jaguares.<br><br> The DHL Stormers lost their previous home match against the Waratahs and will be looking to return to winning ways in front of their Cape Town supporters. The Toyota Cheetahs, on the other hand, will be aiming for back-to-back wins after beating the Kings in their last match.<br><br> In Port Elizabeth, the Kings will be chasing only their second win of the season following their only win so far over the Sunwolves. However, the Jaguares pushed the DHL Stormers and Cell Sharks all the way recently and they will pose a difficult threat for the PE-based side. The Cell C Sharks have a rest weekend.<br><br> Elsewhere, the Hurricanes and the Highlanders clash in the first Friday morning fixture (SA time) in Wellington and that match is followed by the clash in Sydney between the Waratahs and the Chiefs. On Saturday morning the Blues are at home to the Crusaders in Auckland and the Brumbies welcome the Sunwolves to Canberra.<br><br> The weekendandrsquo;s fixtures are rounded off with the Rebels versus Force meeting in Melbourne on Sunday morning. All the action will be televised live on SuperSport 1.<br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby information:<br><br> LATEST NEWS | RESULTS | FIXTURES | LOGS | TOP POINTS SCORERS | TOP TRY SCORERS | MATCH CENTRE | MEDIA GUIDE<br><br> Southern Kings vs Jaguares <br><br> Date: Friday, 27 May 2016<br><br> SA Time: 19h00<br><br> Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth<br><br> Referee: Nick Briant<br><br> Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Ben Crouse<br><br> Television Match Official: Marius Jonker<br><br> <br><br> Team News:<br><br> andmiddot; Southern Kings coach, Deon Davids, made four changes to his side for the Friday evening clash in Port Elizabeth against the Jaguares.<br><br> andmiddot; He slotted Wandile Mjekevu in on right wing after the Cell C Sharks loan player joined them on Wednesday, as replacement for Luzuko Vulindlu who is out with a hamstring tear.<br><br> andmiddot; Two of the changes are rotational, with Stefan Watermeyer returning from injury for JP du Plessis at outside centre and JC Astle coming in for Schalk Oelofse at lock.<br><br> andmiddot; Hooker Edgar Marutlulle is back from illness and replaces the injured Martin Ferreira who has been ruled for the rest of the campaign with a rib injury.<br><br> andmiddot; In one more change to the bench, utility back Dewald Human comes in for the injured flyhalf back-up, Elgar Watts.<br><br> <br><br> Stats:<br><br> The last time these teams met the Jaguares scored 73 points against the South African side, the equal ninth most by a team in Vodacom Super Rugby history. All three of the Kingsandrsquo; home wins in Vodacom Super Rugby have come against teams from outside of South Africa, the last of which came in Round 6 this season against the Sunwolves. The Jaguares have lost their last six away games since an opening round victory away to the Toyota Cheetahs, conceding an average of 34 points per game in those six games. The Jaguares have beaten an average of 25.2 defenders per game so far this season, only the Emirates Lions (27.5) have beaten more. Teams:<br><br> Southern Kings team: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Stefan Willemse, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Schalk Ferreira. Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Dewald Human, 23 JP du Plessis.<br><br> Jaguares: 15 Joaquandiacute;n Tuculet, 14 Matandiacute;as Orlando, 13 Segundo Tuculet, 12 Juan Martandiacute;n Hernandaacute;ndez, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolandaacute;s Sandaacute;nchez, 9 Martandiacute;n Landajo (captain), 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamandoacute;n, 6 Tomandaacute;s Lezana, 5 Tomandaacute;s Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcandiacute;a Botta. Replacements: 16 Juliandaacute;n Montoya, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matandiacute;as Alemanno, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago Gonzandaacute;lez Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano.<br><br> DHL Stormers vs Toyota Cheetahs <br><br> Date: Saturday, 28 May 2016<br><br> SA Time: 15h00<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Referee: Glen Jackson<br><br> Assistant referees: Ben Oandrsquo;Keeffe, Nick Briant<br><br> Television Match Official: Shaun Veldsman<br><br> <br><br> Team News:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Daniel du Plessis will make his DHL Stormers debut against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday. The talented young midfielder comes into the team at outside centre because Juan de Jongh is still sidelined with a back strain.<br><br> andmiddot; Johnny Kotze moves to the replacements bench in place of the injured Huw Jones.<br><br> andmiddot; Sikhumbuzo Notshe will start at No.8 in place of Schalk Burger who has not recovered from a foot injury, with JD Schickerling providing lock cover from the bench.<br><br> <br><br> Quotes:<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers coach Robbie Fleck: "The last few weeks have been quite frustrating for us, so we are focused on delivering a convincing performance for our faithful supporters at DHL Newlands. We have worked very hard this week and the players are determined to show what we are capable of when we get it right."<br><br> <br><br> Stats:<br><br> andmiddot; The DHL Stormers have won 11 of their last 14 games against the Bloemfontein side, including each the last two in a row by a combined 40-point margin.<br><br> andmiddot; After a loss in their last home fixture, the Capetonians will be aiming to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time since their last two games of the 2011 season.<br><br> andmiddot; The Toyota Cheetahs will be looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since their opening two fixtures of the 2015 season after beating the Kings in their last fixture.<br><br> andmiddot; They have won an average of 14.1 lineouts per game so far this campaign, the most of any team, though they rank 10th for lineout success (87.6%).<br><br> andmiddot; The DHL Stormers are the best team in the competition this season when it comes to winning opposition lineouts, stealing 2.6 per game on average this season;<br><br> andmiddot; Eben Etzebeth (9) and Pieter-Steph du Toit (8) have stolen more than any other individuals this season.<br><br> <br><br> Teams:<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble. Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Johnny Kotze.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais. Substitutes:16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Neill Jordaan, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Nico Lee.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls vs Emirates Lions<br><br> Date: Saturday, 28 May 2016<br><br> SA Time: 17h00<br><br> Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria<br><br> Referee: Craig Joubert, Marius van der Westhuizen<br><br> Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Marius van der Westhuizen<br><br> Television Match Official: Christie du Preez<br><br> <br><br> Team News:<br><br> andmiddot; Vodacom Bulls head coach, Nollis Marais, made only one change to the starting side that beat the DHL Stormers last Saturday. He has brought in Bjorn Basson on the wing in place of Travis Ismaiel, who withdrew from the side for family reasons.<br><br> andmiddot; Hooker Bandise Maku moves onto the reserves bench in the place of Jaco Visagie.<br><br> andmiddot; Sylvian Mahuza gets his first start in Vodacom Super Rugby for the Emirates Lions against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in one of seven changes to the side. Mahuza starts at fullback, replacing Jaco van der Walt who was injured against the Jaguares last weekend.<br><br> andmiddot; Marnitz Boshoff also gets his first run of the campaign because of the injury to Elton Jantjies (hand).<br><br> andmiddot; In other rotational changes Malcolm Marx, Andries Ferreira, Warwick Tecklenburg and Rohan Janse van Rensburg all get a start against the Pretoria side. Ashlon Davis has been included on the bench and if he gets a run will make his debut.<br><br> <br><br> Quotes:<br><br> <br><br> Nollis Marais, Vodacom Bulls head coach: "There were a lot of things we needed to work on with this team. There were certain guys who struggled with aspects of their game, to adapt to the pace and intensity of Vodacom Super Rugby. There is a big step up between Currie Cup and Super Rugby levels and we need to have a look every week where we can improve.<br><br> "At the beginning of the year the scrums were a problem. We were one of the teams that gave away the most scrum penalties. We worked hard on that, Gary (Botha) deserves a lot of credit for that."<br><br> <br><br> Stats:<br><br> The Vodacom Bulls have won 11 and drawn one of their 14 previous encounters with the Emirates Lions, though the Johannesburg team have won two of the last three Jukskei-derbies. The Emirates Lions have won four and drawn one of their last six games away from home and are undefeated in their last three away games in South Africa (W2, D1). The Pretoria outfit snapped a two-game losing streak in Round 13, though they still only scored a combined 31 points in their last three Vodacom Super Rugby games. The Vodacom Bulls have conceded only two tries in the opening quarter of games this season, the joint fewest in Vodacom Super Rugby (level with the DHL Stormers and Chiefs). The team from Johannesburg have scored 64 more points than theyandrsquo;ve conceded in the 20 minutes leading up to half-time, the most of any team in the competition. Teams:<br><br> Vodacom Bulls: 15 SP Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka. Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Deon Stegmann, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dries Swanepoel.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith. Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronjandeacute;, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Ashlon Davids.<br><br> <br><br> Other Round 14 fixtures:<br><br> Friday, 27 May<br><br> 09h35 Hurricanes vs Highlanders, Westpac Stadium, Wellington<br><br> 11h45 Waratahs vs Chiefs, Allianz Stadium, Sydney<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 28 May<br><br> 09h35 Blues vs Crusaders, Eden Park, Auckland<br><br> 11h45 Brumbies vs Sunwolves, GIO Stadium, Canberra<br><br> <br><br> Sunday, 29 May<br><br> 08h05 Rebels vs Force, AAMI Park, Melbourne<br><br> <br><br> Byes: Reds and Cell C Sharks.<br><br> 2016-05-27 TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Toyota Cheetahs vs Stormers Stormers vs Toyota Cheetahs <br><br> <br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs will be taking on the DHL Stormers in a Vodacom Super Rugby match on Saturday, 28 May 2016 at Newlands in Cape Town. The game kicks off at 15:00. Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the encounter. <br><br> <br><br> A couple of changes to the team for the last match: <br><br> Tian Meyer and Shaun Venter will be switching places with Meyer in the starting line-up and Venter on the bench. Shaun Venter will be getting his 50th Super Rugby cap when he runs onto the field. (32nd cap for the Toyota Cheetahs) Neill Jordaan will be replacing Henco Venter on the bench. <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Stormers <br><br> Saturday, 28 May, 15:00 <br><br> Newlands, Cape Town <br><br> <br><br> Charles Marais Torsten van Jaarsveld Maks van Dyk Lodewyk de Jager (vc) Francois Uys Paul Schoeman Oupa Mohoje Uzair Cassiem Tian Meyer Fred Zeilinga Raymond Rhule Michael van der Spuy Francois Venter (C) Sergeal Petersen Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Replacements:<br><br> Jacques du Toit Ox Nche Luan de Bruin Armandt Koster Niell Jordaan Shaun Venter Niel Marais Nico Lee 2016-05-26 TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Toyota Free State XV vs Steval Pumas Toyota Free State XV vs Steval Pumas<br><br> The Toyota Free State XV will be taking on the Steval Pumas in the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday afternoon at 15:00. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV vs Steval Pumas <br><br> 27 May 2016, 15:00 <br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> <br><br> 15. Reinardt Erwee<br><br> 14. Lorenzo Gordon<br><br> 13. Tertius Kruger<br><br> 12. Ali Mgijima<br><br> 11. Maphuta Dolo<br><br> 10. Sias Ebersohn<br><br> 9. Ruan van Rensburg<br><br> 8. Johann Grundlingh<br><br> 7. Tienie Burger<br><br> 6. Ntokozo Vidima<br><br> 5. Reniel Hugo (C )<br><br> 4. Carl Wegner<br><br> 3. Johannes Coetzee<br><br> 2. Joseph Dweba<br><br> 1. BG Uys<br><br> <br><br> Replacements<br><br> 16. Elandre Huggett<br><br> 17. Chase Morison<br><br> 18. Niel Claassen<br><br> 19. Refuoe Rampeta<br><br> 20. JP Smith<br><br> 21. Darren Baron<br><br> 22. Kholo Ramashala<br><br> <br><br> Head Coach: MJ Smith. Assistant coaches: Sinovuyo Ganto, Izak van der Westhuizen<br><br> Team Manager: KK Hlongwane <br><br> 2016-05-25 Toyota Tailgate 28 May 2016 The Toyota Tailgate are open to all Toyota drivers and Toyota Cheetah fans* on Saturday, 28 May 2016!<br><br> Toyota Cheetah fans are getting the opportunity to get together and meet past and present Toyota Cheetah players at the Sans Souci Girls High School, 4 Esme Road, Newlands, Cape Town. Main gate on Main Road opposite Cubana.<br><br> The area will be open two hours before kick-off 13h00 andndash; 15h00 and one hour after the match.<br><br> #ToyotaTailgate @ToyotaSA @CheetahsRugby<br><br> For more information please contact Jenna-Lee Eastham @mscsports on 072 440 2538.<br><br> <br><br> *To qualify as a Cheetah fan you need to have an item of Toyota Cheetah merchandise<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2016-05-25 Tight Head Props secured for 2017 season Luan de Bruin, Tom Botha, Gunther Janse van Vuuren and Johan Coetzee are the four tight head props secured for the Toyota Cheetahs and Toyota Free State Cheetahs in 2017. <br><br> <br><br> Luan de Bruin <br><br> Date of Birth: 13.02.1993<br><br> Weight: 120 kg<br><br> Height: 1.83 m<br><br> Luan played for the Free State U19 side (2012), the UFS Shimlas (2013) in the Varsity Cup competition, before he was selected in the SA U20 side that played in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France. In 2013 he played for the Free State U21 side before playing in another Varsity Cup campaign for the UFS Shimlas (2014).<br> De Bruinand#39;s first taste of senior provincial rugby came during the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition when he made his debut against the EP Kings in Cradock. He made his Super Rugby debut as a substitute for Springbok, Coenie Oosthuizen, against the Lions in Johannesburg on 12 July 2014.<br> He is a regular on the field, making his appearance in all 11 of their Currie Cup matches during the 2015 season. He has represented the Toyota Cheetahs in 7 Super Rugby matches to date.<br><br> <br><br> Tom Botha<br><br> Date of Birth: 31.08.1990<br><br> Weight: 110 kg<br><br> Height: 1.79 m<br><br> Tom Botha played an integral rol in the scrum success of the EP Kings this year and the Toyota Cheetahs are delighted to have him on board for the 2017 season. He has signed for two years with the Toyota Cheetahs. <br><br> He represented the Sharks U19 in the 2009 Under-19 Provincial Championship after returning to Cape Town for the 2010 season where he started in four matches for Western Province U21 helping Western Province finish top of the log. He made his debut for Western Province in the 2011 Vodacom Cup and was a key member of the teamandrsquo;s campaign in 2012. <br><br> He played for Montpellierand#39;s Under-23 team during the 2012andndash;13 seasons and helped them to win the competition. He returned to South Africa in June 2014 by joining the EP Kings.<br><br> <br><br> Gunther Janse van Vuuren<br><br> Date of Birth: 24.08.1995<br><br> Weight: 120 kg<br><br> Height: 1.86 m<br><br> The exciting twenty year old prop from Pretoria has been part of the Currie Cup team in 2016 and has signed a two year contract with the Toyota Cheetahs. <br><br> <br><br> Johan Coetzee<br><br> Date of Birth: 14.03.1988<br><br> Weight: 120 kg<br><br> Height: 1.86 m<br><br> Johan (nickname Aranos) Coetzee represented the Leopards U21s and he played Varsity Cup rugby for NWU Pukke in 2010. He made his first class debut for the Leopards 2010. After the 2010 SA season he moved to France where he joined Top 14 side Racing Mandeacute;tro (2010-2012) before moving to Brive (2012-2015).<br> He switched allegiances to his country of birth, Namibia and made his test debut for them on 6 June 2015 in their 2015 Africa Cup match against Tunisia in Nabeul. Coetzee played in four matches for Namibia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. <br><br> Coetzee has represented the Toyota Cheetahs in 6 Super Rugby matches in 2016. <br><br> 2016-05-24 England Test experience for touring Saxons Former DHL Stormers loose forward Don Armand and seven players with Test experience have been included in the England Saxons squad to tour South Africa in June. The Rugby Football Union announced the squad and coaching staff on Monday.<br><br> The 27-man squad for the two matches against South Africa andlsquo;Aandrsquo; will be coached by Exeter Chiefs assistant coach Ali Hepher, assisted by Alan Dickens (Northampton Saints) and Andy Titterrell (Wasps).<br><br> The Saxons squad, comprising of experienced names and emerging talent, including former DHL Western Province loose forward Don Armand, will play in at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday 10 June and Outeniqua Park in George on Friday 17 June. Both matches will kick off at 19h10.<br><br> England internationals Kieran Brookes, Dave Attwood, Matt Kvesic, Danny Cipriani, Christian Wade, Semesa Rokoduguni and Luther Burrell bring 69 senior caps to the squad and many of the remaining 20 have represented England in age-grade teams in recent years.<br><br> Attwood, Kvesic, Burrell, Tommy Taylor and Oliver Devoto were named yesterday in Eddie Jonesandrsquo; wider squad to play Wales for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup at Twickenham on Sunday 29 May.<br><br> Saxons head coach Ali Hepher said: "Eddie Jones has given us a strong development squad to take on a South Africa A side. The squad has a good mixture of experienced players and emerging talent.<br><br> "Playing twice in South Africa is going to be a great challenge and a significant test for us but it is also an incredibly exciting opportunity for the players and management to prove themselves.<br><br> "The series will give the players international experience and will be an important stepping stone towards international honours.<br><br> "As coaches, this is an exciting opportunity for us too, not only to coach this group of highly-talented players but also for us to gain some international rugby experience."<br><br> The SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; head coach and management team will be named later in the week, while the squad will be announced on Saturday evening.<br><br> <br><br> The England Saxons squad:<br><br> <br><br> Forwards<br><br> Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)<br><br> Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs)<br><br> Tommy Taylor (Wasps)<br><br> George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons)<br><br> Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps)<br><br> Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints) *16 senior England caps<br><br> James Craig (Northampton Saints)<br><br> Mitch Lees (Exeter Chiefs)<br><br> Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)<br><br> Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby) *22 senior England caps<br><br> Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)<br><br> Donovan Armand (Exeter Chiefs)<br><br> Matthew Kvesic (Gloucester) *2 senior England caps<br><br> James Chisholm (Harlequins)<br><br> Sam Jones (Wasps)<br><br> <br><br> Backs<br><br> Dan Robson (Wasps)<br><br> Michael Young (Newcastle Falcons)<br><br> Oliver Devoto (Bath Rugby)<br><br> Danny Cipriani (Wasps) *14 senior England caps<br><br> Christian Wade (Wasps) *1 senior England cap<br><br> Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) *1 senior England cap<br><br> Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)<br><br> Nick Tompkins (Saracens)<br><br> Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) *13 senior England caps<br><br> Alex Lewington (London Irish)<br><br> Sam James (Sale Sharks)<br><br> Mike Haley (Sale Sharks)<br><br> <br><br> Management Team<br><br> Head Coach andndash; Ali Hepher (Exeter Chiefs)<br><br> Assistant Coach andndash; Andy Titterrell (Wasps)<br><br> Assistant Coach andndash; Alan Dickens (Northampton Saints)<br><br> Team Manager andndash; Richard Hill<br><br> <br><br> 2016-05-24 Loose Head Props secured for 2017 season Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd has secured the services of four strong front row players who will be fighting for the no. 1 jersey in 2017.<br><br> Ox Nche, Charles Marais, Danie Mienie and BG Uys are all available and have resigned their contracts with the Toyota Cheetahs and Toyota Free State Cheetahs for 2017. <br><br> <br><br> Ox Nche<br><br> Date of Birth: 11.12.1992<br><br> Weight: 105 kg<br><br> Height: 1.75 m<br><br> Ox Nche made his Super Rugby on the 28th of February and had since played in 8 Super Rugby matches for the Toyota Cheetahs. He had a very busy 2015 season and played in 26 matches: u.20 Rugby World Cup (5), Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.21 team (13), Vasity Cup (8). <br><br> Ox played in all five World Cup matches in 2015, including the match against France which secured the team a third place. Ox played in 13 of the 14 u.21 matches for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.21andrsquo;s including the final against Western Province. He passed the try line three times during the season.<br><br> <br><br> Charles Marais<br><br> Date of Birth: 29.08.1988<br><br> Weight: 120 kg<br><br> Height: 1.91 m<br><br> Despite not representing Western Province at secondary school level while a scholar at Paarl Boysand#39; High School, Marais were included in the Free State U19 squad for the 2007 season after he moved to Bloemfontein to enroll at the University of the Free State. He represented the Shimlas in the Varsity Cup competition, playing for them between 2009 and 2013.<br> He made his first class debut by starting in Free Stateandrsquo;s team against the Argentinean Pampas XV in Parow. He remained involved in the Free Stateand#39;s Vodacom Cup campaigns in 2011-andlsquo;13 (15 appearances).<br> Marais has two short spells at near-neighbours the Griffons (2012-andrsquo;13: 6 appearances). He made his Currie Cup debut during the 2012 Currie Cup First Division against the Falcons, marking the occasion by scoring his first ever senior try.<br> Marais moved to Johannesburg to join the Golden Lions for the 2014 season. He was a regular in their squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition, playing in all 10 of their matches during the competition. Marais made his Super Rugby debut during the 2014 season as a substitute in their match against the Bulls.<br> In July 2014 Marais joined the EP Kings prior to the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division competition playing 7 matches for them.<br><br> He made his Super Rugby debut for the Toyota Cheetahs this year and has since gained 10 caps for the team.<br><br> <br><br> Danie Mienie<br><br> Date of Birth: 01.03.1991<br><br> Weight: 115 kg<br><br> Height: 1.79 kg<br><br> Danie Mienie made his senior debut for the Sharks XV (2012-2014: 15 games) in a Vodacom Cup match against the Border Bulldogs in East London on 9 March 2012.<br> Despite having no Currie Cup experience, he was called up to the Sharks (2013: 1 game) squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season following an injury to Springbok Tendai Mtawarira. He made his Super debut as a replacement prop for Wiehahn Herbst in a match against the Chiefs in Hamilton, New Zealand, on 27 April 2013.<br> He later that year played in six Currie Cup Premier games for the Sharks (2013-2014: 9 games).<br> He joined Griquas for the 2015 season and he played in 12 matches for them. Danie played in 15 Super Rugby matches for the Toyota Cheetahs during 2015, ten in the starting team. An injury during a warm-up match against the Kings in Port Elizabeth and again on tour to Australia prevented him from raising his amount of caps to more than 18 thus far.<br><br> <br><br> BG Uys<br><br> Date of Birth: 20.06.1988<br><br> Weight: 117 kg<br><br> Height: 1.9 m<br><br> <br> Uys played Varsity Cup rugby for NWU Pukke between 2008 and 2010, which led to his inclusion in the South African Studentsand#39; team. In 2012 he has played for the SA Barbarians (North) against England.<br> He made his Currie Cup debut for the Leopards in 2010 against the Blue Bulls and developed into a first team regular over the next four seasons, making 66 first class appearances in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competitions (2010-2013).<br> In 2013, while still contracted to the Leopards, Uys joined the Kingsand#39; training group prior to their debut Super Rugby season, but was later released to the Leopardsand#39; Vodacom Cup squad, playing the 2013 campaign before joining the Eastern Province Kings.<br><br> In 2015 the prop moved to Bloemfontein where he played 14 matches for the Toyota Cheetahs, making his Super Rugby debut in the third round match against the Bulls in Bloemfontein. He played his first of nine Currie Cup matches for the Free State against the Blue Bulls on 8 August 2015 in Bloemfontein.<br><br> 2016-05-18 TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Toyota Free State XV vs EP Kings XV The Toyota Free State XV will be taking on the EP Kings XV on Friday, 20 May at 17:05 in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth.<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV vs EP Kings XV<br><br> 17:05, 20 May 2016<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 15. Reinardt Erwee<br><br> 14. JP Coetzee<br><br> 13. Carel-Jan Coetzee<br><br> 12. Gerrie Labuschagne<br><br> 11. Maphuta Dolo<br><br> 10. Sias Ebersohn<br><br> 9. Ruan van Rensburg<br><br> 8. Neill Jordaan<br><br> 7. Tienie Burger<br><br> 6. Ntokozo Vidima<br><br> 5. Reniel Hugo (C )<br><br> 4. Armandt Koster<br><br> 3. Johannes Coetzee<br><br> 2. Joseph Dweba<br><br> 1. BG Uys<br><br> <br><br> Replacements<br><br> 16. Elandre Huggett<br><br> 17. Chase Morison<br><br> 18. Johan Grundlingh<br><br> 19. Musa Mahlasela<br><br> 20. Jean-Phillip Smith<br><br> 21. Darron Baron<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> 2016-05-18 Leedwese - Hennie van der Merwe Oom Hennie van der Merwe, vorige President van Griekwas en direkteur van Sentrale Cheetahs is gisteraand oorlede.<br><br> Ons innige simpatie en meegevoel aan sy familie en naasbestaandes.<br><br> <br><br> Oom Hennie van der Merwe, ex-President of the Griquas- and director of the Central Cheetahs passed away last night. <br><br> Our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. <br><br> 2016-05-18 Proudfoot joins Springbok coaching staff Matt Proudfoot, the former assistant coach of the DHL Stormers, DHL Western Province and the Kobe Steelers in Japan, has joined the Springbok coaching staff, SA Rugby confirmed on Tuesday.<br><br> Proudfoot has signed a four year contract with SA Rugby to be an additional assistant of Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, after his Japanese club agreed to release him from his contract.<br><br> The 44-year-old Proudfoot joins the current Springbok coaching staff, consisting of head coach Coetzee, Johann van Graan and Mzwandile Stick. His term with the Springboks starts immediately.<br><br> Coetzee, who was last month appointed to succeed Heyneke Meyer as coach of the national rugby team, welcomed Proudfoot to the Springbok coaching staff.<br><br> "I know Matt very well from our coaching stints together in Cape Town and Japan and has a lot of respect for his ability to build a powerful pack and his rugby philosophy," said Coetzee.<br><br> "I am confident that he will add a lot of value to our management staff and the coaches are looking forward to working with him."<br><br> Coetzee explained that Van Graan will be in charge of all team attack and lineout play, while Proudfootandrsquo;s responsibility will be the Springboksandrsquo; scrummaging, breakdown and all aspects related to contact areas. Pieter de Villiers will continue to be available as scrum consultant to the national team.<br><br> Proudfoot is a former Vodacom Bulls front ranker who featured in the first two seasons of Super 12 rugby (now Vodacom Super Rugby), in 1996 and 1997, and also played four Tests for Scotland, between 1998 and 2003. He first caught the attention as a promising coach when the NWU-Pukke won the 2008 National Club Championships under his guidance.<br><br> In 2009, he was recruited by current GM: Rugby at SA Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, to join the DHL Stormers as a scrum consultant, following the appointment of Gary Gold to the Springbok coaching staff.<br><br> He later joined Coetzee as assistant coach at the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province respectively, where he was responsible for the forwards.<br><br> Proudfoot said he was excited about the opportunity to join the Springboks: "The Springboks are at the beginning of a new era under the coaching guidance of Allister and I am very excited and very grateful for this opportunity. It is a huge honour to part of the Springbok coaching staff and I am looking forward this challenge.<br><br> "I am very grateful to the Kobe Steelers for allowing me to join the Springboks. I enjoyed my time with them immensely and I want to wish them all of the best for the future," said Proudfoot.<br><br> Coetzee, Proudfoot and other members of the Springbok management staff are currently conducting a series of visits to the local Vodacom Super Rugby teams in preparation for the announcement of the Springbok squad who will do duty against Ireland next month.<br><br> The Springboks and Ireland will meet in the Castle Lager Incoming Series, which consists of three Tests, in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.<br><br> <br><br> Brief profile of Matt Proudfoot<br><br> <br><br> Playing career:<br><br> Between 1996 and 2008, Proudfoot represented the NWU-Pukke and SA Student teams, as well as the Leopards, Hino Valke and Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup.<br><br> He also played for Vodacom Bulls in Vodacom Super Rugby and represented Scotland in six matches, including four Test matches, between 1998 and 2003.<br><br> <br><br> Coaching career:<br><br> <br><br> 2015-16: Assistant Coach (forwards) at the Kobe Steelers in Japan<br><br> 2009-15: Assistant Coach (forwards) at the DHL Stormers<br><br> 2008-11: Assistant Coach (forwards) at DHL Western Province<br><br> 2008: Head coach of NWU-Pukke (winners of the National Club Championship)<br><br> <br><br> To view Proudfootandrsquo;s official profile, please click here.<br><br> 2016-05-17