Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhenkhesi Stofile has said South Africans would be given an opportunity to take part in a national debate regarding the Springbok emblem. He said the debate would not only focus on the Springbok emblem, but would include all the other sports emblems in the country.
South African rugby boss Oregan Hoskins says he played a key role in helping outgoing Springbok coach Jake White survive his four-year tenure. Without his support, Hoskins said on Thursday, White would not have been able to continue in his role as coach of the national side. "All I want to say is that my conscience is abundantly clear towards Jake. I've stood by Jake."
Lock Victor Matfield has withdrawn from South Africa's squad for the one-off Test with Wales on November 24, becoming the 12th member of the World Cup-winning squad to miss the tour. The South African Rugby Union (Saru) announced he had been released due to personal commitments.
Jake White was caught in the South African rugby crossfire during a bitter and ongoing power struggle of which he was the latest high-profile victim, the Saturday Star said on Saturday. This has emerged in his much-anticipated autobiography, In Black and White, which hits bookstores soon.
Hot on the heels of Springbok coach Jake White's announcement of his imminent departure, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) seems set to add the name of Dick Muir to its shortlist of candidates to replace White. This is the same Saru that claimed White could not be considered for an extension of his post because he had missed the deadline for applications.
Sharks coach Dick Muir, who made a belated attempt to be considered as Springbok coach after incumbent Jake White's term expires, will not be in line for the position. This follows a resolution by the South African Rugby Union's president's council, which met in Johannesburg on Thursday.
The rugby season is over and the foot-shooting season is upon us again. On the field the game in South Africa is stronger than it has ever been. Proof came in Bloemfontein on Saturday when the Free State Cheetahs took two tries on the chin from the Lions, then scored two of their own to win the Currie Cup final 20-18.
There seems to be little sympathy at SA Rugby for World Cup-winning Springbok coach Jake White's unhappiness that he was not considered for the shortlist of four from which the next Springbok coach will be appointed. White, in Tuesday's press conference, pointed out he had a clause in his contract that states he has the right to negotiate an extension of his contract.
South Africa's World Cup-winning coach Jake White looks set to end his stint in charge of the Springboks after declining to re-apply for his job. The South African Rugby Union (Saru) said on Monday a four-man shortlist for the position of Springbok coach did not include him.
SA Rugby has confirmed details of the Springboks' victory tour, starting on Friday, to honour the team's World Cup-winning performance in France. South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins has appealed to the public to join in the celebrations by wearing green and gold.
"Go Bokke, go!" is the message from President Thabo Mbeki on the eve of the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England. In his weekly newsletter, published on Friday on the ANC Today website, Mbeki said the government was confident the Springboks would repeat what they did at Ellis Park in 1995, and walk away as rugby world champions.
A Border schoolboy rugby player has allegedly tested positive for a banned substance, Dispatch Online reported on Thursday. The 17-year-old Stirling High matric pupil allegedly failed the test that was taken at the Under-18 Craven Week in Stellenbosch in July.
In a shock result in a Currie Cup first-division game at Outeniqua Park in George on Saturday, the Eastern Province Mighty Elephants sprang a surprise when they defeated the Eagles 34-17. In Wellington, Griquas beat the Boland Cavaliers 57-22, and the Lions outplayed the Valke 61-30 in Johannesburg.
Jocelyn Creed started playing rugby in 2002 with Villagers Rugby Club. She played Western Province rugby for three seasons. Then she was appointed to manage Villagers ladies' team and the Western Province ladies' team during their season. Creed and her friends noticed the lack of attention paid to women's rugby and opened Ntombi Rugby Academy in May last year.
South Africa's rugby squad should forget about politics in sport and concentrate on their World Cup title tilt, President Thabo Mbeki said on Saturday. "While you are away forget all of these controversies that we always raise as politicians, don't worry about those ones, just play the rugby," Mbeki was quoted as saying.
Club rugby in the northern hemisphere has long been derided as the poor cousin in world rugby. But the post-World Cup exodus of a raft of top-flight internationals from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will help confound that long-standing belief.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged National Assembly sport committee chairperson Butana Komphela to have the Premier Soccer League (PSL) explain why executive members should get a R50-million "commission" to secure a R500-million sponsorship deal.
A civic movement on Thursday demanded that a "degrading and discriminating" Rugby World Cup advert featuring Khoisan people be pulled from the airwaves. "It degrades our Khoisan indigenous people as illiterate," said national secretary general of the African Renaissance Civic Movement Richard Huber.