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In an attempt to level the playing fields and assist the Springboks in avoiding an embarrassing home test series loss, the International Rugby Board (IRB) has made an unprecedented decision.

The Springboks suffered a devastating 20 – 26 defeat at the hand of Ireland in the first test at DHL Newlands last Saturday.

This, after the visitors played with 14 men for just less than 60 minutes of the match.

It was new Springbok coach Allister Coetzee’s first match in charge of the Springboks.

“We know Springbok selection is governed by strict quota requirements, so we felt the need to step in and do something to restrict the visiting team too,” said IRB spokesperson Basil Wideball.

Wideball said the IRB had been in discussion with the Irish Rugby Football Union and an amicable agreement had been reached.

Wideball explained, “Ireland will be restricted to 14 men for the first of the second test at Emirate Airlines Park on Saturday.”

Wideball said depending on the score after 40 minutes, Ireland might be forced to remove another player for the second half.

“We don’t have an exact score deficit in mind just yet for the half time decision, but we’ll discuss it with both coaches during the break,” Wideball said.

The Springboks have not lost a test series at home in 19 years and have never lost one to Ireland.

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epkingsEP Kings players and the union’s management have been in conflict for several months regarding delays in salaries.

It is believed the players had not been paid for at least six months before a plan was made by the union.

There appears to be an issue once again with the players’ August salaries, and the union has now approached the fans for help.

EP President Cheeky Watson says, “It is no secret my players are struggling to put food on the table and we cannot have this. We are asking the fans who support us to help out wherever they can.”

Watson was speaking from the presidential suite at Grosvenor House in Dubai where the union’s management are having a two-week brain storming session.

Watson said the union had decided to follow similar protocol to restaurants, where fans would be urged to pay a gratuity when leaving the stadium.

“We cannot afford to pay our players, but we also cannot have them looking in bins for food, so it is up to our loyal fans to put their hands in their pockets for a change,” said Watson.

EP Kings captain Luke Watson
EP Kings captain Luke Watson

Watson’s son Luke has not even been able to purchase a razor in almost two years.

EP Kings CEO Charl Crous said fans would each be encouraged to pay at least 20% of the loss deficit per match.

“So, if we lose by 100 points, for instance, fans would be encouraged to drop R20 in the tins at the exit. The stadium cleaning staff would take 5% of all takings, leaving the players with the rest,” Crous said.

Crous said he believed the initiative would prevent an imminent player strike.

Fans are also encouraged to leave tins of food as well as old clothing and blankets in specially marked bins located all over the stadium.

The EP Kings are struggling in the ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division, having lost four out of four so far in this year’s competition.

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goldSharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has announced a brave plan ahead of the ABSA Currie Cup season, which starts in August.

The Cell C Sharks let their fans down in a dismal Vodacom Super Rugby season in which the KZN franchise finished 11th overall and 5th in the South African conference.

Speaking at a media conference at Growthpoint Kings Park on Wednesday this week, Gold said the Cell C Sharks had decided to take a leaf from the All Blacks’ book.

“We play in black, we’re passionate about rugby and we have a rugby-mad fan base, making us South África’s All Blacks,” said Gold.

Gold said they had decided to take it one step further in imitating the world champions.

“The All Blacks do the Haka, which intimidates opponents, so we will do a similar routine, but call it the uShaka with the same goal in mind.”

Gold said the uShaka was an idea the franchise had been playing with for the last two seasons and they felt the time was now right.

He refused to divulge any details, but assured the media it would be a spectacle worth watching.

“We’ve had choreographers working with the guys to break them out of their shells, and I must say, it’s looking quite good. It’s very Durban. It has everything. I can’t wait to show the world how well we can dance,” said Gold.

Gold assured fans there would also be a routine in the uShaka which aimed at asking the gods for rain to alleviate the worst drought in KZN since 1992.

The Cell C Sharks get their ABSA Currie Cup campaign underway with a match against Pumas at Mbombela Stadium on 7 August.

Gold refused to reveal when the Cell C Sharks would perform the uShaka for the first time.

The Cell C Sharks’ first ABSA Currie Cup home game is against the EP Kings on 15 August.

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DSC_0850 A 47-year-old father of three from Cape Town has caused a stir, after declining an insurance payout after the family home was destroyed in a fire last weekend.

Ronald Fotheringham, from Tableview was having a braai with friends last Saturday, when a sosatie [kebab] stick set alight causing what Fotheringham described as a domino effect.

Fotheringham said, “It happened when Western Province took to the field at Newlands at the start of a Currie Cup match against the Kings.”

Fotheringham’s wife, Peggy, said she was chopping cucumbers inside when she noticed all the smoke.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Platboy Plaatjies, said his team only heard the fire alarm at the depot at half time. “We actually laughed,” he said. “It was funny because our boys was mos on fire at Newlands same time. Same time!”

All that was salvaged from the 4-bedroom house was a Floorwhiz Pro, two YOU magazines, and a bottle of Old Spice.

Platboy Plaatjies
Platboy Plaatjies

After giving it much thought, the Fotheringham family decided to decline the insurance pay-out to replace the home and its contents, as they are only three weeks away from their first ‘outbonus.’

Speaking to the media, Peggy said, “Ronald had promised to spoil me with our first bonus, and we have been waiting for it for just over 9 years.”

The exact amount of the bonus is not yet known, but the insurance company’s Marketing Director Yaros Goldstein said it was in the region of R5800. Goldstein said, “We respect our loyal clients and it is nothing but a pleasure to pay them out when they have earned it.”

Fotheringham said he had Loaves and fishesnot yet decided how to spend the money but was considering a family trip to the Cango Caves.

As far as the future is concerned, Fotheringham said he had stumbled upon a brochure from the Loaves and Fishes Shelter in Mowbray.

He said, “The rooms are absolutely delightful and the family has accepted that the ablution facilities are limited, and two blocks away. We’ll wear flip flops when we shower and my three kids have agreed to sleep in the car.”

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The South African Rugby Union called an emergency press conference earlier today to reveal the names of its two newest sponsors.

Flanked by Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha, SARU president Oregan Hoskins and head coach Heyneke Meyer addressed the media at an old age home in Sandton.

The two new sponsors, Salusa 45 and Super Corega, were represented by their respective marketing managers, Luke Oldman and Bernice Rozenkratztooth.

Hoskins reiterated how important it was for the Springboks to remain associated with brands that not only reflected the tireless work ethic for which the ‘Boks strived, but also those which had practical use.

Shouting into a walkie-talkie while shaking about, coach Meyer said, “Move that bladdy (sic) youngster out the way so that Matfield can get his commode into the room.”

Rozenkratztooth said Super Corega was honoured to be a part of the Springbok brand. “The public is tired of hearing Matfield trying to communicate with his players without teeth. We deserve more than that.”

The sponsorships will take effect from 1 September 2014. “We cannot wait any longer than that,” said Hoskins. “If we aim to be competitive at next year’s World Cup, we cannot be losing our teeth in the scrums.”

Unbeaten so far in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, the Springboks will be in action again on Saturday 6 September, when they face Australia in Perth.

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Jimmy-Stonehouse-pointsAhead of last night’s ABSA Currie Cup encounter between Steval Pumas and Cell C Sharks at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, one of the Pumas players tested negative for a banned substance.

The player, whose name has not yet been released, is now under investigation and scrutiny from coach Jimmy Stonehouse. At a media briefing after the match, Stonehouse said he had instructed all his players, cleaning staff, administration clerks and security personnel to make use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS).

“The player has been sent home and his parents ordered to take care of him until he is able to face the music,” said Stonehouse. The drug the players had been told to use was Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. The player insists he simply forgot to do so.

A source close to the Steval Pumas said last week one of the cleaning staff accidentally pushed a hole through the door of Stonehouse’s SUV while washing it. The staff member then, in a fit of rage, tipped the car onto its roof and resigned.

Stonehouse could could not be reached for further comment today. His agent said he was busy moving house. Literally.

Steval Pumas upset the Cell C Sharks 32 – 22 in an aggressively contested match last night.

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