Robert du Preez and the Sharks have officially and amicably parted ways, it was announced on Wednesday.
In a minor balancing act, not remotely as controversial as last year’s two-team selection plan for the Springboks to play against Wales in the USA and England in South Africa the following week, coach Rassie Erasmus picked two new caps in the starting team to face the Wallabies at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Bulls coach Pote Human has not panicked after the defeat against Western Province last week and has made only one unforced change and two others because of injury and Springbok duties to the team for Friday’s Currie Cup match against the Free State Cheetahs at Loftus. (Kick-off 19:15)
Rhyno Smith - back in Bloemfontein (Picture Cheetahs)
The Cheetahs have boosted their team with the contracting of four new players for the upcoming Guinness PRO14.
Note the heads of all six front-rowers in this picture of World Rugby onto opposition players’ shoulders between the call of ‘bind’ and ‘set’ on engagement
Reaffirming its commitment to evidence-based injury-reduction in the sport, World Rugby has announced details of a minor amendment to the scrum law, reducing the ‘axial’ or rotational load on front row players on engagement.