Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Big clashes kick off local campaign Big clashes kick off local campaign andndash; Vodacom Super Rugby Round 1 Preview<br><br> andbull; Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo earns competition milestone<br><br> andbull; North versus South rivalry resumes on Saturday in Cape Town<br><br> andbull; 2016 finalists Emirates Lions start campaign in Bloemfontein<br><br> <br><br> Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo is set to earn his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby cap for the Cell C Sharks when they face the Reds on Friday morning (11h00, SA time) in Brisbane. The Durbanites will be the first local team to be in action in 2017, which started earlier on Thursday when the Blues outgunned the Rebels 56-18 in Melbourne.<br><br> Mvovo has played 17 Tests for the Springboks and the experienced flyer aims to celebrate his 100-cap milestone with a win at the Suncorp Stadium. His prolific try-scoring ability has seen him score an impressive 78 Vodacom Super Rugby tries so far in the black-and-white jersey of the Cell C Sharks.<br><br> Cell C Sharks head coach, Robert du Preez, is making his Vodacom Super Rugby coaching debut and praised Mvovo for reaching his personal milestone.<br><br> "Lwazi playing in his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby match for the Cell C Sharks is a massive achievement and Iand#39;m pleased for him," said Du Preez.<br><br> "He is a guy that sets high standards for himself and itand#39;s great to have someone with his experience in our set-up. He sets a good example for the young players and hopefully, we can make it a memorable day for him this Friday."<br><br> The other five South African teams are all in action on Saturday. Last yearandrsquo;s beaten finalists, the Emirates Lions, travel to Bloemfontein to face the Toyota Cheetahs in a 15h05 kick-off. Warren Whiteley leads an experienced Emirates Lions side with eight Springboks in their starting line-up.<br><br> Next up is the Southern Kings when they go into battle against the powerful Jaguares in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The visiting side is loaded with Argentinean internationals, however, the younger Kings side will be motivated to start positively on home turf.<br><br> In Cape Town, the DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls round up the local action in what promises to be another full-blooded, exciting North/South derby in front of a packed DHL Newlands crowd.<br><br> Springbok flank Siya Kolisi is the new DHL Stormers captain and big Bok lock Eben Etzebeth his deputy. The Capetonians will seek out to extend their recent home dominance over their arch rivals, while the Pretoria side is looking to break a five-year losing streak in Cape Town.<br><br> Lood de Jager, the Springbok lock who joined the Vodacom Bulls from the Toyota Cheetahs in the off-season, is set for his first start in the Pretoria-based team. Meanwhile, flyhalf Handrandeacute; Pollard is leading the team for the first time as the captain in his first appearance since 29 May 2015, when he played against the Brumbies in Canberra. Injuries kept the Springbok No 10 out of rugby during the entire 2016 season.<br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby Resources:<br><br> <br><br> ROUND 1 MATCHES (SA times)<br><br> <br><br> Reds vs Cell C Sharks<br><br> <br><br> Teams:<br><br> <br><br> Reds: 15. Karmichael Hunt, 14. Chris Kuridrani, 13. Samu Kerevi, 12. Duncan Paiaandrsquo;aua, 11. Eto Nabuli, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Nick Frisby, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. George Smith, 6. Adam Korczyk, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Sam Talakai, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. James Slipper (captain). Replacements: 16. Andrew Ready, 17. Markus Vanzati, 18. Sef Faandrsquo;agase, 19. Izack Rodda, 20. Hendrik Tui, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Jake McIntyre, 23. Izaia Perese.<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks: 15. Curwin Bosch, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Pat Lambie (captain), 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Tera Mtembu (vice-captain), 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Philip van der Walt, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jacques Vermeulen, 21. Michael Claasens, 22. Jeremy Ward, 23. Clement Poitrenaud.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Friday, 24 February<br><br> SA Time: 11h00<br><br> Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane<br><br> Referee: Nick Briant (NZ)<br><br> Assistant referees: Paul Williams (NZ), Nic Berry (Aus)<br><br> Television match official: Damien Mitchelmore<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Emirates Lions<br><br> <br><br> Teams:<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: 15. Clayton Blommetjies, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Nico Lee, 12. Clinton Swart, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Tian Meyer, 8. Paul Schoeman, 7. Oupa Mohoje, 6. Uzair Cassiem, 5. Reniel Hugo, 4. Justin Basson, 3. Johan Coetzee, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1. Charles Marais. Replacements: 16. Elandre Huggett, 17. Danie Mienie, 18. Ox Nche, 19. Francois Uys, 20. Niell Jordaan, 21. Zee Mkhabela, 22. Niel Marais, 23. Ryno Benjamin.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Lionel Mapoe, 13. Howard Mnisi, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Ruan Ackermann, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Johannes Jonker, 19. Lourens Erasmus, 20. Kwagga Smith, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Harold Vorster, 23. Jaco van der Walt.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 25 February<br><br> SA Time: 15h05<br><br> Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)<br><br> Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)<br><br> <br><br> Southern Kings vs Jaguares<br><br> <br><br> Southern Kings: 15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Makazole Mapimpi, 13. Berton Klaasen, 12. Waylon Murray, 11. Malcolm Jaer, 10. Lionel Cronje (vice-captain), 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Ruaan Lerm, 7. Stefan Willemse, 6. Andisa Ntsila, 5. Mzwanele Zito, 4. Irne Herbst, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2. Michael Willemse, 1. Schalk Ferreira (captain). Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Chris Heiberg, 19. Tyler Paul, 20. Chris Cloete, 21. Rudi van Rooyen, 22. Masixole Banda, 23. Luzuko Vulindlu.<br><br> <br><br> Jaguares: TBA<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 25 February<br><br> SA Time: 17h15<br><br> Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth<br><br> Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Archie Sehlako (South Africa)<br><br> Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls <br><br> <br><br> Teams:<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers: 15. SP Marais, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. EW Viljoen, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Siya Kolisi (captain), 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3. Wilco Louw, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: 16. Ramone Samuels, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Chris van Zyl, 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21. Dewaldt Duvenage, 22. Dan Kriel, 23. Robert du Preez.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls: 15. Jesse Kriel, 14. Jamba Ulengo, 13. Dries Swanepoel, 12. Burger Odendaal, 11. Travis Ismaiel, 10. Handre Pollard (captain), 9. Rudy Paige, 8. Hanro Liebenberg, 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. Nick de Jager, 5. RG Snyman, 4. Lood de Jager, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: 16. Edgar Marutlelle, 17. Jacobie Adriaanse, 18. Lizo Gqoboka, 19. Jason Jenkins, 20. Ruan Steenkamp, 21. Piet van Zyl, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Warrick Gelant.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 25 February<br><br> SA Time: 19h30<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Stuart Berry (South Africa)<br><br> Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)<br><br> <br><br> Other fixtures (SA kick-off times):<br><br> <br><br> Thursday, 23 February:<br><br> 10h45: Rebels 18, Blues 58 (Melbourne)<br><br> <br><br> Friday, 24 February:<br><br> 08h35: Highlanders v Chiefs (Dunedin)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 25 February:<br><br> 06h15: Sunwolves v Hurricanes (Tokyo)<br><br> 08h35: Crusaders v Brumbies (Christchurch)<br><br> 10h45: Waratahs v Force (Sydney)<br><br> <br><br> Bye: None<br><br> 2017-02-23 Torsten to lead Toyota Cheetahs Torsten van Jaarsveld will be leading the Toyota Cheetahs in their first Vodacom Super Rugby encounter of the season on Saturday, 25 February 2017 against the Emirates Lions in Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein. Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the match that kicks off at 15:05. Gates open at 12:00. <br><br> "Iandrsquo;m satisfied with were we are after the pre-season. Everyone trained really hard and we are as prepared as possible. The majority of the players has played Super Rugby and know what the intensity will be like," said coach Franco Smith. <br><br> Two players in the starting line-up, Justin Basson (lock) and Clinton Swart (centre) will be making their Vodacom Super Rugby debuts on Saturday. <br><br> "The team has more experience than at the start of 2016. We have a lot of strong leaders in the team and Iandrsquo;m looking forward to see how the team has grown." Captain, Torsten van Jaarsveld. <br><br> <br><br> The referee for the game is Quinton Immelman.<br><br> <br><br> Entertainment<br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs invites supporters to enjoy a fun-filled day at Toyota Stadium with new braai facilities and the enlarged family friendly alcohol-free area. Jakkie Louw will be providing entertainment on the Castle Deck after the match. <br><br> Ticket prices: Main Stand andndash; R80. Open Stand andndash; R60 for adults and R20 for kids. <br><br> Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Ticket office at Gate 8 (Att Horak Avenue) at Toyota Stadium. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Emirates Lions<br><br> 25 February 2017, 15:05<br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> <br><br> Charles Marais Torsten van Jaarsveld (C) Johan Coetzee Justin Basson Reniel Hugo Uzair Cassiem Oupa Mohoje Paul Schoeman Tian Meyer (VC) Fred Zeilinga Raymond Rhule Clinton Swart Nico Lee Sergeal Petersen Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Elandrandeacute; Huggett Danie Mienie Ox Nche Francois Uys Niell Jordaan Zee Mkhabela Niel Marais Ryno Benjamin 2017-02-23 Toyota Cheetahs Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 Squad The Toyota Cheetahs has announced a squad for 37 players for the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season. <br><br> The season kicks off next week Saturday with an encounter against the Emirates Lions at 15:05 in Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein.<br><br> <br><br> Team:<br><br> TOYOTA CHEETAHS<br><br> #<br><br> Last Name<br><br> First Name<br><br> Position<br><br> Caps<br><br> 1<br><br> Mienie<br><br> Danie<br><br> Prop<br><br> 18<br><br> 2<br><br> Dweba<br><br> Joseph<br><br> Prop<br><br> 3<br><br> 3<br><br> Nche<br><br> Ox<br><br> Prop<br><br> 12<br><br> 4<br><br> Marais<br><br> Charles<br><br> Prop<br><br> 14<br><br> 5<br><br> Van Jaarsveld<br><br> Torsten<br><br> Hooker<br><br> 36<br><br> 6<br><br> Du Toit<br><br> Jacques<br><br> Hooker<br><br> 8<br><br> 7<br><br> Huggett<br><br> Elandre<br><br> Hooker<br><br> 1<br><br> 8<br><br> Botha<br><br> Tom<br><br> Prop<br><br> 15<br><br> 9<br><br> Coetzee<br><br> Johan<br><br> Prop<br><br> 9<br><br> 10<br><br> Basson<br><br> Justin<br><br> Lock<br><br> 0<br><br> 11<br><br> Wegner<br><br> Carl<br><br> Lock<br><br> 31<br><br> 12<br><br> Lobberts<br><br> Hilton<br><br> Lock<br><br> 19<br><br> 13<br><br> Koster<br><br> Armandt<br><br> Lock<br><br> 3<br><br> 14<br><br> Uys<br><br> Francois<br><br> Lock<br><br> 77<br><br> 15<br><br> Visser<br><br> Dennis<br><br> Lock<br><br> 0<br><br> 16<br><br> Hugo<br><br> Reniel<br><br> Lock<br><br> 4<br><br> 17<br><br> Schoeman<br><br> Paul<br><br> Flanker<br><br> 14<br><br> 18<br><br> Mohoje<br><br> Oupa<br><br> Flanker<br><br> 25<br><br> 19<br><br> Cassiem<br><br> Uzair<br><br> Flanker<br><br> 15<br><br> 20<br><br> Prinsloo<br><br> Boom<br><br> Number Eight<br><br> 49<br><br> 21<br><br> Jordaan<br><br> Niell<br><br> Number Eight<br><br> 5<br><br> 22<br><br> Venter<br><br> Henco<br><br> Number Eight<br><br> 17<br><br> 23<br><br> Venter<br><br> Shaun<br><br> Scrumhalf<br><br> 53<br><br> 24<br><br> Meyer<br><br> Tian<br><br> Scrumhalf<br><br> 40<br><br> 25<br><br> Zeilinga<br><br> Fred<br><br> Flyhalf<br><br> 26<br><br> 26<br><br> Marais<br><br> Niel<br><br> Flyhalf<br><br> 13<br><br> 27<br><br> Petersen<br><br> Sergeal<br><br> Wing<br><br> 28<br><br> 28<br><br> Rhule<br><br> Raymond<br><br> Wing<br><br> 52<br><br> 29<br><br> Mkhabela<br><br> Zee<br><br> Wing<br><br> 0<br><br> 30<br><br> Venter<br><br> Francois<br><br> Centre<br><br> 45<br><br> 31<br><br> Benjamin<br><br> Ryno<br><br> Centre<br><br> 77<br><br> 32<br><br> Lee<br><br> Nico<br><br> Centre<br><br> 7<br><br> 33<br><br> Small-Smith<br><br> William<br><br> Centre<br><br> 14<br><br> 34<br><br> Swart<br><br> Clinton<br><br> Centre<br><br> 0<br><br> 35<br><br> Van der Spuy<br><br> Michael<br><br> Centre<br><br> 21<br><br> 36<br><br> Blommetjies<br><br> Clayton<br><br> Fullback<br><br> 24<br><br> 37<br><br> Eksteen<br><br> Ryno<br><br> Fullback<br><br> 1<br><br> 2017-02-17 New Title Sponsor of the World Club 10s in Mauritius for 2017 Beachcomber Resorts and Hotels announced as New Title Sponsor of the World Club 10s in Mauritius for 2017<br><br> <br><br> New African Nations 10s Tournament to be played alongside World Club 10s to create a WORLD 10s CHAMPIONSHIPS in one of the worldandrsquo;s most stunning destinations<br><br> <br><br> Defending Champions Western Force will line up with European and English Club Champions Saracens and South African Club Champions the Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> <br><br> February 16, 2017: Beachcomber Resorts and Hotels was today announced as the new Title Sponsor of the World Club 10s for 2017, building on their official hotel sponsorship for 2016.<br><br> The Beachcomber World Club 10s will be played 17th andndash; 18th June at Anjalay Stadium with TV coverage around the World. The 10-a-side invitational will again feature Super Rugby franchises and northern-hemisphere clubs in an eight-team event starting with two pools will compete in the 3rd Edition of the World Club 10s.<br><br> Five of the eight teams that will feature in the Beachcomber World Club 10s, which is sanctioned by World Rugby, Rugby Afrique and Rugby Union Mauritius, have been confirmed.<br><br> Saracens, the reigning European and English champions, will return to Mauritius for their second successive World Club 10s. Fellow English club Harlequins, celebrating their 150th Anniversary, will make their tournament debut along with South Africaandrsquo;s Currie Cup champions Toyota Cheetahs.<br><br> The star-studded Africa Pacific Dragons will return with Victor Matfield as part of their coaching team, while French glamour side Pyrenees Rugby will bring high-quality players from France for their debut.<br><br> Gilbert Espitalier-Noel, CEO of Beachcomber Resorts and Hotels said: "We are delighted to become the Title Sponsor and build on our first experience of the 10-a-side format last year. The quality of the rugby was outstanding, and the format combines the attacking flair of 7and#39;s Rugby and the structure of the XV man game, ensuring a great spectacle.<br><br> "We believe the combination of this fantastic sporting entertainment and everything Mauritius has to offer, will see this event grow to become a major "rendez-vous" on the world rugby map. Beachcomber shares many of the same values of rugby, such as passion, teamwork, honesty and camaraderie. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our Beachcomber hotels and our beautiful island of Mauritius."<br><br> Once again Clubs, universities, womenandrsquo;s teams and age-group sides will all be invited to compete in the various supporting competitions that will be a key part of a week-long rugby festival. In addition, golf tournaments, beach rugby and rugby clinics will be running throughout the "Rugby in Paradise week". <br><br> Heyneke Meyer, the newly appointed Managing Director of Carinat Sports Marketing the founders and organizers, said: "I came to the Tournament last year and was involved with the Africa Pacific Dragons. The whole experience reminded why rugby is my passion.<br><br> "This is an extraordinary event with some of the best players in the world alongside amateurs and rugby fans andndash; it is a unique format of rugby, a special atmosphere, the most unique setting for a rugby tournament in the world. We are sure many rugby and sports fans will be looking to make the trip to enjoy the week."<br><br> As part of the commitment to rugby development, a new and innovative Tournament has been created, and will be played alongside the World Club 10s.<br><br> The African Nations 10s will feature six countries competing to be crowned African 10s Champions.<br><br> Rugby Afrique President, Aziz Bougja said: "This is a very exciting development for rugby in Africa, and we are delighted to be working with the organizers. This new Tournament will give unprecedented opportunities for players to gain invaluable experience. The Tournament will also allow of Officials and staff invaluable experience working at a major rugby Tournament. This is a major boost in our ongoing development of rugby in Africa."<br><br> The World Club 10s is owned and organized by Carinat Sports Marketing.<br><br> <br><br> WORLD 10S CHAMPIONSHIPS AT A GLANCE<br><br> - 2014 Champions Blues played in Singapore<br><br> - 2016 Champions Western Force played in Mauritius<br><br> - Forty-eight matches played over two days in both Tournaments<br><br> - Nearly 300 players from more than 14 countries will play over the weekend<br><br> - Broadcast live Globally<br><br> - Ten players per team on field, with unlimited, rolling substitutions<br><br> - Ten minute halves, two minute half time<br><br> - Five player scrums<br><br> <br><br> Team Quotes<br><br> <br><br> SARACENS<br><br> Heath Harvey, CEO, Saracens: "The World Club 10s will be Saracensandrsquo; second time to Mauritius and after the success of last yearandrsquo;s tournament we are very excited to be heading back this summer. Weandrsquo;re joining an impressive line-up of teams, featuring some of the biggest names in club rugby across the globe, so weandrsquo;re looking forward to sending out a team later this year to such a wonderful setting."<br><br> <br><br> CHEETAHS<br><br> Franco Smith, Head Coach, Toyota Cheetahs: "We heard a lot of good feedback about the tournament last year, so when the Toyota Cheetahs were offered an Invitation, we were delighted to accept. Mauritius is one of the worldandrsquo;s most beautiful and exotic destinations, and very popular for South Africans, so hopefully some of our fans will make the trip across.<br><br> "Weandrsquo;re looking forward to testing ourselves against the teams from the UK and France, we will be taking a very strong squad, and we are looking forward to an amazing week."<br><br> <br><br> HARLEQUINS<br><br> Tony Diprose, Global Development Director, Harlequins: "We are really excited to be making our World Club 10s debut this summer and are grateful for the invitation to this exciting annual tournament to play against some of the best club sides in the world.<br><br> "Across its 150 year history, Harlequins has been a very famous touring side and we are delighted to carry on this tradition by expanding our global footprint and introducing our famous quartered shirt to Mauritius."<br><br> <br><br> AFRICA PACIFIC DRAGONS<br><br> Victor Matfield, Assistant Coach, Dragons: "I am looking forward to working with the exciting Squad we are assembling for the World Club 10s. Mauritius is a beautiful destination, and this format really excites me. I think it will be a world-class week that will really spark interest from rugby fans wanting to combine some beach time and high class rugby. This is definitely Rugby in Paradise".<br><br> <br><br> PYRENEES<br><br> Laurent Capdevielle, President, Pyrenees Rugby Seven Club: "We are very proud to accept the Invitation to be the French representatives represent at the World Club 10s in Mauritius. It is an extremely strong Tournament with many world class Clubs participating this year. <br><br> "But we will sure to bring a strong squad with top class players to ensure we showcase the best of French rugby. Mauritius is a beautiful Island, and we know the players and our supporters will be enjoy the experience." <br><br> 2017-02-17 Changes to Vodacom Super Rugby TMO protocol The Television Match Official (TMO) protocol for Vodacom Super Rugby has been amended thanks to new available technology, SANZAAR announced on Friday.<br><br> The number of camera angles available to match officials, as well as the use of split-screen television software have made these amendments possible. It also reflects SANZAARandrsquo;s desire to tighten the process and make it more accurate, more efficient and to reduce the time taken for the decision-making process.<br><br> So what is different in 2017?<br><br> Should the referee or one of his team (Assistant Referees or TMO) wish to initiate a review of a decision (via replay by the TMO), the referee will first state to the TMO his "on-field decision" based on his real-time view. The TMO will then review the given incident accordingly, based on the refereeandrsquo;s assessment.<br><br> The TMO must be persuaded that the evidence is compelling before proving the on-field refereeandrsquo;s call wrong, and therefore overturning the call.<br><br> andlsquo;Whatandrsquo; can be referred for review remains the same as the World Rugby Protocol (no change) and the andlsquo;two phases back onlyandrsquo; protocol still stands.<br><br> The only exception to this process is in the case of a potential foul play incident. The referee can choose to review the incident on the big screen (or request the TMO to review it if the replay screen is of poor quality) with no "on-field decision" prior to the review.<br><br> Commenting on the new protocol, SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said: "The general consensus is that with the new technology and the protocol of a definitive andlsquo;on-field callandrsquo;, time is saved and the awkward conversation between referee and TMO that occurs from time to time is eliminated.<br><br> "SANZAAR is confident this will enhance the fanandrsquo;s match experience. This also aligns our sportandrsquo;s process with that of almost all the other high performance sports, which use a television replay protocol.<br><br> "In summary, this protocol change makes the process clean and efficient and places accountability for an andlsquo;on-field callandrsquo; in the hands of the referee and a review of that decision in the hands of the TMO," added Marinos.<br><br> 2017-02-17 2017 Season Tickets Available online -<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2017-02-16 New judiciary process introduced for Vodacom Super Rugby Former Springbok wing Stefan Terblanche has been included on a new Foul Play Review Committee established by SANZAAR along with the introduction of a new and updated judicial process for the forthcoming Vodacom Super Rugby series.<br><br> World Rugby has endorsed the process and SANZAAR believes it represents an enhancement to an important part of the tournament that will provide improved consistency and efficient decision-making.<br><br> The changes to the SANZAAR Judicial Rules for 2017 include:<br><br> andbull; Permitting an incident to be referred back to the Citing Commissioner for review if new evidence becomes available outside the existing allowable time frame for determination;<br><br> andbull; The introduction of a three-person Foul Play Review Committee;<br><br> andbull; The exclusion of the regular season bye rounds in any sanction; and<br><br> andbull; The ability of Judicial Committees to issue a warning for foul play offences that in their opinion do not quite meet the "red card threshold".<br><br> <br><br> Central to the amendments in 2017 is the formation of the Foul Play Review Committee, which will be comprised of a consistent panel of three members who in the first instance will review all incidents of red cards, Citing Commissioner referrals and misconduct, and make a determination based on the information before them.<br><br> SANZAAR has appointed senior Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand) to chair the committee. He will be assisted by Terblanche, who is also the CEO of the SA Rugby Legends Association, and former Wallaby and Brumbies lock John Langford from Australia.<br><br> The committee will meet at a fixed time to be determined at the conclusion of each round and the infringing player will have the ability to accept the decision of the committee or have the right to be heard at a formal judicial hearing within the following 24 hours.<br><br> In the determination of an incident and the handing down of any sanctions, the committee will now have the ability to exclude any regular season Vodacom Super Rugby byes as part of a meaningful sanction. This means, for example, a three week suspension means a player will miss three Vodacom Super Rugby matches andndash; byes or matches in other competitions are excluded from the sanction.<br><br> This is a significant change and will ensure all sanctions issued during Vodacom Super Rugby are treated consistently across all teams.<br><br> Commenting on the new judicial process, SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said: "The new process is the result of the identification of certain challenges within the application of an effective and consistent judicial process.<br><br> "It has followed a comprehensive review of Super Rugby 2016 and a consultation process with the Four National Unions (ARU, NZR, SA Rugby and UAR). The changes also follow World Rugbyandrsquo;s acceptance, following a Judicial Review Conference last year that competition organisers be allowed to tailor judicial processes to suit the challenges associated within their competitions.<br><br> "SANZAAR believes Super Rugby has unique challenges across six territories and 15 time zones and the enhanced Super Rugby judicial process will deliver a more streamlined and effective system for teams and a more consistent outcome for players and fans to identify with."<br><br> For a summary flow chart of the SANZAAR Judiciary Process CLICK HERE. The Tournament will also be played under World Rugbyandrsquo;s 2017 Law Trials and the head contact law revisions.<br><br> 2017-02-16 Toyota Free State Cheetah Player Awards 2016 Free State Rugby hosted their annual Player Awards function on Thursday, 9 February 2017 with a glamourous evening at Ramblers Club in Bloemfontein. <br><br> The award for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19 Player of the Year went to Kwenzo Blose. Kwenzo played a total of 10 games for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs under 19 team in the 2016 competition. He missed the first three games of the campaign due to national duties at the IRB under 20 World Cup in England where he played a significant role in the success for the Junior Springbok team. Blose represented the Junior Boks in matches against Japan and Argentina. He also represented the University of the Free State Young Guns Team. Kwenzo has been included in the Junior Springbok squad yet again for the 2017 campaign.<br><br> Jasper Wiese earned the award as Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.21 Player of the Year. Wiese captained the Free State u.21 team in 2016 and played in a total of 11 matches. He also represented the Toyota Free State XV in 9 matches in the Currie Cup Qualifying round and played for CUT in the 2016 Vasity Cup competition.<br><br> His exceptional performance for the Toyota Free State XV in the Currie Cup Qualifying round earned Joseph the Toyota Free State XV Player of the Year for 2016. Dweba who is currently included in the Toyota Cheetahandrsquo;s Vodacom Super Rugby squad represented the Toyota Free State XV in 9 Currie Cup Qualifier matches. He also played in three matches for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.21 team. <br><br> The award for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup Player of the Year andndash; Sponsored by PWC went to Ox Nche. Ox made is Currie Cup debut against Boland and went on to play in 10 more matches, including the semi-final and final. He scored 10 points during the season. <br><br> Raymond Rhule received the award for the Toyota Cheetahs Super Rugby Player of the Year andndash; Sponsored by PWC. Rhule made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut in 2013 against the Sharks and went on to play 52 games for the Toyota Cheetahs of which he played 15 in 2016. <br><br> The Toyota Free State Cheetahandrsquo;s Playerandrsquo;s Player of the Year award went to Uzair Cassiem. The players voted for this award themselves. Cassiem made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut against the Jaguares and went on to play in all 15 Vodacom Super Rugby matches for the team, 30 points during the competition. He played in 10 Currie Cup matches, including the semi-final and final and was a named "Man of the Match" in the Currie Cup final. He scored 20 points during the season. Cassiem was chosen for the Springbok end of year tour and made his Springbok debut against Wales on the 26th of November 2016. <br><br> The big award of the night, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs Player of the Year well deservingly went to the captain, Francois Venter. Venter represented the Toyota Cheetahs in 13 matches in 2016 bringing his career total to 45. He scored three tries during the season. Francois represented the Springbok A-side in the two matches against the Saxons.<br><br> He played in six Currie Cup matches and captained the side in the Currie Cup semi-final and final. <br><br> Francois was selected for the Springbok end of year tour and made his debut for the National side on 12 November 2016 against England. He represented the Springboks in three matches. <br><br> <br><br> New Awards<br><br> Two new awards were introduced, namely the Prof Basie Verster Award for Forward of the Year and the Harold Verster Award for the Backline Player of the Year. Uzair Cassiem received the Prof. Basie Verster Award for Forward of the Year and Francois Venter received the Harold Verster Award for Backline Player of the Year.<br><br> <br><br> Capping<br><br> Four Toyota Free State Cheetah players were capped. To qualify for Toyota Free State Cheetah colors, a player has to play in six consecutive Currie Cup matches or in 10 Currie Cup matches in total for the team. At a different occasion a couple of players were already capped in 2016. Four players qualified in the meantime and they are Justin Basson, Tom Botha, Johan Coetzee and William Small-Smith.<br><br> 2017-02-10 Fixtures announced for Coca-Cola Youth Weeks SA Rugbyandrsquo;s Youth Weeks will dish up a series of exciting encounters from 3 to 22 July, with the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week kicking off the three-week rugby festival, while the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week will wrap it up.<br><br> SA Rugby on Wednesday released the opening fixtures of the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week, which will be hosted at St Stithians College in Johannesburg from 17 to 22 July; the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week at Grey College in Bloemfontein from 10 to 14 July; and the LSEN Week at Glenwood High School in Durban from 3 to 7 July. Kick-off times will be confirmed in due course.<br><br> The Griffons and Griquas CD will kick off the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week on Monday 17 July, with Western Province who won the final match last season meeting the Pumas, and hosts, the Lions, taking on Border. The Blue Bulls will go up against the Sharks and SWD meet Eastern Province in the main match-ups on the second dayandrsquo;s play.<br><br> The Coca-Cola Academy Week will also feature a series of thrilling encounters with Western Province, who took top honours last season, taking on Boland in a Western Cape derby, while hosts, the Golden Lions, will meet the Pumas.<br><br> The Blue Bulls, who went down against Western Province in the final match last season, will battle it out with the Free State.<br><br> In Bloemfontein, winners of last seasonandrsquo;s final U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week match, the Blue Bulls, will meet Western Province in a north-south derby, and hosts Free State will play against Zimbabwe in two of the main matches.<br><br> In the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week, meanwhile, the main match-ups will see unofficial 2016 champions, Western Province, meet the Griffons, the Sharks take on the Golden Lions, and the Free State battle it out with the Blue Bulls.<br><br> Boland, who took top honours in the LSEN Week last season, will kick off the competition against Eastern Province, while the Valke will meet SWD, Western Province takes on the Blue Bulls, and hosts the Sharks will go up against the Leopards in the main matches.<br><br> <br><br> SA Rugby Youth Weeks fixtures (opening rounds):<br><br> <br><br> U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week (St Stithians College, Johannesburg)<br><br> Monday, 17 July<br><br> Griffons v Griquas CD<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls v Border CD<br><br> Free State v Boland<br><br> Western Province v Pumas<br><br> Golden Lions v Border<br><br> Tuesday, 18 July<br><br> Valke v Namibia<br><br> Leopards v Zimbabwe<br><br> Griquas v Eastern Province CD<br><br> SWD v Eastern Province<br><br> Blue Bulls v KZN<br><br> <br><br> Coca-Cola Academy Week (St Stithians College, Johannesburg)<br><br> Monday, 17 July<br><br> Red Valke v Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> Eastern Province CD v Griquas CD<br><br> Sharks CD v Griffons<br><br> Eastern Province v Griquas<br><br> Sharks v SWD<br><br> Western Province v Boland<br><br> Tuesday, 18 July<br><br> Golden Lions XV v Zimbabwe<br><br> Blue Valke v Border CD<br><br> SA LSEN v Griffons CD<br><br> Namibia v Pumas CD<br><br> Border v Leopards<br><br> Blue Bulls v Free State<br><br> Golden Lions v Pumas<br><br> <br><br> U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week (Grey College, Bloemfontein)<br><br> Monday, 10 July<br><br> Leopards v Namibia (A Field)<br><br> Boland v Griquas (A Field)<br><br> Golden Lions v Border (A Field)<br><br> Western Province v Blue Bulls (A Field)<br><br> Free State v Zimbabwe (A Field)<br><br> Griffons v Border CD (B Field)<br><br> Eastern Province v Free State XV (B Field)<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls v Valke (B Field)<br><br> SWD v Pumas (B Field)<br><br> Sharks v Western Province XV (B Field)<br><br> <br><br> U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week (Grey College, Bloemfontein)<br><br> Monday, 10 July<br><br> Border CD v Zimbabwe<br><br> Leopards v Eastern Province<br><br> Border v Pumas<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls vs Boland<br><br> Namibia v Griquas<br><br> SWD v Valke<br><br> Sharks v Golden Lions<br><br> Western Province v Griffons<br><br> Free State v Blue Bulls<br><br> <br><br> LSEN Week (Glenwood College, Durban)<br><br> Monday, 3 July)<br><br> Boland v Eastern Province<br><br> Valke v SWD<br><br> Western Province v Blue Bulls<br><br> Free State v Pumas<br><br> Golden Lions EE v Griffons<br><br> Golden Lions v Blue Bulls EE<br><br> Sharks v Leopards<br><br> 2017-02-09 Call on prospective Women’s Rugby players The Free State Womanandrsquo;s Rugby team won the SARU Provincial B-League the last three years and was promoted to the A-division for 2017. One of the prerequisites of the promotion is that Womanandrsquo;s Rugby has to have a formal club structure in the Free State. Therefore a club league has to be started which will firstly kick-off with Sevens Rugby followed by 15andrsquo;s code later the year. <br><br> All womenandrsquo;s players between the ages of 18 and 40 who are interested in playing rugby are invited to become part of the following "clubs":<br><br> <br><br> Heidedal Womanandrsquo;s Rugby Club - Contact person: Sammy Prins at 084 071 4464<br><br> (Everyone who is interested has to report at the Clive Solomon Stadium on Saturday, 11 February at 15:00)<br><br> <br><br> Tempe Womanandrsquo;s Rugby - Contact person: Bernice Strydom at 076 646 9096 <br><br> (The woman already started on Monday, 6 February but everyone who is interested can join in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17:30 to 19:00) <br><br> <br><br> CUT Womanandrsquo;s Rugby - Contact Persons: Frans Siseta at 061 059 7072 OR Emely Tembe at 072 524 0862<br><br> (Everyone who is interested can report at the CUT Stadium on Thursday, 9 February for the first training session at 18:00) <br><br> <br><br> MANGAUNG Womenandrsquo;s Rugby Club - Contact persons: Thembela Sibizo at 074 669 2723 OR Lerato Manjiya at 084 225 0029<br><br> (Interested players will be training at the Outdoor Sports Centre in Rocklands on Mondays and Wednesdays from 18:00. Players who have trouble with transport can meet at 17:30 at the Masenkeng Rugby fields in Batho from where they will be transported to the Outdoor Sport Centre for training. <br><br> <br><br> UFS - no club has been formed yet. Everyone interested in playing can contact Goldie Tlake at 072 832 1476. She will take the details of prospective players and inform them as soon as the club has been formed. <br><br> It is important to note that two SEVENS tournaments will be hosted where these clubs will be participating. The dates are 11 and 18 March. Prospective players can also contact the Union and talk to Lerato Manjiya for more information. <br><br> Beroep op Vroue Rugby spelers<br><br> Die Vrystaat Vroue Rugby span het die SARU Provinsiale B-Liga die afgelope 3 jaar gewen en word dus nou opgeskuif na die A-Afdeling vir 2017. Een van die voorvereistes vir hierdie skuif is dat vroue rugby in die Vrystaat andlsquo;n formele klub struktuur moet handecirc;. Ons moet dus andlsquo;n klub liga op die been bring maar ons gaan afskop met SEWES en later in die jaar uitbrei na die 15andrsquo;s.<br><br> Ons moet dus alle moontlike vroue spelers tussen die ouderdomme van 18 en 40 jaar oud is en wat sou belangstel om rugby te speel uitnooi om deel te word van enige van die volgende "klubs":<br><br> <br><br> Heidedal Vroue Rugby Klub - Kontak persoon: Sammy Prins op 084 071 4464<br><br> (Almal wat belangstel moet op Saterdag 11 Februarie, om 15h00 by die Clive Solomon Stadion aanmeld)<br><br> <br><br> Tempe Vroue Rugby - Kontak persoon: Bernice Strydom op 076 646 9096 <br><br> (Die vroue het alreeds op Maandag 06 Februarie begin met oefeninge maar alle belangstellendes kan inval daar op Maandae, Dinsdae en Donderdae vanaf 17h30 tot 19h00)<br><br> <br><br> CUT Vroue Rugby - Kontak Persone: Frans Siseta op 061 059 7072 OF Emely Tembe op 072 524 0862<br><br> (Belangstellendes kan op Donderdag 09 Februarie by die CUT Stadion bymekaar kom vir die eerste oefening om 18h00)<br><br> <br><br> MANGAUNG Womenandrsquo;s Rugby Club - Kontak persone is Thembela Sibizo op 074 669 2723 OF Lerato Manjiya op 084 225 0029<br><br> (Die belangstellende spelers gaan by Outdoor Sports Centre in Rocklands oefen op Maandae en Woensdae vanaf 18h00. Spelers wat vervoer probleme het kan tot by die Masenkeng Rugby Velde in Batho gaan waar hulle opgelaai sal word en vervoer word tot by Outdoor Sports Centre vir oefening. Hierdie vervoer begin om 17h30 op te laai in Batho)<br><br> <br><br> UFS - daar is nog nie andlsquo;n klub gestig nie. Almal wat belangstel om daar te speel kan gerus vir Goldie Tlake kontak op 072 832 1476. Sy sal al die besonderhede afneem en die voornemende spelers kontak sodra die klub op die been is.<br><br> Belangrik om te meld dat daar in Maart maand 2 x SEWES toernooie aangebied gaan word waarin hierdie klubs gaan speel. Die datums is 11 en 18 Maart. Voornemende spelers kan ook die Unie kontak en met Lerato Manjiya praat wat hulle meer inligting sal gee. 2017-02-08