South Africa Players Moving to Northern Hemisphere – Classic Rugby Jerseys

After the Super Rugby season finishes the following are moving to new clubs away from South Africa:

Vodacom Bulls
Dean Greyling (Oyonnax), Marcel van der Merwe (Toulon),Werner Kruger (Scarlets), Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (Montpellier), Le Roux Roets (Racing Metro), Lappies Labuschagne (Kubota Spears),
Deon Stegmann (Honda Heat),Grant Hattingh (Kubota Spears), Jacques Potgieter (Fukuoka Sanix Blues),Duhan van der Merwe (Montpellier)

Toyota Cheetahs
Maks van Dyk (Toulouse), Coenie van Wyk (Toshiba Brave Lupis), Henry Immelman (Montpellier),
Willie Britz (NTT Shining Arcs), Francois Uys (Toyota Verblitz)

DHL Stormers
Vincent Koch (Saracens), Schalk Burger (Saracens), Nic Groom (Northampton Saints), Louis Schreuder (Kubota Spears), Jean Kleyn (Munster)

Cell C Sharks
Marcell Coetzee (Ulster), JP Pietersen (Leicester Tigers), Paul Jordaan (La Rochelle), Joe Pietersen (Kamiashi Seawaves) Kyle Cooper (Newcastle Falcons)

Emirates Lions
Franco Mostert (Lyon), Derick Minnie (Zebre), Marnitz Boshoff (Connacht), Warren Whiteley (Docomo Red Hurricanes), Jaco Kriel (Kubota Spears), Lionel Mapoe (Kubota Spears)
Elton Jantjies (NTT Shining Arcs) Lloyd Greeff (Zebre), Warwick Tecklenburg (Kamiashi Seawaves)

Southern Kings
Steven Sykes (Oyonnax), Schalk Oelofste (Mont-de-Marsan), Philip du Preez (Mont-de-Marsan), Louis Fouche (Kubota Spears), Aiden Davids (Toulon), James Hall (Oyonnax), Shane Gates (NTT Shining Arcs), Jurgen Visser (Docomo Red Hurricanes)

SA 7sS
Francois Hougaard (Worcester)

Leopards
Bart Le Roux (Zebre)

Uncontracted (ex-Stormers)
Gerbrand Grobler (Racing Metro)

There are a number of reasons behind this drain of quality players but what will this mean for rugby in South Africa and the Springboks?

Let us know

 

 

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Rugby Attendances Last Season – Classic Rugby Jerseys

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Union Bordeaux Begles (UBB) had the highest average crowds last season amongst the clubs of the three European leagues: the Top 14, the Celtic League and the Premiership, see table below.

This table was unveiled by The Rugby Paper.

The podium is also the same as last year. UBB are top for the second consecutive year. Les Girondins increased from 23 766 to 25 539 fans on average last season. Leicester Tigers are 2nd  (21,769) and Harlequins 3rd (19 307). Toulon 4th (18795)  are once again outside the Top 3. Toulouse 5th (17,153) and Clermont 6th ( 17 047) are also in the top 10 before Saracens, Ulster, Wasps and Northampton.

French Champions, Racing 92 rose from 27th to 21st place.

The full top 30 clubs average crowds are below:

Position Club Average attendance Last years position
1 Bordeaux-Bègles 25 539 1
2 Leicester 21 769 2
3 Harlequins 19 307 3
4 Toulon 18 795 4
5 Toulouse 17 153 8
6 Clermont 17 047 7
7 Saracens 16 135 6
8 Ulster 15 601 9
9 Wasps 15 501 12
10 Northampton 15 451 10
11 Leinster 15 101 6
12 La Rochelle 14 744 13
13 Gloucester 13 885 15
14 Grenoble 13 657 11
15 Bath 13 225 14
16 Munster 12 598 17
17 Pau 12 354
18 Stade Français 11 577 18
19 Montpellier 11 552 19
20 Exeter 11 169 22
21 Racing 92 10 497 27
22 Brive 10 271 20
23 Oyonnax 9 908 24
24 London Irish 9 892 21
25 Castres 9 584 26
26 Worcester 9 042
27 Cardiff 8 834 25
28 Ospreys 8 597 28
29 Agen 8 316
30 Newport 7 931 29
31 Llanelli 7 352 30
32 Glasgow 6 787 33
33 Newcastle 6 742 32
34 Sale 6 169 31
35 Connacht 5 638 34
36 Edinburgh 5 479 35
37 Trévise 3 480 37
38 Zebre 2 375 38

 

 

 

British Lions Proposed Squad 2017

The Daily Telegraph has got the ball rolling already with its proposed squad for the Lions 2017 tour to New Zealand

The squad in full is as follows:

FORWARDS:

Prop: Jack McGrath (Ireland)
Prop: Mako Vunipola (England)
Prop: Mike Ross (Ireland)
Prop: Rob Evans (Wales)
Prop: Dan Cole (England)
Prop: WP Nel (Scotland)
Hooker: Dylan Hartley (England)
Hooker: Rory Best (Ireland)
Hooker: Jamie George (England)
Lock: Alun-Wyan Jones (Wales)
Lock: Maro Itoje (England)
Lock: Devin Toner (Ireland)
Lock: George Kruis (England)
Lock: Courtney Lawes (England)
Back row: Chris Robshaw (England)
Back row: CJ Stander (Ireland)
Back row: James Haskell (England)
Back row: Sam Warburton (Wales)
Back row: Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Back row: Billy Vunipola (England)
Back row: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

Backs

Scrum-half: Rhys Webb (Wales)
Scrum-half: Ben Youngs
Scrum-half: Conor Murray (Ireland)
Fly-half: Dan Biggar (Wales)
Fly-half: Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
Centre: Owen Farrell (England)
Centre: Jamie Roberts (Wales)
Centre: Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Centre: Jonathan Joseph (England)
Centre: Jared Payne (Ireland)
Wing: George North (Wales)
Wing: Jack Nowell (England)
Wing: Liam Williams (Wales)
Wing: Anthony Watson (England)
Full-back: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Full-back: Mike Brown (England)

What are your thoughts?  I am sure there will be some omissions

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Otago Highlanders Rugby Jersey 1998 1999 – Classic Rugby Jerseys

This is an Otago Highlanders Official Canterbury Rugby Union Shirt
from the 1998/99 seasons

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SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in excellent condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent, small mark left sleeve

SIZE –  Adults XXL, armpit to armpit 27 inches

MADE BY – Canterbury

FEATURES –  Player Issue Temex Shirt. Temex bottom front of shirt.
Super 12 Rugby patch on sleeve

DETAILS – Shirt as worn when the Highlanders were runners up in the Super 12 Rugby in 1999 losing to the Crusaders 24-19 in the Grand Final

PLAYERS INCLUDED – Lima, Wilson, Ropati, Chronicled

 

Wallabies Rugby Jerseys

Lots of Wallabies rugby jerseys brought together today on the website Classic Rugby Shirts

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Rare 1992/93 shirt by Canterbury

 

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This is an Australia Official Reebok Long Sleeved
Rugby Union Shirt from 1999

SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in excellent condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent

SIZE –  Adults XL, armpit to armpit 25 inches

MADE BY – Reebok

FEATURES –  1899 100 Years 1999 wording embroidered across Wallabies Logo, celebrating 100 years of Tests played by the Wallabies.. The crest and the Sponsor are embroidered

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This is an Australia Official Canterbury Long Sleeved
Rugby Union Shirt from the 2002/03 season

SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in very good condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent, slight scuff to e on sponsor

SIZE –  Adults Large, armpit to armpit 22 inches

MADE BY – Canterbury

FEATURES –  Crest & Wallabies Logo are embroidered

PLAYERS –  included Gregan, Flatley, Larkham, Sailor

DETAILS – Home Jersey from 2002/03 when the Wallabies as World Champions lost the Tri Nations to the All Blacks in both years

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Six Nations – Wales bank on chop tackle to cut down rampant Billy Vunipola

Taken from The Times Newspaper 12/3/16

England’s opponents today have spent five years honing a special weapon that could bring the bulldozing No 8 to a shuddering halt, writes John Westerby

Top of Wales’s to-do list at Twickenham today will be to cut Billy Vunipola down to size. The England No 8 has been standing tall as the outstanding ball-carrier in the RBS Six Nations Championship this year, looming large in the thoughts of Shaun Edwards, the Wales defence coach, but England’s opponents are confident they possess the instrument to succeed, where other teams have failed, in scything Vunipola down.

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Their weapon of choice will be the chop tackle, devised by Edwards before the 2011 World Cup, honed since then by Dan Lydiate to the extent that it has become one of the most feared defensive weapons in the game. “Dan has become world-renowned for his chop tackle,” Sam Warburton, the Wales captain, said. “People have started to copy him and teams have adapted their style to play against him, but he’s hugely influential.”

Here is how the chop tackle works, when executed to perfection. From a low position, Lydiate, the blind-side flanker, launches himself horizontally towards the knees of the onrushing attacker, lower than for a conventional tackle, his arms whipping around the ankles. As the ball-carrier’s legs are taken from beneath him, he falls headlong to the ground. He goes down quickly, too, like a tree being felled, the speed of the fall impairing his ability to present the ball to his team-mates.

And the reward? Precious milliseconds for Lydiate’s team-mates to exploit. Warburton, Lydiate’s hunting partner, will have anticipated the chop and made it his business to reach the tackle area first, ahead of the England back row, ready to pilfer the turnover ball that could set Wales on the attack. Lydiate wounds, then Warburton moves in for the kill. “Everybody knows the qualities of Dan Lydiate as a world-class tackler,” Robin McBryde, the forwards coach, said. “Then there’s the ability of Sam to get in over the ball and feed off that. With the workrate of Taulupe [Faletau] as well, it’s the balance of that back row.”

Chopping is at its most effective against powerful, top-heavy ball-carriers, such as Vunipola and James Haskell, the England No 7. The tactic was devised by Edwards in preparation for the pool matches in the 2011 World Cup, when Wales found themselves drawn to face South Africa, Samoa and Fiji, a relentless battering against the game’s most physical ball-carrying teams. Edwards saw that the bigger they are, the quicker they fall. “It’s about trying to get players to the deck as quick as we can,” Lydiate said.

The same rationale applies against England today. Wales are not smaller in many areas, but they are one and a half stone lighter per man in the back row. They will back themselves, though, to be quicker to the breakdown than Haskell, Vunipola and Chris Robshaw.

In some ways, the chop tackle is merely an expression of some rudimentary defence: the bigger they are, the lower you go. This is a time, though, when defence coaches are involved in an arms race to find new ways of stopping ever bigger athletes, an age of choke tackles and soak tackles, and over the past five years Lydiate has elevated his specialism to something approaching an art form.

It helps that he is blessed with a natural tenacity and strength, developed in his early years on the family farm in Llandrindod Wells. Leigh Jones, the former head coach at Newport Gwent Dragons, watched Lydiate making his way in the game and now, as a respected defence coach, who worked for Japan at the World Cup under Eddie Jones, he has seen him become one of the world’s best. “Dan’s always been phenomenally strong and incredibly brave,” Jones said. “It wasn’t always the sort of strength that translated into the gym, but you could tell he was from farming stock because he has that functional strength that showed up in the tackle.”

It can be thrilling to watch Lydiate launching himself into action. As he sizes up his target around the fringes, he is coiled like a sprinter, one hand on the ground, one knee almost down, ready to propel himself horizontally towards his quarry. His shoulder is aiming just above the knee, his arms to cut away from the top of the socks, his eyes trained firmly on his opponent’s feet. Conditioning work has given Lydiate formidably powerful shoulders and biceps, equipping his arms to withstand the impact from an opponent’s legs.

“He has to plant your feet early to make the chop tackle, so the risk is that you’re vulnerable to a late bit of footwork and that’s what Eddie [Jones] will be telling his players,” Jones said. “But Dan’s become a great reader of where an attacker is going.”

In recent weeks, though, there has been a complication for Lydiate as his technique has been questioned by referees. Playing for the Ospreys against Edinburgh last month, he was sent to the sin-bin for failing to use his arms in a chop tackle, when he had gone low and caught the ankles of Anton Bresler. Lydiate seemed to have been harshly dealt with, although he was more culpable against France a fortnight ago, when he did not wrap his arms quickly enough around Guilhem Guirado and gave away a penalty near his own posts.

“I’ve just got to make sure now that I pay extra special attention when I go in that I’m using my arms,” Lydiate said.

Today, his attention turns to bringing Vunipola crashing back to earth. When the England No 8 attempts to build up steam around the fringes, watch Lydiate crouch, narrow his gaze and launch himself horizontally. If Lydiate’s aim is true, the green shoots of England’s revival will have been abruptly chopped away, just as they were starting to flourish.

Six Nations – Ireland without Cian Healy

Ireland will seek their first victory of the 6 Nations Championship v Italy at Croke Park today without Cian Healy, who obtained a hamstring strain in training.

Healy made his 1st appearance of the championship from the bench in the defeat by England 2 weeks ago ago, having recovered from knee surgery. His place  goes to Finlay Bealham, the uncapped loose-head prop who plays for Connacht.

Born in Canberra, Bealham, 24, moved to Ireland in 2010 and qualifies through his grandmother, from Enniskillen. He adds further southern hemisphere influence to the team, with Jared Payne recalled at centre after missing the Twickenham defeat with a hamstring injury and CJ Stander, starting at blind-side flanker.

“It’s a great opportunity for Finlay to get a taste of Test match rugby,” Simon Easterby, the forwards coach, said. “He’s impressed everyone and now he’s got an opportunity to show what he can do at the highest level.”

After the first 3 games brought a draw and two defeats which ruined hopes of a third consecutive Six Nations title, Joe Schmidt, the Ireland coach, denied that the selection was unnecessarily conservative to  Italy, with Stuart McCloskey dropped for Payne after a decent debut against England.

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Rory Best, the captain, advised that the players rather than the coach should bear the brunt of criticism at a time of transition,  that the “real Ireland” will be seen v Italy, who are also without a win after the 36-20 defeat to Scotland in Italy 2 weeks ago.

“There has been a bit of a steep learning curve for some players,” Best said. “There are standards we expect to live by and play by, and we haven’t reached them.”

Teams

Ireland: S Zebo; A Trimble, J Payne, R Henshaw, K Earls; J Sexton, C Murray; J McGrath, R Best (capt), M Ross; D Ryan, D Toner; CJ Stander,
J Van der Flier, J Heaslip. Replacements: S Cronin, F Bealham, N White, U Dillane, R Ruddock, K Marmion, I Madigan, F McFadden.

Italy: D Odiete; L Sarto, M Campagnaro, G Garcia, M Bellini; E Padovani, G Palazzani; A Lovotti, D Giazzon, L Cittadini; G Biagi, M Fuser, F Minto,
A Zanni, S Parisse. Replacements: O Fabiani, M Zanusso, D Chistolini, Q Geldenhuys, A Steyn, A Lucchese, K Haimona, L McLean.