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Afrika fit for Aus …

November 23, 2011

Player of the Year Cecil Afrika has been included in the final squad of 12 Blitzbok players for round one of the HSBC Sevens World Series to be held on Friday and Saturday at the Gold Coast in Australia.

Afrika has recovered fully from a broken jaw he suffered during the pre-season and will be in action at Skilled Park, the new home of Australian Sevens.

Branco du Preez and William Small-Smith are the two players who miss out.

“The new seeding and points format will bring a new dimension to how you approach each tournament and teams will simply have to be at their best if they want to stay in the hunt,” said coach Paul Treu.

The winners and runners up from each event will automatically be placed in Pool A and B respectively for the following tournament, before the draw for each pool is made.

Last season South Africa ended the Series as the in-form team when they claimed back-to-back Cups in Scotland and England, which enabled the team to secure second spot on the Series standings behind New Zealand.

Robert Ebersohn is back after a two-year absence while Chase Minnaar and Renfred Dazel have shrugged off their injuries which kept them on the sidelines for most of last season.

Kyle Brown and Frankie Horne form the core of an experienced forward division while Boom Prinsloo will be keen to add to his impressive performances of last year.

The last time Treu’s side faced Australia was in the Cup final in Edinburgh, one of the most pulsating matches of the 2010/11 Series. South Africa came from 28-7 and 35-19 behind to snatch a dramatic 36-35 victory.

The Blitzbokke for round 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia:

1. Chris Dry
2. Kyle Brown (captain)
3. Frankie Horne
4. Boom Prinsloo
5. Chase Minnaar
6. Paul Delport
7. Renfred Dazel
8. Mark Richards
9. Steven Hunt
10. Bernado Botha
11. Robert Ebersohn
12. Cecil Afrika

The fixtures on day one (to be televised live on SuperSport, with SA times):

06h47:   SA vs. USA
09h53:   SA vs. Japan
13h36:   SA vs. Australia

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The incredible Schalk

November 3, 2011

As predicted, Schalk Burger was named South African Rugby Player of the Year for the second time, while the Golden Lions’ picked up a hat trick of awards at the SARU annual awards function on Thursday.

Burger (28) was rewarded for his form as he led the Stormers into the Super Rugby play-offs and then returned from a thumb injury to be arguably the outstanding Springbok at the Rugby World Cup.

The blond-haired loose forward’s win was added to the title he claimed in 2004. He becomes only the fifth player to win the title more than once, following in the footsteps of Naas Botha (who won it four times), Uli Schmidt, Bryan Habana and Fourie du Preez (who all won it twice).

He was voted as Player of the Year by South Africa’s accredited rugby media in competition with fellow nominees and Rugby World Cup Springbok team mates Bismarck du Plessis, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie and Victor Matfield.

Burger’s award was one of 16 awards won for rugby excellence across all age groups and competitions.

The Golden Lions were named Team of the Year, their coach, John Mitchell, Coach of the Year and their captain, Josh Strauss, Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year.

Pat Lambie (21) was named the Young Player of the Year, building on the fine impression he made in his debut season of 2010 and ending the year as the incumbent Springbok fullback. SA Under-20 captain Arno Botha was named the SA Under-20 Player of the Year.

Cecil Afrika, who was recently named the World Sevens Player of the Year, walked away with the Springbok Sevens Player of the Year.

The Players’ Player of the Year Award went to Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis, while the Try of the Year was awarded to Springbok Sevens flyer Sibusiso Sithole for his tournament-winning score in the final of the Edinburgh Sevens against Australia.

The South African Rugby Union also paid tribute to two retiring Springboks legends. Both John Smit, who has already left South African to take up a contract with English club Saracens, and Victor Matfield played their last Test for the Boks in the quarter-finals at the Rugby World Cup.

There were also rewards Sarel Pretorius (Super Rugby Player of the year), Elgar Watts (Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year) and Lionel Cronje (Vodacom Cup Player of the Year).

Oregan Hoskins, President of SARU, said that the 2011 season was one of the more significant and satisfying seasons in recent years.

“Onfield success of our national and provincial teams will always be of paramount importance, but I believe we have enjoyed a special year in the history of our rugby – perhaps a watershed year,” said Mr Hoskins.

“That’s because our Springbok team has been embraced by all South Africans in a way I have never experienced before. 2011 was the year that fans from all backgrounds stood behind the Boks from the moment the squad was announced. In the past, that kind of affection was dependent on the delivery of a trophy.”

The winners and finalists (where applicable) in all the categories are:

Player of the Year
Winner: Schalk Burger
Finalists: Bismarck du Plessis, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Victor Matfield.

Young Player of the Year
Winner: Pat Lambie
Finalists: Johan Goosen, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute.

Team of the Year
Winner: Golden Lions
Finalists: Boland, Springbok Sevens, Stormers, University of Cape Town.

Coach of the Year
Winner: John Mitchell (Golden Lions)
Finalists: Allister Coetzee, Eugene Eloff, John Plumtree, Paul Treu.

Super Rugby Player of the Year
Winner: Sarel Pretorius
Finalists: Gio Aplon (Stormers), Schalk Burger (Stormers), Bismarck du Plessis (The Sharks), Duane Vermeulen (Stormers).

Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year
Winner: Josh Strauss (Golden Lions)
Finalists: Johan Goosen (Cheetahs), Elton Jantjies (Golden Lions), Frederic Michalak (The Sharks), Jaco Taute (Golden Lions).

Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year
Winner: Elgar Watts (Boland)
Finalists: Bolla Conradie (Boland Cavaliers), Danwel Demas (Boland Cavaliers), Willie le Roux (Boland Cavaliers), Luke Watson (EP Kings).

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year
Winner: Lionel Cronje (WP)
Finalists: Marnitz Boshoff (Blue Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (Sharks XV), JJ Engelbrecht (WP), Juan Imhoff (Pampas XV).

SARPA Players’ Player of the Year: Bismarck du Plessis

Springbok Sevens Player of the Year: Cecil Afrika

Try of the Year
Winner: Sibusiso Sithole (Springbok Sevens vs Australia in the final of the Edinburgh Sevens)
Finalists: Gio Aplon (Stormers vs Chiefs in Hamilton), Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks vs Cheetahs in Bloemfontein), Sarel Pretorius (first try for Cheetahs vs Blues in Whangarei and first try vs Brumbies in Bloemfontein), Jaco Taute (Golden Lions v The Sharks in Johannesburg, Currie Cup final).

SA Under-20 Player of the Year: Arno Botha

Craven Week Player of the Tournament: Jan Serfontein (Free State)

Marriott Referee Award: Craig Joubert

Women’s Achiever of the Year: Cebisa Kula

National Club Championship Player of the Tournament: Justin Wheeler (University of Johannesburg)

Nice work Fikile

September 8, 2011

Mere hours to the start of the Rugby World Cup, and well under 24 of them to the announcement of the Bok side to take on Wales in their first game … That announcement takes place at 07h00 on Friday – Auckland time … So around 22h00 tonight SA time …

I was interviewed last week by Ben of The Bounce website and @followthebounce Twitter fame, on my thoughts going into the Cup …

Below are three of the questions put to me. For the rest of the interview CLICK HERE …

TheBounce: Many think that the Boks simply don’t have enough quality to defend their title. If they were to do it though, in what particular areas of play would they have to be extra special?
Tank: Stop, rewind four years, Play. No fancy-schmancy for this lot. Great defence, excellent positional kicks from Du Preez and both Steyns, lineout dominance, an accurate boot from Steyn (M), and the pack needs to hold it’s own come scrum time. I am not convinced they will, but the Boks could definitely win this tournament playing this way.

TheBounce: The Boks have a similar predicament when it comes to flyhalf. Who would you like to see start, Butch or Morne?
Tank: Lambie? How different would the situation be if the Boks had actually played Lambie on that EOYT last year? Instead he carried bags, and now we are stuck with the 2007 game plan … Not that it was ever going to change, to be honest. I am not sure we should be comparing these two with SBW, Nonu and Smith, but for the game the Boks are going to play in New Zealand, there can be only one … Morne Steyn.

TheBounce: How would you like to see John Smit utilised in this tournament?
Tank: Hooker would be a good start. My oath, but these coaches have made a complete pigs ear of Smit’s career in the last few years. And Div might well be remembered as the coach who changed Smit from being remembered as a Bok great to being remembered as a failed tighthead. Which is sad, but I still think Smit should have stood up for himself a little more. As per the above answer, the bed has been made. Smit will have to start (especially the early games), and Du Plessis will come on as an awesome impact player.

My point being that it might not be pretty, and the Boks might have to get used to “Playing no rugby” but this has been the plan from day one. And as yet another cliché goes: “Failing to plan, is planning to fail” … If the plan fails, we can debate the merits of the plan then, but at least the Boks have a fairly set plan in place.

As such, expect to see Smit at hooker, Steyn at flyhalf, Habana on the wing and Steyn at fullback when the team is announced … The Rugby World Cup is not the time to start experimenting – something Graham Henry clearly does not believe in – and that might very well be the All B lack undoing ….

I really was chuffed to see the comments coming from Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who is in Wellington for the Boks’ opening match.

For those who missed it …

“Mense, ons moet altyd die span ondersteun. As ons verloor, verloor ons saam. As ons wen, wen ons saam. Vorentoe Die Bokke!”

Mbalule also suggested that the RWC was not the place to address the issue of transformation and that the only focus should be on supporting the Boks and enjoying the game of rugby.

“We have created platforms and forums for us to engage in these debates like the forthcoming Sport and Recreation Indaba. This is not a space of debate it is an arena of battle to conquer the world. We can’t polarise the nation when we are supposed to be united around one cause and that is why I’m confident that the people of our country will ignore such people.”

“And as for the share of the commercial revenue derived from rugby merchandise, they must not wait for the World Cup to raise their selfish interests and or drive their agendas.”

It’s just so refreshing, given what we have seen before. I love the fact that he raises the point about people using the limelight of the World Cup to sneak a cheap shot in. That’s so easy to do, instead of doing the hard graft and raising these points at designated times, and on designated platforms.

1 more sleep. That is all …

Tank’s weekend predictions

September 2, 2011

Calm before the storm me thinks …. With no international matches at all as the teams jet into New Zealand for Rugby World Cup 2011, the first games of the second round of the Absa Currie Cup take centre stage, with the highlight of the weekend probably being Saturday’s match in Pretoria between the Blue Bulls and The Sharks.

It’s been a tough season for the Bulls, but they’ve won their last three games and will be looking to continue that trend against the defending champions, who have pulled a “Plumtree” and picked Jean Deysel at 8th man in the place of the injured Ryan Kankowski.

On Friday evening, the Pumas will be looking for revenge when they host the table-topping and Shark slaying Golden Lions, after their close defeat in the opening round in Johannesburg. Not sure the Pink Panthers will have enough in the tank for this one though …

The other games this weekend are between Griquas and Western Province, who have picked the superbly exciting Marcel Brache at centre in place of injured fellow Ikey Tim Whitehead, and the Leopards vs the Cheetahs in Potchefstroom.

Friday, September 2

Pumas v Golden Lions, Nelspruit 19:10
Referee: Jason Jaftha
15 July 2011: Golden Lions won 31-27 in Johannesburg

My prediction: Lions by 7

Pumas: 15. MJ Mentz, 14. Wilhelm Hendrik Loock, 13. JW Jonker, 12. Tian Carel Meyer, 11. Deon Scholtz, 10. Coenie van Wyk, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Jaco Bouwer, 6. Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Rudi Mathee, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. Dawie Steyn
Substitutes: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17. De-Jay Terblanche, 18. Willem Serfontein, 19. JP Mostert, 20. Martin Sithole, 21. Tiaan Marx, 22. Johan Jackson

Golden Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley/Joshua Strauss, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Warren Whiteley/Joshua Strauss, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Doppies La Grange, 22 Burton Francis

Saturday, September 3

Griquas v Western Province, Kimberley 15:00
Referee: Marius Jonker
16 July 2011: Draw 26-26 in Cape Town

My prediction: WP by 9

Griquas: 15. Rudi Vogt, 14. Rocco Jansen, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Hanno Coetzee, 11. Dusty Noble, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Jonathan Mokuena (captain), 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Justin Downey, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Ivann Espag
Substitutes: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Steph Roberts, 18. Frikkie Spies, 19. Marnus Schoeman, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Jean Stemmet, 22. Earl Rose

Western Province: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Marcel Brache, 11. JJ Engelbrecht, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nick Koster, 7. Tertius Daniller, 6. Nick Fenton-Wells, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Hilton Lobberts, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg (captain), 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Skarra Ntubeni, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Quinn Roux, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Berton Klaasen, 22. Steven Hunt

Leopards v Cheetahs, Potchefstroom 16:00
Referee: Stuart Berry
16 July 2011: Cheetahs won 40-12 in Bloemfontein

My prediction: Cheetahs 18

Leopards: 15 George Tossel, 14 Hoffman Maritz, 13 Jovan Bowles, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Wynand Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Whesley Moolman, 8 Morn Hanekom (captain), 7 MB Lusaseni, 6 Siya Mdaka, 5 Brad Mockford, 4 Brendan Snyman, 3 Stefan Bezuidenhout, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 BG Uys
Substitutes: 16 Jacques Moller, 17 Dewald Coetzee, 18 Roan van Heerden, 19 Spanner Pretorius, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Hennie Skorbinski, 22 Clayton Durand

Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Philip Burger, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Philip Snyman, 11. Cameron Jacobs, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Boom Prinsloo, 7. Philip Van der Walt, 6. Pieter Labuschagne, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Marcel Van Der Merwe
Substitutes: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Johan Wessels, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Riaan Smit

Blue Bulls v Sharks, Pretoria 17:05
Referee: Mark Lawrence
16 July 2011: The Sharks won 35-16 in Durban

My prediction: Bulls by 3

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouch, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Francois Venter

Sharks:
15 Louis Ludik, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jean Deysel, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Eugene van Staden, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Alistair Hargreaves, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Adrian Jacobs

Absa Currie Cup First Division

EP vs Border
Date: Friday, 2 September, Kick-off: 19:00
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Referee: Jaco Peyper
22 July 2011: EP won 62-15 in East London

Boland vs Griffons
Date: Saturday, 3 September, Kick-off: 16:00
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Joey Salmans
22 July 2011: Boland won 46-7 in Welkom

Have a legendary pre Rugby World Cup weekend my friends. From next Friday it’s up at 05h00 or even 03h00 to take in the greatest tournament on earth 🙂

Tank

The 2012 Super Rugby fixtures

September 2, 2011

Just when I thought it might just be a nightmare caused by eating too much cheese before hitting the sack, below is proof in black and white from SANZAR that there will indeed be a 3 week break in the Super15 next year to accommodate the incoming tours, in our case, the England Tests …

The one relatively sane thing about the fixtures is that the teams playing in the week prior to the incoming tours (June 1 and 2) will all play in their home country … Meaning there will not be a situation where the Boks in the SA franchises would need to travel back from Auckland (after playing the Blues away) on a Saturday night in order to be ready to play England a week later in South Africa.

Sane is a relative word in this context though … Bring back the Super12 I say, and lets have it done and dusted before the incoming tours … And this before SARU have made the call as to how they see the EP Kings fitting into the Super Rugby picture …

2012 will see the Rebels, already up against it given their form this year, suffer a further blow via a bye in the first round, while the Hurricanes will be the first team to travel … Taking on the Stormers in the first round at Newlands …

Speaking of the Stormers, they miss out on paying the Chiefs next year, and take on champion sides the Reds and Crusaders away from home. They do have an awesome start to the tournament via two home games and a bye, though …

The 2012 Super Rugby fixtures:

DAY & DATE MATCH VENUE
Friday 24 Feb Blues v Crusaders Eden Park, Auckland
Friday 24 Feb Brumbies v Force Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Friday 24 Feb Bulls v Sharks Loftus Versfeld, Pertoria
Saturday 25 Feb Chiefs v Highlanders Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday 25 Feb Waratahs v Reds ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Saturday 25 Feb Stormers v Hurricanes Newlands, Cape Town
Saturday 25 Feb Lions v Cheetahs Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Friday 2 March Chiefs v Blues Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Friday 2 March Rebels v Waratahs AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday 2 March Lions v Hurricanes Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Saturday 3 March Highlanders v Crusaders Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 3 March Reds v Force Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 3 March Cheetahs v Bulls Bloemfontein
Saturday 3 March Stormers v Sharks Newlands, Cape Town
Friday 9 March Crusaders v Chiefs TBC
Friday 9 March Force v Hurricanes NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday 10 March Brumbies v Cheetahs Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 10 March Highlanders v Waratahs Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 10 March Reds v Rebels Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 10 March Sharks v Lions Kings Park, Durban
Saturday 10 March Bulls v Blues Loftus Versfeld, Pertoria
Friday 16 March Chiefs v Brumbies Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Friday 16 March Stormers v Blues Newlands, Cape Town
Saturday 17 March Hurricanes v Highlanders Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 17 March Waratahs v Force SFS, Sydney
Saturday 17 March Sharks v Reds Kings Park, Durban
Sunday 18 March Rebels v Cheetahs AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday 23 March Blues v Hurricanes Eden Park, Auckland
Friday 23 March Rebels v Force AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday 24 March Waratahs v Sharks SFS, Sydney
Saturday 24 March Crusaders v Cheetahs TBC
Saturday 24 March Brumbies v Highlanders Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 24 March Bulls v Reds Loftus Versfeld, Pertoria
Saturday 24 March Lions v Stormers Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Friday 30 March Highlanders v Rebels Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 31 March Hurricanes v Cheetahs Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 31 March Chiefs v Waratahs Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday 31 March Brumbies v Sharks Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 31 March Force v Reds NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday 31 March Lions v Crusaders Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Saturday 31 March Stormers v Bulls Newlands, Cape Town
Thursday 5 April Rebels v Blues AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday 6 April Hurricanes v Sharks Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Friday 6 April Reds v Brumbies Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Friday 6 April Force v Chiefs NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday 7 April Highlanders v Stormers Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 7 April Cheetahs v Lions North West Stadium Welkom
Saturday 7 April Bulls v Crusaders Loftus Versfeld, Pertoria
Friday 13 April Blues v Sharks Eden Park, Auckland
Friday 13 April Force v Waratahs NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday 14 April Crusaders v Stormers TBC
Saturday 14 April Brumbies v Rebels Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 14 April Cheetahs v Chiefs Bloemfontein
Saturday 14 April Lions v Bulls Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Friday 20 April Highlanders v Blues Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Friday 20 April Reds v Stormers Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 21 April Hurricanes v Crusaders Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 21 April Waratahs v Rebels SFS, Sydney
Saturday 21 April Sharks v Chiefs Kings Park, Durban
Saturday 21 April Bulls v Brumbies Loftus Versfeld, Pertoria
Friday 27 April Blues v Reds Eden Park, Auckland
Friday 27 April Lions v Brumbies Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Saturday 28 April Chiefs v Hurricanes Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday 28 April Force v Stormers NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday 28 April Cheetahs v Highlanders Bloemfontein
Sunday 29 April Waratahs v Crusaders SFS, Sydney
Friday 4 May Hurricanes v Blues Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Friday 4 May Rebels v Bulls AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday 5 May Chiefs v Lions Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday 5 May Brumbies v Waratahs Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 5 May Sharks v Highlanders Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
Saturday 5 May Cheetahs v Force Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Sunday 6 May Crusaders v Reds TBC
Friday 11 May Blues v Lions Eden Park, Auckland
Friday 11 May Waratahs v Bulls SFS, Sydney
Saturday 12 May Highlanders v Hurricanes Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 12 May Rebels v Crusaders AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday 12 May Sharks v Force Kings Park, Durban
Saturday 12 May Stormers v Cheetahs Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday 13 May Reds v Chiefs Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Friday 18 May Hurricanes v Brumbies Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 19 May Highlanders v Bulls Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 19 May Crusaders v Blues TBC
Saturday 19 May Reds v Lions Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 19 May Cheetahs v Sharks Bloemfontein
Saturday 19 May Stormers v Waratahs Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday 20 May Force v Rebels NIB Stadium, Perth
Friday 25 May Chiefs v Bulls Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday 26 May Hurricanes v Rebels Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 26 May Blues v Highlanders Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday 26 May Brumbies v Reds Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 26 May Force v Lions NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday 26 May Cheetahs v Waratahs Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday 26 May Sharks v Stormers Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
Friday 1 June Crusaders v Highlanders TBC
Friday 1 June Rebels v Brumbies AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday 2 June Blues v Chiefs Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday 2 June Waratahs v Hurricanes Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Saturday 2 June Lions v Sharks Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Saturday 2 June Bulls v Stormers Loftus Versfeld, Pertoria
Friday 29 June Highlanders v Chiefs Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Friday 29 June Rebels v Reds AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday 30 June Crusaders v Hurricanes TBC
Saturday 30 June Force v Brumbies NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday 30 June Stormers v Lions Newlands, Cape Town
Saturday 30 June Bulls v Cheetahs Loftus Versfeld, Pertoria
Friday 6 July Chiefs v Crusaders Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Friday 6 July Reds v Highlanders Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 7 July Blues v Force Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday 7 July Waratahs v Brumbies ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Saturday 7 July Cheetahs v Stormers Bloemfontein
Saturday 7 July Lions v Rebels Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Saturday 7 July Sharks v Bulls Kings Park, Durban
Friday 13 July Hurricanes v Chiefs Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 14 July Brumbies v Blues Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 14 July Crusaders v Force TBC
Saturday 14 July Reds v Waratahs Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 14 July Stormers v Rebels Newlands, Cape Town
Saturday 14 July Sharks v Cheetahs Kings Park, Durban
Saturday 14 July Bulls v Lions Loftus Versfeld, Pertoria

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