Springbok tighthead prop Wilco Louw says Harlequins teammate and England international Joe Marler should definitely be in contention for British & Irish Lions selection.
Sharks coach Sean Everitt says there is great excitement to see what Siya Kolisi can produce against the Stormers in this Friday’s Rainbow Cup opener.
Steven Kitshoff has signed a three-year contract extension with Western Province Professional Rugby (WPPR) and has been appointed Stormers captain.
The original schedule for the three-Test series between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions is set to change, with Cape Town now likely to host the first match and Johannesburg the last two.
Mark Keohane and Zelim Nel are back in ‘The War Room’, this time plugging speedsters into the Springbok backline that takes on the British & Irish Lions.
Pieter-Steph du Toit is set to return to action for the Stormers in the opening round of the Rainbow Cup, while Handre Pollard and RG Snyman are also said to be back in training with their respective clubs.
Vodacom Bulls coach Jake White says the timing is right to bring Johan Goosen back to complete ‘unfinished business with South African rugby’.
Juan de Jongh is reportedly set to leave English Premiership side Wasps and is in ‘advanced negotiations’ to make a return to Western Province and the Stormers.
Promising forwards Nama Xaba, Kwenzo Blose and Evan Roos have all signed contract extensions with the Western Province Rugby Union.
From a Bok perspective, the opportunity for Pieter-Steph du Toit to return to competitive action in the early rounds of the Rainbow Cup is worth its weight in gold, writes CRAIG LEWIS.