Super Rugby 2019

DanDango

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http://www.superxv.com/2019-super-rugby-match-schedule-revealed/

Super rugby’s organising body Sanzaar have confirmed the dates for the 2019 Super rugby season which will start on Friday 15 February.

The first match of the 2019 Super rugby season will be when the Chiefs host the Highlanders in New Zealand at a venue to be confirmed.

The match schedule has been released but all of the venues still have to be confirmed. The Final will take place on Saturday 6 July.

As there will be no June inbound international matches in 2019 – due to Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan later in the year – Super Rugby will run uninterrupted for 21 weeks.

Plus, there will be a uniform start to the tournament in Round 1 with a full round of seven matches to kick-off Super Rugby.

The tournament’s 15-team, three-Conference format remains the same.

Each team plays 16 regular season conference matches that include eight matches within their own Conference (home and away) and four matches against teams from each of the other Conferences (home or away). Each team also has two byes.

This is a total of 120 matches in the regular season that will be followed by a seven-match, eight-team finals series.
 

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Stormers beat Bulls in race to sign Brits

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/stormers-beat-bulls-in-race-to-sign-brits-20181010

Cape Town - Springbok hooker Schalk Brits is reportedly set to run out for the Stormers next year.

The Bulls were also believed to be after the 37-year-old's services, but according to Netwerk24, the Stormers has won the race to sign the veteran.

Brits was supposed to retire from professional rugby after clinching a fourth Premiership crown with English club Saracens earlier this year before being lured back by Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus.

He returned inside a month to win an 11th cap for the Springboks and acted as a mentor for the team during the Rugby Championship.


The fleet-footed No 2 was on Tuesday also included in Erasmus’ Barbarians squad for the Killik Cup match against Argentina at Twickenham on December 1.

Brits, who now has his sights set on next year’s Rugby World Cup, will enjoy a third stint at the Stormers, having represented the Cape franchise between 2006-2009 and briefly in 2011.

During his time at Saracens (2009-2018) he also won two European Champions Cup titles.
 

Badprop_za

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Why oh why oh why.......I don't get this Brits selection at all. But then again, all the comments I have heard just proves to be true. If you wanna play for the Boks, play for the Stormers / WP........

Side note, scary that we are already talking Superugby 2019.
 

Fulcrum29

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Why oh why oh why.......I don't get this Brits selection at all. But then again, all the comments I have heard just proves to be true. If you wanna play for the Boks, play for the Stormers / WP........

Side note, scary that we are already talking Superugby 2019.
It starts February 15th. Rosters needs to be in order as practice already begun.
 

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby...-once-compared-to-All-Blacks-great-Jonah-Lomu

I always wondered what happened to this kid. Japan went quiet on him since the World Rugby U20 Championship. He wasn’t included since in any Japan Junior squad.

Now he is signed by the New Zealanders.

Chiefs unearth Japanese wrecking ball once compared to All Blacks great Jonah Lomu
The Chiefs have unearthed a giant Japanese wrecking ball who was once compared to late All Blacks great Jonah Lomu.

Tongan-born Japan international winger Ataata Moeakiola was the unknown player among the 38-man Chiefs squad announced on Wednesday for the 2019 Super Rugby season.

The 22-year-old is one of six new faces contracted to the Chiefs for the first time, as well as Reuben O'Neill, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Laghlan McWhannell, Jack Debreczeni and Tumua Manu.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper said he met with Moeakiola in Japan last year. His inclusion among the squad's outside backs meant there was no room for Waikato's Sevu Reece despite his standout season in the Mitre 10 Cup.

"He's a big, strong, fast midfielder/winger that has been doing a lot of damage over there," Cooper said of Moeakiola.

" With Sevu Reece's contract not coming through with Connacht, we had already committed to him, so it's unlucky for Sevu to miss [out]."

Moeakiola has been contracted in Super Rugby before, with the Sunwolves in 2017, and he joins the Chiefs from the Tokai University club after meeting with Cooper in Kobe, the Japanese city home to the Kobelco Steelers, who the Chiefs established a partnership with in 2014.
Though he was signed by the Sunwolves in 2017, he wasn’t included. He only has caps with Tokai University and Japan Junior.
 

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The Sunwolves signed 5 more players:

- Dan Pryor*
- Craig Millar
- Hencus van Wyk
- Jason Emery
- Michael Little

*New signing

Previously signed:

- Rene Ranger
- Phil Burleigh
- Jaba Bregvadze
- Hayden Parker

Coaches:

- Tony Brown (Head coach)
- Scott Hansen (Assistant coach)

No local talent announced... but,

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/...prove-themselves-says-new-sunwolves-boss.html

New Sunwolves head coach Tony Brown said Friday that Japan national team members in line to play at Rugby World Cup 2019 will need to prove themselves if they are to play Super Rugby next year.

The 43-year-old former All Black, who will combine his new role with that of assistant coach to the Japan national team, said that while Brave Blossoms head coach Jamie Joseph would pick the initial Sunwolves squad, he and Scott Hansen would be in charge of the week-to-week running of the side and they would pick the best players available every week.

"It's very similar to the New Zealand sides with the All Blacks not allowed to play the first three or four games of the (Super Rugby) competition," Brown said. "It means you can build depth and when the internationals do become available they have to prove themselves. If other players are better they do not get selected. I have no instructions from Jamie to pick players."

Joseph has already said that most of the Japan players being lined up for Rugby World Cup 2019 would miss the opening rounds of the Super Rugby competition and Brown confirmed they would enter the mix from Round 5 onwards.

"It will be easy to manage," Brown said of the addition of players midway through the season. "Like all Super Rugby campaigns you always get a lot of injuries. The new players will add value and the more quality players you have the better you are able to perform, especially in the second half of the season."
but also no word on better Top League players being signed... I called this a year ago, one of the reasons Tiatia left the camp.
 

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Tony Brown's little brother, Cory Brown, who coached Otago has signed up with the Sunwolves as an assistant coach. Getting more Highlander by the day. 2-year contract.
 

Fulcrum29

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https://english.kyodonews.net/news/...wolves-squad-for-2019-super-rugby-season.html

Rugby: Brown names initial Sunwolves squad for 2019 Super Rugby season
New Sunwolves coach Tony Brown named an initial 29-man squad Tuesday for the 2019 Super Rugby season, calling it "good enough to push for a place in the playoffs."

The former All Black, who is the side's fourth head coach in as many years, has the benefit of a number of returning players "that allows us to improve on last year and get results going forward."

While a number of established Japan internationals were missing from the list, it is expected the squad will grow considerably once the club and players have waded through the convoluted contract process that exists in Japanese rugby.

"We will run two programs, the Sunwolves and a wider group that will play Super Rugby second XVs," said Japan head coach Jamie Joseph, who has stood down from coaching the Super Rugby team to concentrate on the national side and the larger training group.

As such, around 60 players will eventually be available to the Sunwolves as Brown and Joseph attempt to ensure the best Japanese players are in peak condition by September 2019 when the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan.

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Among the established Japanese players to return to the side are Michael Leitch, Keita Inagaki, Shota Horie, Fumiaki Tanaka and Kazuki Himeno, while Hendrik Tui joins the side having spent three seasons with the Queensland-based Reds.

The foreign-born returnees include Pieter "Lappies" Labuschagne, James Moore and Grant Hattingh -- all of whom hope to become eligible for Japan before the World Cup -- alongside Craig Millar, Jaba Bregvadze, Ed Quirk, Hayden Parker and Michael Little, who will either be watching the World Cup from the stands, or playing for Georgia in Bregvadze's case.

Other new players with Super Rugby experience include Dan Pryor, Rene Ranger and Phil Burleigh, with Otago lock Tom Rowe also signing on.

"We want to play Japanese rugby, which is an expansive style with a lot of skill and speed, and which is based around unstructured rugby," said Brown, whose brother Cory joins the side as an attack coach alongside new scrum coach Marty Veale.

The Sunwolves will play six home games in Tokyo and two in Singapore. Their overseas travels will see them play four games in Australia, two in New Zealand and one each in South Africa and Argentina.

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Sunwolves Squad:

Forwards - Keita Inagaki, Asaeli Ai Valu, Koo Ji Won, Hencus van Wyk, Craig Millar, Atsushi Sakate, Jaba Bregvadze, Shota Horie, Grant Hattingh, Kazuki Himeno, Hendrik Tui, James Moore, Tom Rowe, Ed Quirk, Dan Pryor, Michael Leitch, Pieter "Lappies" Labuschagne.

Backs - Kaito Shigeno, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yutaka Nagare, Hayden Parker, Rikiya Matsuda, Ryoto Nakamura, Phil Burleigh, Michael Little, Rene Ranger, Lomano Lava Lemeki, Jason Emery, Gerhard van den Heever.
From my perspective the only positive here is the 6 home games in Japan, they need that to bag wins this time around. I don't see them utilise 60 players. In previous seasons they had up to 60 and only around 35 or so was used. They still lack the best the Top League can give to them, why an agreement between the JRFU and the Industrial league cannot be reached is beyond me.

At least the Sunwolves now have some experienced players in the team, albeit I believe there is local talent that also needs the exposure at this level.
 

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https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/bulls-close-in-on-brits/
Bulls pre-season squad:

Forwards – Duane Vermeulen, Tim Agaba, Muller Uys, Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Thembelani Bholi, Carel du Preez, Roelof Smit, Nick de Jager, Ruan Steenkamp, Marco van Staden, Paul Schoeman, Jano Venter, Jason Jenkins, Hendre Stassen, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Trevor Nyakane, Lizo Gqoboka, Matthys Basson, Nqoba Mxoli, Simphiwe Matanzima, Madot Mabokela, Conraad van Vuuren, Frans van Wyk, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Jaco Visagie, Edgar Marutlulle, Johan Grobbelaar.

Backs – Warrick Gelant, Divan Rossouw, Travis Ismaiel, Duncan Matthews, Cornal Hendricks, Jade Stighling, Rosko Specman, Jesse Kriel, Dylan Sage, Johnny Kotze, Stedman Gans, Burger Odendaal, JT Jackson, Franco Naude, Handre Pollard, Manie Libbok, Marnitz Boshoff, Ivan van Zyl, Embrose Papier, Andre Warner, Theo Maree.

Junior apprentices in the squad – Gerhard Steenekamp, Cabous Eloff, Mornay Smit, Adre Smit, Marius Verwey, Ruan Nortje, Eli Snyman, JC Pretorius, Ryno Pieterse, Khwezi Mafu, Lian du Toit, Fiela Boshoff, Cameron Hufke, Jay-Cee Nel, Marnus Potgieter, Earll Douwrie.
 

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There's a new flanker in the Hurricanes called Du’Plessis Kirifi. Samoan kid. His dad named him after Morné du Plessis. :laugh:
 
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Righto...

Marvel magic makes Vodacom Super Rugby “Superpowered” in 2019

South African rugby is entering a whole new universe in 2019 as SA Rugby, SuperSport, Vodacom and Marvel team up to bring Super Heroes to life and create an all-conquering, planet-shifting, villain-busting “Superpowered” Vodacom Super Rugby competition. Some of Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes will join forces with South Africa’s most powerful rugby stars to turn every one of the South African derbies in the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby season into an action-packed adventure in and outside the stadiums. In a ground-breaking collaboration between SA Rugby, SuperSport, Vodacom and Marvel, each of the South African Vodacom Super Rugby teams will be assigned a Marvel Super Hero as their look for the home derbies next season.

The Vodacom Bulls kit will be emblazoned with the colours of Captain America, the Emirates Lions will channel their inner-Spider-Man, the Cell C Sharks’ kit will be inspired by Black Panther and the DHL Stormers will be wearing Thor’s colours. The kit designs will be revealed at a later stage. “Marvel Super Heroes are among the most loved and recognisable characters in the world, very much like local Vodacom Super Rugby players and clubs,” said Luke Roberts, Retail Director for The Walt Disney Company Africa. “Whether it’s Spider-Man’s genius and agility, Thor’s strength and endurance, Captain America’s honour and strategy or Black Panther’s speed and stamina, we are thrilled to collaborate with clubs in this year’s South African Conference in Vodacom Super Rugby, aligning these character attributes with our own iconic teams.”

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said this is one of the most exciting developments to the local Vodacom Super Rugby scene in many years. “Vodacom Super Rugby has always been about entertainment and providing supporters with something new, and in 2019 we will definitely achieve that with this exciting endeavour with Marvel,” said Roux. “The global rugby landscape is changing and teams across all continents are trying new things to further raise the interest of fans. We envisage reaching new audiences and gaining new supporters for our franchises and the game as a whole in South Africa.”

Gideon Khobane, SuperSport CEO, said: “These are great times in sport with innovation pivotal to success, which is why SuperSport is thrilled to support the Super Heroes initiative.” The true impact of next season will be felt when the real-life super heroes take over the story off the pitch. With great power comes great responsibility, and the heroes of South African rugby are ready to unleash this as they use their power for good and tackle cancer in a partnership with the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. Michelle van Eyden, Vodacom’s Executive Head of Sponsorship, echoed the excitement for the forthcoming Vodacom Super Rugby season and highlighted the importance of giving back.

“Besides the innovation and excitement we will be seeing during Vodacom Super Rugby in 2019, Vodacom is also extremely proud to be associating itself with CHOC,” said Van Eyden. “Every Super Rugby season, Vodacom partners with an organisation that is in need of support, and with the Marvel partnership, we feel there is a perfect fit between between the rugby super heroes we’ll see doing battle every weekend on the field and the little super heroes of CHOC who fight a far larger battle every day. ”For every tackle made by a South African player during the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby competition, Vodacom and SuperSport will each donate R50 to CHOC through the #TacklingCancer campaign, with the goal of raising R1 million by the end of the season.

And if heroes give us hope, this will be a season in which every fan can also be a hero as they join forces to keep the hope alive for those who need it most.
Vodacom Super Rugby fans can also expect the best in-stadium entertainment and activations that are going to inject rugby into a new “Superpowered” era in a fresh and exciting way. This is Vodacom Super Rugby “Superpowered”, with Real. Live. Super Heroes.
 

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Lions Schedule:
Saturday 16 February Jaguares v Lions
Saturday 23 February Stormers v Lions
Saturday 2 March Lions v Bulls
Saturday 9 March Lions v Jaguares
Saturday 16 March Lions v Rebels
Saturday 23 March Sunwolves v Lions
Saturday 30 March Bye
Friday 5 April Lions v Sharks
Saturday 13 April Brumbies v Lions
Friday 19 April Chiefs v Lions
Friday 26 April Crusaders v Lions
Saturday 4 May Bye
Saturday 11 May Lions v Waratahs
Saturday 18 May Lions v Highlanders
Saturday 25 May Sharks v Lions
Saturday 1 June Lions v Stormers
Saturday 8 June Lions v Hurricanes
Saturday 15 June Bulls v Lions
 

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Stephan Lewies (Sharks) to join the Lions on a short term contract for SR 2019

Andries Ferreira to pass fitness tests before his contract is renewed

Lourens Erasmus broke his ankle and could be out for the SR season
 
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