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Spies switches to 8

Former wing Pierre Spies will start as No 8 when the Bully Boys continue their Super 14 preparations in two warm-up fixtures against the Cats at Ellis Park tomorrow.

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Ludeke: Why I stuck with Snyman

Frans Ludeke has surprised many by including Tiaan Snyman as second choice flyhalf in the Cats squad at the expense of Nel Fourie and Naas Olivier.

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Draft dodged, transformation paramount

South Africa’s five franchises have submitted unchanged 30 man squads for the inaugural Super 14, with none exercising the option to draft a player from outside their region. Meanwhile Saru has laid express guidelines for the execution of transformation in the competition.

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Stormers propped up by Fullard

The Stormers received a boost on Thursday when re-evaluation of prop Neil Fullard’s injury has deemed he will be fit to start the Super 14.

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Spears braced for brutal baptism

The Southern Spears enter rugby’s “real world” on Saturday, and nervous rather than excited anticipation permeates the rank’s of the country’s fledgling franchise.

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Draft dealings explained

The five South African Super 14 coaches will finalise the draft arrangements in the next two days.

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Claws out for Bulls

Frans Ludeke has named his two starting XVs for two warm-up matches of 60 minutes each against the Bulls at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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Willemse’s back from the brink

Ashwin Willemse’s career is not over. The Cats flyer has come through intense rehabilitation and will be fit to start the Super 14 campaign.

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