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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Reds will rule again

Coach-elect Eddie Jones believes the Queensland Reds will become a rugby powerhouse within three years.

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Naas’s big break

Leopards flyhalf Naas Olivier was given the opportunity of a lifetime when he was invited to Stormers training.

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Super 14 glory is crucial

Bok legend Naas Botha, writing for SA Rugby magazine, believes if a South African team does not win the Super 14 in the next two years, World Cup success is unlikely to follow.

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No wild predictions

WP director of rugby Nick Mallett is urging Stormers fans to have realistic expectations going into the Super 14. He spoke to SA Rugby magazine’s Simon Borchardt about the 2006 campaign.

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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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All the warm-up fixtures

South Africa’s five Super 14 franchises face a series of tough warm-up matches before the southern hemisphere showpiece kicks off on 10 February.

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Bully Boys have moved on

The Bulls have put their painful Currie Cup final defeat to the Cheetahs behind them, according to captain-elect Victor Matfield.

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