Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

Rugby Dec 17, 2018

Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

by Rich Freeman

Despite unhappy memories of their previous meeting, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi welcomed the announcement Monday that the Springboks will play Japan on Sept. 6 at Kumagaya Rugby Ground as a warm-up game for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. But having spent the past few ...

Allister Coetzee hired to lead Top League's Canon Eagles

Rugby Mar 9, 2018

Allister Coetzee hired to lead Top League's Canon Eagles

Allister Coetzee will take over as head coach of Canon Eagles, the Japan Top League side announced Friday. The 54-year-old South African ran Kobe Kobelco Steelers during the 2015-2016 season before taking over as head coach of the Springboks in early 2016. Coetzee was relieved ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 18, 2017

Verblitz flanker Juan Smith to retire

Toyota Verblitz's former South Africa international flanker Juan Smith will retire because of family health problems, the Top League club said Wednesday. The 36-year-old Smith, who has been capped 70 times for the Springboks, was in his first season with Verblitz, having only joined the ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 8, 2017

Toyota Verblitz acquire former Springboks Smith, Aplon

The Toyota Verblitz increased their South African presence Thursday with the signing of four new players. New head coach Jake White, who led the Springboks to victory at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, has acquired the services of Bulls lock Jason Jenkins, Southern Kings flyhalf ...

Top League boss Coetzee hired to lead Springboks

More Sports / Rugby Apr 12, 2016

Top League boss Coetzee hired to lead Springboks

Allister Coetzee made the big jump from coaching Top League side Kobe Kobelco Steelers to running South Africa on Tuesday, when the appointment was announced by the South African Rugby Union. A former Springbok assistant, Coetzee coached Steelers to a fourth-place finish last season, ...

More Sports / Rugby Nov 16, 2015

Springbok Kriel joins Red Hurricanes

Top League side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes announced the signing of South African international Jesse Kriel on Monday. The 21-year-old Springbok, who can play center and wing, started six and appeared in all seven games at the recently finished Rugby World Cup in England, including ...

Meyer wants to stay on as Springboks coach

More Sports / Rugby Oct 29, 2015

Meyer wants to stay on as Springboks coach

Heyneke Meyer concedes he has made a lot of mistakes as South Africa coach, but wants to put a disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign behind them and be given the opportunity to take the Springboks to the next level. South Africa, which was beaten by ...