Slow start for SA teams in Los Angeles
It was a slow start for respective South African teams at the HSBC SVNS Los Angeles on the opening day of action at Dignity Health Sports Club on Friday evening (Saturday morning SA time), with both the Springbok Sevens and Springbok Women’s Sevens conceding defeat.
When rugby conversations turn civil and mechanical
South Africa’s two senior national sevens teams are easy in each other's company – after all, the men and women share the same training facility in Stellenbosch and although their schedules don't necessarily align, there are times where they will share a meal or walk to and from the training field together.
Irish inconsistency helps South African challenge
Vodacom Bulls coach Jake White was unequivocal ahead of his team’s massive Vodacom United Rugby Championship derby against the DHL Stormers about the mission his men face – he wants them to finish in the top two and thus give themselves a good chance of hosting a final.
Pressure on in penultimate derby round in SA
All four South African teams will be feeling the pressure when they take the field on Saturday in the second Vodacom United Rugby Championship Origin Round as the competition for places in the quarter-final heats up with eight pool rounds remaining – while the SA Shield can be decided in Pretoria.
Mental preparation, detail and consistency key in LA
It is a new week and a new opportunity for the Springbok Sevens this weekend in the fifth tournament of the 2024 season and for Blitzbok head coach Sandile Ngcobo, the HSBC SVNS Los Angeles cannot come soon enough.
Springbok Women's Sevens look to the lift intensity
The Springbok Women’s Sevens are improving at dealing with the intensity of the best teams on the HSBC SVNS and this weekend will provide yet another opportunity to close the gap on those sides.
Murphy joins Blitzboks in Los Angeles
James Murphy has linked up with the Springbok Sevens squad in the USA as they prepare for the HSBC SVNS Los Angeles, to be played at Dignity Health Sports Park from Friday to Sunday.
WXV 2 returns to South Africa in September
Six of the best women’s teams on the planet will return to South Africa later this year for the second instalment of WXV 2 after World Rugby announced the host venues for their three flagship annual women’s tournaments on Wednesday.
Lategan links up with Bok Women’s Sevens in LA
The experienced Liske Lategan has been called up by Springbok Women's Sevens coach Renfred Dazel to replace the injured Maria Tshiremba in Los Angeles this weekend, the fifth tournament of 2024 HSBC SVNS.
Match official appointments to 1 March 2024
Match official appointments for the next few days have been made, with Aimee Barrett-Theron and Marius van der Westhuizen in charge of the two Vodacom United Rugby Championship derbies in South Africa.