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Du Plessis handed Blitzboks debut in Las Vegas

Muller du Plessis will become Blitzbok #168 this weekend when he takes to the field for the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC USA Sevens, to be played at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell included the 19-year-old in the final 12-man playing squad for the tournament, the fifth of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, where Du Plessis will realise his dream to represent his country at this level.


ITU renews Global Partnership with NTT for three more years

ITU is pleased to announce it has renewed the contract with the NTT Group to become a global partner of both ITU and the ITU World Triathlon Series from 2018 until 2020. NTT, who joined the ITU family as a global partner in 2016, will continue to serve as ITU’s exclusive communications and systems integration partner. As part of their strategy leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, NTT also will acquire rights at various triathlon events in Japan, Asia and worldwide.

“It has been a real pleasure working with a company like NTT for the last few years, and I’m convinced that keeping this relationship moving forward will be excellent for both organisations,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.


Rassie Erasmus confirmed as new Springbok coach

Rassie Erasmus will spearhead a streamlined but experienced Springbok management team until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, SA Rugby confirmed on Wednesday, as the former Springbok captain will combine his Springbok coaching duties with his current role as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby.

The 45-year-old Erasmus takes over the national coaching duties from Allister Coetzee, who was in charge of the Boks during the past two years. His three assistant coaches will be Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick, while Aled Walters will join the management team as Head of Athletic Performance.


Antonio Kiri Kiri Cited

Antonio Kiri Kiri of the Blues has been cited for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Kiri Kiri is alleged to have contravened Law 9.12 - Physically abusing a player by striking them with his head, during the match between the Highlanders and Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on 23 February 2018.


Scott Higginbotham issued Red Card

Scott Higginbotham of the Reds has received a Red Card for foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Higginbotham is alleged to have contravened Law 9.13 - Dangerous Tackling when he made contact with Rebels #4 Matt Philip during the match between the Rebels and Reds at AAMI Park in Melbourne on 23 February 2018.


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