19.1.2021 03:43 pm
“Kitsie is isolated due to Covid protocols so we just need to check his history in terms of close contacts and await a final call from the doctors.”
In what would be a colossal blow to Western Province’s Currie Cup final aspirations, ace Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff may be ruled out of Saturday’s semifinal playoff against the Sharks at Newlands.
“There has been a lot of talk that it’s the Bulls’ year after they won the (Super Rugby) Unlocked trophy, and they are definitely riding the wave at the moment.”
The 16 teams will be divided into two pools of eight, made up of two Irish, two South African, two Welsh, one Italian and one Scottish club.
It is an Olympic year and the outside centre would like to be in the mix for a return to the Springbok Sevens squad as well.
One of the big stars of the Currie Cup competition honed his skills under the watchful eyes of seasoned kickers Van Straaten and Koen.
There are also rumours that Bongi Mbonambi and World Rugby Player-of-the-Year Pieter-Steph du Toit are headed to the east coast.
Nortje has shown himself to be a player in the same mould as Springbok lock Franco Mostert, who was a key part of the Lions side that dominated local rugby between 2016 and 2018.
Pieterse wants to catch the eye of Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber with his club performances.
Everitt believes they have the potential to carry their momentum all the way in this year’s Currie Cup if they can eliminate individual errors.
According to SA Rugby, broadcast rights make up 58% of their income, and sponsorships, which are largely dependent on TV exposure, make up another 26%.
A final decision will be made on Orie before the team announcement next week, but Lions coach Cash van Rooyen says the signs are promising.
If South African rugby is to benefit financially by going to Europe, then it is something to consider, says the former Springbok captain.
Will it be only the ‘big four’ or will the Cheetahs, Pumas and Griquas also play in it? And what about the EP Elephants?
“It shows you again that when a team starts finding its feet and its players start playing for each other, then positive overall results almost come by itself,” said the veteran forward.