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Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named his side to take on Samoa in a match at Ellis Park on Saturday.


15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Hugo Kloppers, 4. Gavin Annandale, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16. Francois du Toit, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Willie Britz, 19. Derick Minnie, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Dylan des Fountain, 23. Ruan Combrink/CJ van der Linde


The PSL has confirmed that the Promotional playoff fixture between Chippa United and Santos will go ahead as scheduled tonight at 19:30.


Michelle Burger, the wife of Stormers and Springbok loose forward Schalk, posted this picture via Instagram of their adorable son.


South Africa's Kevin Anderson has won his French Open second round match against Russia's Evgeny Donskoy: 6/7 (10/8), 6-1, 7-5, 6-2.

Anderson will play the winner of the match between Canadian 14th-seed Milos Raonic and France's Michael Llodra in the third round.


Tickets for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil will go on sale on Tuesday, August 20, confirms the FIFA website.

15:28 - South African match officials have once again been called up to do duty in major competitions on the continent, according to the SAFA Facebook page.


South Africa's Kevin Anderson has taken a 2-1 set lead in his French Open second round match against Russia's Evgeny Donskoy: 6/7 (10/8), 6-1, 7-5


TWEET : The Lord has blessed us with a beautiful girl today,welcome to Taylor Rose Smit! We are now officially a party of 5! - John Smit

Congratulations from Sport24!


England team director Andy Flower says they are "thinking optimistically" over Kevin Pietersen's comeback from injury for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia.

Captain Alastair Cook has admitted that Pietersen would be an automatic pick as soon as he became available.

14:42 - Former England captain David Beckham will visit Miami this week as he steps up his interest in owning a Major League Soccer team.

"Yes, he is coming. My understanding is that it's very exploratory at this stage." - former Miami mayor Manny Diaz.

14:37 - Maties prop Os Hamman and former Bulls front-rower Bees Roux are notable inclusions in the SA Barbarians squad to face the Lions.

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14:33 - Former SuperSport United and new Wits coach Gavin Hunt's PSL coaching CV as at the end of the 2012/13 season:

Played: 454
Won: 188
Drawn: 144
Lost: 122
Goals For: 615
Goals Against: 477
Points: 708


TWEET : Heyneke never said picking Heinrich would be a risk for the Springboks and explained NH refs allow more ground play, which favours him.

Heyneke Meyer: “Heinrich is playing well. I told him if his good form continues, I will consider him, but most loosies are also playing well. - South Africa Rugby


TWEET : In my humble opinion this NFD season shuld be declared null and void and all the teams shuld play all over again next season- 30 games 4 all - SuperSport commentary Robert Marawa

14:19 - Tour de France favourite, Britain's Chris Froome, is set to return to action at the Criterium du Dauphine, starting this Sunday.

Sky Sports have put together this very impressive guide to the race


South Africa's No 1 tennis player Kevin Anderson is 1-set all in his French Open second round clash against Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-7 (10/8), 6-1

14:05 - TWITTER 'WAR'

Bulls scrumhalf and Cheetahs loose forward Heinrich Brussow have 'spiced' things up ahead of their top-of-the-table SA Conference Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Hougaard tweeted a picture on Wednesday of the new Hangover Part 3 movie due out in cinemas tomorrow, writing: This time, there's no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong? Can't wait to find out tomorrow at @sktheatres

Brussow was quick to reply: Die trailers wat ek al gesien het lyk kak snaaks. Kan nie wag nie. Sien saterdag meneer...

For 80 minutes at least the pair will put Twitter 'niceties' aside on Saturday when they clash at the Free State Stadium...


TWEET : Really enjoying using the Samsung S4 has some cool apps thanks to @SamsungMobileSA - Akona Ndungane

Bulls wing Akona Ndungane has some free time on his hands after being left out of the team named to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, June 1. Kick-off is at 19:10

13:49 - Mere seconds after quitting as SuperSport United manager, Wits have confirmed Gavin Hunt as their new coach for the 2013/14 season

13:42 - GALLERY

A sneak at what the Proteas have been up to during their time in Amsterdam ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy starting on June 6.

Click HERE to view the gallery...


TWEET : It's a bit of a circus in world football . . . maybe I've just joined the circus. - Clinton van der Berg

TWEET : SuperSport United: We cannot hold him (Hunt) back from where he wants to go and what he wants to do with his future. We wish him well. - Cindy Poluta

Gavin Hunt on quitting SuperSport United.


SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt has requested he be released from his role as coach, paving the way for his move to fellow PSL club, Wits.

13:28 - RIP

Today Liverpool FC are remembering the 39 fans who died 28 years ago at the Heysel Stadium in Belgium


Former Dutch and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been named as the new manager of Belgian second division side Royal Antwerp...


The Cheetahs have named their team to face the Bulls in their top-of-the-table SA Super Rugby Conference clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday, June 1. Kick-off is at 19:10.


15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Raymond Rhule, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Willie le Roux, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Heinrich Brüssow, 5. Francois Uys, 4. Lodewyk de Jager, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16. Rayno Barnes, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Ligtoring Landman, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20. Sarel Pretorius, 21. Riaan Smit, 22. Rayno Benjamin


TWEET : Disappointing to hear about the Barbarians booze ban. They ought to be the one side exempt from such priggery. So much for tradition - Clinton van der Berg

12:53 - Former Stormers and Springbok centre Jaque Fourie, currently plying his trade in Japan, says he still harbours aspirations of representing the national team.

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12:46 - Despite some new speculation around young Bulls centre Jan Serfontein, the Cheetahs’ Robert Ebersohn warrants a Bok midfield stab, writes Sport24 chief writer, Rob Houwing.

Click HERE for the full story...


TWEET : Chris Heiberg stays on bench for Storm. Wonder if he will get a run against fellow ex Ikey prop Grant Kemp on Saturday? - Front Row Grunt


The Stormers have named their team to face the Kings in their Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday, June 1. Kick-off is at 17:05.


15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Deon Fourie, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Don Armand, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

12:33 - QUESTION

Soccer's silly season has started with players and managers being linked with moves away from their current clubs to destinations far and wide.

Money talks, so if you were a Russian oil baron with unlimited cash resources, what would your starting XI looks like - plus manager?

12:31 - The UK's Metro newspaper reports that defender Thomas Vermaelen will stay at Arsenal and attempt to regain his place after losing it in the latter stages of last season.

12:23 - According to the ICC, next month's ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales is "set to reach an audience of 1.5 billion" thanks in part to SuperSport's coverage.

12:20 - Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf has denied spot-fixing allegations levelled against him during the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying he Is ready to face any inquiry.

Rauf, an elite-level international umpire, was withdrawn from next month's Champions Trophy in England after media reports that he was under police investigation.


Had a great night at the @melbournerebels Gala Ball.. Once again @bids101 only accessory needed #LookedGorgeous #HeelsPerfectHeight #MakingAGuyFeelTall ha #raborugby - James O'Connor

Melbourne Rebels and Wallaby star James O'Connor cuts a dapper figure alongside partner Bridget Bauman at the Rebels' Gala Ball.


TWEET : Would have had Kirsten ahead of Kruger and Vermaak ahead of Hougaard myself, but that is one bloody strong Bulls side ... - Front Row Grunt


TWEET : Do eng and Nz have an advantage playing as a team in competitive series before champs trophy? - Graeme Smith

Injured Proteas Test skipper ponders whether England and New Zealand will have any sort of advantage heading into next month's ICC Champions Trophy having played a competitive series in the last few weeks.

11:54 - Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing confirms via his sources at Super Sport that there will be NO live TV coverage of the Netherlands v SA ODI in Amstelveen on Friday, but the Proteas' ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match against Pakistan at The Oval on Monday WILL be screened live...


The Bulls have named their side to face the Cheetahs in their top-of-the-table SA Super Rugby Conference clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday, June 1 at 19:10.


15.  Jürgen Visser, 14. Lionel Mapoe, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies (captain), 7. Arno Botha, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Juandré Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16. Callie Visagie, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Grant Hattingh, 19. Dewald Potgieter, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouché, 22. Zane Kirchner


TWEET - Former Springbok and Sharks forward AJ Venter shows off his new Oakley glasses...

Thank for my new eyes @SethHulley @OakleySA Kilimanjaro is gonna beautiful through these lenses - AJ Venter

11:37 - It is thought that SuperSport United will hold a press conference this afternoon amid speculation of coach Gavin Hunt's move to Wits.

11:27 - Forgotten Springbok Hilton Lobberts could feature for Western Province in this year's Currie Cup competition, according to a report on Die Burger's website.

Click HERE for the full story...

11:24 - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has admitted that he has a defensive crisis ahead of a three-week camp in preparation for their friendly against Lesotho (June 2) and crucial 2014 Soccer World Cup matches against CAR (June 8) and Ethiopia (June 16).

Click HERE for the full story...


Proteas speedster Dale Steyn posts a pic of the room he's sharing in Amsterdam with fellow fast bowler Morne Morkel.

Best roomy ever! @mornemorkel65 #boysontour #amsterdam - Dale Steyn


TWEET : In 24hours i will be getting ready to see and pick my man @CJStander, up from the airport!!! #excitedmuch #beentoolong - Jean-Marié Neethling ?(Ryk's sister) displays her excitement at the arrival of former Bulls loose forward and boyfriend, CJ Stander.

11:09 - Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has urged the Gunners to target next season's English Premiership title and not settle for a place in the Champions League, according to Sky Sports

"Putting Tottenham out of the top four, and I really do hope that's what they were celebrating about, that's the only thing you can celebrate."

10:59 - British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is in doubt for Saturday's tour opener against the Barbarians in Hong Kong, according to Sky Sports


Tonight's scheduled National First Division (NFD) Promotional playoff match between Chippa United and Santos will NOT be televised on SuperSport. Following Thanda Royal Zulu FC's decision to take the matter to the High Court, it remains unclear at this stage whether the match will even go ahead...


TWEET : 80-week ban for head-butting schoolboy rugby player. I agree with the ban but is there psychological assistance to help the boy process? We can't ban schoolboys without some form of restorative intervention. We can't just "write them off" - they're KIDS!! - Greg Wilmot ?

10:48 - Discovery SharkSmart, a programme which works with high schools to ensure a safe rugby playing environment, has come out in support of the 80-week ban handed to a Northern Cape schoolboy for foul play, insisting it reiterates a zero tolerance approach to dirty play on the sports fields.

Click HERE for the full story...

10:46 - DID YOU KNOW

Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn has won more turnovers (24) than any other Super Rugby player this season?

10:40 - Reports out of Spain suggest that Real Madrid may turn to outgoing Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes to replace 'The Special One' Jose Mourinho if Paris St Germain ask too much for Carlo Ancelotti.

10:34 - Kaizer Chiefs fans are still basking in the glory of their 'double' this season, with pictures flowing into Sport24 HQ of proud Amakhosi fans.

Click HERE for some of the 'best of the best' images

10:29 - Watch as Proteas star batsman JP Duminy discusses the team's preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales starting on June 6.

Click HERE to watch the video...

10:27 - Brumbies coach Jake White is expecting the Hurricanes to take on his side up front in their Super Rugby clash at Canberra Stadium on Friday. Kick-off is at 11:40 SA time.

Click HERE for the full story... 


TWEET : It has to be #cyprus #AphroditeHills1 for the next holiday ! Where are u all going on ya hols this yr?! - Rio Ferdinand on where you will find him this off-season...

10:16 - Brazilian striker Neymar is relishing the prospect of playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Xavi after signing for Barcelona.

"My feeling is like having butterflies in my stomach. I still feel it."


TWEET : Saw these puppies in london the other day,not sure cape town is ready for them just yet... #different - Herschelle Gibbs reveals the latest addition to his wardrobe...

10:08 - Reports suggest that Manchester United are targeting a move for former Arsenal and current Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas

10:03 - The all-new ICC cricket committee, ahead of their meeting at Lord's. How many faces do you recognise?

9:59 - Mark Hughes is likely to be appointed as new Stoke boss in the next 48 hours according to the Daily Telegraph


South Africa's top surfer Jordy Smith posts a picture of the waves in Fiji... - Jordy Smith


TWEET : Lets brace yourself for the game of the weekend, Bulls vs Cheetahs, did you know that the Cheetahs have never beaten the Bulls in Superugby - Breyton Paulse ?

9:40 - Gareth Bale's agent has admitted it would be an 'honour' if Real Madrid were interested in his client and has also dismissed reports Bale is on the verge of signing a new long-term deal with Tottenham Hotspur.

9:31 - Liverpool's home kit for the 2013/14 season launches tonight...

9:26 - Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has admitted he would be available for an unlikely Ashes call-up.

"You wouldn't say no, would you, if that call came and I would never say never, but you have to say a call-up like that now is extremely unlikely".

9:24 - Thanda Royal Zulu FC are heading to the High Court this morning to try and stop the PSL's Promotion playoffs.

9:22 - It's been a tough few days for the British & Irish Lions mascot...


The Hurricanes have named their team to face the Brumbies in their Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Canberra on Friday, May 31. Kick-off is at 11:40 SA time.


15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain) 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks

Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Tusi Pisi, 22 James Marshall


TWEET : Congratulations to @ardiesavea who has been named Captain of the #NZU20s for the U20 World Champs in France. #JWC2013 - All Blacks


The Waratahs have named their team to face the Crusaders in their Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Friday, May 31. Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.


15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Pat McCutcheon, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Will Skelton, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Matt Lucas, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Drew Mitchell


The Barbarians have named their team to face the British & Irish Lions in Hong Kong on Saturday - including two South Africans in the starting XV: Marco Wentzel (lock) and Schalk Brits (hooker)


Jared Payne (Ulster/NZL), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne/NZL), Elliot Daly (London Wasps/ENG), Casey Laulala (Munster/NZL), Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz Olympique/USA), Nick Evans (Harlequins/NZL), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz Olympique/FRA), Sergio Parisse (captain, Stade Francais/ITA), Sam Jones (London Wasps/ENG), Samu Manoa (Northampton/USA), Dean Mumm (Exeter Chiefs/AUS), Marco Wentzel (London Wasps/RSA), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester/ITA), Schalk Brits (Saracens/RSA), Paul James (Bath/WAL)

Substitutes: Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso/ITA), Duncan Jones (Ospreys/WAL), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro 92/ITA), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester/SCO), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz Olympique/FRA), Kahn Fotuali'i (Ospreys/SAM), James Hook (Perpignan/WAL), Mike Tindall (Gloucester/ENG)

8:56 - Real Madrid are ready to 'break the bank' to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at the club.

8:48 - New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum has picked England to win their upcoming Ashes series against Australia starting on July 10 at Trent Bridge. Who are you backing in this year's Ashes series?

Click HERE for the full story...

8:41 - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has expressed his concerns ahead of the team's upcoming 2014 Soccer World Cup matches against CAR (June 8) and Ethiopia (June 16).

“All my central defenders are out. We’re staying positive. The players coming in are very capable and it’s a great opportunity”.

“We weren’t in a good situation going into the Ethiopia qualifier, but we got our first three points against CAR”.

"We’re in a situation where we need to win. The guys are fired up, I think I have the right blend of players with great character".

“We have training today till Friday. We depart for Lesotho and come back immediately before heading out to Cameroon”.

TWEET : Igesund and his assistant Serame Letsoaka share a laugh - and a cup of coffee - Bafana Bafana

8:35 - Proteas, Warriors and Pune Warriors bowler Wayne Parnell tweets a picture from his aeroplane seat en route back to South Africa from the IPL in India.

TWEET : Loved waking up to this before I touched down in #Jozi - Wayne Parnell 


TWEET : Morning all last day of the course-classroom all day today so thought id attack the day with a 5 mile run out in the derbyshire dales! - Phil Neville

8:28 - Roberto Martinez has been installed as a 1/5 favourite to take over as Everton manager following his request to leave Wigan.

8:23 - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer says it would be too much of a risk to pick Cheetahs flank Heinrich Brüssow for the upcoming Tests against Italy, Scotland and possibly Samoa. Do you agree? Let us know...

Click HERE for the full story...

8:18 - Tonight's National First Division (NFD) promotional playoff match between Cape sides Chippa United and Santos at the Philippi Stadium will kick off at 19:30. The match is a repeat of last year's playoffs at the same venue when Chippa won 4-3. The match will be screened live on SuperSport 4.  

8:16 - Two former British & Irish Lions are backing the current squad to beat the Wallabies in their upcoming three-Test tour.

Click HERE for the full story...

8:11 - Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will captain England in tonight's friendly against the Republic of Ireland as a tribute for reaching 100 caps. 

8:08 - Nepal has marked 60 years since the first ascent of Everest by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, celebrating the summiteers whose success has bred an industry that many climbers now fear is ruining the world's highest peak.


TWEET : Serfontein out of JWC ... and into Bok squad for Italy perhaps? - Front Row Grunt

08:03 - Bulls star centre Jan Serfontein has withdrawn from the South Africa Under-20 squad for the upcoming Junior World Championship in France from June 5-23.

Click HERE for the full story...

08:02 - Shocking news with the resignation of Two Oceans race director Rowen James, who has quit his position with immediate effect. James oversaw the 56km Two Oceans - commonly known as the world most beautiful ultra marathon - as well as the country's most popular Half Marathon which this year had a combined record number of 25 000 participants.

Click HERE for the full story...

08:01 - TWEET : Flights been delayed for a few hours so I've been brushing up on my Afrikaans while we wait...

Dankie vir almal se warmte en gasvryheid, het n ongelooflike tyd gehad, sien uit na ons volgende SA toer

Translation = Thank you for your warmth and hospitality, had an amazing time, looking forward to our next trip to SA,

Reds and Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper brushes up on his Afrikaans while waiting to board a flight out of South Africa following his teams winless Super Rugby tour

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