Sport: Rugby

Damian Willemse moves to fullback for Western Province as Sbu Nkosi sits out with a dislocated elbow and Odwa Ndungane takes his place on the wing for the Sharks.
Local bookmakers BET.co.za make the table-topping Sharks favourites for Saturday’s Currie Cup final in Durban.
The Sharks have been far and away the best team in the 2017 competition and coach Robert du Preez has promised “more of the same” for Saturday’s final.
As was the case recently, there is something about a WP-Sharks match-up that always seems to bring out the best in Durban-born flyhalf Robert du Preez.
Saturday’s match will be a repeat of his first final, which was also in Durban in 2012
Karel Thomas van Vollenhoven played the last of his seven Tests for South Africa in 1956.
New Zealand’s advantage over England is now cut to 3.69 rating points ahead of a month which could see them mark eight consecutive years atop the World Rugby Rankings.
Du Preez’s conversion from the touchline was on target and WP stretched their lead to eight points by the time the halftime break dawned.
The Sharks will host the Currie Cup final with a 37-27 win over the Blue Bulls in their semi-final at Kings Park.
Australia produced a performance of huge character to beat New Zealand 23-18 in Brisbane.
eNCA.com takes a look back at the second time the Springboks wrapped their hands around the Webb Ellis trophy after winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Springbok utility player Dillyn Leyds’ place on the wing will be taken by Ruhan Nel.
The hugely influential hooker Malcolm Marx has moved off the bench into the run-on XV and will pack down alongside fellow Bok prop Ruan Dreyer.
Louw will be available to play again on November 6, although both the player and the EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.
She also had the honour of being the first female referee to officiate a men’s match in the FNB Varsity Shied earlier this year.
Mali, a capped Springbok Women’s Sevens player, was in fine form against the British Army.
'It’s been an honour and a privilege to have played footy over the years!' Weepu wrote alongside an image of his boots in the changing room.
The Wales full-back dived over himself just minutes later and added the extras to drag the Llanelli outfit to within a single point.
The Sharks lead the standings on 47 points despite losing 31-20 to WP.
The Bulls started strongly but it was the Pumas that scored first, an against-the-run of play try to lock Jannie Stander off the back of a lineout drive.
Blue Bulls coach John Mitchell only made one forced change amongst the reserves from the squad that travelled to Bloemfontein last weekend.
After six years of service with the Springboks Van Graan will join Irish province Munster as a new head coach.
The Barbarians, formed in 1890, will field players from seven different nations including England, New Zealand, France and Canada in their opening women's game.
The team suffered their first loss on home soil this year when they were edged 25-24 by the All Blacks.
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