Bok hookers: 'Bubbling under' brigade have new hope

2020-02-13 12:58

No Schalk Brits, a doubtful Bongi Mbonambi … the Springboks may offer scope for new faces in the key hooking berth in mid-year, writes Rob Houwing.

Schalk Brits' appeal fails, banned for 4 matches

2019-04-02 11:23

Schalk Brits' appeal against his red card ban has failed and the Bulls' hooker has been banned for four Super Rugby matches.

Akker van der Merwe banned for 3 matches for fist fight

2019-04-01 11:46

Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe has been banned for three matches after he was red carded against the Bulls for punching.

Human labels Akker, Brits red card incident 'unfortunate'

2019-03-31 13:03

Bulls coach Pote Human has labelled the red card incident from Saturday's clash against the Sharks as "unfortunate".

Brits, Van der Merwe laugh off fist fight after red card

2019-03-30 21:25

Hookers Schalk Brits and Akker van der Merwe have laughed off their fist fight following their South African Super Rugby encounter in Durban.

Sharks pipeline can cover departures

2019-02-27 20:06

The Sharks are confident that they can fill the void left by the departures of Akker van der Merwe and Robert du Preez.

R60m to lure Kitshoff to England?

2019-01-15 08:55

SA Rugby and Western Province will have to fork out large amounts if they wish to keep Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff in South Africa.

Akker van der Merwe undergoes minor procedure

2018-11-02 12:00

Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe has undergone a minor knee procedure but is expected to be fit for the start of Super Rugby 2019.

Boks: ‘Warthog’ has reason to be angry!

2018-10-28 06:30

Rob Houwing anticipates some disbelief from Durban, now home of the domestic champions, over the Bok shunning of Akker van der Merwe.

Boks have ammo for strong ‘last 20’

2018-06-07 13:36

Some SA wags might be forgiven for a wee bit more concern over the Bok starting XV than bench for the first Test against England, reckons Rob Houwing.


Sharks without Akker, Beast for Lions derby

2019-05-22 08:19

The Sharks will be without the services of a few players who have minor niggles ahead of their clash against the Lions.

Brits given 4-week ban for punch-up, Bulls to appeal

2019-04-01 15:52

In a scarcely believable sequence of events, Bulls hooker Schalk Brits has been given a FOUR-week ban following his red card against the Sharks in Durban.

Nick Mallett: 2 red cards were fair

2019-04-01 09:32

Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says the two red cards dished out at Kings Park on Saturday were fair.

Sharks coach Du Preez 'can't condone' Akker behaviour

2019-03-31 10:23

Sharks coach Robert du Preez says he cannot condone the actions of hookers Akker van der Merwe and Schalk Brits following Saturday's Super Rugby derby.

S15: Day SA sides showed wrong sort of 'punch'

2019-03-30 18:34

Rob Houwing reflects on a Saturday that did desperately little to advance any Super Rugby title credentials of South African teams.

Akker bids farewell to Durban, heads to Sale Sharks

2019-02-25 21:22

English club Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Springbok hooker Akker van der Merwe from the Durban-based franchise, the Sharks.

Sale Sharks circle around 5 Springboks

2019-01-14 08:30

English club Sale Sharks reportedly have their sights set on five Springboks.

Rassie on why he excluded the 'warthog' from Bok squad

2018-10-30 10:35

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has explained his decision-making process at hooker for the upcoming year-end tour in Europe.

Can Lions rekindle their fading coals?

2018-07-13 15:42

The breakup of the team’s spine at competition’s end means it is do or die for the Lions’ title quest in Super Rugby in the next few weeks, says Rob Houwing.

Erasmus names Springbok squad for June Tests

2018-05-26 19:35

Rassie Erasmus has included 17 uncapped players in his first Springbok squad of 43 for the four Tests next month.

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