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09 August 2018 10:21 AM Wallabies skipper commits to Aussie rugby

Cape Town - Wallabies and Waratahs flanker and captain Michael Hooper has given Australian rugby a massive boost, committing to a fresh five-year contract. The new contract will take Hooper through the next two Rugby World Cups and to the end of 2023. It's not the first five-year contract in Australian rugby - Lote Tuqiri signed a five-year deal in 2007 but was sacked 20

06 August 2018 12:07 PM Rassie to pick Etzebeth despite lack of game time

Cape Town - Eben Etzebeth, back in the Springbok mix for the Rugby Championship, is ready to start a Test match despite a lack of game time, says coach Rassie Erasmus. Etzebeth missed the entire Super Rugby season with the Stormers due to a serious shoulder injury and played his last competitive match on December 2 last year when the Boks lost to Wales 31

05 August 2018 6:14 AM Group aims to boost skills after buying 51% of Macquarie’s SA unit

A local consortium headed by Mazi Holdings has acquired a majority stake in the local branch of Australian multinational company Macquarie. Macquarie is a financial services company with 14 000 employees in 27 countries. The consortium, consisting of Mazi Holdings, AWCA Investment Holdings and AMB Holdings, as well as some Macquarie senior management 23

27 July 2018 8:31 AM Chiefs consolidate front-row stocks

Cape Town - The Chiefs' front-row stocks have received a boost with the news that props Aidan Ross and Angus Ta’avao have re-signed with the team. Ross is very familiar with the Chiefs environment, having progressed through the University of Waikato Chiefs Development programme before entering the 2018 Super Rugby season with a full contract. The Bay of Plenty 46

26 July 2018 9:02 AM ATP changes will boost hopes of SA youngsters

Cape Town - Young South African players trying to break into professional tennis on the world circuit will be greatly encouraged by the enhanced offerings on the ATP Challenger Tour. According to the Team SA website, there are presently about six South African rookies playing Challenger events around the world - although most depend on playing when tournaments 21

22 July 2018 9:38 AM Bangladesh crackdown to boost ailing Test squad

Dhaka - Bangladesh plans to crack down on players who use "pretexts" to avoid playing domestic first-class cricket in an effort to boost its woeful Test squad, an official said on Sunday. Bangladesh have won just 10 out of 108 games since getting Test status in 2000, losing six of their last seven, including a thrashing by the West Indies this month 33

16 July 2018 6:00 PM IMF: Nigeria, South Africa set to boost sub-Saharan Africa’s economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised the growth rate of sub-Saharan Africa’s economy to 3.8% for 2019, up from April’s growth projection of 3.7%. In its latest World Economic Outlook Update released on Monday, the IMF said the upwardly revised growth is supported by the rise in commodity prices. The IMF expects the South African economy 94

16 July 2018 6:38 AM Barrett, Savea re-commit to Hurricanes, All Blacks

Cape Town - The Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby have received a huge boost with the news that Jordie Barrett and Ardie Savea have re-committed until the end of 2019. 25-Test Savea made his Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes in 2013 and All Blacks Test debut in 2016, while Barrett made his Super and Test debut in 2017. He has played five Tests 39

14 July 2018 10:46 AM Trade Wars: China to import less soy first time since 2004

China has been gobbling up the world’s soybeans at breakneck speed over the past decade. But as the trade spat with the US escalates, its imports of the oilseed are set to decline for the first time in 15 years. China will bring in 95 million metric tons of soybeans in the 2018-2019 season, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Thursday in its monthly 23

12 July 2018 8:48 AM Sharks get Du Preez boost for make-or-break clash

Durban - Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has made minimal changes to his side for Saturday's final round of the Super Rugby pool stages against the Jaguares. As expected, Beast Mtawarira returns in place of Juan Schoeman after having his workload reduced last week, while Kobus van Wyk replaces the injured Sbu Nkosi on the wing. Daniel du Preez, meanwhile 21