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  • Gibson wishes England well for the Ashes

    22 November 2017 7:13 PM 13

    Cape Town - Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has wished England's Joe Root and squad well leading up to the first Ashes Test at the Gabba. Gibson worked as England's bowling coach for nearly five years from 2007-2010 and again 2015-2017. In that time he was involved in the 2006/7, 2009 and 2015 Ashes. This time Gibson will not be in the England dressing room, as the first

  • Lauda: Next year's titles will be more difficult

    22 November 2017 10:50 AM 19

    Cape Town - Niki Lauda has hailed Mercedes' fourth championship double, but has warned that next year it will be "even more difficult" to achieve. With Lewis Hamilton winning the world title to go along with Mercedes' constructors' championship, the Brackley team has, for the fourth year running, claimed the double. Although the team romped to the constructors'

  • Veteran Italian hooker braces for 'physical' Boks

    22 November 2017 8:21 AM 19

    Cape Town - Veteran Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini knows physicality will be the order of the day when they face the Springboks in Padova on Saturday. The 88-Test veteran is looking forward to playing against the Springboks after missing out on their shock 20-18 win over South Africa in Florence last year. The Italians will again be looking to take the Springboks

  • Springboks wary of ‘intelligent’ Parisse

    22 November 2017 5:18 AM 17

    Cape Town - The Springboks are wary of the threat posed by Italy captain and No 8 Sergio Parisse ahead of the teams’ international in Padova on Saturday. The 34-year-old Parisse boasts 128 Test caps for Italy and was instrumental in their shock 20-18 win over the Springboks in Florence last year. Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot addressed media

  • Proudfoot happy with Springbok forwards’ training intensity

    21 November 2017 5:00 PM 20

    Proudfoot said the Italians pride themselves on their set-pieces and their ability to stop forward momentum at the breakdown. “The work by our ball carriers during and after contact, in tandem with our cleaners, will hopefully enable us to get quick ball on Saturday,” said Proudfoot. Proudfoot was especially pleased with the training effort and intensity

  • This 9/1 English BET Boost looks the mustard

    21 November 2017 12:18 PM 22

    Cape Town - Here at BET Central we’re 100% South African and that naturally means the English normally get right up our nostrils at times. But like a jar of hot English mustard, this 9/1 BET Boost ahead of tonight’s Champions League could make our eyes water for all the right reasons. You see, this year the English teams seem to be made of strong stuff

  • RFU to make goodwill payment to Samoa

    21 November 2017 9:09 AM 22

    London - The Rugby Football Union will still pay Samoa £75 000 (R1.4 million) as a goodwill gesture even though the Samoa Rugby Union is not bankrupt, the English governing body announced on Monday. Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said earlier this month the Samoan union, which he chairs, had become "insolvent" and was incapable of paying

  • World Rugby hits back at 'inaccurate' Samoa claims

    21 November 2017 6:05 AM 23

    Wellington - World Rugby on Tuesday dismissed as "inaccurate" claims from Samoa's prime minister that the sport is bankrupt in the Pacific nation and the governing body interfered in coach selection. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also chairperson of the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU), outlined the sport's financial woes earlier this month

  • Kumar, Dhawan opt out of 2nd Sri Lanka Test

    20 November 2017 6:39 PM 23

    Kolkata - Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan Monday pulled out of India's Test team for the second match against Sri Lanka due to personal reasons, the country's cricket board said. Kumar, who starred with a match haul of eight wickets in the drawn first Test in Kolkata, will miss the next two Tests while Dhawan is only available

  • Boks stay 5th in rankings after France win

    20 November 2017 2:04 PM 26

    Cape Town - Despite their win over France in Paris, the Springboks remain fifth in the official World Rugby rankings. According to World Rugby's website, the Boks’ 18-17 victory over Les Blues on Saturday saw them pick up 0.86 of a rating point, but it was not enough for them to jump ahead of fourth-placed Ireland, who beat Fiji 23-20 in Dublin