# south african

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# New Era
United Rugby Championship to kick-off in September with South African sides
The 16-team competition will use one league table and have 18 regular-season rounds.
# plans
Rainbow Cup to start this month with final call on South African sides to come
The three rounds of derby games will go ahead as planned.
# new additions
Big-name South African franchises set to join expanded Pro16 in April
The Bulls, Stormers, Sharks, and Lions will bring some world-class players with them.
# loss maker
Another blow for Saracens as South African owners want out
Johann Rupert is selling his 50% stake to club chairman and co-owner Nigel Wray.
# Debut
'They’re off winning Grand Slams and you’re off in f***ing Rotherham'
At the age of 31, Billy Holland will win his first Ireland cap against Canada tomorrow.
# Bidding war
Ireland's 2023 World Cup rivals confident racial targets will be met for bid to proceed
South Africa’s bid has been in limbo but they are confident it will meet criteria.
# Courts
High Court orders deportation of South African man, with his children remaining here
The man had previously been jailed here for the possession and sale of drugs.
# Grunt
Analysis: What can Munster expect from new lock Jean Kleyn?
The 22-year-old joins the province from the Stormers next month.
# project player
Munster confirm signing of South African lock Kleyn on three-year deal
The 22-year-old will move to Limerick from the Stormers.
# Courts
Man was paid €12,500 to process passports for South African and American nationals
He also processed passports for Moldovan and Vietnamese nationals. He will be sentenced next month.
# Profile
What can Ulster expect from new South African signing Louis Ludik?
Former Agen teammate Denis Fogarty and South African sports journalist Gareth Duncan explain.
# Meet and Greet
Neymar rescues young South African pitch-invader in heart-warming moment
What a nice guy.
# comeback trail
Snapshot: Richardt Strauss is back training with Leinster
The South African hooker is keeping on top of his fitness after he underwent surgery on his heart.
# Italy
Dublin man among four arrested on suspicion of stealing from Costa Concordia
Police say the men were seen on the ship with a Costa Concordia rucksack, and are suspected of trying to take items as souvenirs.
# backline dynamo
Munster confirm signing of South African winger Gerhard van den Heever
The 24-year-old will join former teammate CJ Stander at Thomond Park next season.
# Oscar Pistorius
Updated: Oscar Pistorius hearing adjourned until August
The South African ‘Blade Runner’ was back in court for the first time since he was bailed in February. The full trial is not expected to get under way until next year.
# the new nacewa
Leinster confirm Springbok Zane Kirchner will join them next season
The versatile South African will replace Isa Nacewa in the summer.
# Heineken Cup
‘When I arrived Ulster was in a bad place’ – Pienaar targets cup double
The South African has warned his teammates to be on the alert for flanker Jacques Burger, who he describes as a ‘kamikaze pilot’.
# 6 Nations
Smal has confidence in Irish front row after Paddy's Day mash-up
The Ireland forwards coach is aware that England will be targeting a repeat of their scrum dominance last year.
South African Olympian Stander killed in road accident
The 25-year-old was UCI Mountain Bike World Cup under-23 men’s cross-country 2009 world champion.
# Heineken Cup
Malcolm O'Kelly backs Leinster to ride the storm and hit their targets
Leinster could do with some lineout advice after last weekend’s blundering.
# clutch games
Heineken Cup: Du Preez wants sluggish Munster to get out of third gear
The lineout gambit worked a treat. If Munster can fix their scrum a follow-up victory awaits.
# tv blackout
Pro12: Connacht victory crucial for make-or-break month says Poolman
The westerners entertain Edinburgh in Glasgow this evening ahead of Heineken Cup matches against Biarritz.
# Forward Thinking
'There's nothing wrong with the confidence' - Gert Smal
It’s those niggly little details that have tripped Ireland up for the past 18 months, explained the Irish coach.
# November Tests
'I don't see myself as a South African rugby player at all' - Richardt Strauss
Ireland’s new hooker had a baptism of fire against his native country on Saturday and is warming to the task.
# wrangler
Dress code: CJ Stander shows up for Munster training in a pair of jeans
We’ve heard of Casual Friday but this is getting ridiculous.
# super 8
South African Number 8 CJ Stander is arriving in Munster today
The 22-year-old has a year of Super Rugby experience with the Bulls under his belt.
# Heineken Cup
Team News: Wannenberg returns to Ulster to face old teammates and young gun Henderson
The South African Number 8 will have a challenging night against the flanker, Henry and Ferris.
# springback
You've been Ruan-ed: Look who is back and ready to go for Ulster
The province has also signed up flanker Iain Henderson to a three-year professional contract.
# western province
Keep 'em coming: Connacht snap up Poolman from Stormers
The 23-year-old will sign as a project player and could be eligible to play for Ireland by the end of his three-year deal.