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April Fools' Day Round Up
Who's fooling who?
ESPN Staff
April 1, 2014

It is that time of the year again where common sense goes out of the window as various PR and media teams attempt to convince us the most ridiculous event has happened over night as the clock ticks on to April Fools' Day, but as ever, are some genuine? ESPN brings you a round-up of the best 'stories'.

South Africa swap green for red shirts

So apparently South Africa will wear red shirts from June 2014 onwards and have been rebranded the "Rooibokke". According to SARU CEO Jurie Roux, they would be "foolish if they did not look at ways to move the game forward".

Warriors lose Josh Strauss to Portugal

Glasgow released a press statement saying Josh Strauss had signed for Portugese side Caldas Rugby Clube in the First Division of the Campeonato Nacional de Rugby. He claimed he was looking forward to playing golf and watching the Portugal national football team.

"This is a new challenge and I'm a big fan of Portuguese food, which was one of the big attractions for me," Strauss said. "I've been playing guitar in the club band and that is something I'll really miss but hopefully there is a band at Caldas which I can join.

"I'm also a keen golfer and I like the way the Portugal football team play so I'm sure I'll enjoy watching them play when I'm over there."

Marler swaps Quins for Sharks

Haskell gets some ink

Ahead of Wasps' game against Gloucester on April 19, flanker James Haskell has turned to a tattoo parlour to show his commitment to the team.

Cockerill swaps Tigers for Saints

A good effort from the Saints' unofficial fans forum 'Come on you Saints' as they put together a press release saying Richard Cockerill was replacing the England-bound Jim Mallinder as Northampton's new coach.

"I'm really looking forward to getting to grips with quality players for the first time in a quite a while," Cockerill supposedly said. "It's all very well working with journeymen who can occasionally play above their pay-scale but now I'll be endlessly shouting at first-class units. And I've had enough of being known as Cockers. It's all a bit cricket, isn't it? You know, Aggers, Johnners, Blowers - it's all a bit naff. Just call me The Cock and be done with it."

Bath sign Olof Pirlas

Bath announced the signing of a new Georgian back-rower whose name just happened to be an anagram of April Fools. Apparently Pirlas was a former Georgian U20 Greco-Roman wrestling champion, and until 2011 was a member of Georgia's Special Forces Brigade.

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