SA Rugby confirm Super 14 squads
January 27, 2007
SA Rugby today confirmed the five local Vodacom Super 14 squads for the 2007 season.
The popular international tournament starts next Friday, a week earlier than usual because of the Rugby World Cup tournament in France later in the season.
Andy Marinos, Manager of National Teams at SA Rugby, said more local players were able to gain valuable experience as a result of the expanded format introduced in 2006.
"We are looking forward to another challenging and competitive Vodacom Super 14 campaign. Our teams have prepared well for the tournament and with the World Cup in mind, you can bet the players will use the opportunity to impress the national selectors," said Marinos.
Peter Jooste, convenor of the national selectors, said he was very pleased with and extremely encouraged by the close cooperation between the Vodacom Super 14 coaches and the National Teams Department.
"I am confident that our common approach will be of great benefit to everyone in this very important World Cup year," explained Jooste.
The Lions, formerly known as the Cats, will kick-off the South African participation in the competition when they host Australian visitors the Waratahs next Friday evening in Johannesburg. The match at Ellis Park starts at 19h10.
The Lions team has a new coach in Eugene Eloff who took over from Frans Ludeke.
The four remaining SA teams will contest two tough local derbies the following day, Saturday 3 February.
The Sharks welcome the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban while the Vodacom sponsored Cheetahs and Stormers will clash in the evening match in Bloemfontein.
Saturday, 3 February
The confirmed Vodacom Super 14 squads for 2007 are:
VODACOM BULLS (players in alphabetical order):
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