SPORTS DAY: Bulls had better beware full-strength Stormers

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SPORTS DAY: Bulls had better beware full-strength Stormers

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RUGBY
Stormers coaches sleeping easier – for now
Stormers forwards coach Russell Winter admitted to sleeping more soundly at the moment compared to this time last year thanks to a squad that is almost at full strength. In 2018 the Stormers started the campaign without key players such as Eben Etzebeth‚ Bongi Mbonambi and Frans Malherbe. So far‚ only prop Steven Kitshoff is a concern for Saturday’s Super Rugby opener against the Bulls at Loftus after tweaking a hamstring against Boland last Friday.
SA Rugby officials at Human Rights Commission The SA Rugby Union appeared before the Human Rights Commission on Monday after a group of black Springbok fans reported alleged racial abuse during the Rugby Championship match between the Boks and New Zealand last year. But the details of the meeting have been classified as confidential. An announcement would be made in a few months’ time, said the union.
SOCCER
Banyana to three-month camp before World Cup
Banyana Banyana could go into a full-time camp from as early as April 1 in order to best prepare for the Women’s World Cup in France in mid-year. Without a regular league‚ the women’s national team players have little prospect of keeping up their match fitness in the months leading up to the tournament and in order to make sure they are in proper physical shape for the World Cup‚ they will go into camp for almost three months before the start of the tournament. Banyana make their maiden World Cup appearance against Spain in Le Havre in June 8 and then meet China in Paris five days later and finish their Group B commitments against former world champions Germany.
Montpellier forward sentenced for taunting police
Montpellier striker Andy Delort was on Monday given a two-year suspended prison sentence and fined €18,000 for threatening behaviour towards police officers. Delort, 27, who is loan from fellow Ligue 1 club Toulouse, was arrested in August last year as he was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a police car chase. Scholes appointed manager of Oldham
Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has been appointed as manager of Oldham Athletic. Scholes, 44, is taking on his first managerial role, signing a contract with the club he supported as a boy after spending his entire playing career at Old Trafford. The former Premier League club are languishing in mid-table in League Two, the fourth tier of the English game.
Azpilicueta says sorry to Chelsea fans Cesar Azpilicueta has apologised to Chelsea fans after their humiliating 6-0 defeat by Manchester City, describing it as one of the lowest points in his professional career. Maurizio Sarri’s team crashed to their heaviest loss since 1991 as the Premier League champions ran riot at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. The heavy defeat saw Chelsea slip below Arsenal to sixth in the table on goals scored and raised further questions over the future of Sarri. “It is one of the worst nights in my career. It’s very frustrating, it’s very disappointing,” said the defender.
CYCLING
Froome up against altitude on season debut
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will have his work cut out dealing with the altitude when he tackles the Tour Colombia starting on Tuesday. “Having Froome will be interesting because, apart from the rivalry, we’ll see how these riders go at altitude, how they feel, what they think,” said Colombian Nairo Quintana, who has twice finished runner-up to Froome at the Tour de France. Altitude will be an important feature of July’s Tour with seven climbs rising above 2,000m including the Col de l’Iseran, the highest paved mountain in Europe at 2,770m.
CRICKET
Smith, Warner bans to end during Pakistan ODIs
Steve Smith and David Warner could return to the Australian team when their bans expire midway through the upcoming one-day international series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The five match Pakistan series will be held from March 22-31. Smith and Warner, who were banned for their roles in last year’s Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, are eligible for selection again on March 29, meaning they can be called up for the fourth ODI against Pakistan.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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