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Aug 13, 2014

Pollard gets nod ahead of Steyn at flyhalf

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Inexperienced flyhalf Handre Pollard was named ahead of long-standing incumbent Morne Steyn in South Africa’s team for their opening match of the Rugby Championship against Argentina in Pretoria on Saturday.

The 20-year-old, who just two months ago was captaining South Africa’s under-20 team at the Junior World Championship, will win a second cap as coach Heyneke Meyer put Steyn, South Africa’s most capped flyhalf with 56 appearances, on the bench for the test at Loftus Versfeld.

Aug 13, 2014

Rugby-Pollard gets nod ahead of Steyn at flyhalf

CAPE TOWN, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Inexperienced flyhalf Handre Pollard was named ahead of long-standing incumbent Morne Steyn in South Africa’s team for their opening match of the Rugby Championship against Argentina in Pretoria on Saturday.

The 20-year-old, who just two months ago was captaining South Africa’s under-20 team at the Junior World Championship, will win a second cap as coach Heyneke Meyer put Steyn, South Africa’s most capped flyhalf with 56 appearances, on the bench for the test at Loftus Versfeld.

Aug 13, 2014

Rugby-Springboks may be forced to play second fiddle again

CAPE TOWN, Aug 13 (Reuters) – South Africa’s annual quest to knock arch rivals New Zealand off their pedestal begins again in the Rugby Championship, with little to suggest any impending change in the status quo.

A key injury, disappointing returns by South African sides in the recent Super Rugby competition and unconvincing form by the Springboks in June’s warm-up internationals suggest the challenge may again prove a bridge too far.

Aug 12, 2014

Ebola countries told to move African qualifiers

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Guinea and Sierra Leone have been ordered to move their African Nations Cup qualifiers next month to neutral territory following the outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa, which has killed more than 1,000 people.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Tuesday that Liberia, who are out of the Nations Cup, must also move international matches although there are none imminent at senior, club or junior level.

Aug 12, 2014

Soccer-Ebola countries told to move African qualifiers

CAPE TOWN, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Guinea and Sierra Leone have been ordered to move their African Nations Cup qualifiers next month to neutral territory following the outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa, which has killed more than 1,000 people.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Tuesday that Liberia, who are out of the Nations Cup, must also move international matches although there are none imminent at senior, club or junior level.

Aug 8, 2014

Ivory Coast’s Drogba quits internationals

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba announced his international retirement on Friday after scoring 61 goals in 103 appearances for his country.

“It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football,” the 36-year-old said on his website (www.didierdrogba.com).

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Ivory Coast’s Drogba quits internationals

CAPE TOWN, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba announced his international retirement on Friday after scoring 61 goals in 103 appearances for his country.

“It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football,” the 36-year-old said on his website (www.didierdrogba.com).

Jul 30, 2014

Kallis quits ODI format months before World Cup

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has surprisingly decided to call time on his international limited overs career six months before the World Cup.

The 38-year-old, one of the greatest all-rounders in the game’s history, retired from test cricket last year but had been planning to finish his South Africa career at the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

Jul 30, 2014

Cricket-Kallis quits ODI format months before World Cup

CAPE TOWN, July 30 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has surprisingly decided to call time on his international limited overs career six months before the World Cup.

The 38-year-old, one of the greatest all-rounders in the game’s history, retired from test cricket last year but had been planning to finish his South Africa career at the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

Jul 19, 2014

Rugby-Sharks edge Highlanders for semi-final spot

DURBAN, South Africa, July 19 (Reuters) – Two late penalties from flyhalf Frans Steyn allowed South Africa’s Sharks to come from behind to edge the Otago Highlanders 31-27 and advance to Super Rugby’s last four at King’s Park on Saturday.

Steyn kicked 16 points with the boot as the home side had to scramble for the victory with their forward power more than matched by the pace and handling skills of the New Zealand visitors, who had a 17-13 halftime lead.