SA Rugby has confirmed that the Cheetahs will be taking part in the European Challenge Cup next season as South Africa’s entry into the two major European tournaments was made official on Thursday.
Stuart Barnes has criticised South Africa’s involvement in next season’s European Champions Cup, warning against the Springboks joining the Six Nations.
Vincent Tshituka has been named Vodacom United Rugby Championship Player of the Month – the first forward to achieve this – after a strong April campaign for the Lions.
The Sharks have announced the signing of barnstorming Lions loose forward Vincent Tshituka on a three-year deal.
Wandisile Simelane is poised to join the Vodacom Bulls, with the Lions centre having considered his “options on the table”.
The Stormers, Vodacom Bulls and Lions ensured another successful weekend for the South African franchises in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.
Rassie Erasmus has urged South African rugby unions to stop contracting “weak” players who don’t have a future in the pro ranks.
The Lions clawed their way back from an 11-point half-time deficit to defeat Munster at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon.
With the South African leg of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship scheduled for next week, the Sharks, Stormers and Vodacom Bulls are all in position to make a run at playoff places.
The Stormers scored four tries to clinch a commanding 32-10 bonus-point win over the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.