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22 March 2018 12:02 (South Africa)


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The Springboks have made three changes to the match 22 for their second Test against England on Saturday. Pat Lambie comes in for the injured Zane Kirchner, the only change in the starting line-up. There are two changes on the bench with Werner Kruger replacing the injured Coenie Oosthuizen while Bjorn Basson is Lambie's replacement on the bench.

England beat the SA Barbarians 54-26 in their midweek match in Kimberley on Wednesday. The Baabaas fought hard, but England were too much for the home side and after leading 25-14 at half time, managed to hold on to their lead. 

Morné Steyn has bemoaned his kicking, saying he was under par during the Springboks' first Test against England on Saturday. Steyn admitted that conditions were tough, but added that kickers should be ready for any situation and said he hoped to improve over the weekend.

Rynhardt Elstadt has been handed a one-week suspension by SANZAR duty judicial officer Mike Heron. Elstad received the fan for receiving three yellow cards in the Super Rugby season and will miss the Stormers' match against the Lions on 2 July as a result.


The interview process to appoint Bafana Bafana's coach will begin on Thursday. Four of the five coaches – Gordon Igesund, Gavin Hunt, Neil Tovey and Shakes Mashaba – will be interviewed. Current caretaker coach, Steve Komphela, is busy preparing the team for a friendly against Gabon on Friday, and he will be interviewed next Tuesday.

Russia were fined €120,000 by UEFA on Wednesday for their badly behaved spectators who threw and set off fireworks during the team's first match at Euro 2012. The governing body threatened to dock points if supporters continued to misbehave.

Kaizer Chiefs have made made an offer of R5-million for Bloemfontein Celtic defender Mulomowandau Mathoho. General manager Bobby Motaung said that Mathoho was the number one player on Amakhosi's wish list.

Roberto Di Matteo has been handed a two-year contract as Chelsea's permanent first team coach. Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas Boas in the interim, but the club said that his quality was plain to see and both the board and the owner were looking forward to him continuing his good work. 


Haroon Lorgat has ruled out the possibility of including a window for the IPL in the Future Tours Programme. There have been plenty of issues surrounding clashing schedules with international fixtures and the IPL, but Lorgat insists that a window for the tournament could set a precedent that windows need to be created for all of the t20 leagues across the world. 

South Africa has named an unchanged squad for the team’s Test series against England. AB de Villiers will act as reserve wicketkeeper, despite Thami Tsolekile being handed a national contract earlier in the year. Tsolekile will, however, play in Ireland for the A team and South Africa's convenor of selectors says that instead of having the wicketkeeper on the bench waiting for a game, they would rather have him playing cricket.

Johan Botha has been ruled out of the Twenty20 tri-series between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh with a knee injury.  Hashim Amla will captain in the side in Botha's absence.

The third ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan ended in a washout after just 6.2 overs had been bowled. The series is currently level at 1-1 with two games still to play.

Chris Gayle made his return in the West Indies maroon during a tour match against Middlesex. The big Jamaican manged to score just 34, but that didn't stop the the West Indians from winning the match comprehensively, crushing their opponents by 228 runs. Darren Bravo scored an unbeaten 112 while Dwayne Smith chipped in with 96 and Dwayne Bravo added a blitzkrieg 40 off 21. Gayle also chipped in with a couple of wickets, taking  1-1-0-2. The West Indies start their one-day series against England on 16 June. 


Andy Murray was defeated 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/1) by Nicolas Mahut in the second round of the Queen's Club tournament on Wednesday. Murray has wont he event twice in last three years, but Murray's game on Wednesday was littered with errors, leading to the shock defeat. Andy Roddick also crashed out, losing 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Rafael Nadal's R3-million watch has been found. The alleged thief, a hotel barman, was tracked down after his hotel access badge was traced. The man confessed to entering Nadal's room and taking the watch, and took police to the place where he had hidden it.  DM

Photo: Injured Zane Kirchner (above) has been replaced by Pat Lambie. (REUTERS)

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