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Jaque Fourie leaves the Boks at a tough time

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Bok’s Super active midfielder ” Fourie” announced his retirement from international rugby on Thursday, ironically at the same time he extended his lucrative contract with Japanese club Kobelco Steelers and shortly after turning down an offer to play for the Cell C Sharks in next year’s Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

It is a decision that definitely would send a gale of shock to the spine of most buck players at the camp and one which raises questions about coach Heyneke Meyer’s plans for wining next year’s Rugby World Cup. His decision to unexpectedly and suddenly retire from international rugby is a massive clout to the Springboks’ plans to win the Rugby World Cup next year.

This retirement was confirmed on the Union Sports Group player management agency’s official website, where he confirmed that he will no longer be available for Springbok selection.

“After much consideration, with regards to my current career status, I have decided to not make myself available for any international matches,” Fourie said in a statement on the agency website.

“I have chosen to remain focused on continuing with my current club, Kobelco Steelers.

“The decision to retire from the international stage was not an easy one, but I am looking forward to what the future holds for myself and my family.”

His decision follows the announcement by veteran lock Botha last Saturday that he will also no longer be available for Test selection, but will continue his career with French club Toulon.

Fourie left South Africa in 2011 to play in Japan.

A legend of the game and still regarded as amongst the best outside centres in the world, injury curtailed his recall to the Springbok squad this year.

He achieved a tremendous amount in his career including Try of the Year in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

One of the biggest and most skilful backs in the time in the international arena, Fourie’s 28 Test tries at centre (in 58 Tests in this position) is the most by a Springbok in the midfield.

At the end of 2011, he had scored a total of 32 tries in 70 Tests, placing him third behind Joost van der Westhuizen and Bryan Habana on the all-time list.

Along with Jean de Villiers, he holds the Springbok record for the most Tests as a centre combination (29).

Fourie will continue with his current club, Kobelco Steelers.

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Olympic star wants to unlock his potential

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Despite an injury setback at the Olympic Games in Rio this year, University of Johannesburg long jumper Ruswahl Samaai is facing the future confident he can unlock his potential.

The 24-year-old was recognised for his efforts during 2016 by being named UJ’s Sportsman of the Year at their annual awards function last month.

Reflecting on his year, the Johannesburg-based double national champion said it had “been an amazing season”.

“There were some lows, but I’ve learnt from this season and for me it is just a matter of keeping my head up and to keep aiming for my goals,” he said.

Although hampered by a hamstring tear at the Olympics, Samaai still managed to qualify for the final, jumping to ninth place with a best leap of 7.97m.

The transportation management student, who grew up in the Boland where he attended Paarl Gymnasium, said he wanted to jump farther next year than he had before and felt confident he could achieve that.

“My targets this year were not met due to the injury at the Olympics, but when I looked back on what I achieved, I realised the potential is there to improve.

“I’m working my way through that whole process and I know it will come.”

Samaai said he was strongly motivated to further prove his worth in the World Championships in London next year.

“My main goal is to qualify for that, which I know I can achieve. I also want to retain my national title to make it three years in a row and to improve my overall skills.”

The UJ student-athlete said he would strive to move to the next level by improving small aspects in his discipline.

“For me it’s all about finding the little things I can do to improve my technique, my run-up and my jumping.

“I know it’s hard to keep improving all the time but I always want to find a way to do that. I also want to add greater consistency to my jumping during meetings.”

Asked what message he had for aspiring athletes aiming for success, Samaai said it was all down to “hard work, dedication and faith”.

“If you put in the necessary work, success will come,” he said. “The most important thing is if you work hard now, keep your faith and stay dedicated, you will reap the rewards.”

Being named UJ Sportsman of the Year meant Samaai was able to tick a box in his goals for the year.

“This is one of the goals I wanted to achieve and to get this was such a blessing and an honour because you are judged not only against fellow athletes but all the sporting codes in the varsity.”

He said he was working with strength and conditioning coach Morne Nagel, who had taken his physical state “to a whole new level this year”.

“He has played a huge role in my performances as have the biokineticists and physiotherapists I have worked with.

“Although you are on your own when you compete there’s a big team at UJ who have invested their time in me and that has been very important for my career.”

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Golf AdsTM congratulates SA born Olympic golfer Justin Rose on gold medal

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Golf AdsTM congratulates South African-born Justin Rose who became golf’s first Olympic champion in over 100 years, as the Brit outlasted British Open champion Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Rose shot a final round 67, while Stenson’s 68 saw him hold on for second place and a silver medal, two shots adrift.

This win reaffirms the fact that golf is a well-established and growing sport in the country and that advertising within in clubhouses and greens is well poised to target the highly sought-after affluent golfing audience.

Simon Turck, Managing Director of Golf AdsTM, a division of Provantage Media Group which specialises in Out of Home marketing in South Africa’s niche golfing environment, commends Rose, championing him as, “A brilliant advert for the game.”

“The fact that South Africa also competed and had the full onsite support of Gary Player was tremendous. The Olympics will no doubt have a positive impact on golf around the globe and interest in the great game. Considering Rio only had two 18-hole courses before the Olympics, it distinguishes the South African golf industry as very well poised in terms of growth opportunities. We have an abundance of courses in South Africa and Golf AdsTM has access to over 175 of the top courses here.” says Turck.

Turck also congratulates top ranked South African in the Olympic field Jaco Van Zyl who not only carded the second ace in Olympic golf history, but also the second in just three rounds of competition. Van Zyl, born in Pretoria, reached the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking in February this year for the first time. Van Zyl’s ace occurred at the 8th hole of the Olympic course, a 172-yard par-3.

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Madibaz’s Vorstman in the fast lane to success

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Beset by injury problems as a junior, Mecer NMMU-Madibaz fast bowler Henco Vorstman came of age this season by playing a leading role in the team’s triumphant run in the Nelson Mandela Bay Cricket Board Premier League.
The 20-year-old paceman reaped the dividends of the many hours of work he has put into his bowling to claim 23 wickets during the season – an important factor in the Madibaz’s success.

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In paying tribute to his coaches and teammates, Vorstman described the summer as one of his best seasons and was delighted to make a significant contribution to the team.
“Working hard has never been a problem for me, and seeing my hard work pay off was just delightful,” he said.
“Taking three five-wicket hauls has made this my best season so far and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my coaches and God.
“Contributing to the team in the way that I did was one of the best feelings that a person can get. I’m just glad that I could help the Madibaz Cricket Club over the line.”
Having grown up in Pretoria, where he attended Elarduspark Primary School and Waterkloof High, Vorstman said he had been involved in cricket ever since he could remember, first playing the game as a four-year-old.
After matriculating in 2014, he moved to Port Elizabeth where he lives in a flat in Humewood and is studying a BComm Business Management degree at NMMU.
Following his successful season, Vorstman is looking forward to making his mark in the game to realise the potential he showed as a junior.
“I played in the Northerns provincial teams from U11 up to U19. I haven’t made any major teams yet as I had problems with injuries in the past which kept me from realising my full potential.

“But being selected for the U19 (Northerns) Coke Week team and then the Titans Cubs have been among the highlights, and then obviously playing for NMMU’s first team straight out of school.
“My future is in my hands and I’m a long way away from giving up.”

While cricket clearly plays a big role in his life, the quicky is equally determined to make his mark off the field.
“I chose this degree because I want to start my own business after I hang up my cricketing boots. It has been a passion of mine, and the drive behind creating something of my own also influenced my decision.

“I’ve managed to make small breakthroughs in my entrepreneurial ventures and I try to fill myself with as much business-orientated knowledge as possible.
“I like to have some sort of structure to my life. It really isn’t easy to try and accomplish two life objectives at the same time, but at the moment I’m just happy to be here.
“Knowing when to concentrate on which aspect is vital, but making time for some fun activities is just as important.”
Having achieved their objective of winning the league, Vorstman said they would now focus on competing in the national club championship in Pretoria at the end of April.
“Training hard and making sacrifices that other people wouldn’t were just a small indication of the hunger we had as a team.
“But our eyes are set on the next objective, and we will take this victory as a solid base going forward as a club.
“I just want to add that even though I received acknowledgment for my performance, it was the whole team that made winning this league possible.
“The coaching staff are world-class and, as a group of cricketers, we cannot ask for more.”

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