2013 Investec Super Rugby - Around the traps - Tuesday 5 March
05 Mar 2013
The Bulls will wear their customary away pink strip against the Blues this weekend, forcing a change to the pink uniform worn by New Zealand referees, with SANZAR confirming that Garrat Williamson will wear black and white instead.
Springboks backs Juan de Jongh and Jaco Taute will again be missing from action when the Stormers play the champions this weekend.
De Jongh has been out for over a month now with a hamstring injury, and while there are suggestions he could play, it seems Alistair Coetzee is erring on the side of caution. Taute has been given another week to overcome his groin injury.
Despite concerns over Bryan Habana, it has been revealed he will play against the Chiefs.
It has been revealed that only six players for NSW are contracted beyond this season, meaning that 80 percent of their current roster comes off contract at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Chiliboy Ralepelle of the Bulls not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (h) and 10.4 (k) after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
No further sanction has been imposed on the player.
Will Genia's little brother Nigel is in line to make his Super Rugby debut for the Reds.
A halfback like his Wallabies older brother, the potential scratching of Ben Lucas means that Nick Frisby will likely start, resulting in a call up to the bench for the 21-year-old, who played for the Reds College XV over the weekend.
AUSTRALIAN / WALLABY HEAD TO HEADS
Some mouthwatering match ups in Australian Rugby this weekend, notably with the Rebels naming James O'Connor at flyhalf, meaning he will go up against Reds wizard Quade Cooper. Tatafu Polota-Nau versus Stephen Moore in the engine room is another big clash.
SURELY TIME FOR A WIN
The Crusaders and Hurricanes, both high performers last season, face each other this weekend searching for their maiden win of 2013. A flashy Hurricanes attack that couldn't score tries last week against the Reds, and a composed Crusaders outfit that cracked under the Blues onslaught. Interesting times in Christchurch and Wellington.
The Springboks playmaker has announced he will take up a three-year deal in Paris at the conclusion of Super Rugby, heading to Top 14 and European giants Stade Francais.
With news that former Springbok and Kings captain Luke Watson is struggling to overcome a throat injury, the Kings may be forced to hand over the captaincy armband to Andries Strauss, who is likely to lead his new team against his old mates.
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