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Springboks pick 19 uncapped players for camps JOHANNESBURG: South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has included 19 uncapped players for two 2015 Rugby World Cup training camps during May and June.Western Stormers full-back Cheslin Kolbe and tighthead prop Vincent Koch and Golden Lions scrum-half Faf de Klerk will attend Springbok training for the first time.The other 16 have prior involvement with the two-time world champions, either as members of touring squads or at training or planning camps.Johannesburg hosts the May 3-6 first camp and Cape Town the May 31-June 3 second get-together.Diminutive Kolbe is an elusive runner, but many pundits doubted whether Meyer would be interested in the 21-year-old given his preference for physically big players.Team-mate Koch joined the Stormers from Currie Cup outfit Mpumalanga Pumas for the Super 15 season and has been consistently impressive as a scrummagerTighthead prop has been a long-running problem position for the Springboks with no stand-out substitute for injury-prone veteran Jannie du ...

Victory finish top of A-League regular season SYDNEY: Melbourne Victory won their third Premiers' Plate by finishing top of the regular A-League season standings with a 3-1 final day defeat of the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.Sydney FC's 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix earlier in the day ensured the Premiers' Plate would come down to the final match of the regular season, with Victory needing to avoid a loss of more than six goals.But goals to Daniel Georgievski, Archie Thompson and Besart ...

Wu Ashun breaks away to win China Open SHANGHAI: China's Wu Ashun shot a one-under par 71 on Sunday to break a logjam at the top of the leaderboard and secure an historic victory in the Volvo China Open in Shanghai.Wu, who recorded a four day total of 279, or nine under par, became the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event held in China, according to information provided by tournament organisers."It's a wonderful day today," the 29-year-old Wu said."It's very ...

European Cup rivals Toulon, Clermont slump in France PARIS: Top 14 leading pair Toulon and Clermont suffered shock defeats on Saturday just a week before they collide in the European Champions Cup final.Defending French and Europan champions Toulon went down 32-29 at Rochelle.But they remain in top position after Clermont were crushed 31-10 by relegation-haunted Castres who boosted their hopes of staying in the top flight next season.Australian centre Mali Hingano's try in the last move of the match gave La Rochelle a ...

Vermeulen foils Pollard and Stormers triumph CAPE TOWN: Western Stormers skipper Duane Vermeulen blocked a late drop-goal attempt by Northern Bulls Handre Pollard to help his team win a pulsating Super 15 clash 15-13 at Newlands Saturday.Bulls were pressing hard deep in Stormers territory to wipe out a two-point deficit as time ticked away before a 46,000 Cape Town crowd.Then opportunity knocked for the Pretoria outfit when Pollard received the ball in a favourable drop-goal position just outside the 22-metre line.But ...

England beat West Indies by nine wickets ST. GEORGE'S: England defeated the West Indies by nine wickets on Saturday to win the second Test and take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.Set a target of 143 at Grenada's National Cricket Stadium, Gary Ballance was 81 not out while skipper Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 59.Earlier, West Indies had been dismissed for 307 in their second innings.The first Test in Antigua last week ended in a draw while the third and final ...

Nishikori to meet Andujar in Barcelona final    BARCELONA: Reigning champion Kei Nishikori booked his place in the Barcelona Open final with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of Slovakia's Martin Klizan on Saturday.The 25-year-old Japanese will face Spain's Pablo Andujar in Sunday's final after he upset compatriot David Ferrer 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.Klizan had won the only previous meeting between the two in a shock straight sets win over an injured Nishikori at last year's French Open.However, there was never any danger of a repeat ...


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