Wednesday 3 February
Force vs Hurricanes (Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, Kick-off: 09:50 SA time)

Thursday 4 February
Blues vs Rebels (Pakuranga Rugby Club, Auckland, Kick-off: 6:30 SA time)

Friday 5 February
Toulon vs Sharks (Stade Mayol, Toulon, Kick-off: TBC)
Kings vs SWD Eagles (Outeniqua Park, George, Kick-off: 19:00)

Saturday 6 February
Reds vs Crusaders (Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane, Kick-off: 11:30 SA time)
Waratahs vs Brumbies (McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, 10:00 SA time)
Highlanders vs Racing 92 (Siu Sai Wan Stadium, Hong Kong, Kick-off: TBC)
Bulls vs Cheetahs (Harare, Zimbabwe, Kick-off: 17:00)
Lions vs Leopards & Valke (Venue TBC, Kick-off: TBC)

Thursday 11 February
Toulouse vs Sharks (Le Stade Toulousain, Toulouse, Kick-off: TBC)
Highlanders vs Crusaders (Fred Booth Park, Waimamu, Kick-off: 7:00 SA time)

Friday 12 February
Reds vs Brumbies (Ballymore, Brisbane, Kick-off: 11:30 SA time)
Chiefs vs Waratahs (Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, Kick-off: 4:00 SA time)
Kings vs Cheetahs (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Kick-off: 19:00)

Saturday 13 February
Force vs Asia Pacific Dragons (nib Stadium, Perth, Kick-off: TBC)
Blues vs Hurricanes (Eketahuna Rugby Club, Eketahuna, Kick-off: 4:00 SA Time)
Bulls vs Lions (Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, Kick-off: 17:00)
Stormers vs Jaguars (Newlands, Cape Town, Kick-off: 16:00)

Thursday 18 February
Rebels vs Manu Samoa (AAMI Park, Melbourne, 09:30 SA time)

Friday 19 February
Crusaders vs Hurricanes (Lansdowne Park, Blenheim, NZ, Kick-off: 5:30 SA time)
Highlanders vs Waratahs (Queenstown, New Zealand, Kick-off: 7:00 SA time)
Chiefs vs Blues (Pukekohe, New Zealand, Kick-off: TBC)
Lions vs Jaguars (Ellis Park, Johannesburg, Kick-off: TBC)

“I have always put the Springboks first in my time as coach and since returning from England I have realised that as much as I believe I still have a lot to offer, the time has come for change,” said Meyer.

“My integrity has always been very important and I feel I can leave with my head held high. I’ve always maintained that my only motivation was to serve my country and to do what was best for the Springboks.

“I have greatly enjoyed my time as Springbok coach – although it has been highly pressured at times and especially tough on my family, and I would like to thank them for their unwavering support in the last four years.

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30/10 22:00 Bronze Final: South Africa v Argentina (Olympic Stadium)


Rob (Ou Grote): South Africa by 3
James (Ou Grote): South Africa by 11
Sportingbet: South Africa
Bet.coza: South Africa
Sportsbet: South Africa

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Did you know that major sporting events – including the Olympics, Ashes and World Cups – can coincide with movement across indices, currencies, stocks and more? The team at IG looked at what we can expect from this year’s World Cup when it comes to market impact.

It turns out that there are huge benefits for sponsors, currencies and indices. Last year, Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup coincided with some impressive increases in its share price. The jubilation of a sought-after cup victory – or disappointment of a missed opportunity – can affect traders as well as players and fans. England’s rugby world cup victory came in 2003, and coincided with a major rally for the FTSE and the pound.

Many of us experienced the sense of optimism that followed South Africa’s victories in the 1995 and 2007 world cups, as well as the excitement of hosting the 2010 soccer world cup.

IG analysts Travis Robson, Leigh Riley and Shaun Murison provide insightful answers to the question “Which markets might be affected by the rugby world cup?” They also look at the following:

  • Have any recent major sporting events impacted markets?
  • What markets might be influenced by the rugby world cup 2015?
  • Which companies will you be keeping an eye on during the rugby world cup?
  • Which of the sponsors will you be following during the rugby world cup?
  • Who do you want to win the rugby world cup and who do you think will win?
  • Which markets/companies do you think will benefit most if South Africa win this year?

South African companies that will be positively impacted include SABMiller (a lot of beer will be drunk), local retailers like Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Shoprite (from all the braais), as well as Clicks, Dis-Chem and pharmacare/pharmaceutical stocks (to deal with the inevitable hangovers). A lot of these companies will benefit from a stronger pound as they earn offshore revenue.

When it comes to investing, it’s worth paying extra attention to the sponsors during upcoming sporting events.

24/10 13:45 Golden Lions v Western Province (Ellis Park)


Rob (Ou Grote): Lions by 20
James (Ou Grote): Lions by 15
Sportingbet: Lions
Bet.coza: Lions
Sportsbet: Lions
Jon Cardinelli: Lions by 7
Simon Borchardt: Lions by 8
Gary Lemke: Lions by 9
Craig Lewis: Lions by 12
Mark Keohane: Lions by 15

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The Back Three [6.5]

15. Willie le Roux [6]

Rugby365: 6/10
Was caught out of position a few times, his kicking also left a lot to be desired and he missed a couple of tackles. However, he made plenty of good metres with ball in hand.

Sport24: 5/10
This was a decided off-day for the mercurial character, although he showed ticker for his perseverance that led to some improvement as the game wore on – including one snaking burst that troubled the Welsh defence. Generally blunder-prone, though, including misjudgement of a high ball that led to try against Boks in first quarter when the No 15 was at his shakiest. Some innocuous kicking.

Daily Mail UK: 7/10
Unimpressive first-half display but settled more into match as it progressed with sharp running.

Telegraph UK: 6/10
Left all at sea both positionally and in the aerial battle by Biggar for Davies’s try. One nice break in the second half but no fireworks.

OuGrote: 5/10

14. JP Pietersen [6.5]

Rugby365: 7/10
His workrate was phenomenal, especially on defence. Was not bad with ball in hand either or chasing kicks, also making all his tackles.

Sport24: 6.5/10
One brilliant aerial win in a fierce one-on-one, and looked fairly dangerous on the relatively few opportunities he had to gallop into space. Some rock-like defence.

Daily Mail UK: 7/10
Sharp and dangerous throughout and unfortunate not to get bounce of ball.

Telegraph UK: 6/10
Barely employed in an attacking capacity, yet that was not his fault given South Africa’s restricted gameplan. Just about kept North under wraps.

OuGrote: 6/10

11. Bryan Habana [7]

Rugby365: 6/10
Won a crucial break-down penalty on his own 22 and was rock solid on defence. Not many chances with ball in hand.

Sport24: 8/10
Still waiting to nudge ahead of Jonah Lomu for most RWC tries, but heck, it wasn’t for any lack of effort! At least two turnovers when Boks under cosh, and always competing, harrying, hustling. Heart-and-soul performance.

Daily Mail UK: 6/10
Didn’t see much of the ball in broken field where most dangerous but always a threat.

Telegraph UK: 7/10
Even when he does not stamp his mark in attack, he still has an influence on the game winning a first-half turnover won turnover.

OuGrote: 7/10


Daily Mail UK
Telegraph UK

» Next: The Centres

16/10 19:10 Blue Bulls v Western Province (Pretoria)


Rob (Ou Grote): WP by 3
James (Ou Grote): Bulls by 7
Sportingbet: WP
Bet.coza: WP
Sportsbet: WP
Jon Cardinelli: Bulls by 8
Gary Lemke: Bulls by 8
Simon Borchardt: Bulls by 8
Mark Keohane: Bulls by 10
Craig Lewis: Bulls by 7

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31/10 18:00 RWC Final: New Zealand v Australia (Twickeham)


Rob (Ou Grote): New Zealand by 5
James (Ou Grote): New Zealand by 7
Sportingbet: New Zealand
Bet.coza: New Zealand
Sportsbet: New Zealand

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10/10 34 Samoa v Scotland (15:30SA 14:30UK St James Park Newcastle upon Tyne Pool B)


Rob (Ou Grote): Scotland by 9
James (Ou Grote): Scotland by 11
Sportingbet: Scotland
Bet.coza: Scotland
Sportsbet: Scotland
Ultimate Rugby Fans: 68% Scotland
Gary Lemke: Scotland by 12
Mark Keohane: Scotland by 10
Simon Borchardt: Scotland by 14
Jon Cardinelli: Scotland by 12
The Money Man: Scotland by 20
Craig Lewis: Scotland by 8

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09/10 18h00 Pumas v Bulls (Mbombela)

Rob (Ou Grote): Bulls by 18
James (Ou Grote): Bulls by 12
Sportingbet: Bulls
Bet.coza: Bulls
Sportsbet: Bulls
Ultimate Rugby Fans: 78% Bulls

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