Time’s up: Jacob Zuma has resigned

In an address to the nation late on Wednesday evening, President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation.

“I have … come to the decision to resign as the president of the Republic with immediate effect,” he said.
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Time’s up: Jacob Zuma has resigned

In an address to the nation late on Wednesday evening, President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation.

“I have … come to the decision to resign as the president of the Republic with immediate effect,” he said.
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Proteas add three new faces to T20i squad to face India

Three new faces have been named in the Proteas squad for the upcoming three-match T20 International (T20i) series to be played against India later in the month.

Pink ODI hero Heinrich Klaasen is in line to make his debut in the shortest format of the game, along with Titans teammate Junior Dala as well as Warriors big-hitting batsman Christiaan Jonker.
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So you are thinking of getting married in Ireland, here is what you need to know

With its beautiful cathedrals, castles, and landscapes, Ireland is an idyllic spot for a wedding. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, getting married in the Emerald Isle is a straightforward process open to anyone.

Registering your marriage
You can make the Irish wedding of your dreams a reality with a little bit of preparation and paperwork.
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Rassie could involve overseas-based Boks in his plans for next year’s World Cup

We could see a return of the likes of Bismarck du Plessis back in the Bok setup as Rassie prepares for next year’s World Cup.

A number of players plying their trade outside the country could find themselves back in the reckoning for the Boks if director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is to get his way.

According to Rapport, Erasmus has held talks with a number of overseas-based players in a bid to involve them in the setup going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

SA Rugby ‘s selection policy as it is does not allow for overseas-based players with less than 30 Test caps to qualify for selection into the national team but, according to the publication, the former Bok skipper has in his sights a few players with only a handful of appearances for the side.


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Reports suggest that Erasmus has contacted Saracens prop Vincent Koch, who is contracted to the European champions until June 2019, to negotiate an early release in order to join one of the South African franchises.

Other players said to be on Erasmus’ radar are World Cup winners Francois Steyn, Bismarck du Plessis and JP Pietersen – as well as Racing 92’s Pat Lambie, Montpellier’s Jan Serfontein and the Wasps duo of Juan de Jongh and Willie Le Roux, who all qualify for selection under the SA Rugby overseas-based player policy.

Erasmus is also keen on Toulon’s Duane Vermeulen who was a part of the Springbok’s end of the year tour as well as former Lions scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, who now plies his trade for Sale Sharks in England – although, like Koch, the 26-year old falls considerably short of the required number of Tests required for selection under the policy.


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Following Allister Coetzee’s departure from the post of head coach, Erasmus is expected to take over its responsibilities until the World Cup next year.

The Springboks’ first assignment will be against world number 2 England who arrive in South Africa in June. Erasmus attended their Six Nations clash against Wales in Twickenham on Saturday.


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Rassie could involve overseas-based Boks in his plans for next year’s World Cup

We could see a return of the likes of Bismarck du Plessis back in the Bok setup as Rassie prepares for next year’s World Cup.

A number of players plying their trade outside the country could find themselves back in the reckoning for the Boks if director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is to get his way.

According to Rapport, Erasmus has held talks with a number of overseas-based players in a bid to involve them in the setup going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

SA Rugby ‘s selection policy as it is does not allow for overseas-based players with less than 30 Test caps to qualify for selection into the national team but, according to the publication, the former Bok skipper has in his sights a few players with only a handful of appearances for the side.

Reports suggest that Erasmus has contacted Saracens prop Vincent Koch, who is contracted to the European champions until June 2019, to negotiate an early release in order to join one of the South African franchises.

Other players said to be on Erasmus’ radar are World Cup winners Francois Steyn, Bismarck du Plessis and JP Pietersen – as well as Racing 92’s Pat Lambie, Montpellier’s Jan Serfontein and the Wasps duo of Juan de Jongh and Willie Le Roux, who all qualify for selection under the SA Rugby overseas-based player policy.

Erasmus is also keen on Toulon’s Duane Vermeulen who was a part of the Springbok’s end of the year tour as well as former Lions scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, who now plies his trade for Sale Sharks in England – although, like Koch, the 26-year old falls considerably short of the required number of Tests required for selection under the policy.

Following Allister Coetzee’s departure from the post of head coach, Erasmus is expected to take over its responsibilities until the World Cup next year.

The Springboks’ first assignment will be against world number 2 England who arrive in South Africa in June. Erasmus attended their Six Nations clash against Wales in Twickenham on Saturday.


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South Africa v India 4th ODI Preview: head to head, session times, pitch and weather forecast

The pink ODI presents a chance at history for India as they are one win away for their first ever series win on South African soil.

Date: Saturday, 10 February 2018

Time: 13:00 (SAST).

Venue: The Wanderers, Johannesburg.

Live Stream & TV: SABC 3, SuperSport 2 (South Africa), Sony Ten 1 & Sony Ten 3 (India), Sky Sports Main Event (UK).

Overview
South Africa are in full-on crisis mode going into the “pink ODI” at Wanderers on Saturday as they trail 3-0 in the six match series against India.


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The Proteas lost the previous match held at Newlands on Wednesday rather convincingly as they slumped 124 runs short of the visitor’s total of 303/6 which came of yet another masterstroke from captain Virat Kohli who made an unbeaten 160, his second of the series and his 34th in ODIs overall.

The hosts have had no answer to India’s wrist spin duo, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav who have taken 21 of the 28 South African wickets to fall this series. On the flip side, the visitors have been hardly troubled by home side’s attack, losing just 11 wickets in the three matches played so far.

Teams

South Africa

The Proteas are set to receive a massive boost with the return of star batsman AB de Villiers who is likely to return from a finger injury which sidelined him for the first three matches. He could see himself taking the gloves in Quinton de Kock’s absence with Heinrich Klaasen, who made his debut in Cape Town, making way.

The former captain could also skipper the side once again, taking over from Aiden Markram who’s inexperience has been exposed in the two matches he has been left in charge.


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Farhaan Behardien is the only unused player in the series so far and could benefit if a chop and a change or two is deemed necessary given the failings of the batting unit and the form he brings in from the recently concluded Momentum One Day Cup.

India

It’s been a near-perfect series for the visitors with no glaring failures nor injury concerns in their camp. Although Kohli is a fan of the “horses for courses” approach when it comes to team selection, he might be tempted to keep the same XI which has done the job in the last two matches.

Weather forecast
Johannesburg will experience a warm overcast day with a threat of showers late in the day. Temperatures are expected to peak at 24 degrees Celcius.

There’s an 80% chance of rain which could disrupt the game towards late afternoon.

Pitch
The Wanderers pitch came under the microscope when these two sides last met there in the third and final match of the Test series.

It was declared “poor” by the ICC and another less-than-favourable score could see one of SA’s premier cricket venues starved of international contests for at least a year.

The ground staff will no doubt be wary of that and will likely prepare a firm, flat surface which could be a batting delight.


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