Off the field JC Astle is one of the gentle giants of the Isuzu Southern Kings squad, but on it he takes no prisoners; and his tackling stats are evidence of his commitment and ruthlessness.
The Springbok Sevens team improved their position to fourth on HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings after finishing fourth at the HBSC New Zealand Sevens tournament in Hamilton on Sunday.
It was memorable Rugby Guinness PRO14 weekend for the Isuzu Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs as they produced the goods to secure rewarding victories against Edinburgh and Zebre Rugby Club respectively.
The Springbok Sevens team will face Samoa in the Cup quarterfinals of the HSBC New Zealand Sevens on Sunday after going undefeated on the first day of the tournament at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton.
His debut visit to the HSBC New Zealand Sevens in Wellington as a Blitzboks rookie in 2017 was an emotional one, as the team were crowned the tournament champions, but Springbok flyer, Siviwe Soyizwapi, has no illusions about the task ahead on his second visit to the country.
An injury time try by Luan de Bruin secured the Toyota Cheetahs a dramatic 24-17 victory in their Guinness PRO14 derby against the Isuzu Southern Kings at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape on Friday evening, and back-to-back wins in the competition.
The SA Rugby Sevens Academy finished in fifth place at the Vina del Mar Sevens in Chile on Sunday after winning five out of six matches at the tournament, the second of two in the SudAmerica Rugby Sevens series.