Lloyd Gedye

Pick on someone your own size!

It seems that Australian rugby players are so down in the dumps after a shocking 2007 in the oval game that they have resorted to beating up marsupials to feel better. Yes, people, you heard me correctly; luckily there was a witness named Dan Andrews who was on hand to report this shocking behaviour, and…

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White is the man to transform SA Rugby! But no one will listen!

Congrats, Bokke! On Saturday you made us all proud. You will go down in history as one of the greatest teams in rugby history, not just because you won, but also because you came through against all the odds. Looking back to the 2003 World Cup, Springbok rugby was a shambles. Working at the event…

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Bring on the Poms!

So we’re in the final. Who would have guessed that we would be facing England there, for the second time in the World Cup? The Bokke played well on Sunday. The forwards were fierce, led by great performances by Juan Smith, Schalk Burger and Bakkies Botha. Os once again played out of his boots, even…

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Fear and loathing at ESPN

Ever since I devoured Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on a plane ride between Perth and Melbourne in Australia and followed that up with a couple of reads of The Great Shark Hunt, I have been a Hunter S Thompson fan. Having read almost everything he has had published, I was relieved to find…

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No sporting chance

South Africa’s newly licensed pay-TV operators are going to find themselves playing catch-up in the sporting arena, because MultiChoice has all but taken them out of the game. Sport equals big money and with three pay-TV broadcasters set to enter the market, the stakes are going to get much higher. Most pay-TV players or analysts…

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Give ’em the finger, Steyn!

My faith is restored. Francois Steyn’s citing for biting has been thrown out by the IRB. Hell, yeah. I mean, the whole thing was a farce to begin with. Surely he could not have been that stupid. It’s not like he was risking just the World Cup, no matter how huge that is; he would…

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Good news on the local football front

Well some good football news this morning with the announcement that English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur has signed a partnership agreement with Premier Soccer League side SuperSport United. The deal will see both clubs’ academies working closely together, which will surely benefit our local players. (No cracks about Spurs’ dreadful start to the season, please,…

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Long live the underdog

It was 2003 and I was working for the Rugby World Cup’s internal news-wire service. Based in Perth, Australia, covering the Springboks’ pool, the Georgian national team were one of the teams with whom I spent a bit of time. What I found was a bunch of athletes whose dreams of representing their country in…

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It has begun!

So the World Cup is up and running. Man, there was a lot of rugby at the weekend. So let’s start at the beginning. After all the hoo-ha about the media boycotting coverage of the tournament, everything ran smoothly, thanks to an eleventh-hour deal where the stringent restrictions on the use of images online were…

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Hello, is there anybody out there?

Excuse me while I rant. Watching SABC Africa last night I came across a story about Fifa officials preparing to visit Zimbabwe to assess the country’s capacity to host fans from the 2010 World Cup. Then, yesterday morning, I found the equivalent story online, which you can read here. I can’t believe that with Zimbabwe…

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