The chorus of confusion

I believe I am singing a similar tune to that of most SA Rugby supporters when I write this opinion – what is Heyneke Meyer up to? It all started nicely. He was saying the right things to the right people all at the right time, he’s started preparing the SA public for a while…

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Has school sport lost its way?

Have we lost our way in school sport? To a large extent I believe we have. Let me attempt to explain why. I have, for many years, heard the phrase “high performance”. It worried me then and it still does. How can we slot a 14-year-old into a high-performance programme when the maturation and growth…

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Meyer: a coach, not an investor

We’re heading into the Test rugby season, which will put the Super series on hold. From many quarters now, we’re hearing a call for investing in the youth and Fourie Du Preez saying that he is available for the Boks but preference must go to the next generation. That’s all good and well when you’re…

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School sports festivals

So the sports festivals have come and gone. There are lots to chat about and whilst my thoughts are still fresh in my mind I thought I would share. Lots has been discussed on my radio show, School Sportz Buzz on 101.9FM/chaifm.com around schools “buying” players, players being over age and also the abuse of stimulants…

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The schoolboy rugby market

Things have certainly changed. A monster called professionalism, coupled with marketing and brand image, is getting in the way of education and causing a beast to mature at a worrying rate. Unfortunately I believe this issue in schoolboy rugby has simply gone too far, and regional school principals, rugby unions and SA Rugby must reach…

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The future of cricket

We learned today via an official press release from Cricket South Africa that current chief executive Gerald Majola has been suspended immediately pending the establishment of a disciplinary enquiry. The KPMG report will seemingly be the focus of this enquiry as well as the recommendations of Judge Chris Nicholson. This most definitely presents as a…

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To bowl or to bat, that is the question

The Proteas are in the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand certainly more famous for their rugby than their cricket. One perhaps would agree based on the performance of the lacklustre black caps who just show no bite whatsoever on the cricket pitch. How often it has fallen on my ears that to…

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Absolutely super rugby

I have been so captivated by the Super rugby season and after watching for four weeks, I feel now is as good a time as any to share some opinions I have been mulling over. I must say that having the Bok coach announced before it began added some freshness and, as always, we clamoured…

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Some questions about Heyneke Meyer

Four years ago, Heyneke Meyer was one of the two final candidates for the position of Springbok coach. Politics played a role and post a very strong era of Bok rugby, we threw our success away for political gain. On January 27, 2012 the South African Rugby Union (SARU) appointed the man that should have…

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No guts, no glory

I had the pleasure last week of watching Australia finish off India in the first Test in Melbourne, Australia. As South Africans, it’s almost a birth right to “hate” Aussies, and this is, in my opinion, because jealousy makes us nasty. We all know that we want our national sporting teams to experience the success…

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