Rally round the Proteas, don’t abandon them

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the 19th century American philosopher, lecturer and essayist, once said, “go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path”. That statement says a lot about how cricket fans in South Africa are or not feeling about the Proteas at the moment. First, let’s get the definitive out…

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Melbourne takes to Super Rugby

When the new Super Rugby franchise was awarded to Melbourne, there was a healthy bout of scepticism doing the rounds in South Africa as to whether Australia’s second most populous city — with four million inhabitants — would take to rugby union. Melbourne was passed over in 2005, when a new franchise for the then…

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Springbok puzzle for 2011 nears completion

The gentlemanly fisticuffs that we’s seeing across the Sanzar universe at the moment, while first and foremost a battle for regional supremacy, falls into the shadow of a much bigger prize. Rugby World Cup VII begins in earnest during the middle of September but the majority of Super rugby players will tell the media that…

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SA believe again as India question themselves

It all started in India. The new generation, which had the great side of 1970 to follow as the last to represent South Africa, walked out on to Eden Gardens in 1991. It was India who offered a hand to a nation not yet three years away from the end of apartheid. Since then, South…

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The best SA golfers and the rest

The Presidents Cup is the rest of the world’s answer to the Ryder Cup. While the Europeans and Americans square off in the Ryder Cup, the Internationals, as they are called, are a team made up of the “best of the rest” from across golf courses the world over. South Africa has had strong representation…

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Sharks the team to beat as Super 15 takes shape

The Super Rugby universe has known the Bulls as the most feared South African team, with their large pack of forwards and unwavering devotion to the boot epitomising what many from Australasia think is the “typical” South African style of rugby. With three Super Rugby titles, second only behind the Crusaders and tied with the…

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Cricket out of Compton, LA

  The Compton Cricket Club in Australia (c) Katy Haber   It’s been a summer of strange in the south of Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state. Victoria is normally prone to dry summers, where temperatures march relentlessly into the mid-40s but this year rain and wet weather have loitered about since winter. In similar…

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A dummy’s guide to the Cricket World Cup

With the Cricket World Cup upon us, for those who don’t really understand one of the most archaic sports going around, here is what you need to know about the teams competing (the ones who can win the tournament at least … apologies to the associate nations, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh), important players and other loose…

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The Graeme Smith legacy

As the circus that is World Cup comes to life in the subcontinent, a significant moment is upon South African cricket. Yes, the Proteas have headed eastward in effort to slay the ghost of Headingley past, but this will also be Graeme Smith’s last ODI adventure as captain of the side. Just yesterday he was…

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Injury woes plague teams ahead of Super Rugby

Tiaan Liebenberg, the fiery and popular Stormers hooker, has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament muscle, which is one of four muscles that connect the bones of the knee joint. It will mean nine months on the sidelines, and cause Allister Coetzee a headache at…

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