Springbok coaches: Who’s in, who’s out?

National rugby coaches are like lightning conductors for raw emotions and there is no such place on earth like the seat of the South African rugby coach, he gets struck multiple times with the intensity of heaven and hell colliding. When it’s good — the coach can do no wrong and when the Springbok team…

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Springboks: It’s been brutal

You have to feel for the Boks on tour. It has been brutal. They have been pounded in New Zealand over the past two weeks, by a fired up, never-say-die All Blacks side that was waiting to peak against the Springboks. Now they face a Robbie Deans-inspired Wallabies side in SunCorp stadium Brisbane — a…

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Rugby in Orlando Soweto is what it’s about!

In the last two weeks all of South Africa bore witness to two remarkable rugby events — that far from being incidental, as a consequence of the Soccer World Cup change in venue requirements — had a Super 14 rugby semifinal and final being played at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. These two events, each with…

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Super 14 referees decisions & performances are inconsistent

On average a game of 80 minutes of Super 14 rugby, has just 34 minutes of playing time. The rest of the 47 minutes is directly attributable to the referee and how he blows the game. The standard of refereeing this 2010 Super 14 competition has gone from bloody awful to absolutely flawless. However, no…

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Six Nations vs Tri-Nations: And the money goes to …

International rugby is really squaring up to a North vs. South battle between the hemispheres, as to who gets to harvest the financial returns or not. The next five years will be particularly challenging for the Sanzar countries in spite of them occupying the top three slots of the International Rugby Board rankings, with little…

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A how-to guide on front-row skullduggery

We all love our game of rugby with varying degrees of passion, from the Taliban-like fundamentalism of the painted Bulls bone heads, to the plasma screen couch fans popping salted peanuts in their mouth at home or at bars around the world. The game either ranges from a spectacle with a clash of the titan…

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SA Rugby’s precedent — pride or prejudice?

é On March 5, SA Rugby nominations for President, Deputy President and Vice President, must be received in writing, from both the nominees accepting the nomination, as well as those doing the nomination, for the SA Rugby elections that will take place on the March 26. It is really quite simple. SA Rugby’s 14 unions…

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When good rugby goes bad for R3m

You might ask what do the Springboks and Stuart Tinner have in common. If your answer is £250 000 (about R3.1 million) you would be right. Each received £250 000 for last night’s performance and some may argue that Tinner showed more talent. Tinner by the way is the chap, who in his socks, kicked a 30m punt…

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SA Rugby, now what?

Congratulations to the Australian Rugby Union who against all odds have managed (read carefully and meticulously choreographed) to bring the 15th Super Rugby franchise to Melbourne, especially when ARU has 80 000 registered rugby players and SA Rugby more than 500 000, over 5 times the number of players in Australia. SA Rugby has had 4 years…

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SA Rugby’s eyes wide shut

Melbourne or Mandela Bay? The decision as to which franchise gets the 5th Australian-based and 15th Super Rugby franchise, will be announced on October 21 by Sanzar. This has not been a simple bid process in which prospective Super Rugby franchise teams simply respond to the criteria of the bid document (See it here1-sanzar-super-15-application.pdf) in…

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