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Farewell to the original warrior

Rugby players retire all the time, but it is not often that you will find the global rugby community express a collective sense of...

It’s time to move on from Super Rugby

When will SA Rugby realise that our future lies north, and not in an expanded Super Rugby tournament? Talk in the media this morning centred...

Opening rounds crucial for SA’s favourites

When it comes to picking the favourites to lead the South Africa conference the popular vote seems to be split between the Stormers and...

Racism and rugby

Quite powerful isn't it?  I also thought so when I was asked to write about it. About two months ago I was asked if I...

Video killing the Rugby star?

Rugby just would not be rugby if we went into a new year without some law changes or amendments, and the boys at the...

This Lion will roar

It is not often that I get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I read something about administration in South African rugby, but the guts...

In aid of the King

The foundation from which our deep routed passion and love for rugby is built on in South Africa comes from a long and very...

The hit is a miss

This time of year rugby lovers (in the Southern Hemisphere) are forced to sit through the best Europe has to offer if they want...

Are refs just making stuff up?

It has long been suspected that referees are guessing when it comes to calls at scrum or ruck time, but blatantly making laws up...

2013, the Year of the Bok

I have been mulling over a subject for my last column of 2012 for about a month now. I did not want to venture into...

Thank you for 2012

I have done so many of these I am wondering if I am blessed or a sucker for punishment! But we have come to the...

Brendon’s wishlist for RW, 2013

Regular contributor, Brendon Shields, gives us his wishlist for RuggaWorld 2013! Ok so while boertjie is putting up his Christmas tree that he bought on...

So how were those Boks against England

Guest writer Mike Bersiks gives us some insight on the Bok performance against England. Given that the Kiwis came spectacularly unstuck against England this weekend...

Bok rugby round-up

The general feeling amongst Bok supporters this morning is one of frustration after the Boks managed to choke out a win against the Scots. I...

Execution over innovation

It is a term one of the most successful coaches of Springbok rugby used on the magazine show Boots & All last night to...

BOK PLAYERS vs IRELAND

Guest writer Mike Bersiks takes a look at the Bok players and rates the game against Ireland. Sounds a bit clichéd, but it really was...

Time for a reality check

Things in Springbok rugby are never normal or straight-forward, it always shifts between the insane and the absurd and this week there was a...

Imagine if…

All the excitement from the elections in the United States seems have many South Africans reflecting and saying things like; ‘Imagine if South Africa…’ Now...

Where will it stop?

It is one thing to look for sympathy when you have to deal with a hand you were dealt, but you will find very...

SA Rugby kry ‘n F vir 2012

Soos dinge einde van die jaar se kant toe staan voel ek dit is bietjie tyd om SA Rugby te evalueer vir die jaar...

It’s Sharks all the way

It is Currie Cup Final time, and early indications are only one team has a real chance of winning the famous Cup. Finals of course,...

Wat stop ons?

Wat presies stop Suid-Afrikaanse rugby om leiers te wees eerder as volgelinge? Ja, Springbok rugby is op hierdie stadium van die wedloop ’n wêreldkrag, maar...

Wat ‘n naweek van rugby!

Wat ’n naweek van rugby resultate! Die All Blacks was toe gestuit in hulle mars na ’n nuwe rekord van 18 agtereenvolgende toets oorwinnings deur...

Dear Oom Harold…

Dear Oom Harold... As a passionate Cheetahs supporter let me start by once more reminding everyone that a ‘supporter’ is called such as by definition...

Re-think the match 22

Our very own Brendon Shields, who is under a self-imposed ban from blogging till now, shares his views on how we should re-shape and...

Ons identiteitskrisis

Ek kan vandag maklik skryf oor hoe bekakkenswaardig die Springbokke in Nasrec was teen die All Blacks gistermiddag, maar dit sal te maklik wees. Ek...

One more analysis: Bright Young Things.

Guest writer Mike Bersiks completes our final analysis of the Bok v Aus test match. Nobody likes a smart arse that says I told you...

Nou vir die ‘Ware Jakob’

Julle sal my vergewe as ek nie té liries raak oor die Bokke se wen oor die Wallabies gister nie, vir die eerste keer...

Nou wat nou, Heyneke?

Nog ’n naweek, nog ’n Bokspan. Kyk op die oog af lyk die groep spelers nie sleg nie en baie mense sal bly wees om...

A Royal cock-up

Can this become more of a cock-up? I am actually afraid to ask in the fear of tempting fate… Firstly SA Rugby sells the Kings...

Still on target

It is easy to criticize and say what Meyer is not getting right at the moment, but has anyone sat back to consider what...

Meyer’s eyes opened by near misses?

Guest writer Mike Bersiks asks whether Heyneke Meyer is learning anything from two close misses in our away leg in the antipodes. I tend to...

Terug na stap nul

Kan dit waar wees? Kan twee afrigters van totale teenoorgestelde pole hulle in dieselfde posisie vind op dieselfde stadium van hulle loopbane? In my relatiewe...

Is this what insanity looks like?

3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. It doesn’t sound too bad. Unfortunately as they say, the devil is in the detail....

The Aussie view

Greg Growden from the Sydney Morning Herald gives us the Aussie view from this weekend's test. After almost smashing his walkie-talkie against his forehead during...

Rigtinglose Bokke

Die Springbokke se vertoning gister teen die Wallabies het weereens bewys dat Suid-Afrikaanse afrigters hulle te veel bemoei met wat hulle nie het nie,...

The difference between winning and losing

He is only going into his 6th test as Springbok coach having yet to taste defeat, but Heyneke Meyer already finds himself under enormous...

From the horse’s mouth – WP v Blue Bulls

Right folks we thought we try something different! In our attempt to always get the best stuff to our readers we will trial this...

White expresses concern over Meyer’s ‘style’

There's a problem with Heyneke Meyer's Springbok coaching style, says former Bok mentor, Jake White. Sport24 According to the Beeld website, speaking at Emperors Palace on Wednesday, White,...

Got game, no brain

Having read most of the post-mortems on the Stormers’ failure yet again in a playoff match, I can honestly I don’t buy into any...

The schoolboy dilemma

SA Rugby recently published new rules with regards to the contracting and scouting of schoolboys in South Africa, basically drawing a line in the...

Eccentric genius, or space cadet?

Is Rassie the trailblazing technical guru so many make him out to be, including players and peers? Or, is he the self-centered, obnoxious chameleon? RugbyJourney.com Rassie...

Are we ready for professionalism?

I have touched on this topic often in the past, but recent events yet again reminded me that rugby, or rather, rugby supporters, might...

Standing tall

There has not been a lot of positives to report on from the Lions Rugby Union in recent months, but you have to respect...

A C+ for Meyer and the Boks

It did not take long to find myself in a very similar position with regards to the Springbok coach and Springbok rugby as I...

Saluting PDV

So the most colourful character in South African rugby in recent history, Peter de Villiers, is back in the saddle. News broke on Monday that...

Missing the target

Rugby is under threat, but not from the obvious sources we are exposed to every day. I recently did some research on Super Rugby viewership...

SH Form XV

I thought I’d give this ‘team of the week’ thing a go, not so much to tell you who I thought stood out on...

Broken promises

“You lied to me Tappe, you lied to me!” No, it has absolutely no relevance (other than a rugby related comment) to the Bok...

A Super Solution

SARU has less than a month to find a solution for the Super Rugby problem, and options are few. Let us start by acknowledging that...