SA Rugby moving in the right direction

April 16, 2013 20
I read with some confusion on certain media platforms how  Super Rugby results so far is a bad thing for SA Rugby and continue to show our inferiority against (specifically) NZ teams. It might be for the fact that results so far have not identified a clear favourite from the Republic to win the competition,…

Proudly Rugby

April 1, 2013 48
Round about this time of the week you will read my review of Super Rugby matches over the weekend... But apart from congratulating the Cheetahs on a now, 4-match streak equalling their best ever Super Rugby winning streak, I don’t really have much to say about Super Rugby games this week. There is something I…

Kings & SARU in Mexican stand-off

February 12, 2013 126
The Southern Kings announced their reduced, 35-man squad for their Super Rugby campaign which still contains 5 foreign players. The tug-of-war between the Kings and SARU on the number of foreign based players allowed for the franchise has been going since 2012. The Kings, who only has a 1-year guaranteed deal for participation in Super…

SA Rugby loses a legend, RIP Jan Ellis

February 8, 2013 2
The South African Rugby Union on Friday expressed its deep sadness at the passing of legendary former Springbok looseforward, Jan Ellis. The one-time joint record holder for the number of Springbok caps succumbed to cancer at a hospice in Pretoria after suffering from the disease for some time. He celebrated his 71st birthday in January.…

Kings responds to media speculation

January 27, 2013 4
The Southern Kings responded to media speculation that SA Rugby will not allow them to field more than 2 foreign players in their squad. Release Following the article that appeared in the Rapport this morning, which states that SA Rugby have dismissed the Southern Kings request to field more than two foreign players, President Cheeky…

It’s time to move on from Super Rugby

January 24, 2013 74
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 around plans to expand the Southern Hemisphere showpiece in 2016 to 18, or even 20 teams.  SANZAR CEO, Greg Peters confirmed that a possible expansion is on the cards where…

Racism and rugby

January 17, 2013 22
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 would be interested to write an article for a sports magazine on a very controversial subject in SA Rugby, racism. I did not even give it a second thought at…

In aid of the King

January 9, 2013 117
The foundation from which our deep routed passion and love for rugby is built on in South Africa comes from a long and very proud history of our domestic teams. It is one of our greatest strengths as a rugby nation on and off the field, but it is also a force that deeply divides…

Limpopo to play in Vodacom Cup

January 8, 2013 0
Limpopo will play in the Vodacom Cup as a separate team for the first time when this 16-team competition kicks off on the second weekend of March. The region, which is a sub-union of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, has been granted a place in the tournament in its own rights to help foster rugby…

Chaos in Boland Rugby

November 15, 2012 5
Daar is chaos in Boland rugby nadat klubs in die unie besluit het dat hulle genoeg van unie president, Francois Davids, gehad het. Marco Botha - Die Burger (English translation further down) ’n Paleisrevolusie dreig in Wellington nadat “talle senior klubs” ’n mosie van wantroue ingedien het teen die uitvoerende bestuur van die Boland-rugbyunie, insluitend…

Imagine if…

November 7, 2012 17
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 I realise many folks could not give a hoot about what happens in America, but reflection is never a bad thing in my books.  But rather than politics, it had…

SA Rugby kry ‘n F vir 2012

November 4, 2012 3
Soos dinge einde van die jaar se kant toe staan voel ek dit is bietjie tyd om SA Rugby te evalueer vir die jaar 2012. Daar is nog wel ’n toer waarop die Springbokke vertrek het die naweek maar hierdie rapport kaart is nie juis vir wat op die speelveld gebeur het nie, maar meer…

Wat stop ons?

October 21, 2012 17
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 leiers van die spel? Aikona my vriende. Rugby kultuur Ry na enige dorp in Suid-Afrika met ’n skool en inwoners meer as een duisend mense, en jy sal vind dat…

A Royal cock-up

September 21, 2012 49
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 franchise down the river by only giving them one year of Super Rugby participation, and now the Kings want special dispensation from SA Rugby to be able to sign more…

SARU confirms August 16th meeting

July 17, 2012 3
A meeting of the General Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) will take place in Cape Town on 16 August, SARU announced on Tuesday. The meeting replaces the postponed July 13 General Council. The Council will discuss South Africa’s participants in the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby competition. Reports of proposed alternatives to be…
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