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The players, teams , issues involved with the Rugby World Cup 2015


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It’s lose lose time for the Boks

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‘Modern rugby’coaches, 9th place Heyneke Meyer

I contradict myself don’t I? I have just written a post claiming Heyneke Meyer was the 2nd placed ‘Domkrag’ coach now I write one saying he was a ‘Modern rugby’ coach.  The three tests the Springboks played against the All Blacks in Johannesburg in 2013, 2014 and 2015 were all quality performances where South Africa played a much more attacking brand than what we are used to. In addition to those performances was an outstanding victory over the Wallabies in Brisbane in 2013. Brisbane a city where South Africa had not beaten Australia since 1971 Continue reading


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Where is the thinking in selection?

I have already written a few articles on the wisdom or lack thereof regarding the Springbok selection. Springbok squad for the tests. Roelof Smit was in all likelyhood going to make his debut against England but is now ruled out because of a pectoral muscle tear. South Africa lost Francois Louw due to injury then Jaco Kriel. Other options might have been Marcel Coetzee but he is out with a long term injury. Heinrich Brussouw and Schalk Burger are unavailable. South Africa are in a spot of bother. I’m not sure where Sikhumbuzo Notshe is. Continue reading


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The Irish honour ‘Axel’

The shock result of the last weekend was Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks. The victory was well earned and complete and the record breaking All Blacks now have a record they didn’t want that being the first All Black team to lose to Ireland in 111 years of tests between the two nations. Continue reading


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South Africa are not in good shape a week before their showdown against England at Twickenham.

I love this time of year when the Southern Hemisphere teams travel north to compete against their Northern counterparts. Argentina hammered the Bok slaying Brave Blossoms of Japan 54-20 in Tokyo. The Maori All Blacks smashed the USA 54-7 in Chicago which I was quite surprised with.I thought the US Eagles would have been better. Then Australia played very very well against Wales in Cardiff to win 32-8. The shock of the weekend was Ireland’s fantastic performance at Soldier Field in Chicago, can you believe it, after 111 years of tests between New Zealand and Ireland , Ireland beat the All Blacks 40-29 for the first time. Maybe this puts into perspective the results and performances of the Sprinboks in their series against Ireland earlier this year. Continue reading