In a weekend of Super Rugby gloom, a sparkling newcomer offered a ray of light.
Tears flowed when the minister curbed some sports but critics should consider another spin-off; audiences transform when teams transform.
The minister huffed and puffed and Rassie Erasmus’s departure is a blow, but the Super Rugby show goes on.
Transformation isn’t just a sporting issue; it’s a social, cultural and historical one – something the minister has failed to grasp.
Allister Coetzee won’t have an easy ride as Bok coach, but he’s been through difficult times before and can prevail.
The Cheetahs’ ingenious agreement with Toyota should wake Saru up to a new way of thinking.
More and more, the province’s ambitious and well-run cricket and rugby teams are honing the skills of the best players.
What has always been a tough job has grown even more difficult with the pressing need for transformation of the team.
Beefed up opposition teams are presenting the Sharks and Stormers with tough challenges.
It doesn’t take many brain cells to see that the ?Super 18 system is penalising attacking play.
South Africa's six franchises will set out on their quest for the inaugural Super 18 title this week.
Besides the opening frenzy, rules that could only have been made by a committee come into play
Despite meeting the qualifying world standard, the team failed to fulfil the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee's criteria.
The Olympics in Rio are the game-changer. Suddenly nations that care little for rugby have diverted funds to the sport.
Besides transformation and money issues very little was memorable - and there is little cheer going into the New Year.
Would you say that the Bokke adequately reflect the black-and-white nature of the game in South Africa?
The All Blacks great is unsure of his own future plans but he is confident the game in his home country is in safe hands.
Drawing on the diversity of talent available will change the team’s game and take it forward.