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Super Rugby preview: What's in store for SA's franchises
Super Rugby preview: What's in store for SA's franchises
Super Rugby season begins in Melbourne next Thursday, the kind of unlikely place and time that has given the competition a bad name and forced...
​Tackling a sports world that sidelines queer people
​Tackling a sports world that sidelines queer people
From the stands at the Wanderers sports grounds, Ronald Esbach watches with measured nervousness as his partner, George Groenewald, tries for a...
Blitzbokke keep the SA rugby flag flying
Blitzbokke keep the SA rugby flag flying
With the Springboks’ miserable season over, now is a good time to sit back and enjoy the feats achieved by the Blitzbokke. At the HSBC Word Sevens...
The Tao of the touchline
The Tao of the touchline
Who knows what Allister Coetzee has been telling the Boks in his team talks this week. But he could do worse than sing them the chorus of the John...
Only brutal action will fix South African rugby
Only brutal action will fix South African rugby
The South African Rugby Union (Saru) is in crisis. It has a dysfunctional franchise in the Eastern Cape and an even more dysfunctional coaching group...
​Boks won’t win but can show spark
​Boks won’t win but can show spark
It would be easy to list the reasons the All Blacks are suddenly vulnerable. They are in the middle of a round trip from New Zealand, having flown...
Loftus a leap too far for Wallabies
Loftus a leap too far for Wallabies
If the history books are a valid guide to the future, Australia cannot win in Pretoria on Saturday. In six goes they have yet to register victory at...
Bruised SA rugby looks for answers
Bruised SA rugby looks for answers
When South African Rugby Union (Saru) president Oregan Hoskins resigned last month, few could have predicted how rapidly things would go pear-shaped....
Ten things that SA sport must fix
Ten things that SA sport must fix
If South African sport were a body, mild itchiness would recently have given way to shivers, loss of appetite and nausea. A full-blown crisis in our...
Boks not black or talented enough
Boks not black or talented enough
One statistic should suffice to explain the mountain South Africa has to climb to beat New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday. The last time the...
Club rugby shows pros how it's done
Club rugby shows pros how it's done
Saturday was a big rugby day down in the Boland. Worcester Villagers — famous for their growly motto of “Villa of niks (Villa or nothing)” — were due to host Welkom Rovers in the first round of fixtures for this year’s Gold Cup, a pan-African tournament featuring...
Because of backward thinking, have the Boks been beaten even before they have begun?
Because of backward thinking, have the Boks been beaten even before they have begun?
It didn’t take long for the new dawn to turn into one of those days best forgotten. Five Tests into his tenure, Allister Coetzee has slipped...

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