Tears flowed when the minister curbed some sports but critics should consider another spin-off; audiences transform when teams transform.
This week Mugabe shows his age, SA rugby (still) needs transformation, the Flabba saga continues and Chile earthquake leads to mass evacuation.
The South African Rugby Union says it did not instruct that at least half of the SA Schools Rugby team must be made up of players of colour.
There's an air of expectancy surrounding the Sharks ahead of this year's Super Rugby tournament, with a new chief executive and director.
Saru's Rassie Erasmus says he is pleased wth the skills levels of the Springbok Women squad as it gears up for the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup.
The South African Rugby Union will introduce a racial quota system in its domestic competition next year to encourage more black players to emerge.
Superior local support has given the union an advantage in dividing up Super Rugby sponsorship revenue.
Competitions that fall below the elite radar are often more enjoyable and strengthen the game, writes Andy Capostagno.
Judging from the northern hemisphere, the final word on scrumming has not yet been spoken, writes Andy Capostagno
The Currie Cup has produced a three-month competition involving just six teams and, as a result, every match is important.
The Lions have been relegated from Super Rugby by the Saru general council after the Johannesburg-based team finished last in this year's competition.
Cheeky Watson has denied reports that the Southern Kings accepted R40-million from Saru to delay his side's Super Rugby participation until 2016.
New Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, starts job on a contentious note but there may be method to his madness, writes Andy Capostagno.
Saru and its Super 15 teams have agreed on "a number of options" to solve the dilemma of six sides fighting for five places in the 2013 competition.
But once the honeymoon is over, fans can expect clashes about the selections and sweeping changes to the Springbok rugby team.
Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says it's a feather in its cap that the South African Rugby Union is interested in four of its management assistants.
Six players from an Eastern Cape rugby club are feared dead after being swept out to sea during a post-practice ocean swim.
Saru says a restructuring process, increased sponsorships and a new broadcast rights deal contributed to an increase in profit for rugby in 2011.