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SA rugby’s real brain drain – and why it matters

  • By ClintonV
  • December 11, 2017
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There are two ways to look at the growing crisis of South Africa’s best and most promising rugby players heading overseas in droves. The first is to rail against the … Continue Reading →


Next level 7s

  • By ClintonV
  • December 6, 2017
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Friggin’ NZ still in the box-seat while north hots up

  • By ClintonV
  • December 4, 2017
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Formula One is a world far removed from rugby. But in trying to map the shifting tectonic plates of the international game, F1 racing offers a useful metaphor. The All … Continue Reading →


Bah to caution – bring on the mad mavericks

  • By ClintonV
  • November 27, 2017
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Michael Cheika, the rugby coach, is a thoroughly unlikeable guy. He’s stroppy, confrontational and grumpy. Plus he’s Australian. He’s also a refreshingly honest and authentic rugby bloke, as good an … Continue Reading →


Fraught times as Boks catch the slow drift

  • By ClintonV
  • November 20, 2017
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  There was a moment during one of his press conferences last week when Allister Coetzee’s responses drifted out of his mouth like an incoherent babble. It was an excruciating, … Continue Reading →


World Cup 2023 – rugby’s dirty fight

  • By ClintonV
  • November 13, 2017
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Like any decent cat fight, the claws have been out and blood has been spilled. Any illusions about rugby’s superiority or supposed brotherhood have been shot to pieces by events … Continue Reading →


Bok to the future – take two

  • By ClintonV
  • November 6, 2017
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The Springboks used to arrive in Europe like marauding Vikings, slaying all in their wake. But that was then. Recent years haven’t been kind and they’ve dropped, in performance, in … Continue Reading →


Bring it home, World Rugby

  • By ClintonV
  • October 24, 2017
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The mad, mercurial world of the modern rugby coach

  • By ClintonV
  • October 23, 2017
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In the same week that Vern Cotter was confirmed as the highest paid rugby coach in the world, fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland quit as coach of the British and … Continue Reading →


57-0 and why it still means everything

  • By ClintonV
  • October 16, 2017
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Given where the Springboks were after the humiliation of Albany, it would be easy to paint last week’s epic performance against the All Blacks as a triumph of sorts. It … Continue Reading →