Ha ha, on the left you see the launch of the new Bulls super rugby home kit for the 2014 season, maintaining the traditional blue albeit with a few splashes of colour for effect, on the right you see the new away kit! The Bulls had a poor season this year, here’s hoping that they can see one another on the pitch in that camo shirt or things are going to get worse!
On the bright side, I’ve had a sneak preview of the cheerleaders outfits ….. Read more…
A headmaster has dared to introduce the grand old British game of conkers to his playground – an annual autumn practice years ago that marked out the men from the boys in the best traditions of school life. The head’s biggest challenge now is to keep the ‘Elf and Softy inspector at bay – which I suggest is best achieved by the application of a short-arm swipe with a vinegar-soaked, oven-hardened, year-old tenner.
For more insights, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conkers
The Beeb’s having a party. 100 women chatting about women (no surprise there then).
But soft! Nobody from Argentina, Spain or Afghanistan? Or the US of A? Or sport? So what is the qualification for selection, I wonder?
The England and SA rugby teams together in 1913
I can’t resist commenting on the meeja spotlight being shone on young Jack Wilshere who says only real Englishmen should play footie for England.
I wholeheartedly agree – anti-PC though such a stance may be! And I’m even more determined now that Kevin Petersen - the non-English England cricketer – has objected; not surprisingly perhaps but without logic. His position is: look at all the imports, a fine body of men!
We may well regret the unavailability of Mo, Kev, Chris and others for England/GB selection, but if their birth certificates don’t state England as their place of birth they should not be considered. Simples.
Otherwise the time will come when all international teams are amalgamations of non-native players from around the globe, not ‘representative’ at all.
(Backside observes that the same might be said of the American Presidency.)
You know, the ones just above the tunnel on the half way line, with the royalty lounge bar and restaurant just 10 steps away, that’s right, those ones, but what a performance, let me explain …
What’s happened? Have they run out of South Africans?
The exodus of Southern Kings players continues. There can be but a handful of our Super Rugby squad announced in January still plying their trade here in the Eastern Province. The latest? Cornell du Preez.
“Watson (Kings president) confirmed yesterday that Cornell du Preez had also been released from his contract with immediate effect, to sign with Edinburgh Rugby in Scotland.
Watson said he was excited that Du Preez had been given the opportunity to further his rugby career.
“There is no doubt that Cornell was one of the stalwarts during the Southern Kings campaign and he has continued to play superb rugby for us during the Currie Cup First Division. We wish him everything of the best.”
Watson said he knew Du Preez aspired to build towards playing for Scotland, and did not feel he would be given the opportunity to play for the Springboks, because of the depth of loose forwards, if he remained in South Africa.”
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The last minute transfer scramble on football’s deadline day continues to keep aficionados glued to the TV screen in the hope their club has landed a big fish. The cash is splashed without a care in the world. During this transfer window English clubs spent a record £630 million on players! It’s no secret I’m a football fan myself but even I find the money Real Madrid forked out on Gareth Bale beyond the pale. Gareth, fine player that he is, will take home a cool £300,000 a week in wages. No doubt, there will be other bonuses and perks in the small print to boost his coffers.
When will this Madness stop? When will the limit be reached? There is no way this can be sustained. Throughout Europe there have been teams that have faced financial difficulties and gone to the wall. Some of these clubs have dallied in the upper reaches of the game but what needs to happen is for a Real Madrid or a Manchester United to get into trouble before sanity, and lower pricing structures, comes into force.