The South African Sevens team got their title-defence off to the perfect start, beating New Zealand 24-12 in the Dubai Sevens final over the weekend. It’s a long slog to the final – with the Commonwealth Games scattered in between – but this team is already building on their legacy. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
More than a year ago, the brains trust of South African rugby gathered in Cape Town to plot the future of the sport. None of the things discussed at the “indaba” seems to have materialised. And nobody seems to have taken responsibility for those failures either. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Of a sample size of 2,000 girls participating in sport, at least 5% have experienced some level of sexual abuse or harassment, according to research conducted by The Girls Only Project. And project leader Kirsten van Heerden believes that figure is vastly under-reported. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Two South African coaches – Allister Coetzee and Stuart Baxter – both have defining weekends coming up in their respective codes. And while they didn’t mince their words in their press conferences, at least they didn’t suffer a bad case of verbal diarrhoea, as one Ollie le Roux did. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The fallout from South Africa being announced as preferred host candidate for the 2023 Rugby World Cup is eye-roll inducing. Bids for sporting events are ridiculous pissing contests and the time and money involved in them could surely be better spent elsewhere. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
While South Africa might be World Rugby’s favourite to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, they are the least favourite of the other two bidding federations. Tensions are bubbling away after last week’s announcement. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.