Ray Mordt set the Gold Standard for Springbok Wings

It’s a shame that South Africa wasn’t able to play more tests during the isolation years. Players like Gerber, Botha, Du Plessis and Heunis would have lit up the international stage   Another fantastic player from that era was Ray Mordt, an impressive wing who could outpace most and run over anyone when necessary. Ray Mordt scored 12 test tries for the Springboks, including a hat trick against the All Blacks in the third test at Eden Park in 1981. Here is a collection of some of his best tries…

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Springboks move to fourth place in world rankings, passing England

South Africa beat Argentina 24-18 on Saturday which moved them past England as England lost to Wales 13-6 in Cardiff.   Wales passed New Zealand to grab the top spot from the All Blacks. Wales have now won 15 of their last 16 tests.   France also moved up in the rankings after thrashing Scotland 27-10 in Paris.     Top 10 in the latest World Rugby rankings: 1. Wales 89.43 2. New Zealand 89.40 3. Ireland 88.69 4. South Africa 86.83 5. England 86.79 6. Australia 84.05 7. France…

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Rassie will take three Specialist Scrumhalves to the World Cup

It was reported by Sport24 that Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus will pick three specialist scrumhalves in his Rugby World Cup squad.   Faf de Klerk, Herschel Jantjies or Cobus Reinach, who should wear the Springbok No 9?   Some pundits have suggested that the Boks could go into the World Cup with only two specialist scrumhalves – Faf de Klerk and Herschel Jantjies – with utility back Cheslin Kolbe as a possible back-up. Nick Mallet was impressed with Kolbe as a back-up no9 – Click Here However, according to Afrikaans…

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Rassie Ecstatic with “wonderful” Kolisi : Highlights Springboks vs Argentina – VIDEO

“Siya was wonderful,” Erasmus told reporters after the hard-fought 24-18 win at Loftus Versfeld.       We wanted to get him off after 30 minutes but he said was feeling great. At half-time, I asked him if he wanted to go more, and he said he wanted 70 minutes! Medically he is fine and that’s great. Next is to condition him physically with match fitness and we will give him more game-time in the Japan match to get him ready. We are fast-tracking Siya because we know what we…

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar’s most historic stadium will play a pivotal role in this tournament

Khalifa International Stadium, built in 1976 in Al Rayyan, was renovated and reopened In May 2017 with a spectacular inauguration ceremony and also, by hosting the final of the Emir Cup. The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ matches through to the quarter-finals will be hosted in Qatar’s most historic stadium.   The 40,000-seat arena is located at the centre of all the 2022 venues, due to the unique geography and advanced transport systems that will make Khalifa International Stadium the best-connected international football competition ever.  The stadium previously hosted the…

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Springbok Fans in Japan: How to Ride Subway and Trains in Tokyo, 35 Tips!

We have started a series of informational posts for rugby fans visiting Japan for the 2019 RWC.   Here are some tricks and tips on riding the Tokyo subway!   Just some of the tips in the video: Rail in Tokyo is run by multiple companies No single ticket covers all trains in Tokyo Above ground trains and bullet train primarily run by JR Subways run by private companies Station maps don’t show all lines Use route planning applications like Hyperdia Plan out your trip beforehand JR Pass comes in…

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All Blacks throw down the gauntlet to the Springboks as they crush Australia 36-0

The All Blacks really laid down the challenge to South Africa as they dominated the Wallabies for 80 mins and came out winners 36-0.       New Zealand scored five tries to secure the victory overwhelming victory, just seven days after suffering a record loss to the Australians, saw the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup for a 17th straight year.      The win sends a clear signal that the All Blacks should not be underestimated and it sets the stage for a fantastic World Cup pool clash…

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How to volunteer for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

This is an opportunity for you to make history.  The Arabian Gulf’s Qatar will be hosting the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Arab World and you can be a part of this exciting event by volunteering your services.    Volunteer for the Middle East’s first FIFA World Cup™ REGISTER HERE These are the roles:-     The 2022 World Cup is promised to be an exciting tournament for the world and hundreds of thousands of volunteers have already joined the road to 2022. People of all ages, from around…

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Kolbe Impressive at Scrumhalf, Nick Mallet

Nick Mallett says he was impressed by the versatility shown by Cheslin Kolbe against Argentina in Salta over the weekend.   The Springbok winger moved to scrumhalf for 10 minutes while Faf de Klerk was in the sin-bin and impressed in the position.   Mallett raised eyebrows a few years ago when he said the 1.71m Kolbe should consider a move to scrumhalf if he wanted to play international rugby.   I was quite relieved that Cheslin Kolbe played so well at scrumhalf for the 10 minutes when Faf de…

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SA Rugby President confirms that Rassie passed “Transformation Test”

There will be no politics seeping into the Springbok camp as SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has has given the assurance that there will no external pressure or interference when Rassie Erasmus selects his Springbok squad for the Rugby World Cup.   Speaking at an SA Rugby affiliated event in Pretoria on Thursday, Alexander said Erasmus has exceeded expectations regarding transformation.   Rassie knows what to do, it is not necessary for us to remind him of transformation,” Alexander said, as quoted by Netwerk24. He is mature enough to fulfil…

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