The famous Du Plessis brothers, Bismarck and Jannie talking Euos and Sharks

The curtain is quickly coming down on the careers at the Sharks of the famous Du Plessis brothers, Bismarck and Jannie, after a final offer to keep them in Durban was turned down last night in favour of French club Montpellier. The Sharks have attempted to move heaven and earth to keep the famous brothers... Continue Reading →

It took fourteen weeks before the Hurricanes produced a howler.

It took fourteen weeks before the Hurricanes produced a howler. From a completely dysfunctional lineout to a late Ma'a Nonu blooper, the Hurricanes were not themselves in Nelson where they lost 35-18 to a fired up Crusaders. The loss doesn't damage the Hurricanes' playoff hopes, but a likely season-ending knee injury to reserve hooker Motu... Continue Reading →

Dan Carter at flyhalf amongst the 7 changes for the Crusaders against Hurricanes on Friday

The Crusaders will host the Hurricanes in Nelson this Friday night, in their final home game of this season. Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made seven changes to the starting line-up that faced the Waratahs last weekend and four further changes in the reserves. Prop Alex Hodgman will make his first start of the season... Continue Reading →

The 100 greatest South African Songs as rated by the Sunday Times

The full 100 Here they are, in chronological order, chosen by a 20-strong panel of LS writers using three criteria: 1) musical brilliance; 2) popular success; 3) impact on the national mind. Some tracks aced one category and flunked the other two, but plenty ticked all three boxes. Which immortal hits have we missed? Tune... Continue Reading →

Springbok lock Pieter-Steph-du Toit says no to Stormers

There was a strong ray of sunshine for the Sharks yesterday when Springbok lock Pieter-Steph-du Toit lit up the Super Rugby gloom by re-committing himself to the Durban franchise, despite massive interest from the Stormers, the franchise of the 22-year-year old’s birth and upbringing. Du Toit, who is from a farm in the Swartland in... Continue Reading →

When was the 2007 Rugby World Cup actually won for the Springboks?

When was the 2007 Rugby World Cup actually won for the Springboks? Was the defining moment the disallowed try by England wing Mark Cueto? Was it Percy Montgomery’s soaring penalty goals or even that long-range effort by Frans Steyn before half time? It was many things. But what if I suggested that the first major... Continue Reading →

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