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IRB nominees for Player of the Year

28 November, 2012 beet 1

The International Rugby Board has announced the shortlist of nominees for the prestigious IRB Player of the Year 2012 Award. The less said about the list the better. Four players cracked the nod. They are three times winner Richie McCaw, 2005 winner Daniel Carter, Freddy Michalak and 21-year-old Owen Farrell.…

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IRB Rugby Trials & Law Amendments 2012 – what’s the verdict

26 November, 2012 beet 17

Well anyone who has followed the end of year Northern Hemisphere tour test matches has by now had a chance to see most of the new IRB stuff coming into play at some stage. During the Currie Cup in South Africa we had a taste of the extra TMO involvement and concussion bin. The big one on tour was always going to be the new scrum engage requirement. Let’s face it scrums this November have generally not been that pretty a sight…

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The best 5 SA school coaches includes 3 rugby mentors

25 November, 2012 beet 65

In the December issue of SA Sports Illustrated magazine coaches Sakkie van der Walt of Affies, Grant Griffy Griffiths of Dale and Barend Steyn of Kearsney are named along with a soccer and a cricket coach as the Five Best School Coaches in South Africa…

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Maritzburg College 150th Festival fixtures

20 November, 2012 beet 146

Maritzburg College is the oldest high school in KwaZulu-Natal and one of the oldest schools in South Africa. In 2013 the school turns 150 years old. An Easter rugby festival featuring well recognised rugby schools has been arranged as part of the 150th celebrations. …

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Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival (KERF) 2013 fixtures

20 November, 2012 beet 45

Kearsney’s sixth annual Easter rugby festival (KERF) will take place from Thursday 28 March to Monday 01 April 2013 on Botha’s Hill. The organisers have once again managed to assemble a top quality field including Grey College (Bloemfontein), Paarl Gymnasium and Paul Roos (Stellenbosch) who are regarded as three of the all-time best rugby schools in South Africa. In 2013 Boland Landbou (near Paarl), Framesby (Port Elizabeth) and Outeniqua (George) will make their debuts.…

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How many schoolboys will go on to become Springboks?

18 November, 2012 beet 14

Okay this is my new favourite example and is handy for anyone who wants to keep things simple. A bit of what I call FYUI – for your useless information.
We have about 100 or so top rugby schools in South Africa. Working on the assumption that two-thirds of the First XV are matrics and one-third grade-11 or lower, that gives 1000 players graduating high school every year. How many of those make it to play for the Boks one day?…

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C’mon Ref!

16 November, 2012 beet 140

Supporting one’s rugby team is a pastime filled emotion when done right. These outbursts are sometimes triggered by decisions made by the man in the middle. …

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Over-aged KZN school player resurfaces in provincial sevens

13 November, 2012 beet 32

On 03 November 2012 the Sharks team defeated Eastern Province Kings 29-14 in the SARU national sevens final for and I stress here for mens teams. A member of the impressive EP team was none other than one Mbembe Payi. Payi was a student at DHS earlier this year…

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Star-studded field gathers for SuperBru

10 November, 2012 beet 43

Many of SA’s current crop of SBR heavyweight bloggers (I’m proclaiming it) have signed on for the very challenging yet lighthearted SuperBru End of Year Tour compo. …