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Rugby

Bok coaches must deal with controllables
The test in Christchurch went pretty much according to the blueprint. The Springboks opened up well, playing with great determination, and creating early pressure. Read full blog
One boss is better than several
Whenever I think about an interaction I had with the previous Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, I find myself wishing that there was a parallel universe which would enlighten us. Read full blog
What gives New Zealand an advantage?
New Zealand used to be known as the graveyard of Springbok coaches pre-isolation. Read full blog
It's not impossible but highly unlikely
The Springboks say it’s not in their DNA to run up the white flag.It’s certainly not in New Zealands DNA to disrespect the Springboks. Read full blog
Let’s lock Mallett, White etc in a room
Someone challenged me the other day to look at the turn-over the Springboks have experienced since 2014 and compare it to the player turn-over of the All Blacks, and they do have a point. Read full blog
Next two weeks to decide Championship
If neither the Boks or Pumas can win their NZ games, then it’s likely that the All Blacks will head overseas at the end of the month with the title all but wrapped up. Read full blog
Your sport needs YOU
South African rugby is in serious trouble and there’s only one thing that can save it. You’ll be happy to learn that that one thing is you. Read full blog
Coetzee needs to give clarity
As in New Zealand with the All Blacks, when the Springboks don’t perform up to expectation, the fans want answers. Read full blog
Time to lose the ostrich mentality
Some of my colleagues in the industry love to remind me of a column I wrote after the Springbok management tried to put some gloss on a poor performance and fortunate win over Scotland in Edinburgh in 2008. Read full blog
Putting things into context
First things first, no one associated with the All Blacks has accused the Wallabies of having any link to the “sophisticated” listening device found concealed in a chair in the New Zealand team room. Read full blog
A way to release pressure on Elton
There may be a lot separating New Zealand from South Africa on the rugby field at the moment, but one similarity between them as they went into the Castle Lager Rugby Championship might have been a shared concern. Read full blog
Snap out of it!!! Rugby returns
This weekend, life picks up where it left off two weeks ago, normality having been suspended whilst our gaze was diverted to Rio, complete with its triumphs, sensations, failures, disappointments, jubilations, desperations, all mercilessly laid bare on social media. Read full blog
Please someone challenge
When you have enough time to watch the Olympics with more than just a cursory glance, it quickly becomes apparent that there are some codes that should be Olympic sports and others that maybe shouldn't. Read full blog
Bronze Blitzboks need introspection
The Blitzboks may have done well to get a bronze, but if we’re truly honest – their Olympic campaign was a disappointment that may well have been expected given their performances in the recent World Series. Read full blog
Worthy winners on all fronts
The weather prevented it from becoming quite the showcase it might have been, but it was still a compelling final and we have, from two worthy candidates, a deserving winner of Super Rugby 2016. Read full blog
Why I’d have gone for Rohan
It would have been a great confidence booster for the Springboks had the Lions defied the odds by beating the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby final, but in some ways the loss might have been a better result for national coach Allister Coetzee. Read full blog
More than one way to win a game
Sometimes it’s easy to get swept away with the emotional ride of a good thing. Read full blog
In the end may the best team win
The final stages of Super Rugby are about finding the best, but by its very nature it’s also about the survival of the fittest, and dealing with factors unique to this competition. Read full blog
Time to back Jantjies
The Emirates Lions’ demolition of the Highlanders in Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby semifinal has underlined one simple fact for coach Allister Coetzee – it’s time to back Elton Jantjies to the hilt. Read full blog
And Super Rugby's Bok team is.....
"The drought is over! That is the happy news we bring long-suffering Lions fans everywhere..." Read full blog

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Tony Johnson
Bok coaches must deal with controllables
The test in Christchurch went pretty much according to the blueprint. The Springboks opened up...

Gavin Rich
One boss is better than several
Whenever I think about an interaction I had with the previous Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, I find...

Johan Coetzee
Your sport needs YOU
South African rugby is in serious trouble and there’s only one thing that can save it. You’ll be...

Brenden Nel
Bronze Blitzboks need introspection
The Blitzboks may have done well to get a bronze, but if we’re truly honest – their Olympic...