- Ant Sims
The Springboks bounced back from their embarrassing defeat against Japan last weekend with a physically dominant win over Samoa. Rolling mauls might not be everyone’s cup of tea and certainly isn’t going to work against every team, but it has brought the Boks some solace, for now. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
There seems to be a major shift in the schools that produce Springboks, from a greater number of rural Afrikaans and 'ordinary' state schools, to elite cosmopolitan ones. While the team is slowly becoming more multi-racial, it is becoming elitist in another way. Much like the rest of South African society. By WESSEL VAN RENSBURG.
If you’re a Springbok fan, you’ll most likely have awoken to the realisation that the loss to Japan was not the cruel dreamland manifestation of one too many klippies and coke. It’s easy to despair when the biggest upset in World Cup and Springbok history has just occurred, but before you go reaching for those Prozac pills take a minute to consider the many positives from the game. By STYLI CHARALAMBOUS.
Sunette Viljoen, the South African javelin thrower who recently won a bronze medal at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Athletics Championship, has spoken out about how the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee treats the athletes who are part of their Operation Excellence programme. One can only hope that she will be the first of many. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Given that the US's National Football League has a lower concussion rate than rugby, the new movie 'Concussion', starring Will Smith and based on the findings of the remarkable Bennet Omalu, should serve as a wake-up call for the sport, especially at schoolboy level where the danger is far too often ignored. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Eritrean cycling finally went global over the course of the 2015 Tour de France, when MTN-Qhubeka’s star climber Daniel Teklehaimanot introduced his obscure, east African country to the world. But Zemede Tekle, Eritrea’s sports commissioner recently told the Daily Maverick: ‘Cycling is life here. It is who we are.’ In 1936, 25 years after Italian colonialists imported the sport (and refused to allow the locals to participate), Eritreans held their first race. They’ve been racing ever since. In Eritrea, as an Italian journalist once noted, cycling is bread. Words and photos by RICHARD POPLAK.
England Sevens rugby player Sam Stanley came out over the weekend, admitting that he had considered taking his own life because he thought being gay would stunt his career prospects. While we’ve come a long way, Stanley’s coming out still matters in an era where “macho” sport sometimes still frown on homosexuality. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
On Sunday, little-known political party the Agency for New Agenda said they will be taking Saru and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to court over the ‘lack of transformation’ in rugby. Their mission is to get the Springboks barred from going to the Rugby World Cup, but their legal case is flimsy and will in all likelihood be thrown out. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.