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20 November 2017 13:47 (South Africa)

Nedbank Challenge: It's Africa's Major, make no mistake

  • Ken Borland
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    Ken Borland

    Ken Borland hails from the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal and was educated in the Midlands before going to Joburg in 2004. For a small fee, he'll write or talk about anything and has been a contributor for Reuters, SuperSport, the BBC, various other radio stations around the world, and Midi Olympique. He has covered rugby and cricket World Cups and, even though his own game is a disgrace, numerous golf tournaments. In fact, he took up writing when it became clear he was not going to be actually playing in the big stadiums, no matter how keen he was!

    When he's not around a sports field somewhere, Ken is invariably in the bush, birdwatching, although the sea and its conchological riches also fascinate him. He is a keen follower of music and movies.
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Photo: South African rugby fans react with disappointment after it was announced that France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup during a public screening in Pretoria, South Africa, 15 November 2017. South Africa was the early favourite to host the worlds biggest rugby union tournament for the second time however France was chosen. Photo: EPA/Christiaan Kotze

Analysis: #RWC2023, money muscle and the transparency ruse

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Dominic Bird (C) of the All Blacks in action against French players Scott Spedding (R) and Vincent Rattez (L) during the rugby test match between France and New Zealand's All Blacks in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, France, 14 November 2017. Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo /EPA-EFE.

#RWC2023: Shock move as France trumps South Africa as hosts

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Head coach Stuart Baxter during 2017 Bafana squad announcement at FNB Stadium auditorium on 20 September 2017 @Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix; Allister Coetzee, coach of South Africa during 2017 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour Press Conference at Tsogo Sun Palazzo Hotel, Montecasino South Africa on 02 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix; Ollie le Roux (Martin Dobey  via Flickr)

Reporter’s Weekend Sporting Notebook: Boks, Bafana and baffling Ollie le Roux

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African fans show support for the 2023 World Cup bid during the 2017 Incoming Rugby Series between South Africa and France at Kings Park Stadium, Durban, on 17 June 2017.  Photo: Gavin Barker/(BackpagePix).

Rugby could learn from cricket: Could a rotation system help solve squabbles?

By Antoinette Muller
File Photo: South Africa 2023 World Cup hosting bid during the 2017 Incoming Rugby Series between South Africa and France at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, on 24 June 2017. Photo Gavin Barker/(BackpagePix)

#RWC2023: Squabble, squabble, toil and trouble – tensions rise from other bidders

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Eben Etzebeth (C) of the Springboks is tackled by Aaron Smith (R) of the All Blacks during the rugby test match between South Africa’s Springboks and New Zealand’s All Blacks at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 July 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

#SaveRugbyUnion: The radical proposal for new international club competition

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: The Newlands Cricket Ground has put elaborate water systems in place to help see it through the crisis. Other clubs with fewer resources have had their fixtures drastically reduced. Photo: Shaun Swingler.

#CapeWaterGate: How Newlands Cricket Ground is fighting the drought

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Haroon Lorgat, then Cricket South Africa President (r) and Preity Zinta, Owner of Stellenbosch Kings during the Stellenbosch Kings Press Conference ahead of the T20 Global League at Val de Vie Estate, Paarl on 13 September 2017.  Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Cricket: CSA postpones T20 League just days after saying it definitely would go ahead

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Jesse Kriel of South Africa is tackled by Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand during the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship game at Newlands Rugby Stadium on Saturday.  Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Rugby: Boks have improved, but only consistency in Europe will be their redemption

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Proteas CEO Haroon Lorgat during 2017 Cricket South Africa's coach announcement on 17 September 2017. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/(BackpagePix)

Why did Haroon Lorgat part ways with Cricket South Africa?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Proteas CEO Haroon Lorgat during 2017 Cricket South Africa coach announcement on 17 September 2017. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Cricket: Tension and turmoil as Haroon Lorgat and CSA break up

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Mark Solarski/(Unsplash)

Lotto Funding: The great mystery of Basketball SA’s missing millions

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Australia’s batsman Mike Hussey hits a ball from England’s bowler Andrew Flintoff during the second Ashes Test match at Lords in London, Britain, 19 July 2009. Photo: EPA/DANNY MARTINDALE

Explainer: Cricket – are four-day Tests going to kill the five-day game?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Sonny Bill Williams addresses the players huddle Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match, Australia Wallabies vs New Zealand All Blacks, Sydney, Australia. Saturday 19 August 2017. Photo: Paul Seiser /

Analysis: What the Springboks can learn from the All Blacks about inclusion

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Francois Hougaard shows his disappointment during the All Blacks v Springboks rugby champsionship test at the QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand at the weekend. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/

What the Papers Say: Springboks took one hell of a beating

By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: South African top quad ace Lucas Sithole, ranked number 4 globally. Photo credit: Reg Caldecott

South Africa has a US Open champ – his name is Lucas Sithole

By Antoinette Muller
Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy during the 2018 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay at SASCOC House on 15 May 2017 ©Aubrey KgakatsiBackpagePix

#SascocShenanigans: Dubious invoices for ‘bugging report’ surface

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: The Sprinboks will turn out against Argentina in a different coloured jersey this weekend for a once-off gesture, apparently to “celebrate unity”. Photo: SA Rugby

Rugby Championships: Is a red jersey really rugby’s biggest problem?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Minister of Sports and Recreation, Thulas Nxesi addressing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting that took place on Tuesday, 01 August 2017.  Photo: GCIS

Explainer: What are the commissions of enquiry set up by the Department of Sport and Recreation about?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: The 2017 Rugby Championship game between South Africa and Argentina at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 19 August 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Rugby Championships: The Paper Round – The Boks are back, sort of

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: US cyclist Benjamin King (R), of Dimension Data team; Spaniard Marcos Jurado, of Burgos BH team; Dutch Etienne Van Empel (2-L), of Roompot team; and French Antoine Duchesne (L), of Direct Energie team, compete during the fouth stage of Vuelta a Burgos cycling race over 147 km between Bodegas Nadal and Clunia, Burgos, northern Spain, 04 August 2017. EPA/Santi Otero

#BicyclesChangeLives: Qhubeka and Team DD a reminder that not everything has gone to hell in a handcart

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrates after winning the women's 800m final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 13 August 2017. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

IAAF World Championships: SA’s six medals tell only half the story

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Silver medalist Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa celebrates after the men’s 200m final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 10 August 2017. Photo: IAN LANGSDON (EPA)

Wayde to go: Close, but no double for Van Niekerk this time

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (C) celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the women's 1,500m final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 07 August 2017. Kipyegon won ahead of second placed Jennifer Simpson (R) of the USA and third placed Caster Semenya (L) of South Africa. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI

Semenya’s legacy continues to blossom with bronze in 1,500m

By Antoinette Muller
Luvo Manyonga of South Africa competes in the men's Long Jump final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 05 August 2017. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

IAAF World Championships: We’re all living in a Manyonga wonderland

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A collage of South African athletes competing at the IAAF World Championships in London from 4-13 August 2017. Photo source: various

Athletics: South Africans at the World Championships - events, race times and records

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Soccer City, December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Soweto derby tragedy: Why were you so silent about the fans who’ll never come home?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Wayde Van Niekerk's and Akani Simbine during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 15 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

ASA: SA athletes speaking out will be the downfall of shady administrators

By Antoinette Muller
Main image: The pack of riders in action beneath the glass dome roof of the Grand Palais during the 21st and final stage of the Tour de France 2017 cycling race over 103Km between Montgeron and Paris Champs-Elysees, France, 23 July 2017. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Tour de France 2017 in pictures: Chris Froome seals fourth win

By Antoinette Muller