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16 December 2017 11:02 (South Africa)
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J9: SA mourns a legend – front pages remember Joost van der Westhuizen

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    Antoinette Muller

    Antoinette thinks of the world and the people who live in it as a bear with a sore paw. She has a stick covered in thorns and she’s poking the bear. When she’s not doing that, she’s watching cricket and longing for the days of the boring, boring Arsenal.

Photo: A candle and flowers laid in remembrance of the late former Springbok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen on display outside the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, 06 February 2017. The 45-year-old van der Westhuizen lost his battle to motor neuron disease after being diagnosed in 2013. EPA/PHIL MAGAKOE
Photo: Werner Kok of South Africa (R) drives past to score a try against Japan during the HSBC 7s World Rugby Series held at the National Stadium in Singapore, 15 April 2017. Photo: EPA/WALLACE WOON

Magnificent Sevens: Seven talking points before the Cape Town Sevens

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Coach Allister Coetzee, during 2017 a Castle Lager Outgoing Tour Press Conference at Tsogo Sun Palazzo Hotel, Montecasino South Africa on 02 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Rugby in Crisis: It’s not just Allister Coetzee who should be subject to a performance review

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Xola Mlambo and Bongani Khumalo of Bidvest Wits during 2017 Telkom Knockout Bidvest Wits Training at Sturrock Park in Braamfontein South Africa on 28 November 2017. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

Reporter’s Weekend Sporting Notebook: Sangomas, kicks-to-the-face and looming player strikes

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Philip Snyman (R) of South Africa is congratulated by Branco du Preez (L) after scoring a try during the Cup Final of the Sydney 7s World Rugby Series in Sydney, Australia, 05 February 2017. EPA/PAUL MILLER AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Dubai Sevens: Analyse this – the dummies’ guide to the Blitzboks in the first round of the World Series

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Mihai Surdu (Unsplash)

MeToo: Early research hints at vulnerability of young South African athletes

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Photo: Mark Solarski/(Unsplash)

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

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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 / www.photosport.co.nz

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

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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/www.Photosport.nz

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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