Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Boy am I glad the 23rd of August has come and gone so we can carry on with our lives and stop with the predicting of the Springbok 30 to go to the Rugby World Cup. 
The squad basically chose itself last year already.  What real surprises were there?  Francois Louw and Odwa Ndungane?  Um, PDV has always favoured Odwa, so I have no idea why his inclusion is such a big surprise and as for Flouw, we needed an extra ball chaser to deputise to Heinrich and unfortunately Jean Deysel and Ashley Johnson don’t fit that mould.
Well done to the players that made the squad, I have no reservations concerning the choices made.  This squad holds a combined 1224 caps, which barring a few weak points here and there is pretty damn impressive.
The country can finally get behind our boys in their attempt to be the first team to defend their title at the spectacle. 
Get your Bok jerseys on and prepare to witness the best rugby has to offer from all around the globe.  This should in all honesty be the most entertaining Rugby World Cup we’ve ever experienced.  I say this because of the uncertainty draped over it.  There is no clear team with a dominating presence as England was in 2003 and as our beloved Springboks were in 2007. 
I for one pray that the northern hemisphere teams come to the party and produce performances worthy of challenging their southern hemisphere rivals. 
As a rugby fan, I find it quite boring at times that only 3 teams make it into our weekend braai conversations.  I hope this changes and we add another 2 or 3 teams to the pot after the showpiece.
Back our boytjies to the end and all else shall follow.

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