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Live in Johannesburg about 20min from Ellis Park. Work in Pretoria about 10min walk from Loftus Versveld but support The Sharks in Durban. Also a passionate Proteas cricket supporter.

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1995 World Cup The All Blacks put 143 to 17 against Japan. I remember thinking.. (sarcastically of course) You must be super proud of yourselves. That game and not the final at Ellis Park was where they lost the tournament. Conversely the Boks struggled against Canada ( I was at the match) and Romania, where to be frank the Boks could’ve put a hundred points on if they chose. The AB’s were by a country mile and then some the best team in the tournament. But they had developed an arrogance. Was it so necessary when you were say 70 or 80 points up to continue to humiliate a proud people.? That lack of humility came back to haunt them in the final. A match they easily with the talent available should have won. They lost it because they were not able to dig any deeper. When their big guns failed to smash they did not have an adequate response. They had spent it in other games. Mentally they were never going to win.

Would it be smart to lose at the World Cup?

Marx must be shaking in his boots.

Tahs ready to get physical

“Where you end up has nothing to do with me or Folau or anybody else”…. Exactly! It doesn’t!….. Excepting you forgot to tell Issy that.

Israel, Gazza and the controversy

Liking Folau’s post, then removing it can also be seen as expediency after seeing the fallout across the board. Only Gordon P Smith knows the truth. Oh and Pastor Smith, I take 4 days of Easter off not to celebrate the birth and miraculous resurrection of Christ, it’s a bit hocusy pocusy for my liking, I take it off because it’s a public holiday. Only celebration for me is getting to sleep in a bit later. Can also sink a few beers midday. My company closes down as do the schools etc. Nothing hypocritical about that either.

Israel, Gazza and the controversy

The Sharks own coach described their win over The Lions as the best performance by them in years. 1 week later after getting hammered he described it as the worst performance in years. That’s pretty coin tossesque enough for me.

Victory in South Africa could decide Australia's Super Rugby finalists

Sorry my bad. I guess I should have thought twice about level headed.

Steve Smith is finding some IPL form, but does that justify his World Cup selection?

I will not present myself as any sort of expert on these things and my thoughts more based on experiential processes and my own common sense. But it is very obvious to me that there are multitudes of articles and posts presenting this as a freedom of speech, right to religious beliefs and expression rather than a labour issue. Rugby Australia administer rugby not constitutional law and interpretation thereof. Folau’s hearing will only be about breach of contract and trust. It has no jurisprudence to reach beyond those parameters. It’s not even a court. Folau based on what we know is going to be dismissed based on breaking agreements. Then….. Folau will have to challenge the contracts legality based on those issues of human rights and privileges. It may even end up in a constitutional court hearing. But that’s where it becomes complicated. That’s when groups like LGBTI organizations etc. That is all parties who have a vested interest are also allowed legal counterchallenges and or testimony. It is also expensive and can take months even years. So many uncertainties but one certainty is that Folau will not be going to the World Cup as a player.

Date set for Folau's code of conduct hearing

Form in one format definetly does not guarantee form in another. Excluding Smith however means excluding a player who brings more than just batting and runs. He brings experience, leadership and level headedness under pressure. There is not a team in the World Cup who would be mighty relieved to see Steve Smith excluded.

Steve Smith is finding some IPL form, but does that justify his World Cup selection?

I am afraid they will. Lumping all SA refs into the same boat ignores the very good ones too. Neutral refs theoretically an ideal situation for every game featuring opposing countries teams but it is also expensive.

Discipline the only thing that will prevent a Rebels’ Australian conference title

Peter I just said I agree. Called it bizarre. Still think it is/was. I am in no way defending the ref, but the context is that subsequent games support my opinion that Rebels not only have discipline issues but also poor ref management. This was widely debated on The Roar at the time.

Discipline the only thing that will prevent a Rebels’ Australian conference title

I also thought and expressed it in writing here on The Roar that it was bizarre. My exact words. But what I am suggesting is that it is getting some context with The Rebels subsequent games. The Rebels will have do deal with this if the have ambitions to go deep into the comp.

Discipline the only thing that will prevent a Rebels’ Australian conference title

My take is that Smiths IPL team and Bancrofts County side are saying just that. The leadership bans which are nothing more than an extension to their punishment is frankly ridiculous. Anyway you don’t need a captains armband to be one of the teams leaders. CA may inadvertently also created an uncomfortable situation for Finch and Paine on Smith and Warners return.

Did CA go a step too far with their leadership bans?

The ref if in Johannesburg took a fierce pounding here and elsewhere for that penalty count. Dave Wessels could barely hide his disdain. Nicholas Bishop found it scarcely believable, but here it’s happening again. The Rebels most certainly have discipline issues.

Discipline the only thing that will prevent a Rebels’ Australian conference title

It is an interesting article in the Guardian. It is written by a Tongan whose loyalties clearly lie with Folau. It also suggests that Rugby Australia are disrespecting Folau’s rights to his religious beliefs by dangling his contract in front of him like a noose and the author clearly blames Rugby Australia for the mess….. So many twisted and distorted realities. If some Pacific Island players feel that it’s OK to go gay bashing in the name of their deeply held religious beliefs then possibly they should find rugby playing nations where it may be just dandy to do so. But I am afraid not a lot of other Rugby playing nations will welcome that. All countries have player contracts which include codes of conduct.

Date set for Folau's code of conduct hearing

Howzit Geoff, yes I do. Pollard will start, but if Rassie subs him with Jantjies means he thinks we are going to win. Bottom line.. If your forwards are in control players like Cooper, Jantjies etc can and will make the plays to create tries.

The Wrap: Foley TKOs Cooper as Australian conference tightens up

Persecution OF Christians yes, over centuries. Persecution BY Christians yes, over centuries.

Israel, please shut up about God – oh, and happy Easter!

If I could have said it better jameswm I would have. Well put.

Israel, please shut up about God – oh, and happy Easter!

TGTPIH, love that moniker,I wish it were that simple keeping sport virginally separated from other issues. If sportsmen were just robots maybe. But they are not. An aside, after years of participating on this sport site, 2 issues got by far the highest responses and… For the management staff the most new commenters, (which I think matters a lot to them) …. The sandpaper gate cricket stuff and this one with Issy Folau. Controversy always sells. No different here.

Israel, please shut up about God – oh, and happy Easter!

Gonna need 2 fly halves for the World Cup anyway. Seems cut and dried to me that’s its going to be Cooper and Foley. Same goes for the Boks. It’s Jantjies and Pollard. Not sure if it’s that obvious for other teams. Only question is who starts and who is benched game by game. This whole Folau affair is such an unwelcome side show. Players wading in from around the rugby world. Geez Issy was it really necessary?

The Wrap: Foley TKOs Cooper as Australian conference tightens up

Problem that I see is that for ball tampering the ICC sanctions are lenient to say the least. I certainly do not see any other board in the world following CA’s example should one of their own be caught messing with the ball, so until we see a review of punishments by the ICC, I am afraid we will be seeing reverse swing just maybe not from Aus.

Bancroft's tons put him in World Cup frame

Where do Castle and Cheika fail to respect Folau’s right to express his beliefs. I keep reiterating and will say it again he is being challenged for breach of contract. Not for expressing his beliefs. He is free to broadcast his beliefs but in a non offensive manner. Could have constructed his tweet in numerous other ways. He could not possibly have been unaware of the public responses as well as those of Rugby Australia, their sponsors , his teammates or his coach. He had been forewarned and has previous experience. He was testing them. It cannot not have been calculated. This is and should not be turned as attempted by many to be a debate about freedom of speech, religion or belief systems. It is very simply about breaking an agreement. A breach of trust.

Israel, please shut up about God – oh, and happy Easter!

Does labour law now require that men need education re violence to women and if no such education they can plead ignorance. Australian rugby right now in the gutters with regards morality and ethics be it League or Union.

'He wasn't educated': De Belin's lawyers play the blame game

Ha ha, know da feeling.

Bancroft's tons put him in World Cup frame

Hi Rowdy, I am South African and post from here. I thought at the time they got slaughtered by not just CA but also the cricket public globally. Just check all social media cricket pages the second you mention them. Massive knee jerk stuff for a relatively minor offense imo. They cannot spin or PR themselves back into favor. They have to keep scoring runs hence your lovely eagle focus response. I don’t care, still think they are immensely amazing cricketers and would love another go at you Aussies. But they must be in the team or it means so much less.

Bancroft's tons put him in World Cup frame

Johan Ackerman is pushing real hard to get Swys to be his assistant coach again in England. De Bruyn has acknowledged this but said he would prefer to stay at the Lions. Unfinished business etc. Could this be a game changer.

Seven talking points from Super Rugby Round 10