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German Football

What lessons can be learnt from the successful German Football campaign?

As the dust settles on Germany’s recent FIFA World Cup triumph is there anything that those side’s hoping to lift the Rugby World Cup crown in England next year could learn from Joachim Löw and his all-conquering team?

Are there lessons that could prove pivotal for those sides aiming to win the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France next month?

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Rugby-Talk
Special EditionHi Rugby-Talkers,

Another milestone reached… 11 Million Page Impressions!

We silently slipped past the 11 Million mark on 23 July 2014 in the afternoon some time.

Recently things have been happening quickly on Rugby-Talk.com… it was just the other day when we loudly celebrated the 10 Million Page Impressions mark. These milestones are still very important as we keep growing past these milestones and set the benchmarks for other sites to follow or to admire.

Rugby-Talk.com already proudly boast 9 960 News Articles and a further 219 Web Pages, as well as 350 275 Comments.

Our audience is still growing daily and it remains a pleasure to be involved in Rugby-Talk.com and to serve and enjoy the sport we love.

Once again an ideal opportunity for us to thank all those who subscribe to as well as read Rugby-Talk.com… it is really appreciated. A special word of thanks also goes to our regular Authors here, who supply the content we all enjoy.

Keep reading and keep keep contributing!

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imageThe Brumbies have named an unchanged side for Saturday’s blockbuster Super Rugby semifinal against the NSW Waratahs.

It’s a huge boost for the underdog ACT side, who managed to survive last weekend’s bruising 32-30 knockout victory over the Chiefs in Canberra unscathed.

The past fortnight has seen a massive turnaround for the Brumbies, who only one month ago had their season put on life support when the red-hot Waratahs trounced their under-strength outfit 39-8.

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imageNothing beats a grudge game and the whiff of verbal cordite is swirling ahead of the Super rugby semifinal between the Waratahs and Brumbies.

The hostility is connected to the Wallabies test in Dublin last year when 15 players were disciplined for drinking and breaking curfew amid suspicions they were dobbed in by several of the Brumbies.

A number of the Tahs were intent on reprisal but bypassed any physical mischief when they easily won their round-robin contest last month 39-8. The Tahs are keen to imprint a physical message behind their determination to reach next week’s final.

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Rhys Ward

Rhys Ward- 300 matches and counting

“I would never dream of playing for another club, I love this place,” says Eastern Suburbs prop, Rhys Ward, when asked about his longevity at Woollahra Oval.

The 35-year-old carves out his own slice of Beasties’ history today when he turns out for the 300th time in the tricolour jersey, becoming only the second player in the illustrious history of the club to achieve such a feat.

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Ugly Jerseys

“And then people want to know why we take drugs, to forget the fact that we are dressed as turds, that’s why”

In rugby, like most sports, teams and athletes have had a bad playing strip or two. Individual sports that comes to mind is cycling and golf. There have been some truly terrible creations that those athletes have worn, all in the name of sponsorship and moolah.

In rugby, its generally the alternate, or so called away strip, where designers indulge in a bit too much whacky weed before sitting down in front of the drawing boards. For the most part, kits are practical and speak of tradition and history, however, there are times that the Sporting and Designing Gods sincerely fall out and abominations like the ones that appear below.

These choices of ours are by no means exhaustive and is fairly recent in it’s selection, however, if you disagree, let us know and tell us which ones you think should have made the cut.

There’s ccertainly been some strange kit in recent years!

It appears the Kit sponsors want to stamp some sort of mark on their creations, so prepare yourself for some more strange jerseys in future!

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Julien Pierre

Julien Pierre should be back in training before September

Clermont have released a statement on Julien Pierre, Aurélien Rougerie and Benjamin Kayser, saying they should return to training in a month.

The trio, who were attacked in Millau by a dozen individuals “armed with machetes, knives and swords” on Saturday night, were all hospitalised.

Pierre was in the most serious condition but the club confirmed his operation was a success and that he will be back training before September.

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Kevin Skinner

All Black Kevin Skinner in 1953

Kevin Skinner, the All Black prop and heavyweight boxer, has died. He was 86.

Skinner made his name for Otago and was selected for the 1949 All Black tour of South Africa as a 21-year-old.

He was labelled one of the side’s successes, making up a hard-as-nails front row alongside Johnny Simpson and hooker Has Catley.

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Eben Etzebeth

His parents might call him Eben, but I’d like to call him Ysterbeth!

Want to know more about the Etzebeth legend?

Apologies to our foreign readers as the first story was printed in Afrikaans. If you scroll down you would find another in English.

These articles were written quite a while ago and is left just as it was published, so excuse the time frames. The author of the Terminator from Parow is Jaco Kirsten, who writes for the website meneer.tv

For those readers not familiar with the legend of the Etzebeths, enjoy these stories, those of us who grew up in Cape Town, roll back the years and take a trip down memory lane.

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Cape Town 10's 2015 LogoSouth Africa’s fastest growing online retailer takealot.com has signed on as the official headline sponsor of the rapidly growing Cape Town 10′s for 2015. The world’s biggest 10′s tournament, now known as takealot.com Cape Town 10′s will return to Hamilton’s Rugby Club for their seven year anniversary on 6 and 7 February 2015.

Commenting on the decision to sponsor the event, Kim Reid, CEO of takealot.com said, “We are very excited to be associated with the Cape Town 10′s.  It’s an event that shares similar brand characteristics to our own, being fun, young, innovative, dynamic and most importantly customer focused.”

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Steve Walsh

Rugby referee and reformed “bad boy” Steve Walsh

Very seldom, before, during or after a rugby match does the spotlight not fall on the referee. Supporters of the losing team will in all probability at some stage lay the blame on the man with the whistle, it’s human nature, and not even the winning side’s supporters agree with all the decisions made during most matches. It’s the nature of the beast and referees know full well that this is one of the pitfalls of their chosen profession.

Seldom however has controversy followed a referee as it has for Steve Walsh.

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FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilThe FIFA Football World Cup 2014 ends this weekend in Brazil.

The only games remaining are the 3rd Place Play-off on Saturday 12 July 2014 and the Final on Sunday 13 July 2014!

In the 3rd Place Play-off game, Brazil face Netherlands

In the grand Final, it is Germany vs Argentina.

Who will be crowned Football World Champion in 2014?

All of the games are live on TV in SA on SS3 HD, SS3 & Maximo.

Gio Aplon in action for the DHL Stormers

Gio Aplon in action for the DHL Stormers

“A good big player is better than a good small player” is something we have heard before on the rugby landscape in South Africa. Unfortunately, these type of utterances has been heard coming from the National coach, Heyneke Meyer, as well.

Is rugby not supposed to be the one game that people of every shape and size can partake and excell in? Remember when we were young kids, standing around with bare feet all excited about our very first rugby practice? Dividing the players into positions seemed like such a simple task…the fat kids were props, the tall kids were locks, the fast kids were wings. There seemed to be a position suited to every size and shape.

Professional rugby as we know it now has put paid to that philosophy, 15 supreme athletes seem to be the target for coaches. Centers weigh in at the 100kg mark or more, which is bigger and heavier than some of legendary Bok forwards of previous eras. Just this week the Under 18 Academy week was played in Worcester. One of the stand out players for the victorious Western Province Academy team was prop Carlu Sadie who weighs in at 122kg. The fact is, he is not judged on his size or weight, but on his playing ability and it would seem like this youngster has a bright rugby future ahead of him. Obviously when it comes to the position of front row, size is a huge asset, but what about the other positions?

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FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilThe FIFA Football World Cup 2014 is nearing the end in Brazil.

The Quarter-Finals are a thing of the past, only 4 Teams remain!

In the Semi-Finals we have 2 South American Teams against 2 European Teams, who will come out on top? If a Team wins here, they progress to the Final and the loser books a place on the 3rd Place Play-Off!

It is the 3rd Place Play-Off on 12 July and the all importeant Final on 13 July 2014.

In the 1st Semi-Final on 8 July it is Brazil vs Germany and the 2nd Semi-Final on 9 July is between Netherlands vs Argentina.

All of the games are live on TV in SA on SS3 HD, SS3 & Maximo.

NamibiaNamibia qualified for a fifth successive Rugby World Cup by thumping hosts Madagascar 89-10 on Sunday to win the African preliminaries and book a place in Pool C at next year’s tournament alongside defending champions New Zealand.

Namibia finished level on two wins each with Kenya and Zimbabwe at the end of the four-team tournament but qualified by virtue of more bonus points.

Their task was made easier on Sunday when Zimbabwe beat Kenya 28-10, setting Namibia a target of beating Madagascar by 53 points to qualify.

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FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilThe FIFA Football World Cup 2014 is nearing the end in Brazil.

The Group Stages are already done and dusted, only 8 Teams remain!

In the knock-out stages, there are no 2nd chances, you lose and you go home. You win and you live to fight another day!

It is the Quarter-finals on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July.

It is Germany vs France & Brazil vs Columbia on Friday and Argentina vs Belgium & Netherlands vs Costa Rica on Saturday.

The Semi-finals are on 8 & 9 July 2014.

All of the games are live on TV in SA on SS3 HD, SS3 & Maximo.

FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilThe FIFA Football World Cup 2014 is well underway in Brazil.

The Group Stages are already done and dusted, only 16 Teams remain…. well only 12 after this weekend!

In the knock-out stages, there are no 2nd chances, you lose and you go home. You win and you live to fight another day!

The Games start out on Monday with France vs Nigeria and thereafter Germany vs Algeria, both on Monday 30 June.

On Tuesday 1 July it is Argentina vs Switserland and Belgium vs USA.

The Quarter-finals start on 4 July 2014.

All of the games are live on TV in SA on SS3 HD, SS3 & Maximo.

FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilThe FIFA Football World Cup 2014 is well underway in Brazil.

The Group Stages are already done and dusted, only 16 Teams remain!

In the knock-out stages, there are no 2nd chances, you lose and you go home. You win and you live to fight another day!

The Games start out with Brazil against Chile and after them it is Culombia vs Uruguay, both on Saturday 28 June.

On Sunday 29 June it is Netherlands vs Mexico and Costa Rica vs Greece.

All of the games are live on TV in SA on SS3 HD, SS3 & Maximo.

Gerrie Sonnekus

Gerrie Sonnekus

Two men were arrested on Tuesday for the robbery and attack on three fishermen, including former Springbok Gerrie Sonnekus, in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape police said.

“After following leads, Port Alfred detectives in collaboration with crime intelligence officers, arrested two men aged 34 in Nemato Township in the early hours of Tuesday morning,” police spokesperson Luvuyo Mjekula said.

“Police are looking to make more arrests as two more suspects are still at large.”

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Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber

I hope you guys have a taste for parody and a tongue-in-cheek look at events of the week!

Another episode or 3 in a new serial called Dumb and Dumberer – the SARU Story, is playing out right in front of our eyes this week again.

In Episode 1, one of the lead actors, let’s call him “Hoss”… short for Hoskins… opens his mouth, sticks both feet firmly in… and then continues to look stupid.

In Episode 2, “Kallie Karnallie”… short for Kallie Kriel… puts Hoss in his place, treats him like a school child, leaving Hoss in the fetal position and sucking his thumb in the corner.

In Episode 3, the knight on a white horse arrives… errrr sorry the script was changed to a “Brommer op ‘n Drol”… He tries to rip both of Hoss’ feet out of his mouth and declares that the feet did not belong there in the first place, yet acknowledging that foot in mouth disease, has flash-back effects much like Malaria does.

Like all soapies, this is a lot of tripe, to be followed by the brainless masses…

Well, if you can’t beat them, join them I say! If they can all talk the biggest load of bollocks, then surely I can paint them into a corner and twist the knife for good effect, can’t I?

(PS! Folks, take this with a pinch of salt, no a heap of salt, this is just an attempt to bring mirth to a subject which normally peeves off the average Joe in South Africa!)

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FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilIt is already Day 10 of the month-long FIFA Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil on Saturday.

Lionel Messi and Argentina are back in business while Nigeria and Ghana have a chance to keep Africa’s hopes alive. All of the games are live on TV in SA on SS3 HD, SS3 & Maximo.

Argentina face Iran at Estadio Mineirão in the first match of day at 18:00 SA Time, then Germany face off with Ghana at 21:00 SA Time. The final match of the day is a Group F encounter between Nigeria and Bosnia Herzegovina.

Some stunning results aleady and a number of big name sides are already doomed to be on their way back home!

 

As in the recent past, we cater for the Football fanatics too, so go for it you bloody Soccer Moffies!

Just kidding fellas, enjoy the Football!

FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilIt is deep into the 1st week already of the month-long FIFA Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

We’ve seen some astonishing results already!

 

As in the past week, we have another Football article, so go for it you bloody Soccer Moffies!

Just kidding fellas & flatties, enjoy the Football!

FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilIt is already Day 2 of the month-long FIFA Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

We have already seen Mexico beat Cameroon 1 / 0 and one of the bigger games of the tournament is about to follow, Spain vs Netherlands!

 

I thought you might like to chat some Poofball on a Poofball article, so go for it you bloody Soccer Moffies!

Just kidding fellas & flatties, enjoy the Football!

Here goes!

FIFA World Cup 2014 - BrazilWow, strange feeling for me to write about the Round Ball Game called POOFBALL… errr sorry I mean FOOTBALL, or SOCCER as it is more properly known in South Africa.

The world’s biggest sport, today starts it’s biggest tournament, the FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 in Brazil.

Being a Sports lover, I suppose is what it’s all about, so here goes with a SPECIAL ARTICLE on the world spectacle!

Gooooooooooo Bafana Bafana…. errr sorry, they’re not there, right?

Hahaha

Excuse the ignorance, me maties… but at the same time enjoy yourselves!

Here’s more about the tournament of Oscar-Driven stars on Tik:

 

Brazil kicks off the World Cup on Thursday hoping to unite the football-mad country after a chaotic seven-year build-up plagued by violent protests.

The 32-team extravaganza gets under way in the teeming mega-city of Sao Paulo, where the host nation’s beloved ‘Selecao’ faces Croatia at 17:00 Brazil Time (22:00 SA Time) in front of 61 600 supporters and a worldwide television audience of several hundred million.

Thursday’s Group A match signals the start of a month-long football fiesta taking place against backdrops which showcase Brazil’s breathtaking diversity, from the picture postcard beauty of Rio de Janeiro to fading colonial grandeur of Manaus, deep in the Amazon.

After years of apathy and simmering resentment at the tournament’s record $11-billion price tag, Brazilians were grudgingly embracing World Cup fever in the final hours before the big kick-off.

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  • Nama 28 Jul 2014, 22:46 SAST - @ robzim: :Approve: @ Just For Kicks: Not sure we will but it would be nice if we can do...
  • Just For Kicks 28 Jul 2014, 22:34 SAST - Brilliant by Le Clos, I predicted that we could move up to 4th place last night, and we just have....
  • robzim 28 Jul 2014, 22:30 SAST - Nama wrote: GOLD… Well done Le Clos. Brilliant swim by the Sharkie. He is in a different league as a...
  • Nama 28 Jul 2014, 22:30 SAST - It's raining gold medals for SA tonight. We are up to 4th on the medals stand atm.
  • Nama 28 Jul 2014, 22:27 SAST - GOLD... Well done Le Clos. Brilliant swim by the Sharkie.
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