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Up and Under: Leaps Ahead for 2015

  We might have beaten them at Ellis Park in the last match of this year’s Rugby Championship, but who will forget that moment in the previous test between the two sides in New Zealand when the scales of fortune tilted and broke millions of South African hearts yet again? With the Bok defence spread [...]

Wanted: White’s Trust for Black Players

  Transformation, that old “enemy of rugby”, has been roused from its hibernation. Last week Minister Fikile Mbalula announced after a meeting with provincial sports MECs that transformation targets had been moved to 60% black players for South African national teams. This was in response to an identified “lack of willingness in implementing transformation”, and follows a [...]

Super Rugby’s Rising Stars

Sha The Super Rugby season kicked off yesterday with the Lions snatching a cheeky win against the Cheetahs and the Sharks bullying the Bulls in a one-sided affair. In the first of a series, The Con has chosen three players who you should look out for in this year’s tournament. These are players we are [...]

The 2014 Scrum Down Begins

  The Lions fan saw her coming. As the young twentysomething in the dark blue jumper edged closer to him, with her cameraman in tow, he began to protest. “No, no, please take that camera away,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about the Lions.” He looked stern with his goatee. She smiled and pleaded. “Have you [...]