Sport and Politics Make Strange Bedfellows: a Short Rugby History

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Last Word on Rugby, by Scott Hornell. With the Prime Ministers of Japan and New Zealand present, diplomacy was in full action while cradling the game of rugby union. Many will see benefits and shortfalls in the dichotomy of this relationship. Sport and Politics make strange bedfellows, but over time the relationship has brought benefit […] READ MORE


Muhammad Ali Death: Why do Sports Matter?

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Forget championships, rings, knockouts and medals. Forget records. Sports is an entertainment business that truly lacks character most of the time. At times, it raises moments of romance and excitement. Many can’t get into sports because it lacks substance or meaning. Why is sport exciting? What’s so thrilling about a number of overtrained type-A personality […] READ MORE


Springbok Rugby Back to Where it Should Be

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Springbok Rugby Back to Where it Should Be It seems that when every Rugby World Cup campaign comes around, the Springboks are relatively off the pace heading into the tournament. By their own high standards, they’re usually not where they should be in terms of their status in world rugby and their form is not […] READ MORE


Nelson Mandela Inducted Into World Rugby Hall Of Fame

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World Rugby announced on Saturday that former South African state president, Nelson Mandela, had been posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs The special ceremony took place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday, before the Springboks’ match against Scotland during Rugby World Cup 2015. World Rugby […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup Classics: 1995 South Africa vs New Zealand

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With fewer than ten weeks until the beginning of the 8th instalment of the Rugby World Cup, we turn the clock back to revisit ten of the greatest World Cup matches of all time. The 1995 World Cup was more famous for its off-field events than those which occurred on it. Despite the Apartheid era […] READ MORE