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  1. Other Rugby Related News and Trivia

    Cape Town - Former Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse is reportedly on his way back to the Mpumalanga union. According to Netwerk24, Stonehouse will become the Pumas’ director of rugby, a new role created by the union. The Pumas are expected to make the announcement official in January 2018, the Afrikaans website reported. The 53-year-old Stonehouse was head coach of the Pumas between 2008 and 2015, before leaving to coach the Toshiba Brave Lupus club in Japan. Stonehouse will be at the forefront of the Pumas’ strategic plans for the future, while Brent Janse van Rensburg will remain as the team's head coach. The Pumas are hoping to acquire franchise status in order to participate in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in Europe. The Anglo-Welsh Cup is a knock-out competition featuring 12 English Premiership clubs and the four Welsh regions. English publication, BBC Sport, earlier this year reported that Premiership Rugby was investigating the possibility of introducing South African teams into the competition. According to the report, changes to rugby's calendar post-2019 would offer English rugby bosses the chance to invite Currie Cup teams into the developmental tournament. Griquas are believed to be the other team touted for the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The prospective competition would run during the international windows in November and February/March.
  2. Zimbabwe

    Truth be said: Bob left with no dignity but everyone on earth is glad he left with Grace.....
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    I see Bakkies made the top 5.. but that was not as bad as some of the others.
  4. Zimbabwe

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    Cape Town - Allister Coetzee, by all accounts, is likely to be sacked after two seasons of disappointing Springbok results. He has set some new lows for South African rugby along the way, but a closer look at his tenure reveals that it is not just in the win/loss columns where he has failed the national side. The coach, fighting for his life since he lost his first Test against Ireland on June 11 last year, has seemingly become less and less interested in the demographic make-up of his Boks as results have worsened. The mandate is clear: ensure that the squad that travels to the World Cup in 2019 is made up of 50% players of colour. That order came from the very top when the Department of Sport and Recreation threatened to pull the plug on allowing SA Rugby to bid for and host major tournaments. That, of course, doesn't really matter anymore after South Africa was shafted at last week's World Rugby Council vote to determine the tournament hosts in 2023, but there is no getting away from the fact that transformation needs to be accelerated at a national level. When Heyneke Meyer was approaching the end of his tenure in 2015, he found the going tough in that regard. Moving Jesse Kriel from centre to the wing at the expense of Lwazi Mvovo and playing Pieter-Steph du Toit at flank ahead of Siya Kolisi didn't help his cause, and by the end of his reign there was the general perception that Meyer didn't trust his players of colour. With the arrival of Coetzee, black rugby players would finally be given their shot. Coetzee at the Stormers had been vocal on his transformation successes back then, and his understanding of and ability to facilitate transformation while still selecting on merit provided encouraging signs for the national side. When Coetzee came out ahead of his first Test in charge and boldly claimed that local players would be backed ahead of overseas-based players, and when he gave call-ups to the likes of Garth April, Lionel Mapoe, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni and Bongi Mbonambi, there was a real sense that this Bok team was on a unique path towards becoming the most representative we had ever seen. Since then, though, Coetzee has moved backwards and his use of black players has been questionable. Hookers Bongi Mbonambi and Chiliboy Ralepelle have felt it. In 2016 Adriaan Strauss was the first-choice No 2 and in 2017 it has rightly been Malcolm Marx, but Coetzee has hardly ever given his reserve hookers a proper run off the bench. Ralepelle, for example, was named in two Bok squads during the Rugby Championship without ever getting on the field. If you can't trust the guy with five minutes in a high-pressure match situation, then what are you saying about the faith you have in him? It sends the wrong message. The same applies to Rudy Paige, who has been the ultimate bench-warmer. This past weekend, he looked on as Ross Cronje gave another uninspiring display in the No 9 jersey for 80 minutes. Just what Paige has to do to get a start is anybody's guess. Lukhanyo Am is still waiting for his opportunity with Coetzee instead backing Damian de Allende and then Francois Venter at No 12 on this tour while Jesse Kriel has held onto the No 13 jersey all year despite having done little to justify it. Oupa Mohoje is on tour, but doing a large amount of nothing, and when there was a gap in the loose forward trio because of a concussion to Pieter-Steph du Toit, Coetzee rushed in Duane Vermeulen while Mohoje and Uzair Cassiem were overlooked completely for the match-day squad against France. Instead, Vermeulen came straight in while Dan du Preez was given a debut. Then there is the case of Warrick Gelant at fullback, who must surely be knocking on the door as a potential replacement to Andries Coetzee, who has not had a great year in Bok colours. Coetzee has picked the right players of colour and, more than that, the poor performance of his side has given him license to back them. But, for whatever reason, he hasn't. And, as 2019 draws near and with government pressure certain to heighten if the side is not representative, it is in the best interests of the national cause for the coach to give players opportunities. So far, Coetzee has not done that, and with time running out for him it looks to be too late now. Results aside, Coetzee was supposed to be the appointment that moved the Springboks through the murky territory that had accompanied Meyer's reign. That has not happened. The only players of colour who can currently claim to be regular Bok starters are Tendai Mtawarira, Siya Kolisi, Courtnall Skosan and Dillyn Leyds. Two full international seasons into Coetzee's tenure that return, much like what he has delivered on the field, is nowhere near good enough. The Bok team for Saturday's Test against Italy is announced on Thursday. Let's wait and see ...
  6. Zimbabwe

    It is only the face of the pigs at the feeding trough that will change. For the unwashed masses there will be little reprieve. The West will give money, (leftists are so fucking gullible) the money will be misappropriated, squandered and stolen - just like so many times before. Changing one African "leader" from a terrorist organisation for another is simply rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. The outcome for the "ship" remains the same.
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    Ek onthou net Roberta Flack se version uit my jeug.. Maar die boetie was goed.
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    Aretha Franklin not doing good and may pass soon. Celebrities are at the hospital saying goodbye. Arethahas been battling cancer for a while now we are told. We have a source inside the hospital where Ms. Franklin is currently being held & will keep you guys updated. It Is With Sad News That We Announce The Passing Of The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin 1942-2017
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    Cape Town - Springbok coach Allister Coetzee says ‘issues’ with Frans Steyn’s French club have contributed to his ongoing omission from the national team. READ: Frenchman to ref Boks v Italy The utility back played the last of his 56 Tests against France in Johannesburg in June this year, but did not feature in the Rugby Championship and was also not included in the 34-man squad for the current year-end tour in Europe. Steyn plays for Montpellier in the French Top 14 and Coetzee on Monday said the player’s Springbok future depends on his commitment to the club. Coetzee was speaking at a press conference in Padua as the Boks prepared for this weekend's Test against Italy. Coetzee also commented on the availability of centre Jan Serfontein, who recently also joined Montpellier, as well as Pat Lambie, who plays for Racing 92. Coetzee said Serfontein was given time to settle at his new club, while Lambie - who only recently returned from injury - was not picked as the Boks were “covered” at flyhalf. Steyn’s scenario however appears a bit more complicated. “I had a chat to Frans Steyn recently,” Coetzee was quoted as saying by Netwerk24. “I don’t think the issues are all sorted out. We need to chat to his club about whether they will allow him to play or not. These guys also sit with long-term contracts and there is the danger of them not retaining those contracts if they play for the Boks.” Coetzee admitted that it was tough for the overseas-based players to leave their clubs and play for the Boks. “Even speaking to Duane (Vermeulen)... it was a bit of a battle to get him here with the team (last week). It’s the player who must make the decision. Certain players are not clear-cut at their clubs, in terms of their futures, and they wouldn’t want to risk sacrificing that. So it’s not a clear-cut situation,” Coetzee was quoted as saying by SA Rugbymag. “There is a regulation 9 that allows players to play Tests (during the international windows in June and November), now players have to make a decision, 'either I retire from international rugby or I give up my contract and look to go back to South Africa'. I don’t know whether there is an alternative at this point in time...” the Bok coach continued.
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    http://www.cmaworld.com/country-music-legend-mel-tillis-passes/ Legendary singer/songwriter Mel Tillis passed away at the age of 85 Sunday, Nov. 19 in Ocala, Fla. “As a humorist, singer, songwriter, and performer, Mel set a high standard for all entertainers,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “His presence in movies and TV alongside the top actors of the time elevated the profile of Country Music in the ’70s and made Mel a pop culture icon. He will be missed by his family, the industry, and countless fans around the world.” Born Lonnie Melvin Tillis on Aug. 8, 1932 in Tampa, Fla., Tillis suffered from malaria at age three, which is believed to have caused his trademark stutter. His first public performance was at age 16 in a local talent show. After high school, Tillis joined the United States Air Force and served in Okinawa, where he joined a musical group called The Westerners that performed at military clubs. Tillis exited military service in 1955 and moved to Dover, Fla., where he worked as a fireman on the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. This enabled him to use his railroad pass to travel to Nashville. A year later he moved to Music City to follow his dreams of being a songwriter. Webb Pierce recorded his song “I’m Tired,” which earned Tillis a songwriter contract with Pierce’s Cedarwood Music Publishing Company. Pierce went on to have success with several more Tillis compositions, including “I Ain’t Never,” “No Love Have I,” “Honky Tonk Song,” “Tupelo County Jail,” and “Sawmill.” During this time other artists also recorded his songs, including Bobby Bare (“Detroit City”), Patsy Cline (“Strange” and “So Wrong”), Stonewall Jackson (“Mary Don’t You Weep”), Brenda Lee (“Emotions”), and Ray Price (“One More Time,” “Burning Memories” and “Heart Over Mind”). Tillis enjoyed writing songs for others, but he also wanted to be a performer in his own right. His first single, a cover of “It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song,” was released in 1957. Tillis charted a Top 40 single in 1958 with his song “The Violet and a Rose” (which later became a hit separately for both Little Jimmy Dickens and Wanda Jackson) and again in 1959 with “Finally.” He also succeeded with “Sawmill” and “Georgia Town Blues,” two duets with Bill Phillips. Heart Over Mind, his first album, was released on Columbia Records in 1962. Tillis teamed with Pierce for the duet “How Come Your Dog Don’t Bite Nobody But Me” in 1963. While on Columbia, Tillis also released singles such as “The Brooklyn Bridge,” “Loco Weed,” and “Walk On, Boy,” before moving to Kapp Records. In the mid-to-late 1960s, Tillis achieved greater success as both a performer and as a songwriter. After reaching the Top 15 in 1965 with “Wine,” he had success with “Stateside” in 1966 (he named his band The Statesiders after this song), “Life Turned Her That Way” in 1967, and his first Top 10 hit “Who’s Julie?” in 1968. Kenny Rogers and the First Edition had a Top 10 pop hit with the Tillis-penned “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” in 1969. Other artists who recorded hits with Tillis compositions include Waylon Jennings (“Mental Revenge”) and Charley Pride (“The Snakes Crawl at Night”). Moving from the ’60s into the ’70s, Tillis became a major force on the Country charts. He hit the Top 10 twice in 1969 with “These Lonely Hands of Mine” and “She’ll Be Hanging Around Somewhere.” The next year he reached the Top 5 twice with “Heart Over Mind” and “Heaven Everyday” while also scoring big on the charts that year with “Commercial Affection” and “Arms of a Fool.” Mel Tillis thanks the crowd after winning the Entertainer of the Year at "The 10th Annual CMA Awards" on Oct. 10, 1976, at the Grand Ole Opry House, live telecast on the CBS Television Network. He began a series of duets with Sherry Bryce in 1971, including “Take My Hand” and “Living and Learning,” and in 1972 topped the charts for the first time with “I Ain’t Never.” Tillis recorded a series of Top 5 smashes including “Neon Rose,” “Midnight, Me and the Blues,” “Stomp Them Grapes,” “Memory Maker,” and “Woman in the Back of My Mind.” Most of these songs were recorded while Tillis was signed to MGM Records. In 1976 Tillis was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year. That same year he was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters International Hall of Fame and he signed with MCA Records. During this time period he scored many No. 1 hits including “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” “I Believe in You,” and “Coca Cola Cowboy.” Tillis moved to Elektra Records in 1979, achieving hits including “Blind in Love,” “Lying Time Again,” “Your Body is an Outlaw,” “Steppin’ Out,” “A Million Old Goodbyes,” and his No. 1 hit, “Southern Rains” in 1981. That same year he released Mel and Nancy, a duet album with Nancy Sinatra featuring the hit “Texas Cowboy Night.” Switching back to MCA Records, Tillis recorded several more hit singles including “In the Middle of the Night” in 1983, and his Top 10 hit, “New Patches” in 1984. Tillis would later record for RCA Records, Mercury Records, and Curb Records. In his career, Tillis scored 36 Top 10 singles, six of which peaked at No. 1. <<SNIP>> - More at link
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/obituaries/della-reese-singer-and-touched-by-an-angel-star-dies-at-86.html Della Reese, the husky-voiced singer and actress who spent almost a decade playing a down-to-earth heavenly messenger on the CBS series “Touched by an Angel” and became an ordained minister in real life, died on Sunday night at her home in Encino, Calif. She was 86. Her death was confirmed by her manager, Lynda Bensky. She did not specify the cause but said that Ms. Reese had diabetes. Ms. Reese had been under contract to Jubilee Records for three years when, in 1957, she had her first big hit record, the romantic ballad “And That Reminds Me.” Named the year’s most promising “girl singer” by Billboard, Variety and Cash Box, she was soon making regular appearances on the leading television variety shows of the day. Her biggest hit was “Don’t You Know” — adapted from “Musetta’s Waltz,” an aria from “La Bohème” — which reached No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart in 1959. But she became best known as an actress, particularly in the sentimental drama series “Touched by an Angel,” which had its premiere in 1994 and evolved into one of prime time’s top-rated shows. It placed in the Nielsen Top 10 from 1996 to 2000, with an average of more than 20 million weekly viewers at one point. In the show, Ms. Reese, by then in her 60s, was cast as Tess, a stern but loving supervisor of angels who guided a softhearted and less experienced angel, Monica (Roma Downey), in helping humans at crossroads in their lives. The series told reassuring stories of forgiveness and second chances with mild irreverence. (“You get your little angel butt back to the city,” Tess told Monica in one episode.) Ms. Reese contended that no career switch was involved. “Every time I sang the blues, I wasn’t blue,” she said in a 2008 interview for the Archive of American Television, alluding to her emotional connections and delivery as a vocalist. “I was already acting.” <<SNIP>> - More at link
  12. Lambie in action with JPP

    Herein lies the problem. When you try and coach (actually that's the wrong word to use in reference to AC) someone with natural flair and an ability to read and direct play you end-up with a static pivot who is for most of the match confused - torn between what he knows is right and what the "coach" said he must do.
  13. Springboks end of year tour/November Internationals

    It will not fix the malady because there are other factors which influence the probability of success as a coach. We've said it many times here - firstly get politics the fuck away from sport. Select the best player in the position, whether he plays in SA or on Mars. Personally I am starting to think it is a doomed strategy to try and penalize a good / great player because he does not play in the local competitions. There need to be some international arrangement where players (of all countries) can / (have to) be selected for 10 local games at any point in a season. This would mean that those players playing in other countries can still contribute and mentor youngsters. Obviously such a strategy would need a lot of designing and agreement but it could assist rugby as a sport in the end.
  14. Charles Manson dead

    From a psychological point of view, I suppose Charles was a very interesting subject. Fact is he was above average intelligence with a very mean streak of manipulating people. I trust he will find some other energies in the hereafter who may not be too happy with his energy joining the pool..