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Docker    437

Please educate me. Why would anyone wanna go to Turkey?

​Will be crawling with Aussies and Kiwis this week (well around the Dardenelles region). The hundred year anniversary of getting our collective butts kicked by the Turks at Gallipoli comes up this week and this a much anticipated and hyped commemoration. A number of those in high political office in Australia and NZ will be in situ for the same.

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Mata Hari    483

​Will be crawling with Aussies and Kiwis this week (well around the Dardenelles region). The hundred year anniversary of getting our collective butts kicked by the Turks at Gallipoli comes up this week and this a much anticipated and hyped commemoration. A number of those in high political office in Australia and NZ will be in situ for the same.

​All those Aussies and Kiwis can only improve the place

:15_8_217:

TBF it's a country with good historical sites. The people are OK. Tanzania has friendlier locals. From a woman's POV the men in Turkey leave much to be desired. 

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Docker    437

​All those Aussies and Kiwis can only improve the place

:15_8_217:

TBF it's a country with good historical sites. The people are OK. Tanzania has friendlier locals. From a woman's POV the men in Turkey leave much to be desired. 

​Got the bum pinched a few times?

Predominantly Muslim populace so your a chattel in most their small minds 

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Docker    437

What i like about their plan is that you have to have played a certain amount of games or years to qualify, that i do like..One guy on 365 suggested maybe 40 - 50 tests or 5 years, which seems more reasonable.

​Giteau and Mitchell are probably the only non residents likely to get called up.

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Mata Hari    483

​Got the bum pinched a few times?

Predominantly Muslim populace so your a chattel in most their small minds 

​Undressed by more strangers with their eyes in my one week visit than I have ever encountered anywhere else in my life. From the fancy guys to the common street one. And I promise you I was dressed decently every time. Chattel - my point exactly...I enjoy a lot of their food though ...

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Docker    437

​Undressed by more strangers with their eyes in my one week visit than I have ever encountered anywhere else in my life. From the fancy guys to the common street one. And I promise you I was dressed decently every time. Chattel - my point exactly...I enjoy a lot of their food though ...

​Probably your own fault for being so easy on the eye!!

Their food isn't too bad and reasonably healthy

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Mata Hari    483

​Probably your own fault for being so easy on the eye!!

Their food isn't too bad and reasonably healthy

​LOL thanks Dock, but I'm just average on the eye , I said I wasn't wearing my bikini in public  :15_8_217:. I tried most of their food at every meal (as opposed to others who continued to eat the western hamburgers etc), and loved most of the food I tasted LOL. I was the one trying new eats at every meal . Reasonably healthy is probably the good description. Women next to men get treated differently to women on their own LOL. )The first lot are ignored, LOL, the 2nd lot are undressed). Damned if we do and damned if we don't LOL. but on a tour, there'd be a few more other countries above Turkey on my list (Like Russia LOL). But Turkish Airways have nice food good service and damn affordable. I'd probably try visit Istanbul again - for at least 1 week not 1 night. 20 mio people - it's quite an experience. So when you and Mick coming to visit SA? Just wait for the recent spate of Xenophobia to pass off first hey...

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Docker    437

​LOL thanks Dock, but I'm just average on the eye , I said I wasn't wearing my bikini in public  :15_8_217:. I tried most of their food at every meal (as opposed to others who continued to eat the western hamburgers etc), and loved most of the food I tasted LOL. I was the one trying new eats at every meal . Reasonably healthy is probably the good description. Women next to men get treated differently to women on their own LOL. )The first lot are ignored, LOL, the 2nd lot are undressed). Damned if we do and damned if we don't LOL. but on a tour, there'd be a few more other countries above Turkey on my list (Like Russia LOL). But Turkish Airways have nice food good service and damn affordable. I'd probably try visit Istanbul again - for at least 1 week not 1 night. 20 mio people - it's quite an experience. So when you and Mick coming to visit SA? Just wait for the recent spate of Xenophobia to pass off first hey...

​I reckon the bride and I will come to SA in early 2016. Her business partner is about to marry a Saffer and he is been in the republic for the last three weeks meeting the Griswalds (in laws). Stellenbosch got a few mentions so I think her folk are from those parts. I think he really enjoyed his time over your way. I will be consulting extensively on where to go and what to do.

As the coach of the mighty Fremantle Dockers says "things are never as bad as they seem or good as they seem". The Xenophobia stuff is not a good look but I am sure it is in just a few small areas. I was in Bangkok last year during the middle of martial law, curfews and alleged chaos - the place seemed fine to me and I didn't see any trouble.  

 

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taipan    1,432

​I reckon the bride and I will come to SA in early 2016. Her business partner is about to marry a Saffer and he is been in the republic for the last three weeks meeting the Griswalds (in laws). Stellenbosch got a few mentions so I think her folk are from those parts. I think he really enjoyed his time over your way. I will be consulting extensively on where to go and what to do.

As the coach of the mighty Fremantle Dockers says "things are never as bad as they seem or good as they seem". The Xenophobia stuff is not a good look but I am sure it is in just a few small areas. I was in Bangkok last year during the middle of martial law, curfews and alleged chaos - the place seemed fine to me and I didn't see any trouble.  

 

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supersupporter    798

Looking towards the WC, I am starting to think that maybe Faf De Klerk could be the guy who gets some ball moving behind our forwards. He is quick and his ball delivery is sharp.

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Mata Hari    483

Looking towards the WC, I am starting to think that maybe Faf De Klerk could be the guy who gets some ball moving behind our forwards. He is quick and his ball delivery is sharp.

​Now you need to get Kaplan reading this blog and then making suggestions to Heyneke Meyer cos i doubt anything new is going to happen.

The power of influence/persuasion? C'mon Hawk - leave a note on Kaplan's tweet page with this addy

:15_8_217:

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Hawk_Eye    1,357

​Now you need to get Kaplan reading this blog and then making suggestions to Heyneke Meyer cos i doubt anything new is going to happen.

The power of influence/persuasion? C'mon Hawk - leave a note on Kaplan's tweet page with this addy

:15_8_217:

​Done!

 

Do SA a favour, go whisper in HM's ear "Faf de Klerk" - seems he is what SA is looking for. We should start selecting players on form

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taipan    1,432

So Flip is unavailable for the WC. HM says Jean de Villiers is recovering rapidly and that he has a good idea of his WC side.

Why does all of this scare me.

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Hawk_Eye    1,357

So Flip is unavailable for the WC. HM says Jean de Villiers is recovering rapidly and that he has a good idea of his WC side.

Why does all of this scare me.

​Stereotype, restricted thinking, blinkers, quotas, sub-standard coaching in specialised positions. It does not scare me for I am comfortable in the knowledge that SA will not be a force in the RWC if this type of archaic thinking and one-dimensional strategic playing preparation and selection is the rule.

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Hawk_Eye    1,357

And there you have it... Pierre Javelin is the "answer" according to our esteemed Bok coach.

 

Johannesburg - As an extra lineout option, Bulls No 8 Pierre Spies could find his way into the Springbok squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and Wales later this year.

Following a two-year layoff due to injury, the athletic loose forward is starting to show the form that saw him emerge as one of the finest No 8s in world rugby eight years ago.

Spies suffered a biceps injury in 2013 which saw him miss a large part of that season before he injured the same muscle at the start of 2014 to rule him out of rugby for nearly two years.

He last featured for the Springboks in their 53-23 victory over Samoa in Pretoria in June 2013.

The 29-year-old is back in the national fold for the first time in two years after being called up for the first of two Springbok training camps this week.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said on Monday his protégé has been in superb form despite detractors saying he lacked the physicality of traditional eighthmen.

“He’s always been a great player and people have been harsh on him, he’s been injured for two years and it is tough to come back and then get another injury,” Meyer said.

“Pierre is back to his best and I believe he can play better, but he is putting pressure on the other guys.”

Meyer was quick to point out South Africa’s embarrassment of riches among the loose forwards and intimated that Spies had some way to go if he was to beat off the competition for a golden ticket.

The Bok mentor said he would have to carefully weigh up his options when selecting the final 31-member squad.

“Out of your 31, nine must come from your front row and if you look at your other positions you could go with four locks and five loose forwards,” Meyer said.

“To go pick five loose forwards from 12 world-class players that is going to be very difficult.”

That is where Spies’ versatility, particularly as an extra lineout option gives him a slight edge over some of his competitors.

Over the past two years the Bulls player had to watch from the sidelines as Stormers eighthman Duane Vermeulen emerged as one of the best No8s in the world.

It would take an extraordinary effort from Spies to wrest the jersey from Vermeulen’s vice-like grip but it is an open contest for the position as hid understudy.

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taipan    1,432

How many good games in a row now?

10 minutes from the bench is the way I understand it.

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Hawk_Eye    1,357

How many good games in a row now?

​Clearly sufficient to impress the coach.  Maybe he watch him play a simulated game on an Xbox.

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Barnacle    511

I would suggest you also go and have a look at the stats of the last five matches at the least. Spies started the season slowly, but is definitely improving as the season goes on.

But lets look at a comparison for the season so far:

Carries: Spies 73 - Vermeulen 90

Clean Breaks: Spies 2 - Vermeulen 3

Defenders beaten: Spies 15 - Vermeulen 10

Handling errors: Spies 5 - Vermeulen 8

Kicks caught: Spies 11 - Vermeulen 23

Lineouts stolen: Spies 5 - Vermeulen 3

Lineouts on own throw: Spies 14 - Vermeulen 4

Loose Ball collected: Spies 6 - Vermeulen 10

Metres run: Spies 222 - Vermeulen 316

Missed tackles: Spies 15 (14%) - Vermeulen 8 (17%)

Tackles made: Spies 105 - Vermeulen 46

Turnovers won: Spies 7 - Vermeulen 6

Passes: Spies 26 - Vermeulen 22

Offloads: Spies 7 - Vermeulen 4

Tries: Spies 3 - Vermeulen 2

Penalties conceded: Spies 10 - Vermeulen 3

 

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vlagman    914

A while back, I said that I was beginning to wonder if I should start getting out the humble pie about Spies. 

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