August 26. Every kick, every catch, each selection – deeply pondered over by coaches and selection panels – hairstyle, body proportions, boyish grins, selection of iPods and other accessories, diet, chosen accommodation, the list goes on and on and on . . . Every single aspect of the 2011 Rugby World Cup is going to be debated, analysed, giggled over and commented on.
When punters want the expert view on the game (outside of television broadcast) or just want to hear what their fellow fans and mates think, they’ll turn to Twitter and the Book for news, views, video footage, hilarious comments and pictures.
The exciting thing about all this for South African fans is that we are the current title holders; the Springboks may not be in the greatest form, but John Smit and Peter de Villiers’ team have vast experience and any number of potential matchwinners, should they play as a cohesive unit. We, as Springbok supporters, get a chance to be a part of this fantastic global sports event and the dynamic debate that’ll be flying around cyberspace. And we may even win the bloody thing!
At the time of writing the, IRB Rugby Fan Page on Facebook had more than 1.2 million followers. On Twitter, it’s not quite as prolific, but I predict the number of followers will rise rapidly from 42 000 as we approach the tournament’s kick-off.
This is the era of sharing (from trusted sources), where we turn to our online communities and friends for news we want to get, and the Rugby World Cup tournament, long a minnows compared with events like the Soccer WC and the Olympics, is about to score . . . big time.
The news behind the Rugby World Cup
Sex okay, but Boks must pay. News24
The Springbok players participating in the Rugby World cup have been given the thumbs up for as much sex as they like, but will have to pay for their partners to be in New Zealand.
SARU has given the Springboks free-reign to go wild in the bedroom, but will not pay for the accommodation and transport of the wives and girlfriends of the players.
Speaking to the The New Age newspaper, Springbok communications manager Andy Colquhoun said sex was not an issue. “There is no prohibition on the players to see their partners or have sex for that matter during the World Cup,” he said.
The incredible Sonny Billy Williams may not even play! News24
Sonny Bill Williams is up against the world’s best number 12 Ma’a Nonu and is not guaranteed a run-on spot in the All Blacks’ team for next month’s Rugby World Cup, coach Graham Henry said on Thursday.
There was no place for the dual international when Nonu was paired with Conrad Smith in the centres for Saturday’s Tri-Nations decider against the Wallabies in Brisbane.
Henry said the former Australian National Rugby League superstar has a task to make an impact at the World Cup with the All Blacks.
The coach said Williams’ lack of versatility also cost him a place on the All Blacks’ reserves bench for New Zealand’s final Test before the World Cup.
“Sonny Bill’s challenge is, I think, he’s competing against the best number 12 in the world and that’s great,” Henry told reporters.
Saru, SuperSport to face Parly over Ard Matthews bungle
The SA Rugby Union and SuperSport will be brought before Parliament’s portfolio committee on sport after musician Ard Matthews bungled the national anthem on Tuesday in a live television broadcast.
The committee said on Thursday it did not find joy in an embarrassing event witnessed by the whole nation.
Matthews forgot some of the words to Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika before Saru named the 30-man Springbok squad to play in next month’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
With just about two weeks to go until the tournament kicks off, there’s a feeling of excitement and anticipation as the world rugby powerhouses prepare to scrum down.
More web posts: Interesting facts and information
A guide to the rules and regulations of the Rugby World Cup.
– Compiled by Garth JohnstoneTags: 2011 Rugby World Cup, anthem, Ard Matthews, Facebook, rugby, Rugby World Cup 2011. Twitter, Sonny Bill Williams, SuperSport