I did however find the time to watch the rugby this weekend. How nice to dominate the All blacks for a change. And how nice of them to not bleat and moan as the British and Irish rugby media and players have upon loosing to the Springboks recently.
Now Kameraad Mhambi would never condone violence. And neither did our coach. He is just not always that eloquent when he speaks in English, not his mother tongue.
If we win this Saturday it will be the first back to back victory over the All Blacks for some time. Hats off to Piet Snor. Ask yourself. Would Jake White have selected Heinrich Brussow?
Anyway here is a documentary about the Springbok All Black rivalry in 6 parts. There is some particularly great footage of the 1956 tour and great interviews. Unfortunately the later history is provided in a very cursory fashion.
It’s also bit shallow on the early history. They mention the Boer war but pass on by much of its significance.
I mean imagine if the US army went into the central province of Iraq and burned down every single house, killed all livestock, and put all the women and children in concentration camps.
And as Time magazine pointed out recently, Afrikaners learned to play rugby in POW camps on islands like Saint Helena. In fact the first Springbok team to tour Britain had a number of ex POW players.
Any here’s the documentary. As you will see, rugby is definitely not ballet.