He is beyond passionate, a stalker par excellence! He gets info, we can only dream of getting…and he has given us a wonderful platform to live out our passion…rugby..
I have had the pleasure of meeting Robbo a few years back, and has grown very fond of him, his friendship and true passion albeit VERY one eyed …we have had our (many) dissagreements too! I have posted some questions to Rob – and here we go!
Give us a little Bio of the real Rob:
I was born in Pretoria in 1977…. moved all over the country for a few years, eventually ending up in Dundee in KZN for most of the 80s. After a year in the UK, we moved back to Pretoria, where I attended Pretoria Boys High (the year ahead of John Smit, Darrel Eigner and Brian Liebenberg). I moved to Joburg in 2001, got married to the girl of my dreams in 2004 and moved to the UK in 2007. That’s about it, really! Oh – I also have two kids. A little girl of 5 and a boy who is 18 months old.
Name, nickname and where do you live?
Rob and I live in a little Kentish town called Sevenoaks, just South East of London
What do you do for a living?
I work as an Identity Management consultant. IT Security stuff.
Who do you support and why?
The Sharks, cos I grew up in Dundee in KZN. And my dad told me to!
What was your most memorable rugby moment (personally experienced or a team / player)
Being in the Cartoria box at Loftus, in my full Sharks gear, back in 1995. The Sharks came back from 36-15 down to draw the game, with 3 tries in the final 10 minutes. Thiery Lacroix and Cabous van der Westhuizen did the damage. Man, but those dutchies got very quiet, very fast! Other favourite was the 14-man Sharks beating the Bulls at Loftus in the 07 Currie Cup.
What is your Dream team (old and current players)?
for the Sharks: 1 Beast, 2 Smit, 3 Garvey, 4 Atherton, 5 Andrews, 6 Bartmann, 7 Deysel, 8 Teichmann, 9 Putt, 10 Honiball, 11 Cabous, 12 Barritt 13 Jacobs, 14 Pietersen, 15 Jouba
Which co-bloggers opinion do you value the Most? Why?
KSA Shark, Big Fish and Morne, for very different reasons
What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to watch a rugby match?
Four-hour roundtrip from Dullstroom to Pretoria and back to watch the Boks play the Wobblies. Won the tickets on Keo! I also missed seeing Tracy Chapman in concert because it clashed with the 96 Currie Cup final.
Who is your least liked player?
Frans Steyn, Kees Lensing, Drikus Hattingh, Adri Geldenhuys and Jaco van der Westhuyzen. In no particular order
Who are your favourite 3 players of all time and why?
Wahl Bartmann. An inspiration to me in everything he did. Gary Tecihmann. A triumphantly quiet man who took on the mantle of leader when required and wore it with dignity to the end. Andre Venter. He really got the concept of making sacrifices to be the best.
If you could have a blogger deleted, who would it be and why?
I can delete anyone I want to, Icey! So far, I’ve only ever banned one person.
If you could select a coach (past or present) to be with Your team – who would it be?
The Old Goat, Ian Mac
How did you end up on SW, wasting valuable company time?
I kinda started it… what do you mean “wasting”?!!!
Who is your favourite referee – current or old?
I really like Craig Joubert
Why Rugby ?
Because it’s a game that has a place for everyone
How do you react when your team loses?
I’m getting better. I used to get into a black mood for three days. Now I’ts down to two and a half days!
What is your most memorable rugby moment ever?
This is very similar to question 4? (Geez you are pedantic.. )
What is your favourite rugby ground?
ABSA Stadium, without a doubt. Awesome vibe and getting to hang around with the players afterwards is just a dream come true
If you could play – what position would suite you best and why?
Although I never played there, I like to think I’m a natural hooker
Do you have any pre-match routines (home or going to the game)?
Getting my kids to leave me alone so I can actually watch the game, is a routine in itself!
Who is your all-time favourite or best Captain? (locally or internationally) and why?
Wahl Bartmann. He would never expect any of his players to do anything or go anywhere that he wasn’t prepared to himself.
What is your take on woman rugby supporters? How do you feel about the female bloggers on SW?
I love every single one of them to bits! Girls add class and the reason that most other rugby blogs turn into a disgusting pub brawl is because they don’t have enough women to keep them well behaved. We treasure every single one of our SW girls and would always like to have more.
If your nic is not your real name – how did it originate?
It is based on my real name. Back in varsity I used to play the guitar and sing a lot, so some friends started calling me “Rob Dylan” and the name sort of stuck. Note, it does NOT mean that I am a big Bob Dylan fan
Thanks Robs – and here’s to many more millions of comments!!Tweet