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16 years on… you’re STILL the man, Francois!


Written by Sharon van Wyk (Shaz)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 24 Jun 2011 at 22:15
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A couple of days ago I pulled together a story for the next edition of Naas’s new online magazine on South African Sport and Arts Hall of Famer and all-round rugby legend, Francois Pienaar. I sent it to Francois’s office for checking and any comment he might like to add, and this afternoon, 16 years to the day since he lifted the Webb Ellis trophy with Madiba standing next to him, his office phoned me to say they had him on the line for me… :razz:

Now I’m not ashamed to say that Francois has always been my No 1 rugby hero, so even though I don’t do the whole “starstruck” thing I was very much in awe when his assistant put me through to him. But within minutes we were chatting like long lost friends, laughing, joking and reminiscing about the amazing events of 16 years ago. And when I hung up the phone, some 20 minutes later, I sat back in my chair and grinned stupidly to myself for what seemed like ages… Why? Because Francois Pienaar is one of the few men I have put on a pedestal who really deserves to be there.

What an absolutely lovely person, with a warm, gentlemanly manner, quick wit and genuine self-effacing nature. And some fabulous stories to boot! How blessed we are as a nation and as rugby fans to have had such an incredible individual make such a precious contribution to both our country and the game we all love so passionately. We tend to forget that not only did Francois lead the Springboks to victory 16 years ago today, but he was also instrumental in taking us into the professional era.

So, snuggled up in the warm here in the Boerstad, with a glass of Rust en Vrede’s finest in my hand, I’d like to propose a toast to one of the greatest Springbok captains, and one of the greatest South Africans ever… 16 years down the line, Francois – you are STILL the man. Thank you. And God bless. :cool:



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  • Shaz how on earth would Pat Lambie react to this article? ;) :) :lol:

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.11 22:23:33 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 1) : :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.11 22:28:17 by franshark Reply
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  • Hoss Uncle DB and Franna. New thread for us to decorate. That Hooker thread has become slow with all the comment flowing through it. Anyone see the irony in that??? :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.11 22:29:26 by Ben Reply
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  • I’ll say cheers to that, not my greatest hero, but great player and person who deserves the credit… :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.06.11 22:30:23 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 4) : Wasn’t really the best player we had in the number 6 jersey but was by far the best captain we had. Or so I have heard, was too young to really understand Rugby back then! :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.06.11 22:32:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 1) : Pat’s time will come. :lol: Incidentally, I met him last week, and had a nice chat to him. We’ll hopefully be spending more time together, as soon as his schedule allows, for an interview and photo shoot I’m doing with him for GQ magazine. He’s an inspirational young man and another awesome human being, and well on his way onto that pedestal, I can assure you! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.06.11 22:35:31 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 5) : I can remember that day, man I think my wife screamed louder than me :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.06.11 22:35:36 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 7) : Can you believe it was 16 years ago today? Where has the time gone??? :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.06.11 22:37:11 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 8) : and what a ride its been since :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.11 22:39:25 by franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 5) : He led Transvaal to their first Currie Cup win in 21 years, beating Natal in 1993. And then defended the title the following year, beating Free State in Bloem. Also captained Transvaal to the inaugural Super 10 trophy in 93, beating Auckland in the final. So, a great player and a great captain! :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.11 22:41:07 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 9) : You said it! Long may the ride continue!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.06.11 22:42:22 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 10) : I heard Tiaan Struass was a better 6 at the time than Francois but Francois got selected because he was a great captain. I was 8 years old on that day so all I can go on is other people’s say so. :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.06.11 22:45:36 by Ben Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 11) : for sure, and non so electric than tomorrow…

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.06.11 22:46:19 by franshark Reply
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  • Go read Mac’s book

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.06.11 22:47:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 13) : GO SHARKS! I believe in miracles, remember??? :grin:

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.06.11 22:49:31 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Who me? I’m not one for reading books. :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.06.11 22:49:43 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 16) : have enough reading to do on SW :)

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.06.11 22:51:40 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 17) : Exactly. :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.06.11 22:52:32 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : So, if you can read all of the comments on all of the threads, why does a book present a problem? :razz:

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.06.11 22:54:52 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • 11. @SharonvanWyk (Comment 19) : the time to read more :)

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.06.11 22:56:44 by franshark Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 19) : A book you read to follow a story. Works much better for me to follow a story on an TV. SW I can read because its really interesting. All the interesting books are so thick and would take me forever to read, that would just mess with my SW time. Read a book a while ago. Took me two weeks to get through it and it had the crappiest ending ever. Wasted 2 weeks there. :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.06.11 22:59:07 by Ben Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 20) : Yup. I hear you. I am halfway through Clarkson’s latest and have Jeffrey Deaver’s new one to get to yet… and can’t find time to finish one and start the other… Too busy writing words and not enough time to read them! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.06.11 22:59:25 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 21) : Suppose you have a point. My son’s the same – why spend weeks reading a book when you can watch the movie in two hours? Books are always way better than the movie, though. Movies rarely do good books justice, with the possible exception of the Lord of the Rings trilogy… :grin:

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.06.11 23:01:37 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 23) : Yup you have a point as well. A book points out more off the details where the movie just gets to the point and gets it over with.

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.06.11 23:03:11 by Ben Reply
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  • 10. @Ben (Comment 21) : they should turn all good books into TV stories, that way I won’t miss them…

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.06.11 23:03:40 by franshark Reply
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  • It’s time for my beauty sleep folks… want to be wide awake for the match tomorrow morning! I feel a snot-klap in the wind… :razz: GO SHARKS!

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.06.11 23:04:50 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • 9. @SharonvanWyk (Comment 22) : and u do the writing thing well…

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.06.11 23:05:32 by franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 24) : And in a movie you are watching someone else’s imagination, instead of using your own…

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.06.11 23:05:53 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 25) : Yeah good idea.

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.06.11 23:06:05 by Ben Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 27) : Thank you! I try! :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.06.11 23:06:40 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • Nite nite guys… See u tomorrow!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.06.11 23:07:55 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 28) : Yeah that’s true. Night Shaz. Have a good one

    SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.06.11 23:07:59 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) : Nite Ben… u too! We are, we are DYNAMITE!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.06.11 23:09:00 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • 8. @SharonvanWyk (Comment 30) : @Ben (Comment 29) : so you folks watching the game at home 2morrow?

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.06.11 23:09:08 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 34) : Yup. Too early for me to get up and put my public face on for a Saturday!

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.06.11 23:10:35 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 33) : In that case may we explode under those Crusaders’ butts! :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.06.11 23:11:20 by Ben Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 35) : Me, the TV, steaming capuccino, biscuits, blankets, the fire, the dog and my Sharks beanie!

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.06.11 23:12:07 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • 7. @SharonvanWyk (Comment 35) : U have one of those :)

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.06.11 23:12:19 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 34) : At home yes and you?

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.06.11 23:12:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 36) : And send Sonny Bill blasting off into outer space! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.06.11 23:13:27 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • 6. @SharonvanWyk (Comment 37) :swap the cupo for a coffee and I’ll take that every saturday :)

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.06.11 23:14:25 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 38) : I do, and a matching scarf! Which I wore to Naas’s house this afternoon! :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.06.11 23:14:40 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 40) : Meyer Bosman will make sure off that! :)

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.06.11 23:14:57 by Ben Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 41) : Its pretty much been my Saturday since SupeRugby started, will miss it!

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.06.11 23:16:10 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • 5. @Ben (Comment 39) : at home, 2nd to live I prefer nowhere else…

  • Comment 45, posted at 24.06.11 23:16:14 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 45) : True. I can swear at the TV and its doesn’t take offence. And I can scream as loud as I like without getting hairy eyeballs in the press box!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 24.06.11 23:17:49 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 45) : What are you counting down?

  • Comment 47, posted at 24.06.11 23:18:37 by Ben Reply
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  • And now I HAVE to go to sleep… Can hardly keep my eyes open… Ciao chaps! :razz:

  • Comment 48, posted at 24.06.11 23:18:49 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • 4. @SharonvanWyk (Comment 42) : I’m a lot anti cold so the more sharks covering I can wear the better :)

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.06.11 23:19:11 by franshark Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 48) : Nighty.

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.06.11 23:20:47 by Ben Reply
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  • 3. @Ben (Comment 47) :4stars, and CC player at last…

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.06.11 23:21:01 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 51) : Hehe good stuff, you got there pretty quickly.

  • Comment 52, posted at 24.06.11 23:22:16 by Ben Reply
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  • 2. @franshark (Comment 51) : Tomorrow is my 6month anniversary bloging on SW too :)

  • Comment 53, posted at 24.06.11 23:23:29 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 53) : Hehe How many comments have you made?

  • Comment 54, posted at 24.06.11 23:24:46 by Ben Reply
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  • 1. @Ben (Comment 54) : I’ll check….

  • Comment 55, posted at 24.06.11 23:28:03 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 55) : Hehe

  • Comment 56, posted at 24.06.11 23:30:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 54) : 1739 comments, 10000 points, and 4 stars, heheeeeee :)

  • Comment 57, posted at 24.06.11 23:31:32 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 57) : Hehehe. I’ve been here round about 10 months. Almost have 5300 comments. :) ;)

  • Comment 58, posted at 24.06.11 23:42:23 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 58) : you like a race horse :)

  • Comment 59, posted at 24.06.11 23:44:03 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 59) : I just talk a load of trash. :lol:

  • Comment 60, posted at 24.06.11 23:45:33 by Ben Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 59) : For Super Rugby player you need 25 000 points. Takes a while to get there, believe me.

  • Comment 61, posted at 24.06.11 23:48:47 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 61) : I believe you, my next target is to get in the top 50…

  • Comment 62, posted at 24.06.11 23:49:50 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 62) : about another 4000 point will get me there…. :)

  • Comment 63, posted at 24.06.11 23:51:19 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 62) : How many points has the 50th placed person have?

  • Comment 64, posted at 24.06.11 23:51:43 by Ben Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 63) : That’s only 800 comments. :lol:

  • Comment 65, posted at 24.06.11 23:53:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 60) : its difficult for me with that work thing :( , but I enjoy the time I can muster…

  • Comment 66, posted at 24.06.11 23:53:40 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 62) : My target is to get into the top 20. :)

  • Comment 67, posted at 24.06.11 23:54:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 64) : something like 13000+, and some off the guys around 50 is not too active….

  • Comment 68, posted at 24.06.11 23:55:31 by franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 67) : there’s a lot of guys that has a lot less comments than me, think they blogging for a long time cause they getting point for logging in…..

  • Comment 69, posted at 24.06.11 23:57:33 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 69) : Don’t think you get points for logging in?

  • Comment 70, posted at 25.06.11 00:00:02 by Ben Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 69) : I was reading for quite a while before I started blogging…

  • Comment 71, posted at 25.06.11 00:00:51 by franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 70) : yes 5points every day you go on if you registered…

  • Comment 72, posted at 25.06.11 00:02:03 by franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 70) : not the actual logging in, just visiting while loged in.

  • Comment 73, posted at 25.06.11 00:03:07 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 72) : Oh okay

  • Comment 74, posted at 25.06.11 00:03:11 by Ben Reply
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  • Didn’t know that.

  • Comment 75, posted at 25.06.11 00:03:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 75) : if you are on the web site and go to site admin, under your profile there’s a points counter, you’ll see daily logging= 5points

  • Comment 76, posted at 25.06.11 00:06:53 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 76) : Oh cool. Franna I’m gonna hit the sack. Pretty tired now those antibiotics in the system. Nice chatting as always. Have a good one.

    SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 77, posted at 25.06.11 00:09:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 77) : good me too, believe we’ll have a good one 2morrow, see ye… :)

  • Comment 78, posted at 25.06.11 00:12:07 by franshark Reply
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  • Well thats it folks, little more than 9 hours to go till kick off…
    GO SHARKS!!!!

  • Comment 79, posted at 25.06.11 00:16:09 by franshark Reply
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  • Goodnight @Ben @franshark

  • Comment 80, posted at 25.06.11 00:27:27 by bergshark Reply

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  • Hi Sharon. I , too, have been fortunate enough to spend a bit of time in Pienaars company as a result of his involvement with FNB a few years ago. Really can only endorse your views…..a truly cool guy.

  • Comment 81, posted at 25.06.11 07:38:38 by grant10 Reply

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  • Also wanted to wish all the Sharks fans all the very best for the game in a couple of hours time. I truly believe the key is going to be self belief and the ability to last the full 80 ….

    go sharks….make the entire SA proud.

  • Comment 82, posted at 25.06.11 07:40:29 by grant10 Reply

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  • Yip the man was an awesome Captain, had the perfect personality to interact with the referee on good terms.

    VERY few of those around.

  • Comment 83, posted at 25.06.11 07:52:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : actually, at the time of the selection, it was Pienaar v Bartmann for the number 6 jersey, and the captaincy. Ian Mac wanted to go with Bartmann because they had such a good working relationship at Natal, but he was injured.

    Pienaar got in by accident and then spent the next two years leading an underground rebellion against the coach. Him and his Transvaal mates refused to implement Mac’s gameplan on the field and eventually succeeded in getting the coach fired.

    Hero my ass. I have zero respect for this man.

  • Comment 84, posted at 25.06.11 07:58:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 84) : :shock: As a person maybe then he is not so cool, but as Captain, he was one of the best.

  • Comment 85, posted at 25.06.11 08:08:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 85) : not the first captain to have his place in the team questioned on the grounds of ability either. But anyway.

    How are we feeling, guys?

  • Comment 86, posted at 25.06.11 08:15:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 86) : Nervous as fuck.

    Excuse the language but I’m stressed. :razz:

  • Comment 87, posted at 25.06.11 08:19:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 87) : I share that sentiment, oubaas. This could turn out to be a very special day indeed… Or it could just be kak.

  • Comment 88, posted at 25.06.11 08:20:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 88) : hope not the latter :)

  • Comment 89, posted at 25.06.11 08:27:42 by franshark Reply
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  • Where can we find this online mag? I would love to read your article.

  • Comment 90, posted at 25.06.11 08:45:56 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 90) : it’s on our list of links… “Rugby Mentor Magazine”

  • Comment 91, posted at 25.06.11 08:48:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 91) : Thanks Rob.

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