Richard Ferguson

Sevens continues to grow


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens on 8 Feb 2012 at 07:49
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The Rugby Sevens World Series is set to expand to include more nations as the sport heads for its first inclusion as an Olympic Sport, taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The number of teams taking part in the tournament will increase from the current 12 core teams to 15 in the 2012/2013 season. The Hong Kong Sevens taking place in March will be used to determine which three teams will qualify for inclusion in the event from next season.

South African coach Paul Treu has welcomed this news, as the sport is growing at a pace not seen in many other sports. It’s viewership has increased 10-fold over the past three years, and with more nations now supporting their teams, this should continue in the same vain.

In more Sevens news, Paul Delport will miss this weekend’s Las Vegas leg as a result of a cheekbone injury, which he sustained in the Plate Final win over Tonga. Either Chase Minnaar or Renfred Dazel will replace Delport for the leg.



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  • We need to make up some ground in Vegas after dropping a place in Wellington…
    So guys, leave the roulette tables and play some rugga…

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.02.12 08:14:34 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 1) :

    The draw last weekend really did the Boks in..

    The fact that Fiji lost to Tonga in the pool game meant that we faced a pissed off Fiji team in the quarters..

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.02.12 08:19:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Have you seen the Vegas draw? Canada, Tonga and Kenya’s good showings meant a very screwed up draw, with two groups having 3 of the ‘top 8′ teams

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.02.12 08:34:55 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : and they nailed us…

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.02.12 09:09:12 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) : I missed draw, but can just imagine…

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.02.12 09:10:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) :

    Who do we have?

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.02.12 09:12:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Wales, France and Uruguay. 2 giant killers and an unknown entity. Fiji has drawn Argentina, USA and Canada. England got Scotland, Kenya and Brazil. New Zealand has drawn what will surely be called the ‘group of death, Australia, Samoa and Japan. A few of these groups look easy, but I won’t feel comfortable in any of them.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.02.12 09:18:52 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 7) :

    Which group’s second place do we then go up against?

    All the fixtures and permutations look rather tricky!

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.02.12 09:28:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 7) :

    Are Tonga not taking part in this one?

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.02.12 09:28:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8&9) : NZ’s group is pool A, Fiji pool B, SA pool C and Eng pool D. A1 plays D2, D1 plays A2, B1 plays C2, C1 plays B2 in the quarters, So depending on how groups B and C finish, we could face any of Fiji, Argentina, USA or Canada. Barring upsets, we will miss Fiji, and most likely one of the last 3, but I dare not guess which.

    Tonga do not play all the tournaments. They are one of the favourites to join the expanded 15 core teams after Hong Kong.
    (Please don’t ask me how I know so much about 7′s, I’m already scaring myself)

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.02.12 09:41:42 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 10) :

    Thank you dude.. Much appreciated..

    Let’s hope Fiji do us a favour and win all their pool games this time around..

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.02.12 09:45:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : Or, if they lose, lose twice

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.02.12 10:05:16 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • Canada played some impressive rugby in Wellington…

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.02.12 10:05:42 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 13) : That they did, and Argentina and USA are teams you NEVER underestimate! You could walk over them today, only to be beaten by the same team tomorrow

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.02.12 10:35:22 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • As a big fan of sevens this is very good news, I think Tonga, Portugal and Zimbabwe will take the extra spots.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.02.12 12:30:41 by berroos Reply

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  • @berroos (Comment 15) : hey – are you new here? If so, welcome!

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.02.12 12:39:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @berroos (Comment 15) :

    Welcome to the site..

    Haven’t seen you around..

    Hope to see more of you!

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.02.12 12:40:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 17) : @robdylan (Comment 16) : thanks, sure you will

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.02.12 12:46:34 by berroos Reply

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  • SA play their first game tomorrow morning @ 03:00 sa-time… Early up guys ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.02.12 07:24:48 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA won their first game against Uruguay 35 -0

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.02.12 07:14:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • The 2nd game was much tougher against wales, SA 29 – 12 Wales

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.02.12 07:15:39 by Franshark Reply
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  • Our next game is France and to be played close to 12 o’clock tonight

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.02.12 07:19:51 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA won the Vegas tournament last year…. hope they achieve the same this time around

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.02.12 07:21:36 by Franshark Reply
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  • Go SA, you can do it

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.02.12 07:45:15 by Mutley Reply

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  • only about 5 min to SA vs France game

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.02.12 23:45:20 by Franshark Reply
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  • players taking the field

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.02.12 23:52:23 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA score through captain Brown…..

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.02.12 23:55:06 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA 7 – 0 France

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.02.12 23:55:52 by Franshark Reply
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  • France score in the corner

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.02.12 23:58:11 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA 7 – 5 France

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.02.12 00:01:25 by Franshark Reply
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  • Chris Dry score on HALF TIME
    SA 12 – 5 France

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.02.12 00:02:38 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bernado Botha scores the first point of the 2nd half

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.02.12 00:06:04 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA 19 – 5 France

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.02.12 00:06:37 by Franshark Reply
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  • Richards score under the post

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.02.12 00:08:12 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA 26 – 5 France

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.02.12 00:09:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • Hendricks score as the final hooter goes

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.02.12 00:13:41 by Franshark Reply
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  • FULL TIME
    SA 33 – 5 FRANCE

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.02.12 00:14:43 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA top their pool

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.02.12 00:36:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA through to Cup semi againts NZ. Anybody have an idea what time the game is on?

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.02.12 07:28:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : The game is 21:30 tonight, and SA beat Argentina 24 – 5 in the Quarter final

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.02.12 07:44:07 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 40) : Dankie.

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.02.12 07:59:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Semi final time

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.02.12 21:32:52 by Franshark Reply
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  • Ag no man…. NZ score first

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.02.12 21:34:43 by Franshark Reply
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  • Clermont v Racing on at the moment over here.. :cool:

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.02.12 21:36:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 5-0 to NZ

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.02.12 21:36:57 by Franshark Reply
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  • 1:03 and Clermont have already scored a try. :shock:

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.02.12 21:37:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • NZ score in the corner again, both times the move started with a knock from SA

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.02.12 21:40:05 by Franshark Reply
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  • Boom gets a yellow

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.02.12 21:41:46 by Franshark Reply
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  • An intersept gives NZ their 3rd score

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.02.12 21:43:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • Half Time
    NZ 15 – 0 SA

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.02.12 21:44:16 by Franshark Reply
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  • 2nd half starts with a pass into the side line from SA

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.02.12 21:47:08 by Franshark Reply
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  • And another intercept, great defence by Africa

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.02.12 21:50:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • Everyone except Cecil Afrika have been pathetic!

  • Comment 53, posted at 12.02.12 21:51:56 by Ben Reply

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  • eish, nothing going for SA, loosing their line out, and NZ put the final nail in the pain of SA

  • Comment 54, posted at 12.02.12 21:52:02 by Franshark Reply
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  • SA making 7 mistakes in this game, before this they made on average 2 per game

  • Comment 55, posted at 12.02.12 21:53:14 by Franshark Reply
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  • Branco score under the post,
    Final Score
    NZ 20 – 7 SA

  • Comment 56, posted at 12.02.12 21:55:12 by Franshark Reply
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  • Oh well, win some lose some.
    If it’s any comfort guys, with global warming going the way it is New Zealand won’t be around for much longer anyway.

  • Comment 57, posted at 12.02.12 21:56:14 by Leviathan Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 44) : And that’s a repeat, do you wanna now who won :-)

  • Comment 58, posted at 12.02.12 21:56:29 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 57) : ouch…. don’t wish that… but they are seriously good at the moment

  • Comment 59, posted at 12.02.12 21:58:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 59) :
    I wish nothing of the sort, hell Cape Town will be going under long before New Zealand, though I doubt the Atlanteans will put up with the taxis.

    Still yeah, New Zealand are playing well at the moment, but I’m prepared to wait for the Super 15.

  • Comment 60, posted at 12.02.12 22:02:07 by Leviathan Reply

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  • Hopefully the team that wins this semi gets a miracle and bear NZ in the final

  • Comment 61, posted at 12.02.12 22:22:37 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 60) : Yea I know you don’t wish that ;-) if Samoa can have another blinder and beat NZ then they don’t run away with the points

  • Comment 62, posted at 12.02.12 22:26:22 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 62) :
    when do we next play?

  • Comment 63, posted at 12.02.12 22:36:07 by Leviathan Reply

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  • 3/4 the play off @ 12 o clock

  • Comment 64, posted at 12.02.12 22:46:19 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 63) : sa vs fiji 00:06

  • Comment 65, posted at 12.02.12 22:47:04 by berroos Reply

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  • bad luck to the blitz bokke, things just didn’t want to go our way ( Cecil het ten spyte daarvan sy hart uit gespeel) hope manu samoa can wip the kiwis.

    The domestic Pro 20 is almost here, het ‘n gevoel dit gaan ‘n opwindende een wees.

  • Comment 66, posted at 12.02.12 22:53:16 by BR Reply

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  • @BR (Comment 66) :
    Go Cobras, show them some venom!
    You Sharks guys are the Dolphins right? Sharks hate dolphins you known…
    Still, you guys will have Chris Gayle playing for you, the first true dog of war of the cricket world. Good luck anyway.

  • Comment 67, posted at 12.02.12 23:03:16 by Leviathan Reply

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  • @Leviathan (Comment 67) : yip we have gayle and tait if im correct, not sure who the cobras have but owain shah will probely count as 1 of the 2 allowed foreign players. The Seventh team would be intresting to follow got Collingwood and Ryan ten Doeschate

  • Comment 68, posted at 12.02.12 23:16:59 by BR Reply

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  • @Leviathan (Comment 67) : Heard Shaun Tait will be with the Dolphins as well. Beware! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 69, posted at 12.02.12 23:17:39 by Ben Reply

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  • @Leviathan (Comment 67) : are u doing the Superbru thing?

  • Comment 70, posted at 12.02.12 23:20:32 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 69) : sorry Ben not any more….

  • Comment 71, posted at 12.02.12 23:21:42 by Franshark Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 68) :
    We’ve also got the Australian spinner Hogg.
    Saw him do well in the Big Bash, and our main spinner is injured.
    Also I have no idea what this “seventh team” is supposed to be about. Who are they? Who do they represent?

  • Comment 72, posted at 12.02.12 23:25:05 by Leviathan Reply

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  • @Franshark (Comment 70) :
    The what?

  • Comment 73, posted at 12.02.12 23:43:37 by Leviathan Reply

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  • @Leviathan (Comment 73) : the ‘predict the score game’ Most of us do play….

  • Comment 74, posted at 12.02.12 23:47:22 by Franshark Reply
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  • great stuff by kenya

  • Comment 75, posted at 12.02.12 23:56:18 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 74) :
    Is this for Super Rugby or T20?

  • Comment 76, posted at 12.02.12 23:59:14 by Leviathan Reply

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  • @Leviathan (Comment 72) : they represent the players that don’t make their team’s pro 20 squads so dit is basies al die oorskot spelers

  • Comment 77, posted at 13.02.12 00:01:15 by BR Reply

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  • Frankie Horn scores the first points

  • Comment 78, posted at 13.02.12 00:06:23 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 76) : both

  • Comment 79, posted at 13.02.12 00:08:53 by Franshark Reply
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  • Fiji scores twice in a few minutes

  • Comment 80, posted at 13.02.12 00:09:51 by Franshark Reply
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  • yellow card for Fiji

  • Comment 81, posted at 13.02.12 00:12:51 by Franshark Reply
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  • Fiji lead 14-10 HALF TIME

  • Comment 82, posted at 13.02.12 00:14:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 79) :
    sure I’ll give that a shot.
    How does it work?

  • Comment 83, posted at 13.02.12 00:14:22 by Leviathan Reply

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  • Cecil put SA in front by scoring in the corner

  • Comment 84, posted at 13.02.12 00:19:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • AI now Fiji score and take the lead back

  • Comment 85, posted at 13.02.12 00:20:47 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 83) : you have to register online @ superbru…..
    then join the tournament you wanne play in…. Ala S15 and T20 ….. go to the tournaments and join pools, tipe in sharksworld @ poolname and applie to play… the pool captains will approve you…. read more on Superbru site for more info

  • Comment 86, posted at 13.02.12 00:26:39 by Franshark Reply
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  • Fiji win 21 – 15
    SA end 4th

  • Comment 87, posted at 13.02.12 00:27:52 by Franshark Reply
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  • I’m off to bed now night all

  • Comment 88, posted at 13.02.12 00:29:15 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 87) :
    Not too bad I guess. Still keeps us in touch with the leaders. Thanks for the heads up on Superbru Franshark. I’ll see what I can do about joining.

    BTW there any girls on this sight? I was lured to the internet with promises of actually being able to talk to girls without receiving testicular damage. So far all I’ve found is mail order brides and mountains of pornography. ;-)

  • Comment 89, posted at 13.02.12 00:35:28 by Leviathan Reply

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  • @Leviathan (Comment 89) : Bwaaaahhaaaahaaa! There are some fairer folk on this site but don’t risk any anti-shark talk… you’ll suffer worse than testicular damage!

  • Comment 90, posted at 13.02.12 06:25:04 by King Shark Reply
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  • I poached this from the dwarf:

    Media reports indicate George will host an IPL-style Sevens tournament in December.

    Rapport reports that the tournament, to be hosted a week after the Port Elizabeth leg of the official Sevens series, has already been sanctioned by the South African Rugby Union.

    The South Western Districts have confirmed that well known sports promoter Willem Strauss has bankrolled the project which will see players earn up to R100 000 for the tournament.

    The newspaper indicated that players would be approached prior to the Port Elizabeth tournament then join their respective franchises George following its conclusion. It is proposed that franchises will be owned by businessmen or organisations.

    SWD president Hennie Baartman said: ‘We lost the IRB tournament but not out capacity and hunger [for Sevens]. We have personnel with 10 years experience in hosting Sevens tournaments. Willem’s skill in this regard is well known and we were pleased to get him on board.’

  • Comment 91, posted at 13.02.12 06:26:28 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 89) : there is some girls around, but don’t despair there’s a hole bunch of province guys and that’s about the same as chatting to girls ;)

  • Comment 92, posted at 13.02.12 07:53:33 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 92) :
    Really?
    Wow, never realized I was such a playa.

  • Comment 93, posted at 13.02.12 07:58:15 by Leviathan Reply

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  • @Franshark (Comment 92) : Boom!

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