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A sad goodbye


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 10 Jun 2013 at 15:31
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Ladies and gents, it my unfortunate duty to inform you that one of our favourite sons will no longer be able to share his insights with us in this forum – and I hope you’ll all join me in wishing him a very fond farewell.

One of the most respected names on the blogging scene, my dear friend Morne (or PissAnt, as he was once known) is moving on – to an exciting new job with SA Rugby – and as such continuing to be active as a blogger would be something of a conflict of interests for him. As a result, he’s taken the very difficult decision to hang up his blogging boots – and trust me, knowing the man as I do, his heart is very heavy indeed at the moment.

Morras, I’ve known you for about ten years now, dude, and I cannot find words to express exactly how much your contributions, both in this place and others, have meant to me over the years. I am so ridiculously proud of what you’ve achieved and I know that the new job is going to fit you perfectly, so all I can say is congrats and keep in touch.

Feel free to leave your messages for Morne (who is also stepping down as @Ruggaworld on Twitter) as comments below.



48 Comments

  • I’ve said it elsewhere, but I am happy to say it again.

    All the best Morne!

    Always enjoyed your insightful, albeit lengthy articles. One of the wisest around..

    Good luck with your new venture!

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.06.13 15:32:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Morne, I say this with a tear in my eye and not even a shred of exaggeration…. you are a god among rugby bloggers and we’ll not see your like again.

    The King is dead…. long live the King!

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.06.13 15:33:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good luck with your new job – I will definitely miss your articles and comments – Sharksworld will be a poorer place without your input.But there are the stalwarts and we look forward to maybe hearing from you from SA Rugby if blogging for them is included in your job description!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.06.13 15:35:28 by Caratacus Reply

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  • Au Revoir Buddy :sad:

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.06.13 15:36:48 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Ah, PA, sorry to see you go, but best of luck.

    I look forward to, ahem, shorter articles on the blog and, dare I say it, longer artis in SA Rugby!

    Good luck mate, all the best.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.06.13 15:39:48 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Go well Morne! Our loss is SA Rugby’s gain, know you will do an awesome job!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.06.13 15:40:17 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • It will be a pity to no longer be able to read your insightful views. Good luck with the new job.

    BTW I assume Ruggaworld is also no more – can’t seem to get on there nowadays?

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.06.13 15:42:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sad news indeed. Best of luck Morne!

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.06.13 15:49:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Morras,

    Just come up with a new nic.. nobody need ever know!

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.06.13 15:53:22 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 5) : you realise he’s working for the union, right? Not for SA Rugby Mag?

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.06.13 15:54:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob,

    Just to be clear – is Morne going to SARU or SA Rugby magazine?

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.06.13 15:54:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • All the best, glad to have had your insights here for a while.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.06.13 15:56:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • Morne = LEGEND! :cool:

    That is all… :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.06.13 15:58:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 11) : neither. He is going to work for SA Rugby (Pty) Limited, the professional arm of the national union.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.06.13 15:59:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Very sad to see you go Morné. You are probably the rugby writer-blogger whose opinions I respect the most. All the best with your new adventure.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.06.13 16:00:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    Ah right – so it’ll be memos they’ll be reading!

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.06.13 16:07:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • From the other thread.
    ” Great stuff that you will be working within rugby at what I presume will be a high level. Congrats.

    Enjoy it and reform the buggers where necessary.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.06.13 16:07:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : RW is still active.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.06.13 16:09:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Cheers and congrats Morne. I really enjoyed your insights on twitter

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.06.13 16:11:57 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Never liked him anyway. ;-) :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.06.13 16:14:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : LONG LIVE THE KING

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.06.13 16:34:29 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Good luck with the move Morne, and if Rob now refers to an unnamed informant in SA Rugby we know it would be you. ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.06.13 16:34:51 by JD Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : Look, the dude is a weak drinker and an average braaier but his rugby insights were half bad :razz:

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.06.13 16:37:34 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 23) :

    Reckon he lost his braai talents in the Namib…

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.06.13 16:58:35 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • All the best Morné! SA Rugby is better off with you there.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.06.13 17:00:20 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 22) : I have many informants everywhere

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.06.13 17:09:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 16) :

    Haha, going to work in the high performance division with Rassie – very hands on with coaches and player from U/16 up but not in a coaching capacity – more a project that SA Rugby has initiated to start documenting data and pro-actively get involved in player and coaching development.

    Thanks for all the messages folks – you are certainly not making it any easier to let go of something that has been part of my life for almost a decade – every poster I see here reminds me of a debate or a moment I once had with them during that time – all special memories from special people that I call friends.

    Like me and Vinnie arguing about Jacques Kallis about 5 years ago and his T20 credentials! :)

    Thanks.

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.06.13 17:40:37 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 27) : Alles van die Besthuizen!

    We’ll be looking for those ‘Rassie’ flashing lights on the roof of your car!

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.06.13 17:43:15 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 27) :

    Lol. I remember that argument… just cant remember which side of the debate I was on!

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.06.13 17:51:02 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Hey Morne,

    As a blogger i can honestly say myself personally will miss your contributions big time, To me your views were always welcome and i for one think you the bloke i respect the most on the blogs.

    But new journey’s are not always a bad thing and I wish you all the success in your new venture, may you continue to be an example to all those you deal with. And you still owe me a couple of cold ones, do not forget your promise hehehehehe

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.06.13 17:59:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 29) : dude, for you it’s easy to pick a side. It’s always “the other one” :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.06.13 18:13:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 29) :

    You said he was a kak player of the short game ;)

    @sharks_lover (Comment 30) :

    For sure, still staying in CPT.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.06.13 18:13:51 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    It was the distinct lack of a debating class in high school that led me down this road.

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.06.13 18:22:48 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 32) :

    Hehe. I think we can say I was proven right in the end? ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.06.13 18:23:14 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Gonna miss you PissAnt.

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.06.13 18:23:39 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 34) :

    5 years down the line I cannot argue… :)

    I am missing it already bud.

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.06.13 18:27:01 by Morné Reply
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  • Congratulations Morné!!!

    Of course it will be sad to lose your insights on the blog, but I am very happy for both you and rugby in general that you are getting involved in such a roll.

    All the best and rest assured that you have plenty of friends rooting for you here.

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.06.13 19:09:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • So long and thanks for all the insights.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.06.13 22:38:22 by MysticShark Reply
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  • So who’s going to be the voice of reason now?

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.06.13 22:39:43 by MysticShark Reply
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  • A little late to the party, but they’ve said it all Morne. Enjoy the new venture, it has been real sir and the best of luck with SA Rugby

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.06.13 01:29:17 by Ludz Reply

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  • Cheer Morne, and thanks for all the times you’ve lent this site a touch of class

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.06.13 05:33:10 by Culling Song Reply
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  • For 8 years I’ve been following the eb and flows of the blogging world of Voldy and then the fresh beginnings of RW and then here on SW. I seldom participate myself, but 90% of the time on the net I read the comments.
    This is indeed like losing a family member you wish you had spent more time with.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.06.13 07:57:34 by Bloembull Reply

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  • Good luck Morne. Your insights will be sorely missed.

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.06.13 08:37:00 by lostfish Reply
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  • So long Morne ! always had great discussions and enjoyed your insights !!!

    Good luck with the new Job ! And dont be a stranger now ! come say hi every now and again!!!

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.06.13 09:54:59 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 39) :

    That’ll have to be mate.
    I am, of course, known for my objectivity.

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.06.13 11:13:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Personally for me its a sad day! But I am happy for you Morra’s! Ive learned so much from you! be good and keep in touch!

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.06.13 14:03:40 by Ice Reply
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  • Just again folks, I am overwhelmed by all the well-wishes and comments.

    As Rob rightly mentioned – I do this with a very heavy heart, it’s been part of my life for almost a decade – but I replace one passion with another.

    Thank you, again.

    I will visit often I promise.

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.06.13 19:04:35 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 47) : Seems your leaving just as the Sharks are entering some very interesting times! Good luck with the new job.

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.06.13 21:04:44 by JD Reply
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