Boks offer All Blacks a week’s holiday

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Tri Nations on 21 Aug 2008 at 09:40
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The New Zealand rugby team will have to spend an additional week in South Africa next year if SA administrators manage to push through a new proposal.

South Africans have been complaining for longer than a decade that the Springboks are at a disadvantage in the Tri-Nations series. Now there are plans to even out the disadvantages, writes Liam del Carne on

“We have proposed to Sanzar that a bye be included when New Zealand tour South Africa next year,” Andy Marinos, manager of national teams, said on Wednesday.

The Springboks are on tour for three weeks when they play in Australasia. The New Zealand and Australian teams spend only about two weeks in South Africa for their two matches during an extended Tri-Nations series.

If the SA proposal is accepted, the New Zealanders will also experience a three-week tour.

“We (the Springboks) will then play the All Blacks twice and the Wallabies once just after the tour by the British and Irish Lions,” Marinos explained.

SA teams have complained since the start of the Sanzar (South Africa, Australia and New Zealand) competition that the travel commitments favour the Australasian teams.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers also feels it is time to level the playing field.

“It (travelling) will always favour them,” De Villiers said on Wednesday. “When they come here, the time difference favours them. They gain a day but we lose a day when we fly there.

“Then you also have to play, for financial reasons, on consecutive Saturdays.”

South Africa played on three successive Saturdays when they went to Australasia this year. There had been talks about a bye during the tour but the idea was not approved.

“Sanzar consists of three countries and the profits and losses should be shared,” Marinos said. “From a business point of view it was too expensive to include a bye.

“During the first extended Tri-Nations series in 2006 the Springboks spent an additional week in Sydney. But it means the tour is then extended to five weeks.

“Some players who are involved in the Super 14 competition already have a tour of five or six weeks behind them (when the Tri-Nations start). It makes it more difficult; it’s six of the one and half a dozen of the other.”


  • Same guy that wrote that the Boks did extremely well in the lineouts against the AB’s thanks mainly to Matfield. I forgive him for that one since this is true as far as I am concerned. It can only be taken as a week’s PAID holiday at the worst.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.08.08 10:40:54 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • must say – this makes no sense to me whatsoever.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.08.08 10:47:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Dont see how they can get this past SANZAR. We’ll just have to deal with the travel.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.08.08 12:12:46 by McLovin Reply

  • They should ensure that when a team embarks on their away games they are all played consequetively and that the touring team does not return home between games. New Zealand would then go to Aussie for their 2 games a week before the first game, play their 2 games while staying in Australia all the time and then leave for South Africa from Australia without first going home to New Zealand.

    Maybe they do that already but I doubt it. It will at least make the time spent living out of a suitecase similar for all 3 teams.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.08.08 12:26:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) : it just seems like an artificial solution to a problem that’s not really solvable, unless we just sit back and wait for continental drift…

    I tend to agree that we should just stop bitching and get one with it. Aussies have the same advantage as the ABs, yet they never win here.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.08.08 12:29:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • This will only give the ABs a better chance at winning the 2nd test.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.08.08 12:38:30 by Kal-El Reply

  • @Kal-El (Comment 6) : unless we get the volk to drive past their hotel all night with boereorkesmusiek blaring out of their boomboxes ek se!

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.08.08 12:56:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :
    Will it help??? It might give the boeregirls in their rooms more woema :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.08.08 13:04:43 by Kal-El Reply

  • @Kal-El (Comment 8) : now you’re looking for kak 😉 Surely boeregirls wouldn’t even think of swapping boerie recipes with anyone other than suiwer bokseuns?

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.08.08 13:18:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I reckon they’re more ‘hospitable’ towards foreigners. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.08.08 13:22:58 by McLovin Reply

  • Now you know why the AB travel SO WELL…

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.08.08 13:23:40 by Kal-El Reply

  • @Kal-El (Comment 11) : like Sasol? A pomp in every dorpie?

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.08.08 13:25:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) :
    hospitable or “hoswallowable” 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.08.08 13:33:25 by Kal-El Reply

  • @Kal-El (Comment 13) : ahwe!

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.08.08 13:44:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Where’s everyone? Working or playing golf?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.08.08 13:53:25 by Kal-El Reply

  • @Kal-El (Comment 15) : surely you can access Sharksworld from the golf course? I did a lot of work to make it mobile-friendly

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.08.08 13:59:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : I can, but where is everyone else???

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.08.08 14:13:44 by Kal-El Reply

  • @Kal-El (Comment 17) : maybe on very remote golf-courses with no mobile signal…

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.08.08 14:15:13 by robdylan Reply
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