Saturday, 13 September 2008

Social work

I note that there are still no British entries in the Social Rugby World Championship, destined to take place next June in Cape Town to coincide with the Lions Tour - a shame, as there must be plenty of social rugby teams out there just itching to get on tour.

The latest press release from the tournament's organisers tells me that ex Springbok captain Corné Krige has this week thrown his weight behind the tournament.

Known for his "bone-crunching tackling and straight talk"* Krige said, “Stunning idea. Wish I’d thought of it!

“I think the Social Rugby World Championship 2009 is a great way to honour social rugby players. The majority of rugby isn’t played at first team or provincial level. For these guys rugby isn’t a job, it’s a passion. Every weekend – for no payment or stadiums filled with 40 000 cheering fans – these blokes go out there and give it their all, just because they love the game, in all kinds of weather, on all kinds of fields. They love playing rugby, the camaraderie that comes with it and, I’ve been told, a good few beers after the game.”

* My abiding memory of Krige's so-called "bone-crunching tackling" is, I'm afraid, his performance at Twickenham in November 2002. From my position in the North Stand it was pretty obvious that he was out to maim anything in a white shirt by fair means or foul and the TV replays later showed that he also managed to lay out one of his own players with an uppercut that just missed Matt Dawson's chin. Not his greatest 80 minutes and I somehow doubt his endorsement will tempt too many British teams to the tournament.

However, anyone who would like to fiind out more about taking a team out to what sounds like a cracking tournament should contact Rolf - .

1 comment:

BigDai said...

I would agree, it would be a great event to take part in. I tried to talk my old team into it, but their experience of some of the oppo at the Dubai 10s scared them off.