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All Blacks 1996

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My name is Philip. As a child I admired and hated the Springboks for putting our beloved All Blacks to the sword in 1970 and 1976. 

Growing up the emotional rivalry between the All Blacks and the Springboks gained a clear perspective. The Springboks were like us, they were defined in rugby and its values. If only we had players like Gerald Bosch, Naas Botha, and Danie Gerber?

Then I became friends with Bok supporters, shared beers, biltong, memories, and stories. We have much in common.

Nowhere other than New Zealand and South Africa has a sport taken on more national, political, and cultural significance. Rugby is a measure of both nation's optimism, strength, and standing. Rugby is our  national sport and holds great importance. Rugby is an arena where both countries have been highly successful. Every boy aspired to be something on the rugby field. 

My favourite All Black moment is Loftus Versfeld 1996, my favourite All Black is Buck Shelford, my favourite Springbok is Danie Gerber, and my favourite beer is Timothy Taylor.

My least favourite things are long-haired malcontent Marxists and agitators, anti tour protesters and parking wardens.

Reluctantly, I admit to being a Springbok fan, they deserve my respect, but not my loyalty which is with my beloved All Blacks.


The truth needs to be pursued by modifying one's position through questioning and conflict with opposing ideas. It is the pursuit of the truth, rather than its discovery that justifies tearing down people's moral positions. If they have the wrong ideas about virtue, morality, love, or any other ethical idea, they can't be trusted to do the right thing...SOCRATES

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Reply All Blacks 1996
5:23 AM on October 28, 2013 
Schalla, sorry to hear about the WP result. I went to Newlands in 1991 and saw WP play Transvaal when Janie Breedt was captain, and Schalk Burger Junior played for WP,

I agree there is a crisis in modern rugby but I think it is much deeper than just professionalism.

We have been discussing these issues in the forum, and we would welcome your views and contributions to the topics. Have a look at the forum topics "Get rid of "Super" rugby ? Bring back Tribalism " and "Rugby tours Event not the brand".

I would love to hear your thoughts. See you in the Forum.
Reply Schalla
2:09 AM on October 28, 2013 
Hi Philip, people or countries that complains about the haka, shouldn't be on the rugby field at all. That is a great tradition, not only for NZ, but for the rest of the rugby world. There was a time that SA considered having our own war cry (haka). That would have been a stupid thing to do. NZ and only NZ should have a haka. About SA rugby going down, Dr. Danie Craven always fought against professional rugby, saying money will kill SA rugby. And that is so true. There is not that pride anymore like in the past, when putting on the Bok jersey and playing for your country. All they see is dollar signs and a won is only a bonus. You don't understand, rugby is a passion to me since 1972, when I was 4 years old, and to see it slipping away is not nice. In the past, if my team lost, I felt sick the whole week thereafter. This past weekend, Western Province, my team lost the Currie Cup final to the Sharks and I am already over it. Sad hey?
Reply All Blacks 1996
4:58 AM on October 26, 2013 
Howzit Schalla. I felt like the All Blacks would never catch up especially in the 1980s when there was little likelihood of fixtures.

There is only one opponent that the All Blacks take seriously, and it is the Boks.

Our great All Black traditions are also under threat from subversive elements like socialism, feminism and political correctness. Recently do gooders complained that the throat slit at the end of the All Black haka was a step too far, and should be censored.

Keep supporting the Boks, fight to keep the jersey, If the Boks surrender, the All Blacks might as well give up as well.
Reply Schalla
8:41 AM on October 25, 2013 
Hi, I'm a Bok supporter and not proud of it. These last 20 years, since re-entering the world arena, our rugby went backwards. Yes, we won two world cups, but that doesn't mean you are the best rugby nation. Head to head, Boks vs any rugby country, we were the best. Since 1992 our record went backwards. Against all the other countries, we are still ahead but against our real enemies on the rugby field (NZ), we are now +/- 20 games behind. The saddest part is, with all the politics in SA and our sport, we will never catch up again. Since the 90's, they threatened to take away the Springbok from our jerseys, and when it finally happens, then my road with the Boks is over. That is sad