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Div is right


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 16 Aug 2011 at 09:02
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Peter de Villiers was, I feel, spot on when questioning the local media regarding their reaction (or rather, complete lack thereof) to the New Zealand Tri-Nations tour squad lacking around seven regular starters.

When the Bok coach was forced to take an understrength side to the Antipodes a few weeks back, due to the crippling injury list sustained during the ridiculously long Super Rugby season, he was labelled a pariah by the local media and accused of cheating by not selecting the strongest squad he could, in line with the stipulations in the SANZAR participation agreement. De Villiers and SARU stuck doggedly to the party line, insisting that the missing players were genuinely injured. That, I guess, is neither here nor there, although certain sections of the local media, whose motives and allegiances have already been questioned by this site, grabbed the opportunity to jump on the Kiwi-led bandwagon and pilloried the coach with gleeful abandon.

Why, then, is there no fuss made, anywhere, whatsoever, when New Zealand picks a clearly understrength side, with not even the slightest pretence of anything other than simply “resting players”? Let’s not beat around the bush here – while some might “respect the Kiwi’s for their honesty” or whatever, Graeme Henry and his mob are clearly in breach of SANZAR’s regulations here. While we certainly don’t expect their own media (or the media anywhere else in the Kiwi-obsessed rugby world) to make mention of this fact, surely the South African press could at least raise some sort of token objection? These guys are disrespecting us, dammit, etc etc…

Perhaps, though, the personal agendas against de Villiers are now so deep-seated and ingrained that they take preference over national pride and support for our team. I’d like to call out those South African scribes who are clearly working AGAINST the Bok cause in the build up to this World Cup to have the balls to wear a black jersey this weekend and at the very least have the courage of their very clear convictions.



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