Wales have long dreamed about defeating the All Blacks.

Wales have long dreamed about defeating the All Blacks. When they defeated New Zealand at the old Arms Park in 1953, they went 3-1 ahead in the series, never mind that all the matches had been played in Cardiff and Swansea.

It is the last match in 2014 for New Zealand who have not tended to finish with a flourish in recent years: they won with the last play of the game in Dublin last year, they were well beaten at Twickenham in 2012 and the previous year were a referee’s decision away from losing the World Cup final against France.

The Millennium Stadium is about more than Wales for the All Blacks, and not just because they will be playing two matches there in next year’s World Cup, assuming they finish in the top two in their group. It was in Cardiff in 2007 where they had an epiphany moment, losing to France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup and suffering their earliest exit from the tournament.

It was a day, never mind the refereeing decisions that did not go their way, when they finished the match in the manner of Wales and England today in the autumn international series, unable to fashion a way to win the match when a drop goal would have taken them into the last four.

There were two significant consequences. First, the coaching team was not sacked having failed to deliver the holy grail and, second, the players, led by the remarkable Richie McCaw who will on Saturday captain the All Blacks for the 100th time in a Test match, pointed out that responsibility was collective and that what happened at the Millennium Stadium was down to them as much as the management.

The upshot has been a more collaborative approach to the game between the players and management, something that has not been apparent with England this month. It is not as if the All Blacks play it one way, a team for all seasons.

Their record since the defeat to France seven years ago leaves them with an 87% success rate. The team second to them in the world rankings, South Africa, has a 66% success rate since the 2007 World Cup.

Which leaves Wales, whose record is just the right side of 50%, with as much chance as normal on Saturday. And yet. Ten of the side have started a Lion Test with an 11th on the bench, the vast majority have been part of two Six Nations title-winning campaigns and many were involved in the last World Cup when they finished fourth and were within a kick of reaching the final.

The Wakes head coach, Warren Gatland, is an All Black who knows what it takes to win. Back in 2010, after he had tried to give his players more decision-making responsibility, he had to take the reins after a poor run of performances.

He reflected that Welsh players preferred to be told what to do, which explains why they invariably come up short against the best in the world at the end of matches. Australia earlier this month should have been their epiphany moment. It is time they stopped hiding.

the guardian.com

Jesse Clegg unplugged tour from Nov to Jan 2015 coming to a stage near you .

Jesse Clegg recently returned from a very successful USA tour and performance at Isle of Wight UK, and will be touring extensively at the end of the year.

Jesse has completed several successful shows in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KZN and will be taking his acoustic two-piece show to the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Natal over November and December 2014 and into January 2015

His tour schedule is as follows:-

22 Nov – Laughing Chefs in Pretoria

26 Nov – Bar129 @ Flamingo Casino, Kimberly (Tickets available at Computicket and at the venue)

29 Nov – Hope festival @ Paul Cluver wine estate, Elgin

30 Nov – No.6 restaurant @ Welbedacht wine estate, Wellington (Tickets available at Computicket and at the venue)

30 Nov – Wagon Trail Brewery @ Anura wine estate, Paarl (Tickets available at Computicket and at the venue)

3 Dec – Zanzibar sports bar, George

4 Dec – Whitehouse theatre, Plettenberg Bay (Tickets available at Computicket and at the venue)

5 Dec – Garden Route casino, Mossel Bay

6 Dec – Pig & Whistle Inn, Bathurst

10 Dec – Boeretroos, East London

12 Dec – Potters Place, Jeffrey’s Bay

15 Dec – Blue Peter, Cape Town

16 Dec – Sumaridge wine estate, Hermanus (Tickets available at Computicket and at the venue)

17 Dec – Joostenberg wine estate, Paarl

19 Dec – Café Roux, Noordhoek

20 Dec – De Brasserij, Stellenbosch

26 Dec – Star Bar, Somerset west

28 Dec – Muratie wine estate, Stellenbosch (Tickets available at Computicket and at the venue)

30 Dec – Die Boer, Durbanville

31 Dec – Electric Vines festival, Robertson

2015
2 Jan – Suntouched inn, Napier

3 Jan – Fancourt, George

7 Jan – Bloo Bistro, Knysna

23 Jan – Open Strings, Kloof

24 Jan – The Dutch, Umhlanga

Tickets available from the venues directly or the door on the evening.

Jesse Clegg is a South African alternative rock artist whose 2008 debut album, When I Wake Up, and his 2011 follow up, Life On Mars,have made the 25-year-old a platinum-selling success in his home country. This is a considerable feat in a place where rock is a niche genre.

Jesse has just released his first live and unplugged album which will be available for sale at all these shows.

Jesse uses an Allen and Heath QU16 desk at all his shows and he recorded his new unplugged album on this desk.

Special thanks to Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard for hosting Jesse throughout his Western Cape tour, and also to Hemingway’s in East London and Protea Hotel Marine in Port Elizabeth for hosting Jesse at their hotels.

In 2014, Jesse brought his music to the international stage. He embarked on a seven week tour across the United States and Canada, which comprised of 32 shows in 31 cities. He has also played numerous high profile showcase festivals in the U.S. – including the CMJ Music Marathon, New Music Seminar and the CBGB Festival. In June, Jesse also performed on the main stage at UK’s Isle of Wight Festival.

Descending from a musical family, Jesse spent the first six years of his life on tour with his father, South African singer Johnny Clegg.

Jesse has achieved much in the 5 short years he has been active. He has released 4 Top 10 singles and toured extensively throughout South Africa, playing the biggest festivals in the country. As an official ambassador for the Nelson Mandela 46664 foundation, Jesse has been invited to play at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the 46664 Mandela Day Concert.

He has been nominated for three South African Music Awards over the course of his career.

For any further information

Jeanette Odgers – 011 482 3550

All Blacks team named to play Wales; Inspirational skipper Richie McCaw to bring up century of Tests as captain

The All Blacks team to play Wales in the final Test of the MyRepublic Northern Tour at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, this Saturday 22 November (Kick-off: 5.30PM UKT, 7.30pm SA time 6.30AM Sun 23 Nov NZT) has been named, with the selectors naming a very experienced side to take on the Welsh.

This weekend’s Test will be a special moment for All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who will reach another milestone in his outstanding career when he captains the All Blacks for the 100th time in a Test in his 137th Test.

It will be a fitting occasion, as McCaw captained the All Blacks for the first time against the Welsh exactly 10 years ago today, on 20 November 2004, in his 25th Test.

The team to play Wales is (Test caps in brackets):

Starting XV:

1. Wyatt Crockett (35)
2. Dane Coles (26)
3. Owen Franks (66)
4. Brodie Retallick (35)
5. Samuel Whitelock (61)
6. Jerome Kaino (55)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (136)
8. Kieran Read (71)
9. Aaron Smith (37)
10. Beauden Barrett (27)
11. Julian Savea (32)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (22)
13. Conrad Smith (84)
14. Charles Piutau (13)
15. Ben Smith (37)

Reserves:

16. Keven Mealamu (122)
17. Joe Moody (7)
18. Charlie Faumuina (26)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (6)
20. Liam Messam (39)
21. TJ Perenara (10)
22. Colin Slade (16)
23. Ryan Crotty (12)

The selectors have named an experienced starting forward pack, with hooker Dane Coles and props Wyatt Crockett and Owen Franks making up the front row. LocksBrodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock return to the second row, while McCaw is re-joined by the hard-hitting Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read in the back row. The All Blacks also have experienced forward firepower to call on from the bench, with 122-Test hooker Keven Mealamu, prop Charlie Faumuina and loose forward Liam Messam complementing the younger duo of lock Patrick Tuipulotu and prop JoeMoody.

In the backs, halfback Aaron Smith will start his 12th Test of the year, while first five-eighth Beauden Barrett has been given the 10 jersey. Sonny Bill Williamsand Conrad Smith, in his 85th Test, are in the midfield, while Julian Savea andCharles Piutau are on the wings and Ben Smith is at fullback. The back reserves are halfback TJ Perenara, Colin Slade and Ryan Crotty.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “This was a very difficult team to select as we have a lot of players in great form. However, we believe this is the right combination of 23 players to represent the All Blacks and New Zealand very proudly on Saturday.

“It’s always a great occasion to play at Millennium Stadium, which is one of the great stadiums in the world. We have had a good week’s preparation and we are expecting a physical Test with a high ‘ball-in-play’ time. We know we will have to be totally engaged in our own roles for the full 80 minutes and take the game to the Welsh at every opportunity.”

Hansen also paid tribute to McCaw and Mealamu, who will also go into the New Zealand rugby record books when he comes off the bench on Saturday, playing his 362nd first-class game.

“On behalf of the team and myself, we would like to congratulate Richie on the impressive milestone of captaining his country in 100 Test matches. There is no doubt his leadership has grown phenomenally over the years and he is now one of the all-time great leaders of any sports team.

“We would also like to congratulate Kevie in advance of his achievement. He is a wonderful player and ambassador for the All Blacks and his country,” Hansen said.

Key milestones

* The All Blacks and Wales have played 29 Tests since 1905, with the All Blacks winning 26 matches and three wins for the Welsh. The last Test was in Cardiff in November 2012 when the All Blacks won 33-10.

Four changes to Springbok starting XV in Padova for Italy game on Saturday

The Springbok starting team to face Italy in Padova on Saturday shows four changes from the side which beat England at Twickenham last week, with three new faces amongst the pack and one in the backline.

There are also five changes on the bench, with Nizaam Carr and Julian Redelinghuys included in a Test match-23 for the first time.

Trevor Nyakane will start his first Test for South Africa at loosehead prop, while Coenie Oosthuizen moves up from the bench to replace the injured Jannie du Plessis at tighthead. Teboho ‘Oupa’ Mohoje returns to the starting line-up while Johan Goosen has been selected at fullback.

Joining Carr and Redelinghuys on the bench, are Gurthrö Steenkamp, Lood de Jager and Willie le Roux. Tendai Mtawarira has been given a break after carrying a heavy workload recently.

“I’m excited to see what these guys can do on Saturday in what will be a stern Test against a fired-up Italy,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“We planned to make a few shifts for this Test as I’d like to see if these players can make the step up. The guys coming in deserve their opportunities and seeing that we won’t have our overseas-based players available next week against Wales, it made sense to bring a few of them in this week.”

Meyer said he was impressed by the commitment shown by all the uncapped players at training on the tour and that Carr and Redelinghuys are ready for selection.

“Nizaam can cover all the positions in the back-row and his call-up is just-reward after a very good season for the DHL Stormers and Western Province,” said the Springbok coach.

“Julian has been superb for the Lions this season and he’s shown that he can scrum. Both of them are now familiar with our plays and structures and I’m looking forward to see what they can bring on Saturday.

“It will also be a good test for Johan, who I’ve always regarded as a possibility at fullback. He has a great skill-set and a massive boot which will come in handy on Saturday if we have to play in wet weather again.”

Meyer said the Test against Italy will pose different challenges to what the Springboks had faced thus far on the tour.

“They are a passionate nation with a very experienced coach in Jacques Brunel and a world-class captain in Sergio Parisse,” said Meyer.

“The Italian pack is always formidable and their backs are not scared of taking chances. Our focus is to show improvements from our performance at Twickenham and we know it will be a big challenge on Saturday.”

The Springbok team to face Italy in Padova is:

Position Name Test Caps Test points
15 Johan Goosen 5 8
14 JP Pietersen 58 90
13 Jan Serfontein 18 10
12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 104 135
11 Bryan Habana 105 280
10 Pat Lambie 38 97
9 Cobus Reinach 4 5
8 Duane Vermeulen 27 10
7 Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje 5 0
6 Marcell Coetzee 24 30
5 Victor Matfield (vice-captain) 119 35
4 Eben Etzebeth 31 0
3 Coenie Oosthuizen 19 10
2 Adriaan Strauss 42 25
1 Trevor Nyakane 11 5
Replacements:
16 Bismarck du Plessis 68 45
17 Gurthrö Steenkamp 52 30
18 Julian Redelinghuys 0 0
19 Lood de Jager 7 10
20 Nizaam Carr 0 0
21 Francois Hougaard 33 25
22 Handré Pollard 7 61
23 Willie le Roux 23 35

Stats and facts:

· The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 610 Test caps (332 in the backline and 278 in the forwards), while there are a further 190 caps worth of experience on the bench.

· South Africa and Italy have played each other 11 times since 1995, with the Springboks winning all 11 Tests. The Springboks have scored 577 points and 79 tries and conceded 139 points and 12 tries for an average score of 52-13.

· South Africa and Italy last met on 8 June 2013 at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban. The Springboks won 44-10 and outscored Italy by five tries to one.

· Jean de Villiers will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok centre, with 89 Tests in this position and will captain South Africa for the 33rd time, placing him third behind John Smit (83) and Gary Teichmann (36).

· Victor Matfield will extend his record as the most capped Springbok in history (119 Tests). He will also extend his record of 119 Tests as a lock and will also extend his record as the oldest Springbok ever at 37 years & 188 days.

· Bryan Habana will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 104 Tests in this position. If he scores a try, he will extend his record of 56 Test tries for South Africa.

· Matfield and Habana will share the record for the most Tests against Italy when they play the Azzurri for the sixth time – they previously shared this record with Ruan Pienaar and Andre Venter.

· If he goes on and scores a try Bismarck du Plessis will extend his record of nine Test tries for South Africa as a hooker.

· If he goes on and scores a try, Gurthro Steenkamp will extend his record of six tries for South Africa as a prop.

· Willie le Roux, Duane Vermeulen, Jannie du Plessis and Bismarck du Plessis have played in all eleven Tests for the Springboks in 2014. Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks and Tendai Mtawarira have both missed only one Test in 2014.

· Johan Goosen will start at fullback for the first time in a Test. Trevor Nyakane will be in the starting line-up for the first time after 11 appearances from the bench. Coenie Oosthuizen will start at tight-head for the first time since France in November 2013. Oosthuizen started at loose-head against Scotland earlier this year.

· Julian Redelinghuys and Nizaam Carr will both make their debuts for South Africa if they come off the bench, becoming Springboks No. 865 and 866. Ten new Springboks have been created to date in 2014.

· It will be the fifth time that a Springbok team has three centurions in the starting line-up. The four previous times were against Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship and against Ireland and England.

· It will be Heyneke Meyer’s 36th Test in charge of the Springboks since he took over in 2012. Of the previous 35 Tests South Africa have won 25, lost eight and drawn twice.

· The referee is Jerome Garces of France. It will be his fourth Test involving South Africa. Of the previous three Tests the Springboks have won two and lost one. His last Test involving South Africa was in September this year against New Zealand in Wellington in the Rugby Championship – a game that the Springboks lost narrowly by 10-14.

· This will be the Springbok’s first ever Test match at Stadio Euganio, Padova.

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

Richie McCaw is set to become the first man to captain his country 100 times -Wow !

Richie McCaw doesn’t want a fuss, but his team-mates plan to honour his next milestone by playing down the house at Millennium Stadium this weekend.

I have had the honor of doing a long personal one on one interview with McCaw in 2011 prior to the world cup .It is up on my website www.martinmyers.co.za ,Do go listen it will give you an indication of the class of the man -and he likes U2 -The pic Below with Egon Seconds and myself was taken after the interview -

McCaw will become the first player to captain a test side 100 times, provided he is named, as expected, to start against Wales in the Cardiff test on Sunday (NZ time).

And amidst all the selection speculation and World Cup background noise, the All Blacks skipper will provide a clear and present focal point for his team-mates to pull out all stops before they head into summer.

“It’s a massive deal isn’t it,” No 8 Kieran Read said after training at Cardiff’s picturesque Sophia Gardens.

“It’s huge to play 100 tests for your country let-alone as captain.

“I don’t think it’s ever been done… so you think about that feat in itself is massive, and the legacy he will leave. It’s certainly impressive.”

The All Blacks won’t be making a fuss about McCaw’s achievement in the buildup to the final test of 2014, but Read made it clear it would be a motivating factor on game day.

“He doesn’t want to make any deal of it really, typical man that he is, but… the way we can honour him is go out and play well and get a good win,” Read said.

“Those type of things will be great to celebrate with him after the game.”

McCaw played his 100th test against France in pool play at the 2011 World Cup, then notched his 100th test win playing against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2012.

Now, in what will be his 137th test, he is set to become the first man to captain his country 100 times.

And, just as they did on the previous milestones, Read said his team-mates would look to their skipper for inspiration.

“At some point in some games, especially big games, you will see him fly into a ruck or come out the other side with the ball,” he said.

“He has no regard for his body and when you see that from your skipper that’s not hard to follow.”

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster echoed Read’s sentiments, saying McCaw’s genuine and consistent personality were the simple secret to his success as a leader.

“He is who he is,” Foster said.

“And what I love about his captaincy is he doesn’t pretend to be anyone else. I don’t think there is a magic formula that Richie applies.

“He just leads from the front and is very demanding of the team in terms of how we behave both on and off the park.

“The fact he has a group around him like Reado and Conrad [Smith] living the same sort of values, means it goes down through the players and permeates the team.

“The biggest compliment I can give is that he is just himself and he’s honest with himself and his team-mates.”

While McCaw’s return to the openside flank at the expense of Sam Cane seems obvious after a rare start at blindside against Scotland, there is intrigue around the make-up of the a number of other key positions for the test, particularly in the backs.

Which of the squad’s four first five-eighths should start and who should play in the back three, have been particularly hot topics ahead of the team-naming tomorrow afternoon.

Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade are all options at No 10, while Israel Dagg and Ben Smith are competing for the fullback berth, and wing Charles Piutau has made a strong case for a start on the wing.

Foster said the side would largely be the top 23, but admitted some thought would also be given to planning for next year’s World Cup.

- Stuff

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015 first 20 acts announced including Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival first 20 acts for 2015 have been announced

the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) and ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’ turns ‘Sweet Sixteen’ in 2015 and is in the mood to celebrate.

espAfrika, a subsidiary of Sekunjalo Investments Limited and the festival organisers, have sourced another stellar line-up of local and international artists and acts from jazz and jazz-related genres – the first 20 (of 40) got announced today.

This year’s line-up includes:

Amel Larrieux (USA); Beatenberg (SA); Bänz Oester and The Rainmakers (SWISS/SA); Claude Cozens Trio (SA); Carlo Mombelli and The Storytellers (SWISS/SA); Courtney Pine presents House Of Legends (UK); Delft Big Band (SA); Dirty Loops (SWEDEN); Gerald Clayton Trio (USA); Melanie Scholtz Presents ‘Our Time’ Ft. Jitsvinger (SA); Madala Kunene (SA); Mahotella Queens 50th Anniversary Celebration With Special Guests (SA); Naima Kay (SA); Sons Of Kemet (UK); Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (SA); Basia (UK); The Brother Moves On (SA); Purbayan Chatterjee & Talvin Singh (INDIA/UK); Wallace Roney Quintet ft. Lenny White & Buster Williams (USA); Zoe Modiga (SA)

Sipho Mabuse and the Hotband

Taking place on the weekend of 27 and 28 March 2015, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Tickets prices are: R860 for a weekend pass and R530 for a day pass and are on sale immediately from http://www.computicket.com. Limited Early Bird weekend passes are available. Rosies stage tickets cost R30 per performance and will be available from mid-Feb 2015.

Visit http://www.capetownjazzfest for the updates

Fight Diabetes and Run/Walk towards a Healthy Life in Cape Town on 29 Nov

On Saturday 29 November 2014, take the challenge to living a healthy life and join Diabetes South Africa in the Cape Town Global Diabetes Run/Walk. With sponsors Lions International, the event opens at 07h00a.m. The 3km, 5km, and 10km run/walk starts at 08h30 from the grassy area (between St James & Norfolk Roads) opposite SABC in Green Point

 

There will be an excellent Healthy Living expo which includes FREE blood glucose testing, FREE blood pressure, FREE eye screening, FREE foot screening and much more! M.C. is well known Actor, Vocalist and Comedian “ ALVON COLLISON”.  Entertainment for the crowds will be performed by local personalities and loads of lucky participants will win spot prizes.

To enter this event, please visit www.diabetes.co.za or www.topevents.za or call 021-425-4440 for entry forms.

The first 1000 registered entries at the designated Sportsman’s Warehouse’s will receive a FREE goodie-bag. Sportsman’s Warehouse venues on Thurs 20 Nov in Rondebosch from 9am-6pm, Fri 21 Nov in Tokai from 9am-3pm, Canal Walk 5pm-9pm, Sat 22 Nov in Tygervalley from 9am-5pm and Sun 23 Nov in Sea Point from 9am-3pm. Look for Diabetes SA banners.

The first 1000 participants over the finish line will receive medals. Wear something blue to show your support- stand out to win some grand spot prizes! Take advantage of the health services at the Healthy Living expo or top off your energy with a healthy snack or meal. Join the fun and get energized with the live entertainment or enjoy a relaxing massage after you have taken part in the event.

“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Piacbo Street

For more information about the Cape Town Diabetes Run/Walk event call Debbie or Margot at 021-425-4440 or email them at eventswc@diabetessa.org.za during office hours.

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