HOODWINX -new SA venue 77 Roodebloem Road Woodstock

HOODWINX aims to be a platform for South African independently published and produced books, poetry, film, documentaries, music and art and fashion. As well as a platform for information sharing on relevant issues, the raising of consciousness and self awareness.

The Gallery: Currently showcasing SA artists. The gallery is rotated on a monthly basis. The exhibiting artists are Megs Reefer – illustrator, Jason De Villiers – illustrator, Sara Gamerschlag – Fine artist and Hannah Parmanandam – photographer.

In September we are holding a vintage exhibition, showcaseing Tarryn Gordons collection of vintage inspired fine art,see pics below The venue is being decorated by vintage décor expert Lojanka De Wet.

Hoodwinx is always looking to make contact with artist wishing to exhibit as well as musicians and writers. The book library in Hoodwinx contains only self published South African literature and is growing all the time. The venue itself has a beautiful bar and wrap around balcony for the neighbourhood to meet and enjoy the breath taking view of the mountain and harbour.

Launching soon is the coffee shop where locally produced SA music can be heard while reading SA literature and sipping great coffee.

Hoodwinx is created as a home for artists and creative south Africans to express their unique creative voice. It is a space for the public to take ownership of and make it our art society.

The space aims to attract book clubs, dinner clubs, performances, conscious discussions and talks. It is set up to be used for book launches, art exhibitions, CD launches, showcasing fashion, films and poetry evenings.

Hoodwinx is open Wednesday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday in September 2011.

Wednesday: South African film viewing

Thursday: Gallery openings

Sunset drinks on the balcony – open 5pm – 1am

Friday: Breathe Sunshine Sessions: – open 5pm – 1am

DJ’s Mr Bong, Trenton Birch and Filthy Lucra playing chilled out beats

Breathe sunshine are a group of local musicians that have started a foundation centred around social work in the poorer Woodstock communities. They are

using these events to create exposure and awareness to their cause.

Saturday: Birthday parties and surprise events e.g. pop up boutique, masked balls…

Head off to the cinema and your nearest DVD/Blu-Ray stockist and celebrate these incredible titles, due for release in October

Head off to the cinema and your nearest DVD/Blu-Ray stockist and celebrate these incredible titles, due for release in October 2011,

ABC Promotion – Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy

DVD Release from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Releases Nationwide 3 October 2011

The latest seasons of the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as other titles from the ABC stable, will be made available on 3 October 2011. Add to your collection with the latest intriguing, salacious, jaw-dropping drama from the housewives of Wisteria Lane and the doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital, amongst others!

The Help

Theatrical Release from Dreamworks Pictures

Releases Nationwide 7 October 2011

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure

DVD and Blu-Ray Release from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Releases Nationwide 10 October 2011

After a talent scout spots her performing with her dog Boi at a charity gala, Sharpay Evans sets off for the bright lights of NYC, convinced instant fame and fortune are in the bag (a designer bag, that is). But theatre’s a dog-eat-dog world, as she and Boi discover when they encounter the devious owner of a pampered pooch named “Countess” and a scheming Broadway starlet who will do anything to crush the competition. Fortunately, Sharpay also meets Peyton (Austin Butler), a handsome student filmmaker who finds Sharpay nearly as fascinating as she finds herself.

The Lion King

DVD and Blu-Ray Release from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Releases Nationwide 17 October 2011 (in theatres in 3D & Zulu 2D from 28 August)

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters, and Academy Award(R)-winning music (Best Original Score, 1994; Best Song, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”) set the stage for the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba’s exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.” Now extensively restored and remastered — experience THE LION KING like never before, from its magnificent musical opening over breathtaking African vistas to its emotional climax. The all-star vocal talents — including Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, and Ernie Sabella — rip-roaring comedy, and uplifting messages of courage, loyalty, and hope make this timeless tale entertainment for all ages. 3D Blu-Ray, 2D Blu-Ray and DVD versions available.

Fright Night

Theatrical Release from Dreamworks Pictures

Releases Nationwide 21 October 2011 (also available in 3D)

Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right— yet no one, including Charley’s mom (Toni Collette), seems to notice! After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighbourhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charley has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic. *Based on the 1985 film ‘Fright Night’, written by Tom Holland*

Kiwi fans are worried re RWC 2011

Is that a constrictive feeling New Zealanders are feeling around their collective throats…?! Having lost just one of their previous 22 internationals – to the Wallabies in Hong Kong last year – in the 2011 Tri-Nations the All Blacks have suddenly lost two in a row, but the Springboks will be regarding this interesting development as a double-edged sword.

If the Boks are to make the World Cup final they will have to beat the All Blacks in the semi-finals (if both teams win their Pools and quarter-finals, as expected), and watching the Wallabies bully the Blacks in the first half of the weekend’s Tri-Nations decider in Brisbane would have encouraged the Boks, but on the other hand they will know that from a New Zealander point of view, this reality check is just what the doctor ordered.

The Wallabies won 25-20 after having been 20-3 up at half-time and then when the All Blacks had fought back to 20-20, the Aussies shrugged off the pressure and scored a spectacular winning try on the three-quarter mark.

Kiwi fans are worried, and with understandable reason, said the surprisingly frank Conrad Smith, who scored the first try of his team’s comeback.

“Maybe they should be (worried),” he said. “But I think they also need to realise that the World Cup is going to be a good contest, which isn’t a bad thing. I’m sure there is going to be a bit of panic amongst our supporters.”

But then Smith added the rider that will have the Boks concerned and aware that there now is no chance at all of catching the All Blacks in complacent mood.

“If you’re a good team and your backs are against the wall, that’s when you play your best. If we’re any good then we’ll come out of this stronger and it will be a lesson that will have helped us.”

And the lesson is that there are quality sides in the World Cup that are quite obviously capable of beating the All Blacks.

“We have learned that you have to be on your game from the first whistle to win the big clashes. We were off in the first half and we got dealt a lesson,” the 29-year-old lawyer argued before pointing out that the positive was the 17 unanswered points his team scored in the third quarter.

“That’s the sign of a good side, Smith said. “You don’t want to be in that situation in the first place but it does happen and you’ve got to be able to deal with the unexpected. Hopefully that’s something we can use moving forward.”

Smith’s flyhalf, superstar Dan Carter, who was made to look ordinary in the first half, agreed with Smith that the All Blacks are under pressure and have to respond favourably.

“The losses are very frustrating but I know the guys have huge belief and are really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he said.

“Going through the adversity of the last couple of weeks will make us stronger, we’ll learn a lot from losing to the Springboks and Wallabies and I’m sure we’ll be a much better side for it moving forward,” he added.

And so New Zealanders begin the big sweat … and in the meantime the Boks will go to school on the Wallabies’ performance, taking careful note of the benefits of utter commitment in the tackle, at the breakdown and in the chasing down of kicks, not to mention solid set pieces.

The trick is to not allow the All Blacks to get on the front foot and dictate play. And if you get that right they look decidedly mortal.

By Mike Greenaway

www.iol.co.za

Julio Iglesias will be performing at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on the 8th November 2011.

Julio Iglesias will be performing at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on the 8th November 2011.

Garnering more than 2,600 Platinum and Gold certifications and selling over 350 million records around the world, the renowned singer Julio Iglesias has performed with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Willie Nelson. He began his career in 1968 when he won the Benidorm International Song Festival with his song ‘La vida sigue igual’. He shortly after signed a deal with Discos Columbia and represented Spain in the 1970 Eurovison song contest earning fourth place. In 1979, Iglesias moved to Miami, Florida, and signed a deal with CBS International.

The original crossover artist, Julio has released over 80 albums, in many languages like English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin Chinese, Tagalog Philippines. Julio is the first and only performer to receive one of the most stunning achievements in musical history – the Diamond Record Award by the Guinness Book of World Records, for selling more records in more languages than any other musical artist in history.

In 1984, Iglesias released his first English album ‘1100 Bel Air Place’. It immediately went multi platinum and formed an all important bridge between European and American music. The first single “To All the Girls I’ve loved Before“, a duet with Willie Nelson, went to number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also featured the song “All of You”, with Diana Ross.

Iglesias won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album at the 1988 Grammy Awards for the album Un Hombre Solo (A Man Alone) and recorded a duet with Stevie Wonder with the song “My Love”, on his ‘Non Stop’ album. In the 1990s, Iglesias released ‘Tango’ (1996), which was nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards.
His 2011 world tour includes shows on four continents. (Last year, the artist performed on the five continents, in a wide range of countries such as: Australia, Japan, Malaysia, USA and Canada, Morocco, the Philippines, Spain, Monaco, Bulgaria and numerous South American countries.)
Another BIG Concerts Experience:

Tour Itinerary

Johannesburg –

Saturday 5th November

Sunday 6th November

Big Top Arena, Carnival City

Tickets from R425 – R685

Cape Town –

Tuesday 8th November

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tickets from R375 – R685

Tickets available from Computicket, www.computicket.com, 0861 915 8000,

rugby fans get their knickers in a knot

Quite understandably rugby fans get their knickers in a knot over occasions as emotional as a World Cup squad announcement. This is good because it shows passion for the Boks is as strong as ever, but so often fans worry about things they read into a squad selection that never end up transpiring.

Put another way, there is so much rugby still to be played before the real World Cup begins in the quarter-finals that the Springbok starting line-up – and the greater 30-man squad – will inevitably see important changes in certain positions. It has happened to every single country that has competed in every World Cup. Certain tricky situations often work themselves out by the time the team gets to the business end of the competition.

The Pool games take their toll and by the time you reach the quarters, on average at least four key players have gone home in tears and been replaced either from the fringe players in the squad or even from the shortlisted blokes back at home.

Ask Jean de Villiers about the tenuous nature of World Cup participation. He has just 20 minutes of Rugby World Cup game time behind his name but he could well have played five games in 2003 and seven in 2007. He was seriously crocked just before the squad left for Australia in 2003 and then tore a bicep muscle half an hour into the first Pool match of 2007, against the rugged Samoans.

Interestingly, Jake White promoted Francois Steyn to inside centre, a position he was not familiar with, and the youngster became one of the stars of the Boks’ campaign.

Pierre Spies did not even make it onto the plane for Paris – five days before take-off he was diagnosed with a blood disorder. It is an irony that those who are so mean-spirited towards John Smit in his latter days forget that he (successfully) implored Jake White to replace Spies with his apprentice hooker at the Sharks in Bismarck du Plessis, because he felt the youngster could add value that had initially been ignored by the selectors.

That is the kind of selfless team-man Smit is, and why his coach recognises that his contribution to the team dynamic goes beyond a straight head-to head with Du Plessis, who in Port Elizabeth last week behaved petulantly when he came off the field after being substituted by Smit.

Sure, you can put that down to his competitive nature but he would have known the pre-game plan of when Smitty was going to come on.

There is room for both of them in Bok Town right now – neither has to saddle up and leave – and the Boks will be the better for it because Peter de Villiers has shown that he can manage the situation of having a brilliant leader (who is still a very good player) and a brilliant player competing for the same position. Why are people so hell-bent on making it a slap-leather, shoot-out at dawn between the two?! Take them both for the greater good of the Springboks, for heaven’s sake.

Smit is a gracious and dignified leader. If he knew that he could not contribute vitally to the defence of the Webb Ellis Cup, if he felt he was no longer the glue that held the Boks together he would not get on that plane.

But we digress. Another example of injury closing one door and opening another was the flyhalf position in 2007. Most fans have forgotten that the first-choice flyhalf when the Boks left for Paris was Andre Pretorius, who had saved Jake White’s skin with a last-minute penalty goal against the All Blacks in Rustenburg to halt a five-game losing streak. He arrived with a suspect hamstring injury and after being on the bench in the first two Pool games, started against Tonga and had such a poor game that White went for Butch James, who proved to be a revelation for the Springboks.

No doubt the 2011 World Cup campaign will have its own dramatic twists and turns, and some of today’s stars will drift off the stage into the wings and be replaced by new heroes. It is the way of the World Cup.

by Mike Greenaway

12 players have been placed on standby for Boks RWC 2011

The Springbok selectors on Wednesday confirmed the names of 12 players who have been placed on standby should the Rugby World Cup squad be affected by injury.

Meanwhile a number of players sat out the first squad training session on Wednesday. Peter de Villiers, Springbok coach, said that they were all as the result of bumps and bruises picked up in Saturday’s victory over New Zealand.

“If there was a Test match on Saturday, they’d all be available to play other than Frans Steyn (hamstring) and Patrick Lambie (shoulder),” said de Villiers. “We’ll have a full squad to choose from for the first match of the tournament on September 9.”

The standby squad is:

Zane Kirchner Blue Bulls
Lwazi Mvovo The Sharks
Wynand Olivier Blue Bulls
Elton Jantjies Golden Lions
Charl McLeod The Sharks
Ashley Johnson Free State Cheetahs
Jean Deysel The Sharks
Gerhard Mostert Stade Francais
Alistair Hargreaves The Sharks
Dean Greyling Blue Bulls
Werner Kruger Blue Bulls
Adriaan Strauss Free State Cheetahs

Kia Motors South Africa offers amateur tennis players a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Kia Motors South Africa offers amateur tennis players a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

During the period of August to November 2011, Kia Motors South Africa will provide amateur tennis players all around the country with an opportunity to experience a thrill like no other – to represent their country at the World Finals of the Kia Amateur Australian Open (KAAO) in Melbourne, Australia.

“As the popularity of the sport of tennis continues to grow, and opportunities for amateurs to compete on a global level is increasingly more difficult, Kia Motors is proud to provide these players the chance of a lifetime to play against other outstanding players from around the world in one of the premier venues in the world.” said Ray Levin, Chief Executive Officer of Kia Motors South Africa. He added: “Kevin Anderson is doing us proud on the ATP Tour and it is our hope that this tournament might provide amateurs the opportunity to showcase themselves in a Grand Slam arena.”

Three qualifying regional tournaments will produce four top teams as well as four wild card teams, who will face-off in November to determine a male and female champion. These two champions will represent South Africa at the Kia Amateur World Finals in Australia 26-29 January 2012 as well as attend the Men’s singles final at the Kia Australian Open in Melbourne.

At the Kia Amateur World Finals players will also have the experience of playing on either grass or clay courts at the Kooyong Tennis Complex and Hard courts at the Melbourne Park Tennis courts.

Qualifying events will be held at the following locations:

Cape Town: Kelvin Grove Sports Club; 27-28 August 2011

Durban: Westridge Park; 17-18 September 2011

Johannesburg: Bryanston Sports Club; 22-23 October 2011

Qualifying events are open to amateur participants over the age of 18, who can register by contacting Tournament Director Holger Losch on 082 520 9699, theh or by visitingwww.kia.co.za. Players need to enter by Thursday 25 August at 18h00.

Any player who has earned points in an ATP and/or WTA event is not eligible to compete in the amateur tournament as well as previous national winners that have attended the KAAO.

The National Finals event will be held in Pretoria at Groenkloof Club, 12-13 November 2011.

In addition to the KAAO, from mid-September, Kia Motors SA will be launching the “Kia Lucky Drive to Australia” competition. This competition also affords consumers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of winning a trip to the Australian Open in 2012 by visiting their nearest Kia dealership and test driving any Kia.

Visit www.kia.co.za for more details.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse Interview on OFM 17 August 2011

Qantas Wallabies team to play New Zealand in Castrol Edge Tri Nations Finale named

Qantas Wallabies team to play New Zealand in Castrol Edge Tri Nations Finale named

A second Test starting role for Anthony Fainga’a and starting line-up returns for Radike Samo and Dan Vickerman highlight the Qantas Wallabies run on XV which has been named for Saturday night’s Castrol Edge Tri Nations conclusion at Suncorp Stadium.

The inclusions of Fainga’a and Samo add to what already promises to be a special occasion for local fans, as the Queensland Reds title-winning skipper James Horwill leads his country for the first time in front of a sell out home crowd, becoming Australia’s 77th Test captain.

Horwill will be partnered in the second row by Vickerman, who has been handed a starting role after furthering his match fitness with the Sydney University club in the time since his 28 minutes from the bench in the opening Bledisloe Cup Test of the year, two-and-a-half weeks ago in Auckland.

Behind the pair, Samo starts his first Test since 2004, after coming from the bench for the final 21 minutes of Australia’s gritty 14-9 win over South Africa in Durban 10 days ago.

The big Fijian-born No 8 last started a match at the top level during the Queensland Reds’ 18-13 win over the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final at Suncorp Stadium last month, but has been active in club rugby since.

The Super Rugby finale was also the most recent starting appearance for Anthony Fainga’a, who took the field from the bench at the same time as Samo did in Durban.

Saturday night will be the seventh Test of the Fainga’a career, with both of his starts coming against New Zealand, after he appeared in the midfield during last year’s Test at Christchurch.

His twin brother Saia is again included on the bench, backing up the man of the match from Durban, Stephen Moore.

The promotion of the Queensland pair sees Scott Higginbotham take up a bench role this week. Anthony Fainga’a slots in between inside centre Pat McCabe and the versatile Adam Ashley-Cooper, who moves to the wing in place of the ineligible James O’Connor.

Nathan Sharpe, who has been replaced by Vickerman, instead will this week captain the Australian Barbarians in Friday night’s international against Canada at Skilled Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The final position among the run on reserves has been left vacant, with the 22nd player to be confirmed out of the Barbarians squad once that fixture has been concluded.

While the Bledisloe Cup is beyond Australia following the 14-30 loss in Auckland earlier in the month, a first Tri Nations title since 2001 remains within the Wallabies reach following New Zealand’s 5-18 loss to South Africa in Port Elizabeth last weekend.

That result has set up a winner take all match this weekend, replicating the 2008 tournament decider when the two teams last clashed in Brisbane, which the All Blacks took by four points, 28-24.

To achieve the title, the Wallabies must end a 19-year drought against the All Blacks in Queensland, having last beaten New Zealand in the Sunshine State in 1992, when just two points separated the sides.

Although the prospect of silverware adds further encouragement, Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says the backing of the capacity crowd, and the opportunity to make amends after a disappointing night in Auckland will ensure his men are fully focused on the job at hand, and not their imminent assignment in New Zealand.

“The group showed a lot of character to bounce back in South Africa but no one in our party is getting ahead of themselves,” Deans said.

“The All Blacks are not the bench mark in world rugby without good reason. They give you nothing and pounce on any opportunities that you give them. To beat them, we will need to be disciplined, accurate, composed but, most of all, deserving.”

Deans said the changes to the starting XV reflected the impact the three newcomers had made coming from the bench in their previous outings, as opposed to being of discredit to those who had previously occupied the positions.

“Dan offered go forward for us in the second half in Auckland, and has come on in his overall fitness since that night, while Anthony and Radike both made their presence felt in a big way in Durban. We felt in each instance that their previous contributions warranted further opportunity this week.”

The selectors have once again opted for a five-forward, two-back split, with Deans saying the versatility among Australia’s starting backline allowed that option.

“The contest in the contact zone will be critical, as it has been in each of the four Tests we’ve already had this year, so we’ve opted for a little more strength and depth in that area.”

Nor does Deans see Saturday night as anything other than a stand-alone contest.

“Obviously there is a lot of rugby coming up in New Zealand, and there will inevitably be expectations around the impact that this weekend might have on that but while a lot is going to happen beyond Saturday, we can’t afford to – and won’t – be looking beyond this game.”

The Test will be refereed by Wayne Barnes of England.

Australia has just twice previously won the Tri Nations in the competition’s 16-year history, going back-to-back in 2000 and 2001.

The Qantas Wallabies team to play New Zealand in the Castrol Edge Tri Nations Rugby Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday night is:

15. Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs)

14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies)

13. Anthony Fainga’a (Queensland Reds)

12. Pat McCabe (Brumbies)

11. Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds)

10. Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds)

9. Will Genia (Queensland Reds)

8. Radike Samo (Queensland Reds)

7. David Pocock (Western Force)

6. Rocky Elsom (Brumbies)

5. James Horwill (Queensland Reds, captain)

4. Dan Vickerman (NSW Waratahs)

3. Ben Alexander (Brumbies)

2. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)

1. Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs)

Run on Reserves:

16. Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds)

17. Salesi Ma’afu (Brumbies)

18. Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds)

19. Ben McCalman (Western Force)

20. Scott Higginbotham (Queensland Reds)

21. Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)

22. To be advised

Australia v New Zealand @ Brisbane – Historical Notes

  • This is the 166th match of a trans-Tasman rivalry that dates back to 1903 when New Zealand won the inaugural meeting 22-3 in Sydney.
  • This tally includes the 24 matches played between 1920 and 1928 when NSW represented Australia.
  • Of the 165 games played between the two nations, New Zealand has won 114 and Australia 46, with five draws – the most recent of which occurred in Brisbane 23 years ago, when the two teams finished at 19-19 in the second match of the 1988 series. There have been 57 matches between the teams since the last drawn game.
  • The Bledisloe Cup was donated by the then Governor General of New Zealand, Lord Bledisloe, for competition between the two countries in 1931.
  • Australia won the trophy for the first time in 1934, beating New Zealand 25-11 in Sydney.
  • Suncorp Stadium is one of four Test venues that have been used in Brisbane. The others are Ballymore, the Brisbane Exhibition Ground and the Woollongabba Ground, which is better known as the city’s venue for cricket.
  • Ballymore, which has traditionally been the home of rugby in Queensland, last hosted a Test in 2000 when Australia beat Argentina 53-6.
  • Lang Park, as it was formerly known, was the scene of Australia’s record-breaking 76-0 demolition of England in 1998.
  • The ground is also the home venue for the Brisbane Bronco’s club in the National Rugby League and the Queensland Roar in football’s A-League competition.
  • The site of the ground was originally a cemetery, and then later a rubbish dump before being re-zoned as a sporting precinct. Lang Park became the headquarters for Queensland rugby league in 1957. It was named for the late Reverend John Dunmore Lang who had established the original cemetery on the site in 1840.
  • Lang Park hosted its first rugby league match in 1958.
  • Its first rugby union international came seven years later in 1965, when Australia beat South Africa 12-8, although it did not become a regular union venue until 31 years later when Tri-Nations matches were held at the ground due to its greater capacity than Ballymore.
  • Saturday night represents the 19th Test played by Australia at the ground. The Wallabies have won 15 of the previous matches played and lost three, with all three defeats being sustained against the All Blacks.
  • New Zealand has won the previous trans-Tasman Tests at Lang Park/Suncorp Stadium by margins of seven, four and four points respectively.
  • Australia did lose the first Test of the 2001 British & Irish Lions series in Brisbane, but the 13-29 defeat was sustained at the ‘Gabba.
  • There have been 18 previous trans-Tasman Test matches in Queensland, the most recent being three years ago when the All Blacks shaded the Wallabies 28-24 in what was effectively the 2008 Tri Nations final at Suncorp Stadium.
  • Overall, New Zealand has won 14 of the previous 18 matches in Queensland and Australia two, while two further matches (1974 & 1988) were drawn.
  • Australia’s wins were achieved in 1929 (17-9) and 1992 (19-17).

preview of Bok world cup squad

Springbok utility back Patrick Lambie has been passed fit to take his place in the World Cup squad that will be announced in Johannesburg tonight after having injured his collar bone early in the Tri-Nations match against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth.

Fullback Francois Steyn, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Wallabies in Durban the week before, has also been given the green light for the team’s departure on September 1.

The Boks gather in Johannesburg today ahead of tonight’s big televised announcement (7.30pm) and will be in camp for just over a week before leaving for Wellington next Thursday.

The multi-talented Lambie strained ligaments in his AC (acromio clavicular) joint in the first minutes of the match against the All Blacks when he broke through a half-gap out wide but was nailed by two defenders. He attempted to play on through the injury but there was a poignant moment in the 19th minute when he fielded an up-and-under and, after passing the ball, he winced in obvious discomfort and seconds later was substituted.

This kind of injury is common place in rugby and the recovery period is two to three weeks because the treatment has become so good. This would mean Lambie will travel to New Zealand with the squad and be fit for selection for the big opener against Wales in Wellington (three weeks from the PE match against the All Blacks).

The final call, though, will be made by Peter de Villiers, and if he feels that departing with a potentially injured player is a liability, the youngster would certainly be top of the “cover” list that will remain in South Africa. There is an IRB regulation that states that players not passed 100 percent fit before departure cannot be replaced if they break down with the same injury. It is a laughable law because it is unpolicable. How would an IRB official know whether Steyn’s hamstring, Lambie’s shoulder or any other player in the tournament ‘s niggle was not 100 percent right?

The other obvious casualty from the weekend was Heinrich Brussow, who suffered facial injuries, but these are more cosmetic at this stage than World Cup-threatening, but speculation did surface in the media yesterday that Stormers openside flank Francois Louw could be the bolter in a squad that otherwise picks itself.

There is little cover for openside flank in the greater squad now that loose forward resources have been depleted by the withdrawal of Juan Smith.

Otherwise the majority of the squad has been known for months, and there was a revealing comment from Victor Matfield last week when he was asked if he was concerned that fringe players might play individualistically because World Cup places were up for grabs.

“No, that is not going to happen,” he said on the eve of the Test against the All Blacks. “You would be safe in assuming that all 22 on duty against the All Blacks will be on the plane to New Zealand.”

Which leaves eight positions to be filled in the 30-man squad, and they will probably come from backs Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Lwazi Mvovo and Francois Steyn, and forwards Johann Muller, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Flip van der Merwe and possibly Louw.

by Mike Greenaway

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