De Waal Park Concerts | Atlantic Sun 29 Nov 2012

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All Blacks spend day hugging the hotel toilets.

Just 48 hours before the final test of an arduous season, almost all of the All Blacks have been struck down by sickness.

Only two members of the extended 34-man playing squad escaped the potentially debilitating bug which first swept through the team in Cardiff last week.

Lock Luke Romano, who is on the bench this weekend at Twickenham, is still struggling and did not train today, but is expected to recover.

All Blacks management haven’t been spared and even Canterbury first five-eighth Tom Taylor, who joined the team in London as injury cover, caught the contagious diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms.

The illness is another challenge facing the All Blacks as they approach their 14th and final test of the year on Sat.

Coach Steve Hansen already had to deal with Andrew Hore’s suspension distraction, wide-spread fatigue and injury concerns, though star pivot Dan Carter, hooker Keven Mealamu and prop Tony Woodcock all came through training unscathed today.

“It’s been a difficult week with a lot of people being sick,” Hansen revealed. “We’ve had guys go down with diarrhoea and vomiting. There’s only two that have missed out. Just getting that mix right has been difficult. Hopefully we’ve been smart enough to keep the energy tank full.”

In private Hansen may have reservations about the influence of the fast-spreading sickness, but he put on a brave face and didn’t let it affect his sense of humour.

“Apparently half of the UK has got it. Hang around here long enough and we’ll give it to you,” he joked to media.

Instead of soaking up the sights of London, most players spent the majority of their day off yesterday hugging the hotel toilets.

“Personally I’m feeling a lot better today. I know the boys had a good guided tour of their bathrooms yesterday on their day off. I think there was a good number. That’s just the way it was,” All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read explained. “I think it’s a 24 hour thing. I haven’t seen everyone today.”

The sickness shouldn’t be anything like the “Suzie the waitress” food poising that ripped through Laurie Mains’ All Blacks before the 1995 World Cup final.

Read downplayed concerns it could expend depleted energy levels.

“I wouldn’t think so. It’s just something you have to handle. We’ll be right for Saturday,” he said.

Replacement hooker Hika Elliot and wing Julian Savea were the only members of the team not to be affected.

“I was fortunate enough to not be sick. I was enjoying my day off,” Savea chuckled thankfully.

Meanwhile, England coach Stuart Lancaster has backed Owen Farrell to replace injured first five-eighth Toby Flood in the only starting change to his team that lost by one point to the Springboks last week.

“He’s got huge qualities. He’s got big game-temperament. It’s a quality that’s important in the international game,” Lancaster said of Farrell, who was nominated for the IRB player of the year award. “He’s excited because he wants to challenge himself against the best. He’s got no better opportunity to have a benchmark.”

– © Fairfax NZ News

3 key All Blacks – face fitness tests before they are confirmed to start against England.

Three key All Blacks – Dan Carter, Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock – face fitness tests tomorrow before they are confirmed to start against England at Twickenham.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has delivered on his promise to pick the top side for the final two tests of the year, but first five-eighth Carter (Achilles), hooker Mealamu and prop Woodcock (both calf issues) must come through tomorrow’s training unscathed.

All three senior players are expected to recover, but if Carter is ruled out of his 94th test Aaron Cruden will start, Beauden Barrett comes on to the bench and Tamati Ellison will take Ben Smith’s place to provide second-five cover.

Dane Coles is on stand-by if Mealamu fails to recover. Hika Elliot also adds cover. Wyatt Crockett is Woodcock’s replacement and, in that unlikely scenario, Ben Franks will join the reserves.

“DC, Woody and Kevvy obviously got through training the other day and we’re comfortable enough to name them at this stage, but they’ll have to get through Thursday ],” Hansen said after announcing his final test team of the year.

Other than Carter and Mealamu’s probable return, lock Brodie Retallick is the third change to the starting team that secured their third win of the European tour, and maintained their 20-match unbeaten run, in Cardiff last week.

Retallick deserves to start in his 13th test ahead of Luke Romano. Along with Sam Whitelock, the Chiefs’ go-to lineout man was New Zealand’s standout second-rower in Super Rugby this season. He showed strong impact off the bench against Wales after being paired with veteran Ali Williams in Rome.

A big, physical English pack should provide a solid gauge of Retallick’s All Black progression this year.

“He’s had a couple of games off the bench and has a big motor and goes all day long,” Hansen said. “We just think this game will suit him. It gives Luke a chance to have a break. Both of them are rookies and have had a big year so it’s just an opportunity to subtly change it but not too much.”

By selecting his first-choice line-up for the second week, Hansen has paid the English due respect and resisted the temptation to give fringe players one final opportunity to leave a lasting impression.

There was debate about handing loose-forward Victor Vito and halfback Piri Weepu a start, and following the early-season trend of rotating Julian Savea with Hosea Gear on the left wing, but the retention of the A team signals a determination not to be tripped up at the final hurdle.

“He’s clearly the best wing in his position, Cory Jane and him on form,” Hansen said of Savea, who has scored 10 tries in eight tests.

“He was really good in Cardiff. He was peppered with high balls. He’s learning all the time. He’s certainly not the finished product but he’s worthy of the start.”

Hansen’s men clearly want to reinforce their No 1 status at the so-called home of rugby.

“We thought about a lot of the players and how they are after such a long season,” he said. “We’ve recovered well as a group. We said we’d pick the best team for the last two tests and we’ve done that.

“There’s been a consistency through most of the season and we’ve tried to build the combinations and if guys are fit and available we’ve tried to pick them.”

New Zealand: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumunia, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith.

Shortlist Unveiled for IRB Player of the Year 2012 Award

Shortlist Unveiled for IRB Player of the Year 2012 Award

The International Rugby Board has announced the shortlist of nominees for the prestigious IRB Player of the Year 2012 Award.

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, his teammate Dan Carter, England fly half Owen Farrell and France fly half Frédéric Michalak are the four players on the shortlist.

McCaw is the only player to receive the individual accolade more than once, having won it in 2006, 2009 and 2010, although Carter could join him as a multiple winner, having been named Player of the Year back in 2005.

For the third year in a row the shortlist includes a player to have graduated from the IRB Junior World Championship to the Test arena with Farrell following in the footsteps of Australian trio David Pocock, Will Genia and Kurtley Beale.

The winner of the prestigious Award will be announced at the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw in London on December 3, along with the IRB Coach of the Year and IRB Team of the Year Awards.

RICHIE MCCAW (New Zealand)
The most capped All Black in history with 115 Tests and 19 tries to his name, McCaw continues to raise the bar and ensure that New Zealand do not rest on their laurels after last year’s Rugby World Cup success. An inspirational leader, the 31-year-old openside flanker has enjoyed another record-breaking season by becoming the first player to post 100 Test wins and most wins as captain. The benchmark by which all openside flankers are judged, McCaw will take a six-month sabbatical from the Game in 2013.

DAN CARTER (New Zealand)
The leading point-scorer in Test rugby, Carter boasts a CV with every major honour on it from Super Rugby success with the Crusaders to World Cup glory, even if a groin injury kept him sidelined for much of last year’s success. The finest fly half of his generation, though, is still hungry for more and remains as important to the All Blacks’ cause as McCaw. Carter is the complete package and, even in a season against disrupted by injury, has been the catalyst for many a New Zealand victory in 2012, even slotting over a rare drop goal at the death to break Irish hearts in Christchurch.

The son of former England dual code international Andy, the young fly half enjoyed a rapid rise from IRB Junior World Championship finalist in June 2011 to make his Test debut against Scotland on the opening weekend of the RBS 6 Nations. One of the star turns of that Championship, Farrell headed to South Africa as England’s number one, but is currently vying for the No.10 shirt with Toby Flood and Freddie Burns. However, he has plenty of time on his side, having only turned 21 in September, and could reach a century of Test points on Saturday against the world champions.

Recalled to the French national team after an absence of more than two years by coach Philippe Saint-André for the June tour to Argentina, Michalak has been the architect of Les Bleus’ run of four consecutive victories over Argentina (twice), Australia and Samoa which have secured them a top four IRB World Rankings for the RWC 2015 Pool Allocation. The rejuvenated fly half has returned from another spell in Super Rugby with the Sharks to reignite an international career that looked to have stalled with just four appearances since RWC 2007.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “It has been a compelling year of international Rugby with the introduction of the expanded Tours and Tests calendar, Argentina’s successful inauguration into The Rugby Championship and the race for rankings points to secure a favourable RWC 2015 Pool draw.”

“As ever, the competition has been fierce and the panel had a tough time deliberating the shortlist from a number of stand-out candidates. All four players on the shortlist thoroughly deserve their place after standout performances during the year and consistency in the tough environment that is Test Rugby.”

The IRB Player of the Year nominees were selected by the IRB Awards independent panel of judges, which is chaired by Australia’s RWC 1999 winning captain John Eales and is made up of former internationals with more than 500 caps and four Rugby World Cup winners’ medals between them.

The IRB Awards panel comprises some of the biggest names in the Game in Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphaël Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace.

The panel have deliberated on every major Test played in 2012, starting with the opening RBS 6 Nations match and culminating with the November Internationals. In total they have watched around 100 hours of action, awarding points to the three players they thought stood out in each match.

“This has been one of the closest years to date. In fact the result could be influenced significantly by this weekend’s matches, making it a highly contested prize,” said panel chairman Eales.

Among those players unlucky to miss out on the shortlist are New Zealand number 8 Kieran Read, Australian duo Michael Hooper and Berrick Barnes, Scotland’s Ross Rennie, Springbok wing Bryan Habana and Argentina’s inspirational captain Juan Martín Fernandez Lobbe.

Previous winners:

2011 – Thierry Dusautoir (France)
2010 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2009 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2008 – Shane Williams (Wales)
2007 – Bryan Habana (South Africa)
2006 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2005 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2004 – Schalk Burger (South Africa)
2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (England)
2002 – Fabien Galthié (France)
2001 – Keith Wood (Ireland)

For Further Information:

Dominic Rumbles, IRB Head of Communications,

The world accepts that rugby has always had its thugs.

OPINION: Silence.

For two days the world waited for Andrew Hore, Steve Hansen, Richie McCaw, Steve Tew or even the bloke who carries the bags to apologise for the All Black hooker’s unprovoked assault on Bradley Davies.

Instead, New Zealand rugby appeared stuck on an endless loop of John Cage’s soundless epic. At the time of writing there had not been a solitary public note of regret.

Many good men and women in this country are ashamed of this craven refusal to say sorry, but they should not be surprised.

When Adam Thomson took it upon himself to stand on Alasdair Strokosch’s head, All Blacks rugby reached for the euphemism.

The old melon, the bonce and the noggin had all got a bit of a scrape but there was apparently no malice in Thomson’s calculated decision to stamp on another human being’s skull.

The real villain of the piece was a Welsh rugby writer called Stephen Jones and the real victim was New Zealand rugby, which again was the unfortunate casualty of a media beat-up.

You do wonder if New Zealand rugby will ever learn how decent society behaves. When Dean Greyling disgracefully assaulted McCaw, the Springboks leadership reacted immediately. Coach Heyneke Meyer publicly called the attack “unacceptable” and said: “I want to apologise to Richie McCaw.” Captain Jean de Villiers said: “We’ll never condone playing dirty” and promised to take action.

But all we have had out of Hansen so far is evasion. Initially Hansen wasn’t sure if Hore “clocked him but he certainly hooked him out”.

A little later he said: “It looked like he was trying to clean out the Welshman in front of him It’s unfortunate that it’s happened.” Then Hansen said: “I am just resigned to the fact that he will probably get cited . . . think they think we’re thugs or something but we don’t play differently to anyone else.”

We should be thankful that Hansen is no longer a policeman. He would have presumably let Charles Manson off with a caution.

The All Blacks coach, like many of his predecessors, clearly suffers from Arsene Wenger syndrome, an unfortunate irritation of the optic nerve that causes temporary blindness when watching your own team.

The world accepts that rugby has always had its thugs. Martin Johnson and Danny Grewcock got up to some revolting things on a rugby pitch and many of the English press excoriated those men and their actions. But the world does not accept the code of silence that has pervaded the All Blacks and a supine part of their media for far too long.

Many years ago Cyril Brownlie became the first man to be sent off in a rugby match.

The Welsh referee was considered the finest in the world and he had already issued three general warnings. He then saw Brownlie stamp on an opposition player’s leg off the ball and he sent him from the pitch.

The All Blacks manager of the time said the referee had “made a mistake” and “a grave injustice has been done to Brownlie”, an occurrence that “could not help the spirit of imperialism”.

New Zealand papers whinged about the sending-off then and they are still crying about it now. True to future form, Brownlie has somehow become the victim of his own violent action.

It is this reaction that continues to gall the rest of the world. The recent list of All Blacks shame is a long one – the Canterbury front row deliberately beating up the 71 Lions, John Ashworth tearing open JPR’s face with a double stamp, Richard Loe’s assault on Paul Carozza, Jamie Joseph wrecking Kyran Bracken’s ankle, Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga smashing Brian O’Driscoll’s shoulder.

These acts are bad enough, and other nations have similar shameful incidents in their rugby history, but what really grates is the consistent lack of a full and proper apology.

Steve Hansen talks of taking ownership, but when has New Zealand rugby ever taken ownership of these acts of violence? These players are national folk heroes just like Colin Meads, the daddy of them all.

The national exculpation of Mealamu and Umaga was a disgrace that still angers many people in Britain and other parts of the rugby world. It was an assault that came desperately close to breaking a decent man’s neck.

And yet many in the New Zealand rugby community portrayed the All Blacks as the victims of an hysterical over-reaction by the British media.

If there was any hysteria, it was caused by shock at New Zealand’s collective failure to say sorry for what constituted common assault.

Good on the many callers in to talkback radio who have condemned Hore’s attack on Davies, but the delay in a similar condemnation from either the All Blacks management or the NZRU shows how out of touch these people still are.

The nation may be growing up, but New Zealand rugby is still behaving like the child who won’t own up.

How glorious it would be if Tew, Hansen, McCaw and Hore faced the world’s media and apologised to Bradley Davies.

How glorious it would be if Joseph was told to strip Hore of the captaincy of the Highlanders.

How glorious it would be if the law in this country decided to prosecute rugby players for assault.

Is that really all so far fetched? Together we could make it happen.

– © Fairfax NZ News

2012 SOUND ON SCREEN MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL arrives in Johannesburg from 1-13 Dec


Another one of Flamedrop’s indie film festivals to light up the screen at The Bioscope (286 Fox Street, Johannesburg), is the SOUND ON SCREEN Music Film Festival, which had its genesis in Cape Town in 2010. The movie selections from around the globe (and locally) include anything music related on film, from documentaries and biopics to concert movies.
8 productions will screen across 1 – 13 December 2012.

> THE HEART IS A DRUM MACHINE is an in-depth look at what music really is, with top artists and scholars grappling with this concept, including John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Maynard James Keenan (Tool), Matt Sorum (Guns ‘n Roses), Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails), George Clinton (Funkadelic), Eddie Kramer, Bob Ludwig and more.
> The Thrash Metal genre gets brilliantly covered in GET THRASHED! feat. bands like Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth, Pantera, In Flames and more.
> Two local productions include MAMA GOEMA, looking at the minstrel culture of Cape Town, and THE CREATORS explores the chaotic reality of modern day South Africa by peering through the eyes of its artists.
> HATED looks at the life and mayhem of GG Allin & The Murder Junkies, the last true Rock & Roll outlaw who lived and died with his music (Hangover director Todd Phillips’ first movie).
> An explosive documentary on the outrageous WENDY O. WILLIAMS & THE PLASMATICS, who blurred the lines between Punk and Metal, defying the expected testosterone domination with her hot body, gravel voice and wild stage shows
> ON THE 50 YARD LINE is a fascinating look at the long journey of a school marching band.
> REAL PUNKS GET CHECKED takes a raw look at Punk legends with live footage and back stage interviews (incl. Johnny Rotten, The Ramones, The Misfits, Bad Religion, NOFX, Jello Biafra etc.).

(More movie details below)
Official site:

Screening Dates & Times:
Tickets: R40


A Documentary Film About Music
What is music? Many of today’s top artists and scholars grapple with the question in this cinematic look at a uniquely human obsession.
With musicians, composers, producers, engineers, scholars, scientists & record label owners, feat. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Maynard James Keenan (Tool), Matt Sorum (Guns ‘n Roses, Velvet Revolver), Juliette Lewis, Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails), George Clinton (Funkadelic), Kurt Loder, Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad), Eddie Kramer, Bob Ludwig, Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Bijou Phillips, Elijah Wood and many more.

GET THRASHED – The Story Of Thrash Metal
“Everyone had a good time… even if they were bleeding!”
This documentary is a roller coaster ride of extreme music and personalities, starting with the most famous thrash metal pioneers, Metallica, and highlighting other genre defining bands like Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus and more.
The documentary features interviews with over 50 artists including past and current members of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Pantera, Exodus, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Testament, Shadows Fall, In Flames, Kreator, Destruction, Hatebreed and many more.
The artists discuss the groundbreaking music of the Thrash Metal Scene, the culture surrounding it and includes live concert footage depicting mosh pits, stage diving, head-banging, partying and the over the top antics that went along with the Thrash Metal movement.

The Creators explores the chaotic reality of modern day South Africa by peering through the eyes of its artists. Born into separate areas of the formerly-segregated country, the subjects recraft history in their own artistic languages. Weaving through the lives of Faith47 (street art), Warongx (afro-blues), Emile (hip-hop), Sweat.X (performance art), Blaq Pearl (spoken word) and Mthetho (opera), the film culminates in an intertwined multi-plot shedding light on the country and some of its music.
National Geographic All Roads Film Festival Best Documentary winner & World Music And Independent Film Festival Best Music Documentary winner
(Filmmakers attendance pending)

Reality Check TV hits the venues and backstage, with a raw, underground look at the genre from their archives, with live footage and interviews with Punk legends like Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), The Ramones, The Misfits, NOFX, Bad Religion, MDC, Verbal Abuse, Fear, Becky Bondage (Vice Squad) and many more.

The Cape Town Beat In Five Movements
A journey to the heart of the Mother City and a beat called Goema. With indigenous roots, colonial influence and shaped by Cape Town’s slave history, Goema’s blueprint lies in the City’s carnival culture. The documentary charts the evolution of this musical genre.
Winner of Best Feature at the Tri-Continental Film Festival. DVD copies of the movie will be on sale.
(Filmmakers attendance pending)

10 Years Of Revolutionary Rock & Roll
Across the mid-70s to the mid’80s the outrageous Wendy O. Williams and The Plasmatics blurred the lines between Punk and Metal, defying the expected testosterone domination with her hot body, gravel voice and wild stage shows incl. blowing up cars and chain-sawing guitars! This explosive documentary looks at this unique band and the waves they created across a decade.

“My mind’s a machine gun, my body’s the bullets, and the audience is the target” – GG Allin
GG Allin was named Jesus Christ by his mentally unstable father. From a young age GG’s rebellious nature was evident, and he turned into the last true rock & roll rebel whose frustrated, angry soul burst forth through music.
His self-destructive, intense, sleaze-filled outlaw punk-rock style went hand-in-hand with drug abuse, self-mutilation and attacks on the audience. Together with his misfit band of Murder Junkies their notorious shows erupted into events of mayhem and every possible bodily fluid, as a naked GG rampaged like a madman attacking himself and his audience, defecating on stage and bashing himself in the head with the microphone until the blood flowed.
This in-depth, visceral documentary by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) looks at the man and his music through the 1980’s and early ’90s, including interviews with GG, his band, friends, family and fans, with live shows and spoken word performance footage.

More than… 50 friends, 50 dreams, 50 futures, and just 1 chance
From the 50 Yard Line presents the football field not only as a sports venue but also as a stage for the marching band. The viewer goes on an exciting adventure through band camp, auditions, the marching season, and the regional and national competitions.
Nowhere else do you see hundreds of teenagers working together in such unison and commitment for one common goal.

Triple M Entertainment books Founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue to perform a FREE Concert

Music Exchange – South Africa's independent music summit | 21-22 March 2013

Triple M Entertainment books Founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue to perform a FREE Concert in De Waal Park on Sunday 2 Dec 2012

Robin Levetan was the lead vocalist and founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue whose uniquely infectious blend of pop, rock and mbaqanga established them at the forefront of the progressive music scene in the 80’s and 90’s.

Robin’s writing extended to the theatre and his highly acclaimed counter-culture play, “Skyf” broke attendance records at The Baxter and Market Theatres. His second play “Mrs Kaplan and the Witchdoctor” was also performed at The Baxter and was later staged at various festivals in Eastern Europe by students at UCT.

After leaving Bright Blue, Robin continued to write songs and, in 2009, teamed up with producer / musician, Roger Bashew. The pair were joined by Willem Moller (guitar), Paul Tizzard (drums), Selwyn Schneider (keyboards, vocals), Tonia Selley (vocals, percussion), Shaggy Scheepers (keyboards), Buddy Wells (sax) and Jessica Levetan (vocals), together with Bright Blue band mates Ian Cohen (bass) Dan Heymann (piano) and Tom Fox (guitar).

The resulting 12 track album, “A Far Country”, was launched at the CTICC in 2011.

Robin has been performing with a group of top local musicians who will join him at De Waal Park on 2 December from 4pm till 5.30pm (Entrance is free ..) where they will perform songs from the album as well as new material and some Bright Blue favorites. CD’s will be on sale at the event.

The line-up will be:

  • Robin Levetan (vocals)
  • Tonia Selley (vocals, guitar, percussion)
  • Selwyn Schneider (vocals, guitar)
  • David Bass (keyboards)
  • Roger Bashew (bass)
  • Paul Tizzard (drums)
  • Willem Moller (guitar)

Robin Levetan
For more info or 083 4484475

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