RJ Benjamin Can Skylark have longest running song on charts -Been on the charts for 3 months (12 weeks )

RJ Benjamin and Can Skylark have longest running song on Heart SA TOP 10 -Been on the charts for 3 months (12 weeks )

SA TOP 10 – 28 August 2014
1 Lloyd Cele Just Be Mine NC 1 1 (6) 7 Last Week’s #1
2 Bo Seretsane Rise Up 1 3 2 5
3 Mario Ogle How I Got My Groove Back Down 1 2 2 6
4 Magesh Hit Man NC 4 4 3
5 Ralf Gum feat. Portia Monique Free (Is All I Wanna Be) Up 3 8 5 2 Highest Climber
6 Tresor Mount Everest New 6 1
7 RJ Benjamin & Can Skylark So High Down 2 5 1 (2) 12 Longest Running Song
8 Sundae feat. Che-V & Laurenzo Davids Partly Cloudly Down 2 6 3 9
9 Ashleigh Davids Black And Blue Down 2 7 7 3
10 Ayanda Jiya Go Go Girl Down 1 9 5 8
Ello Heaven’s The After Party 10 4 12

In New Zealand rugby, their idea of a crisis is a losing sequence of one-game in a row

In New Zealand rugby, their idea of a crisis is a losing sequence of one-game in a row. Heck even a draw against Australia a fortnight ago got them into a tizz, prompting coach Steve Hansen to call for a week of serious introspection “from myself down to the waterboy.”

The country was seriously miffed and the fact that the 12-12 draw with the Wallabies in Sydney denied this All Blacks team the chance to break the world record of 17 consecutive wins had a lot to do with it.

The result was 50 points put past the Aussies in the return game in Auckland at the weekend in a performance that was quite possibly the best of the professional era. It really was that good. The Wallabies should have known better – don’t make the All Blacks angry!

Later on that day, we watched the Springboks labour to a narrow win over the Pumas in Argentina, in the process suffering the ignominy of being repeatedly shoved off their ball in the set scrums. Some big Springbok reputations took a knock and it will be interesting to see how the tight forwards respond against the Wallabies in Perth next week.

But back to the All Blacks and their ruthlessly efficient performance. They played the game at a tempo rarely seen and with an intensity that no other team in world rugby can match. The Wallabies did not play that badly, but they simply could not live with the raw power and aggression of the super-charged Kiwis.

The Boks’ underwhelming performances against Argentina – in the wet of Pretoria and the stifling heat of Salsa – left South Africans depressed about our chances of beating the All Blacks this year, in Wellington and then at Ellis Park in the final match of the Championship.

The funny thing is that it is not impossible to beat the All Blacks if you play the right game. It IS impossible to beat the All Blacks if you try and match their game. They are too strong and too fit. We saw that last year when the Boks took on the All Blacks at their own game in that memorable match at Ellis Park. The Boks were trying to score four tries to earn a bonus-point win and secure the Championship, and they looked the part for three-quarters of the game before running out of steam and the Kiwis ran in three tries without reply in the final quarter.

Heyneke Meyer was the first one to acknowledge that the Boks were not fit enough that day. At the end of last year’s tour to the northern hemisphere he said the same thing again – South African rugby lags behind New Zealand rugby when it comes to conditioning. Meyer called for a national conditioning programme to be run by his fitness team. He knew it would never happen because our Super Rugby franchises own the players and follow their own programmes as well as play leading players into the ground out of self interest. The Bok coach plays second fiddle.

The New Zealand Rugby Union owns their players, not the franchises and Hansen and his management team call the shots, ensuring players are fit through a national programme and that senior players are rested.

In 2009, the Springboks beat the All Blacks three times, including a win in Hamilton, the last time the All Blacks lost a Test on home soil. The Boks did it with a highly effective kick-and-chase game. They sucked the All Blacks into trench warfare and avoided high-paced, attacking rugby.

The Boks have to cut their suit according to their cloth. It might not be as entertaining as the way the All Blacks play, but it is the only way the Boks can beat them.

By Mike Greenaway

Taute at inside centre for DHL Western Province vs Bulls on Sat

Jaco Taute will make his first Absa Currie Cup start in DHL Western Province colours, after being named at inside centre for Saturday’s meeting with the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria (kick-off 17h05).

Springbok Taute replaces the injured Michael van der Spuy (hamstring) in the No.12 shirt in the only change to the DHL WP starting XV from last weekend’s 27-14 win over the Golden Lions.

Former SA Under-20 star Pat Howard, a Round One try-scorer against the EP Kings, replaces Taute on the bench – meaning just two changes overall to the Province 22 from last week.

Taute scored a valuable try off the bench last week after replacing Van der Spuy in the 59th minute and his experience will be a major boon for the unbeaten and table-topping DHL Western Province outfit ahead of Saturday’s clash at Loftus Versfeld.

DHL WP coach Allister Coetzee told www.wprugby.com: “This is a great opportunity for Jaco. I’ve said before that his size and skill-set could make him into the ideal centre and he now has an opportunity to show us just that.

“Jaco is still very young (at 23 years of age) but he’s already very experienced having played Test and Super Rugby at centre before.

“But his skill and strength aside, his communication is his biggest attribute and I look forward to seeing him operate in the No.12 jersey.

“Your depth is tested quite severely during the Absa Currie Cup,” added Coetzee, “so having versatile players like Jaco (in our squad) is a good thing – especially ahead of a big game like Saturday.”

The Bulls picked up a welcome 30-25 win over the EP Kings last weekend and will be determined to make it back-to-back victories in front of their home support as they also look to avenge their Round Two defeat to DHL WP in Cape Town two weeks ago.

“We will respect any team we play against and it doesn’t get much bigger than playing against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld – no matter what happened last time between us,” said Coetzee.

“The Bulls did well to beat the EP Kings. Don’t look at the scoreline, they’ve come off a difficult few weeks and it was a big and valuable win for them.”

The DHL WP team for Saturday (v the Blue Bulls, away) is as follows:

15. Cheslin Kolbe
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Juan de Jongh (captain)
12. Jaco Taute (First Absa Currie Cup start for DHL Western Province)
11. Seabelo Senatla
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Nic Groom
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Michael Rhodes
6. Siya Kolisi
5. Manuel Carizza
4. Jean Kleyn
3. Pat Cilliers (vice-captain)
2. Stephan Coetzee
1. Alistair Vermaak

16. Neil Rautenbach
17. Brok Harris
18. Ruan Botha
19. Rynhardt Elstadt
20. Louis Schreuder
21. Kurt Coleman
22. Pat Howard

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Cobus Wessels
Television Match Official: Willie Vos

2014 South African HorrorFest poster revealed 27 Oct to 7 Nov 2014

We’re proud to announce that we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our South African HorrorFest this year over Halloween season (across 27 October – 7 November).
(With it, the event’s skull-moon logo also got a slight facelift)

We’ve launched this year’s poster image! (attached) – As is customary, it features festival co-organizer (and Terminatryx / Makabra Ensemble vocalist) Sonja. With themes in the past seeing her in vampire, zombie, devil-girl and Bride Of Frankenstein mode, this year she’s witchified by artist Simone Hendricks.

The feature film and short film submissions are currently in the late-entry phase, so if you or an affiliate have a production to submit, there’s still time (see www.horrorfest.info/subform.html or contact us and we’ll take it from there).

The Bloody Parchment literary chapter’s short story competition is open. For all details, head to www.bloodyparchment.blogspot.com

Like in the past, each year we try to add extra or enhanced chapters and events to the HorrorFest, and 2014 is set to include some fun new attractions if all goes to plan.

Some movie title reveals will be sent out soon.

Our indie screening venue partner since the inception of the HorrorFest (the Labia Theatre, Cape Town) remains the venue of choice for Cape Town (with a selection of the programme also set to screen at The Bioscope in Johannesburg).

The Labia had to undergo a costly upgrading of digital projection systems. With this a crowd-funding campaign was struck up to assist.

There are only a few weeks remaining – please head to the link and see if you can spare a few $ to ensure this last bastion of indie cinema remains with us:

Have a killer week! (& do connect, follow, like & share our links below).

Paul Blom – Festival Director
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– Springbok squad named for Australasian tour no Juan Smith but Victor is back

Springbok squad named for Australasian tour

Victor Matfield is over his injury problems and will rejoin the Springbok squad when they get together for the Australasian leg of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, while Marcel van der Merwe has been called up for the injured Frans Malherbe.

Furthermore, Willem Alberts has also been drafted back into the squad, pending a fitness test on Thursday when the squad gets together in Johannesburg. Both Alberts and Matfield were part of the initial 30-man squad, but missed out on the victories over Argentina in Pretoria and Salta because of injury.

Van der Merwe will join the rest of the touring party in Johannesburg on Thursday. Malherbe will have to undergo surgery on his fractured ankle and is likely to miss the rest of the season because of this injury.

With Matfield and Alberts, if passed fit, returning for the two-week tour to Australia and New Zealand, Warren Whiteley and Juan Smith will drop out. Smith, however, will remain on standby if Alberts is deemed unable to tour.

“Victor is over his injury and has been declared fit to travel with us for the next two Tests, while we’re awaiting a final verdict on Willem,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“It will be good to have them back. Willem has been part of the squad for the last number of seasons and Victor showed he can still add a lot of value when he returned to the Bok fold earlier this year.

“Losing Frans is a huge setback and my heart bleeds for him, because he’s done well since returning from a long injury lay-off recently which saw him miss the June Tests.

“It’s also a big disappointment for Frans, whose involvement with the squad was cut short because of injury last November as well, but Marcel has been with us before and will slot in seamlessly. He provides specialist tighthead cover as Tendai Mtawarira, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Trevor Nyakane are specialist looseheads.”

Meyer added that Whiteley had impressed him immensely during his week with the Springboks and that Smith had made a massive contribution during his time with the squad in the last fortnight.

“Warren and Juan know exactly where they stand and it was great to work with them, even if it was only for a limited period of time,” said Meyer.

The Springboks returned from Argentina on Monday and will enjoy a short break before reconvening in Johannesburg on Thursday. They are scheduled to depart for Perth on Saturday.

Springbok squad to travel to Australasia:

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Marcell Coetzee, Lodewyk de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Louw, Victor Matfield, Teboho Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Marcel van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen.

Backs: Damian de Allende, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn.

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All Blacks bite back to secure Bledisloe glory 51 -20

Retribution indeed.

Moral of the story? Don’t make the All Blacks’ forwards angry. They will bite back.

Seven days is a long time in sport – an even longer time to stew on a poor performance. Very rarely do you see the All Blacks miss their lofty standards by such a margin as they did in the dour Sydney draw last week. Yes, the conditions were difficult. Yes, the referee had a shocker. In the end, they are excuses.

Tonight, instead, was an explosion of pent-up frustration, particularly from the bigger boys in black. They deserve the credit for locking away the treasured Bledisloe Cup for a 12th straight year. The backs sure couldn’t have recorded this 51-20 recoding breaking victory – the most points at home against the Wallabies – without them.

The big difference between Sydney and Auckland was the physical aggression of Steve Hansen’s forward pack. This week they did the dirty work.

They cleaned out rucks with vigour; they flew off the line and whacked those in green and gold jerseys with tag-team tackling. Dane Coles was a force with ball in hand; Brodie Retallick thundered into everything and Kieran Read was back to his usual prominence.

Collectively, as an eight-man unit, they rattled the Australians to lay an exemplary platform. They were ruthless.

By the 50th minute, when Read crashed over, the visitors were stuffed – the All Blacks’ brutal mix of fast-paced counter attack and crunching defence had grinded them into the turf. After that, it just seemed cruel. Almost like bullying at the school playground.

Not even Richie McCaw’s fair yellow card for cynically playing the ball on the ground could stop his men. The same could not be said for the Wallabies pack – sent backpedalling in the first scrum after Sam Carter was binned for infringing at the maul. Carter’s card proved much more costly, his side conceding (14 points) two tries – one a penalty try from a five metre scrum shunt – while he was off the park.

If it wasn’t already a proven fact, we can also now confirm there’s something undeniably special about Eden Park. The venue continues its fortress status – 20 years and 33 tests since the All Blacks last lost there. It’s going to take a damn good team to break that record.

Down 23-6 at half time, the Wallabies’ decision to stay on the field, rather than retreat to the changing rooms, in a bid to diminish the ground’s mystique looked laughable. Clearly changing hotels didn’t work either.

The 50,000 sell-out crowd were treated as the All Blacks ran in six tries. Many of those were orchestrated by Aaron Cruden.

After a sub-par performance in Sydney, Cruden’s game management was superb. On the back of a supremely dominant forward display he thrived with the time, space and freedom all playmakers desire. The short kicking options, delayed passing and running game – Cruden’s full range of skills were on display.

With Ben Smith chiming in frequently from the back, the All Blacks’ left-side attack was lethal, allowing Julian Savea to run rampant down his flank. Conrad Smith’s return to the backline – after missing last week with the birth of his first son – can also not be glossed over. There were some notably telling touches from the classy centre.

Filling Ma’a Nonu’s considerable shoes, Ryan Crotty can be pleased with his contribution before succumbing to a cheek bone injury at half time.

This was a crushing reality check for Ewen McKenzie’s men. They thought they had turned the corner. After arriving with the knowledge they blew a gift chance last week, they leave with their eight match unbeaten run well and truly quashed. They’ve got some work to do yet before their forward pack is not seen as having a soft underbelly.

McCaw and co. hold higher standards than the average team and they won’t be happy about letting in two soft tries to Israel Folau and Michael Hooper late in the second half. They can’t afford such slip ups against South Africa in the coming weeks.

But, for now, they will savour sipping from the Bledisloe.


All Blacks 51 penalty try, Julian Savea, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw 2, Steven Luatua, Aaron Cruden pen 3, con 5, Aaron Smith con Wallabies 20 Israel Folau, Michael Hooper tries, Kurtley Beale pen 2, con 2 HT: 23-6.

– Stuff


HEART 104.9FM SA TOP 10 – 21 August 2014 RJ Benjamin & CanSkylark 11 weeks on the chart

R J Benjamin and CanSkylark have been on the charts for nearly 3 months (11 weeks ) and reached number 1 as well with their song “So High ”

R .J has also just returned from the Miss Namibia 2014 held on 2 August in Windhoek

He was the guest artist for the Show which was held at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino and broadcast live on One Africa Television

SA TOP 10 – 21 August 2014
1 Lloyd Cele Just Be Mine NC 1 1 (5) 6
2 Mario Ogle How I Got My Groove Back NC 2 2 5
3 Bo Seretsane Rise NC 3 3 4
4 Magesh Hit Man Up 1 5 4 2
5 RJ Benjamin & Can Skylark So High Down 1 4 1 (2) 11
6 Sundae feat. Che-V & Laurenzo Davids Partly Cloudly NC 6 3 8
7 Ashleigh Davids Black And Blue NC 7 7 2
8 Ralf Gum feat. Portia Monique Free (Is All I Wanna Be) New 8 1
9 Ayanda Jiya Go Go Girl Down 1 8 5 7
10 Ello Heaven’s The After Party NC 10 4 12
Danny K feat Donald & Heavy K Personal Paradise (GoodLook Remix) 9 1 (2) 10


Good read about touring overseas acts in SA and ticket prices re Kings of Chaos

Firstly , these events take a long time to put together , as many artists have complicated schedules globally which are always subject to change .

SA is often NOT on the WORLDWIDE tour schedule as it is NOT relevant to their international sales. Promoters have to find a GAP in their International Tour to try and bring them here. It is a HUGE risk .

So , to help people understand ( I hope ) I’ll put some current facts on here.

1. NONE of the equipment is MADE or MANUFACTURED in this country . so it ALL has to be flown or shipped in and bought by SA companies It constantly has to be upgraded and serviced as well

2. The exchange rates against the Dollar , Pound & Euro are terrible at the moment and have been for a while

3. The customer demographic in this country is not comparable with the US , UK or Europe , where there has been DECADES of culture of attending Stadium shows and gigs with history of world famous events. There are NONE here , and I don’t mean the ARGUS CYCLE TOUR , I’m talking about Music Based Events.

4. The artists that are on National radio in SA command set fees based on their popularity at the time GLOBALLY , so if they are getting for example $50,000 a show in the US then they are simply not going to come here , sit on a plane for 2 days for a one night only event based on the ASSUMPTION that tickets will be sold . They have to be PAID UP FRONT IN FULL , and the promoter must also contract ALL other facets such as Health & Safety, Fire Dept , SAPS , Traffic Management , Marketing , Radio , Sound ReInforcement , Backline , Hospitality Riders , Transportation, Flights & Hotels , Generators , Ticket printing, Wristbands ..the list goes on .

5. Overseas R1500 for a ticket is normal for a West End Show on a Tuesday night in Central London . These artists coming into SA have sold MILLIONS of records globally , not to mention their TV and sometimes Movie appearances , so they are the sum of their net worth . Festivals overseas are the same . Tickets are R4000 per DAY in many cases . It’s a simlilar story if you want to watch Manchester United at Old Trafford , have a look on their website and see how much it is . You pay R1700 for 90 minutes of football with 75,000 people .

Kings Of Chaos is an opportunity , to see these artists in a small setting , with fabulous sound light & staging and could possibly be the last time they come here . When ONE DIRECTION started out , they would have played in venues in the UK for £20 a ticket . NOT ANYMORE. It’s the same with Kings Of Chaos, they have grown in popularity since they started touring and are now more in demand . It is not easy to get ANY International act here.

Promoters here in SA , DO NOT drive McLarens or Rolls Royce Phantom VI’s because they don’t make that kind of money ! In most cases , ALL sub contracted crew are STILL trying to cut their costs in order to facilitate the event. The MORE events we all SUPPORT , means the more ACTS that will come.

6. It is an opportunity for the public and ALL SA artists to watch and learn from these events and enjoy the performances . I would not like to see promoters here stop bringing artists over because it’s too much hassle ……..Rather get on a plane then and go and see your favourite band in Los Angeles or New York , it will cost at least R30,000

7. If as an INDUSTRY here in SA we really worked together to promote the SA artists , and got their product GOOD ENOUGH for radio play and sales internationally , we could bridge this gap a little quicker . THIS CANNOT HAPPEN WITHOUT PUBLIC SUPPORT OF BUYING RECORDS AND ATTENDING SHOWS.

8. Most people I see driving around Cape Town seem to be wearing the R1000 sunglasses and the designer jeans ??? Last time I went to the Audi garage , they didn’t discount my new car because i complained it was too expensive either…they said this is the price , take it or leave it …or go to Germany & buy one there and ship it back.

9. In SA we are demographically challenged in location , disposable income brackets , historical availability of International Shows and an exchange rate that is like monopoly money , not to mention the WORK VISAS that are required to come here and perform as well . 10. There is about 11 WEEKS or so until the Kings Of Chaos arrive in CT…so R100 a week or R10 a day ….and you’re in the GOLDEN CIRCLE ……SOUNDS LIKE A DEAL TO ME !!!

by Tristan Keyte

All Blacks in search of retribution at Eden Park today

Physical intimidation has formed the backbone of the now long-held dominance over the Wallabies.

Australia are probably the only nation in world rugby that can match the All Blacks in terms of attacking skill, but their forward pack’s inadequacies have often blunted the ability to showcase those inherent talents.

Rugby is, and always will be, a game founded on the simple notion that whoever wins the collisions and controls possession usually prevails.

It’s here the All Blacks were average in Sydney last week. And here they are intent on retribution.

Their line speed wasn’t where it needed to be. Aggression levels didn’t hit the mark. They kicked away too much ball to build a platform through strong carries and cleanouts.

Tonight at fortress Eden Park, where the All Blacks have won their last 32 tests, expect Steve Hansen’s men to tighten their focus – go up the guts before looking to their clear edge in finishing on the outsides.

”We certainly let the Wallaby pack get back into and perhaps have the edge in the second half. The big boys, come Monday, they weren’t that happy,” All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said.

As has been the case for the past 11 years of Bledisloe Cup supremacy, the onus is on the forward pack to crush their opponents.

That starts at the set-piece and translates to the breakdown where Michael Hooper’s influence must be nullified.

”We weren’t as physical as we wanted to be, or where we need to be,” hooker Dane Coles said.

”We’re looking forward to improving this week. That comes down to wanting to intimidate. The boys got the message.

“It’s now about walking the talk. You’ve got to earn the right to play first. What bigger motivation do you need? The Bledisloe is on the line.

”We need to look to have a go at scrum time. Last week we didn’t adapt to the referee quickly enough. We got pinged three times and by then it was probably a bit too late. We’re looking forward to having a crack at the set-piece.

”We definitely have to lift. I’m sure they’ll take a lot of confidence out of nearly beating us but they’ll know they need to step up.”

Ma’a Nonu’s loss will be keenly felt – arguably more so than Jerome Kaino’s.

Nonu’s ability to attract at least two defenders and make ground off the backfoot is invaluable. Ryan Crotty, who is 16kgs lighter, has big shoes to fill, though Conrad Smith’s return offers a calming presence.

To counter that loss of size in the midfield expect Julian Savea to come off his wing and target the 10 channel – the Wallabies can’t hide Kurtley Beale’s defensive frailties on the wing all night.

Pressure has rightly been placed on Aaron Cruden to improve his decision-making.

He needs to challenge the line more and strike a better balance between kicking and keeping the ball in hand with conditions forecast to favour an open, free-flowing spectacle.

That will, of course, be heavily dependent on Romain Poite, the French referee who caused a stir last year by wrongly yellow carding Springboks hooker Bismarck du Plessis at this very venue.

After the inconsistent efforts of South African Jaco Peyper, Poite must lifts standards.

The quietly-confident Wallabies claim they haven’t spoken about their Eden Park hoodoo, which dates back to 1986.

Yet they’ve changed hotels, arrived later in the week and will stay on the field at half time, all in an attempt to diminish the ground’s aura.

Half of their starting team haven’t lost to the All Blacks in Auckland but Adam Ashley-Cooper, who has suffered six defeats there, made a telling statement before last week’s draw.

”If you certainly don’t win the first game against these guys it [Bledisloe Cup] becomes almost impossible to claim,” the world-class centre said.

The Bledisloe, which holds 47 stubbies, is indeed a treasured trophy.

Lay a dominant forward display, and the All Blacks should be able to savour every last drop.

– Stuff

Ten All Blacks legends have been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame today

Ten All Blacks legends were inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame at special ceremony at the annual Reunion Dinner of former All Blacks in Auckland tonight.

They were All Blacks greats Fred Allen, Don Clarke, Sean Fitzpatrick, Grant Fox, Ian Kirkpatrick, Michael Jones, John Kirwan, Colin Meads, Graham Mourie and George Nepia. Legendary sports journalist Terry McLean was also recognised.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew told the gathering that all had “contributed enormously to our game here in New Zealand and across the globe.

“Those here tonight know better than most, the world class and often unique talent we have had play for and contribute to New Zealand Rugby.”

The Hall of Fame is being integrated with the International Rugby Hall of Fame to create one definitive celebration of rugby. These inductions are part of 37 taking place around the world in the lead-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 to complete the process.

Six inductees attended in person, while five were represented by family members.

“It is great news that agreement has now been reached to amalgamate the two into one internationally recognised entity – the IRB Hall of Fame which is owned and administered by the IRB,” said Tew.

“This is a great outcome for our game as we bring the responsibility of judging, preserving and chronicling significant contribution to our games history and heritage together under the one body.”

The inductees join New Zealanders already part of the IRB Hall of Fame including Jonah Lomu, Sir Gordon Tietjens, Sir Wilson Whineray and David Kirk as well as the 1888 Natives Team.

Former Captain Graham Mourie summed up what it meant to be an All Black.

“When you are an All Black, you want to be the best you could be. The great thing about being an All Black is about playing with 14 others who do their job.”

“I am in total awe, I was a fat little kid from Sacred Heart….I was just lucky,” said Sean Fitzpatrick. Sitting with Michael Jones alongside Colin Meads and Ian Kirkpatrick on stage he said: “To be part of these guys I very special, I grew up watching these guys playing rugby and to be alongside them is wonderful.”

“We are so in awe of sitting here with the icons that went before us” said Jones who scored the first try of the first Rugby World Cup in 1987, and on debut. He recalled being named in the All Blacks for the first time.

“It was the privilege of living the dream and being cognisant that you were stepping into big shoes, knowing there was a huge responsibility.

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