Pops Mohamed and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse Ashish Joshi Poorvi Bhana at “The Music Box” 191 Frances Street Observatory 2198 31st October 2014.

Pops will be featuring his lifetime friend and multi-instrumentalist Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse withAshish Joshi on Tabla and Poorvi Bhana on Sitar at “The Music Box” 191 Frances Street Observatory 2198 on Halloween Night 31st October 2014.

This is a fantastic musical celebration of Our Rainbow Nation, one surely not to be missed.

Only 70 tickets available, so please act fast to avoid dissapointment!

Tickets are R300-00 per person incl. Tickets can be purchased at the door but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, by clicking on the link below.


The evening will start at 19:30 with dinner followed by the show. Your ticket inclues a welcome drink, dinner, dessert, coffee/tea and the “Afterparty” after the show.

All Blacks squad for MyRepublic Northern Tour Strong side picked for Tests against USA, England, Scotland and Wales

The All Blacks selectors Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox have selected their squad for the four-Test MyRepublic Northern Tour against the USA, England, Scotland and Wales.

The All Blacks will play the four sides over respective weekends, with the first Test of the tour against the USA at Soldier Field, Chicago, on Saturday 1 November.

The squad is as follows: (with province and Test caps. New caps are in bold)


Dane Coles (Wellington, 24 Tests)
Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty, 1)
Keven Mealamu (Auckland, 120)

Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 33)
Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 22)
Ben Franks (Hawke’s Bay, 37)
Owen Franks (Canterbury, 63)
Joe Moody (Canterbury, 5)

Brodie Retallick (Bay of Plenty, 33)
Luke Romano (Canterbury, 16)
Jeremy Thrush (Wellington, 4)
Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland, 5)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 60)

Loose Forwards
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 21)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 54)
Richie McCaw – captain (Canterbury, 134)
Liam Messam (Waikato, 35)
Kieran Read (Canterbury, 69)
Victor Vito (Wellington, 24)


TJ Perenara (Wellington, 7)
Augustine Pulu (Counties Manukau *)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 36)

First five-eighths
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 25)
Daniel Carter (Canterbury, 100)
Aaron Cruden (Manawatu, 35)

Ryan Crotty (Canterbury, 9)
Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland, 6)
Conrad Smith (Wellington, 83)
Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau, 19)

Outside backs
Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay, 43)
Cory Jane (Wellington 52)
Charles Piutau (Auckland, 11)
Julian Savea (Wellington, 28)
Ben Smith (Otago, 35)

The squad features the return of four recent All Blacks, including world rugby’s leading points scorer Daniel Carter, who missed the All Blacks’ recent victorious Investec Rugby Championship campaign through injury. Loose forward Victor Vitoalso returns to the team after being out since the Steinlager Series in June with injury.

The squad also sees midfielder Sonny Bill Williams return to the national side. Williams returned to New Zealand rugby with his Counties Manukau ITM Cup provincial side earlier this month after two seasons away from the game. Williams, who last played for the All Blacks in 2012, has inked deals with New Zealand Rugby and the Chiefs for the 2015-2016 seasons.

Lock Luke Romano also returns to the national side after a long injury layoff.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said it was decided to include Romano as a 34th player as the selectors felt, with a limited number of Tests next year before the Rugby World Cup, and given he had been out of the game for a while, it was important to bring him back into the group and up to speed with the All Blacks strategies and skillsets.

Another feature is the inclusion of halfback Augustine Pulu, who has been named in his first official All Blacks squad, after being called into the All Blacks as an injury replacement for last weekend’s Bledisloe Cup Test preparations.

“I want to congratulate all those who have been selected and also commiserate with the unlucky players who haven’t made it this time. It was a very hard team to select, more because of the depth we have, rather than people not being good enough to make it,” Hansen said.

The positional split for the squad sees 19 forwards selected (three hookers, five props, five locks and six loose forwards) and 15 backs (three halfbacks, three first five-eighths, four midfielders and five outside backs).

The All Blacks squad will again be led by the All Blacks’ most capped player, long-time captain and openside flanker Richie McCaw, who will be making his 11th tour to Europe. The squad has a combined total of 1,249 Test caps experience and, as well as McCaw, features three of the other most capped All Blacks of all-time in their position: hooker Keven Mealamu, first five-eighth Daniel Carter and centreConrad Smith.

Three players, halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow, midfielder Ma’a Nonu and prop Tony Woodcock, were not available for selection because of injuries.

The squad features a spread of Super Rugby representation and is made up of three Highlanders players, 10 Crusaders, nine Hurricanes, seven Chiefs and five Blues while provincial representation is led by Canterbury (nine players) with Wellington (seven), Auckland (six), Bay of Plenty (three), Counties Manukau, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu (two); and Waikato, Taranaki and Otago (one).

Looking at the tour ahead, Hansen said the squad was looking forward to kicking off the MyRepublic Northern Tour with the historic Test match against the USA Eagles.

“It’s going to be an exciting week in Chicago as we build up for the match at Soldier Field. It’s somewhere different for the team which will be stimulating, the match is sold out, which is fantastic, and we are looking forward to showing American rugby fans what the All Blacks are all about.

“The England Test match the following week is going to be massive. We have already played them three times this year and we are their first opponent at home in what will be a big Series for them and they will be looking to put a stake in the ground, as will we.

“Scotland and Wales will then offer their own unique challenges in the second half of the Tour.”

Hansen said the MyRepublic Northern Tour would provide his side with the opportunity to develop ideas on several fronts.

“As a team, it gives us the opportunity to develop our game and test it against a different opponent each week. We can also grow the players through their game time and training. And finally, without losing sight of the task at hand, it gives us the opportunity to road-test a few things ahead of Rugby World Cup.”

Hansen also said extra management staff would come on Tour and was a reflection of the numbers of management that would be going to the RWC. He said it would give those staff the experience of touring, and an extra opportunity to work with the players and existing management.

The All Blacks squad assembles in Auckland this Sunday for the flight to Chicago.

All Blacks Management – MyRepublic Northern Tour

Darren Shand – Manager
Steve Hansen – Head Coach / Selector
Ian Foster – Assistant Coach / Selector
Grant Fox – Selector
Gilbert Enoka – Assistant Manager
Mike Cron – Forwards Coach
Mick Byrne – Skills Coach
Brian “Aussie” McLean – Analyst
Alistair Rogers – Performance Analyst
Dr Tony Page – Doctor
Peter Gallagher – Physiotherapist
George Duncan – Manual Therapist
Dr Nic Gill – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Katrina Darry – Nutritionist
Kevin “Chalky” Carr – Logistics Manager
Joe Locke – Media Manager
Bianca Thiel – Team Services Manager

All Blacks support staff

Don Tricker – High Performance Manager
Jason Healy – Performance Analysis Manager
Mike Anthony – High Performance Player Development Manager

MyRepublic Northern Tour – All Blacks Tests

1. United States (Soldier Field, Chicago, , Saturday 1 November)
2. England (Twickenham, London, Saturday 8 November)
3. Scotland (Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Saturday 15 November)
4. Wales (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Saturday 22 November)

All Blacks deny Wallabies after the siren in epic game in Brisbane 29- 28

The All Blacks compounded the Wallabies miserable week last night when a late Malakai Fekitoa try and a conversion by Colin Slade enabled them to snatch a 29-28 victory at Suncorp Stadium.

The flies were meant to be crawling all over the rotting Wallabies, an outfit supposed to be in total disarray on and off the field, but they almost executed one of their most remarkable wins until the All Blacks slipped a knife between their ribs in the dying seconds.

Midfield Fekitoa beat the tackle of Bernard Foley to give Slade the chance to be the hero – and the Canterbury utility back proved he must have small chips of ice floating in his veins when he kicked the winner.

Let’s put this match into context: a number of the Wallabies players have been reported to be at war with coach Ewen McKenzie in the wake of the dreadful affair involving the errant Kurtley Beale and with fingers being pointed in all directions they were supposed to be a rabble when they turned up to play.

Wrong. The Aussies proved a brave and committed lot as they did all they could to try and mark Adam Ashley-Coopers 100th match with a victory.

Their most fatal error was taking their eyes off the New Zealanders in the final 11 minutes when halfback Aaron Smith ducked over for a try with a quick penalty tap and then not closing out the match by holding possession to prevent Fekitoa from scoring.

Even with All Blacks replacement lock Patrick Tuipulotu getting yellow carded for a clumsy challenge on Rob Simmons in the air, the Aussies couldn’t land the killer blow.

The victory means the All Blacks earned their first win in Queensland since 2008 but this wasn’t a vintage effort. Far from it. They slipped off tackles, their handling was at times sub-standard and possession was, at times, a major issue.

But no-one could ever deny they have massive ticker.

Fekitoa coughed-up a couple of balls in the first spell and despite tighthead prop Owen Franks forcing James Slipper to concede several times in the scrums the New Zealanders struggled to get their attack running.

Michael Hooper, Saia Fainga’a and Scott Fardy all plugged away for the Aussie pack.

There is little doubt Fekitoa is an exciting prospect but the transition to the unfamiliar No 12 role from centre is going to require patience from all parties, a point reiterated when he was exposed by Christian Leali’ifano.

Leali’ifano surprised himself with the ease in which he beat Fekitoa and the line break had serious consequences for the New Zealanders; the Wallabies swept downfield and halfback Nick Phibbs burrowed over near a ruck to score.

Alarm bells for the Kiwis? Hardly – but they knew had a scrap on their hands and immediately made amends by winning the re-start and sending Cory Jane – who was replaced by Charles Piutau at halftime – into the corner.

Although Dane Coles pocketed the All Blacks’ second five-pointer 19 minutes later, the hooker fooling Ashley-Cooper with a tricky dummy and sprint, they failed to a stranglehold on their opponents.

The Wallabies, who dominated 63 per cent of possession in the first spell, held their nerve and were justly rewarded with a try to playmaker Bernard Foley who spied a fraction of space near the corner flag and plunged over.

All Blacks 29 (Cory Jane, Dane Coles, Aaron Smith, Malakai Fekitoa tries; Beauden Barrett 2 con, pen, Colin Slade con) Wallabies 28 (Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Adam Ashley-Cooper tries; Foley 2 con, 3 pen). HT: 12-15

– Stuff

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 18 October 2014

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 18 October 2014
1 Meghan Trainor All About That Bass Up 1 2 1 7
2 Basement Jaxx Never Say Never Up 4 6 2 6
3 Pitbull feat. John Ryan Fireball Up 4 7 3 2
4 Bo Seretsane Rise NC 4 4 11 SA Top 10 #1
5 Mario Ogle How I Got My Groove Back Down 2 3 3 13
6 Usher Good Kisser Up 6 12 6 15
7 Beatenberg Rafael Down 6 1 1 (2) 13 Last Week’s #1 & Biggest Faller
8 Beyonce Pretty Hurts Up 15 23 8 2 Highest Climber
9 Sam Smith Stay With Me Down 4 5 5 11
10 Gregor Salto Count On Me Down 2 8 1 (3) 9
11 Mr Probz Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) Down 2 9 7 8
12 Clean Bandit feat. Sharna Bass Extraordinary Down 2 10 1 (2) 17
13 Alicia Keys We Are Here Down 2 11 11 2
14 Tucan Tucan Sondela Up 2 16 14 3
15 Tresor Mount Everest Down 2 13 13 6
16 Ralf Gum feat. Portia Monique Free (Is All I Wanna Be) Up 4 20 15 7
17 Jennifer Hudson Dangerous Down 3 14 10 5
18 Ella Henderson Ghost Down 3 15 8 8
19 Nicole Scherzinger On The Rocks New 19 1
20 Michael Jackson A Place With No Name Down 2 18 11 9
21 Brilynn Quality Time Down 4 17 17 5
22 Usher feat. Nicki Minaj She Came To Give It To You Down 3 19 1 (3) 14
23 Goapele Hey Boy New 23 1
24 Chad Saaiman Loving You Is Easy Down 3 21 19 6
25 Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell Sing Down 3 22 16 10
26 Leela James feat. Anthony Hamilton Say That Down 1 25 18 9
27 Sundae feat. Che-V & Laurenzo Davids Partly Cloudly Down 1 26 17 16
28 Nico & Vinz Am I Wrong Down 1 27 4 20 Longest Running Song
29 Tank Dance With Me Down 1 28 13 14
30 Magesh The Hitman Down 1 29 24 3

Now it’s Richie McCaw’s turn to have a crack at adding to the mayhem inside the Wallabies’ camp.

The scandal, which has dragged on since Kurtley Beale indiscretions exposed a poisonous seam of discontent inside Australian rugby, could do more than just cost the enfant terrible his job when he fronts a hearing next week.

Because if the All Blacks batter the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium tonight the debate as to whether coach Ewen McKenzie should keep his position ahead of next year’s World Cup will intensify.

Mindful of the fact they haven’t won in Brisbane since 2008, the McCaw-led All Blacks have fobbed-off suggestions the shambolic Aussies will be distracted but rarely have they been presented with an opportunity like this.

Accusations McKenzie has lost the changing shed, reports the national body are dancing on a knife’s edge financially and non-stop revelations of the saga involving ex-staffer Di Patston and Beale have contributed to one of the biggest crisis in Australian rugby in recent times.

“They have certainly got their backs against the wall and nowhere to go but to come out and try and show their fans, their public and themselves they are good rugby players,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen maintained. “I see them as being a very dangerous beast.”

Sales for tickets at Suncorp Stadium have been disappointing and the 52,500-capacity venue isn’t expected to be a sell-out.

With the test window truncated because of the World Cup the All Blacks meet the Wallabies only twice next year; clobbering the old foe could add to the Aussies’ self-doubt ahead of the tournament. The likelihood of the All Blacks dismantling the Wallabies in the same manner as when they pulverised them 51-20 at Eden Park on August 23 is slim because such highly-tuned performances are a rarity.

There should be no reluctance on the All Blacks’ behalf to expose their opponents with lineout drives, a tactic they may attempt as a precursor to the test against England in London next month.

Any second row that welcomes back a player of the calibre of Brodie Retallick is going to be strengthened but many Kiwi eyes will be locked on Beauden Barrett.

With Aaron Cruden expected to start against the United States in a fortnight, Barrett gets another opportunity to confirm his status as the top first five-eighth in the absence of Dan Carter.

While Barrett’s general kicking game needs to lift several notches from the 27-25 loss to the Springboks a fortnight ago, Hansen will be more concerned about the accuracy and timing of his backs’ passes.

“What let us down was we turned ball over too easily with poor skill execution,” McCaw said.

“Against good teams like the Africans and Wallabies, they are good enough to make you pay and that is what happened two weeks ago.”

– Stuff

The All Blacks team to play Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup Test of the year has been named.

The Test will be played at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, this Saturday 18 October. (Kick-off: 7.05PM QLD time, 10.05PM NZT. 12 midday SA Time )

The starting XV features two changes from the front row which started the Test against South Africa 12 days ago, with Dane Coles starting at hooker and propWyatt Crockett coming back from injury at loosehead prop. Lock Brodie Retallickalso returns from injury to the second row and Liam Messam is at blindside flanker. The backline features just one change, with Cory Jane coming in for the rested Ben Smith on the right wing.

On the reserves bench, Patrick Tuipulotu has been named at reserve lock, Sam Cane comes in as loose forward cover, TJ Perenara is reserve halfback andCharles Piutau comes in to cover the outside backs.

The team is (with Test caps in brackets):

Starting XV:

1. Wyatt Crockett (32)
2. Dane Coles (23)
3. Owen Franks (63)
4. Brodie Retallick (32)
5. Samuel Whitelock (59)
6. Liam Messam (35)
7. Richie McCaw (captain) (133)
8. Kieran Read (68)
9. Aaron Smith (35)
10. Beauden Barrett (25)
11. Julian Savea (28)
12. Malakai Fekitoa (6)
13. Conrad Smith (82)
14. Cory Jane (51)
15. Israel Dagg (42)


16. Keven Mealamu (119)
17. Ben Franks (37)
18. Charlie Faumuina (22)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (3)
20. Sam Cane (19)
21. TJ Perenara (6)
22. Colin Slade (14)
23. Charles Piutau (10)

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “There is a real sense of determination in the team this week to prepare well and put in a quality performance on the weekend. There were some aspects of our game in the loss to South Africa that we weren’t happy with and we have worked hard on addressing those this week. There is always an expectation that when you pull on the All Blacks jersey, that individually and collectively as a team, you will play well and this week is no different.”


* Keven Mealamu looks set to play his 120th Test for the All Blacks from the bench, while Sam Whitelock will play his 60th.
* Beauden Barrett has scored 94 points for the All Blacks and looks set to surpass Kieran Crowley’s record of 105 points as the highest scoring All Black from Taranaki.
* Brodie Retallick will play his 100th game of first-class rugby.
* The All Blacks and Australia have played each other 151 times with 103 wins to the All Blacks, 41 victories to Australia and seven draws. The two previous matches against Australia this year saw the two teams draw 12-12 in the first Test in Sydney in August and the All Blacks win 51-20 in the second Test in Auckland.

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 11 October 2014

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 11 October 2014
1 Beatenberg Rafael NC 1 1 (2) 12 Last Week’s #1
2 Meghan Trainor All About That Bass NC 2 2 6
3 Mario Ogle How I Got My Groove Back NC 3 3 12
4 Bo Seretsane Rise NC 4 4 10 SA Top 10 #1
5 Sam Smith Stay With Me NC 5 5 10
6 Basement Jaxx Never Say Never Up 6 12 6 5
7 Pitbull feat. John Ryan Fireball New 7 1
8 Gregor Salto Count On Me Down 2 6 1 (3) 8
9 Mr Probz Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) Down 2 7 7 7
10 Clean Bandit feat. Sharna Bass Extraordinary Down 2 8 1 (2) 16
11 Alicia Keys We Are Here New 11 1
12 Usher Good Kisser Down 3 9 6 14
13 Tresor Mount Everest Up 4 17 13 5
14 Jennifer Hudson Dangerous Down 4 10 10 4
15 Ella Henderson Ghost Down 4 11 8 7
16 Tucan Tucan Sondela Up 6 22 16 2
17 Brilynn Quality Time Up 2 19 17 4
18 Michael Jackson A Place With No Name Down 5 13 11 8
19 Usher feat. Nicki Minaj She Came To Give It To You Down 5 14 1 (3) 13
20 Ralf Gum feat. Portia Monique Free (Is All I Wanna Be) Down 5 15 15 6
21 Chad Saaiman Loving You Is Easy Up 6 27 19 5
22 Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell Sing Up 7 29 16 9 Highest Climber
23 Beyonce Pretty Hurts New 23 1
24 Mary J. Blige A Night To Remember Down 8 16 2 10 Biggest Faller
25 Leela James feat. Anthony Hamilton Say That Down 7 18 18 8
26 Sundae feat. Che-V & Laurenzo Davids Partly Cloudly Down 6 20 17 15
27 Nico & Vinz Am I Wrong Down 6 21 4 19 Longest Running Song
28 Tank Dance With Me Down 5 23 13 13
29 Magesh The Hitman Down 5 24 24 2
30 Mariah Carey feat. Wale You Don’t Know What To Do Down 5 25 6 12

Halfback Augustine Pulu has been called into the All Blacks squad for the Brisbane Test against Australia.

Counties Manukau halfback Augustine Pulu has been called into the All Blacks squad for the Brisbane Test against Australia.

24-year-old Pulu comes in as injury replacement for his Chiefs teammate halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow who suffered a serious knee injury in the Test against the Springboks in Johannesburg on the weekend.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The selectors have been watching Augustine for awhile, he is an exciting young player and we think the next obvious choice at halfback. We would like to congratulate him on his selection and we are looking forward to working with him.”

Ben Smith, as announced earlier, will take a break after carrying a heavy workload this year and reassemble with the All Blacks for the end of year tour.

The All Blacks squad assembles in Brisbane next Monday to prepare for the Test against Australia at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 18 October.

The squad to travel to Brisbane is as follows:


Hookers: Dane Coles, Nathan Harris and Keven Mealamu.
Props: Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks and Joe Moody.
Locks: Brodie Retallick, Jeremy Thrush, Patrick Tuipulotu and Sam Whitelock.
Loose forwards: Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Steven Luatua, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam and Kieran Read.


Halfbacks: TJ Perenara, Augustine Pulu and Aaron Smith.
First five-eighths: Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade.
Midfielders: Ryan Crotty, Conrad Smith and Malakai Fekitoa.
Outside backs: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Charles Piutau and Julian Savea.

Augustine Pulu – mini biography

Born in Auckland on 4 January 1990, Augustine Pulu is a powerful and energetic player who is a constant threat, with the ability to challenge consistently and create space for others. An old boy of Auckland’s Wesley College and member of the Karaka rugby club, Pulu, who stands 1.80 metres and weighs 89 kilograms, has been in outstanding form for his Counties Manukau team this year. He made his provincial debut in 2010 and last year, as Player of the Season for his province, was instrumental in helping Counties Manukau team lift the Ranfurly Shield for the first time in the Union’s history. He made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs in 2012.

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