Lambie to captain Springboks against Barbarians at Wembley -Thank heavens !

Patrick Lambie will captain South Africa in their international match against the Barbarians at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee confirmed on Monday.

Adriaan Strauss, who has led the Springboks in all of their nine Tests so far this year, will be rested for the Barbarians match. Coetzee will name the Springbok match-23 on Thursday afternoon. No Test caps will be awarded for this match.

With his regular captain not considered for the match, Coetzee said Lambie was a natural choice for the captaincy against the Barbarians.

“Patrick was always part of the leadership group and part of the spine of the Springbok team,” said Coetzee.

“He has excelled as a leader at franchise level and has the respect of his peers. He understands the team culture and has a great understanding of the game and the way we want to play. I have no doubt that he will make a success of his appointment as captain for this match.”

“Adriaan still plays an important role in the squad, by giving support to Patrick and also helping Bongi Mbonambi and Malcolm Marx with technical detail, and he has bought into my succession plan,” said Coetzee.

“He understand the bigger picture and he will be back to lead the team again against England at Twickenham next weekend.”

Lambie said it is an honour to be appointed as captain of the Springboks: “To play for the Springboks is a big honour and the captaincy comes with a huge amount of responsibility. South Africa has a proud rugby tradition and the whole squad are excited to represent our country against the Barbarians.”

Lambie has played in 53 Tests for the Springboks, scoring 137 points. He is equally home at fullback and flyhalf.

Brief profile of Patrick Lambie:

Position: Flyhalf (28 Tests), Wing (1), Fullback (24)

Provincial team: Cell C Sharks

Springbok number: 820

Test debut: 6 November 2010 vs Ireland in Dublin aged 20

Total tests: 53

Tour matches: 2

Total Springbok matches: 55

Honours: SA Rugby Young Player of the Year (2011); SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee (2011, 2012); SA Schools (2007-2008)

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Bye Bye Gary Gold as he resigns as Director of Rugby at the Sharks

Gary Gold’s decision to resign as Director of Rugby at the Sharks is both a blessing and a disguise for new CEO Gary Gold Gary Teichmann, who is looking to trim down costly administrative structures as the Shark move into a new era.

Gold, a former Springbok forwards coach, has not been overly popular with the Sharks fans since he took office two years ago at Kings Park but many forget that he was forced into the position of head coach there because there was nobody else of arguable bilityat that stage given the departures of Brendan Venter (voluntarily) and Jake White (by mutual agreement).

Expediency meant Gold never got the chance to be the Director that would oversee all rugby in KZN.

It is a mute question now. Gold has resigned with one year to go in his contract at Kings Park because he says he has exciting coaching possibilities in the Cape, his home. Would he have stayed on in Durban had he been offered the head coach position for the Super Rugby team next year?

“It never got to that stage of negotiations,” Gold said last night. “I just felt it was time for me to move on and Gary Teichmann and I had long and honest conversations and in the end I was happy to tender my resignation. I was not fired, Gary wanted me to coach into 2017, but I wanted to resign.”

Interestingly, a Sharks press statement said that Gold will not be replaced. The Sharks will move on without a Director of Rugby.

While Teichmann could be reached for comment last night, his former team-mate at the Sharks and Springboks and confidant, John Allan, gave strong opinions on Teichmann’s way forward for the Sharks.

Teichmann took over as CEO of the Sharks when John Smit resigned from the job in July of this year after three years in the position. He had, in turn, taken over from Brian van Zyl, who had headed the Sharks for more than 21 years.

“I think Teich is building towards a slim, trim, mean operation that is based on a strong head coach who has a close relationship with a strong CEO,” said Allan. “In Teich’s vision, there will be a lot of wheat cut from the chaff. But I am certainly not talking about Gary Gold. He is fantastic rugby man that came in when the Sharks were in crisis and this year beat two New Zealand teams, and he almost beat three of their sides, he beat the Highlanders in Dunedin, and whipped the eventual champion Hurricanes in Durban. He is hardly a bad coach”.

So Gold is gone and Robert Du Preez will coach the side in Super Rugby next year.

“I think the Sharks are getting things in place,” Allan said. “You cannot get two more passionate Sharks men working in tandem than Teichmann and Du Preez. “ They understand the ethos of Sharks rugby better than most and they will work from the bottom upwards to get a new nucleus of local players coming through that will have a passion and hunger for the jersey. And those they bring through from outside the province they will teach the history and honour of the jersey.”

By Mike Greenaway

Sting and Top Songwriters Honored at 2016 BMI London Awards which I was privileged to attend

“Thinking Out Loud” wins Song of the Year for Ed Sheeran

BMI proudly honored internationally-celebrated songwriter Sting as a BMI Icon on 10th October at the 2016 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Hozier, Rudimental, Snow Patrol, Disciples and Wayne Hector filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate the UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2015 on U.S. radio and television.

Sting was named a BMI Icon because of his “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers,” joining a list of past honorees that includes Graham Gouldman, Sir Tim Rice, John Lydon, Queen, Ray Davies and Bryan Ferry, among others. He was presented with the prestigious award by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill before taking to the ballroom stage for a special acoustic rendition of “Message In A Bottle.” He then treated the invited guests to the first-ever performance of “Heading South On The Great North Road,” taken from his forthcoming album 57th & 9th. He closed the show with “Every Breath You Take,” for which he also received a BMI Million-Air Award earlier in the evening, to honor 13 million combined radio plays.

Upon accepting the award Sting said: “…your real job as a songwriter is to provide a soundtrack to people’s emotional lives, touchstones for their emotional landscapes, their memories. And that’s an unexpected and unanticipated honor as well as a privilege.”

BMI also honored Ed Sheeran with the Song of the Year award (The Robert S. Musel Award) for “Thinking Out Loud.” The trophy is given to the most performed song of 2015 by UK or European writers in the BMI catalog on U.S. radio. In addition, “Hey Mama” was awarded the prestigious Dance Song of the Year. The hit was written by Giorgio Tuinfort, Afrojack, Sean Douglas, Ester Dean and Alan & John Lomax, and made famous by David Guetta, featuring Nicki Minaj and Bebe Rexha.

Throughout the night, BMI also celebrated many other British songwriters and co-writers of the most performed songs on U.S radio and television. Among them was Rudimental, who were presented with a Pop Award for “Lay It On Me,” which was also co-written by Ed Sheeran. Hozier was presented with an award for “Someone New,” while One Direction proved they had another unbeatable year in 2015, with songwriting powerhouses Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett receiving awards for co-writing “Steal My Girl,” and Jamie Scott winning for “Night Changes” and “Drag Me Down.”

In addition, Snow Patrol received a BMI Million-Air Award to honor the combined radio plays of the BRIT Award-nominated “Chasing Cars.” Also receiving Million-Air Awards were Sir Paul McCartney for ”Live and Let Die,” Ray Davies for ”Lola” and ”You Really Got Me,” Howard Jones for ”No One Is To Blame” and Elton John for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and ”Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Below is the full list of winners.


Song of the Year
(The Robert S. Musel Award)

Ed Sheeran
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Dance Award
Afrojack (BUMA)
Giorgio Tuinfort *
Ester Dean *
Sean Douglas *
Alan Lomax *
John A. Lomax, Sr. *
Nicki Minaj *
Bebe Rexha
David Guetta *
BMG/Talpa Music
DLG Publishing
Piano Songs

2016 London Pop Award Songs
Filippo Trecca
J Cole *
Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman *
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.

Magnus Høiberg
Tinashe *
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

George Ezra
BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

George Astasio
Kurtis McKenzie
Jason Pebworth
Jasbir Sehra “Beast”
Jon Shave
Jidenna *
Madam Kateri *
Nana Kwabena Tuffuor *
John Turner *
Milan Wiley *
Astasio Music Ltd.
Pebworth Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Turnfirst Limited
Universal Music Publishing

Adam Slack
Luke Spiller

Giorgio Tuinfort
Jason Evigan *
BMG/Talpa Music
Piano Songs

Jamie Scott
Julian Bunetta *
John Ryan *
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Shaggy *

Melted Stone Publishing Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing

Giorgio Tuinfort
Ester Dean *
Sean Douglas *
Alan Lomax *
John A. Lomax, Sr. *
Nicki Minaj *
Bebe Rexha *
BMG/Talpa Music
DLG Publishing
Piano Songs

Iain Archer
James Bay
Kobalt Music Publishing Limited
Spirit B-Unique

Janee Bennett
Jack Patterson
Ina Wroldsen
Reservoir/Reverb Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing

Nathan Duvall
Gavin Harryman Koolmon
Ina Wroldsen
Fly Eye Publishing Ltd.
Phrased Differently Music Ltd.
Reservoir/Reverb Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Piers Agget
Amir Amor
Kesi Dryden
Jonny Harris
Max McElligott
Lasse Petersen
Leon Rolle
Ed Sheeran
Gavin Slater
James Wood
Bucks Music Group Ltd.
Mensch Music Limited
Silva Screen Music (Publishers) Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sam Smith
Naughty Words Limited
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs Ltd.

MØ aka Karen Ørsted
Reservoir/Reverb Music Ltd.

Talay Riley
Sean Douglas *
Jordan Johnson *
Ian Kirkpatrick *
Marcus Lomax *
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sam Smith
Naughty Words Limited
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs Ltd.

Gian Piero Reverberi
Gianfranco Reverberi
Ross Copperman *
Brett Eldredge *
CeeLo Green *
Heather Morgan *
Universal Music Publishing Ricordi SRL
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd.

Niall Horan
Zayn Malik
Liam Payne
Jamie Scott
Harry Styles
Louis Tomlinson
Julian Bunetta *
John Ryan *
PPM Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Ellie Goulding
Global Talent Publishing Ltd.

Giorgio Tuinfort
BMG/Talpa Music
Piano Songs

Ellie Goulding
Global Talent Publishing Ltd.

Harry Styles
Louis Tomlinson
Julian Bunetta *
John Ryan *
PPM Music Ltd.

Johnny McDaid
Ed Sheeran
Polar/Spirit B-Unique
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Jonas Jeberg
Sean Douglas *
BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Sallay-Matu Garnett
Andrew Hozier-Byrne
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
The Evolving Music Co. Ltd.

Ed Drewett
Wayne Hector
Liam Payne
Louis Tomlinson
Julian Bunetta *
John Ryan *
PPM Music Ltd.
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd.

Ed Sheeran
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Liam O’Donnell
Andy Hurley *
Jack Marshall *
Robert L. Mosher *
Jake Sinclair *
Patrick Stump *
Joe Trohman *
Pete Wentz *
Spirit B-Unique

TV Music Awards
Jos Jorgensen
Andy Love *

Atli Örvarsson

Atli Örvarsson

Atli Örvarsson

Carim Clasmann
Galia Durant Pike

David Buckley
Cable AWARDs
Shridhar Solanki
Matthew Tishler *

Jeppe Riddervold
Michael Kramer *
Jay Vincent *
Harry Gregson-Williams

Atli Örvarsson

Academy Award Winner
Sam Smith

Million Performance Songs
3 Million

Ray Davies
Edward Kassner Music Co. Ltd

Noel Hogan
Dolores O’Riordan
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.

Howard Jones
Howard Jones Music Ltd.

Roland Orzabal
Ian Stanley
BMG 10 Music Limited
BMG VM Music Limited

Jörgen Elofsson
Ali Tamposi *
Perfect Storm Music Group
Universal Music Publishing

Jude Abbott
Dunstan Bruce
Paul Greco
Harry Hamer
Danbert Nobacon
Alice Nutter
Lou Watts
Boff Whalley
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Mick Jagger
Keith Richards

Jeff Bhasker *
Devon Gallaspy *
Trinidad James *
Mark Ronson *
Lonnie Simmons *
Rudy Taylor *
Charlie Wilson *
Ronnie Wilson *
Robert Wilson *
New Songs Administration Ltd.

Tim Bergling a.k.a Avicii
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Kimberley Rew
BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
Kyboside Ltd.

David Gilmour
Roger Waters
BMG Rights Management Ltd.
Imagem Music U.K.
Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.
Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd.

4 Million

Clive Metcalfe
Keith Noble
David Stuart *
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Nathan Connolly
Gary Lightbody
Jonny Quinn
Tom Simpson
Paul Wilson
Universal Music Publishing

Bernie Marsden
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Amund Bjørklund
Espen Lind
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs Ltd.

Nick Van Eede
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Ray Davies
Carlin Music Corp.
Davray Music Limited

Paul Epworth
Melted Stone Publishing Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing

Maurice Gibb
Robin Gibb
Barry Gibb
Crompton Songs
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.

Jenny Berggren
Jonas Berggren
Linn Berggren
Ulf Ekberg
Megasong Publishing A/S c/o Warner/Chappell Music Denmark A/S

5 Million

John Lennon

Peter Gabriel
Real World Music Ltd.

Paul McCartney
MPL UK Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Acker Bilk
Robert Mellin *
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Brian May
Queen Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

6 Million

Elton John
HST Publishing Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing

Elton John
Bernie Taupin
Universal Music Publishing

Mick Leeson
Peter Vale
C & D Music Ltd.
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.

7 Million

Ray Davies
Edward Kassner Music Co. Ltd.

12 Million

Van Morrison
Universal Music Publishing

13 Million

GM Sumner
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

* BMI Affiliate

Five reasons the awesome All Blacks make rugby history tonight against the Wallabies at Eden Park

OPINION: It’s understandable that there are a few nerves about regarding the All Blacks’ latest tilt at this elusive world record for consecutive test victories by a tier one nation at Eden Park tonight.

They’ve been close before − three times in the last half-dozen years − and have fallen at one of the final few hurdles. Significantly, the side that did the tripping up on each of those occasions was the Wallabies. Deja-vu anyone?

Also, these end-of-campaign type fixtures have a way of catching the All Blacks unawares, or just plain tired. They’ve just steamrolled through the Rugby Championship, winning six out of six, scoring 38 tries to five, 262 points to 84, and played some of the most exhilarating, skilful and awe-inspiring rugby we’ve seen from this storied side.

Everything points to Kieran Read and the All Blacks racking up test win No 18 in a row on Eden Park tonight.

But is this add-on fixture, with the Bledisloe already tucked away, a potential banana skin? Recent history suggests it’s one the All Blacks can lose their focus for.

In the equivalent fixture in 2014, in Brisbane, the All Blacks needed an injury-time Malakai Fekitoa try and nerveless Colin Slade conversion to get up 29-28.
In 2013, in Dunedin, the New Zealanders prevailed 41-33, but went decidedly off the boil in the second half.

In 2012, in Brisbane, it was 18-18 as the Aussies snapped a 16-test NZ win streak. You get the picture.

But this year is different. This team is different. And the circumstances are decidedly special.

So here are five reasons the All Blacks take care of business at Eden Park tonight with an 18th victory on the bounce, and finally cross of that record for a major test nation.

1. It’s Eden Park

The All Blacks just don’t lose here. And the Wallabies just don’t win here (against New Zealand anyway). The records are well documented. The ABs have not lost a test at their Garden of Eden since 1994’s 23-20 defeat to France. They drew their next one a few weeks later against the Boks, and since have rattled off 35 consecutive victories, including a World Cup triumph in 2011. Conversely, the Aussies haven’t rolled their trans-Tasman rivals at their Auckland citadel since 1986, which is a span of 16 tests. Moreover they haven’t won on this side of the ditch since 2001, which is a run of 19 defeats on the hop.

They’re just numbers, and we all know records are made to be beaten (just ask these All Blacks). But they’re significant marks. The confidence the New Zealanders have on this ground breeds success, and conversely it will not take much for the Australian belief bubble to burst, knowing how many times they have tasted defeat at this venue. It’s just one factor, but given all the other advantages Steve Hansen’s men have, it’s a hugely significant one.

2. All about the attitude

Previously the All Blacks have taken a “gee shucks” approach whenever they’ve got near this record win streak mark, and refused to embrace it as a principal motivating factor. It flat-out hasn’t worked for them. So this time round they’re hugging the heck out of this record win streak, and not ducking the significance of the occasion.

But don’t take my word for it. Here is Hansen: “The biggest adjustment is we’ve actually acknowledged it to ourselves. It’s something we learned at Rugby World Cups. Once we embraced the fact there is constant pressure that seemed to ease the pressure a bit. So going to the World Cup and saying this is what we want to achieve and saying it out loud to ourselves, it became easier.

“Once you embrace something like that it becomes a challenge, and this group has shown it likes challenges, especially big ones. We’ve got two choices: we can try ignore it and enjoy it if happens; or we can say ‘this is an opportunity’. We’ve chosen to say this is an opportunity, and what are we going to do about it.”

3. Beauden Barrett

Right now this remarkable rugby player is assuredly the best player on the planet. Sure, he’s playing behind a fabulous pack who give him some gilt-edged ball to run on to, and he’s surrounded by intuitive attacking geniuses in the backline. But if there’s one man who can turn a game on its head it’s this bloke, with his dazzling footwork, incredible turn of speed, fabulous vision and incredible instincts.

He had four tries in the Rugby Championship, and seven try assists. He makes things happen. He also runs a very tidy game and, he tells us, is working hard at improving his goalkicking. In an All Blacks team full of difference-makers, this guy stands supreme. Just sit back and enjoy him in this form.

4. The All Black forwards

Hansen made a beautiful point at his press conference this week when he was talking about why the 1967 All Blacks were his greatest team, and it’s worth revisiting. “If you think about the loose forwards that played, the big locks and even in the front row, that team had forwards who could carry the ball. They’re probably a team that said to New Zealand rugby, ‘hey this is not a bad way to play, we need our forwards to be able to carry’. Whenever All Black teams have forwards who can carry the ball constructively and pass and catch, they’re a very good team.”

Now think about Brodie Retallick, who is not only the best lock in the game, but might even be in the conversation with the great Sir Colin Meads. Also Dane Coles, who has rewritten the parameters of the modern hooker. And throw in Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read and Ardie Savea and Charlie Faumuina and Sam Whitelock … these All Black forwards can carry, pass and catch like few others the game has seen. And right now no one can live with them on that score.

5. Wallaby woe

There is always the opposition to factor in. They can have a great day. They can take the game away from the best of teams. They can unfurl a tactical masterpiece. But can these Wallabies?

They’ve won just three of nine tests in 2016, they’ve been thumped twice already by the All Blacks this year, they’re packed full of either inexperienced sorts taking their baby steps in test rugby, or out-of-form campaigners whose best days appear behind them. And their confidence levels are as low as they’ve been in a long time.

Someone is going to beat these All Blacks eventually. They’ll make their tackles. Keep the game tight. Deny them the front-foot ball they need. Attack them at the set piece. But that just doesn’t feel like these Wallabies. Just too ordinary, too limited to seize their moment of greatness.

– Stuff

The All Blacks have the chance to make history on Saturday

The All Blacks have the chance to make history with a tier one record of 18 straight Test victories when they take on Australia in Saturday’s Bledisloe Test, presented by American Express.
Since taking out Australia 41-13 at Eden Park on August 15 2015, the All Blacks have marched to 17 straight victories.

The winning streak includes the 2015 Rugby World Cup crown, the 2016 Investec Rugby Championship and retention of both the Bledisloe Cup and Freedom Cup in 2016.

A win over Australia on Saturday will eclipse the All Blacks longest two previous winning streaks of 17 which were recorded between 1965-1970 and 2013-2014.


Game 17
October 9 2016: All Blacks 57 South Africa 15
Durban, South Africa

Game 16
October 2 2016: All Blacks 36 Argentina 17
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Game 15
September 17 2016: All Blacks 41 South Africa 13
Christchurch, NZ

Game 14
September 10 2016: All Blacks 57 Argentina 22
Hamilton, NZ

Game 13
August 27 2016: All Blacks 29 Australia 9
Wellington, NZ

Game 12
August 20 2016: All Blacks 42 Australia 8
Sydney, Australia

Game 11
June 25 2016: All Blacks 46 Wales 6
Dunedin, NZ

Game 10
June 18 2016: All Blacks 36 Wales 22
Wellington, NZ

Game 9
June 11 2016: All Blacks 39 Wales 21
Auckland, NZ

Game 8
November 1 2015: All Blacks 34 Australia 17
London, England (RWC final)

Game 7
October 25 2015: All Blacks 20 South Africa 18
London, England (RWC semifinal)

Game 6
October 18 2015: All Blacks 62 France 13
Cardiff, France (RWC quarterfinal)

Game 5
October 10 2015: All Blacks 47 Tonga 9
Newcastle, England (RWC pool game)

Game 4
October 3 2015: All Blacks 43 Georgia 10
Cardiff, Wales (RWC pool game)

Game 3
September 25 2015: All Blacks 58 Namibia 14
London, England (RWC pool game)

Game 2
September 21 2015: All Blacks 26 Argentina 16
London, England (RWC pool game)

Game 1
August 15 2015: All Blacks 41 Australia 13
Auckland, NZ

NOTE: The overall Test winning streak record of 24 consecutive wins is held by Cyprus


Young woman’s bursary offered at Academy of Sound Engineering in W Cape

A young woman’s bursary is to be offered at Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE )

ASE are excited to announce that we are offering a bursary for a young woman to study in 2017.

The successful application will be able to start her career in Music Production, Live Sound, Broadcasting or Sound to Picture.

To apply for the bursary in the 3 year Diploma in Audio Technology, the following basic requirements apply: 1) Must be a South African female living in the Western Cape

2) Be currently in Matric (2016) or graduated last year (2015), 3) Minimum academic average of 70%.

To apply and get more info, please contact us on capetown with the subject: Bursary for young woman.

Application closes 21 November 2016

The programme for 15th Oct. (Saturday ) African Hip Hop Indaba.

Tickets R50. Call 0823958125 or emileyx to book yours.

All Blacks in Durban test preview -My two cents worth -All Blacks by 15

THE All Blacks have had a regal presence in Durban this week that you would expect from ultra champions, with curious onlookers never far from their team hotel and training field to get a glimpse of a truly champion team.

Seldom has Durban sold out for a Test match in the professional era but that is the case as even Springbok supporters flock to see a rare chance of the back-to-back World Cup champions in action at Kings Park tomorrow.

And after the Kiwis’ historic World Cup triumph at Twickenham this time last year and their unbeaten run in 2016, there is another milestone in their sights tomorrow in that they can equal the world record of 17 Test wins (for tier one nations) that is shared by two previous All Blacks vintages plus the Springboks of 1997/98.

To their credit, the Kiwis this week for once have admitted that an outside motivation is accompanying their usual unshakeable focus on winning each and every Test match.

They want this win more than most, according to coach Steve Hansen who said that if this current group wanted to be recalled as great, “then they have to do something ‘great’, and getting this record will confirm them as being more than just another All Black team.”

In other words, Kings Park must fasten its seat belt. The Kiwis are coming and they are determined to conquer.

Let’s clutch at straws. The Springboks at least have history on their side. The All Blacks have played eight Tests in Durban and lost five of them, the last of them in 2009 when current Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn scored all 31 points in a 31-18 win.

He and Bryan Habana are the only players remaining from that match for the Boks, and the faithful will see that as an omen. But that is all that it is.

A more current and sobering reflection is that the All Blacks take the field tomorrow having scored a staggering 29 tries this season, and a record 205 points (for them) in a season, with this match to go.

In their path will be a highly motivated Springbok side that will take hope from the manner in which they combated the All Blacks in the first half of the corresponding match in Christchurch earlier this year plus the belief that came from a character-building win over the Aussies last week in Pretoria.

Grasping at straws? Many would say so.

‘Yes we are playing against the world’s best team. They have had the most continuity in coaching staff and players, and have great systems,” Coetzee said. “But our motivation comes from within and is not external. We are not out to try and prove the world wrong because we are being written off. That is not how we operate as Springboks. We understand history and we respect our rivalry with the All Blacks.

“We will be up for this game, we love and understand the magnitude of a Springbok v All Blacks Test match in South Africa. We have learned from Christchurch that we cannot flinch for a second over the 80 minutes,” Coetzee said.

“This week will crucially come down to gain-line dominance, that is what we are preparing for,” the coach added. “We know we can more than hold on our own in the set pieces, but to negate their lethal attacking ability, we have to rule the gain line and the set pieces.”

Coetzee added that in respect of the gain line, he was hopeful that French referee Jérôme Garcès, would police the advancing All Blacks loose forwards.

As far as his team selection, Coetzee has had mixed fortunes, although he would have known early in the week that Jesse Kriel would not recover and that Habana would.

Habana’s inclusion is a big lift for the Boks. He is a proven match winner and a player with genuine aura. As expected, Faf de Klerk returns at scrumhalf for injured Rudy Paige and the unavailability of Jesse Kriel means yet another new midfield combination, although this one looks more promising than most of the combinations that have started this season.

Damian de Allende is in his preferred position of No 12 and Juan de Jongh in his best position of 13.

Springboks – 15 Pat Lambie, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Willie le Roux.

All Blacks – 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.

Subs: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 George Moala

By Mike Greenaway

PS Thank heavens for the Boks sake the bloke on the right is retired ,but Steve Hansen on the left is still around -My two cents worth -All Blacks by 15

The All Blacks team to play South Africa at Kings Park, Durban, on Saturday 8 October, has been named.

The All Blacks team to play South Africa in the final Investec Rugby Championship Test at Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban, on Saturday 8 October, has been named.
The matchday 23 is (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Joe Moody (18)
2. Dane Coles (44) -pictured

3. Owen Franks (85)
4. Brodie Retallick (55)
5. Samuel Whitelock (80)
6. Jerome Kaino (72)
7. Matt Todd (4)
8. Kieran Read – captain (92)
9. TJ Perenara (24)
10. Beauden Barrett (44)
11. Waisake Naholo (7)
12. Ryan Crotty (22)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (4)
14. Israel Dagg (56)
15. Ben Smith (56)

16. Codie Taylor (9)
17. Wyatt Crockett (53)
18. Charlie Faumuina (40)
19. Liam Squire (4)
20. Ardie Savea (7)
21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (22)
22. Lima Sopoaga (4)
23. George Moala (2)

The matchday 23 features several changes to the side which beat Argentina in Buenos Aires last weekend.


In the forwards, lock Sam Whitelock moves from the bench to the starting five jersey, replacing Patrick Tuipulotu; loose forward Jerome Kaino is back in the six jersey, with Liam Squire moving to the replacements; while Matt Todd takes over the seven jersey from Ardie Savea, who also moves to the replacements. Charlie Faumuina replaces Ofa Tu’ungafasi as one of the replacement props.

In the backs, wing Waisake Naholo returns to the matchday 23 replacing Julian Savea in the 11 jersey. George Moala is the only other backs change in the matchday 23, coming in for Damian McKenzie in the replacements.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The selectors believe we have picked a strong combination for this Test. We’ve been able to bring fresh players back into the group which is vital at this time of the year and allows us to continue to grow some depth.

“We are especially looking forward to this game as any Test match against South Africa is seen as one of the matches of the season. We’re expecting to be facing a very confident South African team after their win over Australia, and a torrid battle against our traditional foe. We’re expecting them to throw the kitchen sink at us,” Hansen said.

“We’ve had a well-planned preparation this week, with the aim of ensuring that we have a full tank come Saturday, and also clarity in our game so that we can bring our own physicality and intensity to the contest.”

All Blacks v South Africa – key facts

* The All Blacks and South Africa have played each other 92 times, with 54 wins to the All Blacks, 35 to South Africa and three draws. The most recent match was the 41-13 Investec Rugby Championship win to the All Blacks in Christchurch last month.
* Durban hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the All Blacks throughout history: they have played there eight times, most recently in 2009, with a record of five losses and three wins. Five of the six previous meetings at Kings Park have been decided by fewer than 10 points.
* As well as already winning the Investec Rugby Championship, the All Blacks have also scored a Rugby Championship record of 29 tries in a season and a record 205 points in a season.
* With his five pointer last weekend, Ben Smith became the first international player to score six tries in Test matches this year.

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