Age ain’t nothing but a number and form is everything, coaches like to say in American football, but in the game of rugby in South Africa, you sometimes wonder if coaches err on the side of caution when a bright new thing explodes on the scene.

South Africa used to be terribly conservative in blooding youngsters but in the modern era there is thankfully an improvement in giving the “lighties” a shot. A lot, of course, depends on the coach. Heyneke Meyer was at one end of the spectrum, picking only the tried and tested and even coaxing 37-year-old Victor Matfield out of retirement for the 2015 World Cup, and then you had a polar opposite in Dick Muir who had a devil-may-care attitude to selection and famously discovered an unknown 19-year-old called JP Pietersen in Durban club rugby and made him a World Cup winner in a year.

In Australia, it is not uncommon for raw young talent to be thrust onto the world stage. Maybe it is because they have much fewer players or it is because the coaches know a good thing when they see one.

But it can go wrong. James O’Connor was 18 when he debuted for the Wallabies in 2008 and Test rugby was old hat for him by his 21st birthday. It wasn’t long before stardom got the better of him and a series of incidents in nightclubs and airports derailed him. He last played for the Wallabies in 2013.

The All Blacks typically have the best way of ensuring a shiny new pin is the real deal or not. They have an “apprenticeship” scheme where they pick the likes of an Ardie Savea for their November tour to Europe. But he will be told beforehand that he is not going to play. The coaches can have a good examination of the youngster, and the player soaks up the environment and gets hungrier than ever for the jersey.

Lately at the Springboks, we have seen 21-year-old Sbu Nkosi called up by Allister Coetzee after a startling first season in top flight rugby while 20-year-old Curwin Bosch was with the Boks earlier this year but then released for Currie Cup duty.

In the case of Nkosi, there would have been long discussions between Sharks coach Robert du Preez and Coetzee regarding the player and his ability to take to the step up. Nkosi has it all — flawless wing play, temperament and courage, and his selection should be applauded. There should be more of these type of selections to ignite the Boks. Western Province bristle with game-breakers and it is pleasing that Dillyn Leyds has been recognised when for years Cheslin Kolbe was not.

Bosch? Well he just gets better and better and while we have been told there is a long-term plan for him and that he will get another shot with the Boks when he has brushed up his defence, Coetzee will not be able to leave him out much longer if Elton Jantjies continues to be erratic at international level, and while Handre Pollard is still way off the pace after almost two years out of rugby.

Is Bosch’s tackling that bad? It has certainly improved since it was ruthlessly exposed by the England Under 20 team last year when Bosch was at fullback for the Baby Boks, and in any case a good national coach can make a plan for a flyhalf with defensive frailties.

Andrew Mehrtens, one of the great All Black flyhalves, was a weak defender and on defence he either swopped places with the fullback or the openside flank would defend the channel. Michael Jones cut down many a ball carrier storming towards Mehrtens.

Bosch is ready and red hot. Coetzee must not shy away from making a bold call at flyhalf if Jantjies again blows hot and cold.

By Mike Greenaway

Coetzee disappointed with result but takes positives from draw with Wallabies

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, took a number of positive signs from the team’s 27-27 draw against the Wallabies in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The Springboks missed a last minute penalty from long range to win the match, which was a good summary of his team’s performance, said Coetzee – close but not quite enough.

“We created opportunities and that was the pleasing thing,” said Coetzee. “The fact that we did not convert all of those, was not. This was a fantastic test match, with the physicality right up there and the skill set on display was very good and we were part of that. There were foundations laid and lessons learned tonight that will take this team forward.

“We do create opportunities; players must never be scared to take chances. We feel that we were the better team out there tonight.”

The coach was impressed by the variety in play from his backline.

“The physicality of our backs was good. When we needed to go through them, we did and when we needed to go round them, we could. We played against an experienced and world class backline and shaped up well. We expected the brilliant playing conditions and wanted to play the ball wide at times, this worked well for us. We managed some good, wide passes.”

Coetzee admitted that some of the areas did not go well. “We pride ourselves on our set-piece and a number of penalties went against us in the scrums. I will have to look at those scrum calls again, at times I felt the calls could have gone for us, but it went the other way.”

The coach also felt their play at the breakdown were not as effective as it could be. “We will have to have a look at the breakdown, we did not do well there.”

“We will take positives from this match and build on that,” said Coetzee as he looked ahead to next weekend’s match against New Zealand.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Gallery for Music Exchange conference -9 and 10 Sept

-Sold out crowd…. over 2 days…. heard from 9 international speakers and 22 SA speakers on all aspects of the music business

InsideMan Digital Media 2 day workshop 14 – 15 October 2017

InsideMan Digital Media offers strategy, solutions and support through social media management, training and web development.

With a client range from startups to corporates, we offer custom solutions to help people and brands improve their engagement, influence and reach online with strategic social media solutions and tools.

Venue: 183 The Albion Springs, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Brian speaking at MEX16 last year and he spoke again at Music Exchange on 10 Sept 2017 -great teacher

Social Media Training

Understand the social media foundations

Be able to fully audit their organisation

Plan goals and create a vision

Build a social media strategy in line with your business goals

Understand the basics of Youtube, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram and blogging

Use advanced features of the most popular social networks

Understand the wide scope of social media

Understand the risks of social media

Use social media not just for marketing, but for customer services & PR

Understand the fundamentals of content marketing

Strategy, Tools, Management Systems Set up

14 – 15 October 2017


2 day workshop

Please bring laptop

T: +27 (0) 87 2300 361 InsideMan Digital Media
M: +27 (0) 74 854 6507 183 Albion Springs, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700


Between 4 and 8 September 2017, South Beach Camps Bay was the creative hub where seven of the world’s finest writing minds decamped to create pop genius.

Since 2016, Music Exchange, in partnership with BMI, has attracted some of the world’s top writing talent to The Mother City for the five-day emersion and creative boot camp.

This year’s event ran from 4 September through 8 September at South Beach Camps Bay which was the official start to the highly anticipated MEX17 gathering held at the Academy of Sound Engineering studio complex, in District 6, Cape Town on Saturday 9 and 10 September

This year’s highly guest writers include JANN KLOSE, from New York, a Grammy® nominated pop singer-songwriter. CHRISTIAN WRIGHT, from Abbey Road Studios, ALICIA MADISON, based in New York, is a successful singer/songwriter.

Columbian music producer and songwriter MARCELA ARCINIEGAS, TONY GRUND from New York as well as Multiple SAMA23 winner AMANDA BLACK and COLIN SHER.

Brandon Bakshi Executive Director Creative Europe & Asia at BMI, the global leader in rights management, returned to Cape Town as well “Our stretch goal this year is to have hit songs cut and broadcast in the United States.”







Mom and daughter Nyota Parker

Ameen Harron

James Stewart ,Andre Ensil ,Martin Myers

Tony Grund ,Brandon Bakshi ,Alicia Madison ,Jann Klose

Peter Smith and Ze Nobrega

Razia myers ,Anton Groenewald

Amanda Black ,Jann Klose ,Siphokazi Jonas ,Colin Sher

James Stewart ,Menno Visser

Bevan Trevor ,Brandon Bakshi

Martin Myers ,Christian Wright ,Casey Barclay ,Lisa

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