New Game and old game
April 10, 2013, 16:30:18
Has the basics changed...new rules, professionalism ??? Yes that is too obvious to mention but the same spirit of winning remains. In the old days invariably the better side won. But nowadays there is always a doubt or shadow over the way the dictators (paid officials,coaches and refs) allow the procedures to develope.
I am not a conspiracy imaginer but looking back have often asked the question...how powerful are big events in the world.
Does sport play a part? There is no doubt to that. The emancipation of SA's apartheid was felt way back by honest good rugby players...I know this as I sat with Wynand Claasen and he told me the hostile reception he met in NZ when he captained the side there with sleeping under the stadium benches and flour bombs during the 80's...it was shit believe me he said and what's remarkable we still managed a win now and again. One of my old school mates Andy Van Der Watt, Springbok wing...now teaching at Hilton College in KZN recalls of the demonstrations the Boks faced in the UK in the 70's with Peter Hein.
Rugby players never had a part of it...whatever your allegiances were you were simply there to entertain rugby fans...it was never a political thing in their minds. I have an adversion to politicians whatewver side they are on and by the looks of them none of them know anything about sport except my old friend...the late friend Van Zyl Slabbert who was a PP in Rondebosch and played WP rugby.
It would cause a controversy if I was was to say 1995 and 2011 RWC was rigged but would that be dishonest? No I'm asking people to think with absolute honesty and truth even if it hurts and goes against your own beliefs and pariotism.
Food for honest thought ...is it not. A politically dangerous thought but only the very honest can answer that...not to their fellow man but to their conscience.