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    Controversial Cronje ready to fire up again
    <DIV =LeadPara>Controversial Springbok Geo Cronje is about to make a Super 14 comeback. </DIV>
    <DIV =LeadPara>Lock Cronje, 26, has not played since 2003, having first been embroiled in a race row with second-rower Quinton Davids at a national training camp and then nearly losing his life in a farm accident. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>He was pilloried in South Africas parliament as a racist after refusing to share a room with Davids, a player of colour, but the ANC subsequently apologised after a tribunal cleared Cronje of any wrongdoing. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>A knee injury then sidelined him from top-class rugby and, last year, he was crushed under a tractor at his farm near Mafikeng. He spent weeks in hospital with chest injuries, including a bruised heart, during which time he decided he had unfinished business to complete on the rugby field. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>He has signed for the Lions and wants to return to the big time against his former team, the Bulls, on April 21. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>"Geo has been in our plans for some time now," confirmed Lions coach Loffie Eloff. "He could be ready to play against the Bulls but it could be a week either side of that." </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Cronje opted for the Lions because brother Jacques joined the Johannesburg side this season. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>He has been working with the Lions conditioning squad and is ready to play lower-level rugby. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>(c) 2007, West Australian Newspapers Limited </DIV>
    Seas suas agus troid!

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    Good looking bloke[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]



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      #3
      Thought the cricket world cup had taken another twist into the bizarre . .

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        #4


        Good SA article...


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        <H3 =posted>Monday 2 April 2007</H3>
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        Keo, in his Business Day column, writes that political correctness will undermine the Springboks’ World Cup campaign.<A id=more-4896></A>


        Jake White knows his best starting XV for the World Cup, but politics will force him never to explore the line-up he believes can win SA the competition.


        White is under severe pressure to include ethnic black players in his starting XV. But the reality of the South African situation is that the national coach will also struggle to find a coloured player good enough to make the type of team best suited to beat France and New Zealand.


        There are good black and coloured players White will take to the World Cup. These are players who by definition could be considered the best in their position. But when you analyse team dynamics and the Springboks’ needs at the World Cup, the best 15 players for the occasion are white.


        Here’s why: The back three axis is going to be the most influential in determining the balance and attacking effectiveness of White’s team. Individually, Breyton Paulse, Akona Ndungane and Bryan Habana have all played good enough rugby at some stage to warrant inclusion but selecting any of these three players won’t solve White’s problem, which is about physical presence and a strong kicking game.


        The most potent Bok back-three combination for the World Cup would be Percy Montgomery at fullback, Francois Steyn on the left wing and Jean de Villiers on the right wing. In Montgomery and Steyn, White has two of the longest kickers and in De Villiers he has the best organisational defensive player in his squad.


        De Villiers’ individual defence at inside centre has never been as good as his ability to control the defensive pattern of the Boks and the national team defensively was at its peak when De Villiers controlled the line speed from the less congested wing channel. De Villiers has also played his best Test rugby on the wing.


        Where do I prefer him? Inside centre. I think he is the country’s best inside centre, but strategically he is better for the Boks’ World Cup prospects on the wing.


        The same applies to Steyn. He is the logical replacement for Montgomery at fullback after the World Cup, but in tandem with Montgomery he bec-omes a kicking night-mare for any team trying to dominate a territorial battle. White should not be choosing between the two. In normal circumstances, both would be accommodated.


        Playing for territory is going to be critical at the World Cup and the value of a physical back three in which at least two have naturally strong line-kicking games has to be appreciated. The line kicking game of Montgomery and Steyn is a weapon superior to any the opposition has.


        JP Pietersen and Ashwin Willemse, should he ever regain the fitness and form of 2003, are big. Physically they have everything and kicking-wise they have nothing. They’d be in a straight shootout with De Villiers. Paulse has experience and a decent kicking game but he cannot make De Villiers’s strategic defensive input. Habana is the fastest but his defensive organisation is the worst and he has no kicking game.


        White won’t pick the all-white back three because it would mean selecting an all-white team 16 years after unity. He won’t be allowed to do it. White will be compromised in his selection because the game’s national administration (dating back to 1991) never tried basic transformation. As a result, there will be selection compromises.


        White, realistically, cannot pick more than two players of colour in his starting XV. Those two would be wingers. Because of political pressure it is the route he is likely to take but it isn’t the one he would be taking if rugby was the only thing defining a team good

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          Originally posted by Timster
          Thought the cricket world cup had taken another twist into the bizarre . .
          [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img] So did I. Nor would it surprise me.
          Hope Not Hate

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