[Warren Harding] On Thursday, 7 November, EFC Africa brings the action, the excitement and the thrills to Cape Town's Grand West Arena, for only the second time. Expect to see the arena filled with cheering fans of the EFC gladiators as they watch the clash of some of the country's greatest modern-day warriors.
[Jordan Scott] This year will celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Castle Cape Town Tens and it promises to be bigger and better than any previous year. For those of you who don't know, the Castle Cape Town Tens is the world's biggest Tens tournament - and who wouldn't want to be part of that?
[Corné Krige] I have said this a couple of times, but I am going to say it again. A week in rugby is a long time! I did predict a week ago that the All Blacks would be crowned world champions, but that is just about the only thing I predicted correctly. I really felt that it would be a one-sided final and that the All Blacks would win comfortably by no less than 14 points.
[Corné Krige] Yes, you did read correctly! I am a week early, but I am 100 percent sure that the All Blacks will win the World Cup for the first time since 1987 when they also played the French on home soil. The French were extremely lucky to get past a 14-man Welsh team who really played their hearts out. The Dragons were dealt a very cruel blow when their captain, Sam Warburton, was shown a red card in the 10th minute of the game.
[Corné Krige] What an incredible week in World Cup rugby. The competition really was set alight by shocking news and phenomenal games. The shocking news is that New Zealand's match winner Dan Carter will take no further part in the World Cup.
[Corné Krige] Sometimes you need to get through tough times to gain confidence and win tournaments. I think back to the Wales game, which was the first game for the Boks, and I can't help but think that was a very important moment for the Springboks. They came through that game and this weekend they absolutely destroyed a very brave Namibian team.
[Corné Krige] The World Cup is always a great occasion and never seizes to amaze all rugby supporters around the world. The first two rounds were somewhat predictable with the giants of world rugby lined up against the tier-two nations, like Georgia, Namibia and Japan. Even though these teams did very well against their far superior opposition, the outcomes were somewhat predictable.
[Corné Krige] The first round of World Cup games is now over and what an exciting round of rugby it was. There was probably only one runaway game and that was the opening game between host country New Zealand and Tonga, and that scoreline was flattering to the All Blacks. The rest of the games were all really tight affairs and the so-called minnows all ran their more favoured opponents close. The two outstanding performers for me were Romania and Japan.
[Corné Krige] I was in Livingstone on Thursday and switched on the TV for the official send off for the Springboks. I have to admit that I got goosebumps when I saw how many people had turned out to show their support for the Boks. I have always been proud to be South African, but that amount of support really took my patriotism to another level. I tried to remember what our farewell was like in 2003 and my memories were very vague. This confirms my suspicion that it was nothing like what we saw last Thursday in Sandton.
[Corné Krige] I had the privilege of playing in the inaugural Investec jag Invitational Golf Day at Legend Golf Course this past weekend. It really is an amazing place with a beautiful golf course. The extreme 19th hole is on top of a mountain and only accessible by helicopter. What an incredible par three. It is 400 metres long and 400 metres below the mountain. The green is in the shape of Africa and very hard to hit.
[Corné Krige] It is hard to believe that we are already half way through July. July is hunting time, winter time, and also Currie Cup time. The Currie Cup is still an incredibly competitive competition and one that most South African players would love to win. Having said that the Currie Cup of 2011 will be a bit watered down as a result of the World Cup later in the year. This will mean that all the unions will play without their Springboks and that will level the playing fields
[Corné Krige] The Reds are the Super Rugby Champions of 2011. Who would have thought that the Australian side could pull off an unlikely win against the Crusaders who looked unstoppable in Cape Town last week?
[Corné Krige] Let me start this article by congratulating the Stormers on a fantastic game. They really did well to secure a home semi-final and Stormers supporters can really be proud of the team. When you have had a great season, as have the Stormers, then you create a lot of expectation and that is exactly what I experienced at Newlands on Saturday.
[Corné Krige] What a weekend of Super Rugby! This competition has been so long that supporters are nearly as tired of rugby as the players. Yet this weekend was one to remember with massive local derbies deciding who goes through to the play-offs.
[Corné Krige] This weekend was one of many surprises in Super Rugby and a couple of so-called giants succumbed to the proverbial Davids of the tournament. The Stormers played against the bottom-of-the-log Rebels and the result was a forgone conclusion.
[Corné Krige] A couple of weeks ago I was very worried about the Springboks chances in this year's World Cup. The reason for my concern was that the senior players in most of the franchises were struggling with their form. This was escalated by the fact that Bulls were struggling for form and that many of the Springboks going to the World Cup would come from their ranks.
[Corné Krige] I had the privilege of being invited to the MTN Supersport Shoot-out at Simola this past weekend. It is a golf tournament in which current and past Ministers, businessmen and sportsmen come together to raise funds for charity. This year the main beneficiaries were Gozololo Centre and The Jacob G Zuma Education Trust. President Zuma was present at the function on Saturday night and more than R5 million was raised for those two charities.
[Dr Nikolaus Eberl] When Banyana Banyana crashed out of the semi-final of the African Women's Championship (AWC), losing 3-1 to Equatorial Guinea in extra time, a spectre raised its ugly head that many believed should have been dealt a deadly blow at the previous edition of the AWC in 2008.
[Marcello-Calvin Adams] German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil will be leaving the Bundesliga for the starting line-up of Real Madrid, for an undisclosed fee.
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