Articles by Brenden Nel

Cut eight SA teams, 300 players

Six Nations champs, Ireland have shown that a quality-over-quantity approach leads to success, BRENDEN NEL says it’s time to make some tough calls in South Africa.  READ MORE

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Where’s Whiteley?

Injured Springbok No 8 Warren Whiteley has disappeared off the radar and the Lions have been vague about his flight status, BRENDEN NEL can’t understand why it needs to be a mystery. READ MORE

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Is Powell ready to drop Blitzboks?

SA can’t pretend a failed quest for Sevens gold at the Commonwealth Games was just a bad day at the office, BRENDEN NEL says it’s time for coach Neil Powell to wield the axe. READ MORE

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Give new coaches a chance

Supporters have reason to be worried about the Lions and Bulls’ current form, but BRENDEN NEL says it’s way too soon to lynch Swys de Bruin or John Mitchell. READ MORE

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Bok ride is short, Rassie beware

BRENDEN NEL warns Rassie Erasmus not to lose himself in the Springbok job but rather to give some thought to life after tasting the success and failure of Test rugby. READ MORE

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Why tank Thomas at tighthead?

BRENDEN NEL questions the prudence of the project to convert Thomas “the Tank” du Toit into a tighthead prop after watching the Cell C Sharks scrum get walked back at Ellis Park. READ MORE

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Boks on red alert in Salta

The Springboks must avoid the sideshow of playing in a red jersey in Salta this week and focus on their first real Test of the season, writes BRENDEN NEL. READ MORE

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SA is a wasteland for top, young coaches

The agonising process to appoint Swys de Bruin as Johan Ackermann’s successor reminded BRENDEN NEL how slow unions are to recognise talent in SA’s coaching ranks. READ MORE

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All Blacks sold us a dummy

BRENDEN NEL pins the demise of South African rugby on the breakaway from fundamentals that won titles, driven by a compulsion to emulate the All Blacks. READ MORE

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Fickle fans drive SA players north

BRENDEN NEL reveals that many players pack their bags because SA rugby fans prematurely write off stars who are in a slump, and hail talented youngsters as world-beaters.  READ MORE

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SA coaches going nowhere slowly

With coaching pathways in rugby currently a long road to nowhere, BRENDEN NEL wonders who would want to be a young coach in South Africa today. READ MORE

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Kriel isn’t a fetcher

BRENDEN NEL says that breakdown skills are not chief amongst Jaco Kriel’s repertoire and the Springboks must consider blooding a true openside flanker on the November tour. READ MORE

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