Articles by Simnikiwe Xabanisa

Stop blaming quotas

SIMNIKIWE XABANISA says rugby is dying a slow death in South Africa, and it’s not because of the quota system. READ MORE

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Nyakane is Number One

We have tightheads coming out of our cauliflower ears, SIMNIKIWE XABANISA says Trevor Nyakane’s moves are needed back at loosehead prop. READ MORE

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SA rolls away from Kitshoff model

Test-calibre scrum juggernauts such as Steven Kitshoff won’t keep coming off the production line if SA Rugby persists with rolling substitutions in the Currie Cup, writes SIMNIKIWE XABANISA READ MORE

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What is Rassie doing?

Rassie Erasmus knows exactly what he’s doing with his flip-flopping selections. Or does he? SIMNIKIWE XABANISA isn’t sure he knows the answer to that question. READ MORE

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Where’s Jesse?

Despite forgettable Super Rugby displays, Jesse Kriel was picked for the Boks in 2016 and 2017. Now in red-hot form, he is playing Currie Cup. SIMNIKIWE XABANISA is confused.  READ MORE

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Rassie’s burden: can Boks beat NZ?

Few Bok coaches have enjoyed a better honeymoon period than Rassie Erasmus, but SIMNIKIWE XABANISA says two dates with the All Blacks could make or break the marriage.  READ MORE

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Lions: All flash and no substance?

In all their years of dominating South African rugby, SIMNIKIWE XABANISA ponders just what, if anything, the flashy Lions have actually achieved. READ MORE

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Rassie’s revolution light on leaders

The Boks won the 2007 World Cup with a squad of grizzled veterans, SIMNIKIWE XABANISA says the first two Tests of the Rassie Erasmus era exposed a thin leadership group. READ MORE

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No comeback for no-rugby Roux

Chean Roux says the Junior Boks were schooled by England, SIMNIKIWE XABANISA believes it’s the SA U20 coach who didn’t learn from the same lesson in 2017. READ MORE

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Trevor fit for tighthead Test

Trevor Nyakane is on track to make his first start in the Springbok No 3 jersey, SIMNIKIWE XABANISA says the Bulls prop has never been more ready for the challenge. READ MORE

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Super hooker to replace Marx

The Boks have been known to recall twilight veterans who gained more from the experience than the team, SIMNIKIWE XABANISA urges Rassie Erasmus not to repeat this mistake in June. READ MORE

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