Articles by Zelim Nel

2018 ends with questions, not answers

The November tour was supposed to confirm SA’s readiness for Japan 2019, but the Boks came home with a suitcase full of red flags, writes ZELIM NEL.  READ MORE

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Turn rugby exodus into revenue

Stop stewing over the hundreds of players propelled through international departures by the nose-diving Rand, ZELIM NEL has a plan to make that demand work in SA’s favour.  READ MORE

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No prize for attacking rugby

If tries win matches, why hasn’t a South African team won a trophy during four years devoted to producing ‘an exciting brand’ of attacking rugby, asks ZELIM NEL. READ MORE

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Rassie’s Boks will bounce back

There’s more than enough local talent for a coach of Rassie Erasmus’ pedigree to restore the Boks without a flood of overseas-based players, according to ZELIM NEL. READ MORE

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Players, coaches do grow on trees

SA Rugby can’t afford to roll out a development programme that will meet their needs before the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but ZELIM NEL would like to see them invest time in planting for the future. READ MORE

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Would you stump up to axe Allister?

Allister Coetzee is grumpy, Springbok fans are filthy and SA Rugby is jumpy. ZELIM NEL thinks there’s a way to make everyone happy, but it might cost you a few bucks. READ MORE

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Are you not entertained?

ZELIM NEL wonders why, if entertaining rugby is what puts bums on seats, Cape Town Stadium emptied out after the Blitzboks were beaten in Sunday’s semi-final. READ MORE

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Blitzies are not Boks

The Blitzboks’ success has installed them as flagbearers for South African rugby, ZELIM NEL says the requirements for winning in Sevens are not the same as Test rugby. READ MORE

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Kitshoff feasts in Bok defeat

STAT ATTACK: The Boks were out-coached again, but the prop with the loud hair had no reason to be quietly sipping a beer on Saturday night after another tour loss in Cardiff under Allister Coetzee. READ MORE

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Cut Pollard some slack

A system that requires Handre Pollard to find form in the Test arena should be criticised, but lambasting the player after a dismal performance exposes a lack of insight, writes ZELIM NEL. READ MORE

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Coetzee to moonwalk?

Allister Coetzee is reportedly set to backtrack on his selection policy in choosing a team to face France in Paris on Saturday. READ MORE

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Rugby riddled with amateur thinking

ZELIM NEL quotes Ollie le Roux, Kwagga Smith and an Irish hack to show how rugby continues to wrestle with the bottom line in professional sport. READ MORE

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