Articles by Zelim Nel

How did they miss this?

SANZAAR finally hit the bulls-eye with their disciplinary process, but then wrecked that good work by sending a dart into the floor, writes ZELIM NEL. READ MORE

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Beast versus Captain Pretoria

The Sharks will lean heavily on the scrum to save them from slipping into a five-year slump against the Bulls when the teams clash at Kings Park on Saturday, writes ZELIM NEL. READ MORE

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Shootout at the Lions Den

Elton Jantjies and Quade Cooper are synonymous with attacking rugby, but ZELIM NEL dived into the numbers and came up with place-kicks picking the winner at Ellis Park. READ MORE

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Duane versus Stormers

The sideshow of a superhero-themed, pre-season double-header is all just fluff, writes ZELIM NEL who can’t wait to see a vengeful Duane Vermeulen in his first outing against the Stormers. READ MORE

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It’s not about player safety

Rugby is being used as a pawn by social activists posing as safety officers, ZELIM NEL says it’s time for all stakeholders to push back before the game is sanitised into extinction. READ MORE

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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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