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Wednesday, December 21, 2005


RuggaWorld Humour: What Xmas gifts for SA Rugby?

Cape Argus rugby scribe Dale Granger has prepared a Christmas basket for SA Rugby. RugRats are encouraged to read through and then add their own Christmas wishes for whomever they feel are in need of one.

Once again, I've left my Christmas shopping late, the dilemma being: What to give South African Rugby? Here's hoping an e-mail to Santa or a visit to ebay will help find the goodies to bring some festive.

If all goes well, the Christmas box will contain these choice gifts:

Brian van Rooyen
A Hummer. The Saru president failed to procure a Rover through the aborted Cheetahs sponsorship and with all the flak flying in rugby, he'll need all the protection he can get. But the budget means he can opnly have a model SUV, which could be useful as a paperweight.

Jake White
What do you give a man who has a home in Steenberg and his own Bok team? Daniel Carter would be a perfect gift, but he's already been taken. Perhaps a flyhalf who isn't injury prone?

André Markgraaff
Never far from controversy or conflict, Markgraaff is one of those characters who ensures that there never is a dull day at SA Rugby. A copy of Dale Carnegie's 'How to win friends and influence people'.

Johan Prinsloo
It's been a tumultous season for the chief executive of Saru, so get him a personal assistant who doesn't run off screaming protests of sexual harassment every time they get a pat on the cheek.

Western Province Rugby Union
A trophy, any trophy, but particularly a Currie Cup replica. Old Mother Hubbard's been bare for some time now and this would the ideal gift to remind the blue blazers of the days of yore when Newlands shone with silverware.

Mick Mallett
An annual subscription to the Daily Voice and Son. OK, OK, just kidding, Nick.

Kobus van der Merwe
Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield and Gurthro Steenkamp, wrapped in blue and white striped jerseys, would be the ideal present for the WP coach. Unfortunately Loftus isn't putting any of their prized Bulls up for sale.

SA Rugby's lawyers
Renewed contracts. These guys did a roaring trade at SA Rugby's expense in 2005.

Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana
Being made available for more interviews in 2006. The three Bok stars were barely given the chance to market themselves, or their team this season after White said no player should be bigger than the coach.

The fans
A pledge from SA Rugby's administrators to bury selfish, personal ambitions and petty squabbles. Oh well, we all have our wishlists...

OK, RugRats, you are now free to add yours:
Here is my wish for christmas, Fur for wpw's new dashboard!!!!!  
a paperweight for davids - you do the math on that one...  

Don't think you can hide behind that PA!!!!!!!!!!

I know what that means!!!!!!!

Personally, I reckon Dale Granger's list is crap.

Mine is much better.
i agree davids.

and i just could not be bothered to log in yet, my password is too bloody long!
Davids, Glad to see you're here. You'll get your pic later today. Just need to run home during lunch time, as I seem to have forgotten my memory stick at home!  
Perfect one, Indian Couples want sexshops for christmas and place to screw around freely. Got this of news24.

Meerut - Students took to the streets in the northern Indian city of Meerut on Wednesday after televised scenes of police kicking and punching young couples over "public indecency" prompted outrage.

The students blocked traffic in the city and burnt effigies of police after officers swooped on 30 couples sitting in a park on Monday.

Scenes aired on television stations nationwide showed police, including female officers, kicking, slapping and punching cowering young women and men.

"They even lopped off the hair of a schoolboy and beat a girl black and blue... We will not call off our protest as long as these officers are not arrested," said Anup Mehta, a Meerut college student.

In the national parliament in New Delhi, members from both sides of the house condemned the beating, with Hindu Nationalist leader Sushma Swaraj describing the action as a "product of a sick mind".

Police overstepped their limit

Meerut police superintendent Rajiv Ranjan Verma said the swoop was part of "Operation Romeo" to discourage indecent behaviour in Meerut.

"We had been getting complaints from people that young people indulge in indecent behaviour, but some policemen exceeded their limits... They went overboard," Verma said.

One eyewitness said police even picked on a married couple.

The autonomous National Human Rights Commission also criticised the police action. "What happened just goes to show that they did not care for the dignity of women," said panel chairperson AS Anand, calling for a report from the local administration.

India's National Commission for Women also has asked the government of Uttar Pradesh state, where Meerut is situated, for a report.

Young couples in conservative India often meet in parks and cafes without the knowledge of their parents who disapprove of dating. Married couples who live in traditional joint families also go to parks for privacy.
Isn't Dale Granger one of keo's connections though?  
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