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Friday, December 16, 2005


SA Unions: City of origin

Whilst browsing Oranje Orakel's marvelous site I noticed that he has provided a link to the Cheetahs brand spanking new website.

So, being a dutiful son of South African rugby I couldn't resist going for a peek.

It's a nice site and going through the players profiles it struck me how much players move around, at least judging from where they were born.

Wouldn't it be great to have an annual State-Of-Origin type tournament where all the players have to represent the city/town of their birth. Places like Bethlehem might surprise!

Alwyn Hollenbach - Johannesburg
Barend Pieterse - Virginia
Barry Goodes - Welkom
Bevin Fortuin - George
Bian Vermaak - Heidelberg
Chris Kruger - Queenstown
Christiaan Van Rooyen - Heidelberg, Gauteng
CJ Van der Linde - Welkom
Corniel Van Zyl - Nelspruit
Darron Nell - Uitenhage
Eddie Fredericks - Stellenbosch
Gaffie Du Toit - Cape Town
Gareth Krause - East London
Gavin Passens - Cape Town
Giscard Pieterse - Middelburg
Heinrich Stride - Port Elizabeth
Henro Scholtz - Bethlehem
Jannie Du Plessies - Bethlehem
Juan Smith - Bloemfontein
Keith Lowen - Huntly (New Zealand)
Lukas (Kabamba) Floors - Oudtshoorn
Meyer Bosman - Bethlehem
Michael Claassens - Kroonstad
Nicky Van Der Walt - Baberton
Noel Oelschig - Bloemfontein
Ockert van Zyl - Bloemfontein
Ollie Le Roux - Fort Beaufort
Os Du Randt - Elliot
Ronnie Cooke - Pretoria
Rory Duncan - Durban
Ryno Van der Merwe - Belville
Sinethemba Zweni - Port Elizabeth
Tertius Carse - Brackenfell, (Cape Town)
Tiaan Liebenberg - Kimberley
Trevor Leota - Auckland (New Zealand)
Vuyani Dlomo - Patensie
Wian Du Preez - Bloemfontein
Willem De Waal - Paarl
Yip Ras- Imagining Betlehem giving paces like Durbs & Jozi Gas-but then this is the professional era  

The Aussies have an annual State of Origin match between Queensland and New South Wales in their league competition.

It's somewhat like the US All Stars matches in Basketball and Baseball.

We could actually run an annual Province of Origin tournament instead of the Vodacom Cup.

Reduce the teams to the nine provinces, and have the nine provinces play in a round riobin representing their province of origin.

This while the S14 is taking place.

How the hell do they play the game in Bethlehem and Welkom that they are able to produce such quality players?
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