We don't have rugby players like this anymore

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Nov 01, 2023, 13:24

Hennie Muller

Jannie Engelbrecht

Tommy Bedford

Frik DuPreez

Mof Myburgh

Keith Oxlee

Ray Mordt

Jan Boland Coetzee

Naas Botha

Danie Gerber

Manetjies Roux

John Gainsford

Uli Schmidt (not to mention his father Louis Schmidt, Piet Greyling

Jan Ellis

These stood out in their day, were they better, I don't know  but I think I think tougher, the game was tougher, no interfering rules

Nov 01, 2023, 19:42

No we don’t - the players today are far far better

Chalk and cheese

As professional players they are bigger, stronger and far more skilled

Nov 01, 2023, 20:14

Excrement and urine? Who is stronger? Who is better skilled? Can this side string more than two phases together before running out of ideas and brain power, or before they drop the ball? Saddex, this isn't the platform for your comedy routine. 

Nov 01, 2023, 20:41

Be quiet Doos clowns should stay silent when their betters are discussing issue way beyond their ken! 

Nov 01, 2023, 20:51

How'd you like the Damian splat ball? Best in the world. 

Nov 01, 2023, 21:03

Doos no one gives a fuck what you think

Fuck off fly

Nov 02, 2023, 14:23

Most of the older players mentioned held full time jobs,trained and played rugby in their own free time.

Acknowledge the difference prior to demeaning the old times for the new professional era that has come about plus some of the aids associated with todays pro players.

Yep some of those old times actually had skills, stamina and played for the love of the game.

That was when rugby was rugby.

Nov 02, 2023, 14:35

The game today is far far better

Scrums and lineouts back then were a bloody joke

Watching Billy Beaumont handing out the medals I could not help but notice his diminutive size - he is the same height as our backs - Eben was literally a head taller and Billy was a Lions lock

He was 1.91m tall

Nov 02, 2023, 22:43

What of Phil Nel... Captain of '37 victorious Boks.

Also College Old Boy,played for Natal whilst still at school. 

Nov 10, 2023, 15:40

Yes Oom Flip, still fish on Philip Nels farm, Philip Nel Dam and Dad's Dam in Greytown.

 MCOB's are very proud of our rugby history, indeed it is a huge privilege to go to a school like that, where the real love of the game is cultivated...many great sportsmen in rugby, cricket and other sports and leaders in military, business and human activities.

Joel Stransky, Butch James and Jesse Kriel 3 world cups contributors. Not to mention the past of Keith Oxlee. In cricket, Jonty Rhodes, Jackie Mc Glew, Kevin Pietersen (England Captain) and many others.

Alan Paton was an old boy as well.

They taught us respect, humility, discipline and unity. The great and ordinary are all brothers and we all are united under the banners of great men. Many war hero's ...we might differ in our outlook but the values of truth and honesty are united.

Nov 10, 2023, 16:48

Tit, I hate to be the one to break it to you but if you're a product of Maritzburg College it must be a really crap school.

I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Nov 10, 2023, 16:58

What a weak and stupid posting Rooiarse.

Maritzburg College, Durban High School, Michaelhouse, Hilton are some of the better schools in the country which would never accept a prick such as you as a student for three reasons.

Grade scores, sporting achievements. and class. 

Suck it up.......loser. 

Nov 10, 2023, 17:01

You are a liar and lack any discernment , after all why would you bother to tell us how honest you are and contradict blatantly in the next paragraph that you know us members better than your own family and (friends) associates. Not every body is that stupid. You are pathetic. You would have not survived College. Your pedigree is lacking by your ugly cover up.

Nov 10, 2023, 18:23

You missed HO de Villiers and Gert Muller

Nov 10, 2023, 18:43

I agree, the list is even longer. Old soldiers are actually tougher...they did this on their own, just sheer guts, love of the game, balanced life and God given talent without props and gimmicks. Give me Rocky Macianos, Joe Louis's and Roberto Duran's did it on their own without modern day tools. Men were tougher. Film actors like Paul Newman, John Wayne and Steve Mc Queen were real men compared to the wimps today. They were real. Just as common sense and wisdom were real and human and without the flaws with weak spots of artificial intelligence and synthetic assistance. Protective wear and concentrated training to become "machines".

Doc Craven was a true rugby lover, for what it was. Mr Rugby, Kitch and Mac were similar.

But we will never learn. I loved rugby more then and cricket far more.

If you understand the context of my drift. It's about the complete character, the balanced life and the whole man or woman. They were real and human. No quick fixes just human talent. Not manmade created supergods.

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