I am a rugby fanatic. I played the game intensely from the age of 8 until 20
when the bush war demanded my energy. In 1969 I played flanker for the first
ever selected South Eastern Transvaal primary school team, one of two
players from the Laerskool Klipfontein in Witbank. After that I played for
three years in a row for the first team of the Hoerskool Generaal Hertzog in
Witbank, captaining the side and scored two tries against Middelburg on the
last match of my school career. After school, while in the army, I played
for Heidelberg (Eastern Transvaal) senior team the army under 20 had no
place for me), the Military Academy in Saldanna (Boland League) and the
School of Infantry in Oudtshoorn (SWD Luegue). Then I went off to the bush.
Nowadays I am a keen follower of the game that offers to me, apart from the
obvious entertainment, an opportunity to see real strategy and action in
practice. There are very few opportunities in society today that you can see
how the strategic thinking of leaders, the tactical skills of individuals
and a community of practice, and pure determination, courage, and good
values such as respect, trust and camaraderie culminates in one event where
it is tested against the same offered by others. And all of it at a speed
that requires split-second intuitive decision-making and fearless execution
at the risk of severe pain or letting down your team. I never encountered
in my life such a character builder than the game of rugby.
Thought I would share it with you.