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Rugby … with cauliflower ears

Bobo and Paulse with Mr Khamsholo from Siyabulela Primary School

Bobo pips Paulse

Gcobani Bobo’s side eventually got the better of Breyton Paulse’s team in the Tag Rugby Celebrity Challenge at the Cape Town Tens.

The two teams playing in the Tag Rugby® Celebrity Challenge put their fitness and skills to the test in the sweltering heat on Saturday during the Cape Town Tens Tournament at Hamilton’s Rugby Club. Captained by former Springboks, the teams were head to head for most of the game, with Gcobani Bobo’s team eventually beating Breyton Paulse’s team.

In action were some of their former Springbok teammates, Stefan Terblanche and Norman Jordaan, as well as other rugby stars, Marius Schoeman (Springbok 7s), Aimee Barrett (Springbok Women’s Rugby) and Shuaib “Bom” Samaai (Kaizer Chiefs Rugby). A number of local celebrities played alongside the rugby stars. These included Mike Barr (SA Rugby Legends), JP Naude (Cape Rugby TV), Anthony Johnson (World Artists) and Rob van Vuuren who took a break from his busy comedy schedule to play.

As winning captain, Gcobani Bobo, who is also a Tag Rugby® Ambassador, handed over rugby clothing to Siyabulela Primary School, a participant in the Tag Rugby® Association’s Adopt-a-School programme. The clothing was donated to the Tag Rugby® Association by Signet Licensing.

“We are very happy we could assist the Tag Rugby® Association with the team clothing. The Association fulfills an extremely important grassroots rugby development function in South Africa,” commented Alex Cotchobos from Signet Licensing.

Bobo commented: “It is fantastic to play Tag Rugby® because it reinforces the principles of rugby, but you don’t have to worry about taking any knocks, and you don’t have to debate whether a player has been tagged or not, something that often happens in touch rugby.”

The Celebrity Challenge was played as part of the Tag Rugby® Tournament. After 20 games the Cape Town-based ‘Galaxy Tag Warriors’ beat ‘No Fear’ from Stellenbosch 9 – 3 in a pulsating Cup Final.

Stuart McConnell, of the Tag Rugby® Association said: “We started promoting Tag Rugby® amongst adults last year and this tournament shows how quickly both men and women are taking up the game. We are now starting social and competitive leagues in Cape Town and Stellenbosch and are excited about the interest already shown in these.”

Bobo and Paulse

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One Comment

  1. Absolutely brilliant, a fantastic initiative.
    Might be the right type of vehicle to help expand rugby globally, Tag Beach Rugby, along the lines of beach volleyball and soccer!
    What do you think?