Using investigative pieces that challenge or defend the structures on which the South African rugby landscape is based, our plan is for the SCRUM editorial to be based on educated opinion and analysis.
It has been a lot of fun putting the first issue of SCRUM together, so here’s to that joy and excitement rubbing off on the content in the mag. Our hope is for SCRUM to become a vital part of every South African rugby fan’s enjoyment of the greatest sport on earth …
I am a bit of a column freak … With news being ubiquitous, for me it is about giving that news perspective and context via columns from respected role players in the sport. And that is exactly what John Mitchell, Hanyani Shimange, Zelim Nel, Jed Thian, Gary Gold and Scotty Stevenson do in this first issue.
It was fantastic to spend a few hours with new Sharks CEO, John Smit, for our regular “No clichés allowed” Q&A, and I am sure you will find his insight and honesty refreshing. Sadly, what is not in the mag is our off the record chat about Heyneke playing Coenie at tighthead! Yes, a personal bugbear of mine …
And being an ex WP tighthead prop, of course we had to have a feature on the new scrum call. Seemingly not everyone’s cup of tea, I am like a pig in poo. A yellow card for a skew feed into the scrum! Bring it on I say! We also take a good look at the player drain and the implications thereof. Is it actually that bad for our rugby?
Not controversial for the sake of it, but also not shy to challenge decisions and structures should we deem them worth challenging. Welcome to the world of SCRUM.