There are some magnificent rugby locations around the world.
Newlands, at the foot of Capetown’s Table Mountain, is one that immediately springs to mind. There is another, probably less known, but certainly hard to beat – and that is Kapiolani park in Hawaii.
The fun factor is always king! Especially in the game of 7s, it has been integral to the game’s success at venues around the world.
Although the game originated in the Scottish border town of Melrose in 1883, the real fun began in Hong Kong, 40 years ago. It has since become the global tournament template. And who would have thought? Such a spectacular and serious city in a very serious world, yet during the first Hong Kong Sevens tournament, harmless fun & frivolity ruled, and has done ever since.
Bye, bye Africa, hello New Zealand.
It never fails to amaze me how one flight of a few hours so radically changes an environment.
The demise of the Springboks under a new head coach highlights the achievements of previous Boks coach Heyneke Meyer, under a similar quota requirement. Remember they were only a penalty away from beating the AB’s in the RWC semi-final.
On arrival at Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, one starts to feel hot, raw and stimulated. You know you are in Africa.
IRANZ Managing Director and former All Black Murray Mexted writes this week's IRANZ Insight from the Investec International Rugby Academy of South Africa.