heynekeSpringbok coach Heyneke Meyer has turned to an unlikely source for assistance after Saturday’s historic loss to Japan.

Meyer’s Springboks became only the second team to ever lose to the Cherry Blossoms at a Rugby World Cup after they were shocked 34 – 32 in Brighton on Saturday night.

The only other team ever to have lost to Japan at a Rugby World Cup was Zimbabwe.

Bok coach Meyer said, “I cannot just sit here and do nothing. I must change something. I am not too proud to ask for help if I think it is needed,” Meyer said.

Meyer was speaking to reporters as well as an angry mob outside the team hotel early on Sunday morning.

He said, “When I got back to my hotel room last night, I watched Invictus, hoping it would give me inspiration and also a few ideas and alternative game plans.”

Meyer said he was really impressed at how Matt Damon ‘got the knack of rugby’ so quickly, and said praise must go to director Clint Eastwood for his part in that transformation.

“I have spoken to [SARU President] Oregan Hoskins and we have agreed to call on the services of Eastwood on an urgent consultancy basis. If he could transform Damon from an ordinary actor into a Rugby World Cup winning Springbok, even just on the screen, I’m sure he has a great deal to offer us,” Meyer shouted triumphantly with his fists in the air.

Hoskins confirmed Eastwood had been contacted with a very attractive offer on the table.

Scene from Invictus
Scene from Invictus

“We’re hoping Clint is able to join us in England by Thursday this week, at the latest,” Hoskins confirmed.

Invictus is the story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the Springboks as the country won its first ever Rugby World Cup in 1995.

Hoskins also called on Springbok fans to stop posting insulting and derogatory messages on social media as it ‘deeply upset Heyneke’.

“We need to treat Heyneke with the love and respect he deserves,” Hoskins said.

The Springboks’ next match is against Samoa on Saturday.

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epkingsEP Kings players and the union’s management have been in conflict for several months regarding delays in salaries.

It is believed the players had not been paid for at least six months before a plan was made by the union.

There appears to be an issue once again with the players’ August salaries, and the union has now approached the fans for help.

EP President Cheeky Watson says, “It is no secret my players are struggling to put food on the table and we cannot have this. We are asking the fans who support us to help out wherever they can.”

Watson was speaking from the presidential suite at Grosvenor House in Dubai where the union’s management are having a two-week brain storming session.

Watson said the union had decided to follow similar protocol to restaurants, where fans would be urged to pay a gratuity when leaving the stadium.

“We cannot afford to pay our players, but we also cannot have them looking in bins for food, so it is up to our loyal fans to put their hands in their pockets for a change,” said Watson.

EP Kings captain Luke Watson
EP Kings captain Luke Watson

Watson’s son Luke has not even been able to purchase a razor in almost two years.

EP Kings CEO Charl Crous said fans would each be encouraged to pay at least 20% of the loss deficit per match.

“So, if we lose by 100 points, for instance, fans would be encouraged to drop R20 in the tins at the exit. The stadium cleaning staff would take 5% of all takings, leaving the players with the rest,” Crous said.

Crous said he believed the initiative would prevent an imminent player strike.

Fans are also encouraged to leave tins of food as well as old clothing and blankets in specially marked bins located all over the stadium.

The EP Kings are struggling in the ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division, having lost four out of four so far in this year’s competition.

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