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In an attempt to level the playing fields and assist the Springboks in avoiding an embarrassing home test series loss, the International Rugby Board (IRB) has made an unprecedented decision.

The Springboks suffered a devastating 20 – 26 defeat at the hand of Ireland in the first test at DHL Newlands last Saturday.

This, after the visitors played with 14 men for just less than 60 minutes of the match.

It was new Springbok coach Allister Coetzee’s first match in charge of the Springboks.

“We know Springbok selection is governed by strict quota requirements, so we felt the need to step in and do something to restrict the visiting team too,” said IRB spokesperson Basil Wideball.

Wideball said the IRB had been in discussion with the Irish Rugby Football Union and an amicable agreement had been reached.

Wideball explained, “Ireland will be restricted to 14 men for the first of the second test at Emirate Airlines Park on Saturday.”

Wideball said depending on the score after 40 minutes, Ireland might be forced to remove another player for the second half.

“We don’t have an exact score deficit in mind just yet for the half time decision, but we’ll discuss it with both coaches during the break,” Wideball said.

The Springboks have not lost a test series at home in 19 years and have never lost one to Ireland.

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oscar-angry

After day one of sentencing procedures at the North Gauteng High Court, Oscar Pistorius broke his media silence by lashing out at Henri van Breda.

As he was leaving the courtroom on Monday, Pistorius shouted in the direction of the media, implying van Breda had ‘deliberately’ stolen his limelight.

“Today was MY day! I was trending on Twitter! I should be trending on Twitter! Who the fuck is this Henri van Breda? He hasn’t even been convicted yet [sic],” he shouted.

Pistorius then looked down as he shuffled out, mumbling what sounded like, “There can be only one murderer on Twitter at a time. Today was meant to be my time. He did this deliberately.”

#OscarPistorius has been trending nationally on Twitter since early on Monday morning.

The Paralympian is to be sentenced for murder, after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his culpable homicide conviction.

Meanwhile, Henri van Breda, whose family was bludgeoned to death with an axe on a

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Henri van Breda
luxury estate in Stellenbosch 18 months ago, handed himself over to police on Monday.

The 21-year-old van Breda was then immediately arrested and taken into custody.

He is due to appear in court today.

Within minutes of the news hitting social media, #HenriVanBreda started trending too, sparking the outrage from Pistorius.

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A British couple has laid a formal complaint with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) following the French Open Men’s Singles Final at Roland Garros.

In Sunday’s final, Novak Djokovic came from a set down to defeat Andy Murray to win his first French Open and become the first man since 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles concurrently.

The couple, 67-year-old Harold and 71-year-old Hilary Swiftwhistle from Westminster said the Men’s Singles Final was the worst experience of their lives.

“We paid over £4000 to be at that event and it was absolutely horrific. We couldn’t understand a single word the umpire said throughout the match,” said Hilary.

Harold said they were also unable to see the scoreboard due to their failing eye sight, so it was a ‘complete waste of time and money’.

“In his post-match interview, Novak also made absolutely no sense, blabbering on in that ridiculous language. It was like listening to a bunch of ducks quacking.”

“It’s beyond ludicrous that a tournament of such apparent prestige should still, in this day and age, be conducted in any language other than English. The French are an arrogant bunch and need to get over themselves,” Harold complained.old-couple-newsbyrory

Hilary said she had asked her daughter to post a complaint on HelloPeter as well as the official Roland Garros website, while she had penned a strongly worded letter to the ATP.

“And I wrote the bloody letter in English, I did!” she shouted.

Harold said they would be keenly awaiting a response as well as a formal apology.

“It surely cannot continue like this. We’re in the 21st century now,” he said.

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