reality shows with models

Being an insomniac has its moments. I survived four years of university exams solely by using this sleep-denial demon to my advantage. Being ‘normal’ wouldn’t cut it, so my method was simple: sleep in the afternoon, pull an all-nighter, then zombie-walk to my exam room and write down the answers which my sleep-deprived state convinced me were right. Head home. Sleep. Repeat.

It may sound a little extreme, but it worked and, happily, I have a qualification, thank you very much.

But there is a different side to this coin: the times when insomnia decides to bite. And when it does, it doesn’t just scratch the surface; it cuts deep and reminds you who is boss.

Needless to say, on this side of the coin I come off second-best. And day three in Borneo for SA Swimsuit is more than an unpleasant reminder of exactly who is in charge. Oh yes, insomnia reigns supreme and I find myself its unwilling servant.

hiking with Candice

hiking with Candice

The day started off with Candice Boucher, Jason (TV crew) and me being invited to join Gaya Island’s resident naturalist for a nature ‘walk’. Most people would call it hiking. Uphill hiking at that!
Not that this deterred me.

I have always been at my happiest outdoors. So this walk, on any other day, would have been a breeze. But not today, because at 02:45, I was catching up with mates in South Africa, fully aware that I had a date with the mountains. But closing my eyes at that hour was not an option. As I mentioned, sleep and I parted ways many years ago.

Now, despite being surrounded by the magnificence of the outdoor life of Borneo, by the 20th minute of this 80-minute hike (I’m choosing to call it as it is), I was playing the ‘are we there yet’ game, questioning my thoughts of entering Survivor South Africa, which I have been entertaining for the past week.

cooking with Rosette

cooking with Rosette


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saved by public pool.. day 2 in borneo

I’ve always known that growing up around public pools would serve me well one day. Actually, it has come to my aid a number of times. And whenever the ‘can this black person swim’ stare comes my way, I look up and send a little thank-you prayer that swimming is a ‘can-do’ on my list.

Look, I will not be winning any medals of any kind, ever. Put me in deep oceans and I’ll probably be saying a different prayer. But on any given day, I’ll survive water activities without any glitches.

A good thing too, as day two of the SA Swimsuit shoot on the Borneo island of Gaya demands my public-pool education.

today's office

today’s office

‘Kate, you are going snorkeling,’ announces Greg, the Netsport director. ‘You are going to have so much fun’. Then something must have squeezed his brain, because he asks, “You have been snorkeling, before, haven’t you?” I nod, while simultaneously whispering my silent ‘thank you’.

Only twice before have I seen the beauty that is under the sea. It captured my heart like no other experience; and today is no different. It is difficult at first but the deeper we go, the easier and more captivating it becomes… until my foot touches a sea urchin. I bite my lip to try to counter the sharp, stabbing sensation which is like nothing else I’ve encountered; an agony that is only exacerbated by the concerned faces of my hosts. But I managed to walk it off, and I am now about to sleep off the remaining pain.

It would take much more than poisonous black dots under my foot to keep me away from the wonders of this Borneo island. It is that breathtaking and the models on duty today echo this sentiment.
Of course, when one’s office for the day is a yacht on a perfect aquamarine ocean, straight out of the Into the Blue movie, one really doesn’t need too much convincing to get quickly back on track.

Great view

Great view

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borneo island for sa swim suit

SA Rugby Magazine has sent me to Borneo Island, in Malaysia, for their SA Swimsuit Magazine. On my days here I’ll be covering the behind the scenes activities with seven models.

They include Candice Boucher, Nicole Meyer, Rosette Mogomotsi, Derryn Lester, Jayden Ashley Robison, Xenia Deli and Careen Truter, who was declared the winner of the 2013 SA Swimsuit Model Search competition.

Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort

This is Day One report:

On any given day, a 7am wake-up call, even on a Saturday, would not be a demanding or unusual event. But this is no ordinary Saturday. It takes me a couple of seconds to realise that my surroundings have changed dramatically in the past 24 hours or so: my bed is deliciously comfortable, there’s aircon bringing a soothing coolness to the room; there’s also a lot of white – white walls, white duvet, even the towels and bathtub are white, creating a serene atmosphere, making me want to curl up a little longer. Wooden floors make a delightful contrast, adding a touch of warmth to the room, together with the wooden blinds which kept me cocooned in darkness until my wake-up call. A different room, in a different country … yes, this day will definitely be different.

This early call is at Gaya Island Resort, off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, where the only form of traffic is a host of smiling staff members, all of whom seem to be competing in a ‘who-can-make-you-happier’ game. The service is here is heavenly, which I suppose makes me a goddess of sorts …

The level of service is one of the first things I notice; an amazing hospitality and true sense of giving rather than serving. It is something unexpected; a factor so rare that I am taken aback, questioning its sincerity. I guess I’ve been in my ‘world’ for far too long; this world offers a unique friendliness, making me feel that no request would be too big – but then, I’ve already mentioned that this is going to be a different day.

Mainstay Moments

Mainstay Moments

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irb gets it right in craig joubert


The word’ ‘gutted’ will forever be an understatement when one thinks of the Boks bowing out of the 2011 Rugby World, following that ‘lack of balls’ defeat at the hands of the Wallabies.

Many may have felt something similar when the Proteas failed to take down the Black Caps earlier, but this day reminded me of 1999 when one Alan Donald dropped his bat and forgot how to run…altogether. The look of disbelief on Victor Matfield’s face vaguely reflected Lance Klusners that fateful night in England.

Like many SAffers, hearing the news that our very own Craig Joubert will take charge of the final contest between New Zealand and France excites me (God knows the last thing the game needs is the likes of Bryce Lawrence). Provided we don’t ‘pretend’ this is a Boks final, like we did Proteas when Gary Kirsten led India to gold.

My last work for Varsity Cup was one of my favourite interviews I’ve ever conducted, a chat with – yes, you’ve guessed correct – Craig Joubert, before he was to jet off to New Zealand. I didn’t know anything about him, apart from what was online, therefore; didn’t know what to expect. However, by the time he put down his phone I had dubbed him ‘the favourite’

Here’s ‘Whistling while he works’

its in the rule book mate

Craig Joubert is a name extremely familiar in world rugby. This professional rugby union referee initially spent five years in corporate banking, following his graduation in Business Finance. He holds a B.Com and Honours degree in the financial field, completed at UKZN, but – of course – it’s all about refereeing for him at present.

The 33-year-old has an incredible record: he was a touch judge at RWC 2007, he has handled over 20 Tests – including the Tri- and Six Nations – and he will be at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand later this year.
Last year was a memorable rugby season for him, having been handed the double – reffing the Super Rugby and Currie Cup Finals in one season.

varsitycup.co.za caught up with the former UKZN student to chat about Soweto, Jonathan Kaplan, time-zones and, as one would imagine, all things rugby:

(1) Good day, Craig. A huge thank you for taking time out of your super busy schedule. To kick things off, please tell us about your time at UKZN?

“Good afternoon Kate, only a pleasure. Well, after being schooled at Maritzburg College I went to UKZN with mates. What I can tell you is, like most students, I had a helluva ‘jol’! The typical varsity stuff. Last-minute work… while the social life was taking the major priority. I mean, I passed and did my work; but that was all in between having a great time.”

(2) [Ha, ha ha.] Yeah, that sounds awfully familiar. When did you decide you wanted to officiate full-time? Did anyone influence that decision?

“My late dad was a referee actually, and that was the main influence. I started officiating at school through him. Then I went to Maritzburg College, as you know, a highly sport-oriented institution and they gave me the freedom and opportunity to continue with this passion. The teachers there were very supportive. I would travel overseas often and they would arrange make-up tests for me, ensuring I wasn’t behind on any work. From then on I never looked back. I went to the bank for years before going pro, but I started international games in 2003, doing Super Rugby, then Super 12.”

(3) So what does the life of a world-class referee entail?

World-class, huh? [More laughter.] Traveling, traveling… and more traveling. It’s managing the travels. I do travel a lot. I’m in Europe about three times a year. Australia and New Zealand two to four-times, maybe Argentina once or so. It’s the best and the most challenging tasks in my line of work. The different cross-zones often mean early travels. It’s great to be involved in the game, but I’m hardly ever home and that’s difficult.”

(4) You were in charge of the Bulls-Stormers Super 14 Final in Soweto last year. What did you take out of that game? And how big was it for our country?

“It’s, by far, one of the highlights of my career. For so many reasons… It was my first Super Rugby Final (of course), but also an historic event that involved two SA teams, which meant that the whole country was involved. The atmosphere was something else: vuvuzelas blaring the entire 80 minutes, something most of us never experience. It was noisy, communication with the captains was a challenge at time, but man was it special! It was also a reminder of what Nelson Mandela did, allowing the country to embrace rugby. People who have never been and probably would never go to Soweto… lives were changed. That game meant greater things for SA!”

(5) You are one of the three SA officials to be invited to this year’s IRB World Cup, who was the first person that you told of this news? And what about your relationship with fellow RWC ref Jonathan Kaplan?

“I was in Oz [Super Rugby duties] and my wife, who never travels with me, was there. So it was really special to share that with her. On Jonathan, we’ve been good mates over the years. When I started he was here in Durban and he became a mentor of mine.”

(6) Coming back to more local rugby. Briefly give us your overall views of the Varsity Cup competition… how big is it for South African rugby?

“It’s definitely a magnificent tournament. I work closely with guys, mentoring the officials. It’s a great platform for the youngsters, an opportunity to get out there. And this is evident in the number of these lads in Super Rugby and Currie Cup already. It is a great platform not only for the players, as we also use it to recruit officials. I love the different initiatives, like the Pinks Shorts campaign. It embraced the student vibe with the Monday Nigh Lights advantage. The universities have embraced it; it’s well-supported and looks great on TV.”

(7) For the first time this year a first division – the Varsity Shield – was introduced. Do you think such tournaments should have more than one division?

“I think teams like UKZN would’ve looked at the Varsity Cup some time ago and thought, ‘Hey that looks great! Geez, I’d love to be there, participating.’ The Shield provides this opportunity. It means more teams will get into it, putting pressure on the main tournament as they strive to get there. This will ensure growth in the Varsity Cup as a whole.”


(8) What are FNB UKZN’s chances of making it into the Varsity Cup (proper)?

“I would like to believe they’ll get there soon. If you look at the great players produced by the varsity, there’s a great chance. The university may not be as big on rugby as say Cape Town (with UCT and Maties), but they definitely have the resources to foster progress into the premier division.”

(9) Teams like FNB Tuks, FNB UJ, etc have shown they have what it takes to go all the way. What does this mean for powerhouses like Maties and Ikeys – the only two winners thus far?

“It’s great for the contest. Each year a new team steps up. This is great because it has that element of surprise; you never know what’s going to happen, who’s going to lead the pack. It benefits the so-called ‘powerhouses’ too. Their players move onto Stormers/WP rugby, which means that they get an opportunity to groom more youngsters, which introduces new talent into the game.”

(10) Thank you Craig, I have taken enough of your time, but I can’t let you go before I know what do you miss most about your UKZN days?

“That’s easy. On a sunny day you would have a choice between a golf course and a boring finance class. [Laughter from both ends.] No really, during your varsity days, you are only just starting out; the only responsibility is doing enough work to pass. I miss that flexibility and time spent with my mates – just dreaming, with no cares in the world. I have great memories of those days, although these days I get to enjoy the privilege of living my dreams and creating great memories on the rugby field.”

By Kate Nokwe: a product of Varsity Cup

what juan smith said…

In March I interviewed Juan Smith for Varsity Cup. One of the greatest South Africans I’ve ever had a pleasure of speaking to. He was friendly, extremely funny and I only crapped at myself once or two times – Hello00 this is thee Juan Smith I was speaking to. 😛

Anyway, this interview was about his time at Shimlas, but 2011 World Cup came up and he beamed with confidence and undoubtedly told me he would be wearing the no.7 jersey for the Boks once again. I have been a fan for a number of years, so when he withdrew himself from the squad I shed a tear. Though many may not admit this is a great loss for PDivvy’s RWC side – this man’s absence will be felt. Yes we have the likes of Willem Alberts and with the right combination- there’s Jean Deysel as a possible go to person, however this will be a tricky task for SARU.

Here’s out chat

Alumni Q&A: Juan Smith

Thursday, 31 March 2011 14:43

The most underrated member of the all-conquering Springbok teams of 2007 and 2009, Juan Smith also happens to be a true-blue Shimla. We spoke to him about university… rugby… and his future.

A crucial member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, Springbok flanker Juan Smith made his international debut for South Africa in June 2003 as a reserve against Scotland.

The following week he was named in the Boks’ starting XV for the second Scottish Test and later played as the Test No.8 during the 2003 Tri-Nations, also going to the World Cup in Australia when the Boks lost in the quarterfinals to New Zealand.

Today, the captain of the Cheetahs’ name is synonymous with South African – and world – rugby, having won 69 caps and been part of Tri-Nations-winning, World Cup-winning and British Lions-conquering Bok squads.
Having played for the Shimlas up until 2002, he is also a big fan of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International. Currently sidelined with a torn Achilles Tendon, a blow for the Cheetahs and South Africa, we caught up with this former Shimlas to find out how it all began:

(1) Good morning Juan, thank you for taking time to answer these few questions for us. What did you study at Kovsies and why?

“Good morning Kate, only a pleasure. To answer your question – I signed up to do my Bachelor of Education. For me it was the only way I could get into Free State rugby. By no means did I want to be a teacher, but I needed to be a student to get into the rugby system provided by the university. And no I didn’t finish (my studies), because my career with the [then] Cats kicked off, which meant that there wasn’t any more time for studies.”

(2) I was going ask how your class attendance was, but…

“[Laughs] I was never in class I’m afraid! I was always at training if I wasn’t playing. The rare times I was doing none of these activities, I was chilling with my mates at Shimla Park. You could say I was a terrible student [a lot more laughter!].”

(3) Juan, is education not all that important as a professional rugby player?

“Oh no, don’t misunderstand me. Education is very crucial for anybody – a professional rugby player or not. A rugby career lasts for a few years and when that is over it’s important to have something to fall back on. I was fortunate enough to become a Springbok… but not everyone can have that, and even though I didn’t finish my studies I have a farm and butchery. I only have a couple of years of rugby and so my butchery and farm will be my future. I just was never the academic type, but, yes; education is essential.”

(4) When did you decide that rugby would become your profession? Did anyone influence that decision?

“I loved rugby from a young age and had a number of professionals that I looked up to. However, a large part of my decision was influenced by former mentor and University of Free State stalwart, Oom Tat Botha. He encouraged and mentored me; it’s because of him that I made the decisions I made.”

(5) You played in both the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups. Apart from winning the latter, what was the difference between the two campaigns?

“Well, we won the 2007 [much laughter!]. The major differences were the teams. In 2003 we were a bunch of young stars, all new guys that hadn’t played together long. And then in 2004 Jake White selected this team that would later play in 2007 together. That was a crucial thing. By 2007 we had played together for over three years. That made the team stronger as opposed to 2003.”

(6) Tell us about winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup?

“It was unbelievable. It took time to sink in. When the final whistle went we were all just in awe. We knew we had it in us to do it, but that moment it happened it was unbelievable. To be part of the team that achieved that is a highlight of my career. It was quite simply the best experience.”

(7) You have been dubbed as one of the best blindside flankers in the world. What kind of pressure does that put on you?

“It is always nice to be acknowledged like that. Titles like that don’t just come overnight. But I’ve worked hard to be where I am. I’ve always trained hard and always given my best, so to be acknowledged like that makes it all worth it. Yes, the pressure is there because you may not always live up to it, but you work on your game and give it your all each and every chance you get. It’s great to know that when I retire one day I will leave that kind of legacy.”

(8) You are currently injured, missing the rest of Super Rugby, no Currie Cup for you. How are you feeling? Are you worried you might not make your third World Cup?

“It sucks to not be playing of course, and it’s hard to watch from the sidelines, but it is what it is. As for the World Cup, no I’m not worried; not at all. I’ve spoken to coach Peter de Villiers, he says he is happy with the feedback he has been receiving regarding my recovery. So, no; there’s nothing to worry about.”

(9) Back to the Varsity Cup; Shimlas made the semifinals once again, and unfortunately got the beating of their lives from the Ikeys. Did you see this coming (especially seeing as you were there in Cape Town supporting your team!)?

“Not at all. Before that loss I was sure they would go all the way this time. They are a great team; it was difficult to watch them getting hammered like that. Not to take away anything from the Ikeys, they were definitely the team that wanted it most. They played well, utilised all chances from the word go which is what my team failed to do. I am still a proud Shimlas though: watch this team, they have what it takes and only greater things to be expected. Ikeys were just the better team on Monday.”

10) How would you rate the standard of the Varsity Cup for anyone with aspirations to turn professional?

“The Varsity Cup has the quality that most tournaments don’t have. It has become so popular in the last year with great coverage. I’ve watched most of the games and it’s unbelievable exposure for these guys, something we never had. I reckon any club looking for players will definitely look at the Varsity Cup to lure guys. So it’s a great platform for these youngsters to be noticed. I wish we had this. I mean I had a great time at Shimlas, we even won the National Club Champs in 2002, but the Varsity Cup is just on another level – a really great opportunity for up-and-coming pro players.”

by Kate Nokwe


This article is a product of Varsity Cup

the disc jockey who never sold his ferarri

This week’s Varsity Cup alumni is Sasha Martinengo, one of my favourite people in the world. We had a great chat I thought I’ll share the results.


He once thought he’d be a businessman and save the world from inflation… Ok, not really, but Sasha Martinengo’s reality is definitely a kaleidoscope of interests from music, to rugby, to motorsport (and everything relating to sport in between).

It is, however, a destiny that is nothing like he originally envisaged…

Initially, his involvement with sport appeared to come to an abrupt end, with a possible tennis career crushed by a knee injury, followed by a stint in the army.

From there, he enrolled at Wits Technikon – now the University of Johannesburg – with every intention of becoming a businessman. Upon registration, however, he discovered that his chosen course had been cancelled and, instead, found himself in a Marketing Management class.

At the same time, finding his love for tennis far from tamed, he juggled coaching and classes, until a burgeoning attachment to music and radio began surpassing all. And so, with an incomplete qualification, outmatched by a complete commitment to his passion for music, Martinengo left UJ and worked for BMG (now owned by Sony Music) in the Public Relations department, followed by a period at Virgin Records, all the while knocking on as many radio doors as possible.

A door in the form of national broadcaster Radio 5 widely opened, when a certain Mr Alex Jay, the then host of the afternoon show, was sick. After listening to his stand-in, this former UJ student realised he could do better.

“I listened to him and said to myself, ‘If that guy can do it, so can I’,” he told varsitycup.co.za.

Martinengo struck gold in what was then a small industry where, “unfortunately at the time someone had to die or be deported to take their place”.

“Luckily enough someone did (get deported) and I got my chance (that is),” continued this jock who confesses to having recorded a mini radio show at the tender age of 13 years.

(The year he got his chance was in 1994, and after just 45 minutes of training, Martinengo became an intrinsic part of what is now 5FM.)

Martinengo’s appreciation of sport is indeed diverse. As a rugby fan, this well sought-after MC and voiceover artist followed the Varsity Cup tournament closely this year and is proud of the successful campaign enjoyed by his former university.

Although he didn’t see any live games, he praised the importance of the competition: “Rugby is part of our culture and competitions like this are a fundamental part of that culture. This is where our future Boks are, the future of South African rugby depends on competitions of this nature.”

Although Martinengo is a great supporter of South African rugby, and despite his Italian heritage, his other team of choice is surprisingly France.

“I am a Bok first and foremost, but I support the Bulls and France,” said Sasha.

“People expect me to support Italy, but France plays an enterprising, skilful game that is incredible to watch,” he explained, adding his love of rugby to his myriad of sporting interests.

Not shy and known for sharing many of his interests on air, especially his love of motorsport, and in particular his unwavering passion of the Ferrari Formula One team, F1 Sasha (as he is worldly-known) admitted that his lust for cars began at a young age, highly influenced by his Italian heritage and father.

He said: “My dad, who didn’t even like cars or the sport, used to get invites to Kyalami and he would take me with him. I was a kid who didn’t like school too much, so I found myself learning about cars instead.”

This passion has translated into a television career, too.

The F1 man has been with SuperSport since 2002, as the anchor of the popular Formula One Magazine Show, as well as anchoring all F1 GP’s during the season.

In fact, when we caught up with him he was packing for the recently-held British Grand Prix. F1 is definitely Martinengo’s true love; the former marketing student insisting that even if his business career had taken off, he’d still be working within F1, somehow.
Catch Martinengo on 5FM weekdays from 9am to 12pm and on SuperSport’s Formula One Magazine show. And follow his ventures on Twitter – @F1Sasha

By Kate Nokwe


This article is a product of Varsity Cup

 

a date with rugby destiny

I have been having one of those Months, when whatever you pin down on paper just doesn’t feel worth the trouble. While in between trying to fully live up to my commitment with Varsity Cup. So while I’ve seem to have ‘escape’ my blogging state, I thought I’ll share with you my article published last week.

My chat with one of South Africa’s rugby scribe whom I had a pleasure of interviewing past week… I hope you enjoy it.


With a nickname like ‘Tank’, it comes as no surprise that rugby was destined to become Andrew Lanning’s forte.

Born in the heart of South Africa – Johannesburg – Lanning adopted Cape Town as his home from an early age (where he was schooled) and today is an “Ikey Tiger through and through”.

Although he graduated from UCT in Social Science, majoring in Economics, with a post-graduate diploma in Marketing Management, this former Ikeys student and first team star is no stranger to the media, as he is the editor of one of SA’s leading sport news source – Sport24.

Rugby, as one would expect, has always been Tank’s first love.

After many happy amateur years at UCT, he made his Western Province debut in the late 1990s; however, a serious neck injury cut short a promising first-class rugby career.

“It was difficult having to deal with that, but I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved (with rugby) on the media side,” says Tank, who describes himself as a “once diabolic student, with nothing but rugby and a good old beer on my mind”.

Tank has made peace with his past and his present, however, adding in conversation with varsitycup.co.za: “I love writing, enjoy the commercial side of things and generally love my job.”

He started as a picture researcher and marketing novice in the sports and lifestyle publishing industry, followed by heading up their sports photo agency, before starting the online division. Later he became part of the Touchline Media family before switching across to sport24.co.za.

Lanning covered his media bases through a Media and Management course he completed from Stellenbosch Business School, as well as a ‘Publishing on the Web’ course at Stanford University in California.

As a publisher, Tank is at the forefront of sports tournaments and the Varsity Cup is no exception.

This rugby pundit reckons this year’s tournament was bigger not only because of the media attention, but due to the way it was run. Even with a number of changes he would like to see in 2012, he still praises the platform this competition is providing for amateurs.

“It introduces them to great grinding, exposure they didn’t receive in high school and opens phenomenal doors – without a doubt coaches are watching closely,” he concludes.

Ecstatic about his former club finally clinching the big one, Tank is a realist and councils that hard work awaits the champions, as teams like UJ and Tuks are proving to be competitive which is a big threat to powerhouses like Maties and, of course, the new champs, UCT.

Asked what he regards as the highlight of his provincial career, without hesitation, he reflects on his days at WP, particularly “hammering the Blue Bulls at a packed Newlands”, as he happily puts it. “I was a laaitjie and I think Naas (Botha) was playing. It was a special beating them in front of our home crowd.”

Lanning is a man who has played both sides – realising his dream as participant on the field and as observer par excellence off the field; all of which began with a spell at the University of Cape Town.

Follow Tank on Twitter – @TankLanning

By Kate Nokwe

This article is a product of Varsity Cup

almost here

Two months ago I let you in on what I’ve been up to, and assured you that I’ll be back to the usual blogging as soon as I can. After a week of technical difficulties, you’ll be happy to know this my last update before all that is ‘in(TRACK)suits’ resumes.

As you might remember I have been busy with Varsity Cup. A project that introduced me to a number of exciting people. Talented individuals whose careers I’ve followed from TV, Radio and now via Social Media. (I’ve explained what this -project – entails here)

Therefore if you’re keen to read those articles here they are:

Liezel van der Westhuizen

John Dobson

Ashwell Prince

Juan Smith

Kyle Brown

Brenden Nel

Sias du Plessis

Breyton Paulse

My work for Varsity Cup opened another door in the form of sarugby.com. I have been writing Super Rugby Previews for this growing website. A challenging task I tell you. To have to take an in-depth look at a team’s ever changing structure, scrutinize their past performances in order to have a ‘worth-the-read’ preview is one of the few things I’ve never envisioned. Nevertheless, I was only too happy to accept. Once a week “Kate Nokwe reports” appears on the page, I must admit, I get excited each time I see that. Do check them out here, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

In the case you have not been following me on Twitter and we are not friends on Facebook, SuperSport is looking for a female Rugby presenter dubbed ‘Lady Rugga’. SS embarked on a nation-wide journey in search of this vibrate, camera-friendly (and tons of other adjectives) young lady who knows the difference between a ‘tight-head and a maul’. Seeing I grew up in a city that appreciates Rugby, arguable more than it does Football I reckoned I’d give this a try, besides Sports Broadcast is the ultimate dream.

After a nerve-wrecking audition in front of one Derek Alberts, Crystal Arnold and Leigh-Ann Paulick I made the cut and would later be in the 157 ladies who made round one. Saturday 14th came the TOP 50 announcement. A whole day in spasms with nerves I made the cut yet again and will now spend the rest of this week biting the remainder of my nails in hope of a spot in the TOP 12.

For the latest Press Release from SuperSport regarding the competition click on the link and go ‘Lady Rugga’…. Unfortunately the direct link wouldn’t upload.

A great thank you for all the messages of support. I’ll keep you updated on the competition and anything else that might just be in store for this Kat.

Till then…