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This memory from my time with the 1980 British & Irish Lions in South Africa is one of the most dramatic. It’s a story of how close one of the Lions came to dying on the rugby field had a teammate not spotted the impending danger.
Another memory from my 1980 British & Irish Lions tour of SA. We had some fabulous characters in that team. This story is about one of them, a fellow Irishman.
Once again our men’s @SA_Hockey team gave one of the giants a real scare. We are so close to being right at the top. Surely this sport, men and women, is worth assisting and developing?
Just watched the @SA_Hockey. Despite 3-1 loss to GB it was a huge effort from SA men. They never gave up and every player was totally committed. Keep the discipline and this team will win games. Well done.
It’s Test match day! A titanic battle looms between the British & Irish Lions and the Springboks. But will there be an after-party? In 1980 the post-match functions were legendary. Here’s a crazy story about our captain Billy Beaumont, now Sir Bill and chairman of World Rugby.
It’s the eve of the 1st Test between the British & Irish Lions and the Springboks. I cannot wait! Here’s a story of what I did the night before my debut Lions Test in 1980. As I look back, I can only shake my head in disbelief. What was I thinking?
Just heard of the passing of my late team mate and skipper Tito Lupini from Covid. A rock of a man, tough on the field and gentle and fun off it. Devastated. Deepest sympathy to Rowe and the family. When will this end?
'Now you you, shut up! You are not on the radio now!' | 📻 @John_C_Robbiee is one of the only two people that Nelson Mandela has told to shut up in public | ⬇️ @VodafoneIrelandd |#UniteThePridee Full chat ➡️…JZ
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'I broke every rule in the book' | 📻 'I thought this was normal!' | 🎙@John_C_Robbieie explains how he became the voice of South Africa talk radio | ⬇️@VodafoneIrelandnd #UniteThePridede Full chat ➡…vow
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Just as @JeffBezos goes up up & away into space, I’ve finished preparing for my @Zoom interview on Lions in Africa. Guests = authors Chris Schoeman & David McLennan, Former Bok captain Hannes Marais, @John_C_Robbie & @BryanHabana Whoop whoop!
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I just heard that Andrew Brookes has passed of Covid. He was another of the 702 unsung heroes. He loved radio and made a big career in the computer side of things. A genuinely nice guy. RIP. Love to his family.
Today’s memory from my time with the 1980 British & Irish Lions revolves around the 4th Test, and strips away some of the “mystique” of the pre-match motivational speeches.
Just had second jab exactly six weeks after first. Big queues but very efficient at Berario Rec Centre. Everyone seemed up beat despite worrying situation in SA.
Today’s memory from my time playing for the 1980 British & Irish Lions in SA is about one of the tough men in the team, Welshman Ray Gravell. He was an incredible character who went on to have a great career in acting and broadcasting.
The country is going through a tough time. The wonderful thing about sport is that it gives us a moment of respite from the hardships around us. Enjoy this story from my time playing for the 1980 British & Irish Lions. It’s about a famous incident, but has a surprising punchline.
Is it just me or is it ironic that the supporters of Jacob Zuma are protesting against his going to jail by looting?
Over the next few weeks of the British and Irish Lions tour, I will share some of my personal experiences and favourite stories of the 1980 tour. Enjoy!
Was a privilege working on this documentary with @DonalOHerlihy for @RTEdoconone. Thanks to Tony Ward, Gerry McLoughlin, @hugo_macneill, @John_C_Robbie, Dion O’Cuinneagain and Errol Tobias for their time and patience.…
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Had a great lunch and catchup with 1966 and 1968 @lionsofficial Lion Roger Young. We both agreed the local tackling was shocking in the opening game in Joburg. Hoping to do podcast for Saturday’s match. Watch this space. #LionsRugby
Surely a huge day for the democratic SA. Hopefully more orange outfits to come in both public and private sectors.
What a night of football. Two incredible “beautiful games”. So great to see refs who do not stop play for every physical contact. Faith restored.
Congrats to NZ cricket, Test world champs. Rugby, cricket, hockey, netball, rowing, even soccer, they punch way above their weight for a tiny population. What can we learn? Congrats to them. #TestChampionshipFinal
Christian Eriksen’s collapse brought back painful memories of Transvaal number 8 Ockert Britz. In 1984 he collapsed and died at half time in a Currie Cup game in Welkom. Never forgotten.
is it just me or was the Bulls Stormers game a cut above anything we have seen so far in the #RainbowCupSA ? I thought it was brilliant.
watched Munster v Cardiff. Please can we get rid of the captains challenge? Let the ref, assistants and TMO deal with the game. The captains challenge is a Hail Mary that spoils the spectacle. Enough Is enough.
Took a wheelchair bound friend for his jab at @Discovery_SA today. Knocked out by the efficiency of the whole system. From the car line to parking to helping my mate through the whole process it was world class. Enthusiasm, training and helpfulness. Congrats and thanks to all.
Episode 10 with @John_C_Robbie ... . . . How it all nearly went wrong in that 1st test in South Africa with the @lionsofficial in 1980!! #Lions
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🔊Episode 10 with@John_C_Robbiee available to listen on all platforms from tomorrow! . . .#JohnRobbiee#WYNII#WindYerNeckInn#rugbyy#Lionss#Irelandd#podcasttQ
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Have a listen to the Interview i had with @John_C_Robbie ( Audio shared from the Ekurhuleni FM app.
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Any Questions for @John_C_Robbie can be left in the comment section. Excited and nervous about this one but let's go! #TOP40 #EKHURULENIFM
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I advised Maloney on altitude: either you arrive weeks before or on the day. I noted Rahman’s seriousness in prep. When Lewis lost, Maloney was blamed but used my advice, which he passed to Lewis’ team in writing before fight, in defence. An amazing time. Nice to be remembered.…
Just had to treat our house for a termite infection. Scary. A company called Termicon was recommended. They did a magnificent job from inspection to quotation to treatment to cleaning up. The sort of service you dream about.
Rotorua in New Zealand has hot sulphur springs. When you first enter the town it is a shock. The smell of rotten eggs is awful. Is it too simplistic to ask if Alzheimer’s statistics for the town differ from those elsewhere in NZ and the world? Would this not be valuable?
A new discovery from @HopkinsMedicine researchers shows hydrogen sulfide could protect brain cells from #AlzheimersDisease.… via @HopkinsMedNews
So sorry to hear about Jackson Mthembu. I did not know him but found him always available to talk on 702 regardless of the issue. Covid is nasty. We are recovering and were never in danger from low oxygen levels. The luck of the draw? RIP Jackson.
Unbelievable win by India against Australia. What a Test, what a series, what a comeback after losing the first and so many key players. Proof that Test cricket is king and that it must be played over five days. Congrats to both sides. #AUSvIND
I should have said we both made our debuts
I’ve just been reminded by my fly-half Ollie Campbell that today in 1976 I made my debut for Ireland v Australia in Dublin. I was 20 years and three months old. Seems like a dream.
What a surge of pride to watch Percy Tau against @ManCity. He looked totally comfortable and his one touch play was accurate and sharp. He needs a striking partner and he will flourish. What a pleasure.
Jennie and I are recovering after a bad bout of Covid. Be vigilant! Thanks for all the support. Also watched @gavin_hood1's movie ‘Official Secrets’. Brilliant.
To clarify, we started isolating immediately after feeling ill. Thanks for all the kind messages.
Jennie and I feeling rotten for a few days so had Covid Tests yesterday. Just got results and we are both positive! Quite sobering news and will now self isolate. It is not a pleasent thing.
At Cocky Two Bull’s funeral, so many famous black performers paid tribute to Des and Dawn Lindberg for giving them starts when others wouldn’t in the Old SA. So sad to hear of the passing of Dawn.
Gripping stuff at Zondo. Dali Mofu trying to rile Pravin Gordhan but not succeeding. If you can, watch it.
Diego Maradonna passed away today. For me he was the greatest soccer player of them all by virtue of him, almost single-handedly, winning the World Cup for Argentina
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