What a king-size waste: why the fall of E Cape rugby hurts so bad

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What a king-size waste: why the fall of E Cape rugby hurts so bad

Monde Tabata put everything on the line, but it has been in vain as Southern Kings flounder into insignificance

Sports reporter

While the folding of the Southern Kings was expected in the face of the relentless ravaging of their purse strings by Covid-19, the passing of the great rugby administrator Monde Tabata wasn’t.

Since I regarded him as a parent, our working relationship often had a father/son element to it. He loved his sport, not just rugby, and the infirm rugby administration terrain in the Eastern Cape was always a problem for him.

In one of our most recent conversations he lamented how the Eastern Cape’s different rugby interest groups seldom came together for a common cause. It’s that lack of unified drive that ultimately led to the Southern Kings’ demise...

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