The Springbok coaching role is indeed a poisoned chalice. Rassie Erasmus is the current incumbent of said artefact, and on current form, looks to be heading the same way as his two predecessors. Recent articles have popped up on local websites with various journalists getting all misty-eyed, harking back to the halcyon days of Peter De Villiers. He must be looking on with a wry smile. Granted, he inherited a rather impressive squad, but his record is starting to look rather handy, compared to what has followed since his reign came to an abrupt halt in Australia back in 2011. Maybe the secret to his success were his secret table tennis sessions, could ping-pong be the thing that is required to stop the rot? It's great for hand and eye coordination, something severely lacking right now.

Banyana Banyana are in Port Elizabeth looking to defend the COSAFA Women's Championship crown. They kick-started their campaign with a victory against Madagascar, Botswana and Malawi are their next two opponents in the coming days.

The ACC Asia Cup kicks off in the United Arab Emirates, and we will have coverage of this competition. It will be a good opportunity for us to size up both Sri Lanka and Pakistan, who are both lined up to visit these shores in the coming months.

The Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs are both back home this weekend to play their first Guinness Pro14 matches on home soil.

Absa Premiership football returns this week, with the news that officials in the PSL are now kitted out by insurer's OUTsurance, fingers crossed this now means that they are covered for any officiating howlers.

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