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Mark KeohaneMark Keohane

Mark Keohane was born and grew up in Cape Town, but his father was British and his mother a New Zealander. He was a sports journalist for 10 years before Harry Viljoen appointed him as communications manager for the Springboks, a position he filled for three years until his resignation in 2003.

In his book titled "Springbok Rugby Uncovered", he revealed the truth about many aspects of South African rugby: coaching, training, selection, contracts, politics, dirty play, team talks and transformation, to name but a few. Explosive, often shocking, the book exposed the dark heart of an exclusive, rarefied and deeply complex world.

He currently runs his own website,, and freelances in print, radio and television on South African and international rugby.

He lives in Cape Town and is married to journalist Karin Schimke. They have two children, Oliver and Julia.


Latest Articles:

Don’t be a fool Jake … go on Sunday 17/10/07

Jake White would only be setting himself up for failure and frustration if he continued with the Boks in 2008.

A day before the Springboks beat Argentina in the World Cup semi-finals, Jake White, Cape Argus sports Editor Gary Lemke and I were walking back to the team hotel after a coffee at the Bercy Village.

“Watch out,” said Jake, pulling me out of the road as a car whizzed past. Then he turned to Gary and said: “A year ago I would have pushed him into the road.” more

As good as it gets for Poms 7/10/07

Keo, in the Argus, writes the Poms win against Australia was their final.

You need a scrum to win the World Cup. Australia hasn’t had one for years and in front of 60 000 here at the most fantastic of stadiums the Australian pack was humiliated.

England won by two, but when you consider Jonny Wilkinson missed three penalties and three drop goals, there should never have been just a kick separating the two teams.

England had the pack and Australia the potency in the backs. But with Australia’s numbers one to eight getting pulverized in the set piece and in the tackle the backs could never influence this result. more

Go green, say Boks 18/9/07

Keo, in the Argus, writes the Boks will be wearing another shade of green on Friday night.

The Springboks will be willing Ireland to beat France as defeat for the hosts will eliminate them from the tournament.

Victory will ensure the French World Cup ambition lives on, as does the possibility of the Springboks facing France in a semi-final at Stade de France on October 14.

Jake White’s Boks are running hot at this World Cup, but the weather will be different a month from now and there can never be any guarantee that the form of today will be there tomorrow. more

Habana's heroics delight White 10/9/07

Bryan Habana is the type of player that wins teams World Cups Jake White told the world media in Paris.

White said that while rugby remained a team sport the individual genius of players like Habana often produced the defining moment of a World Cup play-off match or final.

“He is a very special player. You only had to see what he did in scoring his first try,” White said. “He got four and should have had five because the pass from Schalk did not go forward.” more

Mark Keohane

Don’t be a fool Jake … go on Sunday 17/10/07
As good as it gets for Poms 7/10/07
Go green, say Boks 18/9/07
Habana delights White 10/9/07
Boks will not bow to pressure 5/9/07
Pumpkin time for Aus duo 14/8/07
Pommy Bashing 9/8/07

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